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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Food for Special Events In a City With Food Insecurity – What Would You Do?

Touch the Soil News #2051 (photo – Jakarta – CCA 3.0 Unported, Romli mohamad) The People’s Network News brings and interesting story about food and people living in the city of Jakarta, Indonesia.  Jakarta is at the heart of a metro area of almost 35 million people.  They are embracing the Ramadan special time.  The…

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Saving Grocery Stores

Touch the Soil News #2050 (photo – Vegetables – Courtesy of USDA) The demand for the services of a grocery store is through the volume dollars that show up to buy.  However, that demand must not only satisfy the costs of keeping the doors open, but a return on investment established in corporate headquarters hundreds…

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