A hemp bale waits to be processed at Canadian Greenfield’s decortication plant in Calgary.  |  Canadian Greenfield photo

Hemp makes concrete stronger

It is the classic case of a problem in need of a solution. For decades, the concrete industry has relied upon steel, glass and plastic fibres to reinforce concrete. But those materials aren’t great at preventing cracking in concrete. Shortly after pouring, tiny cracks can form in concrete and those fissures eventually become much larger […] Read more

Health Canada currently prohibits growers from selling the leaves and flowers of hemp plants. Those parts of the plant can be used to make cannabinoids (CBD), compounds that provide pain relief and have anti-inflammatory properties. On Nov. 21, Health Canada announced that it plans to reverse that rule. | File photo

Allowing hemp flower, leaf sales welcome change

Hemp growers in Canada may soon be able to sell the whole plant. Health Canada currently prohibits growers from selling the leaves and flowers of hemp plants. Those parts of the plant can be used to make cannabinoids (CBD), compounds that provide pain relief and have anti-inflammatory properties. On Nov. 21, Health Canada announced that […] Read more

Health Canada currently prohibits growers from selling the leaves and flowers of hemp plants. Those parts of the plant can be used to make cannabinoids (CBD), compounds that provide pain relief and have anti-inflammatory properties. On Nov. 21, Health Canada announced that it plans to reverse that rule. | File photo

Allowing hemp flower, leaf sales a welcome change for growers

Hemp growers in Canada may soon be able to sell the whole plant. Health Canada currently prohibits growers from selling the leaves and flowers of hemp plants. Those parts of the plant can be used to make cannabinoids (CBD), compounds that provide pain relief and have anti-inflammatory properties. On Nov. 21, Health Canada announced that […] Read more


Ken Anderson, a Wisconsin businessperson, is public about his support for industrial hemp production in the United States.  |  Submitted photo

Grower fired up over hemp despite U.S. regulations

When Neil Reiten grew hemp this year for the first time on his North Dakota farm, he knew the crop would get his neighbours talking. He also knew it would attract the attention of the U.S. government, specifically the FBI. Reiten and his employees were fingerprinted and put through background checks and FBI officers gave […] Read more

North Dakota farmers taking part in a pilot project faced regulatory hoops because industrial hemp still falls under the Controlled Substances Act in the United States.  |  File photo

Hemp project includes marketing

North Dakota farmers planted more than 3,000 acres of industrial hemp in 2017 as part of pilot project in the state. The purpose of the project is research, to see if hemp is a viable crop, but those farmers are also allowed to sell the hempseed. That’s because marketing is part of the research mandate, […] Read more


Hempco plans to process help seed and other parts of the plant at its Alberta facility. Health Canada currently prohibits the harvest of hemp plant flowers and leaves but the industry is lobbying for changes to expand the range of products processed from hemp.  |  Getty photo

Relaxed rules sought on hemp

Leaders of Canada’s hemp trade have longed talked about ‘whole crop utilization’, or using the seed, fibre, leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. Till now, hemp processors have struggled to develop an industry around the fibre. Harvesting the flowers or leaves to manufacture medicinal products is illegal in Canada. Charles Holmes is determined to […] Read more

Manitoba hemp processor doubles contracts

After a year of reduced production, hempseed acres are poised to jump substantially this spring. Companies that contract hemp production and industry reps expect seeded acres to top 150,000, which could set a new record. Buyers and processors are contracting more production because demand for hemp is up and the industry has worked through a […] Read more

Canadian hemp growers and hemp seed processors have asked the federal government for years to simplify and remove regulations for hemp production.   |  File photo

Reducing gov’t red tape would help industry flourish

We hope that Health Canada’s easing of regulations for hemp production is a sign of things to come from the federal government. Onerous and pointless government regulation is a problem widely noted, from Canada’s auditor general to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. A small example of needless regulation was Health Canada’s control over hemp […] Read more


Canadian hemp growers and hemp seed processors have asked the federal government for years to simplify and remove regulations for hemp production.   |  File photo

Ottawa takes steps to deregulate hemp farming

The federal government is easing regulations for testing and cultivation of industrial hemp. Health Canada, in a Notice to Industry document, said it was eliminating testing for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in most varieties of hemp. As well, growers will no longer have to identify fields for planting of hemp, prior to spring […] Read more

Health Canada, in a Notice to Industry document, said it was eliminating testing for THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) in most varieties of hemp. As well, growers will no longer have to identify fields for planting of hemp, prior to spring seeding. | File photo

Ottawa takes steps to deregulate hemp farming

Yesterday was a “great day” for Canadian hemp growers because the federal government eased regulations for testing and cultivation of industrial hemp. Health Canada, in a Notice to Industry document, said it was eliminating testing for THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) in most varieties of hemp. As well, growers will no longer have to […] Read more