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.
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
After losing its first Big Ten game since late November this past weekend at the Kohl Center, the No. 9-ranked Wisconsin men’s hockey team will prepare for another task this coming weekend that it has not had to deal with for several months: playing on the road.Coming off a series split with Ohio State, the Badgers (14-7-1 overall, 5-3-0 Big Ten) will head to Ann Arbor, Mich., this weekend for a critical Big Ten series with 12th-ranked Michigan — the first away series since Nov. 29 and 30 at Minnesota — the prospects of which will give the Badgers a nice change of pace, according to head coach Mike Eaves.“I think guys might look forward to getting on the road,” Eaves said Monday in his weekly press conference. “It just simplifies your schedule. You get in, you practice, you eat, go back to the hotel. You chill with your buddies, your roommates, your teammates. You get up, you practice and you’ve got to eat, sleep and play hockey for two days.“That in itself can be refreshing, as experience has told us. When you’re on the road a lot, it can wear you down. But the fact that we haven’t been on the road for a while, I think the guys will be excited to get out there and have that kind of schedule.”Wisconsin, which leads Michigan (12-6-2, 4-2-0) by only three points — equivalent to one win — in the Big Ten standings, swept the Wolverines two weekends ago, but will be without at least one key piece come Friday night.In the waning moments of Saturday night’s loss to the Buckeyes, senior forward Tyler Barnes crashed into the boards and did not return to play. In the press conference, Eaves confirmed Barnes will not play this weekend and listed his injury as week-to-week.Despite that bad news, another key player, Nic Kerdiles, could make his return to the Badger lineup after being sidelined with a shoulder injury since Jan. 3. Eaves said he will bring Kerdiles along on the trip and make a game time decision as to whether he will actually play.Regardless of whether or not Kerdiles plays against the Wolverines, Eaves has some choices to make as far as his forward lines are concerned, especially with his top forward line that included Barnes, Mark Zengerle and Morgan Zulinick.Based on what has transpired in practice this week and what Eaves said in an interview with The Badger Herald Wednesday after practice, senior forward Sean Little looks to be the replacement for Barnes on the first line.“He adds a little grit and a little hockey smarts with Mark and Morgan. I think he’ll open up ice for those guys. I think that that’s the plan right now and we’ll go from there,” Wisconsin assistant coach Gary Shuchuk said about Little’s new spot on the top line.“I’m not saying Sean Little is like Tyler Barnes, but he’s willing to go into corners. He’s willing to be a forechecker and bang guys. I think that’s going to add an element to that line that it hasn’t had before. For now, it’ll be a good adjustment.”Still, with the possibility that Kerdiles could be out again, the first road series in more than two months could present a unique challenge for the Badgers.After being swept by Wisconsin Jan. 10 and 11, the Wolverines, like the Badgers, have only played one series since coming off a bye weekend on Jan. 17 and 18. But in that only series, Michigan completed a sweep of its own against archrival Michigan State, beating the Spartans at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit 2-1 Friday night and then 5-2 in East Lansing, Mich. Saturday night.As the Wolverines have a fairly unreliable scoring offense that ranks fourth in the Big Ten out of six teams averaging 2.85 goals per game, their calling card rests in freshman goaltender Zach Nagelvoort. Nagelvoort did let in seven goals in the Wisconsin series, allowing Badger goaltender Joel Rumpel to surpass Nagelvoort for first in the league in goals-against-average.However, Nagelvoort still holds the best league mark with a 93.5 save percentage and only trails Rumpel’s 1.95 GAA with his mark of 1.98.While Michigan will most likely go with Nagelvoort in between the pipes, Wisconsin’s Rumpel should get the nod in net for the Badgers, as he had started five games in a row and played in 12 of the last 13 and leads the league in GAA.With at least one key offensive threat out in Barnes and the possibility of Kerdiles being out again, Wisconsin may have to rely more on defense in the series against the Wolverines.But the belief in the offense still remains and Wisconsin displayed that it could score in the first series even though Kerdiles was sidelined.“Since the past couple of weekends they’ve been out—it definitely doesn’t help our team, but we’ve got enough depth at the forward position that we’re not too worried about it,” Little said.The teams may be unfamiliar, meeting for the first time in Ann Arbor since 1980, but the new Big Ten alignment, which allows teams to play home-and-home series in the conference season, has forged and an already intense rivalry displayed in the first series.That spark will give Wisconsin an exciting opportunity in a big-time hockey environment when it takes the ice Friday and Saturday at Yost Ice Arena.“But the fact is, when you play four times, you’ve got an even shot to get it done. The rivalries are going to increase because of the fact that I mean, this works out really well. We had a spirited series, and now we’re getting right back at it. It’s just going to elevate it to another level,” Eaves said.“And in the barn they play in — if I’m a college hockey fan, this is going to be on my calendar this weekend.”
It appears that Kumasi Asante Kotoko have backed down in their standoff with the GFA NC Special Competition Committee over the conditions over their scheduled semi-final against Accra Hearts of Oak.The Kumasi club withdrew from the competition on Tuesday after the GFA refused to buck on its decision to stage the match at the Accra Sports Stadium, the traditional home ground of Hearts of Oak.The game between Ghana’s two biggest was scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 16, 2019 in Accra but the Porcupine Warriors demanded that the tie should be played at a neutral venue or over two legs, a situation they feel will be fairer to both sides, both financially and on the pitch.40% of the proceeds from the match were set to go to Hearts with the Normalisation Committee and Kotoko splitting the remaining 60%.Kotoko believed that this was unfair, and called for all gate proceeds to be shared equally between the clubs.However, in their response to Kotoko, the GFA NC Special Competition Committee said earlier that it could not “accede to their requests”, adding that the semi-final would proceed as scheduled.The Committee also said that it could not change the disbursement formula for the sharing of gate proceeds.Kotoko, however, had insisted they will not “succumb to any pressure” and “accept any decision bereft of any justice or fairness” in spite of its support for the normalisation programme.“Management is of the firm conviction that the posture of the FA is not only disheartening but an impediment to proper planning and preparation ahead of the games.”Management however wishes to reiterate that it would only accept the decision by the FA for the one-off semi-final match provided that it would be played on a neutral ground and the game proceeds shared equally between the two clubs.”The club appears to have reversed its call and will now face Hearts in the semi on June 16 after a decision by the Committee to let the two clubs share 80% of the gate proceeds equally.Hearts and Kotoko were paired in the semi after the Accra club finished top of Group B of the NC Special Competition Tier 1 while the latter were runners up to Ashgold in Group A.The winner of the competition will represent Ghana in the CAF Champions League.