The legalization of cannabis has boosted the interest of the public in the thriving hemp industry. As expected, it will be much easier to cultivate the crop in 2019 now that the US Farm Bill has been signed and the federal legalization on the use of cannabis in Canada is completed.
Many Benefits of Hemp
Hemp is used for a wide variety of purposes, from salad dressing to beauty products like lotion. In fact, hemp is a tasty addition to just about any food out there.
If all fossil fuels, including deforestation of trees for agriculture and paper, will be banned from use in order to save our planet, then there’s only one crop that we can rely on – cannabis hemp. This crop is a renewable natural resource that can provide the overall majority of textiles, paper, and food, while also meeting the world’s overall need for transportation and energy.
Hemp is also known to alleviate and cure several illnesses, ranging from asthma, cancer, epilepsy, arthritis, glaucoma, and more! Aside from being renewable, hemp is a crop that’s easy and affordable to cultivate even without the need to use chemical laden fertilizers and pesticides.
Hemp as the Most Useful Crop
Hemp as a crop is a soil-building plant that has strong roots capable of controlling erosion. Furthermore, hemp is a drought-resistant alternative and it’s a great crop for rotation. Unlike cotton or corn, hemp doesn’t require a vast amount of pesticides, water, and fertilizers to cultivate. As a matter of fact, an organic pesticide can be made out of hemp. All these qualities and many more have made hemp a truly useful crop. It can help with reforestation, weed eradication, air cleansing, and many more.
As far as the aspect of energy is concerned, hemp is capable of meeting all our fuel and oil needs. Instead of damaging Earth to fuel our vehicles, hemp utilization is a great energy alternative to use.
Seminar on the Overview of Hemp
In Canada, the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has organized seminars to help hemp producers identify if industrial hemp is a good fit for crop rotation.
During the seminar, the department staff will be providing an overview of the overall hemp industry and will share some insights on the current market opportunities. Industry leaders are also expected to present, such as Jan Slaski who is the lead industrial hemp researcher from InnoTech Alberta. Byron James, who is the supervisor of InnoTech’s farm and decortication facility, is also expected to present. There are also presenters who will be sharing their experiences in cultivating organic industrial hemp. They will share tips on how to cover crops in order to improve the health of the soil, improve fertility and control weeds.
For those who want to get their hands on hemp, attending the seminar is highly recommended. Other presenters include construction professionals who are experts on the use of hemp as a building material and industry professionals who are knowledgeable about the use of fiber mat technology in producing hemp products.