The City of Medford has had concerns over the growing of hemp in its city. The City Council has heard these complaints and is mulling over making hemp illegal to grow in the city. The code already states that growing marijuana is illegal within city limits. The article gets a little unclear as it states there is indoor cannabis grows in the city. It states there are no indoor grows of hemp in the city.

Key Takeaways:

  • Medford City Council is looking at code changes that would make growing hemp in the city limits illegal.
  • It already has a code that says that growing marijuana in city limits is illegal.
  • The concern seems to stem from the strong odor emitted by the flower according to the article.

Quote: “The city doesn’t have any language in its ordinance that restricts hemp production or processing, though the city passed a number of ordinances from 2015 to 2018 related to marijuana, with councilors expressing concern about the impact on neighbors, particularly because of the flower’s strong odor.” (Mann, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.journal-news.com/business/inside-the-change-how-hamilton-acres-works-the-front-lines-farming-tech/s7mXWc1IzHelM3g3jFWrQN/

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House Bill 1008 has to do with the legalization of hemp production in South Dakota. It is reaching the final phase where a decision will have to be made on whether hemp production should be allowed or continue to be rejected. March 12th is the cut off date where a decision must be made. The final issue is funding which has been estimated to be 3.5 million dollars.

Key Takeaways:

  • House Bill 1008 has reached the final day on which it can be ratified.
  • The date is March 12th, 2020. A decision will have to be made.
  • The only hurdle left is funding which will cost an estimated $3.5 million.

Quote: “Any leftover funds allocated to the hemp program implementation will be deposited back into the state’s general fund. The Senate will decide to send the bill to Noem’s desk or kill it during session Thursday, March 12.” (Marvel, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.agweek.com/news/government-and-politics/4994653-Committee-sends-revised-hemp-bill-to-South-Dakota-Senate

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The Colorado Hemp Institute, known for being one of the first research and treatment facilities using medical hemp, is on the market for $6,875,000. It was designed to be a one-stop-shop for everything that a person needs for hemp. They are hoping the new owner or owners will continue working in the hemp industry.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Colorado Hemp Institute has been placed up for sale. It is 70 acres.
  • The current owners and founders want to retire after running the institute for four years.
  • It is listed for $6,875,000.

Quote: “And after four years of running the Institute, the Lyonses are ready to retire for good this time. It’s unclear what their plans are for retirement or what led them to it, as they weren’t available for comment — but they hope that future owners of the property continue working in the hemp industry.” (Petrovic, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.westword.com/marijuana/hemp-research-facility-the-colorado-hemp-institute-is-up-for-sale-11660906

“If you are an experienced business owner who knows how much product they can grow and how much they can make off of that product then you may want to get a bigger growing structure so that you can have more products to sell. If you know your product to profit ratios then you can almost predict how much more you will make.”

Your choice of cloning rack is a lot deeper than most people would realize. It can be very surprising when you first enter the industry. It would be much simpler if there were just one cloning rack in the business that was appropriate for everyone and the choices were relegated to that one. However, that is not the case the truth is that many companies make cloning racks for beginner level or consumer level growers. There are also cloning racks that are appropriate for industrial level business types. If you are a beginning grower then you can probably find something that is worthwhile on Amazon or by going to Cosco. However, if you are an industrial-sized growing business then you might be a little frustrated by the number of consumer products that will get in your way. They will get in your way when you try to find an appropriate apparatus for growing your product in industrial amounts.

One of the first things you should think about is the capacity of your cloning rack. Obviously, you can get a consumer-level growing apparatus but there is a limit to how much you can actually put into that structure. A lot of the consumer-level products will hold up to 800 pounds of whatever it is that you are going to put on the structure. It does seem like a lot until you find out that an industrial level growing cloning rack can handle 2500 pounds per level. The amount, in the beginning, might be too much for your business and could cause a problem with your overhead. However, if you are an experienced business owner who knows how much product they can grow and how much they can make off of that product then you may want to get a bigger growing structure so that you can have more products to sell. If you know your product to profit ratios then you can almost predict how much more you will make.

“You would think with all of the extra weight that the industrial versions would be less mobile. However, you would be incorrect because those can actually have industrial level wheels as well.”

Another issue that you need to think about is how mobile do you need your cloning rack to be on a daily basis. A lot of the consumer-level products are mobile. That is to say that they include wheels that allow you to push them around as you need. You would think with all of the extra weight that the industrial versions would be less mobile. However, you would be incorrect because those can actually have industrial level wheels as well. Although, there will be a difference in weight you can still move them around as you need. If you have the room for them to be able to be pushed around or spun in a 360° motion then you, basically, have consumer-level mobility and industrial level growing capacity.

A thing you should think about if you are thinking about going mobile is that you do lessen your ability to grow vertically. There are several issues that have to do with this but one of them has to be the overall stability of the system. Obviously, you do not want to make it so that it is dangerous to work around your growing apparatus. You are an urban farmer and a vertical grower. Someone has to be able to get in to do the daily maintenance that needs to be done on your crops. Therefore, you want it to be as safe as possible for you or your employees to work around these racks. If you do choose to make your cloning rack mobile in an industrial situation then keep in mind that you probably do not want more than two or three levels.

