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IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

JANUARY 29, 2014

CENTRAL IOWA

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

Iowa OneCall to hold informational meetings for farmers in March Iowa OneCall will hold informational meetings around the state in March to educate farmers on pipeline safety and damage prevention. The meetings will focus on the rules designed to protect underground utility lines when farmers excavate, lay tile or do other underground work that could damage utility lines. The meetings are set for: • March 3 in Fort Dodge at the Starlight Village Inn Best Western • March 4 in Mason City at the Clarion Inn • March 5 in Williamsburg at the Williamsburg Recreational Center

• March 11 in Glenwood at the Senior Center All of the two-hour meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. A free supper will be provided, as well as door prizes. For more information and to preregister go to: www.iowaonecall. com/ag-damage-prevention-program.

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Delicious Vegetable Casserole Ila Marquardt, Masonville (Delaware County) 1 package frozen broccoli 1 package frozen cauliflower 1 package frozen Brussels sprouts 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 small can mushroom pieces 1-1/2 c. grated cheese of your choice 1 or 2 cans onion rings

Cook vegetables, and drain. Place in casserole dish prepared with cooking spray, and spread remaining ingredients on top except onion rings. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Place onion rings on top, and bake for another 5 minutes.

Yummy Italian Meatloaf Pam Bruns, Greenfield (Adair County) 2 eggs 2 lbs. ground beef 2/3 c. dry quick-cooking oatmeal 1 envelope dry onion soup mix 1/2 c. pasta sauce (your favorite) 1 tsp. garlic powder Onion slices (optional)

Whisk eggs to beat well. Add ground beef, oatmeal, soup mix, pasta sauce and garlic powder to the eggs. Mix all ingredients. Form meat into a big loaf, and place into crockpot. (If you use a liner, no clean up.) If you use onion slices, place them on top of the meatloaf. Cover and cook on low for eight hours.

Caramel Coconut Bars Stephanie Miller, Council Bluffs (W. Pottawattamie County) 1 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 c. packed brown sugar 1/2 c. butter 2 c. coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts 2 c. flaked coconut 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 2 tsp. vanilla extract 20 vanilla caramels, unwrapped 2 Tbsp. milk 2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together flour, brown sugar and butter until it’s all coarse and crumbly. Press into the bottom of a greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Pour over nuts and coconut. Bake 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and shut off. Melt caramels with milk over low heat. Dollop and drizzle over bars. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, and return to the cooling oven for just a few minutes, until chips are soft enough to spread like frosting.

The Great Iowa 4-H Get-together SUBMITTED BY DALLAS, MADISON, POLK The Iowa 4-H Foundation will host its fifth Annual 4-H Gala to support Iowa 4-H youth. An incredible evening at the Iowa 4-H Foundation Gala is sure to please 4-H supporters, alumni and friends alike! Guests are destined to enjoy an elegant evening of food, conversation and entertainment paired with a silent and live auction. From stylish purses and tool belts, to unique items you won’t find elsewhere, and an always-anticipated scrumptious dessert auction, connecting with 4-H friends couldn’t be more fun. The Gala is the most anticipated Iowa 4-H fundraising event of the winter, an evening for 4-H supporters to gather together to “make the best better” for Iowa 4-H’ers. The annual 4-H Gala event is hosted by the Iowa 4-H Foundation, a non-profit organization funding opportunities for Iowa’s 4-H Youth. To honor these ties, award-winning 4-H’er exhibits from the Iowa State

Fair and local county fairs will be featured during the auction, which allows donating 4-H’ers to designate 50 percent of the proceeds back to their club or county. “We are excited to expand this fundraising event to two locations this coming year. We have strong 4H supporters in eastern Iowa, and we can’t wait to get them involved,” said Brooke Young, administrative specialist and Gala event coordinator at the Iowa 4-H Foundation. The Gala event continues to grow every year. The Central Iowa 4-H Gala presented by John Deere will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at The Meadows at Prairie Meadows in Altoona. New to the Gala fun, the Eastern Iowa 4-H Gala will be held one week later at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at The Celebration Farm in Iowa City. Past success, and a desire to connect with supporters in another part of the state, has led the foundation to expand the event to an additional location. “With the help of many generous sponsors and individual donors, we

are excited to bring together 4-H friends from all across the state of Iowa,” says Iowa 4-H Foundation executive director Kris Fish Kuhlman. “Proceeds from this event help us to fund many opportunities for Iowa 4-H’ers all year round.” The cost to attend each event is $100 for individuals, $150 for couples, or a table sponsor which hosts 10 guests for $1000. Popular discounts will be returning for young 4-H alumni (ages 21 to 30) and current 4-H/Extension staff for $50 per attendee. More information on the upcoming Gala events and registration can be found at www. iowa4hfoundation.org/gala. The Iowa 4-H Foundation provides the private financial resources to develop and deliver quality 4-H youth programs throughout the state of Iowa. These opportunities help young people enhance their ability to use critical thinking, leadership, communication, and social skills — tools that will give them a competitive edge in their future endeavors.

Manage farm finances during changing financial climate SUBMITTED BY BOONE U.S. corn and soybean producers have enjoyed their best run of returns in history over the last seven years. But like most things that go up, crop prices and returns are likely to decline in the near future. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm management specialists remind producers that agricultural returns tend to be cyclical in nature, and a few years of good returns are followed by a few years of negative returns. The ISU Extension and Outreach farm management team of Kelvin Leibold, Tim Eggers, Kristen Schulte and Ann Johanns has developed two programs to help producers manage changes in financial climate and learn how to protect their financial bottom line during years of negative returns. One program is a day-long look at the impact of changes to farm finances; the other program is a multi-session financial literacy training. Program educators are Leibold, Eggers and Schulte. “The USDA marketing year average for corn in 2012 was $6.89; predictions going forward are showing a price closer to $4.50,” said Kelvin Leibold. “Soybeans show a similar story, going from $14.40 in 2012 to $12.15. Producers need to consider where they will be when high prices leave.” Tim Eggers recommends producers attend the programs to assess their financial health, and

agri-businesses send their clientele so they can see how a financial analysis applies to their farm operation.

