Barnes on Farms.

first_imgTIFTON – Rural communities and agriculture depend on each other, said Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes here at the Symposium on Value-added Agriculture Dec. 14.For either to survive, he said, Georgia’s government and agriculture must pursue new ideas in educating workers, investing and development. And it’s critical that both survive.”If we don’t have vibrant rural communities, it will create a political and economic division (in) the state,” Barnes said. “Out of every 10 children who started school this fall, if the trends remain the same, only six will be there when high school graduation comes,” Barnes said. Unless agriculture makes new changes, it doesn’t have a bright future in Georgia, Gov. Roy Barnes told participants at the Symposium on Value-added Agriculture in Tifton, Ga. Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin (left) and R.K. Sehgal, commissioner of the Georgia Dept. of Industry, Trade and Tourism, listen to new ways farmers can add value to their crops in Georgia. “And if the state ever becomes substantially divided,” he said, “it will not be prosperous.” Georgia’s government is willing to keep funding rural economic development, agricultural research and private-public partnerships to add value to farm products, Barnes said, “if we see that the agricultural community is serious about making some wholesale, broad changes in the way we produce.” “And we need to start using the world ‘value-added,'” he said, referring to going beyond traditional roles of simply growing crops and selling them. The bottom line, he said, is that consumers will go with the lowest prices. And as this relates to agriculture, “We have to change the focus of where we are,” he said. “There’s going to be increasing global competition and increased pressure on consolidations. … The economic forces of consolidation and competition are putting pressure on agriculture and the rural communities it supports. “The questions is: how do we deal with them?” Barnes said. Of those six, only three will go on to some type of postsecondary education. And of those three, only one will complete that postsecondary education. For rural communities to be a vibrant part of the state’s economic fabric, he said, agriculture has to be a part.center_img “We have to look at methods, recognizing the consolidation and competition that are going to be with us, to gain a better margin in the (farm) products,” he said.Higher EducationRural workers will also have to be better educated, he said. Increasingly high-tech rural jobs require a better-trained work force. Photo:Brad Haire R.K. Sehgal, commissioner of the Georgia Dept. of Industry, Trade and Tourism, said Georgia must:* Steer toward product-oriented agriculture.* Establish a large private-public research alliance.* Persuade farmers to become more interdependent and less independent. Less than a generation ago, 65 percent of all jobs in Georgia required only the skills of a high school graduate. This year, 65 percent of the state’s new jobs will require at least two years of postsecondary education. “Vibrant rural communities require margins in agribusiness that support industry,” he said. “But to get those margins, you have to have higher-skilled processing and higher-skilled jobs that require a higher-educated and better-trained worker. If the pool of trained workers is not large enough, the community is going to die.”Sufficient Support? Unless something is done soon, agriculture doesn’t have a bright long-term future in Georgia and probably in the nation, he said. “Agriculture is the base of our rural communities.” Photo:Brad Haire Randy Hudson, director of the University of Georgia emerging crops and technologies program, said developing a value-added approach won’t be easy. “To attack this issue will require mobilizing agricultural leaders, lending institutions and our state and federal governments to a charge,” Hudson said. “It will require a dedication to succeed with the understanding that failure is not an option.”last_img read more

‘Gardening in Georgia’

first_imgHow do you get five apple varieties on one tree? On the Aug. 24 “Gardening in Georgia,” host Walter Reeves explores the answer: budding and grafting.’Gardening in Georgia’ airs twice on Saturdays, at noon and 7 p.m., on Georgia Public Television. It’s co-produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV.On the Aug. 24 show, UGA horticulturist Mark Reiger teaches how to bud a tree. “It’s not as hard as it sounds,” Reeves says.Later, Reeves shows how he prepares perfect soil in his nurse beds. When plants need extra care or you need a place to hold them, a nurse bed may be the answer. Your plants will prosper there while you decide what to do with them.Finally, Reeves shows how to trap whiteflies on tomatoes, gardenias and other plants. Just drive a stake into the ground near an infested plant and tack a yellow plastic cup upside down on the end of the stake. Then paint the cup with STP motor oil treatment. Adult whiteflies will be attracted to the yellow and trapped in the goo.last_img read more

