Cultivation

US (NV): Reg A+ qualification for Nevada based cannabis facility

Christmas came early for OrgHarvest! Their status as the first cannabis cultivation company to receive Reg A qualification from the Securities and Exchange Commission (and…

How can wildfire affect cannabis growth?

The wildfire season is back after the disastrous events it caused in 2015, 2017 and last year. The cultivators of cannabis are on high alert as a wildfire can severely affect cannabis growth in California. Many cannabis cultivators lost their cannabis crop to the fire last year in California. The…

CO: Cannabis boom in NA boosts production in Colombia

Due to legislation developments in the US and Canada at the end of 2018, medical and recreational cannabis industries in North America are booming. According to a recent study by Grand View Research, Inc., legal cannabis industry is expected to be worth $66.3 billion by 2025, and investors are scrambling…

An Australian grandmother’s apple tree illustrates the rationale behind cannabis propagation

What do cannabis and apples have in common? Well, they’re both higher plants. Beyond that, they’re both angiosperms. But what else? Both cannabis and apples are primarily vegetatively propagated for commercial purposes. In other words, cuttings are taken from both apple trees and cannabis plants to make…

US (VA): Fauqier's first hemp farm will harvest this fall

Travis Lane sees growing hemp as his future, so he spends a lot of time tending the sea of green plants outside his home in Marshall and working on his business plan. He’s got an acre of hemp growing this year for his first crop and plans to expand next year to put 5 acres in production. Cameras are…

US (NM): New limits on number of medical cannabis plants

Starting next week, New Mexico’s plant limit for licensed medical cannabis providers will be set at 1,750 mature plants – less than the current limit but far higher than in previous years – under a rule change adopted by state Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel. However, the decision to forge ahead with the…

Nico Haché with CCI discussing best practices for medical cannabis operations

The cannabis industry's higher practices

Whether you’re a large, multi-national corporation, a spirited start-up looking to gain a foothold, or simply any company in between, you would all be aware of one thing - the cannabis industry is heavily influenced by strict regulations – even more so than food horticulture. Everything related to…

VC: Cannabis growers asked not to cut down fruit trees

Persons intending to plant medicinal cannabis are being asked not to cut down fruit trees that are present on lands that will be used for marijuana cultivation. A Wednesday August 14 release from the Medicinal Cannabis Authority (MCA) said persons who have already obtained approval from the MCA, or have…

US: Industrial hemp farmers in need of federal crop insurance

Cannabis businesses are not immune to the harsh realities of any other business. In fact, they likely deal with even more difficult challenges than many other traditional businesses in a variety of respects. For example, most businesses—if not all—should have some form of insurance and, without…

Growing more with less: boosting efficiencies in low-tech greenhouses

A Nuffield research report reveals numerous currently available methods for Australian horticulture producers to boost the efficiency and productivity of low-tech greenhouse systems and unlock new market opportunities. The report’s author is Bao Duy Nguyen, a greenhouse vegetable grower and 2017 Nuffield…

CAN (BC): 300 acre hemp cultivation and purchase agreement for the 2019 cultivation season

Auxly Cannabis Group has entered into a hemp cultivation and purchase agreement pursuant to which the Company has agreed to act as the financial sponsor for the development of a hemp farming co-operative consisting of six individual hemp licence holders pursuant to the Cannabis Act (collectively, the…

Exploring the genetic code of cannabis

Phenotypes appear everywhere in nature. They determine how things look and behave in certain situations. If you really want to know what a phenotype is, just go out in a field…

US (CA): Cannabis farms face conflict in Wine County

The Santa Rita Hills, nestled in Santa Barbara County, are ideal for pinot noir, a notoriously finicky grape. That's why Kathy Joseph came here to plant Fiddlestix Vineyard.…

Hemp farming in Minnesota a preview for Australian growers as demand expected to outstrip supply

