Shane Yoakam, Lowell Farms:

US (CA): “Sourcing pure inputs and strong IPM are essential to growing clean cannabis”

“We pride ourselves on being good stewards of the environment by taking different approaches in our cultivation process,” says Shane Yoakam, Head Grower at Lowell Farms Inc. The Californian cannabis company has over 125,000 square feet of flowering greenhouse production with 44,000 square feet of nursery…

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A conversation with Dr. Constantin von der Groeben, Demecan

German local production, legalization, and supply chain

The cannabis stars in Germany seem to slowly align as the biggest German cannabis grower Demecan released the first batch of their locally-grown MMJ products, and just a few days after, the German government officially started working on adult-use legalization – after months during which legalization…

Christian Graggaber, Bathera:

Portugal: “High quality cannabis can only be grown indoors”

“The majority of the European growers opt for greenhouses. It is lower CapEx, fast, and you can usually start cultivation within 1-2 years. While we would be cultivating in the beneficial Portuguese sunshine, we still decided that high-quality cannabis can only be grown in an indoor facility,” says…

Carl van Loon looks back on 28 years of Australian horticulture

After 28 years in the Australian horticulture industry, and as of today, Carl van Loon, founder of Powerplants, is taking a well-deserved moment of respite. He has been one of the main drivers behind the rise of high-tech horticulture in Australia, and it all started when he was working with his parents…

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TH: Cannabis replaces antibiotics as chicken farmers go organic

A farming community in Lampang has been feeding its chickens cannabis and claims this new feeding regime has improved the quality of meat and eggs. Sirin Chaemthet, president of the Peth Lanna community enterprise, said on Saturday that the experiment was conducted in cooperation with Chiang Mai…

Olaf van Tulder, Symtomax:

Portugal: “Low-cost production is necessary to make medical cannabis more accessible”

“With 95 hectares of land, we are developing one of the largest cultivation sites in Europe,” says Olaf van Tulder, CEO of Symtomax. With their first greenhouse and outdoor test crop just finished, they are now getting ready for the next phase: construction of their post-harvest EU-GMP facility. Of…

Luma

"This is exactly what gets me overly excited when I’m hunting through batches of seeds"

Luma California is a full sun licensed cannabis farm. They specialize in fresh frozen resin. Their cannabis is always grown using living soil principles, with natural and organic inputs and approaches, with an intense focus on soil food web microbiology. The company puts a lot of effort into hunting…

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"Hemp farmers excluded from cannabis business"

It’s a farm, and it’s already growing the plant, but Michael Goodenough and the nearly 50 other hemp farmers in Connecticut won’t be able to grow the plant with more THC.  That’s because the legislation allowing for adult-use cannabis left hemp farmers out of the equation, and efforts this year to include…

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US (NY): Switching from hemp to cannabis: "We couldn't compete"

It’s around 4 o’clock on a sunny May afternoon, the weather reminiscent of a hot summer’s day. The grass outside is growing so fast you can almost hear it. But the grass inside is just beginning to sprout, rather quietly, if not for the humming of industrial-sized fans meant to prevent stagnant air.…

Wise Guys Farms

US: “We are utilizing our greenhouses to stay competitive in the Michigan cannabis market”

“Greenhouse cannabis production is not very prevalent yet in Michigan. With most of the cultivators growing indoors, we are utilizing our greenhouses to produce at the lowest price possible.” With their facility opening in July 2021, Wise Guys Farms is aiming to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to…

Farmers Review Africa

SA: "For the 'green rush' to continue, inclusive participation needs to be prioritized"

HempVest Africa is one of the first South African companies to receive an official commercial hemp permit from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, kick-starting its ambitions to produce a dynamic range of hemp products for the local and international market. As SA has traditionally…

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Australian grower expands 'mindfully' to meet market demand

Australia is making significant steps into the cannabis industry. While it is still yet to unleash its full export potential, some promising opportunities are coming up locally as well. For instance, the possibility of selling over-the-counter CBD products in pharmacies. And some growers have been…

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US (NC): Hemp grower looks to medical cannabis' future

Wilson County’s only commercial hemp grower says if medical cannabis becomes legal in North Carolina, he will be a good candidate to grow it with the knowledge he has gained. Delmer Langley, owner of D.E.L. Hemp Farm, received a license to grow hemp from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Jan. 7,…

Head Grower gives tour of NeoPharm's facility

Cultivating medical cannabis in South Africa: "High standards and costly, but profitable"

