Our media and news appearances. 

Sen. Schumer Announces Support for Hemp Legislation

Senator Chuck Schumer was in Owego Friday morning, introducing the Hemp Farming Act of 2018.

"We've got companies lined up to develop crossing facilities, retail businesses and move their operations from other states right into New York because of the regulatory climate because the tax incentives are here in New York," said Kaelan Castetter, Castetter Sustainability Group CEO.


Washington County Hemp Expands with CSG Help

According to Kaelan Castetter, chief executive officer of Castetter Sustainability Group Inc., Washington County is a good place for growing hemp.

“They’ve got a long history of growing cannabis,” he said.

CSG, based in Binghamton, helps hemp growers get established and guides them through the season. They currently assist 20 New York hemp farmers, including Old Homestead Hemp farm in Hebron.

Read More at the Post Star


2018 Farm Bill Brings Attention to Hemp

"We've heard from a lot of multi-national corporations of how they really want to expand into New York state with infrastructure, planting equipment, lots of jobs, because hemp is a fairly labor-intensive crop to grow," said Castetter Sustainability Group Director of Operations Jim Castetter.

Read more at Spectrum News

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Southern Tier Hemp Summit 2018

"Industry leaders from all over the country arrived to find themselves as impressed with the layout of the event space as they already were with the professional demeanor of the young man who organized the Summit, Kaelan Castetter."

"CSG is undoubtedly hosting what is arguably the best exposition in the recent history of hemp: particularly in terms of the expertise displayed by his selection of well-vetted panel speakers"

Read More at Hemp.com

Kaelan Castetter interview

2018 Hemp Farming Act Provision

“There’s a lot of gray area in the regulatory environment now,” he said. “But once you completely go and say ‘all industrial hemp products are legal and they are not marijuana. They are not attached to the controlled substances act,’ you are going to see massive investment. You’re going to see massive interest in hemp for products [that are] going to carry nationwide distribution and global distribution.” - CEO Kaelan Castetter

Watch the interview at News 10 Rochester


OP-ED - Hemp Industry Needs Rep. Tenney's Help

From our CEO Kaelan Castetter:

"It is now up to the House of Representatives to include this language into the reconciled 2018 Farm Bill. Our representative, Claudia Tenney, has not supported this bill nor returned any of our many calls asking for her support of this bill over the past three months. Her website states: “Agriculture is among upstate New York’s most important industries and has for decades been a vital part of our region’s heritage”, and we couldn’t agree more. This is a tremendous opportunity that New York farmers, businesses, and individuals want and need."

Read more at Pressconnects.com


Summit Brings Hemp Leaders to Binghamton

The first Southern Tier Hemp Summit was hosted Friday by the Castetter Sustainability Group and the Binghamton University Office of Entrepreneurship.

The event featured hemp industry leaders from across the country to help educate, network, and plan the future of hemp in New York.

Full story at BinghamtonHomepage.com