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Archive for February 2014

February 1, 2014

Road Cook 

dinner party outside at night

Pop-Up Cafe, New Crops New Markets, Planting And Preserving

Josh Ploeg travels around the country throwing dinner parties. Daniel Orr plants potatoes and preserves grape leaves. And, farmers take a chance on new crops.

February 8, 2014

Connections 

farmers market transaction

Shop Like A Chef, Finally Farm Bill, Broccoli Soup

Shopping as a way of connecting with your town. Lawmakers reached a compromise on the farm bill. Uplands Peak rescues farm animals. Broccoli soup for dinner.

February 15, 2014

Make It, Eat It 

pan-seared scallops

Serving Seafood In Indiana, Food Swap, Broccoli Salad

The challenges of serving fresh seafood in an Indiana restaurant, with Chef Jeff Finch. Broccoli, Tuscan style. Btwon Food Swappers trade homemade goodies.

February 22, 2014

Eat Outside The Box 

beet's long shadow

Beets With Dave Tallent, Veggie Curry, Data Sharing On Farms

No love for beets?! Chefs Dave Tallent and Bob Adkins both try to convince guests that it's a delicious ingredient in their dishes. Kale chips and hydroponics.

February 2, 2014

 

holding marijuana plant

Colorado Creates Food Safety System To Regulate Marijuana Industry

Colorado’s marijuana regulators, essentially, have to create a new state-run food safety system to ensure that the now-legal THC-infused foods are safe.

February 3, 2014

Dollars And Cents 

corn field

Falling Corn Prices Impacting Farm Rent Agreements

The price of corn expected to free fall this year, which has many farmers considering the cost of renting and planting this season.

February 4, 2014

GMO Ban 

child-holding-no-GMO-sign

Russia Introduces Bill To Ban GMOs

Russian lawmakers aim to restrict GMO imports and ban GMO production within the country.

February 5, 2014

Get Baked 

scones in a pan

Simple Scones Serve As Blank Canvas For Tasty Experiments

I love scones because they are basically biscuits that you can fill with all sorts of fun things -- sweet and savory!

February 5, 2014

At Long Last 

The U.S. Capitol peeks through a bed of flowers

Farm Bill Clears Last Big Hurdle

After two years of partisan skirmishing, both chambers of the U.S Congress have approved a sweeping farm bill.

February 7, 2014

Finally Farm Bill 

EBT SNAP sign

Uneasy Marriage Of Food Stamps And The Farm Bill

Since the earliest farm supports in the 1930s, the link between those who grow food and those who need it has been part of federal agriculture policy.

February 7, 2014

Community Building 

clara moore, shop like a chef

Shop Like A Chef With Clara Moore

Chef and cookbook author Clara Moore recently moved from St. Louis to the Pacific Northwest. How did she get to know her new town? She went shopping for food!

February 8, 2014

Animal Rescue 

michelle pruitt and annie the pig

Uplands Peak Sanctuary

We take a field trip to Uplands Peak Sanctuary to visit four very friendly pigs who were rescued and now get to live out the rest of their lives.

February 10, 2014

Food Gets Tech 

farmplicity-website

Virtual Marketplace Connects Small Farms, Local Restaurants

On Farmplicity.com, farmers can list the products they're selling and restaurants can purchase local ingredients directly from the growers.

February 10, 2014

Class I Recall 

Cows in field

USDA Recalls Beef Unfit For Human Consumption

Nearly 9 million pounds of beef have been recalled after the USDA discovered diseased animals were processed without proper oversight.

February 11, 2014

Tough Times 

dairy-Davidsons-calves

Changing Dairy Industry Leaves Some Farmers In The Dust

The dairy industry is more efficient than ever, but ramping up production is costly and often out of reach for some small dairies.

February 12, 2014

I Heart You 

plate of heart-shaped fruit tartlettes

Fruity Tartlettes For Valentine’s Day

These heart-shaped vegan treats would be a tasty addition to your stay-at-home Valentine's Day celebration.

February 12, 2014

Health and Income 

produce

No Quick Fix For Food Deserts

A new study finds that simply opening stores that offer fresh produce doesn't mean residents in food deserts will change their eating habits.

February 13, 2014

Seafood Season 

jeff and candace finch in front of the pizza oven

Finch’s Brasserie May Be Landlocked But Its Seafood Is Fresh

Finch's Brasserie takes pride in supporting local farms, but in order to serve the freshest seafood possible, they have to fly it in from the coasts.

February 14, 2014

Spring Chickens 

A hen and a chicken enter coop from their run

Are You Ready For Chickens?

Here’s a quiz to help you figure out if you are ready to start your own backyard chicken flock.

February 17, 2014

Sweet Side 

Honey-roasted sunchokes and shallots plated with lemon wedges.

Honey-Roasted Sunchokes With Shallots And Meyer Lemon

Do your tummy a favor and try these sweet and tangy sunchokes, which are not only delicious but also good for digestion.

February 17, 2014

Food Share 

btown food swappers participants with their spoils

Btown Food Swappers Make It, Then Trade It

Bring something homemade, homegrown or foraged to trade at the Bloomington Food Swap, and who knows what goodies you'll take home with you.