As in some parts of Australia, life on the land in the United States is becoming more difficult and costly, which is paving the way for a new kind of farmer and crop: hemp. As the Northern Territory becomes the final Australian jurisdiction to legalise the cultivation of hemp, one American farmer has…

US (NY): Hemp farms cropping up in North Fork

Amid potato fields, vineyards and rows of sweet corn, farmers on the North Fork are turning their attention to hemp, a crop that’s fueling a multibillion dollar industry and…

"Florida hemp growers are going to be among the best hemp growers in the country"

“Florida farmers will eventually overtake the rest of the country” in hemp production, predicts Holly Bell, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) director of cannabis. In an interview with Citrus Industry Editor Tacy Callies, Bell summarizes her talk at the general session of…

The importance of standardization

Unlike other medication, cannabis does not have a fixed chemical/molecular composition. A cannabis plant contains hundreds of different substances and each individual plant is different in terms of its composition. THC and CBD are the best-known substances, but there are dozens to hundreds of other known…

CAN (BC): A solution for data driven aeroponic indoor cannabis cultivation

Agrios Global Holdings has released an update on its data driven aeroponics platform. Arable soil scarcity, climate change and higher recurrence of extreme weather events are prompting a shift from outdoor to indoor farming which has eco sustainable methods and less environmental impact. According to…

Age Bakker, indoor climate advisor

Ensuring a healthy crop

The lack of commonly accepted standards within the cannabis industry is the source of many questions among growers. One of these is what kind of light is best suitable for growing cannabis in large scale operations. According to Age Bakker, indoor climate advisor with Freshlight, growers struggle to make this transition because…

Can growing marijuana create a whole new crop of gardeners?

Could cannabis be good for gardening? We have all heard about the benefits of the Canadian cannabis industry for Bay Street, the agricultural sector and even the Canadian…

CAN (ON): Grower reports initial cultivation analytics

Flower One Holdings reported its financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019. Now operating in a state of ongoing weekly harvests following the completed conversion of its Nevadagreenhouse and its inaugural harvest announced on June 11, 2019, the Company confirmed today…

A video tour of a 100% LED-lit cannabis greenhouse

Monte Fiore Farms is a state-of-the-art hydroponic cannabis farm located in Pueblo, Colorado. Their 100% LED-lit greenhouse facility is committed to producing high-quality craft cannabis at scale. Monte Fiore’s LumiGrow Light Sensors adjust the fixtures’ intensity based on the amount of sunlight…

Av Singh and Randy Flemming discuss the challenges of the cannabis industry

Like every new sector, the cannabis industry is undergoing a constant evolution as ever more challenges are overcome. Thing is, unlike other industries, the cannabis one is still experiencing the effect of the prohibition era, where growers used to grow cannabis illegally in a basement, or in an attic,…

US (NY): Nation’s first hemp seed bank to be in Finger Lakes

The USDA Agricultural Research Service in Geneva, New York is creating the nation’s first hemp seed bank. Industrial hemp has been used for fiber, oil, and medicinal uses. It is in the cannabis family but has low levels of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. Christine Smart, professor in the…

Andrew Langlois, Facilities Manager with Old Planters of Cape Ann

"The facility needs to be planned around how you want the plants to be grown“

Since the cannabis industry is still in a very early stage, many growers are looking around for answers when it comes to cultivation, and consequently to the design of the facility. This issue is made even more pressing by the aura of secrecy surrounding a number of growers, who do not share their…

US: Farmers ditch soybeans for hemp

Some American farmers suffering under the weight of the U.S.-China trade war are trying to mitigate losses by turning to the latest craze in cash crops: hemp. That’s according to John Boyd Jr., a soybean grower in Virginia who’s also founder of the National Black Farmers Association. Boyd has planted…

CAN: Asparagus makes way for cannabis in Canada's fields

Despite a cool, wet start to the growing season, the pot plants were already chest high by mid-July at WeedMD Inc.’s (WMD.TO) farm in southwestern Ontario, a region better known for producing fruit and corn than cannabis. WeedMD is one of 13 Canadian pot companies that have been granted outdoor…

