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IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

FEBRUARY 5, 2014

CENTRAL IOWA

BOONE . STORY . MARSHALL . DALLAS . POLK . JASPER . MADISON . WARREN . MARION

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orton Buildings’ annual Building Value Days sales event is back. Now through the end of February, discount pricing is available on all building projects. Don’t forget Iowa Farm Bureau members qualify for an exclusive discount of $500 on non-insulated or $1,000 on insulated buildings on top of these sale discounts. “Building Value Days is the biggest event of the year for Morton. Our customers know

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Baked Potato Cupcakes Midwest Dairy Association recipe 5 large russet potatoes, skins on, cut into quarters 1 c. diced cheddar or colby jack cheese 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter 3 large eggs, beaten 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1/4 tsp. salt Cooking spray

Place cut potatoes in a large pot, and just cover with water. Bring to a boil, then gently boil until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add potatoes to a large bowl, and mash well. Mix in cheese and butter. Add eggs, pepper and salt; mix until thoroughly incorporated. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Divide potato mixture among 15 muffins cups, filling them as high as you would like them to be when they are baked because they will not rise in the oven. Bake until golden brown on top, about 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Serve with your favorite baked potato toppings (diced bacon, light sour cream and/or chopped chives.)

Minnesota Chocolate Cake Andrea Birkenholz, Newton (Jasper County) 2 c. flour 1/2 c. cocoa 1 c. coffee 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla Never Fail Fudge Frosting: 1-3/4 c. sugar 1/4 c. margarine, melted 1 c. sour milk or buttermilk 1 c. sugar 2 tsp. baking soda 3 Tbsp. cocoa 1 egg 1/4 c. milk 2/3 c. oil 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients together, and bake in prepared 9x13-inch pan at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-45 minutes. To prepare frosting: Combine all ingredients, except vanilla, in a saucepan. Boil slowly for two minutes. Remove from heat, and let set until boiling stops. Add vanilla, and beat until thickened.

Special Chicken Marge Hewitt, Osage (Mitchell County) 1 chicken fryer, cut up in pieces 1 (8-oz.) jar apricot preserves 1 (8-oz.) bottle French dressing 1 package dry onion soup mix

Put cut up chicken in crock pot. Mix the remaining ingredients together and stir until completely mixed. Pour over chicken, and cover. Cook on low in crockpot for 7 to 9 hours.

that Building Value Days is the best time to get their new building construction on the calendar,” says Brian Haraf, marketing manager for Morton Buildings Inc. “We invite all Iowa Farm Bureau members to check out all Morton has to offer and to talk to current owners and one of our sales consultants. Over the years Morton has expanded its product line and now offers a wide range of building options to fit every building use and budget. “ Visit www.mortonbuildings.

com or your local Morton Center to see the diversity of building styles available from machine storage buildings to horse barns and garages to commercial buildings and even homes. Morton centers are located in: Atkins, Chariton, Charles City, Clarinda, Fairfield, Jefferson, Marshalltown, Onawa, Spencer, Atkinson, Ill., Carthage, Ill. and Sioux Falls, S.D. Or you call Morton Buildings’ toll-free number (800) 447-7436 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

As temps hit all-time lows, propane prices soar SUBMITTED BY JASPER An unprecedented increase in propane prices — nearly doubling within hours in some areas of the state — has rural Iowans unsure they’ll be able to pay their heating bills this winter. Consumers, politicians and social service providers said poor Iowans would be especially hit hard. Propane prices hit $5 per gallon in some areas of Iowa, a special survey taken on Jan. 23 by the Iowa Department of Agriculture showed. The statewide average climbed to a record $4.18 per gallon. A day earlier, the same survey showed an average of $2.61 per gallon. A year ago, propane cost $1.39 a gallon, according to the state. Most families will struggle with the rapid rise in prices, experts say. An estimated 350,000 homes and businesses in Iowa use propane. “Families can’t budget for double,

triple the cost,” said Harold Hommes, a market analyst at the Iowa Department of Agriculture. Hommes said he was unsure when prices would stop climbing. A state energy assistance agency promised to boost by $600,000 the amount of emergency funding that would be available to poor Iowans. The agency also is working with propane suppliers to reduce the minimum amount of fuel that must be purchased at one time, to make it more affordable for families. Rising propane prices have been blamed on market conditions — an extremely cold December that followed a wet fall harvest. The problem began in October and November when farmers across the Midwest took to the fields to harvest the late developing corn crop before the cold weather set in. Much of the crop was still wet and needed

to be run through propane powered dryers to avoid spoilage, creating a surge in demand for the fuel. And as colder-than-usual temperatures arrived early in the Midwest, demand for propane increased. The liquefied petroleum gas is used to heat homes in rural Midwestern areas where there are no natural gas lines. About 15 percent of Iowa households rely on propane for warmth. Iowa isn’t the only state struggling with high propane prices. Hommes said 24 states, including Iowa, have relaxed hours that drivers can deliver propane. The U.S. Department of Transportation followed suit, suspending restrictions on propane haulers for several Midwest states, including Iowa. Hommes said some propane dealers were rationing fuel to ensure customers have enough.

