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Canada: Hemp Firm Hopes to Build Prairie Processing Plant

By Ed White, Winnipeg bureau

Canada:Hemp Firm Hopes to Build Prairie Processing Plant The hemp industry is trying to convince producers to give the business a chance.

Industry players told farmers attending the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance convention in Winnipeg Nov. 17 that the industry is truly growing.

They said demand for fibre soon won’t be just a promise but something for which farmers will be able to sign contracts.

“During the next two to three growing seasons we plan upon supplementing our imports with Canadian fibre,” said Jason Finness of Naturally Advanced Technologies (NAT).

He said once NAT builds a decortication plant, it will likely pay $90 to $130 per tonne for baled hemp straw picked up at the farmgate.

Finness’ company is well-known to central Saskatchewan farmers who had hoped to supply a plant NAT said it planned to build in Craik, Sask. It would separate fibre from the hemp plant’s stalks to make fabric.

Those plans fell through, with NAT saying it had two-thirds of the money it needed to build the plant but was unable to convince the Saskatchewan government to supply the rest.

Now NAT is importing hemp fibre from Europe, processing it in the United States and selling it to major manufacturers.

Once these manufacturers begin full commercial runs of hemp fibre, NAT wants to obtain hemp fibre from Canada.

NAT hopes to build a decortication plant on the Prairies in 2010 to meet product launch hopes for 2011.

Canada: Vegreville Centre Sheds Light on the Industrial Applications of Hemp

By Krista Allan, News Writer

Canada: Vegreville Centre Sheds Light on the Industrial Applications of Hemp Alberta is going green, but not in the way some might think. Just outside the town of Vegreville, the Alberta Research Council is working to add hemp farming to Alberta’s list of lucrative industries.

The Vegreville nursery is home to the largest research and production facility of hemp in North America. Industrial hemp grown in Alberta can be used in a number of products ranging anywhere from textiles to fibreglass. Products made from hemp have less environmental impact than those made from glass or plastics, and in many cases are more energy efficient.

Jan Slaski, breeder and plant physiologist at the Vegreville facility, explained why this is the case.

“Bio composites produced from hemp are more environmentally friendly. Replacing glass fibre with bio-fibre produces a much lighter product. A lighter product means that your car, boat, or airplane is lighter and uses less fuel. High-end European car manufacturers, particularly German manufacturers, use bio-composites in their panels,” he said.

Historically, hemp has been grown in Canada for hundreds of years, but was banned in 1938 due to the associations hemp has with marijuana. This ban was later lifted in 1998. Industrial hemp, unlike marijuana, does not contain high levels of THC, the compound in marijuana that causes intoxication.

According to Slaski, Canada has very strict guidelines for hemp farmers.

Canada: CHTA Annual Convention Nov 16-18 2009, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance- Annual Convention Nov 16-18 2009, Victoria Inn - Winnipeg, Manitoba

Canada: CHTA Annual Convention Nov 16-18 2009, Winnipeg, Manitoba Since 1998, Canada has grown industrial hemp for seed and for fibre. Canadian farmers and businesses are interested in the growing business of hemp as it realizes its potential to produce healthy food and environmentally-friendly products, including paper, textiles, biocomposites and sustainable building materials.

To tap into the plant's exciting potential for Canada, the industry recognized the need for a common national front. The CHTA/ACCC was formed in 2003: we are a non-profit national group of hemp processors, marketers, farmers and information specialists.

Topics for their convention include: Hemp Variety Development, Harvest Research, THC Testing, NAFGEN & Hemp, Fatty Acid & Amino Acid Analysis, Hemp as a Building Material, Fibre Handling, Animal Feed Trials and many others.

For a full list of events: http://www.hemptrade.ca/docs/2009_National_Hemp_Convention_Programme_Oct...

