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Higher education centers may cultivate industrial hemp for research

December
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The 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.

Meat processors and retail stores must track the source of meat and the dates and times equipment is sanitized

September
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Department of Agriculture adopted an amendment to the Meat and Poultry Inspection Act incorporating a federal Food Safety and Inspection Service rule. 8 Ill. Adm. Code 125 (eff. June 17, 2016).

New storage and handling requirements for anhydrous ammonia reflect safety innovations and national standards

September
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Department of Agriculture adopted an amendment to the Part entitled Anhydrous Ammonia, Low Pressure Nitrogen Solutions, Equipment, Containers, and Storage Facilities concerning safety requirements pertaining to the handling, storage, and application equipment of anhydrous ammonia.

Hemp research pilot program proposed for institutions of higher education

July
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Department of Agriculture ("DOA") proposed a new Part titled Industrial Hemp Pilot Program implementing a provision of the Cannabis Control Act. 8 Ill. Adm. Code 1100.

Background checks for prospective cannabis cultivators

April
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act has been amended to change the procedure for background checks of prospective cultivation center agents.

“Forever Green” pilot program implemented

February
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
As of November 26, 2014, the Department of Agriculture will begin implementing its Forever Green pilot program.

Medical cannabis cultivation centers

October
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 472
The 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 cooperatives

January
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The 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.

Encouraging collaboration between farmers’ markets and convention centers. PA 097-1015

July
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 336
The Illinois General Assembly passed a resolution effective this year to encourage collaboration between farmers' markets and convention centers.

Suit barred for plaintiffs who ‘came to the nuisance’ of fly-infested cattle farm

By Adam W. Lasker
April
2013
LawPulse
Page 170
The Illinois Supreme Court held that the Farm Nuisance Suit Act barred recovery for plaintiffs who acquired a house across the road from a fly-infested cattle farm.

Implementing rules for landscape waste composting and on-farm composting facilities

February
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 72
Recently adopted administrative rules regulate the issuance of permits for maintenance of waste composting areas or facilities that exceed applicable rates.

Rules for non-highway vehicles used for farming purposes amended. PA 096-1434.

July
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 336
The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to modify restrictions for non-highway vehicles (625 ILCS 5/11-1426.1).

Illinois Forestry Development Council created. PA 096-0217

July
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 348
The general assembly recently created a 29-member council tasked with developing Illinois forestry. 525 ILCS 15/6b. 

Civil penalties heightened for destroying crops. PA 096-0529

February
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 72
Illinois 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.  

An order to dissolve a preliminary injunction constitutes a legal conclusion that the preliminary injunction was wrongfully issued

November
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 552
On September 9, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, reversed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Sangamon County and remanded with direction. 

Illinois Grain Code updated

April
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 174
The 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.

Rules require disclosure of compliance with Islamic laws and customs in food preparation

February
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 72
A new Part was added to the Department of Agriculture's rules on Animals and Animal Products. 8 Ill Adm Code 190. 

Farm development

August
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 398

Reporting releases of livestock waste

January
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
On October 6, 2000, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency adopted amendments to section 580 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 35 Ill Adm Code 580.

Land Application Authorization/Remediation Program

September
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 460
On June 25, 1999, the Illinois Department of Agriculture adopted new sections to section 258 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 8 Ill Adm Code 258.

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