Andy Houston probably knows as much as anyone in Illinois about growing industrial hemp — which means not a whole lot.
“We’re all in experimental mode,” he said.
Farmers who want to grow hemp in Illinois must first plow through a pile of regulations. Proposed rules cover minimum acreage, transportation limitations and even criminal background checks. Producers must provide records and also pay various fees to the state for permits.
The legalization of industrial hemp production in the nation and in Illinois brings a giddy optimism tempered with a tinge of uncertainty. Chiefly, how will markets develop?