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The sustainability of cannabis growth comes into question again because of the amount of energy consumed in order to make it. Rules and taxes have been made to encourage cannabis growers to find ways of generating their own power. However, an organization, Resource Innovation Institute is holding a conference to talk about it called the Agriculture Energy Solutions Conference.

Key Takeaways:

  • A group of leaders within the cannabis industry is meeting together in San Diego to talk about how to stem the use of power as it relates to producing cannabis.
  • Energy consumption from the production of the plant has been high which has caused taxes and other incentives to try to get companies to produce their own power.
  • Several people are scheduled to speak on a wide range of topics within the cannabis industry as well as the power consumption problem.

Quote: “Key considerations are the carbon and energy implications of indoor controlled environments. Drawing from the experiences of early models, the conference objective was to explore energy solutions for all forms of indoor agriculture but a core focus for good reason was on the exponentially growing cannabis sector and the implications of increased energy demands and use.” (Miller, 2020)

Link to article:
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/global-warming-meets-indoor-agriculture-162526718.html

An indoor growing technology company acquired the services of a former California Secretary of Agriculture, A.G. Kawamura. Kawamura led the California Department of Food and Agriculture for seven years. He managed the department from 2003 to 2010. Kawamura will be working on the board of the company.

Key Takeaways:

  • AGt3 Holdings has given a former California Secretary of Agriculture a position in their company on the board.
  • A.G. Kawamura, the former secretary, headed up the California Department of Food and Agriculture for seven years. He was the leader of the department from 2003 to 2010.
  • AGt3 Holdings is an indoor vertical growing technology company.

Quote: “Kawamura, who led the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 2003-10, is a founding member of Orange County Produce. ”(Koger, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.thepacker.com/article/ag-kawamura-joins-board-indoor-growing-tech-company

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(Photos and logo courtesy Agt3 Holdings; graphic by Amelia Freidline)

Proper planning from the beginning is key.

If you are looking for vertical cannabis shelving then you need to keep in mind that you have to do proper planning before you get the shelving. It is especially true if you are trying to be a legal grower within your municipality. If you are trying to grow vertically then you have to be cognizant of your local rules, as far as building a structure that is technically a storage unit, into the airspace above you. It is true that you may not get as high as a laptop dealer would but, in general, most things over 5 feet will have to be permitted in order for you to be able to use them. Therefore, looking overhead at how much ceiling space you actually have is a good thing if you are planning to grow legally. We would also like to say that we do recommend that you grow legally and have all the proper permits to do so. All you have to do is read some of our daily news posts to find examples of people who did not grow legally and got caught. Notwithstanding, if you were going to have a vertical growing apparatus you need to make sure that you have enough room so that you can get the proper permits and your local municipality has no problem with you growing your crops vertically.

Was it really made to be stacked?

There is always a question of whether or not the shelving unit you have chosen is capable of doing what you want it to do. There are plenty a makeshift growing apparatuses in the marketplace new or used that are not good enough to be used for what you want it to do. In fact, a lot of them are made of wood which could be very bad for your yield. It is because wood can attract insects and have mold. Neither of these two things are good for your livelihood or your extra income on the side. Granted, if you are looking at a vertical cannabis shelving unit for which to grow in then you are probably big enough where this is your main income. Even more reason that you should do everything you can to make sure that your grow is protected and that you can make the income that you need.

“It is because wood can attract insects and have mold. Neither of these two things are good for your livelihood or your extra income on the side.”

How much does your local grow shop know about material handling?

This may seem like a really weird question to ask but it is very important. You could go to your local grow shop and try to order one of these shelves. However, what you need to realize is that your local growing shop probably is not well versed in material handling. They will not know the ins and outs of getting a pallet rack and what they should be looking out for as far as permitting and safety. The truth is that most of these pallet racks, which are the vertical cannabis shelving units, come with a safety clip. The safety clip tends to fail over time at what it is supposed to do. The safety clip is there to make sure that the shelving unit cannot come off the rack. However, it does tend to lose the ability to do that over time and use. Therefore, you have to be very careful when using this product because it could come off the rack. The thing to do here is to get a safety pin as that does not fail for the most part unless there is some type of damage, user error, or there was a manufacturing error to begin with in the first place. Using a grow rack beam safety pin drop and a safety clip is probably a good idea in most cases. As mentioned before, your local grow shop is probably not going to know this and cannot mention it to you. They also cannot help you through the permit process because this is not something they do consistently. You are better off going with a company that understands you and your needs so that you, your family, and your employees if you have any, are protected while you work on your business’s yield.

If you want a vertical cannabis shelving unit that is strong enough to bring you to new profits and safe then check out this vertical shelving rack here. Conversely, you can call 503-536-7218 to speak with someone who can help you through the process of getting the rack you need for your business.

The world is becoming more and more aware of the benefits of indoor growing/vertical farming. Another piece of evidence for this is the fact that MSU just received a four-year grant from the US Department of Agriculture to study the production of indoor leafy greens. The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Speciality Crop Research Initiative and other organizations had made the grant worth over $5.4 million. The money will be used to find out what the optimal indoor environment conditions are, what the optimal profit on yield should be, and to have indoor farming stakeholders collaborate with learning initiatives.

