• Frank Holdmeyer

    Hay Expo attracts hay growers from South America

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on June 25, 2013

      Part of the fun of my job is meeting people from all over country and even the world. And last week's Hay Expo was no exception. The Hay Expo was held June 19 and 20 on the Regancrest Dairy farm north of Waukon. A record number of exhibitors put their latest technology and equipment on display. Field demonstrations included mowing, tedding, merging, raking, baling, hay handling and forage harvesting. I'm sure the farmers who had to stay home and finish planting or make…

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    Grilling Steaks, Chops Used To Be Fun

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on June 14, 2013

      Grilling season is about to hit its peak. And what’s more fun than pulling that sizzling steak or pork chop off the grill? Perfect grill marks and the aroma make ones’ mouth water. But, as my father-in-law used to opine “nothing good ever lasts”. A Purdue University professor of Food Science says the chemicals contained in charred, seared and fried foods may over a period of time kick-start the body’s ability to add new fat cells and increase the…

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    Don't Fry this Summer

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on June 3, 2013

      I can say it. I've had cancer – skin cancer. Fortunately, mine was basal-cell carcinoma – the most common kind and fairly easy to treat. It did require outpatient surgery (with stitches), however. That was about 20 years ago. I have never forgotten the surgeon showing me slides of examples of people he treated for skin cancer. Some were pretty gruesome – huge patches of tissue removed from people's faces, heads, backs, etc. I see my dermatologist every…

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