Youth garden-based education training SUBMITTED BY BOONE Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is holding Connecting Learning and Living (CLL) training that will feature more than 100 researched-based and hands-on lessons for teachers, home school, afterschool, 4H, youth group leaders, community garden organizers, day camp coordinators and master gardeners working with children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The training will provide an overview of the new Growing in the Garden, Local Foods and Healthy Living curriculum, Growing in the Garden: Elementary Curriculum and the Where We Live Series: History of the Land, Weaving the Food Web and Living with the Land. De-

signed for classrooms and outof-school time programs, the curricula aligns with the Iowa Common Core State Standards, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) and other youth development educational requirements and models. CLL lessons increasing children’s knowledge of agriculture, youth gardening, nutrition, the history of Iowa’s natural resources and conservation. In a 2010-2012 survey of 500 responses, classroom teachers and out-of-school educators reported positive outcomes after implementing the lessons they learned through CLL. They reported their students displayed more active participation, were interested in going outdoors and also chose to

consume healthier foods. In addition to this, 70 to 90 percent of students increased their physical activity and showed improvement in their communication and leadership skills. Training date and location choices are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in Altoona or from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in Iowa Falls. Registration is available online at http://www.extension.iastate. edu/4h/CLLTraining. Cost for the training is $95; curriculum is available for purchase for an additional cost. For more information please contact Annette Brown, annbrown@iastate.edu, 515-432-3882 or Jeff Macomber, jmacombe@iastate.edu, 515993-4281.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

FEBRUARY 5, 2014

EAST IOWA

TAMA . BENTON . LINN . JONES . JACKSON . POWESHIEK . IOWA . JOHNSON . CEDAR . CLINTON . SCOTT

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orton Buildings’ annual Building Value Days sales event is back. Now through the end of February, discount pricing is available on all building projects. Don’t forget Iowa Farm Bureau members qualify for an exclusive discount of $500 on non-insulated or $1,000 on insulated buildings on top of these sale discounts. “Building Value Days is the biggest event of the year for Morton. Our customers know that Building

Value Days is the best time to get their new building construction on the calendar,” says Brian Haraf, marketing manager for Morton Buildings Inc. “We invite all Iowa Farm Bureau members to check out all Morton has to offer and to talk to current owners and one of our sales consultants. Over the years Morton has expanded its product line and now offers a wide range of building options to fit every building use and budget. “ Visit www.mortonbuildings. com or your local Morton Center

to see the diversity of building styles available from machine storage buildings to horse barns and garages to commercial buildings and even homes. Morton centers are located in: Atkins, Chariton, Charles City, Clarinda, Fairfield, Jefferson, Marshalltown, Onawa, Spencer, Atkinson, Ill., Carthage, Ill. and Sioux Falls, S.D. Or you call Morton Buildings’ toll-free number (800) 447-7436 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

Dogs of winter FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Baked Potato Cupcakes Midwest Dairy Association recipe 5 large russet potatoes, skins on, cut into quarters 1 c. diced cheddar or colby jack cheese 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter 3 large eggs, beaten 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1/4 tsp. salt Cooking spray

Place cut potatoes in a large pot, and just cover with water. Bring to a boil, then gently boil until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add potatoes to a large bowl, and mash well. Mix in cheese and butter. Add eggs, pepper and salt; mix until thoroughly incorporated. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Divide potato mixture among 15 muffins cups, filling them as high as you would like them to be when they are baked because they will not rise in the oven. Bake until golden brown on top, about 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Serve with your favorite baked potato toppings (diced bacon, light sour cream and/or chopped chives.)

Minnesota Chocolate Cake Andrea Birkenholz, Newton (Jasper County) 2 c. flour 1/2 c. cocoa 1 c. coffee 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla Never Fail Fudge Frosting: 1-3/4 c. sugar 1/4 c. margarine, melted 1 c. sour milk or buttermilk 1 c. sugar 2 tsp. baking soda 3 Tbsp. cocoa 1 egg 1/4 c. milk 2/3 c. oil 1 tsp. vanilla

A “sundog” is produced by refraction of the sun’s light rays through hexagonal ice crystals of cirrus clouds. They can be seen when the sun is at a low elevation angle close to the horizon during sunrise or sunset. This picture was taken in Cedar County the morning of Jan. 27. PHOTO COURTESY OF CEDAR COUNTY.

Mix all ingredients together, and bake in prepared 9x13-inch pan at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-45 minutes. To prepare frosting: Combine all ingredients, except vanilla, in a saucepan. Boil slowly for two minutes. Remove from heat, and let set until boiling stops. Add vanilla, and beat until thickened.

Special Chicken Marge Hewitt, Osage (Mitchell County) 1 chicken fryer, cut up in pieces 1 (8-oz.) jar apricot preserves 1 (8-oz.) bottle French dressing 1 package dry onion soup mix

Put cut up chicken in crock pot. Mix the remaining ingredients together and stir until completely mixed. Pour over chicken, and cover. Cook on low in crockpot for 7 to 9 hours.

National FFA Week: Feb. 15-22 SUBMITTED BY POWESHIEK Did you know in 1947, at a National FFA board of directors meeting, the week of George Washington’s birthday was designated as National FFA Week. Today, FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, Washington’s birthday. Educate and advocate! FFA Week

is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA. It’s a time to share with local, state and national audiences what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day. Have fun! There are a variety of events throughout the week that allow a chapter to communicate with

others what FFA is all about and ignite a passion for agriculture! Some chapters host teacher appreciation breakfasts, others conduct “Ag Olympics” competitions, while still others reach out to the community through service projects. This is just a small sampling of how chapters promote FFA in their schools and communities.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

FEBRUARY 5, 2014

NORTH IOWA

MITCHELL . HOWARD . FLOYD . CHICKASAW . BUTLER . BREMER . GRUNDY . BLACK HAWK

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orton Buildings’ annual Building Value Days sales event is back. Now through the end of February, discount pricing is available on all building projects. Don’t forget Iowa Farm Bureau members qualify for an exclusive discount of $500 on non-insulated or $1,000 on insulated buildings on top of these sale discounts. “Building Value Days is the biggest event of the year for Morton. Our customers know

that Building Value Days is the best time to get their new building construction on the calendar,” says Brian Haraf, marketing manager for Morton Buildings Inc. “We invite all Iowa Farm Bureau members to check out all Morton has to offer and to talk to current owners and one of our sales consultants. Over the years Morton has expanded its product line and now offers a wide range of building options to fit every building use and budget. “ Visit www.mortonbuildings.

