North Carolina farmers are harvesting the first legal hemp crop in decades, and the state is poised for a substantial increase in production for 2018, according to David Schmitt, chief operating officer of Industrial Hemp Manufacturing, LLC.
North Carolina Brings Back A Valuable Crop
Hemp hasn’t been grown legally in North Carolina since the 1940s, when the federal government briefly encouraged its cultivation to satisfy the need for natural fibers during World War ll.
Schmitt’s company and its parent, Hemp, Inc., have recently begun operations at a new 70,000 square foot multipurpose hemp processing mill in Spring Hope, North Carolina. The facility, which is North America’s largest, is able to process hemp for industrial products as well as other cultivars grown for their CBD-rich flowers.
Prior to joining Industrial Hemp Manufacturing, Schmitt owned a company that produced loss circulation materials (LCMs) using a plant called kenaf, a species of hibiscus.
LCMs are used by the oil and gas drilling industry to fill cracks and fissures in rock as a well is being drilled to prevent