Tuesday, January 27, 2015

UC Cooperative Extension Central Sierra offers Farm and Ranch Succession Planning Workshop - Feb 8 & 9

Farm and Ranch Succession Planning Workshop Coming Feb. 8-9 to the Foothills
U.C. Cooperative Extension-Central Sierra Farm Advisor Lynn Wunderlich invites foothill farmers and ranchers of all generations, their off-farm heirs, and employees or other non-family successors, to a two-part, interactive workshop to be held Sunday February 8, from 2- 6 p.m. and Monday, February 9, from 6-9 p.m. at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors chambers.  Attendees will learn the steps to succession planning; clarify values and goals for their family farm or ranch; gain take home tools to determine their heirs’ interests; gain knowledge of legal and other business considerations and understand the financial impacts of ownership transfers across generations.

Featured expert speakers for the workshop include: Rodney Carter, Accredited Farm Manager (AFM), Golden State Farm Credit, Chico, Ca., Jana Ellerman, founding partner of Guthrie & Ellerman, a Professional Law Corporation, Placerville, Ca., Deborah Giraud, UCCE UCCE Farm and Community Development Advisor, Humboldt/Del Norte Counties and Liya Schwartzman, Central Valley Regional Coordinator, California FarmLink.  The team represents a group with long term experience in serving farmer and rancher needs for successful estate planning.

Rod Carter is employed by GSFC business Consulting, a division of Golden State Farm Credit.  Since 1999, he has provided a broad array of business consulting services to farmers, rancher and agri-businesses. Rod has been a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers since 1979 and earned their Accredited Farm Manager designation in 1984.   Rod’s consulting assignments have taken him across the United States, and he has also worked with a division of Bank of Mexico to train agricultural advisors as they privatized their institutions. Website: http://keepthefarm.com

Jana Ellerman was raised in Texas and obtained her law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles with honors in 1986. Since moving to El Dorado County in 1997, her practice has focused exclusively on estate planning, probate, conservatorships, trust administration, elder law, and special needs planning. She has served on the Planned Giving Committee of the El Dorado Community Foundation, and the El Dorado County Elder Abuse Task Force and as chair of the Probate Section of the El Dorado County Bar Association. She is currently a member of Trusts and Estates Executive Committee of the State Bar of California (TEXCOM).

Deborah Giraud serves the horticulture industry and runs Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver volunteer programs for UCCE in Humboldt/Del Norte Counties. Her interest in farm and ranch succession started almost 10 years ago when she heard older farm owners worrying about their farms and how the next generation would be able to continue farming. She has offered statewide conferences and many workshops in Humboldt County on Farm Succession Planning, partnering with California FarmLink and Oregon State.

Liya Schwartzman, Central Valley Regional Coordinator, California FarmLink. Liya has a passion for making a difference, working in community organizing and fundraising and conducting research for the California Department of Conservation.  She has experience in guiding farmers through succession planning.

If you are curious how ready you might be for your family farm or ranch succession, you can take the free survey at: http://ucanr.edu/frsrsurvey

Cost for the workshop is $35. To register go to http://cecentralsierra.ucanr.edu/Events_Workshops/Farm_-_Ranch_Succession_Planning_Workshop/

or contact Robin Cleveland at (530) 621-5528. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

First 5 Amador Newsletter - January 2015

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Investing in Our Youngest Children 
Healthy Social, Emotional & Physical Development 
Early Learning * Quality Care * Family Support
January 2015
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Tuesday, Jan. 13
Call 223-1624, x208 for more information.
Grief and Loss Group for parents who have lost a pregnancy or infant.
Wednesday, Jan. 21 

Saturday, Jan. 24, 10:00-noon
Call 257-1092 to save your spot.

Children's Story Time
Amador County Library
Wednesdays, 10:30am,  
Jackson Library 

1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays: Camanche Lake Community Center
2nd & 4th Mondays: PlymouthPentacostal Church
Tuesdays: Kennedy Meadow Apartments, Jackson
Wednesdays: Ione Memorial Hall 
Thursdays: Upcountry Community Center, Pine Grove 

For other events, please visit our Calendar.  
For a list of community 
resources, please visit ourResources Page

Folic Acid Awareness
January 4th-10th, 2015 was Folic Acid Awareness Week, however we feel that this is an important topic for the entire month, and beyond!

