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Summer Tips


Below are some basic safety reminders and tips from the National Safety Council:

Basic Safety Reminders and Tips

  1. Heat Safety – watch out for several heat-related illnesses, including heatstroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps. Those most at risk include infants and young children, elderly, pets, and those with heart and circulatory problems and other long-term illnesses. 
  2. Bug Safety – To prevent mosquito bites, use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellent with DEET and wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants. Don’t forget to read product labels when using insect repellant and apply as directed.
  3. Water Safety – All ages of people should think of water safety! However, those most at risk for drowning incidents include young adults, teens, and young children (most at risk).  Distractions make for tragedies, thus always be aware and be in the present with children in and/or near water. 
  4. Boat Safety – Per government research, there are about 74 million Americans that engage in recreational boating each year! Although the majority of boating experiences are positive, we must always be aware of boat safety.  According to the U.S. Coast Guard, one of three things usually happen in a tragic situation: a passenger falls overboard, a boat capsizes, or a boat collides with another boat or object.  Before boating, ensure the operator of the boat is properly educated in boat safety and has sufficient training or experience.  Lastly, life jackets are the lifeblood of safe boating.  Always wear a life jacket or at a minimum, ensure your boat has them easily accessible.  

We wish all a safe and relaxing summer!


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What Makes a Dad?


God took the strength of a mountain,

The majesty of a tree,

The warmth of a summer sun,

The calm of a quiet sea,

The generous soul of nature,

The comforting arm of night,

The wisdom of the ages,

The power of the eagle’s flight,

The joy of a spring morning,

The faith of a mustard seed,

The patience of eternity,

The depth of a family need,

Then God combined these qualities,

When there was nothing more to add,

He knew His masterpiece was complete,

And so, He called it….Dad!

                                                                                                                -Author Unknown

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Outdoor BBQ Time

Each year outdoor grilling causes an average of 8900 home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Here are some tips to help you have a safe grilling season.

1. Grill outside and away from structures.

2. Make sure your grill is stable.

3. Keep your grill clean.

4. Annually check our propane or gas grill for leaks.

5. If the flame goes out, wait 5 minutes to re-light.

6. Wear the right clothing.

7. Be ready to put out the fire if needed (Fire Extinguisher).

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Yummy Recipes


Pioneer Woman Creamy Mashed Potatoes


-5 pounds Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes

-12 Tablespoons Butter, softened, additional 4 Tablespoons butter (optional)

-1 (8 oz.) Package Cream Cheese

-½ to ¾ cup half-and-half

-½ teaspoon seasoned salt, such as Lawry’s

-Salt to taste

-Black pepper to taste 


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a slow boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Using a sharp knife or vegetable peeler, peel the potatoes and rinse in cold water. Chop the potatoes in halves and/or fourths.  This helps the potatoes cook more quickly and evenly.
  3. Add the potatoes to the pot.  Increase the heat to high and bring to a full boil.  Cook for 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. The potatoes are ready when they pass the ol’ fork check: a fork should easily slide into the potatoes with no resistance, and the potatoes should almost-but not completely-fall apart.                Important:  If the fork meets with much resistance, that means        the potatoes aren’t done, and the mashed potatoes will be lumpy!
  1. Drain the potatoes in a large colander.  Give yourself a nice steam facial while you’re at it!
  2. Return the potatoes to the pot and turn the heat on low.  With a potato masher, mash the potatoes over low heat to allow much of the steam to escape.  Continue mashing until all lumps are gone, about 2 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  3. Add the butter.  
  4. Add the cream cheese.
  5. Next, add the half-and-half and stir together.
  6. Add the seasonings.  Stir together until well combined.  Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed-be sure not to underseason!
  7. Spread the mashed potatoes in a 2-quart baking dish. Evening out the surface with a  knife or spatula.
  8. Finally, if you’re worried the potatoes aren’t decadent enough, you can dot the top with butter.  At this point, you can cover the dish tightly with foil and refrigerate for up to 2 days before baking.
  9. When you’re ready, preheat the oven to 350°F, cover the potatoes with foil or a lid, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until warmed through.

Strawberry Cream Dessert Recipe

 -2-1/4 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs (about 36 squares)

-6 Tablespoons sugar

-10 Tablespoons butter, melted

-1 Package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

-1 cup confectioners’ sugar

-2 cartons (one 16 ounces, one 8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided

-1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin

-½ cup boiling water

-1 cup (8 ounces) strawberry yogurt


 -2 Tablespoons graham crackers crumbs

-1-½ teaspoons sugar

-1-½ teaspoons butter, melted


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter.  Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. Dish.  Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth.  Stir in 1 cup whipped topping.  Spread over the prepared crust.
  3. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water.  Stir in yogurt and 6 cups whipped topping until blended.  Pour over cream cheese layer.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Spread remaining whipped topping over strawberry layer.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  Just before serving, combine topping ingredients;  sprinkle over whipped topping.  Yield: 12-15 Servings




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8 Dimensions of Life

Dr. Alan Zimmerman surveyed 100,000 people and asked them this question: “What do you want out of life?”. By far, the most frequent response was “I just want to be happy.”

