Lawmakers, Ag Department look to prime Pennsylvania for hemp success

Lawmakers, Ag Department look to prime Pennsylvania for hemp success

As the state Department of Agriculture awaits federal approval for its plan to regulate the cultivation and sale of hemp products, both state agencies and lawmakers are searching for ways to support the burgeoning industry at a time where legal and regulatory landmines remain.

Hemp is increasingly touted as a potential economic boon for the state, especially when many farmers are feeling the pinch. A provision in last year’s federal Farm Bill separates hemp from marijuana and placedit within the regulatory purview of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The change paves the way for farmers to cultivate hemp, as well as any interstate commerce surrounding the plant.
Thursday, March 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
4 developments to watch in Pennsylvania agriculture

4 developments to watch in Pennsylvania agriculture

Growing Pennsylvania’s agricultural sector is an objective that has received bipartisan support in Harrisburg in recent weeks, as both Republicans and Democrats have underscored the importance of addressing and adapting to new trends in farming. 
 

Tuesday’s House Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture gave lawmakers the opportunity to gauge department secretary Russell Redding on the state of Pennsylvania’s largest industry, as well as a forum to seek solutions to obstacles the department — and Pennsylvania’s farmers — are facing.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Secretary Russell Redding among many to speak on behalf of new food security plan

Secretary Russell Redding among many to speak on behalf of new food security plan

September is "Hunger Action Month" and the Wolf Administration unveiled its food security plan Wednesday morning at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank with the announcement of a federal grant aimed at addressing hunger in children up to age 5.

Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Russell Redding was among the many who spoke in support of this plan. 

The Wolf Administration's plan is to provide all members of the Commonwealth with access to healthy and nutritious foods for a hunger-free Pennsylvania. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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