Distance Persistence

first_imgGoing the Distance: Lawrence Dye has been pedaling the Virginia Creeper Trail for 15 years.If you rode your bike around the Earth six times, you would still have to pedal farther to match the mileage of Lawrence Dye…and he’s 80 years old.You have probably crossed paths with Dye if you’ve been on the Virginia Creeper Trail in the past 15 years. The Legend of the Creeper Trail has logged over 165,000 miles on the trail and shows no signs of slowing down even as he approaches his 81st birthday. Dye’s trail persistence has been intertwined with the Creeper Trail virtually since its inception as one of the premier rails to trails paths in the Southeast.The last Virginia Creeper train ran in 1977, so nicknamed due to the slow crawl it took over the mountain railroad and the ivy that flanked its route. Through a partnership among the towns of Abingdon and Damascus and the U.S. Forest Service, the Creeper Trail was refurbished for bike, horse, and foot traffic and opened to the public in 1984. It was designated a National Recreation Trail in 1985. The trail stretches a total of 34.3 miles from downtown Abington to a mile past Whitetop Station at the Virginia-North Carolina border.The trail’s transformation was not without controversy, however. Since the 15-mile stretch between Abingdon and Damascus runs through mostly private land, homeowners posed a significant roadblock to the trail’s creation. Despite the throughway being purchased from Norfolk and Western Railway, many landowners hoped to reclaim the land as their own. Lawsuits, heated town council meetings, and a series of sabotage attempts followed, including placing obstacles on the trail and the mysterious burning of a trestle in 1985. It was obvious there needed to be an advocate for the young Virginia Creeper and its purpose as a recreational, multi-use trail.Dye began riding the Virginia Creeper casually after retiring as a state auditor in 1988. He began pedaling the trail in earnest beginning in 1990. Although he has ridden its length thousands of times since then, that first 17-mile trip was a doozy.“I just rode from Abingdon to Alvarado and back. I didn’t have much problem doing it, but I got back to my house and tried to get out of my truck and I nearly fell,” he remembers. “I just wasn’t used to doing it.”Legend of the Virginia Creeper from Summit Publishing on Vimeo.Despite the inauspicious beginning, that first ride sparked a passion for the trail that shows no sign of fading. Despite the 3% grade heading from Damascus to Whitetop Station, Dye tackled the entire 68-mile round trip nearly five times a week for two decades. His career as an auditor and his acquired habit of record keeping made it easy to log his almost daily trips and the mileage began to pile up.“It just started happening,” says Dye. “When I got to 50,000, I said, ‘I’ll step it up a little. If I do 10,000 miles a year over the next five years, I’ll get to 100,000.’ So that’s whatI did.”“We’ve got our own Lance Armstrong right here,” declared Wayne Miller, current president of the Virginia Creeper Trail Club.The nonprofit Virginia Creeper Trail Club was formed in 1989 to oversee the maintenance, promotion and preservation of the trail. Today, an estimated 200,000 people traverse the trail each year and is kept in shape by a network of club members deemed Creeper Keepers. But probably no one has done more to promote the trail than its most seasoned veteran and official Trail Ambassador. Dye has been greeting visitors, cleaning up trash and helping to change tires on the trail on a daily basis for over 20 years, a fact that does not go unnoticed by trail users, both local and from out of state.“I ride it so much and I love it,” he says. “I meet people all the time and they know me. They’re looking for me and stop and take a picture. It promotes the trail and it’s been good for me.”The large amount of Creeper traffic coming through town has been a boon to the local economy. So much so, an entire industry has developed around it including shuttle buses, restaurants and lodging. This puts a lot of pressure on the trail during the peak summer months, but Dye sees this as a continuation of the trail’s true purpose.“The shuttle service provides a way for the whole family to use [the trail]. From Whitetop down, you can ride without much effort, if you can keep from wrecking,” he says, laughing.Dye rides at a pace that belies his age. During his rides he is constantly on the pedals and moves with surprising speed. His use of the trail as a physical fitness regime is surely to be admired, but that is not the only reason he continues to ride. The natural beauty of the Virginia Creeper Trail, with its 47 trestles, river crossings, and pristine open pastures and rolling hills, is also a motivating factor. But what ultimately brings Dye back to the trail after all these years is the human element of the trail, its ability to bring a community and strangers together on common ground.“Some people say it’s crazy to do it, but I do it anyway,” he says. “I meet people all the time from all over the world, and that’s a great joy.”Ride with the LegendWant to take a spin on the Creeper Trail with Lawrence Dye? You’ll have your chance on July 28 during the annual Ride With the Legend event. Lawrence and crew ride the entire trail from Abingdon to Whitetop and back in conjunction with the weeklong Virginia Highlands Festival. Think you have what it takes?Tell us if Lawrence Dye is the most inspring outdoor person to you and more in the Best of the Blue Ridge Ballot!Wolf Hills Brewing CompanyThe latest addition to Virginia’s craft beer renaissance is Wolf Hills Brewing Company in Abingdon. Brewing in small batches and distributing, for now, only in the Virginia Highlands, Wolf Hills has built a reputation for fresh and creative brews like their White Blaze Honey Cream Ale and Creeper Trail Amber Ale. You can find their beer on tap around town or stop in for a tasting on Tuesdays and Thursdays.last_img read more

