But farmers hope their efforts pioneer a resurgence of an entire industry.

Being a farmer is hard enough.

But imagine trying to figure out on the fly — without chemical fertilizers or pesticides — how to cultivate a crop not legally grown in South Carolina since World War II and bankrolling the experiment yourself with no ability to get insurance if it flops.

That's what it's like for farmers permitted to grow hemp in this inaugural year of South Carolina's pilot program.

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Seanna Adcox ~ PostAndCourier.com ~