CCA Seminar Jan 18, 2020 – “How to Farm Hemp in 2020 Without Losing Your Shirt”

how to farm hemp in 2020 seminar

The first CCA event in 2020 is a 5 hour Saturday seminar packed with crucial knowledge taken from the many problems Farmers in Pennsylvania and neighboring states encountered during the first legal season of hemp agriculture under Federal Farm Bill 2018,  the just-finished summer and fall of 2019.

The seminar starts at noon and ends at 5 pm. Open House at N2Innovations is 1 1/2 hours before and after the seminar.

Hemp is an amazing plant.  Farm it properly and it grows like a weed, fast and tough, putting on height and weight faster than any other plant farmed by man.  But it has unique needs and problems. And particularly for the most profitable hemp crop,  which are the special varieties of hemp grown in a demanding technique to produce a high-value CBD medicinal extract, a lot can go wrong, and a lot DID go wrong in 2019.

CBD Hemp seed is expensive. Very expensive. And the CBD technique involves careful timing, human labor, specialized knowledge and experience, wise field choice, and smart farmers.

The rewards for success can be significant. Buyers made advance contracts for $50,000 an acre in 2019 to purchase CBD crops in 2019 from farmers with experience and a past record of success. You can’t expect this as a beginning hemp farmer, but, in order to become experienced, you have to begin.

It’s important to know that in 2019 a lot of farmers failed, and sometimes failed spectacularly.  Valuable hemp rotted in the field because farmers didn’t understand how to harvest it, dry it, and get it to buyers. There were significant problems getting good seed at the right time. Farmers who wanted to plant 100 acres and make windfall profits could only get seed for a few acres. Worse,  many farmers were ripped off by shady seed suppliers taking advantage of the pressure to get planted. The bad seedstock looked okay. But planting it brought a world of problems, more costs for the farmer, and in the end a worthless crop, or worse a crop that tested “hot”, that is, which contained too much THC, and which had to be destroyed as a result, after all that work.

You can avoid all of those problems by applying the key insights and information we will be teaching in this five hour seminar.

The seminar starts at noon and ends at 5 pm. Open House at N2Innovations is 1 1/2 hours before and after the seminar.

The seminar presenters will be Larry Nagle, Founder and President of the Cannabis College of American. Larry was the master grower for the N2Innovations hemp project involving five hemp fields on family farms in the Nittany Valley.

Protect yourself against likely and avoidable problems. Educate yourself about the paths to success and profits. Sign up for this seminar to reserve your space. As we have been talking with people over the phone and in the fields, demand for this seminar has been fierce.  We can’t be certain, but seats may sell out fast.

Information about lodging, local eateries, and tours of the N2Innovations facilities will be added soon.

Be aware that you WILL see many horse and buggy drivers on the roads in and around Belleville. Be careful driving, especially in the darkness, because you may not realize the lights you see ahead are on a buggy. The area around Belleville has both Amish and Mennonite communities. Many of the local Amish and Mennonite farmers have expressed a strong interest in farming hemp in 2020, so you can expect them to also be at this seminar.

Electronic credit card payments can be made here at N2Innovations.

Cannabis College of America spent the Summer and Fall Growing CBD Hemp in Pennsylvania!

Cannabis College of America Growing Hemp in Pennsylvania

Sometimes the Universe and the Good Lord offers you an opportunity so stunning that everything else in life must be set aside to follow that offered path. That was the case for The Cannabis College of America in 2019. We were asked to participate and in fact serve as the Master Grower for a Farm Bill 2018 legal hemp planting project near Penn State University. So we traveled north and spent the summer in the Ridge and Valley region and the famous Nittany Valley, growing CBD hemp in Pennsylvania.

What an adventure! Take a look at some of my photos and consider what we were able to accomplish with a great idea – contracts with local family farmers – and the knowledge and skills and practical experience that make the Cannabis College of America such an exceptional source of training and education in the cannabis hemp industry.

We had such a successful year growing CBD hemp in Pennsylvania that the CCA was asked to collaborate with N2Innovations in operating a branch of the Cannabis College of America in their Belleville Pa Hemp Drying Storage and Extraction facility. In a few days we will be posting more photos and descriptions of the seminar and class schedules for this spring. First seminar to be held January 18, 2020 at:

354 New Holland Dr.
Belleville, Pa 17004
(814) 218-2804

Lost forever? The original Skunk #1 and Mendo Purps – does anyone still have those genes? Cannabis Strain Stories.

Is it possible that someone still has the original Skunk#1 or Mendo Purp genes? Or any of the old and original genelines that no longer exist in their pure and original strains? If you have them, or can find them, they could be worth a lot as breeding stock and would make you famous as their re-discoverer.

Remember, it’s all about the genes. Good genes equal success, it’s just that simple.

