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 at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website (

Are you looking for information on the NC Industrial Hemp Program?

  1. You need a license to grow hemp in North Carolina. For answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the industrial hemp program in North Carolina and for an application to apply for a Grower's license, please visit
  2. To watch an informative video about the N.C. Industrial Hemp Program, please visit 
  3. There is no Processor License in North Carolina. However, the state does maintain a registration list of first-stage processors. Being added to the Registration List is free. For instructions on registering as a "Hemp Processor" and to view the Registration Letter requirements, please visit
  4. For information on getting hemp seed/clones for planting, please visit
  5. To view the Hemp Connections "Want-Ads" page, please visit
  6. To see the Pending Applications to be reviewed at the next Industrial Hemp Commission meeting, please visit

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

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