Growing Hemp in Illinois

On the 100th episode of the Industrial Hemp Podcast, we talk to Rachel Berry, a hemp farmer in rural Illinois, about 100 miles west of Chicago. She grew for CBD last year, but this year she’s growing for seed and fiber.

She also talks about what motivated her to start the Illinois Hemp Farmers Association, which now has over 600 members across the state and aims to educate producers and consumers while representing the interests of the industry in state government. The goal of the organization is to build the resources and relationships necessary to grow a sustainable and equitable hemp industry.

Berry also explains why there’s still stands of feral hemp growing in Illinois and across the Midwest, sometimes growing nearly twenty feet tall.

Illinois Hemp Growers Association

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