Did You Know Farmers Have Super Powers?

first_img Name Sym Last Change Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program Did You Know Farmers Have Super Powers? Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Home Commentary Did You Know Farmers Have Super Powers? Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Man Standing by Bale of Hay Facebook Twitter SHARE All quotes are delayed snapshots By Gary Truitt – Jul 25, 2016 center_img How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Facebook Twitter Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 SHARE Previous articleMexican Ethanol Producers Set Sights on SorghumNext articleAgriculture Will Do Well in Governor’s Race Gary Truitt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR If you want to make it in this world, you need to have superpowers. Just scan the bestselling movies; most have characters with supernatural powers.  The most popular television shows and cartoons have themes that involve superpowers.  Once only found in comics, the superhero with superpowers is everywhere. In August, thousands of adults from across the country will come to Indianapolis for Gen Con, a gaming convention that will feature many characters with superpowers. While all this is fantasy, there are real people with superpowers who use amazing technology to save the world.Yet, sadly, most people don’t realize that farmers are superheroes with amazing powers. This is due, in part, to the fact that farmers use their superpowers in fields and feedlots far from large urban areas and most people can’t see their work.  They also don’t wear bright colored tights and masks. Another issue is that the amazing task of producing food does not involve explosions, fireballs, and mushroom clouds. Yet, despite these drawbacks, farmers perform many of the same feats as the most popular superheroes.A farmer puts a seed in the ground and, with water, solar energy, and some special super-powered fertilizer, produces edible food. A dairy farmer uses robots to milk his cows, science to pasteurize the milk and keep it safe, and chemistry to transform the milk into things like cheese, ice cream, and even an edible living organism called yogurt. The Transformers can’t do that.Corn and soybean farmers use robots, satellites in space, and drones to detect weeds, diseases, and evil crop-munching insects in their fields, all from their smartphones. That is definitely more impressive than all those Pokemon Go players.   Horrific-looking supermonsters are good at destroying life and wrecking cities.  Farmers, on the other hand, oversee the creation of life and make improvements to our environment and eco-system.A recent Reuters survey indicated that more than half the drivers questioned said they are unfamiliar with ethanol. Many consumers are unaware that all gasoline contains a ten percent blend of ethanol, another superpower that farmers have: producing fuel at the same time they are producing food.Most superheroes are motivated by a noble desire to save the world and to fight crime and evil. Likewise, most farmers are motivated by a desire to feed the world. While saving the planet from imaginary aliens or mutants makes for great entertainment, the task of feeding the world is real and vital for our continued existence. Perhaps if farmers started wearing colored tights and masks and shooting off fireworks in their fields, people might pay more attention to the superpowers at work in American agriculture.By Gary Truitt STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribelast_img read more

Tokyo 2020: Ex-Olympian Pledges Assistance to Athletes

first_imgPreparation by Team Nigeria ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has received a boost with a former Olympian, Isaac Uche, offering to assist the athletes through the 1st Uche Isaac Sprint/Relay Athletics Championship scheduled for next year in Lagos.The maiden championship, which would hold on April 11, 2020 at the Yaba College of Technology Mini-Stadium, would see athletes compete in the 100m, 200m, 400m, relays and other activities.According to the sponsor, Uche Isaac, the competition will help to prepare Team Nigeria athletics contingent for both Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 Olympic games. “I am tired of people blaming government or the Athletics Federation of Nigeria for failure to prepare athletes for major games. Having benefitted in the past, l have decided to give my little contribution to put our athletes in good shape,” Isaac said.A sprinter in his active days and currently member Abia State Athletics Association, Isaac disclosed that the competition would be continuous, following what he described as huge demand across the country.He however regretted the downward trend in Nigerian sprint events, especially among the male sprinters, and called for swift reversal.“This is the reason I am urging the athletes to explore this opportunity to prepare themselves for major games,” the sponsor also said.Over 100 athletes from all over Nigeria will compete in the one-day All-Comers championship where cash and other prizes will be wonShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Hastings Major All-Stars rock past White Rock to capture 2012 B.C. Little League Baseball Championship

first_imgThe game was over so fast that anyone late to their seats missed most of the highlights.Hastings Major All-Stars scores early and often, and them some in blasting White Rock 20-0 in the final of the 2012 B.C. Little League Baseball Championships Saturday at Andy Bilesky Park in Trail.Dunbar put up nine runs in the first inning, then rode the two-hit pitching of Cole Dalla-Zanna en route to the lopsided victory.The Vancouver squad pounded White Rock pitching for 22 hits including home runs by Kolby Buljevic Noah Hanson-Stafford and Cez.Paguio.Evan Lane took the loss for White Rock in a game that lasted only four innings. Hastings advanced to the final by shutting out Vancouver rival Dunbar 8-0.White Rock, the top team following a week of round robin play, dumped Beacon Hills of Victoria 21-3 in the other semi final.White Rock defeated Hastings 7-6 during the round robin, snapping a 6-6 tie by scoring the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning after the Lower Mainland squad scored four in the top of the frame to tie up the ball game.Hastings started slow in the tournament, but got better with age finishing provincial championships by scoring a total of 100 runs while allowing only 14 runs in seven games played.The team now moves on to play in the Little League Canadian Champ[ionship tournament in Edmonton, Alberta from August 4-11.Hastings opens the tournament against Ontario Saturday.The Trail Allstars, with players from throughout the West Kootenay, finished the tournament with a record of 1-4, missing the playoff round.last_img read more

