College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Industrial Hemp Program

The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences has obtained approval from the Industrial Hemp Commission (IHC) for a permit to grow industrial hemp for research purposes.

Our research in the CAES focuses on the following:

  • Identifying the best hemp varieties for producing CBD in North Carolina.
  • Determining the varieties of hemp that will grow in various parts of the state.
  • Assessing soil health and growing conditions.
  • Investigating the use of hemp in new energy technologies.
  • Exploring the various uses of hemp.

We are happy to work with small-scale producers interested in growing industrial hemp. In order to work with the university, farmers must first apply for a permit. The application is available on the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website.

For more information please contact

Sanjun Gu, Ph.D.
Horticulture Specialist
Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T
(336) 285-4954 or sgu@ncat.edu
Leon Moses
Superintendent
N.C. A&T University Farm
(336) 398-8690 or ljmoses@ncat.edu

For application-related questions, including to make changes to your license, to pay fees, or to notify that your plants are flowering, please email IndustrialHempRequests@NCagr.gov

For more information about the permitting process, contact the Industrial Hemp Commission at (919) 707-3236.