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Egg-cellent tricks for around the household

Egg-cellent tricks for around the household

DENVER — It's no secret that eggs are a nutritious and delicious option for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With so many different ways to cook them, eggs are known as one of the most versatile, high quality ingredients in the kitchen. But many people are unaware that eggs are also extremely useful around the house. From making homemade facial masks to improving your gardening, the nutrients in eggs provide many household solutions outside the kitchen. The Colorado Egg Producers Association wants to share some great ways for you to use eggs around your house.

"We know that eggs contain nutrients, high quality protein and amino acids that are beneficial for your health," Terry Tormohlen, a CEP member and egg farmer, said in a statement. "But many people don't realize these same nutrients can be beneficial in other ways as well. There are many interesting ways that the nutrients and protein found in eggs can be used outside of the kitchen."

Nutrients such as vitamin A, calcium and sulfur, as well as the consistency of eggs, make them an ideal solution for many household needs. Below are some ways to use eggs around your home, from instructables.com:

■ Hair treatments: The proteins and nutrients found in eggs are great for revitalizing your hair. To add some strength and shine to your hair, beat an egg with a little bit of olive oil and apply it to your hair from roots to ends. Leave the mixture in for about 20 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

■ Facial masks: Eggs contain many anti-aging and moisturizing properties that can make your skin glow and feel fresh. For an anti-aging, smoothing treatment that reduces pores and puffiness, whisk egg whites with a little bit of water and apply the mixture to your face. Rinse off after a few minutes. For a moisturizing treatment, follow the same steps using egg yolks.

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■ Glue replacement: Because of their composition, egg whites become sticky as they dry. Egg whites are a great substitution for glue when used on paper or light cardboard. Egg whites can also be used for papier-mâché projects, when mixed with flour, water, sugar and alum.

■ Gardening: There are several ways eggs can help your plants grow healthy and strong. Eggshells are great sources of calcium, a crucial nutrient for plants. Give your plants a calcium boost by watering them with the cooled water leftover from cooking your hard-boiled eggs. You can also give your plants calcium by composting your eggshells in the soil.

■ Cleaning leather: Egg whites are an easy, low cost option to clean your favorite leather products. Just gently scrub the egg whites into the leather and wipe it off with a damp cloth to remove dirt and make the leather shine.

■ Heal bruises: Eggs contain a number of healing properties, even in the shell. To help break up a bruise, hard boil an egg and peel it while it is still warm. Rub the eggshell on your bruise to help dissipate the blood cells collecting underneath the skin.

Do you have any egg-cellent remedies for common household problems? Share your tricks on social media. And follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest or visit coloradoeggproducers.com for more fun tricks and tips using eggs.

USDA reminds farmers of deadline for forms

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA service center by June 1 to become or remain eligible for crop insurance premium support.

Most farmers already have a certification form on file since it's required for participation in most USDA programs such as marketing assistance loans, farm storage facility loans and disaster assistance. However, farmers, such as specialty crop growers who receive federal crop insurance premium support, but may not participate in other USDA programs, also must now file a certification form to maintain their crop insurance premium support.

Producers should visit their local USDA service center and talk with their crop insurance agent before the June 1 deadline to ask questions, get additional information or learn more about conservation compliance procedures. Producers who file their form by the deadline will be eligible for federal crop insurance premium support during the 2016 reinsurance year, which begins July 1. USDA will publish a rule outlining the linkage of conservation compliance with federal crop insurance premium support. Go to go.usa.gov/3wy5j to view a copy of the rule.

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