Women in Ag

first_img“Women already play critical roles in all aspects of agriculture — from production and policy to research and development,” said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “By bringing delegates from across the region together to share ideas and inspiration, we can build on this tradition through leadership development programs and help keep our nation at the forefront of agricultural productivity and sustainability.” The University of Georgia will host delegates from 13 states during a summit that will shape national policies and programs related to gender equity and leadership development in agriculture. Presented by the UGA Women’s Leadership Initiative and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the inaugural Southern Region Women’s Agricultural Leadership Summit is scheduled for Feb. 8 at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center. U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will deliver the keynote address. “Promoting diversity and inclusion is a priority for the university, and I am pleased that UGA is hosting this important event to foster women’s leadership in the agricultural industry,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “Deputy Secretary Harden is an outstanding alumna, and the university is honored to welcome her back to campus.” Leaders from 13 Southern states working in all sectors of agriculture — from environmental research to production agriculture — will gather in Athens for the daylong series of panel discussions, group work sessions and networking events focused on developing women’s leadership in agriculture and agriculture-related fields. An interactive research dialogue among participants will provide input for policymakers as well as scholars. Harden was sworn in as the deputy secretary for the USDA in 2013 after unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate. A native of Camilla, Georgia, and a UGA alumna, Harden created the Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network in 2015 to help women advance in all sectors of the industry. “As leaders, it is our responsibility to make sure the next generation of farmers and ranchers are educated, encouraged and empowered to take on the challenges of meeting the world’s growing food, fuel and fiber needs,” Harden said. “That is why USDA is creating tools like the recently launched www.usda.gov/newfarmers to help new and beginning farmers and ranchers succeed. I’m excited to return to my alma mater to discuss the importance of diversity in agriculture and promoting women’s leadership.” According to 2012 Census of Agriculture statistics, there are 969,672 women farmers in the U.S. that lead more than 30 percent of U.S. farms. The 13-state Southern region contains 117,650 female-run farms, which are responsible for $4.9 billion in sales and account for 22.4 million acres of farmland. “With 47 percent of agricultural-related degrees today going to women, we are excited to help jump-start a conversation about how women contribute to agriculture and STEM research and businesses,” said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for UGA Extension for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “This convocation of female leaders in agriculture will help generate a full picture of how women work in agriculture, the challenges they face and their dedication to providing support to future generations in solving the most pressing issues of the 21st century — strengthening global food security while protecting the environment.” The summit is organized by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences with assistance from the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach. The opening session, which includes a women’s leadership panel discussion at 10 a.m., is free and open to the general public, as is the final closing session at 3:30 p.m. For more information, see www.caes.uga.edu/events/womensagleadershipsummit. last_img read more

The Brazilian Air Force Will Keep A Census Of UFOs Reported By Pilots

first_imgBy Dialogo August 13, 2010 It would be interesting to see UFO images endorsed by a country’s aerial forces, and to obtain real results in order to clear up the mystery that has always existed; if in fact there is life on other planets, or if they are new futuristic technologies of our own making. The appearance of UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) in Brazilian airspace will be officially recorded by the Brazilian Aeronautics Command, which formalized this decision and made it official with a decree published in the official government gazette. The decree calls on the pilots of civilian and military planes, along with national air-traffic controllers, to recount their experiences to the Aerospace Defense Command in Brasilia, and also to send documentary evidence about unidentified flying objects, the decree indicates. The material photographed or filmed in the immensity of the Brazilian sky, in a country eight million square kilometers in area, will be catalogued and archived at the Air Force Historical Documentation Center, in the western part of the state of Rio de Janeiro. The material will be able to be consulted by researchers and others interested in these phenomena. The decree is dated 9 August and was published Tuesday. It was signed by the commander of the Air Force, Juniti Saito, and specifies that the records will be entered on a special form. “The Aeronautics Command does not have at its disposal a specialized structure for carrying out scientific research on these aerial phenomena and will limit itself to recording the events,” the Air Force emphasized in a statement sent to the daily O Dia. A military air-traffic controller from Rio de Janeiro told the daily O Dia that “there are stories about ministers and even a president who saw a UFO.”last_img read more

