Weekly FFI Bits — July 29, 2013

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ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen
This week kicks off the 41st Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, more commonly known as RAGBRAI. As 10,000+ bikers ride from the Missouri River to the Mississippi River in just 6 days, it is a great time to remind ourselves how to be positive “Roll Models” to children when riding our own bikes. Click here for a detailed refresher!


EARLY CHILDHOOD – Halesia Johnson
Are the kids in your life watching too much TV this summer?  Limiting screen time is important in preschoolers health and development. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting a child’s use of TV, movies, video and computer games to no more than one or two hours a day.  This parallels with our FFI ‘Together We Grow Healthy Kids/ 5-2-1-0’ message.  Click here for more information on effects and how to limit screen time.

REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEM – Teresa Wiemerslage
Donations from local fruit and vegetable growers are important to food pantries. Food pantry clients want in-season produce, and this type of food provides nutritional benefits to them. Because food safety begins at the farm level, food pantry workers may ask questions to ensure donated foods have a low food safety risk. A new publication from ISU Extension and Outreach provides information to growers about safe on-farm food practices and information to food pantry workers about how to keep donated produce safe.

Local FFA students with the drive to support a local beef processing plant are learning about legislation and agribusiness with hopes of making a buck in the process.  Crestwood FFA Students saw an opportunity to invest in a new business expected to break ground in August and wanted to use some of the $90,000 saved in CDs to invest in the start-up.

The new business, Lime Springs Beef Co., will be a 15,000-square-foot plant and will employ 50 and connect consumers more closely to the beef they eat. The plant will take animals from farms less than 100 miles away and sell to urban areas nearby, targeting urban areas of Des Moines and Rochester, Minn.  Read more.



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