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. Then we hear from deputy ag secretary Fred Strathmeye… Read more

The Slaytons looked over their field of young hemp plants in Prince Edward County, Virginia, and noted that they were far behind the expected growth plateau for this time of season and said simply, “We planted too late, but we couldn’t help it. We didn’t get them planted until early June.” Read more

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. Tipping discusses the various pests a hemp farmer… Read more

Since legalizing industrial hemp nationwide with the 2018 Farm Bill, interest in the versatile commodity has taken off in New York. For the first time, Empire Farm Days, the largest outdoor ag show in the Northeast, featured a brand-new Hemp Center. Read more

On this episode of the Industrial Hemp Podcast, we go deep into the specifics of harvesting and drying CBD hemp, from cutting the stalks to the best way to set up a drying room, plus how to keep mold from contaminating the crop. First we check in with Bucks County, Pennsylvania, hemp farmer… Read more

Penn State's hemp field day, held at the Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center, drew more than 360 attendees eager to hear a wide range of farmers, processors and hemp experts tell their stories and answer questions. Read more

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. We also hear from a La… Read more

How are things looking at area hemp farms? That’s what podcast host Eric Hurlock wanted to find out so he visited three local hemp operations to talk to the farmers. First he went to ReLeaf Farmacy in Glenmore, Pennsylvania, to talk to hemp growers David Thompson and Pat Benzing. Then he … Read more

The United States has never really seen an industry develop out of thin air the way the hemp industry has. Illegal and listed as a dangerous drug only six months ago and now poised to disrupt industries and institutions across the board, hemp has had an incredible journey. Author Jen Hobbs c… Read more

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… Read more

After an 80-year hiatus, hemp is being planted on farms throughout Pennsylvania this year. Lancaster County used to be the epicenter of hemp production, and you could say the county is now picking up right where it left off. Read more

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. Then, host Er… Read more

After the 2014 Farm Bill brought hemp into the general ag consciousness, Bill Roberts’ gears started turning. And when Pennsylvania began its hemp pilot program in 2017, Perry County Land & Cattle was among the first permit holders. Read more

For the 2019 growing season, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture issued 158 individual licenses under the industrial hemp program. This included 71 applicants who marked processing as part of their submission. The proposed total acreage to be grown by licensees is 2,531. Read more

Because of its many uses, hemp has been grown for thousands of years by many cultures. People have used the hemp plant for traditional medicine as well as for dietary and nutrition purposes. Read more

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. For first year hemp gro… Read more

The Industrial Hemp podcast goes on the road this week to a farm in Berks County, Pennsylvania, where two local businesses are collaborating to build a tiny house made from hemp. COEXIST Build is a design and build company owned and operated by architect Anastasiya Konopitskaya and her hu… Read more

There’s been a lot of speculation that hemp seed cake – the byproduct of crushing hemp seed for oil – would make an excellent feed for beef and dairy cattle, as well as for other types of livestock, such as poultry and pork. The nutritional profile of the hemp cake looks pretty good. It’s su… Read more

Erin Williams of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, who served as a panelist at the hemp summit, said there is a significant interest in growing industrial hemp, especially in southside Virginia. Read more

Episode 26 of the Industrial Hemp Podcast gathers perspective from various places. First we talk to Pennsylvania Senator Judy Schwank about the new Senate bill that clears the way for CBD to be used as an ingredient in food and cosmetics. Then Penn State Extension educator Jeff Graybill shar… Read more

Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks, recently introduced SB335, the Industrial Hemp Act, recognizes hemp as an allowable cosmetic ingredient, food, food additive or herb to be regulated as any other food ingredient or food commodity. Read more

Pennsylvania’s first hemp processor to be established since the crop was legalized is coming to York County. Steve Groff, a farmer and licensed surgeon, plans to use innovative Canadian machinery to process whole hemp plants for fiber and chemicals. Read more

This large-scale campus of agricultural innovation, the specific location of which will be announced within the next 100 days, will be a hub for hemp processing and product manufacturing that will create significant new employment and lead to long-term economic benefit for the region. Read more

New York continues its industrial hemp agricultural research program for 2019, a move that pleases vendors in the Empire State who, at present, must source all their hemp from outside the state. Read more

When Michele Waters opened Green Mountain Hemp Co. (GMHC) on Center Street in St. Albans City in January 2017, she sold her all-natural hemp extract products from 800 square feet of retail space. Read more

Debbie Mielewski, the senior technical leader of sustainable and emerging materials at Ford Motor Co. Research in Dearborn, Michigan, has spent the past 20 years developing what she calls “greener, better-for-the-planet materials.” Read more

Industrial hemp was illegal to grow in the United States until the 2014 Farm Bill gave states the ability to set up research programs to study this ancient crop that’s been out of production in America for some 80 years. Read more