Putting Pests in Their Place

To build organic matter into the soil, the farmer can choose any combination of beneficial practices.  Adding carbon sources like compost and biochar, avoiding pesticide damage, and carefully choosing diverse plant species known to stimulate soil life are common Eco Ag tactics.

By Dr. Richard Freeman, aka Dr. Rick  By now everybody knows that pests and pesticides are a big problem in the Cannabis industry.  With a grow house full of nitrogen-rich, moist pot plants, the little critters are going to come, by hook or by crook.  And, what’s a farmer to do? The answer depends upon Read the full article…

Marijuana Goes User-Friendly

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By Dr Rick Freeman Steve Jobs was a great example of an innovator and a visionary.  In a big way, he delivered the cyber lifestyle to the consumer world, simply by making it friendly and accessible.   By imagining the computer experience from the taste-buds of the user, he created an industry and a corporate giant.  Read the full article…

Farmer Tom Calls For A Safer Cannabis Workplace

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WASHINGTON: Tom Lauerman, universally known as “Farmer Tom,” is a well-known and beloved figure in Washington’s cannabis community.  Attend any cannabis event in the Evergreen State – from farmer’s market to the steps of the Statehouse in Olympia – and you are likely to see Farmer Tom – long flowing Santa beard and floppy hippie hat Read the full article…

Hillsboro Oregon Paves The Way For Energy Efficient Cannabis Grow Facility

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By Rich Plainfield WIPP OREGON: On May 3rd, 2016,  the City of Hillsboro City Council approved land use rules and regulations allowing for licensed recreational marijuana establishments to operate within the City limits. The ruling sets in motion the development of a major $20 million energy efficient marijuana grow facility. The planned 130,000 sq ft indoor marijuana grow Read the full article…

Dr. Rick Freeman: The Big Eco Squeeze

As consumers continue to step up and demand clean marijuana – and as ecologically-minded farmers emerge and voice their opinions – the political climate will change and regulatory change will follow.

By Dr. Rick Freeman, Exclusive to MJNewsNetwork.com  COLORADO: The advent of the legal marijuana industry has spawned some scale-up effects. One obvious outcome is that inefficiencies have surfaced as significant liabilities.  Another is that farmers are getting squeezed and are, therefore, compelled to push their agro-ecosystems to maximum short-term productivity.   In this environment, risky and Read the full article…

Putting Pesticides In Their Place

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By Richard Freeman Pesticide use in the Cannabis industry has received some bad press lately.  In Colorado, producers have recalled several large batches of edibles over the last year due to pesticide contamination. In 2015, consumers in the same state sued a producer for selling organically-labeled products tainted with pesticides. Denver health officials quarantined 60,000 Read the full article…

Oregon Flags Potential Problem With Popular Pesticide Used On Marijuana

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OREGON: The Oregon Department of Agriculture on Friday temporarily removed a popular pesticide from its list of chemicals cannabis growers may use on their crop. Rodger Voelker, a chemist with OG Analytical, a marijuana testing lab in Eugene, said he recently noticed that abamectin, a common insecticide, had turned up in a handful of cannabis samples submitted Read the full article…

Oregon’s New List Of Pesticides OK For Marijuana Means Changes For Some Growers

Oregon on Monday issued a list of more than 250 pesticides cannabis growers may be able to use on their crops.

The list represents the first clear guidance from Oregon agriculture officials on what chemicals the state's marijuana industry may use to defeat mites, mold, mildew and other common pests and problems. Top state agriculture officials made clear that the list is a "starting spot" for marijuana growers, who still have to follow pesticide labels.

Lauren Henderson, assistant director of the agency, said regulators combed through more than 12,000 pesticides registered with the state to see which had labels broad enough to include cannabis. Ultimately, the agency came up with about 250 products. The list will be reviewed quarterly, said Henderson.

OREGON: Oregon on Monday issued a list of more than 250 pesticides cannabis growers may be able to use on their crops. The list represents the first clear guidance from Oregon agriculture officials on what chemicals the state’s marijuana industry may use to defeat mites, mold, mildew and other common pests and problems. Top state agriculture officials Read the full article…

Oregon Proposes Higher Medical Marijuana Fees

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OREGON:  Medical marijuana growers would be subject to a $200 annual fee for every patient they grow for under a proposal being considered by the Oregon Health Authority. Medical marijuana growers in Oregon can grow cannabis for up to four patients. Under current rules, the state charges $50 for every patient a grower takes on, but recent changes Read the full article…

Marijuana Growers In The US Are Using Up $6 Billion A Year In Electricity

Washington canopy sufficient to meet mmj needs says LCB

As more states legalize marijuana in the US, pot cultivation is sucking up an ever-growing amount of energy from the grid. Since most of the legal weed is grown indoors, the pot industry burns through large quantities of electricity used to power lamps, ventilation systems, and air conditioning. A square foot of planting requires some 200 Read the full article…