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PARK RIDGE, Ill., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- America's egg producers are unveiling "Incredible People," a new integrated advertising campaign in support of the incredible edible egg(TM). The campaign reminds Americans that the all-natural, high-quality protein in the eggs they love provides them with the energy they need for both body and mind. "Research shows that there are important cognitive benefits of eating breakfast, especially for children," said Kevin Burkum, senior vice president of marketing for the American Egg Board, a nonprofit marketing organization funded by America's egg farmers. "Moms told us that when it's an important day for their kids in school, such as a test day, they make it a point to serve their kids eggs for breakfast because they help them feel more satisfied and energized throughout the day. This new ad campaign demonstrates how eggs can p... (more)

Area Fifth Graders to Plant 100 Trees Donated by Houston Landscapes Unlimited

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS, April 23, 2009 – Fifth grade students from Cornerstone Elementary School will plant a Live Oak tomorrow morning to mark Arbor Day and highlight the benefits trees provide. Each student will also receive a Live Oak tree sapling to plant at home along with instructions for the proper care for the tree. Houston Landscapes Unlimited donated the tree installation and the 100 saplings. The tree-planting event is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, April 24th in Lake Park across the street from Cornerstone Elementary School, which is located in Telfair at 1800 Chatham Avenue in Sugar Land.   “The trees within our community are the unsung environmental heroes -- they enhance our quality of life by adding tremendous value aesthetically, environmentally and economically,” said Dean Carpenter, president and founder of Houston Landscapes Unlimited. “By the time thes... (more)

Agriculture Secretary Opens 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show

93rd Show Features Renewable Energy Efforts that are 'Keeping Pennsylvania Growing' HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff opened the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show today by recognizing Pennsylvania's commitment to agricultural excellence, from pasture to show ring. "The Farm Show showcases the hard work of Pennsylvania's farm families," said Wolff. "Thanks to them, our agricultural industry continues to grow and thrive; using a strong tradition of excellence to open new markets and strengthen our state's economy." Wolff said this year's theme - Keeping Pennsylvania Growing - shows how the agriculture industry is incorporating cutting edge technologies and the many ways in which agribusinesses are infusing our economy with jobs and capital investments while contributing to a safe food supply. The show will also high... (more)

Mobile-Forms Software Company, Mi-Co, on Track to Grow 25% in 2012

DURHAM, NC -- (Marketwire) -- 12/18/12 -- Mi-Co, the Mobile Information Corporation, today announced that the company is on track to achieve 25% growth in revenues in 2012. Mi-Co is the developer of the best-of-breed mobile-forms platform "Mi-Forms," which is a complete suite of cross-platform e-forms and workflow solutions that make data capture for the enterprise truly easy and accurate. Mi-Forms solutions provide an intuitive user experience of easy electronic forms (e-Forms) design, quick on-site data collection, centralized form and workflow management, and extensive backend system integration. Mi-Co has helped enterprises such as the USDA, Sutter Health, NC Department of Agriculture, Children's Hospital Boston, the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization and other organizations implement mobile data collection solutions on a variety of mobile devices i... (more)

'World's Fastest Omelet Maker' Helps Moms Prepare Dishes Under $2.00 for World Egg Day

PARK RIDGE, Ill., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- With Americans feeling financially stretched due to the current state of the economy, many families are eating more meals at home in an effort to save money. To keep mealtime fresh, moms are looking for new menu ideas that are easy, healthful and most importantly, affordable. World Egg Day on October 10 provides moms with an opportunity to make their families feel like they are a world away at mealtime, while sticking to affordable ingredients that are already in the refrigerator and pantry. Howard Helmer, the Guinness World Records "World Fastest Omelet Maker," has traveled the world teaching people how to spice up their menus without breaking the bank. "More and more, moms are asking me for creative meal ideas that feature new flavors, but are affordable and easy to prepare," says Helmer. "Luckily, moms don't need to buy e... (more)

