Friday Facts, Fun and Food

I’ve been driving around Nebraska this week and I have to say — I love fall.  The crispness in the air, the harvest coming in, fresh apples.  But winter feels like it is rapidly approaching.  Before winter happens though, some possible items to keep you warm:

Friday Facts, Fun and Food

After the turmoil the past two weeks, how about some non-government shutdown reads for your weekend:

Friday Facts, Fun and Food

Welcome to the end of another week, or Week Two of the government shutdown.  In an effort to distract from the shutdown, here are some other interesting bits of information:

A helpline is established for anyone impacted by the South Dakota blizzard.

Volunteers are helping pick up fields after the tornadoes in northeast Nebraska, southeast South Dakota, and northwest Iowa to assist in the harvest.

Information on the Affordable Care Act as applicable to agriculture is in Cornhusker Economics.

Following up from last week, additional information on Monsanto’s buy of Climate Corporation is here.

Perhaps land values will remain steady and perhaps increase?

Combining the fun and food portion of this post, check out this recipe for pumpkin soup, using the pumpkin as the soup bowl.

Friday Facts, Fun and Food.

As we enter day four of the government shutdown and some potentially nasty weather this weekend, here are some tidbits to distract you:

Meet the new Executive Director of the Center for Rural Affairs, Brian Depew.

Crop insurance claims should not affect farmers, as the insurance contracts are with private companies and not the federal government.

Are you a agriculture student?  Check out the 2014 Agricultural Innovation Prize competition.

Monsanto has purchased The Climate Corporation.  The Climate Corporation is an ag-focused information technology company that measures historical rainfall, weather, and other information to assist in increasing production.

Here are three interesting vignettes about British beginning farmers.

This recipe combines some of my favorite things: apples, pie, and cookies to make the Apple Pie Cookie.  I haven’t tried them but they look delicious.

Friday Facts, Fun, and Food

Can you believe it is the last week of September?  It has been a busy week here at Legal Aid of Nebraska’s Farm and Ranch Project but as we fully enter fall, we’re excited about the workshops and clinics currently being scheduled.  When I know more, I’ll let you know!  Now, to whet your appetite for the weekend:

The North Central Region SARE Producer Grant proposals are due November 14, 2013 at 4 P.M. Eastern time.  More information is here.

For those of you near the South Platte River, I hope that flooding is at a minimum for you.  In a small silver lining to the flooding, water diverted will be used for recharging the aquifer in the Platte and Republican River basins.

Land prices may be flattening out.

Some foods have fewer calories than previously believed?  Or, in other words, I can eat more pistachios?

Since fall is here(!), check out these Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Gingersnap Crust.  Nothing says fall like pumpkin.

 

Friday Facts, Fun and Food.

Happy Friday!  I am headed out on my vacation today and as such, blogging will resume the week of September 16th.  Before I leave on a jet plane, however, some tidbits:

DTN/The Progressive Farmer has an interesting article on a farmer-to-farmer program for retired farmers.

The BBC has an interesting article on U.S. professionals leaving the corporate ladder for farming.

We return to DTN/The Progressive Farmer for an interesting look at Nebraska water regulations vis a vis irrigation.

The USDA has released its farm income forecast.

If you are going to be near Des Moines on November 6 – 8, check out the 4th National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture.  I’ll be there so stop and say hi!

Craving some sweet with some heat?  Try this Fiery Grilled Peach and Habanero Salsa with pork, chicken, or by itself.

Friday Facts, Fun, and Food.

Can you believe college football season is almost here?  And that the weather has been so beautiful of late?  If you don’t make it outside this weekend, here are some tidbits for your reading pleasure:

The apocalypse sperm bank by operated by the USDA is fascinating.

This is a great NPR report on young farmers and access to land and capital.

With school starting, do you want some lesson plans on conservation, soil science, plants, and more?  The NRCS has put together lesson plans for all ages.

The Open Harvest Dig Deeper Farm Tour and Community CROPS Farm Walk is Saturday, September 7th.

If you are in the Nebraska Panhandle, check out this amazing-sounding farm-to-table dinner in Harrisburg, Nebraska.

Got some fresh eggplant and want a sandwich?  Allow me to recommend the Grilled Eggplant Sandwich.

Friday Facts, Fun and Food.

Has this week been crazy-busy for anyone else?

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out this amazing video of Nebraska:

Whole Foods in Lincoln is hosting a local vendor fair.  The deadline to apply is today (sorry!).

The University of Nebraska – Lincoln is hosting a two-day No-Till Cover Crops Tour in Central Nebraska September 4-5, 2013.  More information is here.

Farm Safety for Just Kids $250 grant application is open until September 3, 2013 to fund safety-related project on the farm designed to improve safety for children.

Interested in the demographics of the American Farmer?  Or just interested in what I (among many other more articulate and intelligent people) have to say about it?  Check out the Harvest Media documentary here.

Interested in exploring social media?  Here is a good overview for farmers.

Wow. Imagine planting 1 million trees in the past 20 years. Read about the family who has done so.

If you are headed to the South Dakota State Fair at the end of the month, check out the South Dakota Wine Pavilion (with South Dakota beer and cheese too!).

Finally, if you can stomach it, try these Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Wraps.  Simple and tweak this recipe to suit your taste buds.

Friday Facts, Fun and Food.

Can anyone else believe that August is here?  Time is flying in 2013, at least from my perspective.

Reminder that applications to Nebraska NRCS to restore windbreaks are due August 14, 2013 to optimize ranking of applications to receive funding.

Interesting articles on Branched Oak Farm and Dutch Girl Creamery in the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star this week.  As a frequent Dante’s diner, I can attest to how fantastic the mozzarella cheese is.

The Outdoor University is tomorrow, August 3, in Sertoma Park, Sioux Falls from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The rock climbing sounds like fun.

For those of you in the Omaha area and over the age of 21, may I suggest the Omaha Beer and Bacon Festival on August 3?

National Farmers’ Market Week is August 4 -10.  Get out and explore your local farmers’ market.  See if you can’t find all the makings for Sausage with Peppers, Onions, and Beer.

Friday Facts, Fun, and Food.

It has been a long week of travel for me but certainly worth it.  It is always wonderful to engage with farmers and ranchers and learn what is going on in the field (if you will).  Here are some tidbits to tide you over until next week:

Nebraska NRCS has authorized emergency CRP grazing in the northern Panhandle.

August 1 is the deadline to submit nominations for FSA county committees.  You may nominate yourself or a candidate of your choice.

Any South Dakota producers interesting in learning about grazing planning?  Several workshops are planned throughout the late summer and fall across the state.  In the similar vein, SDSU Extension provides some information on how to price any excess hay a producer may have.

Looking for a delicious, simple fresh tomato bruschetta recipe?  Look no further.