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1. Trump Expects 'Big Results' From His Choice to Lead USDA -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, his choice to lead the Agriculture Department, will "deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land."

2. How High is Too High for a Pile of Chicken Droppings? -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – How high is too high for a pile of chicken manure?

Eight feet, apparently.

Chicken waste is an excellent fertilizer, but with the growing season still weeks away it's piling up in barns across the South. To reduce the risk of fire from spontaneous combustion, poultry experts are warning farmers that piles 6 1/2- to 7-feet high are high enough. One pile caught fire in western Arkansas this week, triggering a wildfire that destroyed a mobile home.

3. Many New Restaurants, Food Businesses Served Up in 2016 -

In a few weeks, the East Memphis space that once housed Cosmic Coconut will host a grand opening for its new incarnation.

It’s been reimagined as City Silo Table & Pantry, a concept that owner Scott Tashie – who also owns I Love Juice Bar in Midtown as well as the future I Love Juice Bar in Crosstown – said was a natural evolution. Encompassing a total of 2,600 square feet and anchored by a 10-foot farm table, City Silo expands on the expectation its owner says Cosmic Coconut set for “creative, clean eating” in Memphis.

4. USDA: Drought Makes 46 Tennessee Counties Disaster Areas -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated nearly half of Tennessee's counties as primary natural disaster areas because of damage and losses caused by drought conditions.

5. Monsanto Shareholders Approve Bayer's $57 Billion Takeover -

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Monsanto Co. shareholders on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $57 billion merger with Bayer AG, a deal that would combine two of the world's biggest agricultural companies.

6. Memphis is Startup USA -

Umer Adnan, founder and CEO of Cowlar, came to Memphis from Pakistan to continue to grow his startup, which is a wearable device in the form of a collar for dairy cows. This aids farmers by providing health and wellness data and recommendations to improve the overall health of cows, thereby increasing milk yields.

7. Fed Reports Modest Growth Around Nation in New Survey -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve reports that the U.S. economy grew at a modest rate this fall, with solid gains in consumer spending helping offset lingering weakness in exports.

8. Haslam Eases Restrictions on Trucks Hauling Hay -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has issued an executive order to ease restrictions on trucks hauling hay in response to drought conditions.

Haslam said in a news release Tuesday that the order will allow haulers to move hay across Tennessee so farmers can feed their livestock during the drought.

9. Broke and Broken: Democrats Lose More Ground in State Legislature -

Tennessee House Democrats will have to start calling themselves the “Fighting 25,” down from the “Fighting 26,” after dropping a district in the battle to regain relevance statewide.

10. US Approves 2 Types of Genetically Engineered Potatoes -

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved commercial planting of two types of potatoes that are genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine.

11. Real Estate Awakening -

The year’s biggest office deal didn’t affect Memphis’ office absorption at all, but everyone in real estate has felt its reverberations.

When ServiceMaster Global Holdings announced its move to the shuttered Peabody Place Mall from Ridge Lake office park, it promised new life for a 328,000-square-foot black hole in Downtown’s retail market.

12. Char Restaurant Opens In Highland Row -

New restaurant Char is now open in Highland Row.

The steakhouse began serving lunch and dinner Monday, Oct. 10.

The 6,000-square-foot restaurant includes a main dining area, piano bar and two private dining rooms, with total seating capacity for 215 guests.

13. Char Restaurant Opens In Highland Row Development -

New restaurant Char is now open in Highland Row.

The steakhouse began serving lunch and dinner Monday, Oct. 10.

The 6,000-square-foot restaurant includes a main dining area, piano bar and two private dining rooms, with total seating capacity for 215 guests.

14. Big River -

Jim Jackson had it planned. At the third annual Arkansas Delta Flatlander bicycle ride, the 100-kilometer bike ride would become what it was intended to be – a ride across the Mississippi River from West Memphis to Memphis across the northern side of the Harahan Bridge.

15. Tennessee Black Caucus: Don't Cut Civil Rights Milestones -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators on Friday called for a public response to help keep civil rights milestones in Tennessee history from being removed from the social studies standards for public schools.

