Farmer and CEO
Illinois Hemp Growers Association
Rachel Berry is the founder and CEO of the Illinois Hemp Growers Association, a women-led benefit corporation and grassroots organization representing over 700 members. Her roles in the hemp industry have included secretary on the board of directors for the U.S. Hemp Building Association; client relations/superintendent on a 25,000-plant startup grow in 2019; and a frequent speaker and panelist at University of Illinois Extension, the Illinois Farm Bureau, the Illinois Small Business Development Center, and many other hemp industry and community events. Berry is a first-generation regenerative farmer raising poultry, growing heirloom vegetables, native medicinal plants, and industrial hemp with her family on their 13-acre homestead. Her work is dedicated to building the resources and relationships necessary to grow a sustainable and equitable Illinois hemp industry. Berry also serves on the board of directors for the Illinois Stewardship Alliance. She believes local food matters and that hemp should be a part of local food systems in the future. Rachel is also experienced in hemp-lime construction.