New Processor Acknowledgment Letter Issued

— Written By Emily Febles and last updated by

8/29/2018 – The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) in conjunction with the NC Industrial Hemp Commission has begun to issue “Acknowledgment Letters” to all hemp processors who register with the NC Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.

Due to the immense growth of this program over the past year, the NC Industrial Hemp Commission has decided to issue “Acknowledgement Letters” to those persons or companies that submit registration letters to the NC Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. Registered Processors may choose to display these Registration Acknowledgement Letters in their place of business or to keep them with their records.

Along with these new “Acknowledgement Letters,” The NC Industrial Hemp Commission also maintains an online list of those persons or companies that have sent in letters to register. For more information and to view the online list of Registered Processors, please visit this link.

Acknowledgment Letters will arrive at the address listed in your processor registration letter in 10-14 business days after your letter to register is received. You may also request the Acknowledgement Letter as an email attachment. If you have sent in your letter to register as processor longer than one month ago, but have not received your Acknowledgement Letter, the address the hemp program has for you or your company may be out-of-date. It is important that you keep information on your Registered Processor status updated at all times. Please contact the hemp program to update your processor registration information.

If you have a question about the status of your Registration Letter or have not received your Acknowledgment Letter, please contact the NCDA&CS:

Ms. Kara Malone
919.707.3236 or

The NC Industrial Hemp Commission maintains a list of first-stage Industrial Hemp Processors that will be accepting raw or minimally processed hemp to better understand where licensed hemp farmers are selling their crop. To register as a Hemp Processor, a person or company must simply submit a Registration Letter to be included on the list. (Please note that there is no “processor license” in North Carolina and there is no approval process. For more information on how to register, please visit the Registered Processors page.) Registration is free.

The Rules for the program say:

“(c) Processors of industrial hemp in North Carolina shall register with the commission and at the end of each calendar year report the total weight and type of industrial hemp processed from the North Carolina Industrial Hemp pilot program to the Industrial Hemp Commission.” 02 NCAC 62 .0108 REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

The Industrial Hemp Commission, in listening to the needs of the NC Hemp Industry, feels these new Acknowledgement Letters will assist the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Industry to grow, advance, and prosper.

Once again, for more information about obtaining your Acknowledgement Letter to show that you have registered as a processor with the hemp program, please email the program.

Finally, please be aware that a registered processor must still follow all applicable state and federal laws pertaining to products produced.

*This page is posted for your information and research purposes. This page is not intended as legal advice. Please seek the advice of a qualified attorney for matters pertaining to industrial hemp law and regulation.

Email the NC Industrial Hemp Program at: