The state of Illinois is making way for farmers and processors to cash in on the many Uses of Hemp. The Illinois Senate recently passed a bill that would permit hemp cultivation in the state, under the regulations of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Now it’s up to the House to approve the motion.
The Illinois Stewardship Alliance and the Illinois Farmers Union worked together to introduce this bill, and joined forces with the Illinois Environmental Council and Illinois Farm Bureau to initiate a revival of the states’ hemp industry.
Up until eighty years ago, hemp was a thriving crop in the United States. It was mainly cultivated for its fibre, which was used to make rope and cloth. Today hemp can be used to produce over 25,000 different products, from food and cosmetics to plastic alternatives and building materials.
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