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first_img Previous articleTrump Nominates Brashears for Top Food-Safety Post at USDANext articleFarm Loan Rates Edging Higher Gary Truitt Proof God Really Loves Us By Gary Truitt – May 7, 2018 Facebook Twitter SHARE May is National Beef Month; and, in my opinion, beef is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Just take a well-cut and trimmed steak, cook to perfection, and you will see what I mean.  Now my vegan friends, well actually I don’t have any vegan friends, but if I did, they would say I am not eating sustainably and am negatively impacting the world’s environment. Those in the anti-animal agriculture crowd have lots of statistics they trot out to show how environmentally bad livestock agriculture is.  They paint an idyllic picture of how our world and diets would be better off without meat.Thank goodness for a new research report that that shows this is simply not the case and proves that eating meat is environmentally responsible and sustainable. USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and Virginia Tech just published a study in the Proceedings of National Academies of Sciences confirming that a food production system of both meat and plants is a healthy and sustainable food system. Vegans and vegetarians like to make a lot of noise about how much greenhouse gas animals produce. The new study does confirm that, if we were to do away with livestock, we’d reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. by 2.6 percent, and 0.36 percent globally. But the study points out that such a move would have some very undesirable consequences, stating, “We’d also upset our balanced food ecosystem and lack essential dietary nutrients to feed all Americans.”One fact often overlooked by non-meat eaters is that animals play an important role in taking inedible food and, ultimately, making it nutritious. Specifically, cattle act as upcyclers — meaning they eat grasses and plant matter and upgrade them into nutritional, high-quality protein. In fact, they produce 19 percent more edible protein than they consume.Land use is another argument often used by the green leafy crowd, yet the study points out livestock production makes productive use of land that would not otherwise be useful. It states, “More than 85 percent of the land where we graze cattle is not suitable for growing crops because it is too rocky, steep and/or arid to support cultivated agriculture.”Another unintended consequence of eliminating animal agriculture is that organic food production would decline. This is because the major fertilizer source for organic producers is livestock manure.  Thus, a system of plant and animal food production is codependent and sustainable.Dr. Sara Place, senior director, sustainable beef production research at NCBA, advocates that a balanced and varied food production system is desirable and sustainable, “Rather than continuing to debate what needs to come off our dinner plate all together, let’s start focusing our attention on making the whole plate better. The social battle underway about what type of agriculture is best (local vs. non-local, vegan vs. omnivore, organic vs. conventional, grass-fed vs. grain-fed) is getting us nowhere. We need it all for a resilient food system that provides choice and affordable, nutritional options.”So, during National Beef Month, enjoy the well-marbled product of this sustainable and eco-friendly system. Remember, God loves you and wants you to be happy, that is why He created steak and fire to cook it.By Gary Truitt SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Commentary Proof God Really Loves Uslast_img read more


first_img Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 BANGOR — Try as he might, Justin Norwood couldn’t hold back the tears.In a dimly lit corner of Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center on Saturday, the Mount Desert Island boys’ basketball team’s head coach of the past 11 seasons couldn’t help but cry just a little bit. Considering the season this year’s Trojans have had, it wasn’t hard to see why.“It’s really hard to talk about them without getting emotional,” Norwood said. “It’s hard for words to do it justice in what they mean to me.”MDI’s drive for a second consecutive Northern Maine championship came up short against a strong Hermon team. Yet even though the team couldn’t defend its title, Norwood’s emotions defined the Trojans’ season more than a scoreboard ever could.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMDI’s season came to an end with a 51-38 loss to Hermon in the Class B North championship game Saturday. The Trojans, who trailed by 22 points entering the fourth quarter, fought until the end to pull within single digits against the No. 1 team in the class before falling to defeat.Although second-ranked MDI kept Hermon scoreless on the first two possessions, the Hawks’ defensive prowess challenged the Trojans just as much in the opening minutes. Baskets by Keenan Marseille and Jacob Godfrey then gave Hermon a 4-0 lead before MDI finally scored its first points of the game on a Drew Shea layup.With the game tied 6-6 early in the second quarter, Hermon scored three straight baskets to take an eight-point lead. MDI responded with back-to-back 3-pointers from Derek Collin and James McConomy to cut the deficit to 14-12, but the Hawks scored 10 of the next 12 points to take a 24-14 lead into halftime.