Higher education centers may cultivate industrial hemp for researchDecember 2016Illinois Law Update, Page 16The Department of Agriculture ("DOA") adopted a new Part entitled Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, establishing a pilot program under which institutions of higher education may receive approval from DOA to cultivate industrial hemp.
Medical cannabis cultivation centersOctober 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 472The Department of Agriculture ("DOA") adopted amendments to implement Pub. Act 98-0122, which creates a pilot program for the cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis. 8 Ill. Adm. Code 1000 (eff. July 25, 2014).
Nonprofits now allowed for agricultural compost cooperativesJanuary 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 16The General Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986 has been amended to allow for the formation of nonprofits for the purpose of cooperatively owning and operating agriculture-based anaerobic digestion systems.
Civil penalties heightened for destroying crops. PA 096-0529February 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 72Illinois lawmakers in recent months beefed up the civil penalties for destroying a farmer's crops. Under amendments to the Criminal Code of 1961, any person who knowingly damages another's crops is liable to the crop owner for money damages "up to twice the market value of the crops damaged or destroyed." 720 ILCS 5/21-1.
Illinois Grain Code updatedApril 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 174The Department of Agriculture updated the state's Grain Code to establish a single system of governmental regulation for the Illinois grain industry. 8 Ill Adm Code 281.
Farm developmentAugust 2001Illinois Law Update, Page 398On May 30, 2001, the Illinois Farm Development Authority adopted amendments to section 1400 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 8 Ill Adm Code 1400. The rule has the effect of removing the 50 percent cap on using Young Farmer Guarantee Program loans to refinance existing debt in order to improve lien positions.
Reporting releases of livestock wasteJanuary 2001Illinois Law Update, Page 14On October 6, 2000, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency adopted amendments to section 580 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 35 Ill Adm Code 580.