Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fall Chowder

We're into real leaf falling, leaf piling,frost on the pumpkin  fall that includes crisp mornings and chilly evenings. It's not quite cold enough for a fire in the fireplace but perfect for a warm soup at supper. 

Thanks to Iowa Dairymom Jonna Schutte for sharing this recipe with Midwest Dairy and The Dairy Good CookBook!

Chunky Baked Potato Chowder
4 slices bacon
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
6 cups milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground
  black pepper
11/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
3 medium unpeeled russet potatoes,
    baked,cooled and cut into bite-size 
Hot pepper sauce
2 green onions,sliced

Cook the bacon until crisp in a large skillet. Remove the bacon from the skillet,reserving the dripping. Crumble the bacon and set aside.

Add the onion,carrot,and celery to the bacon drippings in the skillet and cook over medium heat until tender;set aside.

Whisk together the milk,flour,paprika,salt,and pepper in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir for 1 minute or until slightly thickened. Reduce the heat and slowly add the cheese, stirring constantly until melted.

Add the cooked onion mixture and potatoes to the soup in the saucepan. Stir well. Heat until all the vegetables are warm. Season to taste with hot pepper sauce. Serve topped with a sprinkling of bacon crumbles and green onion.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Bentonville's second high school, located in Centerton, is scheduled to open August 2016. 
I was privileged to take a tour of this magnificent work in progress
 last week with other community members. 

Here's a few facts about the Home of the Wolverines:
 430,000 square feet
121 classrooms
Collaborative learning environment
900 seat performing arts center
State of the art culinary arts laboratory
2000+seat competition gymnasium
Media center with Commons area
14 computer labs
Indoor athletic practice facility
Baseball field,softball field,football field,soccer field,eight lane track

                                          I'm thankful to live in a community that values education
                                               invests in facilities to meet the needs of our students.
                                          Go Wolverines!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Dairy Farmers Fuel Up

Last week we provided a dairy farm tour for students from Helen Tyson Middle School.
These weren't just any students--these were Fuel Up to Play 60 students!

Sharing our farm with Fuel Up to Play 60 students made the day  even more
 special because as dairy farmers we are very proud  to be founding partners
 of this in-school health and wellness program that encourages
 physical activity and good nutrition among youth.

Through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program,  we're helping students
 create and implement activities that reward them for making healthy 
choices and create positive  change in their school.

There's nothing more inspiring to a dairy farmer than to 
share his passion with a young person that wants to know

 how milk gets into his glass,

what cows love to eat,

how calves are raised,


                                                   how Domino's  pizza shows up at the farm!


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Just a few days ago, I was invited to participate in the Midwest Dairy Health and Wellness
 Advisory Roundtable on Sustainable Nutrition at the Arkansas Food Bank in Little Rock.
 The topic of sustainable nutrition involved presentations about what the dairy industry is 
doing in regards to sustainability and the role that food waste plays in our everyday activities.

I keep thinking about these facts...

Nearly 1 in 5  children in the U.S. face hunger.

In Arkansas, 1 in 4 children face hunger.

   About 40% of the U.S. food supply is never eaten and is thrown
 away at home,in grocery stores and restaurants.

I'm thankful for the health professionals that are working in  a variety of settings 
in our local communities to fight hunger and food waste


                             the dairy farm families across America that work 365 days a year to
                                           provide nutritious dairy products that consumers want,
                              in a way that makes the industry,people and the earth economically,
                              environmentally and socially better--now and for future generations.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Everything was perfect at the Benton County Cleanup...
perfect October weather and happy volunteers.

We filled one 250 gallon container of used motor oil
 and started on the second.

I'm thankful for the Benton County employees who organized 
the clean-up event, the many volunteers that spent Saturday 
morning helping to keep our county clean and
 for the Benton County residents who utilize this service.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Everyday Dairy Farm Sustainability

The feed barn is one of my favorite places to be when
 the cows come to eat after being milked.
They really seemed to be enjoying every bite  this morning
 and weren't a bit interested in what I was doing!

At the request of our dairy nutritionist,I was actually on a mission 
to collect a sample of the feed they were enjoying. 
Sampling  the feed mix is done when we have added a
 new or different ingredient to make sure the total mixed ration is balanced.

Making sure the cows have a nutritious and balanced diet 
keeps them healthy and leads to high-quality milk.
Feed efficiency is extremely important to the sustainability of our farm.

Sustainability is not just a word, it's how our dairy farm family 
has lived for generations, working to improve and
 make life better for the next generation.  

Since 1944 when my mother-in-law was milking cows on our farm, 
dairy farmers across America are producing more milk
 using 90% less cropland, 
producing 76% less manure,
 using 65% less water, 
and producing 63% less carbon emissions.

All that has happened through innovation and efficiency improvements that
 have been provided through research,sound science and technology.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

No matter what size farm you may visit, according to the USDA, 
97 percent of U.S. dairy farms
 are family owned and operated, often by multiple generations of the family.

Our son Cody is the 4th generation to live and work on our family dairy  farm. 
It's hard to believe that today  he's the one driving the tractor and working
 on the farm instead of sitting on the lap of his grandfather

or being pulled in the wagon.

                                           I'm thankful for the news we received that we will be
                                            welcoming another generation to the farm in April!
                                                    Congratulations to Cody and Margaret!
                                                (WOW--I'm going to be a Dairy Grandma!)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

On Call Dairy Farmer

What's not to love about a new fall  baby?

                                                             Like most of our calves,
                                          this baby was born in the pasture next to the house.
                                          During calving season we keep a close eye on the
                                                      cows to ensure a healthy delivery.

                                                    If a mom-to-be does need assistance, 
                                         we walk them to the maternity barn for assistance.
                                           It's the on call dairy farmer  that makes the difference
                                                   in the  outcome of  difficult deliveries.