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Laura Drotleff

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.


California backs off narrower THC testing window

State agriculture officials in California announced on Monday an emergency action to extend the harvest window from within 15 days after sampling to within 30 days, after California farmers cried foul on the state’s earlier changes that were restrictive and out of line with national hemp production rules.

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Holding and pre-treating hemp and marijuana young plants before transplanting

(This is the fourth in a series focused on cultivation planning for marijuana and hemp growers. The latest installment is available here.) 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 […]

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Key FDA official, CBD task force leader Amy Abernethy resigns

The process for regulating CBD was dealt another setback Tuesday with the resignation of Dr. Amy Abernethy from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, who will leave the agency in mid- to late-April according to a memo from acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock.

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