“They’re just a good team,” Norwood said of 21-0 Hermon “They’re big and hard to attack around the rim, and their defense makes it hard to get penetration. It’s just a well-coached, good basketball team all around.”Hermon stayed on the offensive in the second half with a Garrett Trask 3-pointer and a free throw from Godfrey to take a 28-14 lead. An MDI layup on the following possession cut the deficit to 12 points, but the Hawks went on a 12-2 run to extend their lead to 22 points at the end of the third quarter.The Trojans, though, kept Hermon off the scoreboard for the first few minutes of the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to 40-23. MDI would cut the Hawks’ lead to as few as nine points in the final two minutes with 3-pointers from McConomy and Andrew Phelps.“The fight they showed there at the end is what I’ve come to expect of them all season,” Norwood said. “Even being down as much as we were, they never stopped believing and powering through it.”Phelps led MDI with 10 points, all of which came in the fourth quarter. McConomy added nine with a strong effort of his own in late in the game, and Shea provided eight for an MDI team that concluded its season with a 17-4 record. The Trojans’ other scorers were Collin with five points, Owen Mild with four and Colby Lee with two.In spite of the loss, the 2017-18 season could hardly be categorized as anything but a success for the Trojans. After losing nine seniors from last year’s Gold Ball-winning team, the Trojans won eight of nine games to begin the season and entered the state tournament on a four-game winning streak before scoring a combined 151 points against Washington Academy and Presque Isle.The Trojans will lose six seniors — McConomy, Phelps, Mild, Lee, Alden Fournier and Dane Vanzura — to graduation in June. The program will reload as it always does, but for Norwood and another member of his family, this particular group of players will be one they always remember.“It’s tough for my daughter because she didn’t get to see them all week, and this meant a lot to her,” Norwood said. “They’re the type of people my kids look up to and the community looks up to. It’s hard to stress enough how much that means.”last_img read more


first_imgIt was the latest big showing from the former Charlton playmaker as he enjoys an encouraging start to the campaign following his move from The Valley to Ibrox.Addicks boss Lee Bowyer was critical of Aribo for heading to Glasgow but Gerrard reckons his decision is more than paying off as the London-born star goes from strength to strength.Gerrard said: “Joe is in a fantastic place, he is smiling away and congratulations to him. In his first game, he managed to get a goal.“He was rewarded for his form as a Rangers player. He was called up so it shows you that he is in the right place, that he is playing football at the right level.“European football, playing in Old Firms. At last, he has been recognised as an international player and been rewarded with his first game and his first goal. He should be in a great place.“They must have started watching him since he has been playing at Rangers.“They must be happy with him playing in Europa League games and playing in front of 51,000.“The people that select now for the Nigerian national team know that he can play in big football games. I don’t know many players in the Championship who are playing for Nigeria.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Steven Gerrard insists Joe Aribo’s progression onto the international stage was a well-deserved accolade and proof of his impressive start to life at Ibrox this season.The midfielder was handed his debut for Nigeria in their friendly match with Ukraine.The 23-year-old opened the scoring for Nigeria and earned rave reviews for his overall performance.last_img read more


first_imgThere’s electricity at Titan, the large moon of Saturn.  That can only mean one thing: life!  “Electricity Found on Saturn Moon–Could It Spark Life?” asked a headline on National Geographic News by Rebecca Carroll.  Visions of spark discharge tubes in a mad scientist’s lab arise in the imagination.  “Recently identified electrical activity on Saturn’s largest moon bolsters arguments that Titan is the kind of place that could harbor life.”    Carroll quickly pointed out that at -350° F, any Titanian life would not resemble “life as we know it.”  Initial indications of electrical activity in the thick atmosphere of this unusual moon have been confirmed in data from the Huygens Probe that landed in 2005 (see 01/15/2005, 01/21/2005).  With that spark of imagination, the L-word leaped up from the reporter’s table:But a new study reports faint signs of a natural electric field in Titan’s thick cloud cover that are similar to the energy radiated by lightning on Earth.    Lightning is thought to have sparked the chemical reactions that led to the origin of life on our planet….    