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algo41 22 posts  |  Last Activity: 19 hours ago Member since: Jun 12, 2000
  • hey are selling more leather than they expected, and therefore eps is being revised down. Huh?? I guess the key is that revenue guidance is not being revised up, so they are selling less non-leather merchandise.

  • From Philadelphia Inquirer:

    If you're a farmer or an adventurous gardener, growing in high tunnels - those metal-framed structures covered in polyethylene plastic - just got a little less stressful.
    Gov. Corbett recently signed into law a bill ensuring that owners of high tunnels, which provide a warm, dry environment for growing vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers in the offseason, will no longer have to worry about complying with the state building code.

    No one was systematically cracking down on high tunnels. But a few municipalities in rural Pennsylvania were requiring tunnel owners to get a building permit, which meant hiring architects and engineers and installing fire-suppression sprinklers, foundations, and handicapped access.

    Over the last decade, high tunnels - also known as hoop houses or "poly houses" - have allowed the growing season to be extended at both ends, from February to December. They've been a boon to growers, who can charge higher prices in the offseason, and consumers, who now enjoy a wide variety of produce at farmers' markets practically year-round.

    "The growth of high tunnels has been exponential, not only in Pennsylvania, but around the country," says Pennsylvania State University professor of vegetable crops William J. Lamont Jr., who helped popularize the technology in the late 1990s.

    High tunnels are much cheaper than traditional greenhouses, about $2.50 to $3 per square foot, excluding labor, according to Penn State. Unlike greenhouses, where plants grow in pots or on benches, tunnel crops are in the ground. And tunnels are usually unheated and lack permanent ventilation systems; to circulate air, growers manually or mechanically roll up the sides.

    Although the metal frames can last about 25 years, the plastic typically lasts four or five. Greenhouses, depending on their quality, are much longer-lived.

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