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President, Arkansas Farm Bureau


Arkansas Farm Bureau is committed

to supporting all segments of

strategic plan states, “We will recruit,

agriculture, from the largest family

involve and prepare farmers and

farms in our state to the smaller farms

ranchers to actively participate in all

that profitably target niche markets.

areas of Farm Bureau.” I think this

Recently, the Arkansas Farm Bureau

On the cover — Sheri Tunstill of Fayetteville took this honorable mention photo inside the historic schoolhouse at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park for the 4th Annual Rural Reflections Photo Contest.

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Legislative priorities Michelle Kitchens

12 Rural Reflections Photo Contest Winners 3 4

Farm Bureau Matters Randy Veach Food for Thought Ewell Welch

14 Taste Arkansas 18 22 24 26

Tara Johnson Land & People Ken Moore Building Wealth Allyson Hamlin In the Kitchen Tara Johnson Health & Safety Gregg Patterson

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well as our efforts to reach out to small,

refocus the efforts of our horticulture

non-traditional farmers.

commodity group, broadening its focus

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Even subtle change can be

on specialty crops and small farm

significant. As we talk about moving

efforts. This decision is more significant

Arkansas agriculture forward in a

than changing the name of the

united way, we must do everything in

Horticulture Division to the Specialty

our power to ensure all segments of

Crop Division. I believe it’s a testament

agriculture are represented, from the

to the willingness to refine the efforts of

rice farmer to the bee keeper, from the

our organization when needed.

cattle rancher to the catfish farmer,

One reason for changing the name

from the cotton fields to the piney

was simply to be more accurate and

woods, and everything in between.

consistent with definitions used by the

The diversity of our operations, in fact,

U.S. Department of Agriculture.

is the uniting strength of Arkansas

At our recent state convention in Hot Springs, the voting delegate body

agriculture. I want to share some wisdom I heard

approved a policy recommendation that

from one of our bright young farmers

states, “We support attracting members

recently. Cassie Davis of Prairie Grove

involved in non-traditional agriculture,

is a hardworking dairy farmer, mother

including small farms producing for

and wife, and an unabashed advocate

local markets.” There is an immediate

for agriculture. When discussing the

opportunity for all of us to work

need for agricultural leaders, she

toward this end by seeking out these

said, “The voice of agriculture is a

producers and encouraging them to get

whisper without everyone standing up

involved in Farm Bureau and our policy

together.” Can I get an “Amen”?

The organization’s strategic plan has

Those of us involved in agriculture

a couple of different statements that

are woven into the same cloth, and we

support this change. One states, “We

share so many of the same goals. It’s

will diversify and increase efforts that

when we cast aside our differences and

improve consumer support for farm and

work together for a common goal – in

ranch issues.” I believe enhancing our

this case for the betterment of all of

work with specialty crops producers and

Arkansas agriculture – that our state

using the opportunity to reach out to

stands tall.

farmers’ markets and those that produce

clearly supports making this change, as

Board of Directors approved a plan to

development process. Rhonda Whitley at Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation Farm Bureau Center P.O. Box 31 • Little Rock, AR 72203-0031 Fax: (501) 228-1557 Please provide membership number.

Another statement from our

God bless you and your families.

for them will also lead to improved

God bless the farmers and ranchers.

consumer support for agriculture.

And God bless Arkansas Farm Bureau.



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Food for Thought

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ARKANSAS FARM BUREAU OFFICERS: President Randy Veach Manila Vice President Rich Hillman Carlisle Secretary/Treasurer Tom Jones Pottsville Executive Vice President Ewell Welch Little Rock DIRECTORS: Richard Armstrong, Ozark Troy Buck, Alpine Jon Carroll, Moro Joe Christian, Jonesboro Terry Dabbs, Stuttgart Mike Freeze, England Bruce Jackson, Lockesburg Johnny Loftin, El Dorado Gene Pharr, Lincoln Rusty Smith, Des Arc Allen Stewart, Mena Mike Sullivan, Burdette Leo Sutterfield, Mountain View

Executive Vice President, Arkansas Farm Bureau


EX OFFICIO Sherry Felts, Joiner Brent Lassiter, Newport Janice Marsh, McCrory Brian Walker, Horatio Executive Editor: Steve Eddington Editor: Gregg Patterson Contributing Editors: Ken Moore, Keith Sutton, Chris Wilson Research Assistant: Brenda Gregory

We experienced a turbulent year in

those on our website to help members,

will long be remembered for its devastating

and the general public, in understanding

impact to farmers and ranchers. It’s during

where the candidates stood on important

challenging circumstances, though, we often


see the best in our farmers and ranchers, and this year was no different.

