Earlier this week, the Illinois Department of Agriculture released draft rules for the state’s industrial hemp program. Prospective hemp farmers will be required to undergo a criminal background check and pay an application fee of $100 for each noncontiguous land area and each indoor cultivate area. Licensing fees are expected to cost around $1,000. Farmers will also be required to grow at least one-quarter acre of hemp for outdoor cultivation and at least 500 square feet for indoor cultivation. The department of agriculture is accepted public comment on the proposed rules for a 45-day period, and comments may be sent to Pamela Harmon at the Illinois Department of Agriculture, State Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL 62794-9281. To view the full list of proposed rules, click here.
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