Source: http://www.hemptrade.ca/events.php?id=17

Canada: Unconventional Crop – Hemp – Could Sprout New Industry

There is a truth that must be heard! EDMONTON, AB — As combines mowed farmers’ fields across Canadian prairies this fall, there was a scene near Edmonton right out of a time warp: – a crew of workers actually using their hands to harvest plants.

The workers were taking down three-metre-tall hemp plants at a breeding nursery outside of Vegreville, AB. The plants, which dwarfed the workers, were being bundled, numbered, bagged and transported to researchers, who see a high-tech future for the ancient plant.

The Alberta Research Council (ARC) is working to help hemp find its way into everything from homes to cars to clothes. It’s part of a campaign to see our agriculture and forestry industries compete in the global push for sustainable products.

“ARC is evaluating hemp as a fibre crop for mature, large-scale industries looking for green products,” ARC crop and plant physiologist, Jan Slaski said. “Alberta’s soil and climate are perfectly suited for growing hemp crops.

“We analyze the seed and plant for biomass and fibre yield, as part of the breeding program for creating the perfect industrial hemp,” he added. ARC uses advanced breeding techniques to develop traits such as water- and nitrogen-use efficiency, with no useable trace of the psychoactive compound THC, which is found in marijuana. It is hoped the breeding program will ultimately lead to a stronger plant with a bigger yield.

Canada: Hemp Seed Might Have Potential In Livestock Feed

Researchers with the University of Manitoba are confident the nutritional benefits of hemp seed in human food products can be effectively applied to livestock rations, reports Bruce Cochrane for Farmscape Canada.

By AllAboutFeed.net

There is a truth that must be heard! Hemp products are not currently approved for use in any class of livestock diet but hemp-based products are widely used in human nutrition.

To generate data to support the registration of hemp products in livestock rations researchers are evaluating the safety and effectiveness of hemp seed as a feed ingredient in poultry diets.

Dr Jim House, the head of the University of Manitoba's Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, says studies have shown hemp protein to be highly digestible and that should carry over to most major classes of livestock.

Clip-Dr. Jim House-University of Manitoba: http://www.farmscape.com/2009/10/FS102709.mp3

“Right now we're looking at three different classes of hemp products, the hemp seed, the hemp oil and the hemp meal or the protein concentrate,” House said at Farmscape.

“We're looking at doing production trials in both laying hens and in broiler chickens and generating data on performance, on any issues related to health indices and we're also going to be collecting data on the quality of the eggs and on the meats of the broiler chickens.”

Canada: Hemp Seed Under Evaluation As Potential Livestock Feed Ingredient

Farmscape (Episode 3331)

By Bruce Cochrane, Farmscape.Ca

There is a truth that must be heard!Researchers with the University of Manitoba are confident the nutritional benefits of hemp seed in human food products can be effectively applied to livestock rations.

Hemp products are not currently approved for use in any class of livestock diet but hemp-based products are widely used in human nutrition.

To generate data to support the registration of hemp products in livestock rations researchers are evaluating the safety and effectiveness of hemp seed as a feed ingredient in poultry diets.

Dr. Jim House, the head of the University of Manitoba's Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, says studies have shown hemp protein to be highly digestible and that should carry over to most major classes of livestock.

Clip-Dr. Jim House-University of Manitoba: http://www.farmscape.com/2009/10/FS102709.mp3

Right now we're looking at three different classes of hemp products, the hemp seed, the hemp oil and the hemp meal or the protein concentrate.

We're looking at doing production trials in both laying hens and in broiler chickens and generating data on performance, on any issues related to health indices and we're also going to be collecting data on the quality of the eggs and on the meats of the broiler chickens.

Once we've got all that data we'll be able to generate significant evidence in support of the use of hemp in livestock diets, in particular poultry diets at this stage.

Oregon: Jobs Watch | Hemp For The Masses

By Ben Jacklet, Oregon Business

There is a truth that must be heard!Anyone who believes that the hemp industry is best left to the half-baked stoners of the world should spend a few hours talking textiles with Ken Barker. Five minutes into the conversation it becomes clear that this guy is onto something big, and he knows exactly what he is doing.

