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The Iowa Dish Welcome to The Iowa Dish, an e-newsletter from the Iowa Farm Bureau. Our goal is to spark a conversation about how our food is grown and raised.

THE IOWA DISH

Welcome to The Iowa Dish, an e-newsletter from the Iowa Farm Bureau. Our goal is to spark a conversation about how our food is grown and raised. We’ll introduce you to the Iowa farmers who work each day to provide safe, nutritious foods for our families. Plus, we will serve up quick bites on food safety, nutrition and foodie trends. And of course, we’ll share some of our favorite in-season recipes. We look forward to dishin’ with you about Iowa food and farming.

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Don’t be a wet hen: Practice good food safety habits at home

10/7/2019

One of my daughter’s favorite books to read before bedtime is titled “The Happy Book and Other Feelings.” There’s a character in the book named Wet Hen, who wears a shower cap and bath towel, and she’s always angry about being soaking wet.

Don’t wash your chicken!

10/7/2019

Get ready for a food safety pop quiz: Let’s say you’re planning to make chicken for dinner tonight.

Growing kids need real meat and dairy

10/7/2019

One of the biggest challenges for busy parents is trying to encourage kids to choose healthy, nutritious foods.

Iowans agree there’s no substitute for real meat

10/7/2019

For the sixth consecutive year, the Iowa Farm Bureau Food and Farm Index® finds that Iowans have a strong affinity for meat and dairy products with more than nine in 10 (99 percent) saying their households eat meat, eggs or dairy at least weekly.

Video: Innovation helps farmers build on conservation success

10/7/2019

2019 Conservation Farmer of the Year Jarad Weber is deeply invested in his land. It's his livelihood, and he wants to keep the soil where it belongs.

Question: Childhood obesity is on the rise. Should I limit meat and dairy from my child’s diet?

10/7/2019

Meat and dairy consumption isn’t linked to the rise in childhood obesity, says Ruth MacDonald with Iowa State University’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Recipe: Big Game Italian Pork Sandwiches

10/7/2019

From the Iowa Pork Producers Association (www.iowapork.org)

Kicking off football and the Iowa State Fair

8/1/2019

It’s hard to believe we’re only a few days away from the start of the Iowa State Fair, football season and the first day of school.

Dairy fat is back

8/1/2019

If you’re like most Iowans, you don’t leave the grocery store without a gallon of milk in your cart.

Go ahead, enjoy your Cheerios

8/1/2019

For many busy families, a favorite on-the-go healthy breakfast is whole grain cereal.

Real meat, real good

8/1/2019

The Iowa State Fair is the place to feed our love of high-quality, Iowa-raised meats and to recognize the Iowa farm families who work year-round to provide nutritious, safe and protein-rich food for all.

Video: Meat’s back on the menu

8/1/2019

We love our crops in Iowa; we're number one in corn and soybeans, after all. But we're also a top meat-producing state, and that's good for the economy and consumers. We explore why meat is an essential part of your diet.

Question: Should I buy organic foods to reduce my exposure to pesticides?

8/1/2019

If reducing your exposure to trace amounts of pesticides is important to you, then organic foods may be an option, says Joel Coats, a professor of entomology and expert on toxicology at Iowa State University.

Recipe: Pork chop on a stick

8/1/2019

From the Iowa Pork Producers Association, www.iowapork.org

Baseball, burgers and beer: Savor the summer in Iowa

5/28/2019

I know it’s officially summertime when RVs roll through town on their way to Saylorville Lake; cyclists return to the nearby High Trestle Trail; and our neighborhood ice cream shop, the Filling Station in Madrid, opens for the season.

Beef and brews: A delicious partnership

5/28/2019

There’s nothing better in the summer than a Prime steak or an all-beef burger on the grill.

Bite for bite, the best burger in Iowa

5/28/2019

Enjoying the view from the indoor patio at the Oskaloosa Public Golf Course, Wood Iron Grille diners bask in the atmosphere and the culinary experience, including Iowa’s 2019 Best Burger.

