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NEW COMMODITY? – While Illinois prepares to license industrial hemp production, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) point person helping develop new rules emphasized the focus is reasonable regulations. IDOA “wants to treat industrial hemp like a commodity (crop) as much as possible,” said Jeff Cox, head of IDOA’s medicinal plant bureau. But farmers “must understand this is a regulated program. You can’t just go plant.” (FarmWeekNow.com)

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