Pennsylvania is poised to grow potentially 30 times the number of industrial hemp acres it did in 2017, which according to state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding is a clear indication of the enthusiasm around this nascent, but promising, industry.

Redding announced the Department of Agriculture approved 39 industrial hemp research applications on Feb. 15.

If all applicants complete the permitting process, nearly 1,000 acres of hemp will be growing this spring.

Last year, 14 growers produced a total of 36 acres statewide. 

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