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The Coffee of Things

Touch the Soil News #644 (Feature Photo – Brazil is the world’s largest coffee producer by far) How many farmers, market gardeners and home growers start the day with a cup of coffee? For most major agricultural commodities – of which coffee is one – the USDA keeps track of production and ending stocks. Ending stocks are important because they reveal whether the world consumes more of a product than is produced for a given year. Stocks represent coffee beans that are on hand before the new season crop comes in. For the 2016/2017 coffee bean season just ending, the ending stocks are set to drop again for the third…

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