K-12 students during this year’s Pennsylvania Farm Show will be taught about plastics crafted from sustainable materials such as hemp. The show will be held online from 9th to 16th January. It also comprises details on cultivating plants using hydroponics.
From the chirping chicks, a flooded food court to animal pens, an Americana thread is evident at the Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center.
According to the Agriculture Secretary, Russel Redding, the ‘Cultivating Tomorrow’ themed show provides exposure and learning experiences to a budding sector with real opportunities.
Redding added that in case anyone is on a career journey- whether searching for hands-on learning, career motivation or just looking for more insight into food- this year’ online Farm Show will deliver opportunities to study and engage with agriculture and the technology, engineering and science pushing it.
Based on PennLive, this won’t be hemp’s first time to be included at the government-sponsored agriculture showcase. 2019’s in-person show featured hemp commodities for sale, such as kitty litter and teas. The show also entailed a hemp-made home and a hemp-mobile.
Last year, the Agriculture Department of Pennsylvania awarded 510 hemp growing permits. It also awarded its first hemp processing licenses (sixty-five in total). Pennsylvania awarded its first hemp-cultivation permits during 2017(fourteen for thirty-six acres).
This new year, the department is focused on fostering a good environment for Pennsylvanians to grow a sustainable, in-demand and profitable hemp product. Because the 2018 Farm Bill permitted recreational and commercial hemp growth, the state’s USDA-passed Hemp Program currently awards licenses within the PA Hemp General Permit.
The Department of Agriculture is now accepting hemp sector applications for this year’s permits. Growing license applications will be accepted up to 1st April 2021 while processing license applications will be accepted throughout the year.