Who doesn’t want some diversity in the crop rotation? If you’re the kind of farmer who likes to grow smaller acreage crops and lock down contracts with end-users, hemp may be for you.
While this towering, leafy plant may be recognizable for its uncanny resemblance to that other crop that shall remain nameless, hemp is gaining in popularity as a healthy food ingredient. From protein powders, to packaged snacks, to sprinkled on salads or oatmeal, hemp isn’t just tasty, it’s also proving a great cropping option for farmers who have contracted the crop.
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In this interview filmed at CropConnect 2014, RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney talks to Clarence Shawluk, of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, a hemp processing company, about the potential returns of this crop, the health benefits, the uses and why you shouldn’t grow the crop on spec.