This indoor growing blog is to exchange useful information with the progressive Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) community. The topics for this indoor growing blog are ment to benefit cultivators.
CEA enterprises differentiate their products and build their brands by consistently delivering quality goods. These goods are typically void of pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. These organizations are tasked with creatively utilizing their controlled growing compartments to optimize production. This is increasingly being done with new multi-leveled grow systems along with precision climate and irrigation control. Developmen and adoption of agricultural technology will continue as these solutions become more affordable and more capable.
Cultivation companies are more profitable when their resources are utilized efficiently, and production is maximized without compromising quality. Also, property (land), plant (facilities), and equipment (machines) are more valuable to owners and potential acquirers when they are fully operable, intelligent, energy efficient, maintainable, reliable, and readily scalable for their future production needs.
This indoor growing blog will continue to identify creative means of reducing labor, energy, and water intensity. This is because less inputs means a more profitable and sustainable operation. The solutions to reduce these inputs come in many forms including energy efficient designs, renewable energy systems, industrial process automation, precision irrigation techniques, and other related agricultural technology.
Consistent production of perishable agricultural goods means no supply interruptions in the cultivation process. Many of the risks for supply disruption are biological or microbial and can be prevented with proper environmental design, integrated pest management, and food safe practices.
There are many labor-intensive steps in the cultivation process including seeding, cutting (cloning), rooting (propagation), transplanting (potting), growing, harvesting, cleaning, and sanitizing. Therefore, it is easy to see why labor is one of the main input costs for growers and why working stations and procedures must be designed for ergonomics, efficiency, and scalability.
There are numerous regulatory agencies and governmental bodies that directly affect the planning and operation of CEA organizations. One of the goals of this forum is to identify those governing bodies and discuss applicable requirements for indoor growers.
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