Conservation Stewardship Application Deadline Extended State Conservationist Jane Hardisty with Indiana’s USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced an extension of the deadline for new enrollments in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for fiscal year 2014.Hoosier farmers interested in participating in the program can submit applications to NRCS through Feb. 7, 2014.Hardisty explained the extension is an effort to make it possible for more farmers and forest landowners to apply for this important Farm Bill conservation program. “Through their conservation actions, these good stewards are ensuring that their operations are more productive and sustainable over the long run,” she said. CSP can help farmers take their operations to the next level of natural resource management. The program emphasizes conservation performance — farmers earn higher payments for higher levels of conservation practices. They install conservation enhancements to make positive changes in soil quality, soil erosion, water quality, water quantity, air quality, plant resources, animal resources and energy use. Hardisty said, “USDA’s focus is on promoting environmental conservation and strengthening the rural economy, and the Conservation Stewardship Program helps Indiana farmers with both of these efforts.” While local NRCS offices accept CSP applications year round, NRCS evaluates applications during announced ranking periods. To be eligible for this year’s enrollment, producers must have their applications submitted to NRCS by the closing date.A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help farmers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, stewardship threshold requirements and payment types. To learn more visit the NRCS website or contact your local NRCS office. By Andy Eubank – Jan 12, 2014 SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Conservation Stewardship Application Deadline Extended Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleThune Hopeful on RFSNext articleDesperation Breeds Silliness by Activists Andy Eubank
By Gary Truitt – Dec 11, 2017 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Home Commentary Commentary: Will Consumers Pay More for GMO Food? SHARE SHARE Previous articleCan Corn and Oil Live Together?Next articleAntibiotic Use in Livestock Drops Gary Truitt Commentary: Will Consumers Pay More for GMO Food? Current consumer research indicates that consumers say they will pay a higher prices for food with certain attributes. It has already been proven by the marketplace that shoppers will pay a higher price for organic food products, even when most have no idea what that really means. Surveys suggest that consumers say they will pay more for ethically produced foods, even they have no idea what that means. With this as a background, I feel it will not be long before consumers will be willing to pay more for genetically engineered foods.Now this may seem a bit of a stretch given the current consumer resistance to food items labeled with GMO. For the most part, the biotechnology in food products today benefits the producer and the processor and not the consumer. All that is about to change.Coming very soon are food products with benefits consumers want, made possible by biotechnology, for example, peanuts that that do not cause allergic reactions. This has already been accomplished. Also in the pipeline, wheat without gluten Then there are apples that do not turn brown in your kid’s lunchbox. Next will be foods fortified with healthy attributes and, perhaps, chocolate, soda, donuts, and beer that don’t make you fat.A Nielsen survey reveals that almost two-thirds (66%) of consumers are willing to pay extra for products and services that come from companies who are committed to positive social and environmental impact. That represents a sizable jump from 55% last year and 50% the year before. If shoppers are willing to pay more for something that just makes them feel good emotionally, how much more are they going to want food products that make them feel good physically? Food producers and retailers are still skeptical and unwilling to make a chance.Irradiation is technology that could eliminate many of the food safety issues today and could literally save lives. However, it is something consumers are not willing to accept in the marketplace.Biotechnology has been proven safe; it is simply a lack of confidence and understanding that keeps consumers from accepting the technology today. When food starts showing up on stores shelves with traits that consumers want, they may not only be willing to buy them, but perhaps even pay more for them.Another development that may drive consumer acceptance of biotechnology is that soon some food products will only be available in GMO form. The orange and banana industries are facing serious disease issues. There are predictions that only trees that have been altered genetically will survive. This may force a soccer mom to choose between allowing biotechnology in her child’s orange juice or going without.The key will be to keep biotechnology from being so villainized that consumer acceptance becomes too difficult to overcome. All these products are coming soon, and this may be one of the reasons the organic industry is pushing so hard to discredit the technology and to impose regulations to slow its advancement. By Gary Truitt
Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists News Reporters Without Borders condemns a physical attack by police auxiliaries on Rafael Marchante, a Spanish photographer employed by the British news agency Reuters, while he was covering a demonstration by jobless university graduates outside parliament in Rabat on 21 May.“This is not the first time the security forces have attacked a journalist while dispersing demonstrators,” the press freedom organisation said. “The fact that this time it happened outside parliament makes it all the more unacceptable. We regard this incident as serious, especially as it comes amid a decline in press freedom in Morocco, and we urge the interior ministry to do whatever is necessary to ensure it does not recur.”Marchante, who has worked in Morocco for Reuters for nearly two years, was attacked by five members of an auxiliary security service attached to the interior ministry while covering one of the regular protests by unemployed graduates outside the parliament building.“These demonstrations are held each week outside parliament,” he told Reporters Without Borders. “This week I appeared to be the only person covering it. “The auxiliaries were beating the demonstrators violently, including young women, kicking them in the face. Five or six auxiliaries came up to me, grabbed one of my cameras and beat me. I produced my information ministry accreditation but one of them, who appeared to be their superior, tore it up and then punched me twice in the face.”Three Moroccan journalists were roughed up by police while covering a protest against food price increases outside parliament last month. Hassan Fatih, the correspondent of the pan-Arab satellite TV station Al-Jazeera, was attacked while covering a demonstration by relatives of prisoners outside the justice ministry two years ago. Lahcen Aouad of Assahifa was beaten up by members of the Rapid Intervention Brigade as he was about to photograph a jobless graduate simulating an act of suicide outside the gates of the parliament building in December 2004.Journalist Mostapha Hurmatallah meanwhile continues to serve a seven-month prison sentence in Casablanca’s Okacha prison. Reporters Without Borders wrote to King Mohammed VI on 6 May to express its support for his family’s request for a royal pardon. Help by sharing this information April 15, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance June 8, 2021 Find out more News Organisation RSF_en Receive email alerts News May 23, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Interior minister auxiliaries beat Spanish news photographer outside parliament
More Cool Stuff Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Government Job Ready Service Offered at La Pintoresca Branch Library From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | 4:50 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Subscribe Pasadena Public Libraryâ€™s La Pintoresca Branch and Women At Work have developed a new program â€œJob Readyâ€ for local job seekers. The two organizations have provided job services to the La Pintoresca community for many years through their joint partnership.Job Ready is a FREE bi-weekly program offered on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave. beginning July 23. Career Development Professionals from Women At Work will help job seekers search and prepare for a new job. No appointment is necessary.At the July 23, August 6 & 20 programs tax services provider H&R Block will be recruiting for Bi-lingual First-Year Tax Professionals.For more information, contact Pat Smith, (626) 744-7268 or [email protected] EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Simple Steps To Catch Your Crush’s Eye On InstagramHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Gift Ideas Your New BF Will Definitely LikeHerbeautyHerbeauty
