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Live Well Recipe: Sneaky Mashed Potatoes

Try our Sneaky Mashed Potatoes with hidden cauliflower. Can you keep a secret? Hiding vegetables in foods is a good way to get your kids to eat healthy. Shhhh, don’t tell. Serves 4.
Ingredients
3 large potatoes, peeled and diced

1 10…

1 min read

Live Well Recipe: Easy Skillet Dinner

Try our Easy Skillet Dinner. Cooking with garlic salt? Try garlic powder for the same great flavor without the added salt. Serves 6.
Ingredients
Cooking spray

1 pound lean ground beef or turkey

1 medium onion, chopped

garlic powd…

1 min read

Live Well Recipe: Sweet Potato Hash

Serve our Sweet Potato Hash as a side dish with breakfast or dinner to boost your vitamin A, fiber and potassium. Serves 4.
Ingredients
1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 cups frozen or fresh bell peppers and onions, chopped

2 medium sweet pot…

1 min read

Properties of a Healthy Soil

A healthy soil includes:

High organic matter content.
Optimal nutrients and pH for plant growth.
Stable soil aggregates to promote water infiltration.
Large population of beneficial organisms.
No contamination.

Many soil…

Cover Crop Biomass Influences Weed Suppression

Just as cover crops provide a natural suppression for soil diseases and pests, they also assist in weed suppression. Weed resistance management has moved to the forefront of research and extension.

Cover crops can have an influence on we…

1 min read

Soil Biology: Cover Crops and Disease Suppression

Cover crops provide a natural soil pest and disease suppression. It can also serve as a mulch to cover and assist in weed suppression.

When considering a cover crop for disease suppression, farmers should consider 3 factors:

Field …

2 min read

Live Well Recipe: Tasty Tacos

Tasty Tacos are a weeknight favorite! Cook extra chicken and freeze leftovers for later. Serves 8.
Ingredients
1 cup cooked chicken, shredded

1 can corn, 14 ounces, drained

1 can black beans, 14 ounces drained and rinsed

1 cup sa…

1 min read

Live Well Recipe: Grits and Greens

Try our Grits and Greens recipe. Green leafy vegetables, such as collards, are high in vitamin C, which your body loves. Serves 1.
Ingredients
1/2 serving quick cooking grits, cooked according to package

1/2 tablespoon butter

Salt a…

1 min read

Live Well Recipe: Enchilada Rice

Add whole-grain rice to our Enchilada Rice recipe. The cheese adds flavor kids love to a food they might not have tried. Serves 6.
Ingredients
1 pound lean ground beef

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1 can corn, 14 ounces, not drained

4 t…

1 min read

Live Well Recipe: Tasty Taco Dip

Have our Tasty Taco Dip made and ready to eat in the refrigerator for an easy snack. Serves 4.
Ingredients
1 can black beans, 14 ounces, drained and rinsed

1 can corn, 14 ounces, drained

1 can diced tomatoes and green chilies, 14 ou…

1 min read

Live Well Recipe: Hearty Egg Burritos

This recipe for Hearty Egg Burritos is great for breakfast. Eggs are a cheap and healthy source of protein. It takes only minutes to put this dish on the table. Even use it for lunch or dinner! Serves 4.
Ingredients
1 teaspoon oil

1/2 …

1 min read

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…

2 min read

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