Harlow Tighe and Matt O'Brien are planting hemp on a timberland farm in Fairfield County after receiving one of 20 permits to grow it in South Carolina this year.
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Being a farmer is hard enough. But imagine trying to figure out on the fly how to cultivate a crop not legally grown in South Carolina since at least World War II and bankrolling the experiment yourself with no ability to get insurance in case it flops. That's what it's like to grow hemp in this inaugural year of South Carolina's pilot program.