Batter up! Root for the home team at Pig Pen Park

5/28/2019

A gentle breeze caresses a warm summer night. The sky fills with pigment-rich hues as the sun sets over the Iowa cornfield. The crack of a bat against a ball echoes through the prairie stillness.

Video: Iowa Minute: Measuring Soil and Water Conservation Techniques

5/28/2019

From cover crops to terraces, Iowa farmers use many techniques to protect the water and soil, and Iowa is the only state to thoroughly track those practices.

Question: Is grass-fed beef better for the environment?

5/28/2019

You may have heard that grass-fed beef is better for the environment than conventionally raised, grain-fed beef.

Recipe: Red, white and blue fruit salad

5/28/2019

Recipe from Wisconsin Cheese, www.wisconsincheese.com

Iowans care about the environment, and it shows

4/2/2019

Like many Iowans, I’m looking forward to spending more time outside as the weather warms up this spring. Most days, you can find me either walking or biking on the High Trestle Trail in central Iowa.

Beef: A sustainable choice

4/2/2019

As if nutrition advice isn’t confusing enough, there’s a new dietary trend that focuses more on the health of our planet than on the health of our bodies.

Monarch counts soar in 2019

4/2/2019

One of Iowans’ favorite signs of spring, iconic monarch butterfly, is also showing early signs of growth and recovery.

Iowa fuels butterflies

4/2/2019

Just like how we need to fuel up our cars with gas and our bodies with caffeine before hitting the road, monarch butterflies need a place to refuel before embarking on their cross-continent journey.

Video: Meat’s value on the menu

4/2/2019

Fruits and veggies are important, but if you skip out on meat you're missing essential amino acids and not getting complete, high-quality protein in your diet.

Question: Do “cow farts” really contribute to global warming?

4/2/2019

It’s a myth that cow farts are a major cause of global warming.

Recipe: Maple-Bacon Beer Burgers

4/2/2019

From www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com

Fall in love with lean beef

2/5/2019

What’s your favorite treat to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Sure, you could give your sweetheart flowers, chocolate-covered strawberries or, better yet, a spring break trip to Hawaii. (We can all dream about tropical weather, right?)

Heart-healthy and satisfying

2/5/2019

If you’ve been watching what you eat over worries about cholesterol and heart health, you don’t have to only eat boneless, skinless chicken breast, nutrition experts say.

Ah-choo! Cold and flu season on the farm

2/5/2019

If you’ve struggled with a sinus infection or bronchitis this cold and flu season, then you may have gone to the doctor and received a prescription for antibiotics so you can feel better.

Bringing back the small-town grocery store

2/5/2019

A small-town grocery store is more than a place to buy food. It’s where people gather, share the news of the day and revel in being part of a community.

Video: Livestock care questions? Iowa Farm Animal Care has answers

2/5/2019

Learn more about the Iowa Farm Animal Care Coalition, which was created to answer the questions farmers and consumers have about livestock care.

Question: Are meat and poultry products labeled “antibiotic-free” safer?

2/5/2019

When shopping at the meat counter, you might notice some meat and poultry products labeled “antibiotic-free” or “raised without antibiotics.”

Recipe: Tzatziki-sauced Greek steak wraps

2/5/2019

From www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com

Embrace the joy of the holidays

11/30/2018

I must admit, I caught the holiday spirit a little early this year. I started listening to Christmas music the morning after Halloween, and my freezer is filling up with holiday cookies I’m baking ahead of time.

Don’t let food-borne illness spoil your holiday

11/30/2018

If you’re hosting a holiday dinner this year, or if you’re bringing a favorite side dish to the festivities, it is only natural to want the meal to turn out as near to perfect as possible.

Listen to your body

11/30/2018

When the calendar flips to January 2019 and we start regretting all the cookies and huge meals we enjoyed over the holidays, it’s tempting to make a New Year’s resolution to get serious about losing weight.

Keeping it real

11/30/2018

While you can find more meat and dairy alternatives in the grocery store today, most Iowans still prefer to buy real meat and dairy foods, according to the latest Iowa Farm Bureau Food and Farm Index®.

Video: Iowa named best state by U.S. News and World Report

11/30/2018

Take a look back and discover why U.S. News and World Report named Iowa the best state in the nation in 2018.