House spending plan anticipates Art. V increases

first_img April 15, 2006 Regular News House spending plan anticipates Art. V increases House spending plan anticipates Art. V increasescenter_img Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The House has tentatively set aside $1.26 billion to fund the Supreme Court, the trial courts, state attorneys, public defenders, the Justice Administrative Council, the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program, and the Capital Collateral Regional Counsels, according Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral.Reporting March 30 at the House Fiscal Council, Kottkamp — who chairs the Judiciary Appropriations Committee — went through some of the highlights of the spending plan, including $18 million in new money for the state attorneys and public defenders to meet their “ever-increasing workloads.”“This is by far a historic new funding level for our state attorneys and public defenders,” Kottkamp said. “We are doing something different this year in taking back, really, what the legislature should be doing, which is allocating these monies on a regional basis based on need. We have come up with a formula to treat both the state attorneys and the public defenders on a level playing field.”Kottkamp said $2.1 million in additional funding has been allocated for the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program to serve additional children in need of representation in the state’s court system.Another $6.45 million has been budgeted for construction, innovation, and improvements to courthouses in 22 small counties, Kottkamp said, including Baker, Bradford, Calhoun, Desoto, Franklin, Gadsden Gilchrest, Glades, Gulf, Hardy, Hendry, Holmes, Jackson, Levy, Liberty, Nassau, Putnam, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Wakulla, and Washington counties.“We have put some funding in every single member request,” Kottkamp said.Kottkamp also said $16.7 million has been allocated for maintenance and repairs to the Supreme Court building for significant upgrades and repairs to the structure.“Part of that will be set aside for beefing up security for the Supreme Court, which will provide bullet-proof windows and perimeter security, as well,” he said.Another $1.9 million will go to improving safety and security at several of the states district courts of appeal.“With respect to the trial courts, we have funded additional law clerks, court reporters, court interpreters, and the mediation and arbitration program,” he said.Kottkamp also said $211,000 in recurring funds has been earmarked for court system technology to help with implementation of the Jessica Lunsford Act, which beefs up punishment and monitoring of child sex offenders.“We also have increased collections in the indigent criminal trust fund that led to the reinvestment of those monies into technology and assistance to the public defenders in several areas,” Kottkamp said.The Fiscal Council also approved an amendment — offered by Kottkamp and Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach — that redirected “$4.5 million from the due process contingency fund in the state court system to critical court system priorities.”last_img read more

