Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February is National Canned Food Month: Check out this link for helpful tips & healthy recipes

February is National Canned Food Month. Here are some of the things to celebrate about canned food and links to several tasty and quick canned food recipes. You probably already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen. 
  • Canned foods are always there for you as a safe source of nutritious food if the electricity goes out or if you can't get to the store.
  • You can store canned foods in any cool, dry place in your house. Ample refrigerator and freezer storage is not an issue.
  • The pre-preparation is done for you ... making it easier for you to get a healthy meal on the table in a hurry. 
  • Canned foods compare favorably to fresh and frozen foods in nutrition. 
  • Canned foods have a long shelf life. 
Here's a fun fact about canned tomato products from my Extension colleagues in VermontCanned tomato products have more lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes and tomato products, than fresh tomatoes. The heating process makes lycopene more easily absorbed.
Enjoy eating foods in a variety of forms — fresh, frozen, dried and canned. Each of them can be part of a healthy diet! 

  • Fruity Frozen Fudge Pops (Canned pears/Source: Canned Food Alliance)
  • Apricot Pops  (Canned apricots/Source: Spend Smart. Eat Smart. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)
  • Mixed Fruit Salad (Canned mandarin oranges, fruit cocktail and pineapple chunks/Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl)
  • Three Bean Pasta Salad (Canned kidney beans, chickpeas and green beans/Canned Food Alliance) 
  • 10 Minute Chili (Canned tomato sauce/Source: Spend Smart. Eat Smart. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)
  • Easy Bean Dip (Canned refried beans/Source: Spend Smart. Eat Smart. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)
  • Slopppy Joe 5 Ways (Canned tomato sauce/Source: Beef It's What's for Dinner, Cattlemen's Beef Board and National Cattlemen's Beef Association
  • Quick Black Bean Salsa (Canned black beans/Source: Spend Smart. Eat Smart. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)
  • Salmon Patties (Canned salmon/Source: Spend Smart. Eat Smart. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)
  • Tuna Melt Sandwich (Canned tuna/Source: Spend Smart. Eat Smart. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)
  • Three Bean Bake (Canned Great Northern beans, pork and beans, and light or dark kidney beans/Source K-State Research & Extension Family Nutrition Program, Kids A Cookin')

Monday, February 13, 2017

Wildlife water project bring partners together

Wildlife water project draws partners together Ruidoso News By Dianne L Stallings …The project involved a partnership of multiple agencies, a working rancher with a science background and volunteers willing to invest their muscle and sweat to finish the on-ground installation. The result will benefit wildlife and livestock in a self-sustaining network of a productive well, storage, pumps, a float box, overflow pipes, tough and dirt tank…"We’ve done a lot of improvements on the ranch that have helped the wildlife tremendously and that’s where the idea for this came from. Everything we do for wildlife obviously helps livestock as well. We’ve added a lot of small little ponds for surface water and in doing so, we’ve seen a tremendous increase in wildlife populations during the drought, everything from quail and rabbits all the way up to antelope and deer."

State Land Commissioner and Agriculture Industry Agree to New Grazing Fee

State Land Commissioner and Agriculture Industry Agree to New Grazing Fee State Land Office Press Release State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn this week met with members of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, and the Northern New Mexico Stockmen’s Association who agreed to support a 3.38% increase in grazing fees for livestock on State Trust Lands. The current fee of $5.99 per Animal Unit Month (AUM) is effective until September 30, 2017 and the new fee of $6.19 will take effect October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018.The factors adjust agricultural lease rental fees up or down depending on the value of forage and economic conditions in the livestock industry. Industry leaders who support the increase include Craig Ogden, President of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, who said, “The grazing fee formula works in its present form.”

Mike Corn Elected to American Sheep Industry President.

New Mexico Sheepman Elected to Industry’s Top Position Barn Media Press Release The 2017 American Sheep Industry Association Convention wrapped up on Saturday, Jan. 28, with the election of New Mexico sheep producer Mike Corn as the organization’s new president…Corn said he is humbled to lead the organization and that “It is an honor to be selected to lead the industry that my family has worked in for four generations. We have a great opportunity in the coming year to make some changes for this industry. I feel that there are positive things ahead for us and we have a great executive team in place that is up to the challenge.” The Corn family has been raising sheep in the Roswell area since the 1880s. He owns and operates his own ranch and raises white-faced, fine-wool sheep, mainly a merino cross. Corn is also the majority owner of the Roswell Wool Warehouse.

FMD Concerns Growing in South Korea

FMD Concerns Growing in South Korea South Korea last week raised the nation’s foot-and-mouth disease alert status to its highest level, as a second strain of the disease was confirmed at a dairy farm. South Korea also announced plans to vaccinate all cattle in the nation against FMD. The first confirmed FMD case in South Korea in more than a year was confirmed last week, and two other FMD confirmations followed, prompting the alert status and vaccination announcement. South Korea, Asia’s fourth-largest economy, last raised the country’s foot-and-mouth disease alert status to the highest level in 2010 when the country grappled with its worst-ever FMD outbreak, according to Reuters.

Friday, February 10, 2017

For Fathers, It's Quality of Time Rather Than Quantity That Makes a Difference

While recent studies show that today’s fathers are more likely to see parenting as central to their identity than in prior eras, a new study finds that it’s the quality of time, not the quantity, that really matters. This article in Slate also references information from last year’s Journal of Marriage and Family, which looked at the relationship between the amount of parent-child time before the age of 11 and children’s academic achievement. Read more at: http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2016/11/29/study_shows_quality_of_time_between_dad_ and_child_is_more_important_than.html

The Role of Social Networks Among Low-income Fathers

Research shows that people with more social connections are more likely to be "hired, healthy and happy." However, there is less understanding and research around the role of social networks for low-income fathers. This study uses information from the Parents and Children Together (PACT) evaluation to help fill the information gap. - http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/pact_secondwave_101216_508.pdf