Barker recently served as head of apparel at Adidas North America in Portland. Before that he held executive positions with Adidas and Levi Strauss in Canada. He knows how hard it is for apparel companies to meet the rising demand for clothing from earth-friendly sources. When he was with Adidas he entertained proposals to make fabric from soy, bamboo, even seaweed. None of them made as much sense as hemp, the plant that once served as the backbone of U.S. industry before it was banned in the 1930s.

Barker and another former Adidas executive, David Howitt (a brain behind the success of Oregon Chai), run an investment firm in Northwest Portland called the Meriwether Group. They have two hemp companies in their portfolio. Living Harvest, which makes hemp milk, is one of the fastest growing companies in Oregon. Naturally Advanced Technologies, the company Barker has run since 2006, recently raised more than $900,000 and plans to get its product to market within six months.

Canada: Harvesting Hemp At Hartacre Farms For Biofuel

By Aimee Pianosi, Canoe.ca

There is a truth that must be heard! In a white cloud of pollen, 43 acres of hemp was harvested from Hartacre Farms last Tuesday. Herb Hart grew the crop in partnership with Performance Plants Inc. of Kingston, as part of a biofuels project for Lafarge Bath Cement plant, which is working on methods of reducing their reliance on fossil fuels.

According to Kevin Gellatly, director of biofuels business development and media relations for Performance Plants, this particular test plot faced some challenges.

“There were some tough conditions on the lower ground, it got rained out.” There were delays in planting, and then rain and more rain which soaked out some of the seeds.

Gellatly said they were hoping for four to five tonnes per acre, but final yield won’t be determined for a while.

Because it’s a test plot, the seed was provided to Hart, but he said the input costs for the entire season were much lower compared to corn, but similar to other crops. Based on soil tests at the beginning of the season, he added 100 pounds of potash, 25 pounds of 11-52-0 and 20 gallons of UAN. The test plot Hart used is a randomly-tiled field and he said “you can see the patterns of the tiles in the height of the plants.”

“I added no chemicals after planting and that’s one of the biggest savings right there,” he added.

One other positive impact of hemp is that it breaks the disease cycle of other crops, as it is added into a crop rotation, according to Gellatly.

United States: Super Crop Hemp Regains it's Rightful Place in Agriculture & Industry with Hanesbrands NAT Agreement

By Dev Meyers, Examiner

There is a truth that must be heard! Although it is illegal to grow hemp in some states in the US, it can be grown in many other places such as Canada, the UK Europe, etc. It is legal to import the fiber and seed into the US. And it is totally legal to sell the manufacture and sell hemp clothing in any state in the United States.

Don't worry, you will not get busted for wearing your Hanes hemp undies!

'The yields per acre are incredible," said Ken Barker, CEO of NAT. "The plant is extremely hardy."

According to Barker, "The gateway technology that polishes the hemp fiber makes it feel as soft as cotton."

Hanesbrands Inc. is a leading marketer of innerwear, outerwear and hosiery apparel under strong consumer brands, including Hanes, Champion, Playtex, Bali, Just My Size, barely there and Wonderbra. The company designs, manufactures, sources and sells T-shirts, bras, panties, men's underwear, children's underwear, socks, hosiery, casualwear and activewear. Hanesbrands has approximately 45,000 employees in more than 25 countries. More information may be found on the company's Web site at www.hanesbrands.com.

Canada: Is Hemp a Cash Crop?

By DONAL O'CONNOR, Staff Reporter
Photo By SCOTT WISHART, The Beacon Herald

There is a truth that must be heard! Private-sector funding for establishing hemp-processing factories may be a hard sell at the moment, but Gordon Scheifele is undaunted in his passion for developing the enormous potential for hemp.

Earlier this week on a farm just east of Tavistock, Mr. Scheifele was showing a group of 16 mostly student workers how to distinguish male and female buds on hemp plants within a 10-acre seed crop.