Deep Water or High Tide

This financial program will be offered at three locations in February. Program participants will learn how changes to interest rates and other input costs affect their net farm income, and how to manage these changes. The program consists of a day engaged in the game of farm finances. Participants will gain a greater knowledge of a true-tolife financial picture by taking part in a case study simulation. Extension team leaders will guide participants as they work together through the basics of having a solid financial foundation. All sites begin at 9:30 a.m. and wrap-up at 3:30 p.m. Registration is $25 at all locations. To register, contact the county extension office for the preferred location listed below. • Cresco, Northeast Iowa Community College, Monday, Feb. 24; Contact: Howard County Extension office, 563-547-3001. • Iowa Falls, ECC Agriculture & Renewable Energy Center, Tuesday, Feb. 25; Contact: Hardin County Extension office, 641648-4850. • Shenandoah, Iowa Western Community College, Thursday, Feb. 27; Contact: Page County Extension office, 712-542-5171.

Moving Beyond the Basics

This multi-session program focuses on financial literacy and takes learning to a deeper level. Moving Beyond the Basics is modeled after the nationwide Annie’s Project for Farm and Ranch Women. “This program will give women the opportunity to evaluate record keeping systems and test-drive accounting software in a classroom setting,” said Kristin Schulte. “Knowing the resources available for analyzing your financial position will make you better able to ride periods of low prices and farm income.” • Cass County Extension office, Atlantic; Monday Evenings; Jan. 27– Feb. 17; 6 - 9 p.m. Contact: Kate Olsen at 712-243-1132 or Tim Eggers at 712-303-7781. • Chickasaw County Extension office, New Hampton; Tuesday Evenings; Jan. 28 – Feb. 18; 6 - 9 p.m. Contact: Danielle Day at 641394-2174 or Kristen Schulte at 563547-3001. • Hardin County Extension office, Iowa Falls; Wednesday Evenings; March 5-26; 6 - 9 p.m. Contact: Kelvin Leibold at 641-648-4850. Deep Water or High Tide and Moving Beyond the Basics are being offered at various locations in Ohio and Iowa and have been developed through a grant from the North Central Risk Management Education Center and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Visit the Ag Decision Maker website for further details, www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

JANUARY 29, 2014

EAST IOWA

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

Iowa OneCall to hold informational meetings for farmers in March Iowa OneCall will hold informational meetings around the state in March to educate farmers on pipeline safety and damage prevention. The meetings will focus on the rules designed to protect underground utility lines when farmers excavate, lay tile or do other underground work that could damage utility lines. The meetings are set for: • March 3 in Fort Dodge at the Starlight Village Inn Best Western • March 4 in Mason City at the Clarion Inn • March 5 in Williamsburg at the Williamsburg Recreational Center

• March 11 in Glenwood at the Senior Center All of the two-hour meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. A free supper will be provided, as well as door prizes. For more information and to preregister go to: www.iowaonecall. com/ag-damage-prevention-program.

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Delicious Vegetable Casserole Ila Marquardt, Masonville (Delaware County) 1 package frozen broccoli 1 package frozen cauliflower 1 package frozen Brussels sprouts 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 small can mushroom pieces 1-1/2 c. grated cheese of your choice 1 or 2 cans onion rings

Cook vegetables, and drain. Place in casserole dish prepared with cooking spray, and spread remaining ingredients on top except onion rings. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Place onion rings on top, and bake for another 5 minutes.

Yummy Italian Meatloaf Pam Bruns, Greenfield (Adair County) 2 eggs 2 lbs. ground beef 2/3 c. dry quick-cooking oatmeal 1 envelope dry onion soup mix 1/2 c. pasta sauce (your favorite) 1 tsp. garlic powder Onion slices (optional)

Whisk eggs to beat well. Add ground beef, oatmeal, soup mix, pasta sauce and garlic powder to the eggs. Mix all ingredients. Form meat into a big loaf, and place into crockpot. (If you use a liner, no clean up.) If you use onion slices, place them on top of the meatloaf. Cover and cook on low for eight hours.

Caramel Coconut Bars Stephanie Miller, Council Bluffs (W. Pottawattamie County) 1 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 c. packed brown sugar 1/2 c. butter 2 c. coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts 2 c. flaked coconut 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 2 tsp. vanilla extract 20 vanilla caramels, unwrapped 2 Tbsp. milk 2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together flour, brown sugar and butter until it’s all coarse and crumbly. Press into the bottom of a greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Pour over nuts and coconut. Bake 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and shut off. Melt caramels with milk over low heat. Dollop and drizzle over bars. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, and return to the cooling oven for just a few minutes, until chips are soft enough to spread like frosting.

FFA chapter members that helped with the Food Challenge through the Outreach Program are: first row from left: Jaclyn Havill (sentinel), Stacey Weets (vice president), Daniell Unruh (reporter), Tess Kaefring (reporter); second row from left: Katlyn Ford, Caitlyn Clarkson, Samantha Schneckloth, Kayla Phelps, Rita Urmie (secretary), Nathan Crock, Kenneth Reichert; third row from left; Mitchell Chapman (president), Jason Rohlf (treasurer), Rachel Begey and Austin Taylor.

Tipton FFA join Outreach Program’s Food Challenge

SUBMITTED BY CEDAR On Nov. 12, the Tipton FFA helped with Food Challenge through the Outreach Program out of Union, Iowa by packaging and shipping meals around the world. Each meal cost 25 cents and can feed a family of six. They packaged 10,000 meals that have been distributed throughout the Tipton community at the local food banks were many community members go for a little help. The FFA joined members of the community, other FFA and FCCLA chapters during the two hours it took to pack all the meals.

Tipton FFA members (from left) Jaclyn Havill, Katlyn Ford and Samantha Schneckloth try some of the mac and cheese the FFA helped to package during the Food Challenge through the Outreach Program, held Nov. 12.

