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Too Cute Cupcake Class - This Thursday! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laura Prichard   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:32
UPCOMING ADULT CLASSES

THURSDAY, MAY 23RD 7-9 P.M.
$25 per person
TOO CUTE CUPCAKES
In this hands-on class we will show you how to use all kinds of candy and other edible items to create amazing cupcakes.

THURSDAY, JUNE 13 7-9 P.M.
$25 per person
COOKING WITH BEER
From stew and sauces to desserts we will share recipes that use a variety of beers to enchance the flavor.

UPCOMING KIDS CLASSES

SATURDAY, June 15TH 6:30 -8 p.m.
$30 per pair
DADDY AND ME
Just in time for Father’s Day, this class gives dads and kids some quality time together creating yummy treats.

 
BANDITS FANS CAN HELP TEAM IN MILB.COM #FOODFIGHT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 20 May 2013 15:17

Modern Woodmen Park's Ridiculously Oversized Pork Tenderloin Sandwich is in national competition

DAVENPORT, Iowa (MAY 17, 2013) – Fans at Modern Woodmen Park can enjoy a unique dining experiences, and now they can share their pride for the River Bandits' ballpark fare by voting for the team's Ridiculously Oversized Pork Tenderloin Sandwich in the first-ever MiLB.com #foodfight.

The Ridiculously Oversized Pork Tenderloin Sandwich – a Burger Cart highlight with six ounces of tenderized pork is served with lettuce, tomato and onions on a giant bun – is one of the 16 Scrumptious Sandwiches in the 64-item field featuring concession items across Minor League Baseball at www.milb.com/foodfight.

“River Bandits fans can choose from a wide array of unique and affordable tastes at Modern Woodmen Park, including the Ridiculously Oversized Pork Tenderloin Sandwich,” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “What's even more exciting is that each year fans have more unique options on the ballpark menu, such as the Twinkie Dog, Funnel Dog and foot-long Bacon Corn Dog this season, and we can't wait for fans in the Quad Cities to enjoy more tastes that make up one of the most fantastic ballpark dining experiences in Minor League Baseball.”

First-round voting in the contest will continue at www.milb.com/foodfight and on Twitter through Wednesday, May 29. The final round of voting will be Thursday, May 30 through Thursday, June 6. Fans who vote can also enter a sweepstakes in which the winner will travel to the ballpark of the winning concession item. Details are available at www.milb.com/foodfight.

Fans can vote online at www.milb.com/foodfight or on Twitter. To vote, fans can retweet the River Bandits' #foodfight tweets or send their own tweet with #foodfight and either @QCRiverBandits, Quad Cities, River Bandits or Ridiculously Oversized Pork Tenderloin Sandwich. Fans can vote as many times as they choose.

Fans in the Quad Cities can try the Ridiculously Oversized Pork Tenderloin Sandwich during the next River Bandits home stand starting with the 7 p.m. game Friday, May 17, at Modern Woodmen Park.

 
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Unveils Vision for U.S. Organic Agriculture PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 13:14
Announces Organic Crop Insurance, Other Measure

Washington, May 14, 2013 ― Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today discussed his vision for U.S. organic agriculture and USDA efforts to ensure its continued success during remarks to the Organic Trade Association. Vilsack announced a number of changes and new initiatives to support the continued growth of organic agriculture, including that the USDA's Risk Management Agency's (RMA) federal crop insurance program will increase coverage options for organic producers this year and provide even more options in 2014, including a contract price addendum as well as new premium price elections for organic crops. Additionally, RMA will remove the current five-percent organic rate surcharge on all future crop insurance policies beginning in 2014.

Vilsack also said USDA will be providing new guidance and direction on organic production to all USDA agencies in support of organic agriculture and markets. USDA is now asking each agency to routinely address the needs of the organic sector in their programs and services where appropriate. The National Organic Program has supported the continued growth of America's organic sector, which has been increasing market share each year and now is a more than $30 billion industry. Vilsack noted that accurate data is the biggest obstacle for developing better crop insurance options for organic farmers and expressed his desire that Congress help USDA make further progress by renewing the 2008 Organic Data Initiative as part of a new Food, Farms and Jobs bill.

