.....A view from "down the lane" ....

Monday, January 18, 2010

Wondering About What Fast Foods are OKAY to EAT???

According to a recent article by Katherine Brooking at, beef can be consumed even at fast food restaurants or drive-throughs, without sacrificing calories or nutrition. Included here are two of her choices for food. So, on your next trip down the interstate or as you rush out for a quick bite, you might consider the following:

At Subway, Brooking lists the Best Choice as:
The 6-Inch Roast Beef Sandwich on 9 Grain Wheat
With only 310 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), and 26g protein, this sandwich is a standout choice. Opt for a meal deal with apple slices and you add just 35 calories and no fat. Bonus: This meal gives you a total of 7g fiber―about 25 percent of the daily recommendation.

And at Taco Bell, she cites as the Best Choice:
Fresco Grilled Steak Soft Taco
It is moderate in calories with less than 9g fat per serving. The Fresco Grilled Steak Soft Taco has 160 calories, 4.5g fat (1.5g saturated fat), and 9g protein. Ask for a side of hot sauce or extra salsa to add even more flavor for very few calories.

In summary, it’s not so much that BEEF is what is tough on the cholesterol levels and poor nutrition choices, but what goes with the beef selections. It can’t be overstated that the American love affair with French Fries is far more detrimental to good health than a healthy and reasonable portion of American beef!

So enjoy!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A New Year, A New Hope and Grow!

Well, as 2010 dawns, it seems that so many people are struggling. Agriculturalists, like many Americans, are scratching to keep afloat. The market has slid downhill, but farmers and ranchers, the ultimate optimists, can only look toward the future.

As you consider the changing landscape of American life, it is important to recognize that rural America plays a vital role in the economic recovery. A good economy is based on PRODUCTION and CREATION, and farmers/ranchers throughout this country provide a sound and consistently excellent product for export all over the world.

US: Farm exports to rise in 2010

07 Dec 2009

Farm exports from the US are projected to rise to $98 billion this fiscal year that began October 1, up $1.4 billion from fiscal 2009 for the second-highest total, according to USDA.

"A recovering global economy is expected to boost demand for US high-value products," said USDA in a quarterly assessment of export and import prospects. Improved sales are expected for livestock, dairy and poultry products, corn and cotton compared to the initial forecast in August.

Farm exports hit a record $115 bln in fiscal 2008 and fell to $96.6 bln in fiscal 2009 due to falling demand resulting from the global recession.

USDA expects agricultural imports to increase to $77.5 bln this year from $73.4 bln in fiscal 2009. That would result in an agricultural trade balance of $20.5 bln for fiscal 2010.

Source: USAgNet