Legalized industrial hemp expands farm business enterprise possible weight limits for crop haulers eased
Du Quoin, Illinois — Gov. Bruce Rauner nowadays signed the Industrial Hemp Act, Senate Bill 2298, adding Illinois to a expanding quantity of states that permit development of cannabis cultivated for non-drug utilizes such as paper and fabric-creating, biodegradable plastics, building supplies and well being meals.
The governor also signed Home Bill 5749 nowadays, easing weight-limit restrictions on state highways for the duration of harvest time, enhancing the competitive outlook for Illinois farmers and agricultural commodities haulers. Each measures will boost a single of the state’s top industries: farming.
“Legalizing the farming of industrial hemp just tends to make very good sense,” Rauner stated. “Roughly 38 states — like our neighbors in Wisconsin, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee — have permitted or are thinking about enabling cultivation of this crop for industrial, analysis or pilot applications. Our farmers really should have this solution as nicely. This new state licensure system starts that course of action.”
“The Illinois Farm Bureau appreciates Gov. Rauner signing SB 2298 which legalizes the expanding of industrial hemp by Illinois farmers,” stated Richard Guebert Jr., president, Illinois Farm Bureau. “Illinois Farm Bureau policy, created by our grassroots members, has extended supported the production, processing, and utilization of industrial hemp. Illinois farmers will now have new possibilities to diversify their farms by expanding this versatile crop.”
“We are excited that Gov. Rauner is signing into law a bill that will bring a new sustainable agriculture market and millions of dollars in investment and financial development to Illinois,” added Jen Walling, executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council. “Industrial hemp will bring new possibilities to Illinois farmers. We are pretty grateful to the elected officials and advocates that worked so extended to pass the appropriate bill for Illinois.”
The Industrial Hemp Act, efficient instantly, creates a state licensure system via the Division of Agriculture that enables these who wish to develop the crop to do so. The state Division of Agriculture shall establish guidelines for THC-level testing of industrial hemp crops.
“Today, hemp goods are sold on retailer shelves all through Illinois, but our farmers are not in a position to develop hemp in their fields,” stated Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, who chairs the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council and attended today’s bill signing at the State Fair in Du Quoin. “Our farmers lead the nation in corn and soybean production. In signing this bill, Gov. Rauner is giving our framers one more crop for their fields and one more chance to compete nationally.”
“Gov. Rauner knows the value of agriculture to the Illinois economy and I definitely appreciate his approval of this legislation,” stated Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, chief sponsor of SB 2298 in the Home. “The production of industrial hemp has broad assistance amongst our farmers and rural households, as they know this will add one more potentially considerable crop that can be grown in our state. In the early 20th century, Illinois was a national leader in hemp production and I appear forward to us returning to that position.”
HB 5749 makes it possible for haulers to seek and acquire annual permits from the Illinois Division of Transportation and neighborhood authorities to exceed gross axle and gross automobile weight limits by no a lot more than 10 %. Permits are to price $500 with a total combined permit charge of no a lot more than $1,000. State permit costs will go to the State Building Account Fund.
“Neighboring states enable larger weight limits for the duration of harvest time with out the requirement of possessing a harvest emergency declared,” Rauner stated. “Illinois has an agriculture workforce that is second to none, and this legislation will support them to a lot more effectively get their crops to market place.”
Agriculture and trucking market leaders will welcome the alter, legislators stated.
“This legislation was the direct outcome of feedback from the agricultural and trucking communities in my district who voiced their expanding aggravation about the restrictions placed on axle weights. Below existing limitations, our in-state enterprises had been getting unnecessarily restricted and unable to compete with our neighboring states,” stated Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg. “I’m proud to have been the chief sponsor of this legislation in the Senate, taking considerable actions toward making certain Illinois’ in-state enterprises are competitive and constant with the regulations governing enterprises in surrounding states.”
“Local grain elevators will obtain a lot more business enterprise and farmers will not have to be concerned about losing their crops due to the unreasonable hauling limits that had been in spot just before,” stated Rep. Phelps Finnie, D-Elizabethtown, chief sponsor of the bill in the Home. “This initiative was brought to me by farmers who had been facing steep fines just for undertaking their jobs, and grain elevator operators who had been losing business enterprise to our neighboring states that had been much less restrictive. This law will even the playing field so Illinois farmers can do their perform to feed America with much less government intrusion.”
“Harvest time for farmers is hard perform with extended hours, particularly when they are hauling their yields to storage web sites,” added Sen. Neil Anderson, R-Andalusia, who co-sponsored the bill. “Allowing the haul weight to boost for the duration of harvest season will not only make points less complicated for our farmers, but it makes it possible for Illinois to compete equally with other states that have larger weight limits on their roadways. Agriculture is the backbone and the No. 1 financial driver of Illinois’ economy. This added tool can support our farmers be even a lot more productive, which in turn assists the whole state.”
HB 5749 requires impact in July 2019.