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Illinois Ag Pleased with Industrial Hemp Hearing Turnout
Illinois Ag Connection - 02/06/2019

Nearly 100 people attended a public hearing at the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) Tuesday on proposed regulations for industrial hemp cultivation and processing. John M. Sullivan, acting director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, released this statement regarding the hearing:

"We are very pleased with the turnout to today's public hearing on industrial hemp. There's a tremendous amount of interest from farmers across the state for this new industry. We welcome all the comments made today and will now go back and review our proposed rules for possible adjustments as needed."

IDOA staff drafted these proposed rules, after the Industrial Hemp Act was signed into law in August 2018. This new law allows individuals or corporations licensed through IDOA to cultivate industrial hemp. IDOA will also register individuals or corporations that will process industrial hemp.

The proposed rules were published Dec. 28 in the Secretary of State's Illinois Register, opening the 45-day First Notice public comment period, which ends at close of business on Feb. 11. To submit a written comment:

- Email to AGR.hemp@illinois.gov

- Fax to (217) 785-4505

- Mail to IDOA Hemp Comments, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL 62794-9281

As soon as the rules are finalized and approved by the legislature's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, or JCAR, IDOA will begin accepting applications for industrial hemp licenses and registrations.

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