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

ICC World Cup Mayank Agarwal approved by ICC as replacement for Vijay Shankar in India cricket team World Cup squad

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Vijay Shankar sustained a toe injury.India lost to England by 31 runs in Edgbaston.India need only one win to reach 2019 World Cup semifinal.center_img New Delhi: Mayank Agarwal has been appproved as a replacement for Vijay Shankar in the Indian cricket team squad for 2019 World Cup by the International Cricket Council. The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad. The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 consists of Geoff Allardice (ICC, ETC chairman), Campbell Jamieson (ICC representative), Steve Elworthy (CWC representative), Alan Fordham (host representative), Harsha Bhogle and Kumar Sangakkara (both independent representatives).Shankar was ruled out of ICC World Cup 2019 after sustaining a toe injury prior to the encounter against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Agarwal is considered as a good bet to play in his first World Cup game during the clash against Bangladesh. Agarwal blasted 442 runs at an average of 88.42 in six games with three centuries.The Tamil Nadu all-rounder featured in three games for India and managed to score 58 runs at an average of 29. He also scalped two important wickets against the arch-rivals Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester. His contribution on and off the field will certainly be missed by India. Mayank Agarwal, on the other hand, will be playing his first ICC 50-over tournament and will look to utilize his Indian Premier League (IPL) form in the games to come. However, with the playing XI looking settled, it looks highly unlikely that Mayank Agarwal will feature in the games to come.In press statement released by BCCI said, “Vijay Shankar sustained a non displaced fracture of the left big toe, which will require a minimum of three weeks to heal. The injury rules him out of the ongoing World Cup. The Indian team management has requested the ICC to consider Mayank Agarwal as his replacement.”Earlier in the tournament, Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the World Cup after sustaining a thumb injury. The wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who featured in five one-day Internationals for India, replaced him into the side and also played his first World Cup game against England. Meanwhile, India will play their next game against Bangladesh at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Indian team is currently placed at the second position with 11 points and need one win in their remaining two games to secure a semi-final berth.last_img read more