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Sustainability In Cannabis Cultivation Increases Profits | Growlink

Sustainability in cannabis is a great sound bite in media, blogs, and marketing materials, but business owners need to make a profit and thrive. Can you be sustainable and profitable? Let us look at ways to improve profitability through sustainable business practices. 

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What is a Cannabis Architect?

Cannabis cultivation facility planning and design are challenging. All building planning and design can be difficult, but there are considerable cannabis-specific concerns; zoning laws, building codes, special permits, and waste management requirements can bring any project to a halt if not handled properly. Each grow operation is distinctive, and no two building projects are the same - which is why hiring an expert could be the difference between success and failure. So what exactly is a cannabis architect, and what do they do? Let's dig in.

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Avoiding Legal Pitfalls In The Legal Cannabis Market

The conflict between federal, state, and local laws and compliance requirements can be challenging for any start-up entrepreneur, but the cannabis industry faces more legal pitfalls than most. According to expert attorneys, these are the top concerns you should avoid at all costs. 

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Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)

With the growing popularity of indoor and greenhouse farming, it's necessary to precisely monitor and control the growing environment to produce thriving crops. As sophisticated systems have evolved, so have the terms used to describe them. Now coined CEA or Controlled Environment Agriculture, it encompasses many types of systems. Let's examine them closer. 

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Why Monitoring CO2 Levels In Your Grow Is Critical

Plants require a goldilocks zone to thrive. Mild temperatures, light, water, and nutrients are just part of plants' requirements—carbon dioxide (CO2) for photosynthesis (carbon assimilation) impacts plant growth. Let's examine this often misunderstood aspect of indoor and greenhouse growing. 

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Why Cannabis Good Manufacturing Practices Are Problematic

All new industries experience some type of growing pains, and the cannabis business is no different. The marginalized reality of the industry has created uncertainty and leaves cultivars without GMP's or Good Manufacturing Practices to follow. 

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Benefits of Crop Steering: Increase Yields & Cut Costs

With so much conversation around crop steering, but with limited information available, we wanted to research why it's become such a trend in indoor, and greenhouse cannabis grows. And as it turns out, it's all the rage because the benefits are substantial enough to encourage cultivars to experiment and dial in precise techniques. Let's get into it. 

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Is Cannabis The Number One Cash Crop in the US?

According to a recent Leafy report, American growers produced and sold almost 2300 metric tons of legal cannabis in 2020. The study confirmed that the US harvested enough cannabis to roll more than 2 billion joints. 

The study didn't consider the entire cannabis crop produced in the US in 2020, though; they only included data from states with legal, adult-use cannabis sales, medical sales were excluded. Combined sales in adult-use markets totaled $6.2 billion from 13,042 licensed farms in 2020. 

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Alex Breeden - Employee Highlight

Alex Breeden, Growlink's Product Manager, was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He had an idyllic childhood with Dad Carl, who owned a security company, and mom Lisa, the director at a car rental company, and his sister Natalie. They spent a lot of time outdoors when he was growing up, enjoying nature and traveling across the country. 

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Preventing Cannabis Crop Loss

Crop loss for any agriculture endeavor is devastating, but the crop loss for cannabis businesses is incredibly frustrating due to its high market value. Because of the inherent risk, cultivators must examine their operating systems, design, and controlled environment equipment. Let's look at ways to mitigate the risk of crop loss.

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