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Lyall Bates (l ) and Keith Watson (r) display a sample of the hemp fibre produced by Hemp Sense during the recent Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance conference in Winnipeg.

Hemp processor preparing to jump in on CBD

What will a hemp-derived CBD market look like? One Manitoba processor says it’s looking hard at how to make it a reality

Lyall Bates has high hopes for CBD. “I think the extraction equipment is here and even with the regulations and the laws, I think it’s ready,” Bates said. “I think the farmers now just have to get a little more educated (on) how to take these crops off and how to save the strains.” Maximizing

Comment: Now comes the tricky part

Cannabis edibles are a looming regulatory headache

Legalizing cannabis recently was the easy part. Just wait until Canada gives its thumbs-up on edibles. For months now, the focus has been on the smokable version of the drug, some oils and gels, and that’s all. As the cannabis-friendly market matures in Canada, we still have no idea how edibles will be marketed, when


Opinion: The cannabis connection

With the legalization of recreational marijuana upon us, have we fully considered the influence this new commodity will have on agriculture? For instance, food production may be affected through competition for farmland and farming expertise. Also, international trade partners may take greater caution when importing Canadian food products. Under the federal legislation to legalize the

Echinacea will form nice-size clumps in the garden, like this newer orange variety.

Echinacea — an attractive, long-blooming plant

Flowers start in early July and continue through late summer and well into September

By early July, purple coneflowers will be in full bloom and will continue to blossom right through late summer and well into September. This attractive perennial, whose proper name is Echinacea purpurea, will dependably add colour to the landscape, being one of the longest-blooming plants in the perennial border. Echinacea flowers also have a long

Hemp growers say outdoor cultivation of cannabis too close to their fields could see them inadvertently running afoul of some regulations.

Navigating the hemp nutraceutical market

Hemp growers will soon clear the legal hurdles keeping them from the nutraceutical market, but they may face an uphill climb from the field

A regulatory roadblock is about to disappear for hemp growers, but plenty of obstacles remain to capturing the nutraceutical market. Until now they’ve been required to destroy parts of the plant that might have otherwise been harvested, but new regulations from Health Canada will be arriving along with cannabis legalization this fall. They will then


Jen Unwin of Nature’s Perfect Plant Food grabs a handful of red wiggler worms from a vermicomposting tub.

Expansion possible as cannabis market grows

Small companies could see host of new opportunities in the wake of cannabis legalization

A Manitoba entrepreneur has high hopes that pending changes to cannabis laws will help expand her fertilizer business. Jen Unwin of Nature’s Perfect Plant Food said the ability for Canadians to grow their own marijuana could be a “huge boon” to small input providers, as consumers learn more about indoor plant production. “In eight short

Sampling various herbal tea flavours.

Grow your own herbal tea garden

Prairie Fare: Apple and rhubarb herbal tea blend

This summer, consider growing your own herbal tea garden. Not only will you enjoy amazing flavours as you harvest your herbs, but you’ll enjoy lovely foliage and flowers in your garden all summer long. Luckily for us, tea herbs are easy to grow and require relatively little care. Most thrive in full sun in average,

Chickweed.

Eat your weeds

Prairie Fare: Some of those pesky plant pests are good for you

Chances are you have a few dandelions, chickweed, purslane, lamb’s quarters or even stinging nettle growing in your yard. Keeping up with these vigorous growers is a constant chore. To make the task a little more fun this year, why not try eating them? That’s right, eat your garden weeds. Eating weeds is not as


Slow licensing process shuts out hemp growers

The Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance wants hemp production and processing rules streamlined so it can compete

Would-be hemp growers are being forced to take a pass on the speciality crop this spring because of bureaucratic shortfalls. The seeding deadline for full crop insurance coverage for industrial hemp was June 10, but some farmers still had not received a licence from Health Canada to grow the crop, while others gave up earlier

Which flowers can you eat?

Prairie Fare: A recipe for Veggie Dip

The blooming flowers at this time of the year look good enough to eat. Some actually are. Many flower varieties are edible, but before you munch on the centrepiece, you need to do your homework. Some flower varieties are poisonous, or at least could cause allergic reactions or stomach upset. For example, apple blossoms should