Plants showing yellowish male buds, he explained, were to be pulled -- a task known as roguing. The plants with female buds, which will develop into seeds that can be certified for resale, were to be left alone to grow to maturity.

Mr. Scheifele spared few details in explaining to the young workers -- area students ranging from Grade 9 level to first-year university -- the potential that industrial hemp holds for the future of farming and manufacturing.

The list includes building and insulation materials for houses, material for garment and bags, a substitute for plastic in the automotive industry, an antiseptic and absorbent bedding for horses or other livestock.

That's apart from the edible seeds that are rich in essential fatty acids and the seed oil that can be used in the making of non-dairy cheese and yogurt.

Canada: Manitoba Announce Investment to Help Create Jobs

The construction and manufacturing sectors in Parkland get a boost

By Web News Wire, Business Desk

There is a truth that must be heard! The Honourable Rosann Wowchuk, Manitoba Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, and Inky Mark, Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced government support today to strengthen economic opportunities in the Parkland Region.

"The Government of Canada, through the Community Adjustment Fund, is taking action to ensure communities succeed at this time of economic slowdown," said Mr. Mark. "Today's announcement will help create jobs and stimulate the local economy, enabling our region to emerge from this challenging time, prosperous and stronger than ever."

"The province is committed to encouraging, supporting and advancing the economic development of rural communities by helping them prepare the way for local industrial expansion," said Minister Wowchuk. "The development of the Dauphin Industrial Park will help attract industries and commercial businesses to the Parkland region, which will provide jobs and help create more rural economic benefits."

The Rural Municipality of Dauphin, partnering with the City of Dauphin, will construct a waterline to service the new 205-acre industrial park, which lies northwest of the community.

Canada: Waterline Expected To Be Key Factor In Developing Hemp Processing Plant

By Winnipeg Free Press Staff

There is a truth that must be heard! The city of Dauphin and the surrounding rural municipality are constructing a waterline to service a new 205-acres industrial park northwest of town.

The initiative is expected to be a key factor in developing a long-discussed hemp processing plant in the area.

Ottawa and the province will fund about three-quarters of the waterline’s $804,850 cost, the two levels of government announced this morning.

The federal government is contributing a little over $400,000, while the province and two municipalities are sharing the remainder of the cost.

Mayor Alex Paul said the project is important to the entire parkland region.


Source: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/Waterline-construction--47...

Canada: Future May See Hemp Cars - Calgary Firm Working On Prototype

By David Finlayson, Edmonton Journal

There is a truth that must be heard! A car made of hemp may sound like someone's wacky fantasy, but it's as real as General Motors' bankruptcy.

Motive Industries in Calgary is building a vehicle using panels and other parts made of a hemp fibre material that's lighter and cheaper than glass fibre.

It's being put together to try to win the$10 millionXPrizecompetition for the car that gets 100 miles to the gallon and beats other green cars in a race.

And Motive will benefit from the $15 million Alberta Biomaterials Development Centre announced Thursday, says John Wolodko, polymers group leader at Alberta Research Council.

The structural components of the car, which will start trials in mid June, will still be made of more traditional materials, said Wolodko, whose team is helping with the Motive project.

Eventually more environmentally friendly fibres made of hemp and flax will replace glass fibre in cars and other manufacturing processes, he said.

"Some European car manufacturers are already using bio-materials."

The new centre, to be set up at ARC's agricultural research facility in Vegreville and at the University of Alberta, will also help Pildysh Technologies, which is developing portland cement blocks impregnated with bio-fibres that make them lighter and stronger.

Calgary-based Pildysh is a couple of years away from marketing a product, and vice-president Richard Bueble said the new centre should help speed the process.

Canada: Feds to Pay for Military Veterans Medical Marijuana

By Canadian Press

There is a truth that must be heard! OTTAWA — The military may strictly forbid marijuana use by its soldiers, but the federal government has decided to pay for medical cannabis for some veterans.

