Integrated Pest Management (IPM) requires a deep understanding of your crop, along with the biology and life history of the pests and diseases that damage it. This knowledge forms the foundation of a multipronged approach to pest control that includes active pest monitoring, cultural practices tailored to prevent infestations, use of mechanical barriers, environmental manipulation, the targeted application of biological controls, and the use of compliant pesticides.
In the context of IPM as it applies to Cannabis, it is also critical to consider compliance when implementing any IPM plan. The lack of Federal recognition of Cannabis, as a crop, means that no pesticides have been approved for use on Cannabis by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency. This has shifted the burden of regulating pesticide use in Cannabis production to the State level, resulting in unique regulations State to State. These regulations are further influenced by the Cannabis laws of each State and the pesticides available for sale there.
Founder, Horticultural Scientist, Cannabis Pest Management Specialist
Daniel couples years of industry experience with a robust education in Horticulture and Entomology, and a lifelong passion for Cannabis to apply a unique skill set to Cannabis pest management.
Daniel's approach to IPM is grounded in Horticultural Entomology and tempered with an in-depth understanding of Cannabis cultivation and the regulatory challenges facing producers in today's markets. He has worked alongside cultivators in dozens of facilities, across multiple States, applying his education and analytical mind to solve problems and implement solutions. This experience has provided him with invaluable perspective on how to navigate the operational, logistical, and regulatory hurdles that often hinder the implementation of successful Cannabis pest management programs.
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