• Twice Baked Potatoes with Bacon


    3 large baked potatoes
    2 tablespoons of melted butter
    1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt
    3 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
    1/2 cup of sour cream
    1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese


    Start with your 3 baked potatoes. I baked my potatoes in the microwave before I started; 11 minutes for three potatoes. That is 5 minutes for 1 potato and 3 minutes more for each additional potato. Make sure you poke a few holes in each potato with a fork before microwaving. Cut the baked potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the potato to within ...

  • Animal Farmers Talk About Animal Welfare

    Over my time of blogging for agriculture, I have realized that animal agriculture has a perception problem. For example, many people that are completely supportive of other modern agricultural production methods think that farm animals are widely abused. While we don’t have animals on our farm and it doesn’t directly affect me, I hate to see that my animal farmer friends are so poorly viewed.
    To combat some of these misconceptions, I asked animal farmers pertinent questions about animal welfare, animal care, and the intersection of profits. In this 3-part series, you can get some perspective and feedback from ...

  • Apple Turnovers


    2 cups of chopped apples
    2 (8 oz.) packages of refrigerator crescent rolls
    1/2 cup of sugar
    1 tablespoon of flour
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 teaspoon lemon juice
    Powdered Sugar Frosting
    1/4 cup milk
    1 tablespoon margarine
    1 tsp. vanilla
    2 cups powdered sugar


    Start by chopping your 2 cups of apples into small pieces. Add 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix everything together. Now open two 8 ...

  • Crock-Pot Pulled Pork


    3-3.5 pound boneless pork shoulder
    1/2 onion
    1 cup chicken stock
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon cumin
    1 tablespoon salt


    Start by chopping your half of an onion in slices. Mix the chili powder, brown sugar, cumin, and salt in a bowl. Place your pork shoulder in the crock-pot and add the 1 cup of chicken stock and then rub the seasoning over the pork. Put the onion on top of the pork. Cook the pork in the crock-pot for 6-8 hours on high. When it is done, it will pull apart ...

  • Surprise: Fear-Based Food Marketing Scares Consumers

    Fear-based messaging about food is pervasive today, and new research shows it is actually taking a toll on how people perceive food.
    A study performed at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Center for Nutrition Research surveyed low-income consumers about what types of information influences their shopping decisions regarding fruits and vegetables. The results, which were published in Nutrition Today, showed that these consumers worried more about certain conventionally grown produce having higher pesticide residues than organically grown produce, making them more unlikely to purchase any fruits and vegetables at all. This comes at a time when the overall consumption of fresh ...

  • Pork & Medicines

    October is officially Pork Month!
    Did you know that there are about 40 types of medicines, including insulin, that are made from pigs?
    Click here to find out more!
    My name is Amanda. I’m the proud daughter (and sister!) of conventional farmers in Southwest Michigan. I’m also a practicing attorney. For 26 years, my family ran and supplied a roadside market selling our own fresh fruits and vegetables. We now farm corn and soybeans.
    Unfortunately, misinformation about food and agriculture is pervasive these days. My goal is to help educate consumers about conventional farming and give people a glimpse ...

  • Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops


    6 pork chops
    1 cup of plain bread crumbs
    1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
    1 teaspoon of garlic powder
    1/2 cup of melted butter


    In a bowl combine 1 cup of plain bread crumbs, 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.
    Now in a separate shallow dish melt 1/2 cup of butter.
    Dip the pork chops in the butter and then into the bread crumbs mixture coating each side.
    Place pork chops in a single layer in a 9"x13" baking dish then drizzle remaining melted butter.
    Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes in a ...

  • New York PTA misguided on GMOs

    What do the penalties of passing a stopped school bus, sign language as a second language, and the availability of genetically modified foods in school cafeterias all have in common? These are all issues, among others, that the New York Parent Teacher Association will vote upon at its upcoming annual convention.
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    My name is Amanda. I’m the proud daughter (and sister!) of conventional farmers in Southwest Michigan. I’m also a practicing attorney. For 26 years, my family ran and supplied a roadside market selling our own fresh fruits and vegetables. ...

  • Non-GMO Skinny Pop Popcorn

    I bet it was really hard for the makers of Skinny Pop Popcorn to verify that this bag of popcorn was made without genetically modified popcorn…. because, you know, there is no genetically modified popcorn.
    This is precisely the type of marketing gimmick that makes me wish the United States would adopt Canada’s law against labeling products non-GMO if there is no GMO equivalent. Seriously, how misleading and confusing is this for consumers that don’t know any better? A person could easily think that other brands of popcorn were made with genetically modified corn.
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    My name ...

  • Hamburger Soup


    1 pound ground beef
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    3 cups water
    2 (14.5 oz) cans of diced tomatoes
    1/4 cup minute rice
    1 cup shredded cabbage
    1 cup diced potatoes
    1 cup sliced carrots
    1/2 cup diced celery
    2 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp basil
    1/4 tsp thyme
    1 bay leaf


    First brown your beef and onion in a pan. Then drain off the excess fat. Place the browned hamburger and onion along with 3 cups of water, 2 cans of diced tomatoes, and 1/4 cup minute rice in a large pot. Now pour in the vegetables. Add ...

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