Farmer Registrations for 2019 Commodity Classic Outpacing Past Two Years

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Farmer Registrations for 2019 Commodity Classic Outpacing Past Two Years Farmer Registrations for 2019 Commodity Classic Outpacing Past Two Years SHARE By NAFB News Service – Jan 24, 2019 Previous articleE3 Soybeans Ready for 2020 Season on the HAT Thursday Morning EditionNext articleFarm Futures Survey Shows Planting Intentions NAFB News Service SHARE Farmer registrations for the 2019 Commodity Classic in Orlando, Florida, are trending well ahead of the past two years. As of January 23rd, farmer registrations were 17 percent ahead of the same period in 2018-and 23 percent ahead of 2017.  Commodity Classic will be held February 28 through March 2 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Wesley Spurlock, a Texas corn farmer and co-chair of the 2019 Commodity Classic, says “We’re extremely pleased with the response and excitement being generated for the 2019 Commodity Classic.”Those interested in attending Commodity Classic can avoid late registration fees by registering online by Thursday, January 28, 2019. To register, visit A complete schedule of events is also available on the website. Established in 1996, the event features a robust schedule of educational sessions, a large trade show, unique tours and the opportunity to network with thousands of farmers from across the nation.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Life on the breadline

first_imgNewsCommunityLife on the breadlineBy Alan Jacques – January 30, 2014 744 Facebook TAGSAlan JacquesDepartment of Social Protectionfeaturedfood povertyMandateMusic LimerickSociety of St Vincent de PaulUnite A recent report on food poverty indicates that one in ten people in Limerick do not have enough to eat. Limerick Post’s Alan Jacques takes a look at life on the breadline.IT was Franz Kafka who once said “so long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A recent survey then, estimating one in ten Irish people to suffer from food poverty, leaves nothing but big bold question marks.Trade unions Mandate and Unite last month issued, ‘Hungry for Action’, a startling report indicating that 450,000 Irish people do not have enough to eat. The figure for Limerick revealed that 18,500 in the city and county suffer from food poverty – that’s 9.6 per cent of the local population.Based on 2010 data from the Department of Social Protection, these estimates, if anything, are likely to be conservative — especially considering general deprivation rose by eight per cent in 2011.The report defines food poverty as “someone that missed a meal in the last fortnight because of a lack of money” or it may mean, “they cannot afford a meal with meat or the vegetarian equivalent every second day or afford a roast or vegetarian equivalent once a week”.By estimating county levels based on average incomes and comparing them to national averages in the same year, the trade unions’ research suggests food poverty is less of an issue in urban centres such as Limerick, Galway, Cork and Dublin than it is in places like Offaly, Donegal and Monaghan.Still, the figures for people living in food poverty in Limerick City and County is nothing to be celebrated.Mandate general secretary John Douglas commented, “Those suffering food poverty may be lone parent families; they may be the newly unemployed; they may be pensioners – and they may be people in work, struggling to survive on low wages.”Findings in the ‘Hungry for Action’ survey also reference “in-work poverty” as a significant component of overall poverty. Nearly one-in-five people at work were officially categorised as “deprived”.Regional secretary of Unite, Jimmy Kelly, likened food poverty in Ireland to a “man-made disaster” brought on by austerity and the collapse in incomes in its wake. Mr Kelly’s union is now calling for an increase in the minimum wage from €8.65 to €9.20 per week.“The cause of food poverty will only be addressed by starting to increase the incomes of the most deprived in our society,” Mr Kelly believes.Unite and Mandate unions are also calling for an ’emergency relief budget’ to start reversing cuts to low-income groups which have seen food poverty increase dramatically since the start of the economic crisis.They propose measures which, they claim, would have an immediate impact on poverty alleviation including a €6 per week increase in social protection rates and the reversal of some of the most egregious cuts such as rent supplement to those most at risk of food poverty.In recent times, increasing levels of food poverty have been reflected in the growing demands on charities providing food relief.The Society of St Vincent de Paul, alone, is spending half a million euro on food in Limerick city each year. Calls for assistance to the charity has more than doubled since 2009 and continues to increase year on year.The Society’s regional President Michael Murphy said the bulk of this assistance goes to helping families with food, heating and education costs. Last Christmas, St Vincent de Paul distributed 2,000 food hampers to struggling families in the city.“The families we visit are not just those on social welfare, they include people in low-paid employment and those with debts that they cannot handle,” said Mr Murphy.“I started working with the Samaritans in Limerick back in the hungry 1980s and things are definitely much worse now that they ever were back then.“In the eighties, nobody had anything anyway. There’s a greater desperation now and people are living on a knife-edge. They have gotten themselves into so much debt that they see no way out and don’t have the option of immigrating like they had 30 years ago,” he said.Limerick-born and raised, I was completely unaware that St Vincent de Paul has a drop-in centre off Hartstonge Street in the city. I was even more surprised to find out its been open for ten years, providing soup, sandwiches and teas and coffees to those most in need.