Rotate crops to help keep soil healthy. (Jim Sipes)

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Milk costs about 25 cents per 8-ounce serving. Dollar for dollar, dairy is one of the most affordable protein and nutrition sources available.

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Grilling is a great technique for cooking beef. It provides maximum flavor and optimal tenderness. Some of the best cuts for grilling are strip steak, flank steak and rib-eye. 

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Dietary Guidelines recommend 3 servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy foods daily. Together, milk, cheese, and yogurt provide nine essential nutrients, including calcium, potassium, phosphorus,...

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Keep a little pink in your pork! Cook it to 145 degrees and then let it rest for 3 minutes. (That’s the USDA recommendation!)

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When grilling veggies and fruits, use a grill basket or skewers to keep them from falling through the grill grates. Stainless steel skewers won’t burn; soak bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes...

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To steam veggies on the grill, make a foil packet with double layers of foil. Then add vegetables, seasoning and water. Fold and seal the packet and cook over indirect heat.

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Always keep vegetable oil on hand. This versatile, healthy kitchen staple is made of soybeans, is a good source of vitamin E, contains Omega-3s, and has zero trans fats.

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When cooking meats, safe internal temperatures should be: Poultry (ground and cuts): 165 degrees; other ground meats: 160 degrees; beef, pork and lamb: 145 degrees.

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Dried herbs are more concentrated than fresh, and powdered herbs are more concentrated than dried. Each herb is slightly different, but a starting formula is: ¼ teaspoon powdered...

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Milk protein is naturally found in all dairy products and helps build strong muscles to support active lifestyles. Dairy foods are a tasty, convenient and cost-effective way to power up with...

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Make the sweetest and juiciest corn on the cob in four easy steps! Add sweetness of sugar and tang of lemon juice to boiling water, add the corn, remove from heat after 2-minutes and enjoy!

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You can cook sorghum a lot of different ways — like rice or quinoa, popped like popcorn, milled into flour or made into syrup. 

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For a kick, flavor vinegar with fresh herbs. Bruise one cup of leaves for every two cups of white wine or delicate vinegar. Allow to steep for two weeks.

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Buying larger cuts of beef and slicing them into steaks at home can save you at least a dollar or two per pound. Freeze individually or serve when entertaining a group.  

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To freeze sweet corn, you need to cook it first. To keep from over-cooking it, cool it quickly in cold tap water, then ice water. Strain excess water, then bag, seal and freeze.

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Sifting flour is only necessary if a recipe calls for it. But you’ll always want to stir flour to "loosen" it before measuring.

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Freeze pork chops in marinade. This saves time when you thaw them for the grill and makes for a tender, flavorful dinner!

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To enjoy safe and savory ground beef, remember to use a thermometer as color won’t always indicate doneness. Cook ground beef to a minimum of 160F.

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Add more protein to your bread by mixing 7 cups of wheat flour with 1 cup of soy flour. It doesn’t change the baking qualities of the flour and gives your bread a longer shelf life. 

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Participate in the Kansas Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers conference. It's a great meeting of “farmer minds” that provides enormous knowledge, enjoyment and value. (Clint and...

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