com or your local Morton Center to see the diversity of building styles available from machine storage buildings to horse barns and garages to commercial buildings and even homes. Morton centers are located in: Atkins, Chariton, Charles City, Clarinda, Fairfield, Jefferson, Marshalltown, Onawa, Spencer, Atkinson, Ill., Carthage, Ill. and Sioux Falls, S.D. Or you call Morton Buildings’ toll-free number (800) 447-7436 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Baked Potato Cupcakes Midwest Dairy Association recipe 5 large russet potatoes, skins on, cut into quarters 1 c. diced cheddar or colby jack cheese 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter 3 large eggs, beaten 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1/4 tsp. salt Cooking spray

Place cut potatoes in a large pot, and just cover with water. Bring to a boil, then gently boil until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add potatoes to a large bowl, and mash well. Mix in cheese and butter. Add eggs, pepper and salt; mix until thoroughly incorporated. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Divide potato mixture among 15 muffins cups, filling them as high as you would like them to be when they are baked because they will not rise in the oven. Bake until golden brown on top, about 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Serve with your favorite baked potato toppings (diced bacon, light sour cream and/or chopped chives.)

Minnesota Chocolate Cake Andrea Birkenholz, Newton (Jasper County) 2 c. flour 1/2 c. cocoa 1 c. coffee 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla Never Fail Fudge Frosting: 1-3/4 c. sugar 1/4 c. margarine, melted 1 c. sour milk or buttermilk 1 c. sugar 2 tsp. baking soda 3 Tbsp. cocoa 1 egg 1/4 c. milk 2/3 c. oil 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients together, and bake in prepared 9x13-inch pan at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-45 minutes. To prepare frosting: Combine all ingredients, except vanilla, in a saucepan. Boil slowly for two minutes. Remove from heat, and let set until boiling stops. Add vanilla, and beat until thickened.

Special Chicken Marge Hewitt, Osage (Mitchell County) 1 chicken fryer, cut up in pieces 1 (8-oz.) jar apricot preserves 1 (8-oz.) bottle French dressing 1 package dry onion soup mix

Put cut up chicken in crock pot. Mix the remaining ingredients together and stir until completely mixed. Pour over chicken, and cover. Cook on low in crockpot for 7 to 9 hours.

Mrs. Schipper’s kindergarten class from the Aplington Elementary is very proud of their 100 Ag Facts that they talked about. PHOTO COURTESY OF BUTLER COUNTY.

100th Day of School celebrated SUBMITTED BY BUTLER Although 100th Day festivities have been celebrated throughout schools since the school year 19811982, Butler County Farm Bureau AITC Coordinator Ruth Seehusen celebrated the occasion with the Aplington kindergarten class just last week.

Lynn Taylor introduced the 100th Day of School idea and early celebrations focused on developing number sense for young children. Today, preschool children through elementary students celebrate their 100th Day of School with many cross-curricular activities. In the classroom, Ruth chal-

lenged the students to list 100 things they know are produced or used on the farm. She prepared 100 slips of paper using a variety of colors. After talking about each idea the slips of colored paper were constructed into a paper chain to show off their class’s ag knowledge.

National Cover Crops and Soil Health Forum scheduled SUBMITTED BY BLACK HAWK, FLOYD A live video stream portion from the 2014 National Cover Crops and Soil Health Conference will be offered free to the public at the Borlaug Learning Center on the Northeast Iowa Research Farm, west of Nashua. Running from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb.

18, the program features presentations by both USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and farmer/author Howard G. Buffett. Afterwards a national panel of leading soil health farmers will provide their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges in improving soil health. Farmers, agricultural indus-

try personnel, students and key leaders are welcome to learn the latest to improve our soils for the next generation. Registration isn’t required, but it is appreciated to provide adequate space for this special event. Please contact the Borlaug Center at 641-435-4864 for further details or to register.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

FEBRUARY 5, 2014

NORTH CENTRAL IOWA

KOSSUTH . WINNEBAGO . WORTH . HANCOCK . CERRO GORDO . HUMBOLDT . WRIGHT . FRANKLIN . WEBSTER . HAMILTON . HARDIN

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orton Buildings’ annual Building Value Days sales event is back. Now through the end of February, discount pricing is available on all building projects. Don’t forget Iowa Farm Bureau members qualify for an exclusive discount of $500 on non-insulated or $1,000 on insulated buildings on top of these sale discounts. “Building Value Days is the biggest event of the year for Morton. Our customers know

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Baked Potato Cupcakes Midwest Dairy Association recipe 5 large russet potatoes, skins on, cut into quarters 1 c. diced cheddar or colby jack cheese 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter 3 large eggs, beaten 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1/4 tsp. salt Cooking spray

Place cut potatoes in a large pot, and just cover with water. Bring to a boil, then gently boil until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add potatoes to a large bowl, and mash well. Mix in cheese and butter. Add eggs, pepper and salt; mix until thoroughly incorporated. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Divide potato mixture among 15 muffins cups, filling them as high as you would like them to be when they are baked because they will not rise in the oven. Bake until golden brown on top, about 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Serve with your favorite baked potato toppings (diced bacon, light sour cream and/or chopped chives.)

