HARRISBURG – PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced that the state’s 2021 hemp program applications for commercial growers and processors is now open for mail-in applicants only. Online applications are expected to open in January 2021. In 2020, the department issued permits for more than 500 growing sites and 60 processors statewide. Permits for the 2020 season are valid through February 2021. Applications for 2021 hemp permits will be accepted through April 1, 2021. New or aspiring growers are encouraged to review application instructions and information on new minimum plant limits and opportunities for written exemptions for qualified commercial projects including planting for removing soil contaminants. For more information on PA’s hemp program, visit agriculture.pa.gov/hemp.