"Zenabis outperforms design capacity by 41% in June"

Zenabis has provided an update on its recent cannabis production figures, facility construction and licensing. Cultivation output in June 2019 was 756 kg of dried cannabis, which represents a 40.8% outperformance relative to design capacity, or a Performance Ratio of 40.8%; June 2019 is the third…

Khurram Malik, Biome Grow CEO:

"You need to build everything around healthy, high quality plants"

“We have to legitimize our product, we have to build stories around it,” says Khurram Malik, CEO of Biome Grow. Biome Grow is a Canadian medicinal cannabis producer that is looking at opportunities in the international market. “The biggest challenge for medical cannabis is convincing doctors that certain…

Robert Kraayvanger, Beacon Fields:

"I did not expect soil monitoring to provide so many new insights"

Opening and closing the window automatically: it has been done for years by growers who use sensors to monitor and control their greenhouse climate. It is part of the wish to be able to grow ever better and more efficiently. Remarkably enough, irrigation in the greenhouse is often still determined by…

Sativa vs Indica

Walk into any dispensary around the US and you’ll almost surely be given a list that splits your options into one of two categories: indica or sativa. If you go with a sativa, you’re choosing a more uplifting experience, and when you opt for an indica, a calmer, more sedative one. But what if I were to tell you that this sativa…

US (MA): Great Barrington cannabis retailer gets final state license to grow outdoor

One of the first outdoor marijuana cultivation facilities on the East Coast has received its final approval from the state—and the new farm will be located in Berkshire County. Wednesday, the state Cannabis Control Commission gave its final approval to independent Great Barrington cannabis retailer…

US (NB): Hemp growing on select few Nebraska farms approved for licenses, dozens left out of process

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture chose 10 randomly drawn applicants early this month, of 176 filed, to be licensed for hemp production and processing in the 2019 season.…

Latin American producer shares production and operational update

Blueberries Medical has provided an update on operational achievements and upcoming milestones: Highlights of Operational Achievements Expansion of Cultivation Facilities: Newly constructed open-air greenhouses completed and fully operational, increasing initial production capacity by approximately 40%…

"The proof is in the plants"

A short distance from the Mexico border sits the tiny town of Amado, which is home to Amado Farms, a massive 18-acre cannabis production facility with 200,000 square feet dedicated to greenhouse and…

"Medicinal cannabis from Dutch soil will take years to develop."

If you tell people abroad that you come from the Netherlands, it often doesn't take long before someone starts talking about cannabis. The Dutch policy of tolerance for both the use and the cultivation of cannabis is known worldwide and is often even seen as progressive. But as progressive as that is in…

US (AL): Farmers in Alabama plant hemp for the first time in 80 years

With the recent passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, more and more states are exploring industrial hemp production. This recent federal legalization of the crop has inspired state officials, including those in Colorado, to develop their own hemp farming regulations. As a result, farmers around the country are…

Davide Agostini, grower with Relash Lab

"Growing in hydroponics ensures a clean end-product"

When setting up a cannabis operation, a grower is immediately confronted with a question: should I grow it outdoors, in a greenhouse, or in an indoor farm? And also, what kind of cultivation method should I deploy? The lack of commonly accepted standards within the cannabis industry can be understood as…

CannTrust: the man behind the meltdown

It appears clear that CannTrust’s by now widely reported non-compliance violations with Health Canada are the result of a whistle-blowing former employee. While Health Canada…

What to consider when switching to hemp

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, commonly referred to as the 2018 Farm Bill, has legalized the production of hemp. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is the lead USDA agency to administer the new USDA Hemp Production Program. AMS, which is developing regulations to implement the 2018 Farm…

Where is Canadian cannabis grown?

