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Integrated Pest Management Programs: Tips that will Save Your A$$

Michigan’s dynamic cultivation market is coming to life, and regulators are monitoring commercial cultivators for the proper pesticide use and application. Regardless of your crop size, the success of your cultivation is based upon three IPM pillars of action: 1) Proactive cultural and environmental controls, 2) Developing chemical & biocontrol strategies, and 3) Focusing on…

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Cultivating secondary metabolites to boost your grow’s bottom line

The cannabis industry’s meteoric rise and recent success in North America has largely been dominated by the critical need for growers, consultants, distributors and sellers to correctly identify relevant target markets and consumer demand to generate revenue. There is, however, a more nascent conversation around cultivation efficiency that is equally important to profitability but is…

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Elevating the Science of Soil Crafting: Using Biochar to Increase Your Soil Microbe Population

The major focal points in this presentation will be 1.) the relationship between biochar and the grower’s soil and 2.) how biochar enhances microbe populations in their soil to create better plants. Mark and Laurie Mann will share application details of using biochar in growing mediums to enhance microbe growth, reduce soil compaction, and increase…

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Cannabis Ag-Tech Saves Food from Climate Change

As temperatures rise the world’s food supply is in jeopardy. The UN projects 25% of global food production could be lost by 2050 due to climate change, all while global population increases. That sets up a perfect storm: More people need food as growing regions shrink. For answers, experts are turning to cannabis which evolved…

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Efficient Production of Greenhouse Hemp/Cannabis

Focusing on specific areas of improvement within greenhouse production that allows you to lower your operating expenses and maintain more complete control over your entire growing operation. From automation, to custom nutrients, to eliminating plant additives, lowering electrical demand, increasing labor efficiency, and capturing in house data and research. Highlight a handful of simple actions…

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Carbon: The Forgotten Macronutrient

The importance of carbon nutrition is often overlooked and forgotten in the cannabis industry, despite the prominent role it plays in determining final yield and quality. The primary target of this presentation is growers who are seeking to improve their results, and individuals who want to learn the mechanics of how carbon-based fertility programs work….

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Growing Green

As energy demands continue to increase on the national level, the booming cannabis industry is expected to face challenges in energy costs, as well as sourcing of that energy. Increases in energy demand from emerging markets coupled with the aging energy infrastructure of the US will lead to limitations in the amount of energy pulled…

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Germinating Cannabis Seeds in Soil

An introduction to seedling germination in soil. Step by step information and suggestions.  

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Increase Dry Weight Yields By 24% By Doing This 1 Thing

Innovate and state of art techniques for growers to increase yields and concentrations of THC & CBD. This presentation will focus on improving the quality of the water used in their irrigation system.

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How to Light Like a Pro

Adam will discuss what to look for in a grow light, how to compare grow light fixtures to one another, and a simple calculation to know if you’re getting the right amount of light. Simple lighting concepts for both indoor and greenhouse applications will be covered as well as spectrum and how it affects plant…

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Sources of Heavy Metal Contamination in Cannabis

With this presentation, attendees will be able to identify and prevent some of the more common sources of heavy metal contamination in cannabis products. Emphasis will be on the sources from soils, water, and nutrients. Attendees will be introduced to real-world scenarios that are applicable to their own business.

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Carbon – the Future of Fertilizer

The importance of carbon nutrition is often overlooked and forgotten in the cannabis industry, despite the prominent role it plays in determining final yield and quality. The primary target of this presentation is growers who are seeking to improve their results, and individuals who want to learn the mechanics of how carbon-based fertility programs work….

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Vertical Farming

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is a very common approach to cannabis cultivation, especially in geographic regions that prevent farmers from growing outdoors due to climate or regulatory issues. However, most farmers employing CEA are still stuck in the traditional single-tier or “flat” mindset. More recently, the concept of vertical farming has made its way from…

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Cultivation, Contamination & Testing

Overview of emerging Oklahoma Cannabis market, including first-year errors and industry stresses. Attend this talk to gain better insight on common pitfalls which prevent processors from entering their products into the legal market. Inform processors on analytical testing implications of their cultivation & manufacturing choices. If you’re experiencing any difficulties with testing or would like…

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Modulating vs Standalone Dehumidification

We’ve often referred to the importance of HVAC systems to every layer of the cultivator’s business. One of the complications with selecting the right designer or technology is that few cultivators are mechanical engineers. This really complicates the process of deciding which provider or technology is best for your facility. When it all sounds good,…

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Let’s Not Call Them Feminized Seeds

In this seminar Rick “Mr. Soul” Campanella will educate attendees regarding feminized seeds and give them everything they need to go from zero to hero.

