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∑ Pork producers need 'Some Good News'
∑ Quarantine Lessons You Can Only Learn in the Barn
Pork producers need 'Some Good News'
Pork producers truly care for their communities and there are numerous examples each day of producers giving back in a variety of ways.
Ann Hess, National Hog Farmer
May 19, 2020
I'm a huge fan of "The Office" and John Krasinski, aka Jim, so when the actor decided to start a YouTube series called "Some Good News" during the COVID-19 pandemic to cheer up the world, I thought how smart. I didn't sit and watch all the episodes but caught snippets here and there. My favorite was when Krasinski reunited "The Office" cast over Zoom to recreate the show's wedding dance for a couple's virtual wedding. The actor and director announced last week over Twitter that his popular series was going on break, but to remember "There IS and ALWAYS WILL BE ... good in the world!"
As a person in my chosen profession, I am often the bearer of bad news and during this COVID-19 crisis, there have been days when I felt that is all we reported on at National Hog Farmer. I am so grateful to post a story about a pork or personal protective equipment donation our producers have made. I appreciate the social media posts of pork production systems recognizing their hard-working employees and frontline essential workers in their communities.
Pork producers truly care for their communities and there are numerous examples each day of producers giving back in a variety of ways. These stories provide a surprising and welcome break from the bleak news of the day. Here I would like to share some of my favorites over the past few weeks.
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Quarantine Lessons You Can Only Learn in the Barn
Jennifer Shike, FarmJournal's Pork
May 19, 2020
When I was a kid, my dad would say: When you raise livestock, you are never without something to do. That still rings true today.
Iíve thought about this reality a lot the past 60+ days of shelter in place here in Illinois. Do our kids miss their friends? Yes, very much. Do our kids miss sports and activities? Most definitely. But are they bored? Not even close.
With shortened school hours during the day and no practices after school or in the evenings, our kids have put more hours than ever before into their livestock projects. Even though life as weíve known it has shut down, not much has changed in our barn. If anything, the learning opportunities have exploded.
Here are just a few lessons the quarantine has taught us:
1.††† When you face a roadblock, figure out a different way around it ...
2.††† If you want to improve, you must identify where you fall short ...
3.††† Success means more when you achieve it together ...
4.††† Itís not about you all the time ...