It’s our objective to ensure we look into

the future, for the betterment of all Arkansas

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• Held two “How to Win an Election” seminars along with our partners at the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce; • Took 70 county leaders to Washington,

agriculture. To that end, our organization

D.C., as part of our County Presidents’

accomplished a number of noteworthy

Tour, plus took 13 from our Young

efforts in the past year, including: • All six members of the state’s

congressional delegation earned Friend

of Farm Bureau designation. We worked closely with our delegation, particularly

on issues such as international trade, the farm bill, biofuels and immigration; • All 76 county Farm Bureaus held both a policy development meeting and a county annual meeting;

Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) there, as well. • Increased participation in YF&R activities by more than 50 percent; • Redesigned our exhibit at the Little Rock Zoo, creating signage that educates consumers about Arkansas agriculture; • Hosted a trade mission from a poultry company from Colombia; • Helped coordinate a House Ag Committee field hearing in Arkansas

• Worked vigorously in support of Issue #1, the highway bond initiative, which

• Co-sponsored the 2nd Annual Symposium on Food Animal Well-being, which attracted participants from 10 states;

passed 58-42 percent; • Initiated a President’s Leadership

• Continued the success of our MASH

Council, a group of 22 budding leaders,

camps, which included 409 students this

ages 25-45, and put them through


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congressional candidates and posted

Arkansas agriculture, with a drought year that

• Donated more than $11,000 through our county and state Women’s committees as

curriculum; • Distributed 15,000 copies of our Election Directory, providing contact information on candidates for local, county, state and

part of Food Check-out Day; • Reached more than 33,000 people with 550 programs on safety and other critical topics;

national offices; • Continued our growth in social media

• Our educational outreach (Mobile Ag

platforms, reaching out to those

Experience, combine simulator, mobile

unfamiliar with Farm Bureau and

cotton gin and rice mill, milk cow, etc.)

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agriculture. Facebook followers grew by

went to 60 counties and 150 venues,

more than 150 percent in 2012 to more

reaching almost 200,000 people about

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than 3,300; more than 100,000 viewed our videos on YouTube; had 1.2 million page views and our TasteArkansas.

the Classroom resource materials and

com blog had more than 25,000 visitors;

donated 2,200 books as part of our Ag

• Conducted video interviews with 4

farming and ranching; • Finally, we distributed 53,000 Ag in



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LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES A look at Farm Bureau’s focus

Gregg Patterson

by Michelle Kitchens



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At Arkansas Farm Bureau almost

work. ARFB’s grassroots network must

exemptions for tomato twine and

everything relates to food. It’s what

actively lobby legislators if we hope

certain cotton binding. The proposed

many of our members do — grow the

to accomplish tax reductions in this

legislation will update the tax code

food — so a food analogy is appropriate.


to match newer technologies. Several

Legislative sessions are like soup, changing the ingredients a little can

legislators have expressed interest in • Sales tax exemption on energy

passing the bill. This request is modest

really change the taste of the soup. The

for poultry and other animal

with a $600-800 million annual impact.

upcoming 89th General Assembly could


And for drought-impacted cattle and

be a spicy soup.

In the November general election,

ARFB has worked for several sessions

cotton farmers, every little bit helps.

to achieve this goal. Energy costs

It’s far from a “done deal,” and farmers

voters added almost equal parts

continue to climb and, consequently, so

and ranchers must contact their

Republican and Democrats, then

does the farmer’s tax bill. A reduction

legislators and request they support this

ratcheted up the heat factor with some

or complete exemption will provide


hot ingredients like the healthcare

some relief for farmers whose energy

insurance exchange, tax reform and

bills are in the tens of thousands.

prevent shopping leakage to

the proposed Medicaid expansion

This exemption will have the most

neighboring states. Many farmers now

and shortfall. Add voter ID, education

impact on poultry growers. According

cross state lines to purchase these items.

funding, school choice and ethics

to USDA reports, there are more than

Let’s keep our purchasing here instead

reform to bring it to a boil, and then let

6,000 poultry farms in Arkansas. Every

of buying in border states like Texas,

it all simmer for at least 60 days.

county in the state has a poultry farm.

