Mar 7, 2021
Deadline For Hemp Growers’ Permits Nears In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s online system for new and renewing hemp growers’ permits is open with an application deadline of April 1, so don’t delay.

There are only a few changes from the program’s 2020 details: lower growing minimums for number of plants and acreages, no more signage required for small plantings, and more freedom to start moving your hemp if it officially tests below 0.3% total THC. That is, you will no longer need to wait for the PDA letter of clearance to be issued on a lot of hemp if you get a Certificate of Analysis from a compliance testing lab certifying that lot is below 0.3%.

Grower permit application fees for renewals will be $50 (must be same grower and same location as 2020). For renewing a permit, you will not need a new background check, but you will need new lease form if farming on land you do not own.

For a more in-depth discussion about the 2021 PA hemp program, along with an update on the federal changes expected with the introduction of the USDA Final Rule, check out the free “Permit and Policy Update” webinar recorded Feb. 8.

Source: Penn State Extension

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