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State-by-State Cannabis Legalization in 2023: A Comprehensive Overview

Introduction: In the dynamic year of 2023, the American cannabis legalization landscape experienced a significant rebuild as state legislators embraced many, rather-large changes. Responding to the ever-loud voice of the public, lawmakers across numerous states embarked on multifaceted reforms that transcended mere legalization. These comprehensive shifts encompassed a spectrum of initiatives, from the groundbreaking strides...

USDA Approval Paves the Way for Genetically Engineered THC-Free Hemp: A Deep Dive into the Future of Hemp Cultivation

Introduction: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has greenlit a groundbreaking development in the hemp industry by approving a genetically modified hemp plant engineered to produce lower levels of THC and cannabichromene (CBC). The plant, created and submitted by Growing Together Research, an Indiana-based biotechnology firm, marks a significant step forward for American hemp...

Black Market Cannabis vs. Legal Cannabis: A Persistent Battle on Two Fronts

Introduction The campaign to legalize cannabis in various U.S. states was driven promises of an end to the “War on Marijuana”. An opportunity to redirect taxpayer dollars toward community healing, and undermine the illegal cannabis market. However, reality does not always align with the vision. While legalizing cannabis usurping the illegal market made sense on...

The Benefits of Beneficial Insects in Greenhouse Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Introduction: Recreating and implementing symbiotic and natural processes is at the core of a sustainable agricultural future. Pest management and fertilizer practices have been catastrophic to the wider environment in the industrial agriculture era. In the ever-evolving landscape of modernized agriculture, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) stands as a beacon of significant sustainability improvement, striving to...

Critical Considerations To Make Before You Start An Indoor Vertical Farm

Vertical farming has garnered significant attention in recent years as a potential solution to the pressing challenges of traditional outdoor farming. So, what is exactly is vertical farming? Vertical farming is a method of cultivating crops in stacked layers or vertically inclined surfaces, indoors, in controlled environments, using artificial light and precise environmental controls. This...

Propagation Bench – Albion Strawberry

FreshAF cofounder, Jonah Helmer, Researcher in the Cornell Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Group, shows off the root growth of day neutral ‘Albion’ strawberry runners after seven days in the Deep Water Culture (DWC) root propagation stage. The strawberry runners are still attached to living mother plants, which are irrigated daily with Jack’s 21-5-20 General Hydroponics...

Propagation Bench: Overview for Training and Root Growth

FreshAF cofounder, Jonah Helmer, Researcher in the Cornell Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Group, demonstrates how to train vegetatively propagated runners or clones of day neutral strawberry varieties to grow roots in Deep Water Culture (DWC). The strawberry runners are still attached to living mother plants, which are irrigated daily with Jack’s 21-5-20 General Hydroponics Fertilizer...

Propagation Bench – Cabrillo Strawberry

Jonah Helmer, Researcher in the Cornell Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Group, shows off the root growth of day neutral ‘Cabrillo’ strawberry runners after four days in the Deep Water Culture (DWC) root propagation stage. Description of Powdery Mildew as major disease in runner propagation. We spray CEASE (a beneficial Bacillus sp.) and MilStop to reduce...