Gain a wide array of knowledge about credit union lending

first_imgWhen you are looking for ways to assert yourself as a lending authority at your credit union, credit union specific lending training can give you the leg up you need to become a trusted leader.The many lending schools and training events hosted by CUNA in 2018 provide you with plenty of opportunities to gain workable lending insights for your credit union, receive exclusive designations and gain specialized information that fits your credit union’s specific needs.This year’s CUNA Lending conferences and schools include:CUNA Business Lending Roundtable – Engage in focused, high impact discussion on NCUA rules, strategies for expanding loan offerings and differentiating your credit union’s loans from competitors and portfolio management.CUNA Consumer & Residential Mortgage Lending School – Get a comprehensive lending outlook with a general review of the macro lending landscape and sessions regarding 5 more specialized topics that you can pick and choose to fit your needs!CUNA Business Lending Certification School – Enhance your knowledge of business/commercial lending and develop skills preparing you to meet your members’ business loan needs.CUNA Fair Lending Workshop – Learn about today’s fair lending laws and regulations and the best compliance strategies to keep your credit union safe.CUNA Collections & Bankruptcy School – Enrich your collections knowledge and strengthen your credit union’s approach to bankruptcy and collections.With these and more CUNA Lending training opportunities to choose from, you’ll gain useful information for you and your credit union on becoming a lending expert. 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Fourth botulism case linked to carrot juice

first_imgOct 3, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers not to drink some carrot juice products from a Bakersfield, Calif., company after a fourth case of botulism was linked to the company’s juice.In a Sep 29 statement, the FDA advised consumers to throw out any Bolthouse Farms Carrot Juice in 450-ml and 1-liter plastic bottles with a “best if used by” date of Nov. 11, 2006, or earlier. The agency also advised that all carrot juice, whether pasteurized or not, must be properly refrigerated.The most recent botulism case involves a Florida woman, who is now suffering from paralysis, the FDA stated. Three people in Georgia also became ill in early September after drinking the carrot juice.The FDA has attributed at least one of the earlier cases to improper refrigeration of the juice at home. Other consumers who purchased the juice within the same period did not get sick, Georgia health officials said, suggesting that the botulinum toxin developed in the juice after it was sold. After the earlier cases, the FDA warned consumers to keep carrot juice refrigerated but did not warn against drinking Bolthouse Farms carrot juice.The Clostridium botulinum bacterium, which is commonly found in soil, produces the nerve poison. Pasteurization may not kill all C botulinum spores, and inadequate refrigeration of juices can allow the bacteria to grow and produce the toxin, which can cause paralysis or death.Droopy eyelids, double vision, slurred speech, and difficulty swallowing or speaking are some of the symptoms of botulism poisoning, as well as difficulty breathing and paralysis on both sides of the body, starting in the neck, according to the FDA.To prevent bacterial growth in general, refrigerator temperatures should not exceed 40ºF and freezer temperatures should be 0ºF or less, the FDA stated.See also: Sept 29 FDA news releaseSep 18 CIDRAP News story “Three botulism cases tied to carrot juice”CIDRAP overview of botulismlast_img read more

Chinese toddler becomes first suspected Wuhan coronavirus case in Manado

first_imgProf. Kandou’s Hospital’s head of medical services, Hanry Takasenserang, said that the toddler was referred to the hospital on Monday afternoon by a private hospital in Manado.“From the medical records we know that the patient has been experiencing fever and cough for the past nine days. [The patient’s parents] sought treatment at the private hospital when they first arrived in Manado; then they returned to the hospital again when [the child] did not get better. The private hospital then sent them to us,” Hanry said.Hanry said they decided to isolate the child because the medical records showed how the patient has suffered from fever and cough for a couple of days and the family came from China.”According to the existing protocols, we took samples from the patient’s throat and phlegm and sent them to the Balitbangkes laboratory. We will wait for the results. For now, the patient is under the care of pediatricians and doctors,” he added. A 2-year-old Chinese toddler is currently under observation by medical personnel in an isolation room in the Prof. Kandou General Hospital in Manado, North Sulawesi after showing several symptoms of the new coronavirus that originated from Wuhan, China.“The patient is 2 years and six months old, a Chinese citizen who has been in Manado since Jan. 21,” hospital spokesperson Deddy Sondakh told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.Deddy said the patient’s condition was stable and the hospital has taken samples from the child and sent them to the Health Ministry’s Research and Development Center (Balitbangkes) in Jakarta for further testing. Hanry said they also took samples from the toddler’s parents, even though neither of them showed any symptoms.Although the toddler showed several symptoms of the new coronavirus, Hanry said they still could not conclude that the patient is positive for the virus until the test results come back. Meanwhile, he said, the hospital would follow the required procedures and take extra precautions while monitoring the patient.According to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE), as of Wednesday there have been 24,560 confirmed cases of the virus globally, resulting in 493 deaths. Indonesia has yet to have any confirmed cases, but an Indonesian domestic worker in Singapore tested positive for the virus on Tuesday. (hol) Topics :last_img read more