Oklahoma, Missouri and Mississippi.

Arkansas Farm Bureau (ARFB) is

This exemption also will help

Poultry accounts for 47 percent of total

bringing its own additions to this

agricultrual receipts in the state, and

version of alphabet soup. The following

agriculture is Arkansas’ largest industry.

a sales tax exemption on parts

items are the legislative priorities of the

This exemption would put money in

and repairs if farm equipment is

ARFB membership.

the accounts of every poultry farmer


and thus their rural communities. The


• Support a coalition effort for

An exemption for manufacturing

estimate for an exemption on energy

replacement parts and repairs is being

would cut taxes by $6-7 million.

proposed by industry supporters.

Agriculture, like all businesses,

That savings, assuming a moderate

is constantly seeking competitive

multiplier, would mean a positive $20

agriculture. However, ARFB has

advantages by reducing costs. Creating

million economic impact. The first

approached supporters about the

tax treatments is one way to reduce

benefit of this tax cut will be felt in

inclusion of farm parts. If the proposal

costs. ARFB has positions on five

rural communities. This has the largest

expands to include agriculture,

different tax issues on the priority list

price tag of all of ARFB’s requests and

ARFB will join the effort to pass this

this year. The legislature will consider

will have to have all farmers actively


many tax code bills during the session

involved to secure this exemption.

and weigh carefully each change on its merit. Several organizations and

• Oppose any reduction • Sales tax exemption for

legislators will be eyeing tax changes;

expendable materials used with

reductions in grocery tax, income

agricultural equipment.

tax, energy for manufacturing, capital

The present proposal doesn’t include

ARFB will seek a sales tax exemption

in agricultural sales tax exemptions. This is a perennial item on the priority list because of its importance

gains and replacement parts are all

for “expendable materials.” This

to our membership. ARFB will work to

circulating. Achieving a tax cut in

includes hay wrap, twine and cotton

protect the current exemptions used by

this budget environment will be hard

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Crime and Enforcement

Animal Health

• Support stiffer penalties and

• Support amending Arkansas’

changing the name to “Timber

expanded enforcement for

brucellosis law to create the

Fire Suppression Fee.”

transporting live feral hogs.

“Bovine Animal Health Program”

• Support increasing the timber tax by 5 cents per acre and

ARFB’s support of expanding tax

Hogs. Many Arkansans love them on the

and set a maximum fee of $2 per

exemptions should illustrate better

gridiron but hate them in the pasture and

than anything, our position on taxes.

crops. These pests are a scourge to farmers

Arkansas is one of the last states

However, the organization has a

and wildlife. Research shows their spread

maintaining a brucellosis program. The

long history of supporting the state’s

across the state can be directly attributed to

state has been free of the disease for 15

collection and even increase of necessary

human transportation. It’s presently illegal to

years, and cattlemen want to adjust and

revenues. The per-acre timber tax is

transport and release feral hogs in Arkansas.

use the per-head fee to address other cattle

presently 15 cents and is paid only on

We are seeking the possible increase of

health issues. The fee, paid at the market

timber acreage. This tax supports wildfire

penalties for transport and release and the

by cattle owners, would be converted from

protection by the Arkansas Forestry

expansion of enforcement authority to stem

brucellosis-only to allow more flexibility

Commission protecting homes and

the growing wild hog population.

to address other health issues, such as trichomoniasis or animal identification.

timber investments statewide. An increase to 20 cents per acre will generate about $1 million but could save Arkansans tens of millions in


• Support additional restrictions on sale of non-ferrous metals. Despite changes to the law addressing

• Support additional funding for the Arkansas Veterinary Student Tuition Assistance Program.

losses from one dangerous wildfire. One

the sale of copper and scrap metals, thieves

need only think about the drought and

continue to boldly steal these items. ARFB

fires of last summer to see the value

recently adopted policy supporting a

the last session to provide additional

in fire suppression. Our membership

permitting process that would prohibit

financial assistance for Arkansas students

has discussed the issue thoroughly and

dealers from purchasing items until sellers

attending Mississippi State University’s

believes the service is valuable and the

submit the proper paperwork. The permits

School of Veterinarian Medicine. Students

increase is needed. We will work with the

would be issued by the local police. As long

would be required to establish a practice

state agency and timber industry. Both

as prices for non-ferrous metals remain high,

that includes the treatment of large animals

support an increase to achieve this goal.

theft will continue. But changes to the law

in Arkansas. This is a great opportunity to

will make it easier for police to catch and

invest in Arkansas youth and agriculture’s

prosecute offenders.

future and rural economic development. A

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Water needs Plans for updating the state water plan are underway. Farm Bureau believes agriculture’s use of water needs to be the second-highest priority for water use in the state, behind only that of human consumption.



