Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding announced late last week that he would submit applications for the 2021 hemp growing season, which begins on Saturday, December 5. “Hemp production represents a return to our heritage, our prosperity, and our new opportunities”, said Redding.
Among the myriad challenges facing the state's farmers is the potential for harvesting to get hot, meaning that their THC levels are above the 0.3% threshold and must therefore be destroyed. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is trying to reduce that risk in part, but unlike other states, Pennsylvania has a steep learning curve for participants.
In 2019, 324 farmers in the state planted nearly 4,000 hectares of hemp, and the ministry submitted a list of banned and worrying varieties that have THC levels above the legal threshold.
An initial hemp permit costs $150, while renewal permits cost $50 each, according to the ministry's website.