BC is famous for its cannabis (aka BC Bud) but it’s also grown across the country in greenhouses and other indoor facilities--with some outdoor growing operations planned for…

Felipe de la Vega, Medcolcanna Organics Inc. CEO

The cannabis industry boom in Colombia

Colombia is a very nice place, and not only for the food, people, and the miles of shores with white sand. When it comes to growing medical cannabis, the country is poised to become one of the major players in the global competition. Medcolcanna Organics is a company that grows, extracts, processes and…

NZ: Farmers plan to grow cannabis

A Christchurch company is hoping to obtain Ministry of Health approval soon to start cultivating cannabis for medical and scientific use and is urging farmers to get involved. Co-founder and managing director of Long White Cloud Genetics Aaron Hill said he had been approached by local landowners…

CAN: Grower provides update on 100-acre outdoor cannabis cultivation

The cannabis producer has shared an update video regarding the company's outdoor farm. We do morning meetings every day, where we bring together everyone," says Jeanette VanderMarel, 48North co-CEO. "It is really important because we are able to bring the team together." "Just because it is organic…

Quality plants need quality water

It’s no secret pathogens can inflict damage on plants. To those growing plants as a hobby, this is a nuisance and an inconvenience. To a company that subsists on plant growing, however, it can be a disaster, threatening its very survival on the market. Premium cannabis supplier Riverview Farms, which is…

Pioneering the cannabis space for over 3 decades

The Netherlands is one of the countries that historically has been at the forefront of cannabis regulations and horticultural knowledge. Countries such as Canada, Denmark and others are developing a professional framework for cannabis production. Leading companies from those countries which made big…

Cannabis grower gets 'electric'

Over the years, endless debates have erupted among cannabis connoisseurs over which is better: outdoor or indoor. Grown Rogue has found a way to offer the best of both worlds. A recent batch of outdoor-grown Monkey Train, a cross between Monkey Balls and Train Wreck, had what the company says is the highest level of THC ever…

CAN (BC): Cucumbers or cannabis on BC's farmland?

Delta’s long history of farming for food is under siege from cannabis growers, says the city’s mayor. The small city south of Richmond is home to an agricultural industry that generated over $220 million in farm revenue in 2015. But about four years ago, cannabis production started replacing tomato and…

Dispensaries find pros and cons in growing their own flowers

Cannabis dispensaries must deal with a lot of moving parts, so reducing the chances for kinks in the seed-to-sale process can provide peace of mind and limit potential for unforeseen complications. Vertical integration of dispensaries and grows can go a long way toward establishing control; however, not…

US (AZ): Hemp growing makes its way into the Gila Valley

The strips of white plastic covering a field along Highway 70 east of Safford could be the start of something big in the Gila Valley. What was old in agriculture is new again, thanks to federal legislation legalizing industrial hemp and a state pilot program to grow the crop. Once widely used, the…

UK: A look inside a UK based cannabis farm

Medicinal cannabis growers at the country's largest farm of its kind say they have found success after switching production from tomato plants to the crop. British Sugar began growing cannabis for US pharmaceutical giants GW Pharmaceuticals in 2016, to be used in drugs to help patients diagnosed with a…

US (OR): Program aims to lessen conflict between cannabis growers and conventioanl farmers

As the cannabis industry in Southern Oregon continues its rapid upward trajectory, Oregon State University Extension is taking a leading role in helping to navigate challenges that are emerging between the established agricultural community and cannabis growers in the Rogue Valley. Working with the…

US (KS): Organization helps Reno County lead the race to hemp grower's licenses

“There's a lot of hurdles that we've been through so far,” said Thayne Ediger, one of the licensed hemp farmers in Kansas. In one Kansas county. hemp farmers are working…

"The question is not 'what is better', but 'what is better for me as a grower"

As the medical cannabis industry starts booming, many people, coming from many different backgrounds, are jumping onto this ‘green’ bandwagon, trying to get their slice of the pie. Yet, when it comes to the production chain, reality hits them hard. The lack of know-how in agriculture results in mistakes…

