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Alberta hemp variety commercialized

Alberta hemp variety commercialized

Reading Time: < 1 minute InnoTech Alberta has signed an agreement with an Ontario industrial hemp distributor for a hemp variety it has been developing over the past dozen years. The subsidiary of provincial funding agency Alberta Innovates says Silesia “is ideal for Canadian growing conditions and offers the agriculture sector exceptional fibre production and seed-quantity compared to other cultivars.” […] Read more

A hemp plant in Alberta. (Jennifer Blair photo)

Hemp poised for year of gains

Nationwide increase in acres expected

MarketsFarm — The hemp industry in Canada is set for a good year in 2021, according to Canadian Hemp Trade Association (CHTA) CEO Ted Haney. “It looks like we are looking at another 15 to 20 per cent increase in seeded acres nationally, which should take us over the 100,000-acre level for sure,” he said. […] Read more


There is a growing global market for both hemp fibre and hurd, says Canadian Rockies Hemp CEO Aaron Barr (on right, with company COO Spencer Tighe).

Bruderheim to be home to continent’s biggest hemp-processing facility

Canadian Rockies Hemp says its facility can produce 160,000 tonnes of fibre and hurd annually

Reading Time: 4 minutes [UPDATED: Feb. 22, 2021] The town of Bruderheim will soon be home to North America’s largest hemp-processing facility. Canadian Rockies Hemp Corporation says its under-construction plant in the community northeast of Edmonton is on track to be finished this summer. “Construction started last fall (in 2019), but it was put on hold for the last […] Read more

Signage on a Tweed retail outlet in Winnipeg. (Dave Bedard photo)

Canopy Growth to close Saskatchewan pot plant

Ontario company stepping out of other international plays

A major indoor cannabis grow site at Yorkton, Sask. is the latest casualty as pot producer/retailer Canopy Growth adjusts its worldwide footprint. Smiths Falls, Ont.-based Canopy Growth, whose cannabis brands include Tweed, Tokyo Smoke, Van der Pop and Spectrum Therapeutics, announced Thursday it will shut down its Tweed Grasslands production facility at Yorkton to “further […] Read more


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Canopy Growth may face challenges offloading assets, CEO says

Reuters — Canada’s biggest cannabis producer, Canopy Growth Corp., could face challenges offloading assets as it seeks to winnow its facilities down to focus on its most lucrative markets and products, its CEO told Reuters. The company, which reported a smaller-than-expected third-quarter loss on Friday, is conducting a “thorough strategic review” of its production facilities […] Read more

Cannabis 2.0: Could craft cannabis be southern Alberta’s newest cash crop?

Cannabis 2.0: Could craft cannabis be southern Alberta’s newest cash crop?

A new 60-acre business incubator in Taber aims to create a complete supply chain for craft cannabis and hemp products

Reading Time: 6 minutes Cannabis 2.0 is coming soon to Canada — and one Alberta business hopes to be on the ground floor of this growing industry. “We’re trying to reduce the risk and eliminate the barriers of entry that many people are having trying to get into the cannabis business,” said Lindsay Blackett, CEO of the Grasslands Taber […] Read more



The hempcrete blocks can be sawn, have a high insulation value, and wiring and plumbing lines can be run through them.

Airdrie company employs hemp to go green

Just BioFiber’s modular construction blocks look like oversized Lego — but they’re made from hemp

Reading Time: 4 minutes [UPDATED: Nov. 5, 2019] The legalization of marijuana has — oddly enough — been good for business for one Alberta producer of construction materials. That’s because Airdrie-based Just BioFiber makes modular building blocks out of hemp fibre. Prior to pot’s legalization a year ago, people in the construction industry used to jokingly ask if their […] Read more


(Jennifer Blair photo)

Hemp yield uncertain ahead of harvest

MarketsFarm — While Canada’s licensed hemp acreage nearly doubled from 2018 to 2019, yield estimates will remain uncertain until licensed producers report their crops to Health Canada after harvest. “Health Canada, for the first time, will be collecting information on hemp acres that were seeded, rather than hemp acres that were licensed,” said Ted Haney, […] Read more

StatsCan expects to see hemp acreage double from 41,200 acres 
in 2018 to 82,500 acres this year.

Alberta college courses offer hemp agronomy 101

NorQuest College of Edmonton hopes to provide new growers with information on the crop

Reading Time: 3 minutes As hemp production jumps across the Prairies, more first-time producers are being drawn to the crop, prompting an Alberta college to offer a course in how to grow it. NorQuest College offers two courses, one on hemp production and another on processing and products. The Edmonton community college aims to equip continuing education students with […] Read more