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Internationally-known animal welfare expert Temple Grandin to speak at IFBF annual meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heather Lilienthal   
Friday, 16 November 2012 09:39

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – Nov. 14, 2012 – Story County Farm Bureau member Bill Couser may be a long-time cattleman and Iowa Farm Bureau member who’s been recognized for the innovative methods he uses on his farm and feedlot, but he’s quick to point out the mentors in his life.

Temple Grandin, an internationally-known animal welfare expert, is at the top of his list.

Grandin is recognized for her role in many aspects of today’s culture; ranging from her work with animal handling systems and livestock welfare to being featured in the HBO Emmy Award-winning movie about her life and experience with autism. TIME Magazine even named her as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2010.

Couser can’t wait to hear her speak on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) 94th annual meeting at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (formerly known as Veteran’s Auditorium). Grandin will talk about the need for greater transparency in the livestock industry and how to reach out to a growing non-farming audience.

“When I first met her 25 years ago, I was absolutely connected to her messages about low-stress handling of livestock and I took that information to my farm,” said Couser. “On my farm, we incorporated her approaches such as quiet areas, avoiding corners when moving animals and not using pain-inducing tools such as shock-inducing sticks called hot shots. It’s all about embracing methods that secure the health, comfort and safety of our livestock.”

Grandin disagrees with animal rights activists who want to abolish the use of animals for food. Today, her low-stress animal welfare guidelines and systems, which include curved chutes and strict protocol regarding animal stunning and slaughter, are standard among many U.S. meat-packing plants. She works with a number of international retailers including McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King and is active with the Center for Food Integrity’s Animal Care Review Panel.

“All of us cattlemen and livestock farmers are her students. I’m excited to have someone who’s had such a profound impact on our industry come and share her knowledge with us and appreciate Farm Bureau bringing her here,” said Couser. “When you hear her speak for the first time, you take a step back. She is very frank in her opinions. She tells it like it is. Her delivery is unconventional, refreshing and her message is important for all farmers to hear.”

To see the agenda for the IFBF two-day annual meeting, visit and click on the rotating link regarding the event. Farm Bureau members can register through their local county Farm Bureau offices.


About Iowa Farm Bureau

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to enhancing the People, Progress and Pride of Iowa.  More than 153,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve farm and rural prosperity.  For more information about Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit the online media center at

Simple Steps to Tackling 6 Common Holiday Stains from Northwest Carpet One Floor & Home PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Douglas Patch   
Friday, 16 November 2012 09:30

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 (Davenport, IA) — Holiday time can be hard on a home. House guests, parties, cooking and baking combined with a busy schedule often result in spills, stains and frustrations. Northwest Carpet One Floor & Home has compiled 6 common holiday stains along with simple cleaning steps to relieve holiday stress.

“Holiday stains don’t have to add stress to an already busy schedule. The keys to handling stains with ease are being prepared and responding quickly,” says Douglas Patch, of Northwest Carpet One Floor & Home.  There are a few basic techniques to learn.

• Apply: Wet a clean, white (not printed) paper towel with a cleaning solution. Then dampen the carpet with it. Avoid wetting the carpet through to its backing.
• Blot: Absorb the excess liquid from the carpet by pressing straight down with a clean, dry, white paper towel. Do not rub. Place a half-inch thick pad of clean, dry, white paper towels with a weight on top and leave overnight if necessary.
• Scrape: Gently scratch the soiled area with the blunt edge of a spoon. Scrape from the outside edge of the spot toward the center.

Putting together a holiday stain “emergency kit” before the holidays begin can also help relieve some stress when accidents happen. A good “emergency kit” should include:
• White Vinegar
• Baking Soda
• Unprinted White Paper Towels
• Clear Dish Washing Detergent – Mix 1/2 teaspoon detergent with one cup of warm (not hot) water when you need it.
• A Laundry Pre-soak Solution: Mix 1 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent with one cup of water before using.
• A Dry Powder Carpet Cleaner.
• Dry Cleaning Solvent: Non-oily, non-caustic type sold as spot removal for garments. Caution: May be flammable.

With the techniques and tools ready, a holiday stain is easier to handle. The steps below cover 6 of the most common holiday household stains that occur all over the house.

1. White Glue. Kids’ craft projects make great gifts. When the glue ends up on the floor instead of the project, first scrape or blot up excess spill. Then apply the detergent solution using a damp towel. Blot the stain - don't rub. Next, apply white vinegar (undiluted), using a damp towel and blot again. Apply water with a damp sponge. Blot again and finish by weighing down a half-inch thick pad of white paper towels to absorb all the moisture. Leave overnight if necessary.

2. Lipstick. In a hurry to get ready for a party, the lipstick gets dropped on the carpet. Start by scraping or blotting up the excess spill. Apply the detergent solution using a damp towel and leave 3-5 minutes. Blot and apply white vinegar (undiluted), using a damp towel. Apply water with damp sponge. Blot again and finish by weighing down a half-inch thick pad of white paper towels to absorb all the moisture. Leave overnight if necessary.

3. Candle Wax. Candles make any holiday celebration a little more festive. When the wax drips on the carpet, first scrape off excess wax. Cover the stain with brown paper and apply a warm iron until remaining wax is absorbed. Be sure paper is large enough to cover the stained area. Take care never to touch the iron to the carpet as the fiber might melt. Change paper or rotate to clean area and repeat until all material is absorbed.

You can also try scraping the spill and then freezing it with ice cubes. Shatter the frozen wax with a blunt object like the back of a large spoon. Vacuum chips away before they melt.

