Founded in 2016, RII initially focused its efforts on one of the most under-studied and often resource-intensive crop categories: Cannabis. From establishing the first benchmarking platform to empower producers and objectively inform the broader market to bringing together stakeholders to address proposed regulations in key jurisdictions, RII’s work has made a critical imprint on the most rapidly-evolving sectors of agriculture. Since then, we have expanded our scope of work to include a range of crops grown in controlled environments.
In 2020, in partnership with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), RII was awarded a Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The three-year project titled Data-Driven Market Transformation for Efficient, Sustainable Controlled Environment Agriculture, commenced in April 2021, and aims to develop and execute a market transformation strategy rooted in collaboration.