Agreement reached as beef dispute talks end

first_imgTalks between farming groups and meat processors over pricing and other matters in the beef sector continued into concluded on Wednesday morning. However, farmers’ groups said that while some progress was made, the main issue overpricing remained unresolved.Dozens of farmers in Carrigansjoined the nationwide protest earlier this month outside the Foyle Meats factory. The deal includes a commitment to review how cattle are graded by factories, and the specifications demanded of farmers and producers.Beef Plan Movement representatives said that they will bring the document back to their members, but will have to assess it in the “cold light of day”.They could not say whether it would mean no more protests in future at factories.Those protesting said they used to make between €10 and €20 a head per animal, but now lose between €150 and €200 per animal. The Irish Farmers’ Association said that while progress was made at the talks, the prices paid to beef farmers will still be too low.Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, who joined the talks yesterday after two days of negotiations had failed to produce a deal, said what was agreed this morning lays the foundation for better relations between farmers and factories.In a statement, Mr Creed said progress was made on a wide array of areas including supply chain transparency.“After long and detailed negotiations, stakeholders have reached agreement on very significant issues. Progress was made on important initiatives aimed at improving transparency along the supply chain, and improving communication between industry and farmers,” he said.The Department of Agriculture said the agreement includes commitments on a review of the grid, promotional incentives for the beef sector, and market transparency among other issues. Agreement reached as beef dispute talks end was last modified: August 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

OSU working on new data cooperative

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers do more with modern agricultural equipment than just harvest crops; they also collect massive amounts of data — 500 bytes per corn plant during a growing season. Storing, managing and interpreting that data, however, is an enormous challenge, experts say.Scott Shearer, a professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University and of chair of the college’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, is helping farmers with the undertaking through the creation of a new Agricultural Data Cooperative, an independent nonprofit organization that will be managed by Ohio State.The cooperative is part of the growing use of precision agriculture — the use of mobile technologies, sensor networks, cloud computing, spatial analysis and vast multidimensional datasets to help farmers feed the growing global population with higher yields while using fewer resources.“We’re learning how to use data to manage agricultural production,” Shearer said, noting the industry’s move toward an analytic process in which data collected about soil, climate and other factors produce individualized “prescriptions” for fields.Such a prescription might recommend multiple hybrids in a field, for example, or the changing of seeding rates from 28,000 to 36,000 seeds per acre, depending on the data analysis.There is often a disconnect, however, between the farmers collecting the information and businesses and institutions that could use it to create new products and knowledge, Shearer said.“We have this data stream and a lot of people thinking about how to generate value from this data stream,” he said.  “We want to support that and enhance it to the fullest extent possible.”The cooperative is a three-way partnership between farmers, agribusiness and land grant institutions. It will allow farmers to maintain control of their data while also helping to accelerate data aggregation.Shearer estimates that only 10% to 15% of farmers are sharing their data with agribusiness companies, due to apprehension over how the information will be used.“Farmers can move all their data to where they would like,” he said, and, through the cooperative, “we want to give them the confidence to do so.”Use of the data in university research could be substantial as well, as entomologists, plant pathologists and others come up with new methods for managing issues that cause devastating crop losses, such as soybean cyst nematode or harmful algae blooms.Ohio State’s Discovery Themes initiative, which is increasing the number of faculty working in global food security and translational data analytics, will be important to the cooperative’s success.Shearer looks forward to the value new data analytics faculty will add to the university’s already-rich expertise.“If you can aggregate a data set and have people with the analytical skills to extract value from it,” he said, “you can return that value to the people actively engaged in agricultural enterprises.“That’s a win-win for everybody.”last_img read more

Farm Bureau names Lyons to new post

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Paul Lyons of South Solon has been named to the new position of senior director, membership for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. Lyons, a 22-year veteran with Farm Bureau, is now responsible for a team that will develop and implement a comprehensive membership recruiting and retention program. He also will lead county engagement as the organization updates its business relationship with Nationwide, Farm Bureau’s oldest and closest partner.Lyons first joined Ohio Farm Bureau in 1994 as an organization director serving four counties in northwest Ohio. Since 1999, he has been a regional supervisor responsible for organization directors in multiple counties. Prior to his Farm Bureau career he worked as a veterinary technician, farm store assistant manager and lawn service territory manager. Lyons holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in agriculture and an associate’s degree from Columbus State Community College in applied science in animal health. He and his wife Diane are the parents of one son.Lyons currently is the president of the South Charleston Community Club, is a trustee of South Charleston United Methodist Church, serves on the South Charleston Park Board and is active with Southeastern Local School’s athletic boosters.Paul Lyonslast_img read more

