The 16 Accepted Proposals: Allegheny/westmoreland County, Commonwealth Alternative Medicinal Options (camo) , To Track Seed And Stalk Yield, Plant Nutrients And General Development Under Pennsylvania Growing Conditions.

industrial hemp projects get greenlight Updated: March 23, 2017 a 9:35 AM EDT Sam Wood Philadelphia Inquirer The Pa. Department of Agriculture approved 16 research proposals this week that will seek to demonstrate the value and viability of industrial hemp cultivation in the state. The projects were approved under the new Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, which the department launched in December. “Industrial hemp has a long history in the U.S. and in Pennsylvania, but it has been missing from the landscape since the mid-20th century, explainedstate Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding.As a result, we have missed out on many economic opportunities.” Redding said hemp could offer farmers tremendous new opportunities, but the first step was to demonstrate the potential of the plant through research projects. The 16 accepted proposals: Allegheny/Westmoreland County, Commonwealth Alternative Medicinal Options (CAMO) , to track seed and stalk yield, plant nutrients and general development under Pennsylvania growing conditions. Armstrong County, Academic Sciences of Pennsylvania LLC, to compare seed quality and yield under different growing conditions (planting and harvest dates, nutrients, irrigation and spacing). Berks County, Rodale Institute , to evaluate potential benefits of industrial hemp as a cash or cover crop for weed control and soil health. Bucks County, Delaware Valley University , Doylestown, to compare four hemp varieties for Marijuana Stocks plant height, seed yields, and insect presence under Pennsylvania growing conditions. Centre County, Penn State University , to compare six varieties under different growing conditions (planting dates, seed densities, tillage regimens and nitrogen levels); track plant height, yield, disease and insect impact to develop draft production recommendations for the commonwealth. Dauphin County, Royal Beverage, LLC / Dba Orgaceutical Corp., to compare at least four cultivars growing under Keystone State conditions Franklin County, Destiny’s Agro Farm , Inc, to compare at least four cultivars for visual qualities, fiber content, and seed yields.

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