Governor Wolf: Hemp is Growing Opportunities for PA Farmers

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Press Release Tyrone, PA – During a visit to a hemp growing site in Blair County today, Governor Tom Wolf and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding highlighted the opportunities available to hemp growers and processors across the commonwealth.“Pennsylvania has a tremendous opportunity to capitalize on a new and in-demand market for hemp,” said Gov. Wolf. “This is a versatile product with many uses, and it’s a product that consumers want.”This year, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture issued more than 300 permits on nearly 600 acres at more than 800 different growing locations.“Hemp is a new, old crop that has the potential to make a big impact on Pennsylvania’s agricultural – and economic – landscape,” said Sec. Redding. “It’s a crop with both a rich history and a bright future here in the commonwealth.”This summer, Gov. Wolf signed the PA Farm Bill, a piece of which will create a state-level Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to invest in and encourage farming of high-priority crops like hemp. Eligible projects must enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by improving distribution, efficiency, or research to boost consumption of goods.Hemp was grown in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States until after World War II but became regulated along with marijuana and its cultivation was prohibited. Hemp and marijuana are different varieties of the same species of plant. Unlike marijuana, hemp is grown mainly for fiber and seed and must maintain a much lower concentration of the psychoactive chemical tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, below the 0.3 percent legal threshold.Pennsylvania recently made hemp subject to the Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Committee, created under Act 46 of 2017. With the committee’s approval, hemp was designated a controlled plant, which requires all growers to register and obtain permits through the department.For more information on Pennsylvania’s commercial hemp program, visit the department’s website.Later today, Gov. Wolf will make his second stop this year on the Pennsylvania Ice Cream Trail with a visit to Ritchey’s Dairy, Martinsburg. The dairy farm, which has been operated by four generations of the Ritchey family, has expanded over time from local milk deliveries to ice cream, iced tea and butter. Ritchey’s Dairy has plans to further expand its storage, processing and packaging capabilities using a $767,550 loan approved earlier this year by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.“Ritchey’s Dairy is a great example of a family willing to try new business initiatives to carry on a legacy of family farming,” said Gov. Wolf. “I’m proud to be supporting farming families like the Ritcheys through programs like the Ice Cream Trail and our agriculture investment loans.”The Pennsylvania “Pursue Your Scoops” Ice Cream Trail was developed last year as a joint effort between the Pennsylvania Tourism Office and the Department of Agriculture to boost Pennsylvania’s dairy industry by capitalizing on agritourism. Visitors can pick up a passport at any of the trail’s 31 stops and have it stamped at a mix of participating on-farm creameries and ice cream shops that support Pennsylvania milk processors and local dairy farmers. Visitors with at least five stamps by Sept. 2, 2019, receive a “Pursue Your Scoops” t-shirt, while a fully stamped passport earns a “Pursue Your Scoops” ice cream bowl.“We are pleased to be a part of the Western PA Ice Cream trail this year,” said Andrew Ritchey, owner. “This program has benefitted our business as well as the other businesses on the trail. We’ve had customers come from all around to visit our ice cream shop this year.” August 09, 2019center_img Governor Wolf: Hemp is Growing Opportunities for PA Farmerslast_img read more

