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Easy Cinnamon-Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Wild Rice Recipe

Agriculture Eat This Not That

Think Mason jars are just for drinks or packing lettuce-based salads?Think again.
'Think Mason jars are just for drinks or packing lettuce-based salads?Think again.This sweet potato salad puts a new spin on the term, layering cinnamon-roasted sweet potato pieces with shredded chicken, carrots, and plenty of seasoning.Combined with a serving of wild rice, this is a full meal in a jar.If the idea of meal prep doesn’t appeal to you, this easy recipe might just change your mind.It will stay fresh in the fridge for up to three days, and it’s super easy to pack and carry to work.With seven grams of fiber and 14 grams of protein, this meal is sure to keep you satisfied.And it might just make you wonder what else you can do with a Mason jar, too.Why stop at traditional Mason jar salads , when there’s a whole world of possibility?Nutrition: 403 calories, 16 g fat (3 g saturated), 695 mg sodium, 7 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 14 g protein Makes 4 servings Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray 12 oz sweet potato, scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 medium red or yellow onion, sliced into wedges 4 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 Tbsp curry powder 2 tsp honey 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 2 cups cooked wild rice 4 oz cooked chicken, shredded 1/4 cup golden or regular raisins 2 medium carrots, shaved 1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro How to Make It Preheat oven to 400°F.Line a baking sheet with foil, and coat with cooking spray.In a medium bowl, combine sweet potato, onion, 1 Tbsp oil, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, and cinnamon; toss to coat.Transfer potato mixture to prepared baking sheet.Roast about 20 minutes or until tender.Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine remaining 3 Tbsp oil, vinegar, curry powder, honey, the remaining 1/2 tsp salt, and the remaining 1/4 tsp pepper.Whisk until smooth.Divide rice among four pint jars.Top with roasted potatoes, chicken, raisins, and carrots.Drizzle with dressing and top with cilantro.Cover and chill up to 3 days.Eat This Tip Wild rice has nearly double the fiber and protein and fewer calories than brown rice.RELATED: 100+ healthy breakfast ideas that help you lose weight and stay slim. . The post Easy Cinnamon-Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Wild Rice Recipe appeared first on Eat This Not That .'

Land O’Lakes CEO: Big Data Is Helping Farmers Deal With Climate Swings

Agriculture Fortune

Median farm income was negative $1,553 last year.
'What role should big data play on the farm? According to Land O’Lakes president and CEO Beth Ford, a vital one. The use of big data and technology in agriculture has long been growing in the U.S. But the necessity of using farm data to help mitigate inherent industry risks has never been more paramount. Massive floods in the U.S. and drastic global droughts, like the one in southern Africa this year, have already taken a heavy toll on farmers. “Many farmers couldn’t get planted, and that means that they have a huge issue with a gap in production,” Ford said in an on-stage discussion at  Fortune’s  Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo., on Tuesday. “More importantly, these farmers have been in a situation for multiple years where they have had low commodity prices, they have had struggles in their rural communities, they’ve had struggles on the acre.” These struggles have translated into a dire financial situation. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the median farm income was negative $1,553 last year — putting farmers deep in the red, says Ford. Volatile climate issues have created 10 million abandoned acres due to floods this year, translating to about $6.5 billion in lost revenue, according to Sara Menker, founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence, an agriculture data platform, who spoke on the same discussion as Ford. But to help farmers better prepare for the risks of the dramatic climate swings this year, Ford says Land O’Lakes is working with technology and farmer data to provide predictive models that may help farmers understand what to plant, when, and how. To Ford, the advantages of using compilations of predictive models, satellite imagery, and drone information has never been more important in the U.S. than it’s been this year. But it isn’t only farmers in need of this data. Menker says that everyone from companies to banks to even commodity traders need this data to better prepare for the inevitable “extreme shifts” created by climate changes. “You need to have an efficient communication mechanism whereby they understand the real-time supply and demand dynamics so that they’re better managing their businesses,” Menker said. “That will translate to people in the industry understanding what’s happening on a farm level way more dynamically, which you need to manage risk.”  These changes could even hit food, beverage, and retail companies, Menker says, creating the need for models and simulations to help the lowest rungs on the supply chain minimize losses. More must-read stories from Fortune Brainstorm Tech 2019: —The real reason Walmart needs its stores in order to compete with Amazon —Ancestry CEO talks genetic data privacy and the business of DNA testing —Analyst: Expect more tech regulation despite declining user privacy concerns — Barbie movie will cast minority actors , according to Mattel CEO  —Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield isn’t worried about battling chief rival Microsoft Catch up with Data Sheet , Fortune’s daily digest on the business of tech.'

