• Jessica Lavicky

    Spinning Tires And A Shovel

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on February 27, 2013

    Once again, Mother Nature has been generous by blanketing snow across the Midwest and rural areas. Last week the meteorologist predicted a ginormous amount of 20+ inches to fall, low and behold nothing happened. As I was making my rounds through all the buildings at the Syracuse, N.Y. Farm Show I kept checking in back home to Des Moines, Iowa to see how the weather was and just how bad I would be stranded when I headed out. But to my surprise, we had received nothing. Sitting in the…

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    Unlocking History's Mysteries One Story At A Time

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on February 15, 2013

    [Back-story: We get many visitors into the Wallaces Farmer to say hello. Some just want to stop and say hello, others will talk about a potential story and some will be on a quest for a story written by a friend or family member. Since we have archives that date back to the very first publication of Wallaces Farmer in 1898, many people come in to look through them. My office is adjacent from where our archives are kept. I usually keep to myself as I am always on a deadline working online…

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    Avoca-"do's" To Know About

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on February 13, 2013

    This morning I cringed when I had to throw away yet another avocado – I hate throwing away food. Do you know the average American family of four ends up throwing away an equivalent of up to $2,275 annually in food? Uneaten food accounts for 23 percent of all U.S. methane emissions – a potent climate change pollutant. Now I really feel sick. 40 percent of the food in the U.S. is being thrown away each year. No wonder the price of food is climbing. Lately I have been on…

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    Festival Swoons With Pork-Loving Pride

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on February 11, 2013

    This past weekend, the buzz around Iowa or I should say that smell around town was bacon. The 6th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival kicked off this weekend in Des Moines, which has now become the largest bacon showcase in the world. Other events scheduled included lectures about bacon and an eating competition. The festival was preceded earlier in the week with a bacon queen pageant and a pig pardon by Gov. Terry Branstad. The annual event, which sold out 8,000 tickets in less than four…

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    This Summer Will Lead To Thinning Out The Herd

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on February 7, 2013

    I woke up this morning to the sound of rain. For some, rainy days are miserable and gloomy. But for me, days like today make me ever more thankful. The rain was refreshing – spring is in the air. And a sure sign that I need to stock up on umbrellas – the two that I own of course are nowhere to be found when I need them. The rain that we have received today isn't nearly enough to get us through this drought. We aren't even close to being done with the drought. Back…

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    An Asteroid Is Coming, And It Will Be Fun

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on February 5, 2013

    Look out for Asteroid 2012 DA14, according to NASA. The asteroid, about the size of half of a football field, will be flying past Earth on Feb. 15 – with the tug of our planet's gravitational field causing it to accelerate the closer it gets to Earth. With the Near-Earth Object Program Office accurately predicting the asteroid's path, there is no chance that it will collide with Earth. This will be a record close approach for a known object of this size to pass by…

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    So God made a farmer, or in this case, a farmer's daughter

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on February 4, 2013

    After the all the guests had left, and what was left of the food was put away, I was able to finally sit down and enjoy the Super Bowl Sunday evening. Sitting on the couch struggling to stay awake, a commercial came on. An open snow-covered cornfield left to the cows to graze then faded into aerial shots of farms, and rural towns and farmers with their dogs, livestock, crops, etc. Then I heard his voice. Paul Harvey started in on his famous speech 'So God Made a Farmer…

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