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

‘I could’ve been like Messi, Ronaldo but didn’t feel like it’

first_img Read Also: Messi, Suarez hand Barcelona fitness boost “Leo and Cristiano are different. They’ve made lots of sacrifices. “That’s fine by me – my career, despite this, was incredible.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “I might’ve had a drink with my dinner and those details were the difference. Wesley Sneijder has claimed that he could’ve been as good as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo if he’d taken himself more seriously while playing. Loading… The Dutchman, now retired, was once at Real Madrid but enjoyed the most successful years of his career at Inter. “I could’ve been like Messi or Ronaldo,” Sneijder told “I simply didn’t feel like it. I enjoyed life.Advertisementlast_img

Barracuda bites: Dylan Gambrell won’t be long for AHL

first_imgDylan Gambrell will get his turn. Stay patient.As the Sharks await Joe Thornton’s return from injured reserve, they recalled Gambrell from the Barracuda Monday to serve as an emergency forward on team’s three-game road trip to Nashville, Carolina and Anaheim.With three goals and five points in three games, Gambrell’s AHL performance is sparking calls for his immediate insertion into the Sharks lineup. Barring injury, though, he isn’t likely to see game action on this trip.The reasons are …last_img

Grains higher Livestock lower

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Dec. delivery was gained 13.40 cents at $5.1640 a bushel; Dec. corn was rose 2.60 cents at $3.74 a bushel; Dec. oats rose 9 cent at $2.92 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans advanced 13.60 cents at 9.1660 a bushel.Beef and pork were lower on the Chicago Mercantile cattle fell .62 cent at $1.1740 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was off 1 cent at $1.4345 a pound; Dec. lean hogs lost .38 cent at .5452 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img

Delhi govt ignoring violation of rules set down by fire dept Gupta

first_imgNew Delhi: The Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta on Wednesday said that the Delhi government is ignoring violation of rules set down by the Fire Department, by turning a blind eye to instances where the rules are being flouted. “These instructions have become only a heap of papers. If the Delhi administration does not wake up from the incident of fire in Tents at Netaji Subhash Place on Monday night, it would be very painful,” he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderGupta has demanded that the administration take this matter seriously and set about taking strict steps to save people from fire accidents. He said that if there are flaws in the existing rules, these should be plugged and their strict adherence should be ensured. Moreover, he urged the administration to take strict measures against officials who fail to implement these rules. Expressing his anger over the serious incident of fire at two pandals in Netaji Subhash Place late on Monday night, Gupta said that this incident could have turned fatal. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe MLA from Rohini added that a similar accident had taken place in Ashok Vihar in 1983, in which entire families were killed. He said that thousands of temporary structures are erected in various parts of the capital for weddings and social functions but no fire safety arrangements are made at these sites. “Either the rules and guidelines made by the Delhi Administration for fire safety at such Pandals are insufficient or these rules are not followed by the Tent Mafia in connivance with the officials,” he said. Referencing the recent fire at a restaurant in Karol Bagh where 17 people lost their lives, Gupta claimed that after the incident many hotels in the area were found to be flouting fire safety rules. “The administration in Delhi has neither learned a lesson and nor is it getting serious about them,” he said.last_img read more

Football JT Barrett named Big Ten Quarterback of the Year

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) looks to throw a pass in the first quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn J.T. Barrett’s final season at Ohio State, the redshirt senior added yet another title to his cluttered resume Thursday when the Big Ten announced he had been named the Big Ten Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year.It is the third time in Barrett’s four-year career that he was honored with the recognition. He won the award last season and in his redshirt freshman season at quarterback during the 2014 campaign. Barrett is the first three-time captain in program history, and is the holder of 24 Ohio State and Big Ten records.This season, Barrett has enjoyed another strong campaign, completing 217-of-328 passes (66.2 percent) for 2,728 yards. He also has 33 touchdown passes and only seven interceptions. The dual-threat quarterback has also continued to show his mobility this season, rushing 130 times for 672 yards and scoring nine times. read more

