News You Can Use – January 2020

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News You Can Use – January 2020



8 Tips to Help You

Recover from a Cold

Hang out in humidity – There’s no way to kill off the cold virus in your system. But as it wreaks havoc on your body, you can help the collateral damage heal faster. Treat your dry tissues to humidified air.

Take in extra liquids – Drink lots of water, or comforting warm beverages like herbal tea or broth. Fluids will prevent dehydration and make your throat feel better. They’ll also thin mucus and reduce the risk of lung or ear infections. But avoid alcoholic or caffeinated drinks, as they can contribute to dehydration instead of preventing it.

Give your nose some TLC – A saline solution (nasal spray or drops) can ease stuffiness in your nose. It prevents damage to the tissue, and it clears passages and allows the mucus to move along.

Gargle with salt water – Gargling with warm salted water (half a teaspoon of salt per glass) will often make your sore throat feel better, albeit temporarily.

Get extra sleep – A good night’s sleep – or three – will help your body bounce back more quickly.

Feed your cold – Your body also relies on a healthy, well-balanced diet to get well, so make sure you’re having frequent, nourishing meals and snacks. Your appetite may seem poor so try our Chicken Soup recipe that is full of nutrients and easily tolerated.

Cut out cigarettes – If you smoke, stop. If you can’t, then try to cut back on cigarettes while you’re sick. The smoke can irritate the respiratory system, making your cold last longer and raising your risk of other respiratory infections.

Take supplements… but not too seriously – Will zinc, Echinacea, vitamin C or garlic make a difference – besides to your bank account, that is? The evidence for these is mixed. In studies where they do appear to help, it seems important to take the supplements at the very beginning of a cold. But to date, there’s no high-quality research that proves these can shorten a cold.

Healthy Chicken Soup

Healthy Chicken Soup

Immune boosting soup is loaded with fresh organic produce, cooked free-range chicken, and seasoned with garlic, ginger, turmeric, and curry.

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery ribs, sliced
1 3-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into slivers
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-1/2 teaspoon curry
1 teaspoon turmeric
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups of water
1-pound cooked chicken, shredded
1 8 oz. package baby Portabella mushrooms
3 medium leaves kale
8 oz egg noodles
scallions or parsley for garnish

This easy chicken soup recipe comes together in about 30 minutes.
Heat the olive oil in a large pot.
Add the onion, carrots, celery, and ginger. Cook for 6-7 minutes or until the onion is soft and translucent, stirring occasionally.
Toss in the garlic, and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, until the garlic is fragrant, stirring occasionally.
Add the spices, chicken stock, and chicken and stir to combine.
Continue to cook until the soup reaches a simmer.
Then reduce heat to medium-low, add mushrooms, kale, and egg noodles.
Cover with a lid, and let simmer for about 30 minutes.
Garnish with scallions and parsley. 


Starting January 1, 2020, all farms must provide New York State disability benefits to all farm employees and all farm employees must contribute through payroll deduction to paid family leave.

New York State has granted an extension until January 31, 2020 to have a policy in place.
Call the office at 585 589-6236 to start a disability policy.

Just Keep Talking

Referral Program

Chance #1
Tell a friend, a colleague, a relative, an acquaintance…whoever…about us.  When they contact us we’ll send you a $20.00 Gift Card

Chance #2
Every month we’ll randomly draw from the month’s Chance #1 qualifiers. The winner will receive a $50.00 Gift Card

Grand Prize
In December, we’ll conduct a random drawing from all the current year’s entries and the winner will receive a new iPad!

3 Chances, 3 Prizes for YOU to WIN!

The Southcott Agency Inc. “Just Keep Talking!” Program Rules:  Available upon request

Important Crop Insurance Dates

January 15th 2020
Apples, Peaches, Grapes, Cherries 2019 Production  Report & 2020 Acreage Report

February 1st 2020
Onion sales closing date—change or update coverage options, review unit structure, report 2019 Production

March 15th 2020
Spring crops, corn, soybeans, potatoes, cabbage, etc. Sales closing date. Change or update coverage options, review unit structure. Report 2019 production

Need more information?  Contact us anytime at (585) 589-6236.

Hello January

Welcome to 2020!  Here’s to another great year.

Have you ever wondered how long the average American keeps a resolution?

Resolutions typically are made January 1st as it is a time of reflection and new beginnings. We desire to re-prioritize what matters most to us and make choices accordingly.  Vitogene, a DNA analytic company, surveyed Americans in every state in an attempt to determine resolutions by state and the degree by which they are kept.

Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions Nationwide

Exercise to get in shape

Diet to lose weight

Save money

Eat healthier in general







The easiest resolution for Americans to keep is self-improvement with 26.5% sticking to some sort of personal development for the entire year.

Americans seem to have the most difficulty making healthy dietary changes.  The greatest percentage of New Yorkers made this their resolution.

South Dakota is the best at keeping resolutions; 37.5% say they did.  Only 4.5% of New Mexico residents kept their resolution for the year.

How long are resolutions kept?

1 month or less

6 months or less

1 year or less






If you are struggling to keep the commitment you made to yourself, perhaps the American Psychological Association’s advise will help. They offer 5 simple suggestions.

Start small
Change one behavior at a time
Talk about it
Don’t beat yourself up
Ask for support

Carbon Monoxide:

The Invisible Killer

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that often goes undetected, striking victims caught off guard or in their sleep.

This “invisible killer” is produced by burning fuel in cars or trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, portable generators or furnaces. When the gas builds up in enclosed spaces, people or animals who breathe it can be poisoned. Ventilation does not guarantee safety.

How Can I Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

The CDC offers these additional tips:

  • Have your furnace, water heater and any other gas or coal-burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do not use portable flameless chemical heaters indoors.
  • Have your chimney checked and cleaned every year, and make sure your fireplace damper is open before lighting a fire and well after the fire is extinguished.
  • Never use a gas oven for heating your home.
  • Never use a generator inside your home, basement or garage or less than 20 feet from any window, door or vent; fatal levels of carbon monoxide can be produced in just minutes, even if doors and windows are open.
  • Never run a car in a garage that is attached to a house, even with the garage door open; always open the door to a detached garage to let in fresh air when you run a car inside.

Seasonal Depression:

Common but Treatable

If shorter days and shifts in weather zap your energy and make you feel blue, you’ve got classic symptoms of a seasonal mood disorder.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of seasonal depression triggered by the change in seasons that occurs primarily in winter. Why do some people get SAD? Experts aren’t certain, but some think that seasonal changes disrupt the circadian rhythm: the 24-hour clock that regulates how we function during sleeping and waking hours, causing us to feel energized and alert sometimes and drowsy at other times.

Another theory is that the changing seasons disrupt hormones such as serotonin and melatonin, which regulate sleep, mood, and feelings of well-being. About 4 to 6 percent of U.S. residents suffer from SAD, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

It is important to treat SAD, because all forms of depression limit people’s ability to live their lives to the fullest, to enjoy their families, and to function well at work,” says Deborah Pierce, MD, MPH, clinical associate professor of family medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York. Their website offers some specific treatments if you feel you have SAD.

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