State of PA Awarding Grants to Hemp Organizations

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  • The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is awarding a total of $253,000 to eligible hemp organizations with ongoing projects designed to boost the sales of hemp and its exports, along with educating consumers on the benefits hemp can provide.
  • In order for a project to be eligible, it must have been started on or after July 1st, 2020, and have a completion date on or before June 30th of this year.
  • All qualified and interested hemp organizations can apply for a grant through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development site.

The state of Pennsylvania is awarding a total of $253,000 to hemp organizations with ongoing projects that are designed to boost hemp sales and the exports of hemp products, such as CBD products.

The projects must have been started on or after July 1st of last year, and must be completed on or before June 30th, 2021.

Interested organizations can apply for the grants until March 5th, and will be reviewed by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Projects that focus on increasing consumer awareness about the benefits of hemp are also eligible to apply and receive the grants. However, the department did note that it will give special consideration to any projects that leverage other funding and public-private partnerships.

“Hemp was presented a unique opportunity to build an industry from the ground up, supplying seemingly limitless environmentally sustainable construction materials, industrial fiber and food products just to name a few,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said.

“These competitive grants can help cultivate the growth of the industry that once was a staple of Pennsylvania’s economy and could once again support new jobs and income for Pennsylvanians.”

Any qualified and interested organizations can apply for the grants through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development online application system.

It’s encouraging to see Pennsylvania making an effort to assist the hemp industry while it nears the end of its infancy stage. As long as no disruptions occur, and hemp farmers remain eligible to receive COVID-19 financial relief throughout the year, you can expect Pennsylvania and several other states to fully dive into the hemp market.

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