“Those who most need this service know its here. It’s not something we’ve really needed to advertise as the word has gotten out through the grapevine. The drop-in centre is open six days a week from Monday to Saturday and the numbers availing of it have doubled since the recession hit. When we opened first we would see around 40 people coming in each day. Now that’s doubled to around 80 or 90,” the SVP’s regional president told me.When I visited the city drop-in centre one wet January afternoon it was bustling with life.In one corner, a mother and father sat helping their two young children with homework, a pair of old fellas were engrossed in chat over a cup of tea in another, and down the back a hungry young couple tucked eagerly into their toasted sandwiches. The centre was bright, welcoming and clean. I half expected it to stink of urine and to find myself tripping over street drinkers, but instead it was filled with a sense of camaraderie among ordinary people struggling through life’s daily toils.The atmosphere reminded me of wartime movies with blitz-battered Londoners rallying together and just getting on with it despite the hardships life had thrust upon them. I was only sorry I hadn’t been aware of the centre myself during times when I was out of work and money was tight.If the old saying that ‘we are what we eat’ is true, then one in ten Irish people are barely even existing, don’t mind living.There’s no doubt people are hurting out there right now so new figures indicating that 18,500 people in Limerick City and County suffer from food poverty should come as no real surprise to any of us.But, that almost 10 per cent of our local population should go without even a single meal just to make ends meet is indicative of all that is wrong with this country of ours in January 2014. There’s nothing that makes me more angry.Holocaust victim Anne Frank once described hunger not as a problem, but as an “obscenity”. And the fact that Limerick people are struggling to stay afloat to such a degree that they are deprived of the very basics for living is simply that — OBSCENE.We are not talking about people faced with war, famine or some catastrophic act of God, but people living in Ireland’s National City of Culture and all across the land who cannot afford to eat properly.Fair enough, we don’t have it half bad compared to peoples’ suffering in some far-flung corners of the globe.But still, it’s all relative, and on our own doorsteps, in our own backyard, in the year 2014, people are silently going to bed at night hungry. And our own Government’s indifference, fruitless promises and constant bombardments with crippling cutbacks do not and will not fill empty bellies.Food poverty is one of the harshest realities of the times we live in.I was out of work for three years and at times, experienced food poverty firsthand. In this situation, where money is tight and bills have to be paid, food becomes not the first issue to be addressed, but the last.You can just about feed yourself on social welfare payments or low-income wages and scrimp by, but all it takes is one unforeseen expenditure; an unexpected utility bill, medical emergency or car breakdown and meals will be lost. There is no room for manoeuvre and no scope for error. Survival is the name of the game and families are out there living on breakfast cereal so they can keep their children in school and a roof over their heads.Michael Murphy of St Vincent de Paul told me that families are struggling to such an extent that parents will go without food just so their children might eat.I remember from my own darkest days in unemployment, going through bad weeks where frozen pizzas at €2 a pop became a staple part of my diet. Not the healthiest, unless you are a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle!But there’s nothing funny about not having enough money to be able to put food on the table for you and your family.Last year around 4,000 meals were distributed to the needy in Limerick city through Novas Initiatives’ soup run.Seven days a week, 365 days a year, volunteers from the homeless charity dish out food on O’Connell Street; generously provided by the Greenhills Hotel and Foodcourt Catering. The street outreach service supports people who are homeless and also provides sustenance for those living in their own homes, struggling to get by.Novas development officer Una Burns told the Limerick Post, that for some on the breadline, this vital service stops them from having to make the unthinkable choice between eating or keeping a roof over their heads.“Not all those in receipt of food are homeless. For some, this hot meal makes the difference between being able to continue to pay rent and being on the streets,” she revealed.In stark contrast, the Environment Department of Limerick City and County Council this month launched a Stop Food Waste Resolution to help reduce the estimated €700 worth of food that is thrown away by Irish families each year.And without going all Bob Geldof preachy, the words of St Augustine do seem quite apt here: “Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” Twitter Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Printcenter_img Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Previous articleConor brings Limerick science to LANext articleThose who see – Michael Warren at City Gallery Alan Jacques No vaccines in Limerick yet WhatsApp First Irish death from Coronavirus Email Advertisementlast_img read more

