Ag Innovation

first_imgBy Sharon DowdyUniversity of GeorgiaAll business owners would appreciate a little extra help, especially in these hard economic times. Georgia agribusinesses and farmers have a team working for them at the Centers of Innovation for Agriculture. And, their help is free. From helping a Georgia cattleman find new markets for his beef to courting a Norwegian company to Georgia, the center has one goal: To help the state’s agricultural industries grow and succeed, said Bill Boone, the center’s director based in Tifton, Ga.Huge economic impact The center is collaborating with the CAES poultry science department, the Georgia Forestry Commission, the UGA Warnell School of Forest Resources, FRAM Fuels and other private companies to test the use of wood pellets as a heat source for poultry houses. The process promises to be both cost-effective and beneficial to the chickens, Boone said. To date, the center has led more than 75 projects with existing Georgia agricultural companies and helped 23 new companies establish footholds in Georgia.The agriculture center is one of six Centers of Innovation Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue created in 2003. The other centers concentrate on aerospace, life sciences, manufacturing, information technology and maritime logistics. “We’re just getting underway with a European company, Deep Organic, that wants to grow grain in Georgia to produce a milk-alternative,” he said. “They are working with researchers on the UGA campus in Griffin, Ga., to research alternative southern grains for their product, as well as conduct taste tests to determine North American taste preferences.” He and his staff work as advocates for Georgia agribusinesses.Georgia-made milk alternative “The Centers of Innovation work directly with the industry community to proactively identify problems and solutions through connections to university research, commercialization, innovation and proprietary processes,” Boone said. “These prospects run the gamut from determining which biodiesel feedstocks will grow well in Georgia to which varieties of sweet potatoes and sweet sorghum might grow the best in Georgia for ethanol production,” he said.center_img The center promotes innovation and cutting-edge technology to help Georgia industries compete in the state, nationally and globally, he said. “We find agricultural businesses that need research out of the university system to help their business grow, and we connect them with the university that can best help them,” Boone said. Connecting business owners and researchersThe center is located on the Tifton campus of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, where more than 100 UGA and U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists work. These neighbors directly help the center’s projects, he said. The agriculture center works closely with CAES scientists studying bioenergy foodstocks and value-added uses for agriculture by-products. “Agriculture had a business economic impact of $58 billion last year,” Boone said. last_img read more

Berger to Congress: Credit union regulatory relief a top priority

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Regulatory relief for credit unions remains a top priority for NAFCU, association President and CEO Dan Berger told congressional leaders Monday in a letter outlining top issues for 2016.“During the consideration of financial reform, NAFCU was concerned about the possibility of the overregulation of credit unions,” Berger wrote. “Unfortunately, many of our concerns about the increased regulatory burdens that credit unions would face have proven true.”Berger explained that the impact of the growing compliance burden is evident as the number of credit unions continues to decline, dropping by more than 17 percent – that’s more than 1,280 institutions – since the second quarter of 2010. “We appreciate the ongoing focus on finding ways to cut back on regulatory burden for small lenders that did not contribute to the financial crisis and urge that this continue to be a priority for the remainder of the 114th Congress,” he wrote.In his letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Berger also listed the need for national data security standards for merchants as a top priority. continue reading »last_img read more

