HALIFAX — The hemp industry has already kicked off in Halifax County in Hobgood, and eventually the fibrous plants will become medicinal products.
Local farmer and veteran Scott Propheter gave the Halifax County Board of Commissioners an overlook on how the hemp industry was managing in the area. Propheter is in charge of operations, farming and outreach for the Hobgood division of Criticality, which he is the CEO.
“We’re going to quickly build a large-scale industrial hemp extraction purification capacity right here in eastern North Carolina, right here in Halifax County, is the plan” he said.
Propheter said the company has invested about $1.5 million into an extraction facility in Hobgood. He said there are about 50 acres of growing hemp, and the plants, when fully grown, will look like large Christmas trees.
“And you’ll get about a pound to two pounds of dried material per plant for processing,” he said.
About 30 nations already grow and process hemp, and 29 states have pilot industrial hemp programs, he said.