Industrial Hemp Enterprise

  From the February 1, 2016 issue of Agri-News
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 Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) has a new publication entitled Industrial Hemp Enterprise.

“Industrial hemp is a profitable crop rotation option for Alberta farmers,” says Lori-Jo Graham, program lead-biomaterials, AF, Olds. “This profitability has resulted in a recent influx of new industrial hemp producers.”

In the past five years, the national acreage of industrial hemp has grown about 25 percent annually in Canada. In 2015, Alberta provided 29 percent of the Canadian hemp production with over 24,500 licensed acres. “Due a bumper crop last year in the prairies, hemp grain buyers are not seeking as many conventional hemp grain acres this coming growing season. However they are exceedingly interested in contracting organic hemp acres,” says Graham.

“Customers and company buyers are now specifically asking for hemp. You see it on the major grocery chains shelves and in a variety of high end health food and cosmetic products. Hemp clothing, automotive interior parts and green building are leading the way to a multitude of fibre-based market applications in North America, creating a future demand for more hemp feedstock in Alberta. AF is engaged in efforts with farmers and companies to build supply chains to advance the hemp industry in the province.”

This new publication is designed to assist producers who are:

  • considering a hemp enterprise
  • new entrants to hemp
  • expanding their hemp enterprise to make informed decisions regarding crop production, handling and risk management
Topics covered in the book include license application, environmental benefits, growing hemp, harvesting hemp and sourcing pedigreed seed, and more.

Industrial Hemp Enterprise is available online from AF’s webpage. Alberta residents can order a black-and white hard copy at no charge by calling 780-427-0391.

Lori-Jo Graham
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This document is maintained by Ken Blackley.
This information published to the web on January 22, 2016.