The Circularity of Dollars – And What it means to Farmers and Farmland

Touch the Soil News #2062 (photo – U.S. Farmland  – Courtesy of the USDA, Public Domain) While farmer’s farm, and people in other occupations work, it is inevitable that millions of people are working to build investments for retirement.  Every month, billions of dollars that were circulating through wages, are taken out of that loop…

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Agricultural Revolution for a Hungry Nation

Touch the Soil News #2060 (photo – Farming in Egypt – CCA SA 4.0 International, Hesham Farouk Ragab) Farmlandgrab brings a story of a public/private partnership in Egypt to reclaim 1.5 million acres of farmland to increase the nation’s agricultural productivity.  It is being accomplished in land that has limited water.  Part of the larger…

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Soil Blocking for Nursery Plants

Touch the Soil News #2058 (photo – Soil Blocker – Courtesy of Johnny’s Selected Seeds   https://www.johnnyseeds.com/search/?q=soil+blockers&search-button=&lang=en_US) Nursery plants are known for their plastic containers, which are a cost for the grower and a waste for the consumer.  Enter the world of Soil Blocking, a process that firms up the soil, so no external plastic forms…

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The Growing Focus of Biologicals in Farming

Touch the Soil News #2053 (photo – Vegetables – Courtesy of USDA) Farm Journal’s AgWeb portal brings the story of using biologicals in mainstream farming.  When 600 farmers were asked if they used biologicals in farming, more than 61 percent said no.  Among those who did us biologicals satisfaction rates were as high as 80…

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