Pinterest Facebook Previous articleHIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD: Kermit ISD races to the front with Unified TeamNext articleConcert benefit Odessa American Pops series By Odessa American – April 19, 2021 WhatsApp Local News Facebook Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale will present TAKE3 at 7:30 p.m. May 1 at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, 1310 N. FM 1788, Midland.TAKE3, joined by the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Gary Lewis, will present a high-energy performance highlighting the powerhouse trio of musicians including a violinist, cellist, and pianist.Masks are required and seating for this event will be socially distanced and limited.Tickets are $30 to $50, students are $17.For tickets, visit mosc.org or call 800-514-3849, or stop by the Wagner Noël Box Office. Twitter Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp
This is not an article I believed I would have to write, at least not at this point in my college career. I am leaving The Badger Herald, and this is my goodbye and thank you for everything, from start to finish.The reasons for my departure are complicated, but boil down to a new beginning in the Wisconsin Athletic Department as a reporter, which will prevent me from continuing on at the Herald. I wouldn’t feel comfortable writing a piece like this if I didn’t know that my dream position is waiting for me next semester and that this paper was the biggest reason for getting me there.When I first walked into the Herald offices at as a bright-eyed freshman, I sat down on a couch in front of my future bosses and mentors, Chris Bumbaca, Eric Goldsobel and Nick Brazzoni as they opened a package. Inside that package was a signed football from the ESPN “College Gameday” crew, and I knew right then and there that I wanted to do whatever it was these guys were doing on a daily basis.I started as a men’s soccer beat reporter and experienced what it was like to write for a team that didn’t seem to win home games, especially when wind chill didn’t reach more than 10 F, and I couldn’t figure out the bus system. Despite the struggles, the enjoyment I felt from writing about that team and publishing stories for a probable audience of three people convinced me I was doing something right or losing my mind.I went on to men’s hockey in the winter, football in the spring and was thrown into an editor position I had no proper training for, or was probably right for, the third week back on campus this year. That first month, the phrase “learning curve” took on a whole new meaning to me.Just by saying yes to an editor position, I suddenly had six articles to publish, two meetings, one print issue and my own personal beat to cover weekly.Through it all, however, my own personal friend and superior editor David Hayes, alongside the unending wisdom of Bumbaca, got me through probably the toughest adjustment of my college career. I got to visit The Big House for a game against Michigan, step on the field of The Camp during an Ohio State game overtime and watch in agony as the Badgers fell in Indianapolis.The experiences I have had over this short two year period are some of the most amazing moments of my life, but don’t even compare to the relationships I have had with my colleagues and friends along the way. I still have my credential tags from Lucas Oil Stadium, and I still scroll through pictures of the memories I will never forget, but the relationships I built are what will truly be carried with me as I move on to the next chapter.From the editors I mentioned, to the amazing writers I had, to every other staff member that helped me along the way, the Herald has pushed me to become a professional and a journalist, in every sense of the words. Two years ago, I would have never believed the skills I would develop in the second floor office of an otherwise abandoned restaurant complex would be second to none, but nothing is closer to the truth.I understand my words won’t, and shouldn’t, mean as much as Bumbaca’s or Nolan Beilstein’s, but I hope those who read this know how much I truly loved working at this paper. I got the opportunity, as an underclassman, to experience sights that my 8-year-old self, watching SportsCenter every day before school, wouldn’t believe.I am now working in the Athletic Department of my dream school, something my soon-to-be 21-year-old self still can’t even believe. That dream, however, comes at a price: leaving a job that has given me nothing but joy two years too short.Thank you to everyone who read my articles and supported my work. The positive feedback I have received over what seems like a long, but not long enough, two years is overwhelming.I hope those who make it this far, especially at the Herald, know that I put just about everything I had into this paper, from Day 1 to today. I didn’t finish what I had originally set out to, but I started something that I never intend to finish: becoming the best journalist I can be and representing the Herald along the way.