CFPB action on deceptive advertising

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Melinda PetersonIn February, the CFPB took action against three mortgage companies, Flagship Financial Group , American Preferred Lending , and All Financial Services , for allegedly violating Regulation N, Mortgage Acts and Practices Advertising.  This rule prohibits “any person to make any material misrepresentation, expressly or by implication, in any commercial communication, regarding any term of any mortgage credit product.”While Regulation N outlines multiple prohibited representations, the CFPB addressed two in their action against these mortgage companies; misrepresenting affiliation with a government entity and misrepresenting payments.Each of these companies allegedly sent out direct mail advertisements that looked like government notices and appeared that the source of the ad was a government agency.  One contained a heading “PURSUANT TO THE FEDERAL HOUSING ADMINISTRATION (FHA) HUD No. 12-045,” and instructed recipients to call an “assigned FHA loan specialist,” while the actual name of the mortgage company was buried in the disclaimer.In addition to misrepresenting government affiliation, the CFPB alleged that one company sent out misleading advertisements regarding required payments.  The ad included a statement that “There is no monthly payment or repayment required whatsoever for as long you or your spouse live in the home.”  The CFPB considers this misleading because the borrower is still required to pay for insurance and property taxes.  Also, the loan could become due and payable upon death of the borrower, even if the non-borrowing spouse still lives in the home. continue reading »last_img read more

Business park signals revival

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PREMIUM[Analysis] A glance at ESG, why it matters and opportunities ahead

first_imgMore companies and organizations globally are increasing their focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, as well as ensuring they can manage ESG-related risks effectively. This is important because the ability to handle ESG issues will provide added value to the company and affect the company’s long-term sustainability. However, the implementation of ESG in Indonesia appears to be underdeveloped.Citing the 2019 National ESG Survey conducted by the Indonesian Center of Risk Management and Sustainability (CRMS), the majority of respondents have not considered ESG in decision-making processes and other business processes in the organization. This survey was conducted through 171 companies in Indonesia from 16 industrial sectors, where the majority came from the financial and insurance sector (33 percent) and the mining and quarrying sector (9 percent).The major… Google Facebook Topics : Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here analysis bank-mandiri ESG environmental-social-and-governancelast_img read more

Birthday milestone heralds next stage of life for suburb

first_imgA render of Laguna North LakesMore than 5000 home sites have been created at North Lakes, which will eventually be home to about 25,000 people.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoCensus data shows that 21,671 people called North Lakes home in 2016, up from 15,046 in 2011. In 2016, the average age of a North Lakes resident was 32 years old, compared to the state average of 37.The median sales price for a house at North Lakes is $495,000, according to the latest data from CoreLogic. For a unit it’s $434,000. A render of Laguna North LakesThe next phase will be the $250 million 1.7ha mixed-used Laguna precinct, which is now under construction in the community’s CBD.The 36,000sq m precinct is being developed by joint venturers The George Group and Pointcorp.George Group director Patrick George said that not only was the local population expected to grow, so was retail trade.“Our specially commissioned research has indicated that by 2031 retailers in the North Lakes trading area can expect a total consumer spend potential of over $600 million per annum,” Mr George said.“And with average annual household incomes already roughly 12 per cent higher than that of greater Brisbane, the spending power of local residents is only set to further benefit new retailers, commercial businesses and hospitality operators relocating to North Lakes.”Leasing of retail space within Laguna is under way, but it is the architectural design that has those involved excited.“Laguna North Lakes will become a vibrant, village-like destination centred around a tree-lined laneway,” Mr George said.“The project has been designed not only for the local community and businesses to enjoy, but also the whole of Brisbane.“Laguna will really put North Lakes on the map as a go-to destination to eat, shop, stay and play.” Artists impression of Laguna North LakesHappy 12th birthday North Lakes. It seems hard to believe that this growing community did not even exist as a suburb before February 17, 2006.It was, until then, just another part of Mango Hill.But after developer Stockland took over the site, what is now known as North Lakes has grown. Fast.It has become a ‘destination suburb’, with visitors drawn to North Lakes for its retail and amenities. It is home to its own Westfield shopping centre, Myer, Ikea and Costco.And it will soon be home to another major attraction — Laguna, a lifestyle precinct that will include a public swimming lagoon, 2000sq m of health and wellness facilities, a 1500sq m resort-style bar and restaurant, a retail precinct, a 140-room hotel, and office space.Stockland regional manager David Laner said that since its launch in 1999, North Lakes had become known for its design and livability.“North Lakes is one of the state’s greatest success stories, growing from a small community to a premium destination with top quality amenities that’s now home to more than 21,600 residents,” Mr Laner said.“There is a range of housing options to meet homebuyers’ unique needs, from those taking their first steps on the property ladder to people seeking a luxury lifestyle close to everything.”last_img read more