If you feel like you need more help with your cloning racks or selecting a cloning rack then give us a call at 503 878-7543. You can also have a look at these vertical grow racks or mobile grow racks by clicking the links.

An official from the Ohio Department of Agriculture warns new and experienced farmers that growing hemp could be a mistake if they are not prepared for the realities of growing the crop. James Belt, an ODA hemp inspection manager, ran down the points that make it difficult to grow hemp successfully. The points were numerous and included THC levels being too high because a selection of seeds was not properly vetted before growing them, harvest time differences between inspection and the window to harvest can cause too much THC to be produced, also that hemp needs to be moved often as to not develop mold, amongst other issues in the article.

Key Takeaways:

Hemp can be extremely difficult to cultivate as it needs to be moved often so it does not produce mold.
Farmers are required to report their harvest time 14-15 days before they intend to do so. If the grower harvests 14-15 days after the sample is taken then the crop will exceed the allotted .3% THC content rule according to the article.
The article also mentions that farmers have to be extremely careful of who they buy seeds from to make sure that they are not buying plants that produce high levels of THC.

Quote: “Belt believes it would be very risky for an inexperienced producer to attempt to grow the crop. He said he did not want to deter anyone from growing hemp but rather make sure potential cultivators know what they’re facing.” (Gartrell, 2020)

Link to article:
https://www.dailystandard.com/archive/2020-03-06/stories/39997/official-hemp-growers-face-obstacles

Wisconsin Growing Company wants to open a new 5,000 sq foot indoor growing facility for hemp. They have said that they want to cultivate 20 to 30 plants in the space. They will view it as a testing ground to grow better plants for when the warmer weather comes around. It will use that it has learned from this facility on their 30-acre farm later in the year.

Key Takeaways:

  • A Wisconsin company wants to have an indoor growing facility in Milwaukee.
  • The space is 5,000 square feet and it plans to have 20 to 30 plants there.
  • The company wants to grow hemp in the indoor space.

Quote: “Wisconsin Growing Co. wants to grow 20 to 30 plants within about 5,000 square feet it’s leasing at 3728 N. Fratney St., said Sam Santana, who operates the company. Wisconsin Growing has applied for a city permit to remodel space on the building’s ground floor.” (Daykin, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.jsonline.com/story/money/real-estate/commercial/2020/03/05/indoor-hemp-growing-operation-planned-milwaukees-riverwest-area/4962725002/

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“Therefore, you want to make sure you know your profit/production ratios before you scale up. Jumping in head first can work but it is not recommended.”

The first thing to ask yourself if you are going to get a mobile grow shelving unit is if you are a beginner grower or a professional grower. The difference is that one of them is dipping their toes into the water and the other knows the business and all the pitfalls already. The latter has decided to stick it out and really try to grow a business in the industry. There really is no problem with being either one of these two types of people. In fact, it is a pretty normal cycle of being one or the other. The reason is that you have to decide if you are going for consumer-level grows and profits or the industrial level grows and profits.

Of course, everyone would like to have big profits and big amounts of products. However, that is not always a great idea because your business processes may not be able to handle it yet. A weird thing for us to say but we would rather have a long term relationship with you than have a short term one. If you really needed a smaller grow then you could get this shelving kit here. If you are a serious business with your feet on the ground and ready to hold your ground on that spot then you should look at more robust solutions such as these vertical growing racks or mobile racks. There is no shame in testing the waters and limiting your spending until you know, for sure, that you are ready to grow to that level.

“Mold, mildew, and pests are a problem if you use wood. They will be attracted to the wood and they may cause you problems. You are far less likely to get these problems if you stay away from racks or shelving units made of wood.”

What is the big difference between commercial and consumer level products? The sturdiness of the product is one thing. Many of the consumer-level products are made to hold around 800 lbs. The industrial level products can handle 2500 lbs per level. If you have two or three levels then this really starts to add up and you can see how the profit levels and production levels change when you move up from consumer-level products to the bigger more robust solutions. Of course, your cost also goes up. Therefore, you want to make sure you know your profit/production ratios before you scale up. Jumping in head first can work but it is not recommended. You should wait until you know your market and how many sales you can, dependably, pick up every week or month. Therefore, an honest answer about which business you are is essential to picking the right rack for your business.

You should also consider that a lot of consumer-level products are made of wood which is extremely bad for what you are doing. It seems like a great idea because it is organic and like the environment where the plant comes from but that same thought process brings you to what the problem is if you take it out far enough. Mold, mildew, and pests are a problem if you use wood. They will be attracted to the wood and they may cause you problems. You are far less likely to get these problems if you stay away from racks or shelving units made of wood. Wood is also not as strong as metal which means that you can hold less product even at the consumer level. You are better off selecting a product that is made of metal or steel in either case.

If you are looking for mobile grow shelving then you have to make sure you are choosing one made of steel. If you want a consumer-level product then look at this cannabis shelving unit. If you are an industrial level business then look at this mobile grow rack or this vertical grow rack.

