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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.

Hemp plant breeders can safeguard their genetics

October 1, 2019 · Updated June 6, 2021

It takes years to breed a new plant variety—a painstaking process that includes hybridizing, growing, trialing, selecting and then repeating those steps several times. But since hemp was legalized through the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp plant breeders have unprecedented new options to protect their plant genetics from those who would attempt to capitalize on years […]

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Canadian cannabis firm Cronos spending $300 million to enter US hemp market

August 2, 2019 · Updated July 11, 2021

Cronos Group, a vertically integrated cannabis company based in Ontario, Canada, that has international production and distribution, said Friday it will buy four operating subsidiaries from Redwood Holding Group for $300 million. Redwood, which is headquartered in Los Angeles, produces, markets and distributes hemp-derived CBD products, including skin care, bath items and gummies, throughout the […]

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Holding on to Hemp

July 1, 2019 · Updated June 6, 2021

Postharvest handling and storage techniques are essential for maintaining a profitable business Storing hemp properly is arguably as important as planting, harvesting or any other step in the cultivation process, because it can be just as crucial to farmers looking to turn a profit. Standard storage methods have been developed for hemp grain, seed and […]

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CBD Chic

April 1, 2019 · Updated June 6, 2021

Come Back Daily pulls off the look and feel of a cool Manhattan cafe, but the owners have built their model around cannabinoids rather than coffee. Located near Chinatown and Tribeca, Come Back Daily opened its doors in November to capitalize on the booming CBD market and get ahead of the anticipated legalization of recreational […]

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Alphabet Soup

March 1, 2019 · Updated June 6, 2021

Acronyms that newly legal hemp producers should know FOTO … FSA … NASS … What? Hemp growers—especially those new to the space—will need to study up on an alphabet soup of acronyms that are newly important for doing business after the Farm Bill’s passage. Here’s a primer. NAP: Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. This fund […]

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