South Carolina farmers are one step closer to planting their first hemp seeds in the ground. The S.C. Department of Agriculture (SCDA) announced earlier this month that permits for industrial hemp cultivation are in the process of being issued.

Gov. Henry McMaster legalized industrial hemp cultivation earlier this year, allowing up to 20 farms to grow the crop for research purposes.

The farmers who receive permits will each be allowed to grow up to 20 acres of the crop, according to the SCDA.

About 120 farmers from across the state submitted an application to participate in the program. 

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Andrew Moore ~ UpstateBusinessJournalcom