Currently there is limited opportunity for the sale of hemp straw for use in fibre applications. A number of companies across Canada are currently embarking on developing commercial scale facilities to manufacture fibre-based hemp products. As these companies come on line, there will be opportunity for growers to contract hemp straw.
Buyers will have specific requirements regarding the fibre. These specific requirements should be detailed in the contract. The requirements can include retting, harvest time and fibre harvest equipment which can affect fibre quality. Since transportation of straw bales for long distances is cost-prohibitive, growers are advised to secure contracts with processors that are located in a reasonably close proximity to their farming operation.
It is important to continually check the CHTA website for potential buyers and sellers.