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COVID-19 Can’t Completely Shut Down National Ag Day

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – Mar 23, 2020 SHARE COVID-19 Can’t Completely Shut Down National Ag DayHappy National Ag Day, Indiana! COVID-19 is making Ag Day a bit more difficult to celebrate this year, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.National Ag Day is a day dedicated to increasing public awareness about agriculture’s vital role in our society. This should be even more apparent now as agriculture has been identified as a critical infrastructure sector by the Department of Homeland Security during the COVID-19 pandemic.National Ag Day events held in Washington, D.C. and around the country have been canceled due to the pandemic, but organizers are still hopeful the message gets out. Isabella Chism is a member of the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee and immediate past chair of the National Ag Day committee.“We’re actually pretty excited now that we’ve gotten past the disappointment because we’ve got a lot of extra opportunities for people on AgDay.org. We have a social media posts for them to use, videos, slideshows, static posts as well that will talk about agriculture.”Chism says they’re encouraging farmers to share their story and talk about what they do each day. Another idea she recommends is to, “Read an ag accurate book online. Do a Facebook Live. Do something on YouTube like that…people are starting to respond. I’ve noticed some picking up.”Chism believes this COVID-19 situation has led to more appreciation for farmers from the public.“We continue to do the best that we can to not only feed our families but feed the rest of the nation, and in normal times, the rest of the world. So, what we see now though is a greater appreciation that people are truly appreciating what the farmers are doing. They’re starting to realize more that there is that direct link from the farm to the grocery store to their table.”Chism also serves as Indiana Farm Bureau 2nd Vice President.Information about National Ag Day that can be shared online can be found here. Home Indiana Agriculture News COVID-19 Can’t Completely Shut Down National Ag Day Facebook Twitter COVID-19 Can’t Completely Shut Down National Ag Day Previous articleFirst Purdue Crops Podcast is Live; Up Next They’ll Talk COVID-19 and AgNext articleCOVID-19 Can’t Completely Shut Down National Ag Day and the First Purdue Crops Podcast is Live on the HAT Tuesday Morning Edition Eric Pfeifferlast_img read more

MEP Kelly calls for increased support for girls and women in…

first_img Previous articleArdpatrick crowned this year’s Going For Gold overall champions for 2019Next articleWATCH: “We Have To Take Our Opportunities” Carbery and Henderson ahead of Samoa Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Ireland South MEP Sean KellySeán Kelly MEP and leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament has called for increased supports for girls and women in computer science, as the EU celebrates Code Week and European Week of Action for Girls this week.“More than half of female secondary school students in Ireland say they are not given enough information about STEM subjects, while only 17 per cent of the 8 million digital technology experts in the EU are women,” the Ireland South MEP warned.“The lack of participation of women and girls in the digital economy is not only down to lower interest in STEM and ICT,” he said noting the issue also includes “distorted perceptions, stereotypes and lack of role models” to inspire girls.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It is vital that girls are well-informed of the many opportunities available to them in the STEM sectors. There remains a severe shortage of skilled ICT professionals across Europe, and there is a clear solution to this – we must encourage girls to pursue their talents in STEM subjects,” said Mr Kelly, a former teacher.Women’s voices are sorely lacking in the world of technology, which causes significant loss on all fronts – economic, societal and human capital, according to MEP Kelly.As part of EU Code Week and the European Week of Action for Girls, Mr Kelly hosted the Greenlight for Girls group in the European Parliament for the Generation Code exhibition yesterday (Tuesday).“Greenlight for Girls seeks to promote inclusive education on STEM subjects and encourage girls to pursue studies in these fields.“Coding is an increasingly important skill that girls are still not being encouraged to engage in. There is a significant gender gap among technology experts, while 40pc of enterprises recruiting ICT specialists report difficulties in getting qualified people.“We need to be equipping young women with the necessary computing skills and encourage their studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM),” Mr Kelly underlined. WhatsApp Facebook Advertisement Twittercenter_img NewsBusinessPoliticsMEP Kelly calls for increased support for girls and women in techBy Staff Reporter – October 9, 2019 119 Print Email Linkedinlast_img read more

Question mark over Burton’s site

first_imgCouncil and union bosses hope to convince Burton’s Foods to keep its Moreton factory open.A planned meeting this week with the biscuit manufacturer aims to challenge Burton’s decision to close the Wirral site, with the loss of 342 jobs.The factory which makes Cadbury’s chocolate biscuits under licence, Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels was saved from closure for at least five years in 2007 after owner Duke Street Capital agreed a rescue plan with the Unite union. However, it was recently taken over by its bank, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.Said Unite national officer for food and drink Jennie Formby: “We were given a commitment in 2007 that there would be no further restructuring they have reneged on that and we are now considering our options.”Burton’s has started a 90-day consultation with staff, but Unite has vowed to present the company with alternatives to compulsory redundancies.Burton’s blamed, “an increasingly challenging and competitive environment with industry over-capacity and high commodity cost inflation,” for its decision, which it said formed part of a new £25m three-year capital spending programme to build production capabilities at its manufacturing sites in Edinburgh and Llantarnam, South Wales.It will also consolidate its Knowlsey multi-site distribution operations in a single location.>>GreenPalm first for Burton’s Foodslast_img read more