A truth of the industry that you have realized already, just by searching for this product, is that there is a lot of vertical cannabis shelving. The difference in the products is who the product is made for and, by extension, should be using it. A lot of the products, or most of them, are meant for beginner growers. They are meant for people who just realized they want to try to grow a product and want to take the plunge. It is also made up of people who live in places where it just became legal to grow cannabis as a product. There are very few of these shelving units that are scalable for future endeavors. If you have the green thumb for growing and the knack for making a profitable living off the business then you might want to avoid these products.

“A truth of the industry that you have realized already, just by searching for this product, is that there is a lot of vertical cannabis shelving. The difference in the products is who the product is made for and, by extension, should be using it.”

More of this truth is that you see more or less of the scalable vertical cannabis shelving units depending on whether you search for shelving or racking. If you search for shelving then you are going to see more consumer-level products. If you are searching for racking then you are going to see more of the scalable vertical cannabis growing products. Of course, there is a difference in price because of the capacity difference between the two types of products. A consumer-level product usually holds up to 800 lbs of product. An industrial vertical cannabis racking unit can hold up to 2500 lbs per level. It is also much wider and deeper. It usually has more room, level to level, as far as top to bottom airspace is considered.

You may be thinking that another difference is the mobility of the shelving or racks. You are only partly right. The fact is that most of the pallet racking, or industrial cannabis racking in your business, can have wheels installed on them even though they hold up to 2500 lbs per level. They can be just as mobile as the consumer versions which is a good thing if you have a large grow operation or you like to save time. If you like the idea of spinning the product so you can work on the other side of the rack or shelf then making your racking mobile is a good idea.

“A consumer-level product usually holds up to 800 lbs of product. An industrial vertical cannabis racking unit can hold up to 2500 lbs per level. It is also much wider and deeper. It usually has more room, level to level, as far as top to bottom airspace is considered.”

Another thing to consider is the legality of the rack. If you have industrial level racking in your business then it needs to conform to the standards set forth by your local government. If you live in an area with any type of seismic activity at all then you probably have seismic calculations guidelines you have to adhere to and show for your rack or shelving unit. If this is all new to you then you probably want to deal with a company that has dealt with this before and can help you get what you need in your business. You can have your racks or shelving units and have them be legal from the moment you open instead of waiting for someone to come and inspect your place of business and possibly shut you down.

The real question, as you can see, is how big of an operation you want or can sustain. If you are just a beginner then there is no shame in getting a smaller system until you prove to yourself that you have the chops to make it in this business. The cannabis business is a tough business and most businesses fail. In fact, they fail even though they may have backing money in large amounts. If you do find that you have the acumen and your business will stand the test of time then considering a vertical cannabis shelving unit, that can grow product on an industrial level, is a good thing.

If you are ready to get vertical cannabis shelving in your business then make sure that you are dealing with a reputable company that can handle the permitting process. If you need that in your business then give us a call at 503-714-3917. You can also take a look at this vertical grow rack or mobile grow rack by clicking the links. If you need a consumer-level product then look at this grow light shelving unit.

Heather Darby was a University of Vermont agronomist who tried to get farmers to diversify their products. However, most did not do it until hemp was reclassified last year. A massive rush to grow the product occurred as seasoned growers and new farmers entered the market. 1,000 people registered and 9,000 acres were devoted to growing the crop in Vermont alone. Most of it went unharvested as people were not prepared for the reality of growing the product. Darby mentioned, at the end of the article, how people are more level-headed about it now. People are focusing on niches in the industry instead of commoditizing the product by growing as much as possible. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Many people ran into the hemp market when it became legal to grow it when the rule change came into effect.
  • The article states that 1,000 growers registered with Vermont to grow hemp last year, in Vermont, which was double the year prior.
  • The total acreage of that was 9,000. However, much of it ended up unharvested because some of these people were not prepared for what it actually takes to grow the product.

Quote: “There were a lot of individuals who didn’t have any farming experience who thought they could make a business plan and implement a schedule. But farming doesn’t work that way. ” (Allen, 2020)

Link to article:
vtdigger.org/2020/03/04/q-a-uvm-agronomist-heather-darby-on-vermonts-hemp-gold-rush

Indoor gardening and urban indoor farming methods are still facing the power consumption problem. Australia is a place where the marijuana industry is new. They are not sure how much power is being consumed there making the product. They are also unsure how much of it is legal and how much is illegal.

Key Takeaways:

  • The article mentions that Australia has no idea how big the power draw is from producing marijuana.
  • They cannot specifically place the power draw just on marijuana either because people have started to grow crops indoors as well.
  • Australia is struggling to keep up while also moving toward renewable energy sources at the same time.

Quote: “There is no data on how much power cannabis growers in Australia are using. The only estimate is from a Deloitte Access Economics study from 2016, which placed indoor cultivation electricity consumption at $8.9m a year across the industry which had 2,291sqm under cultivation.” (Williamson, 2020)

Link to article:
https://stockhead.com.au/food-agriculture/indoor-farming-is-great-until-the-power-bill-is-delivered/