Posted  7 Feb, 2019 
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Created with input from experienced hemp farmers and industry experts, the Hemp Farming course is designed for conventional and organic farmers that are thinking about farming hemp for the first time or farmers that are thinking about growing a small test plot of hemp. Farmers that currently grow industrial hemp will also benefit from this course by gaining a deeper understanding of how to harvest hemp for different business end uses.

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The Hemp Farming course provides an overview of scale production techniques for industrial hemp. Information about different end uses, planning and production strategy, conventional vs. organic production, and harvest management techniques will be covered within the modules. The course concludes with a series of farmer stories that explore the differences in southern, central, and northern growing climates.


Course Content

This course is divided into five (5) modules. Each module is self paced and is one hour in duration. By the end of each module, you will be able to:

Module 1: Introduction to Hemp Farming

  • Explore differences between hemp and more common staple crops
  • Differentiate between good and bad hemp crops
  • Identify farming adjustments that may need to be made for hemp
  • Explore common myths and misconceptions about hemp

Module 2: Economics of Hemp Production for Different End Uses

  • Describe the market for hemp for industrial applications
  • Describe the market for hemp for food applications
  • Describe the market for hemp for health applications
  • Describe the market for dual-purpose crops

Module 3: Planning and Production Strategy

  • Explain what cover crops are and how they are beneficial to soil management and hemp growing
  • Explain what intercrops are and how they are beneficial to soil management and hemp growing
  • Explain what crop rotation is and how it is beneficial to soil management and hemp growing
  • Describe the necessary soil conditions for hemp crops, what soil tests can show, and how to use soil test results to improve your production
  • Identify which hemp varieties are best for which end purpose
  • Explain water management as it applies to hemp crops

Module 4: Organic vs. Conventional

  • Explain the parameters surrounding field selection
  • Explain aspects of field preparation, including considerations for weed pressure
  • Describe the major components of seeding
  • Explain what quality stand establishment is
  • Differentiate between organic and conventional fertilizer options and methodologies
  • Identify different nutrient tests and how to collect samples
  • Differentiate between organic and conventional pest control options
  • Describe the impact that weather can have on growth

Module 5: Harvest Management

  • Describe the basic differentiations in harvesting hemp for grain, fibre, and CBD
  • Identify harvest timing indicators for grain, fibre, and CBD
  • Identify the purpose of the various equipment needed for seed and fibre harvest
  • Describe best practices for post-harvest grain and fibre handling and storage
  • Explain considerations of quality in hemp harvested for grain, fibre, and CBD

Farmer Stories

  • Southern Farmer: Will Van Roessel, Bow Island, Alberta
  • Central Farmer: Brian Rozmahel, Viking, Alberta
  • Northern Farmer: Russell Friesen, La Crete, Alberta
  • Northern Farmer: James Thiessen, La Crete, Alberta

News & Testimonials

“This course addresses unmet needs of the growers for comprehensive knowledge regarding hemp husbandry for grain, fibre and bioactive compounds. Often complex issues of production of this multipurpose crop are conveyed in a very palatable fashion with the use of several interactive platforms that include video clips of industry experts sharing with the audience their tips and “secrets”, animated, visually attractive cartoons illustrating crop production and handling and imbedded quizzes that greatly facilitated learning process. I highly recommend this course to both the prospect farmers and those who want to systematize their rudimentary knowledge about hemp.”
Jan Slaski, Senior Researcher and Team Lead at InnoTech Alberta, Director of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance.

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