Canada’s hemp sec­tor grow­ing ahead of le­gal­i­sa­tion

The Drumheller Mail - - AGRICULTURE & FARM - Sub­mit­ted

Canada’s hemp sec­tor is grow­ing, with seeded crop area reach­ing over 138,000 acres in 2017.

Hemp is in­creas­ingly used across a va­ri­ety of prod­ucts, in­clud­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly cloth­ing and build­ing ma­te­ri­als. It is also be­com­ing widely rec­og­nized for its high nu­tri­tious con­tent, in­clud­ing pro­tein, omega and fibre.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment be­lieves a strong and com­pet­i­tive agri­cul­ture sec­tor is vi­tal to Canada’s pros­per­ity and our Gov­ern­ment is proud to sup­port the hemp in­dus­try, which will help grow our econ­omy and cre­ate more jobs for our mid­dle class.

“Our gov­ern­ment’s in­vest­ment and re­cent changes to hemp reg­u­la­tions is pro­vid­ing the Cana­dian Hemp in­dus­try the tools they need to get more of their world-class crops into Cana­dian foods and other prod­ucts,” said fed­eral min­is­ter of agri­cul­ture and agri-food Lawrence Ma­cAulay.

As part of the new cannabis leg­is­la­tion, the Gov­ern­ment of Canada is up­dat­ing the in­dus­trial hemp reg­u­la­tions to al­low the in­dus­try to har­vest the flow­er­ing heads, branches and leaves of the crop im­me­di­ately. These changes will open new rev­enue source and mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties for hemp pro­duc­ers by en­abling the sec­tor to re­search the most ef­fi­cient and eco­nomic ways to cap­ture the full value of the hemp plant.

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