Thursday, February 16, 2017

Video Contest - What Does the Future of Agriculture Mean to You?

Students in grades six through 12 are encouraged to consider tomorrow’s food, feed and fuel supply for a video contest that asks, 'What does the future of agriculture mean to you?

“This contest is a great way for students to think creatively about agriculture, one of the state’s most important industries,” Lauren Taylor, Ag Day committee chairman for Indiana’s Family of Farmers, the contest sponsor, said. “We’re excited to see how students imagine the future and how it will affect their lives.”

The video contest is part of Indiana’s celebration of Indiana Ag Day, March 21. From its farms – both big and small – to innovative researchers and agricultural companies, Indiana has continued to lead the way in providing a safe, stable and affordable food supply that feeds a growing population. Through the contest, students are challenged to think about what could be accomplished in the future and how it will affect them. The resulting video must be 30 seconds to one minute long.

The entry process and a full list of guidelines may be found online at All videos that meet the guidelines will be presented on the Indiana’s Family of Farmers website, where the public may vote on their favorite.

The competition is divided into two categories: sixth through eighth grades and ninth through 12th grades. The entry deadline is Feb. 27. Entries will be judged on how well the video conveys the theme; the video’s ability to gain attention and make a lasting impression; overall quality, including characteristics such as creativity, uniqueness, accuracy, persuasiveness, clarity, and visual and audio production; and popular vote.

First, second and third prizes will be awarded in each category. First place receives a GoPro Hero+ video camera. Second place wins $150, while third place will receive $50.

All winners will be invited to attend a special recognition ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse on March 21 in celebration of Indiana Ag Day.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

8 Freezer Meal Recipes

Recently we hosted a Freezer Meal Day for some of our farm wife friends. Freezer meals are great for busy nights and help make sure your family has a nutritious meal on the table while saving you money.

That's right, freezer meals can be very affordable when you prepare and plan ahead, buy your ingredients in bulk and best of all; they keep your family out of the drive thru line on busy nights.

Each of the girls created a recipe and made it 8 times, swapped and went home with 8 different recipes for the freezer. We went live on Facebook during the cooking, you can see the fun here.

In two and a half hours they made 64 meals!

Our friend The Queen of Free has 7 Can't Miss Tips For a Successful Freezer Meal Day.

Now for what you are all waiting for, the recipes!

Crystal from Chasing Saturday's made Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken and Rice

Marybeth from My Fearless Kitchen made Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Jeanette from Fencerow to Fencerow made Mexican Pork Pozole Soup

Stacy from The Backroad Life made Baked Ziti

Lana from Lana's Life made Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloins with Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Jent from The Farmwife Feeds made Chicken Pot Pie

Liz from The Farmwife Cooks made Sour Cream Noodle Bake

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8 Freezer Meal Recipes perfect for busy nights, Sour Cream Noodle Bake, Baked Ziti, Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes, Chicken Pot Pie, Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin, Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken and Rice, Mexican Pork Pozole Soup, Garlic Pork Stir Fry