Carroll County Farm Bureau At a Glance: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Chas Welch
Chas Welch

Volunteering, ... the commitment we dread. But is it really the commitment, or more so the time? We are in a day and age when we are all over the place in schedules, commitments, things we don’t want to miss, and more.

The top reason for not volunteering is time constraints. It doesn’t have to be that way. There are many ways to be a part of any organization without having to fully commitment a life sentence. I have a number of individuals who I know are a mere phone call away for a specific task. Micro-volunteering has become the solution to dealing with these time constraints.

I am working on putting together information on how you can do as little or as much as you want to be involved. A thought for all: Value is no longer seen as the organization, but the people in it. Look for ways you can be a part of something great!

May is National Beef Month. Did you know the average American eats 61 pounds of beef each year? Angus is the most popular breed of beef in the United States. The U.S. supplies 25 percent of the world’s beef supply with 10 percent of the world’s cattle. In 2011, there were 1.1 million cattle and calves on Illinois farms.

Once cattle reach market weight of typically 1,200 to 1,400 pounds, they are taken to the processor. Whether it is locally or a packing house, all meat has to be inspected to ensure it is safe.

Beef is a good source of zinc, iron, and protein. While some prefer say a “meatless Monday,” that is something you would never see out of me. If you would even consider that for dietary reasons, I would say to you there are so many ways to eat beef as part of a low-fat diet. I have always been and will always be a carnivore, but I have found many ways to eat meat as part of my low-fat, low-carb diet. For instance, broccoli beef is one of my favorite recipes. I also just started making a big mac salad that tastes just like a Big Mac without the fat but all the flavor.

Now that grill season is here, just a reminder we carry Custom BBQ spice, which is a popular choice for pork chops. Cost is $8.50 a shaker.

And we are now able to take a debit or credit card for all purchases and membership dues.

Just a reminder, our office will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observation of Memorial Day. Summer will soon be kicking off officially. School will be out next week, so be sure to watch out for the kids as they are running around.

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