16. Will Boom in Loans at Retailers, Manufacturers Turn to Bust? -

NEW YORK (AP) – They sell diamond rings in malls and used cars at dealerships, make wrench sets for mechanics and giant combines for farmers.

Not one has "bank" in its name, but they are all big lenders, and getting bigger by the day.

17. Events -

NAWBO Memphis will hold a meet and greet to kick off Women in (Small) Business Month on Monday, Sept. 26, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Signet Inc., 1801 N. Shelby Oaks Drive. Learn more about NAWBO and meet other women who are serious about building their businesses. Cost is $10. Register at nawbomemphis.org.

18. Commission Eyes Bolton High as Ag Career Center -

When Wade Bolton was shot and fatally wounded in Court Square in 1869 by a former partner in a slave trading firm, it continued a long-running feud across several years in which eight people altogether would die violently.

19. Last Word: Gas Prices, Hotels and Airbnbs and Dicamba Drift -

How is your gas tank doing as the work week begins? If you are running on fumes you will probably also notice a dramatic hike in gas prices at the pump very shortly.

The Colonial Pipeline from Houston to New York closed Sept. 9 after a spill of 250,000 gallons was found in Alabama.

20. Templeton Compares Notes on Dicamba Drift Problems -

Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton joked with a Memphis group last week during a visit to the city that pigweed gets called hogweed when it becomes a real problem for farmers.

It’s an old joke with new relevance as many area farmers have been battling pigweed in particular recently.

21. Last Word: Rallings on Protests, New Home Sales Numbers and Special Session Over -

$10 million goes a long way toward establishing a new school.

But Crosstown High School was not among the new high schools that garnered grants Wednesday from the XQ Super School Project.

22. Some Farmers Worry Monsanto Merger Will Drive Up Costs -

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Bayer's buyout of St. Louis-based Monsanto has agricultural groups and farmers concerned that the merger will lead to higher prices for seed and crop protection products, though some experts are confident the deal will be good for farmers.

23. Agricenter’s FFA Field Day Teaches Students About a Growing Job Market -

As his students listened to presentations on everything from soil testing and diagnostic solutions to plot research and biogenetics to agricultural sales and service, Carol Mason wiped the sweat from his brow and said that standing in a filed at Agricenter International was to step foot into an different world.

24. New Type of Subdivision to Replace Foote Homes -

Memphis’ last traditional public housing complex is coming down and a new kind of subdivision will rise in its place.

The Land Use Control Board formally accepted the site plan for the South City development at its Thursday, Sept. 8, meeting. With the help of a $30 million federal Choice Neighborhoods grant, the Memphis Housing Authority plans to raze the 420 units of Foote Homes that date back to the 1940s to make way for Memphis’ first sustainable subdivision.

25. Bayer Pushes Bid for Monsanto Closer to $56 Billion -

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG sweetened its bid for Monsanto Tuesday, saying that its latest offer, now worth almost $56 billion reflects, "constructive negotiations" in its quest to build a global chemical and seed company.

26. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden’s Farmers Market will be open Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Shop a variety of locally grown and produced goods, including fresh produce, flowers, breads, artisan items and more. The market runs every Wednesday through Oct. 26. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

27. Events -

The Daily News offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day. Offices will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 8:30 a.m.

Church Health’s Farmers Market will be open Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market runs every Tuesday through Oct. 25. Visit churchhealthcenter.org/farmersmarket for details.

28. Farm to Table -

Every month, The Daily News is giving our readers an illustration from local artist Martha Kelly of places, events, sights and sounds that make Memphis 'Memphis.' This month she captures Jill and Keith Forrester of Whitton Farms and the Trolley Stop Market at their space at Memphis Farmers Market. The farm-to-table concept of eating locally grown foods is growing trend in the city.

29. The World at your Doorstep -

There is nothing you can’t get delivered these days. If you can imagine owning it, it’s only a matter of time before it can be in your possession, brought to your front door within minutes, hours or days from the first moment you even conjured the thought of having it.