Lattice and Future Electronics Collaborate on Virtual Technology Sessions for Machine Learning/AI, Embedded Vision,…

first_img Previous articleSabres beat slumping Devils 4-1 as Ullmark makes 41 savesNext articleOriginal 9, Hewitt in Tennis Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 Digital AIM Web Support HILLSBORO, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 24, 2021– Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC), the low power programmable leader, and Future Electronics announced a collaboration to deliver a series of virtual technology sessions led by Future Intelligent Solutions. Each session will feature one or more of Lattice’s award winning low-power FPGAs and comprehensive solutions stacks for the growing communications, computing, industrial, automotive, and consumer markets. “Future’s industrial automation, smart city, and automotive customers are very interested in technologies such as embedded vision, object detection, and facial recognition in their products. They want to better understand how to implement them quickly, easily, and within their power budget,” said Richard Interrante, Director of Future Intelligent Solutions, Future Electronics. “Our virtual technology sessions are providing them with practical application examples highlighting how Lattice’s low-power FPGAs and comprehensive solution stacks enable today’s trending technologies and deliver best-in-class performance and power consumption.” “Developing low-power solutions for applications like AI, smart vision, and system security requires a mix of experience and knowledge, including familiarity with machine learning algorithms and firmware security protocols, low power optimization techniques, and hardware/software co-design,” said Erhaan Shaikh, Vice President of Sales, Worldwide Channel at Lattice. “We’re excited to work with Future Electronics to help educate more designers about the fast time-to-market and low power performance capabilities our solution stacks and FPGAs deliver.” Lattice solution stacks featured in the sessions will include the Lattice sensAI™ stack for a wide range of AI applications, the Lattice mVision™ stack for smart vision, and the Lattice Sentry™ solution stack for secure system control. Featured Lattice FPGAs will include those based on the revolutionary Lattice Nexus™ platform: Lattice CrossLink™-NX FPGAs for vision processing, Lattice Certus™-NX general-purpose FPGAs, and Lattice Mach™-NX FPGAs for secure system control. The sessions will be led by Future Intelligent Solutions: a team of highly-skilled regional field engineering specialists that provide localized customer support and expertise on the latest application trends and the electronic components and software that enable them. For more information or to sign up for the Future Electronics virtual technology sessions, please visit and select the sessions entitled “AI and Machine Learning at the Edge” and “Lattice mVision – FPGA Solutions for Low Power Embedded Vision.” For More Information To learn more about the Lattice technologies mentioned above, please About Lattice Semiconductor Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ: LSCC) is the low power programmable leader. We solve customer problems across the network, from the Edge to the Cloud, in the growing communications, computing, industrial, automotive, and consumer markets. Our technology, long-standing relationships, and commitment to world-class support lets our customers quickly and easily unleash their innovation to create a smart, secure and connected world. For more information about Lattice, please visit You can also follow us via LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, WeChat, Weibo or Youku. About Future Electronics Future Electronics is a global leader in electronics distribution, recognized for providing customers with global supply chain solutions, custom-tailored engineering services and a very extensive variety of electronic components. Founded by Robert G. Miller in 1968, Future Electronics believes its 5000 employees are its greatest asset, with 170 offices in 44 countries. Future Electronics is globally integrated, with a unified IT infrastructure that delivers real-time inventory availability and access to customers. With the highest level of service, the most advanced engineering capabilities, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world, Future’s mission is always to Delight the Customer®. For more information, visit Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, Lattice Semiconductor (& design) and specific product designations are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. The use of the word “partner” does not imply a legal partnership between Lattice and any other entity. GENERAL NOTICE: Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective holders. View source version on CONTACT: MEDIA CONTACTS: Bob Nelson Lattice Semiconductor 408-826-6339 [email protected] Claudio Caporicci Future Electronics 514-694-7710 [email protected] CONTACT: Rick Muscha Lattice Semiconductor 408-826-6000 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA OREGON INDUSTRY KEYWORD: MOBILE/WIRELESS NETWORKS INTERNET HARDWARE ELECTRONIC DESIGN AUTOMATION CONSUMER ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY SEMICONDUCTOR SECURITY NANOTECHNOLOGY AUDIO/VIDEO OTHER TECHNOLOGY SOURCE: Lattice Semiconductor Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/24/2021 04:00 PM/DISC: 02/24/2021 04:01 PM TAGS  WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Facebook Twittercenter_img Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – April 6, 2021 WhatsApp Lattice and Future Electronics Collaborate on Virtual Technology Sessions for Machine Learning/AI, Embedded Vision, and Secure System Control Pinterest Local NewsBusinesslast_img read more

