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THE KALONA NEWS, AUGUST 29, 2013 FARM PAGE 7A As we cut how much we eat, how much do we waste? Farm Briefs When you order that bar- becue sand- wich at the drive thru, or sit back from that roast beef dinner Sunday evening, how F.RI4G much of it re- & YOUR mains in your wrapper or FREEDOM on the plate? BY Peter Graham Well, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is concerning itself with that information as it tries to assess how much food Americans waste and the challenge of cutting that waste. When I was a kid, lo those many years ago, Morn was con- cerned with us eating what we were given. "You need to clean your plate, "she would say, "There are starving children in China who would love to have what you have." Made sense at a time when kids expended huge amounts of energy playing and working out- side. But, today, watching our waistlines makes more sense and tailoring our caloric intake to our health needs trumps starving children in China--although I'm sure they still exist• The result is that we tend to take larger portions than Morn or our doctor wants us to ingest and we leave a lot of it on the plate, especially in restaurants, where portion control might not be the best. So, a good deal of good food winds up in the landfill or down the garbage disposal! The USDA has noted that food is the single largest component of municipal solid waste, account- ing for over 20 percent of landfills by weight. In the landfill, it rots and creates methane gas 21 times more potent that carbon dioxide. Landfills, the USDA said, are the third largest source of methane in the U.S. Working with the U.S. Environ- mental Protection Agency (EPA), the USDA has created the U.S. Food Waste Challenge. The effort challenges producer groups, pro- cessors, manufacturers, retailers, communities and other govern- mental agencies to join in the fight to: *REDUCE food loss and waste; *RECOVER wholesome food for human consumption; and *RECYCLE discards to other uses, including animal feed, com- posting, and energy generation• In launching the Challenge in June, the USDA said food waste in the U.S. is estimated at roughly be- tween 30 to 40 percent of the food supply. In 2010, for instance, an es- timated 133 billion pounds of food from U.S. retail food stores, res- taurants and homes never made it into peoples' stomachs. The amount of uneaten food in homes and restaurants was valued at $390 per U.S. consumer in 2008, more than an average month's worth of food expenditures. The goal of the Food Waste Challenge is to band organiza- tions and individuals together to lead a shift in how we think about and manage food and food waste. The Challenge includes a goal to have 400 partner organizations by 2015 and 1,000 by 2020. Among the wide range of activi- ties the USDA plans are programs to reduce waste in school meal programs, educate consumers about food waste and food storage, and develop new technologies to reduce food waste. How can you help? Go to www. usda.gov/oce/foodwaste/index. htm. It will require a concerted ef- fort across the nation to get waste under control and tailor our food supply to our actual needs, mak- ing more wholesome food avail- able at a better price for all of us. I'll see ya! Beef Cow Management Updates at Three Iowa Locations As interest increases in manag- ing beef cows in dry lot or under roof management systems, local producers and veterinarians are asking Iowa State University for information comparing different systems. To address this interest and provide timely information and expertise, Iowa State Univer- sity Extension and Outreach has planned three cow facilities and management update sessions in southern Iowa. Joe Sellers, extension beef spe- cialist, said the sessions will be held Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Co rydon; Monday, Sept. 9, in Anitl; and Monday, Sept. 16, in Oskalc0- sa. A]; sessions run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. ,nd include a meal provided by Frm Credit Services of Amer- ica, the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa Ste and local sponsors• "We're bringing Iowa State fac- ulG and staff to present a variety o' informational beef cow opera- on topics, from feeder calf mar- tet outlook to health management concerns and recommendations," Sellers said. "Each location will cover the same topics by the same presenters." Sellers and fellow extension beef specialist Christopher Clark will present comparisons of three cow management systems, includ- ing pros and cons of each. Sellers also will talk with attendees about whether they can justify building a facility for wintering and calv- ing cows. Clark will offer cattle health management recommenda- tions. Lee Schulz, Iowa State Uni- versity ag economist, will present information on feeder calf mar- ket outlook and cow-calf business prospects. All three sessions are offered at no charge, but preregistrations must be made by the Friday prior to the session to be attended. Ses- sion dates, specific locations and preregistration information are as follows. • Sept. 4, Corydon, Event Center southwest corner of the square. Call Wayne County Extension of- fice 641-872-1755 by Friday, Aug. 30. • Sept• 9, Anita, Anita Veteri- nary Clinic. Call