The Lancaster Farming Industrial Hemp Podcast is a continuing exploration of hemp's return to the agricultural fields of Pennsylvania and the United States.

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The podcast is written and produced by Eric Hurlock, digital editor at Lancaster Farming.

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On episode 79 of the podcast, we cover some of the recent hemp news, including how the COVID-19 shutdown is affecting the application process for hemp growers in Pennsylvania. Plus Georgia and Iowa now have official hemp programs, and South Dakota has finally legalized industrial hemp at the state level. And the National Hemp Association is offering a hemp growers webinar series for its members.

Industrial Hemp Podcast

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On episode 79 of the podcast, we cover some of the recent hemp news, including how the COVID-19 shutdown is affecting the application process for hemp growers in Pennsylvania. Plus Georgia and Iowa now have official hemp programs, and South Dakota has finally legalized industrial hemp at the…

On this week’s podcast, we talk to Judy Wicks, founder of All Together Now Pennsylvania and the Industrial Hemp Local Supply Chain Coalition about the importance of local supply chains especially in these times of global pandemic and coronavirus.

Episode 77 of the Industrial Hemp Podcast features a conversation with Cullen Raichart, founder and CEO of GreenBroz, a company that makes automated harvest solutions for the cannabis industry.

Why is the state of Colorado continuing to operate its hemp program under the 2014 Farm Bill this growing season instead of adopting a USDA’s interim final rule? We talk to Colorado hemp manager Brian Koontz from the Colorado Department of Agriculture to find out.

On this week’s podcast, we talked to Erica Stark from the National Hemp Association to find out what this means for farmers and for the industry as a whole. We also hear about the NHA’s recent partnership with New Holland Ag and the Hemporium at Kutztown University on March 13.

Episode 74: This week we talk to Josh Leidhecker of Susquehanna Hemp and Susquehanna Mills in Lycoming County, where he’s been growing for fiber, seed and CBD since 2017. From grain hemp to the current CBD market, this wide-ranging interview will be of great interest to hemp farmers.

On this week’s podcast, we talk to Representative Margo Davidson, a Democrat from the 164th Legislative District in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and Representative Russ Diamond, a Republican from the 102nd Legislative District in Lebanon County, who have formed an informal industrial hemp …

Episode 71: This week we talk to Jay Stucky, a CBD hemp farmer in upstate New York. His many concerns about the CBD industry include the high price of CBD and how processors and retailers are making all the money — not the farmers. In this wide ranging conversation, Stucky addresses the call…

Episode 70: On this episode of the podcast we talk to hemp builder Cameron McIntosh of Americhanvre Cast-Hemp in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and we also check in with Dr. Steve Groff from Groff North America to hear about their expansion in the CBD space with Pharmacy Partners.

Episode 69: This week we talk to seed breeder Joe Ullman from Atlas Seed Company where they're bringing to market two autoflower varieties of industrial hemp this year. We explore the benefits of autoflower and why it’s perfect for commercial production of CBD, especially in light of the new…

Episode 68: Farmers in New Jersey can now grow industrial hemp in the Garden State. In this week’s show, we talk to New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Doug Fisher and the Director of the Division of Plant Industry at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture Joe Zoltowski.

Episode 67: This week’s Industrial Hemp Podcast was recorded live at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, featuring an in-depth discussion of the 2020 hemp program in Pennsylvania with Fred Strathmeyer, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, and Sarah Pickel, the hemp program coordinator…

In part ONE of the Lancaster Farming Industrial Hemp Podcast Year End Spectacular Double Episode, we talk to National Hemp Association chairman Geoff Whaling, cannabis lawyer Nathalie Bougenies, hemp sports car maker Bruce Dietzen, and a hemp farmer from the plain community of Lancaster County.

In part TWO of the Lancaster Farming Industrial Hemp Podcast Year End Spectacular Double Episode, we hear from hemp guitar maker Jay Burstein, hemp innovator Steve Groff, healthcare consultant Jessie Johnson, and hemp farmer Tom Culton.

This week on the Industrial Hemp Podcast we talk to hemp farmer Ben Davies from Wild Fox Farm in eastern Berks County, Pennsylvania, where he and his wife Karah have developed 17 different retail products from their high CBD hemp harvest – everything from lip balm and tinctures to herbal tea…

This week we talk to Sarah Yetman, owner of CDB importer and exporter Sovereignport, explains how she works with farmers, governments and businesses all around the world to provide shipping and logistics solutions for buyers and sellers of CBD, from isolate to flower to biomass.

