South Carolina Opens Hemp Farming Permit Applications Jan. 1
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South Carolina Opens Hemp Farming Permit Applications Jan. 1

Applications are open online only from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28.

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January 5, 2022

Individuals seeking to grow hemp in South Carolina for the 2022 growing season can now apply for a Hemp Farming Permit.

Due to the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) and the South Carolina General Assembly working to create a secure hemp program over the last four years, the 2022 hemp permit fees will be cut in half compared to 2021, according to an SCDA press release. All new permit fees can be found here.

Applications are open online only from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28; there is no printable option. The nonrefundable application fee is $100, and individuals must be a South Carolina resident to apply. Applicants are also required to “complete a background check through IdentoGO and provide a Farm Service Agency (FSA) number,” the release states. All current permit holders must reapply to grow hemp in 2022, as permits expire yearly.

Furthermore, the SCDA’s Residue Laboratory is almost complete and is expected to begin offering THC analysis this summer. All permit holders must have their hemp tested before harvest to ensure it is compliant with the THC levels set by law. The Department’s Seed Laboratory is “also now equipped for hemp seed germination and purity analysis,” the release states.

For more information on the state’s hemp program, click here