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Good Food Festival promotes local producers

While Chicago's chi-chi foodies gather each autumn at Millennium Park for gourmet food, Chicago's crunchy foodies gather each spring at UIC forum for “good food.”<p>But eating is only part of the annual Good Food Festival (formerly called FamilyFarmed Expo), an event promoting local food and its …

Who Grew Your Pint? How Craft Brews Boost Local Farmers

Brent Manning is a maltster on a mission. The co-founder of Riverbend Malt House in Asheville, N.C., wants people to be able to taste local grains in North Carolina's beers, just as vino aficionados can identify the provenance of fine wines.<p>"In the wine industry ... they will tell you that the No. …

Sanderson Farms Has Lots To Crow About

Remember the “original white meat?” Yes, chicken and more specifically a Zacks Rank #1 stock called Sanderson Farms (Snapshot Report) might be worth a look as part of your portfolio smorgasbord.<p>Aside from my love for the meat itself, chicken and the companies that produce them have been on my radar …

3 ways to improve soil for spring

During the chilly, rainy days of winter, gardeners, like their perennials, go a bit dormant. Although it may not be an inviting season for planting, it's a great time to rejuvenate topsoil.<p>While compost fosters healthy plants and returns organic matter to the soil, those with less time or space can …

What Is Farm Runoff Doing To The Water? Scientists Wade In

America's hugely productive food system is one of its success stories. The nation will export a projected $139.5 billion in agricultural products this fiscal year alone. It's an industry that supports "more than 1 million jobs," according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.<p>But all that …

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America’s miserable economy may be ruining your love life

New research shows our growing economic divide is destroying romance in America<p>Finding true love, philosophers have always understood, can get complicated in deeply unequal places. Grand fortunes tend to give Cupid a hard time, on Valentine’s Day and every other.<p>“If you gain fame, power, or wealth, …