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Ice Cream: Delicious and Nutritious?

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Ice cream is a dessert staple and a great companion for hot summer days. Science shows that this sweet, cold treat is not only refreshing, but has some great health benefits associated with it. So go ahead and indulge (in moderation – of course).

Vitamins & Minerals – Ice cream is a great source of several important vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A, C, D, and several B varieties can all be found in ice cream. Vitamin K, which prevents blood clotting, is also found in ice cream. The mineral calcium helps maintain bone and teeth strength, and can even reduce the chance of kidney stones.

Energy – Our body needs energy to function, and ice cream helps to provide carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, all of which our bodies use to produce energy.

Mood Elevator – Eating ice cream stimulates a hormone, thrombotonin, which makes you happy and reduces stress. It also naturally contains L-triptophane, which helps relax the nervous system.

Brain Stimulator – A study done by Tokyo scientists had people eat 3 spoonfuls of ice cream in the morning and then had them perform tests. The people who ate ice cream had an increase in brain waves that were linked to concentration, relaxation, and mental coordination.

 

Sources:

 Forster, Katie. “Eating Ice Cream for Breakfast Makes you More Intelligent, Japanese Scientist Claims.” Independent

“The Top 4 Health Benefits of Ice Cream.” Stanpac

Best. Month. Ever.

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June is a wonderful month where we can celebrate sunshine, growing fields, and dairy! What better way to have a celebration than with ice cream?!

June Dairy Month was originally started in 1937 by chain stores to promote milk sales during a time when there was a dairy surplus. The event was called National Milk Month and ran from June 10 to July 10. In 1939, the National Dairy Council joined the cause and changed the event to cover the entire month of June, and it was renamed June Dairy Month.  June Dairy Month is now celebrated around the United States.

Now, the month is used to educate consumers on the nutritional value of dairy products and how they end up on our tables. Farmers take the opportunity through events and programs to connect with people and teach them about where their food comes from. Consumers can also be educated in the health benefits of dairy products that are high in protein and calcium, with a wide variety of other vitamins and minerals.

One of the favorite traditions of June Dairy Month is the Breakfast on the Farm events. The 4-H club hosted the first farm breakfast in 1970 in Jefferson County, WI. Since then, there are now more than 70 Wisconsin Breakfast on the Farm events each year. These events include home-cooked breakfasts, farm tours, activities, and other educational experiences for people of all ages.

 

Sources:

“June is Dairy Month: Facts About Dairy Foods.” Wisconsin Cheeseman

“Kick off Summer in Wisconsin at a Farm Breakfast.” Wisconsin Dairy Days of Summer

I’ll take “Supercomputer Helps Farming” for $200, Alex

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What is Watson? Those of you who are Jeopardy! fans may have heard of Watson before. To those who have not, Watson is a Supercomputer created for IBM. Watson gained a lot of fame on an episode of Jeopardy! in 2011, where it played against two previous champions and won.

The Watson technology originally started as a “question answering” machine. It uses combined Artificial Intelligence (AI) and analytical software to process a question. Watson has access to 90 servers with over 200 million pages of information. That information is then compared against 6 million logic rules. This set up is meant to copy or exceed a high level human brain.

This technology is able to learn from mistakes to improve accuracy. It will compare the answer it thought was correct against the actual answer, and form a theory that it can use in the future. Watson technology is also able to “speak” in a fluent manner. This technology has developed and changed since it was first created, and is now being implemented in the hospitality and healthcare fields.

So how could this technology transition into the agriculture field? Using Watson technology, machines can “learn” data or sensors. The knowledge the machine gathers can be used as a true AI system. Soil nutrition information paired with weather/rain predictions and market information can estimate how well your yield will do this year (or how to improve it). Watson is a quick learner, and can understand how seeds react to soil types and weather patterns in the area. It may be able to offer a suggestion of a crop that would better suit the area being grown in.

For drones, with Watson technology applied, they can automatically identify problem areas in fields on their own and take action. It can save time by taking care of the problem immediately. If there is an infestation of bugs or mold, the drone can spray the calculated correct amount of pesticide or fungicide on the affected area (provided the drone is equipped to do so). This process is much quicker than having the drone go back to the farmer, have the information downloaded, reviewing it, and then going out to that spot themselves. The farmer could put too much or little of the needed application. This technology could help to lessen the workload and perhaps even require less people to work on the farm.

 

Sources:

 “IBM Watson supercomputer.” WhatIs.com

Irimia, Madalina. “Five Ways Agriculture Could Benefit From Artificial Intelligence.” IBM