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Flash Announcement – Special SPIN Farming Webinar

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Touch the Soil News # 160 If you’ve ever wanted to become an urban farmer / market gardener here’s a chance to participate in an online webinar that gives you the scoop of how to do it with a minimum of capital outlay and a maximum of return. Following are the Details:   What: SPIN farming is hosting a Webinar featuring Jared Regier of Chain Reaction Urban Farm.   When: August 27, 2015 (Thursday) at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time (make sure you log in according to your own time zone).   How: Click on the following link to register and get other details: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1043325852552174850 SPIN Farming is “production” oriented to…

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What Are Food Hubs? Can They Help You Become A Successful Local Farmer? (Part 2 of 2)

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Touch the Soil News # 141 The growing development of food hubs is materially populated with not-for-profit visions that do not seek high returns, but primarily the cash flows necessary to keep the doors open. In Part 2 of this food hub coverage we’ll take a brief look at five (5) successful food hubs and their operations. Information about these food hubs came from a research project by the Wallace Center. It is encouraging to see enterprises and communities support a change from the industrial food system. Red Tomato food hub, Plainville, Massachusetts Red Tomato has annual sales of approximately $4 million with 7 employees. Red Tomato, established in 1997,…

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El Nino – Banks Are Now Concerned About the Weather, Food and its Domino Effect

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Touch the Soil News #115 –– includes 1 video   Earlier this week, analysts from Citigroup announced concerns that El Nino weather patterns now being expressed in the Pacific region will raise grain prices resulting in an increase in the prices of food. Citigroup says the risk is for grain prices to increase by as much as 25 percent. According to Citigroup’s analysts: “The El Nino effect is a major tail risk for the global economy. Momentum is building about the potential disruption to commodity supplies ahead, especially staple food crops.”   So just who is Citigroup? Citigroup is one of the four “mega” banks headquartered in the U.S. with…

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