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Food Science Extension Publications
Small Market Fruit and Vegetable Farming
(C 1251)
This publication covers some of the basic information about what you may need and key considerations when developing a small fruit and vegetable farm.
Amino Acid Content in Organic Soybean Meal for the Formulation of Organic Poultry Feed
(C 1140)
Amino acids are essential building blocks of proteins and are obtained from plant and animal products. Some amino acids can be synthesized by the chicken, while others (essential amino acids) must be supplied in the diet. In organic poultry production, the sources of these essential amino acids must be organic. This publication compares the amino acid content, digestibility, and availability of organic soybean meal with conventional soybean meal.
Organic Poultry Production vs. Other Systems
(C 1139)
There are a number of different poultry production systems available today, and consumers commonly confuse organic poultry production with other systems. Pasture-raised poultry and natural poultry are not organically produced, as they do not meet all or any of the standards set by the National Organic Program, which regulates and certifies production systems as "organic." Consumers should be aware of the differences between each of the poultry production systems as they purchase poultry products.
What Child Care Can Do to Support Brain Development
(C 1053-04)
Child care providers play an important role in nurturing children's healthy brain development. When it comes to supporting healthy brain development, the type of child care is less important than the quality of care a child receives. This publication will help you understand the components of quality child care and the effects of low-quality child care on brain development.
Prime Times for Learning
(C 1053-02)
Research in brain development shows there are certain windows of opportunity, known as sensitive periods, when certain parts of the brain develop most quickly. These windows are prime times for learning certain skills because the brain is ready to build networks of connections in response to what the five senses absorb. Here are some of those prime times, what to expect, and what you can do to improve brain development.
The Basics of Your Baby's Brain Development
(C 1053-01)
From the moment a baby is born, every experience taken in by the five senses helps strengthen the connections that guide development. No two brains are alike! Each child's brain creates individual pathways of connections based on specific experiences. Here are some general tips you can use to help wire the brain for success.
The Role of Music in Brain Development
(C 1053-06)
Children who grow up listening to music develop strong music-related connections in the brain. Some of these music pathways actually affect the way we think. Listening to classical music seems to improve our spatial reasoning, at least for a short time. And learning to play an instrument may have an even longer effect on certain thinking skills. Here is some information on how music affects our brains and ideas on how to help nurture children's love of music.
Supplements and Immunity
(TP 114)
This publication clarifies common confusion about using vitamins and supplements, including a baseline question on the topic: "Should I use supplements to 'boost' my immune system?" Specifically, this document addresses what the immune system is, whether supplements help, and whether there are safety concerns related to using supplements.
Best Practices for Growing, Harvesting, and Handling Produce in the Field and the Packinghouse
(B 1515)
Under the Food Safety Modernization Act's Produce Safety Rule, produce operations are mandated to provide training to their workers on the safe handling of produce in fields and in packing operations. Currently, there are few, if any, materials available for these operations to use. As we have conducted Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training across Georgia and throughout other areas, we have been requested to develop these much-needed materials. These materials provide food safety information, consistent with the Produce Safety Rule, for training workers on produce farms and/or farmer/growers of fresh produce and can also be used with low literacy audiences and Spanish speaking audiences as well.
What Parents Can Do to Support Healthy Brain Development
(C 1053-03)
All parents want their children to be smart and successful. Researchers have found that a child's brain continues to develop long after birth. Parents can do many things to support their child's healthy brain development, beginning before birth and continuing until their child is an adult. This publication explains some of the things you can do to ensure healthy brain development for your child.
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