Good news for Illinois hemp growers; state rules remain for ‘21 growing season

A Whitefield Hemp Partners field was planted in 30-inch rows. Illinois hemp growers will be under the same state rules for the 2021 growing season with the delay of new USDA hemp grower rules. (Photo courtesy of John Read)

The Midwestern Hemp Database has extended the application period to July 31. The database is a collaboration between land-grant institutions and private laboratories in the Midwest.

The goal is to provide regional insight into agronomic performance and cannabinoid development of industrial hemp varieties. Participants have an opportunity for significantly discounted cannabinoid profiling at $35 per sample in exchange for sharing data.

Licensed hemp growers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Iowa and Nebraska are eligible to apply.

Interested growers should review the project information at and complete an online survey,

Prospective participants will be alerted of their inclusion into the program shortly after admissions close. Those selected will have accounts set up through their selected participating laboratory (Rock River Laboratory, ACT laboratories or Kennebec Analytical Services) for sample submission and analysis.

The project is possible through generous partnerships with private laboratories Rock River Laboratory Inc., Pride Analytics and Consulting (Wisconsin), ACT laboratories (Illinois), and Kennebec Analytical Services (Nebraska).

Results from the 2020 growing season are available at

Direct questions to Phillip Alberti, University of Illinois Extension specialist, at or 217-300-7392.