Dutch scheme for butchers taking DNB to court

first_imgThe Dutch industry-wide pension fund for butchers is fighting an admonition by the De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) regarding its arrangement for early retirement (VPL).DNB, the pension sector’s regulator, has refused to withdraw the admonition despite clarifications offered by the pension scheme, leaving it no other option than to take the regulator to court, according to John Klijn, employee representative and trustee board chairman.The €2bn butchers scheme reported on its conflict with DNB in its annual report. The decision to bring the case before a judge was made in May. The case will go to court on October 13 in Rotterdam.Klijn told IPE’s sister publication, Pensioen Pro: “In essence, DNB is of the opinion that we are using pension funding to fund VPL-related liabilities, whereas we, on the other hand, firmly believe we have worked out a very well balanced arrangement.” In 2006 and 2007 many Dutch pension funds made arrangements to gradually phase out early retirement schemes, for instance by raising pension rights to allow certain groups of participants to continue to take early retirement. In 2012 DNB reviewed these types of arrangements and concluded that in many cases the demarcation between VPL funding and pension funding was less than clear.“We could have fully financed the VPL scheme back in 2007, considering that our pension fund boasted a funding rate of 160%,” Klijn said. “We opted not to do that, as this was a conditional scheme: only plan participants who continue to work in this industry could apply for this early retirement pension.“But if we had opted to fully fund the scheme in 2007, everything would be just fine today.”The butchers scheme decided to secure the VPL rights in three tranches. “We opted for a careful and well-balanced method,” says Klijn. “The first tranche was fixed in 2011, the subsequent tranches were to follow in 2016 and 2021. On the advice of our accountant, we took this on the books as a liability.”In 2013, DNB objected. According to the supervisor, the butchers scheme is allocating pension funding to VPL objectives: DNB views funding added to the VPL buffers as illegitimate, fictitious contribution cuts.“Initially DNB disputed €40 mln,” Klijn said. “After we offered an explanation, the amount was lowered to €10m. We have held three separate discussions with DNB to clarify our views and we have submitted all manner of figures.“In addition, we have used minutes of meetings to demonstrate that we had done exactly what the social partners had instructed the pension fund to do.”The DNB is nevertheless standing by the admonition – which has now been suspended until the judge has ruled on the case. If the court rules against the pension fund, it will have to cut VPL benefits or raise additional premium contributions.last_img read more

