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Nitrogen Release from Cover Crops

Producers have been planting legumes in crop rotations to improve soil fertility for many decades, especially in the southeastern United States. Legumes are also recognized as valuable crops in water and soil conservation programs. Therefor…

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Live Well Recipe: Cheesy Quesadilla

These Cheesy Quesadillas are fun to make. Sometimes it’s okay to play with food. Let your child–with clean hands–tear spinach leaves into pieces.
Ingredients
Cooking spray

1 tortilla, large

1⁄2 cup cheese, shredded

6 baby…

1 min read

Live Well Recipe: Kickin’ Chicken Stew

Try our Kickin’ Chicken Stew! All vegetables are winners–fresh, frozen or canned. Add carrots and peppers to sauces and soups.
Ingredients
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

1 can chicken broth, 14 ounces

2 cups chic…

1 min read

Improved Water Use and Storage

Water is an essential soil component, especially from a plant’s perspective. Though plants require air and water found in soil pores, roots can only absorb nutrients from soil water. Dissolved nutrients in solution establish equilibrium bet…

2 min read

Live Well Recipe: Turkey Spinach Wraps

Try our Turkey Spinach Wraps! If you have extra spinach, don’t let it go to waste. Add a handful to an omelet, sandwich, or pizza. Serves 6.
Ingredients
1 4–ounce package light cream cheese

6 medium flour tortillas

1/2 pound del…

1 min read

About Soil Conservation Benefits

Why Practice Soil Conservation?
Soil conservation is an important part of conservation cropping systems. There are many benefits for producers who choose to employ soil conservation practices on-farm.
Increased Profits:

Yields are eq…

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What is a Conservation System?

Conservation systems are cropping systems that minimize surface soil disturbance and maximize plant or residue cover on the surface. Successful conservation systems maintain or increase soil organic matter content while enhancing farm profi…

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Live Well Recipe: Power Mac and Cheese

Feed your family with a healthy comfort food like Power Mac and Cheese. Helpful-hint: cut-up broccoli for a grab-and-go snack. Serves 8.
Ingredients
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

4 tablespoons flour

Milk, 2 cups

Cheddar cheese, …

1 min read

Live Well Recipe: Pasta and Kale Salad

Our Pasta and Kale Salad recipe is light but filling and perfect for lunch.  Serves 8.

Ingredients
4 cups raw kale, shredded

1⁄4 cup Ranch salad dressing

Squeeze of lemon juice

1 tomato, diced

1/3 cup crumbled feta ch…

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Live Well Recipe: Squash Casserole

Try this Squash Casserole with Saltine Crust recipe! Take a trip to your local farmers market this summer while squash is in season. Serves 8.
Ingredients
Cooking spray

6 medium yellow squash, sliced

1 yellow onion, chopped

Salt …

1 min read

Live Well Recipe: Half Veggie Burgers

Love grilling? Try our Half Veggie Burger recipe! Combine lean ground turkey or beef with canned pinto beans for tasty backyard burgers that will help save your budget. Serves 8.
Ingredients

2 cans pinto beans, 14 ounces each, d…

1 min read

Live Well Recipe: Quick Stir Fry

Try our recipe for Quick Stir Fry! Super easy and a great way to add veggies to your diet. Save money by stocking up on canned and frozen veggies when they go on sale.  Serves eight.
Ingredients

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 clove…

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Live Well Recipe: Apple Celery Slaw

Try our recipe for Apple Celery Slaw! Budget-friendly and great as a side to any summer dish. Here’s a list of what you’ll need. Serves eight.
Ingredients

½ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon mustard
5 tab…

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Live Well Recipe: Skillet Spaghetti

This Skillet Spaghetti recipe is sure to please the kiddos! One pot meals are a great way to use lots of healthy veggies, and cleanup is a breeze! Here’s a list of what you’ll need. Serves six.
Ingredients
1 jar pasta sauce, 28 ounces…

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Healthy Eating from Head to Toe

For kids, getting the right nutrients is important for healthy growth. Helping your child eat a variety of foods from all food groups is the best way to make sure your child gets all the nutrients needed for growth and development. Here are…

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