ICA leadership continuity heads into new year SUBMITTED BY POWESHIEK The leadership of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) will have strong continuity as 2014 begins. Ed Greiman, Garner, and Phil Reemtsma, DeWitt, were re-elected to serve second terms as president and president-elect respectively during ICA’s annual meeting in December. Greiman, 44, is involved with both a feedyard and cow-calf operation, and has served on the ICA board of directors since December 2009. Reemtsma has been a member of the board since December 2006. He feeds cattle and is a large animal veterinarian. Newly elected to the ICA executive committee is Sparky Wellman, Bonaparte. She was elected as the southeast regional vice president earlier this fall. Wellman was the District 20 (southeast Iowa) director since 2007. She replaces Tom Bonnichsen, Letts, on the executive committee. Bonnichsen was in the position on an interim basis. Also re-elected to the ICA executive committee was Brent Henning-

sen, Ames. Henningsen is a senior territory manager for Zoetis, and serves as ICA associate vice president. Other members of ICA’s executive committee are Al Johnson, Northwood, northwest regional vice president; Larry Johnson, Maquoketa, northeast regional vice president re-elected this past summer by his region; and David Trowbridge, Tabor, southwest regional vice president. Other board members were elected at district meetings held in the fall, prior to the annual meeting. Results for the district elections, with indications of re-election and newly elected directors and alternate directors follow. They began serving at the conclusion of the 2013 ICA annual meeting, which was held during the Iowa Cattle Industry Convention in Altoona, Dec. 9-11. - District 2, Richard Nelson, Emmetsburg, re-elected as director; Gerry Eckelberg, Dolliver, alternate. - District 5, Bob Noble, Riceville, newly elected as director since the term for Mike Codner, Bristow, had expired; Jeff Codner, Dumont, alter-

nate. - District 8, Tom Hiler, Rockwell City, re-elected; Nick Albright, Lytton, alternate. - District 11, Dave Rueber, Luxemburg, re-elected; Jason Kurt, Cascade, alternate. - District 14, Brian Wilson, Monroe, re-elected; Mike Nolin, Monroe, alternate. - District 17, Dick Godfrey, Henderson, re-elected; Perry Beedle, Oakland, alternate. - District 20, Steven Kisling, Keosauqua, newly elected as director since the term for Sparky Wellman had expired; Thom Miller, Winfield, alternate. The positions of ICA president, president-elect, and associate vice president are all one-year terms. Those serving in the positions can serve a maximum of two terms. Regional vice presidents serve two-year terms, and may serve a maximum of three terms. District directors and alternates are three-year terms, and they may serve a maximum of two terms in each position.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

JANUARY 29, 2014

NORTH IOWA

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

Iowa OneCall to hold informational meetings for farmers in March Iowa OneCall will hold informational meetings around the state in March to educate farmers on pipeline safety and damage prevention. The meetings will focus on the rules designed to protect underground utility lines when farmers excavate, lay tile or do other underground work that could damage utility lines. The meetings are set for: • March 3 in Fort Dodge at the Starlight Village Inn Best Western • March 4 in Mason City at the Clarion Inn • March 5 in Williamsburg at the Williamsburg Recreational Center

Jesse presents volleyballs Board member Brad Jesse recently had the opportunity to present commemorative volleyballs to the Union team for their participation in the State Tournament. This was the fourth year in a row the team has participated in the state tournament. Pictured are (front row from left): Peyton Parker, Bri Harvey, Jackie Barz, Cierra Nolan and Maggie Driscoll; (back row) Megan Hudson, Maria Wrage, Lauren Barz, Breann Bader, Raini Hilmer, Jena Boisen and Brenna Allen. PHO-

• March 11 in Glenwood at the Senior Center All of the two-hour meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. A free supper will be provided, as well as door prizes. For more information and to preregister go to: www.iowaonecall. com/ag-damage-prevention-program.

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Delicious Vegetable Casserole Ila Marquardt, Masonville (Delaware County) 1 package frozen broccoli 1 package frozen cauliflower 1 package frozen Brussels sprouts 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 small can mushroom pieces 1-1/2 c. grated cheese of your choice 1 or 2 cans onion rings

Cook vegetables, and drain. Place in casserole dish prepared with cooking spray, and spread remaining ingredients on top except onion rings. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Place onion rings on top, and bake for another 5 minutes.

Yummy Italian Meatloaf Pam Bruns, Greenfield (Adair County) 2 eggs 2 lbs. ground beef 2/3 c. dry quick-cooking oatmeal 1 envelope dry onion soup mix 1/2 c. pasta sauce (your favorite) 1 tsp. garlic powder Onion slices (optional)

Whisk eggs to beat well. Add ground beef, oatmeal, soup mix, pasta sauce and garlic powder to the eggs. Mix all ingredients. Form meat into a big loaf, and place into crockpot. (If you use a liner, no clean up.) If you use onion slices, place them on top of the meatloaf. Cover and cook on low for eight hours.

Caramel Coconut Bars Stephanie Miller, Council Bluffs (W. Pottawattamie County) 1 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 c. packed brown sugar 1/2 c. butter 2 c. coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts 2 c. flaked coconut 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 2 tsp. vanilla extract 20 vanilla caramels, unwrapped 2 Tbsp. milk 2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together flour, brown sugar and butter until it’s all coarse and crumbly. Press into the bottom of a greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Pour over nuts and coconut. Bake 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and shut off. Melt caramels with milk over low heat. Dollop and drizzle over bars. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, and return to the cooling oven for just a few minutes, until chips are soft enough to spread like frosting.

TO COURTESY OF BLACK HAWK COUNTY.

Rock Island Clean Line: Understanding your contract before you sign workshop SUBMITTED BY BLACK HAWK Landowners who will be impacted by the crossing of the Rock Island Clean Line power structures in Iowa are invited to attend a meeting designed to better explain the complexities of the contracts being offered by the company. Roger McEowen, Professor in Agricultural Law and Director of the ISU Center

for Agricultural Law and Taxation will help landowners understand the easement contracts and to help ensure that landowners understand the complexities before they sign. This meeting will be held in the Grundy Center Community Center on Feb. 6, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. To pre-register, please email Shari at sellbakk@iastate.

edu or call Grundy County Extension and Outreach at 319824-6979. This meeting is co-sponsored by Grundy County Farm Bureau, Black Hawk County Farm Bureau, Grundy County Extension and Outreach, Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach and Butler County Extension and Outreach.

