UGA Bulls Better

BREAKING GROUND for the new multipurpose livestock building at the University of Georgia Bull Evaluation Center near Irwinville, Ga., are (from left) Georgia Rep. Penny Houston (District 166), Georgia Rep. Newt Hudson (Dist. 156), Georgia Cattlemen’s Association President Betts Berry, UGA Animal and Dairy Science Department Head Larry Benyshek, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Assistant Dean Phil Utley, Georgia Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Harold Ragan (Dist. 11), GCA Bull Test Committee Chairman Harvey Lemmon and UGA CAES Dean and Director Gale Buchanan. To yield tender steaks, he said, beef cattle have to have a certain amount of marbling. Beef lovers have long known that the intermixture of fat and muscle marks the very best cuts of meat. But backfat, Stewart said, just has to be trimmed off. Shoppers don’t want to do a lot of trimming. “Now that we’re using ultrasound to measure these aspects of a bull,” he said, “purebred cattle producers can change their cattle to better meet consumers’ needs.” Stewart has seen many changes in the UGA bull test program. The most obvious have come in the past three years, when the facility was moved from its 37-year-old Tifton site to a greatly expanded site in nearby Irwin County. Local legislators and state agricultural leaders met at the site April 16 to break ground for a $250,000 multipurpose building. The building is expected to be completed by the time the next group of bulls arrives at the end of September. “This new facility will be a valuable part of the bull evaluation program,” said Betts Berry, president of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, which helps manage the program. “And the bull evaluation program is an integral part of the total beef production effort of Georgia.” Harvey Lemmon, who chairs the GCA bull test committee, said the center’s top Angus bulls have gone from yearling weights of less than 1,000 pounds to more than 1,400 pounds in the program’s 40-year history. “It doesn’t take a genius,” he said, “to see what we’ve accomplished with the bull evaluation program.” It’s all a matter of genetics. “When we needed more size, we first started measuring frame,” Stewart said. “When we found we were getting tall bulls that weren’t deep enough or wide enough, we moderated our goals to consider depth and dimension.” But the biggest bull isn’t always the best bull, he said. Cattlemen consign their bulls to be tested (and foot the bill for the program), he said. The bulls are all fed the same feed and evaluated over four and half months. “We provide the most complete data a buyer can get,” Stewart said. “If we identify what we’re looking for, we have tests to evaluate for it.” Sometimes, he said, a farmer may want a bull to breed first-calf heifers. He can choose one that sires quality calves that are smaller at birth. One farmer may want to raise the weaning weights in his herd. Another may need cows that give more milk. Both can get what they need by selecting the right bull. The focus of any genetic change in cattle is what the shoppers want in the store. “We just have to identify the needs and see what kind of bull best matches the needs of the herd,” Stewart said. Shoppers today may not realize a bull test center has any value to them. But the fact that they can buy their beef both lean and tender is due largely to just such a place.”We use ultrasound to measure the ribeye area and check the marbling, and to measure the backfat,” said Robert Stewart, a University of Georgia Extension Service animal scientist. Stewart runs the Tifton Bull Evaluation Center of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. read more

What do your policies REALLY say?

first_imgOver the years, I have talked to financial institutions about their policies and often the compliance officer will proudly pull out a big binder filled with numerous policies. They proceed to tell me how the Board reviews and approves them each year, or as new regulatory requirements occur. And, that’s a very good start.But, do you know what your policies actually say? Do you know who is identified within each policy as being responsible for various aspects of the policy? Do you know what the policies say you will do related to that policy?If those questions make you a little uncomfortable or even a little panicked, you are not alone. I know many compliance officers who feel the same way. In the day-to-day business of trying to keep your credit union in compliance with a myriad of regulations, it is not unusual to push policy review to the back burner. If you have not conducted a thorough review of your policies, make time now to do it. But, where do you start?The simplest way is to start with a spreadsheet. When you look at a policy, pull out any sentence that states a responsible party, any specific statements about what the credit union will do, any audit that will be conducted of the area and the timing, and training that will be provided to employees and the frequency, etc. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

