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Blanchard River Demonstration Farms will be a useful tool for water quality

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Blanchard River Demonstration Farms project is a $1 million venture between the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. The goal of the effort is to demonstrate on-farm conservation practices to help improve water and nutrient conservation. The Demonstration Farms aim to help producers find the right combination of practices that reduce nutrient and sediment loss while minimally impacting their financial bottom line.“This is a showcase of multiple conservation practices on three farms within the Blanchard Valley Watershed,” said Aaron Heilers, Project Manager for the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network. “Our vision is that any farmer in the state can come and view these farms, see what is happening from a conservation standpoint and determine if a practice that is happening within this project might work on their farm as well.”Aaron Heilers, the Project Manager for the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network, discusses edge of field testing being done at Kurt Farms“Every operation around Ohio is different and so growers can pick and choose which practice might be best for their home farm and know, with scientific data backing up those practices, that they are actually improving water quality that leaves their farm.”One of the biggest variables when it comes to conservation efforts is economics. More major practice changes are not feasible for smaller operations as those farms aren’t able to spread the cost of making those changes over a large number of acres. That was taken into consideration when choosing demonstration farms.Although all three farms are taking a different approach to see what improvements need to be made to their conservation plans, the main focus is on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service “Edge of Field” testing.“Our results will fall into four broad categories including the placement of nutrients and getting them in contact with the soil because we do see that does reduce nutrient loss,” Heilers said. “We have also placed phosphorus removal beds, nitrogen bioreactors and filter strips at the edges of fields and we are monitoring activity in some streams as well. The goal is for a farmer to be able to combine a practice from each one of those categories and when the nutrient savings of what is being kept in the field is added up it can really make a difference.”Aside from farmers gleaning valuable information from taking a look at conservation testing results on the demonstration farms, there is also a hope that these efforts will renew conversations between farmers, non-farm residents of the watershed, policy makers and others so that everyone can realize the impacts of decisions that are being made off of the farm are having on the farmers in their community. The Ohio County Commissioners Association and a group of Ohio agriculture lawyers are slated for a visit to the Demonstration Farms and a field day is also being planned for this summer.Kellogg Farms, located in Forest, is one of the operations taking part in the project. Bill Kellogg and his son, Shane, own and operate the farm, consisting of 5,000 acres of corn and soybeans. The Kelloggs have committed 305 acres to the Demonstration Farms program.Shane Kellogg describes new equipment being used to better his farms nutrient management practices“Sharing some of the things that we do on our farm was out of my comfort zone at first,” Bill Kellogg admits. “We have been proactive with our conservation efforts for the past 12 to 15 years, but after the Toledo water crisis we knew that if we didn’t start accelerating those efforts we would have other people coming in and telling us what we can and can’t do on our farm. That’s why we wanted to get involved, to be proactive and do the right things.”Some of the practices that the Kelloggs are trying out on their farm include cover crops, grassed waterways, pollinator habitats, reduced tillage, and subsurface nutrient placement.“Strip tillage is a big part of what we are doing with our nutrient placement,” Kellogg said. “We soil test and utilize variable rate technology as well, which makes the amount of fertilizer we put on about 33% more efficient that what we were doing before strip tillage.”Chris Kurt owns and operates Kurt Farms, a 470-acre corn and soybean operation in Dunkirk. Chris has offered up 168 acres to the Demonstration Farms effort. Previously, Kurt worked with The Nature Conservancy and Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District to construct a two-stage ditch in the Demonstration Farms project area.Chris Kurt (right) talks about the phosphorous removal beds in place at his farm“We have several projects happening on my farm right now that will, in my mind, help me save money and keep the nutrients out of the watershed,” Kurt said. “Obviously if the nutrients that I spread on the field stay in the field they will give me the most benefit and a cleaner watershed benefits my neighbors too.”In addition to the two-stage ditch on Kurt’s farm, he also has a phosphorus removal bed, along with drainage water management and edge of field monitoring systems in place.McComb is the home of Stateler Family Farms. Anthony Stateler and his dad, Duane, farm corn, soybeans and wheat on approximately 600 acres in Hancock County. They also have a 7,200 head wean-to-finish swine operation. The Statelers have shared 243 acres with the Demonstration Farms project.Anthony Stateler shows visitors what tests are being done of their farm to protect water quality“The reason we signed up to be a demonstration farm is to try and put some data out there to find out what we are doing right and see what we need to do better,” Anthony Stateler said. “Over the next two years we will be able to get some baseline numbers for where we are at and to be able to find out what nutrients we are losing, if any, and what practices can we improve on to better our nutrient management attempts.”The Statelers will be practicing variable rate manure application as part of the program with the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network. Developing a wetland with a pollinator habitat and building an animal mortality composting facility is also part of the plan.Although outreach and efforts around water quality have been ramped up by the Ohio Farm Bureau and other state farm organizations since 2014’s Toledo water crisis, it is not a knee jerk reaction.“The challenges and opportunities in the water quality arena is nothing new to Ohio agriculture,” said Adam Sharp, executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. “Seeing how effective current conservation practices are and testing new ones to improve water quality and nutrient management is critical and the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms is so important to those efforts.”Many other factors can impact water quality. Numerous projects at the Demonstration Farms, like home septic system replacement, abandoned oil well removal and abandoned water well removal seek to show the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to water quality in the Blanchard River Watershed and beyond.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Project Manager Aaron Heilers about the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms NetworkBlanchard River Tour Aaron Heilerslast_img read more