Cannabis Seed Breeders Talk About What’s Hot for 2019, Protecting Genes from Corporate Patenting, Testing New Strains in the Market

Some of the owners of the top cannabis seed companies in North America get together to talk frankly and conversationally about what new strains they are creating, the process of cross-breeding cannabis and back-breeding hybrids, how some strains become trendy and then become classics (think Girl Scout Cookies), and many more topics.

It’s a fascinating look into the mysterious world of hybridization and strain creation.

They thank the people behind the open cannabis project for their work to protect the genes so that everyone can benefit from them and use them in breeding, reminding the assembled listeners that some corporations appear to be trying to seize control of critical genes that had been available to all when the plant was illegal, but now were at risk of hostile patenting and licensing.

The speakers are Kevin Jodrey, Nat Pennington of Humboldt Seed Co, Mean Gene from Mendocino of Freeborn Selections and Jason Mathys of Equilibrium Genetics. They reminisce about the appearance of strains in the past that were the result of freedom fighter breeders, and speculate about the new strains they expect to see in the next few years as the breeding industry settles into a new maturity.

They expect the industry to be demanding new characteristics such as mold resistance and heat resistance, the identification of ideal phenotypes ( the shapes and growth forms of the plants in various stages of the life cycle) to meet the new models of farming and production, and exotic terpenes and flavors.

All in all a very useful discussion for those who want to work in this industry in the future.

High Pressure Sodium versus LEDs. Visual results of a comparison of two high-end 1000W lighting systems.

The result? The High Pressure Sodium produced slightly more weight, with a denser bud structure. Otherwise they were comparable, and the LED did quite well.

The lights have improved to something close to equity. However, HPS prices have fallen to a stable price point which is considerably lower per watt than the high end LEDs. On the basis of cost-to-begin and the initial cost of an indoor system, HPS wins easily.

But, the heat produced by the HPS lighting must be removed from the plants, and the air around the plants conditioned in various ways, and these costs are significant. The cost of overheated plants is also significant. Delayed growth, collapse of potency, hermaphrodism and male flowers in the room, vulnerability to pests, greater pest vigor and breeding rates (especially spider mites), and other results of excess heat are among the biggest threats to profit and quality the indoor grower faces. And the cost of the equipment needed to offset heat, from ducting and fans and filters, to air conditioners, and humidifiers and dehumidifiers has to be added to the initial setup costs.

Of course, one of the primary reasons for the drive for better LEDs these past years has been the cost of electricity. Generally speaking, LEDs cost half or more less than HPS to power. As a necessary monthly expense, saving that much on your electric bill is significant. Combine with that the cost saved on air-conditioning and cooling power.

Combining the two types of lighting is a solution to consider.

Of course, High Intensity Ceramic Metal Halide outperforms them both.

The Lost Terpenes of Early Cannabis Strains

Kevin Jodry talks about the loss of the most intensely skunky smelling strains that were discovered in the late 80s and early 90s in this fascinating video. Interested in terpenes? This is one of the most erudite yet practical discussions of cannabis terpenes we have viewed.

A highly recommended video for study.

Know your terpenes!

3 Pounds Per Light: Advanced Nutrients Looks at High Yield Grow Operations

Yes, it’s a series of videos basically intended to promote thye Advanced Nutrients line of products, but the chance to look at a series of growing systems and grow rooms is still very interesting and valuable.

From the Youtube Description: ”
If you’re still just getting a pound per light, how would you like to TRIPLE that? If so, then just watch this video, copy what they’re doing and watch as you too start getting bigger, heavier yields! These growers are consistently getting 3+ pounds per light over a wide range of genetics by using a common way of growing—or industry secrets if you will—and they all frequent the Truckee Horticulture Center in Truckee, CA. What you’ll notice is that even as BigMike interviews different growers growing different strains in different grow rooms is they are all using a common set of grower guidelines. In short, they are all using the same industry secrets. Everything from the growing medium, to grow room setups, feeding schedules, environment, PPM and more is revealed in this video. “

Advanced Curing, Drying, and Packaging of Cannabis for Medical and Recreational Use

A brilliant discussion on an extremely important topic, curing, drying, and packaging your precious agricultural product. Remember, growing is only one part of the work in the cannabis industry. You have to bring your cannabis to the marketplace, and it has to compete. Which means it is just as vital to process it as it is to grow it.

So, take a few minutes to listen to one of the grandmasters of this industry, Kevin Jodrey of Wonderland Nursery, discussing drying and curing cannabis. And pick up the other gems of wisdom he casually drops as he talks about industrial scale professional drying and how small cannabis businesses can protect themselves in this rapidly changing industry.

Nitro packs – Nitrogen Packaging is for people who don’t know how to stabilize products

Drying cannabis Sending your flower to someone else to dry or run extraction.

What happens if they go out of business or get shut down? What’s your recourse?

Finding people to work with that you trust. Rich tech and finance people entering the space throwing lots of wasted money around.

Kevin Jodrey, Cultivation Director, Wonderland Nursery