Author Archives: Keith Good

Startups Struggle to Adjust as Investment Frenzy Ends

Eliot Brown reported on the front page of today’s Wall Street Journal that, “Eighteen months ago, Beepi Inc. was rapidly expanding its online used-car business to 16 U.S. cities where people could buy cut-rate vehicles adorned with giant shiny bows. “Beepi doesn’t exist anymore. After burning through more than $120 million in capital, the startup… Continue Reading

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Some Local Food Growers Have to Get Creative to Find Land in Urban Areas

Hannah Covington reported on the front page of yesterday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune that, “With planting season looming and no place to sow her seeds, organic farmer Jessica Mutunga posted an earnest plea on a neighborhood social network: Can I use your yard? “After her recent move from Oregon, Mutunga looked forward to tapping into the… Continue Reading

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Startups Making Products From Food Waste

Washington Post writer Caitlin Dewey reported this week that, “Flour milled from discarded coffee fruit. Chips made from juice pulp. Vodka distilled from strawberries that nobody seems to want. “At one point not so long ago, such waste-based products were novelties for the Whole Foods set. But in the past three years, there’s been an explosion… Continue Reading

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Housing Starts in U.S. Fall in March

Laura Kusisto and Ben Leubsdorf reported this week at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “U.S. housing starts declined in March, but not enough to signal a reversal from the long-term trend of improvement in new home construction. “Starts decreased 6.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.215 million from a month earlier, the… Continue Reading

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Steve Case: Cities Who Don’t Mentor and Invest in Startups Do So at Their Own Peril

Des Moines Register writer Kevin Hardy reported this week that, “Last year, more than half of all the nation’s venture capital funneled to entrepreneurs in California, leaving startups in the other 49 states to fight over the remaining pot of cash. “Steve Case, who co-founded AOL in 1985, says that must change so cities in middle… Continue Reading

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Community Bee Keeping- Modeled After Community Gardens, Gaining in Popularity

The Associated Press reported today that, “Finding places for beekeeping can be a challenge for city dwellers. But apiaries modeled after community gardens have become a popular option. “Community beekeeping operations usually consist of shared sites on public or private properties, organized by or for people trying to turn out fresh plants or products. “Some,… Continue Reading

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Hog Feedlots- Quality of Rural Living

Josephine Marcotty reported on the front page of the Minneapolis Star Tribune this week that, “A bitter three-year legal battle between a Todd County hog farm and neighbors forced out of their homes by foul smells has become a flash point in the larger fight over Minnesota’s expanding pork business and the power of rural… Continue Reading

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Farm-to-Table Presence of Minnesota Grapes Continues to Grow

A news release yesterday from the University of Minnesota Extension Service indicated that, “The farm-to-table presence of Minnesota grapes-turned-into-wine continues its growth as the latest University of Minnesota cultivar, the Itasca, is planted for the first year. “An analysis by the University of Minnesota Extension found the economic impact of the state’s vineyards and wineries… Continue Reading

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U.S. Bee Production, USDA Update

Yesterday, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) released its monthly Sugar and Sweeteners Outlook, which stated in part that, “U.S. honey production in 2016 totaled 161.9 million pounds, a 3.4-percent increase from 2015 based an increase in colonies. There were 2.775 million colonies in honey production in 2016, a 4.3-percent increase from the previous year and… Continue Reading

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Iowa Bill Puts Craft Liquor on Level Playing Field With Craft Beer, Wineries

Brianne Pfannenstiel and William Petroski reported in today’s Des Moines Register that, “A bill allowing Iowa’s craft liquor distillers to mix cocktails at their manufacturing facilities gained final legislative approval Monday, with both Democrats and Republicans praising the bill as a good step for economic development. “The issue has been under discussion in the Legislature… Continue Reading

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