StackOverflow Turns Your Forum Activity Into a Resume

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#web Related Posts center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Fast-growing technical forum StackOverflow is launching a new service today called Careers 2.0, where programmers can build a resume out of the technical questions and answers they’ve contributed to the StackOverflow site. The service was unveiled at the Launch conference today in San Francisco.It’s a great example of building value on top of passively collected data from another kind of activity. Millions of programmers visit and participate in StackOverflow forums to find and share free, community-vetted discussions about their technical challenges. Now the site will help them transform that activity into a resume that employers can find and evaluate. It’s free for job seekers; the cost for employers is $500 for one week of access or $5k for one year subscription, with a money back guarantee if an employer doesn’t find anyone to hire.From New York based StackOverflow to the smaller but more hyped Quora to Facebook Connect and the soon-to-launch Locker Project, there are all kinds of companies working to create value on top of what’s called exhaust data. That term doesn’t feel like it does justice to peoples’ activities on Stack Overflow, but it does seem technically applicable.When it comes to creating value, though, connecting employers with highly qualified technical candidates is one of the clearest examples of value this paradigm has created to date, outside of targeted advertising.Stack Overflow is building out a network of community Q&A sites on a wide variety of topics. It’s not hard to imagine this same type of system being offered for types of work other than computer programming.Also at Launch and addressing the need of finding qualified candidates, in this case consumer service providers, is another startup called Thumbtack. Presumably we’ll see many more services like these; as a growing number of people and businesses become quantified, the days of making business decisions on a short list of contrived recommendations and the pedigree of a resume will soon be surpassed.last_img read more

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Yee staying with Lady Maroons for now

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJerry Yee clarified Wednesday he’s still the head coach of the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons after his supposed departure from the team last week.A talk with Assoc. Prof. Ronualdo Dizer, Dean of the UP College of Human Kinetics, persuaded Yee to stay with the Lady Maroons until the school decides to find a replacement.ADVERTISEMENT NBA legend Mutombo looking to purchase Houston Rockets Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet The Lady Maroons were then poised to duplicate their Cinderella run in Season 79 going 4-0 in their first four games but they failed to sustain their momentum losing four straight after the unblemished start.Yee said he hopes to lead UP to a better outing in Season 80 as they look to improve from their 7-7 record.“I’m working with the team, we’re trying to focus, and hopefully we play better in the UAAP, return to the top four or a podium finish if possible,” said Yee.Still, Yee didn’t rule out a sudden exit if UP finds a capable replacement.“Whatever happens, I’m willing to give way if they find someone whom they want to replace me with.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I wanted to [leave the team] but Dean wouldn’t let me, so the decision’s up to them,” said Yee after their game against BanKo Perlas in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.“The job’s been so stressful, there are issues beyond our control, so I was really tired,” said Yee in Filipino. “I wanted to leave, then I got a call from Dean and I talked to the players so I decided that I will stay for one more year. I’m not that difficult to talk to.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn a Facebook post last Saturday, Yee said he was “calling it quits” after four seasons but the post has since been deleted.Yee steered the Lady Maroons to a Final Four entry in Season 78 of the UAAP where they finished with an 8-6 record but fell to eventual champions De La Salle University in the semifinals. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Army launches cricket tournament to bring peace in Valley