Iowa FFA and Buffalo Wild Wings team up SUBMITTED BY BREMER The Iowa FFA and Buffalo Wild Wings team up for a fund raising event. On Monday, Feb. 17 Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 10 percent of

all pre-taxed food sales (less alcohol and Promotional discounts) to the Iowa FFA Foundation to help support the FFA students in Iowa. Mark your calendar for this event and enjoy

dinner out, just tell your server that you are here to support the Iowa FFA students. To see where the there is a Buffalo Wild Wings in your area log onto iowaffafoundation.org.

Food Dating 101 SUBMITTED BY HOWARD COUNTY Americans throw out billions of pounds of food every year due to confusion about food expiration date labeling practices, according to a recent report released by Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Natural Resources Defense Council. This study found that over 90 percent of Americans prematurely toss food because they misinterpret dates on food labels as indicators of food safety. For most products, date shelf life is determined by the manufacturer and is based on food quality, not food safety. The lead author of the study concluded that a standardized date labeling system providing useful informa-

tion to consumers is needed. Until a new system is in place, use the guide below to help decipher codes on your next grocery store trip. - A “Sell-by” date tells the store how long to display the product for sale. You should buy the product before the date expires. - A “Best If Used By (or Before)” date is recommended for best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date. - A “Use-By” date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. The date has been determined by the manufacturer of the product. “Closed or coded dates” are packing numbers for use by the manufacturer. It is also important

that you keep track of your food inventory at home. The acronym FIFO (first in, first out) can help you remember oldest food should be stored in front and used first, while newer items should be placed in the back of your fridge or cabinets. A helpful resource is www. stilltasty.com. Here you can type in a food item and determine how long it will stay safe and tasty. The website provides storage recommendations for the fridge and freezer. An app for the iPhone is available as well, and even alerts you when food should be tossed! A good rule of thumb is “4 day throw away”; after four days leftovers should be eaten, thrown out or frozen. http:// www.4daythrowaway.org.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

JANUARY 29, 2014

NORTH CENTRAL IOWA

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

Governor visits Mason City

Iowa OneCall to hold informational meetings for farmers in March Iowa OneCall will hold informational meetings around the state in March to educate farmers on pipeline safety and damage prevention. The meetings will focus on the rules designed to protect underground utility lines when farmers excavate, lay tile or do other underground work that could damage utility lines. The meetings are set for: • March 3 in Fort Dodge at the Starlight Village Inn Best Western • March 4 in Mason City at the Clarion Inn • March 5 in Williamsburg at the Williamsburg Recreational Center

• March 11 in Glenwood at the Senior Center All of the two-hour meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. A free supper will be provided, as well as door prizes. For more information and to preregister go to: www.iowaonecall. com/ag-damage-prevention-program.

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Delicious Vegetable Casserole Ila Marquardt, Masonville (Delaware County) 1 package frozen broccoli 1 package frozen cauliflower 1 package frozen Brussels sprouts 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 small can mushroom pieces 1-1/2 c. grated cheese of your choice 1 or 2 cans onion rings

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds made a stop in Mason City Jan. 17 as part of their “Building Iowa’s Future” tour. Branstad has announced that he will be running for a sixth term as governor of Iowa and stated that he has accomplished much in Iowa over the past three years but there is still a lot of work to be done. Pictured are Rep. Tedd Gassman, House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer, Gov. Terry Branstad, Farm Bureau member Betsy Fickel, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Rep. Henry Rayhons. PHOTO COURTEY OF WINNEBAGO COUNTY.

ISU Extension to sponsor commercial applicator test prep

Cook vegetables, and drain. Place in casserole dish prepared with cooking spray, and spread remaining ingredients on top except onion rings. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Place onion rings on top, and bake for another 5 minutes.

Yummy Italian Meatloaf Pam Bruns, Greenfield (Adair County) 2 eggs 2 lbs. ground beef 2/3 c. dry quick-cooking oatmeal 1 envelope dry onion soup mix 1/2 c. pasta sauce (your favorite) 1 tsp. garlic powder Onion slices (optional)

Whisk eggs to beat well. Add ground beef, oatmeal, soup mix, pasta sauce and garlic powder to the eggs. Mix all ingredients. Form meat into a big loaf, and place into crockpot. (If you use a liner, no clean up.) If you use onion slices, place them on top of the meatloaf. Cover and cook on low for eight hours.

Caramel Coconut Bars Stephanie Miller, Council Bluffs (W. Pottawattamie County) 1 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 c. packed brown sugar 1/2 c. butter 2 c. coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts 2 c. flaked coconut 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 2 tsp. vanilla extract 20 vanilla caramels, unwrapped 2 Tbsp. milk 2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together flour, brown sugar and butter until it’s all coarse and crumbly. Press into the bottom of a greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Pour over nuts and coconut. Bake 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and shut off. Melt caramels with milk over low heat. Dollop and drizzle over bars. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, and return to the cooling oven for just a few minutes, until chips are soft enough to spread like frosting.

SUBMITTED BY HUMBOLDT, WEBSTER owa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will sponsor a study session to help individuals prepare to take the exam for the core Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Individuals who apply pesticides for hire need a Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification. This is an excellent opportunity if you have employees who are preparing to retest or testing for initial certification.

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A training fee of $20 per attendant will be charged, plus an additional $30 if the study guide/ test prep DVD is needed. Mark Johnson, Extension field agronomist, will present in the Wright County office. Hamilton, Webster and Humboldt participants will view Johnson via Adobe Connect and will be able to ask questions during the live training via the internet in the county office. Study sessions for the Commercial Pesticide Applicators will begin at 1 p.m. and conclude at 3

p.m. The session for Commercial Applicators will cover the Core Manual and the Ag categories (1A - Ag Weed, 1B - Ag Insect, 1C Ag Disease). These training sessions do not qualify as continuing instructional courses. Please contact your local ISU Extension and Outreach office for more information or to pre-register. The office number for Humboldt County is 515-3322201 or email kbielke@iastate. edu. The office number for Webster County office is 515-5762119 or maryjo@iastate.edu.

