Ag Tour

first_imgThe University of Georgia and Georgia Department of Agriculture continue to make Georgia’s No. 1 industry a top priority.UGA President Jere W. Morehead and Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, along with UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Dean and Director Sam Pardue, headed the fourth annual state agriculture tour, this time through middle and south Georgia, on Sept. 7. Accompanied by State Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman John Wilkinson, State House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Chairman Terry England and State House of Representatives Agriculture Chairman Tom McCall, their objective was to learn more about the state’s top industry and see what makes it an international success.“We are excited to continue our spirit of cooperation and education with the university through the coordination of our annual farm tour. President Morehead has been extremely responsive with his deep commitment to the agriculture industry, and these tours have been a great opportunity to open the communication channel between our farming community and those who support it,” Black said.From watching how a peach is picked, packaged and delivered, to learning how federal and state regulators ensure that only the highest quality produce is shipped from Georgia, the day covered a wide range of agricultural topics. “This tour is a great reminder of the strong partnership that exists between the University of Georgia and the agriculture community,” Morehead said. “As a land-grant institution, UGA remains focused on providing research, education, and outreach programs to help the state’s No. 1 industry continue to thrive.”The tour started in Fort Valley with a visit to Lane Southern Orchards, a business that gives visitors a close-up view of a real working farm. Peaches are picked, processed on the packaging line and then delivered to neighborhood grocery stores. Next, the group traveled to Super Sod sod farm, also in Ft. Valley.Tour members also learned about how crops originate. In Plains, they stopped at the Georgia Seed Development Commission facility, where various seed types relating to high-value crops such as peanuts, soybeans, blueberries, muscadine grapes, rye, wheat and forages are reproduced and marketed. Most of the cultivars at the Georgia Seed Development Commission were developed by scientists from UGA’s CAES.The tour concluded with a trip to Albany, where the group visited Plantation Seed Conditioners and the Georgia Federal-State Inspection Service. At this facility, regulators inspect more than 35 different commodities, including peanuts, fruits, vegetables and pecans.“One of the things that has impressed me since coming to Georgia is the deep appreciation people have for art and science of agriculture. To see that appreciation extend to the President’s Office at the University of Georgia is significant,” Pardue said. “It’s good for our college, and Georgia agriculture, that the university’s commitment to the ag industry is strong and still growing under President Morehead’s vision and leadership.” This was Morehead’s fourth tour with Black since Morehead took over as UGA president in 2013. Last year, the group visited the northeast part of the state and learned about food processing and food safety. The year before, the group toured south Georgia and learned about cotton ginning and the day-to-day operations at Brooksco Dairy in Quitman.According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia’s total agricultural production reached $14 billion in 2014, the most recent year for which data are available, up $398 million from 2013. Agriculture contributes more than $74 billion annually to Georgia’s economy. Georgia’s top five commodities remain broilers, beef, cotton, eggs and timber. Georgia also leads the nation in peanut and blueberry production. One in seven Georgia residents works in forestry, agriculture or related fields. In 2012, there were 42,257 farms in Georgia, a total of 9,620,836 acres of land; the average size was 228 acres.last_img read more

CUNA Board election results announced

first_imgCUNA’s Corporate Governance Committee has announced the results of the District 3, Class A special election for the CUNA Board of Directors. Ron Smith, President of Enbright CU in Nashville, Tennessee has been elected to the Board. Smith begins his term immediately and will serve through the adjournment of the 2021 Annual General Meeting.This election yielded a record number of candidates, having received nine nominations from qualified candidates with diverse backgrounds. Over 44% of the eligible credit unions voted in this election, with 59% casting their ballot electronically. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Thailand, Vietnam probe possible human H5N1 cases

