Sampling for Soil Nutrients

Check out this video.  Soil sampling at different depths in the soil is the key to providing a proper sample to a laboratory for analysis. If you need sampling supplies in the areas of soil bags and soil probes, call a representative at Midwest Laboratories. This video is really good and it lasts less than

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Bacon Shortage in 2013

It appears that bacon may be in short supply in 2013 according to the national media. Pork farmers are losing $40.00 per head. With rising feed prices and pork farmers taking big losses as a result, look for prices to go up with smaller inventories. Check out more in this news story below. This morning,

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Making adjustments to your soil probe

This video is a good overview of the soil sampling process.  Learn some ways to take accurate depth samples using your soil probe.  Also, check out how your probe with a few minor adjustments can make you a much better sampler. photo credit: Soil Science via photopin cc

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Hazardous Chemicals in Beauty Products

Check out this news clip regarding the dangerous chemicals you may be exposing your body to on a daily basis. Lead in lipsticks Bacteria in mascara brushes Parabens are also being found in cosmetics. Parabens have been linked to cancer Fragrances can contain hazardous chemicals. Some tips to consider Carefully read ingredient lists Avoid powder

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Google – Building Sustainability

Check out this story on how Google looks at sustainability as a part of its overall process. It’s incorporated into all facets of it’s buildings and processes. It starts with simple things like food, water and light. It is a very interesting approach. photo credit: ~C4Chaos via photopin cc

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Arsenic in Rice

Consumer Reports conducted research which indicated levels of arsenic. Some levels were moderate to high. Arsenic is naturally occurring in the soil. Arsenic has been linked to cancer. Companies such as Gerber, analyze the rice used in their products for arsenic. Currently, there are no standards for levels of arsenic in rice. Check out this

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Toxic Mold and Building a New Home

Are you building a house this summer? Check out this story of a new house that used wet lumber behind the drywall. It is really a sad story of how things can go wrong in a hurry. It may not hurt to keep an eye out on the progress of your home as it is

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Sampling Supplies

I wanted to give you a picture of the type of supplies that are sent out from Midwest Laboratories Shipping Location. Take a look at the picture on the right. Let me explain some of the items in the picture. Soil probes in long cardboard boxes. Styrofoam coolers with containers for environmental samples and manure

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Google’s Water Footprint

Managing water at Google’s Data Center Check out how Google recycles wastewater to help cool its data center instead of normal drinking water. Minimizing the energy footprint is part of an overall strategy at Google photo credit: vincenthorn via photo pin cc

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Healthy Lunches

Packing your lunch – This segment was for kids, but I think adults could also learn quite a bit by watching this story. Check out this video for some great ideas. Here are just a few Yogurt with fruit and cheerios is one suggestion. Bento Box – Organize your lunch with different natural foods.  $15-

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