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Farm Briefs for Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016

Producers continue to cope with the impact of the blizzard that blew through late last month, and some of that is below the surface beyond the dead animals, increased costs and interrupted production.“Natural disaster events are stressful, and those involved can experience both emotional and financial stress,” said Rick Peterson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension family life specialist in College Station. “It is important to remember that in times of high stress to take steps to monitor the emotional and physical health of your family, co-workers and yourself.”
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Make sure food from your garden is safe

Gardening delivers produce that is tastier, cheaper and safer than store-bought, right? Well, not necessarily safer.Food safety specialists recommend guarding against contamination from field to fork. .Here are some guidelines:■ Choose the right garden location, especially in cities, Marisa Bunning, an extension food safety specialist at Colorado State University said.■ Use only potable water for your produce. Groundwater from wells (the deeper the better) is generally safer than water from streams or ponds.
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