Pennsylvania Expands Industrial Hemp Research Opportunities

first_img December 06, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania Expands Industrial Hemp Research Opportunitiescenter_img Innovation,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – After a successful inaugural year in which industrial hemp was reintroduced in Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf today announced the commonwealth will significantly expand the opportunities for this promising agricultural crop in 2018. From fewer than 50 total acres in 2017, next season’s crop could cover 5,000 acres or more.For 2018, the commonwealth will permit up to 50 individual growers or institutions of higher education to grow up to 100 acres apiece. Institutions of higher education also may partner with individual growers to produce larger quantities of hemp. Last year, the department limited the number of growers to 30, each of whom could grow no more than five acres.“Hemp had a long history in Pennsylvania until it disappeared from the landscape half-a-century ago, but now, I’m excited that we’ve brought it back and we’re creating new agricultural opportunities in the process,” said Governor Wolf. “Last year was a learning experience for growers and the Department of Agriculture alike, but even with the small-scale research pilot projects of 2017, it was clear there is a tremendous enthusiasm among growers. Our expanded program is designed to capitalize on this interest in 2018.”The 2014 federal Farm Bill paved the way for Governor Wolf to sign Pennsylvania’s Industrial Hemp Research Act (Act 92) into law on July 20, 2016, which allows researchers from institutions of higher education and individual growers contracting with the state Department of Agriculture to apply for permits to grow industrial hemp for research purposes.“The 2017 growing season was incredibly informative for us,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “We learned about the challenges of sourcing seed, controlling weeds, harvesting, and finding markets. Each of last year’s 14 projects taught us something valuable and we’re pleased that every one of those project leaders are likely to reapply next year. We expect to see the full potential of this industry in 2018.”For thousands of years, industrial hemp was grown to produce fiber, food and seed; more recent uses include biofuel and materials to replace fossil-fuel-based plastics. However, when marijuana, a different variety of Cannabis sativa, was federally outlawed in 1937, industrial hemp also was prohibited even though it did not produce levels of the chemical delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) sufficient to provide any psychoactive effect. Under state and federal law, THC levels must not exceed concentrations greater than 0.3 percent.Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act, passed in April 2016 and regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, requires that cannabis for medical use be grown at a permitted growing facility. Medical marijuana must meet strict requirements for purity and specific chemical concentrations.Aspiring hemp growers should review the new parameter document to understand the permitting process, then complete and return the 2018 Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program permit application and application fee before the January 19, 2018 deadline. Permit applications and additional information is available on the Department of Agriculture website.Growers who participated in the 2017 pilot research program may opt to renew their permits to continue an existing project from the previous season, or they may submit a new project. All applications to participate in the 2018 Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program must be received by 4:00 PM on January 19, 2018.Research projects might explore a range of topics including planting methods, such as seed variety trials, fiber or seed yields, optimum fertility levels, pest management; harvesting techniques or product marketing options; or conservation, remediation or biofuel.The permitting process will outline reporting requirements and restrictions related to THC levels, plant management, transportation, branding, and other legal responsibilities.last_img read more

Wellington wrestlers go 1-3 in opening dual at El Dorado

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School wrestling team went 1-3 Saturday in a dual tournament in El Dorado.Wellington lost to Rose Hill 40-36, defeated Topeka West 54-12, lost to Wichita South 54-27 and lost to Maize South 48-25.Two varsity wrestlers failed to make weight for the first tournament.Individual Wellington wrestler records are as follows: 106 – Sage Ferguson 0-4.120 – Bradley Wiens 3-1.126 – Andrew Horn 3-1.132 – Brenden Hutchinson 3-1.138- Ian King 1-2.145 – Ben DeJarnett 1-3152 – Justin Bruns 3-1160- Jason Haydon 3-1195 – Taylon Lamkin 3-1220 – Mitchell Lowe 2-2285 – Tyson Hodson 3-1.Wellington was open at 113, 170, and 182. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Hmm… · 401 weeks ago Some great pictures on catch it Several wrestlers made top 10 pictures of the week. Report Reply 0 replies · active 401 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more


first_imgEaster Festival of GolfPortsalon golf club has arranged a festival of golf over the Easter period. The events get underway on Saturday 30th March with the Mc Cormick’s Pharmacy Ladies and Gents open, On Sunday 31st there is a gents open competition, On Monday 1st April there is a gents open competition and on Wednesday 3rd a gents open competition. Booking your tee time will be essential so contact 0749159459 or go online to Gaeltacht LeagueThe Portsalon Gaeltacht team travelled to Rosapenna golf course on Saturday last for their final round in this seasons competition. The Rosguill men again proved too strong and were winners by five and half to Portsalon’s two and half matches. The Gaeltacht League Captain’s Day will take place at Cloughaneeley Golf course on Saturday 21st April further details will be available later.Results The winner of the Wednesday open staged on 20th March was Sean Mc Cormack (18) 36 points, runner up Eamon mc Conigley (7) 34 points. The CSS was 35 points.Due to the bad weather on Saturday the open competition was cancelled. On Sunday 24th Playing in windy and cold conditions the winner was Tony Kingston (13) 34 points, runner up Michael Harte (26) 32 points. The CSS was 34 points non counting.Get Well WishesThe Captain Joe Harkin and members of Portsalon golf club wish Sean Mc Cormack a speedy recovery and a return to golf soon following his recent surgery..Protect Your Course.Over the past number of weeks concern has been expressed by a number of members at the number of golfers who do not replace their divots. Replacing divots is no more than good golf etiquette. So we should all think of our fellow golfers and replace our divots. In addition all members are encouraged to take a Divot Bag with them on their golfing round and replace the divot with either the mixture or the actual divot. Divot bags are available on entry to the first tee box and also at the 5th & 12th tee boxes.. Please ensure that you pick up a divot bag and assist with the course maintenance. We can all play a part.Local Rule-Stakes and Ropes All members and visitors are reminded that a local rule is in operation regarding the identified areas surrounding our greens. This is an action taken to protect the areas surrounding the greens.PlacingMembers and visitors should note that six inch placing on all fairways only was is in operation at Portsalon Golf Club.On Line Booking Members and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comGOLF NEWS: PORTALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: March 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Portsalon Golf Club Noteslast_img read more