As temperatures rise, more farmers are starting to seed their crops. Industrial hemp is one crop we could see more of this year.
Eight farmers in southern Alberta have signed on with Global Hemp Group to grow industrial hemp this year. They will plant about 1,500 acres and produce 1.5 million tonnes of hemp seed.
The farmers will use the no-till technique to grow industrial hemp. No-till has a lower environmental impact than conventional farming and gives them a better bottom line.
According to Health Canada, there will be 86,000 acres of hemp in Canada this year. Some of it will be grown for fiber and some for Hemp Hearts.
“Hemp Hearts are what they’re considering a super food which is a cereal topping or smoothie addition, high in oils and fiber,” said Rod Lanier, a farmer who grows industrial hemp near Lethbridge.
Eight farmers between Claresholm and Milk River…
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