Folic acid is a B-vitamin that is necessary for proper cell growth. If taken before and during early pregnancy from a multi-vitamin or fortified foods, folic acid can prevent from 50% up to 70% of some forms of serious birth defects of the brain and spine.
The CDC and the U.S. Public Health Service recommend that all women between 15 and 45 years of age consume 400 micrograms of folic acid daily to prevent two common and serious birth defects, spina bifida and anencephaly. Women need folic acid, even if not planning to become pregnant, since 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned.  Women who could possibly become pregnant can consume 400 micrograms of folic acid every day by:
taking a daily multi-vitamin containing folic acid, and
eating fortified foods like grains, pastas, or breakfast cereals, and
eating a variety of foods as part of a healthy diet.

Although all enriched cereals and grain products in the U.S. are fortified with the B-vitamin folic acid, only one-third of U.S. women of childbearing age consume the recommended amount from their diet. Taking a multivitamin with folic acid every day is the easiest way that women can get the recommended amount of 400 mcg.
Hispanic babies are more likely than others in the U.S. to be born with a neural tube defect (NTD). The CDC reports that Latinas in the U.S. consume the least amount of folic acid and have the least knowledge about folic acid among racial or ethnic groups


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Talk, Read, Sing 
What math skills for small children look like, and how they help build success for later in life.

Research tells us that exposing children to math early improves their success in school. Talking to young children about numbers helps their brains develop, and may improve their confidence with math later on. So get counting! These ideas will help you spark your child's math interest while you talk, read and sing!

1. Find opportunities to count everywhere you go.
Count the steps as you and your child are walking up and down the stairs, or the cars passing by. Use your baby's fingers and toes to count one, two, three, four, five!

2. Ask "how many?"
Ask your child questions like "how many children and adults live in our home?" or "how many silver cars do you see?" These questions encourage children to count and compare things they see every day.

3. Talk about the shapes and sizes of objects all around you.
Describe the shapes of everyday objects: the large table that is a rectangle, or the small, round orange. When your child has mastered these concepts, describe less common shapes: the stop sign is an octagon, the pond is an oval.

4. Sing and clap along together.
One clap for each syllable builds understanding of "one-to-one correspondence," or the ability to count in sequence.  Practicing rhythm and melody also helps children understand patterns.

5. Talk about directions.
Use physical descriptions of the world around you, such as "through," "next to," "around" and "behind" to help your child understand where things are in relation to other things.

6. Use comparison words throughout the day.
Is the grapefruit bigger or smaller than the orange? Is my hair longer or shorter than yours? Grouping objects together helps children discriminate between sameness and difference. Sort things by size, color, length, or anything else you can think of together. The list is endless!

7. Talk math in any language.
Math is a universal language, and its concepts are translatable across all languages. Look for ways to talk about math in whatever language you feel comfortable with. Talking math to your child every day builds her brain.

First 5 Amador thanks First 5 Santa Clara for bringing this informative article to our attention from Too Small to Fail. For more information visit the Too Small to Fail website. 
Program Spotlight

Stress Prevention & Relief Workshop
For Child Care Providers 
Child care providers are invited to this special workshop that addresses solutions for the day-to-day stresses of caring for young children. Join guest speakers Melissa Granchi, MFT and Erika Simmons from the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council to learn ways to effectively manage stress, avoid burn-out and go home with practical tools to accomplish this. For home-based and center-based providers! Please call 257-1092 to RSVP or for more information.

To print the flyer, please click here.

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As a parent, you are your child's first & most important teacher!
Save money on books for your children--get them for free!  Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book a month from the Imagination Library.  This is a free program, available to all Amador County children 0-4 (from birth until their fifth birthday).  
All you have to do is read to your child!
For more information click here.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Dream Big in 2015 with UC Davis Extension


January 6, 2015

Free information sessions
Join us for a free information session to learn about career opportunities and the essentials and requirements for our certificate programs.