Jeffrey Bada, of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, believes the process that allowed lightning to spark life on Earth is universal and could happen in many environments—including on Titan.    Confirmation earlier this year of Titan’s hydrocarbon lakes makes the Saturnian moon the first place other than Earth where open bodies of liquid have been found.    Hydrocarbons are organic molecules, and the fact that they exist in large quantities on Titan suggests that life could take root there under the right conditions.Alas, the water required for life is locked up in rock-hard ice.  The “precursor molecules” formed by lightning acting on hydrocarbons could go no further without water, Bada said.  But then – perhaps the ice could melt under certain circumstances.  Maybe a meteor impact would melt the ice long enough for interesting things to happen. Titan’s water is currently frozen into chunks as hard as granite.  If those ice “rocks” were to melt, however, the environment could become more hospitable to the building blocks of life.    With liquid water, the planet could host the formation of amino acids and then full proteins, which drive all biochemistry and set the stage for more complex molecules.    “I look at Titan as a big, frozen, prebiotic casserole,” Bada said, referring to the state before the emergence of life.    “The idea that life could be widespread in the universe, I think, is very credible.”Juan Antonio Morente of the University of Granada in Spain, the lead author of the study, seemed less enthusiastic about the possibility of life on Titan.  He said that Titan is exposed to deadly cosmic rays because it lacks a stable magnetic field.  “Without stable protection from radiation, Morente said, ‘the existence of life is very unlikely.’”    In all, Carroll used the L-word life 11 times in her short 585-word article.  It seems strange Carroll would focus on life now when discussing Morente’s paper.  For one thing, it’s not news; the paper was published in June.1  And the team never used the L-word in the paper.  Apparently Jeffrey Bada,2 a well-known origin-of-life researcher at Scripps, “who was not involved with Morente’s study,” made the statements about electricity, hydrocarbons and life recently – or maybe Carroll was looking for a story with a tie-in to Frankenstein right before Halloween.1.  Morente, Porti, Salinas and Navarro, “Evidence of electrical activity on Titan drawn from the Schumann resonances sent by Huygens probe,” Icarus, Volume 195, Issue 2, June 2008, pages 802-811, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2008.02.004.  The only statement in the paper that comes close to the idea of life on Titan is in the first paragraph: “Lightning activity would considerably increase the probability of organic and pre-biotic molecules being formed.”2.  Jeffrey Bada was part of another Halloween prank last week: see the 10/20/2008 entry.Creepy.  To learn about the real Frankenstein, listen to this podcast.  Truth is stranger than fiction.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgJohannesburg, 30 August 2013 – Brand South Africa is pleased to announce that McCann Worldgroup has been appointed as its through-the-line advertising agency following a rigorous selection process during which proposals were considered from five short-listed companies.The selection process conformed to Brand South Africa’s tender processes, which was facilitated by Yardstick.Agencies were asked to submit proposals in April 2013 and were assessed on their familiarity with nation brand development and the role of reputation management in enhancing competitive identity. They were further assessed on their ability to deliver on Brand South Africa’s strategic priorities. Their compliance with BEE legislation, corporate governance and overall reputation were also factored into the selection process.McCann Worldgroup will be responsible for conceptualising and developing brand strategies and campaigns that will enhance the nation’s reputation. Additionally, the agency will be responsible for media planning and buying. All campaigns will be aimed at positioning South Africa among the top 20 global nations.“We congratulate McCann on their successful pitch and we look forward to a rewarding relationship with them as we build our nation brand both domestically and internationally,” said Brand South Africa CEO, Miller Matola.Speaking about the appointment of McCann by Brand South Africa, Managing director, Karabo Denalane said, “McCann could not be more delighted with this appointment. On the dawn of 20 years of democracy, we have been given an opportunity to increase awareness of our nation brand in key international markets, to shape the reputation of our country, and to build pride and patriotism within each and every South African. What an honour and a privilege!”McCann Worldgroup will take over from the current agency, Publicis, effective 1 September 2013.Brand South Africa appoints Wendy Tlou as Director: Strategic Marketing and CommunicationBrand South Africa appoints Wendy Tlou has been appointed Director: Strategic Marketing and CommunicationBrand South Africa is also delighted to announce the appointment of its new Director: Strategic Marketing and Communication, Ms Wendy Tlou, effective 1 October 2013.Ms Tlou has a wealth of experience in communications and marketing, gained over 20 years in the industry. She has most recently worked at the Ekurhuleni Metro Municipality as Head of Communications and Brand Management. She has also, in the last few years, provided strategic communication support to the South African Reserve Bank, managed South African Tourism’s Global Communications, and was the Managing Director for The Communications Firm.Ms Tlou holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Science, a Certificate in Public Relations and has completed a Programme in Management Development from GIBS.