Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 12:05 pm
Universities in Illinois may soon get the chance to research industrial hemp. HB5085 is weaving it's way through the legislature.Lee Strubinger reports.
The Illinois Farm Bureau has been pushing the idea. But hemp was banned in the 1970’s and labeled a controlled substance, as it is related to marijuana.
At an Illinois Farm Bureau Commodity Conference, the leader of an agricultural bank said Illinois farmers should be prepared for another two year extension of the farm bill.
After a new five year farm bill failed in the US house of representatives, some lawmakers have suggested splitting the large multi hundred billion dollar piece of legislation into two separate bills.