Celebrating National Ag Day!

By Donna Marykwas, Science News Examiner:

Today 2011 National Ag Day is being celebrated in Washington, D.C. and throughout our great nation. The national event is hosted by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA), which was started in 1973.

Agriculture is so very important to our every day lives and to our national economy.

Fiber
Farmers put clothes on our backs. Cotton is of course a plant, a renewable source of fiber to make blue jeans, tee shirts, flannel sheets, and much more. Linen is woven from the fiber of flax plants. Hemp is another source of plant fiber used for clothing. Leather is of course not a plant fiber, real leather comes from the hides of cattle, another important agricultural crop, and is used to make the finest of shoes, accessories, car interiors, and furniture upholstery.

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March 15, 2011 at 10:40 am Leave a comment

39th Farm Photo Friday!

It’s our 39th Farm Photo Friday!  To submit your farm photos for future Farm Photo Fridays, email us at nyfea.agspromise@gmail.com.  If you have a blog or website, make sure you give us your link so we can credit you!

Thanks to Pat Roets for this photo.  He says, “Here are a couple of bald eagles that were standing in a field near my home earlier this week. Magnificent birds!”

Thanks to Christen Fernandes for these photos!  Christen always sends us such gorgeous pictures!

March 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

Apparently March is National Nutrition Month!

I learned something entirely new today – that March is National Nutrition Month!  Here’s the blog post that lead me to not only that new information, but also some great information on soy oil along with a delicious-sounding recipe:

March is National Nutrition Month. So I thought since my first post was in the beginning of Nutrition Month, I would blog about an easy way that we can all make our cooking a little healthier.

Soy oil is a great ingredient substitute! It’s easy to make the switch and soy oil has many positive

Soybeans.jpgAP File PhotoSoy oil is a nutritious ingredient substitute.

benefits.

It is high in poly- and monounsaturated fats (which are the good kind of fats). It is also low in saturated fat, and contains no trans-fat (the bad kind). Not to mention, it’s a great source of Omega-3’s and high in vitamin E.

There has also been a lot of work done at the cellular level to make the actual soybean plant healthier for us; this work has taken away the need to hydrogenate the oil, which is what causes the bad fats that we don’t want to be eating.

There are taste benefits too! Soybean oil is a neutral flavor oil, which means that you are going to taste the food, not the oil that you cooked it with.

So the next time you go to Kroger to buy oil, look for a soybean oil and start on the road to a Nutritious March!

Just because you’re cooking healthy does not mean you have to give up taste. Here is a great and tasty recipe for Italian-Seasoned Roast Chicken!

Italian-Seasoned Roast Chicken Breasts

Total: 53 minutes
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 breast half)

Ingredients

– 1  tablespoon  chopped fresh rosemary

– 1  teaspoon  grated lemon rind

– 2  tablespoons  fresh lemon juice

– 4  teaspoons  soy oil

– 1/2  teaspoon  fennel seeds, crushed

– 1/2  teaspoon  salt

– 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper

– 3  garlic cloves, minced

– 4  bone-in chicken breast halves (about 3 pounds)

– Cooking spray

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 425°.

2. Combine first 8 ingredients in a bowl, stirring well. Loosen skin from chicken by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Rub rosemary mixture under loosened skin over flesh; rub over top of skin. Place chicken, bone side down, on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Coat skin lightly with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 35 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of the breast registers 155°. Remove chicken from pan; let stand for 10 minutes.

Nutrition Note: Since chicken breast meat is low in calories and saturated fat, you can eat the skin and still keep saturated fat within allowable limits. If you like dark meat, which is higher in saturated fat, remove and discard the skin.

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 240
  • Fat: 12.2g (sat 2.8g,mono 6.3g,poly 2.1g)
  • Protein: 29.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 1.8g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Cholesterol: 82mg
  • Iron: 1.2mg
  • Sodium: 366mg
  • Calcium: 24mg

March 10, 2011 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Desktop Farming

If you’re an agribusiness professional that works from an office rather than from the field, Mashable has some really nifty gadgets to help create an outdoor atmosphere inside your cubicle.

A bit of foliage can make all the difference to a workplace, bringing a little bit of nature indoors in all its green and air-purifying glory.