COMMENTARY Improving foodborne outbreak investigations on a budget

first_img Doing better with existing resourcesWe need to focus on which outbreaks we must be able to detect now, in the context of current budget realities. Congress can help with meaningful investments in our food safety system. It is a public good that needs support. However, we also need to do a better job with the resources we currently have. More important, Sen. Klobuchar’s bill starts by identifying which foodborne outbreaks should cause us all to feel a sense of urgency: multi-state outbreaks that are most likely due to the commercial distribution of a contaminated food product. If we can unite ourselves with this common vision and sense of urgency, it seems we should be able to work around many other obstacles. Urgent matters draw timely responses. Our food safety system must compensate for scarce resources by focusing its efforts on the most important outbreaks. By Craig Hedberg, PhD I applaud Taylor and David’s recognition that local agencies are the foundation for public health practice across most of the United States. I agree with many of their findings and endorse the spirit of their recommendations. Full implementation of their agenda would very likely lead to a better food safety system well into the future. That is also my major concern with this and other reports that evaluate the problems and potential of our food safety system: The problems are many and the potential solutions are proposals that inevitably won’t bear fruit until well into the future. Apr 17 CIDRAP News story on food safety report by Michael Taylor and Stephanie David This same point is a key finding of a recent authoritative review of the food safety system conducted under the leadership of Michael Taylor and Stephanie David from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (“Stronger Partnerships for Safer Food: An Agenda for Strengthening State and Local Roles in the Nation’s Food Safety System”). A patchwork systemHowever, as Gardiner Harris pointed out in a New York Times article (“Ill from food? Investigations vary by state,” Apr 20), “Uncovering which foods have been contaminated is left to a patchwork of more than 3,000 federal, state, and local health departments that are, for the most part, poorly financed, poorly trained and disconnected.” See also: center_img In response, politicians, policy makers and the public ask, “Why do these outbreaks happen?” “Why do they take so long to identify and investigate?” Calls for reform of the food safety system abound with the promise that the next time will be different. A number of media reports in recent weeks have highlighted the important role of “Team Diarrhea” in foodborne disease surveillance activities. Hiring public health students to conduct interviews on a routine basis is one of the many innovations in foodborne disease surveillance to come out of Minnesota. This week, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., introduced legislation designed to promote the nationwide use of Minnesota-style approaches to investigating foodborne outbreaks. Establishing a network of similar Centers of Excellence will greatly enhance our nation’s ability to detect and respond to outbreaks. In this regard, Gardiner Harris highlighted a key observation from Kirk Smith, supervisor of foodborne disease surveillance at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH): “I’ve learned in the last few months that the real secret to our success is that we have urgency.” This is important. In Minnesota, a sense of urgency is the secret to success. Across our public health system, the lack of “positive incentives” is seen as an obstacle. Kirk Smith did not say as much, but I suspect that he and his colleagues at MDH would consider that successfully identifying the source of an outbreak, and preventing others from getting ill, is a positive incentive. Dr Hedberg is a professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Jun 17, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The foodborne disease surveillance system seems to be under siege. A nearly continuous series of large, multistate outbreaks of Salmonella have been associated with unexpected food vehicles over the past 3 years. Several of these investigations stretched on for weeks under the glare of increasing public anxiety over uncertain identification of the source. Taylor and David find that “obsolete food safety laws and other legal constraints, coupled with scarce resources and the lack of positive incentives to collaborate across organizational lines” are obstacles to real federal-state-local partnership in the food safety system. They argue that “food safety reform will not be complete—or successful—unless the efforts of these [state and local] agencies are strengthened and integrated more fully into the national food safety system.” They call for Congress to mandate the development of a 5-year plan “for better integrating federal, state, and local food safety efforts and improving state and local capacity for that purpose.”last_img read more