The Heavy Pets and Special Guests To Throw 80’s Dance Party Post-Phish At SPAC

first_imgWhenever Phish comes to Saratoga Springs, NY for their annual romp at SPAC, you can be sure there will some late-night festivities downtown at Putnam Den. Florida jam-rockers The Heavy Pets are no strangers to the late-night Phish scene, and for the first night of the SPAC run, get ready for an 80’s Dance Party!The Pets will be playing host to a throwback set of some of your favorite 80’s classics. Expect a little Prince, David Bowie, A-Ha, Flock of Seagulls, Tears for Fears and some other goodies as special guests The Hornitz, vocalist Hayley Jane and percussionist Ryan Clausen (Hayley Jane and the Primates), the Magnaterrestrial Dancers and more join in for what is sure to be a throwdown on this first night of Phish-y celebrations.Tickets for the 80’s Dance Party are $12 in advance, and $15 day of show and are currently on sale. Get tickets HERE.last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Avian flu, Salmonella developments, drug fails in prion trial, new vaccine plant in Mexico

first_imgMar 10, 2009Egypt reports baby girl infected with H5N1Egypt’s health ministry reported today that an 18-month-old baby girl from Menofia governorate has been hospitalized with an H5N1 infection, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported. She got sick on Mar 6 after contact with sick birds and was admitted to the hospital yesterday, where she is receiving oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a 2-year-old boy from Egypt’s Alexandria governorate is hospitalized in stable condition with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, making him Egypt’s 57th case-patient. The boy first got sick Mar 3. The WHO’s global H5N1 case count is now 410, 256 of them fatal.[Mar 10 Xinhua story][Mar 10 WHO statement]German duck tests positive for H5N1The European Commission today reported its first H5N1 avian influenza finding in a bird this year, a wild duck that was shot in the German state of Bavaria, according to a report today from the Associated Press (AP).[Mar 10 AP story]Salmonella case count grows to 683The number of patients sickened in the national Salmonella outbreak linked to peanut products climbed to 683 patients in 46 states, according to an update today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The latest confirmed illness onset date was Feb 13, and the number of new cases has declined modestly since December. At least 3,235 products have been recalled in connection with the outbreak.[Mar 10 CDC update]FDA seeks tool to speed Salmonella detectionTo help its investigators identify Salmonella more quickly in foodborne outbreaks, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked the departments of defense, homeland security, and agriculture to help it develop a rapid test for the pathogen, the AP reported today. Current testing methods can take as long as 9 days to identify Salmonella, but David Acheson, MD, the FDA’s assistant commissioner of food safety, said he hoped that a rapid test could narrow the delay to 5 days or less.[Mar 10 AP story]Malaria drug shows no benefit for prion disease patientsThe antimalarial drug quinacrine, although it can inhibit conversion of normal prion proteins to abnormal ones in vitro, did not significantly improve survivability in patients with prion diseases, according to study that appeared today online in The Lancet Neurology. An observational study of 107 patients, 40 of whom took quinacrine, showed that though the drug was well tolerated at 300 mg per day, only 4 of the patients had transient responses on neurologic rating scales. There are no approved treatments to prevent or reverse human prion diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.[Mar 10 The Lancet Neurology study]Sanofi to build flu vaccine plant in MexicoSanofi-Aventis announced yesterday that it signed an agreement with Mexico to build a $100 million facility to manufacture influenza vaccines in Ocoyoacac, Mexico. Sanofi said it would collaborate with Bimex, a Mexican federal vaccine maker, to perform some manufacturing steps and distribute the influenza vaccines in Mexico. The facility will have the capacity to make up to 25 million seasonal flu vaccine doses and will be able to switch to pandemic vaccine manufacturing once the WHO declares an influenza pandemic.last_img read more

‘You only need a few good results and then the whole thing can snowball’

first_imgNew Sunderland boss Simon Grayson has told talkSPORT he is relishing the challenge of attempting to lead the Black Cats back into the Premier League.The 47-year-old left Preston North End last week to succeed David Moyes in the Stadium of Light hotseat, signing a three-year deal.Grayson admits he has a tough job on his hands rebuilding the recently-relegated club, but he is fully up for the fight and is confident they will head in the right direction under his stewardship.Speaking to the Jim White show, he said: “Anybody that knows Sunderland knows the size of the club, the facilities, the supporters are fanatical and speaking to many people in the game, you realise it is a great opportunity.“It’s not one that I’ve gone into thinking it is going to be easy because it certainly isn’t. It is very difficult for teams that have been in the Premier League to get promoted quickly back.“We have got a few players that have left the club and will maybe leave the club. As it stands we have got 11 first team players out here [at a pre-season training camp in Austria]… but it is a great opportunity. We have come in here, we are trying to change the mind-set around, get the players working hard, enjoying themselves, and let’s try and get this club back where it belongs.“You only have to get a few good results and then suddenly the whole thing can snowball and be very effective and go in the right direction.”Grayson says he will have a ‘realistic budget’ this summer and is attempting to put together a squad with the right balance of youth and experience.“We are probably not going to have the biggest budget in the division, but we are certainly not going to have one of the lowest,” he said.“We are going to work with the players we have got, we are going to work with the Under-23s to improve them and give the opportunities, but we are certainly going to be bringing in players in, whether that is loans from other clubs, permanents from other clubs, or frees.“It’s all about getting the right types into this club. There have been too many players in the past that have been here for the trappings of it all and the money.“We are working hard behind the scenes to secure a few deals and hopefully we are getting very close to some.“It is relentless in the Championship. You have to have a real strong mentality, a real desire, a fantastic team ethic and spirit to get you through difficult stages and that is what I have tried to create at all clubs I have been at and this is going to be no different.“The recruitment is going to be so important – we have to bring in the right players with all those attributes that hopefully make the supporters realise what we want to do and be proud again.”last_img read more