This amazing picture of Errigal has people on a high!

first_imgAnnagry man Kevin McBride is no stranger to taking stunning photos.His Facebook page is practically littered with them such is his eye for a great shot.But his latest picture of Errigal has a lot of people talking. The colours are breathtaking. So much so that the photo has been shared more than FOUR THOUSAND times already since it was snapped on Monday last.To see a full version of this photo and many of his other shots then simply click on https://www.facebook.com/kevin.mcbride.399826This amazing picture of Errigal has people on a high! was last modified: March 28th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ErrigalFacebookKevin McBridepicturelast_img read more

Warriors-Clippers cheatsheet: Who needs a Curry when you’ve got a Cook like this?

first_imgAfter getting back on track with a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, the Warriors (10-2) will head to Los Angeles to play the Clippers (7-5) looking for their second straight win.There will again be no Stephen Curry, but Quinn Cook is doing his best impression.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup…When/Where: Staples Center, 7:30 (NBCSBA) Projected Clippers’ starters: Danilo Gallinari, Tobias Harris, Patrick Beverley, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Marcin GortatHo …last_img read more

Survey of agriculture reveals challenges, opportunities for Ohio agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA NASS) recently released its five-year, comprehensive survey of U.S. agriculture, the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Using that data, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has published an analysis, “Ohio Agriculture: The Changing Contours of Farming,” which illustrates important trends and opportunities for growth and investment in Ohio agriculture.“The new NASS data reveals ongoing challenges, like an aging farmer population and consolidation in agriculture, but also very positive growth in the number of beginning and organic farmers, as well as an increase in farmland for the first time in decades,” said Amalie Lipstreu, policy director for OEFFA. “These trends provide data needed for Ohio policymakers to make real investments to grow the agricultural economy in the state and create jobs that contribute to community economic, environmental, and social health.”The USDA NASS census was sent to millions of farmers and sought information from any farm operation generating $1,000 or more of agricultural products.Other notable findings from the survey include:The number of women operators in the U.S. increased 27%.In Ohio, 91% of farms are 499 acres or less and the amount of leased land in farming decreased by almost 165,000 acres.Nationally, the number of conventional farmers seeking organic certification increased by almost 40%.Ohio is sixth in the nation in the number of certified organic farms and second in the nation in the number of acres being transitioned to organic production systems.“The growth in interest in organics, which is a voluntary, market-based certification program that requires a comprehensive annual farm plan, inspections, and oversight, should send a signal that organic agriculture is a viable option for improving water quality in Ohio,” Lipstreu said. “As the Governor and the Ohio Legislature contemplate ways to incentivize good management practices, certified organic production systems — which help to build soil structure and reduce runoff — need to be prioritized.”Other areas ripe for investment, according to Lipstreu, include local and regional food systems. The value of food sold directly to U.S. consumers almost doubled since the last census.“Investments in meat processing, as well as fruit and vegetable processing and distribution infrastructure can result in a huge return on investment,” she said.To access the complete report and analysis, visit https://action.oeffa.com/ohio/.last_img read more

South American crop update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Daniele Siqueira, AgRuralAnother crop season is underway in Brazil and things have not started exactly well for soybeans. And a poor start to the soybean crop always fuels speculations about the second corn crop, which is planted in the beginning of the year, right after the soybean harvest, and accounts for about 70% of Brazil’s total corn production and almost the entire corn export program. That’s why many people are already asking about the second corn crop planting window. Is Brazil going to cut its corn acreage in 2020 due to the soybean delay?By Oct 17, Brazilian farmers had planted 21% of their intended area, compared to 34% in the same period a year earlier and also 21% on the five-year average, according to consultancy AgRural.In top producer Mato Grosso, the soybean planting caught up after a slow start in September, and about half of its area was already planted by Oct 17. In number-two producer Paraná, however, irregular rains and above-than-normal temperatures have given farmers a hard time since the beginning of the season. In the west of the state, at least 20% of the area they had planted by mid-October needed to be replanted due to poor germination.Brazilian farmers are prepared to plant soybeans very quickly as soon as they have favorable weather conditions. For that reason, a slow start is not so much of a problem. When it comes to yields, a delay in the soybean planting is not exactly a serious issue either. Although farmers in Mato Grosso and Paraná are allowed to start sowing in mid-September (after the end of the fallowing period adopted to control the spread of the Asian rust), the ideal planting window starts in October, when the spring rains get more regular and replenish the soil moisture.In 2018, when the spring rains arrived earlier than normal, Brazil had its fastest soybean planting pace in history. But areas planted in September with early maturity varieties were hit by hot, dry conditions in December and January, during the pod-filling stage, and reduced Brazil’s production from 121 million to 115 million metric tons. The crop failure could have been worse if it were not for areas planted later.But the fast soybean planting gave a boost to the second corn crop in 2019. Thanks largely to the early planting, the second crop had a larger acreage and bumper yields, taking Brazil’s total corn production (first and second crops combined) to 100 million metric tons for the first time.In Brazil, the second corn crop is risky because the winter is dry and some southern areas normally have freezing temperatures at some point between May and July. That’s why planting and harvesting soybeans as soon as possible is so important to corn yields. The earlier the corn is planted, the better. And that takes us back to the initial question: is Brazil going to cut its corn acreage in 2020 due to the soybean delay?A definite answer is not easy at this time. Top producer Mato Grosso will definitely not, especially after a year like 2019, with record production, skyrocketing exports and good prices in Brazilian reais. But what about Paraná and other states? Weather conditions until mid-November will tell. Stay tuned.last_img read more

A Green-Product Retailer’s Tale of Unsustainability

first_imgBased on news accounts of its closing last month, it seems fair to say that the Green Building Center, in Salt Lake City, had, during its first few years in business, successfully attracted customers who valued ecologically sound products and supported green construction and remodeling practices. When it came to weathering the recession, however, the store, which opened in October 2003 and expanded to Utah’s Park City in 2008, didn’t have the resources or breadth in its customer base to keep its doors open.As the store’s founder, Ashley Patterson, told the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune, the demand-crushing effects of the downturn alone have, since the summer of 2008, reduced traffic to the store just as severely as they hammered Utah’s real estate market, which, the Tribune notes, saw new-home construction permits drop to about 4,400 in 2009 from a high of 15,400 in 2006.Price and a green imperativeBut of course other factors came into play. While the Green Building Center’s core customers were local builders, remodelers, and homeowners, Patterson told the Deseret News that the store could have done more to forge relationships with high-volume builders and architects. Beyond that, though, there were shifts in the green-products retailing that made it increasingly difficult for Green Building Center to compete on price. One of the most obvious examples: green-labeled products finding their way onto shelves at big-box chain stores, whose economies of scale and discounts can make competing difficult for independent building-supplies retailers.Pricing became the key issue. Patterson noted that her store’s commitment to environmental responsibility meant carrying products that were made according to high ecological standards and, very often, with U.S. labor. Alternative products, meanwhile, often were made by manufacturers in overseas locations where labor is relatively cheap and additional cost savings are achieved by ignoring environmental issues.“I grew really weary,” she said, “and everybody who worked here, we grew really weary about people almost mad at us because stuff wasn’t cheap.”last_img read more