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Farmers Aging, Big Ag Getting Bigger: Behind the Preliminary 2012 Ag Census Numbers

Farmers Aging, Big Ag Getting Bigger: Behind the Preliminary 2012 Ag Census Numbers | Local Food Systems and Small Farms | Scoop.it
Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) put out a preliminary draft of the 2012 agriculture census [PDF]. Released every five years, this census is intended to shed light on the state of farming in America. And it does—especially if you read between the lines. For starters, American agriculture made a lot of money... Read More

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John Payne's curator insight, February 24, 2014 10:02 AM

Given the scale of commodity scales, it's easier to see where the $170+ Billion spent on farm equipment that same year came from.  As Steve Jobs said about the cellular phone market, just 1% of that would be a quite respectable business.

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Online conference focuses on crop planning for CSA operations - Agri-View

Online conference focuses on crop planning for CSA operations - Agri-View | Local Food Systems and Small Farms | Scoop.it
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Online conference focuses on crop planning for CSA operations
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The CSA Expert Exchange is an online conference co-presented by Small Farm Central and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA).
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Northbrook Farmers Market to offer double the value for SNAP benefits - Northbrook Star

Northbrook Farmers Market to offer double the value for SNAP benefits - Northbrook Star | Local Food Systems and Small Farms | Scoop.it
Northbrook Farmers Market to offer double the value for SNAP benefits Northbrook Star Those who purchase food with an Illinois Link card to access their federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits—formerly known as food...
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More and more markets are doubling the value of SNAP benefits, making local food accessible to more people. Does you'r local market double SNAP?

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Amish in Illinois look to form food hubs - Peoria Public Radio

Amish in Illinois look to form food hubs - Peoria Public Radio | Local Food Systems and Small Farms | Scoop.it
Amish in Illinois look to form food hubs Peoria Public Radio The concept of a co-op supplied food hub is simple: growers join together to create the infrastructure they need to connect to big buyers: the tracking, marketing and delivery systems so...
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Bill was here!

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Meet the smart farm you can control with a smartphone | Grist

Meet the smart farm you can control with a smartphone | Grist | Local Food Systems and Small Farms | Scoop.it
Freight Farms bring hydroponic agriculture to repurposed shipping containers.
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Cool!

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Farmers' Markets - LocalHarvest

Farmers' Markets - LocalHarvest | Local Food Systems and Small Farms | Scoop.it
@mfbellemare @DNLee5 not sure if they have it, but maybe local harvest? http://t.co/zxyH2dfu6i
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Local Harvest is the place to find Farmers Markets near you!

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