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This is the last political column for while. Make no mistake, I voted for Donald J. Trump not once, but twice. We had no way of knowing the outcome of the actions of a few-people who were determined to break into the Capitol of The United States. Make no mistake, I never condone violence, it is an unacceptable action. If you can’t get a outcome that you like in the ballot box, suck it up buttercup and hope for a stronger candidate next time. Were all of the people who rushed the Capital, Trump supporters? Not likely, however, were they mostly Antifa, or BLM activists? It’s possible, but we can’t prove either argument. Now, on to other parts of this last God Awful Presidential Election. Was there fraud? Maybe, maybe not, however, I’ve been saying that there is one thing that political pundits have ignored. I have been saying that demographics have changed. How severe was the shift? Consider this. This is the first time that millennials have been able to vote in a Presidential election. Why is this significant? The younger voters, are in it for one thing and one thing only. WHAT’S IN
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Keeping kids safe on the farm is a year-round priority
By Jennifer Dorsett Field Editor Farm child safety is more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Scott Heiberger, communications manager for National Farm Medicine Center. “Most of the country, when people go to work, they go to their offices. They leave their home. But when it comes to agriculture, a lot of times the work site is also the home. And so from that standpoint, of course, the safety factor continues, whether it was prior to COVID-19 or after COVID-19,” Heiberger
said in an interview with Texas Farm Bureau Radio Network. “But now it is such an extreme situation, and families are spread so thin. With kids home more, it is an opportunity for them to help out more, especially during the peak spring and fall seasons. Not having kids in activities or school might give you some hours to do some of the more hazardous jobs. We have to recognize the realities.” National Farm Medicine Center can help families manage their children’s safety on the farm. To assist in the shortterm, Heiberger said the organization created a “Children’s Center” on the website, pulling together all child-related safety resources. “There we have our have our ag youth work guidelines to help parents assign jobs to kids based on developmental ability to make sure the child is matched to the job,” Heiberger said. For younger children and especially those under the age of six, the center stresses the importance of a safe play area with a barrier to keep kids away from hazardous conditions. National Farm Medicine Center also plans to collect data to assist in advocacy efforts on policy and legislative issues. “Maybe we can get some more help as far as rural childcare and have more of a plan for that,” Heiberger said. “Because if we’re asking this farm population to feed the world, it would be nice if we could also help them out and maybe give some real solutions as far as childcare.” Heiberger noted the National Farm Medicine Center recently received a grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to help improve child farm safety. “We have some longer-term projects looking at childcare in rural areas and ATV operation, and something called the Farm Kid Paradox, where we look at not only the hazardous things about growing up on a farm, but we try to quantify and get into some kind of data form the positive aspects of growing up on a farm, like building a good work ethic and responsibility,” he said. “We’re
excited to try to put some data on there, so that we can be better advocates for farm families. So, when we’re trying to get better childcare in rural areas, and we’re maybe trying to inform policy on ATV operation, we’ll have some actual numbers that we can share.” A Healthy Heart in the Time of COVID-19 Melisa Rhodes, M. Ed.Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Van Zandt County Extension Agent firstname.lastname@example.org. edu 903-567-4149
For those with heart conditions or other medical conditions that may weaken your heart, keeping your heart healthy and protected during a pandemic is important. Cholesterol and blood pressure issues, as well as arrythmias or cardiomyopathy, are heart conditions that can make contracting COVID-19 more serious. Your heart is the most “essential” worker you have. It beats more than 110,000 beats a day and pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood throughout your body. This fist size muscle is so important, it only makes sense to keep it healthy and happy. To help support and improve your heart, try some simple changes that everyone can make. Variety and Veggies Eating balanced and nutritious meals daily can help you reduce sodium and sugar intake, helping to maintain or lose excess weight, manage your blood pressure, control cholesterol. The nutrient dense foods that we consume help in providing those vitamins that support our bodies. Eating a colorful variety of fresh fruits and vegetables helps to support our health and our immune systems. Try new recipes throughout the week to add variety and enhance enjoyment. Visit www.dinnertonight. org for delicious and healthy recipes that are lower in calories, saturated fat, and sodium. Keep Moving
Staying physically active can also improve and support your heart. It strengthens your heart so that it can efficiently pump blood throughout the body. A stronger heart also helps to keep your blood pressure under control. Try to take a brisk walk outdoors daily or keep active around the house; not only are you keeping social distance but improving circulation to help reduce stress. Mask, Hands, and Distance Always remember to follow the CDC guidelines
Wrap Up for COVID-19. Wash your hands frequently, continue to wear a mask, stay six feet apart from others, and avoid large crowds. For more information contact Melisa Rhodes, County Extension Agent, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Van Zandt County Office at 903-567-4149 and check out our COVID-19 hub of Extension resources at https://agrilifeextension. tamu.edu/coronaviru
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