Parkland Industrial Hemp Growers (PIHG) is a producer co-op that grows and processes industrial hemp for grain and fibre. Members are well experienced in growing hemp and have modified conventional equipment to efficiently and effectively grow and harvest hemp for grain and/or fibre.
PIHG started an industrial hemp plant breeding program in 2002 to supply locally adapted hemp varieties to Manitoba and other parts of Canada. At present PIHG has 6 registered industrial hemp varieties suitable for grain-only, grain & fibre, or fibre-only production. These seeds are available to any producer at a cost-effective rate due to local supply.
PIHG is also a contractor for commercial grain, supplied by co-op members, for crushing and other processing for Canadian and worldwide sales. Bulk sale contracts can be coordinated through the PIHG office.
PIHG will contract your needs for dehulled hemp nut. The PIHG varieties are supplied by the co-op members and are processed by a professional dehulling operation. Bulk sale contracts can be coordinated through the PIHG office.
Producers in Manitoba’s Parkland region realized early after hemp was licensed in Canada that hemp had a huge potential to fit into their crop rotations. The region’s temperatures and shorter season restrict the growing of some of the heat-loving crops like corn, sunflowers and soybeans. Hemp is a crop that does well under these conditions and fits into the farmers’ rotations.
In 1999, a group of Parkland farmers formed PIHG to network and share agronomy, crop handling, equipment ideas and investigate potential markets. PIHG is incorporated as a New Generation Cooperative. This allows us to operate as a cooperative, but also allows us to partner with private investors for other aspects of business such as building processing facilities. The co-op membership is open to any farm producer. New members are accepted by application and approval by the board of directors.
PIHG members have invested considerable time and expense in perfecting the growing and agronomy of the crop. Equipment has been adapted to efficiently handle the crop with minimal difficulties. They have shared these developments in the hemp network.
The Coop members realized the industry needed locally bred and adapted hemp varieties for Western Canada. A hemp plant breeding program was started in 2002 and now has 6 excellent hemp varieties available for sale as Certified Seed.
PIHG has maintained an office in the city of Dauphin continuously since 1999. The office has been a contact for people around the world looking for information on the hemp industry.
PIHG now supplies certified seed to growers, hemp grain to processors and hemp nut to food distributors and formulators.