November 28, 2014

Growing interest in growing hemp crops

In 2013, over 66,000 acres were licensed to cultivate hemp, a nearly 10-fold increase from 2003, according to the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance.

“It’s a crop that there’s growing interest in it. Especially as canola’s starting to slump so bad,” says Harry Brook, crop specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.

But farmers can’t throw a little hemp in the rotation last minute. “If you’re planning to grow any hemp at all, you need to get your ducks in a row early,” says Brook.

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