Today, the decision on the new director of the CNTB Main Office

first_imgAt the end of May, more precisely on May 30, the competition for the director of the Main Office of the CNTB ended, which lasted 60 days.Eight applications were received for the competition, seven applications were received on time, while one application was received outside the deadline. In the following period, a Commission for the evaluation of candidacies was formed by the Tourist Board of the Croatian Tourist Board, consisting of: Boris Žgomba as President of the Commission, also a member of the CNTB Tourist Board and President of Uniline, Barbara Mesić, member of the Commission and Chief Advisor to the Minister of Tourism. Željko Kukurin, member of the Commission, also a member of the Tourist Board of the CNTB and President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera dd, Marcel Medak, member of the Commission, also a member of the Tourist Board of the CNTB and director of Daruvar Spa, and Dragan Magaš from the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management in Opatija.By the end of June, the Candidate Evaluation Committee gave each of the seven candidates the opportunity to present the CNTB’s work program for the next four years, and a decision should be made today, ie a proposal to the Tourist Council, which should then make a final decision.By the way, unofficially, the following seven candidates applied for the competition: Dejan Bosak from Ugo group, Davorko Obuljen – former President of the Management Board of Hotel Maestrali and former Deputy Prefect of Dubrovnik-Neretva, Joško Stella – Director of the Split-Dalmatia Tourist Board, Kristijan Staničić – Former President of the Management Board of the Liburnia Riviera Hotels and candidate for mayor of Rijeka in the last local elections, Katarina Miličević from the Institute of Tourism, Tonči Glavina – co-owner of a tour operator for children and youth tourism and the first specialized hostel for young people Eklata and director of the Business Incubator Klis doo, while the last candidate comes from the hotel industry.More expertise and professionalism, and less politicsI sincerely hope that finally in Croatia, and thus in this competition, the main guiding thread will be expertise and professionalism, and not who is closer to the fire and who is pulling harder from the political side. It is important to respect the expertise and competence as well as the vision of the development of each candidate, and then let the shortlist, ie the finalists, where the little things decide, choose politics according to the political key.As I communicate on a daily basis with all profiles of tourism experts from all over Croatia, I can freely determine how the vast majority are dissatisfied and how they want change. To the question of how and when it will be better, I give a clear and only possible answer: That the profession, both at the destination and in the whole of Croatia, unites and asks politics to respect the profession, professionalism and business processes of the 21st century. I know your answer, but it’s up to the people. A change of the whole paradigm is needed, and this is possible only if the profession unites and seeks changes, not from political connotations but exclusively from market bases, ie needs.Synergy, expertise and professionalism – must be key criteria, we can no longer afford to be different because the competition does not sleep, in fact, while we talk for ten years about changes and new regulations, tourist land… competition has already made a hundred changes.It’s all up to the people, it’s all up to you. The synergy of all tourism workers is crucial for the strategic development of tourist destinations.last_img read more

Highlights of the Week

first_imgTSHD Samuel de Champlain Passes Sea TrialsAfter a long conversion period, the trailing suction hopper dredger Samuel de Champlain sailed from Damen shipyard in Dunkirk last Friday, June 14th, to the Loire estuary where she arrived on Sunday, June 16th, to start dredging operations. British Ports Association: Spotlight on Open-Loop Scrubbers in PortsThe words ‘port infrastructure’ usually conjure up images of quay walls, breakwaters, roads and cranes. But some of the most critical infrastructure to port operations is below the water – berths and navigational channels maintained at safe depths, according to Mark Simmonds, British Ports Association’s Head of Policy and External Affairs. Dredging Today brings you an overview of the most popular stories from the past week (June 17-23, 2019). TSHD Vox Amalia to Take Part in Bacton SchemeJust a few weeks ago, Van Oord and Royal Haskoning DHV, working as part of Team Van Oord, have started the execution of a Sand Motor in Bacton.center_img Ravestein Lays Keel for Backhoe Dredger SarbA keel laying ceremony of the backhoe dredger Sarb, to be built for National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC), took place at Ravestein B.V. in the Netherlands on June 14, 2019. TSHD Bonny River Joins DEME’s FleetDEME’s multi-year fleet investment program continues with the arrival of the new generation trailing suction hopper dredger ‘Bonny River’.last_img read more

St. Louis Catholic School announces spelling bee results

first_imgBatesville, In. — The St. Louis Catholic School 4th through 8th graders recently participated in a school spelling bee. The finalists were (two from each grade) were Bridget Lohmueller, Amaia Fullenkamp, Isabel Raab, Ben Miller, Sadie Wachsmann, Hannah Wells, Megan Batta, Megan Raab, Mary Hunter, Charlie Schebler, Ellie Cornett, Sophie Hirt and Amelia Austin.Eighth grader, Ellie Cornett will travel to Cincinnati to compete in the district bee after Christmas.Teachers, Mrs. Baxter, Mrs. Emsweller, and Mrs. Lents were the judges.last_img read more

