Please Help Develop the Federal Crop Insurance Program The National Hemp Association partnered with AgriLogic Consulting, LLC in 2018 to develop a federal multiple-peril crop insurance (MPCI) program for industrial hemp. We are pleased to announce that AgriLogic Consulting received approval on the initial two phases of the development process for an industrial hemp MPCI program by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation at their March and June board meetings.
As a result, AgriLogic is in full-scale development of a program for multiple locations across the United States. An effective MPCI crop insurance program will not only benefit growers, but will help strengthen and stabilize the industry as a whole. Two important components of an effective program include a sound pricing methodology that provides a dollar amount reflective of the average price received by a grower in a given location for the insured type of industrial hemp (i.e. grain, fiber, and/or cannabinoid) and historical production yields on which sound premium rates and county transitional yields can be established.
AgriLogic is looking for partners who understand the importance of a strong crop insurance program and are wanting to be a part of the development process to ensure it meets the needs of the industry. They would greatly appreciate any information you can provide in terms of historical prices and/or yields as well as information surrounding the challenges and risks faced by hemp growers. Given the sensitive nature of this information, AgriLogic will follow stringent confidentiality protocols. The data you provide will be kept confidential and only be used to support the development and approval of the federal crop insurance program.
We have provided a data reporting form if you would like to assist with the project. Please complete the form according to the instructions included and email it to: email@example.com. If you have any questions concerning the program, please feel free to contact us or you can contact Kim Harris with AgriLogic by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 217-649-6979.
The taboo is over, the ban has been lifted and the race has begun as hundreds of Pennsylvania farmers begin growing hemp. The state Department of Agriculture issued 319 hemp growing permits this year ...
"More than 300 farms across the commonwealth have been approved to grow industrial hemp this year, a ten-fold increase from last year.
Last December, the federal government relaxed regulations on the crop, allowing it to be grown for commercial sale. Prior to that, states had the option of implementing hemp growing programs, but only for research purposes.
Hemp can be processed into a wide variety of products, including building materials, clothing and cooking oil.
It’s also a source of CBD, a compound in cannabis that doesn’t get you high, but is believed by some to have healing properties. While research on CBD is limited, it’s become increasingly popular as a homeopathic remedy for anxiety, pain and other ailments.
That’s part of the reason Jake Kristophel decided to apply for a permit to grow hemp on his farm in Lawrence County.
“I use CBD all the time, both of my parents use CBD, I’ve always been really into herbal medicine … and CBD is such an amazing thing,” he said. “The hemp plant in general has so many uses, it’s just such an amazing plant.”
You guys do great work. It's just a shame that you need a permit from the government to grow such a useful and absolutely safe plant.
So is the application period all year round now? Are there any field days coming up for folks to learn about how to properly plant, care and harvest hemp...and what the markets are for processing?
Useful in so many ways ..... No more crucial excuse this please Grassroots
Legislation could have been passed.
People, Industry and the Planet all benefit from this plant.
Finally some Progress kudos to the keystone state
"Last year, nearly 600 acres of Pennsylvania farmland were devoted to hemp — not exactly marijuana, but about as close as you can get. Like marijuana, hemp was long a controlled substance and therefore illegal to grow. But the federal government has eased up on hemp, most significantly in 2018, when it began allowing farmers to grow “industrial hemp.”
Hemp contains CBD. And the recent legalization of Hemp has led to an explosion of CBD products being sold online and, increasingly, in retail settings from chain drug stores to health food stores to beauty parlors. In a dramatic example, Sheetz last month began selling products containing CBD in about 140 convenience stores throughout Pennsylvania, including many stores in the Harrisburg region."
How are you supposed to know if someone is selling a good product or is ripping off the public with inferior / fake products?
Yes, but due to bank regulations small business may get shut down. If we can’t process credit cards we will suffer. Only 2 banks in US process. One requires a minimum sales of 100k/monthly which eliminates thousands of businesses.
Is this industry going to be setup for only the wealthy big cash companies? What happens to small biz?
So it won’t matter if every acre in the state Farm’s hemp , if we can’t sell it- what’s the point?
"HARRISBURG – While it’s unclear if and when recreational marijuana will be available in Pennsylvania, shoppers in the state are increasingly encountering Cannabidiol, or CBD, oil and related products for sale in stores ranging from natural and health foods retailers to convenience stores and gas stations.
CBD is a compound found in both marijuana and industrial hemp and the products on sale in stores are derived from hemp. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is holding a hearing later this month to weigh how to respond to the rise in demand for CBD products.
While Pennsylvania moved to legalize medical marijuana in 2016 and the state has been debating whether to join the 10 other states that have legalized adult recreational use of marijuana, the increased availability of CBD products isn’t the direct result of any change in state law, agency officials and an industry lobbyist said Thursday.
Last month, both CVS and Walgreens announced plans to begin selling CBD products, but only in a small fraction of the stores in those chains.
The convenience store chain Sheetz on Thursday announced it's going to begin stocking CBD products on store shelves. Sheetz will offer products including topical rubs and patches, tinctures, vape pens, oral pouches, capsules, pet products and more. Two local stores — in Elysburg and Mifflinburg — will offer the products.
“We are excited to be the first convenience store to offer a broad selection of premium CBD products at this magnitude,” said Ryan Sheetz, assistant vice president of brand strategies at Sheetz.
In April, Consumer Reports released the results of a survey that found 1-in-7 people surveyed said they use a CBD product every day and that 40 percent of people in their 20s said they’d used a CBD product.
A big part of the reason for the sudden influx of CBD products is that the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill included language allowing states to regulate hemp production, said Shannon Powers, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Agriculture."
Catch up to what? Most people like tomatoes too... but there's no rush to "catchup" to tomato use. Because there's no money to lobby for there! Why do they get any say at all in what can be grown in my garden?