Wolf signs farm bill package with Rabb plan to encourage farming of hemp and other high-priority crops
State Rep. Chris Rabb is applauding Gov. Tom Wolf for signing the PA Farm Bill today, which includes his efforts to create a grant program that encourages farming of hemp, as well as other high-priority crops.
“I’m proud to be part of such a historic day for the commonwealth,” said Rabb, D-Phila. “My contribution to the PA Farm Bill focuses on specialty crops, including hemp, hops, honey and hardwood, that need more attention in terms of specialty research cultivation and commercialization in both rural and urban areas.”
Receiving bipartisan support, Rabb’s plan acts as a complement to the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which awards grants for projects aimed at expanding markets for small producers and sets aside 10% of grant funds for successful applicants from rural and urban communities that have at least 20% poverty for at least 30 years.
“Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s most important industry, and we as a legislature must continue finding ways to build bridges and address critical agriculture issues that impact all Pennsylvanians,” Rabb explained.
Once enacted, the Pennsylvania Farm Bill package will invest an additional $19 million into Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry to grow opportunities and resources, remove barriers to entry, and cultivate future generations of leaders within agriculture.
For more information about the PA Farm Bill and Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry, visit www.agriculture.pa.gov.