30. USDA Awards $481K to Arkansas Project to Recruit Farmers -

BRINKLEY, Ark. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded nearly a half million dollars to an east Arkansas project aimed at supporting new farmers and ranchers.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $17.8 million for 37 projects on Wednesday as part of the USDA's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. The USDA says the average age of the American farmer is 58 years old, so the agency recognizes the need to recruit the next generation of farmers.

31. Malco Theatres Project Lands $125K Grant -

Malco Theatres hopes to start construction next month on its boutique movie theater Downtown thanks to a hefty grant from the CCDC.

At its Aug. 17 meeting, the Center City Development Corp. approved a $125,000 grant for the “high-impact” project. The grant amount soars past what the CCDC, an affiliate board of the Downtown Memphis Commission, has awarded in the past. Most of the storefront improvement grants over the past few years have come in below $30,000.

32. Bring It Food Hub Prepares to Launch Fall Season -

After collecting bags of food for families in need a few weeks ago, an assistant who works for Bring It Food Hub took some of them to a local food pantry that was in need of fresh fruits and vegetables.

33. New Agricenter President Talks About Ag Literacy, Organic Food Research -

When John Butler looks beyond Agricenter International’s 1,000 acres as they exist today, he sees a research and development campus.

34. Demonstrations Raise Interest in Pending Bike Share Program -

A demonstration bike share station set outside of High Cotton Brewery signaled what Memphis could expect early next year when 60 bike share stations are up and running.

The three B-Cycle bikes, developed by Wisconsin-based Trek Bicycle, were available for impromptu rides in the Edge District. At the event hosted by nonprofit Explore Bike Share, the public was invited to click through the station’s touch screen to sign up for a temporary membership, then swipe an identification card to release a bike from the station and take it for a spin.

35. Advance Memphis Aims to Provide Workers Economic Sustainability -

“I’m always thinking about things through an economic lens,” said Steve Nash, executive director of Advance Memphis, at a recent tour of the nonprofit’s new location at 575 Suzette St.

36. How safe is our food? -

It’s not easy being a food inspector in Tennessee, dealing with an updated statewide food code to protect the public from foodborne illnesses and educating restaurateurs, many with their own ideas about their cuisine, on following the rules.

37. Events -

Morton Museum of Collierville History will hold a lunch and learn Thursday, July 14, at 11 a.m. at 196 Main St. in Collierville. Judith Johnson will talk about the research and process involved with placing the Davis Porter House on the National Register of Historic Places. Call 901-457-2650.

38. The Week Ahead: July 11-17 -

Time to get your week started, Memphis! Our look at the week ahead includes several chances to indulge your inner art patron – from hanging out with a local comic book artist to being on stage at the Orpheum – plus other need-to-know happenings you’ll want to check out…

39. White House Clears Small, Commercial Drones for Takeoff -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Routine use of small drones by real estate agents, farmers, filmmakers and countless other commercial operators was cleared for takeoff by the Obama administration Tuesday, after years of struggling to write rules that would both protect public safety and free the benefits of a new technology.

40. A Place to Grow -

SEEDING TOMORROW IN WEST TENNESSEE. Things grow in Hardeman County. Crops, livestock, husbandry in all its forms – and relationships grow there, too, between the wild and the tame, between an abundance of resources and their conservation, between awe and understanding.

41. Banc3 Touts Niche, Inks Its First Acquisition -

The way longtime Memphis banking executive Frank Cianciola thinks a community bank ought to organize itself and how it should be run in today’s bank climate is right there in his new company’s name.

42. Agricenter Holding Fundraiser June 17 -

Feast on the Farm, Agricenter International’s annual fundraiser, will be held on Friday, June 17, from 7 to 11 p.m. at ShowPlace Arena, 105 S. Germantown Parkway.

43. Memphis-Based Banc3 Makes First Acquisition -

Memphis-based community bank holding company Banc3 Holdings Inc. has completed its acquisition of The Farmers Bank of Woodland Mills, Tenn.

44. The Week Ahead: June 13-19 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from decisions about ServiceMaster incentives to the ultimate dodgeball tournament.