Key Takeaways:

  • MSU received a four-year grant.
  • The grant was from the USDA and other organizations.
  • The grant, because of matching funding, is over $5.4 million.

Quote: “Erik Runkle, a professor in the MSU Department of Horticulture, was awarded the grant by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative. Others in the industry have matched funding, making the total grant top $5.4 million.” (Schellong, 2020)

Link to article:

www.wlns.com/news/msu-researchers-receive-grant-to-study-indoor-production-of-greens

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People are becoming more and more interested in indoor growing and vertical farming. A report came forth during August 2019 that said that there is a multibillion-dollar growth potential if farmers, old and new, or companies can use the new tech coming forth for agriculture. However, a shortage of agricultural laborers seems to be a problem as the article reports that ¼ of farmers in Canada will be 65 by 2025. The shortage for farmers is going to grow to 123,000 by 2030. The current output from the sector is $40 billion but that could easily reach $51 billion if money was put into the right places.

Key Takeaways:

  • Indoor gardening/farming is growing. Predictions say that agricultural production in Canada could see the industry grow from $41 billion to $51 billion.
  • There is also a shortage of people in the field as it seems as if ¼ of farmers in Canada will be 65 by 2025.
  • Reports say that there will be 123,000 jobs in the sector with no one to fill them by 2030.

Quote: “The bank’s Farmer 4.0 study estimated that in Canada, where one-quarter of farmers will be 65 or older by 2025, the agricultural labour shortage is expected to grow to 123,000 positions by 2030. However, Royal Bank determined that the sector’s GDP output could grow from $40 billion to $51 billion over the next decade if the right investments are made in people, skills and technology.” (Orton, 2020)

Link to article:

https://biv.com/article/2020/01/bc-tech-cultivating-opportunities-agriculture

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The nature of the indoor growing of Cannabis has affected the energy grid more than expected. The legal and illegal growing industries are using more energy than Starbucks by 2.7 billion kilowatts per hour. States and cities are scrambling to make tax rules that will account for the use of energy in their areas. They are doing this by targeting homes that are using a lot of power. For example, Arcata, California has instituted a tax where homes spending more than $700 of energy face a 45 percent tax on electricity.

Key Takeaways:

  • The cannabis industry is using 4.1 billion kilowatts per hour. Starbucks, in comparison, is using 1.7 billion kWh.
  • A single joint of cannabis is equal to a 100 watt light bulb that has run for 17 hours straight.
  • States are now trying to target the industry via taxes to try to make up the energy usage in a variety of ways including a 45 percent tax on residential homes using more than 700 dollars of electricity.

Quote: “A report by New Frontier Data found that legal and illegal cannabis cultivation combined uses almost three times the amount of electricity as the entire Starbucks Corp, with cannabis consuming 4.1 billion kilowatts per hour (KWh) compared with Starbucks using only 1.7 billion KWh, which is still a huge amount of energy. The legal cannabis industry uses around 1.1 million megawatts per hour per year, which is sufficient enough to power 92,500 homes.” (Holley, 2020)

Link to article:

www.theleafdesk.com/the-truth-behind-the-cannabis-industrys-energy-problem/

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Virginia Tech and Danville will work together to create an indoor growing facility. A farming facility to be more exact. It is expected to be 4,200 sq ft and completed in two weeks’ time. They will be growing a few crops as a demonstration. They did mention that their equipment would take 8 to 10 weeks to arrive, however.

Key Takeaways:

  • Virginia Tech and Danville will cooperate to build a brand new indoor farming facility.
  • It is expected to take two weeks and have around 4,200 sq. ft.
  • The demo crops selected for the facility are lettuce, herbs, strawberry, hemp, and a few others.

Quote: “The center will be housed in an existing greenhouse complex on the Institute’s campus. It will be converted into a more modern facility for the center. The work should take about two months and the modern greenhouse complex will be about 4,200 square feet, Moore said.” (Crane, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.godanriver.com/business/danville-s-institute-to-partner-with-virginia-tech-on-indoor/article_14fc7d18-8775-5054-9b4d-171af81b340f.html

A business owner bet on medical marijuana coming to his state eventually. He was not disappointed as medical marijuana came to Kansas City. He made due by working with the indoor gardening section of people who grew their own food. He grew to love the people in that section but is glad that he has new customers to sell to now. He just hopes to keep the ones he already has in the sector. He is hoping to keep these customers who are growing their own foods.

Key Takeaways:

  • A business owner bet on Marijuana becoming legal in his state.
  • He kept his business alive by selling to people growing their own food indoors.
  • Kansas City legalized medical Marijuana and he has new customers now.

Quote: “Of course he is happy to cultivate new customers who want to grow cannabis, but he also wants to keep his old customer base that’s interested in growing food. He says cannabis is the fastest-growing sector of his hydroponics business, but it’s far from the whole thing.” (Webster, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.kctv5.com/news/local_news/medical-marijuana-has-kansas-city-gardening-shops-seeing-green/article_85e5bac0-3cd7-11ea-92b2-e74de578f19b.html