Minnesota Chocolate Cake Andrea Birkenholz, Newton (Jasper County) 2 c. flour 1/2 c. cocoa 1 c. coffee 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla Never Fail Fudge Frosting: 1-3/4 c. sugar 1/4 c. margarine, melted 1 c. sour milk or buttermilk 1 c. sugar 2 tsp. baking soda 3 Tbsp. cocoa 1 egg 1/4 c. milk 2/3 c. oil 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients together, and bake in prepared 9x13-inch pan at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-45 minutes. To prepare frosting: Combine all ingredients, except vanilla, in a saucepan. Boil slowly for two minutes. Remove from heat, and let set until boiling stops. Add vanilla, and beat until thickened.

Special Chicken Marge Hewitt, Osage (Mitchell County) 1 chicken fryer, cut up in pieces 1 (8-oz.) jar apricot preserves 1 (8-oz.) bottle French dressing 1 package dry onion soup mix

Put cut up chicken in crock pot. Mix the remaining ingredients together and stir until completely mixed. Pour over chicken, and cover. Cook on low in crockpot for 7 to 9 hours.

that Building Value Days is the best time to get their new building construction on the calendar,” says Brian Haraf, marketing manager for Morton Buildings Inc. “We invite all Iowa Farm Bureau members to check out all Morton has to offer and to talk to current owners and one of our sales consultants. Over the years Morton has expanded its product line and now offers a wide range of building options to fit every building use and budget. “ Visit www.mortonbuildings.

com or your local Morton Center to see the diversity of building styles available from machine storage buildings to horse barns and garages to commercial buildings and even homes. Morton centers are located in: Atkins, Chariton, Charles City, Clarinda, Fairfield, Jefferson, Marshalltown, Onawa, Spencer, Atkinson, Ill., Carthage, Ill. and Sioux Falls, S.D. Or you call Morton Buildings’ toll-free number (800) 447-7436 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

Iowa farmers reminded CSP applications due Feb. 7 SUBMITTED BY HUMBOLDT, WEBSTER, WRIGHT

USDA recently extended the deadline for farmers to apply for Stewardship Program

USDA is reminding Iowa farmers that the time-frame to receive first consideration for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) funding is less than a week away. The signup deadline for CSP closes Feb. 7. Producers interested in participating in the program can submit applications to their local NRCS office. “We feel this year’s signup pro-

vides extraordinary conservation funding opportunities for Iowa farmers,” said Jay Mar, state conservationist for NRCS in Iowa. “CSP is a great way for farmers to enhance conservation activities on their farms.” CSP is offered through a continuous signup, but NRCS periodically makes funding selections. Last year, Iowa NRCS obligated more than $3.8 million through 381 contracts covering 175,346 acres. The program emphasizes conservation performance - producers earn higher payments for higher performance. Through CSP, pro-

ducers install conservation enhancements to make positive changes in soil health, soil erosion, water quality, water quantity, air quality, plant resources, animal resources and energy. A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, stewardship threshold requirements and payment types. To access the self-screening checklist or to learn more about CSP, visit the Iowa NRCS website or your local NRCS field office.

February is American Heart Month SUBMITTED BY HUMBOLDT February has been named American Heart Month to spread awareness about the importance of heart health. Each year, countless American families are impacted by heart disease and stroke. Although its risk factors can be prevented or controlled, it is still the leading cause of death for all Americans, and accounts for $1 out of every $6 dollars spent on health care. Fortunately, there are many simple steps we can take to prevent heart disease such as eating healthy foods, exercising regularly and not smoking. The Department of Health and Human Services is working with both public and private partners to raise awareness of heart disease through vital research investments and public health programs. The Million Hearts Initiative takes aim at this disease, with a goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. Other efforts, like the HeartTruth,

which addresses women’s heart health, and the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, which confronts childhood obesity by helping chil-

dren choose healthy foods and stay active, work to provide people with resources and ways to make heart healthy changes in their everyday lives. Thanks to the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, new

health plans must now cover recommended preventive services, including blood pressure screening for all adults and cholesterol screening for adults of certain ages or at higher risk, cost-free. This month, as we take time to educate ourselves about the risks of heart disease, and recognize the efforts of medical researchers and healthcare professionals dedicated to prevention, early detection, and effective treatment, consider what steps you and your family can take to promote and adopt a heart healthy lifestyle. For more information on American Heart Month, please visit: http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/index. html. For more information on women and heart disease, please visit: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/educational/hearttruth/ or http://womenshealth.gov/heartattack/. To learn more about the First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign, please visit: http://www.letsmove.gov/.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

FEBRUARY 5, 2014

NORTH EAST IOWA

WINNESHIEK . ALLAMAKEE . FAYETTE . CLAYTON . BUCHANAN . DELAWARE . DUBUQUE

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orton Buildings’ annual Building Value Days sales event is back. Now through the end of February, discount pricing is available on all building projects. Don’t forget Iowa Farm Bureau members qualify for an exclusive discount of $500 on non-insulated or $1,000 on insulated buildings on top of these sale discounts. “Building Value Days is the biggest event of the year for Morton. Our customers know

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Baked Potato Cupcakes Midwest Dairy Association recipe 5 large russet potatoes, skins on, cut into quarters 1 c. diced cheddar or colby jack cheese 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter 3 large eggs, beaten 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1/4 tsp. salt Cooking spray

Place cut potatoes in a large pot, and just cover with water. Bring to a boil, then gently boil until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add potatoes to a large bowl, and mash well. Mix in cheese and butter. Add eggs, pepper and salt; mix until thoroughly incorporated. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Divide potato mixture among 15 muffins cups, filling them as high as you would like them to be when they are baked because they will not rise in the oven. Bake until golden brown on top, about 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Serve with your favorite baked potato toppings (diced bacon, light sour cream and/or chopped chives.)