In South Africa lies a 400 square meter greenhouse equipped with the latest climate control technology, accommodating 1750 plants of medicinal cannabis. While currently working on his second crop, Head Grower Karl Marais gives a tour of NeoPharm's facility in a recent video by The CannaClub. "Especially…

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Former NFL football player Ricky Williams uses his past journey to grow cannabis success

Texas Heisman Winner Ricky Williams is using his past struggles to find success in the cannabis industry. Williams is a Heisman Trophy winner and the number one pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. The former Longhorn hit hard times as he dealt with social anxiety disorder and a year-long suspension for violating…

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UK: Inside one of the first licensed medicinal cannabis labs in Britain

A sweet smell wafts through the air as two men weave through the small room tightly packed with cannabis plants, growing high above their shoulders in a flush of intoxicating flora. This isn’t yet another illegal cannabis factory but one of the first licensed medicinal cannabis labs in Britain. Wielding…

Tom Forrest, Puro:

“$13 million government grant shows trust in the NZ organic medicinal cannabis industry”

“If you would have told me five years ago that the federal government would support organic cannabis farming, I would have said you are dreaming. But the fact that they are supporting us with a $13 million grant shows great trust in this exciting emerging industry,” says Tom Forrest, Co-Founder of Puro…

Bobby Mitchell, Bunker Hill Hemp Farm:

US (MS): "We had to burn our hemp production, as we learned what genetics worked best for our climate"

When it was Mississippi’s turn to legalize hemp cultivation in 2020, some growers’ first year of production did not come without some major challenges. “After they passed the legislation, I was excited to be able to legally start a commercial production,” says Bobby Mitchell, owner of Bunker Hill Hemp…

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Day in the life of a Metrc tag

US (CA): How a cultivation facility uses the increasingly implemented track-and-trace system

Just one month ago, Metrc announced its new contract with the state of South Dakota to support the regulation of the state's medical cannabis market. This marks Metrc's 20th government contract to date nationwide for the implementation of its cannabis track-and-trace systems. The system helps states with…

Stefan Bohrer

Swiss cannabis producer is exclusive supplier for city's first pilot project

"We want to provide insights into what a functioning regulation could look like"

More than 8000 different cannabis varieties can be found in the greenhouse of Pure Holding AG's research campus in Zeiningen, Aargau. They are imported from all over the world. 25 scientists are researching the DNA and active ingredients of the plants, for which they have had an exceptional permit from…

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Canadian grower shows how to grow premium cannabis at scale

There have been many reports of how Canada has been experiencing an oversupply of cannabis. While on the one hand, this might raise concerns for growers trying to gain market share, on the other hand, it also opens up opportunities. “As of now, there’s an oversupply of low-quality cannabis,” says…

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US (MO): Local growers bet on hemp

Tasha Mueller has watched the vista around her family’s century farm in Wentzville, Missouri, turn from rolling fields to subdivided neighborhoods, altering the landscape and lifestyle surrounding the memories of her youth. Mueller’s grandfather Raymond and his brother Ralph tended this land, now known…

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US (CT): From school buddies to hemp growers

Planting season has begun, and the CBG Gurus — Shawn Magill and Jacob Honig — are working their land for a late-summer crop of hemp. Since the legalization of cannabis in Connecticut, allowing businesses to sell and grow the plant, products from hemp plants have also grown in popularity. The hemp and…

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NZ: Trial cannabis farm in Mataura a success

A medical cannabis or hemp crop planted near Gore has performed above expectations despite dry conditions and a short growing season.  The 1ha crop is one of four trial plots being grown in Southland for Mataura company Southern Medicinal which has set up a hemp propagating and manufacturing business in the…

A look inside 7ACRES' facility

CAN: "A production big enough to supply coast to coast"

"Every effort is made to ensure that each harvest is greater than the last." The 400,000 square foot facility in Kincardine, Ontario is the home of 7ACRES' production. "It is an engineering masterpiece that is built specifically for growing high-end cannabis. Each day hundreds of dedicated employees…

Take a look inside this growing cannabis facility

US (CA): "Our new automated watering system will prevent fertilizer waste"

"Previously, we were watering straight from our system out to the field. Now, we have decided to adjust the system to make it even more efficient for us, with separate batch tanks for each individual room," says Dan, Head of Cultivation at Bay View Farms in California. In a recent video, viewers get a…


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