Pennsylvania is home to a rich agricultural market, however, some products fall under the radar. To combat this, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is issuing funding to assist in promoting some overlooked products.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE | The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals from nonprofit marketing and promotion organizations to increase the sales, exports, and awareness of hemp products in Pennsylvania. Accepted proposals will receive a minimum grant amount of $1,000 up to reimbursement of half of the project costs. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is using $200,000 to match these funds.
“Hemp has presented a unique opportunity to grow an industry from the ground up, supplying seemingly limitless sustainable construction materials, fiber and food products,” said Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. “These grants will feed a new industry that was once a staple of Pennsylvania’s economy and is again presenting opportunities for farm income and jobs as well as new possibilities for climate-friendly, environmentally beneficial products.”
Projects can include regional or national promotion but must have begun on or after July 1st, 2022 with a planned completion on or before June 30th, 2023. Projects that make use of other partnerships and funding will be given special consideration.
Qualified nonprofits may apply for grants through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development online application system. The application period closes Friday, December 2, 2022, at 5:00 PM. Full grant guidelines can be found in the October 15 issue of the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
For information about hemp in Pennsylvania, visit the department’s hemp web page. For more on grants and initiatives to grow or start your PA agriculture business visit the department’s PA Farm Bill web page.