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US (NV): Is hydroponics the answer to drought conditions?

In the Sierra Nevada Region, greenhouses have been popping up across the desert thanks in part to Miles Construction, who came to the forefront of indoor growing facilities due to a niche Nevada market: cannabis. 

“We continue to be very active in the cannabis industry; the specialized knowledge and relationships that we established with cannabis facilities have catapulted us into the indoor farming arena for multiple crops,” said Cary Richardson, Vice President of Business Development with Miles Construction. “As we learned more about indoor farming, we became captivated by the opportunities, not just from a construction standpoint but from a social perspective; it could very well be the path forward to address the many challenges that exist in feeding the world. This is the future of agriculture in the US, and we are helping to build this revolution.”

Especially within Nevada, Richardson believes that hydroponics could be a viable answer to growing within the drought conditions of the desert. “In general, indoor farming utilizes 90 percent less water than traditional farming practices,” said Richardson. “This is only one of many benefits. No pesticides are utilized, crop yield is increased several-fold per area utilized, and of course, crops can be grown in any climate year-round."

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