New Software Program Streamlines South Carolina Hemp Licensing Program
Kelly Registration Systems (KRS), a provider of essential information and automation solutions to the agribusiness and pesticide industry, has extended its existing contract with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) to build the software system that will manage and automate the state’s hemp licensing program. The system will manage permits for hemp farmers, hemp handlers and hemp processors.
“This system allows a clean and streamlined process making it easier for state administrators, as well as hemp farmers and handlers,” said Josey Cameron, project manager, Kelly Registration Systems.
There are currently 114 licensed hemp farmers in South Carolina, up from 20 the previous year, and more than 40 licensed hemp processors. As the Hemp Farming Program has grown, so has the department’s need for a streamlined management tool.
“As South Carolina’s hemp industry continues to develop and expand, KRS’ technology will help us better serve farmers, processors and others,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers.
KRS’ custom online system will automate the licensing of South Carolina’s hemp farmers. Key elements of the system include: password protected accounts for state administrators and users, an online application and renewal process with online payment capabilities. There will be numerous reporting functions available for state program administrators.
The use of QR codes will allow online lookup of farmers, farms and/or product information associated with license holders.
Additional regulatory and enforcement parties will benefit from features of the new system.
Lab staff may upload background results and notify state administrators via email, thus potentially shortening the communication and licensing cycle.
Map display functionality by county, including GPS functionality and color-coded locations may be accessed by law enforcement.
KRS will be printing and mailing out hemp ID cards that include the license holder’s picture as well as a QR Code, which will provide additional information specific to the license holder.
“We understand the importance of transparency. The use of QR coding and GPS mapping through this system will provide both the SCDA and law enforcement with valuable information related to hemp farming, handling, and processing in the state,” said Cameron.
According to SCDA, applications for the 2020 growing season will open on Feb. 1, 2020.
For more information about the SCDA Hemp Program, contact Derek Underwood, assistant commissioner, Consumer Protection Division, SCDA, at 803-737-9700 or [email protected], or visit https://agriculture.sc.gov/divisions/consumer-protection/hemp. For more information about Kelly Registration Systems hemp software, contact Josey Cameron, project manager, Kelly Registration Systems at [email protected]