Minnesota Chocolate Cake Andrea Birkenholz, Newton (Jasper County) 2 c. flour 1/2 c. cocoa 1 c. coffee 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla Never Fail Fudge Frosting: 1-3/4 c. sugar 1/4 c. margarine, melted 1 c. sour milk or buttermilk 1 c. sugar 2 tsp. baking soda 3 Tbsp. cocoa 1 egg 1/4 c. milk 2/3 c. oil 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients together, and bake in prepared 9x13-inch pan at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-45 minutes. To prepare frosting: Combine all ingredients, except vanilla, in a saucepan. Boil slowly for two minutes. Remove from heat, and let set until boiling stops. Add vanilla, and beat until thickened.

Special Chicken Marge Hewitt, Osage (Mitchell County) 1 chicken fryer, cut up in pieces 1 (8-oz.) jar apricot preserves 1 (8-oz.) bottle French dressing 1 package dry onion soup mix

Put cut up chicken in crock pot. Mix the remaining ingredients together and stir until completely mixed. Pour over chicken, and cover. Cook on low in crockpot for 7 to 9 hours.

that Building Value Days is the best time to get their new building construction on the calendar,” says Brian Haraf, marketing manager for Morton Buildings Inc. “We invite all Iowa Farm Bureau members to check out all Morton has to offer and to talk to current owners and one of our sales consultants. Over the years Morton has expanded its product line and now offers a wide range of building options to fit every building use and budget. “ Visit www.mortonbuildings.

com or your local Morton Center to see the diversity of building styles available from machine storage buildings to horse barns and garages to commercial buildings and even homes. Morton centers are located in: Atkins, Chariton, Charles City, Clarinda, Fairfield, Jefferson, Marshalltown, Onawa, Spencer, Atkinson, Ill., Carthage, Ill. and Sioux Falls, S.D. Or you call Morton Buildings’ toll-free number (800) 447-7436 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

Emerald Ash Borer and other pests SUBMITTED BY ALLAMAKEE

Will this cold freeze out the EAB population in Iowa?

The short answer: Probably not. Cold hardiness research done in Minnesota by Robert C. Venette and Mark Abrahamson (2010) revealed that larvae that acclimated to winter temperatures over three months were able to survive lower temperatures (-13 degrees Fahrenheit/-25 degrees Celsius) than larvae subjected to cold conditions in a short time (0 degrees Fahrenheit/17.8 degrees Celsius). This is referred to as supercooling. The supercooling point is a temperature far below freezing that insects can withstand through physical and chemical changes in their bodies. Survival varied from 5 percent in non-acclimated larvae to 90 percent acclimated larvae. Referring to northern Minnesota winter conditions, the authors stated, “Cold temperatures may not completely eliminate the insect ... may help to keep populations from building up quickly and may give ash trees some time to recover from

initial attacks.” A key consideration in insect survival overwinter is how cold for how long. As an example, the northern “expansion” of the bagworm is limited by freezing temperatures. When the temperature falls to 1 degree Fahrenheit (-17 degrees Celsius) and stays there for 24 hours, more than 75 percent of the eggs in the bag can be killed. The brunt of extreme cold occurred on Jan. 6 and Jan. 7, 2014. Thirty-six hours of subfreezing temperatures (as low as -16 degrees Fahrenheit/-27 degrees Celsius) probably weren’t long enough to cause significant mortality to emerald ash borer larvae or native upper Midwestern insects. But, on a positive note, bagworm populations will probably be lower in 2014.

Stored product pests

We don’t expect to see insects in the winter but household pests may surprise us and be active any time they are sufficiently warmed by the heat from the furnace. Examples include the accidental invaders such as boxelder bugs and lady beetles,

insects that emerge from firewood, and stored product pests living, eating and growing inside stored products such as bird seed, dry pet food, and stored food in the cupboard. One of the more common household stored food and seed pests is the Indian meal moth. The adult moths have distinctive two-toned wings that are one-half inch in length. The base of each wing is tan and the outer half is copperybrown. Indian meal moth caterpillars are slightly less than one-half inch long, have a dark brown head and vary from off-white to light pink in color. Caterpillars live and feed inside a wide variety of stored products but a few leave to wander around the house and will be seen on walls and ceilings. Control of Indian meal moths and other stored food pests requires locating and eliminating infested products (“locate and eliminate”). Sprays and cleaners are of no benefit and do not solve the problem because they do not get rid of caterpillars inside the infested products. ISU Extension and Outreach provides research-based information and education to help families make decisions that improve and transform their lives. Learn more at www. extension.iastate.edu.

Share the power of art SUBMITTED BY FAYETTE, WINNESHIEK ortheast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) is offering a new grant opportunity through the Northeast Iowa RC&D Employee Giving Fund. The Northeast Iowa RC&D Employee Giving Fund strives to support the mission of the Northeast Iowa RC&D: To recognize opportunities

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and provide leadership to make our region a vibrant, place-based model for the Nation. Our region includes Allamakee, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties. The Employee Giving Fund recognizes that art has the power to shape communities and regions. The EGF seeks applications for projects that will benefit/impact a community or the region by inspiring, empowering, enriching, educating, and motivating Preschool through 12th

grade youth through art. Eligible projects can include all forms of art: performing, visual, installations, etc. Projects must benefit youth between preschool and 12th grade. All are welcome to apply for grants up to $500. Application deadline is Friday, Feb. 21. Additional information and applications can be found on Northeast Iowa RC&D’s website: http://northeastiowarcd.org/thepowerofart/ or contact Northeast Iowa RC&D at 563-864-7112.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