If you’re stuck in a cubicle, or behind a desk, then we’ve got 10 excellent gadgets, gizmos and other solutions that will see you enjoying the pleasures of desktop gardening in no time at all.

If you like the idea of introducing a bit of the natural world to your workstation, have a look at the gallery below and let us know which options get your green fingers twitching.

Read more on Mashable…

March 8, 2011 at 10:41 am Leave a comment

A note from our President :)

Thanks to C.J. Fleenor, our 2011 NYFEA President, for this blog post about Ag’s Promise!

2010 marked the first year that I had ever attended Agriculture’s Promise.  One word can summarize the entire experience…WOW!  The event is jam-packed with activities, all in two tiny days.  However, the event means more to the attendees than just personal development.  The event is one that fulfills a mission…to help individuals reach their full potential and so much more.

Agriculture’s Promise serves to carry out the dreams and hopes of the next generation of agriculture, in addition to making a difference for generations to come.  The event revolves around two primary events:  To collaborate and hone in on key issues affecting our generation in agriculture through focus groups, and to bring these messages to Capitol Hill and beyond, in order to express our views, challenges and opportunities.    However, the personal development and leadership training is invaluable!  Our generation is faced with unlimited potential, and Agriculture’s Promise serves as an opportunity to express our potential as a unified voice, while growing and building our personal self worth.

I encourage all of you to take a chance and seize the opportunity that is presented before us.  Agriculture’s promise has served as a life-changing event for me, and I hope that it affects all of you in the same way!  The opportunity to bring a unified message to key members of congress, in addition to our law-makers from our home states is invaluable.  The event is one that can truly make a difference in our generation and the paths we take in agriculture.   I look forward to seeing each of you April 10-12 in Washington, D.C.!

For more information on Agriculture’s Promise, check out http://agriculturespromise.com (where you can register online!) or see the registration form & brochure below!

March 7, 2011 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

Another Farm Photo Friday!

Thanks to Pat Roets for today’s photo!

March 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

What to do in DC

Part of the fun of Agriculture’s Promise?  Exploring Washington D.C., of course!   Here are a few free or almost free things you may want to check out while in our nation’s capital courtesy of washington.org.

  1. Experience the serenity of the monuments at sunrise.  Start with the sun behind you at the Grant Memorial (just in front of the U.S. Capitol), and jog the 2 miles down to the Lincoln Memorial, passing the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial along the way.
  2. Make a power play and start a game of Frisbee on the National Mall, or a game of volleyball at one of the pits at Potomac Park.
  3. Grab your coat, scarf and hiking boots to trek your way down the C&O Canal Towpath, which traces the Potomac from Georgetown to Cumberland, MD.
  4. Head to Gravelly Point, a park area off the George Washington Memorial Parkway and Mt. Vernon biking/hiking trail, to watch the planes take off from Reagan National Airport.
  5. Let DC’s green space surprise you with a visit the National Arboretum. While you’re there, take in the beautiful fall colors and see the pillars from the original U.S. Capitol that was burned during the War of 1812.
  6. Browse through the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden to take in art and fresh air at the same time. The garden features seating for visitors and a fountain that turns into an ice rink in the winter – so stay for awhile to cool down or warm up.
  7. Rarely travel without Fido? Bring him to Lincoln Park on pet-friendly Capitol Hill to make nice with the neighborhood’s four-legged friends.
  8. Spend just $5 per vehicle, or $3 a person if you go on bike via the C&O Canal Trail, to explore nature in Great Falls Park. These 800 acres of beautiful parkland with green space, cascading rapids and waterfalls are located just beyond the Beltway.
  9. Enjoy a veritable feast for the senses each Sunday at the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market. During peak season, there are more than 30 farmers offering items including fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, fish, baked goods and more. Samples are always available. Market hours are 9am-1pm April thru December; 10am-1pm January thru March.
  10. Discover a hidden treasure in Montrose Park, located between Dumbarton Oaks Park and Rock Creek Park (R St. NW, between 28th and 32nd Sts.), and make sure to stroll along Lovers’ Lane – a beautiful 18th-century cobblestone path

And if you’re not registered for Agriculture’s Promise yet, check out the registration form & brochure below:

March 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

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