Work continues on hemp plant

GILBERT PLAINS, Man. — It’s taken six years and more than $5 million in taxpayer dollars, but a hemp processing plant in Manitoba’s Parkland region may soon open its doors for business. “I think now it’s on the right track,” said Blake Price, Reeve for the rural municipality of Gilbert Plains. “They (the owners) would […] Read more


Hemp processors eager to entice organic growers

Consumers interested in hemp food and oils are also demanding 
it be organic, despite little difference from conventional product

Canada’s hemp industry has a problem. Most consumers who buy hemp fall into the ‘health conscious’ category of shoppers, who are willing to pay a premium for foods loaded with protein and healthy oils. But those same people tend to consume organic foods and Western Canada doesn’t produce enough organic hempseed to satisfy that demand. […] Read more


Hemp processors trying to attract organic product

Canada’s hemp industry has a problem. Most consumers who buy hemp fall into the ‘health conscious’ category of shoppers, who are willing to pay a premium for foods loaded with protein and healthy oils. But those same people tend to consume organic foods and Western Canada doesn’t produce enough organic hempseed to satisfy that demand. […] Read more



Hemp processor won’t sign hemp contracts next year

Hemp acres could drop sharply on the Prairies in 2016 because Manitoba Harvest, the largest hemp seed processor in Canada, is not offering production contracts. A Manitoba Harvest representative told growers at a Dec. 15 meeting in Bow Island, Alta, that there’s a glut of hemp seed in storage on farms in Alberta, Saskatchewan and […] Read more


Hemp growers pressure Ottawa to recognize health claim

Canadian growers want Health Canada to recognize hemp as a beneficial natural health product. Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance members recently voted during their annual meeting in Calgary to push for a health claim on food products. However, lawyer Sara Zborovski, who works with companies seeking approval from Health Canada for food products, said the process […] Read more



Hemp food touted for health benefits

Consumers have a wide selection of hemp based food and cosmetics, but regulations and scientific information have not kept up. Commercial hemp production was not allowed for many years because it was confused with other types of cannabis, and authorities did not want products with high levels of the intoxicant tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), said Daniel Kruse […] Read more


N.D. hemp researchers look to Canada for advice

ROBLIN, Man. — Three field specialists with North Dakota State University attended a Manitoba Agriculture field day near Roblin in late July to learn about industrial hemp. The crop hasn’t been grown in North Dakota for decades — until now. NDSU agricultural scientists are growing industrial hemp this summer at the university’s research site in […] Read more


Hemp sector seeks move to Ag Canada umbrella

The usual jokes about marijuana in connection with hemp were refreshingly absent during a tour of industrial hemp plots near Lethbridge June 24. Maybe Jan Slaski’s mission is getting results. “I am on a mission to educate the general public about differences in these two close cousins: industrial hemp and marijuana,” said Slaski, who is […] Read more



U.S. group buys into hemp hype

Considering that most Americans have never bought or consumed hemp seed, $132 million seems like a lot of money to pay for a hemp food company. However, the tiny fraction of people who have tried or heard of hemp seed is precisely why Compass Diversified Holdings bought a majority share in Manitoba Harvest. “Our research […] Read more


Man. hemp processor expands

Hemp Oil Canada | Expansion will triple the company’s existing production capacity

STE. AGATHE, Man. — The largest hempseed processing plant in the world is under construction south of Winnipeg. Hemp Oil Canada, which produces hempseed oil, hemp protein and hemp flour, announced the construction of a $13.6 million plant in Ste. Agathe Sept. 26. President Shaun Crew said the new facility would triple Hemp Oil Canada’s […] Read more