Georgia peanut farmers, still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Michael on October 10-11, are facing uncertainty about when and where to unload their crop after harvest.The hurricane dealt a devastating blow to local buying points and peanut shellers in parts of south Georgia, said University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort. Hurricane Michael’s path crossed the southwestern part of the state, through Bainbridge, Donalsonville, Camilla, Albany and Cordele, Georgia, and impacted a significant portion of Georgia’s peanut-producing community. The loss to Georgia’s peanut crop is estimated to be between $10 and $20 million.Decatur County, which was among the first counties in Georgia to be impacted by the storm and one of the hardest hit, had a farm gate value of $23.9 million in peanuts in 2016, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. Seminole County, where significant storm damage was reported, had a farm gate value of $15.9 million for peanuts in 2016.According to Monfort, peanut harvest has slowed considerably following last week’s storm.“In the western part of the state, there has been significant damage to drying shelters and elevators that will slow the harvest down. Ultimately, growers may have to field-dry peanuts until repairs are made,” Monfort said. “The loss of elevators could also cause a backlog of trailers for farmers who are trying to drop off their crop. This will again slow down harvest at a time when producers are trying to get their peanuts out of the field.”Georgia peanuts farmers produced 628,000 acres this year, down from 714,168 in 2017. Monfort estimates that 40 to 45 percent of the peanut crop is still in the field. The growers’ biggest concern is getting their remaining crop out of the field without losing too much in weight and quality.“The storm did not directly affect too many acres of peanuts. Indirectly, the storm pushed back harvest causing some loss due to overmaturity,” Monfort said. “We also had some yield loss due to elevated disease issues where growers could not spray or dig peanuts due to the storm. We may not understand the total impact for a few weeks.”For more information or to receive up-to-date information about Georgia’s peanuts, see http://peanuts.caes.uga.edu.
Port Augusta paves the way in coal-to-renewables transition FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:The largest solar farm in the southern hemisphere lies on arid land at the foot of the Flinders Ranges, more than 300 km north of Adelaide. If that sounds remote, it doesn’t do justice to how removed local residents feel from what currently qualifies as debate in Canberra.As government MPs and national newspapers thundered over whether taxpayers should underwrite new coal-fired power, mauling advice from government agencies as they went, residents of South Australia’s Upper Spencer Gulf region have been left to ponder why decision-makers weren’t paying attention to what is happening in their backyard.In mid-2016, this region was on the brink, hit by the closure and near collapse of coal and steel plants. Now it’s on the cusp of a wave of construction that investors and community leaders say should place the region at the vanguard of green innovation—not just in Australia but globally. There has been an explosion in investment, with $5bn spread over the next five years. There are 13 projects in various stages of development, with more than 3,000 construction and 200 ongoing jobs. The economy of this once-deflated region has been transformed and those who live here are starting to feel hopeful again.The Port Augusta mayor, Sam Johnson, a 32-year-old former Liberal member, is continually surprised at how resistant some are to the idea that the energy environment has changed. “You might choose to ignore what’s happening here now because we’re out of sight, out of mind, but the reality is that what’s happening here is going to be happening on the eastern seaboard in the next 10 years,” he says.In simple terms, the Upper Spencer Gulf transition story goes like this. Port Augusta was a coal town, home to the state’s only two lignite–or brown coal–plants, Playford B and Northern. Playford B, ageing and failing, was mothballed in 2012. Northern, the larger and younger of the two, closed in May 2016 when owner Alinta Energy decided it was no longer economically viable. The Leigh Creek mine that supplied it, by then offering up mostly low-quality coal, shut at the same time. About 400 workers at the plant and the mine lost their jobs. Roughly a third retired, a third found other employment locally and a third had to leave town to find work.At the same time, further around the gulf, the steel town of Whyalla was teetering precipitously after the owner, Arrium, put the mill in voluntary administration facing debts of more than $4bn.Yet as the doom hit, there were also rays of hope as several clean power projects were mooted for the surrounding area.Two years on, the Port Augusta city council lists 13 projects at varying stages of development. And Whyalla has unearthed a potential savior in British billionaire industrialist Sanjeev Gupta, who not only bought the steelworks but promised to expand it while also spending what will likely end up being $1.5bn in solar, hydro and batteries to make it viable. Gupta says the logic behind his investment in solar and storage is simple: it’s now cheaper than coal.Johnson says: “You can resist change as much as you like, but the reality is, if you’re in a community that has a coal-fired power station, its days are numbered. The market is dictating that change whether we like it or not. My advice is: learn from the Port Augusta experience. I wish the federal government would.”More: Life after coal: the South Australian city leading the way