45. Agricenter Holding Fundraiser June 17 -

Feast on the Farm, Agricenter International’s annual fundraiser, will be held on Friday, June 17, from 7 to 11 p.m. at ShowPlace Arena, 105 S. Germantown Parkway.

46. Memphis-Based Banc3 Makes First Acquisition -

Memphis-based community bank holding company Banc3 Holdings Inc. has completed its acquisition of The Farmers Bank of Woodland Mills, Tenn.

47. Events -

Church Health Center’s Farmers Market kicks off its 2016 season Tuesday, June 7, at 1115 Ave. A healthy cooking class begins at 9 a.m.; the market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market runs every Tuesday through Oct. 25. Visit churchhealthcenter.org/farmersmarket for details.

48. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will hold an opening reception for “Deconstruct/Reconstruct” by Amy Hartelust and Chloe Yorl on Monday, June 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. The exhibition is on display through June 30. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 901-636-4100.

49. University of Tennessee Partners With 901Drones -

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science program is researching the use and benefits of aerial data collection using drones in precision agriculture. Michael F. Buschermohle has partnered with 901Drones, located at Agricenter International, to collect remote sensing data on cotton and soybean research plots during the 2016 growing season using the research fields at Agricenter International.

50. Microsoft Opens Wallet to Extend Internet in Remote Areas -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Microsoft has joined other tech giants working to deliver the Internet in remote parts of the world, although it's taking a smaller-scale approach than some of its rivals.

51. University of Tennessee Partners With 901Drones -

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science program is researching the use and benefits of aerial data collection using drones in precision agriculture. Michael F. Buschermohle has partnered with 901Drones, located at Agricenter International, to collect remote sensing data on cotton and soybean research plots during the 2016 growing season using the research fields at Agricenter International.

52. St. Jude CEO Talks Hospital Culture -

One of the first directives Dr. James Downing got from the board of directors at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital upon his appointment as the hospital’s president and CEO in 2014 was blunt, to say the least:

53. Ag-Focused Startup Accelerator Launching Cohort -

The community of startup founders launching companies in Memphis keeps getting bigger.

AgLaunch Accelerator, which will incubate six agriculture and food innovation startups in the city, is launching a new cohort in August. The program is a collaboration among the Memphis Bioworks Foundation’s Ag Innovation Development Group, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, EPIcenter, Start Co. and a variety of other partner organizations.

54. The Week Ahead -

It’s a new week that ends with Music Fest, Memphis! Here’s a roundup of other local happenings you need to know about, from some important government meetings, to corporate earnings reports and a new exhibit set to open at the Memphis Zoo.

55. ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ Casting Paid Extras -

“Million Dollar Quartet” is casting paid extras in Memphis, where the CMT television series is being filmed through early July.

The project, which is being assisted by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, is seeking people of all ages and types as general extras as well as those who can portray several specific types: basketball players, cheerleaders, teachers, musician types, churchgoers, farmers, swing dancers, military personnel, families, rollerskaters, barbecue joint customers, coaches, shoeshine guys, 1950s-period types, newspaper boys and prisoner types.

56. ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ Casting Paid Extras -

“Million Dollar Quartet” is casting paid extras in Memphis, where the CMT television series is being filmed through early July..

The project, which is being assisted by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, is seeking people of all ages and types as general extras as well as those who can portray several specific types: basketball players, cheerleaders, teachers, musician types, churchgoers, farmers, swing dancers, military personnel, families, rollerskaters, barbecue joint customers, coaches, shoeshine guys, 1950s-period types, newspaper boys and prisoner types.

57. 4 Fed Leaders Face Questions About Their Powerful Jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Janet Yellen was put on the spot about whether she made a mistake in raising interest rates in December. Ben Bernanke was quizzed about what it felt like to be called a traitor by the governor of Texas.

58. Cooper Street 20/20 Brings Dinner Into Focus -

It’s one thing to want to prepare a healthy home-cooked meal in the evenings. It’s a different thing entirely to actually accomplish that meal after a long day at work or dealing with getting kids from activity to activity.
Hello frozen dinners and restaurant take out. Fast, yes, but not exactly healthy.

