Indiana Farmers Plowing Less, Yielding More

first_img Previous articleSuderman Heading to FCStoneNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truitt Another survey will be taken this fall to monitor the level of fall tillage vs. planting cover crops.  No-till farming methods can reduce soil erosion by 75 percent when compared to a conventional (chisel-disk) tillage system, and is a critical component to improve soil organic matter and soil health. “With the increase in demand for Indiana’s row crop production and the reports on agriculture’s role in the Gulf hypoxia and Great Lakes issues, it make sense for us to continue to observe, track, and tell the stories of the good things our farmers are doing,” said Hardisty. By Gary Truitt – Oct 14, 2015 Facebook Twitter SHARE Tillage transect reports dating back to 1990 can be found here. To learn more about the tillage transect for your county, visit https://www.in.gov/isda/2370.htm# to find your local Soil and Water Conservation District. Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Farmers Plowing Less, Yielding More Hardesty says it is not just tillage and not just cover crops, but finding a system that works on an individual farm to improve soil health, reduce inputs, and boost yields. The thin profit margins this year are also giving farmers a reason to consider conservation tillage and cover crops. “They can save on fertilizer use and cut the number of trips across a field,” said Hardisty. “It is all coming together and growers are beginning to realize the benefits of a complete system of conservation.”Hardisty said Indiana leads the Midwest in the adoption of cover crops. “These numbers confirm that Indiana is a national leader in acres of cover crops planted,” said Ted McKinney, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA).  “Our farmers were some of the first in the country to discover the economic and water quality benefits of soil health conservation practices such as cover crops.  With the record breaking rainfall this past summer, cover crops have proven a valuable tool for managing floodwater, protecting the soil, and keeping sediment and nutrients out of our water.” She told HAT, while the crop loss from the heavy rains was unfortunate, it did provide an excellent example of the benefits of cover crops and a conservation cropping system, “We had fields across the road from each other that had both been hit with heavy rain. The crops in the fields that had been planted with cover crops last fall looked a lot better than those that had not.” She added that this fall farmers are seeing how much better their yields are from fields with cover crops and conservation tillage systems. Indiana Farmers Plowing Less, Yielding More Indiana Farmers Plowing Less, Yielding MoreJane HardistyNew figures from the Indiana Conservation Partnership show that conservation tillage and cover crops are being used by more and more Indiana farmers, with some impressive results. According to the annual spring tillage survey, in 2015 Indiana farmers saved 32 millions tons of top soil by using a variety of reduced tillage methods. In addition, the survey showed the use of cover crops in Indiana continues to increase rapidly. State Conservationist Jane Hardisty said over 933,000 acres of Indiana farmland were planted to cover crops this year, due in large part to the flooding we saw this year, “We had farmers walk in our door that we had never seen before. They had washed out spots in their field and wanted to get something growing, so they decided to give cover crops a try.” SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Journalist and press freedom representative killed in car crash

first_imgNews September 7, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority News Reporters Without Borders called today on the Ukrainian government to thoroughly investigate the cause of a 14 July road accident that killed newspaper and TV editor Vladimir Efremov, a critic of President Leonid Kuchma.Efremov, correspondent in the city of Dniepropetrovsk of the press freedom group the Institute of Mass Information (IMI), was editor of the newspapers Sobor and Dniepropetrovsk and founder of the regional TV station TV11, which have backed former prime minister Pavlo Lazarenko, a Kuchma opponent. He had agreed to give evidence at a 18 August hearing in the United States of charges against Lazarenko for embezzlement of public funds.Reporters Without Borders called on interior minister Yuri Smirnov to determine the cause of the crash, in which Efremov’s car collided with a lorry near the eastern town of Verkhnyodniprovsk. It requested that the car be carefully examined. The local representative of the interior ministry, Andriy Zinchuk, has been named to head the investigation.Efremov had said in the government paper Golos Ukrainy on 13 October 2001 that he feared he would be killed because of his journalistic activities, probably in a staged road accident. The authorities seized the transmitters of TV11 on 17 March 1999, after shutting the station down on 9 March for supposed technical reasons, although the station had a broadcasting licence valid until 2001. Efremov was arrested on 13 January 1999 and jailed for two days in Dniepropetrovsk for alleged irregularities in a 1995 loan agreement involving Sobor. Efremov said he had fully repaid the loan and said he had probably been arrested because TV11 had broadcast a New Year message from Lazarenko instead the one from Kuchma that all other stations had broadcast. News February 26, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img July 15, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist and press freedom representative killed in car crash March 26, 2021 Find out more Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV UkraineEurope – Central Asia News UkraineEurope – Central Asia Organisation Follow the news on Ukraine Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin medialast_img read more

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Who is James Brokenshire, the new Secretary of State for Housing?

