Whew. This weekend kicked my butt. Our county 4-H fair was in full swing this weekend which means I spent some time manning the DeWitt County Farm Bureau ice cream stand and announcing 4-H Horse Show Versatility class.

Oh, and escorting an adorable two-year-old around the fairgrounds to see goats, sheep, pigs, cows, chickens, ducks, rabbits, turkeys and geese. She had a blast.

And she baaaaa’ed at sheep. A lot.

Anyway, time for another edition of the Weekly Round Up:

  • Did you know that different kinds of milk have different shelf lives? Did you know why? Check out this piece from the Huffington Post to learn more.
  • This, because it’s awesome. FB_IMG_1467887983870
  • This story from NPR’s The Salt, which profiles a nonprofit grocery store trying to help people eat healthier in a Philadelphia food desert.
  • This story, from WIFR, about a six-year-old with cerebral palsy  who showed his first dairy (yes, dairy – the station got that little bit wrong) dairy heifer at the county fair. And the judge you see him talking to? That’s my uncle!
  • This, because even though my kid is super fun, it kind of feels like this sometimes.13516270_1162416230447385_4305227891681042616_n
  • Did you know the foods you think are healthy may be packed with added sugar? According to the Washington Post, it’s pretty prevalent.







Happy Fourth of July! What were your plans for the long, holiday weekend? Husband had to work Saturday, so H and I headed to our local, county 4-H horse show to watch her Aunt T show.

Oh, and pet lots of horses, but whatever.

And, if we can keep H up long enough tonight, maybe we’ll find some fireworks to watch.

Anyway, on to this holiday edition of the Weekly Round Up:

  • Did you see this article in the Washington Post this week about GMOs, Nobel laureates and Greenpeace? It’s an interesting read, especially if you have concerns and questions about GMOs. Plus, the Washington Post made a pretty cool video to go with it.
  • This, because it’s the Fourth of July!13529136_10154994300147468_4631580653251166505_n
  • How many times have you cleaned out the refrigerator, only to find a half-eaten container of lettuce gone bad, or rotting fruit that had been barely touched? Well, apparently, the Senate has a plan to deal with some of the wasted food we generate here in the U.S.
  • This, because the world of sports lost one of the most iconic and impressive women. Ever. FB_IMG_1467423832429.jpg
  • This article, which talks about what farming today is…and isn’t. It’s awesome.
  • And finally, this, because it’s the Fourth of July…again! And it’s a picture of a cute little calf! What could be better?FB_IMG_1467560809465

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Another week down and, despite that fact that next week marks the first of July, it has felt like mid-August for the last couple of weeks. Would someone tell Mother Nature to turn down the thermostat, please?

Anyway, on to the Weekly Round Up!

  • Have you seen Culvers’ new Facebook campaign called #FarmingFridays? It’s awesome! Each Friday this summer, beginning today, Culver’s is featuring a farming family with pictures, videos and stories! Be sure to check it out.
  • This, because it’s making the rounds on my Facebook feed and I love it. My father
  • Did you know that fermented foods are gaining in popularity? Me neither. I prefer my fermentation in the form of wine, but that’s just me. Still, non-wine fermented stuff is getting popular. To learn more, be sure to check out this article from NPR’s The Salt.
  • Check out this op ed from the LA Times regarding nutrition labels, how they’ve been revamped and, well, if they actually work. For something that we all look at pretty frequently, the editorial board asks some pretty good questions.
  • This, because, obviously. All good
  • Looking for something to do this summer? If you live in the St. Louis area, be sure to check out the St. Louis Science Center’s new exhibit, Grow, which is all about agriculture, farming and all things cool.







Did you know we’re halfway through June? How did that happen?

Either way, it’s time for another edition of the Weekly Round Up!

  • Are you a wine drinker? You are? Then you need to check out this article on NPR’s The Salt. It’s all about the terroir that makes magic in your wine. See, you don’t know what terroir is (at least I didn’t) and that makes you want to read the article. I know it does.
  • This because, obviously. 13419180_885696671559964_5855288553894939206_n
  • This story, from an NBC affiliate in Philadelphia, which is the best case of irony. EVER. Lunch, anyone?
  • This article, from AnimalAntibiotics.org, which breaks down some of the misconceptions around antibiotic use in food animals and how antibiotic use there might affect antibiotic use in human health. It’s an issue that receives a lot of press these days, and this piece has great information.
  • And finally, this, because it’s Father’s Day and my husband is a great dad. And this picture is just too great not to share. Happy Father’s Day to all of the great dads out there! Hannah 14.jpg






Welcome to the Weekly Round Up where everything is interesting and nothing is second-rate.

Or something like that.

  • So, Supreme Court justices are always austere and serious, right? Turns out, that may not be the case. To find out what you get when you mix a bunch of justices from the highest court in the land, wine and the State of the Union address, check out this article from NPR’s The Salt.
  • This, because, well – I don’t think this is well-known.   corn
  • This story, from Scary Mommy, which has nothing to do with agriculture and everything to do with a boy who’s caught trespassing and stealing – but in the best way. Ever.
  • This, because wise words are always good to hear on a Friday. dreams
  • So, I know this is a longshot, but have you heard of GMOs? Oh, you have? Weird. In all seriousness, though, it’s a touchy topic these days. And, it’s a worrisome topic for moms and dads who are out there just trying to pick the right food for their families. So what do you when you have questions? Tour Monsanto, of course. For more on one mom’s tour of Monsanto and the questions she asked, be sure to check out www.WatchUsGrow.org.

It’s June! You know what that means? It’s Dairy Month!

Dairy Month

And in honor of dairy month, the all (well, mostly) dairy Weekly Round Up!

  • I’ve shared some of the Acres + Avenues videos before, but if you haven’t seen them, here’s the rundown: A dairy farmer and city dweller switch places and jobs to learn more about the other’s profession. It’s pretty cool stuff. Here’s the latest:
  • Looking for some great dairy recipes? Then be sure to check out the Midwest Dairy Association’s recipes page. Plenty of great recipes for all your favorite dairy foods!
  • Are you a runner? Or, for lack of a better word, gym rat? How do you recuperate after a particularly tough work out? For most, it’s a sports drink and a healthy meal, but perhaps you’re overlooking another fortified drink that can help your muscles bounce back. To learn more about the benefits of chocolate milk as a sports drink, be sure to check out this clip from National Geographic’s ‘You Can’t Lick Your Elbow.’
  • This, because, obviously. One Cow Can Make
  • And finally, this article, from Canadian Living. Not because it necessarily has to do with dairy month, but it does have to do with food. And it has lots of good information.

Whew. This weekend we finally saw some spring-like warm weather and it was wonderful! So many tractors out in the fields, working ground and planting the last few acres of beans.

There were also some pretty cool ag and non-ag stories this week:

  • This story, from the Huffington Post, about potential health risks for kids who consume gluten-free diets.
  • This, because it’s awesome. Protractor
  • This story, from the New York Times, about vertical farms in urban areas which are striving to meet the nutritional needs of a growing population.
  • This story, from the Washington Post, about a Minnesota and Wisconsin cold snap which damaged vineyards that support the states’ wine industry. I mean, seriously, how sad is that?
  • This, because it’s the story of my life. Weeds
  • This story, from Forbes, which talks about the importance of vocation education for all students, not just students who may choose not to go to college. It’s a great piece and reinforces what I have said time and again: vocational education programs, like FFA, can change and influence students in phenomenal ways.