Penn State Extension and the Penn State Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center are hosting an informational session for farmers, marketers, industry representatives and others interested in the potential for hemp growing and processing here in the state.

The meeting will be held 5-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 1446 Auction Road, Manheim, Pennsylvania.

The cost is $10 for those who register in advance and $15 for walk-ins.

Hemp is a crop that was once widely grown in central Pennsylvania. It had a wide variety of uses from food to feed and fiber. This event will touch on some of those traditional uses, but mainly focus on hemp for CBD production. Participants will see grain, fiber and CBD hemp research plots in the field, and learn from current CBD growers as well as Penn State, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and hemp industry professionals.

Speakers include Geoff Whaling and Erica McBride Stark of the Pennsylvania Hemp Council, who will give an update on the local hemp industry and infrastructure, followed by a discussion of federal and state regulations by M. Sean High, Penn State staff attorney.

Register online at or call 877-345-0691.