The basics of cannabis cultivation

Proper cannabis cultivation is about more than simply planting seeds and adhering to a strict procedure; superior cannabis growth takes a great deal of time, dedication, and…

Growing cannabis aeroponically

What initially began as a method to do in-depth, root research, aeroponics is now a widely-accepted cultivation method. This is a growing style where the roots are suspended in the air, as opposed to a growing medium like soil or coco coir, and the water and nutrients are delivered via a closed loop system that sprays the…

US (FL): Palatka grower readies to grow hemp

The door is wide open for a possible new cash crop in Florida, and that's hemp. Now that it's legal for farmers to grow hemp in the Sunshine State, Jean Sebastian Gros wants…

CAN (ON): Company plans to use automation experience to develop intelligent cannabis pods

Minto council passed a zoning amendment at their July 2 meeting to permit a cannabis production facility within the existing Tucker Industries building located at 135 Minto Rd. Tucker Industries is a custom machine builder with experience in the automotive, medical, mining, food production, postal and…

Automated drip irrigation systems for hemp farming

To take full advantage of this growing industry, it is important for a commercial grower to be aware of all the requirements for growing hemp. This crop has shown to grow more vigorously than corn, but requires much less water, along with amendment applications like fertilizers and herbicides. This marks…

IL: Israeli college offers medical cannabis degrees

A college in Israel will soon offer an undergraduate degree in medical cannabis, becoming the first institution in the country to offer such a program. The school, Max Stern…

What is the impact of light on hemp production?

Cannabis is a crop that differs from other horticultural crops. This is primarily because its yield cannot be evaluated based solely on the weight or number of flowers or leaves. The chemical compounds produced by Cannabis are a very important product of this crop. In order to produce high-value…

Greenhouses - an organic and nonorganic grower viewpoint

I was 11 years old when my family immigrated to Carpinteria from Holland in 1967. Our farming roots date back to the 1700s, ranging from open field to orchards and eventually to greenhouse production. I currently own an 11-acre greenhouse and farm 50 acres of certified organic avocados, with 15 more soon…

“That day, I started learning everything I could about industrial hemp”

It’s complicated. That’s what the Loroff siblings have figured out so far. It’s really, really complicated. But when they got the news that the Kansas Department of…

US (MO): Applications show strong competition for MMJ licenses

In less than a month, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will open a two-week window for applications to operate medical marijuana dispensaries and other facilities. If the pre-filing fees already paid are a measure of what is coming, competition will be fierce for the 192 dispensary,…

"Aluminium roller benches create ideal cultivation conditions"

Since the full legalisation of cannabis cultivation in North America, the demand for smart cultivation solutions has increased significantly in recent years. Old sheds, warehouses, factories and greenhouses are being made suitable for the cultivation of large amounts of cannabis. In order to organise the…

To avoid the product to be gamma-irradiated

Understanding vapor pressure deficit (VPD)

Mastering the environment of a growing room is crucial. There are many issues that arise from an environment out of control, such as excessively high levels of mold or yeast. Due to these unwanted high levels of mold or yeast, the product must be gamma-irradiated in order to bring those levels back down…

US (RI): The benefits of oxygen availability

The Rhode Island state is experiencing a very peculiar situation, at the time of this publication. In the whole state, there are only 3 retail outlets, and 75 growers. Therefore, the competition is very high, and only those growers that can achieve high quality with consistency can participate in the…

First podcast by GreenTech revolves around medical cannabis

During GreenTech Amsterdam, several prominent industry leaders were invited to join us for a conversation on important topics in horticulture. The result are three podcasts, the first one on the subject of Medicinal Cannabis. Click here to listen to the podcast

US (CO): Colorado Agriculture Director has big plans for hemp

The new director of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Kate Greenberg, is responsible for many things, including overseeing the state’s industrial hemp program, which churns out the plants responsible for all of those CBD products we love so much. But keeping things on course has its challenges,…

Charles Ramsey, Thrive Growing President

"Innovation is often about integration of pre-existing ideas into a novel package"

