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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is growing hemp federally legal?
Yes, but only when grown under state pilot programs such as this one.

Do I need a license to grow industrial hemp?
Yes. You must apply for license and be approved for a license by the Industrial hemp Commission to grow hemp.

I have questions about the Application.
Link to FAQ page

How often does the Industrial Hemp Commission meet to approve applications for licenses?
The Commission does not meet on a set schedule, currently. The Commission has been meeting about every two months.

How many days before the Commission is scheduled to meet should I turn in my application?
You should submit your application at least 10 business days before the Commission meets. If you turn-in your application only a few days before the Commission meeting, it will not be reviewed until the NEXT meeting.

Can I use Pesticides or Herbicides on my industrial hemp crops?
No. There are no labeled pesticides or herbicides for hemp. For the EPA definition of what is classified as a pesticide and what is not, please read this EPA document on “What is a Pesticide” (written in easy to understand language, I promise).

Can my industrial hemp be certified as organic by the USDA?
Yes. Organic certification for hemp works the same way as for any other crop.

How do I find seeds or clones to start growing hemp?
It is the responsibility of the grower to source seeds or clones. It is also the responsibility of the grower to make and handle all business relationships related to their hemp production. However, NC State maintains a list of seed sources on this portal. The sources are for your reference only and are not endorsed by NC State or the Industrial Hemp Commission.

What is industrial hemp grown for?
Hemp is grown for three main reasons- fiber, grain and floral materials.
The strong fibers can be used for many products including rope, textiles and the automotive and petroleum industries. The grain is used for human food such as granola bars and protein powders. The pressed seed oil from the grain is used like sunflower seed oil. The floral materials are sold to extraction companies to remove the chemical oils/extracts that the hemp flower produces.

Can I use my industrial hemp for animal feed?
No. The FDA has not approved industrial hemp as an ingredient in commercial animal feed.

What happens if my industrial hemp tests over the legal limit of 0.3% THC?
If your crop tests over 0.3% THC, it will be destroyed.

Who does the THC test for compliance purposes?
The Department of Agriculture (NCDA&CS) will send an inspector to your farm to take a sample of your crop. The sample taken is analyzed in the state drug lab.

I have a different question that is not answered here.
Try the NCDA&CS FAQ page!

Written By

Photo of Emily Febles, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionEmily FeblesNC Industrial Hemp Program Manager (919) 515-7389 elfebles@ncsu.eduANR/CRD - NC State University
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