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relatively small financial investment puts more large-animal vets to work ensuring the health of livestock. It also brings a graduatelevel taxpayer back to Arkansas to begin a career in animal medicine.

Fire protection Farm Bureau will work in this legislative session to help secure an additional five-cent-per-acre fee for forested lands to improve fire protection. If successful, it will help save millions of dollars in forest-firerelated losses.

Water • Support a statutory priority for agricultural water use, second only to human consumption. As most active Farm Bureau members know, Arkansas is in the beginning stages of adapting the State Water Plan. The plan is the governing guidance for the state’s water use. ARFB feels strongly that agriculture should have high priority in water usage, second only to human consumption. ARFB would like to see this basic principle confirmed in law. Water is critical to food production and food production to human survival. Arkansas is a water-rich state, and agriculture is ready to do its part to preserve the quality and quantity of it for our citizens.

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Is there a doctor in the barn? There’s an acute need for largeanimal veterinarians to care for farm stock. Arkansas doesn’t have a university school of veterinary medicine (though there is a vet tech school at ASUBeebe). Students here wanting to attend vet school face financial difficulties, as well as limited openings to attend an out-ofstate vet school. This session, Farm Bureau will continue its work with the legislature to help offset those costs. A cooperative agreement with Mississippi State University helps a limited number of qualifying Arkansas students attend vet school there. In return, graduating students agree to return to Arkansas and work here, including with large farm animals.

University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture • Support funding for the

As always ARFB will work on many

After the election, the Senate and House

issues beyond the priority list, working to

both changed their leaders-elect. No one

support legislation that agrees with our

knows exactly what recipe is brewing at the

University of Arkansas, Division of

policy and opposing legislation that is



damaging to agriculture or rural Arkansas.

Another constant on the ARFB priority

Arkansas is entering a new era in

It will definitely have some exotic ingredients in addition to the base. Arkansas

list, we are dedicated in our commitment to

political history. Republicans hold the

could be in for a treat with a delicate balance

see the Division of Agriculture adequately

majority in both chambers but Democrats

of flavors but whatever the result, expect the

funded. Its mission to education and

still control several committees and can

preparation and presentation to have a little

provide services in every Arkansas county is

block the Revenue Stabilization Act.

more spice.


Commodity Promotion and Research Programs • Support current structure of


commodity checkoff programs. Arkansas has checkoff and promotion programs for six different farm products: catfish, rice, soybeans, beef, wheat and corn & grain sorghum. Structures for these programs are slightly different and established in Arkansas law. Each program was initiated by farmers, is funded at least in part by assessments paid by farmers, is governed by a representative group that includes farmers and is used to promote goods and perform research. ARFB is a longtime supporter of the programs. Our farmer members believe the present structure of each program is working well and shouldn’t be changed.

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Term Limits • Cooperate with other interested groups to amend the present law to lengthen the terms legislators can serve. Only two other states have term limits as restrictive as ours, and the Capitol has become a revolving door for legislators. Governing the state is a complicated business, and legislators need time to be effective, to learn the law and, yes, gain

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RuralReflections Contest winners take great photos depicting rural life.

Shelby Atkinson, 17, of Magnolia is the High School division winner and Grand Prize winner of Front Porch magazine’s 4th Annual Rural Reflections Photo Contest. Her photo of a calf nursing at sunset was shot in the pasture on her family’s farm.

Honorable Mention: High school student Blake Eiermann of Blevins captured these two beautiful roosters by an old hay rake on his grandpa’s farm. 12


Honorable Mention: Bernard Skoch of Elkins took this photo and says: “After a hard round of mutton bustin’ Noah Presnell, 4, and Tyler Presnell, 7, watch other events at the rodeo, clutching their hard-won trophies.”