"Organic agriculture is one of the fastest growing segments of American agriculture and helps farmers receive a higher price for their product as they strive to meet growing consumer demand," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "These new options will extend the safety net provided by crop insurance and provide fair and flexible solutions to organic producers. Coupled with the new guidance for agencies to support this growing sector, USDA recognizes that organics are gaining market share and is helping boost this emerging segment."

New crop-insurance pricing options will be available to organic producers who grow crops under guaranteed contracts beginning with the 2014 crop year. This contract price option allows organic producers who receive a contract price for their crop to get a crop insurance guarantee that is more reflective of the actual value of their crop. They will have the ability, where available and at their choice, to use their personal contract price as their price election or to choose existing crop insurance price elections. This contract price option will be available for between 60 and 70 crops in the 2014 crop year and this contract price feature will be available to the majority of insured organic crops. RMA is also changing organic transitional yields (t-yields) so they will be more reflective of actual organic farming experience, starting with the 2014 crop year.

All crops are being evaluated for establishing organic prices for the 2014 crop year. Current pricing options only allow farmers to insure organic crops at the conventional prices, with the exception of eight crops (corn, soybeans, cotton, processing tomatoes, avocados, and several fresh stone fruit crops) that already have premium organic price elections. RMA is working to provide organic price elections for six to ten crops in 2014. Oats and mint are two crops that have already been selected for organic price elections in 2014, and apricots, apples, blueberries, millet, and others are still under consideration.

USDA's Agriculture Marketing Service last year announced the Organic Literacy Initiative, a public outreach and employee training program to help connect current and prospective organic operations with appropriate USDA resources. To date, over 14,000 USDA employees have taken the basic training on USDA's role in organic agriculture. The new guidance will further improve USDA agencies' ability to incorporate the needs of the growing organic sector into their programs and services. These combined actions should result in staff better equipped to help organic farmers obtain technical and financial assistance, insure crops and livestock, access research findings, secure loans, develop conservation practices, find current organic price information, and access local, regional, and international markets. Through this effort, agencies will also better understand the scope and rigor of the certification process and how it complements their own programs.

Organic certification allows farmers and ranchers to receive premium prices for their value-added products. Over the past 10 years, the number of certified organic farms and businesses in the United States has expanded to approximately 17,750, representing a 240 percent increase since USDA first began collecting this data. Similarly, the retail value of the organic industry grew almost 9.5 percent in 2011 to $31.4 billion. Organic foods continue to gain market share in the food industry, climbing to 4.2 percent of U.S. retail food sales in 2011.

USDA has already made several changes to better serve organic customers, including offering more flexible microloans and improving Federal crop insurance programs. To help open new markets for U.S. farmers and ranchers, USDA has streamlined trade with multiple foreign governments. These trade partnerships allow U.S. organic products to be sold as organic in Canada, the European Union, Taiwan, and Japan without maintaining certification to multiple standards. Expanding the reach of U.S. organic products creates opportunities for small businesses and increases jobs for Americans who grow, package, ship and market organic products.

USDA is responsible, under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA), for establishing national standards for organically-produced agricultural products. The National Organic Program has been critical for the development of clear standards and enforcing a level playing-field for organic businesses, which has lead to expanded trade opportunities to create new markets for U.S. organic businesses. These standards assure consumers that products with the USDA organic seal meet consistent, uniform standards. For additional information about the USDA National Organic Program, visit www.ams.usda.gov/NOP.

Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. Contact a local crop insurance agent for more information about the program. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers or on the RMA web site at www.rma.usda.gov/tools/agents/.

