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Canner Testing & Food Preservation

Jan/Feb 2022 (canning quick breads, 2-piece lids)      Mar/Apr 2022 (pickling eggs, Easter egg safety)     May/June 2022 (sweet spreads, canning with less sugar)  July/Aug 2022  (testing canner lids, summer squash) Quick Tips for Educators & Staff answering food preservation questions Testing Dial Gauge Canners toolkit NOTE: The Presto testing unit  is used to test gauges for National, Magic Seal, Maid of Honor and Presto brand canners only. The All American […]

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Boxelder Bug

Boxelder bugs(Boisea trivittatus, Family Rhopalidae, scentless plant bugs) are common insects from mid-summer through fall, and sometimes in spring. The gray and red adults are about ½ inch long. Nymphs (immatures) are bright red with darker heads and look like the adults, but without developed wings. They tend to be most abundant after summers when […]

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Hempcrete

What is Hempcrete? Hempcrete is a bio-composite made of the inner woody core of the hemp plant mixed with a lime-based binder. The hemp core or “Shiv” has a high silica content which allows it to bind well with lime. This property is unique to hemp among all natural fibers. The result is a lightweight […]

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Hemp Batteries

Hemp Batteries Last 8X Longer than Lithium, Outperforming Graphene for 1000th of the Cost Replacing lithium batteries with hemp would make electric cars (and all our other gadgets) WAY more sustainable! Is there anything hemp can’t do? A year after hemp became legal to grow in the United States, we’ve seen its power to make […]

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