Russia’s list of banned U.S. ag products

Russia’s list of banned U.S. agriculture products – in retaliation for sanctions on Russia – does not include all ag products, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.

The decree signed by Russian President Putin does ban for one year imports of U.S. beef, pork, poultry, fruits, vegetables, fish, seafood, cheese, and milk. It does not include U.S. rice or wild rice.

The Russian ban also applies to European Union countries as well as Canada, Australia, and Norway – countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia over the Ukranian crisis.

The ag community says the impact is not expected to be very big. Russia’s imports were on the decline prior to the ban.

Picture a healthy meal

One bowl meal from Main Squeeze, Columbia, Missouri_EDITIf you took a photo of the next meal you’re going to eat what would it look like?   A South Dakota State University nutrition specialist reminds us that we all can make some improvements in that picture – more vegetables or fruit and smaller portion sizes.  Marjorie Zastrow says eating healthy is a conscious effort which then becomes a “learned behavior.” So, a truly healthy plate will have the five food groups of vegetables, fruits, grains, protein and dairy on the side.

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Picture a healthy plate (1:30 mp3)

Choose My Plate

IN Pork makes donation to FIsH

In celebration of October Pork Month, Indiana Pork donated $10,000 to Feeding Indiana’s Hungry towards the Million Meals Program.  The donation is equivalent to providing 32,000 two-pound ground pork meals to Hoosiers.

Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of FIsH is thankful for the generosity of Indiana’s pork farmers.  “Protein is difficult for struggling families to afford, and the ground pork fulfills an important dietary component.

The Million Meals Program was launched by Indiana Pork in the summer of 2009 with the goal of providing 1 million ground pork meals to those in need through FIsH.  That milestone was met in October 2011 and to date more than 300,000 pounds of pork have been donated through the program.

The Million Meals Program is a partnership between pork farmers, industry partners, and the general public.

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Fishery is Missouri Exporter of Year

Osage Catfisheries of Osage Beach, Missouri has been chosen as Missouri’s 2012 Exporter of the Year.

At the Missouri State Fair on Thursday, USDA Undersecretary Michael Scuse joined Missouri Ag Director Jon Hagler in recognizing Osage Catfisheries which exports almost 2-and-a-half Billion Dollars worth of products a year.

The operation was founded as a bait shop for local fishermen in 1953 and has grown to produce 32 species of fresh water fish – delivering live fish worldwide. They also export paddlefish caviar internationally.

The ‘Best’ non-fad diets

What are the best diet plans for overall good health? Registered dietician Andrea Giancolli with the National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was on the panel that choose the best diets published in U.S. News and World Reports. And she talks about how they stack up to the government’s My Plate dietary guidelines.

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – ‘Best’ diets – (1:30 mp3)

U.S. News & World Reports – Best diets overall 

How to spot a fad diet

How can you tell a fad weight loss diet from a good one?  Registered Dietician Andrea Giancolli is the spokesperson for the National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She says sure signs are diets that promise fast weight loss and that exclude whole groups of foods.

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – How to spot a fad diet (1:30 mp3)

Healthier food choices coming to national parks

Healthier foods at our nation’s parks? Yes, but what about our favorite things like hot dogs and ice cream? Healthier food standards are being adopted by the National Park Service as part of its Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative.  National Park Service director Jonathan Jarvis says our hot dogs and ice cream are NOT going away but what is coming to food service at national parks is a variety of healthy food options. Menus will include items such as fish tacos and yogurt parfaits.

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – National Parks/Healthier foods (1:30 mp3)

Farm-Raised Salmon has same Omega 3s

There are two main types of salmon we can buy and they differ in the way they are raised. Caught in the wild or farm-raised.  New research by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has found that farm raised salmon have just as much in the way of healthy omega-3 fatty acids that salmon caught in the wild do.

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Farm Raised Salmon Omega 3s same as wild caught (1:30 mp3)

Don’t underestimate safe food grilling practices

It’s important for us to understand proper food handling since it can prevent ourselves and others from getting sick from food.  The USDA’s Kathy Bernard goes over the four rules of food safety:  Clean, separate, cook and chill – and applies them to backyard grilling.

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Grilling food safety (1:30 mp3)

There’s a lot of attention on protein these days

There’s a lot of talk about the role of protein in the diet – how it can make us feel fuller and potentially stave off weight gain.  But how much protein is too much?  We each need a minimum amount of protein a day.  It helps build and repair cells and promotes healthy muscles, organs, glands and skin.The Harvard Medical School says one guideline is to make sure at least 15% of your daily calories come from protein.

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Too much protein? (1:30 mp3)