first_imgAug 3, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Concern about H5N1 avian influenza intensified in Thailand and Vietnam today as health officials reported more suspected human cases, but Indonesian officials said six people in two suspected case clusters in North Sumatra tested negative.In Thailand, a 9-year-old girl from Lop Buri province died yesterday of suspected avian flu, the Bangkok Post reported. She is from the same province where a suspected case was reported in a 61-year-old woman yesterday.A provincial health official, Pranor Khamthieng, told the Post the girl had initially tested negative for the H5N1 virus, but her symptoms suggested the disease. The Thai News Agency reported that the girl suffered fever, sore throat, and severe cough for 2 days before she was hospitalized with breathing difficulties. Samples were sent to a lab in Bangkok for a more thorough investigation, the Post reported.The Thai News Agency said the girl’s family raises about 20 fighting cocks, but provincial authorities inspected her house and nearby areas and found that none had died suspiciously.Elsewhere in Thailand, the Post reported today that two patients in Chachoengsao province, east of Bangkok, have been isolated at Ban Pho Hospital because of suspected avian flu. Doctors at the hospital told the Post that initial tests indicated the patients had regular influenza and that they were awaiting the results of avian flu tests.One doctor said the patients, a 17-year-old boy and a 42-year-old woman, had touched ducks at a slaughterhouse where they both worked. A local livestock official, however, said no bird flu outbreaks had been reported on chicken farms in the province, according to the Post.As of yesterday, the Thai Health Ministry reported that 164 patients from 21 provinces were under surveillance for possible avian flu.Thailand’s only confirmed avian flu case so far this year was in a 17-year-old boy who died of the disease Jul 24 in Phichit province. The entire country is on bird flu alert after outbreaks surfaced in July in the northern and central provinces, ending a nearly 8-month hiatus.In Vietnam—which hasn’t had a confirmed human H5N1 case since November 2005—Bloomberg News reported today that health authorities are awaiting tests on a man from the southern province of Kien Giang, on the Cambodian border in the Mekong Delta. The report said the man was hospitalized with lung damage and a high fever about a week after eating duck.Cao Bao Van, head of the molecular biology laboratory at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, told Bloomberg that test results may be reported over the weekend.Vietnamese news media have reported that ducks from two households in the southern province of Tay Ninh recently died suspiciously and test results were pending. Tay Ninh is also on the Cambodian border.Meanwhile, in Indonesia, preliminary tests came back negative for H5N1 in six patients from the same district in Sumatra where the world’s first lab-confirmed human-to-human transmission of avian flu occurred in a family cluster, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today.The suspected illnesses in the six patients had raised fears of more human-to-human transmission, because the group appeared to include two family clusters. Of the six patients, three were children: two siblings, aged 10 and 6, and an 18-month-old neighbor.An Associated Press report yesterday had said there were a total of seven patients in the two possible clusters. But AFP reported today that a local hospital official in Kabanjahe village said it appeared that one patient had been counted twice.last_img read more

WHO warns that coronavirus crisis may get ‘worse and worse and worse’

first_imgThe new coronavirus pandemic raging around the globe will worsen if countries fail to adhere to strict healthcare precautions, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday.”Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from the UN agency’s headquarters in Geneva.”If basics are not followed, the only way this pandemic is going to go – it is going to get worse and worse and worse.” Global infections stand at 13 million, according to a Reuters tally, with more than half a million deaths.Tedros, whose leadership has been criticized by US President Donald Trump, said that of 230,000 new cases on Sunday, 80% were from 10 nations, and 50% from just two countries.The United States and Brazil have been worst hit.WHO emergencies head Mike Ryan said some places in the Americas may need “limited or geographically focused lockdowns that suppress transmission in specific areas where transmission is frankly out of control”. Topics :center_img He urged countries not to make schools into a political football, saying schools could safely reopen once the virus had been suppressed.Tedros said the WHO had still not received formal notification of the US pullout announced by Trump. The US president says the WHO pandered to China, where the COVID-19 disease was first detected, at the start of the crisis.Trump, who at the weekend wore a protective face mask in public for the first time, has himself been accused by political opponents of not taking the coronavirus seriously enough, something he denies.A two-member WHO advance team in China to investigate the origins of the coronavirus, first discovered in the city of Wuhan, is in quarantine, as per standard procedure, before beginning work with Chinese scientists, Ryan said.last_img read more

Italy locks down millions as virus deaths jump

first_imgThe unprecedented restrictions, whichaim to limit gatherings and curb movement, will impact some 16 million peopleand stay in force until April 3. They were signed into law overnight by PrimeMinister Giuseppe Conte. People wearing protective masks walk through Florence as Italy battles a coronavirus outbreak, in Florence, Italy, March 7, 2020. People wearing protective masks walk through Florence as Italy battles a coronavirus outbreak, in Florence, Italy, March 7, 2020. REUTERS MILAN – Italy ordered a virtual lockdownacross much of its wealthy north, including the financial capital Milan, in adrastic new attempt to try to contain an outbreak of coronavirus that saw thenumber of deaths leap again sharply on Sunday.center_img The new measures say people should notenter or leave Lombardy, Italy’s richest region, as well as 14 provinces infour other regions, including the cities of Venice, Modena, Parma, Piacenza,Reggio Emilia and Rimini. (Reuters)last_img read more