This week’s guest, Steve Allin, has been using hemp as a building material for decades on hemp projects all over the world. He is the director of the International Health Building Association and has quite literally written the book on Building with Hemp.

This week we talk to Larry Nagle, founder of the Cannabis College of America, designed to teach students the various phases of growing, harvesting, drying and packaging hemp. The school will offer online and in class sessions starting this January.

As the hemp industry invents itself in Pennsylvania, many new and surprising partnerships arise. Cynthia Petrone-Hudock spent most of her career in finance and healthcare, but now she’s the CEO for Hemp-Alternative, and is joined on the podcast by Jamie Hicks, crop farmer and co-owner of Hic…

First we talk to Joshua Decatur, CEO of Trace, a Vermont-based technology company that is building a block-chain based application that will help standardize and verify hemp crop information. Then we talk to hemp farmer Bryson Clark from Horseheads, New York. And then we hear from Dr. Steve …

Episode 58: This week we talk to Dr. Ruth Welliver, the director of the Bureau of Plant Industry at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, which over sees the industrial hemp program in the state.

The main story this week comes from Kentucky, where farmers Ben Furnish and Kendall Henson are part of a group of farmers who are suing GenCanna Global USA Inc. in what looks like a classic case of farmers getting the short end of the stick. Again. Lots of lessons to learn here.

Episode 56: On this week’s podcast we talk to Dr. Mowgli Holmes, co-founder and CEO of Phylos, a plant science company that is trying to revolutionize the hemp industry through data, technology and expertise.

Seven farmers share their stories of theft and security in the newest episode of the Lancaster Farming Industrial Hemp Podcast. These farmers employ methods of security ranging from field cams and motion sensors to armed guards and booby traps.

Episode 54: Live from the 2019 Pennsylvania Hemp Summit at the Lancaster Convention Center in downtown Lancaster, PA, where we talk to seed breeders and hemp growers Tom Culton and Joe Ullman, who spoke about the importance of knowing where your seed comes from and why autoflower genetics mi…

Episode 53: On this week’s show, we check in with the gang at Floyd’s of Leadville – Floyd Landis, Jake Sitler and Wayne Bendistis – who bring us up to speed on their endeavor to contract Pennsylvania farmers to grow high-quality, organic hemp for their line of nationally distributed CBD products.

Episode 52: On this week’s show, we talk to Tara Caton, the research coordinator at the Rodale Institute where she is the leader of the industrial hemp research trials. Then we talk to organic hemp farmer Eric White, also known as the Wild American.

On this week's show, we feature a small first time hemp operation in Bucks County. We talk to farmers Rich Yang and Nicholas Cole of Under the Sun Hemp, where they just installed a drying facility.

Episode 50: On this week’s show we discuss how this ancient crop, often harvested by hand, is a bright spot of ag innovation, and how some Lancaster County farmers already have the systems in place for a smooth transition to growing hemp.

Episode 49: On this week's show we talk to Delaware Valley University biology professor Dr. Chris Tipping. A trained entomologist, Tipping has been involved with his university’s industrial hemp research program since its inception in 2017.

On episode 45, we talk to Corey Fitze, COO of Pennsylvania Hemp Research, a private cannabis testing company in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Then we review PDA’s latest letter to hemp permit holders which is intended to clarify their last letter, which really confused some CBD growers. And final…

On this week's podcast we talk to Dr. Steve Groff of Groff North America, a hemp processor in York County, Pennsylvania, that is bringing HempTrain technology to its Red Lion processing center. Groff shares breaking news about Groff North America’s recent acquisition.

What happens when a nearby farm that’s growing seed and fiber crops accidentally pollinates your CBD operation? Hopefully, you'll never find out, because the result would  be your losing a big chunk of your profits. Or what if it was your farm that accidentally pollinated someone else’s crop…

According to Dr. Ron Kander, materials engineering professor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, the way to ramp up the hemp industry is to start small. “You have to find some high-value, low-volume products that can use hemp as a biomass so that you can start developing processe…

Jen Hobbs' book American Hemp: How Growing Our Newest Cash Crop Can Improve Our Health, Clean Our Environment, and Slow Climate Change is a positive story about a crop that can create jobs, clean the soil, make us healthier, and capture carbon from the atmosphere. The book also offers an int…