Adriene Levknecht has a split identity.In one world, Adriene is an employee for Greenville County EMS, driving ambulances and saving lives on 12 or 24 hour shifts. Once her shift is over, Levknecht steps into an entirely different world of raging rivers, 30-foot waterfalls, and elite international competition. She is one of the best female kayakers in the world.Much like Clark Kent, Adriene steps away from work and into a phone booth (or more commonly her Subaru CrossTrek), and emerges a whitewater superhero. At the young age of 25, Levknecht has already achieved a Bronze Medal in the World Freestyle Championships, won the elite Green River Narrows Race five times straight, dominated the Vail [Teva, now GoPro] Mountain Games creek race, and run top tier rivers around the world. She has also done incredible charitable things like shave her head to raise money for First Descents, an organization created to help cancer survivors.Adriene’s larger-than-life personality seems somehow perfectly appropriate for her 5’2” build. Her nickname, “Lil’ A,” makes it particularly sobering for the many men whom she shows up on the water.She could undoubtedly have a successful career as a professional paddler, but prefers sleeping in her own bed every night to “gallivanting around the globe” kayaking.“I like to have separation in my life,” she says. “Kayaking means more to me than traveling the country or the globe working on sponsored projects or trying to win competitions. I’m in this sport for the long haul, and I find that if I can separate work from play, I feel less likely to get burned out in either.”This is not to say that she doesn’t put in her time, though. In an average week, Adriene kayaks 5-25 hours (depending on the season), spends eight hours in the yoga studio, four in the CrossFit gym, and still resolves to make it home for dinner every evening.“I usually get up around 5:30 am for work, but honestly I get up earlier on my days off. I try to take advantage as much as possible of every opportunity, and my time at work is usually my recovery. I can rest sore muscles and hit the reset button on my brain. This allows me to come back fresh.”Next time a tiny girl with infinite energy blazes past you on the river, on a mountain bike trail, or in the gym, don’t let it hurt your feelings. Adriene busts her butt every single day to operate at the level of a superhero.Advice from Adriene1) Have people in your life who support your passions.2) Just kick ass! Get up and chase your goals. You won’t regret it.3) Go 100% at work as well so that you develop trust and rapport with your boss. It’s way easier to ask for leeway when you’re indispensible.Levknecht SpecsAge – 25Hometown – Greenville, S.C.Employer – Greenville County EMSSpecialty – Whitewater KayakingHobbies – Yoga, Mountain Biking, Lifting WeightsSponsors – LiquidLogic Kayaks, Kokatat, Werner Paddles, Shred Ready Helmets, Teva, Jen-ai clothing, Watershed, G-FormAspirations – “Just keep riding the lightning!”
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First Lady Frances Wolf, Governor’s Residence, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today invited the public to visit the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg this Sunday, July 12 for the July “Second Sunday” event, focused on Good Gardening, Great Health. Each second Sunday from June through September, visitors are invited to attend a series of free summer events at the Governor’s Residence and gardens from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Each event highlights a specific theme and feature family-friendly activities.“We are excited to provide another opportunity to open the Governor’s Residence and gardens to visitors from Central Pennsylvania and throughout the Commonwealth,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “The annual Second Sunday events at the Residence provide a unique opportunity for the public to take advantage of this historical Pennsylvania icon while also participating in a host of activities for the whole family.”The theme of this week’s event is Good Gardening, Great Health and will feature Sous Chef Paul Hill who will share recipes and samples of healthy foods. Dauphin County master gardeners will demonstrate the use of rain barrels and share tips on roof top gardening and representatives from the Department of Agriculture’s PA Preferred program will also be on hand. Residence docents, or tour guides, will also be available to provide information as visitors are invited to participate in self-guided tours of the Residence and gardens.Additionally, Second Sunday event visitors will be able to view the current art exhibition entitled, “Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania; Through the Lens of Paul W. Meyer,” which is on display in the State Rooms through August 31.Second Sunday events are free, and reservations are not required. No large bags, purses or totes are permitted, and security measures will be in place. For more information, visit www.residence.pa.gov. July 09, 2015 Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Invite Visitors to Good Gardening, Great Health Event at the Governor’s Residence SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
C-Kore Systems has secured a contract with A/S Norske Shell for the deployment of its testing tools on Draugen field in Norway. The agreement, planned to begin in the fall of 2018, includes the delivery of C-Kore subsea tools to test the insulation resistance and continuity of electrical lines underwater.C-Kore’s monitoring units are used on installation and commissioning campaigns and fault-finding applications to monitor the electrical lines of subsea equipment. By testing directly onto subseaequipment, the need for platform led testing or down-lines is eliminated, the company said.Cynthia Pikaar, sales manager for C-Kore Systems said, “We have been working closely with Shell Aberdeen for a long time and are delighted to work with Shell in Norway on this deployment. Our equipment saves customers a lot of time on their subsea testing operations, allowing them to reduce the operation’s overall CO2 footprint.”
