Three Pennsylvania initiatives get grants to promote hemp

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The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced $157,735 in funding for three projects aimed at boosting the hemp sector in the state. The money, from Pennsylvania’s Hemp Promotional Grant Program, supports initiatives that raise awareness of hemp and hemp products.

The largest recipient, DON Services of Lawrence County, was awarded a $109,000 grant for its Project PA Hemp Home. The initiative is designed to inform farmers and builders about the potential economic impact of industrial hemp and the plant’s promise for end uses in the construction sector.

DON Services is affiliated with DON Enterprises, a non-profit that announced late last year it has plans to invest in a hemp fiber decortication factory in the western part of the state.

Team Pennsylvania in Dauphin County was tapped for $32,095 in grant money to connect and advance communication among hemp farmers, processors, industry experts and those in adjacent and supporting industries.

A third award, of $16,640, was given to Urban Affairs Coalition All Together Now PA in Philadelphia county. That group stages hemp education and promotional events.

“Hemp is an opportunity to revolutionize the norm for everything from agricultural conservation practices to home building,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said in announcing the grants. “But for the revolution to take hold and make a lasting impact, we need programs that raise awareness and educate growers, processors, and consumers alike.”

The Hemp Promotional Grant Program, which began earlier in the year, reimburses up to half of eligibile costs that occur between July 1 and June 30, 2021.

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