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Feeding Management for Backgrounding Cattle

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Backgrounding feeder cattle is a common practice in North Dakota. The practice is used to add value to home-raised feeds and calves by marketing feeds through the cattle. Feed efficiency and feed cost are the two most important factors that determine cost of gain. Following some feeding guidelines can lower the cost of gain.

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4-H Camps

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If you’re looking for adventure this summer, try the 4-H camp near Washburn. Any youth can attend a variety of camps to have fun while developing lifelong skills, trying new activities, learning the importance of a healthy lifestyle and discovering what they can accomplish, all in a safe environment. Check out the possibilities!

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Growing Lentils in North Dakota

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Growing lentils or other legumes in a diverse cropping system may improve soil health, and provide for an opportunity to control problem weeds such as downy brome and other grassy annual weeds. Lentils are used primarily in soups, salads, casseroles and stews and are a good source of protein. (Carrington REC photo)

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Nourish Your Digestive System

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Our large intestine (colon) is home to 100 trillion “friendly” bacteria. These bacteria help defend us against disease, make certain vitamins such as vitamin K, and help break down extra food residue that remains after digestion in the small intestine. This process is known as fermentation. Our bacteria can become imbalanced due to stress, diarrhea, changes in diet and antibiotics. Consuming fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, probiotics and prebiotics can help our bacteria stay within a healthy balance.

(Photo courtesy Julie Garden-Robinson)

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The Health Benefits of Whole Grains

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Including whole grains in your diet on a regular basis is associated with lower body weight and the reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. Whole grains are good for you and North Dakota.  North Dakota leads the nation in the production of durum wheat, spring wheat and barley.

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Food Mixes Make Good Gifts

jar mixNeed some last-minute holiday gifts? Or do you have some hard-to-buy-for people on your list? Then consider giving homemade beverage,soup, quick bread or cookie mixes. Beverage mixes in a jar are a great way to enjoy an inexpensive, tasty, hot drink at home. Food mixes make fun, economical and practical gifts. (Photo courtesy of of Alice Henneman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension)

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Program Helps Combat Diabetes

Dining With DiabetesDiabetes continues to be a growing problem in the U.S. In North Dakota, more than 37,000 people live with the disease. Extension agents team up with certified diabetes educators or registered dietitians in a program called Dining With Diabetes North Dakota Style that teaches North Dakotans suffering from or at risk of developing diabetes how to make the lifestyle changes they need to manage the disease.

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Do You Need a Dietary Supplement?

dietary supplementsMore than half of all Americans take a daily supplement, and they spend billions of dollars on these vitamins, minerals, fiber, herbal products and other items. While dietary supplements may help those at nutritional risk get the extra nutrients they need, supplements may not be necessary for everyone. Supplements can help you get vitamins and minerals that food normally provides, but they can't make up for poor eating
habits. (Microsoft Office photo)

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Wet Soil to Minimize Structural Damage

dry soil crackIf your doors or windows are sticking or you see cracks in the walls or ceiling, soil shrinkage may be causing your home to shift. This summer's dry conditions are causing clay and other fine-particle soils to shrink, which creates gaps around the basement wall. These gaps can allow air to dry the soil under your home's foundation, which may stress the concrete enough to cause cracking. One way to minimize this problem is to wet the soil around the foundation during extended dry periods if the soil is pulling away from the basement wall. (NDSU photo)

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Cooking in Small Spaces

tex-mex saladDo you want to make nutritious, tasty meals but your cooking space is limited? Try getting rid of unnecessary cookware, planning weekly menus around what you already have on hand and buying only the groceries you need for the week, and buying canned vegetables and fruits instead of fresh produce if you don't have a lot of room in your refrigerator. Another tip for cooking in small spaces is to buy foods you can prepare in a slow cooker, microwave or single pan. (NDSU photo)

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