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Who is James Brokenshire, the new Secretary of State for Housing? previous nextHousing MarketWho is James Brokenshire, the new Secretary of State for Housing?Here’s our low-down on the incoming Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government boss.Nigel Lewis1st May 201801,240 Views The new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has been better known as a mover and shaker within the Home Office since he joined it as a Parliamentary Under Secretary in 2016, rather than a housing specialist.So what qualifies the aptly-named former lawyer to lead the government’s efforts to fix the UK’s ‘broken’ housing market?Tenant fees banThe 50-year-old, remain-supporting MP, who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and stepped down from his position as Northern Ireland Secretary in January this year to fight it, voted against Labour’s original 2014 attempts to ban fees paid by tenants to letting agents, a policy the Conservatives have subsequently adopted.But his biggest role in the housing sector to date has been a controversial one.Right to rentBrokenshire was instrumental in introducing and implementing the Right to Rent regulations that many agents and landlords now deal with on a daily basis, receiving plenty of criticism for his involvement, although the Association of Residential Letting Agents has been largely supportive of Right to Rent, although the Residential Landlords Association has not.But the legislation is often said to have made agents and landlords de-facto ‘border guards’ for the government, and has been criticised for encouraging discrimination by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.Brokenshire’s first big test came yesterday when the Old Bexley and Sidcup MP was thrown in the deep end in parliament during questions from both the Liberal Democrat spokesperson Wera Hobhouse and her opposite number on the Labour benches John Healey, who both grilled him about why DHCLG last year underspent on affordable housing by £800 million.The new Secretary of State, who replace Sajid Javid following his departure to the Home Office, said 41,530 affordable homes were built last year, 27% more than the year before. And given the other technical questions thrown at him by several MPs and his well-informed responses, he had clearly done his homework.James Brokenshire Right to Rent Housing Minister Sajid Javid department of housing communities and local government dhclg May 1, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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Statement From Superintendent David Smith Concerning Dramatic Drop In Test Scores With ILEARN

first_imgThe statement made by Superintendent Smith At A Recent School Board Meeting Regarding The Possibility Of Indiana Exercising The Hold Harmless Provision For ILEARN: FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare “The EVSC fully supports Governor Eric Holcomb and State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick’s request to exercise a hold harmless provision in response to the extreme drop in state test scores for the initial year of Indiana’s ILEARN assessment. And, while this may offer a short-term remedy, the EVSC is concerned public confidence will continue to erode in the state’s ability to create an accountability system that fairly assesses the performance of our Indiana schools. This is the second time in five years that Indiana has used the “hold-harmless” provision, and it is no secret that Indiana schools are still dealing with the impact of changing academic standards while adjusting to the third testing vendor in these same five years. Further frustration developed this past summer for parents as they had an extremely short timeline for submitting rescores.Moving forward, we respectfully ask state legislators, the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana State Board of Education to do a thorough study of a seemingly flawed accountability system that fails to include multiple measures to accurately show the academic progress of Hoosier students. We also strongly believe a comparative analysis should be undertaken to conduct an accurate comparison between our students and those around the nation to see where Indiana students perform on national assessments. We believe this will show Indiana students perform at a higher level than their counterparts around the nation.It is not surprising that parents, community members, and educators are losing confidence and becoming increasingly frustrated because our state is having to exercise the hold harmless provision for the second time in the past five years due to testing concerns. It is becoming abundantly clear that our reliance on high stakes testing alone is resulting in a flawed accountability system that is failing our most important commodity, the students of our state.”last_img read more