Iowa Power Farming Show coming to Des Moines

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SUBMITTED BY WEBSTER he Iowa Power Farming Show, which is the third largest indoor farm show in the U.S., will run from Tuesday, Jan. 28, to Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. General admission is $6 and children under 14 are admitted free. “We continue to see great inter-

est from farmers in adding cover crops to their farming operation,” said Iowa Secretary of State Bill Northey, who will be speaking at the workshops on Jan. 29. Northey, who seeded cover crops on his farm last fall, added that, “Cover crops can help farmers manage nutrients, reduce soil erosion and enhance water quality.” For more information, or to ac-

cess a complete list of exhibitors, visit www.iowapowershow.com. Show director Tom Junge said the show’s ideal location and timing help attract the biggest names in farming. The list of exhibitors showcasing farm equipment and services at the 2014 Iowa Power Farming Show includes major ag brands from every product category.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

JANUARY 29, 2014

NORTH EAST IOWA

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

Iowa OneCall to hold informational meetings for farmers in March Iowa OneCall will hold informational meetings around the state in March to educate farmers on pipeline safety and damage prevention. The meetings will focus on the rules designed to protect underground utility lines when farmers excavate, lay tile or do other underground work that could damage utility lines. The meetings are set for: • March 3 in Fort Dodge at the Starlight Village Inn Best Western • March 4 in Mason City at the Clarion Inn • March 5 in Williamsburg at the Williamsburg Recreational Center

• March 11 in Glenwood at the Senior Center All of the two-hour meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. A free supper will be provided, as well as door prizes. For more information and to preregister go to: www.iowaonecall. com/ag-damage-prevention-program.

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Delicious Vegetable Casserole Ila Marquardt, Masonville (Delaware County) 1 package frozen broccoli 1 package frozen cauliflower 1 package frozen Brussels sprouts 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 small can mushroom pieces 1-1/2 c. grated cheese of your choice 1 or 2 cans onion rings

Cook vegetables, and drain. Place in casserole dish prepared with cooking spray, and spread remaining ingredients on top except onion rings. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Place onion rings on top, and bake for another 5 minutes.

Yummy Italian Meatloaf Pam Bruns, Greenfield (Adair County) 2 eggs 2 lbs. ground beef 2/3 c. dry quick-cooking oatmeal 1 envelope dry onion soup mix 1/2 c. pasta sauce (your favorite) 1 tsp. garlic powder Onion slices (optional)

Whisk eggs to beat well. Add ground beef, oatmeal, soup mix, pasta sauce and garlic powder to the eggs. Mix all ingredients. Form meat into a big loaf, and place into crockpot. (If you use a liner, no clean up.) If you use onion slices, place them on top of the meatloaf. Cover and cook on low for eight hours.

Caramel Coconut Bars Stephanie Miller, Council Bluffs (W. Pottawattamie County) 1 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 c. packed brown sugar 1/2 c. butter 2 c. coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts 2 c. flaked coconut 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 2 tsp. vanilla extract 20 vanilla caramels, unwrapped 2 Tbsp. milk 2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together flour, brown sugar and butter until it's all coarse and crumbly. Press into the bottom of a greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Pour over nuts and coconut. Bake 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and shut off. Melt caramels with milk over low heat. Dollop and drizzle over bars. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, and return to the cooling oven for just a few minutes, until chips are soft enough to spread like frosting.

This year’s top soil judging team was from MFL Mar Mac. Pictured, from left, are Clayton SWCD Commissioner Owen Sylvester, Ryan Moon, Tyler Rochleau, Alex Adney and Wesley Ridenour. Ryan Moon was the top individual pacer for 2013, Wesley Ridenour was the top individual soil judge. The Clayton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) honored the soil judging team during the annual awards banquet held recently at Johnson’s Restaurant in Elkader. The local awards program is co-sponsored by the Clayton County Farm Bureau.

MFL-Mar-Mac Top Soil Judging Team SUBMITTED BY CLAYTON The Clayton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) honored the outstanding conservation efforts of local farm families during the annual awards banquet held recently at Johnson's Restaurant in Elkader. This year's award winners showcase a variety of conservation efforts, and each recipient provides an outstanding example of what we can do to protect the natural resources that we enjoy in northeast Iowa. The local awards program is

co-sponsored by the Clayton County Farm Bureau. Last May, 36 students from four local high schools gathered at the Motor Mill Historical site near Elkader for the 38th annual Clayton SWCD soil judging contest. Participants judged soil profiles, tested their pacing ability, flagged contour lines and toured Motor Mill. Individual and team winners were recognized at this year's awards banquet. Bernard Hanson served as a Clayton SWCD Commissioner for over

24 years. Awards in his name are presented to the top individual soil judge and pacing contest winners. Wesley Ridenour of the MFL Mar Mac FFA was the top soil judge. Ryan Moon of MFL took first place in this year's pacing contest. The top contour layout team was from the Ed-Co FFA, and included Olivia Bailey and Jeremiah Bailey. Tyler Rochleau, Wesley Ridenour, Alex Adney, and Ryan Moon made up this year's top soil judging team from MFL Mar Mac.

Farmers Market Workshop scheduled SUBMITTED BY FAYETTE Training for market managers and vendors will be held at First Christian Church in Des Moines. The 16th Annual Iowa Farmers Market Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave., in Des Moines. The workshop is sponsored by the Iowa Farmers Market Association (IFMA) and will provide training and information for farmers market managers and vendors. The workshop registration fee is $30 and lunch is included. For more information visit www.iafarmersmarkets.org or contact Barb Ristau, IFMA treasurer, at 641-456-4811. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will welcome at-

tendees and Larry Johnson, who manages the Dane County Farmers Market in Madison, Wis., will be the keynote speaker. Johnsons' morning presentation will focus on community support for new markets and market rules. In the afternoon, Johnson will speak on keeping established markets vibrant and thriving. There will be break-out sessions discussing the topics Johnson is presenting. Farmers markets continue to grow in popularity as Iowans seek fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. An Iowa farmers market survey completed for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship showed that market sales have increased an average of 18 percent per year from 2004

to 2009. It also showed that Iowa markets had $38.4 million in direct sales in 2009 and a $71 million impact on Iowa's economy. To help support the more than 230 farmers markets in Iowa, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has an Iowa Farmers Market App for both iPhones and Android smartphones. The app allows users to find the farmers market closest to them by using GPS location services or to search for specific farmers markets by city or zip code. Once they have located a market, the user can view the hours of the market, browse a list of vendors and see a phone number and email address of the market manager.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

JANUARY 29, 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

Iowa OneCall to hold informational meetings for farmers in March Iowa OneCall will hold informational meetings around the state in March to educate farmers on pipeline safety and damage prevention. The meetings will focus on the rules designed to protect underground utility lines when farmers excavate, lay tile or do other underground work that could damage utility lines. The meetings are set for: • March 3 in Fort Dodge at the Starlight Village Inn Best Western • March 4 in Mason City at the Clarion Inn • March 5 in Williamsburg at the Williamsburg Recreational Center

• March 11 in Glenwood at the Senior Center All of the two-hour meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. A free supper will be provided, as well as door prizes. For more information and to preregister go to: www.iowaonecall. com/ag-damage-prevention-program.