Ebola Affects Farm Yields in Bong

first_imgGarmai Tokpah harvesting her rice in Taylor Town, Ebola affected communityThe Ebola outbreak in Liberia has disrupted agricultural activities and threatened food security affecting the livelihood of many people in Bong County.Bong, which is considered one of the food producing counties in Liberia, is experiencing a huge decline in food production for the local markets as a result of the Ebola virus in the county.During an assessment conducted by the Daily Observer last weekend in communities that were greatly affected by the Ebola disease, it was observed that inhabitants in those communities including areas that were not quarantined have cut down their regular diet due to food insecurity.In Gbarnga City, this paper also established that some residents have reduced their regular diet as the result of low supply of locally produced foods on the market.It was confirmed by this reporter that farmers in Ebola affected communities have had their farming activities considerably disrupted by the Ebola outbreak resulting in a significant slump in rice production.“I am finding it extremely difficult to provide food for my family. My family has to starve the whole day just to save a bit of food for the day” said Lorpu-Kollie Tokpa, a farmer in Barlakerthela, one of the hardest hit Ebola communities in the county.It was also noticed by this paper that farmers who produce cocoa complained of their commodity rotting because cocoa buyers are frightened to risk going into Ebola-affected communities to purchase their crop.“Many migrant workers, who normally help with harvesting our cocoa have slowed down their activities for fear of contracting the disease. I used to harvest my produce up to 75 bags but now 20 bags are difficult to yield,” Mr. David Kermue a cocoa farmer in Taylor Town lamented.It was observed by this reporter that closed markets and interruption in trade as well as the restriction on the movement of people have led to acute shortages of food in many communities in Bong County, particularly those communities that are affected by the Ebola virus disease.Our survey revealed that land that was cleared for farming was not planted due to the Ebola outbreak in the country and many farmers had to migrate compelling them to abandon their farms.  This paper was informed that during this harvest season in Liberia many of the farmers who were affected by the virus are terrified to go back to their farms to harvest and are also afraid to take their produce to the local markets because of the low purchasing power of consumers.  The price of imported rice, the country’s staple food, has increased while locally produced commodities decreased in quantity owing to the fact that household incomes have substantially dwindled compelling families to cut down the number of daily meals.According to Stephen Matthews, the Agriculture Commissioner on Communal Farming at the Ministry of Internal Affairs assigned in Bong County, one of the factors responsible for the decrease in food production is government’s pronouncement against people gathering in large groups.   This Ebola preventive measure against large gatherings affects the traditional cooperative system “kuu” which entails farmers grouping together to harvest or work in each other’s fields.    Mr. Matthews told this paper that the county will likely face the threat of severe food shortages because farmers particularly in rural communities that were greatly affected by the Ebola disease are not willing to return to their farms for fear of contracting the virus.“The catastrophes after Ebola will be the calamitous food scarcities, price hikes and food insecurity in this county,” Mr. Matthews warned.Many of the Gbarnga residents who spoke with this newspaper advanced that the international community and the Government of Liberia strengthen strategic institutions such as the hospitals and the agriculture sectors in the post Ebola crisis in order for the country to regain its food production capacity.The citizens maintained that families be provided with food assistance and that GOL promote food security and encourage social development in communities at risk.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Letterkenny man’s message in a bottle arrives via Newfoundland