Calgary-based Thrive Growing modernizes plant production using advanced aeroponic growing techniques. The results improve cannabis production and provide strong financial upside for commercial growers. The patented Thrive Terrace Garden System was developed for industrial-scale cannabis production and…

"Growing on a bad substrate is like riding a motorbike with wooden wheels"

“Worldwide the middle class is growing and with it the need for safe food is increasing. That requires a substrate that ensures maximum yield of the crop. That does not only apply to fruit and vegetables, also other crops such as potted plants, flowers and cannabis benefit from a good basis. The…

Breeding for cannabinoids: the CBG seed

It’s early on a mid-March Friday morning at the Oregon CBD headquarters, outside Corvallis, Oregon. The company’s co-founder, Eric Crawford, is breaking up a piece of…

A commercial hemp farming guide

In the commercial production of hemp, growers need to be sure that the set-up, equipment, and environment is suitable for their crops for the ultimate yield. Anything that plants lack even for a short amount of time will overall affect the growth and production of the plant. Temperature, water, plant nutrients, and grow…

Setting new standards for medicinal plant production in Colombia

Here, Sara Barbosa of Phytropica talks about the dynamics of the company, emphasising the new standards for medicinal plant production in Colombia. After years of existing in…

The need for standardization in the cannabis industry

Control Union Certifications B.V. is a certification company that has been active since 1920. Control Union certifies companies in various fields such as (organic) agriculture, food safety, social, sustainable forestry, textile, aqua, sustainability and more. The company operates locally in over 70…

US (NJ): Minister expects MMJ cultivation to start in Jersey next year

A Jersey Minister expects the cultivation of medicinal cannabis to start next year. Senator Lyndon Farnham attended a medicinal cannabis conference in London earlier this week. The Minister was joined by environment and economy officers to speak to experts in the field and show Jersey's intentions to…

Master grower with Western Green Mamba Labs

Discussing the value of tools with Kenneth Johnson

In Adelanto, California, there’s a 12K sq.ft. facility by Western Green Mamba Labs, where cannabis is grown hydroponically. Kenneth Johnson is the master grower of that operation. He has many years of experience with growing cannabis. “I have been a consultant for a long time, which helped me with…

Sparring partner for cannabis growers

For more than 134 years, total supplier Royal Brinkman has been providing professional horticultural companies with knowledge, experience and innovative solutions. The cannabis cultivation sector can benefit from this longstanding experience and the company’s worldwide network, thinks innovation…

US (MA): Hydroponic Growing graduates learned with lettuce, seek jobs in cannabis

Ernesto Hernandez Martin graduated Thursday from the Freight Farms Hydroponic Growing apprenticeship program at Holyoke Community College, having learned how to grow lettuce in the controlled environment of two shipping containers. But that’s not all he can grow. “I’m looking forward to getting a job in…

How big data is driving precision cannabis cultivation

Today, ‘big data’ is an indispensable tool to improve decision-making and drive better outcomes in almost all areas of business -- from credit cards, to coffee chains, to cancer research, and beyond. Big data is used to maximize growth and yields in every field you can imagine. And increasingly, serious…

Supporting the world of medical cannabis: the story of Atlas Biotechnologies

Atlas Biotechnologies is a Canadian Licensed Producer based in Edmonton. Since its inception, the company has been focusing on growing medicinal-grade cannabis with a special attention to consistent high-quality. “We applied for a license in 2015 and received it in 2018,” Jeffrey R. Gossain, COO with…

The North American cannabis practices will not happen in the Netherlands any time soon

"It is good to hear that developments in Canada and the US lead to an increase in the use of the expertise of Dutch growers and horticulture suppliers", Minister Bruno Bruins…

NL: Thus far, 26 townships are interested in participating in a weed cultivation experiment

Recently a lot of messages went around concerning townships that wanted to either partake or (suddenly), no longer desired to participate in the experiment. At the moment, 26…

