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Laura Drotleff, Reporter

Laura has specialized in agricultural journalism for the past 20 years. Most recently she served as the editor of a B2B publication and multimedia properties focused on productivity, efficiency and profitability in commercial greenhouse cultivation. She has reported on multiple aspects of specialty crops including floriculture, fruit, vegetables, citrus and cannabis. She also has served extensively on various horticulture industry association boards. Laura is a Michigan State University graduate and is based in Cleveland, Ohio.

How to hold and pretreat cannabis plants before transplanting them

March 31, 2021 · Updated April 7, 2021

Conditions aren’t always ideal for hemp and marijuana growers to transplant young plants. Inclement weather, delayed labor or transplanting equipment and a host of other delays can leave cultivators facing a harrowing wait to get tender transplants in the ground.

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Hemp, marijuana growers provide strategies for success in producing field-grown cannabis

March 1, 2021 · Updated March 26, 2021

We’ve all heard the idiom, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” But the sentiment is especially true for the spring outdoor planting season. Whether producing industrial hemp or outdoor-grown marijuana, growers can take steps to prepare themselves—and their operations—for success. These steps include: Proper site selection and soil sampling. Securing contracts with buyers. Selecting […]

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CEO of Neptune Wellness bets on personal care, home care

July 1, 2020 · Updated October 27, 2021

How did a dyslexic 13-year-old who learned how to program computers, went on to manage a mainstream pop band and eventually build and sell a national deodorant brand come to lead a cannabis business? Michael Cammarata, the CEO of Neptune Wellness Solutions, a cannabinoid extractor and product manufacturer based in Laval, Quebec, with facilities in […]

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Tough Fiber

July 1, 2020 · Updated June 6, 2021

Attentive shoppers walking through a Macy’s department store last winter might have spotted a rarity in the bedding department: hemp sheets, advertised as being 100% made from the plant’s fibers. The sheets were a rarity because such textiles are “a brand-new category” in the market, according to Michael Twer, who founded Delilah Home, the Weddington, […]

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Stem Holdings executive outlines how federal regulations will impact the hemp industry

February 1, 2020 · Updated June 6, 2021

Vertically integrated cannabis producer Stem Holdings is dedicated to organic production and high-quality standards—attributes the company plans to apply to its new ventures in the hemp industry. Ellen Deutsch, Stem Holdings’ executive vice president and chief operating officer, told Marijuana Business Magazine that hemp and CBD companies must focus on developing brands that are sustainably […]

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Minor Cannabinoids, Major Profits

January 1, 2020 · Updated October 13, 2021

Will 2020 be the year of the cannabinoid CBG? That’s what some hemp producers are betting after a year of overproduction of CBD, especially after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released interim final rules for federal hemp production under the 2018 Farm Bill. The new law imposes stringent THC testing protocols that farmers say […]

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