FEBRUARY 5, 2014

NORTH WEST IOWA

LYON . OSCEOLA . DICKINSON . EMMET . SIOUX . O’BRIEN . CLAY . PALO ALTO . PLYMOUTH . CHEROKEE BUENA VISTA . POCAHONTAS . WOODBURY . IDA . SAC . CALHOUN . MONONA . CRAWFORD . CARROLL . GREENE

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orton Buildings’ annual Building Value Days sales event is back. Now through the end of February, discount pricing is available on all building projects. Don’t forget Iowa Farm Bureau members qualify for an exclusive discount of $500 on non-insulated or $1,000 on insulated buildings on top of these sale discounts. “Building Value Days is the biggest event of the year for Morton. Our customers know

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Baked Potato Cupcakes Midwest Dairy Association recipe 5 large russet potatoes, skins on, cut into quarters 1 c. diced cheddar or colby jack cheese 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter 3 large eggs, beaten 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1/4 tsp. salt Cooking spray

Place cut potatoes in a large pot, and just cover with water. Bring to a boil, then gently boil until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add potatoes to a large bowl, and mash well. Mix in cheese and butter. Add eggs, pepper and salt; mix until thoroughly incorporated. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Divide potato mixture among 15 muffins cups, filling them as high as you would like them to be when they are baked because they will not rise in the oven. Bake until golden brown on top, about 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Serve with your favorite baked potato toppings (diced bacon, light sour cream and/or chopped chives.)

Minnesota Chocolate Cake Andrea Birkenholz, Newton (Jasper County) 2 c. flour 1/2 c. cocoa 1 c. coffee 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla Never Fail Fudge Frosting: 1-3/4 c. sugar 1/4 c. margarine, melted 1 c. sour milk or buttermilk 1 c. sugar 2 tsp. baking soda 3 Tbsp. cocoa 1 egg 1/4 c. milk 2/3 c. oil 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients together, and bake in prepared 9x13-inch pan at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-45 minutes. To prepare frosting: Combine all ingredients, except vanilla, in a saucepan. Boil slowly for two minutes. Remove from heat, and let set until boiling stops. Add vanilla, and beat until thickened.

Special Chicken Marge Hewitt, Osage (Mitchell County) 1 chicken fryer, cut up in pieces 1 (8-oz.) jar apricot preserves 1 (8-oz.) bottle French dressing 1 package dry onion soup mix

Put cut up chicken in crock pot. Mix the remaining ingredients together and stir until completely mixed. Pour over chicken, and cover. Cook on low in crockpot for 7 to 9 hours.

that Building Value Days is the best time to get their new building construction on the calendar,” says Brian Haraf, marketing manager for Morton Buildings Inc. “We invite all Iowa Farm Bureau members to check out all Morton has to offer and to talk to current owners and one of our sales consultants. Over the years Morton has expanded its product line and now offers a wide range of building options to fit every building use and budget. “ Visit www.mortonbuildings.

com or your local Morton Center to see the diversity of building styles available from machine storage buildings to horse barns and garages to commercial buildings and even homes. Morton centers are located in: Atkins, Chariton, Charles City, Clarinda, Fairfield, Jefferson, Marshalltown, Onawa, Spencer, Atkinson, Ill., Carthage, Ill. and Sioux Falls, S.D. Or you call Morton Buildings’ toll-free number (800) 447-7436 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

Beef Feedlot Roundtable sessions offered at six Iowa locations SUBMITTED BY CLAY, SIOUX Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the University of Nebraska (UNL) are teaming up to offer a Feedlot Roundtable session at six Iowa locations on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Pocahontas County Extension Office will host the Northwest Iowa site. ISU Extension beef program specialist Beth Doran, said the feedlot roundtable sessions are offered annually in Nebraska for feedlot operators and interested agribusiness people. “As part of a cooperative agreement between Iowa State Extension and UNL Extension that provides sharing of livestock educational resources and programs and through available

technology, the roundtables also will be offered via Internet connection for Iowans in selected locations,” she said. “The speakers and subject matter are sure to draw interest from our state’s beef community.” Dee Griffin, from the UNL vet education center in Clay Center, will discuss the Food and Drug Administration’s policy on eliminating use of antimicrobials for growth promotion and feed efficiency. This presentation is prerecorded for the program. Also Dustin Loy, with the Vet Diagnostic Lab at UNL, will discuss BRD and antimicrobial resistance. Galen Erickson, feedlot specialist for UNL, will have a presentation on using fiber for cattle or ethanol, and

there will be an update on ISU beef research provided locally. More information, including a registration form, is available on the Iowa Beef Center website at h t t p : / / w w w. i o w a b e e f c e n t e r. o r g / e v e n t s / R o u n d t a b l e 2014flyer.pdf The $10 fee covers proceedings, meeting costs and refreshments and is payable at the door. However, you’re asked to preregister no later than Tuesday, Feb. 11, with Dianne Dirks (712-335-3103 or dianned@ iastate.edu) to ensure adequate materials and refreshments. For more information, please contact Beth Doran, ISU Extension beef program specialist at 712-737-4230 or doranb@iastate.edu.

