Illinois Hemp Growers Association
Now is the right time to start selecting your genetics for the 2020 growing season.
We have been keeping our eyes out for vendors with up to date catalogs and started compiling them all on our file sharing page for you to browse.
Mostly what you will see are varieties suited to cannabinoid production. Many CBD varieties are available. You'll find feminized, autoflowering, and several CBG varieties too.
Although it's less common, we have made a point to include sources for viable hemp fiber and grain seeds as well.
All the pictures you see on the right are of varieties that are available to you, the Illinois hemp grower, for the 2020 season through the catalogs we have compiled for you.
Thanks to all the vendors we have listed so far:
Bulk Hemp Warehouse
Legendary Seed Supply
Point 3 Group
The Hemp Mine
There are many reputable vendors out there that don't publish catalogs and are just as worthy of your consideration. Typically, they only host their genetics catalogs on their company website.
If you know of any more catalogs we should add - or if you're a vendor and have a catalog you'd like to add to the collection - let us know.
Our hats are off to you, grower.
Click here to browse Hemp Catalogs for 2020
Last Week Recap
On February 5th, 2020, CEO of the Illinois Hemp Growers Association Rachel Berry was a guest along with Illinois Extension Ag Educator Phillip Alberti on the Midwest Hemp Council's Podcast hosted by Jason Dozier. You can click here to listen to the podcast if you missed it.
On February 6th, 2020, Rachel and Chris put on a presentation for the Shelby County Farm Bureau about using hemp as an alternative crop on your farm. We had a great time thanks to some lively discussion with the crowd and to the folks at the Shelby County Farm Bureau. We look forward to helping you serve farmers in Southern Illinois in the future.
On February 8th, 2020, Chris attended a screening of "Billion Dollar Crop" in Decatur. So much has changed since the 1990s when the film was made. There is serious interest surrounding economic opportunity in hemp in the Decatur area due to local restriction on other forms of cannabis. Decatur has a long history in hemp culture. People there need hemp now more than ever. Thanks Larry!
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First IHGA Meeting This Week
Our first meeting is being held on February 13th, 2020, at 6:30 PM in Princeton, Illinois. There will be prizes, speeches, voting, and some of the most dedicated hemp producers in the State all in one place. The picture above is a free gift from the Midwest Hemp Council to one of our members in attendance. We will also have a $100, 100% hemp products gift bag to raffle off at the meeting. You can click here to read about the details of the meeting in a previous blog post.
Speaking of Dedicated Hemp Producers
We'd like to give a special shout out to Sulcanna, located in Hanover, Illinois. Thank you for putting the farmer first!
According to our reliable source, Sulcanna has recently undertaken steps toward forming an open and comprehensive cooperative for hemp growers in Illinois for the 2020 growing season.
They aim to provide their farmers with the best deal we've seen yet. Sulcanna will be represented at our upcoming meeting on February 13th. Their website is currently under redesign, so you know it's gotta be something good! We will keep you updated on the latest from Sulcanna as it develops in the coming days and weeks.
Fiber Side Chat
Recently, Rachel was appointed Vice-chair of the US Hemp Building Association's Material Supply Chain Committee which focuses on:
Product Packaging Solutions for Site Application Purposes
Key US Regions/Areas of Hempcrete Construction
USHBA Member Promotion and Sales
Insights on Cost Competitiveness for Residential and Commercial Building Markets
Market Average $/sqft Numbers
Distribution Centers/Vendors, Responsible Agents, and Retailers
A major obstacle for the hemp fiber industry is material specification and building codes. While the exact cost of this process is yet to be determined, initial estimates are $20,000-50,000 for ASTM certification and $300,000-500,000 for ICC accreditation. With effective fundraising and grants from local and state organizations, Hempcrete can undergo accreditation and be ready for widespread use within the year.
Click here to read more about this issue.