The 8th Annual Agriculture Appreciation Dinner at the Christian County Fair will be held on Thursday, July 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
A chicken dinner will be served by Nelson's Catering, and Rich Guebert, Vice-President of the Illinois Farm Bureau, will be the featured speaker.
Rich is from Ellis Grove, Illinois in Randolph County and will be discussing the new Farm Bill, energy and renewable fuels, along with a crop report and advisement on specific agricultural issues that Illinois Farm Bureau leaders are working on. Rich will also take questions from Christian County farmers on central Illinois issues.
Sunday, July 9
8:00 a.m. Western 4-H & FFA Horse Show
11:30 a.m. English 4-H & FFA Horse Show
Monday, July 10
9:00 a.m. 4-H Rabbit & Poultry Show
9:30 a.m. 4-H General Project Judging
1:00 p.m. 4-H Cat Show
1:30 p.m. 4-H Dog Show
Tuesday, July 11
6:00 p.m. Expo 2006 Kick-off
6:00 p.m. 4-H Swine & Sheep Weigh-in
Wednesday, July 12
7:30 a.m. 4-H Wether Goat Weigh-in
8:00 a.m. 4-H Swine Show followed by the 4-H Sheep and then Goat Show
10 a.m.–10 p.m. Expo 2006
11:00 a.m. ADM Master Showmanship Contest
12:00 p.m. 4-H Pizza Party
1:00 p.m. 4-H Ag Olympics
(Youth Ages 13–19)
4-H Scavenger Hunt
(Youth 12 yrs. and under)
6:00 p.m. 4-H Steer Weigh-in
Thursday, July 13
8:00 a.m. 4-H Dairy & Bucket
8:30 a.m. 4-H Beef Show
10 a.m.–10 p.m. Expo 2006
11:30 a.m. Ag Appreciation
Luncheon, (Must have
ticket in advance.)
6:30 p.m. 4-H Auction–Beef Arena
Friday, July 14
10 a.m.–10 p.m. Expo 2006
Saturday, July 15
6:30-9:30 a.m. Ag Literacy Breakfast
10 a.m.–2 p.m. Expo 2006
The Agroecology/Sustainable Agriculture Program at the University of Illinois has announced their schedule of sustainable agriculture tours for 2006.
On July 12, a tour will be given of Aqua Ranch in Flanagan. Aqua Ranch Industries supplies tanks and tank/pool liners for the growing aquaculture industry, and helps develop "aquaponics" systems that yield both fish and culinary herbs in a controlled environment.
The next tour will visit the Green Earth Institute in Naperville on August 9. The Institute is owned and operated by Steve Tiwald. Green Earth Institute (www.greenearthinstitute.org) is a non-profit organization established in 2002 to promote nutritional health and environmental sustainability.
On September 13, a tour will be given of Prairie Fruits Farm in Champaign owned by Leslie Cooperband and Wes Jarrell. Jarrell and Cooperband planted over 300 fruit trees and several hundred berry bushes in 2004 on three and a half acres. Their land is in transition to organic, and is eligible for organic certification this year. Deirdre Birmingham, network coordinator for the Upper Midwest Organic Tree Fruit Growers Network www.mosesorganic.org/treefruit/intro.htm) will be there to contribute information about organic tree fruit production on the tour.
The final tour of the season will be on October 5 and will include stops at Blue Sky Winery in Makanda, Darn Hot Peppers in Cobden and Great Boars of Fire in Anna. At Blue Sky Winery (www.blueskyvineyard.com/), visitors will take a walk through the vineyards for a close look at the tresseling systems that are used and can participate in a wine tasting of some of the varieties. Darn Hot Peppers (www.darnhotpeppers.com/) boasts growing healthy and flavorful specialty hot peppers. Great Boars of Fire (www.greatboarsoffire.com/) is a lodge and fully mobile catering service that specializes in pulled barbequed pork.
A fee of $20 per person will be charged for each tour. This fee includes lunch. Registration at least one week in advance is required. Visithttp://www.aces.uiuc.edu/news/stories/news4290.html to register and for more details about each of the tours including a map and agenda or contact Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at (217) 968-5512 or email@example.com.
Tree and Shrub Insect Pests is the first session of University of Illinois Extension's Four Seasons Gardening summer series. The program will be offered on July 18 at 1:00 p.m. The program features a color slide presentation accompanied by the voice of the instructor as people from all over the state participate.
Jim Schuster, U of I Extension horticulture educator, will present this seminar, which will cover 18 different insects and mites that attack 14 common shrubs and small trees. Participants will learn about cultural and organic control methods.
Perennials for Special Uses will focus your attention to what else the plant has to offer beyond good looks. Want to attract butterflies or hummingbirds? Have a lot of shade in your garden? Are deer eating you out of house and home? Not every perennial suits every garden.
Join Sharon Yiesla, Horticulture Educator, for a new way to look at some of our perennial favorites. Knowing the uses of perennials can help each gardener select the right plants. This program will be held on August 1 at 1:00 p.m.