Iowa Pork Regional Conference scheduled SUBMITTED BY O’BRIEN, SIOUX The Iowa Pork Producers Association has teamed up with the Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach swine specialists to host regional conference on Monday, Feb. 24, at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, Building A, room 119C from 1-4:30 p.m. The conference is free for those who preregister or $5 at the door. Individuals can preregister by calling IPPA at (800) 372-7675 or sending an email to schristensen@iowapork.org. The Iowa Pork Regional Conferences are pleased to bring back Dr. Mike Brumm, with Brumm Swine Consultancy, to walk producers through steps to prevent losses or limit liability issues. Additionally, Dr. Brumm will discuss what is included in his

ideal barn walk-through. He will touch on his experiences working with farms across the Midwest with particular focus on everyday do’s and don’ts that can impact the bottom line. Bring your employees along! This session is sure to offer some practical take-away points that may prove valuable on your farm. Exports, domestic demand, health challenges and a multitude of other factors can impact livestock producer’s bottom line. Dr. Lee Schulz, livestock economist with Iowa State University, will dive into these issues and current projections, review forecasts for input costs and market hog value in 2014 and discuss what profit opportunity may be in store for producers in the year to come.

Local ISU swine specialists will give an update regarding issues surrounding ventilation management, euthanasia techniques and antibiotic use and provide some key takeaway points from currently available resources and programs. Additionally, specialists will highlight opportunities for producers and their employees to become further educated on these and other industry challenges. ISU swine specialists also will offer free PQA Plus training prior to each conference. Training will be hosted from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the conference location. Contact Tyler Bettin at (800) 372-7675 or tbettin@iowapork. org for more information or to preregister.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

FEBRUARY 5, 2014

SOUTH EAST IOWA

MAHASKA . KEOKUK . WASHINGTON . LOUISA . MUSCATINE . MONROE . WAPELLO . JEFFERSON . HENRY . DES MOINES . APPANOOSE . DAVIS . VAN BUREN . LEE

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orton Buildings' annual Building Value Days sales event is back. Now through the end of February, discount pricing is available on all building projects. Don' t forget Iowa Farm Bureau members qualify for an exclusive discount of $500 on non-insulated or $1,000 on insulated buildings on top of these sale discounts. “Building Value Days is the biggest event of the year for Morton. Our customers know that Building

Value Days is the best time to get their new building construction on the calendar,” says Brian Haraf, marketing manager for Morton Buildings Inc. “We invite all Iowa Farm Bureau members to check out all Morton has to offer and to talk to current owners and one of our sales consultants. Over the years Morton has expanded its product line and now offers a wide range of building options to fit every building use and budget.” Visit www.mortonbuildings.com or your local Morton Center to

see the diversity of building styles available from machine storage buildings to horse barns and garages to commercial buildings and even homes. Morton centers are located in: Atkins, Chariton, Charles City, Clarinda, Fairfield, Jefferson, Marshalltown, Onawa, Spencer, Atkinson, Ill., Carthage, Ill., and Sioux Falls, S.D. Or you can call Morton Buildings' toll-free number (800) 4477436 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

Preserve the allure of the Iowa State Fair FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Baked Potato Cupcakes Midwest Dairy Association recipe 5 large russet potatoes, skins on, cut into quarters 1 c. diced cheddar or colby jack cheese 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter 3 large eggs, beaten 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1/4 tsp. salt Cooking spray

Place cut potatoes in a large pot, and just cover with water. Bring to a boil, then gently boil until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add potatoes to a large bowl, and mash well. Mix in cheese and butter. Add eggs, pepper and salt; mix until thoroughly incorporated. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Divide potato mixture among 15 muffins cups, filling them as high as you would like them to be when they are baked because they will not rise in the oven. Bake until golden brown on top, about 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Serve with your favorite baked potato toppings (diced bacon, light sour cream and/or chopped chives.)

SUBMITTED BY APPANOOSE, DAVIS From Ferris wheels, food on a stick and free entertainment, to premier livestock events, expansive art exhibits and the country's largest state fair food department, the Iowa State Fair has something for everyone. This year, Iowans can show their love for the Iowa State Fair on their tax returns and help the fair continue to preserve the allure of the historic fairgrounds. Look for the State Fairgrounds Renovation CheckOff on line 58b of Iowa Tax Form 1040 or on line 14 of Iowa Tax Form 1040A and check off $1 (or more!) to help preserve the historic Iowa State Fairgrounds. Your gift is either de-

ducted from your refund or added to the amount due. Contributions to the Corndog Checkoff are fully tax-deductible. “The Corndog Checkoff is a great and easy way for Iowans to support the Iowa State Fair. The Iowa State Fair would not be what it is today without the Corndog Checkoff. Thank you to thousands of Iowans who have supported the Corndog Checkoff in the past and we hope you will consider doing so again this year to preserve this great institution for future generations,” said Blue Ribbon Foundation Executive Director Peter Cownie. Every dollar donated to the Checkoff is directly allocated to capital im-

provements. The Corndog Checkoff has raised over $1.7 million, and has supplemented restoration projects from the Grandstand to the newly air conditioned Cultural Center. In addition, funds generated by the Checkoff have helped improve the campgrounds, parking areas, sidewalks and restrooms. The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation has generated over $95 million for renovations and improvements to the Iowa State Fairgrounds. For more information on the Corndog Tax Checkoff, please contact the Blue Ribbon Foundation at (800) 450-3732 or email info@ blueribbonfoundation.org.

Minnesota Chocolate Cake Andrea Birkenholz, Newton (Jasper County) 2 c. flour 1/2 c. cocoa 1 c. coffee 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla Never Fail Fudge Frosting: 1-3/4 c. sugar 1/4 c. margarine, melted 1 c. sour milk or buttermilk 1 c. sugar 2 tsp. baking soda 3 Tbsp. cocoa 1 egg 1/4 c. milk 2/3 c. oil 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients together, and bake in prepared 9x13-inch pan at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-45 minutes. To prepare frosting: Combine all ingredients, except vanilla, in a saucepan. Boil slowly for two minutes. Remove from heat, and let set until boiling stops. Add vanilla, and beat until thickened.