59. Lake District Would Put Lakeland on the Map -

Before Lakeland became a city, it was the Lakeland Amusement Park. A California-based developer is bringing back that original flair with his proposal for The Lake District, a 165-acre mixed-use development.

60. Feds Support Local Farmers -

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has named Memphis as part of an initiative to bolster the supply chain for local food systems. The project, dubbed Food LINC, improves access to locally grown foods by connecting farmers connect directly with consumers. Memphis is one of ten cities participating in the federal program.

61. Memphis Farmers Market Opens Season April 2 -

The Memphis Farmers Market again will be open for business starting Saturday, April 2. It will feature more than 70 vendors and is a producer-only market.

The market is open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Nov. 19. It is located under the pavilion at Central Station at West G.E. Patterson and South Front Street in Downtown.

62. Memphis Farmers Market Opens Season This Weekend -

The Memphis Farmers Market again will be open for business starting Saturday, April 2. It will feature more than 70 vendors and is a producer-only market.

The market is open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Nov. 19. The market is located under the pavilion at Central Station at West G.E. Patterson and South Front Street in Downtown Memphis.

63. TV Series Filming Fuels Growth, Changes at Midtown Eatery -

“Million Dollar Quartet” means major dollars for some Memphis businesses. Erik Proveaux, owner of local restaurant Fuel Café, has been tapped to do on-site catering for the TV series about the birth of rock’n’roll. To meet the increased demand, he’s making some changes to streamline his home base at 1761 Madison Ave.

64. The Curb Market's Central Idea: Supporting Local Growers -

Several times a day for the last two weeks, people have been showing up at The Curb Market – Midtown’s new market for locally sourced meat, produce and dairy products – and had to be turned away.

65. Overton Park Conservancy, Agricenter Turn to Ioby -

Agricenter International is raising money on ioby to replace a gate on a bike trail that runs parallel to Walnut Grove Road from Farm Road to the Farmers Market.

The gate would be replaced by a set of bollards – posts that allow for easier bicycle access while preventing vehicles from entering the trail.

66. Events -

T.O. Fuller State Park will host its annual Spring Hike on the Discovery Trail Saturday, March 19, at 9:45 a.m. starting at the Visitors Center, 1500 W. Mitchell Road. The moderate, 4.5-mile hike will be followed by a birds of prey program. Cost is free; all ages welcome. For more information, call the park office at 901-543-7581.

67. Agricenter Goes to Ioby To Finish Bike Trail -

Agricenter International is raising money on ioby to replace a gate on a bike trail that runs parallel to Walnut Grove Road from Farm Road to the Farmers Market.

The gate would be replaced by a set of bollards – posts that allow for easier bicycle access while preventing vehicles from entering the trail.

68. Events -

Memphis Area Master Gardeners will host the Spring Fling plant sale and garden show Friday and Saturday, March 18-19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Farmers Market Big Red Barn at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The free expo will feature lectures, demos, vendors and children’s activities. Visit memphisareamastergardeners.org.

69. Dyer Farmer John Butler to Lead Agricenter -

John R. Butler has been selected as the new president of Agricenter International, officially beginning his position on July 1 of this year. Butler, a fifth-generation farmer who also held various management roles at Cargill, Inc., will succeed retiring president John Charles Wilson.

70. Pricey Tea a Growing Niche Crop in US, Even Canada -

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) – After Hurricane Katrina wiped out his timber 11 years ago, Jason McDonald wanted a crop less susceptible to Mississippi's potentially powerful storms.

71. CycleBar Germantown Set to Open May 5 -

Indoor cycling facility CycleBar Germantown is gearing up for its May 5 opening. To be located at 7685 Farmington Boulevard, the studio combines stationary bike workouts in a dynamic environment. CycleBar Germantown is leasing 3,800 total feet but plans an initial buildout of 2,900 square feet.

72. CycleBar Germantown Set to Open May 5 -

Indoor cycling facility CycleBar Germantown is gearing up for its May 5 opening. To be located at 7685 Farmington Boulevard, the studio combines stationary bike workouts in a dynamic environment. CycleBar Germantown is leasing 3,800 total feet but plans an initial buildout of 2,900 square feet.

