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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...

Agriculture Drones: A New Frontier in Farming Efficiency and Productivity

Introduction The seamless integration of cutting-edge technology into agriculture has birthed a groundbreaking tool, agriculture drones. Initially met with skepticism, these aerial marvels have undergone rigorous scrutiny. But after testing these are emerging triumphant as it underscores their pivotal role in revolutionizing agricultural practices. No longer just airborne gadgets, these drones have swiftly transformed into...

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...

Cannabis May Move from Schedule I to Schedule III – How Reclassification May Impact the Industry

In a monumental step forward, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has put forth a recommendation for the rescheduling of cannabis, moving it from the restrictive Schedule I category to the more accessible Schedule III category. This recommendation, which comes almost a year after President Biden requested the evaluation, has the potential to...

CEA Strawberry Runner Propagation for Deep Water Culture

CEA Strawberry Runner Propagation for Deep Water Culture   By: Jonah Helmer, Dr. Michael B. Timmons, Dr. Neil Mattson, Cornell University   The objective of this bulletin is to describe a method to propagate strawberry plants from runners in deep water culture (DWC). Propagating strawberry plants in deep water culture will reduce grower reliance on...

Propagation Bench: Operational Tour

Quick pan over operational Deep Water Culture (DWC) Strawberry Propagation Bench in the Kenneth Post Laboratory of Cornell University. The strawberry runners are still attached to living mother plants, which are irrigated daily with Jack’s 21-5-20 General Hydroponics Fertilizer at 150ppm N. The runners are clasped in a GrowGrip and secured in a hole in...

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...