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Russell Pace Speaks with Future Cannabis Project

Russell Pace Speaks with Future Cannabis Project

“The whole supply chain is really a delicate balance. If you can figure out how to rely on local supply chains and create partnerships with local farms and have things coming in locally where you know they are going to be present, I think it’s a much more sustainable picture long-term.” -Russell Pace, CHA

Future Cannabis Project (FCP) focuses on cannabis cultivation, breeding, extraction, education, advocacy, policy, health, science, and business. On April 22, 2021, Russell Pace, the founder and president of the Cannabis Horticultural Association (CHA), was the featured guest on the FCP Livestream.

The conversation focused on living soils, beneficial insects, breeding projects, intercropping, and many other aspects of horticultural science.

Living Soil Conversations. Streamed live on Apr 22, 2021
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USDA Publishes Final Rule for the Domestic Production of Hemp

Summary from Virginia Hemp Coalition:

Listed below is a summary of some of the changes from the IFR to the Final Rule that have been already identified: The Final Rule still insists that only DEA-certified laboratories test material, but it delays enforcement of this provision until 12/31/22.

The negligence standard has been increased from 0.5% THC to 1.0% THC, a helpful development to protect farmers’ economic interests.

The sampling window has been extended from 15 to 30 days of anticipated harvest, a welcome relief to help avoid bottlenecking in testing procedures.

Instead of rigid requirements for sampling being mandated from the federal level, the Final Rule establishes “performance-based” sampling requirements, giving states the flexibility to achieve performance objectives, such as a reliability of 95%.

The Final Rule continues to require pre-harvest samples to be taken from the flower material – not the whole plant as many requested — but it provides some relief by requiring the samples to be taken from 5 to 8 inches from the main stem, terminal bud, or central cola of the flowering top.

The USDA retains its requirement for testing total THC, instead of limiting the testing to Delta-9 THC as requested by some in the industry.

The more flexible disposal options that the USDA proposed last year – including on-farm or at-production disposal flexibility – have been made permanent.

https://www.ams.usda.gov/press-release/usda-publishes-final-rule-domestic-production-hemp

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Banker Plants – 2019 Research Project

Explosive Ember Peppers Intercropped with Cannabis
explosive ember pepper plants
EXPLOSIVE EMBER PEPPER PLANTS

In 2019, the Cannabis Horticultural Association (CHA) embarked on a small research project with Matthew Gates to investigate the use of explosive ember pepper plants in banker plant systems for cannabis. The link to the research information as well a tips on growing and purchasing the peppers is here: EXPLOSIVE EMBER PEPPER PLANTS

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Do Not Buy Ladybugs For Your Garden

Do Not Buy Ladybugs For Your Garden

Tad Hussey, owner of KIS Organics and host of the Cannabis Cultivation and Science Podcast, speakes with Dr. J.P. Michaud, an insect ecologist specializing in biological control and other aspects of crop protection entomology.

Dr. Michaud has been studying ladybugs and their ecology for decades. We know that ladybugs are amazing insects and wonderful aphid predators. However, as Dr. Michaud explains on the podcast, there are a ton of reasons why you should never buy them and why they shouldn’t even be legal to sell.

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Cannabis Microbiome and the Role of Endophytes in Modulating the Production of Secondary Metabolites: An Overview

Meysam Taghinasab and Suha Jabaji *
Plant Science Department, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, MacDonald Campus of McGill University, QC H9X 3V9, Canada; Received: 13 January 2020; Accepted: 28 February 2020; Published: 2 March 2020

This is a very interesting article examines cannabis microbiota studies and the effects of endophytes on the elicitation of secondary metabolite production in cannabis plants. The review aims to shed light on the importance of the cannabis microbiome and how cannabinoid compound concentrations can be stimulated through symbiotic and/or mutualistic relationships with endophytes.

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Pathogens and Molds Affecting Production and Quality of Cannabis sativa L.

Original Research ARTICLE Front. Plant Sci., 17 October 2019 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2019.01120

This is a very interesting research article that covers the different pathogens affecting both the root and shoot growth of Cannabis sativa L. Inoculation experiments were conducted on developing buds and the roots of Cannabis sativa to determine the extent of disease development caused by pathogenic fungi. LINK BELOW

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpls.2019.01120/full

Have you had an experience with a pathogenic fungi or bacteria? Let us know about your experience in the comments below.

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Dynamic Accumulators – Nettle Nutrient Analysis

Nettle Dynamic Accumulator

The Cannabis Horticultural Association (CHA) has embarked on a mission to re-analyze the potential of dynamic accumulators. Dynamic accumulators is a term used in the permaculture and organic farming literature to indicate plants that gather certain minerals or nutrients from the soil and store them in a more bioavailable form and in high concentration in their tissues, then used as fertilizer or just to improve the mulch layer. The first to use the term dynamic accumulator in the above definition was probably Robert Kourik in his book Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape—Naturally (1986).

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