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Applications now accepted for Pennsyvania’s hemp growing program

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for its hemp growing program from now until April 1.

The department began accepting applications after a two-year pilot program in 2017 and 2018. The department is at the Pennsylvania Farm Show from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday to provide more information.

“The re-emergence of hemp in Pennsylvania represents a bounty of opportunity; it’s in our buildings and cars, it’s food and fuel, and it’s power to Pennsylvania’s economy,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said.

In 2019, 324 growers in 55 counties grew more than 4,000 acres of hemp.

DeLissio roundtable will look at how social determinants affect health

State Rep. Pam DeLissio, D-Philadelphia, has assembled lawmakers and health officials for a roundtable discussion on the social determinants of health.

The discussion will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education on Hagys Mill Road in Philadelphia. Panelists include Terri Lipman, assistant dean for community engagement at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Tarik Khan.

A statement said DeLissio wants to look at the root causes of problems with health care policy.

Newly formed Higher Education Commission to host hearing

A public hearing on job preparation and the future of higher education will be held at West Chester University on Wednesday.

The newly formed Pennsylvania Higher Education Funding Commission is hosting the hearing which includes testimony from educators and groups.

The HERC was formed in August 2018 to consider a higher education funding formula and how it will be distributed. State Sen. Pat Browne, R-Allentown, state Rep. Stan Saylor, R-Red Lion, and Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera are co-chairing the committee, which has 10 members.

The hearing is divided into two sections, with the first hearing scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and the second hearing scheduled for 1:15 p.m.