Overcoming challenges during planting | Andy Detwiler, Champaign Co. | 2019 Spring Cab Cam

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Andy Detwiler of Champaign County has a story and background in agriculture more unique than most. He has spent a life in farming without the use of his arms after losing them in a farming accident at a very young age. He has since become an inspiration to others in his local community and around the world by not letting anything get in his way, including a difficult planting season. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood caught up with Detwiler Thursday evening ahead of the overnight rain storms as he was rushing to get in corn in the well-drained soils near Urbana.Want to learn more about Andy? Check out his YouTube page, the Harmless Farmer, at this link.last_img read more

Gov’t Increases Support for Students Under PATH

first_imgStory Highlights He said that an additional $347 million has been provided to the School Feeding Programme for children at the early childhood level. This was disclosed by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, as he opened the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 7. The Government has increased allocation to the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), which will expand support for students at various levels of the education system. The Government has increased allocation to the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), which will expand support for students at various levels of the education system.This was disclosed by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, as he opened the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 7.He said that an additional $347 million has been provided to the School Feeding Programme for children at the early childhood level.The additional amount boosts the total allocation for school feeding to $5.1 billion, up from $4.8 billion in 2018/19, representing a seven per cent increase.In addition, a further $200 million has been provided to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information under the Examination Fees Assistance Programme to support payment for four additional subjects for PATH secondary level students sitting exit Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.This represents a 50 per cent increase from $400 million to $600 million.A sum of $380 million has also been provided to the Ministry to support the provision of transportation grants to schools.Dr. Clarke noted that the objective is to significantly reduce the transportation costs for 7,500 students, who are registered beneficiaries of PATH, and are attending 94 public schools across Jamaica.“This increases the allocation for PATH transportation by $180 million or 90 per cent from $200 million in financial year 2017/18 to $380 million in financial year 2019/20,” he said.A sum of $562 million is included in the budget to support retention of the PATH back-to-school grant, which was first introduced in August 2018.“The benefit will be institutionalised under PATH and payments made once per year in August at the start of the new school year,” Dr. Clarke explained.He said that the additional budgetary allocations, along with an average 16.4 per cent increase in PATH cash grants with effect from June 2019, “represent protection of the vulnerable in action.”last_img read more

Record settlement for NS boy who suffered brain damage at birth

first_imgHALIFAX – A seven-year-old Nova Scotia boy who suffered brain damage at birth has received a $6 million settlement — the largest of its kind in the province’s history.The lawsuit said Cullen Chisholm suffered oxygen deprivation during his delivery which caused severe cerebral palsy.Lawyer John McKiggan says Cullen requires constant care.“He is unable to care for himself in any way and will require 24 hour attendant care for the rest of his life,” McKiggan said Monday.Half the money — $3 million — was used to purchase an annuity that will provide monthly payments “to pay for his care for the rest of his life,” the lawyer says.Obstetrician Dr. Allison Ball and the former Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority have agreed to the settlement, which had to be approved by the court because it involved a child.Cullen was born at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish, N.S., on July 31, 2010, with his umbilical cord around his neck. He was later airlifted to the IWK-Grace Health Sciences Centre.The statement of claim, filed in 2012, alleged that the defendants failed to act when the electronic heart monitor showed evidence that Cullen was in distress. It says if the defendants had performed a C-section then Cullen’s injuries could have been prevented.McKiggan says there was no admission or finding of fault.The settlement also compensates parents Monique Chisholm and Wade Chisholm for the care they’ve provided over and above the expected care that any parent provides, McKiggan says.The statement of claim says the parents have “provided nursing, housekeeping and other services to Cullen.”It said that Monique Chisholm has been unable to return to work because she has to care for Cullen, and as a result she has and will continue to suffer consequential past and future income loss.“There are funds to purchase all the rehabilitation care needs he will require (wheelchair, accessible van, etc.) and money to buy a wheelchair accessible home,” McKiggan said.The court approved almost $1.6 million in legal fees.McKiggan said the highest previous settlement for birth injury in the province was $4.5 million.“The value of this ($6 million) claim is similar to what catastrophically injured children have received in other provinces. The exception is Ontario where it is not unusual for claims of this nature to result in settlements/awards in the range of $10 million or more,” he said.Cullen lives in Antigonish with his parents and younger brother.last_img read more