Nothing wrong with that.

The trouble is … it’s very difficult to be happy at home, at work, in your life, or in your relationships … if you’re not healthy.

And most people aren’t nearly as healthy as they could be.

A truly healthy person is healthy in all 8 dimensions of life:

Physical, Recreational, Occupational, Financial, Emotional, Relational, Mental, and Spiritual.

After 30 years of research, I discovered the answer. The champions are HEALTHY in all 8 dimensions of life.

And I learned that the people who never quite get ahead, who never seem to reach their full potential, who never seem to have enough money, who never seem to have the best relationships, who never seem to get ahead in their jobs are UNHEALTHY. They are lacking in 1, 2, 3 or even more of the 8 critical dimensions of life.



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Builders and Wreckers

Builders and Wreckers

I watched them tearing a building down,

A gang of men in a busy town.

With a heave and a ho and a mighty yell,

They swung a crane and a sidewall fell.


I asked the foreman, “Are these men as skilled

As the men you hire when you have to build?”

He gave me a laugh and said, “No, indeed!

Just common labor is all I need.

I can easily wreck in a day or two

What builders have taken a year to do”.


And I thought to myself as I went my way,

Which of these roles have I tried to play?

Am I a builder, who works with care,

Measuring life with a ruler and square?


Am I shaping my deeds by a well-laid plan,

Patiently doing the best I can?

Or am I a wrecker, who walks the town,

Content with the labor of tearing down?


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Teaching the Next Generation

We have gained knowledge and wisdom by making mistakes and living through other experiences and it is now our task to teach our children these things.  People have not changed a lot over the years.  Attitudes, emotions and resiliency are very similar today as they have been in the past.  This can be viewed as being bad or good.  Bad in the fact that we continue to make the same mistakes over or good by being able to study history and learn from it if we so desire.

Most importantly is to teach the next generation of the Love of Christ and the importance of serving him as Lord and Master as we journey here below.  There is no higher calling than to serve Him.  The Bible tells us very clearly that man is inherently evil and that we must teach our children to be good.  This can be difficult to do day after day but it will be worth the effort if we can attain Heaven.

We must also teach our children about the history of our country and our families.  This great country was founded on the inherent belief that men have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  This is important because we have the freedom to worship as we choose, we can travel without restriction, and we can vote on leadership that aligns with our beliefs.  Each one our families are unique with different stories in how we got to where we are today or where we came from and the challenges that we faced to get from there to here.  This is important information to tell the next generation so they can understand why we believe what we do.

There are few things more satisfying that sitting down and talking with your children and sharing with them the wonders of life.  Explaining to them for the first time why the sun comes up in the East or how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly or telling the history of your family and where their traits come from. 

Let’s each one take the time to teach the next generation!

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Here at Spring Valley Farms we are passionate about active relationships. As we spend time this winter planning for 2017, we are very grateful for the people and organizations that we work with to make it all happen.

For a relationship to be active there needs to be ongoing open and honest communications-creating ways to work together to implement win-win solutions for all areas of the business. Whether we are working with our bankers, seed dealers, crop protection suppliers, plant food suppliers, feedlot customers, trucking customers, insurance agents, land partners or land owners we appreciate feedback and creative thoughts and ideas about how to get better at what we do.

Please take a minute to review the Spring Valley Farms Hedge Hog concept and you will see that Active Relationships are one of the three areas we are focused on as we make long term decisions.

Spring Valley Farms Hedge Hog Concept

Our Passion is Active Relationships

Our economic engine is Agricultural Commodities

We can be the best in the world at Efficient Resource Utilization 

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Core Values

Core values are a vital set of key principles that guide a business. In the course of writing, “Built to Last” Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras spent six years researching organizations that have endured recessions and depressions over the decades. One of their key findings was that in every case these companies defined their core values early on and built a culture of people around them. 

Spring Valley Farms Core Values:       

Team Work- Are you willing to help out where ever you are needed? Are the procedures in your area efficient and simple?

Honesty & Integrity – do your actions promote the image of the company? Do you do a great job even when no one is looking?

Strong work ethic – not only do you work hard but do you work smart?

Humility – Is your ego properly balanced?      

Candor – Do your words and actions help people grow?

Possessing a strong culture is one of the biggest competitive advantages that a business can have. It take all hands on deck to execute but it is well worth the effort.   

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