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Delicious Vegetable Casserole Ila Marquardt, Masonville (Delaware County) 1 package frozen broccoli 1 package frozen cauliflower 1 package frozen Brussels sprouts 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 small can mushroom pieces 1-1/2 c. grated cheese of your choice 1 or 2 cans onion rings

Cook vegetables, and drain. Place in casserole dish prepared with cooking spray, and spread remaining ingredients on top except onion rings. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Place onion rings on top, and bake for another 5 minutes.

Yummy Italian Meatloaf Pam Bruns, Greenfield (Adair County) 2 eggs 2 lbs. ground beef 2/3 c. dry quick-cooking oatmeal 1 envelope dry onion soup mix 1/2 c. pasta sauce (your favorite) 1 tsp. garlic powder Onion slices (optional)

Whisk eggs to beat well. Add ground beef, oatmeal, soup mix, pasta sauce and garlic powder to the eggs. Mix all ingredients. Form meat into a big loaf, and place into crockpot. (If you use a liner, no clean up.) If you use onion slices, place them on top of the meatloaf. Cover and cook on low for eight hours.

Caramel Coconut Bars Stephanie Miller, Council Bluffs (W. Pottawattamie County) 1 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 c. packed brown sugar 1/2 c. butter 2 c. coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts 2 c. flaked coconut 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 2 tsp. vanilla extract 20 vanilla caramels, unwrapped 2 Tbsp. milk 2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together flour, brown sugar and butter until it's all coarse and crumbly. Press into the bottom of a greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Pour over nuts and coconut. Bake 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and shut off. Melt caramels with milk over low heat. Dollop and drizzle over bars. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, and return to the cooling oven for just a few minutes, until chips are soft enough to spread like frosting.

Region 12 boards send assistance to South Dakota ranchers SUBMITTED BY CARROLL, CRAWFORD, MONONA A record-breaking 2013 October blizzard that dumped 4 feet of snow in parts of western South Dakota left ranchers dealing with loses of up to 50 percent to 75 percent of their herds. Cattle were soaked by 12 hours of rain early in the storm, so many were unable to survive an additional 48 hours of snow and winds up to 60 mph. Cattle were found lying dead up to nine miles away from the pasture they were in. Cattle losses exceeded 100,000 state-wide and Iowa farmers could feel the pain that South Dakota ranchers were experiencing. Iowa cattlemen instantly joined hands and presented a challenge to Iowa Cattlemen Association members to make donations to help out their neighboring cattlemen. Region 12 Iowa Farm Bureau board directors also joined forces and challenged each other in reaching out to make donations to the relief efforts for the South Dakota

Representatives from all six Region 12 counties with a check representing the total donation. Pictured, from left, are Carroll County Board President Jason Nieland; Shelby County Board Vice President Chris Evans; West Pottawattamie County Board President Joe Turner; Crawford County Board President Steve Riesselman; Monona County Board President Jeff Mordhorst; and Harrison County Board President Lynn Stamp.

producers. Starting with a donation of $500 from Carroll County, Shelby, Harrison, Monona, Crawford and West Pottawattamie counties followed in line, one giving more than the next, to end up with a total donation of $3,156. IFBF Region 12

Manager Wayne Olson expressed it well in saying, “Although we can' t replace the cattle losses felt by the South Dakota cattle producers, we can reach out with some assistance just to let them know how much we care.”

Plan to attend Sioux Central FFA Banquet SUBMITTED BY BUENA VISTA, CLAY The Sioux Central FFA Banquet will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the commons area and will feature a keynote address by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.

We' d like to invite all program stakeholders including parents, alumni, community supporters and advisory committee members to take part in our annual awards program. Anyone planning to attend should RSVP by emailing chapter advisor Melanie Bloom or register

online at http://bit.ly/1lFcZiL by Wednesday, Jan. 29. The cost is $5 per person. Anyone wearing or bringing an FFA jacket (that includes any past FFA members who can find their FFA jacket from high school!) will receive a $2 discount on their meal.

Tractor’s sale to benefit Veteran’s Memorial BY PHYLLIS POSTMA SUBMITTED BY O’BRIEN O'Brien County Farm Bureau member Dennis Powers called our office wanting to take advantage of a popular membership benefit. He wanted to place an ad in the Spokesman. In visiting with Dennis, it became very obvious this was not your normal “for sale” ad. This ad is for a 1938 A John Deere, with proceeds from the sale of this tractor going toward the Veteran's Memorial to be erected in Kirchner Park in Peterson. The restored tractor was given to the Dean Underwood Post of the American Legion of Peterson by Ted Feekes. The tractor was raffled off in November and the winner of the raffle, Skip Hunt, has graciously re-donated the tractor to be sold. The Legion is hoping to dedicate

This 1938 A John Deere is for sale with proceeds to go to the Peterson Veteran’s Memorial.

the memorial on Veteran's Day this year. If you would like more

information about this tractor call 712-229-1840.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

JANUARY 29, 2014

SOUTH EAST IOWA

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

Iowa OneCall to hold informational meetings for farmers in March Iowa OneCall will hold informational meetings around the state in March to educate farmers on pipeline safety and damage prevention. The meetings will focus on the rules designed to protect underground utility lines when farmers excavate, lay tile or do other underground work that could damage utility lines. The meetings are set for: • March 3 in Fort Dodge at the Starlight Village Inn Best Western • March 4 in Mason City at the Clarion Inn • March 5 in Williamsburg at the Williamsburg Recreational Center

• March 11 in Glenwood at the Senior Center All of the two-hour meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. A free supper will be provided, as well as door prizes. For more information and to preregister go to: www.iowaonecall. com/ag-damage-prevention-program.

