Industrial Hemp Production Workshop Offered - U of I Extension

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Industrial Hemp Production Workshop Offered

This article was originally published on November 19, 2018 and expired on March 12, 2019. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.

Corn and soybean producers are currently facing exceptionally tight margins and uncertainty in the market, creating the need for alternative crops and diversified cropping systems. As a result, Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Senate Bill 2298, is responsible for creating the Industrial Hemp Act, which will allow Illinois farmers to grow, cultivate, and process industrial hemp provide producers acquire a license through the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Industrial hemp fibers are quite versatile can be used for production of many materials including food, textiles, cosmetics, and building materials. While states in the Midwest have a history of growing industrial hemp, it has not been involved in hemp production in some time. Now that the hemp will be legal to produce in 2019, producers in Illinois have many questions about production practices, particularly given the lack of agronomic research done in recent years. In order to provide some answers and resources on this topic, Illinois Extension will be hosting “Industrial Hemp Production Workshop,” a workshop designed to inform producers about legislation, registration, best management practices, and processing of this new crop.

“Industrial Hemp Production Workshop” will take place at the Highland Community College Student Conference Center in Freeport, IL on March 12th, 2019 from 9 a.m. -12 p.m. Our agenda for the program tentatively includes the following topics and presenters:


Legislation and Registration of Industrial Hemp in Illinois

      Taylor Shuck (Hemp Industries)

      Molly Gleason (IL Stewardship Alliance) Rob Daviess (IL Farmers Union)


Industrial Hemp Production  & Processing: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

      Steve Tomlins (Turtle Creek Gardens)

      Brian Parr (Legacy Hemp)

In addition to the presentations, this event will allow producers to come together to begin developing the network which will be vital to the successful implementation of industrial hemp in Illinois. The cost of the program is $20 per person. Pre-registration is required by Friday March 8.

 Registration can be completed on-line at or by calling the University of Illinois Extension at (815) 235-4125.

 For Further Information Contact:

Source: Phillip Alberti, Extension Educator: 815-235-4125

Source: Phillip Alberti, Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture,

Pull date: March 12, 2019