Following the announcement of the 2018 Farm Bill, which changed the federal designation of this crop, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) reopened the 2019 permit application process for growing industrial hemp in PA. The modified application lifted some restrictions on acreage and did not establish an application deadline at the time of its announcement.
As we draw close to the time of planting our 2019 hemp crop, PDA has now set a deadline of April 30, 2019 for acceptance of any new applications.
PDA specialist Sarah Pickel notes “Properly completed applications received before May 1 will be processed and those applicants will have until May 21st to sign and return their permit contracts for final execution. For those who have already received an application or have begun the permitting process, no additional growing locations for 2019 will be approved after May 1st.”
For more information about the permitting process, please visit the PDA website.
Visit our Industrial Hemp Production article to find information about producing the crop, along with sample enterprise budgets.