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

Mahaut resident charged for assault.

first_imgSylvester Roberts, 47 year old of Mahaut was charged for three offenses at the Magistrate Court this morning.The three charges of assault, malicious damage and intimidation were filed by Corporal Jno. Baptiste who is stationed at the Mahaut Police Station .On 16th of April, 2011 the accused was in Lawo Picarty, Mahaut when he assulted Kennan Jno. Baptiste of the same community with a cutlass. After the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty to the assaut charge.When the charge for malicious damage to property worth $550.00 was read to Mr. Roberts he attempted to explain what transpired instead of answering to the charge.On the third charge of intimidating the victim with a cutlass and axe the accused pleaded not guilty.Magistrate Evelina Baptiste ordered that the accused be evaluated by Dr. Benjamin of the Princess Margaret Hospital’s Psychiatric Unit and montiored for the next few days.The preliminary inquiry is scheduled for the 5th of May, 2011.Dominica Vibes News Share Share 27 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Mahaut resident charged for assault. by: – April 21, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Poyet expects to remain in charge

first_img Nathan Dyer fired Swansea ahead with a deft seventh-minute finish from Wayne Routledge’s pass and Marvin Emnes doubled their advantage when he turned John O’Shea and blasted home with just 14 minutes gone. Fabio Borini’s 10th goal of the season five minutes after the restart gave the Black Cats hope, but Wilfried Bony ensured his side left with all the points with another fine strike. Swans boss Garry Monk, who was taking charge of his first game since being appointed manager on a permanent basis, was delighted with a performance which ensured his side finished 12th. He knows his honeymoon period will have ended by the time the new campaign starts, but he is relishing the opportunity to test himself once again. Monk said: “It’s been great for me. This past three and a half months, or whatever it’s been, has a learning process and a taste of what is to come. “But then I guess from next season, I will be judged more harshly on my own merits and every single move that I make. “But I know that, I accept that and I’m not worried about that. It’s how you have to live your life, so I am just looking forward to it. “I am looking forward to being judged, being doubted. When you have got a point to prove and you have done that your whole career, there’s nothing better than trying to prove people wrong.” Monk’s first task could be to attempt to keep the likes of Bony and Jonjo Shelvey out of the grasp of potential suitors, although that is not something he fears. He said: “They will be an attraction for everyone. But we are lucky, we are in a position where we don’t have to sell anyone, it’s up to us.” The 46-year-old Uruguayan has been linked with potential vacancies at both West Ham and Southampton in recent days, but has also found himself the subject of rumours that he could walk out of the Stadium of Light because of a power struggle behind the scenes. However, as a remarkable season drew to a close with a 3-1 home defeat by Swansea, crucially with the Black Cats still a Barclays Premier League club, Poyet insisted he was going nowhere. Asked if he expected to be in charge in August, he said: “Yes,” before adding with a smile: “You are scaring me now. What do you know that I don’t know? “The rumours are natural, there are so many rumours all the time. But that means you are doing something special or you are being recognised for something, whatever it is. “It could be the way your team plays, or it could be the achievement that you made or it could be that before I didn’t have on my CV Barclays Premier League experience and now I do in a very difficult situation.” Poyet, who revealed he is in talks with “three or four” of the club’s 11 out-of-contract and loan players, revealed he had already met owner and chairman Ellis Short to discuss the way forward, and will do so again after a short break, but was adamant there was nothing sinister about those talks. He said: “Every single manager in the world when he finishes the season has a meeting with the chairman of the football club, winning the league, going down, in the middle, having been named somewhere else, with contract, without contract – it’s natural. “Every now and then when a manager says, ‘I need to meet with the chairman to see where we are going’, you all start to think, ‘He’s leaving’ or ‘He’s not happy’ or ‘There’s a problem’, but it’s nothing. “Yes, I want to know where we are going, if it’s possible not to make the same mistakes that we have made in the last couple of years because I don’t want to go through another year like this one.” Sunderland ended the season in 14th place after a defeat in which they were up against it from the off. Press Association Gus Poyet is confident he will still be Sunderland’s head coach next season amid fevered speculation over his future. last_img read more