Bumper crop of customers at new farmers market site

There's just something wonderful about farmers markets, said Sersland, who sells fruit and vegetables grown at Dave Lewis Farms, six miles west of town. "You get the healthy lifestyle from eating fresh produce," she said. "And you keep the dollars local."

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High Costs Make It Harder To Grow Young Farmers

In farm country, business is still booming. Commodity prices remain high, and investors are funneling millions of dollars into buying farmland, making it quite enticing for the would-be farmer who wants to leave the rat race.

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Illinois’ Solution To Hunger? Asian Carp

Illinois officials hope serving the invasive species on a plate is the creative solution to two big problems: controlling the plankton-gobbling carp from entering the Great Lakes and record numbers of people facing hunger.

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Chicago Urban Farming: City Council Approves New Ordinance

The Chicago City Council approved a zoning code amendment allowing for more widespread urban agriculture Thursday.

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USDA Launches Online Food Hub Resource

The new online food hub resource, part of the Agricultural Marketing Services (AMS) website, contains the USDA’s latest findings, funding opportunities, a list of operational food hubs, and a library of other relevant resources, articles and materials about food hub development.

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A Way to Save America’s Bees: Buy Free-Range Beef

As the insects that pollinate our crops disappear, a team of scientists has learned that they thrive on land grazed by cattle

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First Steps to Local

“What advice do you have for someone who would like to incorporate more local foods into his or her diet but isn’t sure where to begin?”

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Next Generation Farmer: Ana Catal‡n

Ana Catalán is applying her skills learned at the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) to run a successful organic farm. Learn more about her story.

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Pilot program helps cooks develop business plan

Urban Solutions, a nonprofit economic development organization, and La Cocina, a group specializing in culinary entrepreneurship for low-income communities, have teamed up to take 35 students, including McPherson, under their collective wing.

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Pastured Eggs: What it Really Takes

“It’s been really interesting because I get to educate people, and explain how much better for you the eggs are when they come from pastured hens.”

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