Making it legal to raise industrial hemp has been a topic of discussion in Illinois for years. Wisconsin is the most recent state to allow farmers to grow it. Will Illinois be next?
Back in 2014, the federal farm bill authorized states to grow hemp for research purposes. And effective in 2015, Illinois allowed specific state universities to do so.
But it’s still not legal for farmers to grow, whether it’s for research or another cash crop, and it’s not for a lack of trying by the Illinois Farm Bureau, said IFB's Bill Bodine.