“I am extremely excited to be part of the team at Brand SA and to drive the strategic reputation management and brand building of South Africa to ensure that we remain a competitive destination for inward investment and tourism receipts, among others,” said Tlou.Brand South Africa’s mandate and strategic objectives• Brand South Africa’s international mandate is to build the country’s reputation in order to improve its global competitiveness, reflecting a great focus on driving international investment and trade. Our reputation as a country is important as it impacts on investment – jobs, economic growth, our national sense of pride and social cohesion.• Reputation is a key driver of our international mandate. Domestically, Brand South Africa’s mandate is to build pride and patriotism amongst South Africans and contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship, giving our country a consolidated and clear brand image. This involves the creation of a unified message and promise that becomes identifiable with South Africa, thereby building credibility, conviction and committed patronage.• Brand South Africa is also the central hub of national reputation and competitiveness intelligence. This intelligence is vital for articulating, aligning and mobilising key messages about the nation for the use and benefit of all stakeholders and strategic partners.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About McCann Worldgroup South AfricaMcCann Worldgroup delivers marketing solutions that transform brands and grow businesses. The company is comprised of a collaborative roster of best-in-class agencies that emphasise creativity, innovation, and performance, including McCann Johannesburg.Requests for further information and interviews can be directed to:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2016 “Compendium of Herbicide Adjuvants” is available from Purdue Extension through Purdue’s The Education Store.Now in its 13th edition, the publication lists 779 products from 38 companies. Each listing contains the product name, principal functioning agents, use rates, special comments and name of the manufacturer or distributor. The first edition, published in 1992, contained 76 listings from 22 companies.An adjuvant is any substance added to an herbicide to increase its effectiveness or make it easier to apply. A combination of factors account for the popularity of herbicide adjuvants over the past several decades, said Bryan Young, professor of weed science and editor of the publication.“Foliar herbicide applications continue to be a critical part of weed management and growers must optimize herbicide efficacy to minimize the risk of herbicide failure that favors the selection of herbicide-resistant weeds,” he said. “In addition, significant advancements and innovations in herbicide adjuvant chemistry have evolved that allow for the combination of multiple adjuvant chemistries into a single multi-functional product.”The purpose of the Compendium is to provide a format that allows for a comparison of adjuvant products that fall within or across the different adjuvant categories, Young said.“Ultimately, greater knowledge of herbicide adjuvants will lead to more confidence in product selection and the value these adjuvants provide to facilitate effective herbicide applications,” he said.Young’s co-authors are Joseph Matthews, assistant scientist in plant soil and agricultural systems at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and Fred Whitford, head of the Purdue Pesticide Programs.Print versions of the compendium are available for $5.50 per copy. Free downloads are also available from The Education Store. For more information or to order, go to https://edustore.purdue.edu/item.asp?Item_Number=PPP-115.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department announced that it is formally initiating antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. This decision follows a petition that was filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition, which is made up of the National Biodiesel Board and U.S. biodiesel producers.“Initiation of these investigations validates the allegations in our petition, and we look forward to working with the U.S. government agencies during the course of the next year to enforce America’s trade laws,” said Anne Steckel, NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs in response to this announcement.Today the National Biodiesel Board and US biodiesel producers also provided testimony to the International Trade Commission, explaining that Argentine and Indonesian companies are violating trade laws by flooding the U.S. market with dumped and subsidized biodiesel, and how those imports are injuring American manufacturers and workers.