SC Commissioner Hugh Weathers: Hemp 2021

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Hemp Farming Program has officially opened applications for the 2021 growing season. Commissioner Hugh Weathers is with us to tell us more.

  • The state’s Hemp Farming Program has grown from 20 farmers in 2018 to 265 farmers in 2020. We look forward to another season of growth.
  • Requirements to receive a hemp farming permit include:
    • Proof of South Carolina residency
    • Criminal background check (A new check is required each permit year.)
    • FSA (Farm Service Agency) farm number
    • $100 nonrefundable application fee and $1,000 permit fee
    • GPS coordinates of all locations on which hemp will be grown
    • Submitting application and all required materials by the February 28, 2021 deadline
    • Attending an SCDA orientation and signing a Hemp Farming Agreement before possessing any hemp, including clones and seeds
  • Please keep in mind, permits are only good for the current year, so 2020 permit holders who wish to farm in 2021 must apply for a new permit.
  • All farmers must apply through SCDA’s online portal at There are no paper or printable applications.
  • For information about the South Carolina Hemp Farming Program, visit or email
  • Those with questions about hemp farming practices, please contact your local Clemson Cooperative Extension agent.