73. Bill Would Open Door for Utilities to Expand Broadband -

Legislation to expand broadband access across Tennessee is evolving – by necessity.

State Rep. Kevin Brooks’ bill HB1303 to allow public utilities to provide Internet service outside their footprint is alive, he says, but it is being “argued vehemently.”

74. Last Word: The Moving Election Comes to Town and Missing Early Voters Are Found -

We probably haven’t had this much action with so many presidential candidates in the Memphis area since the 1984 Democratic presidential primary campaign.

Four of the contenders – three Republicans and one Democrat – in Memphis over the weekend looking for votes in advance of Tuesday’s Tennessee primary elections.

75. Farm and Gin Show Features Startup-Ag Combo -

The annual Mid-South Farm and Gin Show looks like any other gathering of farmers over the years, but there is a distinct entrepreneurial underpinning this year merging technology with venture capital.

76. Birth of a Product Company, Part 2 -

Editor's note: Part two in a four-part series. In the last column I profiled a too-common scenario. A person with passion, drive and talent created a handful of products without considering the many factors of launching a new company in a complex, overcrowded market.

77. Agricenter President John Charles Wilson Retiring -

John Charles Wilson, president of Agricenter International, will be stepping down on July 1, 2016, after 15 years with the organization, but will continue on as a consultant on an as-needed basis.

The Agricenter board of directors has been actively looking at a field of candidates for his replacement.

78. Agricenter President John Charles Wilson Retiring -

John Charles Wilson, president of Agricenter International, will be stepping down on July 1, 2016, after 15 years with the organization, but will continue on as a consultant on an as-needed basis.

The Agricenter board of directors has been actively looking at a field of candidates for his replacement.

79. Memphis Gets Federal Recognition for Local Food Infrastructure -

Memphis has received national recognition as a site of entrepreneurship and innovation in the agriculture sector. Through the federal 2016 Local Foods, Local Places Initiative, Memphis will receive technical support to integrate local food into community development efforts, increase access to healthy goods and create economic opportunities for local farmers and food entrepreneurs.

80. Memphis Gets Federal Recognition for Local Food Infrastructure -

Memphis has received national recognition as a site of entrepreneurship and innovation in the agriculture sector. Through the federal 2016 Local Foods, Local Places Initiative, Memphis will receive technical support to integrate local food into community development efforts, increase access to healthy goods and create economic opportunities for local farmers and food entrepreneurs.

81. The Week Ahead: Feb. 1, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? The good news is you officially made it through January. Here’s a look at what’s happening this week, from a frigid swim to a FedExForum double-header…

82. Miss Cordelia’s Adapts To Customers’ Needs -

Amidst a constantly changing grocery scene in the Memphis area, Miss Cordelia’s keeps plugging along in Harbor Town on Mud Island.

But don’t think the neighborhood grocer is sitting back waiting on customers to walk through the doors. The business’ 35 employees aren’t paying as close attention to the national grocery brands expanding or joining the market farther to the east because they’re focused more on listening to customers to better understand what they want.

83. Farmers Market Workshops Offered for Tenn. Farmers -

Farmers interesting in selling products at farmers markets will have a chance to learn more about marketing at workshops in Tennessee this winter.

In addition to marketing, other topics will include social media and email, grants and microloans, recordkeeping, requirements for basic types of food that can be made and sold at farmers markets and an overview of new food safety regulations.

84. Chinese Medicinal Herbs Provide Niche Market for US Farmers -

DELMAR, N.Y. (AP) – Expanding interest in traditional Chinese medicine in the United States is fostering a potentially lucrative new niche market for farmers who plant the varieties of herbs, flowers and trees sought by practitioners.

85. Plans Forming for Memphis’ First Food Hall -

A norm on the East and West coasts – and an even older tradition in Europe and other international cities – indoor food markets are making their way to the Southeast in cities like Nashville, Atlanta, Little Rock and St. Louis.

