2018 IIHA Industrial Hemp Lobby Day
The IL Industrial Hemp Association went to lobby for pro industrial hemp bills in the Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday, January 30th at the Illinois State Capitol.
Showing up at the Capitol and meeting with our Delegates and Senators DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE! You can help by calling into your Delegate’s and Senator’s office. Please tell them you are a constituent and ask them to fully support the Illinois Hemp Industry. Please stick to just this topic. Don’t know who your State Delegate and Senator is? Don’t worry, just put in your address here to find out: Address Finder
For Immediate Release
Contact: Maryann Loncar
Illinois Industrial Hemp Association
Farmers Want Industrial Hemp
On Tuesday, January 30, the Illinois Industrial Hemp Association will be lobbying legislators to pass SB 2298, the Industrial Hemp Act, also known as the “Farmer’s Bill.” Farmers across the state are asking state legislators to legalize industrial hemp in Illinois and become part of this growing economy. Sales of industrial hemp products grew from $573 million in 2015 to $688 million in 2016, according to Hemp Business Journal.
Current state law allows hemp to be grown only in universities with an agricultural degree program. SB 2298 would grant farmers the right to grow industrial hemp for fiber, food and medicine. Growing this versatile crop has the potential to revitalize rural economies as it provides not only additional income for farmers but also potential new jobs in manufacturing, alternative fuels, dietary supplements, biomaterials technology, and ancillary businesses.
This lobbying effort is supported by independent local farmers, the Farm Bureau, the Farmers Union, Vote Hemp, Inc., university professors, and students. All of these groups would like to see our legislators pass SB 2298-Industrial Hemp Act to benefit our Illinois farmers and create new jobs in the state.
Join our farmers at the Capital and show them your support. For more information, visit http://www.iiha.blog