Farm Field

Our Work

This is where you'll find our latest undertakings. Leadership Team members oversee projects, and any committee member can sign up to help. Our projects are guided by our Key Focus Areas

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Hemp Services Directory

Lead: Cynthia Petrone-Hudock

The Hemp Services Directory is a centralized guide for hemp processors, testing labs, and manufacturers. Version 1.0 is already live, but efforts to add legal and bank resources are ongoing. 

Members who can lend Excel, Data Collection, and Data Analysis skills to this project should inquire here.

Educational Material Distribution

Lead: Carla Garzon

To combat misinformation on the Cannabis Sativa plant and the Industrial Hemp Industry, the Steering Committee has set aside time to generate factually accurate and easy to understand educational resources. While we work on this project, please visit our Resources page for 3rd party information.

Members who can lend Graphic Design, Academic Research, or Communication skills to this project should inquire here.

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Hemp Farmer Newsletter

Leads: Dan Summa and Ashley Walsh

To showcase and connect the hemp farming community, Dan and Ashley plan to create a quarterly newsletter to be distributed among PA Hemp Farmers. They'll focus on production information, regulatory updates, marketing tips, and the struggles and triumphs of hemp farming.

Members with Writing or Photography skills should contact them via PAHempFarmer@gmail.com

Farm Bill 2023 Advocacy 

Lead: Erica McBride Stark

The Committee is devoted to making the voices of the hemp industry known on Capital Hill and in the State Legislature. Planning for the 2023 Farm Bill has already begun, and it is imperative that the interests of hemp agriculture are represented in the bill. Longtime political advocate, Erica Stark, will be representing Pennsylvania's hemp voice in her lobbying. 

If there are particular issues you would like addressed, please fill out this form so we may put you in touch. 

Experts Panel

Future Projects

Other initiatives we plan to develop over the next year

  • Grant development advocacy - many State and Federal grants are not currently written in a way that includes eligibility for Hemp farmers and business people. We hope to advocate for more suitable funding options for the Hemp Industry.

  • Testing Exceptions for Fiber and Grain - Due to the non-psychoactive nature of the stalk and seed of the hemp plant,  the Committee proposes a testing exception based on end use of the hemp plant. 

  • Creating Opportunity for Private Research - As it stands, farmers must partner with established research institutions to conduct investigations. We are working with the Department of Agriculture to open up opportunity for smaller private entities to conduct research, so that we may more quickly advance the hemp industry in PA