Lineker backs Hoddle for Spurs job

first_imgFormer Tottenham striker Gary Lineker has called for Glenn Hoddle to be appointed as the club’s new manager. Press Association Andre Villas-Boas was sacked on Monday morning after a heavy defeat to Liverpool, having only taken charge at White Hart Lane in the summer of 2012. Hoddle – a Tottenham great as a player – managed the club between 2001 and 2003 but has been out of management since he left Wolves in 2006. center_img But Lineker feels that now is the time for him to make a return. England’s joint-record goalscorer wrote on Twitter: “AVB has been sacked by Spurs. Would love to see Glenn Hoddle given another chance at this level. Has a brilliant football mind.” Villas-Boas watched on as Spurs were beaten 5-0 by Liverpool, just three weeks after a six-goal thrashing at Manchester City. That loss at the Etihad Stadium prompted former Spurs chairman Lord Sugar to call for the Portuguese to be sacked and Sir Alex Ferguson to be appointed. Sugar had scaled down his expectations on Monday, though, tweeting: “Spurs need to put Les Ferdinand and Tim Sherwood in charge for a while”. last_img read more

Fletcher can be Saido mentor: Pulis

first_img Burnley were full value for the two-goal lead given to them by Ashley Barnes and Danny Ings, but a header from Brunt just before half-time changed the game. Substitute Brown Ideye then equalised from another corner in the 67th minute to ensure West Brom stayed two points ahead of one of their fellow relegation battlers. Pulis said: “We started as though it was a Sunday morning stroll. Half of them looked as though they were still in bed. They deserved to be 2-0 up. The saving grace was the goal just before half-time. “As soon as I came through the door I knew how hard this one was going to be. The big thing today was not to lose. It is one defeat in six since I came to the football club.” Burnley have let two-goal leads slip in three of their last four games, although at least they held on to a point this time, which was enough to lift them back out of the bottom three. Manager Sean Dyche felt the second goal should have been disallowed for a foul on David Jones and also argued Burnley deserved a late penalty for a handball by Gareth McAuley. “I thought beyond two set-pieces we were excellent,” said Dyche. “First half I thought we were outstanding, the quality of our play, the progressive nature of our play. “The second (goal) was a disappointment, there is a foul on Jonah and he (Ideye) gets a free header. But t he way we responded to the second goal to try and get the third was excellent.” Dyche praised Ings’ performance, with the striker also setting up Barnes for the opener. The 22-year-old had been substituted against Sunderland last weekend amid intense speculation about his future, but stayed true to his word that he would see out the season at Burnley. Dyche said: “I thought he was excellent, his movement, his endeavour, his effervescence and a fine finish. Barnesy was excellent along with him. “I told the truth last week. The amount of media pressure on a young man can take a toll and I think it did last week but his response was excellent.” Saido Berahino lacks the right influences in his life to make the best decisions for his career, according to Tony Pulis. The West Brom boss was unhappy with an interview Berahino gave this week expressing his wish to move on to bigger things and the striker found himself on the bench for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash at Burnley. Pulis insisted it was for football reasons, but Berahino played all but the first 18 minutes of the 2-2 draw anyway after Victor Anichebe was forced off with a groin injury. Press Association It is far from the first time Berahino has found himself the subject of unwanted headlines and there have been reports West Brom are willing to cash in on their biggest asset in the summer. Pulis said: ” I felt he could do with a little bit of a rest with two massive games at home coming up. “Victor had done okay in the games we played previously. Unfortunately Victor felt his groin before the game. He wanted to play. After 15 minutes you could tell he was struggling and Saido came on and showed his attitude. “Saido is a top player. The problem is he lost his father at an early age and he has not had many mentors or people who can put him on the straight and narrow. “That happens a lot today. A lot of kids today get misguided advice. There is a lot of money thrown around in football and these kids can provide a lot of money to a lot of people.” Pulis hopes new signing Darren Fletcher can be a guiding hand for 21-year-old Berahino, who was called up to the full England squad earlier this season. Fletcher arrived from Manchester United on Monday and was made captain for his first game, taking the armband from Chris Brunt. “Brunty is happy to give Darren the captaincy and concentrate on his football,” said Pulis. ” I felt Darren was what we needed in the dressing room. We needed a leader and he has been wonderful.” last_img read more