Canada: Government Investing in Opportunities for Hemp Farmers

Canada is investing in innovation that will help develop new bio-composites derived from hemp fibers.

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Correspondent

Canada: Government Investing in Opportunities for Hemp Farmers SASKATCHEWAN - Members of Parliament have pledged funding for the Composites Innovation Centre (CIC) to study hemp fibers with the goal of making composites that perform better than fiberglass and plastic.

"Finding new and innovative uses for our flax and hemp will greatly benefit farmers and the economy in Western Canada," said MP Bruinooge. "This investment will enable farmers to adapt their growth and harvesting regimes to optimize fibre performance, increasing the demand for their crops and resulting in increased profitability."

The investment through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) is designed to study the sub-molecular structure of hemp fibers.

"This exciting collaboration between the CIC and our world-class Canadian synchrotron facility will provide our local and national biomass industries with a key competitive edge in a growing international marketplace," says CIC Manager of Product Innovation Simon Potter. "The information we generate with the Canadian Light Source will support the high penetration of agricultural fibers into building materials and composites for automotive and aerospace products."

"The Canadian Light Source welcomes this opportunity to work with Manitoba's burgeoning bio-composite sector on a project that will not only benefit Manitoba, but fibre growers throughout Western Canada and manufacturers around the world," said Jeffrey Cutler, director of industrial science.

The project is being funded under the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). CAAP is a five-year (2009-2014), $163-million initiative that is trying to help the Canadian agricultural sector evolve and stay competitive.

The goal is to help farmers by focusing on creating sustainable jobs and strengthening the determined community. The group is looking to build the Canadian economy for the future generations.

Because the previous growth of the Canadian hemp industry has been successful, it makes sense that they are now moving to invest in this fruitful and diverse crop. It only makes sense that US farmers, like North Dakotan and Republican State Legislator David Monson in the video above, should be able to take the steps needed to grow hemp in the states.

Monson says, "If they can do it in Canada, England and Germany and all over the world, we should be able to do it, too."

With the situation of our economy in crisis, our farmers should be able to take advantage of the expanding arena of hemp. There are so many products to be made and it is such a healthful contribution to the economy. It's time the United States restores hemp.

Canada is investing in innovation that will help develop new bio-composites derived from hemp fibers. For more information, please visit http://www.agr.gc.ca/caap.

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