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Delicious Vegetable Casserole Ila Marquardt, Masonville (Delaware County) 1 package frozen broccoli 1 package frozen cauliflower 1 package frozen Brussels sprouts 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 small can mushroom pieces 1-1/2 c. grated cheese of your choice 1 or 2 cans onion rings

Cook vegetables, and drain. Place in casserole dish prepared with cooking spray, and spread remaining ingredients on top except onion rings. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Place onion rings on top, and bake for another 5 minutes.

Yummy Italian Meatloaf Pam Bruns, Greenfield (Adair County) 2 eggs 2 lbs. ground beef 2/3 c. dry quick-cooking oatmeal 1 envelope dry onion soup mix 1/2 c. pasta sauce (your favorite) 1 tsp. garlic powder Onion slices (optional)

Whisk eggs to beat well. Add ground beef, oatmeal, soup mix, pasta sauce and garlic powder to the eggs. Mix all ingredients. Form meat into a big loaf, and place into crockpot. (If you use a liner, no clean up.) If you use onion slices, place them on top of the meatloaf. Cover and cook on low for eight hours.

Caramel Coconut Bars Stephanie Miller, Council Bluffs (W. Pottawattamie County) 1 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 c. packed brown sugar 1/2 c. butter 2 c. coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts 2 c. flaked coconut 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 2 tsp. vanilla extract 20 vanilla caramels, unwrapped 2 Tbsp. milk 2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together flour, brown sugar and butter until it’s all coarse and crumbly. Press into the bottom of a greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Pour over nuts and coconut. Bake 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and shut off. Melt caramels with milk over low heat. Dollop and drizzle over bars. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, and return to the cooling oven for just a few minutes, until chips are soft enough to spread like frosting.

Iowa 4-H Foundation to host fifth annual 4-H Gala SUBMITTED BY JEFFERSON, WAPELLO n incredible evening at the Iowa 4-H Foundation Gala is sure to please 4-H supporters, alumni and friends alike! Guests are destined to enjoy an elegant evening of food, conversation and entertainment paired with a silent and live auction. From stylish purses and tool belts, to unique items you won’t find elsewhere, and an always-anticipated scrumptious dessert auction — connecting with 4-H friends couldn’t be more fun. The Gala is the most anticipated Iowa 4-H fundraising event of the winter, an evening for 4-H supporters to gather together to “make the best better” for Iowa 4-H’ers. The annual 4-H Gala event is hosted by the Iowa 4-H Foundation, a non-profit organization funding opportunities for Iowa’s 4-H Youth.

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To honor these ties, award-winning 4-H’er exhibits from the Iowa State Fair and local county fairs will be featured during the auction, which allows donating 4-H’ers to designate 50 percent of the proceeds back to their club or county. “We are excited to expand this fundraising event to two locations this coming year. We have strong 4-H supporters in eastern Iowa, and we can’t wait to get them involved,” said Brooke Young, administrative specialist and Gala event coordinator at the Iowa 4-H Foundation. The Gala event continues to grow every year. The Central Iowa 4-H Gala presented by John Deere will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at The Meadows at Prairie Meadows in Altoona. New to the Gala fun, the Eastern Iowa 4-H Gala will be held one week later at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at The Celebration Farm

in Iowa City. Past success, and a desire to connect with supporters in another part of the state, has led the foundation to expand the event to an additional location. “With the help of many generous sponsors and individual donors, we are excited to bring together 4-H friends from all across the state of Iowa,” says Iowa 4-H Foundation executive director Kris Fish Kuhlman. “Proceeds from this event help us to fund many opportunities for Iowa 4-H’ers all year round.” The cost to attend each event is $100 for individuals, $150 for couples, or a table sponsor which hosts 10 guests for $1000. Popular discounts will be returning for young 4-H alumni (ages 21 to 30) and current 4-H/Extension staff for $50 per attendee. More information on the upcoming Gala events and registration can be found at www. iowa4hfoundation.org/gala.

Check bins through winter to preserve grain quality SUBMITTED BY KEOKUK Growers need to monitor stored grain carefully throughout the storage period. Routine checks should be made at least every two weeks — even in winter months, say DuPont Pioneer experts. A regular check of bins allows growers to assess the condition of grain. It also provides the opportunity to catch emerging problems before they result in spoiled grain. Here are some tips for monitoring bins: • Smell the exhaust to detect musty odors that indicate molds are developing. • Check the grain surface for crusting, wet areas and molds, as well as insect and rodent activity. • Check grain temperature and

moisture. “In-bin” electronic probes, which are becoming more common, allow growers to monitor these properties continuously. • Probe the grain mass to check for “hot spots,” molds and insects. • Check inside the roof of the building for condensation and leaks.

• Make sure the building exterior is well-drained, weather-tight, rodent-proof and not physically damaged by the forces of the grain. If you detect any problems, correct them immediately. If necessary move the grain to a different storage facility.

Friends of Shimek hold annual meeting A total of 24 volunteers and board members attended the Jan. 11 Friends of Shimek (FOS) annual meeting, held at Little Mexico in Mt. Pleasant. Doug and Bonnie Moothart were recognized at the Bennett Volunteers of the Year for 2013. An astounding 47 volunteers donated 841 hours in 2013 to improve the trails and campgrounds and to promote care of our natural resources in Shimek. Shimek State Forester John Byrd was recognized with a letter of commendation to the Director of Iowa DNR from the FOS Board for his willingness to support the equestrian communities efforts and act as a Friends of Shimek Advisor. For more information see http://friendsofshimek.blogspot.com/. PHOTO COURTESY OF DES MOINES AND HENRY COUNTIES.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

JANUARY 29, 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

Iowa OneCall to hold informational meetings for farmers in March Iowa OneCall will hold informational meetings around the state in March to educate farmers on pipeline safety and damage prevention. The meetings will focus on the rules designed to protect underground utility lines when farmers excavate, lay tile or do other underground work that could damage utility lines. The meetings are set for: • March 3 in Fort Dodge at the Starlight Village Inn Best Western • March 4 in Mason City at the Clarion Inn • March 5 in Williamsburg at the Williamsburg Recreational Center

• March 11 in Glenwood at the Senior Center All of the two-hour meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. A free supper will be provided, as well as door prizes. For more information and to preregister go to: www.iowaonecall. com/ag-damage-prevention-program.