Aug. 23 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings

first_imgIMCA Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, and Cory Dumpert, York, Neb., both 594; 3. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 589; 4. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 587; 5. Justin L. Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 582; 6. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 577; 7. Todd Malmstrom, Hampton, Ill., 553; 8. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, Iowa, 537; 9. Eric Pollard, Peosta, Iowa, 529; 10. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 525; 11. Jim Johnson, Plainview, Neb., 523; 12. Curtis Glover, Runnells, Iowa, 520; 13. Zachary Zentner, Cedar Rapids, Neb., 516; 14. Robert Osborne, Norfolk, Neb., 508; 15. William “B.J.” Jackson, Clinton, Iowa, 493; 16. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 486; 17. Lake Knutti, Chadwick, Ill., 485; 18. Chase Osborne, Battle Creek, Neb., 483; 19. Les Siebert, York, Neb., 479; 20. Shawn Cooney, Bondurant, Iowa, 475.  IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,200; 2. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,191; 3. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan., 1,161; 4. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,158; 5. Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan., 1,154; 6. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 1,146; 7. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 1,139; 8. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,131; 9. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 1,127; 10. A.J. Dancer, Red Rock, Texas, 1,125; 11. Austin Brauner, Platte Center, Neb., 1,123; 12. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 1,102; 13. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,100; 14. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn., 1,092; 15. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,083; 16. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 1,082; 17. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,069; 18. Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski, Wisconsin, 1,063; 19. Bryan Schutte, Wayne, Okla., 1,048; 20. Kyle Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,044.  Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Gregory Muirhead, Mabank, Texas, 1,126; 2. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 1,119; 3. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,102; 4. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 1,054; 5. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 1,026; 6. Larry Underwood, Temple, Texas, 947; 7. Chris Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 824; 8. Austin Moore, Axtell, Texas, 776; 9. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, 760; 10. Jeff Shepperd, Waco, Texas, 756; 11. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 737; 12. Garett Rawls, Elm Mott, Texas, 728; 13. Trevor Egbert, Salado, Texas, 708; 14. Cullen Hill, Healdton, Okla., 702; 15. Blaine Shives, Leonard, Texas, 663; 16. John “Jay” Coone, Weatherford, Texas, 662; 17. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 659; 18. Kaden Honeycutt, Willow Park, Texas, 657; 19. Michael Martin, Kaufman, Texas, 655; 20. Colby Miller, Beaumont, Texas, 651. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 1,195; 2. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 1,184; 3. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,171; 4. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,158; 5. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 1,155; 6. Adam Goff, Minot, N.D., 1,144; 7. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 1,142; 8. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,140; 9. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,139; 10. Corey Madden, Avoca, Iowa, 1,129; 11. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 1,112; 12. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 1,108; 13. Brady J. Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 1,102; 14. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,081; 15. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,077; 16. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 1,069; 17. David Norquest, York, Neb., 1,064; 18. Bryce Sommerfeld, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 1,036; 19. Daniel Wauters, West Branch, Iowa, 1,030; 20. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 1,029.  Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods – 1. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,194; 2. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,182; 3. Matt Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,178; 4. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 1,176; 5. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa, 1,174; 6. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., 1,164; 7. Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa, 1,156; 8. Luke Stallbaumer, Tecumseh, Kan., 1,155; 9. Hunter Longnecker, Woodward, Iowa, 1,146; 10. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,136; 11. Brett Berry, Colby, Kan., 1,134; 12. Kevin Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif., 1,131; 13. Guy Ahlwardt, Antioch, Calif., 1,124; 14. Jerry Miles, Bernard, Iowa, 1,118; 15. David Siercks, Princeton, Minn., and Rusty Montagne, North Sioux City, S.D., both 1,116; 17. Jacob Hagemann, Fort Ripley, Minn., 1,115; 18. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,105; 19. Cade Richards, Lincoln, Neb., 1,103; 20. Vince Engebregtsen, Algoma, Wis., 1,102.center_img Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,186; 2. Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., 1,183; 3. Terry Tritt, York, Neb., 1,146; 4. Steven Bevills, Granbury, Texas, 1,139; 5. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,103; 6. Darwin “Bubba” Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 1,082; 7. John Gill, Marshalltown, Iowa, 1,073; 8. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,066; 9. Tyler Fiebelkorn, Creston, Iowa, 1,063; 10. Jade Lange, Humboldt, Iowa, 1,058; 11. Oliver Monson, Humboldt, Iowa, 1,036; 12. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 1,014; 13. Roberto “R.J.” Esqueda, Madelia, Minn., 992; 14. Tom Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 973; 15. Parker Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., 972; 16. Hailey Nohner, Onamia, Minn., 924; 17. Frank Lackey, Joshua, Texas, 888; 18. Conner Brown, Yankton, S.D., 886; 19. Justin Dose, Glencoe, Minn., 864; 20. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 856. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 773; 2. Scott Lutz, Jonestown, Pa., 755; 3. Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa, 747; 4. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., and Mike Moore, Des Moines, Iowa, both 728; 6. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 721; 7. Jake Martens, Fairview, Okla., 716; 8. Ryan Lynn, Hollidaysburg, Pa., 700; 9. Billy Johnson, St. Peter, Minn., 694; 10. Stuart Snyder, Lincoln, Neb., 683; 11. Toby Chapman, Panama, Neb., 680; 12. Drew Ritchey, Everett, Pa., 677; 13. Adam Gullion, Lincoln, Neb., 676; 14. Jacob Gomola, Seneca, Pa., 669; 15. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., and Jonathon J. Jones, Irvona, Pa., both 666; 17. Jack Potter, Lees Summit, Mo., 664; 18. Brandon Allen, St. Peter, Minn., 662; 19. John Walp, Wapwallopen, Pa., 661; 20. Javen Ostermann, Courtland, Minn., 656.  IMCA Modifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,196; 2. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb., 1,170; 3. Thomas Berry, Newburg, N.D., 1,162; 4. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa, and Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, both 1,160; 6. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 1,144; 7. Drew Armstrong, Benton, Ark., 1,140; 8. Jeremy Mills, Britt, Iowa, 1,136; 9. Chris Morris, Taylor, Texas, 1,130; 10. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 1,128; 11. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., 1,126; 12. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 1,123; 13. Shane DeMey, Denison, Iowa, 1,121; 14. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa, and Jeff Larson, Freeport, Ill., both 1,120; 16. Kevin Green, Waco, Texas, and Aaron Johnson, Brainerd, Minn., both 1,116; 18. Bricen James, Albany, Ore., 1,115; 19. David Goode Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,103; 20. Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M., 1,077. last_img read more