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Families and workers must be supported through public health emergency NewsLocal NewsLimerick councillors in show of solidarity with Dunnes workersBy Alan Jacques – April 10, 2015 1182 WhatsApp Twitter TAGSAnti Austerity AllianceCllr John LoftusCllr Maurice QuinlivanCllr Paul KellerDunnes StoresFianna FáillimerickNiall Collins TDSinn Fein Facebook Advertisement Linkedin Email Council to look at reasons behind city business closures Previous articleRugby – All Ireland league enters final weekend #ublNext articleRUGBY – Munster at full strength for Edinburgh clash Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print Limerick worst affected for trolley numbers Councillor’s show and tell of Limerick litter problem Jetland opens a new chapter in Dunne’s Limerick story RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Minister Harris “missing in action again” as crisis in University Hospital Limerick is raised in Dáil says Limerick TD by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Sinn Fein councillors Seamus Browne, Maurice Quinlivan, Lisa Marie Sheehy, Seighin O Ceallaigh and Malachy McCreesh with Dunnes Stores workers in Limerick.LOCAL politicians expressed their firm support for the Dunnes Stores during their one day strike in Limerick last Thursday over the imposition of zero hour contracts.Fianna Fáil Justice spokesman Niall Collins was one of the first on the picket line while Sinn Féin leader on Limerick City and County Council, Cllr Maurice Quinlivan, expressed his party’s support for the introduction of a living wage as he joined staff outside Dunnes stores at Jetland and Howley’s Quay.“The application of zero hour contracts, and the imposition of low pay rates are sources of great hardship for working families. They damage any hope of a real recovery.” said Cllr Quinlivan.“Dunnes workers have been left with no option but to engage in industrial action in an effort to secure fair pay and secure hours. They, and the 129,000 low-paid workers in this state, deserve certainty about their hours of work and income,” he added.Limerick’s three Anti-Austerity Alliance councillors also offered full support and solidarity to Dunnes Stores workers during their strike action. Cllr John Loftus called on people to support this “important strike” by not passing the pickets and to stand in solidarity with the workers.“Dunnes Stores is a major, profitable company which is using low-hours contracts to maximise its profits,” said Cllr Loftus.Fellow AAA councillor Paul Keller said the strike was an important step in the fight against the return of 19th century working conditions through the spread of low hour contracts.“These contracts have been used by management as a weapon to punish and bully workers through the withdrawal of hours from one week to the next,” he claimed.
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Kaufman County Jail(DALLAS) — The arrest warrant affidavit for a Dallas police officer who shot a man after she says she mistakenly entered his apartment has prompted more questions than answers for the victim’s family, whose lawyers called the officer’s scenario “highly implausible.”The narrative that Officer Amber Guyger gave to investigators has been contradicted by at least two independent witnesses and flies in the face of facts they’ve gathered of the Thursday night killing at the South Side Flats apartment complex in Dallas, attorneys for the family of Botham Jean say, as they push for a murder charge.“Independent witnesses have already come forward to say that they heard this officer pounding on the door and demanding to be let in,” Lee Merritt, one of the attorneys representing the Jean family, told ABC News. “The contradictions begin to build from there.”But Guyger’s police union president said the Texas Rangers division has interviewed at least one of the witnesses mentioned by attorneys for the Jean family and still concluded after an independent investigation that the evidence amounted to a manslaughter charge, not murder.“Don’t get me wrong. She’s going to have to answer in a court of law,” Sgt. Mike Mata, president of the Dallas Police Association, said Tuesday. “But it needs to be fair and unbiased and right not it’s not unbiased. It’s beginning to turn into a political hunt.”From his reading of the arrest warrant affidavit, Mata said, “you can understand how a mistake can be made.”Guyger, 30, a four-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, was arrested and charged with manslaughter three days after killing Jean, 26.A grand jury will ultimately decide what charges Guyger will face and did not rule out a murder indictment, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said Monday.Guyger said she arrived home from work about 10 p.m. and parked her car on the fourth floor of the building instead of the third floor, which corresponded to her apartment, according to the arrest warrant affidavit by investigators from the Texas Rangers, a division of the Texas Department of Public Safety.Guyger’s apartment is directly beneath Jean’s fourth-floor unit.“Guyger entered the building and walked down the fourth-floor hallway to what she thought was her apartment,” according to the arrest warrant made public Monday afternoon. “She inserted a unique door key, with an electronic chip, into the door keyhole. The door, which was slightly ajar prior to Guyger’s arrival, fully opened under the force of the key insertion.”When the door opened, she saw a “large silhouette” in the nearly completely dark apartment and believed it was a burglar, according to the warrant.Guyger, while still in uniform, no longer had her bodycam, which had been left at the station, per police protocol, according to the district attorney.