Arneson becomes first repeat winner of Sanders Mod Challenge

first_imgFlanked by runner-up Tyler Peterson and third-place runner Hunter Marriott, Austin Arneson was the $2,000 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified winner at Norman County Raceway’s Sanders Mod Challenge Thursday night. (Photo by Mike Spieker)By Mike SpiekerADA, Minn. (Aug. 18) – The inaugural Sanders Modified Tour commenced Thursday night at Nor­man County Raceway with a record 46 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds on hand. While the Sanders Modified Tour is still in its onset, the one-night Sanders Modified Challenge, which now apart of the four-night tour, has been the premier Modified event on the NCR schedule for the previous four years.Before Thursday night, there had been no repeat winner of the Sanders Modified Challenge but all that changed when Austin Arneson drove from third to the lead and picked up the win to back up his 2014 Sanders Mod Challenge title.“This is huge. To have a race this big close to home in front of a lot of guys that watched me grow up racing here and in front of family and friends, it’s a really big deal,” said Arneson, who earned $2,000 for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying victory. “I’m really excited to have won it a second time.”After getting by his older brother Cale for second, Arneson used the high side to take the lead away from pole sitter Ryan Mikkelson on lap five.“It just took patience right away. I knew the track was going to be racy all over,” said Arneson. “The bottom was fast. The top was fast, but I prefer the top. I just had to hit my marks and we started picking up momentum and I got out front and stayed out front.”Arneson went on to the lead the final 20 laps of the feature but that run up front didn’t come with­out its challenges.A few mid- to late-race cautions put IMCA newcomer Tyler Peterson right on Arneson’s rear bumper. Peterson threatened to take the point following each restart but over the course of a hand­ful of laps, Arneson would prevail and regain his sizable lead.Arneson took the checkers by more than three seconds. Peterson came home as the runner-up, while first “B” winner Hunter Marriot wheeled his way through the field to round out the podium. Josh Eberhardt came home fourth with Justin Jones in fifth.By winning both his heat and the feature, Arneson picked up the $250 clean sweep bonus. Johnny Corell took home the $100 Out-Pace Hard Charger award, while Tommy Lee was the $100 Performance Auto Tough Luck award recipient.On Friday night the tour heads 45 miles south to Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo for another $2,000-to-win event.Feature results – 1. Austin Arneson; 2. Tyler Peterson; 3. Hunter Marriot; 4. Josh Eberhardt; 5. Justin Jones; 6. John Corell; 7. Michael Greseth; 8. Michael Johnson; 9. Ryan Mikkelson; 10. Dev Malmlov 11. Rich Pavlicek; 12. Tommy Lee; 13. Bryce Borgen; 14. Josh Rogotzke; 15. Cody Erick­son; 16. Jerry Lamb; 17. Myles Tomlinson; 18. Jamie Trautner; 19. Rusty Kollman; 20. Cale Arneson; 21. Josh Beaulieu; 22. Cody Peterson; 23. Tom Berry Jr.; 24. Tom Silver; 25. Billy Vo­gel.Heat winners were Cale Arneson, Tyler Peterson, Austin Arneson, Erickson and Greseth. “B” fea­ture winners were Marriott and Borgen.last_img read more

Snyder paces Modifieds, Olson tops SportMods at Iowa Donor Network/Urbana 5 Night special

