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Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
Oct 16, 2023
In Community Announcements
Kifcure's 2024 Hemp Growers Series will highlight the different facets of hemp farming and help more growers be successful. Meetings will be held the 3rd Wednesday of the month starting in October 2023 and lasting until March of 2024. They will highlight different facets of hemp farming, from industrial varieties such as Fiber and Grain to the cannabinoid varieties such as CBD and CBG. The event will be held onsite at Kifcure HQ in Maple Park, IL or on a webinar link for those wishing to attend virtually. Join Kifcure and guests as they roll out our 2024 Hemp Grower Informational Series! First meeting on October 18th, 2023: Agenda: 1. Welcome and overview by CEO Jarett Burke 2. Hemp Fiber – What is it and market opportunities 3. Growing Hemp Fiber  4. Cutting Hemp Fiber 5. Tedding and Raking Hemp Fiber 6. Baling and Storing Hemp Fiber 7. Questions and Answer session 8. Happy Hour and Hor Devours Panel Will Include: Jarett Burke, Kifcure – Maple Park, IL (Moderator) Mike Baines, Two Sisters Farms – Elburn, IL (Panelist) Jesse Smedberg, Tulip Tree Gardens, Beecher, IL (Panelist) RSVP at: https://kifcure.com/event/kifcure-2024-hemp-grower-informational-series/?fbclid=IwAR1LARH0J-3u1gQMYGPlSXg-4OfrARUmZrvUR4ZvoD7rSUx-d8izI7yQgRk (https://kifcure.com/event/kifcure-2024-hemp-grower-informational-series/?fbclid=IwAR1LARH0J-3u1gQMYGPlSXg-4OfrARUmZrvUR4ZvoD7rSUx-d8izI7yQgRk) or on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/1hSdTagNo(https://fb.me/e/1hSdTagNo)
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Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
Sep 18, 2023
In Community Announcements
The IHGA will have a table and be participating in this workshop. Hope to see some familiar faces there!
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IHGA
Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
Aug 24, 2023
In Community Announcements
ATTN hemp growers: Please fill out this survey sent to us by Karla Gage, Associate Professor of Weed Science and Plant Biology at SIU! The 2023 Survey of the Most Common and Troublesome Weeds in HEMP in the U.S. and Canada is now available for the first time at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2023hemp(https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2023hemp)   The National and Regional Weed Science Societies are surveying weeds in hemp for the first time as a baseline study this year. In the future, hemp will be included in the broadleaf crops weed survey that next occurs in 2025.   Common weeds refer to those weeds you most frequently see. Troublesome weeds are those that are most difficult to control (but may not be widespread).   2023 Hemp weed survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2023hemp(https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2023hemp)   The survey will remain open until Labor Day 2023.
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IHGA
Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
May 09, 2023
In Community Announcements
If you are a farmer living in Southern Illinois, are interested in growing industrial hemp fiber, and want to help survey the feasibility of bringing hemp fiber processing to the region, please consider filling out the survey below. We are working with SIU and The Climate Economy to collect data that will help developers know where we want to grow! "Most of southern Illinois has been designated as “priority energy communities” by the President’s Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization. The project will serve counties within a 50-60 mile radius of Southern Illinois University for the purposes of the initial study, with the potential to expand. This includes 15 southernmost counties, including 12 that are priority energy communities, and a majority of which suffer from chronic high unemployment, poverty and outmigration." The purpose of this survey is to understand the needs of industrial hemp (fiber/grain) farming in Southern Illinois. Compensation is in the form of drawings for a $25 Amazon gift card for those who complete this survey. Winners will be excluded in subsequent drawings. Participation is voluntary. If you choose to participate in the study, it will take approximately 7 minutes of your time. You must be at least 18 years of age to participate. Confidentiality: Responses will be anonymized. Upon receipt of the completed survey, your email will be entered for the drawing and will no longer be linked to your survey. There is no option to change responses to questions since it will be anonymous. Questions: contact Dr. Jeb, SIU Agribusiness Economics professor at ajebaraj@live.com. Take the survey: https://siucpsyc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_08KpESuHbVo8Aui
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IHGA
Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
Nov 21, 2022
In Community Announcements
