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We gathered leaders from across the supply chain for this roundtable discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing industrial hemp in the region.

How will the federal hemp rule impact local growers? What about recent grant programs designed to encourage hemp production and sales in Pennsylvania? What other policies, investments, and efforts are needed to support and grow this industry?

In addition to these questions, panelists also addressed questions and comments from attendees.


Josh Leidhecker, Owner, Susquehanna Hemp Company

Andrea Ferich, Owner, Ironwood Forestry

Sarah Mitchell, Industrial Hemp Specialist, King’s Agriseeds

Phillip J. Stober, Division Chief for Economic Development, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Sara Nicholas, Policy Strategist, Pasa