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People, Process, Plants: Designing a High-Performance Cultivation Facility

In a cultivation facility, every square foot is valuable, as is how you design your support spaces and the workflow. Make a design mistake, and you will have reduced operational efficiency, leading to increased production costs, elevated contamination risks, and inadequate staging of your facility. Cultivation Space Programming is a critical component of the facility…

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Mold Prevention and Remediation within the Cannabis Industry

Mold is an ever-present obstacle in the cannabis industry. An outbreak at any point in the process could result in an entire crop being lost. The monetary and time ramifications are so extreme that it could place an entire facility in great harm. In order to prevent these issues from occurring, there are various methods…

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Understanding HVAC & Plant Dynamics in Grow Room Environments

This session will describe why the typical HVAC system design for grow rooms does not work. Also discussed will be the alternatives for controlling indoor environments to promote proper plant growth, maximize yields and minimize operating costs. Through well-informed choices in grow room climate conditions and equipment, growers can minimize operational costs while producing larger,…

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Cannabis Concerns in the Lab

The presentation will cover three topics of interest: 1. Frequency of cannabis on the market that fails for pesticides residues, based on the Oregon list and on the most common pesticides found. 2. The actual amount of CBD found in typical THC strains of cannabis, how this is accurately determined, and how labs often get…

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Hemp: What’s All the Talk About?

Jerry Whiting aims to give people an in depth update on industrial hemp from a cultivation, processing, and business model perspective. He will explain why the 2019 harvest is a messy, chaotic semi-victory. What’s next now that CBD is mainstream? Let’s not forget hemp for food, fiber, and fuel. How does hempcrete fit into all…

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Root and Cannabis and Green Peach Aphids, Oh My: Biology and Control of Aphids in Cannabis

Aphids in Cannabis threaten yields and in some cases require the grower to destroy a crop. They are by no means a new problem, but they create a unique set of challenges due to the limited research of control techniques in Cannabis and the limited tools available to growers. We can overcome some of these…

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Living Soil and Organic Inputs: Understanding Your Environmental Impact

Growing organically and in living soil might not be as environmentally friendly as you think. In this seminar Chip Baker will educate attendees on what “organic” means, challenge preconceived notions of sustainability and organic fertilizers, and encourage sustainable environmental impact in organic production. He will discuss the origins of organic fertilizers, the different types of…

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Soil Health: Hemp

Soil Health in relation to Hemp crop health. Soil fertility and plant nutrition play a vital role in maximizing hemp genetic potential to obtain high quality oil while minimizing inputs. Nutritionally balanced hemp plants are less susceptible to biotic and abiotic stressors such as disease, insects, weeds, wet/cold springs, droughts, salinity, etc. Balanced nutrition monitored…

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Psychrometrics from Seed to Harvest

When designing HVAC systems for controlled environment agriculture (CEA), engineers and equipment manufacturers should plan for the whole spectrum of load profiles and operating conditions. A good understanding of how the psychrometrics vary from seed to harvest is paramount for optimizing yield and minimizing energy consumption. By giving attendees a basic understanding of psychrometrics (the…

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Scientifically Driven Solutions to Maximize Plant Yield and Quality

In nature, plants interact with their surrounding ecosystems to form synergistic relationships. For example, plants interact with tens of thousands of soil microbial species to maximize benefits of nutrient cycling activities within the plant rhizosphere. Additionally, there are natural processes and predators in nature that work to protect plants by repelling and preying on pests….

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Consuming Cannabis Based on Terpenes

Ben Cassiday will provide an explanation of a classification system for cannabis-based on terpenes and cannabinoids, which focuses on personal experience rather than prescriptive outcomes.