Veterans Affairs has reversed a previous ban, now saying it "may provide payment in relation to the associated costs of medically required marijuana to clients who have qualified."

Payments can be made only to veterans licensed by Health Canada to possess medical marijuana, and who buy government-certified cannabis produced on contract by a firm in Flin Flon, Man.

The policy change was approved last October, but is only now being communicated to veterans who require the product for pain management and other severe medical conditions.

About eight veterans licensed by Health Canada are having their medical marijuana bills picked up by taxpayers, said Janice Summerby, spokeswoman for Veterans Affairs.

She was unable to say immediately how much the new policy was costing the department.

"These guys (the federal government) want to stand up for veterans' rights," said Bruce Webb, a Comox, B.C., veteran who successfully pressed Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson for the about-face.

"They want to help."

Webb, a former air force corporal who received a medical discharge in 2002, said the new payment policy will cover the $490 monthly cannabis bill he faces while struggling on a disability pension.

Canada: Manitoba Harvest Offsets Electricity With Wind Power

There is a truth that must be heard! WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils partnered with Renewable Choice Energy to offset 100 percent of their production facility's electricity with wind power offsets, and all of their facility's natural gas usage through carbon offsets. Renewable Energy Credits, like those purchased by Manitoba Harvest, are verified, certified and audited by Green-e, a widely respected non-profit program. The purchase of Renewable Energy Credits allows companies like Manitoba Harvest to guarantee the electricity they consume is replaced with clean power.

In 2008, Manitoba Harvest installed many environmentally-friendly features into their new organic processing facility in Winnipeg including energy efficient lighting, R20 insulation to lower heating and cooling costs, and energy efficient HVAC heating and cooling systems approved by the Manitoba Hydro Power Smart Program.

Founded in 1998, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils is the largest farmer-owned, vertically integrated hemp food manufacturer in the world. The company mission is to create the healthiest hemp foods, to educate the public about healthy lifestyle choices and to support sustainable and organic agriculture.

Source: http://www.naturalproductsmarketplace.com/hotnews/manitoba-offsets-elect...

International: Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods Announces New Distribution Partners in the UK & European Union

The Fast-Growing Canadian Company Exhibits at Leading Organic Shows in Germany & United Kingdom

By Food Biz Daily

There is a truth that must be heard! Winnipeg, Manitoba – One of the fastest growing private companies in Canada is fueling its growth by expanding further into the vast organic food marketplace in the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU). Today, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils is announcing its new partnership with Re-Action Sales (www.reactionsales.com) of Middlesex, UK to distribute their hemp food products throughout the UK. Earlier this year, Manitoba Harvest forged a partnership with Hempro International (www.hempro.com) to distribute their nutritious foods in Germany.

“We’re capitalizing on more than a decade of experience as a hemp foods pioneer and innovator in North America to penetrate organic markets in Europe with innovative hemp products like our organic hempmilk,” says Mike Fata, President and co-founder of Manitoba Harvest (www.manitobaharvest.com). “We began selling hemp foods in Europe in 2006, and our sales have doubled in each of the years since,” says Fata. “People everywhere are finding out that hemp foods are extremely nutritious - and then they try them and discover that they have a delicious nutty flavour and gourmet appeal,” he adds.

Canada: Stonehedge Bio-Resources to Build Hemp Processing Facility

By Bryan Sims, Biomass

Stonehedge Bio-Resources Inc. is using hemp to produce this replacement to pink fiberglass insulation./PHOTO: STONEHEDGE BIO-RESOURCES INC. Stonehedge Bio-Resources Inc. is looking to convert hemp into a viable biomass energy crop. In January, the Ontario-based company received $2 million from U.K. investors to construct an industrial hemp processing facility in Northumberland County, Ontario.

According to John Baker, founder and chairman of Stonehedge Bio-Resources, the company has been involved in the plant genetics and breeding of various hemp species for more than a decade, and has been commercializing the crop for myriad industrial uses for the past three years. “We have found that hemp has multiple uses as a biomass crop,” he said. “It can also sequester carbon and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.”

