WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com — The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is now taking applications for permits to grow or process hemp in the 2022 season.
While the department accepts processor permit applications year-round, grower applications for commercial use or research are due by April 1, 2022.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding also encouraged growers from 2021 to report their production, harvest, yield and sales figures by responding to the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service’s 2021 Hemp Acreage and Production Survey.
“With hemp growers in nearly every county, and more than 60 processors statewide, Pennsylvania’s hemp supply chain is growing steadily,” said Secretary Redding. “With cutting-edge research into exciting new products that promise to bring dollars to our economy and sustainable, green solutions in textiles, architecture and design, we are pleased to invest in making Pennsylvania an industry leader. The data growers provide informs solid decision-making by those positioned to invest and grow opportunities.”
For 2021, the PA Department of Agriculture issued 426 hemp growing permits, including nine research permits, and 64 processing permits, including two research permits.
Data on acreage planted and harvested this season are not yet available.
Permit application instructions can be found HERE. The website also includes a map and listing of hemp permits issued to growers from the past three seasons, as well as registered processors.
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