I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 25.

Thanksgiving edition 11/26/2017. 

We have a lot to be thankful for. Family, friends, freedom, plenty of food on the table… you name it. Have you ever thought about how lucky we are to have so many different dishes on the table? Not everyone has the privilege and luxury we do when it comes to food choice. You can thank farmers for that one. This week, I’m simply sharing an info-graphic with you that breaks down the most popular Thanksgiving dish ingredients by production. US Secretary of Agriculture shared this photo on his twitter page. If you check out his feed @SecretarySonny you’ll see a few pictures of his family and how they celebrate, putting a personal touch on one of our political leaders.

thanksgiving info graphic

Be thankful everyday, and don’t forget to give farmers a high five when you see them for all of the food you get to enjoy.

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I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 24.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 11/19/2017

“Who wants whipped cream on their pumpkin pie?” Mom splurging after saving money on Thanksgiving dinner.

Looks like we’re saving money this holiday season. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has projected that the cost per person at Thanksgiving dinner will be down around 1.5% from last year. This information is pulled from a consumer survey that the AFBF has been conducting since 1986. There are a lot of factors that impact the cost of Thanksgiving, like food, travel, lodging, etc. However, the big driver in prices going down is a lower turkey cost. For the first time since 2013, the wholesale price of turkey is below $1/pound. Sounds like we’ll have some extra money that we can put towards that Christmas credit card bill…

“Wanna talk politics over a chocolate milk?” Secretary Perdue at Kings Brother Dairy

The US Secretary of Ag, Sonny Perdue, has been making his way across the country, visiting with farmers and discussing what national and local challenges these businesses are facing. He recently visited King Brothers Dairy Farm in New York. Here, Secretary Perdue (along with Congress members Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, and Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford) talked on a number of issues with farmers, including taxes, trade, minimum wage, hemp and the future of farming. Perdue has been very hands on with agricultural issues since President Trump appointed him in April, 2017.

“I guess I’ll have to leave my house now..” Homebodies realizing food is cheaper in store than online

Apparently, some products cost more online than in an actual Walmart store. This Wall Street Journal article discusses how Walmart is “quietly” raising prices of certain products online (like Kraft Mac and Cheese) in an effort to “boost profits and drive store traffic as it competes with Amazon.com Inc.” So now the question is – how much higher does the price need to go before it’s worth putting pants on to buy the mac and cheese in-store instead of online, from the comfort of my couch?

What are you thankful for? 

This week, take the time to thank everyone around you. Including farmers. Everything good circles back to agriculture – food, shelter, your favorite holiday sweater… you name it. Farmers are working 24/7, 365 days a year for the things we all take for granted. I’d say that deserves a big old shout out this week (and every other week, too!)

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 23.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 11/12/2017

I worked for like 3 hours yesterday (3 hours of watching baby goats!)” Charlene

Cows are pretty chill animals… literally. They spend a lot of time relaxing. You can see a breakdown in this graphic, where you’ll see what cows are doing besides milking for 2-3 hours and then resting for 12-13 hours. Sounds like a nice work-life balance. But when you have farmers caring for you 24/7, 365, it might be pretty easy to do.

“How bout the weather?” Puerto Rico

The weather lately has been a lot like guacamole – extra. Luckily, Chobani is here to help the victims of Puerto Rico. The company is taking 1.3 MILLION pounds of milk and converting it into powder, packaged in 5 pound bags. They’ll ship those bags of powdered milk to those in Puerto Rico suffering from Hurricane Maria. Not only does this help out those in need, it’ll help Chobani take care of it’s milk supply while a New York plant shuts down for almost 2 weeks of maintance work. Win-win.

 

“Lookin’ fresh.” Checking out the Artic Apple

Food is always evolving to meet the needs and wants of consumers. Now, the “Artic Apple,” a new “non-browning” apple is making it’s way to the market after 2 decades of research and development. That means the apple won’t turn brown when exposed to oxygen. This genetically modified apple is produced in Washington orchards, and has been proven safe for consumption by the USDA. This article explains, “Typical apples brown because a chemical reaction occurs when an enzyme in apples called polyphenol oxidase is exposed to oxygen. The Arctic apple has been genetically altered to have less polyphenol oxidase.”

It’ll be distributed throughout midwest stores, sold in 10 oz packages, pre-sliced. The goal is that the appearance of this apple will help reduce food waste. If you have questions about GMOs, check out this website that breaks down what they are and why science is saying “Yup – we can eat it!”

Picture of the week. 

Here’s a throwback of my gal pal, Cowgirl Ella. She grew up in Florida, but it didn’t take her long to fall in love with this calf.

ella and calf

 

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 22.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 11/5/2017

“Help!” California

Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, made an announcement that Californians were happy to hear. The USDA is working on making resources to help the people and communities affected by CA wildfires. You can learn more about the different types of help they’re providing and how you can contribute by following the links below.

“OH, she’s pretty!” NAILE Attendees

NAILE, North American International Livestock Exposition, is another place for dairy farmers and animal owners to show off their finest cows. It is taking place right now in Louisville, KY. For background, you can learn more about showing cows in depth through this PDF. Basically, it’s the same as showing dogs or horses, but without the expensive riding boots or “play dead” and “roll over” tricks. Cows are judged compared to an “ideal” cow of their breed, which is ultimately a cow with a correct body structure that will allow her to live a long, happy and healthy reproductive life while producing high quality milk.

NAILE is largely a Jersey dairy show, which is one of the seven breeds of dairy cattle. You can learn more about NAILE and how much pride farmers take in their animals here.

“Yes!” When they finally put strawberry milk back out for lunch.

The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017 was introduced by Representatives G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT). If put in place, this would allow schools participating in federal school lunch and breakfast programs to offer low-fat and fat-free milk, including flavored milk, as long as it contains 150 calories or less per 8-ounce serving. The bill also gives schools the freedom to determine what all to offer their students.

This program would be viewed as a big win for the dairy industry and the health of children by it’s supporters, like US Secretary of Ag Sonny Perdue, IDFA (International Dairy Foods Association) and NMPF (National Milk Producers Federation).

Picture of the week.

My baby sister is all grown up and living in Georgia. Her honey’s family farm is beautiful. Example A below.

ruben farm heifers