Pennsylvania hemp farmers are getting some marketing help.
The Hemp Promotional Grant Program will provide $157,735 in state funds for three projects intended to increase consumer awareness of hemp and hemp products and increase market opportunities for growers and processors.
“Hemp is an opportunity to revolutionize the norm for everything from agricultural conservation practices to home building,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “But for the revolution to take hold and make a lasting impact, we need programs that raise awareness and educate growers, processors and consumers alike.”
The reimbursement grant program covers up to half of project costs that occur between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.
The funded projects include:
• Don Services, Lawrence County, $109,000: Project PA Hemp Home, in conjunction with DON’s Hemp Test Acres Program for farmers in the region, is an opportunity for Pennsylvania builders, contractors, farmers and end-use industries to learn about hemp building materials in a real-life application and to understand the potential economic impact of industrial hemp.
• Team Pennsylvania, Dauphin County, $32,095: The Pennsylvania Hemp Summit aims to increase the commonwealth’s shared knowledge and resources in order to inspire investments and to form transformative partnerships in the hemp industry. The summit connects hemp farmers, processors, supporting industries and hemp industry experts, and provides an occasion to learn, network and grow the businesses that comprise the regional hemp industry.
• Urban Affairs Coalition All Together Now PA, Philadelphia County, $16,640: The coalition offers agricultural hemp education and promotion events that include cultivation, harvesting and processing methods, and the local supply-chain integration of industrial hemp use.