The transition and rise of Hempner International

In 2017 Swiss horticulture company Hempner International Ltd transitioned into cannabis crops. Today it’s one of the largest producers in the country, set on a rapid expansion. Daniel Zürcher, CEO at Hempner, shares the secret to success. Before Hempner International transitioned into the cannabis…

How to spot overfertilization and nip “nute burn” in the bud

One common problem that many indoor growers run into is the leaves of their plants browning, curling, and drying out around the edges. The most likely cause is nutrient burn – or “nute burn,” as it’s commonly referred to in the cannabis growing community. While nutrient burn can sneak up on even the most…

UG: Israeli firm reports first cannabis harvest from Uganda

Israeli firm, Together Pharma Limited has reported that it made a cannabis harvest from Uganda on Tuesday, despite a government announcement that the said license had been halted. A statement released to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Authority Ltd, Wednesday and signed by CEO Nissim Bracha, indicates that…

Eli Shalmon, Pelemix

"Growers are looking for uniform plants with a consistent flower quality"

At Greentech 2019, Pelemix devoted a special part of their booth to CannaMiX product line of pure coir or mixed coir & peat substrates, specifically developed for cannabis cultivation. “The mix provides an environment in which the roots can develop very fast and healthy, effecting on the growth of…

New cannabis regulations are a mixed blessing, according to craft growers

Craft cannabis growers have a lot to offer rural communities, but new Health Canada regulations may be a mixed blessing, experts say. In May, Health Canada announced that those applying for licenses to grow cannabis must have a fully built site meeting all cannabis regulations. In the announcement,…

The environmental downside of cannabis cultivation

Thanks to the legalization of recreational cannabis in 10 states and the District of Columbia, sparking up a joint in these areas is as easy as ordering a glass of wine. Spending on legal cannabis, which includes 33 states and the District of Columbia that allow medical cannabis use for conditions such…

TH: Health ministry postpones cannabis farm plan

The Public Health Ministry has postponed growing marijuana for medical and research purposes due to a delay in the paperwork required to allow two universities to legally grow marijuana in the Northeast. The farming is now expected to begin next week or early next month. Rajamangala University of…

US (CA): "We are focused on the employees"

As some California cannabis companies eye massive expansions, with some turning to a Canadian stock exchange, one Monterey County business is bucking the trend. The only growth Sparx Cannabis is planing in the near future is cultivating plants and sales to consumers, said Jared Helfant, its president and…

Growing sustainable cannabis using fish

Cannabis is green, but that doesn't mean that the cannabis industry is eco-friendly. Recent studies have shown that many large-scale indoor cannabis farms are often big-time polluters that contribute to smog and consume massive amounts of water and electricity. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be that…

CAN: Company completes planting of outdoor cannabis crop

Aleafia Health has completed the planting of its first outdoor crop, less than one week after securing Health Canada approval for outdoor cultivation. To the Company’s knowledge, Aleafia Health is the first licensed producer to complete a large-scale, legal outdoor crop in Canadian history. Plants in the…

"Specialized knowledge and expertise determines the success of a medical cannabis project"

There is a race in this market at the moment: the race is on to be the first to produce medicinal cannabis on a large scale and to secure the promised returns. Dave van Schip, Project leader at Codema is responsible for getting many cannabis greenhouses production-ready on time all over the world.…

CAN (BC): Cherry Wine hemp seedlings ready for transplanting

Future Farm Technologies has successfully completed the indoor cultivation stage of its 2019 hemp-for-wellness crop. "Nearly 200,000 seedlings are now ready to be transplanted from the our facility in Belfast, Maine to a 100-acre field in Hersey, Maine," the team with the company says. Cherry Wine Hemp…

As legal cannabis spreads, growers go organic and beyond

On a noisy, littered block in southeast San Francisco lined end-to-end with mismatched warehouses, Chris Lu grows organic cannabis for discerning customers in California's…

Cannabis grower obtains formal licence in Uganda

EXMceuticals has received its formal full authorisations and permits for its Uganda operations. This allows for the large-scale cultivation of cannabis, the extraction of cannabis ingredients and the export of the extracts. Through its local subsidiary, Prime Ranchers Limited, EXM will now be able to…

Licensed cultivation area increases from 22,000 sq. ft. to 314,000 sq. ft.

