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Friday, August 06, 2004

Hemp in Illinois 

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Illinois Farmers Hope To Grow Hemp
Advocates Say Crop Would Raise Needed Cash
NBC 5 Chicago
July 29, 2004

CHICAGO -- During World War II, farmers all over America were urged to grow industrial hemp so that Allied troops would have plenty of rope and canvas.

Many Illinois farmers raised the plant, including Paul Taylor's father. The old hemp processing plant still stands near his family's Esmond farm. Taylor said he would like to put the building to good use once again.


Images: Illinois Farmers Hope To Grow Hemp (12 image slide show)

Video: NBC 5, Chicago, You will need Real Player, 4 minutes 50 seconds.

Two County Board members tout the many uses of hemp
By Diane Strand
The MidWeek
August 4, 2004

There are lots of things the average American doesn't know about hemp.

What they do know is its connection with marijuana, and for that reason, growing hemp is illegal in the United States.

Hemp is getting short shrift, and that's too bad, said Julia Fauci, environmental activist and DeKalb County Board member.

She said hemp is a strong, valuable plant that saves trees by being used in their place, to make paper. It also strengthens fabric and is much stronger than cotton. In addition, it also can be processed to produce a valuable oil.


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