Boys Tennis Regionals

first_imgBoys Tennis Regionals.At Richmond.Batesville  5     Tri  0Northeastern  5     Franklin County  0At Columbus North.Scottsburg  3     Greensburg  2Columbus North  3     Bloomington South  2last_img

Police: Truck Stolen From Delaware Area, Found Abandoned

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. – Authorities are seeking information after a Ripley County man had his truck stolen Wednesday morning.Dispatchers received a call around 5:55 a.m. in reference to a stolen pickup on C.R. 500 N in Delaware.The abandoned truck was found by police fifteen minutes later on C.R. 350E at the intersection of State Road 350.The truck was reported stolen after the owner’s son passed the pickup on C.R. 500 N at 5:30 a.m.The son saw two headlights coming toward him, one being a bright red car, possibly a Pontiac Grand Am and the second vehicle he saw was believed to be his parents.He proceeded to his parent’s house and asked them if they had loaned the truck to anyone, which they said they had not, and called 911.Deputies are looking for any clues as to who was driving the pickup and the red car. The pickup is described as a gray Chevy 4×4 taken from the Delaware area.If anyone has information contact the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office at (812) 689-5555.last_img read more

Eight dates announced for 2018 Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageYREKA, Calif. – Eight $1,000 to win feature races are on the schedule for the June 22-30 Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout.All features are qualifying events for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot and pay a minimum of $100 to win.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region and IMCA State points will be awarded each night for events in California and Oregon. Tow money is $50.The tour will once again be kicked off at Siskiyou Motor Speedway in Yreka, for the lone Califor­nian date on Friday, June 22.The tour will head north to Southern Oregon Speedway on Saturday, June 23 before a Sunday, June 24 visit to Coos Bay Speedway. Monday and Tuesday, June 25 and 26 will be spent at Cot­tage Grove Speedway before heading to the northernmost location, Sunset Speedway Park in Banks on Wednesday, June 27.Thursday, June 28 is reserved for the only travel date of the tour. Willamette Speedway hosts the closing rounds of the Shootout on Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30.Jesse Williamson enters the 2018 Wild West Modified Shootout with three notable statistics. He leads the all-time feature win list with 10 victories, owns four career Wild West Shootout titles and is the defending champion.More information will be posted on the Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout Facebook page.Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout Schedule
Friday, June 22 – Siskiyou Motor Speedway-Yreka, Calif.; Saturday, June 23 – Southern Ore­gon Speedway, White City; Sunday, June 24 – Coos Bay, Ore., Speedway; Monday, June 25 – Cottage Grove, Ore., Speedway; Tuesday, June 26 – Cottage Grove, Ore., Speedway; Wednes­day, June 27 – Sunset Speedway Park, Banks, Ore.; Friday, June 29 – Willamette Speedway, Lebanon, Ore.; Saturday, June 30 – Willamette Speedway, Lebanon, Ore.last_img read more

One killed in Franklin County crash over the weekend

first_imgFranklin County, In.— A Saturday evening crash in Franklin County claimed the life of a Brookville man.A report from the sheriff’s department says a pickup truck driven by John Graydon Richards II, 52, of Cincinnati, was eastbound on U.S. 52 east of Holland Road around 10:30 p.m. when he drifted into the westbound lanes of travel. Richards struck a car driven by George E Kraus 56. Kraus was pronounced dead at the scene.Witnesses called 911 prior to the to report erratic, left of center driving by Richards.Richards was treated at a local hospital and submitted to toxicology tests. The accident will be reviewed by the Franklin County Prosecutor.last_img

Davis Street to be closed Friday and Saturday

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Centerpoint Energy, formerly Vectren, will have Davis Street closed between South Broadway Street and South Ireland Street from the morning of Friday, March 13 through Saturday, March 14 in the afternoon. Please avoid the area if possible.last_img