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Dr. Bucshon Supports Comprehensive Mental Health Legislation

first_img WASHINGTON, D.C. On Wednesday,Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. helped pass comprehensive legislation to improve the nation’s mental health system and treatment.H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, aims to fix the nation’s broken mental health system by delivering evidence-based treatment, refocusing mental health programs, reforming resources and grants, and removing barriers to care.“I am very proud to support this landmark mental health legislation,” said Bucshon. “This well-crafted, bipartisan legislation is a giant leap forward to make sure that our fellow citizens with mental illness have access to the treatment they need when they need it. As a physician, I will continue my work to make sure every American has access to quality, affordable healthcare. H.R. 2646 is an important component of that effort.”The bill passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee markup hearing by a vote of 53 to 0.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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In Short

first_imgFSA’s point-size pushThe Food Standards Agency has revised its guidance on clear labelling for food packaging, suggesting that manufacturers should use at least an eight-point font size for essential information, especially on safety. The FSA said this reflects concerns that some existing labels containing information on food content are too small for many people.Oven grantThe 109-year-old Lewis’s Bakery based in Garrets Green, Birmingham has been awarded a £46,000 grant by Advantage West Midlands to help it buy three new ovens. The grant has also enabled the firm to start baking European breads such as ciabatta and focaccia.Bakery’s open dayThe organic Side Oven Bakery based on a farm at Foston in East Yorkshire held an open day earlier this month in aid of the Country Trust, a charity which promotes understanding of the countryside among children, teachers and parents from inner-city areas. Visitors were able to tour the bakery and see the traditional wood oven.Taking a BrekkieThe West Cornwall Pasty Company has launched a new savoury breakfast range across its 50 stores, which will feature three varieties of “Brekkie” wrapped in golden pastry: bacon, sausage, egg and baked beans; a slice of cooked ham, scrambled egg and mature Cheddar; or scrambled egg, mature Cheddar, tomatoes and mushrooms.Iodine boostBakers in Australia will have to add iodine to bread from next year due to concerns that iodine deficiency is re-emerging. Health authorities fear that a lack of iodine can affect neurological development in children and reduce IQ levels.last_img read more

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New York state of mind

first_imgWhat happens when you take one Marks & Spencers cake buyer, one product developer and three suppliers and send them to New York to look at and taste cakes for 10 days?”There was an awful lot of cake we were visiting between 20 to 25 bakeries every day to look for new ideas,” says Rebecca Adams, cake and bread buyer for M&S. “It was very intense. We came back with a lot of direction for how to continue to expand, but we also all came back exhausted!”The recent development trip to New York, on which Adams invited a cake supplier, an in-store bakery supplier and a bread supplier, was part of M&S’ research into how to continue to build upon the huge success of its American cake range, which first launched last year with cupcakes and continued this year with whoopie pies.”M&S is always looking for new bakery concepts, and our brief was to see how we could take inspiration and identify trends from New York bakeries,” explains Adams. “The last time M&S was in New York was in 2008, and that was when we came back knowing that we simply had to introduce cupcakes to stores. It worked last year was a big, big year for us, and cupcakes are easily our best-sellers. But now we have to move forward, and find out how we can carry cupcakes further that’s what we can learn from New York.”Taking suppliers on the occasional development trip is a good example of how Adams likes to do business. “For me, it’s about building relationships. I work in partnership with all my suppliers to make sure it’s a profitable process for both parties and, for that, we both need to understand each other,” she says. “In New York, for example, having time away with three suppliers was a chance to build upon our business relations. My suppliers learnt more about M&S and understood what we were looking for, while it also allowed me a chance to understand their businesses and their needs. It’s crucial for both sides to get to grips with that first and foremost.”But when it comes to understanding M&S customers, Adams says it’s hard to identify just one type of consumer. “We really do cater for everyone, so we always have to think about which group of customers a new product might be for. For instance, our older customers in, say, our Dover store, are unlikely to go out for their weekly shop and come back with cupcakes unlike our younger customers in our London stores. That’s why we have so much variety, from traditional ranges such as slab cakes and sponges, to much more innovative products like whoopie pies.”As far as its traditional cakes go, M&S says it isn’t looking to change or enhance the range. “In all my eight years at M&S, we haven’t ever changed our slab cakes and sponges; we’ve certainly never changed anything about our Victoria sponge,” says Adams. “Why meddle with what is already perfect?”However, Adams says suppliers can use the traditional cakes as a benchmark for what is expected from M&S suppliers. “Cakes like our Victoria sponge are what every innovative product should aspire to. They act as a stamp of our quality standard to deliver to customers what they want.”Innovative moveOne example of a recent M&S innovation is its new Dippers & Dunkers range an updated take on its existing tubs of mini bites. The new range lets you dip, say, a mini brownie into chocolate frosting and then coat it in chocolate drops. “It’s real sit-on-the-sofa type food,” says Adams, who explains that the idea for Dippers & Dunkers came about as a result of direct customer surveys, which revealed customers loved the idea when put to them. “It’s an example of what M&S likes to do take something that we already do and innovate to make it even better.”When it comes to competition, Adams keeps her eye on Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, but is quietly confident that M&S remains ahead of the game. “Of course, everyone is always doing something new, but I cannot think of a time when I’ve seen a Waitrose product and thought, ’We really missed out there.’ That has just not happened.”Working methodRather than competition, Adams says her biggest challenge is to create a commercially viable product and for that, she works closely with M&S cake product developer Chris Seaby and technologist Jim Hawkridge. “Often Chris will have identified a trend, Jim will have ideas on what we can do with it, and my role is to figure out how to do that realistically, in terms of picking the right supplier and fixing costs.”For this, Adams will work her way through proposals from new suppliers, who have already emailed with details on their product. “If the product is right for M&S in terms of being high-quality or is along the lines of what we’ve already thought about, then I’ll set up a meeting. The three of us will visit the supplier’s site, look at the factory and discuss what they can offer.”Adams also stresses that while M&S is such a large business there are over 600 stores and she is responsible for the bakery content in each one the store is as encouraging and open to small suppliers as big ones. “We’ve got a few cake suppliers that are tiny family-run businesses one produces all our speciality cakes for Ireland, for example. Just because a supplier is small, it doesn’t mean I won’t consider them.” Rebecca Adams at a glance CV: First joined M&S on a business placement year in food merchandising, as part of her degree in textile management. After graduating from the University of Manchester in 2002, she applied to M&S for a full-time position, and was accepted as a trainee buyer in fresh produce. Upon completing her training, she moved to become buyer for the ’Celebrations’ department, overseeing Christmas lines, and then switched to bakery, where she now manages breads and cakes.The role: “I’d never thought about working with food while studying, but after my first placement working at M&S, I realised I really enjoyed it. There’s something very satisfying about working with food; if I didn’t love my job, I wouldn’t do it.”Pastimes: “My other half and I live in Wimbledon and have a little boat; on weekends we like to take it out on the river and relax with friends. I very rarely bake at home!”Getting listed: Adams receives letters and emails every day from suppliers and says she is very open to suppliers making the first contact. “Sending us an example of the product is always helpful.”Suppliers’ notes: “Be prepared to communicate I’ll always call or email suppliers every week to keep up to speed with what they are doing. I like to work in partnership with my suppliers, and it’s important for me to understand where they are coming from, as it is for them to really understand everything about M&S and what the customers expect in terms of quality.”Tips for the future: “Our trip to New York has given us a lot to think about, and we have plenty of new ideas in mind about how to continue with the American baking trend, which proved so successful for us this year. We will also be expanding the bread range substantially.”last_img read more

