Jim Field talks about the Impact of Avian Influenza on fair season and tips from extension services on how to prevent the spread of the disease and protect home flocks.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Des Moines business group says it wants to find a solution to a water quality dispute that has prompted the city’s water utility to sue three counties. Des Moines Water Works claims that drainage districts in those counties act as conduits in moving nitrates from farm fields into a river, which serves as one of two sources of drinking water for city residents.
As a result, the utility says it spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to reduce nitrates to levels the federal government deems safe. The lawsuit is set to go before a federal judge next summer. The Des Moines Register reports that the Greater Des Moines Partnership wants to bring together business, farming, water, environmental and legislative leaders to find long-term solutions to Iowa’s water-quality issues.
Iowans can learn how to “Preserve the Taste of Summer” during online lessons and hands-on workshops from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The online lessons already are available and workshops are planned for July and August, 2015, including a jam and jelly workshop August 8th from 9 am to 12 noon, at the Cass County Fairgrounds.
Preserve the Taste of Summer is a comprehensive food preservation education program including online lessons, hands-one workshops and printable resources and recipes. The two-part educational series includes online classwork, covering topics such as food safety, canning basics, canning acid foods, pressure canning low-acid foods, preparation and canning of pickled and fermented foods, making and preserving fruit spreads, freezing foods, storage of frozen and refrigerated foods, and drying foods. The lessons can also be taken in a group session at the Extension Office by prior arrangement.
Once the “classroom” sessions are completed, participants can choose from four different hands-on workshops, each lasting approximately three hours, where they will practice specific preservation skills in a kitchen and take home a freshly preserved product. The four workshop choices include Hot water bath canning (salsa making) and freezing, Jams and dehydrating, Pickle making and Pressure canning.
The home food preserver registration fee is $35 and covers all eight online lessons and one hands-on workshop. The professional level of “Preserve the Taste of Summer” qualifies as continuing education for Iowa teachers and registered dietitians. The registration fee is $100 and covers all eight online lessons and two hands-on workshops.
Cass County Extension will be hosting a Jams and Dehydrating workshop in the Cass County Fair Foodstand on Saturday, August 8th from 9 AM to Noon. Other upcoming classes include a July 30yh Pressure Canning workshop in Adair County, an August 13 Pickling workshop in Carson, and an August 20th Salsa workshop in Adair County. All of these workshops require completion of relevant classroom sessions prior to attending the workshop.
For more information on cost and getting enrolled in the classes, visit the Preserve the Taste of Summer website at www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/preserve-taste-summer. You can also call the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132 to learn more about the program, to inquire about the Group Viewing option for the classwork, or to pick up food preservation publications.
Food Preservation publications, covering 8 different types of home food preservation, with detailed recipes, can also be downloaded at no cost from the ISU Extension Online Store (https://store.extension.iastate.edu/).
In a bowl, combine pancake mix and sugar. In a small bowl. beat egg and peanut butter; add milk and water. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a lightly greased medium-hot griddle. Turn when bubbles form on top of pancakes; cook until second side is golden brown. Combine butter and honey in a small bowl. Serve with the pancakes. YIELD: 10 pancakes *NOTE: This recipe was tested with Jif brand peanut butter.
(Dorothy Pritchett, Wills Point, Texas)
The Adair County Sheriff’s Office reports two men were arrested on drug charges over the past couple of days. 47-year old Kevin Eugene Stark, of Adair, was arrested early Monday morning for felony Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine – 3rd or subsequent offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was being held in the Adair County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond.
And, 36-year old Shawn Glen Wolverton, of Menlo, was arrested Sunday evening for felony Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine – 3rd or subsequent offense. Wolverton also faces two counts with Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug (Clonazepam and Hydrocodone). He was being held in the Adair County Jail on $5,000 cash bond or surety.
The Sheriff’s Department also reports 29-year old Tyler Gage, of Bridgewater, was arrested July 13th, for Theft in the 5th Degree. He was later released from custody without bond.
A Creston man who was cited over the weekend in Adair County for Public Intoxication, was arrested Monday afternoon in Creston, on a Department of Corrections warrant. Creston Police say 26-year old Blake Joseph Gunter was taken into custody at around 3:15-p.m., and held without bond in the Union County Jail.
And, a Creston man was arrested late Monday evening, for Domestic Assault/1st offense. 18-year old Joshua Michael Harlston was being held without bond, in the Union County Jail.
Creston Police said also, they received a report Monday, that the Creston Swimming Pool had been broken into. The incident happened sometime between 7-p.m. Sunday through 8:30-a.m., Monday. Damage was perpetrated on a metal concession sliding door, glass clock and glass on the concession door. The damage was estimated at $380.