Question: What is lab-grown meat, and how does it compare to real meat?

11/30/2018

Food industry insiders predict that lab-grown, or cell-cultured, meats will appear on restaurant menus and in grocery stores in the future.

Recipe: Four-way shredded beef

11/30/2018

From www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com

Need a Halloween costume? Dress up like a real farmer

10/2/2018

Here in Iowa, kids learn early on that it doesn’t matter how much they love their Halloween costumes, moms usually will make them cover up the superhero capes and princess dresses with a huge, warm coat for chilly trick-or-treat nights.

Pulled pork madness

10/2/2018

More than 6,000 votes were cast in the Iowa Pork Producer’s Association Pulled Pork Madness Facebook competition last March, bestowing Moo’s BBQ Burgers and Catering in Newton with the winning honors.

Choose the Halloween treat instead of the trick

10/2/2018

As parents, it’s difficult to set limits on how much candy our children eat when they come home from trick-or-treating with literally a bucket full of chocolate, licorice and lollipops.

Proper hand-washing is a cooking must-do

10/2/2018

It’s time to come clean: Do you (or your family members) always remember to wash your hands when cooking at home?

Video: Have livestock care questions? The Iowa Farm Animal Care Coalition was created to answer the questions farmers and consumers have about livestock care.

10/2/2018

The Iowa Farm Animal Care Coalition was created to answer the questions farmers and consumers have about livestock care.

Question: How do I ensure that Halloween candy is safe for kids with food allergies? And is organic candy any healthier for kids?

10/2/2018

You can help make sure that children with food allergies don’t miss out all on the Halloween fun.

Recipe: BBQ Pork Mac ‘n Cheese

10/2/2018

Place the pieces of pork shoulder and BBQ sauce into the slow cooker. Cover and place on low heat for 8 hours.

It’s the best time of year for Iowa food lovers

7/30/2018

On my commute home this summer, I drive by three sweet-corn stands, including one in a farmer’s yard, where customers can buy corn straight from the field.

Why do farmers use pesticides?

7/30/2018

It’s an unavoidable problem if you’re an Iowa homeowner, gardener or farmer: Pests and weeds will attack your favorite plants or invade your house and yard.

Beefing up the Iowa State Fair

7/30/2018

More than 1 million people pass through the gates of the Iowa State Fair each year. Tasting the culinary specialties is part of the adventure, and there is no shortage of options.

Iowans love farmers markets

7/29/2018

National Farmers Market Week runs from Aug. 5 to 11, and Iowans are encouraged to take advantage of the fresh fruits and vegetables available at more than 220 farmers markets throughout the state.

Video: See how Iowa pig farmers are using electrostatic fences to catch dust and reduce odors from their pig barns using electromagnetism.

7/29/2018

Iowa pig farmers are using electrostatic fences to catch dust and reduce odors from their pig barns using electromagnetism.

Question: How safe is our food from pesticides?

7/29/2018

In addition to strict regulations to apply pesticides, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) tests our food to ensure that pesticide residues don’t exceed a safe level.

Recipe: Santa Fe Grilled Beef Steaks & Corn

7/29/2018

From www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com

Mom was right: Drink your milk!

5/30/2018

Now that my daughter is a dancing, running, growing toddler, my family goes through at least 2 gallons of milk each week.

Don’t forget the milk

5/30/2018

Going for a “milk run” to the grocery store isn’t as simple nowadays. In the dairy aisle, you likely will find a variety of new products, such as almond, cashew and coconut drinks plus other plant-based beverages.

Beef: The natural choice for quality protein

5/30/2018

When shopping at your favorite grocery store, you may notice that some of the beef at the meat counter is labeled “no hormones” or “raised without hormones.”

Iowa beef, international flavor

5/30/2018

The winner of the 2018 Iowa’s Best Burger contest brought Iowa-raised Certified Angus Beef and an international flair to the competition and walked away with the gold cup.