Provincial permits dont consider Species at Risk Act Environment Canada

first_imgA spokesperson for the Manitoba government said it considers the Species at Risk Act when reviewing development proposals and will have caribou range action plans by 2020.Eric Hebert-Daly of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society said the report emphasizes what groups like his have been saying for years.“At the provincial level, we have a lot of work to do”’ he said. “Provincial laws are either missing or their flexibility is too flexible.”The latest assessment of woodland caribou suggest 81 per cent of Canada’s herds are in decline. Loss of another one-third of the population is expected “in the near term.”The main threat to their numbers is alteration of habitat, which reduces its productivity and allows access by predators.Wilkinson said the federal government is able to oblige provinces to immediately enforce the Species At Risk Act.But for now, he said, Ottawa will continue to work with the provinces on conservation agreements funded from allotments in the most recent budget.“That allows us to bring some money to the table around reforestation or a range of other things the provinces need to do to protect the caribou.”Caribou conservation is often seen to be in direct conflict with forestry and energy and the jobs they generate. In late March, Alberta delayed its own caribou range plans over economic concerns.“There tends to be a lot of fear in those (resource) communities about what those impacts would be,” Wilkinson said. “We have to avoid this being seen as an environment versus economy issue.” OTTAWA, O.N. — Recovery of Canada’s declining caribou herds is being hampered because provincial agencies that license development on the habitat of the threatened species aren’t required to follow federal environmental laws.“It is a concern,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, parliamentary secretary to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.On Monday, Environment Canada released a report assessing how provinces are doing in protecting habitat for caribou, a threatened species in every jurisdiction that has them. The idea, said Wilkinson, was to examine actions on the ground and a province’s “legal architecture” to see if it was equivalent to federal legislation. The federal report also concludes that little conservation is taking place on the ground. Measures in almost every case are still in planning or draft stages.“We do need to start to see action on the ground,” Wilkinson said. “We’ve had several years of planning exercises. We need more action on the part of the provinces.”Saskatchewan’s Environment Ministry released a statement in response to the federal report saying it is committed protecting woodland caribou.“Saskatchewan is confident that it currently has all of the legislative tools necessary to protect critical habitat for woodland caribou.”center_img “What we have found is they are not,” he said. “There are gaps with respect to protection relative to species at risk nationally.”In every province, agencies that issue permits for forestry or energy development aren’t required to conform to the federal Species At Risk Act.The phrase “the discretion to authorize these activities is not subject to constraints consistent with those under SARA” appears again and again. Those constraints include requirements that at least two-thirds of critical habitat be left undeveloped.When the act was passed in 2002, the government of the time anticipated provinces would pass similar legislation.“With just a couple exceptions, the provinces haven’t done that,” Wilkinson said.British Columbia is developing such legislation. Ontario has an endangered species act, but it exempts forestry.last_img read more

Geoscience BC report says Northeast BC has potential for more light oil

first_img“This project has the potential to bring investment in light oil development to northeastern BC,” said project lead Brad Hayes. “This has significantly lower environmental impact than the heavier oils associated with Alberta’s oil sands, and could also help to diversify British Columbia’s economy.”Of the 27 locations, eight were rejected as unsuitable and 19 were deemed suitable for analysis. Those 19 suitable locations were then graded from A to C: – 2 – the Halfway and Chinkeh Formations – were graded ‘A’ – 1 was graded ‘A/B’; – 6 were graded ‘B’; and – 10 were graded ‘C’.“Light oil is significantly more valuable than the heavier oils. Making this new data publicly available helps the energy sector to focus exploration activity and responsible development,” said Geoscience BC Executive Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer Carlos Salas. “It also makes independent data about the potential for unconventional oil development in the region available to communities, First Nations and government.”Geoscience BC said the identification of new oil plays in Northeast B.C.’s portion of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin falls under its energy focus area and contributes to the organization’s objective to identify new natural resource opportunities.The full report can be read here: http://cdn.geosciencebc.com/project_data/GBCReport2018-20/GBCR2018-20_Resource_Oil_Report.pdf FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A new report published by Geoscience BC today has graded the potential for high-value light and medium oil at 27 locations in northeastern B.C.Geoscience BC said that while the area is well-known for its natural gas reserves, little research has been done to identify the potential for accessing lighter oil in the region since the widespread adoption of horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing.Titled ‘Identification of New Resource Oil Plays in Northeast British Columbia’s Portion of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin,’ Geoscience BC said the project seeks to address that knowledge gap.last_img read more

