On this week’s Industrial Hemp Podcast, we talk to Fred Strathmeyer, Deputy Secretary of Plant Industry and Consumer Protection at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture where he oversees the state’s industrial hemp program.
We talk about some of the challenges that Pennsylvania farmers and the team at PDA faced this year in terms of sampling, testing, and COVID-19.
He also unveils some details about the changes to the hemp program for 2021 — most notably the plant minimum and acreage requirements. The permit application process opens for mail-in applicants December 5.
Applicants interested in easier application, renewal and online payment are encouraged to wait until January, when the upgraded system is expected to be available.
We talk about the Pennsylvania Hemp Steering committee and how it was instrumental in shaping the program for next year. Strathmeyer also says why he thinks the USDA will change the 15-day-to-harvest requirement in the final rule. And of course we talk about this week’s Pennsylvania Hemp Summit, Dec. 8 and 9.
Pennsylvania Department of Ag's 2021 Hemp Program
Pennsylvania Hemp Summit
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