Thursday, March 31, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
- Drive more efficiently
- Keep your vehicle in shape
- Plan and combine trips
- At the pump, use the octane level you need
You can find more details for saving fuel at the federal trade commission site http://www.ftc.gov/ or http://fueleconomy.gov/. Common sense and Save-a-Trip make good economic sense on the farm or in the city!
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
- According to USDA, 98 percent of all U.S. dairy farms are family owned and operated
- More milk is produced today with only 9 million cows than with 26 million cows in 1944
- Dairy is the No. 1 agricultural business in California,Idaho,Maine,Michigan,New Mexico,New York,Pennsylvania,Vermont and Wisconsin
While American farmers are providing the safest,most affordable and available food, we are also providing jobs and economic support for our local communities. In a recent article about American agriculture, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack stated,"Every one billion dollars in agriculture exports supports 8,000 American jobs, which means agricultural exports supported nearly one million jobs in 2010."
Food security is important to all American families. With only two percent of our population providing food,fiber and fuel for all Americans, National Agriculture Day is a great opportunity to not only celebrate agriculture but share information about how we continue to provide for all consumers.
Happy Ag Day!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
March is designated as National Nutrition Month. It's a great time to focus on eating a wide variety of colorful,nutrient rich foods, eating a hearty breakfast and take every opportunity to be more active outside. If you're like me and struggle with eating breakfast, here are some breakfast ideas you may want to try for your family or yourself:
- Get Moo-ving: Make a protein-packed breakfast shake by blending low-fat chocolate milk, a tablespoon of peanut butter,half a banana and some ice cubes. Or, make a smoothie with low fat yogurt, your favorite fresh or frozen fruit and a few ice cubes. Mix in a blender.
- Benedict Bagel: Layer a slice of ham,Swiss cheese and a poached egg on a toasted whole-wheat bagel for a protein packed breakfast.
- Breakfast Split: Skewer a medium banana, roll in your favorite flavored yogurt and then in whole grain cereal for a creamy,crunchy start to the day.
You can find more recipes and great information at http://www.dairymakessense.com/. Do you have a favorite breakfast to entice a non-breakfast lover? I'd love to hear from you!
Hope you have a dairy good day!
Sunday, March 6, 2011
- it can affect anyone that is exposed to hazardous noise at work
- 33% of all people who are exposed to hazardous noise at work will develop hearing loss
- agriculture is one of the highest risk professions
- noise induced hearing loss is one of the most common disabilities for Arkansas farmers
Noise induced hearing loss can be developed gradually as a result of chronic exposure or can develop suddenly as a result of a single impulsive noise exposure. While normal conversation is measured at 60 decibels, 85 decibels or higher is considered too loud. Hearing protection is recommended in the workplace if noise is at 85 decibels for exposures longer than eight continuous hours. Both the amount of noise and the length of exposure contribute to hearing damage. There are many styles of hearing protectors available but the best one to use is the one you actually wear! I hope you will find this information worth sharing with your family or co-worker because noise induced hearing is painless,progressive and permanent but it is preventable!