Published program and open applications for DHT in Slavonia

first_imgDHT SLAVONIJA PROGRAM 2019 Opening in Vukovar, the second day the program moves to Vinkovci, while the final ceremony will be held in Osijek Online applications are available until September 29, 2019. Attachment: “Our goal is to position our country as an attractive year-round tourist destination with numerous promotional activities, adorned with a rich and diverse offer. In this sense, Slavonia and the Croatian continental offer come to the fore, and the double-digit growth of tourist traffic achieved on the continent in this tourist year proves that this is an increasingly sought-after part of Croatia with exceptional potential for further growth and development. I am sure that the Days of Croatian Tourism, which will be held in all five Slavonian counties, will prove that Slavonia is an interesting tourist region, and Slavonians are exceptional hosts and tourist workers.”stated the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. DHT Slavonia 2019 program DHT gathers more than 1000 participants every year, and this year the organizers have prepared a number of interesting lectures, workshops, gatherings and additional content. Also, as part of DHT, a round table of representatives of the Government of the Republic of Croatia with tourism employees and the Croatian Tourism Forum organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce will be held.  Traditional meeting of tourist workers and all stakeholders in the tourist system of the Republic of Croatia – Croatian Tourism Days (DHT) will be held, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce since October 2 to 4, 2019 in Slavonia.  You can find the program of this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism as well as information related to applications HERE As the culmination of this event, during two evenings, recognitions and awards will be given to tourist workers, ie destinations and tourist products that are especially responsible for improving the tourist offer in Croatia. “From the very beginning of its mandate, the Government of the Republic of Croatia has focused on the economic development of Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem, in which the tourism sector plays a major role. In order to further emphasize the tourist importance of our easternmost continental region, this year we decided to hold the Days of Croatian Tourism and give the hosts the opportunity to present a variety of tourist products to stakeholders in the tourism sector from all over Croatia. I believe that through the rich program that we have jointly prepared, all participants of this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism will get to know the best of the tourist offer in all five Slavonian counties. In addition, this event will traditionally be an opportunity to pay tribute to all tourism professionals who have stood out with their work and contributed to the global success of Croatian tourism.pointed out Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli. The grand opening of the event will take place on Wednesday 2 October starting at 18.30pm at Eltz Castle in Vukovar. The awarding of the Annual Croatian Tourist Awards will take place on October 3, 2019, starting at 19.30 pm Vinkovci on the property of the Hunting Lodge Kunjevci while the closing ceremony of the TOP 10 awards of Croatian tourism will be held in Osijek at the Fortress on Vatroslav Lisinski Square on October 4, 2019, starting at 20.05:XNUMX p.m. “Slavonia has a lot to offer in terms of tourism, and this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism are an opportunity to show that. It is a combination of rich cultural heritage, natural beauty and increasingly rich gastronomy, which is the key motive for visiting Croatia for more than 30 percent of tourists. By branding the destination we can strengthen the local economy. Agricultural production must grow and follow the increased demand for domestic products, and contribute to the improvement of demographic trends. The basis of such success are, of course, people, because of which our guests leave with a smile and gladly return to us, so this year we will reward the best of them.” said the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Luka Burilović.last_img read more

Feeling gouged by Spectrum pricing

first_imgSince Charter Communications purchased Time Warner Cable late last year, I have seen by monthly bill increase by 22.3 percent, even though my scope has not changed. I do have cable, internet and landline phone services furnished in a bundle, but that hasn’t changed in years. I see the “low-ball” pricing being offered by Spectrum to new customers, but not their existing customers. I’ve tried to negotiate with Spectrum, but they will not lower their monthly pricing in any significant way. I have complained to the state Public Service Commission and attorney general’s office to no avail. I tried the FCC, but they only assigned my complaint a case number. Short of unbundling the services we have purchased for many years, I don’t have an answer to Spectrum’s “gold standard” pricing practices. Does anyone else?Douglas N. McFaddenNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces Nearly $5 Million in Funding for Community Partnerships

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Nearly $5 Million in Funding for Community Partnerships December 18, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Government That Works,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of $4.75 million in funding through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP), to promote community participation and collaborations among nonprofits, businesses, and residents while producing outcomes that assist a distressed area or the low-income population in a neighborhood. The credits will support 17 community revitalization projects across the commonwealth.“The Neighborhood Assistance Program demonstrates the value of public-private cooperation in ensuring the health of our communities, and the benefits that Pennsylvanians see through these partnerships,” said Gov. Wolf. “The continually strong applicant pool and participation levels of this program demonstrate both its demand and the importance of the positive impacts it creates across the commonwealth.”NAP encourages private sector investment into projects that will help improve distressed communities by providing tax credits to businesses that donate capital to support projects that address neighborhood and community problems. NAP can be used for projects in categories including affordable housing, community services, crime prevention, education, job training, charitable food, blight, special population issues, veteran’s initiatives, and long-term community revitalization.The recently approved funding will support:One community investment in the central region, which will help the Central PA Food Bank combat food insecurity by utilizing mobile food pantries throughout central Pennsylvania to families, children, seniors, and veterans. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank expects to serve 130 sites, distribute 8.6 million pounds of nutritious food, provide 3.7 million pounds of fresh produce, and reach nearly 35,000 people.Four community investments in the southwest region in Allegheny, Altoona, Armstrong, Beaver, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Somerset, and Washington counties. One approved project in Allegheny County will assist low-income homeowners who lack the resources to maintain and repair their homes. By working together with social service providers, the program enhances the quality of life for low-income residents through renovations and modifications to their homes as well as through energy efficiency improvements that save money.Five community investments in the southeast region in Coatesville, Chester, Bucks, and Philadelphia counties. One approved project in Chester County will address deterioration and neglect in the commercial district of Coatesville will develop a revitalization strategy to remove or rehabilitate 50 percent of the blighted properties within the district, distribute façade grants resulting in the improvement of 10 percent of the properties in the core, and construct at least 100,000 square feet of quality residential space over the six-year implementation plan.Two community investments in the northeast region in Lackawanna County. One approved project in Scranton will enhance the business district of the Cedar Avenue corridor by creating an incubator for small businesses, offering entrepreneurship and leadership skills to the immigrant community, and expanding the community farmers market.Two community investments in the northwest region in Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Venango, and Warren counties. One approved project in Erie County will provide micro-grants to homeowners to complete façade repairs and tear down blighted properties. The project will also install bus shelters, turn vacant lots into greenspaces, and install public art within the neighborhood.Three community investments in the Lehigh Valley region in Lehigh and Northampton counties. One approved project in Lehigh County will address blight in the poorest neighborhood in the Lehigh Valley by developing eight units of affordable housing for both rental and resale, serving about 32 low-income individuals. The construction will be performed by the apprentices of the YouthBuild program, hired and trained from the neighborhood.The new approvals raise the total amount of funding under the Wolf Administration to nearly $102 million in NAP funding supporting 694 projects statewide. The investment will result in more than $15.7 million in additional funds leveraged through corporate contributions.“Pennsylvanians take great pride in their communities, and the Neighborhood Assistance Program is a way to encourage public-private partnerships to improve the neighborhoods we all call home,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “From improving community health to combatting food insecurity, renovating properties and addressing blight, these projects will improve the quality of life in communities across the commonwealth.”The program has five main components: The Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP), Special Program Priorities (SPP), the Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP), the Charitable Food Program (CFP), and the Enterprise Zone Program (EZP). A description of each of these components is available within the NAP fact sheet.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to community development, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.last_img read more

