The “L.A. County Raid Safety Training Class” will be taught by Nick Morrow, a former county sheriff’s detective who says he’s participated in many busts. Organizers of the class, who operate under the group Angeles Emeralds, say they don’t intend to teach dispensary operators how to skirt the law. read more
California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a 92-page document with recommendations on how to streamline MED and REC regulation. The response from business was generally positive. Police expressed concerns that proposed rules would make it too easy for organized crime to become involved. Read the document here.
The executive order issued by Brown effectively terminates the state of emergency implemented in January of 2014. However, it also keeps a focus on conservation efforts. The order states that water reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices — such as watering during or right after rainfall, hosing off sidewalks and irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians — will remain in place. Read more
Should hydroponic and aquaponic crops be considered organic if they otherwise follow all the regulations set down by the USDA’s National Organics Program (NOP)? That’s still up for debate, but the crops subcommittee of the National Organic Standard’s Board (NOSB)—the body that makes policy recommendations to the NOP—recently released preliminary documents ahead of the NOSB’s spring meeting in Denver that indicates it will recommend against hydroponic and aquaponic practices being labeled organic.
That meeting takes place April 19-21, so we’ll have to wait and see what the board decides. You can read the full document here, which is filed as a discussion document.
Consider this your quick reminder to register and attend the webinar April 19 at 1 p.m. Eastern/NoonCentral on “Growing Edible Crops—Lettuce, Herbs, Tomatoes and More—with LED Lighting.”
Here’s the official skinny:
LED lighting technology is being used by more and more growers because of benefits that include faster growth, more flowering and improved coloration. Learn how LEDs can improve growth of lettuce, leafy greens, herbs and high-wire tomatoes and cucumbers. In this webinar, you’ll learn:
- The benefits of adding supplemental light to your edible crop growing area
- Factors to consider when comparing LED to high-pressure sodium
- The effect of LED blue and red spectrum on crop growth
Our guest experts are Doug Marlow, Business Development Manager; and Erik Stappers, Plant Specialist. Both are with the Horticulture LED Solutions division of Philips Lighting. Your host is Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks and Green Profit magazines.
SACRAMENTO, March 29, 2017- The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss agricultural labor issues, rural job development and opportunities for career technical education at its upcoming meeting on April 4th in Sacramento. Read more
Live stream the meeting starting at 10 a.m. on April 4th. Click here for streaming information
A dangerous email scam currently is circulating nationwide and targeting employers, including tax exempt entities, universities and schools, government and private-sector businesses. The scammer poses as an internal executive requesting employee Forms W-2 and Social Security Number information from company payroll or human resources departments. They may even send an initial “Hi, are you in today” message before the request. Read more
Has your business received a notice from the County or Riverside regarding Understanding Stormwater Compliance Requirements for Industrial and Commercial Business? We can assist you by reviewing your business practices prior to the inspection. You’ll save the $440 inspection fee as it is refunded to you when you pass the counties inspection. Call today for your review and consultation.
On June 27, 2016, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Senate Bill (SB) 837, which requires the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), in consultation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), to adopt interim and long-term principles and guidelines (requirements) for the diversion and use of water for cannabis cultivation in areas where cannabis cultivation may have the potential to substantially affect instream flows. Principles and guidelines will be incorporated into licenses issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture under its CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, and water right registrations will be issued under the State Water Board’s Small Irrigation Use Registration Program, once available. Read more