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Honorable Mention: Tracy Boyd took this photo of her dog Jasper as “he was running through the clover watching the bees at work.�

Honorable Mention: High school student Kamron Forga of Mt. Ida composed this black & white still life of an old water pump by a pond.

Honorable Mention: Kaelyn Lay of Prim named this photo Lil Cowboys. It features her nephews, A.J., 2; Andrew, 6; and twins Adam and Aaron, 4.

Vickie Watts of Harrison is the Adult division winner of our photo contest. She captured this beautiful fall scene of a maple tree and a rainbow after a storm. She says the rainbow disappeared moments after taking the picture. FRONT PORCH


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Taste Arkansas From farm to table compiled by Tara Johnson

T Family owned The overwhelming majority (97 percent) of farms in Arkansas are family owned.

Arkansas agriculture Agriculture is the lifeblood of Arkansas

there are only 1.7 acres of agricultural

communities. It’s our responsibility to

land per person. The growing population

support our farmers.”

and its largest industry. Arkansas has

requires farmers to improve efficiency to

more than 49,000 farms that annually add

meet the growing need for food. Better

of agricultural communications and

about $16 billion to the state’s economy.

land management, improved technology

leadership at the University of Arkansas

Yet, concern about how our food is grown

and sophisticated equipment are just a

and mother of two, said: “It is critical

or raised seems to be in the media almost

few examples of the advances that have

for parents to learn about agriculture,

daily. It can be hard to understand farm

increased efficiency. Necessity forces

so they can help their children make

life if you haven’t lived it, and it isn’t

agriculture to constantly evolve.

educated decisions. With fewer families

always easy to explain the process of

I’ve asked a several people involved

Casandra Cox, an instructor

having direct connections to agriculture,

food production. It’s important to first

in Arkansas agriculture on various levels

it is important for parents to

understand something about where food

about the one thing they would like

make agriculture a priority in raising well-

comes from and a little about those who

everyone to know about agriculture. The

rounded children.

grow or raise it.

answers may surprise you.

Families own and operate more than

When I asked Jim Carroll, a farmer in

“Parents spend a lot of time and money making sure their children have

97 percent of those farms. Often, farming

Monroe County, he said: “I want them

the resources needed to do well in school,

is portrayed as “industrial” or “corporate,”

to know that most farmers are energetic

engage in extracurricular activities, learn

like it’s some faceless assembly line

and educated. If they weren’t enthusiastic

about languages and culture,” Cox said.

process. That’s simply not the case. Yes,

about what they are doing, they wouldn’t

“All of this we do to ensure the brightest

there are large food companies, but those

be doing it.”

future for our children, and agriculture is

companies don’t own the overwhelming

Jason Brown, a public relations

an essential component of their daily

percentage of farms. Rural families own

specialist who works with the Arkansas

lives. If we are going to live it, we should

those farms.

Soybean Board, said: “Arkansas farming

learn about it.”

The average U.S. farmer already feeds

is a family business that supports

The role agriculture plays in our society

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to the health food section. It seems like

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fat. Avoid them and snack on a banana

everyone has a New Year’s resolution to

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healthier sparkling water.

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Use olive oil instead of vegetable oil. Olive oil is a great source of

Use hummus as a sandwich

monounsaturated fatty acid and amino

topping or dip. Hummus is underrated.

acids. In fact, olive oil is also a good

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full-fat Greek yogurt has 300 calories and

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Land&People DeSalvos named Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Fifth-generation farm family from Conway County earns 2012 honor

by Ken Moore


The DeSalvo family of Center Ridge

is the 2012 Arkansas Farm Family of the Year. Tony DeSalvo, along with his son Phillip and daughter-in-law Beth, own Big D Ranch, a 1,300-acre cattle and hay operation. Phillip and Beth have two children, 8-year-old Benjamin and 6-yearKeith Sutton

old Isabella.

Big D Ranch consists of a 350-head

commercial cow-calf operation, 150-head of registered Ultrablack cattle, which includes 30-40 registered bulls. The DeSalvos are believed to have the largest herd of registered Ultrablack cattle in Arkansas. Additionally, they grow some

Back in black The DeSalvo family of Center Ridge is the 2012 Arkansas Farm Family of the Year. (Left to right) Isabella, Tony, Benjamin, Beth and Phillip DeSalvo check on some of their Ultrablack cattle. Their Big D Ranch has been in operation since the late 1800s.