first_imgA Letterkenny man has revealed a wonderful ‘message in a bottle’ story which has forged a new friendship with a little girl from Scotland.Life coach and author Roger Holmes from Drumardagh cast a small glass jar into the Atlantic Ocean more than six months ago never thinking it would find its way back to him.He left a message inside with his email address and threw him from a ship 100 miles into the ocean. And last week he received a message back from an excited 7-year-old girl on holiday on the coast of Scotland saying she had found it.Instead of us telling his story, we decided that Roger wrote it so well that we’d use his words.Take it away Roger…..“At dawn on September 28th 2018, approx 100 miles south-east of St John’s, Newfoundland, on an oceanic plateau called the Grand Banks, I put a message in a small jar, and threw it into the Atlantic Ocean. I watched through the fog as the small jar fell into the vast Atlantic Ocean from the helipad on the top deck of the Atlantic Star container ship. I thought I would never see that jar again. “On April 9th 2019, almost exactly 6 months later, ironically when I had once again traveled back over the Atlantic from New York to Donegal, I received an email with 2 photos attached. Anna Riddoch, a 7 year old girl visiting her grandparents home on the island of South Uist, off the west coast of Scotland, found the little jar with my message and contact details intact!“Anna, who lives in Inverness, was walking with her dad on the beach on South Uist while enjoying her Easter holidays, and was overcome with excitement at finding a message in a bottle!Roger Holmes“Emails were exchanged, and Anna’s mother Mary told me that she spent her childhood walking on that beach near her parents croft, hoping she would find a message in a bottle.“It is amazing that a little jar survived so many winter storms and high seas, to make a journey of over 2000 miles across the ocean. There are so many morals to this story. Embrace adventure, dream dreams, believe that little things can have epic journeys and achievements, embrace the outdoors..especially the ocean shore, and always always believe that good things happen to those who seek them out.“I’ve told Anna I’m going to send her a reward for finding my message in the little jar. Seeing her happy face and hearing how excited she was to find that message on the beach is such a joy!” Roger runs In8 Motivation and delivers workshops and one-on-one coaching to companies and individuals in New York, using mindful meditation for stress management and building motivation for improved performance.He’s planning to offer the same service from Donegal next year.Letterkenny man’s message in a bottle arrives via Newfoundland was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:bottledonegalMessageNewfoundlandRoger HolmesScotlandlast_img read more

