About Us


The South Carolina Hemp Association was founded to support farmers, manufacturers and retailers; promote hemp as a viable crop, commodity and retail product; advocate for legislative changes to benefit industry stakeholders; and educate the public and law enforcement about hemp’s uses and benefits.

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Boone Peeler

Boone Peeler, president of Palladian Public Affairs, previously served as the state executive director of the South Carolina USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), a position he was appointed to by the Trump Administration in 2017.

Peeler began working at the FSA just as the state of South Carolina was launching its hemp pilot program. Through the next few years, he and the FSA were heavily involved in the evolution of that program, which was administered by the S.C. Department of Agriculture.

Peeler, from Gaffney, S.C., graduated from Clemson University and has worked in the public and private sectors, including stints in the insurance industry and at the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services. He previously served on Gaffney City Council and has been involved in campaigns for most of his life.

Board Members

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Janel Ralph

Wesley Bryant

Neal Baxley

Jimbo Martin

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Our Story

The South Carolina Hemp Association launched in 2017 with a goal of expanding the state’s hemp pilot program to include more farms and more acreage.

The South Carolina Hemp Association grew out of that group. A 501(c)6 nonprofit organization, the SCHA is designed to assist and promote all facets of the burgeoning hemp industry in the Palmetto State, supporting farmers, processors, manufacturers and retailers. The association was formed in March 2021 with administrative, legislative and education goals.


Our Goals


Hemp production is a young industry in South Carolina. We believe that with the right administrative support, the industry can grow strong and healthy.


  • Assist in quantifying and streamlining reports to the USDA.
  • Work with farmers to determine an equitable and profitable payment structure for crops.


While hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, hemp has far less THC. Medicinal and recreational marijuana typically has THC levels between 10 and 27 percent. We believe the current 0.3-percent THC threshold on hemp production should be raised.


  • Advocate for an increase in the federal THC threshold for hemp to 1 percent.
  • Support establishing hemp processing plants in South Carolina and connect farmers to this infrastructure.


National and state laws governing hemp and marijuana have changed rapidly over the last five to 10 years. We will strive to keep all stakeholders up-to-date on the latest rules, regulations, and industry trends.


  • Act as a clearinghouse of information for what farmers, processors, manufacturers and retailers need to know.
  • Educate law enforcement on the constantly changing state and federal laws and regulations.