Recent Posts by Ted Tanner, CEO and Co-Founder

 
Ted is a business executive and serial entrepreneur with more than 25 years experience in business and product development. He’s the co-founder and CEO of Growlink, with a mission to help growers connect and optimize their operations through technology, data, and automation. Prior to Growlink, Ted co-founded Local.com, a leading local search site, which completed its IPO in October 2004 and raised $25 million. He also co-founded AtLast Fulfillment, an outsourcing technology solution for warehousing, fulfillment, and customer care that was purchased by Newgistics in 2012.
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Operating a Commercial Greenhouse With Today's Tech

Commercial growers looking for productivity and predictability have long turned to the greenhouse as the best means to establish a stable growing environment.

Greenhouses “offer higher efficiency and lower operating costs, allow for the sun as a primary light source, and are designed for better precision technology controls,” experts note.

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3 Ways Tech Is Making Urban Farming More Accessible

Wide open spaces are no longer an agricultural necessity. While the rolling prairies with their endless acres of corn and soy have served American farmers well for generations, there’s a new kind of farming taking hold that promises to change the shape of how we grow.

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How Retailers Can Help Clients with Ag-Tech

Retailers who support the agricultural community provide a vital service. They deliver a range of goods that are key to growing success; the best will often form a consultative relationship with their clients, keeping them advised of key trends and developments in agriculture.

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How to Set Up a Precision Irrigation System

Many growers take a manual approach to water use, irrigating without systems or controls in place to ensure consistency. This can be problematic: Too little water, and plants will wither; too much, and they wallow, with root damage, mold, and other negative effects.

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Indoor Farming Basics for Medium-Size Growers


When people talk about agriculture, sunshine and rain seem like basic ingredients. That’s typically true—but only up to a point. Increasing numbers of growers are finding indoor farming to be a powerful and profitable alternative to tilling the soil outdoors.

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Improving Your Hydroponic Grow System with Automation

Growers looking to boost productivity can leverage hydroponics to enhance their operations. Automation can help them take it a step further, improving yields while simplifying operations and adding new levels of efficiency.

To understand how technology can enhance a hydroponic growing system, it’s best to start with the basics: What is hydroponic farming and what advantages does it offer?

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Decking Out Your Grow Tent with Monitoring Software

For many startup cannabis growers, a grow tent offers an agile and economical way to get a crop under cultivation quickly and easily. To make the most of a grow tent, though, it makes sense to adopt the latest technologies.

In order to understand just how sensors and automation can leverage a grow tent’s inherent advantages, it is important to start with the basics. Let’s take a look at what a grow tent is and why you might want to use one. Then we can dig into the how and why of monitoring technologies and agro-management tools.

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Setting Up a Cannabis Greenhouse from Scratch

With the national marijuana market projected to be worth $50 billion a year by 2026, it’s easy to make the case for starting a cannabis greenhouse operation.

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What Is a Smart Farm?

The technology media has been enamored with “smart” solutions lately. Smart cities generate data to better manage pollution, crime, and traffic. Smart homes lean on wireless technologies and automation to simplify daily life. Smart cars may soon navigate the highways with minimum human intervention.

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How to Choose the Best Grow Room Controller

Expanding an indoor farm from a single small room to multiple grow rooms can create—for lack of a better expression—some growing pains. Entrepreneurs often find that what works in a small grow room with a few plants doesn’t work in larger grow rooms. The environment is harder to control. Precise nutrient recipes are harder to hand-mix. And it’s harder to do it all with so many things pressing for time and attention.

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