News Release: 12/07/2017
For Immediate Release
Wednesday July 12, 2017
Survey launched to determine producer support for a Promotion and Research Agency for Industrial Hemp
Producer members of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance are developing an application to be submitted to the Federal Government for the establishment of a Promotion and Research Agency (PRA). For the application to be accepted, the majority of Canadian hemp producers must support the establishment of the agency.
The sponsors of the application will be surveying Canadian industrial hemp producers to determine the level of support for a producer directed PRA. Producers who applied for a cultivation license to grow industrial hemp over the past three years should receive a survey.
Much like commissions and boards in other crops, a hemp PRA would collect a levy on the primary delivery of hemp. Meetings with close to 120 hemp producers across Canada in the spring of 2016 demonstrated there was strong support for a PRA. Producers at those meetings voted 95 % in favor of a mandatory refundable levy of 0.5 % of the value of sales of industrial hemp seed and fibre. Governed by an elected producer board, the PRA would invest funds in research, promotion and market development activities for the benefit of producers and the entire hemp industry.
In many cases funds collected through levies can be leveraged with federal and provincial programs or industry partners on specific projects and research. "Hemp is currently produced in nine provinces across Canada, so we feel a national agency is the best approach for producers across Canada to invest in and grow their industry" states Don Dewar, Chair of the producer committee proposing the application. "We are excited about the potential of hemp"; says Don. "It grows well in all agricultural regions of Canada, great strides have been made in developing varieties that preform well agronomically and are easier to harvest, and most importantly, the processors are working hard to develop domestic and international markets for hemp based products".
The survey is on an electronic platform and will take less than 2 minutes to complete so we hope producers will take the time to give us their opinion. The survey can be found at
Once the survey information is in the committee will decide how to proceed with the PRA application.
For more information contact:
- Don Dewar, Dewar Seed Farms, Dauphin, Manitoba 204-648-4649
- Reuben Stone, Stone Farms, Cobden, Ontario 613-281-2734
- Nathan Nieboer, Quattro Ventures, Bow Island, Alberta 403-545-2222
- Dalyce Brewin, Rowland Farms, Taber, Alberta 403-223-8164
- Larry Marshall, Marshall Farms, Shellbrook, Saskatchewan 306-747-2725