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Geechie Boy Gets ‘Em

South Carolina farm finds unique markets for its local delicacies.

Spend the day making the rounds with Greg Johnsman delivering vegetables, grits, and corn to the finer restaurants in Charleston, South Carolina, and the word you’ll hear most often from chefs is “quality.” Johnsman’s family works hard on quality at Geechie Boy Farm on nearby Edisto Island. Their customers say the careful methods work.


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Mining Sewage

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Portland, Oregon are among a growing number of cities across North America that are installing systems to mine for phosphate at their wastewater treatment facilities. They are capturing P as struvite, a naturally forming mixture of magnesium, ammonium, and phosphate, and converting it into a commercial granular fertilizer.

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    Exclusion

    Thousands of Japanese-American farm families endured the pain of internment when the U.S. Government locked up nearly 120,000 residents - two–thirds of them American-born citizens – during the early days of America’s involvement in WWII. Today, 70 years after the war’s end, stories of heartbreak, resilience, and kindness still echo.

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      Precision Payoff

      Technology is helping farmers master a bit of magic by squeezing big splinters and sprayers into small fields. While tech can’t widen gates or square up a creek, GPS navigation linked to row and section controls can nearly eliminate overlap and double-planting on headlands and point rows, helping reduce costs and increase yields.

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