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Nat’l. Farmers Market Week is Aug. 2nd thru the 8th

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is encouraging Iowans to take advantage of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the more than 220 farmers markets in Iowa as part of National Farmers Market Week, which runs from Aug. 2nd through the 8th.

Northey says “Farmers markets are a great place to find healthy and delicious Iowa grown fruits, vegetables, meats and other products. National Farmers Market Week, and every week, is a great time to visit your local farmers market to support the vendors who are there and enjoy some of the great food grown in this state.”

As part of National Farmers Market Week, Northey highlighted the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs. These programs provide eligible low-income seniors as well as women and children in Iowa with checks that can be redeemed for fresh, locally grown produce at authorized farmers markets and farm stands from June 1st through October 31st, 2015.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship administers the programs in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department on Aging. For more information contact Paul Ovrom, Program Administrator, at 515-242-6239 (or at Paul.Ovrom@iowaagriculture.gov).

Farmers Market App

Farmers Market App

Northey also encouraged Iowans to take advantage of the free Iowa Farmers Market app for smartphones that can help Iowans locate the farmers markets in their area. The app allows users to find the farmers market closest to them by using GPS location services or to search for specific farmers markets by city or zip code. Once they have located a market, the user can view the hours of the market, browse a list of vendors and see a phone number and email address of the market manager. App users can also leave reviews of the market and vendors and upload their photos to share with others.

The app is free to download and is available through Apple’s App store and Google Play by searching “Iowa Farmers Markets.” The app was developed for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship using funds from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Zoned Out: Removing Barriers to Wind Energy in Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa is already among the nation’s leaders in wind energy, but a new report points to changes that the state could make to turn what can still sometimes be a stormy process for new operations into much more of a breeze. The study is from the Center for Rural Affairs. Wind Turbines

Energy and Climate Program Associate Lu Nelson with the Center for Rural Affairs says instead of a dual approach of needing both local and state zoning approval, Iowa should consider going with a single source of oversight. “That would take applications, that can approve permits and that would set a firm timeline for the process, but then find a place where local communities can come in and weigh in on the project.”

Iowa already gets about 27 percent of its energy from wind power and the latest industry estimates say that could surpass 40 percent by 2020. Nelson says it’s important Iowa try to streamline the process in the short-term with the federal plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants due out this summer, possibly as early as next week.

“As wind is continuing to get cheaper and as we know that there will be some desire to invest even more in wind energy with the EPA Clean Power Plan,” he says. “It’s good to begin planning this sort of thing now and looking at how we can improve before we’re having to backtrack and make up for not preparing.” Nelson says another suggestion in the report to improve the process is with the creation of a state map that lays out which areas would be best for wind energy, taking into account wildlife, the environment and the ability to link into transmission.

(Iowa News Service)

USDA Report 07-30-2015

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

July 30th, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Max Dirks

Backyard and Beyond 07-29-2015

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

July 29th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Seth Staashelm, Assistant Atlantic Park and Rec Director, about the grand opening this Friday of the Buck Creek Dog Park and other new projects and renovations in Atlantic parks.

Environmental group pushes DNR for tougher clean water standards

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement are turning in petition signatures to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, calling for tougher enforcement of the Clean Water Act. Jess Mazour, I-C-C-I’s farm and environment organizer, says the comments were focused on the D-N-R’s draft list of impaired waterways. She says more accountability is needed.

“We decided we were going to get as many comments as we can, offering a solution to some of these problems,” Mazour says. “In our eyes, issuing Clean Water Act permits and holding factory farms and manure polluters accountable is one way we can start cleaning up Iowa’s waters. We got about 2,000 comments collected online and in person from across the state and then we hand-delivered them to the DNR.” Mazour says tougher rules and better enforcement are needed to protect the state’s waters.

“Not a single hog confinement in Iowa has a Clean Water Act permit and the current permitting system is not working, obviously, because we continue to have manure spill after manure spill,” Mazour says. “We know these factory farms are basically getting away with polluting and the DNR’s not doing anything about it. We think the Clean Water Act will give them tougher regulations to follow and then start cleaning up our water.” Mazour says the agency could use more state dollars to be able to enforce state environmental regulations.

“The DNR needs more funding to hire more inspectors,” she says. “Right now, there’s only 15.75 full-time equivalent inspectors for over 9,000 of these facilities in Iowa. Obviously, the Clean Water Act needs to be implemented. They need to start issuing tough fines and penalties when manure spills occur.” The DNR’s most recent list of impaired waterways in Iowa is at 725, that’s up from 630 in 2012.

(Radio Iowa)

Cass County Extension Report 07-29-2015

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

July 29th, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson

Heartbeat Today 07-29-2015

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

July 29th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Ric Hanson speaks with Atlantic Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring about the grand opening of the Atlantic Dog Park at Shildberg Recreation Area.

Backyard and Beyond 07-28-2015

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

July 28th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Stacey Bean, Physicians Assistant at CCMH, about the monthly Healthy U program this Thursday discussing Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Stuffed PB & J French Toast Kabobs (7-28-2015)

Mom's Tips

July 28th, 2015 by Jim Field

  • 1/3 cup seedless strawberry jam
  • 8 slices challah or egg bread (1/2 inch thick)
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 5 tablespoons maple syrup, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 fresh strawberries, halved
  • additional maple syrup and sliced fresh strawberries

1.  Spread jam over four slices of bread.  Top with sliced strawberries; sprinkle with cinnamon.  Spread peanut butter over remaining bread; place over top.

2.  Lightly grease a griddle; heat over medium heat.  In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs, milk, 3 tablespoons maple syrup and vanilla until blended.  Dip both sides of sandwiches in egg mixture, allowing each side to soak 10 seconds.  Place sandwiches on griddle, toast 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

3.  Transfer sandwiches to a cutting board; brush sandwiches with remaining syrup.  Cut sandwiches into quarters.  On four metal or wooden skewers, alternately thread french toast and halved strawberries.  If desired, serve the kabobs with additional maple syrup and strawberries.

Heartbeat Today 07-28-2015

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

July 28th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Jim Field recaps the results from our Questions of the day at the Cass County Fair and announces the winners of Hy-Vee Gift cards for participating.