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Kansas Farm Bureau’s consumer-focused brand, Kansas Living, will launch a “Make Mine Meat” campaign Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Manhattan Meat Market with a Facebook Live event and social media posts using the hashtag #MakeMineMeat.

The campaign encourages the inclusion of meat in one’s diet for its high-quality nutritional value.

“Animal protein plays an essential role in your diet,” says Eryn Carter, a registered dietitian. “Animal meat products contain all nine essential amino acids that your body cannot produce but needs in order to function.”

The “Make Mine Meat” campaign will include athletes who choose to consume meat because its nutritional value supports their active lifestyles.

“Work, children and the farm keep my calendar more than full,” says Katie Sawyer, a runner and model in the “Make Mine Meat” campaign. “That’s why I chose lean proteins to keep me full and provide essential vitamins and minerals my body needs.”

Kansas is a top producer of meat, specifically pork and beef. Kansas ranks third nationally with 6.35 million cattle and 10th in hog and pig inventory.

“Agriculture is Kansas’ number one industry,” says Rich Felts, Kansas Farm Bureau president. “This campaign not only focuses on the health benefits meat products provide, but also celebrates the farmers and ranchers who raise and grow safe, nutritious food on family farms across Kansas.”

In conjunction with National Food Day, the Make Mine Meat campaign Facebook Live will occur at 3:30 p.m. CST Thursday, Oct. 24. Visit Kansas Living’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KansasLivingMagazine to hear from Chef Alli, a well-known Kansas chef and personality; DJ Rezac, an athlete who chooses to include meat in his diet; Jake Worcester, an owner of the Manhattan Meat Market; and Eryn Carter, a registered dietitian.

Participants who post a photo of their favorite meat product, recipe or reason they choose to include meat in their diets using the hashtag #MakeMineMeat on Facebook and/or Instagram will be entered to win one of three $100 gift cards. Gift cards will be to a local grocery store so winners can purchase great-tasting, high-quality, nutritious meat. Private profiles may send a direct message of their post to Kansas Living’s Facebook account (www.facebook.com/KansasLivingMagazine) or Instagram account (www.instagram.com/KansasLivingMag).

For more information about the campaign and for recipes, visit www.kansaslivingmagazine.com/MakeMineMeat.

The temperatures have dropped, and it’s truly beginning to feel like fall on the farm. The air feels crisper, the sky seems brighter and everything seems a bit fresher now that the summer heat has left. It’s as if the plants, animals and people have all perked up after they’ve had to conserve their energy, seek shade and retreat from August and September.

But it’s now October, where the true magic happens.

I may be a bit biased about my affection for October. After all, it’s my birthday month. It’s also the month where I brought both of my babies home to the farm. I will always have in my mind the feelings of anxious anticipation as my belly reached maximum capacity while wondering how many acres of soybeans would be harvested or how many fields of wheat would be sowed before having to make our way to the hospital.

I always will have in my mind the image of my tiny daughter, wearing a petite bow on her head, snuggled peacefully in her car seat while a combine roared past harvesting soybeans.

I always will have in my mind the image of my tiny son warmly snuggled in my arms while sitting in the bleachers at the sale barn listening to the auctioneer introduce our lot of good looking, healthy weaned calves as they entered the ring.

I always will have in my mind the image of my kids straddling their bikes on our dirt road waving goodbye to a trailer load of our cattle headed to another pasture where they’d spend the winter months away from our home.

Yes, some of my best memories are from October.

If I could, I’d gather October in a Mason jar. Just like canning the bounties from a summer garden, I’d place this season on my pantry shelves and enjoy servings throughout the year.

And while tasty, it’s not the pumpkin spice that I’d truly want. It’s the cool, crisp air in the mornings that sends shivers through one’s body that isn’t quite ready to wear a heavy coat yet. It’s the beautiful evenings with a pink and orange painted sky that you can enjoy while watching children ride their bikes around the farmyard. It’s the time in the combine sitting next to my husband harvesting rows of soybeans. It’s the consideration of turning on the heater or waiting a few more days. It’s the sound of honking birds above that are beginning to make their trek south. It’s the clear night sky, and a bright full moon, and the sounds of farmers toiling in nearby fields that carries just a bit more into one’s senses.

I tend to catch myself taking deep breaths when I walk outside as if I know this season is only here for a limited time before we begin seeking refuge from the cold. Try as I might, I can’t quite breathe in enough of this beautiful month.

Just as Anne reveled in the world of color about her in the children’s novel “Anne of Green Gables,” I, too, am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.