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Cooking Corner By: Bernice Volkens

March 22, 2013
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National Agriculture Day is March 19 Th this year-how fitting to coincide with the first day of spring.  The senate and the house approved a joint resolution proclaiming the day as an official national observance for agriculture.  This day was initiated in 1973 by several agriculture publications, organizations and companies and was made a official observance in 1981.  Such a day is important if it is only to increase public awareness of all those who work in agriculture jobs.  Agriculture is a honorable profession and all of us should salute those farmers every day. “Generations Nourishing Generations” is the theme for this year’s AG.Day.  Our nation’s farmers work hard to provide food and clothing for our country and the world. Farming is a way of life that involves sacrifice, dedication and hard work.  I didn’t grow up on a farm but my husband tells me at the end of a day you were tired. Getting up early and working had until sundown is not something that comes naturally; rather, it usually is learned—a lesson learned from his parents and grandparents and I hope some of this has been instilled in our children.  The sacrifices and work ethic you learned while you were young continues as you grow older.  If you are a farmer you quickly learn there are long hours, hard work and the risks associated with farming. Only one of our sons farm, but he left an engineering job after 22 yeas because he knew he would rather be farming. His brothers are supportive and are successful in what they do and are the first to say growing up on a farm gave them the work ethic they have today.  What surprises them how now so many farmers work day and night, a necessities when you farm a lot of land. It is almost impossible for a young farmer to get started without help from family.  I’m sure most of us at a certain age thought we’d ever  see millionaire farmers, but that is time that is here to stay..  The bright spot farming does create stability and economic growth; agriculture does provide jobs and income for both rural and urban families and communities. Farmers are known as being great eaters and if you’d ask them I’m sure it would be”meat and potatoes”.

BAKED POT ROAST & GRAVY 3 to 4-lb. beef roast salt and meat tenderizer to taste 2 10-3/4 cans golden mushroom soup, divided 1-1/2 pkg. onion soup mix 3-1/4 cup water, divided 5 to 6 potatoes, peeled and cubed 16-oz. pkg. baby carrots 1 to 2 onions, sliced Place roast in a roasting pan; sprinkle with salt and meat tenderizer to taste. Stir together one can mushroom soup, onion soup mix and water; pour over roast. Add additional water, if necessary,cover roast and bake at 350 degrees for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.  Add remaining can of soup and vegetables to pan.  Bake an additional 30 minutes, until vegetables are tender.  Serves 6 to 8.

“We should thank a farmer today and every day.”  



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