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Published by University of Georgia Press, New Condition: New Hardcover. Save for Later. The acreage for hemp for oil extraction is much smaller than industrial hemp due to the manual labor required to plant and harvest the crop. Carson has been farming row crops in eastern North Carolina for 38 years.
He has primarily grown tobacco, cotton and soybeans, with the profits coming mostly from tobacco.
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Carson said farmers have seen the profits from row crops decline over the past five years due to the world economy and trade issues with China. According to Statista.
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That number decreased to just over , pounds in Carson predicts tobacco acreage in North Carolina this year will be even lower. Carson and farmers like him are searching for other crops, so the timing was right for hemp to be reintroduced with the passage of the Farm Bill.
More than 3, acres of hemp were planted in North Carolina last year, according to VoteHemp. Carson said he has enjoyed learning to grow hemp.
Long Green: The Rise and Fall of Tobacco in South Carolina
He had a good harvest in , but had trouble finding a market for his crop due to the lack of infrastructure and capital from potential buyers. Hopefully, companies like GRES will alleviate those problems. Carson plans to grow eight to 10 acres in and feels the market will be better when he is ready to sell his crop. He continues to grow his other crops, hoping trade relations and commodity prices will improve, but he is optimistic that hemp will become a major crop for North Carolina farmers in the future. Hemp is a higher margin crop than normal food products, Brecker said, and with the increasing demand, it will be beneficial for farmers.
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