Three chuckwagon horses euthanized on final night of Stampede

Agriculture USA New Updates

Chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede on Sunday, July 14, 2019. Mike Drew/Postmedia The Calgary Stampede says it will conduct a “thorough review” of chuckwagon safety after six horses died throughout the 2019 Rangeland Derby, making this year’s
'Chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede on Sunday, July 14, 2019. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tMike Drew/Postmedia\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tThe Calgary Stampede says it will conduct a “thorough review” of chuckwagon safety after six horses died throughout the 2019 Rangeland Derby, making this year’s edition of the event the deadliest in almost a decade.Three horses were euthanized following injuries sustained during the final evening of chuckwagon races at the Stampede on Sunday, doubling the 10-day competition’s tally of horse deaths. The incident happened during the eighth heat, when a chuckwagon rig belonging to driver Evan Salmond went down in the northeast corner of the track.The right lead horse of Salmond’s wagon sustained a running injury, according to the Stampede. A veterinarian assessed the horse and determined it suffered a fractured left hind cannon bone.Two other horses belonging to Salmond also sustained “serious” leg injuries. The Stampede said they were cared for immediately on the track, but a veterinary team determined there was no option for treatment.“This is as upsetting to us as it is to our community, and is challenging for us,” the Stampede said in a statement early Monday morning. “The Stampede’s commitment to the safety of animals and the conditions of their participation in our events is paramount to our values and brand integrity. We will continue to be open in our communication with our community.” Scene of Sunday’s crash in the eighth heat, which killed three horses. Mike Drew/Postmedia The incident capped off a grim week for Salmond’s outfit, after one of his animals died and three more sustained minor injuries in a collision on Thursday.Stampede officials determined that driver Chad Harden impeded the wagon of fellow driver Danny Ringuette, causing it to collide with Salmond’s outfit. His was the third chuckwagon horse to die over the course of the week.None of those injured horses were part of Salmond’s quartet on Sunday, according to the Stampede.The Stampede took Harden’s “driver error” seriously, disqualifying him from racing for the remainder of the 2019 Stampede and fining him $10,000. He is required to also pay an additional $10,000 to Salmond for the cost of his fallen horse.Harden’s unprecedented disqualification means he also faces a potential lifetime ban. He will not be invited to compete in the future but has the option of applying for reinstatement in any given year.Earlier in the week, a horse belonging to driver Obrey Motowylo was euthanized following an injury sustained during Wednesday’s chuckwagon races. The Stampede said the horse was assessed by a veterinarian, who determined a fractured left front radius left “no option for treatment.”Another chuckwagon horse died of “a serious internal medical condition” in what’s considered a suspected heart attack after falling to the track during Monday’s races.Sunday’s deadly race brought the total number of horse deaths at the 2019 Stampede to six, the most since six chuckwagon horses also died in 2010. John Walters’ horses get tangled up with the infield fence during the third heat on Friday. The team got straightened out without serious injuries. Mike Drew/Postmedia One chuckwagon horse has died in each of the past two years at the Stampede, while 2016 went without a single animal death. Four horses died in 2015.The high toll of 2019 has prompted renewed calls by animal rights groups to ban chuckwagon and rodeo events at the Stampede.People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals supporters planned to gather Tuesday outside Premier Jason Kenney’s office, wearing horse masks “to make the point that horses’ lives count,” and calling for an end to the chuckwagon races.“The deadly chuckwagon races are an ugly throwback to a more ignorant time and are staining Calgary’s reputation,” PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement.The Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association declined to comment about the recent horse injuries when reached Monday, instead deferring to the Calgary Stampede.In a statement, the Stampede said it was “committed to initiating a thorough review process surrounding chuckwagon safety” in light of this year’s incidents.“We’re less than 24 hours out of Stampede, so we don’t know at this point what form that process is going to take,” said Stampede spokeswoman Kristina Barnes, adding a timeline has not yet been set for the review.“As for what we’re hoping to learn, again, it kind of defeats the purpose of the process if we go into it with preconceived ideas of what we want to achieve.”Barnes said the Stampede remains confident in its safety measures, which include veterinary checks for each horse that arrives at Stampede Park and prior to races.“As a responsible organization that exists for the benefit of our community, if we find that adjustments need to be made, then we will make them,” Barnes said.“There are some things that we just can’t predict or prevent, despite all of the veterinary inspections, all of the care to the horses and the track. There are some things that we can’t anticipate.”—With files from Stephanie Babych, Alanna Smith and Todd Saelhof shudes@postmedia.com Twitter: @SammyHudes'

