"On this week's podcast we talk to Allen Wagner, a greenhouse grower from Altoona, Pennsylvania, who's been in the greenhouse business for 45 years — wholesale, retail, geraniums, plants of all kinds. But not too long ago the box stores moved in and started eating up his market share — and nearly put him out of business.
But when the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law, and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture lifted the acreage cap and opened up the permitting process for industrial hemp, Allen Wagner and Wagner's Greenhouses went all in.
He's got greenhouses full of high CBD hemp seedlings for sale right now. Call him: 814-946-0788. Tell him you heard him on the podcast.
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We met Allen at the Ag Income hosted by the Blair County PSU Extension. He was kind to share his knowledge and experience with growing hemp. He’s a class act and if I had my permit this year, I would have bought seedlings from him.
"Cause for Concern: Banking Services, Foreign Hemp and Pollination Drift?: On this week's episode we talk to National Hemp Association Executive Director Erica McBride Stark about her recent trip to Washington DC, where she met with the Senate ag committee to discuss the implementation of the hemp provisions within the 2018 Farm Bill. Her main concerns are the lack of banking services for hemp farmers and businesses, and the importation of hemp products from foreign countries that could potentially flood the market, making things difficult for American farmers. We also check back in with Lancaster County hemp farmer Tom Culton who is growing multiple acres of CBD hemp this year and has real concerns about pollination drift from nearby hemp farms. This week's show is sponsored by NAU Country Insurance Company, now offering Industrial Hemp Crop-Hail Protection."
"HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Industrial hemp is in the ground and growing in Pennsylvania under a new federal law that legalized its production.
A state Department of Agriculture spokeswoman said Friday that the agency is sorting through more than 300 applications. The annual application period closed April 30. The department has issued more than 80 permits and some producers are already growing."
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Industrial hemp is in the ground and growing in Pennsylvania under a new federal law that legalized its production. A state Department of Agriculture spokeswoman said Friday t...
"Dr. Steve Groff, a successful orthopedic surgeon and entrepreneur has decided to return to his roots and step back into the world of farming and spearhead hemp processing in Pennsylvania. He’s purchased the HempTrain from Canadian Greenfield Technologies and is building a facility in Red Lion, Pennsylvania scheduled to be ready for the Fall harvest. It’s a new type of processing that he hopes will help revolutionize hemp in North America.
Groff North America is currently contracting farmers in Pennsylvania this year, and plan to scale nationwide in 2020."