- Author: Wendy Powers
It seemed everyone had some level of anxiety over the 2020 Presidential Election; much of the anxiety may have dissolved for many. I remain committed to trusting the process and that those we have elected, whatever their party affiliation, will stand behind our principles of democracy and the ground rules in place to protect it. Plus, those of us who have taken meat science courses know too well the physiological impacts of stress. An Extension Director and fellow animal scientist shared the photo with me, illustrating how environmental stressors affect pig tissues. I learned last week of a few apps that may help manage one's stress. Perhaps you were aware of some of these apps but are, like me, learning of others.
Speaking of livestock, I heard from a stakeholder and strong champion of ANR recently. The individual said the following of a Zoom webinar that was hosted by David Lewis and Dan Macon to roll out the updated Rangeland plans created by our entire UC ANR range and livestock team. “AMAZING. It truly was one of the best laid out programs I have ever seen. They covered multiple topics with videos, worksheets and instructions for leading. It was easy to move around and understand from a lay person's perspective.” It is always nice to receive such comments, and rarely a surprise that our clientele are pleased. Congratulations to the entire range and livestock team!
And there's more encouraging feedback related to our livestock programs. Tracy Schohr made the news as a result of her quick action and connections in the livestock industry. Thanks, Tracy, for your efforts to assist!
Wondering how SAREP's been keeping busy during this remote work period? Take a look. One project assessed the potential for native blue elderberry as a commercial crop from native hedgerows. Check out this website for growing, marketing, food composition info, plus Native American and farmer perspectives on elderberry. SAREP recently completed a self-directed online training program for beginning organic farmers. SAREP partnered with the Organic Farming Research Foundation. You can access the 6 modules on soil health, weed management, water management and irrigation, insect & mite pest management, disease management, and business management & marketing through their website.
I have mixed feelings about mid-week holidays because I end up with that ‘Monday feeling' twice in one week. However, it is important to honor our veterans. A huge ‘thank you' to each of our veterans in UC ANR! Normally, we honor my mother's veteran status by taking her out to dinner. This year will be a little different, but no less important. I hope everyone enjoys the break, stays warm, and takes time to thank a veteran.