19 Views no discussions Minister of Agriculture, Matthew Walter Agriculture Minister Hon. Matthew Walter has called on the private sector to consider investing in value added agriculture as a means of creating employment and improving the economy.The Minister made the call during a recent town hall meeting in Bense.Minister Walter is suggesting that prospective investors consider investing in the cocoa industry.“We can add value and we can manufacture by-products too from many of the agricultural raw materials that we produce in Dominica.“Many of us like chocolate but we import a large quantity of chocolate into this country but we have the raw materials. Who in the private sector can take the risk and invest in the manufacturing of chocolate and other by-products coming from the raw material cocoa?”The Minister singled out the citrus industry as another possible option that could be considered by potential investors wishing to add value to Dominica’s agricultural produce.“We also speak in relation to an abundance of citrus fruits wasting all over the place. We can add value to all the mangoes that we have wasting and all the oranges and grapefruits and limes. Somebody has to do it because central government cannot do it all.”Cocoa plantMinister Walter told the town hall meeting that central government has put in place the incentives to make such investments possible. The minister added that Government is also willing to collaborate with the private sector.“In addition we can partner with you as a potential investor or in the form of a consortium to invest in transforming or in adding value to many of the agricultural raw materials that we have in Dominica.”The Minister highlighted other agricultural produce which investors could add value to including ginger and dasheen.“Sometimes there is a glut in ginger, what do we do with the excess that the country cannot consume? Dasheen for example, sometimes there is a glut in dasheen, what do we do with dasheen? Can we add value to dasheen? Can we find a market out there to market the value added dasheen?”The Minister is convinced that this option is a practical one and if considered, will bring about a positive turn around in the economy and create much needed employment.“When there are the mechanisms whereby we can add value, where we can manufacture the by- products from the raw material that we have, we will increase production and productivity. It is a win-win situation, it is a partnership situation where the private sector and Government must come together, understand what is needed to transform the economy so that the employment can be created, we can generate the income and also we can also respond to the many social ills that affect us in this country.”Government Information Service Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Share LocalNews Agriculture minister calls for value added investment in agriculture sector by: – July 17, 2012
Kenneth Edward Eversman, 65 of Dillsboro passed away Saturday December 30, 2017 at his home. Kenneth was born February 21, 1952 in Batesville, Indiana the son of Carl and Betty Jean (Colen) Eversman. He married Cheryl (Mays) Eversman August 31, 2002 and she survives. He was a member of the Hope Baptist Church. Kenneth built furniture for many years. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a huge Daniel Boone fan.Kenneth is survived by wife: Cheryl of Dillsboro; son: Andrew Eversman of Milan; Daughters: Kelly Eversman of Batesville; Melanie (Chad) Almegdad of Aurora; father: Carl Eversman of Dillsboro; brothers: Gary Eversman of Dillsboro, Allen Eversman of Versailles. 6 Grandchildren and 1 Great-Grandchild.Memorial Service will be held at Hope Baptist Church Thursday January 4, 2018 at 7 p.m. Visitation will be Thursday 5-7 p.m. also at the church. Memorials may be given to Hope Baptist Church. Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 146 Dillsboro, 47018.
Howard Watson scored the 2018 national rookie of the year award in IMCA’s Mach-1 Sport Compact division. IMCA President Brett Root is at right. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)WEATHERFORD, Texas – Howard Watson used to enjoy driving as fast as he could in a straight line.Turns out that he’s pretty quick turning left, too.Watson, from Weatherford, Texas, raced to national rookie of the year and Texas State honors in IMCA’s Mach-1 Sport Compact division. He had one win and a dozen top five finishes in 37 starts, ending second in points at Boyd Raceway and fourth at 281 Speedway.“My goal was to finish in the top five in each race and in the point standings at each track,” said Watson, encouraged to compete in the class by 2017 ROY Dakota Dees and defending state champion Julia Childs. “Just being able to finish a race and be in the top five was like a win to me.”“I’d been watching Dakota and Julia race and it looked like fun,” he added, “so I decided I wanted to do it.”The former drag racer earned his first Sport Compact victory at Stephenville on July 14.“I didn’t believe I’d done it for a while,” he said. “It was one of those nights where my car wasn’t as fast as everyone else’s but I was consistent and didn’t make any mistakes.”Watson has enjoyed the camaraderie of the 4-cylinder class as much as the competition.“I like the people I race with,” he said. “They’re a fun group to hang out with and they’ll help you with your car if you need it.”Wins-1 Top Five Finishes-21 Starts-37HIS CREW: Wife Tonya, father-in-law Jim Welborn, sons Kaleb Watson, Cody Watson, Justyn Butler, Dakota Dees and Colten Dees, and Julia Childs.HIS SPONSORS: Jeff Smith and Auto Pro, and J & S towing, both of Mineral Wells; and Michael Childs and Parker County Automotive, M & L Cleanup and Jim Welborn, all of Weatherford.