Podcast The Incredible Ronda Rousey The MLB Trade Deadline And A Doping

If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Aug. 4, 2015), we discuss whether mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey is unbeatable. We also talk about the winners and losers coming off the MLB trade deadline, as well as leaked data suggesting that one-third of medals at endurance events in the Olympics and at World Championships between 2001 and 2012 might have gone to athletes with suspicious blood-test results. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week: What if you broke a world record by accident?Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on the show:Andrew Flowers on Ronda Rousey fighting like an outlier.Rousey’s controversial stance on trans fighters in her sport.Neil Paine and Nate Silver break down the MLB trade deadline using the brand-new “Doyle Number” metric.58 prospects at the trade deadline.Large-scale allegations of doping among endurance athletes.The International Association of Athletics Federations president calls the allegations a joke.Significant Digit: 2 — the number of times swimmer Katie Ledecky has broken her own world record, this week. Hot Takedown read more

Ohio States resurgent offense to be put to the test against Penn

Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the football into the end zone during a game against Maryland on Oct. 10 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 49-28. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorThe Ohio State offense seems to be coming into its own, putting up 121 points in its last three games, including 49 against Maryland in Week 6.The best test of the progress it has made since the start of the season could come on Saturday, as OSU (6-0, 2-0) welcomes a team ranked 10th in the nation in defense.Penn State (5-1, 2-0) has allowed just 275.7 yards per game, including only 158.7 yards through the air.OSU coach Urban Meyer said his team will have to be at its best to put up points against the Nittany Lions.“Excellent defense,” Meyer said. “I think they’re top 10 … we had a hard time moving them last year, very good defense.”That game last year was a double-overtime thriller in State College, Pennsylvania, in which the Buckeyes emerged with a 31-24 victory.Then-sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa was the star of that night, piling up 2.5 sacks, including a game-ending sack in which he threw the Penn State blocker into quarterback Christian Hackenberg.“I don’t think I’ll be able to top a moment like that this week,” Bosa said.The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native called last year’s game “the hardest fought game” he’s ever played and expects the Nittany Lions to present another tough test on Saturday. He said it all stems from the junior Hackenberg.“I see a very confident quarterback, a guy that can really make all the throws down the field,” Bosa said.Hackenberg, considered to be one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects, has struggled at times this season. On the year, he is 87-of-164 for 1,086 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions.Saturday’s contest is set to kick off at 8 p.m., the first night game Ohio Stadium has played host to since Nov. 1 of last season against Illinois. Redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller said games played at the primetime hour give the team a different sense of energy.“The last couple of night games I played in, it was exciting, the atmosphere was crazy,” Miller said. “Guys always love playing under the lights.”With Penn State standing as one of the four teams in the Big Ten East division undefeated through two conference games, Bosa said the team recognizes games like that as key points of the season.“It gets bigger as the season continues because it’s harder every week to stay undefeated I think,” Bosa said. “It’s Big Ten season and that’s when I think it really picks up.”Previously for Penn StateWhen the dust settled from the Nittany Lions’ opening game, things were not looking pretty.In-state rival Temple thoroughly dominated Penn State, coming away with a 27-10 victory, and potentially sending coach James Franklin’s squad to a downward spiral of a season.However, the Nittany Lions did just the opposite.Since the opening game in Philadelphia, Penn State outscored its opponents 141-59 on the way to a five-game winning streak.“I remember watching them their first game this year and it’s nowhere close to where they’re looking now,” Bosa said. “They’re finally getting it together and looking like a really good team.”Penn State’s victories came against Buffalo, Rutgers, San Diego State, Army and Indiana. However, all five of those games came at home at Beaver Stadium, so it remains to be seen if the Nittany Lions can improve from their lone road showing.Sack mastersSaturday’s game features two of the top players in the country when it comes to bringing the opposing quarterback down.Penn State redshirt senior defensive end Carl Nassib has recorded more sacks than anyone else in the nation with 10 — all solo.The hulking 6-foot-7, 272-pound West Chester, Pennsylvania, product has at least one sack in each of his six games this year, including three games with two or more sacks.On the other side, Bosa hasn’t found the same results this season but is still feared nationally after picking up 21 sacks in his first two seasons.Bosa recorded his first solo sack of the season against Maryland, with a first-game suspension, constant double or triple teams and quick-handed quarterbacks holding him back.“It feels good to get there, obviously,” Bosa said. “It’s what D-linemen go for every game, to get their sacks.”As a team, the Nittany Lions are second in the country with 4.17 sacks per game, while OSU is 11th with 3.17.On the other side of the ball, OSU is 20th in the country with 1.17 sacks allowed per game, while Hackenberg has been brought down 3.17 times per game, 112th in the nation.Up nextAfter Saturday’s 8 p.m. showdown, the Buckeyes are slated to travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, to face Rutgers on Oct. 24. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more