February 18, 2014

Farm Wars 

A crop duster sprays a field.

New Cases Raise Ire Between Conventional And Organic Growers

Reports of pesticide contamination and wind-borne GM seeds have farmers at loggerheads over seemingly irreconcilable practices.

February 19, 2014

Waste Not 

An outhouse sits in a snowy field in Idaho

The Dirt On ‘Humanure’

As the world's topsoil erodes and drinking water stores dwindle, developed countries could be forced to recycle more human waste to grow food. How safe is it?

February 20, 2014

Ag Info 

ag-data-computer

Farmers Worry About Sharing Big Data

Farmers are using precision information from their fields to prescribe exact doses of everything from seeds to fertilizer. How much data do they want to share?

February 20, 2014

Rising Need 

commissary

More Military Families Using Food Stamps

Food stamp use at military groceries has risen for the sixth straight year.

February 21, 2014

Hydroponics 

heads of lettuce for sale at farmers market

Meet A Farmer: Deb McKee Kelly, Good Life Farms

Deb McKee Kelly's table at the Bloomington Winter Farmers Market is stocked with lettuce, arugula and basil she grows on her hydroponics farm.

February 21, 2014

Food Supply 

GMO rally

Going GMO-Free In America: Risks And Resources

In the United States, more than 75 percent of food contains genetically modified ingredients. What's a GMO-free consumer to do?

February 23, 2014

Ready, Set, Bake 

A plate of vegan Buttermilk Biscuits with a side dish of jam

Vegan Buttermilk Biscuits Worth The Trouble

I had to make this recipe six times before I got them right. The end result — buttery, tender biscuits — was worth it.

February 23, 2014

Green Thumb 

snap peas sprouting in the garden

Gearing Up For Gardening Season

Shake off those polar vortex blues and get your hands dirty! Stephanie Solomon says it's never too early to start your garden preparations.

February 24, 2014

Farms By The Numbers 

farm-140224

USDA Census: Indiana Farms And Farm Acreage Declining

According to a USDA Census released last week, Indiana farms and farmland is decreasing.

February 24, 2014

Ag Census 

farmland near Fort Calhoun, Nebraska

Young Farmers Waiting For Their Opportunity

The 2012 Census of Agriculture shows the number of farmers under 35 years-old has grown slightly, about 1 percent nationally.

February 24, 2014

Breakfast Anytime 

A plated dish of black-eyed peas, soy chorizo, and spicy veggies.

Sausage And Black-Eyed Pea Hash

Spice things up with this vegan and gluten-free medley of soy chorizo, veggies, and black-eyed peas, topped with a zesty sauce!

February 25, 2014

Cheflebrity 

Chef-Dave-Tallent

James Beard Nominee Dave Tallent Preaches Flavor First

Give Chef Dave Tallent the chance and he'll change your mind about beets with his Italian-inspired Beet And Goat Cheese Ravioli.

February 26, 2014

Historic Drought 

drought

Drought In California Bumps Supermarket Prices

Some parts of California haven't seen rain since July 1. This week, farmers were told they will not receive water from government reservoirs.

February 26, 2014

Small Scale 

organic berry farm

Proposed Food Safety Rules Clash With Organic Farmers

Organic farmers are raising opposition to FDA food safety rules that will put the squeeze on small-production farms.

February 27, 2014

Healthy Schools 

school scoreboard with Coca-Cola

New Guidelines Say No To Unhealthy Marketing In Schools

Unhealthy foods are already being taken out of school lunches. Next up is the removal of unhealthy food marketing in schools.

February 27, 2014

Sea Change? 

plate of vegetables, fruit and crackers

Obesity Rate Declining In Young Children

The obesity rate dropped 43 percent for young children over the past decade, marking the first major decline in the obesity epidemic.

February 28, 2014

Play Games, All Sorts 

Robbie Maass shows his mother, Leah, the Commodity Challenge

Farmers Play The Markets, Learn To Avoid Risk

In Commodity Challenge, you have fake bushels of grain. You line up a marketing strategy, watch the real markets and then see what your decisions earned you.

February 28, 2014

DIY 

cover of sugarmaker's companion

Maple Syrup And All Its Delicious Parts

Making maple syrup does not need to be left to the experts. Michael Farrell's "A Sugarmaker's Companion" will give you the tools you need to do it yourself.

February 5, 2014

Get Baked 

scones in a pan

Simple Scones Serve As Blank Canvas For Tasty Experiments

I love scones because they are basically biscuits that you can fill with all sorts of fun things -- sweet and savory!

February 12, 2014

I Heart You 

plate of heart-shaped fruit tartlettes

Fruity Tartlettes For Valentine’s Day

These heart-shaped vegan treats would be a tasty addition to your stay-at-home Valentine's Day celebration.

February 17, 2014

Sweet Side 

Honey-roasted sunchokes and shallots plated with lemon wedges.

Honey-Roasted Sunchokes With Shallots And Meyer Lemon

Do your tummy a favor and try these sweet and tangy sunchokes, which are not only delicious but also good for digestion.