Researchers at the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, Western Illinois University, and Southern Illinois University are conducting research to understand what factors influence farm success in the state of Illinois and to learn about farm experiences. We are surveying about 500 farmers in total. This survey will gather anonymous information about the benefits people gain from farming, and the barriers and supports they have for their work. The research will help policy makers, agencies, and farm groups to understand whether there are barriers to farm ownership, activity, and success faced by people in the state. To take the survey, click the link here https://bit.ly/IllinoisFarmSuccess or contact Susan Graybill at farmsuccess@ilstu.edu to have a paper survey and return envelope sent to you. On behalf of the Research Team, Aslihan Spaulding Professor of Agribusiness & Food Industry Management Spaulding@IllinoisState.edu farmsuccess@ilstu.edu
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Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
Aug 27, 2022
In Community Announcements
Registration is open: https://conferenceservices.siu.edu/conferences/southern-illinois-hemp-symposium.php
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Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
Mar 14, 2022
In Community Announcements
Greetings Illinois hemp growers ~ We are passing on this message from our friend @Phillip Alberti, Commercial Agriculture Educator at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. If you are interested in learning more, participating in, or supporting this project please reach out to Phillip directly, 217.300.7392 | palberti@illinois.edu. From Phillip - "This year I am working with Dr. DK Lee on his hemp grain/fiber breeding program. His research has focused on crossing feral hemp lines with high cannabinoid hemp to develop a dual-purpose hemp line. His field trials were successful last year and now he wants to grow these lines out for seed production. This requires a buffer zone of a mile or so, but will allow us to increase seed quantities to conduct variety trials next year. One step closer to developing in Illinois hemp line. Dr. Lee is looking for growers who are willing to try one of these lines (~ 1 acre) on their farm. Dr. Lee would require the grain be harvested and returned to him, but the fiber is left for the grower. Dr. Lee would be available to help during harvest and can pick up the harvested seed as well."
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Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
Feb 27, 2022
In Community Announcements
About Don Salvador Company - "For the past 5 years, the Don Family has been developing a Chicago-based clothing company that focuses on sustainability and industrial hemp. We believe there is great potential in hemp fiber. The goal of our company is to connect with Illinois farmers and people in the hemp community like Illinois Stewardship Alliance and IL Hemp Growers Association that want to continue to bring awareness to this beautiful plant. If you want to connect I am available by email or don't hesitate to call or text 630-825-8360."
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Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
Feb 27, 2022
In Community Announcements
More information and registration here: https://libertyprairiefoundation.salsalabs.org/MakingSuccessionPlanningaSuccessforYourFamilyFarmland/index.html
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Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
Feb 02, 2022
In Community Announcements
Only 10 days away at McHenry County College ~ Education, networking, vending and giveaways! Get the latest on the hemp industry in Illinois and beyond. Learn about the opportunities and challenges that exist for industrial hemp growers, processors, and business owners. Gain insight and inspiration from the Illinois Hemp Community. When? Saturday, February, 12 from 10-2pm Where? McHenry County College in Crystal Lake Cost: $35 (box lunch included) Registration: https://www.mchenry.edu/events/2022/02/cal-02-12.html?fbclid=IwAR1nBFgiLnXtF4XFFR4WLJndVLFKibWb9bd6TJ_RNJx-oxJPjTFpivaGRfI
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Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
Jan 18, 2022
In Community Announcements
Registration is now open for the IL Department of Ag's 2022 Virtual Hemp Summit: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr/Plants/Pages/Hemp-Summit-Registration.aspx
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IHGA
Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
Dec 26, 2021
In Community Announcements
This report is MANDATORY for maintaining your Hemp Growers License and must be submitted to qualify for renewal. Review and Submit here: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr/Plants/Pages/CultivatorFinalReport.aspx
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IHGA
Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
Dec 20, 2021
In Community Announcements
