SC Hemp Pilot Project

PAPR filed an FOIA request with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture regarding the 2018 Hemp Pilot Program and all records pertaining to the establishment of the program, any documentation pertaining to changes to the 2019 program, copies of all applications for both the 2018 and 2019 Hemp Programs, and all documents related to the decision-making process granting 20 farmers entry into the 2018 Pilot Program and all documents pertaining to the decision-making process denying other applicants.

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2018 12 06 Ltr Weathers Re FOIA HEMP


The 2014 Farm Bill allowed state Departments of Agriculture to embark on industrial hemp research pilot programs. In May 2017, the South Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 3559 allowing for the legal growth of industrial hemp for research purposes. In 2017, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture announced plans for a 2018 Hemp Pilot Program, which would award up to 20 South Carolina farmers with permits to legally grow industrial hemp. To date, there is no publicly available list of industrial hemp manufacturers and processors in South Carolina.

FOIA requests filed in connection with this project

Hugh, Weathers - Department of Agriculture
Dec. 6, 2018
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Board Approved: 3/30/2018 Category: Agriculture

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