Business & Economy

Business & Economy

A mix of barley, peas and flax grows in a field at Casey Bailey's farm near Fort Benton, Mont. Bailey sells this crop to Montana dairy farmer Nate Brown, who has been feeding it to his goats.

An Airbnb For Cropland Hits A Snag, As Farmers Raise Data Privacy Concerns

American farmers spend about $32 billion each year to rent land, and Tillable CEO Corbett Kull thinks his company could be farmland’s AirBnB or Zillow. “This is one of the beauties of digital marketplaces, where you can bring two parties together that otherwise might never meet,” he says. Continue Reading An Airbnb For Cropland Hits A Snag, As Farmers Raise Data Privacy Concerns

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Julia Garcia started the nonprofit Jewels Helping Hands, which began by operating mobile shower units to serve Spokane's growing homeless population. CREDIT: Kirk Siegler/NPR

To Address Homelessness, Spokane Is Starting To Put Relationships Before Punishments

There’s a growing consensus that a more punitive approach hasn’t worked for Spokane. Nationwide, the homeless population is rising. In many communities, it can feel like an intractable problem. Yet cities like Spokane are starting to show some incremental progress with some prevention programs. Continue Reading To Address Homelessness, Spokane Is Starting To Put Relationships Before Punishments

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Amy Skillings of Oysterville, Washington, wheels the day's shucked oysters into a large cooler to await pickup. The oysters will be flown quickly across the country and to China.

Ah, Shuck: Oysters, Cherries, Other Northwest Ag Products Back Up As Coronavirus Quarantines Trade

Right now, all sorts of products aren’t reaching the U.S. because of the coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China. Reciprocally, many U.S. agricultural and forestry products aren’t shipping back into China and other Pacific Rim countries. Global trade watchers say backed-up trade is building up on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. Continue Reading Ah, Shuck: Oysters, Cherries, Other Northwest Ag Products Back Up As Coronavirus Quarantines Trade

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