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Hundreds of thousands of square metres of greenhouse space is being refitted to propagate and produce cannabis.

An unintended consequence of cannabis legalization

The money in cannabis has made it a highly attractive alternative to greenhouse plant propagators


When the Government of Canada changed the Criminal Code and legalized cannabis, it raised very few eyebrows in the agricultural community. It was debated as a crop on all levels and later recognized as an agricultural product. Where it was grown and by whom was left to other jurisdictions. It was viewed as an opportunity […] Read more

Hemp growers can now look at three markets — grain, flowers, and fibre — and that’s a game changer, says Jan Slaski, a longtime advocate of the crop.

Cannabis legalization opens the doors to new hemp markets

Hemp seed has driven most of Alberta production, but CBD offers rich promise for the future

Jan Slaski was one of many Canadians who celebrated last fall’s passage of the act legalizing cannabis — but not for the reasons you might think. After 17 years of researching industrial hemp, Slaski was simply excited what he views as the next Cinderella crop might finally make it to the ball. “It’s a game […] Read more


Keen on learning how to farm hemp?

New online course aims to show you how

Norquest College is offering an online hemp-farming course created with input from experienced farmers and industry experts and designed for conventional or organic farmers considering the crop. “We talk about everything, from seeding it to managing the crop as it grows, pest control, weather conditions, and harvesting is a huge component,” says Norquest’s Andrea Eriksson. […] Read more

Rachel Gruger — seen here with Lion’s Mane mushrooms — and husband Carleton took an unusual path to becoming farmers.

Unique family-farm mushrooms in Nisku industrial park

The Grugers learned the business from scratch — and also that there’s huge demand for gourmet mushrooms

Rachel Gruger and husband Carleton wanted to farm — but their route to achieving that goal was an unusual one. Carleton studied IT, but found that he wasn’t happy working in an office in Edmonton. He wanted to get back to his country-boy roots, said Rachel Gruger. The couple began experimenting by growing food in […] Read more


Hemp-growing course offered online

Thinking about farming hemp for the first time or growing a small test plot? Norquest College is now offering an online Hemp Farming Course for both conventional or organic production with a special emphasis on harvesting methods, which are determined by what hemp product market is being targeted. The course has five modules and takes […] Read more

Tilray to buy hemp food maker Manitoba Harvest

Reuters — Shares of cannabis firm Tilray Inc. rose as much as seven per cent on Wednesday after announcing a deal to buy hemp food maker Manitoba Harvest for up to $419 million as it seeks to gain a foothold in the lucrative business. The deal comes after the U.S. farm bill, which legalized commercial […] Read more





Cannabis’ cousin hemp entering new age too

CNS Canada — As cannabis basks in the glow of the first day of its legalized recreational sale, its close cousin hemp is coming through its own year of change. Ted Haney, executive director of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, said hemp growers are going through a year in which they are learning how to […] Read more

Hemp growers eye new markets for 2018

CNS Canada — Hemp producers across Western Canada will potentially gain access to lucrative new markets thanks to changes for this year’s harvest. For the first time, hemp growers are allowed to harvest their plants’ buds, leaves and flowers, after receiving an exemption from Health Canada. The market opportunities will be significant, said Ted Haney, […] Read more