Stuart-Anita Veterinary Clinics 515-523-1755 or 712-752-4193by Friday, Sept. 6. • Sept. 16, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County Extension Office. Call Ma- haska County Extension Office 641-673-5841 by Friday, Sept. 13. For more information, see the update sessions flyer on the Iowa Beef Center website at www.iow- abeefcenter.org or contact Sellers at 641-203-1270 or sellers@instate. edu. FARMLAND AUCTION We will offer for auction, the followi farmland located at 1140 Redwood Ave, Riverside, IA with Tract I being 2 miles Westf Riverside on Hwy 22 & ½ mile North on Redwood Ave & Tract II being 1 mile West oRiverside on Hwy 22 & ½ mile North on Red OakAve Friday - Auf 30, 2013.10:00am ACRES M/L ' WASHINGTCN CO- IOWA TWP- SECT 12 TRACT h 80 ACRES M/L TRACT Ih 64 ACRES M/L TO BE SOLD IN "O INDIVIDUAL TRACTS - TERMS: 15% down day of auction wit I balance due on or before October 15, 2013, at which time the deed & abstract will be delivered. CLOSING: On or before October 15, 2013. POSSESSI!N: Subject to the Tenants' rights which expire March 1, 2014 TAXES: Prorated to date of closing. All announcements made day of auction takeprecedence over all previous advertising. EDWARD B. BROPHY ESTATE: Owner Executor: Martin Brophy Attorney: Joe Mcdonnell, 211 West Washington St, Washington, IA 52353 AUCTIONEER: Dwight Duwa-319-646-6775 ./eb: duwaauction.com Not responsible in case of theft or accidents You, re Invited Aeromaster Humus Compost Meeting Friday, Sept. 6 Paul Hochstedler 21/2 miles north of Kalona, IA 10:00 am Edwin Blosser sharing the different ways plants grow and how humus is different than compost and manure. Noon Meal Provided 1:00 pm Addressing compaction in soil Plan for out in field unless rain, then inside. For more information contact Micro Humus Paul Hochstedler, 5697 Highway 1, Kalona, IA 52247 Your Chimney is Your Efficiency Gauge. Over the years, my family has found that ' '" conserving energy is a real money-saver. /! The average family spends $1,000 per year on gas and electricity to heat their home. Here's a simple way to tell if you're saving money with your heating appliance.  All gas furnaces have a chimney. Is your furnace's chimney made from metal? If so, measure the size of the chimney pipe. If the metal chimney is four inches in diameter or larger, your furnace is 70% efficient (or worse). If the metal chim- ney is three inches in diameter, your ........................................ ' furnace is operating at 80% efficiency. Is your chimney made from plastic? The technical name for this material s Polyvinyl Chloride, or PVC. This indicates that your furnace is 90% efficient or better. Currently, we have furnaces that range from 95% to 98% efficient. Replacing our 70% gas-guzzler with a 95% efficient furnace will earn you a minimum of 250 per year in fuel savings. Add in an Alliant rebate of $325, and your new furnace will pay for itself in just under 8 years. You'll enjoy the comfort and • Chimney diameter: 4" = 70% efficient 3" = 80% efficient 2" = 90% efficient new heating system, installed with care by Call us with questions and request a free Graber Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. 319-683-2448 1302 Angle Road SW, Kalona, IA peace of mind that comes with a Graber Heating & Air Conditioning. estimate at (319)683-2448. m m $1r$1tit  nwm',/t so qood. " Cover Crop Seeding Demonstration Sept. 10 A demonstration of aerially seeding a rye cover crop into standing soybeans will be conducted on the Jim Meade farm west of Iowa City on September 10 at 5:00 p.m. Many farmers are starting to consider using fall seeded cover crops in their crop rotations to improve soil quality and reduce soil erosion, according to Jim Fawcett, ISU Exten- sion Field Agronomist. Cover crops can also help to reduce phospho- rus and nitrogen losses into streams and so can play a major role in meeting the goals of Iowa's nutrient reduction strategy, according to Fawcett. In addition to seeing the seeding of the rye (weather permitting), those attending can hear from local farmers that have had experience in seeding cover crops. One producer who will be sharing his experi- ence is Steve Berger. Berger has been seeding cover crops for over 10 years on his farm near Wellman. There will also be information avail- able from the NRCS on cost share funds available for seeding cover crops. Seed salesmen and aerial applicators will also be attending the event. The Jim Meade farm is located at 2331 340th St. SW, Tiffin (about a half mile south of I80 and 1.5 miles west of the Tiffin exit). A free meal will be provided by the Johnson County Cattleman's Association, courtesy of Iowa Farm Bureau. For more information contact Jim Faw- cett in the Johnson County Extension Office at 319-337-2145 (thwcett(a, iastate.edu). Pesticide Testing in Washington September 13 IDALS will offer pesticide testing on September 13 at the Washington County Extension office from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All tests are available at this site and will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tests are administered by the Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship. Because it may be necessary to cancel or reschedule a test date or site, it is recommended you confirm the test time and site