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Accelerate and simplify with management tools designed for virtualization

first_imgThe good and the bad on server virtualizationFew technologies have had as profound an effect in the evolution of the data center as virtualization.  The increased flexibility and reduced cost that a virtualized environment offers are well documented.  Server provisioning times, for example, have been significantly reduced with the ability to roll out a new virtual server as compared to a full bare metal deployment. And as more data centers are moving to cloud, virtualization lays the foundation and gives businesses even more flexibility to get new servers up and running when needed.However, with all the benefits that come from virtualization and cloud, there’s also increasing complexity.  To deal with this complexity, IT teams are using a combination of non-integrated tools to manage their physical and virtual resources. Routine tasks like configuring and deploying a virtual server can involve using multiple tools that don’t talk to each other and often times require administrators to do things manually.  All this can result in an increased risk of errors and IT teams that are strapped trying to keep up with all of the different tools.The skills required to be proficient in all the tools that are needed to manage complex virtualized environments, along with the lack of integration amongst tools, puts increasing pressure on IT teams and makes it even more difficult to maintain clear visibility across physical and virtual resources.For example, in VMware environments, administrators have already spent considerable time in training and practice to become skilled users of VMware vCenter.  Why should they need to spend time learning how to use yet another new tool to get the critical information required to keep their virtualized servers up and running?There’s light at the end of the tunnelDell offers systems management solutions designed for use with all of the leading virtualization platforms with one goal in mind….making the IT administrator’s job easier. These tools are fully integrated, allowing IT administrators to manage their servers directly from the virtualization console that they are already familiar with.  This helps reduce the need for learning a new tool. Dell also provides administrators with detailed, actionable intelligence on the status of their Dell servers so they can focus on meeting SLAs and be proactive in avoiding downtime.At the heart of the Dell PowerEdge server brand beats the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller. This 100% agent-free server management technology is the core of Dell’s enterprise infrastructure management solutions. This technology enables management at the server and remotely via a traditional console or mobile device as well as integrating with leading virtualization platforms like VMware vCenter.Leveraging the inherent benefits of iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller technology, Dell’s OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter is a native VMware vCenter plug-in that enables administrators to monitor, manage, configure and deploy Dell PowerEdge servers — all from within their vCenter console. This gives administrators easy access to hardware-level monitoring and alerting.  Tasks like bare-metal discovery and deployment can be automated, allowing admins to do 80% of their physical server administration from within their virtualization management platform.Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter delivers streamlined platform management with seamless integration into the VMware vCenter Server console, providing a single pane of glass to manage both virtual and physical environments. Alert integration is also available with custom alarm definitions that enable administrators to remediate failures in an automated fashion.With OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter, IT teams can dramatically reduce complexity, speed deployment and minimize risk in IT operations.  By providing cluster-level hardware views directly within vCenter, the OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter plug-in enables easy scaling and a streamlined process for applying updates to multiple Dell hosts in a single, cluster-aware workflow. Administrators can use the six-step wizard tool to automate and schedule updates for all Dell PowerEdge servers in a cluster without losing any workload productivity.Watch the video below and visit http://www.Dell.com/OMIVV to see how you can bridge the physical and virtual gap and simplify IT operations in your datacenter with Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter.If you are attending VMworld, stop by the Enterprise Systems Management area in the Dell booth (booth #1431) to discuss your needs and see how we can help!last_img read more