Greetings Illinois hemp growers! We have been receiving requests for internship opportunities from students and program instructors around the state. If you are growing in 2022 and interested in providing hands on opportunities for students to assist and learn during the season please contact us so we can help connect you! Thanks! Rachel Berry, CEO Rachel@illinoishga.com
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IHGA
Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
Oct 14, 2021
In Community Announcements
Thursday, October 21 6:30-8pm $10 https://libertyprairiefoundation.salsalabs.org/farmlandconservationeasements101/index.html Finding access to farmland only gets harder as the supply of farmland declines - Illinois has lost 3.6 million acres of farmland since 1950. There is a legal tool that keeps farmland available for farming and also benefits both farmland owners and farmers – the farmland conservation easement. This tool can help farmland owners preserve farmland that is a family legacy, reinvest in the farm operation, and work out the best possible succession arrangement. In many cases, especially near urban areas, easements can make farmland more affordable for farmers to buy as well. In this webinar, Emy Brawley and Aimee Collins of The Conservation Fund will introduce you to the basic concepts of farmland conservation easements and how they work. They will then take you into a deeper dive into the many practical details of implementing one if you are a farmland owner. What, for example, can you and can you not restrict in the language of the easement? What exactly are the potential financial benefits? Emy and Aimee will also explain what farmers need to know about farming on land that has an easement.
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Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
Oct 04, 2021
In Community Announcements
We are pleased to announce that registration is OPEN for Hemp Today: Growing & Marketing Industrial Hemp at the Center for Agrarian Learning at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL. When? October 16, 2021 from 10am - 3pm *At 10 a.m. there is an optional pre-session covering the basics of hemp cannabinoids, hemp grain, and hemp fiber. We’ll kick off officially at 11 a.m. This event is coordinated by the Center for Agrarian Learning at MCC in collaboration with Illinois Hemp Growers Association. "Get the latest on the hemp industry and regulations in Illinois and beyond, and learn about the opportunities and challenges for industrial hemp farmers, processors, and business owners. Break-out sessions will cover: how to grow cannabinoid products (tinctures, oils, topicals, edibles) including processing, from seed to bottle, and how to market hemp products including compliant labeling, retail opportunities, strategy, and more. An amazing lineup of farmers and experts will be present!" Featuring Evera Ivy of Ivy League Farms - Kankakee, Illinois Kalee Hooghkirk of Midwest Hemp Coalition - West Dundee, Illinois Stacy McCaskill of Hempstock Pharms - Woodstock, Illinois Michael Perez of Planted Root Farms - Shelbyville, Illinois Phillip Scott of WI Hemp Farmers and Manufacturers Association - Madison, Wisconsin Rachael Smedberg of Tulip Tree Gardens - Beecher, Illinois & Rachel Berry of the IL Hemp Growers Association - Princeton, Illinois Get registered here: https://www.mchenry.edu/events/2021/10/cal-10-16.html
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IHGA
Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
Sep 07, 2021
In Community Announcements
Interested in becoming a hemp grower but needing some guidance on buying land? Join the Prairie Liberty Foundation and the three experienced speakers – a realtor, a lending specialist for farmers and farmland, and an appraiser - who will cover everything from a good search strategy and how to find the right realtor to understanding the purchase process, assessing the total property package (including septic fields and wells), financing, hidden costs, appraisals, and even adjusting to rural life. Q&A included! Thursday, Sept. 9th from 6-8 $10 registration: https://libertyprairiefoundation.salsalabs.org/BuyingRuralFarmland101/index.html
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IHGA
Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
Sep 06, 2021
In Community Announcements
Hello hemp community! Friends at the University of Wisconsin are seeking information from farmers, landowners, and community members with knowledge of and access to feral patches of industrial hemp in Illinois. Please see the following description and attachment below to learn more about their project and how you can help: "We are researchers at the University of Wisconsin studying feral hemp (aka ditch weed; Cannabis sativa) throughout the North Central Midwest, and we’re reaching out to you for help locating populations. Do you know of feral hemp growing anywhere in Wisconsin or surrounding states? If so, would you be willing to share some basic geographic and demographic information with us? Please note that not all sites will be visited, and those located on private property will not be visited (or their