Big investments in hemp processing facilities is creating a reliable market for a new cash crop to replace tobacco.

Grandma and grandpa might raise an eyebrow, but a new generation of farmers in North Carolina have traded acres of tobacco for acres of the state’s newest crop -- hemp.

It’s actually been legal to grow hemp for research purposes in North Carolina since the passage of the Farm Bill 2014.

Since then, farmers have been able to apply for a license to grow the crop under the state’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. 

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Heather Wilkerson ~