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Family sitting around a table serving food
Read article: What heritage food are you passing down?
What heritage food are you passing down?
Do you or your family have that “signature dish” that can be found at every holiday meal and family gathering? For my mother’s side of the family...
Chromatic cohesion: the power of analogous colors steps on walkway framed by flowers of red and pink
Read article: Chromatic cohesion: the power of analogous colors
Chromatic cohesion: the power of analogous colors
A few weeks ago, we began a discussion about color. We started with complementary colors, those that are opposite of each other on the color wheel....
soil in hand
Read article: Cultivating sustainability: how farmers can improve soil health and become better stewards of the land
Cultivating sustainability: how farmers can improve soil health and become better stewards of the land
Stewardship (noun): the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. The National Association...
tax worksheet
Read article: Tax time financial review and decisions
Tax time financial review and decisions
As the April 15 tax deadline has just passed, most people have filed their income tax returns. What are you planning to do with your tax refund or...
Read article: Cattle Handling Reminders
Cattle Handling Reminders
Isn’t it fun to watch people that are good at handling cattle? I love it. We all aspire to be better stockman and handling animals correctly is a big...
Red and golden beets with stems and leaves
Read article: Eating beets from root to stalk
Eating beets from root to stalk
How foods are prepared and the part of the food you eat makes a difference in enjoyment. Beets are an excellent example, since we can eat from root...
Oak seedings in buckets.
Read article: A boy named "Oak"
A boy named "Oak"
Oak Leaf.   Why would the Leaf parents of such a big, strong baby boy name him Oak? That’s seems like a lot of responsibility for a youngster to...
Soybean field at sunrise
Read article: Sulfur is key to soybean success
Sulfur is key to soybean success
As the growing season fast approaches, farmers need to prepare for the fertility needs of their crops.  While soybeans may not require nitrogen like...

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Resources in Spanish.


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Nutrition information you can use.

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