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Many of the delicious meals, snacks, and beverages served at restaurants have ingredients that originate on a farm. Let’s take a look at how some of these ingredients end up nourishing you.

BEHOLD, THE FORK!—March 2017 Newsletter

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CPEUs will be provided for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and Dietetic Technicians Registered (DTRs). Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET No pre-registration required. The link will be active only on March 21, beginning at 12:45 p.m. ET.   Expert Speakers:...
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