Taking the 'ICK' Out of Picky Eaters

SAN CLEMENTE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/26/09 -- They wrinkle their nose in distaste. Shake their head. Clench their mouth shut. Push away the food. This is the progression of a picky eater at the dinner table. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that looked at the eating habits of twins between 8 and 11 years old, researchers found that 78 percent of food preferences are hereditary.(1) And while this "finicky eater syndrome" may be genetic, cooking experts say parents shouldn't despair. This crisis can be averted by slipping in nutritious foods children don't get enough of, like milk and green veggies, into savory dishes that will tickle the taste buds. That's why the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), the creator of GOT MILK?, has joined forces with children's culinary schools statewide to uncover the delicious possibil... (more)

Governor Rendell's Budget: Helping Families Weather the National Recession

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell's budget for 2009-10 will help Pennsylvania families to weather the national economic recession by making strategic investments in education, health care, support for food banks, services for veterans and college tuition relief. Helping Taxpayers; Investing in Student Success "One of the most immediate steps we can take to help Pennsylvanians in difficult economic times is to keep property taxes from rising further," said Governor Rendell. "That's why my budget will boost state funds for public schools by $300 million, increasing the state's share of funding to help reduce pressure on local property taxpayers." In addition to making a substantial increase in the basic education subsidy, the 2009-10 budget sustains Pennsylvania's progress by continuing to support other successful acad... (more)

Animal Welfare Approved Farmer Jude Becker Featured on Oprah

-Rapidly growing program recognized for having the highest standards for farm animal welfare- DYERSVILLE, Iowa, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Animal Welfare Approved pig farmer, Jude Becker, was featured on a segment of Oprah's show yesterday, "How We Treat the Animals We Eat." Spurred by the upcoming vote on California's Proposition 2, which would legislate increased cage sizes for laying hens, gestating sows and veal calves, the segment demonstrated the contrast between two different ways of raising farm animals: confinement, large-scale, factory farm operations versus pasture- and range-based, independent, humane family farms. Jude Becker raises pigs under the standards set by the Animal Welfare Approved program and food label. Following a recent comparison, Animal Welfare Approved's standards were held up as the "most stringent" of all third-party certi... (more)

Great Park Pumpkin Harvest

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Come to the Great Park Pumpkin Harvest, the Orange County Great Park's Halloween event, on Saturday, October 25th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. close to the Great Park Balloon. All kids twelve and under can pick their very own free special pumpkin, while supplies last. This family fun filled day will include a costume parade, a monster mash dance, pumpkin decorating and a preview of the first phase of the Great Park Preview Farm -- a two acre farm that will provide County residents with an opportunity to learn more about sustainable methods of gardening and agriculture, and the proposed Great Park Food-to-Fork program. Parking is free. Great Park Pumpkin Harvest attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable canned food items to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank and the Community Action Partnership. The Second Harvest Food Ban... (more)

This Season's Hottest Gifts

BOSTON, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sheep, trees, books for kids, and other gifts that keep on giving are best-selling holiday gifts as Oxfam America Unwrapped goes into its third season. offers unexpected and economical gifts that make a difference. Proceeds from these symbolic gifts go to fund Oxfam America's efforts to create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice in more than 120 countries. (Logo: At prices that won't break the bank, these top selling items under $50 are just what Santa ordered: -- Sheep ($45): Raising these fleecy critters allows women to create their own income and to make local textiles. -- Plant 50 trees ($30): Trees produce life-sustaining crops like avocados and bananas, and they also prevent soil erosion-a key to economic growth and a gre... (more)

Moms Find Fun, Healthy Snacks That Help Fight Childhood Obesity

FISHERS, Ind., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A number of recent public research studies substantiate the rise in childhood obesity, the health risks in overweight children, and the questionable nutritional value of cereals and other foods kids consume. Yet one manufacturer -- Funky Monkey(TM) Snacks -- offers all natural, freeze-dried real fruit products that are not only fun and convenient for kids, but also provide most, if not all, of the daily fruit servings recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for kids. The need for healthy snack foods that kids love to eat comes at a time of unprecedented concern over children's health. A recent report by the American Heart Association found that the arterial walls of children and teens who are obese or have high cholesterol are similar to that of an average 45-year-old. USA Today, in a June 2008 article, reported that 32... (more)