4. Red Wine. Instead of limiting your guests to clear beverages, be ready with these steps. Blot up excess spill as quickly as possible. Apply the detergent solution using damp towel and leave 3-5 minutes. Blot and apply white vinegar (undiluted), using a damp towel. Blot again. Finish by weighing down a half-inch thick pad of white paper towels to absorb all the moisture. Leave overnight if necessary.

5. Cooking Oil.  Holiday cooking projects are fun for the whole family. A greasy stain should ruin the fun. First apply a dry cleaning solvent, using a dampened towel.  Blot the stain, as rubbing will embed it further.  Then repeat these steps, first applying a solvent and then blotting.  Lastly, apply water with a dampened towel and blot-finish with a weighted pad of towels.

6. Chocolate. Holiday candies are an indulgent treat but when one gets dropped, it can cause a big mess. First, finish your remaining treat, and then scrape up excess spill. Apply detergent solution using a damp towel and blot. Apply white vinegar (undiluted), using a damp towel, blot and apply water with a damp sponge. Blot and finish by weighing down a half-inch thick pad of white paper towels to absorb all the moisture. Leave overnight if necessary.

About Northwest Carpet One Floor & Home
Northwest Carpet One Floor & Home is a locally owned flooring retailer serving the Davenport area. They are part of North America’s leading floor covering co-op. Their showroom is known for carrying a broad selection of beautiful carpet, wood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, and area rugs including exclusive brands like Bigelow and Lees. They offer a unique customer experience with the exclusive SelectAFloor merchandising system that simplifies the shopping experience and The Beautiful GuaranteeTM, which guarantees that customers will be 100% happy with their floor. Northwest Carpet One Floor & Home is also the home of the exclusive Healthier Living Installation system. For more information visit NORTHWESTCARPETONEDAVENPORT.COM.

* Note: Not all carpet fibers react the same way when treated for stains. Before proceeding with any of the preceding cleaning procedures, we recommend you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines may void your warranty.

NARI Offers Tips to Hurricane Victims to Avoid Home Repair Scams PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Morgan Zenner   
Friday, 16 November 2012 09:20

Make sure your contractor is legally able to work in your area.


Des Plaines, Illinois, Nov. 13, 2012—The National Association of the Remodeling Industry offers tips for homeowners impacted by Superstorm Sandy to avoid home repair scams.


Con artists often show up at a homeowner's door after a disaster, offering an array of services and demanding a hefty down payment up front. They might offer a "great deal," based on using materials left over from a neighbor’s job, but homeowners should remember that a "great deal" isn't always what it seems. Frequently, these fly-by-night operators drive vehicles with out-of-state license plates, or set up temporary offices from which they can move quickly once authorities start looking for them. Before writing that check, and especially before allowing any unknown individual into your home, NARI suggests that a homeowner:


  • Get the name and address of the company that person allegedly represents.
  • Get all details of the offer in writing and carefully review it. Be sure you understand everything in the contract and that any verbal promises made are included in the contract.
  • Determine how long the company has been in business and call organizations with which the contractor is affiliated, such as NARI or other trade associations, to determine the firm's legitimacy.
  • Ask for references and contact each one.
  • Remember that any legitimate company that wants your business will be more than willing to allow you the time to do your homework. Don't fall prey to high-pressure tactics such as "this is the only chance you have" or "by tomorrow the extra materials will be gone."

Homeowners should be especially skeptical if they....

  • Come to your door unsolicited.
  • Use high-pressure sales tactics.
  • Request full payment before completing the work.
  • Give a post office box without a street address or phone number.
  • Promise to begin and complete the work more quickly and cheaply than any other company.
  • Say they just finished work on your neighbor's house and have just enough materials to do repair work on yours. They might say they can give you a better bargain if you let them do the work today since they have the supplies now.


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About NARI: The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only trade association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. The Association, which represents 7,000 member companies nationwide—comprised of 63,000 remodeling contractors— is “The Voice of the Remodeling Industry.”™ To learn more about membership, visit or contact national headquarters, based in Des Plaines, Ill., at (847) 298-9200.

National Native American Heritage Month 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Illinois National Guard PAO   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 16:07

News from Illinois National Guard

For more information contact: National Guard PAO Illinois , (217) 761-3569, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

National Native American Heritage Month 2012

SPRINGFIELD, IL (11/13/2012)(readMedia)-- --


• Illinois National Guard Equal Opportunity Office

• Dr. Joyce Surbeck-Harris


• Dr. Joyce Surbeck-Harris is half Eastern Cherokee & Northern Shoshone Indian. Over the past 30 years, she has studied with several traditional holy men and healers. Dr Joyce Surbeck-Harris has joined with two of her colleagues to develop a program for veterans with PTSD.


• Nov. 14, 10 a.m.


• IMA Auditorium, Camp Lincoln

1301 N MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, IL 62702-2399

Voting now open on videos submitted for the Governor’s Anti-Bullying Summit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 11:50

(DES MOINES) – 23 videos were submitted ahead of the Governor’s Anti-Bullying Summit, and votes are now being taken from Iowans to determine their favorite.

The videos are found on the EduVision Bully Prevention Entries Channel found here:

The winner will be determined based on the number of video views. All 23 videos approved to be in the contest went live on Monday, November 12th and will be taken down on Wednesday, November 21st.

While the deadline for submitting videos has passed, room is still available to attend the summit, which will be held on Nov. 27, at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. Registration can be found on the summit’s web site at

The governor’s office encourages all Iowans to spread the word regarding the summit and video voting to their fellow students, teachers, family and friends. The winner and finalists for the video contest will be notified on Nov. 26.

The winner of the video will be announced at the summit on Nov. 27.

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