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Cannabis Cultivation Webinar Series

Starting in February 2022, join the ICR Hemp Farmers Association (IHFA) co-chairs Dr. Sang Hyuck Park (Senior Scientist/Research Liaison at ICR, CSU Pueblo) and Dr. Nirit Bernstein (Senior Researcher, Head of the Medical Cannabis Research Lab at the Volcani Center in Israel) for a monthly webinar series focused on providing recent updates on farming technology, cultivation challenges, and entrepreneurship topics related to cannabis; as well as a networking opportunity. This webinar series hosts renowned cannabis scientists and cultivation/industrial experts who bring insights into the world of cultivation strategies.

May 18th at 11:00AM MT -Dr. Whitney Cranshaw - Identifying and Defining the Management Needs for Insect and Mite Pests of North American Cannabis Crops

Dr. Whitney Cranshaw is an Emeritus Professor and Instructor at Colorado State University in the Department of Agricultural Biology. After receiving his M.S. (1979) and Ph.D. (1981) in Entomology from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Cranshaw became an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at Colorado State University in 1983. As a faculty member and extension specialist at Colorado State University for 37 years, Dr. Cranshaw’s responsibilities included developing applied pest management programs for insect pests of horticultural crops in Colorado including vegetables, shade trees and shrubs, turf, fruit, and greenhouse crops; meeting the entomology Extension needs of the state; and teaching undergraduate and graduate classes related to general entomology, horticultural entomology, and diagnostics. His recent work with cannabis has investigated Beet Curly Top Virus (BCTV) in Cannabis sativa L. in Western Colorado, rice root aphid in Cannabis sativa L. in North America, and developing pest management systems for hemp in the United States. In Post-Retirement, Dr. Cranshaw continues to maintain listserv discussion groups, websites for insect and hemp insect information, and Extension fact sheets related to entomology while also continuing to work on entomology related projects including hemp entomology.

Previous Webinars


    April 13th at 11:00AM MT -Dr. Punya Nachappa, Title: Wild wild west: Emerging viruses and viroid communities of hemp

    Dr. Punya Nachappa received her M.S. in Entomology from University of Georgia, and Ph.D. in Entomology from Kansas State University. After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Nachappa held positions as a post-doctoral associate at Kansas State University and Texas A&M University. Prior to joining Colorado State University (CSU), she was an Associate Professor at Purdue University Fort Wayne. As an Associate Professor at CSU, the Nachappa Lab's research focuses on understanding the interaction between plants, pathogens, and insect vectors in cropping systems that are of importance to Colorado agriculture, including hemp plants. Topics of interest include studying the biology and pest management options of some key pests of hemp such as the hemp russet mite and cannabis aphid and the ecology and epidemiology of the beet curly top virus (BCTV) and beet leafhopper in hemp. The lab is using hemp viral metagenomics to characterize the diversity of viruses/viroids in hemp.


    March 16th at 11:00AM MT -Mr. Mitchell Westmoreland: Toward a sustainable approach to phosphorus fertilization in Cannabis cultivation

    Mitchell Westmoreland is a Ph.D. candidate in the Crop Physiology Laboratory, currently under the directorship of Dr. Bruce Bugbee, at Utah State University. He received his B.S. in Biology from Utah State University in 2018, after which he worked for the USDA Forage and Range Research Laboratory in Logan, UT before beginning his graduate work. His research deals with the cultivation and physiology of medical Cannabis, with a focus on the influence of electric lighting, mineral nutrition, and temperature on flower yield and quality. Westmoreland teaches an undergraduate course on the science of medical Cannabis cultivation, as well as an online course that is open to the public. He has published in the journal PLoS One and has been an invited speaker at Cannabis Business Times’ Cannabis Conference and is a member of The American Society for Horticultural Science and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society.


    February 16th at 11:00AM MT -Dr. Nirit Bernstein: Advances in cannabis cultivation techniques: The power of mineral nutrition, lighting & plant structure

    Dr. Nirit Bernstein is a Senior Researcher and Head of the Medical Cannabis Research Lab at the Volcani Center, Agricultural Research Organization, located in Israel, and is a leader in medical cannabis research and irrigation with recycled water in Israel. She has a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from the University of California, Davis USA, and a B.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Her research focuses on the production and physiology of medicinal cannabis by manipulation of environmental treatments; optimization of agrotechniques for environmentally stressed plants; mineral nutrition of plants, and plant stress physiology.

    Dr. Bernstein has published over 60 academic publications, 10 book chapters, and inviter reviews, and is a member of the Editorial Board of five international scientific journals. Additionally, Dr. Bernstein serves as the Chief Editor of scientific manuscripts in Hebrew for the Ministry of Agriculture in Israel, has been a project leader of 60 national and international research projects, and teaches 2 graduate-level courses at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Bernstein has been attracting a lot of attention in Israel because she was the first agricultural researcher to be licensed to study medical cannabis in Israel.

Summer 2022

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$500 Scholarship Opportunity

Advising for summer courses is open. New and current students are eligible for a $500 summer scholarship if enrolled in 9 or more summer credits. 

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