Incredible Edible Flowers will introduce you to a different menu choice. Have you ever looked at your garden flowers and thought, "These look good enough to eat?" This isn't just a daydream. Edible flower add color, taste and fragrance to even the most common of foods. From appetizers to desserts edible flowers add a unique quality to meals that will make everyone think you are quite a chef. Let Sandy Mason, Horticulture Educator, show you which flowers are edible, which ones to leave in the garden and even a few recipes to get you started in the incredible edible world of flowers. The program will be Tuesday, August 15 at 1:00 p.m.
The sessions will be held at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office at 1120 N. Webster St., in Taylorville, IL. The cost for each session is $1 and advance registration is recommended. Phone or email the local U of I Extension office for more details at, 287-7246 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Illinois Extension Christian County website located at www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian is a quick pathway to research-based facts and other information available from the University of Illinois.
New to the website this month is a local link to "Let's Play"; "Strawberries & More"; "Composting For the Homeowner"–a website for the home gardener who wants to know why it's important to compost, how to build a compost pile, and materials needed for composting; and "Lawn Talk" has been called 'one of the grassiest sites on the Web' by the New York Times. One can learn about grass varieties, dealing with shady areas, and proper methods to use for watering and fertilization. Check them all out.
To keep your summer wardrobe looking its best, treat stains as soon as possible after staining. The older the stain, the more difficult it will be to remove. All stain removal methods should be applied prior to laundering washable garments. Stains that have been laundered and dried are almost impossible to remove.
Some common summer stain removal tips:
Blood: If the stain is fresh, soak in cold water for 30 minutes. Wash with warm water and a detergent. If stain remains, soak in an enzyme presoak and lukewarm water for 15-20 minutes or apply a few drops of hydrogen peroxide.
Chewing Gum: Apply ice or cold water to harden residue. Scrape off excess with dull knife. Place stain area face down on a absorbent paper towel or cloth. Sponge with a prewash treatment. Rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Rinse with hot water. Repeat if needed. Launder.
Dairy Products: Fresh stains should be soaked and agitated in cold water before washing. If stain is dried, scrape or brush off any crusted matter. Soak for up to several hours in cold water with a detergent or an enzyme presoak. Launder in warm water.
Grass Stains: Soak in a solution of cool water and a laundry product containing enzymes for at least 30 minutes (several hours for aged stains.) Do not use hot water as it will coagulate protein and make stain more difficult to remove. If stains remain, soak an additional 30 minutes, then re-wash. Follow product instructions. Some laundry detergents contain enzymes. After soaking, launder in warm water as usual.
Mustard: Hot water and detergent can set mustard stains, so pretreat before washing. Scrape off excess. Pretreat with prewash products. Launder using bleach safe for fabric.
Tomato based sauces: *Soak in cool water, 1/2-teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and 1-tablespoon vinegar for 30 minutes. Rinse. If stain remains, pretreat area with a prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent, or a paste of powdered detergent, and water. Then wash in warm water. Air dry. If stain remains, soak in an enzyme product for at least an hour or over night. Some detergents contain enzymes. Launder in warm water. *Do not use hot water, hot air drying, or iron until the stain is gone. Heat will set it.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in a recent news release advised consumers that "...cooking raw poultry to a minimum internal temperature of 165°F will eliminate pathogens and viruses." Previously it was recommended poultry be cooked to higher temperatures. The single minimum internal temperature requirement of 165°F was recommend by the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.
Research indicates that foodborne pathogens andviruses, such as Salmonella, Campylobacter and the avian influenza virus, are destroyed when poultry is cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F. The FSIS recommends using a food thermometer to monitor or check the internal temperature.
Also, consumers should handle raw poultry carefully. A few tips include washing hands and surfaces often, separating raw meat and poultry from cooked foods, and promptly placing foods in the refrigerator or freezer.
This minimum temperature is suggested, however, consumers for reasons of personal preference, may choose to cook poultry to higher temperatures.
If you have questions, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline (888) 674-6854. The hotline is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
True or False: Chocolate milk is loaded with sugar and caffeine? While chocolate milk does have some sugar and caffeine, it's only a small amount. In comparison to other sweet drinks, chocolate milk has 2 fewer teaspoons of sugar and 2 to 10 times less caffeine than the same amount of soda. So if the choice is chocolate milk or soda, go for the brown cow?
You can learn how to make your dimes turn into dollars. No, it's not magic! The trick is to be aware of how small expenses can add up over time. To learn more about this, visit the Plan Well, Retire Well website (www.RetireWell.uiuc.edu) and go to the section: Start Saving. The interactive calculator in this section will help you explore ways to take control of your spending.
Copies of the most recent Christian County Plat books are available now at the University of Illinois Extension office. These plat books, published by the Rockford Map Company, are of an excellent quality and are for sale at a cost of $35 per copy. Checks should be made payable to the Christian County 4-H Federation.