Allbee joins Northeast ag commissioners asking USDA to consider reinstating federal price support

first_imgVermont Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee recently joined his counterparts in the Northeast to write USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack encouraging him to consider the benefits of reinstating the federal support price for cheddar block and barrel cheese and non-fat dry milk back to the levels established by USDA last August. The action was coordinated by New York Commissioner of Agriculture Pat Hooker.“We are writing to add our voice to those you have heard in saying that the current pricing system is outdated, broken and needs to be addressed,” said Secretary Allbee. “In fact the current system devalues fresh, locally produced milk, potentially impacting our food safety.”The price for milk and cheese and non-fat dry milk has been extremely volatile over the last several months and recently has fallen dramatically. This situation is impacting the expected recovery in farm milk prices and will have a devastating impact on farm finances as farmers enter the 2010 planting and growing season.“Increasing the support price for cheddar cheese and non-fat dry milk had a profound and positive impact on the market last year with little cost to government. That same positive impact can again assist our struggling dairy farmers. I appreciate Commissioner Hookers leadership on this request and wholly support it,” said Allbee.Secretary Allbee commended USDA Secretary Vilsack on the attention USDA has taken to support the dairy industry and for visiting Vermont last month to hear straight from dairy farmers what they are experiencing.“While it may be difficult to sort through all the options and come to a consensus within the dairy industry, doing nothing is not an option. If this particular dairy crisis does not move the industry to act, the consequences will be disastrous for our dairy farmers, in fact we are already seeing the ramifications,” commented Allbee. “This action would be one option to ensure a fresh local supply for our consumers and a fair price paid to our farmers who produce it.”The economic impact of Vermont’s dairy industry is over $2 billion per year supporting thousands of jobs and rural communities across the state. Vermont is the largest supplier of milk to the Boston area. Currently, the cost of production of milk is far more than the price paid to farmers for their milk and over 50 operations ceased in 2009 drastically changing our communities and threatening our open, working landscape. Source: VT Dept of Ag. 3.15.2010###last_img read more

Donation increases USC’s full-tuition scholarships

first_imgThe university will increase the number of full-tuition scholarships it offers by more than 40 because of a $3.8-million gift from the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, which has established scholarships at leading research institutions across the country.Stamps Scholarships will be awarded to 10 freshmen at the beginning of the fall semester starting in 2012 and continuing through 2016. The Penelope W. and E. Roe Stamps IV Leadership Scholars will be nominated by a panel of USC faculty members for their leadership and innovation, according to Katharine Harrington, vice president of admissions and planning.“It’s 10 new students who would otherwise not be receiving a full-tuition scholarship. That can make the difference to whether a student can come. Certainly what it does is it relieves most of the financial burdens of a world-class education,” Harrington said in a statement.The Stamps Scholars will be awarded the same standing as the Trustee, Presidential and Mork Scholars and will receive a discretionary fund of $5,000 for study abroad, unpaid internship and summer research.President C. L. Max Nikias said the Stamps Scholarships reflects the university’s diversity and strength of the student body.“This is a tremendous vote of confidence in USC and its talented students, and the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation’s exceptional support will go a long way in helping the university bring the brightest and most deserving students to our campuses,” Nikias said in a statement.The Stamps Charitable Foundation has established scholarships at 24 universities across the country.“We are excited to work with the University of Southern California, given its preeminence in a wide variety of academic fields, proven ability to develop leaders, international reputation and influence.”According to USC’s new strategic plan, released on Monday, the university is striving to increase the number of full-tuition scholarships it awards to students.last_img read more

Shoaib Akhtar reveals rampant match fixing in Pakistan cricket in open interview

first_imgAdvertisement f5roNBA Finals | Brooklyn VspznWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4lg6Would you ever consider trying this?😱be8oCan your students do this? 🌚st89Roller skating! Powered by Firework Shahid Afridi , the Rawalpindi Express has seldom sparked controversy in his country of Pakistan. In a talk show appearance , the former world’s fastest bowler spoke candidly about the match-fixing fiasco that had plagued Pakistan team in the previous decade.Advertisement “I was playing against 21 people — 11 theirs and 10 ours,” said former speedster Shoaib Akhtar, once again fuelling match-fixing allegations against his former Pakistan teammates.Advertisement “I was always of the belief that I can never cheat Pakistan, no match-fixing but I was surrounded by match-fixers. I was playing against 21 people (sic) — 11 theirs and 10 ours. Who knows who was the match-fixer,” Akhtar said during a talk show ‘Rewind With Samina Peerzada’.“There was so much match-fixing. Asif told me which all matches they had fixed and how they did it.”Advertisement Akhtar went on to say that Asif indulging in corruption in a test series against England had enraged him.“I tried to make Amir and Asif understand. What a waste of talent. When I heard about this, I was so upset that I punched the wall,” said the 44-year-old retired pacer. “Pakistan’s two top bowlers, smart, intelligent and the two perfect fast bowlers were wasted. They sold themselves for a little money.”Md Amir did not have an absolutely sad ending like the rest however. With a successful international comeback , Asif also went to be Pakistan’s most instrumental player in winning the 2017 Champions Trophy. Advertisementlast_img read more

