Sulcanna has launched the only registered hemp farmers cooperative in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa. I'm leading the charge to signup members for the 2020 season. The more members we get, the stronger our retail and wholesale marketing effort can be, allowing members to tap into retail price points (which have been holding pretty darn well for CBD finished goods). Check out our Cooperative at www.sulcanna.com/cooperative and if you have questions about launching a CBD farm-to-label/table business, I'm happy to help.
Turtle Creek Farms (out of WI) recommended to me last year to buy some hemp from WI and start building my brand here in IL well before my first harvest. What a GREAT recommendation that was! I sold a ton last year and also built a fairly well, locally recognized brand (with ZERO advertising budget). I basically just went to local fairs, festivals, farmer's markets, and sold from a make-shift on farm store (open only sporadically on the weekends). That business supports 2 full time workers now!
PS - All Cooperative and Incubator members get a FREE PAID membership to IL HGA!