The success of South Carolina’s first hemp crop has put Hemp in the News this week, and farmers are eager to be selected for the next round of growing permits.
Last year, SC initiated a hemp pilot program. Twenty farmers were selected to grow up to 20 acres of hemp, for research purposes only.
Farmer Nat Bradford, of Sumter County, was one of the chosen few. He tested different strains of hemp to see which could sustain strained growing conditions. He is now focusing on cultivating the surviving plants.
The success of South Carolina’s inaugural hemp crop, has resulted in the decision to allocate an additional 20 permits this year. In addition, the plot size has been extended from 20 to 40 acres. The 162 applications show that interest is growing amongst farmers.
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