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My money story: Why Chuck Eggert bought the farm

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-11 09:02

Twenty years ago, there were just under 2,000 farmers markets in the U.S. Now, according to the USDA, there are more than 8,000. 

That’s been great news for many farmers, including Chuck Eggert. He’s the Founder and President of Pacific Foods of Oregon. The operation is one of the most successful operations in the Northwest. Ebbert talked to us about some of the keys to that success, including the need for good soil.

“When you look at conventional soils, there’s very little organic matter, so when you go to pick it up, it’s almost like a dirt clod,” Eggert says.

The key to finding good soil, he adds, is to look for animals scavenging.

“Because they know there’s seeds and bugs there that they can live off of.”

Click the play button above to hear about Chuck Eggert and life on the farm.

Cyclist dies after RideLondon event

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 08:42
A 36-year-old cyclist dies after collapsing during the RideLondon event through London and Surrey.

Inquest opens on Crete walker death

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 08:33
An inquest into the death of Denbigh pensioner Arthur Jones is opened and adjourned.

EU to pay struggling peach growers

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 08:31
The EU moves to prop up peach and nectarine growers who are in financial trouble because of bad weather and Russian sanctions.

Ten injured as storm hits dinghies

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 08:26
Ten people are injured after a squall hit an international boating event on Strangford Lough in County Down.

Monday's gossip column

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 08:25
Man Utd want Angel Di Maria, Arsenal and Tottenham battle for Daniel Agger, Newcastle after Wilfried Zaha, plus more.

Watson wants 'honest' Woods decision

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 08:19
United States' Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson expects Tiger Woods to make an "honest" decision on his fitness.

Child in buggy blown on to Tube line

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 08:18
A child is rescued after a gust of winds blows a buggy on to Tube tracks at a London Underground station, narrowly avoiding an oncoming train.

Ivory Coast travel ban over Ebola

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 08:17
Ivory Coast bans all passenger flights from three countries hit by Ebola in an attempt to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Welfare reforms 'must continue'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 08:09
There are no current plans to slash the benefit cap or limit child-related benefits in big families, but reform must continue, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith says.

Complaint site aids angry customers

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 07:58
People angry with companies and governments can share their pain via a crowd-sourced complaints site that will seek to right the wrong done to them.

NCAA Moves To Appeal Judge's Ruling On Compensating Athletes

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 07:58

Current and former students had sued on antitrust grounds over the commercial use of their names and images. The NCAA says it will appeal — a path that has brought it success in the past.

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Calm in Missouri city after riot

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 07:54
Police in Missouri say they have arrested 32 people, as calm returns after a night of rioting over the police shooting of an unarmed black man.

The two faces of Michael Brown

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 07:37
The black people fighting media stereotypes

More Questions Than Answers In Deadly Tony Stewart Crash

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 07:14

While NASCAR's Stewart has frequently raced in sprint car events over the years, the sideline events have given him trouble: a 2013 crash left another driver with a broken back.

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No Roads Lead To Iquitos But This Med Student Is Glad He Made The Trip

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 07:03

He came as part of a volunteer team. What he finds in this Peruvian city of half a million is that the common hernia can ruin a man's life — and be easily fixed by a volunteer doctor.

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Island plane crash death man named

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 07:01
A man who died after a light aircraft crashed on the Isle of Bute is named as Thomas McGowan from Stonehouse in Lanarkshire.

Wine regional 'fingerprints' found

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 07:00
Regional varieties of wine have distinct chemical “fingerprints” which can authenticate their origin and quality, scientists report.

RAF aborts Iraq air drop over safety

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 06:53
An RAF aid drop in Iraq is abandoned owing to fears recipients could be injured by the cargo, as the prime minister faces pressure to recall Parliament.

Ramaphosa heckled at Marikana probe

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 06:42
South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is heckled at an inquiry into the shooting dead of 34 striking miners by police in Marikana in 2012.
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