Precision technology showcased at 2015 Farm Science Review

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Anyone doubting the accuracy, potential, and future of precision technology in agriculture has probably not seen the aerial photos of a corn field with an unmistakable Block O pattern at the Farm Science Review (FSR) south of I-70.The demonstration plot’s design was created with new dual-hybrid planting technology in Field 5 at the FSR. The two hybrids for the Block O in the field were chosen for effect — most of the corn in the field has a traditional golden-colored tassel while the hybrid used for the Block O has a purple tassel.“It definitely has a cool factor to it,” said John Fulton, precision agriculture specialist for Ohio State University Extension. “But basically, it’s a good opportunity to demonstrate the capability of new technology and start engaging growers and educating them about aspects they need to consider when adopting new technology. And, from our perspective, we want to understand its functionality and, when requested, help companies improve the technology.”The design in Field 5 was implemented with a Case IH planter fitted with Precision Planting multi-hybrid seed meters used to plant the field. The Kinze 4900 series planter also features multiple-hybrid planting capabilities.Fulton is helping lead OSU Extension research efforts on new planting technologies for corn and soybeans in Ohio, both at Ohio State agricultural research stations and through on-farm research with collaborating farmers.“In general, farmers have always managed their acreage on a per-field basis, depending on their soil characteristics and other production factors,” Fulton said. “Now, 2015 is the first year technology is commercially available to farmers that allows the planting of two different hybrids in the same field. With this new precision technology, we can match more productive ground with a racehorse, or offensive type of hybrid, which would maximize yields in a year with good weather and the proper management. On other areas of the field, you might want to place a more risk-averse, or defensive, hybrid that would still produce favorable yields even during adverse growing seasons.”With regard to precision, planting technology is allowing for multiple new possibilities.“We can plant two hybrids in the same field, we can plant rate by hybrid and the electric drive per row enables turn compensation to adjust the population accordingly across the planter when traveling around a curve. We don’t have answers about the agronomics and economics to-date but we are beginning to explore the benefits. It could be one of those technologies that could really return dollars to the farm business,” Fulton said. “We are at the very early stages to determine where the value exists for the farmer. The industry is reporting that this technology could provide a $40 or $50 gain per acre in corn. We don’t have economic data available so we are focused on providing farmers the background and information about the technology before they decide to invest, or if they have alreadyJohn Fulton is helping lead OSU Extension research efforts on new planting, scouting, and harvest technologies for corn and soybeans in Ohio, both at Ohio State agricultural research stations and through on-farm research with collaborating farmers.invested, we want to have recommendations for how best to use it.”A second key area of increased precision and management that will be an important part of this year’s FSR is the management of farm data.“How do we really begin to take the knowledge from the farm and the agronomist and the data that has been collected and use it to make decisions? At the FSR, you are going to see more software companies this year that can help make that happen. We don’t have all the science established for data analytics yet but we are working on data solutions so we can further help farmers,” Fulton said. “As an industry, we are looking at how all of these pieces can be put together with all of these analytic tools out there. If you are interested in data management, be sure you are taking the time to correctly set up and calibrate your equipment, whether it is a yield monitor or your application equipment. We know that inaccurate data is fairly prevalent and accuracy is one of the key things that the farmer can really influence. Take the opportunity to archive the data being collected on your farm so you can take advantage of it. Then work with a trusted data consultant that understands your operation and the agronomy around your area. You need someone to help dive into some of these questions.”An emerging source of additional information for on-farm decision-making is drone or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) technology that is gaining more attention in agricultural research.“We are trying to do a couple of things with drones. One, we want to really define some of the true functionality that can be delivered through drones. There are different types of cameras they can carry and we are really trying to connect that and good photo resolution with in-season decision making. We are trying to identify and provide an action of some level that the grower can have confidence in based on what they can see with drone technology,” Fulton said. “As we think about corn and soybeans in Ohio, nutrients are a huge topic along with other production factors that influence yield and ultimately profitability. How do management practices layer into improving the decisions made on those farms? The drone can be a good tool to help in in-season crop evaluations.”Scouting efforts can really be refined with the strategic use of drones as well, Fulton said.“We can identify stressed areas in the field and then use that information to drive scouting efforts. I may not know what the cause of the variability is that I am capturing in my drone images, but then I know where to focus my scouting to bring good ground truth perspective with tissue or soil samples,” he said. “There is a lot of value drones can bring to that. Then, by taking things to the next level, we could take remote sensed images in combination with ground truth data to help create prescriptions. These kinds of systems can very quickly provide information back to the grower to help make those decisions during planting or other times of the growing season. Timing can be important.”Fulton is also looking at how to overcome some of the current challenges with drones. “Drones now are limited by the fact that the maximum flight time for some of these drones is short, which makes it difficult to think about covering several thousand acres at a time,” Fulton said. “And as an ag community, we must be aware of the laws and safe operation. The more issues that pop up, the more issues we are going to have in the future.”Collaborative efforts between Fulton’s research, the FSR, and the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center will be on display at this year’s event. Drones have been one of the fastest-growing areas of interest in agriculture over the past couple of years and hold great potential for data collection, said Ryan Smith, director of the UAS Center. Based in Springfield, the center offers resources to support research, development, testing and evaluation of the technologies for academics, businesses and government. Farmers will be able to use the technology to collect information in a variety of areas — crop health and emergence, weed location, water content, chemical compounds and more, Smith said.“The technology is changing rapidly,” Smith said. “The aircrafts continue to develop and change weekly, market sensors keep improving, and data processors are discovering how to take massive amounts of data and create usable records.”Current aviation regulations are an important consideration with the use of the technology. There are no set commercial regulations specific to UAS technology to date, so farmers who wish to fly UAS must apply for an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration. This is a challenging process that can take more than three months if an approval is granted, Smith said.“The FAA is in the process of developing rules specifically for UAS technologies,” he said. “These regulations will be less burdensome than current rules, allowing more freedom for commercial uses.”For the third year in a row, the FSR will feature live drone demonstrations. In addition to live field demos, UAS technology and data will be on display in the Firebaugh Building and featured in educational sessions throughout the show, such as the “Drones in ag: Know the law” and “Farming the bottom line with drones” presentations in the “Question the Authorities” Q-and-A sessions offered daily during the show.last_img read more