Ryan Tubridy reveals why he just loves all about Donegal

first_imgHe gets to Donegal as often as he can and it’s obvious he loves us up here!Here RTE presenter and Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy reveals why he loves Donegal and his many favourite places.“The rough diamond of Ireland’s northwest, Donegal is a place so unspoilt and untamed that it quite literally puts the ‘wild’ in Wild Atlantic Way.  “It is a destination that I’ve visited many a time with the Ryan Tubridy Show but never grow tired of. The jagged coastline, the remote mountain passes and the shimmering beaches entice me back time and again, as does the warm hospitality of the locals. “Earlier this summer, I stopped off in Donegal during my annual Wild Atlantic Way road-trip and was once again bowled over by the natural beauty of this place. If you’re looking for an unforgettable short break away this autumn, look no further. Here are my top tips when visiting Donegal…Sliabh Liag. Pic: SuppliedLiving on the edge Not to be missed on a trip to Donegal, Sliabh Liag (Slieve League), is perhaps one of the most spectacular sights to behold in all of Ireland. Among the highest and finest marine cliffs in Europe, they tower some 2000ft above the swirling ocean. That’s nearly three times the height of the Cliffs of Moher! To get the full experience of the area, it’s best to leave the car in the car park and walk the last few kilometers. If you’re looking for a little extra motivation to make the trek, there’s a little ice-cream van at the starting point, complete with a chalkboard menu of delights.As you climb, you’ll be rewarded with uninterrupted views of the vast Atlantic Ocean, Donegal Bay and the Sligo Mountains. The panorama is mesmerising at any time but the autumn colours make it a sight to behold this time of year.Another way to experience Sliabh Liag is from the bottom up, by taking a boat trip. Dolphins, whales, seals and a wide range of bird life can be spotted as you make your way around the jagged coastline. Sliabh Liag Boat Trips operate from April to October with several sailings times per day.Hitting up the ice-cream van ahead of the walk to spectacular Sliabh Liag. Pic: SuppliedDonegal dished-upWhether you walk or sail to see Sliabh Liag, you’re likely to work up a hunger. The Rusty Mackrel in Teelin is the place to go for a scrumptious meal and well-earned pint. Fish caught at night by local fishermen are delivered fresh to the restaurant every morning for the day’s diners. You can’t beat that! Another local treasure when it comes to fresh caught fare is the Seafood Shack in Killybegs located by the harbour on Shore Road. This roadside stand fries up the day’s catch right opposite the fishing boats that caught the haddock, cod and scampi. Their seafood chowder is award-winning and will warm you from within.Killybegs Harbour. Pic: SuppliedCrowning jewel Donegal town has many attractions but the most famed of them all is Donegal Castle, also known as O’Donnell’s Castle. This place has a fascinating history, which you can learn more about during a guided tour.The O’Donnells, one of the last old gaelic cheiftians to rebel against British rule in Ireland, built the castle in 1474.Inside the castle walls you’ll find many of the original features have been carefully restored and traditional furnishings like Persian rugs and French tapestries still intact. Tours of the castle run daily and take about 30 minutes.Donegal Castle. Pic: FacebookStep back in timeFor a hands-on cultural experience, Glencolmcille Folk Village offers visitors a glimpse of bygone lifestyle. This living museum consists of a group of small cottages that have been reconstructed as replicas of the historic homes in the area during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.It’s an idyllic little place that will have you longing for a far simpler time. Wander through the traditional thatched grocer-pub, explore the shoemakers shop and peek inside the fisherman’s cottage.While in Glencolmcille, take the opportunity to enjoy the nearby surrounds. Enjoy a sunset stroll on Dooey Beach or Silver Strand or if you’re feeling particularly active, walk Glencolmcille Towner Loop and soak in the rustic rural scenery.Glencolmcille Folk Village. Pic: SuppliedWay up northWhile my adventures in Donegal this summer were about exploring the south of the county, I have some favourite spots up north that are also among my must-visits.Inishowen Peninsula, the largest peninsula in the country, is a wild and windswept place of beauty. At the tip is Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point and the start of the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route. There’s something rather ‘otherworldly’ about this place with its dramatic landscapes and jaw-dropping views. It is no wonder the crew from Star Wars scouted it as one of their locations for Episode VIII.Across the crashing North Atlantic waves from Malin Head is Fanad Head Lighthouse, regarded as one of the most beautiful lighthouses of the world.Fanad Head Lighthouse. Pic: SuppliedBlessed with both natural beauty and cultural heritage, Donegal is the perfect destination for an autumn adventure. So don’t wait! Pack up the family and jump in the car — Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way await.For more inspiration to plan your next trip to the Wild Atlantic Way visit: www.wildatlanticway.com.Ryan Tubridy reveals why he just loves all about Donegal was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalRyan Tubridylast_img read more