Aleafia Health secures outdoor cultivation licence

Aleafia Health has been granted approval by Health Canada for outdoor cannabis cultivation. On June 7, 2019, the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Aleafia Farms was granted a…

Tyler Schloesser, American Cannabis Company COO

"Many people would not think that soil can be high-tech"

The cannabis industry is booming all around the world, with North America at the forefront. Other countries have followed suit, but the need for expertise to guide operators through this nascent industry is apparent. That is why American Cannabis Company decided to expand its reach on a global scale,…

Some orchid nurseries have a history of changing crops

A few weeks ago, I visited one of the largest Phalaenopsis growers in central Florida, DeLeon’s Bromeliads. The nursery has been there for decades and workers were frantically packing orders. It was peak season and the colorful blooms seemed to go on for miles. A large sign on the property read, “Closing…

CAN (BC): Vertical farming for cannabis gets trial run

A Langley-based cannabis firm is looking to build the community’s first vertical farm for growing industrial hemp. Zenabis, which merged with longtime Langley greenhouse firm Bevo last year, has received a hemp cultivation license from Health Canada, with growing to take place in Langley, Pitt Meadows,…

Setting light levels for cannabis growth

When growing cannabis indoors, lighting is a major consideration. Growers have their opinions on what types of lights to use and which spectrum works best. But one part of the lighting equation is clear: a certain quantity of light is necessary to produce a healthy crop. Measuring Light Levels with PPFD…

ZW: Prison applies to grow cannabis to fund operations

A prison in Zimbabwe has applied to grow cannabis to fund its operations. Recreational use of the drug remains illegal in Zimbabwe, though the government said it would license growers who could produce the drug for medicinal and scientific purposes under strict conditions. If approved, this would be a…

US (CO): Jefferson County grower to make state's second MMJ crop available

Natural State Medicinals Cultivation in Jefferson County will be the second marijuana grower to harvest and make cannabis product available to Arkansans making the trek to Hot Springs this weekend, company officials said late Thursday evening. Starting Friday (May 31), Natural State will deliver its…

Mark Verdouw, Olsthoorn Greenhouse Projects

"Positive investment climate in Germany"

Olsthoorn Greenhouse Projects builds about 15 projects in Germany every year. Mark Verdouw, co-owner of Olsthoorn Greenhouse Projects, is responsible for sales in Germany and the man who makes sure that everything goes according to the customer’s wishes. Mark joined Olsthoorn in 2002. He already had much…

Advantages of growing hemp in a greenhouse

With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill last year, the United States gave the green light for farmers to begin cultivating hemp by removing it from the list of Schedule I Controlled Substances. Hemp has been grown for hundreds of years all over the world due to its versatility as a textile and for its…

US (IN): Specialist to assist growers with industrial hemp production

Marguerite Bolt, who recently received her master’s degree in entomology from Purdue University and also has a background in horticulture and beekeeping, has been appointed as Purdue Extension’s first hemp production specialist. “Purdue University is committed to fully evaluating and supporting the many…

"Workers returning year after year: more than a partnership"

"When you have workers returning year after year, the partnerships reach beyond just the day to day operations of the farm. It should come as no surprise that friendships form and farmers and workers alike see the relationship as an investment in one another, their stories, and their lives." This is said…

The cannabis patent race

It’s not every day you get a true Eureka! moment in science. But Andrew Alfred, chief scientist at the Denver-based cannabis company, LivWell, recently did. The company grows cannabis in a giant indoor “farm” for sale at their dispensaries in Colorado and Oregon. Alfred said one day “we had someone come into our office and say…


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