The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission began approving licenses for growers wanting to plant hemp in 2017. Only licensed growers can legally grow hemp under rules approved by the Commission. Growers are only allowed to grow hemp for 11 research purposes identified in the NC Hemp Law. The Commission continues to receive applications from growers seeking approval to grow hemp in North Carolina. More than 100 licenses were issued to farmers to grow one of 23 varieties of hemp on approximately 2,000 acres. In addition, 23 processors were licensed. NCFB continues to closely monitor Commission actions and efforts to establish this crop in our state.