Hemp could be in play as a new crop option for farmers in Illinois if a bill expanding its production passes the General Assembly.

Bill Bodine, associate director of state legislation for the Illinois Farm Bureau, said Senate Bill 2298 would allow farmers to begin growing industrial hemp.

“It is a bill that the Illinois Farm Bureau supports, though it is not our initiative,” Bodine said. “It would authorize the state Department of Agriculture to license farmers to grow industrial hemp in the state of Illinois.”

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Benjamin Yount ~ Illinois News Network ~

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