first_imgVINTON, Iowa (June 12) – Tony Snyder raced his way onto the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot while Tony Olson took home the biggest check from Sunday’s Iowa Donor Network/Urbana 5 Memorial Night at Benton County Speedway.Snyder held off hard chargers Racer Hulin and Kyle Brown for the $1,000 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified victory. Olson collected his second big payday of the weekend, pocketing $1,400 for his Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod win.One hundred and fifteen cars were counted in the pit area. Other winners on the evening included Da­mon Murty in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and August Bach in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Scott Hogan led the first two times around the track in the Modified main before fellow front row starter Snyder used the lower line to pass for the lead.The only caution came out on the 14th circuit but there was no catching Snyder following the ensu­ing restart. He led the last 18 laps, beating sixth row starter Hulin and 21st starting Brown across the stripe.Hogan and Zach less rounded out the top five.Olson led the first lap of the Northern SportMod feature from the pole but couldn’t keep the third-starting Dvorak from driving by on the lower line.A lap nine yellow proved to be the only stoppage and Olson went to the top when the race re­turned to green. Once back in the lead, he couldn’t be pried from the spot and led the rest of the way. Olson added Sunday’s purse to the $2,000 he won at Davenport Speedway’s SportMod Chal­lenge on Friday to make for a very rich weekend.Scored next were Dvorak, Ben Chapman, Tyler Soppe and Troy Hovey.Murty took the Stock Car lead early and left a three- and sometimes four-wide battle for second waging behind him.Jay Schmidt got the better of Bob Ahrendsen in that tussle. Justin Stander and Norman Chesmore were fourth and fifth, respectively.Bach came into the night second in the national points race and went home with a convincing win of his own after taking the lead before the third of three early cautions.Benji Irvine challenged most of the distance. Rounding out the top five were Justin Wacha, Na­than Ballard and Jamie Songer.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Tony Snyder; 2. Racer Hulin; 3. Kyle Brown; 4. Scott Hogan; 5. Zach Less; 6. Da­vid Brown; 7. Jerry Dedrick; 8. Mike Burbridge; 9. Ryan Maitland; 10. Patrick Flannagan; 11. Josh Barta; 12. Nick Nevins; 13. Corey Dripps; 14. Darin Duffy; 15. Bryce Carey; 16. Ronn Lauritzen; 17. Joe Docekal; 18. Brandon Maitland; 19. Dennis Betzer; 20. Bill Roberts; 21. Troy Cordes.Northern SportMods – 1. Tony Olson; 2. Danny Dvorak; 3. Ben Chapman; 4. Tyler Soppe; 5. Troy Hovey; 6. Brayton Carter; 7. Kyle Olson; 8. K.C. Ansel; 9. Joey Schaefer; 10. Ethan Braaksma; 11. Kyle Bentley; 12. Matt Petrzelka; 13. Curt Hilmer; 14. Gage Neal; 15. Curtis VanDerWal; 16. Jerry Hinton; 17. Sam Wieben; 18. Mitch Manternach; 19. Erick Knutsen; 20. Ryan King; 21. Dakoda Sellers; 22. Creston Williams; 23. Jim Buhlman; 24. Jake Sachau.Stock Cars – 1. Damon Murty; 2. Jay Schmidt; 3. Bob Ahrendsen; 4. Justin Stander; 5. Norman Chesmore; 6. Jarod Weepie; 7. Chris Luloff; 8. Scott Pippert; 9. Scooter Dulin; 10. Jerry Miles; 11. Cur­tis Roster; 12. Shane Ebaugh; 13. Mike Galli; 14. Lonnie Mercer; 15. Kevin Rose; 16. Chad Siems; 17. Scott Beauregard; 18. Buck Swanson; 19. Jared Daggett; 20. Jason Loue.Hobby Stocks – 1. August Bach; 2. Benji Irvine; 3. Justin Wacha; 4. Nathan Ballard; 5. Jamie Songer; 6. Brett Vanous; 7. Daniel Wauters; 8. Brian Happel; 9. Matt Pohlman; 10. Justin Han­son; 11. Matt Brown; 12. Adam Petrzelka; 13. Jacob Floyd; 14. Zach Swanson; 15. Scott Siems; 16. Mike Kimm; 17. Brandon Pitts; 18. Kyle Dulin; 19. Derrick Thran.last_img read more

