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Nourish Your Health to Reduce Holiday Stress - Farm and Ranch Advocacy - Zero Tillage Workshop

Published December 7, 2014
Nourish Your Health to Reduce Holiday Stress - Farm and Ranch Advocacy - Zero Tillage Workshop

Nourishing Boomers and Beyond

Nourish Your Health to Reduce Holiday Stress

We are approaching a season which is characterized as being joyous.  However, the Christmas holiday can be a stressful time.  There is strong data which indicate many visits to doctors are related to stress.  Signs of stress include skin and digestive disorders, high blood pressure, headaches and depression.

Stress producers include large family and social holiday gatherings, traumatic events, and changes in work status or housing.  Even though stress is a normal part of everyday life, it’s not all bad. The difference can be how we perceive stress, interact with it and manage it.

If you’d like to make some changes in your diet or lifestyle to manage stress for better health, the North Dakota State University Extension Service can help.  The Extension office in Williams County is holding a class on December 9, 2014 at 12:10 pm at the Broadway Commons conference room at 302 E. Broadway.

This one hour class is part of NDSU Extension’s Nourishing Boomers and Beyond program.  The program is designed to provide rural North Dakotans age 50 and older with information and strategies to reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases.  However, any adult can benefit from the information.  Nourishing Boomers and Beyond offers classes on a different topic each month.  Participants will be able to take part in hands-on activities and discussions, and they’ll receive material such as handouts and healthful recipes to take home.

Visit the program’s website at www.ndsu.edu/boomers if you aren’t able to attend a class or want more information on the topic covered in a session.  Anyone can sign up for the free monthly newsletter by visiting the website or contacting your local Extension office.  Participating county Extension offices have Facebook pages to interact with their clients and are on Pinterest at “nourishboomers.”

Also visit www.ndsu.edu/boomers to see if a Nourishing Boomers and Beyond class is being held near you.

Things you’ll learn about in December include assessing individual stress risk factors, how to make a personal action plan for reducing stress and when to seek help.

Farm and Ranch Advocacy

One of the featured speakers during the next Wheat Show scheduled February 2,3,4 will be Katie Pinke.  Her topic is “How Farmers and Ranchers Can Be Farm Advocates”.  She is the leader of Ad Farm’s Agriculture Advocacy efforts, connecting the agricultural industry from food, farming, flowers, fiber and fuel segments to targeted audiences of consumers.  In 2010, Katie displayed her expertise by leading Ad Farm’s efforts in being awarded the business for California Agricultural Communications Coalition (CACC), which led to the opening of Ad Farm’s newest office located in Sacramento.  CACC brings together over 100 agriculture stakeholders to connect farmers to the voting consumers of California.  She and a team of public relations and digital expertise from Ad Farm lead social media trainings across California.  Over 200 farmers participated and today over 400 contributors are part of the Know a California Farmer effort.  Katie is very passionate to share stories about how farmers and ranchers grow our food.

It has been said many times by many people that U.S. Agriculture production must share its story of producing the world’s safest and most economical food in the world.  I was reinforced of this need during recent visits to Minneapolis and Seattle.  Short visits with some locals and general observations convince me that food supplies are far from their minds.

Katie will give us some new ideas as to how we can better connect with consumers who have no or little understanding of how their food is produced.  She will speak on Tuesday, February 3, following the noon luncheon sponsored by Williams County Farmers Union.

Zero Tillage Workshop

Recently, I received a brochure giving details of the Manitoba-North Dakota Zero Tillage Workshop and Trade Show.  This year it will be held in Dickinson, January 5-7.  Many topics are on the schedule including carbon management to increase water use efficiency, managing long-term climate variability in dryland cropping systems and integrating cover crops.  There are some presentations which caught my attention.   For more details and online registration go to www.mandakzerotill.org.  Otherwise, call 701-577-4595 or stop by our office. We will be happy to send a copy of the brochure.  Early registration by December 19 will save some money.   

-Warren Froelich

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