• The Latest Farming News: The 2018 Iowa State Fair

    How does that saying go? Nothing compares to the Iowa state fair. If you’ve ever been, you know that this is so true. And this year was no exception! The events, the entertainment, the rides, the awards, the parade, and of course the food. The food at the fair is always incredible and with a wide range of foods, and even a 4-dollar or less option, you can feed your excitement, your joy, your belly and your soul (your inner foodie)! 
     
    Here’s Some Of The Latest Farming News About The Iowa State Fair
    The Grandstand
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  • Farm And Agriculture News: Reflecting On Detasseling Season

    What Is Detasseling, Anyway?
     
    Here’s some farm and agriculture news for the newcomers to the tradition of detasseling. What is detasseling? It’s is when a machine or person removes the tassel, or pollen producing part of the corn plant. Some farms opt for a machine to cut off the tassels, whereas some choose to hire help to detassel. This help is traditionally a summer job for local teens. We’ll get to that part in a minute!
     
    What Is A Pull?
     
    A pull refers to a session of literally pulling off the tassels. Depending on the number and ...

  • Easy Chicken Parmesan Bake


    Easy Chicken Parmesan Bake Recipe
    From thepinningmama.com
     
    Ingredients
    3 boneless skinless chicken breasts1 cup marinara sauce4 large slices provolone cheese1/4 cup italian seasoned bread crumbs1/4 cup grated parmesan cheesePam cooking spray
    Instructions
    1.     Place the chicken breasts flat on the bottom of a baking dish.
    2.     Cover with the marinara sauce, using more or less to taste.
    3.     Put the cheese slices over the sauce.
    4.     Mix the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese and then spread the mixture evenly over the top of the dish.
    5.     Bake at 350F for 35-45 minutes or until chicken is cooked all ...

  • Copycat Cracker Barrel™ Hashbrown Casserole


    Copycat Cracker Barrel™ Hashbrown Casserole

    Ingredients
    2 pounds frozen hash browns, thawed
    1/2 cup butter, melted
    1 can (10.75 ounces) cream of chicken soup
    1 pint sour cream
    1/2 cup onion, chopped
    2 cups grated cheddar cheese
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
     
    Steps

    1 Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray 11 x 14 inch casserole or baking dish with cooking spray.

    2 In large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir together. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes until top is golden brown.

  • Dispelling Myths About The Greatest Agricultural Resources In Iowa: Young Farmers

    Young people weighing their career choices probably don’t think of farmers as a viable profession, but you’d be surprised what modern farmers do. 
     
    Are You Searching For The Ideal Career? Consider Becoming A Farmer!
     
    In your career search, first and foremost, you wonder if you can support yourself. You may think about access to technology, helping others and the environment, access to the outdoors or maybe you’re thinking of lucrative entrepreneurial projects. You may think that there can’t be one profession that allows you to do all of that together, but there is; it’s farming. Are you surprised? ...

  • Agriculture News: The Modernizing Agriculture Transport Act And Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act

    Transporting livestock and agricultural products come with their own sort of challenges. Those challenges are compounded by different legislations that are not in step with each other. Recent news suggests the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act and the Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act may alleviate some of the issues associated with the Electronic Logging Device mandate and the Hours of Service regulations.
    The Modernizing Agriculture Transport Act And Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act
     
    If a driver has to abide by ELSs, which restricts a driver to a maximum of eleven active driving hours and fourteen “on-duty” hours. This ...

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cookies


    Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cookies
    from realhousemoms.com
     
    2 Bananas ripe and mashed2 1/2 cups Rolled Oats1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter1/3 cup Honey1/2 cup Walnuts chopped1/2 cup Chocolate Chips1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract1/4 teaspoon Salt
     
    Instructions
    Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until fully combined.Measure out 1/4 cup of the cookie dough for each cookie. Place it on a lined sheet pan and flatten it out slightlymaking sure to form it into a circle.Place sheet pan in oven and bake for 20 minutes.Let cool for 10 minutes and enjoy or ...

  • Blueberry Overnight Oats


    Blueberry Overnight Oats
    1/2 cup rolled oats2/3 - 3/4 cup almond milk or your favorite milk for a non-vegan version - you can add half milk and half Greek yogurt for creaminess as well2 teaspoons chia seeds1/4 tsp vanilla extract1 tablespoon almond butter1-2 teaspoons maple syrup honey or low carb liquid sweetener1/4 cup fresh blueberries plus more for toppings
     
    Instructions
    Add oats, milk, chia seeds, vanilla and blueberries (and sweetener if desired) together in a mason jar, resealable container or a bowl.*If you like your oatmeal more creamier, you can add more milk and less if you like ...

  • DEEP DISH OATMEAL FUDGE BARS


    DEEP DISH OATMEAL FUDGE BARS
     
    Ingredients

    1 cup butter

    2 eggs

    2 cups brown sugar

    1/3 cup milk

    2 teaspoons vanilla

    2 1/2 cups flour

    1 tsp. baking soda

    1 tsp. salt

    3 cups oatmeal

    In a saucepan over medium heat, melt together

    1 can eagle’s brand sweetened condensed milk

    1/3 cup butter

    1 tsp. vanilla

    2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

     
    Directions
    Mix the butter, eggs and brown sugar. Add vanilla and milk. Slowly incorporate the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix well. I prefer using a stand mixer since it’s quite thick.Spread 3/4 of the cookie ...

  • Easy Sticky Chicken Skewers


    Easy Sticky Chicken Skewers
     
    Ingredients

    2 pounds boneless skinless chicken cut into chunks

    8 cloves garlic minced

    2 tablespoons fresh ginger grated

    ¼ cup onion minced

    2 tablespoons vegetable oil

    ¾ cup ketchup

    ½ cup brown sugar

    ½ cup soy sauce

    2 tablespoons cider vinegar

    1 tablespoon sesame oil

    ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

    Bamboo or metal skewers

    Instructions

    If using bamboo skewers, soak skewers in water for at least 20 minutes. This will prevent the skewers from burning on the grill.

    Heat vegetable oil in ...

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