Completed Project Report


Hemp Risk Management Education in Pennsylvania

  • Award Amount: $30,000
  • Regional Center: Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2020 Education Projects
  • Project Director: Claudia Schmidt
  • Email: czs786@psu.edu
  • Organization: The Pennsylvania State University

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Project Overview

With the legalization of industrial hemp production in Pennsylvania in 2018, the acreage of hemp produced has expanded from just under 600 acres in 2018 to an estimated 5,000 acres in 2019. The purpose of the project was to provide risk management education to address production, marketing, financial and legal risk as experienced by hemp producers in Pennsylvania. Due to COVID-19, the planned hands-on workshops were partly held in online format and funding was used to develop a “Hemp Production and Research Video Series”. The video series transports viewers to active hemp fields where they learn about the successes and challenges of the crop from real farmers. These easily digestible videos are a gateway to additional science-based information from Penn State and other reputable academic sources.  They were designed to provide a realistic introduction to the risks and opportunities associated with hemp production. In addition, three “Hemp Research Field Walks” were held outside this season. A total of 68 participated in the walks. Overall, 208 unique participants attended the educational webinars and online field day. Two additional articles were published with unique views totaling 139. Altogether, the hemp production and research videos generated 1,642 views (as of 10/20/21).

Number of Participants: 208

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