Super Eagles legend excited over Osimhen, Chukwueze’s progress

first_imgEmmanuel Amuneke has voiced his gladness seeing Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze and Lille’s Victor Osimhen become ‘household names’ for Nigeria and their respective European clubs. Both players contributed a great deal as Nigeria U17 won the 2015 Fifa World Cup staged in Chile. While Osimhen won the Golden Boot and Silver Ball, Chukwueze walked away with the Bronze Boot. Since then, the youngsters have been key figures for their European teams as well as the country’s senior national team – helping them place third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. For the 1994 African Player of the Year, who was their coach at national U17 and U20 levels, credit for their meteoric rise should be given to the coaches who discovered them, while hoping Nigeria builds on this to groom more superstars in future. “Football is like a school where you progress from the primary school down to the tertiary institution. Even after that, you continue to educate yourself,” Amuneke told Goal. “Playing in the youth team is an opportunity for a young player who is dreaming big to become a professional. Helping your team win the World Cup at youth level means you have something special as a player “It depends on capacity, abilities and mentality to continue to progress as a footballer, so seeing (Samuel) Chukwueze and (Victor) Osimhen progressing gives me joy. “These are players we all picked without anybody knowing anything about them. We saw the qualities they possessed and try to guide them to develop.” “They have answered some of the questions asked during the 2015 U17 World Cup in Chile, on why African players after doing well in a cadet tournament fail to progress,” he continued. “Seeing them becoming household names for their clubs and the Super Eagles in their early 20s is a very good thing and it means that those people who have worked hard in the U17 category since 2013 have done a good job and have set a pace. “It’s up to us to be able to build on that and see how our players can transform from the youth level to the senior level towards becoming better players in future.” Before European football leagues went on a hiatus owing to the Covid-19 outbreak, Osimhen contributed 13 goals in 27 French top-flight appearances this term. read also:Amuneke charges Nwakali to revive his career For Chukwueze, in 26 Spanish elite division outings, he has found the net thrice as the Yellow Submarine stay eighth on the La Liga log. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

Israel Adesanya in tears on UFC debut

first_imgRelatedPosts Israel Adesanya retains UFC title UFC: Israel Adesanya plans 42-year-old man fight Israel Adesanya expects Whittaker rematch Footage of Israel Adesanya bursting into tears after making his UFC debut has gone viral ahead of the first defence of his middleweight title. The “Last Stylebender” defends his 185lbs title against the fearsome Yoel Romero at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night at UFC 248. Despite Romero’s intimidating physical stature, incredible wrestling background and the reluctance from fellow contenders to face the Cuban, Adesanya made sure to call out the boogeyman of the middleweight division to define his legacy. The 30-year-old’s journey has accelerated at an incredible pace since he first stepped foot into the octagon on February 10, 2018 against Rob Wilkinson. Despite the American’s insistence on getting the fight to the canvas and testing out the ground game of the former world kickboxing champion, Adesanya eventually found his rhythm as he has done in every single one of his 18 fights thus far. After landing uppercuts and knees for fun, the fight was waved off and the Nigerian-New Zealander told the rest of the middleweight division there was a “new dog” in the yard. Despite the flashy techniques on display and the confident statement afterwards, footage has since emerged of Adesanya bursting into tears after the fight as he walked away from the octagon alongside coach Eugene Bareman. The City Kickboxing head coach, who also helped Alex Volkanovski achieve his UFC world title dreams, could not help but smile with pride as his star pupil talked through the fight with him. Regardless of what happens on Saturday night and indeed beyond for Adesanya, the slick striker will have this moment in history forever.Tags: Israel AdesanyaYoel Romerolast_img read more