prior to travel. Study materials are available from your local Extension Office or on-line from Iowa State University: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/store/ then select "Environment" on the left sidebar of the page. For more information contact Washington County Extension at 3]9- 653-4811 or IDALS Pesticide Bureau at 515-281-8591• Manure Applicator Programs Washington County Extension will reshow both the Commercial and Confinement Manure Applicator Programs on Friday, September 6, 2013 for those that were unable to attend a workshop. These programs are shown free of charge on the first Friday of each month. Applica- tors that need to schedule a reshow at any other time will be charged a $10 fee per person. The Commercial Manure Program (3 hours in length) will be shown at 8:30 am and the Confinement Manure Program (2 hours in length) will be shown at 1:30 pm at the Washington County Extension Office, 2223 250th St., Washington, IA 52353. Anyone not able to attend training or those who prefer to retest should schedule an appointment with their DNR field office to take the certification exam. Please contact the Washington County Extension Office at 319-653-4811 with any questions. Northeast Iowa Farm Crawl Set for Sept. 22 The public is invited to visit five local farms during the inaugural Taste of Northeast Iowa Farm Crawl from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. The event is free and for all ages. Five independent family farm operations between Decorah and Wau- ken are jointly hosting open houses. Participants will learn how local farmers grow and process their food, and manage their farms on this self-guided tour. " "Explore th farms, meet the Tarmers, see demOnstrations; 'sample the goodies, ,purchase locally grown and produced products, and, have lots of fun in this part of the Driffless Region," said Teresa Wiemer- slage, regional program coordinator for ISU Extension and Outreach and the NE Iowa Food and Farm Coalition (NIFF). "The farms are all within an easy drive of each other." Host farms include Kymar Acres, Green Thumb Produce, Peake Or- chards, Empty Nest Winery and the WW Homestead Dairy retail store and processing facility in Waukon. But wait, Wiemerslage said there's more! "We encourage visitors to become a Buy Fresh, Buy Local VIP!" she said. "For a $20 donation, you can support the work to create opportunities for farmers and to build the local food system. In appreciation, you will receive a sheet of special coupons for extra special treatment on the crawl." For a map and details about each farm, visit the NIFF Coalition web- site at www.iowafreshfood.com. WE ARE NOW IN YOUR AREA! Painting work by: JIMMY COSTELLO 319-535-6015 • Grain Bins • Grain Leg Setups • Roofs • Tanks • [3arns • Fences • Morton & Butler Buildings • Houses All types of paint: Latex; Oil Base, Zinc, Asphalt Base, Epoxy & Enamels Saturday, September 7, 2013 @ 8:30 a.m. Yoder Auction Building, Frytown, Iowa ocated 9 miles SW of Iowa City on Hwy 1 then west 1 mile on 500  St to Combine, Heads, Skid Loaders & Tractor: JD 6620 Turbo chopper spreader; 213 grain hd; 444 corn hd; JD 250; NH 865; Ferguson TO-30 step up down trans fresh paint; JD 520 nf gas 1958;Trucks, Trailers & Auto: '91 Ford 4x4 250 w/450 eng; '84 Ford Range, 2wd 6cyl 80k; '95 Toyota Avalon XL; 5x8 steel tilt bed gold cart trailer; Machinery: 12' JD Van Brunt grain drill; JD 24T sq baler; 851 New Holland rd baler; Vcrmeer single bale carrier; 60' hay conveyor; Freeman 2000 loader; 8x61 Westfield auger straight; Kewanee grain auger; Kewanee elevator; 2 DMI 300 bu center dump wagons; 350 bu J&M gravity wagon; 24' H&S feeder wagon; Farmhand feeder wagon; Heider auger wagon; 20' Kraus disc; MF 820 20' disc w/middle buster hyd fold; 20' Kewanee disc; 10' JD wheel disc; 3pt 8 * disc; 3pt Kewanee rotary hoe; 2 btm plow; Bush Hog pull type rotary mower; 2pt sickle mower hyd lift on bar; category 2 quick hitch; hay rake; '88 Star Craft Galaxy fold down camper; Livestock Equip: Wicscr cement in-line feeders 8 - 8' + ends; 40 heavy cattle gates; 80 bu Farmstar 2 sided call creep feeder; Schultz 6 ton bin; mineral feeders; wire panels; fencing supplies; wood, steel, chain link & hedge posts; plastic nursery flooring; Bldg Supplies: bridge plank; 25 - 24' trusses; steel sheeting; garage door like new Lawn & Garden: ZTR 5422 Dixon; NZ 1534 Ariens Zoom; Troy bilt 42" deck Shop Equip & Tools: 300 gal gas barrel on stand; Troy-Bilt pressure washer; hy( cylinder; Schumacher charger; ext & step ladders; live traps; many hand tools; Auctioneer's Note: Visit website for complete listing and pictures, many additional items arriving after ad deadline. Items left 30 days become property of auction company. Consignmcnls welcome until Sept 6, 5pm. Order of sale: Running 2 rings• Starting w/hay rack items, followed by livestock equip, bldg supplies, shop tools, lawn mowers then machinery• Terms: cash or check w/ID. Lunch: Country Cookin LOCAL News UNIQUE Topics GREAT Photos SPORTS Scores & Stats BUSINESS Opportunities "lrb aluna 2ew www.Kalonanews.com Vermeer .Rakes • Roun,J \\;'/.Mover Balers \\;'// .Tedders • Bale P'/ .Belting Processors  .Hay Trailers All used balers stored inside. BERNARD HAMMES & SON 25159 260th Avenue, Sigoumey, IA 641-635-2294 cell 641-660-2296