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One of the leading industrial hemp researchers in the United States says he thinks it could be a viable crop in Illinois and across the country;

University of Kentucky agronomist David Williams says industrial hemp does not contain the controversial chemical of its close cousin, marijuana. But he says it does have the potential to be used in animal feed, for its oil and as a fiber;

The Illinois legislature passed and the governor signed a law earlier this year that legalizes industrial hemp. The Illinois Department of Agriculture is currently writing rules that would govern how industrial hemp can be grown in the state.

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