On this episode of the Lancaster Farming Industrial Hemp Podcast, we talk to cannabis consultant, farmer and entrepreneur, Oneal Latimore. He’s working with Proud Pennsylvania to develop healthy supply chains in the state, while also developing his own hemp farm and processing facility in Ch…

On this week's episode of the Industrial Hemp Podcast, we celebrate Hemp History Week with a handful of stories about hemp’s role in history through the ages, as well as hemp related news such as the USDA’s most recent guidance on industrial hemp and the FDA’s hearing on CBD. Plus, an interv…

Allen Wagner, a greenhouse grower from Altoona, Pennsylvania, has been in the greenhouse business for 45 years. But when the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law, and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture lifted the acreage cap and opened up the permitting process for industrial hemp, All…

On this week's episode we talk to National Hemp Association Executive Director Erica McBride Stark about her recent trip to Washington DC, where she met with the Senate ag  committee to discuss the implementation of the hemp provisions within the 2018 Farm Bill.

On this week’s podcast we talk to three key people at PDA:  Powers gives an overview of the hemp program and what the department is doing to support hemp farmers; Plant specialist Sarah Pickel discusses the recent changes in the THC testing protocols for growers; and Fred Strathmeyer tells w…

Podcast episode 32 goes to Barto, Pennsylvania — to Wildfox Farm — where Ben and Karah Davies own and operate what two years ago was simply an organic produce and pastured meat farm. But the farm is now also a leader of industrial hemp growth in eastern Berks County.

The Hemp House on Wheels is a joint project between COEXIST Build, a design and build company owned and operated by architect Anastasiya Konopitskaya and her husband Drew Oberholtzer, and Americhanvre, a hempcrete and cast hemp company owned by Cameron McIntosh.

Dr. Bender discusses his analysis and talks about the pros and cons of hemp as a livestock feed on this episode of the podcast. Plus we hear from hemp farmer Tom Culton from West Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, as he puts a few early hemp seedlings in the ground. Episode 30.

Episode 26 of the Industrial Hemp Podcast gathers perspective from various places. We talk to Pennsylvania Senator Judy Schwank, Penn State Extension educator Jeff Graybill, hemp steering committee member Bill Roberts, and Tom Culton, the first farmer to grow hemp in Hempfield, PA, in over 80 years.

On this week’s Industrial Hemp Podcast, we talk to Cornell University horticulture professor Dr. Larry Smart, one of the leaders of the hemp research team at Cornell. We discuss his long term study of the shrub willow as a bio-energy source and how that research prepared him for working with hemp.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to O’Neil and his colleague, Bill Neilson, the director of Commodities and Compliance at Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. We hear what the Farm Bureau is doing to help farmers navigate this new world of industrial hemp. Plus, a few announcements and listener …

What does world class cyclist Floyd Landis have to do with industrial hemp? As it turns out, quite a bit. Lancaster County native and one time winner of the Tour de France, Landis opened a CBD café in Leadville, Colorado, and launched a very successful brand of CBD products — Floyd’s of Leadville.

This episode of Lancaster Farming's industrial hemp podcast features a conversation with Jon Cohn, the founder and CEO of Agronomed Pharmaceuticals and Agri-Kind Hemp in Chester County, Pennsylvania, where he grew 62 acres of industrial hemp with a research permit from the Pennsylvania Depar…

On episode 12, we talk to professor of poultry science and poultry nutrition at Penn State University, Dr. Paul Patterson, about the components of a balanced poultry diet and how the nutritional profile of hemp seed might be beneficial to the poultry industry, especially the organic poultry …

We begin digging in a little deeper into how the auto industry might want to use hemp in automobile production. And we also make the realization that the 2014 Farm Bill expired and the 2018 Farm Bill wasn't signed into law by the deadline of September 30.

Episode 7 continues with industrial hemp as we visit with Dr. Alyssa Collins, agronomy professor and director of the Penn State's research farm in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. We discuss the hemp research trials, the agronomics of hemp, the differences between hemp and marijuana and what f…

We continue our discussion of industrial hemp, talking to Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture, Russell Redding, who shares his unique perspective on hemp. We discuss the marijuana stigma, how to build a supply chain and what farmers can be doing to now to prepare for this new yet old crop.

Podcast host and creator, Eric Hurlock sketches out his vision for what will ultimately become the Lancaster Farming Industrial HempPodcast. It's a quick glimpse into the history of farming and just how crucial agriculture has been in the development of humankind.