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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.







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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






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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.

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Remember how, last week, I was busy cleaning and crossing items off ‘to do’ lists to get ready for H’s second birthday?

Well, we survived the party and we now have a two-year-old living with us.


Nobody does fashion like HT.

What I have I learned? They’re called the terrible twos for a reason. Yikes.

Anyway, on the to the Weekly Round Up:


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Happy May, all! We’re rounding the corner on the first week of May, and in our house, that means it’s birthday time for H!

H will turn two-years-old Monday, but we’re celebrating her (and all of the moms in the family since it also is Mother’s Day) with a family-only birthday party Sunday. Which means I have been cleaning like a mad woman and have made approximately 4,256 trips to the grocery store.

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This is my current “To Do” list, menu, and grocery list. And yes, I have written on the front and back of each sheet.

Despite the crazy, I’m pretty excited to celebrate my little lady’s birthday (but seriously, how is she two already?) because she’s at the age where everything she says is hilarious. It’s going to be a good time.

In the mean time, it’s time to check some items off my work “To Do” list and tackle this week’s Weekly Round Up.

  • This story from the Washington Post about a massive recall of frozen fruits and veggies possibly contaminated with Listeria. Take note – I had some of those veggies in my freezer.
  • This article from The Guardian about farmers in California who are farming without water during one of the state’s most devastating droughts.
  • This, because Tuesday was Teacher Appreciation Day. Of course, I have a deep appreciation for ag teachers, but all teacher deserve our respect and admiration.Teacher Appreciation Day
  • This story from the New York Post, about how Prospect Park hired a herd of goats to help eliminate weeds. Now, that’s pretty cool – and sustainable.
  • This story from the Wall Street Journal about a brewery in Belgium which built a 1,500 foot pipeline to send beer, brewed in the brewery, back into town. And yes, the article does answer the question of whether residents were able to get their own taps in their homes.
  • This, because, seriously. It’s the name of the blog! Blog
  • And finally, this article from the Center for Food Integrity, which talks about Dannon Yogurt’s decision to source milk from cows that have never consumed GMO feeds.

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It’s springtime in Illinois and that means one thing:


Okay, maybe it means more than one thing. But still, spring planting is pretty important.

Anyway, time for the Weekly Round Up:

  • Check out this video from the National Agricultural Aviators Association:   
     “Great video from NAAA member Jeff Chorman flying over budding orchards at risk to frost damage. Temperatures of 29 degrees can result in a 10 percent loss tot he crop; 27 degrees and below a 90 percent loss. Watch the helicopter move the needle up four degrees and warm the crop as he flies by. Ag aviators feed the world indeed!”
  • Since we’re well on our way to summer – and farmers market season – be sure to check out this article from OnlyInYourState.com, which outlines the best farmers markets in Illinois. I’m close to a couple of these, and you better believe I’ll be spending some money there this summer.
  • This, because who knew? catch a chicken
  • And speaking of chickens – did you know that chickens are quickly becoming the ‘bird of choice’ in big cities? In fact, according to a New York Times article, “There are no reliable statistics on the city’s chicken population, but one vendor alone, mypetchicken.com, says it has shipped more than 3,000 birds to New York City in the last three years, and 34 community gardens now keep flocks.”
  • As we’re wrapping up spring and heading into summer, check out these interesting sunflower facts from Country Living. Given, I’m not much of a green thumb, but I certainly didn’t know most of these flower facts.
  • And last but not least, this. Because, cows or not, that’s the truth. having it all

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