Video: Learning about Iowa's water quality from the seat of your bike

5/30/2018

Bicycling in Iowa is all about enjoying the great outdoors. It's also a great way to learn about how Iowa's farmers are keeping the outdoors great. Learn more by watching the new edition of the Iowa Minute!

Question: I’ve seen some worrisome claims about milk safety on social media. What are the facts?

5/30/2018

Milk is the one of the most rigorously tested, regulated and controlled foods in the United States, says Alyson Fendrick, a registered dietitian with Midwest Dairy in Ankeny.

Recipe: Antipasti holiday skewers

5/30/2018

In a large bowl, marinate tortellini in Italian dressing for 30 minutes in refrigerator.

Enjoy an egg-cellent spring

4/3/2018

Spring is by far my favorite time of year. The birds are chirping, the grass is greening up - and eggs are on sale for the season.

Just put an egg on it

4/3/2018

One of today’s trendiest ingredients on restaurant menus and on Instagram is likely already nestled in your fridge.

Monarch conservation takes flight

4/3/2018

Before spring planting begins, now is a great time to start the prep work to plant habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators, experts say.

Keep it hot, but keep it safe

4/3/2018

The hottest new appliance in Iowa kitchens right now is the Instant Pot, or electric pressure cooker.

Video: U.S. News and World Report names Iowa "best state" in 2018

4/3/2018

See all the reasons U.S. News and World Report recently named Iowa the "best state" in the nation in 2018!

Question: Now that spring produce is arriving in grocery stores, what are easy ways to add more fruits and vegetables to my family’s diet?

4/3/2018

Fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables all count toward the recommended five fruits and vegetables a day, says Rachel Wall, registered dietitian and human sciences specialist in nutrition and wellness with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Recipe: Easter Bunny’s Eggs in a Basket

4/3/2018

From Incredible Edible Egg, www.incredibleegg.org

Let’s beef up for the Big Game

1/29/2018

Are you ready for some football – and a plate full of buffalo wings? I’m already planning my Super Bowl menu, although I’m not sure if I have the talent to make a giant snackadium.

The best care for farm animals

1/29/2018

It’s cold and flu season here in Iowa, and many of us will need to take antibiotics to fight off bronchitis or sinus and ear infections. Farm animals also get sick sometimes.

Beef: It’s what’s healthy for dinner

1/29/2018

To achieve your healthy-eating goals, it’s important to include foods that you enjoy in your diet, says Rochelle Gilman, a registered dietitian with the Iowa Beef Industry Council.

Make a game plan for Super Bowl food safety

1/29/2018

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party this year and planning to score points with your famous chili recipe, don’t get a penalty for ignoring food safety.

Video: Livestock farmers go to great lengths for animal care

1/29/2018

Today's responsible livestock farmers, like Carroll County young farmer Ben Klocke, are always looking for better ways to raise animals.

Question: Should I worry about antibiotic residues in the meat I buy at the grocery store?

1/29/2018

Food safety remains a top priority for everyone involved in raising farm animals - from the farmer to the veterinarian, said Dr. Steve Larsen, a veterinarian and assistant vice president of science and technology with the National Pork Board based in Clive.

Recipe: Beef jerky trail mix

1/29/2018

Combine any combination of the following ingredients in a snack-size plastic bag: bite-size beef jerky pieces, peanuts (honey & lightly salted dry roasted), pecan pieces, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, golden raisins and semi-sweet chocolate chunks.

What’s on your holiday table?

11/30/2017

I get a kick out of hearing what other Iowa families serve at their holiday tables each year.

Wind, sleet or snow: Farm animal care never stops

11/30/2017

The winters in northern Iowa can bring miserable weather for people and animals alike — gusty winds, blowing snow and freezing temperatures.

Is the Christmas ham done?

11/30/2017

If you’re hosting Christmas dinner this year, you don’t have to go it alone if you run into a last-minute cooking dilemma.

Survey: Iowans love their meat

11/30/2017

Nearly all Iowa households eat meat, and their meat purchase decisions are driven primarily by freshness, price and taste more than how or where the meat or poultry was raised, according to the latest Iowa Farm Bureau Food & Farm Index®, which was released last month.