900 acres of wheat, sorghum, sudan silage and Bermuda hay.

efficient family farming operations that

A winner will be named from among 10

exist in Arkansas,” said Andy Guffey,

southeastern state winners in October in

settled near Center Ridge Conway Co.

coordinator of the Arkansas Farm Family

Moultrie, Ga.

in the late 1800s, and since 2003, Tony

of the Year program. “They are diligent

and Phillip have worked diligently to

protectors of the natural resources used in

Year program is the longest-running farm

ensure the commercial and seed-stock

growing their forage and pastures and are

family recognition program of its type in

cattle operations run efficiently. Phillip is

a prime model of a hardworking, multi-

the United States,” said Arkansas Farm

proud to work the same land his ancestors

generation farm family.”

Bureau President Randy Veach, a cotton

The first generation of DeSalvos

established more than 100 years ago.

Phillip is a member of the Conway

“The Arkansas Farm Family of the

farmer from Manila. “We congratulate

He is raising Ben and Isabella to share

County and Arkansas Cattlemen’s

each of the county and district winners

his passion for ranching, and they are

associations and the National Cattlemen’s

for this well-deserved recognition.”

learning to work on the farm.

Beef Association. Beth is a substitute

Phillip works directly with a beef

The Farm Family of the Year program,

teacher and volunteer at Nemo Vista

now in its 67th year, begins with selection

nutrition specialist and Land O’Lakes

Elementary School, where Tony drove

of the top farm family in each county.

Purina Mills Feed Co. to ensure his cattle’s

a school bus for 13 years. The family

Then, eight district Farm Families of the

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also serves in numerous capacities at St.

Year are selected. The process concludes

insemination and careful genetic selection

Joseph Catholic Church.

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done so in the last 12 months. Use

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health and finances. Here are five

the report to help identify where you


ideas for financial resolutions that

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will lead to peace of mind in 2013.

5. Get on track for retirement. 3. See where you can cut

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back. When you know where your

plan with a match, try to contribute

goal, it’s impossible to reach it. After

money is going, try to think of ways

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no idea where that is. Take a break

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yourself what steps you need to take

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IRA and/or a Roth IRA. Don’t forget

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doing the same thing while spending

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would cost you. Most importantly,

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accountable and make them more

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InTheKitchen A universal favorite Chicken & dumplings is a soul satisfying elixir by Tara Johnson

M My mom and dad make the best

chicken and dumplings. When I was young, a steamy pot of chicken and

dumplings could always make a bitter winter day better. I often find myself

making a big pot of my old favorite on

particularly stressful days. The moist, yet fluffy dumplings, creamy broth, tender

chicken and veggies never fail to lift my spirits and warm my soul.

I’ve simplified my parents’ recipe

and can whip up a big pot of chicken

and dumplings in close to 30 minutes.

The dumplings are my favorite part, and because you boil them in the soup itself,

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4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped in

In a large stockpot over medium heat, add onions, olive

bite-size pieces

oil and garlic. Cook until onions just start to turn translucent,

1 medium onion, chopped

stirring occasionally. Add chicken and cook for 10 minutes or

2 tablespoons olive oil

until the chicken is almost done. It will be white. Add chicken

2 teaspoons minced garlic

stock, salt, pepper, savory mix, peas and carrots. Bring to a boil

48 ounces low sodium chicken stock

over medium-high heat. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

1 (12 ounce) bag frozen peas

In the meantime, combine Bisquick, milk, oregano and parsley.

1 (12-ounce) bag frozen carrots

The dough should be moist. Drop dumpling dough by the

1 teaspoon savory seasoning mix

heaping spoonful into boiling soup. Cover and simmer over

2 teaspoons kosher salt

medium heat for another 5 to 10 minutes or until dumplings are

1 teaspoon pepper

no longer doughy and have fluffy centers. The outside will look

2 cups Bisquick

moist. Serve immediately.