Apollo Asset Provides New Credit for Hunter Tankers

first_imgHunter Tankers, a subsidiary of Hunter Group, has entered into a USD 15 million revolving credit facility agreement with Apollo Asset.Following the deal with Apollo Asset, a company owned by Hunter Group ASA’s board member Arne Fredly, the company cancelled the outstanding USD 3 million revolving credit facility.Hunter Tankers explained that the new facility will carry a total interest rate of 5.00% p.a. all inclusive.“The facility may be cancelled at any time, by either party, whereupon the outstanding amount will become due and payable.”The loan would be used to finance the group’s working capital requirements, as well as general corporate purposes.last_img

Sex education could change under Labour Government

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 31 October 2013Sex education could be significantly changed under a future Labour Government.The issues to be covered in policy proposals will be debated at the Party’s annual conference this weekend.It’s proposed Labour enacts a national sex and sexuality education programme.It would see a minimum standard set for sex and sexuality education in the national curriculum – issues covered would include sexual diseases, contraception, consent, sexual orientation and gender identity. sex ed guidelines start at Year 1NZ Herald 2 November 2013Teachers of students as young as 5 will soon have access to new sexuality education guidelines addressing issues such as identity and relationships.The guidelines commissioned by Family Planning are designed to help teachers of students in Years 1 to 4, and will cover body parts and differences between boys and girls – but not sex.Co-author and Canterbury University education lecturer Tracy Clelland said the guidelines focused on identity, self-worth, friendships, relationships, being confident in yourself and expressing emotionsPasifika Principals’ Association president Unasa Enosa Auva’a said any discussions around sexuality and relationships “cut to the heart” of Pacific families. “From a Pasifika point of view, this is an issue for our parents. Our parents need to be involved in teaching their children, particularly at the primary level.”What Year 1 students will learn• Working together as a class to create a safe classroom environment• Discussing the meaning of respect and showing respect for others• Describing themselves and their relationships with others, including similarities and differences• Describing themselves in relation to their gender• Exploring and sharing ideas about friends and classmates• Using ‘I’ statements to express ideas and feelings• Identifying body parts, including sexual parts• Discussing changes to the body and ways to care for the body read more

Colorado baker loses right to uphold Marriage

first_imgCBS News 31 May 2014The owner of a bakery in Lakewood said he will no longer sell wedding cakes after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled he did discriminate against a gay couple when he refused to sell them a cake.Jack Phillips owns Masterpiece Cakeshop. In 2012, David Mullins and Charlie Craig went to the shop to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception. They planned to marry in Massachusetts and have a reception in Colorado.Phillips said he doesn’t believe in gay marriage and he refused to sell them a cake.“We would close down the bakery before we would complicate our beliefs,” Phillips said after the hearing, according to CBS Denver. Phillips also admitted he had refused service to other same-sex couples.A judge previously ruled a business owner cannot refuse service to a customer on the basis of sexual orientation. Phillips appealed to the commission, but it upheld the decision. read more