Video: Have livestock care questions? Iowa Farm Animal Care has answers

11/30/2017

The Iowa Farm Animal Care Coalition was created to answer the questions farmers and consumers have about livestock care.

Question: How do I enjoy my favorite holiday foods without derailing my New Year’s resolution to eat healthier?

11/30/2017

The holidays are a beautiful, blessed, glorious time filled with delicious food, family gatherings, thoughtful shopping — and stress.

Recipe: Cranberry Eggnog Muffins

11/30/2017

Submitted by Karen Harrington, Plymouth County Farm Bureau

How do you like them apples?

10/5/2017

My 1-year-old daughter is on the verge of what her doctor calls a “language explosion.” Every day it seems she learns a new word. Last week, her favorite word was “apple” after we visited a local orchard to sample this year’s crop.

Is your food “natural”?

10/5/2017

When you’re shopping at the grocery store, you will likely find many foods nowadays labeled “natural,” “simply” or “honest” to capture your attention while speeding through the aisles.

Conquer Iowa’s Tenderloin Trial

10/5/2017

It’s pork month, and it’s time to hit the Tenderloin Trail. Fourteen establishments and 14 delectable pieces of pork — all yours for the sampling — and a T-shirt at the end to boot.

Apples in the city

10/5/2017

Bryan Etchen grew up picking apples on his family’s orchard, which back in the 1970s was out in the country northwest of Des Moines. Over the last 40-plus years, the city has grown around the orchard. Yet Etchen’s orchard kept growing apples.

Video: Chad Greenway - ANF Wall of Fame recipient for 2017

10/4/2017

Greenway played linebacker for the Iowa Hawkeyes from 2002 to 2005, and during his tenure was named first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly, first-team All-Big Ten and Iowa Hawkeye Special Teams Player of the Year.

Question: I see a lot of “natural” and “organic” food labels when I’m shopping at the grocery. How do I make healthier food choices for my family?

10/4/2017

Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t define the term “natural” as a food label

Recipe: Caramel apple pork chops

10/4/2017

Recipe from the National Pork Producers Council

Let’s kickoff the tailgating season!

8/8/2017

As much as I love the lazy days of summer in Iowa, I can’t wait for the return of fall, when our favorite high school and college football teams kickoff the new season.

Don’t fumble food safety

8/8/2017

Maybe you’re grilling pork chops for a quick after-work dinner. Or perhaps you're hosting a tailgating party with burgers or brats when football season begins in a few weeks.

The best bacon comes from Iowa (of course!)

8/8/2017

There are few food experts as discerning as the bacon connoisseur. Fried up crispy or limp next to eggs, nestled between ample layers of Iowa-grown lettuce and tomatoes, covered with chocolate, or used for added flavor in, well, just about anything, bacon lovers know their bacon.

Picking apples as alternative crop

8/8/2017

After driving past cattle pastures and farm ponds in rural Davis County, Heath Greiner stops his truck outside a 7-foot deer fence that surrounds a scenic farm near Bloomfield.

Video: There's a growing demand for Iowa-grown hops

8/8/2017

Iowa is known for growing corn and beans. But hops? Oh, yes! There's a growing demand for Iowa-grown hops as more and more people are embracing the local craft brew craze. So now, "brewed in Iowa" means "grown in Iowa."

Question: What do the USDA inspected seal and grades on meat and poultry mean?

8/8/2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service is responsible for inspecting meat and poultry at processing plants to ensure the safety and wholesomeness of meat, poultry and processed egg products and that they are accurately labeled, explains Argyris Magoulas, a food safety specialist at the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline.

Recipe: BBQ Pizza

8/8/2017

Scott Degeneffe, Boone County, first place in combo/specialty at 2016 Iowa Farm Bureau Cookout Contest

We all scream for ice cream!

6/7/2017

I’ve long had a fascination with dairy farmers, and not just because I keep my fridge stocked with yogurt, cheese, milk and ice cream at all times.

Grass-fed vs. grain-fed beef: What’s the healthy choice?

6/7/2017

When shopping at the grocery store, you may have noticed that the meat counter offers grass-fed beef as an alternative to conventional beef.

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