Becoming Uncomfortable with Your Comfortable Illusions

first_imgThere is some part of you that is dissatisfied and knows that you can be more than you are now. Almost no one believes they are the very best version of themselves, and as far as I can tell, no one has ever reached their full potential, not DaVinci, not Einstein, and certainly not you or me.When you look at the results you generated at the end of each week, something gnaws at you. You know you were capable of doing more, but another week has passed, each one looking very much like the one that preceded it. Are you working smart enough and hard enough to bring your goals to life (the very meaning of the word “hustle)? Are you as productive as you should be?If your life doesn’t resemble the ideal you hold in your mind’s eye, and if you don’t have what you want, you are no different from most of the human population on Earth. You are very literally surrounded by proof that what you want is possible, and people who started behind the starting line you stand on now have found a way to have what you want.My philosophy is that one of the ways you will judge your success, in the end, will be the contribution you make to others and the causes you care about. It’s difficult to contribute unless you take care of what is written in three paragraphs above. Solve for those, and you have solved for contribution.Your IllusionsIf you are not yet who you want to be, it is because you are comfortable with the illusion that high school and college was the end of your growth, your development, and your education, none of which quite prepared you to be the best version of yourself.If you are not exerting the effort necessary to bring your goals to life, they will not come into being. It is doubtful that you cannot do what is required, and it more likely that you are trying hard enough. You are comfortable with the illusion that you are doing what you need to do.If you are like most people, you have settled for what you have. Maybe what you have is enough. Or perhaps you are just comfortable with the illusion that you have all you need—or all you deserve.The first step to improvement is to refuse to be comfortable with the illusion. From this illusion, you can see the next. From that one, you will see the one that follows. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Slit bike seats trigger communal tension in Assam’s Hailakandi, curfew clamped

first_img “Today (Friday), a few local people protested after some two-wheelers were parked haphazardly because it could lead to a traffic snarl. The argument went out of control when someone threw a stone,” a local resident said.The police soon swung into action and the fire brigade was summoned as some shops went up in flames.“A couple of people have been injured and they are undergoing treatment at the local hospital. We have imposed night curfew and strengthened vigil to maintain peace and tranquillity,” Hailakandi district’s Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli said, adding the situation has been brought under control.The curfew, she said, had to be clamped as “there exists strange relation between groups who are trying to indulge in violence and create communal violence”. Stringent action would be taken against anyone moving around, she warned.Officials said the paramilitary Assam Rifles and Central Reserve Police Force personnel have been deployed in the trouble-torn and sensitive areas. The administration has also sought the help of the Army. Curfew extended in Assam town Simmering tension over the slitting of motorcycle seats parked outside a mosque in a crowded area snowballed into communal violence in southern Assam’s Hailakandi town on Friday.The administration in Hailakandi clamped curfew at around 1:00 p.m. after two groups clashed resulting in a few vehicles and shops being set on fire and vandalised. The violence also left two people injured.Officials said trouble in the mixed-population part of the town began two days ago when some miscreants slashed the seats of more than a dozen two-wheelers outside the mosque before the start of prayers. Local organisations met and condemned the incident and demanded action against the culprits involved.Also Readlast_img read more

Tribal groups push for early settlement of Naga political issue

first_imgTribe-based organisations in Nagaland have sought a settlement of the protracted Naga political issue within the three-month period Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set in July.This was the crux of Friday’s discussion between 16 groups, including two church organisations, and Nagaland Governor R.N. Ravi, who is also the interlocutor in the peace process primarily involving the extremist Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM).Leaders of the tribe-based organisations who attended the meeting declined to disclose what transpired at the meeting. But a representative of one of the largest tribes said it could be wiser to sign the deal soon and work on the ‘Naga national flag’ and ‘constitution’ later.Mr. Ravi also told the groups that the government was keen on an early settlement.The Nagas are divided on these two demands. While the NSCN-IM has been adamant about the flag and constitution, rival outfits clubbed as the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) say settlement should ideally come before these two demands.The Centre is unlikely to accede to the two demands in view of the Kashmir development, though there are speculations in Nagaland that the Framework Agreement signed in August 2015 factored in the flag and the constitution.The NSCN-IM had a few days ago accused Delhi of tweaking the clauses of the agreement to deny the Nagas an honourable solution. The outfit also said the Centre was trying to divide the Nagas through bribes and other means.The Forum for Naga Reconciliation has meanwhile asked the rebels to refrain from mudslinging. “This is only harming the Naga society and making us more vulnerable to further division… We encourage NNPGs and NSCN-IM to meet, address all outstanding differences through dialogues and explore finding a common ground,” it said in a statement.last_img read more

Vespa Elegante to be launched by Piaggio India on September 16

first_imgVespa PrimaveraItalian two wheeler manufacturer Piaggio has made a name for itself in the Indian market by introducing the newly styled Vespa. Now the company is determined to provide Indian customers with greater quality and premium scooters. In the first step towards this, the launch of Vespa Elegante has been confirmed for September 16, 2014.Pricing (estimated)Rs 80,000 (ex-showroom)Vespa Elegante is being launched in the country as a limited edition model. Piaggio India has specifically chosen to launch this scooter just before the festive season in India. It will be the company’s second limited edition model in the country, the first being called Esclusivo.The Elegante will be the most premium offering by the Italian manufacturer in India. It will sport an all new design like its Primavera. Vespa Elegante will be available in VX, LX and S variants in India, along with the limited edition Esclusivo. Exteriors Styling on the new scooter will be retro in nature. We believe that it will come with split seats, chrome embellishment, a triangular headlight upfront, tubeless tyres and disc brakes.EngineVespa Elegante will be powered by a 125cc single cylinder engine, same as the VX125. This engine will be capable of producing  9.91 bhp power and 10.6 Nm of peak torque. Italian engineers have provided a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) gearbox, but it will not have fuel injection.last_img read more