first_imgSummer is usually a busy time for the army and the police in Jammu and Kashmir, with protests from separatists and stone pelting youth keeping them on tenterhooks. This year too the security personnel are having a hard time. But rather than engaging militants or stone pelting youth on the streets, they are busy organising the Kashmir Premier League (KPL).Being played on the lines of the Indian Premier League, the KPL is also a Twenty20 tournament where 14 teams are battling it out to corner glory.Time and again sports has been used as a medium to bring social change. Be it in India or elsewhere, sports has acted as the fillip and the passport to a better life.In the North-East, disciplines such as football, boxing and archery had made a major impact in weaning youth from drugs. Likewise, in Kashmir, the army wants to use cricket not only to improve ties with the people, but to also provide the youth a chance to showcase their talent and hopefully make it big some day.An initiative of GOC 15 Corps, Lt-Gen. Syed Atta Hasnain, the T20 cricket tournament is part of the army’s ‘Operation Sadhbhavana’ – a public outreach campaign.And that the campaign is bearing fruit can be noticed with the drop in protests, while stone pelting – it had been a major cause of concern both at the state and the Centre with the death of 112 people, mostly youth last year – has become almost non-existent. And in this atmosphere of peace and normalcy, tourism too witnessed a boom in the Valley this summer.advertisementOn Monday, the cricket tournament was thrown open by chief minister Omar Abdullah. The first match was played between Srinagar Shir Dils and Budgam Badshahs at the Delhi Public School grounds. Fourteen teams from all the 10 districts of Jammu and Kashmir are taking part in the tournament whose final is slated for August 3. The winner will receive a cash award of Rs 5 lakh with the runners-up getting Rs 3 lakh.The importance of the sporting event was subtly acknowledged by the chief minister but he also had a word of advice for the army. He said the tournament should not be abandoned in the years to come or else it would give of an impression that it was organised to avoid another summer of discontent in the Valley.”I hope this tournament prospers and succeeds in future. I urge GOC Hasnain that this tournament should continue in future as well. It should not vanish from next year. Then people will presume that this tournament was not for our boys, cricket or their future, but was organised to avoid another year of turbulence, especially since the situation was not good in the last three summers. This will also be cheating the players,” Omar said.Hasnain assured Omar that the tournament would be held every year. He also expressed satisfaction with the enthusiasm shown by the people towards the tournament.”There is great enthusiasm among the cricketers in the Valley to be a part of the tournament. In one district 84 teams participated in the qualifying rounds,” Hasnain said.But the separatists are not impressed with the army’s latest effort. The hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference said that the army would not be able to wash away the crimes it had committed on the people of Kashmir.”The Indian Army is involved in war crimes in Kashmir. They are involved in fake encounters, custodial killings, rape and arson. They can’t wash these crimes by holding cricket matches and tournaments,” Ayaz Akbar, spokesman of the Syed Ali Shah Geelani- led hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference, said.The massive street protests that swept the region last year were triggered after three youth were killed in a fake encounter by the army in May. More than a hundred youth died in the protests that lasted through the summer. Since then the army and the police are on a campaign to improve their image.Akbar said the state government and security agencies have imposed a “peace of graveyard” in Kashmir.”They don’t allow us to move around, keep us under house arrest and conduct these shows to show that Kashmiris have forgotten their crimes. They have not,” Akbar said.He said the army and the state are carrying out politics “in the name of cricket”, but warned that it won’t succeed.”Unless the issue of Kashmir is not solved in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiris and the UN resolution, these things ( cricket matches) will not help,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more