location information shared with others) without consent from property owners. A brief summary of our research: Midwest farmers struggle with decreased revenue resulting from globalization, technological advancements, and extreme weather events, and diversifying agriculture can increase economic potential and help build more sustainable agricultural systems in our region. Hemp (Cannabis sativa) is an alternative crop that can be used to diversify regional agriculture; however, a lack of institutional research over the past 70 years has left hemp farmers with relatively little foundational agronomic knowledge and poorly adapted cultivars. We are working to identify and characterize feral hemp populations in the Midwest in an effort to utilize this unique resource to help the burgeoning hemp industry. Our project objectives are to: 1) Characterize phenology and preserve seed from feral hemp populations, 2) Identify site conditions in feral hemp populations and relate those conditions to Eurasian Hemp Borer (an insect pest) resistance and higher yielding hemp cultivars, and 3) Identify sources of Eurasian Hemp Borer resistance from feral hemp that can be used to create higher yielding hemp cultivars for midwestern farmers. How you can help: We’re asking for the public’s help in locating populations of feral hemp to include in our study. You can share your information about feral hemp with us in one of two ways, either via iNaturalist (a free crowdsourcing nature application available through an application on your mobile device or via a web browser) or by sending your information directly to us via email or the US postal service. Detailed instructions for both options can be found in the attached documents (both pdf and Word versions attached). The time commitment is very minimal. Please share this message widely within your own networks. Your help getting the word out is greatly appreciated! If you have questions or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email (bbarring@uwsp.edu) or phone (715-346-2452)." Project Contacts: Brian Barringer (Department of Biology, College of Letters and Science, UW Stevens Point) Autumn Brown (Department of Horticulture, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW Madison) Shelby Ellison (Department of Horticulture, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW Madison) Russell L. Groves (Department of Entomology, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW Madison) Sophia Risch (Department of Biology and College of Natural Resources, UW Stevens Point) Bryant Scharenbroch (College of Natural Resources, UW Stevens Point)
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Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
Aug 31, 2021
In Community Announcements
Join the Illinois Hemp Community for a day of celebration, networking, and friendly competition! Featuring live music, special guests, tournament prizes, IHGA merch, networking, cash bar, food truck with hemp foods, live interviews, and more to be announced ~ Special Guests include our friends from the Chillinois Podcast and IL author of The Cannabis Advocate, Mary Ann Loncar Food by local favorite Flo's on Pulaski! $5 tickets for dues paying members - make sure you are logged into your account to apply the discount! $30 for new/dues-renewing members (includes yearly dues/membership) Will you be traveling from Chicago? Princeton has an Amtrak station located just 5 miles from the event! Want to stick around to explore historical Princeton? Consider staying at the AmericInn. We will be utilizing the UDisc App to record scores, access maps, and share tournament data. New to disc golf? Check out this guide from the Professional Disc Golf Association! Thank you to our event sponsors: iHemp Michigan, Midwest Hemp Council, US Hemp Building Association, Fresh Press, and Prairie State Hemp! *Tickets include participation in the tournament but competing is not mandatory for participation at the event ** A limited amount of golf carts are available to those in need of mobility assistance ***Interested in volunteering or sponsoring the event? Let us know! Please message Rachel@IllinoisHGA.com https://www.illinoishga.com/event-details/ihgas-3rd-year-anniversary-celebration-disc-golf-tournament
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Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
Jun 23, 2021
In Community Announcements
Join the University of Illinois research team for a tour of their hemp trial plots! July 22 9-12PM 2711 S. Race St., Urbana, IL More details here: http://agronomyday.cropsciences.illinois.edu/tours/ Register here: https://my.aces.illinois.edu/eventreg/register.asp?id=1694
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Legislative Outreach
Legislative Outreach
Jun 01, 2021
In Community Announcements
We have lots to share and update you on, including a few special announcements!! Dues paying members and sponsors, be on the lookout for a registration link in your inbox. To pay your dues, click here More details to come...
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