Elegant Coiled Net & Feather Fascinator On Narrow Alice Head Band Royal Ref: 4000 – Excellent quality, colour as shown

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Wet spring giving weeds a head start

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The cold, wet start to spring is keeping farmers from getting a jump start on the 2018 planting season. The inability to get into the field is also giving weeds an opportunity to make some unwanted progress. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Matt Hutcheson from Seed Consultants about the game plan a farmers should have in place when field conditions improve. Click here for more Fennig Tips of the Weeklast_img

10 months ago​Tottenham boss Pochettino: Everyone wants to beat us

first_img​Tottenham boss Pochettino: Everyone wants to beat usby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes his team is the one everyone wants to beat!Spurs are the outside bet for the title, sitting six points behind leaders Liverpool in third place.But Pochettino is proud of his team’s showing this season and insists they are often seen as the biggest scalp in the league.”We’re the team to beat,” Pochettino told Standard Sport ahead of tonight’s FA Cup third-round tie at Tranmere. “It’s not arrogant, it’s realistic. “[People say], ‘How are Tottenham there?’ — a club like Chelsea can spend big money on a transfer [Christian Pulisic] and then send him on loan. “Do you think Tottenham can do this? No. But in the last few years, Tottenham are fighting with this type of club. “That’s why no-one likes Tottenham much, that’s why everyone wants to challenge us. “It’s a massive game for us every time. Wolves beat us and they behaved like they won the Premier League. Then on Wednesday they lost to Crystal Palace. It’s because Tottenham have created something special — and now we are a target. “When we fought with Leicester, everyone wanted to kill us! For many people we’re not very successful because we haven’t won a trophy [but] people respect the way we’re doing it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a day agoArsenal manager Emery on Pepe: We need patience

first_imgArsenal manager Emery on Pepe: We need patienceby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery insists patience is needed with record-signing Nicolas Pepe.The Ivorian continued his underwhelming start to life in North London by missing a sitter in the 1-0 loss to Sheffield United on Monday.But Emery says Pepe needs time to adapt to Premier League football.”We need patience,” he said. “Pepe is improving. On Monday, the key to win was with him. If he scores the first goal, it’s different.”But it’s one process and I believe in him and I know he needs time and patience.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Gov’t Focused on Building Resilience of Agriculture Sector

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is focused on protecting the agriculture sector against the devastating effects of natural disasters. “Agriculture is so important to our national economic strategy. The fastest way to grow our economy is to grow the agriculture sector,” the Prime Minister noted. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is focused on protecting the agriculture sector against the devastating effects of natural disasters.He noted that agriculture is a key growth industry, and damage to the sector due to heavy rains and flooding resulted in slow gross domestic product (GDP) growth for 2017/2018.“Agriculture is so important to our national economic strategy. The fastest way to grow our economy is to grow the agriculture sector,” the Prime Minister noted.He informed that he has instructed the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda “to do the necessary work and develop the necessary policies around (building the resilience)” of the sector.The Prime Minister was responding to a question raised on the development of agriculture during a social media town hall meeting held at Jamaica House on March 21.Meanwhile, Vice Chairman of the Economic Growth Council (EGC), Dr. Nigel Clarke, underscored the importance of agriculture to the economic growth of the country.He explained that out of a suggestion that came from the EGC, the Government is looking to “incentivise or to actually undertake the installation or production of storage facilities that can be used cooperatively by farmers to store excess produce”.Some products, he pointed out, because of their nature, will need to be placed in cold storage.He added that such provision would “even out the fluctuations in supply allowing for more stable (market) prices and reducing the risk premiums, which will make it more attractive to farmers”.Dr. Clarke noted that there is also significant scope to increase the pre-clearance facility space for produce destined for the United States.“That pre-clearance facility is not used very much, and one of the reasons for that is that the way in which production is organised in silos, coordination doesn’t exist. From an EGC perspective, we’ll be recommending to the Government to ensure that there is greater coordination and make use of the infrastructure that we have here,” he said. Story Highlights He informed that he has instructed the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda “to do the necessary work and develop the necessary policies around (building the resilience)” of the sector. last_img read more