Growing Hemp FAQ
Find answers to frequently asked questions about growing industrial hemp.
• I am a Canadian producer, what is involved in becoming a hemp producer for Hemp Oil Canada?
• Which hemp seed varieties does Hemp Oil Canada use?
• What do your farmers do with the left over organic materials such as the stalks and leaves?
• I’m a commercial producer in the USA, can I buy viable seed from you to grow hemp?
• I’m conducting research at a college/university in the USA, can I buy viable seed from you to grow hemp?
• What is the difference in how Natural and Certified Organic products are farmed?
Growing Hemp Answers
I am a Canadian producer, what is involved in becoming a hemp producer for Hemp Oil Canada?
Please visit our Agronomy page for all the info you need on becoming a hemp producer!
Which hemp seed varieties does Hemp Oil Canada use?
Hemp Oil Canada abides by the Industrial Hemp Regulations set out by Health Canada.
We use only hemp seed varieties from Health Canada’s List of Approved Cultivars. The varieties that are most often used are Finola, CFX and CRS.
What do your farmers do with the left over organic materials such as the stalks and leaves?
Hemp producers will usually incorporate the remaining stubble back into the soil to assist in returning nutrients to the field. The hemp varieties we grow contain less stalk and leaf than do other hemp varieties grown specifically for fiber.
I’m a commercial producer in the USA, can I buy viable seed from you to grow hemp?
No. At this time we are unable to sell or transport viable hemp seeds into the USA for commercial purposes as it would be a violation of Health Canada regulations. For more info on hemp legislation in the USA, visit Vote Hemp or the Hemp Industries Association.
I’m conducting research at a college/university in the USA, can I buy viable seed from you to grow hemp?
Maybe. While still in the early stages, the USA’s farm bill amendment allows State Agriculture Departments, colleges and universities to grow hemp, defined as the non-drug oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis, for academic or agricultural research purposes, but it applies only to states where industrial hemp farming is already legal under state law.
To date, thirty-two states have introduced pro-hemp legislation and twenty have passed pro-hemp legislation. Ten states (California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia) have defined industrial hemp as distinct and removed barriers to its production. Three states (Hawaii, Kentucky and Maryland) have passed bills creating commissions or authorizing research. Nine states (California, Colorado, Illinois, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Vermont and Virginia) have passed resolutions. And eight states (Arkansas, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota and Vermont) have passed study bills.
However, despite state authorization to grow hemp, farmers in those states still risk raids by federal agents, prison time, and property and civil asset forfeiture if they plant the crop, due to the failure of federal policy to distinguish non-drug oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis (i.e., industrial hemp) from psychoactive drug varieties (i.e., “marihuana”).
What is the difference in how Natural and Certified Organic products are farmed?
Organic hemp foods are required to be certified organic by an accredited certifying body. Pro-Cert Canada Inc. organic certification prohibits the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, which includes herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.
Organic food is defined as the product of a farming system, which avoids the use of man-made fertilizers, pesticides, growth regulators, genetically modified seed and livestock feed additives. Instead, the agricultural system relies on crop rotation, organically certified crop inputs like certified composted animal manure and biological pest control for optimum production.
Conventional producers can utilize the principle of both organic and conventional production systems. Unlike certified organic production, conventional producers have greater choice and control in selecting the appropriate fertilizer source and application rates.
Currently, there are NO in crop registered pesticides (herbicides, insecticides or fungicides) in Canada for the production of hemp for food. Thus, all conventionally produced hemp foods by Hemp Oil Canada are grown without the use of in-crop pesticides.
There are NO registered pesticides associated with hemp, and the crop can be grown chemical free.