Industrial hemp could quickly be a substantial money cow for farmers in the Land of Lincoln.
Hemp is a developing market place across the United States proper now.
In truth, Illinois will quickly welcome the development of the crop, right after the guidelines are completed by the Illinois Division of Ag.
A federal policy alter final year is generating it achievable for states across the nation to cultivate industrial hemp.
That is according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Hemp was removed from the Controlled Substance Act in the 2018 Farm Bill. and is now below consideration as an Agriculture Solution.
“We want to appear at a couple of unique commodities we can get from that crop. Everybody is interested in CBD oil production or cannabidiol, but we also want to appear at the crop for production of fiber or seed,” mentioned Karla Gage, Assistant Professor of Weed Science and Plant Biology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
“The plants appear alike, but they are extremely unique due to the fact industrial hemp consists of significantly less than point-3 % of THC. So that suggests it does not have any psychoactive of medicinal cannabis. So, you are not going to really feel any effects from this,” Gage mentioned.
According to NCSL at least six states enacted legislation on hemp in 2018, which includes Missouri.
“You can not develop industrial hemp with no a license from the Illinois Division of Agriculture, but the Illinois Division of Agriculture has not completed the guidelines on how to get a license,” mentioned Bill Bodine, Associate Director for State Legislation at the Illinois Farm Bureau.
Bodine mentioned there is a lot of perform to be accomplished, but is hopeful to get the licensing up and going for the 2019 developing season.
“We do anticipate that farmers will have to supply data on exactly where they will be developing the crop, some data on their history, possibly pass a background verify, there are some specifications that have to be met below the Federal Farm Bill,” Bodine mentioned.
When the guidelines are finalized and sorted out, Illinois need to come across and produce a market place for the crop. Some thing officials say should really come with time, but like the plant itself, the market place will have to develop from the ground up.
Bodine says they would like to have the guidelines to apply for an industrial hemp license completed by June 1.
Farmers say that is the prime time to start off developing the hemp crop.