Pennsylvania farmers can now apply for permits to grow or process hemp for the 2022 season.
The state Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday that hemp grower applications for commercial use or research are due by April 1, 2022.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding also encouraged 2021 growers to report their production, harvest, yield and sales figures by responding to the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service’s 2021 Hemp Acreage and Production Survey.
“With hemp growers in nearly every county, and more than 60 processors statewide, Pennsylvania’s hemp supply chain is growing steadily,” said Redding. “With cutting-edge research into exciting new products that promise to bring dollars to our economy and sustainable, green solutions in textiles, architecture and design, we are pleased to invest in making Pennsylvania an industry leader. The data growers provide informs solid decision-making by those positioned to invest and grow opportunities.”
For 2021, the department issued 426 hemp growing permits including nine research permits and 64 processing permits including two research permits.
Pennsylvania introduced its Industrial Hemp Pilot Research Program in 2017. In 2019, the state lifted its 100-acre cap on research plots and created its commercial program under the 2019 federal Farm Bill.