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Five Factors to Successful Cultivation Facility Design and Construction

In an interactive session, we share integrated solutions and technology best practices to maximize your investment and construction dollars. Commercial cultivators and investors will walk away with design and construction road-map to success. Through a virtual reality presentation, attendees will see successful cultivation facilities, and with lessons from Big Ag, they will learn what’s coming…

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Integrated Technologies: Ready for Primetime

Until very recently, commercial growers had to choose between efficiency-focused sustainability practices and yield. Recent advances in technology now allow growers to have access to both simultaneously. This is a true game changer. Ash Ganley will demonstrate, from the perspective of a multi-state operator that also invests in sustainability tech, that it’s now possible to…

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Lumens are for Humans: Understanding Artificial Lighting and its Terminology for Gardening

Lighting is one of the most critical aspects of growing Cannabis indoors, but the technical terminology and how light spectrum affects plant growth can be confusing. This presentation provides an overview of critical knowledge for artificial light. Kevin Frender will inform the audience of the terminology associated with artificial lighting for indoor growing, and how…

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Hemp Panel

2019 is an exciting year for hemp in New England! Have you wondered if getting into the hemp industry is right for you? This panel is going to discuss the trials and tribulations of these hemp trailblazers! This panel will consist of hemp farmers, processors and CBD companies. Our panelists look forward to educating the…

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The Science Behind the Art of Growing

Utilizing a combination of plant sap analysis, fertigation solutions analyses, fertilizer components analyses, and water tests growers can bring establish trend lines and adjust nutrient components throughout the grow cycle for optimal production. In this seminar Scott Wall will facilitate growers’ understanding of plant nutrition monitoring, how to interpret plant sap reports, fertilizer nutrient levels…

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Scientifically Driven Solutions to Maximize Plant Yield and Quality

Through real world case studies, Colin will illuminate the return on investment that can occur when cultivators learn how to use microbes with precision (i.e mimic the microbial diversity found in nature) to maximize their plant health and yields. He aims to illuminate the benefits of adding life (i.e microbes) to soil or other growth…

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Environmental Regulations and Michigan’s Marijuana Industry

Robert Elmouchi will present an overview of Michigan’s environmental regulations as they apply to the marijuana cultivation and processing industries. You’ll also be guided through the network of Michigan’s environmental agencies and be provided with the contacts you need for compliance and assistance.

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Hybrid Grow Solutions: Combining Techniques for Sun-Harvesting with Climate Control Technology for Higher Yields

Using passive solar design principles and advancements in glazing and materials technology, greenhouses are advancing in efficiency as well as productivity. Josh will teach attendees how controlled greenhouses using robust HVAC systems allows for better budgeting and forecasting of capital expenditures, operating expenses, and yields.

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How to Grow a Consistent Crop Through Environmental Control

Quite possibly the most important decisions you’ll make are around your cost of operation (first cost, ongoing operations and electrical infrastructure). What you do here directly relates to product quality, consistency and compliance. In this session Jon will discuss what the true costs of operation are, how these costs relate to product quality and consistency,…

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Cannabis Delivery and Distribution – Insuring Against Your Exposures

This seminar will be an in-depth overview of Best Practices for cannabis delivery and distribution as well as additional exposures that arise from the cannabis industry. Our purpose is to help educate and provide standard operating procedures for cannabis operators of the do’s and don’ts of the industry. Supported by a slide show with detailed explanation…

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Utilizing Microbes with Precision to Enhance Cannabis Productivity

Plants have co-evolved with soil microbes over hundreds of millions of years. In nature, the plants interact with tens of thousands of soil microbial species throughout the plant growth stages. Soil microbes benefit plants by facilitating important nutrient cycling activities as well as many other important functions that support plant health and ultimately maximize plant…

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Consuming Cannabis Based on Terpenes

Ben Cassiday will provide an explanation of a classification system for cannabis-based on terpenes and cannabinoids, which focuses on personal experience rather than prescriptive outcomes.

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Crop Optimization and High Tech Irrigation

Marielle will be speaking about proven precision growing methods to optimize crop production, using irrigation strategies and other operational factors, to produce the best quality plants using the least amount of inputs. She will educate participants on proper irrigation strategies and how irrigation and climate changes can be used to steer generative/vegetative growth for optimal…

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Creating a Thriving Rhizosphere

This panel will explore how soil cultivators can increase yield, terpene profile and overall plant health by encouraging living soil microbe and fungal communities in their growing practices.

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Cultivation In Massachusetts

Massachusetts represents a huge opportunity for the cannabis industry.  With a population of almost 7 million, it’s larger than Colorado, Oregon and Nevada.  Recreational and revised medical regulations were finalized this spring, but because of “home rule,” every one of the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns have different rules and regulations.  Kaily Hepburn, Esq. of…

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The science of supplementing daylight with LEDs in greenhouses and warehouses.

