Farming

WYSO Curious
6:30 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Why Is The Yellow Springs Farmers Market Over By Noon? WYSO Curious Asks Why So Early

The crowds start to gather at the Yellow Springs Farmers Market
Credit Will Davis / WYSO

Some people are morning people, even on the weekends: They might like, for example, getting up at the crack of dawn on Saturdays to head down to their local farmers’ market. WYSO listener Gabrielle Civil is not one of those people. She lives in Yellow Springs, where the farmers’ market runs from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. And she had a question about that:

This is WYSO Curious and my question is, why so early? Why is the farmers’ market over by noon?

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Lawsuit Questions Truth Of Kroger's "Simple Truth" Chicken Labels

A chicken farm. Chickens advertised as "cage free" may still be kept in cramped warehouses.
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 A California-based lawsuit against Kroger could become a class action including shoppers in Ohio. The dispute is over truth in packaging for Kroger’s line of chicken products known as Simple Truth chicken. Simple Truth is on Kroger shelves in green-themed packaging that says the chicken is cage-free and raised in a humane environment.

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Farm Bill
12:06 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Farm Bill Left Hanging in Congress

A truck outside Mike Farm Enterprises south of Dayton. A variety of farm and nutrition programs are at risk since the Farm Bill expired Oct. 1.

Remember the Farm Bill? The omnibus law that funds food stamps, crop insurance, and a slew of farm subsidies? At midnight Monday, a nine-month extension of the latest version of that bill expired, which means for the moment, the law reverts to its 1949 version.

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Agriculture
10:26 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Senator Portman Speaks on Controversial Farm Bill, Food Stamp Cuts

U.S. Sen. Portman (center) spoke with farmers at Mike Farm Enterprises near Centerville Wednesday. Owner Mike Clark is on the left.
Credit (WYSO/Lewis Wallace)

  U.S. Senator Rob Portman met with farmers in the Dayton area Wednesday to talk about the farm bill. The bill, which is up for renewal, subsidizes both agribusiness and food stamps.

The farmers want a new bill passed soon to protect crop insurance, a federally-subsidized program that helps farmers cope when nature destroys their crops. But Portman recently voted against the Senate version of the omnibus bill.

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Books
1:26 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Book Nook: Bootstrapper - from Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm, by Mardi Jo Link

Mardi Jo Link's marriage had fallen apart. She was determined to keep the rest of her life together for her three sons. This meant paying the bills, scrimping and economizing, and trying to obtain another mortgage on their acreage in northern Michigan. It wasn't going to be easy.

Link tells her story in her memoir "Bootstrapper - from Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm." Link was making a living as a freelancer writing in the genre known as "true crime." Her income was unpredictable.  How could she find ways to conserve?

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