8 January 2007A honey wine produced at Makana Meadery in Grahamstown banked gold at an international festival in Colorado and is set to turn the Eastern Cape into the largest honey-producing area in South Africa. Honey Sun African Mead – sweet mead infused with rooibos, honeybush, cinnamon and apple – is one of several value-added products combining African traditions with skills training and a top-shelf product.It collected gold in the speciality category of the 2006 International Mead Festival in Boulder, Colorado.The six-year-old meadery in Frontier Country is already a world leader in mead process design and holds a patent on its continuous fermentation process.Thanks to a bicycle thiefBut the sweetest anecdote to this success is how the theft of a bicycle, the spoils of the Cape Honeybee and a friendship forged a wholly South African enterprise that is reinvesting in the province.“My bicycle was stolen from outside the Zoology Department at Rhodes University in my second year of studies,” says company director and biotechnologist Dr Garth Cambray.Instructed by his irate parents to “get a job and buy a new bike”, Cambray earned income “measuring bee wings for a Rhodes entomology professor”.So began his love affair with the Cape Honeybee – Capis mellifera capensis – and soon Xhosa-speaking Vuyani Ntantiso would enter his life to help manage his hives and ultimately forge a business partnership.“We can thank the person who stole my bicycle for the direction we are headed today,” says Cambray.A 20 000-year old beverageNow Makana Meadery resolves to place the 20 000-year old South African honey-based beverage, iQhilika, on world shelves.According to Cambray, while China is the largest honey-producing country in the world, her “sick bees” raise the risk of antibiotic products in the raw material – unusable on the organic market. This has opened a gap for organic bee products from South Africa.In subsistence economies, honey is harvested from wild or semi-wild hives, Cambray explains. It is rich in pollen and debris and perfect for mead making. “In rural areas, honey is also frequently bought as an ingredient for traditional medicine.”Makana Meadery hopes to give credibility back to the South African beverage and prove that biotechnology can create jobs.Training, hiring beekeepersOver 100 people from rural areas including Komani (Queenstown), Ngcobo and Peddie have been trained in basic beekeeping skills under the guidance of Ntantiso.A target of 1 000 trained beekeepers has been set for the province. “Beekeepers trained by us will be encouraged to sell honey to friends and family first and any overflow of their product to the meadery,” says Cambray.Products sold by Makana Meadery include an award-winning herbal mead; sweet, dry and chilli meads; vinegar, honey mead mustard, honey, honey marmalade and a range of jams made from seasonal fruits and honey.This article was first published in Eastern Cape Madiba Action, summer 2006/07 edition. Republished here with kind permission of the author.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Randall Reeder, OSU Extension Agricultural Engineer (retired)“Glover, they’re going to fire you.”The first time Glover Triplett took his wife to see the new no-till research plots in 1962, the corn was about a foot tall, and the ground was littered with dead weeds and corn stalks from the previous year. The plot looked awful compared to a clean tilled field. She was scared he would lose his first faculty position, at OSU-OARDC in Wooster.Well, he was not fired, and neither was his co-researcher, Dave Van Doren. But they did attract interesting questions about their innovative research, including, “How can you measure erosion if you don’t have any runoff?”Triplett and Van Doren established identical plots in 1963 at Hoytville (Wood County) and South Charleston (Clark County). All three, at OSU-OARDC research stations, continue to give valuable results today.No-till was known as “Farming Ugly” in the early days. Farmers were accustomed to perfectly clean fields, not a speck of crop residue. To many, the aroma of freshly plowed soil was sweeter than Chanel No. 5.After 56 years of no-till at Wooster, the Ohio No-Till (Summer) Field Day will be held there, Aug. 29. The program begins and ends at Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave. This is the first time it will be at an OSU site, and the first time in northeast Ohio. The program will be at the historic no-till plots from about 10:00 to noon.Glover Triplett, still spry at age 88, will be on the program, describing the early obstacles to no-till, plus key discoveries. Others who were early adopters and no-till educators will join him to start the schedule at 9 a.m.Alan Sundermeier and Rafiq Islam of OSU will present a concurrent session on Measuring Soil Health. The session will focus on the importance of soil health, highlight OSU soil tests, and interpret test results for sustainable agricultural management practices. They will share recently developed soil health management innovations and show farmers new ideas for developing a sustainable soil future. Crop diversity with cover crops is essential to improve soil health.August 29 Field Day Agenda:8 a.m.: Registration: (visit exhibitors; donuts & drinks)8:55 a.m.: Welcome, Jan Layman, President, Ohio No-Till Council9 a.m.: Early days of No-till; Where are we today? Panel: Glover Triplett; Bill Richards; Don Myers; Bill Haddad; and Dave Brandt10 a.m.: Drive to the historic plots.Three presentations by Steve Culman and two grad students on: Grain Yields, and changes in Soil Physical Properties, Carbon and Nitrogen.(There will be an optional Lab Demonstration on campus)12:15 p.m. Lunch (Fisher Auditorium)1-3:45 p.m. Three concurrent sessions (with a Break at 2:30 p.m.).Session A: Managing Cover Crops: planting green, interseeding, and more. Jim Hershey, President, Pennsylvania No-till Alliance; Transitional no-till — the journey to True No-till.Jerry Grigar, State Agronomist, USDA-NRCS in Michigan; Panel of all previousspeakers for Q&A.Session B: This session is being organized by the Wayne SWCD. Two of the topicswill be Preventing Erosion after Soybeans, and Cover Crops for Forage (and erosion control).Session C: Measuring Soil Health. (described above)3:45 p.m. Wrap-upCCA credits will be available.RegistrationRegistration information (and any program updates) is on our website: OhioNotillCouncil.com. Pay by credit card or check. To register by mail, send a check (payable to Ohio No-till Council) to: Bret Margraf, Seneca Cons. District, 3140 South S.R. 100, Suite D, Tiffin, OH 44883. The cost is $50 by Aug. 22; $65 at the door. (Students, advance registration only, is $25. Include name(s), address, and email/phone.