Adkins focused on relegation fight

first_imgNigel Adkins refuses to accept defeat in Reading’s battle to stay in the Barclays Premier League, despite conceding their outlook is bleak. The Royals, who are eight points adrift of safety with six games remaining, host Liverpool on Saturday knowing an eighth successive loss in the competition would all but doom them to relegation. Yet Adkins insists hope remains provided they can stage a late revival, drawing on last season’s drive for promotion from the npower Championship as inspiration. “We are where we are in the league, let’s not hide away from that. We face an uphill task but all we can do is focus on one game at a time,” he said. “We have to have the mentality of playing winning football and keep looking to the future. The momentum has gone against us with the run of results we’ve had recently, so we need to see if we can establish some momentum. “Last season this club showed in the Championship that if you get the right momentum you can go the other way as well.” Adkins has lost all three matches since becoming manager last month and Reading chairman Sir John Madejski has revealed he would not have sacked his predecessor Brian McDermott. Madejski also stated that some Royals fans prefer the Championship to the Premier League, which he described as “bit of a procession”, but Adkins wants to spend another season in the top flight. “I was as gobsmacked as anyone when Brian was relieved of his duties but that’s football. And I speak from my own experience,” the former Southampton boss said. “This is my first season in the Premier League and I’ve loved every second of it. It’s where I want to ply my trade. “We have several games left and we’ll see where we are at the end of the season, but my desire is to make sure Reading stay here. If we’re not in the Premier league next season, we’ll strive to get ourselves back in straightaway.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

BREAKING: Executive Vice President and Provost C.L. Max Nikias is named the 11th president of USC

first_imgCheck back soon for full coverage from the Daily Trojan. You can download the official announcement and news release below.Click here to view/download the announcement email from USC Board of TrusteesClick here to view/download the USC News Release….last_img

Miranda Ramirez wins 10th straight, even as Syracuse loses to No. 6 Georgia Tech

first_imgSyracuse’s Miranda Ramirez sent her opponent, Georgia Tech’s Rasheeda McAdoo, back and forth along the baseline. Each point seemed to end with a Ramirez winner that McAdoo couldn’t quite reach. McAdoo consistently blazed the same trail down the endline as she inevitably failed to catch up to a cross court shot from Ramirez.“I could tell that when she was on the run, she had a tendency to either make more errors or give me more opportunities,” Ramirez said. “So, I just tried to take advantage of that.”Ramirez and her strong baseline play resulted in her tenth straight singles win, 6-4, 6-4, and brought her to 11-1 on the season. But the Ramirez win was not enough for Syracuse (5-8, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) on Sunday to overcome No. 6 Georgia Tech (17-2, 7-0), though, as the Yellow Jackets won, 4-3.The freshman Ramirez faced a tough challenge in her debut at SU’s top singles spot against Georgia Tech’s highest ranked player, No. 46 McAdoo. Their styles clashed.McAdoo played with power. The senior’s serves sizzled, and her hits from any point on the court were strong. Ramirez played with finesse. She seemed content to wait along her baseline and return any slams that McAdoo offered. In focusing on placement rather than power, Ramirez succeeded in outlasting McAdoo.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRamirez went through the whole match without changing the blank expression on her face. On the other side, McAdoo jawed at the ref on multiple occasions. McAdoo consistently seemed frustrated as she looked at the ceiling or stared at her feet when she couldn’t reach a deep baseline shot following long rallies. Ramirez stayed stoic as ever, regardless of the outcome of an individual point.“It’s more about the process than about the end result,” Ramirez said. “As long as I keep focusing on what I’m doing the same in the moment, then the result will come after.”Ramirez lost a tight doubles match with her partner, Gabriela Knutson. The pair lost to Georgia Tech’s No. 113 Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones, 7-6 (7-3). Both Knutson and Ramirez felt they played well in doubles, and agreed that it didn’t hold them back heading into singles, where they both won.“(Ramirez) has the right attitude,” head coach Younes Limam said. “She works extremely hard at every single practice. Hopefully she will keep at it and keep improving, because that’s our main goal is to keep getting better every day.”Ramirez will just continue to do what has worked ten times in a row: Trust her process and calmly hit baseline winners. Comments Published on March 26, 2017 at 5:10 pm Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more