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Here are the latest publications from NDSU Extension.

Calving Book

Successful beef production begins with good records. CHAPS™ (Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software) is a web-based recordkeeping and analysis application for cow-calf operations. CHAPS™ can help producers track inventories, evaluate cow profitability, and monitor herd reproduction and calf performance.

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Dry Pea and Lentil Root Rot Management Guide

Root rots are an important yield-limiting factor in lentil and pea production. Managing root rots requires preventative measures, early detection and accurate diagnosis. This publication describes symptoms and management strategies for root rot pathogens of peas and lentils.

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Resource Guide for Livestock Manure Management

Livestock manure management issues are becoming increasingly important and complex. Ample educational, technical and financial assistance is available to producers. Individuals are encouraged to take a proactive approach when dealing with livestock manure to take advantage of resources and avoid negative regulatory action.

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A Pocket Guide to Preparing Fruits and Vegetables

This pocket guide provides creative ideas for using fruits and vegetables as part of nutritious meals and snacks. Be sure to wash your hands with warm, soapy water before and after preparing food. Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables, even those you peel, under running tap water.

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Helping Your Child Cope After a Natural Disaster

Children have limited experiences with natural disasters, so it is normal for them to be afraid. It is important that children are met with kindness and understanding from parents and other adults to help cope with these feelings. Children should be encouraged to talk about their feelings and express their fears through play, drawing, painting or clay/play dough. Caring conversations can help them process any fears.

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Protecting Your Water Source: What’s the Condition of Your Water Well?

Water wells can become contaminated over time, and usually, the source of contamination is within 100 feet of the well. Testing the water is the only way to know what substances are present, if your well tests positive for bacteria and/or elevated nitrates, there are several questions to ask. This publication goes over testing your well water, and what questions to ask if it is contaminated.

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Nourishing Your Mind and Body: Manage Stress for Better Health

People have different definitions of stress. Probably the most common definition is “physical, mental or emotion strain or tension.” Stress is different for all of us. People will perceive the same stressor in a number of ways and, therefore, react to it differently. An event can be overwhelming to one person and exciting to another. For example, many politicians, comedians and public speakers truly enjoy appearing on stage in front of huge crowds, while the same situation provides anxiety and fear for other people.

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Questions and Answers About Storing Canned and Packaged Food

A food safety study was conducted with 58 international students from 30 different countries at North Dakota State University. Participants indicated the kind of food safety information they would like to get to help them safely handle new and unfamiliar foods they encountered in the U.S. Many of the participants asked for information about food storage, preserving leftovers, proper handling of salads and fresh vegetables, and the safety of processed and frozen foods

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Questions and Answers About Storing Food in the Refrigerator

A food safety study was conducted with 58 international students from 30 different countries at North Dakota State University. Participants indicated the kind of food safety information they would like to get to help them safely handle new and unfamiliar foods they encountered in the U.S. Many of the participants asked for information about food storage, preserving leftovers, proper handling of salads and fresh vegetables, and the safety of processed and frozen foods.

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Questions and Answers About Storing Food in the Freezer

A food safety study was conducted with 58 international students from 30 different countries at North Dakota State University. Participants indicated the kind of food safety information they would like to get to help them safely handle new and unfamiliar foods they encountered in the U.S. many of the participants asked for information about food storage, preserving leftovers, proper handling of salads and fresh vegetables, and the safety of processed and frozen foods.

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VARY YOUR VEGGIES: Add Some Vegetables to Your Diet

Keep washed, ready-to-eat vegetables on hand and easy to find. How many times does someone in your family open the refrigerator door to see what there is to eat and take one of the first foods he or she sees? So let the cleaned vegetables be seen first. Also, set them out when meals and snacks are eaten. On the run? Cut up some veggies and put them in zip-top bags. Stop in the produce department to see if some vegetables are cut up and ready to eat for a snack. If you do not have a cooler or refrigerator nearby, remember to eat cut-up produce within two hours for safety.

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