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The Machine Shed Celebrates Pork Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michelle Hoaglin   
Monday, 30 September 2013 15:41

Ham, Sausage, Bacon, Chops, Ribs, Tenderloin. No wonder we are excited to celebrate National Pork Month at the Shed! Although we are serving up delicious pork dishes all year long, we are planning some exciting additions for the month of October. Over the years The Machine Shed has won many awards for our pork dishes. This October we will be featuring award winning pork dishes and customer favorites from our past including The Smoke House Pork Chop, The Pioneer, and The Tangy Tenderloin. Be sure to try our new favorite, The Caramel Apple Bacon Pork Loin. When you stop in make sure you sign up for our Pork Giveaway packages compliments of the Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota Pork Producers. We will draw winners at the end of the month.

Check out our Machine Shed Blog to get our Fall Harvest eBook featuring delicious Pork Recipes as well as our Facebook page for more Pork Month fun. The Machine Shed is located at Northwest Blvd and I-80 in Davenport, IA.

Best Food Facts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Center for Food Integrity   
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 14:48

What's Cookin'


Are Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Better than Canned or Frozen Produce?

Check out the blog and our new video that explores this question.


Why are Chemicals Used in Poultry Processing?

More importantly, are they safe?


Smarter Snacking at School: New Standards for Vending Machines

What do these changes mean for your kids?


Should Olive Oil Freeze When Placed in the Freezer?

And has your olive oil been diluted with another variety?


What Do Food Experts Eat? Organic or GMO Foods?

You may be surprised!


How It's Made: Ice Cream Treats

See just how this sweet treat comes to be!

Loebsack Statement on Vote on Nutrition Section of the Farm Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Monday, 23 September 2013 08:42

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the House voted on the separate nutrition section of the farm bill. Breaking with decades of precedence, House Republicans separated the agriculture and nutrition portions of the farm bill, which threatens its chance at being signed into law. The nutrition-only section put before the House today contained $40 billion in cuts to nutrition assistance programs. The splitting of the two sections was opposed by hundreds of agriculture groups, including the Iowa Farm Bureau.

“As someone raised by a single mother who relied in part on food stamps to put food on the table, I know first-hand that the cuts included in this legislation would have a draconian impact on many families who are still trying to recover. We cannot pull the rug out from under working families, children, seniors and veterans.

“Now that the latest political theater directed by the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party is over, it is long past time for Speaker Boehner to get serious about getting a farm bill done and go to conference with the Senate. I strongly opposed splitting the agriculture and nutrition sections of the farm bill because it threatens the chances of getting a farm bill signed into law. Our farmers, rural communities and economy are depending on a commonsense, practical farm bill. The farm bill helps keep our economy strong and creates jobs far beyond the farm. We must pass the farm bill without further delay.”

Loebsack has consistently fought to move a farm bill forward that can be signed into law. In July, he joined the Iowa delegation, and was one of only 24 Democrats to support the complete House version of the farm bill, which was voted down. He also introduced in the House the bipartisan Senate farm bill which was supported by both Senators Harkin and Grassley.


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Written by Charlie Becker   
Friday, 20 September 2013 15:39
MONTICELLO, IA --The annual Camp Courageous of Iowa Pancake Breakfast and Open House is set for Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 7:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Camp Courageous began serving individuals with disabilities during the summer of 1974 with campers totaling 211. Camp Courageous of Iowa is run on donations, without government support, without paid fund raisers, and without formal sponsorship. Today the camp is open year-round and the campers number is over 6,500!

Camp Courageous is celebrating their 39th anniversary. A DVD presentation about the camp, as well as new camp merchandise can be found in the camp's main office. Leo Greco CDs and DVDs also available.

A hot breakfast that includes pancakes, sausage, and more. The cost is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12. After your breakfast enjoy a Live WMT Broadcast from the camp's main lodge. Live Reenactment Train Robbery by Red Cedar Regulators at the Train Depot at 9:00 AM, 9:45 AM, 10:45 AM, and 11:45 AM. Live! In the Sill barn performing free will be Dixie-Notes-Plus at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00.

See the new entrance to Camp Courageous, new curb / gutter, new parking surface, and location of future caboose.

The camp is located five miles southeast of Monticello off Highway 38 and 151-Exit 65.

The Pancake Breakfast is also kick-off for sales of the Camp Courageous Fruitcakes. The fresh baked Fruitcakes are $10.00 each with no purchase limit.

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Food Safety Certification Class Offered PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vera Stokes   
Thursday, 19 September 2013 07:36
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer a ServSafe© certification class on Monday, October 14, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at CASI, 1035 West Kimberly Road, Davenport, Iowa. The class will be taught by nutrition and health specialist, Vera Stokes, a certified ServSafe© instructor and proctor.  

The registration deadline is October 7, 2013.  Please call the Clinton County Extension Office 563-659-5125 to have a form mailed to you.  

The $135 registration fee includes eight hours of instruction, a course book and a same day exam.

ServSafe© Food Safety Training was created by the National Restaurant Association to educate restaurant owners, supervisors, managers and employees about the dangers of foodborne illnesses and how to avoid them.  The course focuses on the foodservice leader’s role in measuring risks, setting policies and training and supervising employees.

For more information call Vera Stokes, 563/210-0587 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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