Welcome to the online home of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association (NCIHA) - a 501(c)(6) trade organization that represents all the stakeholders helping to build a thriving hemp industry in North Carolina. The NCIHA is not only responsible for the lobbying effort behind the passage of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, but also for providing continuing industry education, training, and updated information for all members. I strongly encourage you to join today - as a unified voice, we are stronger together.

Blake Butler
Executive Director, NC Industrial Hemp Association



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New NCIHA Membership Programs for 2019

We are looking forward to a successful year for hemp in North Carolina and we want you to become a member of the NCIHA. Please review the new membership levels below and let us know if you have any questions by emailing info@ncindhemp.org

Active $35 per year

  • Receipt of e-newsletter “HempNewsNC”

  • Invitation to all 2019 NCIHA sponsored events

Supporter $250 per year

  • Online access to the “Member Marketplace”

  • Receipt of e-newsletter “HempNewsNC”

  • Discounted ticket for all 2019 NCIHA events

Advocate $500 per year


Frequently Asked Questions

I want to grow industrial hemp in North Carolina, how do I get started?
Please visit the homepage for the NC Department of Agriculture - Industrial Hemp Pilot Program where you will find the necessary forms and information.

Does the NCIHA approve or issue grower or processor licenses?
No, The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission was established to issue licenses allowing a person, firm, or corporation to cultivate industrial hemp.

I want to become a processor in North Carolina, how do I get started?
Please visit the Processors section of the NC Department of Agriculture website.

I am currently a certified grower in NC and need to make changes to my license, can you help?
Changes are handled by the NC Department of Agriculture and you must notify the NC Department of Agriculture if anything on your application changes during your licensing period! This includes, but is not limited to:

  • If you are growing varieties not originally listed on your application

  • If you are growing new varieties, strains, or types of plants

  • If you are importing any seed or clones at any time

  • If you are growing at new GPS locations

  • If you are growing in new field/s

  • If you are using a new processor or a processor not listed on your application

  • If you are getting your seed or clones from a new supplier

    Notify the NCDA about any changes by emailing: IndustrialHempRequests@NCagr.gov.