Shackleford Herd Lost Oldest Mare in 2018

Agriculture Coastal Review Online

The oldest mare on Shackleford Banks and 10 other horses on the banks died last year but the average mortality rate has remained nearly constant for 20 years, according to the latest annual report on the herd's health.
'HARKERS ISLAND – The oldest mare on Shackleford Banks died last year at age 34, one of 11 horse deaths in 2018, according to an annual report made public last week. At the end of 2018, there were 116 horses living on the banks, according to the report that the Cape Lookout National Seashore and the Foundation for Shackleford Horses released Thursday. The herd is 62% female and 38% male, with 3 males and 17 females over the age of 20. Shackleford Wild Horse grazing on the beach. Photo: National Park Service Since 1999, the average lifespan of horses on Shackleford Banks has been about 11 years. Though the mortality rate was 9% with the 11 deaths last year, the mortality rate for the herd still averaged about 6%. Public education is the most important factor in protecting the wild horses on Shackleford, officials said. Both Cape Lookout National Seashore and the Foundation for Shackleford Horses increased efforts through programming and media outreach to share with the public how best to watch the horses without interacting with them or interrupting their natural behavior. Additionally, the park offers Junior Ranger Wild Horse Protector activity for sixth- through eighth-grade students. A parent, guardian, or youth leader may check out a backpack with instruments needed to complete activities like those done by the wild horse biologist. Upon completion, students receive an award and are certified as Wild Horse Protectors.'

July 15, 2019 – The Mercury News

Agriculture USA New Updates

Unlucky Louie says he always took the trials of life with a grain of salt, but after using up two 10-pound bags, he gave up. Louie was today’s South, and he and North stopped at six spades — correctly, though they had a chance for 13 tricks. Louie
'Unlucky Louie says he always took the trials of life with a grain of salt, but after using up two 10-pound bags, he gave up. Louie was today’s South, and he and North stopped at six spades — correctly, though they had a chance for 13 tricks. Louie won the club lead with dummy’s king, drew trumps, cashed the K-A of hearts and ruffed a heart. When East discarded a diamond, Louie threw his last heart on the ace of clubs and ruffed the jack. Louie next led the eight of diamonds to finesse. East won with the king and led his last club, and Louie ruffed and let the jack of diamonds ride. Alas, East produced the queen. ELEGANT Any declarer worth his salt would have made the slam. Louie had more than one way to salt away 12 tricks, but the simplest and most elegant is to win the first club, draw trumps and pass the eight of diamonds. When East wins, he has no winning return. Whether East leads a heart, a diamond or a club, he gives South a free finesse and his 12th trick. DAILY QUESTION You hold: S A Q J 8 4 H A 10 5 3 D J 8 2 C 4. Your partner opens one diamond, you respond one spade and he bids two clubs. You bid two hearts, and partner bids three diamonds. What do you say? ANSWER: Partner suggests six diamonds, four clubs and extra strength. With a minimum hand such as 2, K 2, K Q 10 7 5 3, K J 5 2, most experts would have rebid two diamonds to limit their strength. Bid five diamonds. If partner goes to six with 2, K 2, A Q 10 7 5 3, A K 5 3, he will make it. South dealer N-S vulnerable NORTH S K 9 6 5 H K J D A 10 9 3 C A K J WEST S 2 H Q 9 8 6 4 D 7 4 C 10 8 6 5 3 EAST S 10 7 3 H 7 2 D K Q 6 5 C Q 9 7 2 SOUTH S A Q J 8 4 H A 10 5 3 D J 8 2 C 4 South West North East 1 S Pass 3 D Pass 3 H Pass 6 S All Pass Opening lead — C 5 (C)2019 Tribune Content Agency, LLC.'