We’re also offering a free webinar on Jan. 15 for information on our Executive Leadership Program.

Interested in seeing a course sample from an online course or learning about certificate programs from past grads? Check out ourYouTube Channel for videos on numerous courses and programs.

Want to take advantage of networking opportunities in 2014? Follow us on LinkedIn to meet colleagues in your field—or if you’ve completed a certificate, add it to your LinkedIn Profile!

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Browse all courses and programs open for enrollment, or get on a Notify Me list for upcoming courses and we will send you an email when the course is offered again.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Amador Serves as a Training Site for Future Doctors - by Dr. Robert Hartmann and Caitlin Harris

As many of you know, Ruth Gottstein writes a column for The Upcountry News. Since her fall back in June of 2014, she has had several key people in county write guest columns for her, and the results have been tremendous. She is indebted to publisher Rick Torgerson, for allowing her to do this.
The January 2015 column is courtesy of our former County Health Officer, Bob Hartmann and a recent rural county intern, Caitlin Harris. This column just appeared in the Volume 14, Number 1 issue of the The Upcountry News. Rick has graciously allowed it to be reissued online. Enjoy! - Loraine Davis
Amador Serves as a Training Site for Future Doctors
By Dr. Robert Hartmann and Caitlin Harris
As many local physicians know all too well, California is facing a statewide shortage of doctors--particularly in rural communities. Six years ago, Sutter Amador Hospital (SAH) was approached to become a medical education training site for the UC Davis Rural PRIME program. SAH CEO Anne Platt and Dr. Bob Hartmann embraced the opportunity to train tomorrow’srural physicians. Platt’s enthusiasm made it possible for UC Davis students and more recently, Touro University students, to spend up to eight weeks or more training in Amador County. SAH sponsors the students during their stay in Jackson, and Dr. Hartmann serves as the medical education director. The patients embrace the students, often taking part in the recruitment process by asking “Are you going to take over when doc retires?” or “This one’s really good--can we keep her?”

Students have participated in community projects ranging from promoting immunization awareness to healthy eating campaigns. The students’ eyes light up with inspiration, as each day brings new wisdom by listening to patients and learning from an attending physician. For the core primary care rotation, students receive clinical education training from Dr. Thomas Bowhay, Dr. Richard Buss and Dr. Hartmann. During their time here, many other local physicians have enthusiastically volunteered to teach students. These include Dr. Lucy Miller and Dr. Philip Granchi of Sutter Diagnostic Imaging, Dr. David Stone of Sutter Amador Pediatrics, Dr. Don Van Fossan with Hospice of Amador and Calaveras County, the Sutter Amador Hospital Emergency physicians, Gregory Wright of Amador Physical Therapy and United Health Care. The local doctors really enjoy the students’ excitement and energy. In the students’ eyes, these physicians are truly living the dream. The students experience firsthand some of the unique challenges of rural health care in a variety of settings.
Providing early exposure to remote, less populated settings away from major academic medical centers is a key element to training future leaders in rural health care. With limited access to numerous specialists and the latest technology, the students learn to develop independence in medical decision making. Through firsthand experience, the students learn how to provide good care with limited resources.  Long lasting genuine relationships between patients and physicians are still the standard of care in Amador County. Physicians often oversee the care of four generations in one family.
For the students, the Amador county primary care training is a high-light of their clinical education. Many of these students were raised in rural settings and all of them have decided to dedicate their careers to working in underserved areas. It has been said that medicine is not a career choice--it is a calling. For students who come to train in Amador, that calling has manifested itself as a dream of becoming a country doctor. Since the beauty of small town living has managed to lure generations to the Mother Lode, the local community is hoping to attract some of the students to make Amador their future home.

Dr. Robert Hartmann is the former Amador County Health Officer and currently maintains his general practice in Jackson. Caitlin Harris is a third year medical student from Touro University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, CA.  She just completed a month long primary care rotation in Amador County.