86. DuPont, Dow Chemical Seek Merger, Then 3-Way Split -

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Dow Chemical and DuPont are merging to form a company valued at about $130 billion as they try to counter falling commodities prices and weakness in some key markets that have pressured their giant agriculture and chemicals businesses.

87. Editorial: Neighborhoods are the Battleground in Grocery Wars -

The development of grocery clusters in Germantown and Midtown raises some important questions about supermarkets in other parts of the city.

If these clusters of retailers, each aimed at different segments of a larger, overlapping market, are the reality of a supermarket business that was dominated by one chain not too long ago, how will Memphis’ food deserts be affected?

88. Memphis' Grocery Wars -

After Sprouts became one of the newest grocery chains to enter the Memphis market by opening stores in Lakeland and Germantown earlier this year, company spokesman Diego Romero described the chain’s arrival as practically a no-brainer.

89. Events -

Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board will meet Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

90. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Dec. 2, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Chef Jennifer McCullough (Chef Jenn) will speak. Lunch fee is $20. RSVP to bethhaag@comcast.net.

91. Food-Focused Nonprofits Join Under Memphis Tilth Banner -

Meet Memphis Tilth. Four of the city’s food and farming nonprofits, which cover areas ranging from soil health to food justice to produce distribution, are convening under a single banner.

The Memphis Tilth organization can offer a more comprehensive and sustainable approach to building a better local food system by combining the efforts of the Memphis Center for Food and Faith, GrowMemphis, Urban Farms-Memphis and Bring It Food Hub.

92. Events -

Lifeblood will host its third annual “Bears for Le Bonheur” holiday donation program Tuesday, Dec. 1, through Dec. 15 at any donor center or mobile blood drive. For each donor that gives blood or platelets, Lifeblood will donate a stuffed bear to a Le Bonheur patient. Visit lifeblood.org or call 800-LIFEBLOOD for details and to schedule an appointment.

93. Events -

Holiday Fun in Cooper Young, hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association, will be held Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Businesses will light up their windows and outdoor displays for the annual “Unwrapped” contest; the Peabody School Choir (5:30 to 6) and Memphis Men of Harmony (6 to 6:30) will perform in the gazebo. Call 901-276-7222.

94. I Choose Memphis: Amy Grow -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Amy Grow

Job title and company: International Paper, Communications Department, Meetings & Events

95. Design Board Approves New Peabody Place Facade -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board approved a multitude of Downtown projects Wednesday, Nov. 4, including new Peabody Place Tower signage and Central Station plans that include an outdoor Malco movie screen.

96. AARP Launching Healthy Food Incentive Program in Memphis -

The AARP Foundation, with help from UnitedHealthcare and Kroger, is bringing its Fre$h Savings Program to Memphis.

Fre$h Savings makes fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients.

97. Mix It Up -

Memphis’ development eye is turning inward and upward as mixed-use projects are becoming more common than ever before.

Usually a mode of survival for densely packed cities, residential, office, retail and even manufacturing are cohabitating in single mixed-use buildings or lots as a way to recoup Memphis’ sprawl. Downtown and Midtown are being combed for infill and adaptive reuse possibilities as millennials are moving to the urban core in droves.

98. Central Station Design Plans Come Into Clearer Focus -

A six-screen movie theater and nine multistoried apartment buildings with a total of about 200 units are among the updates in the recently submitted plan for the redevelopment of Central Station.

In its application to the Design Review Board, an affiliate board of the Downtown Memphis Commission, developers submitted their $55 million proposal to turn the Downtown train station into a vibrant mixed-use campus.

99. Dunavant Touts Direct Sales -

Woodson Dunavant and Don Lake are used to the question now that Dunavant Enterprises is through its non-compete with Dreyfus Commodities, the company that bought its global cotton operation in 2010.

100. Curb Market Set to Open In Midtown -

A new market for locally sourced meat and produce, which brings a sense of heritage to its name and operation, is set to arrive in Midtown before the end of the year.

The Midtown Easy-Way location at 596 S. Cooper St. will soon reopen as The Curb Market, part of Memphis businessman Peter Schutt’s plan to add to the area’s growing nexus of locally produced, healthy food businesses.