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‘Bigger pie’ seen for hemp as industry evolves

Reading Time: 2 minutes CNS Canada — Canada’s hemp industry will have an eventful year in 2019 as the industry expands with more processing facilities and legislative changes. One such legislative change was the legalization of hemp in the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill. The bill passed this week in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and awaits […] Read more

Cannabis’ cousin hemp entering new age too

Reading Time: 2 minutes CNS Canada — As cannabis basks in the glow of the first day of its legalized recreational sale, its close cousin hemp is coming through its own year of change. Ted Haney, executive director of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, said hemp growers are going through a year in which they are learning how to […] Read more


Hemp growers eye new markets for 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutes CNS Canada — Hemp producers across Western Canada will potentially gain access to lucrative new markets thanks to changes for this year’s harvest. For the first time, hemp growers are allowed to harvest their plants’ buds, leaves and flowers, after receiving an exemption from Health Canada. The market opportunities will be significant, said Ted Haney, […] Read more

Hemp acres, prices down for 2018

Reading Time: 2 minutes CNS Canada — With a large carryover from last year’s crop, hemp acres in Canada are expected to be down this year along with the price. “We had a bit of overproduction in 2017. It doesn’t take much to overproduce a crop when you’ve got 100,000 acres. So it’s a delicate, delicate balance,” said Russ […] Read more


Hemp area may stall in 2018

Area saw a big jump last year, but growers are facing more competition from China and Eastern Europe

Reading Time: 6 minutes Canadian commercial hemp production saw a big jump in 2017. Health Canada, the federal agency which oversees licensing, reports almost 140,000 acres were planted with industrial hemp, an 80 per cent increase from 75,000 acres in 2016. Kim Shukla, executive director of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, says the increase reflects the growth since hemp […] Read more

Plant protein supercluster makes cut for federal funding

Reading Time: 4 minutes At the table with artificial intelligence, big data, advanced manufacturing and ocean-based energy, Prairie pulse, oilseed and cereal crops are in for a share of federal support to spur innovation in Canada. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains on Thursday announced Protein Industries Canada (PIC) as one of five “superclusters” which will receive […] Read more


On a national basis, hemp production is more advanced in Western Canada than in the East, but that may change.

Incredible hemp opportunity

Could the time be right to add hemp acres to your rotation?

Reading Time: 7 minutes For more than 20 years, advocates have promoted industrial hemp as a near-perfect crop for Canada’s farmers. A source of fibre for construction, plastics and textiles, not to mention the myriad food uses for its grain and oil, hemp’s potential is extraordinary. It has sparked interest and even excitement in the marketplace with promises of […] Read more

Post-secondary cannabis credentials on offer

Reading Time: 2 minutes Degree and diploma aggies interested in producing commercial cannabis and/or hemp will be able to get college-certified starting next year. Niagara College announced Tuesday it will launch a graduate certificate program in commercial cannabis production in 2018, a program it bills as Canada’s “first post-secondary credential” in the crop’s production. Niagara picked up approval this […] Read more


These corporate bigwigs aren’t hiring the right people,” Conrad says of the country’s first legal marijuana operations. “They don’t have the farmer mentality.”

Pot farmers needed

With a projected $22 billion in sales, Canada’s new cannabis market is generating a very heady kind of buzz in farm circles

Reading Time: 9 minutes Working in total darkness, Thaddeus Conrad carefully feels his way up a nearly vertical set of stairs before switching on a single green light. The bulb casts a weak, eerie glow, revealing a room packed with heavily budded marijuana plants. But there’s nothing clandestine about the hazy light or the darkness, it’s simply great crop science […] Read more

With demand, deregulation, ‘opportunities abound’ for hemp

Reading Time: 2 minutes CNS Canada — Aggressive contracting in the hemp sector is expected to bump up Canadian acres — another benefit for growers who will experience less red tape this year. “We’ve seen a lot of activity on the contracting side for growers,” said Kim Shukla, executive director of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance at Steinbach, Man. […] Read more