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ServSafe Food Handlers Classes

Food safety is in the news! Numerous food borne illnesses have occurred during the last few years. Most of the reported food borne illness outbreaks have occurred from food eaten away from home. ServSafe programs are developed by the National Restaurant Association to address the growing food safety concerns of consumers. In Nebraska, the program is offered by Nebraska Extension.

ServSafe Food Handlers classes are scheduled in three locations in west central Nebraska in March

Baling of soybean residue after harvest has gained popularity again this fall due to higher hay prices and forage shortages following drought. Further, delayed corn harvests are also slowing stalks residue baling and stalks grazing. According to the USDA AMS Nebraska Direct Hay sales report, large round cornstalks bale values are $110 per ton versus $80 per ton for large round soybean residue bales. So, the question arises, do soybean residue bale values justify raking and baling costs, reduced soil protection and nutrient removal?

By Erin Laborie, Beef Systems Extension Educator

 In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implemented the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), which brought over the counter (OTC) feed additive antibiotics under the oversight of veterinarians. As part of the FDA’s plan to support the judicious use of antibiotics, all remaining medically important OTC antibiotics will require a prescription effective June 11, 2023.  

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It’s Summer-Cooking Outdoors is Great!

Cooking outdoors is a summer activity many people enjoy. Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer barbecue or grilling season. So, since the season has started it is a good idea to review the food safety guidelines to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and causing foodborne illness when cooking outdoors. Use these simple guidelines for grilling food safely.

Plan for Picnic Fun

Memorial Day is often considered the unofficial start to the summer season. Picnics are the perfect way to enjoy food, company, and warm weather. Plan for success at your picnic by incorporating food safety and activities to keep everyone involved, reports Nebraska Extension Educator Debbie Kuenning.

Nebraska Extension Specialist Lisa Franzen-Castle suggests, a major component of summer safety is food safety at picnics and outdoor meals. Here are some tips to keep you in the “Safe Zone” and your guests and family feeling great.

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