An end of year reflection from NBS

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A new breeding line, selected from the greenhouse May 2017 for uniformity, cannabinoid content, aroma, and flower quality. 

 'Cloud Nine' a new hybrid being tested at NBS October 2017 using the line selected above - I'm convinced it will surpass most autoflowers on the market today for quality and uniformity. 

'Cloud Nine' a new hybrid being tested at NBS October 2017 using the line selected above - I'm convinced it will surpass most autoflowers on the market today for quality and uniformity. 

 Outdoor trials 2017. Excellent growth despite a historically bad spring. It is wonderful to be able to welcome growers to visit us in an transparent industry. 

Outdoor trials 2017. Excellent growth despite a historically bad spring. It is wonderful to be able to welcome growers to visit us in an transparent industry. 

 Greenhouse 2 in construction, December 2017. We had intended to build this last year, but a little thing called 'money' got in the way. Looking forward to inreasing the breeding output in 2018. 

Greenhouse 2 in construction, December 2017. We had intended to build this last year, but a little thing called 'money' got in the way. Looking forward to inreasing the breeding output in 2018. 

December is a relatively quiet time for us and a good time to reflect on the state of the industry and our goals. There are a lot of good people out there in the industry doing good work in the face of strong headwinds. Problems like...

  • Pollen from 'hemp' crops threatening production (see last post).
  • Banking and tax restrictions that make business difficult at best, unsustainable at worst.
  • The dire need for research into pest control, post-harvest handling and the health and social impacts of cannabis use.
  • The impact of the 'green rush' on a very limited market - there are over 800 licensed producers in Oregon today, and more applications waiting. I believe there is a real risk of an disastrous overproduction that is going to make the business difficult or impossible for many growers. 
  • An unstable federal situation that puts the whole industry on edge, and possibly at risk. 

I spend more time than I should worrying about all of these issues (and many others). The only relief I've found is in trust (that is to say, faith in action). Horticulture and plant breeding has taught me a lot about trust. Every time I put a seed in the soil I must have trust that it will grow. Every time I put a plant outside is an act of trust in the seasons. Every selection I make is an act of trust informed by analysis. We interact with our business partners with trust, and hope they will do the same. Without trust, I would be not be able to act. And without action, I am not going anywhere...       

Many of us in the industry are 'all in' to create a healthy and well regulated industry - one that provides good jobs and tax dollars for education, produces a quality, clean product and keeps money out of the hands of criminal organizations. For us, there is no choice but to trust, and know that even if it does not work out, there is value in having taken the high road. 

Wishing a a happy and prosperous 2018 to all!