Baker anticipates breaking ground for the facility in April or May. Commissioning and start-up could begin within 12 to 15 months after that. The plant may employ up to 27 people within the next two years, he added.

Canada: Stonehedge Makes Pitch To Farmers To Grow Industrial Hemp

By John Campbell, The Community Press

There is a truth that must be heard! Stirling – Stonehedge Bio-Resources Inc. is looking for farmers to grow industrial hemp that can be turned into insulation, biomasonry concrete and fuel pellets. It’s also in the market for a site to build a 60,000-square-foot manufacturing plant somewhere along the Highway 401 corridor between Belleville and Port Hope that will employ more than two dozen people.

“The total project is probably going to be in excess of $15 (million), maybe close to $20 million,” John Baker, president of Stonehedge, said in an interview. More than half of that will spent on specialized equipment developed in Europe where industrial hemp is used extensively in a variety of products, including auto parts.

The decortication factory will be the first of its kind in North America.

The Stirling-area company has “commitments” of capital from investors in the United Kingdom and the United States who need “a supply chain .. to grow their business,” – mainly hempcrete, Baker said. They’re “ready to develop the U.S. market.”

Other potential investors have expressed an interest in purchasing equity in Stonehedge as well and Baker has approached the provincial and federal governments for financing in the form of loans. However, even though “there are all kinds of government programs for the green sustainable economy,” the funding is “hard to access,” Baker says. “It’s a slow ... frustrating process.

Canada: Hemp Plant Takes Giant Step With Three New Foreign Investors

By Suzanne Atkinson, AgriNews Contributor

There is a truth that must be heard! STIRLING – Central Ontario’s hemp decortication facility took a huge step closer to reality recently when three foreign investors pledged more than $2-million to join a company here in processing the crop.

President and CEO John Baker of Stonehedge Bio-Resources, Inc., said a processing facility will be built between Cobourg and Trenton which will process hemp into building and insulation materials.

U.K. investors have been processing hemp stalk or hurd into a building material. When blended with a lime-based binder, a bio-based composite building material is created which "locks up around 110kg of CO2 per m_ of wall. It provides one of the best value materials for low impact, sustainable and commercially viable construction."

Joining an anonymous U.K. investor in anteing up funds are Lime Technology Ltd, a pioneer in the development of hemcrete, and American Lime Technology

A huge opportunity exists in Canadian for hemp production, Baker says, because it is illegal in the U.S.

"Americans don’t distinguish between hemp and marijuana like we do," Baker said during an interview with AgriNews.

"We’ve got our foot in the door. We have to move at lightning speed."

Maryland: Hemp - A Unique Flavor - And Good For You, Too

By Lauren LaRocca, News-Post Staff
Photo by Sam Yu

Margaret Hluch of MOM -- My Organic Market in Frederick -- pours a sample of hemp milk. The market also carries a variety of hemp-based products besides hemp milk.

Long known for its strength and durability in products like clothing and paper, hemp might prove to be just as beneficial in another medium: food.

Turns out, hemp is a leading source of protein (especially beneficial for vegetarians and vegans), it contains all 10 essential amino acids, it's high in fiber, and it tastes good, too, if an acquired taste.

Christina Volgyesi, originally from Canada but now living in Portland, Ore., stumbled upon hemp protein powder during a trip home after never having seen it in the States.

"I really just became amazed," she said during a recent phone interview.

She and her husband began experimenting with hemp seeds, making their own hemp milk in a blender. They added sweeteners, like agave nectar and honey, until they found a recipe they liked.

Soon after, they became the founding partners of Living Harvest, a company that now offers an array of hemp products, including hemp milk in five flavors (original, unsweetened original, vanilla, unsweetened vanilla and chocolate).

In April, they'll launch their ice cream line.

"I've always been interested in nutrition as a way of life," said Volgyesi, now the vice president of marketing for the company.

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