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Industrial hemp facility to be built in Lake City

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Tucker Naturals LLC is set to acquire land at the Godley Morris Commerce Center in Lake City. The Boston-based company plans to build and manage an industrial hemp processing and extraction facility.

The facility will be located at 800 W. Main St. in Lake City and will provide consulting services to farmers, as well as information on processing, extraction and manufacturing. Tucker Naturals has partnered with Massachusetts-based ProVerde Laboratories and Caropar Investments LLC in Lake City.

In a news release, Tucker said the facility will support S.C. farmers participating in the state’s industrial hemp pilot research initiative.

In May, Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law S.C. House Bill 3559, which legalizes the growth of industrial hemp for research purposes in South Carolina in accordance with the 2014 Federal Farm Bill.

The S.C. Department of Agriculture is administering the application and permitting process. The legislation allows for up to 20 farmers to receive permits to grow industrial hemp in the first year. Farmers who receive permits will be allowed to grow up to 20 acres of the crop.

The release said ProVerde will build a third-party ISO 17025 testing facility in the commerce center to assist the hemp farmers who bring their products to market. ProVerde specializes in providing potency and safety testing for the hemp and cannabidiol hemp oil industry.

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