February 24, 2014

Ethnic Recipe, Local Touch 

chef bob adkins in the kitchen

Cook Like A Chef: Bob Adkins’ Vegetarian Curry

The Rail changes its menu every 6-8 weeks to stay as true to the seasonality of foods as possible. Featured on the latest menu is Chef Bob Adkins' Indian curry.

February 2, 2014

 

holding marijuana plant

Colorado Creates Food Safety System To Regulate Marijuana Industry

Colorado’s marijuana regulators, essentially, have to create a new state-run food safety system to ensure that the now-legal THC-infused foods are safe.

February 3, 2014

Dollars And Cents 

corn field

Falling Corn Prices Impacting Farm Rent Agreements

The price of corn expected to free fall this year, which has many farmers considering the cost of renting and planting this season.

February 4, 2014

GMO Ban 

child-holding-no-GMO-sign

Russia Introduces Bill To Ban GMOs

Russian lawmakers aim to restrict GMO imports and ban GMO production within the country.

February 5, 2014

At Long Last 

The U.S. Capitol peeks through a bed of flowers

Farm Bill Clears Last Big Hurdle

After two years of partisan skirmishing, both chambers of the U.S Congress have approved a sweeping farm bill.

February 7, 2014

Finally Farm Bill 

EBT SNAP sign

Uneasy Marriage Of Food Stamps And The Farm Bill

Since the earliest farm supports in the 1930s, the link between those who grow food and those who need it has been part of federal agriculture policy.

February 10, 2014

Class I Recall 

Cows in field

USDA Recalls Beef Unfit For Human Consumption

Nearly 9 million pounds of beef have been recalled after the USDA discovered diseased animals were processed without proper oversight.

February 11, 2014

Tough Times 

dairy-Davidsons-calves

Changing Dairy Industry Leaves Some Farmers In The Dust

The dairy industry is more efficient than ever, but ramping up production is costly and often out of reach for some small dairies.

February 12, 2014

Health and Income 

produce

No Quick Fix For Food Deserts

A new study finds that simply opening stores that offer fresh produce doesn't mean residents in food deserts will change their eating habits.

February 18, 2014

Farm Wars 

A crop duster sprays a field.

New Cases Raise Ire Between Conventional And Organic Growers

Reports of pesticide contamination and wind-borne GM seeds have farmers at loggerheads over seemingly irreconcilable practices.

February 19, 2014

Waste Not 

An outhouse sits in a snowy field in Idaho

The Dirt On ‘Humanure’

As the world's topsoil erodes and drinking water stores dwindle, developed countries could be forced to recycle more human waste to grow food. How safe is it?

February 20, 2014

Ag Info 

ag-data-computer

Farmers Worry About Sharing Big Data

Farmers are using precision information from their fields to prescribe exact doses of everything from seeds to fertilizer. How much data do they want to share?

February 20, 2014

Rising Need 

commissary

More Military Families Using Food Stamps

Food stamp use at military groceries has risen for the sixth straight year.

February 21, 2014

Food Supply 

GMO rally

Going GMO-Free In America: Risks And Resources

In the United States, more than 75 percent of food contains genetically modified ingredients. What's a GMO-free consumer to do?

February 24, 2014

Farms By The Numbers 

farm-140224

USDA Census: Indiana Farms And Farm Acreage Declining

According to a USDA Census released last week, Indiana farms and farmland is decreasing.

February 24, 2014

Ag Census 

farmland near Fort Calhoun, Nebraska

Young Farmers Waiting For Their Opportunity

The 2012 Census of Agriculture shows the number of farmers under 35 years-old has grown slightly, about 1 percent nationally.

February 26, 2014

Historic Drought 

drought

Drought In California Bumps Supermarket Prices

Some parts of California haven't seen rain since July 1. This week, farmers were told they will not receive water from government reservoirs.

February 26, 2014

Losing Ground 

Water washing soil from a farmer's field

USDA Highly Underestimating Farmland Erosion

New research indicates that soil is eroding from farms much faster than previously thought.

February 26, 2014

Small Scale 

organic berry farm

Proposed Food Safety Rules Clash With Organic Farmers

Organic farmers are raising opposition to FDA food safety rules that will put the squeeze on small-production farms.

February 27, 2014

Healthy Schools 

school scoreboard with Coca-Cola

New Guidelines Say No To Unhealthy Marketing In Schools

Unhealthy foods are already being taken out of school lunches. Next up is the removal of unhealthy food marketing in schools.

February 27, 2014

Sea Change? 

plate of vegetables, fruit and crackers

Obesity Rate Declining In Young Children

The obesity rate dropped 43 percent for young children over the past decade, marking the first major decline in the obesity epidemic.

February 28, 2014

Play Games, All Sorts 

Robbie Maass shows his mother, Leah, the Commodity Challenge

Farmers Play The Markets, Learn To Avoid Risk

In Commodity Challenge, you have fake bushels of grain. You line up a marketing strategy, watch the real markets and then see what your decisions earned you.

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