A Look Back At The First Year Of Hemp Growing In Illinois

 
Logan Bird waters about 90,000 hemp seedlings on Andy Huston's farm in western Illinois.

Logan Bird waters about 90,000 hemp seedlings on Andy Huston's farm in western Illinois.

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Hemp growing in Illinois was legalized in 2018 under the Industrial Hemp Act, signed by former Governor Bruce Rauner.

Now that farmers are wrapping up their first year of growing hemp, we wanted to check in to see how it went, and learn if anything has changed for hemp growers since the legalization of recreational cannabis on Jan. 1. 

Dana Cronin, Agriculture Reporter with WILL, Illinois Newsroom and Harvest Public Media, joined us to discuss her reporting.

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