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New Food Outreach Ministry PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fr. Brian McVey   
Thursday, 09 May 2013 15:02

St. Albans Church is excited to announce the beginning of our new outreach ministry, the Smart Choice Food Program. This program is similar to the former Angel Food Program that we participated in. The Smart Choice program provides a basket of food, a Smart Box that can be ordered monthly and picked up at St. Albans on delivery day. The Smart Box contains between $55 and $80 of food for a cost of $36. The May smart box, consist of 19.5 pounds of food, including items such as chicken (breasts, thighs and tenders), whiting filets, meatloaf, ground turkey, beef burgers, seasoned fries, vegetables, rice and mac and cheese. Additional value box options are available for an additional cost.

There are no income restrictions for participation in this program or limits on the number of boxes that may be ordered.

St. Albans is currently accepting orders during office hours Monday through Thursday between 9 AM and 3 PM. If you cannot come to St. Albans during normal office hours, please call 563-386-4087 to make arrangements for placing an order. St. Albans is currently accepting payment in cash. St. Albans is not currently authorized to accept EBT cards; however we expect to be approved in the near future to accept EBT orders. Additional value box options are available for an additional cost. Alternate order placement may be done on line at: www.smartchoicefoods and scheduled for pick-up at St. Albans or through New Life Church in Moline.

Please call St. Albans at 563-386-4087 for information or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with a subject line of Smart Choice.

 
Deschutes Brewery Beers Coming to Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marie Melsheimer   
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 15:56
Bend, Oregon brewery’s craft beers will be available for fans in The Hawkeye State starting this summer
May 7, 2013 – Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery announced today that its craft beers will be available in Iowa starting in the summer of 2013. The Oregon-based brewery will be working with Johnson Brothers of Iowa, one of the largest alcoholic beverage distributors in the state. The company is known for its outstanding service, recognized in recent years as “Supplier of the Year” by the Iowa Restaurant Association and the Iowa Grocery Industry Association.
“We are thrilled to be bringing one of America’s great craft breweries into the State of Iowa,” said Lyle Stutzman, President of Johnson Brothers of Iowa.  “We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Deschutes.”
Beer is slated to be available to Iowans in late July, with a formal launch planned for the fall that will include special tastings and other events in cities around the state. Initially, Deschutes Brewery will be offering Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, the nation’s number one selling craft porter,  Chainbreaker White IPA, and its seasonal, Twilight Summer Ale. The beers will be available in six-packs and draft.
Early this year, Deschutes Brewery started distributing in the state of Illinois, and currently sells beer in Missouri and Minnesota. Iowa rounds out the region. Stacy Denbow, expansion manager for Deschutes Brewery, said, “After Iowa's revised state laws, we've seen an impressive craft beer scene emerge that we're excited to soon be a part of. We also really appreciated seeing the level of excitement and execution displayed by Johnson Bros.”
Deschutes Brewery added five new 1,300 barrel fermentation tanks in 2012 to increase capacity at its Oregon brewing headquarters, and plans to add five more tanks this month. When all the new tanks are online, the brewery will have the capacity to brew more than 460,000 barrels annually to fill demand in its expanding distribution footprint.
About Deschutes Brewery
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Deschutes Brewery began as a brew pub in downtown Bend, Oregon and is known for such brands as Black Butte Porter, its flagship brew and the nation’s number one selling craft porter, and the popular Mirror Pond Pale Ale. In addition to its original Bend pub, this family and employee-owned brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District in 2008. The company’s main brewing facility is located on the banks of the Deschutes River and produces over 250,000 barrels of beer annually for distribution in 20 states and two provinces. To find out more, visit www.DeschutesBrewery.com.
About Johnson Brothers
Starting in 1985 in the state of Iowa, Johnson Brothers is a family-owned wine, spirits, beer and non-alcoholic beverages distributor with headquarters in St Paul, Minnesota.  Johnson Brothers has been providing world class service to customers throughout the United States since 1953.
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