U.S. Food Prices Rise

Touch the Soil News #1304 (Feature photo – The Avocado – Public Domain) While not all food groups are see dramatic rises, it is high-end foods that are perceived as healthier that are seeing significant increases. The ramifications – making the healthiest foods only affordable by the more well-to-do – may spark new issues in…

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Should Farmers Pursue Solar Farming?

Positive Future #437 (Feature photo – Small Solar Farm – CCA SA 4.0 International Generic) CleanTechnica journalist Tina Casey covers a story from Michigan where legislators are considering allowing solar panels on farmland. This makes sense for rural electric cooperatives and maybe even the farmers. You can read the full story here: https://cleantechnica.com/2019/04/15/rural-electric-co-ops-dive-into-gas-killing-solar-panels-farmland-fray/

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A Local Organic Farm That Started on a 4 Foot by 8 Foot Sheet of Plywood

Touch the Soil News #1302 (Feature photo – Simple Abundance Farm Greenhouse – Courtesy of Simple Abundance Farm) While everyone is worried about not enough young people taking over the industrial farms, perhaps the focus should be the incoming young people that are building local organic farms. City Farmer News brings us information on Simple Abundance…

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Washington State – Taking a Lead in the Transition to Renewable Energy

Positive Future #435 (Feature photo – Washington State Capitol – By User:Cacophony – Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1055907) Happening more frequently, cities, counties and states are taking matters into their own hands. Natural Resources Defense Council expert Noah Long reveals how Washington State has 5 bills in the works that are related to clean…

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The Economics of Local Vertical Indoor Farming

Touch the Soil News #1301 (Feature photo – Indoor Vertical Farming – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Agriculture consultant Peter Tasgal writes for AgFunder on the economics of vertical indoor farming. The economics – given the significant costs – are not as positive as one would suspect. From a price point, conventional outdoor production of growing…

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Global Pork Tremor Grows

Touch the Soil News #1300 (Feature photo – Confined Pig Operation – Public Domain) The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) announced that it was cancelling the World Pork Expo that was to be held at the Des Moines, Iowa fairgrounds. The three-day event would have brought in some 20,000 attendees from all over the world.…

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