IDOA receives more than 350 applications for industrial hemp growers, processors
At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, the Illinois Department of Agriculture, IDOA, announced it would begin accepting applications for growers and processors of industrial hemp.
Almost immediately, a steady flow of applications began coming in to the departments website, with over 350 applications being received in the first two days.
IDOA staff immediately began reviewing the applications, which is the first step in the approval process.
Statistics shared by IDOA showed that the department received 295 applications for growers, who submitted 7,093 acres. A total of 97 licenses/registrations were issued.
For processors, 74 applications were received and 29 licenses/registrations were issued.
“We are extremely pleased with the number of applications the department received in the first two days the applications were made available to the public,” IDOA director John Sullivan said.
“Pleased, but not necessarily surprised given the incredible amount of interest from potential growers and processors over the last several months.
“The IDOA staff worked tirelessly to ensure the rules and regulations were finished in time to plant hemp this spring – I appreciate their hard work.”
“We predicted there would be a lot of interest, but the turnout has been phenomenal,” said Jeff Cox, bureau chief of medicinal plants at IDOA.
“I’m thrilled with how smoothly the application process has gone so far and our staff has been working non-stop to review and approve the applications.”