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Group discusses voting

first_imgVoter registration and education on local political issues will create positive channels between Notre Dame students and the surrounding area, student body president Catherine Soler told Campus Life Council (CLC) Monday. Social Concerns chair Pat McCormick said the Center for Social Concerns and student government teamed up to get students involved in the election. CLC members supported the campaign to vote in local elections and learn more about important issues in the South Bend community. “We have put a lot of time and energy into this issue,” Soler said. “Voter registration gives us some of the best opportunities for community involvement.” Recent negative energy between Notre Dame students and South Bend Police created tensions that could be helped if members of the community see the student body reaching them through  the elections, Soler said. “We are encouraging students to take full membership in the community,” McCormick said. Finding the best way for each student to participate in the local community is the most important part of this project, Soler said. “What we are doing is essentially a three-tier process,” McCormick said. The campaign broke into components of education, registration of Indiana voters and involvement of out-of-state students in local elections, he said. “First, we are encouraging all students regardless of their state of residency to learn about the issues that affect us most,” McCormick said. “Education for voters is a huge part of this idea.” Second, students who are Indiana residents are strongly encouraged to register to vote and learn about dominant issues in their home state, he said. Third, out-of-state students can legally switch their permanent residence to Indiana in order to vote in local elections, McCormick said, but this change might cause problems post-graduation based on state policies. Some students might find the transition back to their home state more difficult after switching their permanent residency to Indiana, he said. “Students who are interested in that route should get advice from someone trained in legal issues to find out what that change would look like for them,” McCormick said.last_img read more

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Stephen McKinley Henderson & More Join Cast of Between Riverside and Crazy

first_img Between Riverside and Crazy will feature scenic design by Walt Spangler, costumes by Alexis Forte, lighting design by Keith Parham and original music and sound design by Ryan Rumery. Between Riverside and Crazy Tony nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson, who can currently be seen in A Raisin in the Sun, is among the cast of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Between Riverside and Crazy. Directed by Austin Pendleton, the play will receive its world premiere as part of the Atlantic Theater Company’s 2013-14 season. The off-Broadway production will begin performances on July 10 at the Linda Gross Theater and run through August 16. Opening night is set for July 31. View Comments Joining Henderson in the cast is Victor Almanzar, who will make his off-Broadway debut in the show, A Free Man of Color and The Motherf***er with the Hat’s Rosal Colón, Liza Colon-Zayas, whose stage credits include the original and off-Broadway productions of Water by the Spoonful, Michael Rispoli of the A&E series Those Who Kill and Ray Anthony Thomas, who received an Obie award for Volunteer Man and recently appeared in The Most Deserving.center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 23, 2014 Between Riverside and Crazy tells the story of Walter “Pops” Washington, an ex-cop and recent widower, who, with his recently paroled son Junior, struggle to hold on to one of the last rent-stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive. The Old Days seem to be dead and gone for the two as old wounds are opened, sketchy new houseguests turn up and a final ultimatum is delivered. Related Showslast_img read more

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