Motorcade for Trade

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers generally support the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA) to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Farmers for Free Trade, the bipartisan coalition supported by commodity groups from across the agricultural industry, is on the Motorcade for Trade tour — an 11-state, 3,500 mile RV tour across the country in support of the USMCA. The initial two-week leg of the tour takes place over the April Congressional recess and includes stops across the Midwest at farms, coffee shops, ag equipment dealers, and small businesses.The tour included a stop in Canton/Massillon, Ohio on April 15 at Klick’s Cattle Company. The tour kicked off at Kreider Farms in Harrisburg, Pa. on April 12 and concludes on April 26 at Gooseneck Farm, Broadview, Mont. Events along the tour will highlight American farmer’s reliance on trade with Canada and Mexico, which supports millions of jobs and nearly $40 billion in American exports each year. Several stops will include meetings with member of Congress who will be considering the USMCA agreement.“This tour will provide an on-the-ground, up-close look at how American agriculture needs trade with Canada and Mexico to survive,” said Angela Hofmann, co-founder of Farmers for Free Trade. “Especially right now, American farmers are looking for a win that provides them certainty and predictability that their exports will find open markets across North America.”The Motorcade for Trade is being led by a 25-foot RV that prominently displays key facts and messages on the importance of agricultural trade with Mexico and Canada. Each stop on the tour will feature the RV. Local statistics on the importance of trade with Canada and Mexico will also be distributed at all stops along the tour.To follow the tour on social media follow @farmersfortrade on twitter or Farmers for Trade on Facebook. Tour stops and other information can be found at read more

Government to Spend $846 Million to Expand Court Of Appeal

first_img Mr. Chuck said jails, prisons and the Horizon Remand Centre will be linked into the courtrooms live and direct through the technological systems being provided to the courts.  The Government is to spend $846 million on the expansion of the Court of Appeal, which will result in three new courtrooms, 15 judge’s chambers and an expanded registry.Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 22).He also informed that the Government intends to amend the Constitution for retired judges to sit beyond age 70, on an as-needed basis.“A Standard Document and a five-year plan to guide the development of the physical infrastructure for the justice sector and the procurement of furniture and equipment will be developed. This will be a significant development, as that document will guide the infrastructural agenda for the fiscal years 2019/2020 to 2020/2021,”      Mr. Chuck noted.He said the country will “witness the new face of justice” when the Ministry starts the design and, hopefully, the construction of several judicial complexes across the island.These, he said, include the construction of the St. James Regional Judicial Complex; St. Ann Regional Judicial Complex; Manchester Regional Judicial Complex; Trelawny Parish Court Complex; and the construction of the Spanish Town Parish Court Complex.“When you visit St. James, St. Ann, Mandeville these are courts that really must be abandoned. They are courts that are difficult to do justice in, the conditions are just not appropriate, and I hope, Cabinet approving, that we can start the design and construction of [the] new court complexes,” Mr. Chuck said.The Minister also informed of plans for the establishment of five Family Courts, one per year, St. Catherine being the one for this fiscal year; and the expansion of the Supreme Court.“There will be Mobile Courts for vulnerable witnesses, we have already bought the mobile unit.  Witnesses will be able to give evidence from remote locations,”           Mr. Chuck said.He added that the days when remandees have to travel to court for mention dates will be over.Mr. Chuck said jails, prisons and the Horizon Remand Centre will be linked into the courtrooms live and direct through the technological systems being provided to the courts.“This will reduce the reliance on the security forces to provide transportation for offenders to attend court,” Mr. Chuck said. Story Highlights He said the country will “witness the new face of justice” when the Ministry starts the design and, hopefully, the construction of several judicial complexes across the island. The Government is to spend $846 million on the expansion of the Court of Appeal, which will result in three new courtrooms, 15 judge’s chambers and an expanded registry.last_img read more

As fish farm protestors wait on decision legal hurdles lie on the

first_imgLaurie Hamelin APTN News A British Columbia court is still deciding if protestors can occupy a fish farm owned by one company in the province.Marine Harvest went to court seeking an injunction against occupiers of Midsummer Island fish farm.But no matter how the case turns out, there are bigger legal battles still to [email protected]last_img