Starting up an industrial hemp enterprise takes more than a good idea, enthusiasm or a bunch of capital. Fiber processing remains underdeveloped, but that could be changing. Three fiber start up in western Canada, Alberta, are worthy of attention. Alberta seems well positioned to become a hemp fiber industry leader in North America. American start ups should pay close attention.
Following are a list of over 30 nations that allow the cultivation of industrial hemp. As of this writing, the three primary produces are Canada, European Union, and China. Canada primarily produced hemp seed which is used for human food consumption (shelled hemp / hemp hearts, hemp oil, and hemp protein). The European Union primarily grows hemp for fiber with the two primary end-uses being paper and automotive composites. China grows hemp primarily for textiles that are made into clothing and hemp cordage.