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Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:58

Families can enjoy pre-game on-field catch and a buffet on the Sky Deck at River Bandits' June 16 game

DAVENPORT, Iowa (MAY 22, 2013) – Families in the Quad Cities will have a unique way to celebrate Father's Day at Modern Woodmen Park on June 16, when the Quad Cities River Bandits host a pre-game catch in the outfield and their second annual Father's Day Cookout on the Sky Deck for the 5 p.m. Flat Screen Family Sunday game against the Burlington Bees.

The pre-game festivities kick off with catch in the outfield at 4 p.m. with the all-you-can-eat buffet on the Sky Deck to follow from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The fun-filled day will also feature giveaways and enter-to-win prizes for dad to take home. Individuals and families can now purchase ticket packages that include a game ticket and the cookout.

“This fun and affordable package offers families in the Quad Cities a special day to celebrate fathers and give Dad a memorable afternoon featuring a cookout and baseball game,” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “This event combines so much of what people in the Quad Cities can enjoy at Modern Woodmen Park – a gorgeous venue, great hospitality, terrific food, and affordable family-friendly entertainment as we help make Dad feel like a king this Father’s Day.”

Reservations must be made by Monday, June 10, for the package, which includes the cookout and admission to the River Bandits’ 5 p.m. game. Tickets are $20 for each adult and $10 for each child age 10 and younger. The cookout menu features all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, chips, cookies, lemonade and water, as well as a cash bar. Participants are welcome to enjoy the game from their seats or from the Sky Deck – a climate-controlled environment with large glass windows that offer spectacular views of the ballpark, downtown Davenport, the Centennial Bridge and the Mississippi River.

“Modern Woodmen Park is a fantastic year-round setting for special events, and the Father's Day Cookout is a terrific part of that lineup,” said General Manager Harold Craw. “The River Bandits are delighted to welcome families in the Quad Cities for another memorable Father’s Day celebration for the whole community..”

As part of another Flat Screen Family Sunday presented by KWQC and B100, fans can enter a drawing to win one of three free 32-inch flat screen TVs given away during the game. All kids will have the opportunity to run the bases after the game, and fans can bring their dogs for Bark in the Park.

Reservations for the Father’s Day Cookout must be made by Monday, June 10, by calling (563) 324-3000 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Reservations can also be made by filling out the Father’s Day Cookout order form available at, and returning it to the River Bandits front office or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

UP NEXT: The McGivern's Mega Jewelry Giveaway will be Wednesday, May 22, at the 7 p.m. River Bandits game against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Two fans will also have their bills paid on a Pay Your Bill Wednesday presented by U.S. Bank and Mix96. Single game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at 563-324-3000 and online at Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

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

$25 per person
In this hands-on class we will show you how to use all kinds of candy and other edible items to create amazing cupcakes.

$25 per person
From stew and sauces to desserts we will share recipes that use a variety of beers to enchance the flavor.


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

News Releases - Food & Dining
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 #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

“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 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

Fans can vote online at 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

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


USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, complete, sign and mail a program discrimination complaint form, (available at any USDA office location or online at, to: United States Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call toll free at (866) 632-9992 to obtain additional information, the appropriate office or to request documents. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities, contact USDA through the Federal Relay service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136


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.

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