Tuesday afternoon, the N.C. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) announced nearly $1 million in grant funding for nine projects, including over $250,000 for three hemp research initiatives.

The N.C. Bioenergy Research and New and Emerging Crops Initiative 2018-2019 grant recipients for hemp research include the N.C. State University Dept. of Horticultural Science, the NCSU Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

Research conducted by the nine grantees is expected “to boost bioenergy opportunities and crop production in the state,” according to the press release.

“These grants will allow us to expand our knowledge of bioenergy practices and crop potential in North Carolina, creating future market opportunities for farmers, agribusinesses and forestry industries,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Research will help us develop these types of new opportunities and markets.”

Details of the grants for hemp research are as follows:

  • $74,283 to NCSU’s Department of Horticultural Science Goal: determine ideal planting and harvest times to maximize flower production from outdoor grows. The project is expected to include field days “where growers will have the opportunity to gain hands-on learning experience,” according to the NCDA&CS press release.
  • $105,305 to NCSU’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Goal: Determine optimal nitrogen and potassium rates for industrial hemp crops in an effort to maximize crop yield.
  • $83,931 to the North Carolina Biotechnology Center to fund Hemp Fungal Disease Management Goal: To evaluate several biological, organic and conventional fungicides on disease control, yield, and CBD (cannabidiol) oil quality. Results from this study will be used to support additional studies intended to lead to fungicide registrations for hemp crops.
BY Rhiannon Fionn

BY Rhiannon Fionn

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Rhiannon Fionn is an award-winning journalist based in Charlotte, N.C.

[Header image taken by Grant Baldwin at Appalachian Growers during the 2018 hemp harvest.]