“Make no mistake, 2016 should have been a banner year for U.S. biodiesel producers with demand growth, stable feedstock prices, and regulatory certainty that should have led to profitability and reinvestment in their businesses, but unfortunately that didn’t happen,” Steckel said. “Instead, dumped and subsidized biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia entered the United States in record volumes, capturing greater market share at the expense of U.S. producers. The loss of market share has left the domestic industry with substantial unused capacity and the artificially low prices these imports are sold at leave American biodiesel unable to get a fair return for their product.”Because of illegal trade activities, biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia surged by 464% from 2014 to 2016. That growth has taken 18.3 percentage points of market share from U.S. manufacturers.“Negative margins within our industry due to low-priced imports have had a major impact on our company, with a disproportionately greater impact on smaller producers,” said Robert Morton, co-founder of Newport Biodiesel, a small biodiesel producer from Rhode Island. “We have halted several plant modification projects as a result of reduced working capital, even for modest projects. Because of this, Newport Biodiesel is being limited in its ability to be a productive US green energy company in what is otherwise a growing market.”The adverse impact of dumped and subsidized imports is not limited to America’s small biodiesel producers.“When we see biodiesel from Argentina selling at a discount to the market price of soyoil, the main input into biodiesel, we know we are facing dumped pricing,” said Paul Soanes, CEO and President of Renewable Biofuels (RBF). “The United States is a key market for these exporters, and without a remedy, these unfairly traded imports are likely to continue unabated. That is a further threat to our business.”According to the Commerce Department’s notice of initiation, there is evidence that dumping margins could be as high as 26.54% for Argentina and 28.11% for Indonesia. Commerce’s notice of initiation also undertakes to investigate subsidies based on numerous government programs in those countries.The staff conference is an important step in the administrative process. The Commission is expected to make its preliminary decision and vote on May 5, 2017. Following that, the next key step will be when the U.S. Department of Commerce announces its preliminary determinations regarding the estimated rates of subsidization and dumping — expected on or about August 22, 2017 and October 20, 2017, respectively.The National Biodiesel Board is the U.S. trade association representing the biodiesel and renewable diesel industries, including producers, feedstock suppliers, and fuel distributors.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue traveled to Indiana to participate in a series of events at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Among the events, the Secretary moderated the #SpeakAg Dialogues and delivered remarks at Opening Session 1B. Here are some of his remarks from the General Session.Speaker_SecretaryPerduelast_img


first_imgRelated Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#gaming#web 172 million characters created40 million monthly user hours15 million monthly unique visitors120 million active user-created roomsUsers from over 150 countries11 languagesHappy birthday, Habbo Hotel. We’ve sent you a lifetime supply of umlauts. (OK, it’s no Kalevala, but it’s better than a poke in the eye with a broken Nokia.) Habbo Hotel, one of the world’s largest virtual communities, turned 10 today. Starting as “Mobile Disco,” an interactive chat for a friend’s band, it has become a leading teen community and social game site. In 1999 Sampo Karjalainen and Aapo Kyrölä started Mobile Disco in their native Finland. The next year, as it grew in popularity, they ginned up what has since become a popular element of online environments, the micro-payment model, and launched Habbo Hotel. Since then 172 million folks have churned out a character, grabbed a room, thrown up decorations, chatted, played games and whatever else it is kids get up to these days. Now, 10 years later, micro-payments and “virtual goods” (buying and selling make-believe furniture and clothing and so on) is big business. Sulake (the company Karjalainen and Kyrölä created to develop Habbo) the best quarterly sales results in its history, $20 million.Of course it hasn’t always been roses. Only a year ago, things weren’t looking great for Sulake, which had to lay off 40 employees due to a revenue decline of $14 million from the year before. In 2007, the Dutch police arrested a kid for stealing $5,800 worth of make-believe furniture. (No I’m not kidding.)center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Here’s a little numerical snapshot of our Finnish friends. curt hopkins 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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