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Delicious Vegetable Casserole Ila Marquardt, Masonville (Delaware County) 1 package frozen broccoli 1 package frozen cauliflower 1 package frozen Brussels sprouts 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 small can mushroom pieces 1-1/2 c. grated cheese of your choice 1 or 2 cans onion rings

Cook vegetables, and drain. Place in casserole dish prepared with cooking spray, and spread remaining ingredients on top except onion rings. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Place onion rings on top, and bake for another 5 minutes.

Yummy Italian Meatloaf Pam Bruns, Greenfield (Adair County) 2 eggs 2 lbs. ground beef 2/3 c. dry quick-cooking oatmeal 1 envelope dry onion soup mix 1/2 c. pasta sauce (your favorite) 1 tsp. garlic powder Onion slices (optional)

Whisk eggs to beat well. Add ground beef, oatmeal, soup mix, pasta sauce and garlic powder to the eggs. Mix all ingredients. Form meat into a big loaf, and place into crockpot. (If you use a liner, no clean up.) If you use onion slices, place them on top of the meatloaf. Cover and cook on low for eight hours.

Caramel Coconut Bars Stephanie Miller, Council Bluffs (W. Pottawattamie County) 1 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 c. packed brown sugar 1/2 c. butter 2 c. coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts 2 c. flaked coconut 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 2 tsp. vanilla extract 20 vanilla caramels, unwrapped 2 Tbsp. milk 2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together flour, brown sugar and butter until it’s all coarse and crumbly. Press into the bottom of a greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Pour over nuts and coconut. Bake 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and shut off. Melt caramels with milk over low heat. Dollop and drizzle over bars. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, and return to the cooling oven for just a few minutes, until chips are soft enough to spread like frosting.

Representatives from all six Region 12 counties with a check representing the total donation. Pictured, from left, are Carroll County Board President Jason Nieland; Shelby County Board Vice President Chris Evans; West Pottawattamie County Board President Joe Turner; Crawford County Board President Steve Riesselman; Monona County Board President Jeff Mordhorst; and Harrison County Board President Lynn Stamp.

Region 12 boards send assistance to South Dakota ranchers SUBMITTED BY HARRISON, SHELBY, WEST POTTAWATTAMIE A record-breaking 2013 October blizzard that dumped 4 feet of snow in parts of western South Dakota left ranchers dealing with loses of up to 50 percent to 75 percent of their herds. Cattle were soaked by 12 hours of rain early in the storm, so many were unable to survive an additional 48 hours of snow and winds up to 60 mph. Cattle were found lying dead up to nine miles away from the pasture they were

in. Cattle losses exceeded 100,000 state-wide and Iowa farmers could feel the pain that South Dakota ranchers were experiencing. Iowa cattlemen instantly joined hands and presented a challenge to Iowa Cattlemen Association members to make donations to help out their neighboring cattlemen. Region 12 Iowa Farm Bureau board directors also joined forces and challenged each other in reaching out to make donations to the relief efforts for the South Dakota

producers. Starting with a donation of $500 from Carroll County, Shelby, Harrison, Monona, Crawford and West Pottawattamie counties followed in line, one giving more than the next, to end up with a total donation of $3,156. IFBF Region 12 Manager Wayne Olson expressed it well in saying, “Although we can’t replace the cattle losses felt by the South Dakota cattle producers, we can reach out with some assistance just to let them know how much we care.”

Meat quality improvement is topic of Jan. 29 Carcass Challenge event SUBMITTED BY RINGGOLD Cattle producers who want to understand more about cattle production issues that impact meat quality are encouraged to attend the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Carcass Challenge educational event on Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Ames. The event is being held at the mid-point of the ICA Carcass Challenge, which involves 68 steers donated by cattle producers from around the state. This statewide carcass contest for cattle producers will compare the steers across a variety of measurements that include gain, quality and value calculations. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. at the Iowa Beef Industry Headquarters at 2055 Ironwood Ct., in Ames. Gary Felger, a technical manager for Igenity/GeneSeek, will talk about the use of genetic profiles for cow-calf producers to make decisions on breeding stock and how you can benchmark your herd to others. He will use genetic data collected from the Carcass Challenge Steers for the discussion.

On the feedyard side, a technical consultant from Elanco will also talk about their Midwest benchmark data and how it relates to profitability. After lunch, the group will go the Iowa State University Meat Lab to talk about beef quality, grades for both quality and yield, specialty processed beef products, beef safety, new retail cuts and a tour of the meat lab. Dr. Joe Cordray, animal science professor, will lead the discussion on these topics. The educational event will end at 3 p.m. Registration to ensure a meal is due by noon on Tuesday, Jan. 28. Call 515-296-2266, or email Dianne@iabeef.org with your registration. Carcass Challenge steers were delivered to the Van Meter Feedyards near Guthrie Center in early November, and are expected to go to market in late April or May. Five awards will be given to those steers that demonstrate the highest quality at a moderate cost of production. This is called the Retail Value per Days on Feed

(RVDoF). There will be also be awards for the top five Carcass Merit steers, which will be ranked based on grid price per pound, with allowances for discounts for small ribeye areas (REA), low average daily gain (ADG) and excessive trimming. The prizes for the top five in the RVDoF and Carcass Merit competitions will receive $750 for first, $500 for second and $250 for third through fifth. Steers will compete in both competitions, so they may win more than one award. Additional prizes of $250 each will be given to the steers with the highest ADG, largest REA, the top marbling score and the chef award, which is for a 12-14-inch ribeye with the highest marbling score. This is the third year the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has held the Carcass Challenge. The event sponsor is Elanco Animal Health. Members of the 2013 Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Class were responsible for recruiting the steers, and grew the 2014 program by more than a third.


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