EPL: City target Villa’s scalp

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Martinez completes £20m Aston Villa move Man City vs. Aston VillaVenue: Etihad StadiumKick off: 12:30PMManchester City resume Premier League action this afternoon with a game against Aston Villa at the Etihad.The Premier League champions will hope that they continue to make up ground on leaders Liverpool, who are six points ahead of them in the Premier League.Pep Guardiola’s men have responded in ideal fashion to suffering a damaging 2-0 defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers prior to the international break.The Citizens claimed a comfortable 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, who are something of a bogey team, ahead of recovering from going a goal down to thrash Atalanta 5-1 in the Champions League.As domestic football returns to the Etihad this weekend, City players will know that slipping up at home even once more this season could have fatal consequences for their title defence.Following consecutive years during which it seemed as if nobody could touch them, the Premier League champions possess greater firepower than ever but perhaps have more question marks surrounding their capacity to hold firm at the back.Indeed, in the wake of Vincent Kompany’s departure, combined with injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, it has been demonstrated by both Norwich City and Wolves that hitting City with fast counter-attacks down the middle of the pitch can open up gaps in behind.This current impediment, along with more intangible factors like “pedigree” and “heritage”, may combine to explain why City could struggle in Europe again this season – a problem that is preventing this side from joining the pantheon of the game’s very best teams.However, when it comes to these games at home against lesser opponents, City will always back their attacking unit to substantially outscore whomever they come up against.Today’s visitors will take heart from the blueprint laid down by Wolves but must also be conscious of the fact that this City team has scored 21 goals in six home games since August.The story of Villa this season has been one of a team which has almost visibly grown into its skin since the opening weekend.Defeats to Bournemouth and Crystal Palace along with a tepid home draw with West Ham United during the club’s opening four league games were indicative of a team which, although solid at the back, looked to be missing something going forward.However, it seems as if a 3-2 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates, which saw the visitors take the lead twice and lose the game to a last minute goal, served as something of a turning point when it came to the intensity of Villa’s performances.Since that loss, Smith’s side has managed at least two goals in every game, including an impressive 5-1 victory over Norwich at Carrow Road that was hallmarked by a front three of Jack Grealish, Anwar El Ghazi and Wesley cutting through the Canaries at will.Moreover, the Villans have been bolstered by the strong form of attacking midfielder John McGinn, with the Scot scoring three goals and claiming one assist this term, often making smart late runs to join attacks and create overloads through the middle.If Villa are to pull off one of the shocks of the season at the Etihad this weekend, the aforementioned attacking quartet must make use of any pocket of space that happens to come their way. Watford, for example, actually had an excellent chance to equalise after just five minutes at the Etihad, only to squander it and end up losing 8-0.Smith has so far refused to deviate from a rigid 4-3-3 system, whose primary aim is for the team to attack and defend as one unit, and will need his players to function as one perfectly unified entity if they are to succeed at keeping this City team at arm’s length.Then again, as every team knows, even being perfect against such a litany of superstars can sometimes not be quite enough. Manchester City possible XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Fernandinho, Mendy, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Silva, Bernardo, Sterling, Jesus.Aston Villa possible XI: Heaton, Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Targett, Nakamba, Hourihane, McGinn, El Ghazi, Grealish, Wesley.Tags: Aston VillaEPLManchester Citylast_img read more