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These photos of Jan Slaski in his Vegreville hemp plots were taken five days apart in July 2004, and show how quickly hemp can grow.

There’s a reason why Alberta is Canada’s hemp leader

The ‘dope’ on industrial hemp is that it’s good news for Alberta producers looking for a new crop for their rotation

Reading Time: 3 minutes Farming Smarter – There was a time in Canada’s history when homesteaders received free hemp seeds because the plant products served so many purposes. Hemp seed is a source of food and its stalks provide fibre. Jan Slaski — Alberta’s hemp expert — provided this tidbit of information when he spoke at the Farming Smarter AGM […] Read more

Jan Slaski checks plants in a nursery field of “Silesia” industrial hemp seed in 2013.

Industrial hemp acres on the rise, especially in southern Alberta

Industrial hemp has a huge variety of uses, and is gaining new markets for both seed and fibre

Reading Time: 4 minutes Industrial hemp is moving into the mainstream and Alberta is at the forefront, says a researcher who has been helping to develop the crop for more than a decade. Upwards of 100,000 acres will be grown in Canada this year, said Jan Slaski, a crop physiologist with Alberta Innovates Technology Futures in Vegreville. “Processors have […] Read more