The application period for the 2022 hemp growing season is now open and will run through February 28, 2022. Applications must be completed online here. Processor and Handler permit applications are also available on the SCDA Hemp Farming Program website.
This year, the SCDA announced the 2022 fees for a grower permit will be reduced from $1000 to $500. The application fee is $100. A list of all other fees can be found here.
In their recent news release, the SCDA also announced their new residue lab is nearing completion and will offer THC analysis starting the summer of 2022. “Hemp farming permit holders must have their hemp tested before harvest to ensure it does not exceed THC levels set by law, so the opening of an affordable, nationally certified state-run lab will help farmers cut costs and improve operations. The SCDA Seed Laboratory is also now equipped for hemp seed germination and purity analysis.”
For more information, please see the full SCDA news release.