2/3 cup milk

1 teaspoon oregano

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Health&Safety Don’t worry. Be happy Mom wasn’t too far off on what it takes to be happy in life

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walk to “get the

happiness just doesn’t happen of its own

blood circulating.”

accord. Research in the field of “positive

Medical research

psychology” indicates that you build a

of the physical and

foundation for happiness through deliberate

mental benefits of

action. Mom used to say something similar.

regular exercise is

“You make your own luck by working hard


George Patterson


Like most things worthwhile in life,

Mother knows best Barbara Patterson, aka “Mom,” always believed attaining happiness in life requires purposeful action on your part.

and making smart, informed decisions.” 1. Know thyself. A huge part of

4. Get a good night’s sleep. This one is a no-brainer. Again,

jokester. His jokes were always clean

personal happiness is being involved

the medical research is indisputable.

but horribly corny. Grandpa Wilcox’s

in things that energize you and

A good night’s sleep cures a lot of ills.

cornball classics brought the greatest

give you a feeling of significance.

Turn off all electronic devices (yes,

joy to the joke teller because of the

Psychologists will tell you that

the TV, too!) at least an hour before

reaction they’d elicit from the receiver.

knowing your personality type

turning out the light. Mom grew

We’d groan initially when first told

is an important step to learning

up in Philadelphia, so often quoted

the joke but couldn’t wait to tell it

how you think and react to things.

that famous patriot, statesman,

ourselves. Mom’s favorite was: “What’s

Mom simply said, “Don’t try to be

philosopher and inventor, Benjamin

a small joke?” Answer: “A mini

somebody you’re not. Be yourself.”

Franklin. “Early to bed, early to rise,

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2. Be thankful. Feeling a little down in the dumps? Psychologists often will recommend sitting down and making

5. Volunteer in your community.

a list of the things you’re thankful

You know you’ve experienced it.

moderation.” This simple yet universal

for. A handwritten list once a week, a

When we help others, it puts a smile

three-word truth is the statement

thankful prayer at bedtime: these are

on our face and makes us feel well.

of all statements that I’ll remember

things that can help lift your spirits.

There are so many in need. And you

my mother by more than any other.

Mom would say, “Quit complaining,

have so many talents that are needed,

Experience in the opposite direction

and count your blessings. You’ll be

so be generous. Mom always liked to

was the hard-learned lesson for me

surprised how good you’ve got it.”

say, “Be of service to others and you

before I took it to heart and got wise.

will serve yourself well.”

You can overdo everything no matter

3. Get some fresh air. For Mom that was code for “get outside and get


7. Don’t overdo it. “Everything in

how wonderful you think it is. 6. Make and take time to laugh.

out of my hair.” However, she was a

The health benefits of a life seasoned

strong believer in physical exercise

well with laughter are renowned.

and an advocate of a daily brisk

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Our Customers Love Their Zoysia Lawns! One of our typical customers, Mrs. M.R. Mitter of PA, wrote how “I’ve never watered it, only when I put the Plugs in… Last summer we had it mowed 2 times... When everybody’s lawns here are brown from drought, ours just stays as green as ever!”

Order Now And Save! The more Amazoy™ Zoysia Plugs you order, the more you SAVE! And remember, once your Zoysia lawn is established, you’ll have an endless supply of new Plugs for planting wherever you need them. Order now!


PLANTING TOOL With Order of 500 Plugs or More!

Saves time, work and effort when making holes for Plugs!

Order Now and Save Over 50% -- Harvested Daily From Our Farms And Shipped To You Direct!

FREE Shipping On Larger Quantities!

Get Up To 900 Plugs — FREE! Please send me guaranteed Amazoy plug packs as marked:



+ FREE Plugs




+ Shipping

$ 14.95

$ 5.00




Planting Tool


Write price of order here



Md. residents add 6% tax




$ 45.60

$ 7.00


Step-on Plugger


+ 150


$10.00 FREE


Step-on Plugger


+ 400


$15.00 FREE


Free Amazoy Power Auger


+ 900


$25.00 FREE


Free Amazoy Power Auger AND Step-on Plugger


+ 100


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Dept. 5003

Payment method (check one) ❑ Check ❑ MO ❑ MasterCard ❑ Visa Exp. Date


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❑ Extra Step-on Plugger $8.95 + $3 Shipping ❑ Extra Amazoy Power AugerTM for 3/8” Drill $24.95 +$5 Shipping Amazoy is the trademark registered U.S. Patent Office for our Meyer Zoysia grass.

Mail to: ZOYSIA FARM NURSERIES 3617 Old Taneytown Road, Taneytown, MD 21787

State Phone

We ship all orders the same day plugs are packed at earliest correct planting time in your area.

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Not shipped outside the USA or into WA or OR



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