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New Penn State Grants To Support Brewing Program, Hemp Production

A handful of grants awarded to Penn State this week will help the university continue researching brewing, hemp production, and the pesky spotted lanternfly.

Each grant is funded through the Pennsylvania Farm Bill since they involve specialty crops that aren’t eligible under the federal specialty crop grant. Penn State received a $69,797 grant to study the spotted lanternfly’s impact on the hardwood ornamental industry; a $126,730 grant to study hemp production; and a $72,049 grant to create a Specialty Crop Block Grant Brewing Program.

State Representative Scott Conklin said in a statement the grants will help develop Pennsylvania’s agricultural prowess.

“These block grants are used to help support and assist with the growth of high-priority crops, including those vital for craft beer production, such as hops, barley, rye and wheat,” Conklin said. “While we have had a strong craft brew industry here in Pennsylvania, these funds will help our state to continue to strengthen the industry and provide additional opportunities in the agriculture field.”

The grants are the latest efforts to support hemp and brewing causes at Penn State. This past year, the university launched a new hemp production class and cannabis to show students the ropes, while courses involving alcohol are staples by this point. As for the spotted lanternfly, check out our guide.

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Matt DiSanto

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