Special Chicken Marge Hewitt, Osage (Mitchell County) 1 chicken fryer, cut up in pieces 1 (8-oz.) jar apricot preserves 1 (8-oz.) bottle French dressing 1 package dry onion soup mix

Put cut up chicken in crock pot. Mix the remaining ingredients together and stir until completely mixed. Pour over chicken, and cover. Cook on low in crockpot for 7 to 9 hours. SUBMITTED BY DES MOINES, HENRY, JEFFERSON, LEE, VAN BUREN


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

FEBRUARY 5, 2014

SOUTH WEST IOWA

HARRISON . SHELBY . AUDUBON . GUTHRIE . ADAIR . CASS . WEST POTTAWATTAMIE . EAST POTTAWATTAMIE . MILLS . MONTGOMERY ADAMS . UNION . CLARKE . LUCAS . FREMONT . PAGE . TAYLOR . RINGGOLD . DECATUR . WAYNE

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orton Buildings’ annual Building Value Days sales event is back. Now through the end of February, discount pricing is available on all building projects. Don’t forget Iowa Farm Bureau members qualify for an exclusive discount of $500 on non-insulated or $1,000 on insulated buildings on top of these sale discounts. “Building Value Days is the biggest event of the year for Morton. Our customers know that Build-

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

ing Value Days is the best time to get their new building construction on the calendar,” says Brian Haraf, marketing manager for Morton Buildings Inc. “We invite all Iowa Farm Bureau members to check out all Morton has to offer and to talk to current owners and one of our sales consultants. Over the years Morton has expanded its product line and now offers a wide range of building options to fit every building use and budget. “ Visit www.mortonbuildings. com or your local Morton Center

to see the diversity of building styles available from machine storage buildings to horse barns and garages to commercial buildings and even homes. Morton centers are located in: Atkins, Chariton, Charles City, Clarinda, Fairfield, Jefferson, Marshalltown, Onawa, Spencer, Atkinson, Ill., Carthage, Ill. and Sioux Falls, S.D. Or you call Morton Buildings’ toll-free number (800) 447-7436 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

ACFB donates to Adair Firemen

Baked Potato Cupcakes Midwest Dairy Association recipe 5 large russet potatoes, skins on, cut into quarters 1 c. diced cheddar or colby jack cheese 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter 3 large eggs, beaten 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1/4 tsp. salt Cooking spray

Place cut potatoes in a large pot, and just cover with water. Bring to a boil, then gently boil until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add potatoes to a large bowl, and mash well. Mix in cheese and butter. Add eggs, pepper and salt; mix until thoroughly incorporated. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Divide potato mixture among 15 muffins cups, filling them as high as you would like them to be when they are baked because they will not rise in the oven. Bake until golden brown on top, about 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Serve with your favorite baked potato toppings (diced bacon, light sour cream and/or chopped chives.)

Minnesota Chocolate Cake Andrea Birkenholz, Newton (Jasper County) 2 c. flour 1/2 c. cocoa 1 c. coffee 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla Never Fail Fudge Frosting: 1-3/4 c. sugar 1/4 c. margarine, melted 1 c. sour milk or buttermilk 1 c. sugar 2 tsp. baking soda 3 Tbsp. cocoa 1 egg 1/4 c. milk 2/3 c. oil 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients together, and bake in prepared 9x13-inch pan at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-45 minutes. To prepare frosting: Combine all ingredients, except vanilla, in a saucepan. Boil slowly for two minutes. Remove from heat, and let set until boiling stops. Add vanilla, and beat until thickened.

Special Chicken Marge Hewitt, Osage (Mitchell County) 1 chicken fryer, cut up in pieces 1 (8-oz.) jar apricot preserves 1 (8-oz.) bottle French dressing 1 package dry onion soup mix

Put cut up chicken in crock pot. Mix the remaining ingredients together and stir until completely mixed. Pour over chicken, and cover. Cook on low in crockpot for 7 to 9 hours.

Adair County Farm Bureau board member Phil Kading (on the left) recently presented a check to Matt Richter from the Adair Fire Department. Kading has spearheaded a campaign to purchase equipment for grain bin rescue services for the Adair Fire Department to use. It is always hoped that equipment such as this will never need to be used but Kading has realized the importance of the equipment and also of having it readily available if needed. This donation will be helpful in fulfilling this project. PHOTO COURTESY OF ADAIR COUNTY.

Iowa Egg Council hosting Incredibly Good Eggs contest SUBMITTED BY LUCAS The Iowa Egg Council is hosting an “Incredibly Good Egg” recipe contest. Entries are being accepted now through March 3. For complete rules and entry forms visit www.iowaegg.com. Entrants: Contest includes three divisions: 1. Adults 18 and up 2. Culinary Arts students enrolled in a formal culinary arts program 3. Students enrolled in grades 612 * Entrant must be an Iowa resident

* Participants non-eligible: American Egg Board members, Iowa Egg Council Officers, staff and their immediate families, or anyone earning income for food preparation or recipe development. Recipes: * Recipes must be originals. * Entrants may submit two recipes. * Recipes may include party foods, drinks, breakfast entrees, main dishes, side dishes, snacks or desserts. * Recipes must contain at least

four eggs (in the form of whole eggs, yolks or whites) and no more than a total of 12 ingredients. * Eligible recipes will be judged on: Taste (40 percent), Appearance (30 percent), Egg Use (20 percent) and Originality (10 percent) * Recipes using raw egg will result in a disqualification Prizes awarded (in each division): * First place: iPad Mini * Second place: Kitchen Aid mixer * Third place: $250 WilliamsSonoma gift card

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