This is 2020



IHGA comments on USDA rules have been drafted. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Issues we mention in the comment include:

  • THC Testing

  • DEA Controlled Substance Lab Certification

  • Criminal Liability

  • Sampling Protocol

  • THC Remediation

  • Short Harvest Window

We have not officially submitted the comment yet. Our plan is to gather as much feedback and support as possible from our members and other organizations. If you feel there is an issue that has not been addressed we can add it to the official comment.



You can submit your own comments at regulations.gov. Submissions have been extended to January 29th, 2020. Every constructive comment is a step in the right direction for U.S. hemp production.


The Illinois Stewardship Alliance just posted a great blog by Liz Rupel about the comment period being extended recently. You can read it at ilstewards.org, and keep sending in those comments! Over 1,600 already submitted!



On January 5th, 2020, Rachel was a guest on the first hour of the Mike Nowak Show with Peggy Malecki. Liz Rupel was also a guest during the hour. Check out the blog post from the show on mikenowak.net.


Rachel and Liz had a great time talking with Mike and Peggy about Illinois hemp in 2019 and into 2020 and the USDA interim rules. Rachel has made plans to be on the show again soon for a hempcrete demonstration.

NECANN, host of many can't-miss cannabis conventions on the East Coast is having their first Illinois Cannabis Convention in Chicago on April 3-4th, 2020. There is still plenty of time for attendees of all kinds to get what they need:

The Illinois Specialty Crop Conference is this week! Rachel will be doing two presentations at the pre-conference on January 8th, 2020, at 1:00PM and 2:00PM.


Pre-conference registration is currently closed, but you can still register at the door! So hurry to reserve your seat for this event. Visit the ISGA website for more details.

The Midwest iHemp Expo is also happening this weekend. Rachel will be doing hempcrete demonstrations in the Illinois Hemp Growers Association booth all day Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th of January, 2020.


If you want to go but still need a pass, we have one more free Expo Hall pass to give away. Contact us for more details. See you there!

Today, one of our members called me to let me know that he is available to deliver propane to farmers here in Illinois. Winter is here and the cold is coming.


Make sure you have enough gas to heat your barns, greenhouses, outbuildings and farmhouses this season. If you need some propane, Dan Camann is your man, with Amerigas. Thanks Dan!


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