Apple Havest Ahead of Schedule

Early Apple Harvest Wisconsin Typically Wisconsin Orchards open their picking season to the public  a week after labor day.  This year with the heavy amounts of rain and warm temperatures, the growth of the apples has really been accelerated. New York The New York Orchards are also experiencing similar events with the unusually warm April

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Soil Testing

Some places in the midwest have already harvested corn already.  Monroe County, IL It’s not too early for getting soil sampling supplies.  A record number of people are taking advantage of the 25 Free Soil Bag / Free Shipping Promotion for their soil testing supplies. A soil test can help growers with corn, tomatoes, potatoes,

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What is in your cosmetics

What exactly are you putting on your face with those lipsticks and cremes? Would you put bug parts on your face? Did you know that tallow, (cow fat) is an ingredient in lipstick. Check out this news story from ABC.  The good news is that these products are regulated by the FDA. Let me know

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Are Household Cleaners Safe?

Are you working with safe cleaning products? I do not know the answer to this question. I started to think about it and actually looked at an air freshner in my office and noticed that there is not a label on it telling me what it contains. More Information on possible toxins in cleaning products

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Teaching kids about farming

The Iowa State Fair has an awesome “little kids farm exhibit” . The exhibit really educates kids on where our food comes from and what is involved with farming.  Take a couple of minutes and watch this video. Those of you who have seen this exhibit  first-hand, let all of us readers know what you

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Pet Treat Producers

It is always refreshing to hear good stories from people starting their own companies and trying to make a difference. Case in Point, Rescue Me Dog Bakery. This company is similar to other Pet Treat Producers where there is a common theme to create a natural product that is safe and nutritional for pets and

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Crops Absorb Pharmaceuticals

I came across this article,  Crops Absorb Pharmaceuticals from Treated Sewage by Rachel A Zurer  and it quickly grabbed my attention. “Soybeans can accumulate drugs and personal care products commonly found in wastewater and solid waste.” A study conducted by Environmental Scientist Chexi Wu, University of Toledo found  the pharmaceutical compounds of  triclosan and triclocarban

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Salmonella in Dry Pet Food

A new study has found a link between kids getting sick and having dogs and cats that were fed dry pet food. Pet food and treats  should be handled and then hands should be washed to minimize any possible risks of salmonella from dried pet food. Check out this video for more information. Something to

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Gardening on Hot Days

Stay Cool in the Garden! Some tips for gardening on days like today where the temperature will be approaching 100 degrees 1) Keep Yourself Watered 2) Remove Weeds 3) Apply compost to keep moisture in the ground. 4) Let the hot sun work for you by tilling unused areas of the garden and expose the

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e.Coli – Finding the source

e.Coli continues to be an issue  for many people this summer. The recent flooding has left a number of well owners with  bacteria in their wells.   This can often point to fecal coliform.  Finding the source is often a tough task for many companies. The following news story illustrates this point. Watch this video and

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