Eric will discuss the spectral dynamics of daylight and how to best supplement with LED’s to get indoor lighting consistency and flower structure commanding higher prices for your bud.

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Hybrid Grow Solutions for High Yields

A discussion on the confluence of indoor controlled systems with sunlight harvesting capabilities for optimal grow environments.

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Understanding HVAC & Plant Dynamics in Grow Room Applications

Jim’s presentation will describe why the typical HVAC system design for grow rooms does not work. He will discuss the alternatives for controlling indoor environments to promote proper plant growth, maximize yields and minimize operating costs.

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How to Optimize your Closed Environment

Morris Brink has been in hundreds commercial cultivation facilities. He knows what works and what does not work. This session focuses on realistic, boots-on-the-ground environmental controls solutions to optimize your grow environment. 1. Attendees will learn about the different systems & technologies available for their unique grows. 2. Attendees will gain insight into proper setup to…

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How to Grow a Consistently High Quality Crop

Staying on top of your environment is one of the biggest concerns for any cannabis cultivation operation.  In this session, attendees will learn how to increase product consistency and quality with answers as to how important the mechanical system is, considerations to make for their mechanical design, why data is so important, and more.

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Hempologist John Dvorak’s Cannabis Curriculum and Traveling Hemp Museum

The Cannabis Curriculum is an effort to increase understanding and research into the myriad aspects of industrial hemp, medicinal cannabis and marijuana prohibition.  The first part of the talk will focus on the incredible potential of hemp, the Green Buffalo. Topics include hemp history, engineering, biology and chemistry. Hemp’s “green” aspects will be highlighted in…

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Four Factors to Successful Cultivation Facility, Design, Construction & Occupancy

A comprehensive overview of traditional marketing channels, the corresponding unique challenges and pitfalls that ancillary services, cannabis brands and retail operations face in the industry. Covering industry-specific hurdles, banned mediums, differentiated customer purchasing patterns and the impacts of legislative apprehension across the board. Further delving into industry proven marketing and advertising channels, effective mediums, messaging…

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Free Weed from Danny Danko

My seminar is a beginner’s guide to get started growing your own cannabis. It’s specifically designed to introduce and explain the concepts in an easy-to-understand format. All of the basics are covered, from choosing strains to grow, to germinating seeds all the way through harvesting and storing properly as well as making concentrates. The presentation…

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Feminized Seeds… But Were Too Afraid to Ask

Rick Campanella “Mr. Soul” will host a discussion to help attendees understand why the female cannabis plant is important and how feminized seeds are created.

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Growing the Good

A round table discussion with some of the countries most talented growers, discussing topics ranging from best indoor cultivation practices, integrative pest management strategies, the use of biologicals and organic acids to increase plant health and vigor and maximize terpene expression, preservation and stewarding of cannabis genetics, and the next horizon of cannabis cultivation.

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Cultivating Advantages: Maintaining a Competitive Edge in the Greenhouse

Change on the cultivation side of business operations can be hard to come by and even harder to justify. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is the adage many business have adopted over the years. However, innovation on the cultivation side is one of the easiest ways to distinguish your business as an industry…

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Growing with Hydroxyls

Shawna will discuss the importance of a clean grow environment, the negative and positive effects associated. Shawna will explain the importance of hydroxyls in the grow environment and the impact it can have on personnel, plants, and equipment.

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LED vs HID-Design Considerations and Lighting Advances to Optimizing Productivity

Eric will briefly discuss LED vs HID and considerations for both. He will also cover technology advances and application tips for optimizing grows with LED OR HPS.  Finally he will go over the science of day-light and how to best supplement in greenhouses.

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Significance and Remediation of Mold in the Cannabis Industry

Mold is an ever present obstacle in the cannabis industry.  An outbreak at any point in the process could result in an entire crop being lost.  The monetary and time ramifications are so extreme that it could place a in great harm.  In order to prevent these issues from occurring, there are various methods that…

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Sustainable Cannabis Production

As the cannabis industry grows so will regulations. Lawmakers are focused on nutrient washout, water quality, and water conservation. Overhead costs for cultivation centers will rise if regulations demand equipment for disposing and treating outputs. Cultivation centers paying for city water and states with water conservation regulations like California are looking for ways to reduce…

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Understanding Feminized Seeds

The genetic principles and practical techniques used in the production of Feminized Cannabis Seeds will be described.

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