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — The U.S. will impose an additional 10% tariff on $300 billion in Chinese goods because China has not moved to buy large amounts of agricultural goods, President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday.The president increased the stakes of his trade war with China with a tweet at 11:26 a.m. CDT that his trade representatives “have just returned from China where they had constructive talks having to do with a future trade deal.”The president then added, “More recently, China agreed to … buy agricultural product from the U.S. in large quantities, but did not do so.” The president added China President Xi Jinping also had said he would stop the sale of the opioid drug Fentanyl to the U.S., but Trump stated that has not happened “and many Americans continue to die!”Returning to the topic of trade, the president’s third tweet stated the U.S. would put a 10% tariff on $300 billion more in goods and products from China. The tariff follows a 25% tariff now on $250 billion in other Chinese exports to the U.S.The president then added, “We look forward to continuing our positive dialogue with China on a comprehensive Trade Deal, and feel that the future between our two countries will be a very bright one!”Markets reacted sharply as September corn closed down 7 1/2 cents, August beans were down 17 cents and November soybeans were down 16 1/4 cents, and September wheat was down 7 cents. October lean hogs were down $3.50 as well. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell after trading upward before the tweets.The president increased the tariffs just a day after the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates for the first time in 11 years. Among the reasons the Fed stated for the increase were uncertainty surrounding global growth and trade tensions.Archer Daniels Midland cited the trade war with China as one of the main reasons the giant grain-and-oilseed trader saw second-quarter earnings fall 41% from a year ago. Poor weather conditions in the U.S., including flooding, was the other major factor, ADM stated. Getting more normalized trade between the U.S. and China is one of the company’s expectations for the second half of its fiscal year. ADM cited lagging U.S. exports of grains, soybeans and ethanol.“Although the timing is uncertain, we remain confident in the resumption of significant food and agricultural trade flows between the U.S. and China, which will help bolster margins in the U.S. grain export and ethanol industries,” said Juan Luciano, chairman and CEO of ADM.Ray Young, ADM’s chief financial officer, told analysts on the quarterly call that if agricultural and export sales to China do not improve in the next three months, it would be hard for ADM to come close to last year’s profits. Young added that the entire ethanol industry needs better trade or risks seeing more ethanol plants shut down.Luciano added that African swine fever will have a long-term global impact on protein sales as pork and poultry production are ramping up globally to sell into China. Soybean and soymeal exports will increase globally outside of China to meet that feed demand, he said.“We have even seen meat companies upgrading their facilities to get ready for demand,” Luciano said.For months, pork producers had been anticipating increased trade with China and potentially greater export sales because of ASF. Yet, the president’s move came after USDA released weekly trade reports showing China had canceled orders for 12,200 metric tons of pork for 2019 and another 2,500 metric tons for 2020.U.S. pork right now faces a 50% retaliatory tariff on top of a standard 12% duty, tweeted Rachel Gantz, a spokeswoman for the National Pork Producers Council. She added, “Were it not for China’s trade retaliation, we would be in a strong position to capitalize on this unprecedented sales opportunity in China,”In soybeans, China now still has 4.25 million metric tons of outstanding sales for the 2018-19 crop with the marketing year ending in 30 days. USDA reported just 68,000 metric tons of soybean sales for the week ended July 25.The tariffs come a week after USDA announced the details of a new round of Market Facilitation Program payments that will be going to producers this month. USDA has set aside $14.5 billion for the MFP2 after spending more than $8.6 billion on the first MFP payments that began last fall.Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(BAS/AG/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Tonight people are afraid. In some places they are afraid for their lives. They are afraid for the lives of their families and loved ones. They are afraid for their communities. Their fear is very real, and for many the danger they face is very real.Some fear others who don’t look like them. Some fear those who don’t believe what they believe. They fear the differences. Some have been taught this fear from the time of their birth; it’s an inherited fear that hardens their worldview from an early age. Their fear doesn’t allow them to recognize that we are all the same.For some this fear is a quiet loathing, something always simmering underneath and never spoken of. For others this fear turns into a vocal detestation. And for a few, fear turns into hatred, and hatred turns into violence. Their fear overwhelms them, and as they destroy others they unknowingly and unintentionally sacrifice themselves.At the core of the most horrific news stories you read, the cause is always the same: fear.Fear has one enemy. There is only one thing that can defeat it, and that thing is Love. Love is the heart of understanding. Love is compassion.Fear causes problems from one end of the Earth to the other, most of which are beyond your reach. But because you can’t fight it everywhere doesn’t mean you can’t do anything.Tonight do something wherever you are, however small it might be. Do what you can. The battle is being fought everywhere, every day. What you do may not make a difference everywhere, but it makes a difference where you are right now. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now