“Guyger drew her firearm, gave verbal commands that were ignored by … Jean,” according to the warrant. “Guyger fired her handgun two times striking [Jean] in the torso. Guyger entered the apartment, immediately called 911, requesting police and EMS, and provided first aid to … Jean.“Due to the interior darkness of the apartment, Guyger turned on the interior lights while on the phone with 911. Upon being asked where she was located by emergency dispatchers, Guyger returned to the front door to observe the address and discovered she was at the wrong apartment,” according to the arrest warrant.Jean was taken by ambulance to Baylor Hospital, where he died.“That just seems highly implausible,” lawyer Merritt said of Guyger’s narrative.It would have been “uncharacteristic” for Jean to leave his door ajar, Merritt added.“He’s a very meticulous young man,” Merritt said. “He paid attention to detail and his security was something that was always forefront on his mind. So when he went into a room he closed the door behind him. He locked the door; he put his keys in a specific place.”Benjamin Crump, another attorney for the Jean family, said it was also “troubling” that Guyger says she fired into the apartment after seeing a “large silhouette” inside and believing it was a burglar.“She gives verbal commands and then she shoots into the dark apartment. Not knowing anything about who this individual is or anything, she shoots into a dark apartment,” Crump told ABC News.“So it’s going to have to be determined is this the actions of a prudent well-trained police officer who at this time now has assumed that she is investigating a burglary and that she then must comply with her training, her experience, her education that she got from DPD [the Dallas Police Department]. It seems to be contradictory of a well-trained police officer.”Attorney Daryl Washington, who is also representing the Jean family, said Guyger’s purported actions after shooting Jean was suspect and full of “inconsistencies.”“From the fact that when you look at an affidavit and I’m thinking that I’m at my house and I call 911 because someone was just shot,” he said. “Well, the very first thing that I’m going to do is I’m not going to go outside and look at my address? I’m going to give them my address right there on the phone. I’m going to say I’m on the phone. My address is this. Why did she have to go outside to verify the address? It makes no sense whatsoever.”The independent witnesses who heard the officer banging on Jean’s door prior to the shooting also say they heard a male voice cry out from the apartment after the gunfire, Crump said.He said the witnesses “hear a male voice say, ‘Oh, my God, why did you do this?’ We believe that is the last words from Botham Jean alive.”Merritt said he is “optimistic that at the end of the day” if prosecutors conduct the thorough investigation that District Attorney Johnson promised Monday, they will reject Guyger’s narrative and pursue a murder charge.“We believe that the appropriate charges would be the charges of murder,” Merritt said.Guyger has been released on $300,000 bail. A court date for her yet to be set.Attempts by ABC News to reach Guyger were unsuccessful.Matta, the police union president, told ABC News that the Texas Rangers conducted a thorough investigation independent of the Dallas Police Department and that lawyers for the Jean family, who had initially applauded such a probe, “don’t like what’s in the affidavit because it’s the facts.”“They’re framing it as something different,” he said.On the day of the shooting, Matta said, Officer Guyger had completed a 15-hour shift as part of a team that arrested several individuals wanted for 30-plus armed robbery and robberies in the Dallas area.“I’ve met her on several occasions,” Mata said of Guyger. “She has an impeccable reputation. She is a hard-charging, go-getting officer, who has put a lot of bad people in jail.”It was “very dishearting” to hear Johnson say during the news conference Monday her office will consider pursuing a murder charge against Guyger, Mata said.“You could tell by her language, her attitude that she doesn’t accept the impartial investigation by the Texas Rangers,” Matta said of Johnson. “But don’t get up there and say you’re looking to up a charge and you haven’t even done anything, you haven’t even down your own investigation yet.“I’m going be honest with you, Mr. Jean was what all us parents hope our kids turn out to be,” he said of the church-going native of Saint Lucia, who worked at the prestigious accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas.“He was an amazing individual, who had an amazing life ahead of him, who had done great things in his life. His loss is a loss to the city. But hanging out this officer, that’s not the right thing to do.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.