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Hemp Hits the Ground Running in 2018
Author: PAHIC  22/01/2018 - 16:01:00

PA Farm Show

The beginning of January PAHIC was proud to showcase Hemp at the 102nd PA Farm Show! Thank to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture the industry was provided a 50′ space to show farmers and the public examples of all the amazing things hemp can do. We also took the opportunity  to encourage participation in the 2018 Industrial Hemp Program. Not only did we get to talk to thousands of people we also reached many thousands more with great press reports:

Lancaster Online

Trib Live

Philly.com

Morning Call

Lancaster Online Farm Show Message

Morning Call Opening Day

CBS 21 Farm Show

Many elected officials visited us

Secretary of Agriculture, Russell Redding, PAHIC President Geoff Whaling, Governor Tom Wolf, PAHIC Exec Dir, Erica McBride and PAHIC Board Member, Les Stark

PAHIC Board Member, Les Stark, Exec Dir, Erica McBride, State Senator Judy Schwank, PAHIC President, Geoff Whaling, Chief of Staff, Bill Evans

PAHIC Exec Dir, Erica McBride, State Representative, Russ Diamond, PAHIC Board Member, Les Stark

PAHIC Exec Dir, Erica McBride, Minority Ag Committee Exec Dir, Desitny Zeiders, State Representative Eddie Pashinski, PAHIC Board Member, Les Stark

PAHIC Exec DIr, Erica McBride, Representative Rich Irvin, PAHIC Board Member, Les Stark

Check out our series of Facebook Live Videos

Tour of booth https://www.facebook.com/PAHempIndustryCouncil/videos/882937798539969/

Oil seed press demonstration  https://www.facebook.com/PAHempIndustryCouncil/videos/882999918533757/

Hempcrete Workshop Announcement https://www.facebook.com/PAHempIndustryCouncil/videos/883466131820469/

Day two announcements and updates https://www.facebook.com/PAHempIndustryCouncil/videos/883468021820280/

Hempcrete Workshop  https://www.facebook.com/PAHempIndustryCouncil/videos/883543955146020/

Short clip Hempcrete Workshop, mixing https://www.facebook.com/PAHempIndustryCouncil/videos/883559405144475/

 CBS21 News Anchor Michael Gorsegner, Facebook Live 13 minute segment https://www.facebook.com/840799562616442/videos/1925619347467786/

Les Stark speech, 10 minutes https://www.facebook.com/PAHempIndustryCouncil/videos/885455651621517/

Riley Cote Speech, 6 minutes https://www.facebook.com/PAHempIndustryCouncil/videos/885470398286709/

Erica McBride speech, 25 minute  https://www.facebook.com/PAHempIndustryCouncil/videos/885542491612833/

2018 Hemp Program

Friday January 19th was the deadline to apply for the 2018 Industrial Hemp Program. The 2018 program is greatly improved over last year! This year permit holders will be able to grow up to 100 acres and new to this year CBD and other extractions are allowed.  Institutional applicants are allowed unlimited acreage.

We spent all the previous week trying to help people with their applications and seed sourcing. High CBD seed sourcing has been problematic as we are still not allowed to get seed from other states and we were unable to locate international sources will to export to the US.

We had hoped that we would be able to have a few farmers be able to participate under our permit as we work to develop the National Industrial Hemp Center of Excellence However time restraints and logistics made that impossible for us to pull off this year. Fortunately several farmers were willing to individually apply to run some varietal trials for the fiber varieties we will need to supply the CoE.

We hope to get 1000 acres in the ground this year to get the nation’s first full commercial scale decortication machinery (for fiber production) up and running. It will then be our intention to expand that to around 8000 acres at which time we would contract PA farmers to grow the crop.

Already there has been interest from PA manufacturers to start incorporating hemp into their processes and we anticipate many more once a reliable supply chain is established.

Exciting things to come!

We anxiously await finding out how many permits were submitted and will be approved. We believe that the department will get close to the goal of having all 50 permits allocated. No matter what we will see a huge increase in the number of permits and acreage over last years approximately 60 acres with the potential of there being literally thousands of acres of emerald hemp fields gracing the Pennsylvania landscape!

Original article from pahic.org: Hemp Hits the Ground Running in 2018

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