Lessons Learned in 2019, Looking Forward to 2020

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. We talk about what PDA got right this year and what lessons it’s learning for next year. Plus we get into how the new USDA interim rules might affect the hemp program in Pennsylvania next year.

Then we check in with Erica Stark from the National Hemp Association, who has plenty to say about the new USDA rules and what they’ll mean to farmers and the industry in general.

Also, how a shipment of industrial hemp from a farm in Vermont ended up being confiscated by the NYPD.

Links from the episode:

Specialty Block Grant Program

http://www.pacodeandbulletin.gov/Display/pabull?file=/secure/pabulletin/data/vol49/49-42/1555.html

National Hemp Association

https://nationalhempassociation.org/

USDA Hemp Program

https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/hemp

Hemp Fire Story from Lancaster Online

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/it-s-a-lesson-hemp-farmers-lose-thousands-of-dollars/article_21f256ae-fb23-11e9-bca5-6f64eff270b0.html

NY Post Hemp Confiscation Story

https://nypost.com/2019/11/05/massive-marijuana-shipment-confiscated-by-nypd-is-legal-hemp-business-owner/

Green Angel CBD

https://www.greenangeloil.com/

Tin Bird Shadow

https://tinbirdshadow.bandcamp.com/releases