Denis Suarez Im not happy at Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona midfielder Denis Suarez admits his lack minutes this season has left him unhappyThe 24-year-old marked his second start of the campaign by bagging a brace as Barcelona booked their spot in the next round of the Copa del Rey by beating Cultural Leonesa 4-1.However, amid reported interest from Chelsea and Napoli for a January move, Suarez announced that his circumstances will have to change at Barcelona soon after making just his third appearances this term.“The coach said that the Lenoesa game was a test for those who do not play regularly, so we will see on Saturday if I have passed,” said Suarez, according to Goal.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“I work to play, if I do not play we’ll see. I’m not happy, because I’m not playing and it’s what I want, to play.”Suarez has managed eight goals and 10 assists in 66 appearances for Barcelona across all competitions.The Spaniard has previously played for Manchester City, Sevilla and Villarreal.last_img read more

Steps taken to bolster security ahead of Maheshtala bypoll

first_imgKolkata: All steps have been taken to ensure that the by-election in Maheshtala Assembly constituency in South 24-Parganas passes peacefully, without any untoward incident.The by-election is going to be held at 283 booths spread across the 44 sq km area of the Assembly constituency, where the poll is going to start from 7 am on Monday morning and continue till 5 pm.In a bid to ensure that the election passes peacefully, a total of nine companies of Central forces have been deployed at the Assembly constituency, which became vacant with the death of two-time MLA Kasturi Das in February. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsTrinamool Congress has fielded the sitting Chairman of Maheshtala Municipality Dulal Das, whereas CPI(M) has fielded Pravash Chodhury. Congress has not fielded its candidate due to its alliance with CPI(M). Meanwhile, BJP’s candidate for the by-election is Sujit Ghosh.There will be paramilitary forces in each of the polling premises, along with a policeman. Besides ensuring security in the polling stations, steps have also been taken to ensure that no untoward incident takes place in any part of the Assembly constituency area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThere will be mobile patrolling vans that will keep moving around the area to ensure proper vigilance when the election will go on. At the same time, there will also be quick response teams (QRT) that will remained stationed at strategic locations and they will be directed to move immediately to tackle a situation if deterioration of the law and order situation comes to notice at any place. There was patrolling at different parts in the area since morning and polling personnel were also found busy making all necessary arrangements to start the election on time in all the booths. There will also be VVPAT machines.There is a total of 2,48,754 voters, including 1,27,178 male and 1,21,576 female citizen, who will be exercising their power on Monday, while the counting is scheduled to be held on May 31. There will also be necessary security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident on the day of counting as well.last_img read more

Bengalimedium students given raw deal says Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her immense dissatisfaction over the way Bengali-medium students have been deprived of in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).Chairing a meeting at Nabanna on Tuesday, she said: “I am offended as our students have not got a better opportunity. I heard there were issues with the question paper. The English and Bengali question papers were different.”Criticising the Centre for the same, the Chief Minister also added: “They are not giving priority to the regions. Students from the states are getting deprived. The matter has to be taken up with the MCI and we plan to take it up with the Centre as well.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned here that the Chief Minister had written to Union Human Resource Development minister Prakash Javadekar drawing his attention to the question paper debacle that occurred mainly in the Bengali translation. Despite her intimation, no steps have been taken in this regard so far.As a result of the incident, students from the state who had opted for Bengali as the medium of language performed miserably in the NEET the result of which was published on Monday. A student has already moved Calcutta High Court seeking its intervention regarding the question paper. The Calcutta High Court sought clarification from the Centre and also the CBSE on how the Bengali translation of the question paper was full of so many errors and also asked the Centre to reserve a seat for the petitioner who filed a writ petition with the court. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe Chief Minister asked senior health officials to take up the NEET issue with the Centre so that the Bengali-medium students would not be deprived to study MBBS. While giving a detailed account of what the state government has done in the health sector, Banerjee said seats have been increased from 1,300 to 2,900 after the present government came to power. Mother and child hubs have also been set up. There is, however, an urgent need to increase the number of doctors. “There is a requirement of more doctors and sisters in the hospitals and we want that the number of doctors to increase. Many of the doctors go out creating a dearth in the state. There is a need of neuro-surgeons as well,” the Chief Minister maintained.”The dearth can only be addressed if the number of doctors is produced in the state. The issue was never looked into before. We have overcome the issue to a great extent and it will take some time to address the deficit. Doctors are the assets and they have to cater to huge number of patients in hospitals like SSKM Hospital, Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, NRS Medical College and Hospital, RG Kar Medical College and Hospital where more than 2 lakh patients turn up in Out Patient Department (OPD) each in a month, she said.last_img read more