Industrial Hemp in Northeast New Brunswick

Global Hemp Group’s (GHG) launching of agricultural hemp trials in northeast New Brunswick marks the return of industrial hemp to the region where it was tried 20 years ago but failed to take off due to lack of market opportunities.  These trials are part of the first of three phases in implementing the Company’s Hemp Agro-Industrial Zone (HAIZ). The project focuses on the development of an industrial cluster around the hemp crop, which will ensure a market for farmers, year-round manufacturing job opportunities for the region, and a model for the Company to attract and develop additional HAIZ projects in other regions as well as provide a consistent potential revenue stream for the GHG and its shareholders.

THREE PHASE PROJECT - This first phase of the project are the field trials of a number of hemp varieties, and a survey of farming conditions in the area.

THREE PHASE PROJECT This first phase of the project is the field trials of a number of hemp varieties, and a survey of farming conditions in the area. Data will be collected on yields of the grain, straw, flowers & leaves, and CBD content of the hemp. In addition, farmer commitment to hemp cultivation, and possible rotations in which hemp cultivation would fit profitably will all be critical in appraising the project using information relevant to growing conditions in the Acadian Peninsula. The second phase of the project in 2018 will expand cultivation beyond trials to cover more than 100 acres and include a larger number of varieties. Pilot industrial activities will also be included in this phase. The third phase of the project - Starting with the 2019 growing season, the project will embark on its final phase on the way to full agricultural and industrial deployment. Over the next three years, the area under hemp cultivation is expected to reach 9,000 acres and industrial facilities to process seed, straw, and flowers & leaves will be fully operational. The New Brunswick HAIZ requires a total investment of $64.0 million over five years, with the majority of this investment coming in years four and five. The project will create hundreds of direct new jobs in both agriculture and manufacturing.

FOCUS - The project has three principal thrusts: hemp farming, primary processing of the crop, and secondary processing into finished products.

The project has three principal thrusts: hemp farming, primary processing of the crop, and secondary processing into finished products. More than one hundred farmers are expected to participate in the project by year five. The introduction of hemp into the farming system will take into consideration other farming activities of the region, so that complementarities will be fully exploited. This new, low carbon footprint plant has the potential of becoming a major regional crop similar to potatoes in the northwest of the province. Primary processing will include a decortication plant to separate fiber and hurd, a seed processing plant to extract oil and protein powder, and, when Canadian legislation allows, a facility to process flowers and leaves to extract cannabidiol (CBD) and terpenes. Markets for seed and CBD are already in full development. Marketing agreements for these products are under negotiations. The real sources of employment and environmental benefits however, are found in secondary processing, and the Company has established links with manufacturers, who will process these primary products locally into consumer products. Fiber will be cottonized to enter the textile market; hurd will be processed into hemp-lime bricks for the construction industry; and oil and seed cake will be enriched with CBD and terpenes, to produce healthy human and animal foods. The entire hemp plant will be transformed into an array of environmentally friendly products. The project is set in an incremental five-year framework, in which farmers will be helped and guided as they adapt to the new crop and explore a new farming system model. A multi-dimensional research program will be implemented to support farming activities, to improve processing methods, to develop new products, and to monitor the use and impact of products from the HAIZ. Contacts with research organizations of the region have already been established and agreements are under negotiations.

LOCATION AND ACCOMPANYING SURVEYS - The trials take place in two areas east and west of Bathurst New Brunswick as can be seen on the map below. A third area around Miramichi is being considered for future greenhouse operations.

The trials take place in two areas east and west of Bathurst New Brunswick as can be seen on the map below.  A third area around Miramichi is being considered for future greenhouse operations. The area between these three sites covers more than 50,000 acres farmed by 150 farmers. Barley, alfalfa, and hay are by far the principal crops grown in the area with soybean and corn coming second. Finding a place for hemp in the prevailing rotational patterns will be prime concern of the trials and accompanying investigations. Beginning mid-August, Dr. Perrault, a Development Economist and Director of GHG will be present in the region for one month and will conduct surveys of prospective farmers to enlist their support for the coming year, and to discuss the terms of their collaboration.

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