Georgia Farmer of the Year

first_imgOrganic farmer Will Harris of White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Ga., has been named the Georgia state winner of the 2013 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year.Harris will represent the peach state in October at the Sunbelt Ag Expo, the nation’s largest agricultural exposition where one of nine Southeastern state winners will be named the overall winner for 2013.A multi-generational farmHarris has made great strides on the farm where his grandfather, Will Sr., once used a muledrawn wagon to deliver beef and pork to four general stores, a hotel and a boarding house. After World War II, Harris’ father, Will Jr., raised calves and shipped them to the Midwest for finishing on grain in feedlots.Today, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences graduate runs the family farm his way. The genetics of his herd can be traced back to his grandfather’s cracker cattle, but now the animals (cows and chickens) are grass-fed and processed on the farm’s onsite, USDA-inspected processing facility. He believes the grass-fed system is better for the environment and the land. “My land is improved every year by the way we treat it,” he said. “We don’t use chemical fertilizers. We just plain don’t use chemicals on the land.”Harris believes his forefathers would be happy with the changes he’s made at White Oak Pastures. “My grandfather used to say, ‘If you take care of the land and the cows, they’ll take care of you.’ That certainly defines the way we run our farm today,” he said.From grain to grassIn 1995 he began switching his cattle from its traditional grain diet to a 100 percent forage diet. The result became White Oak Pastures grass-fed ground beef. “I’ve had UGA run fatty acid and lipid profiles on my beef, and they found that it’s high in the good fats, omega 3 and CLAs, and low in the saturated fats,” Harris said. “It tastes better, but that’s subjective. Honestly, a lot of high-end chefs have told me personally that they prefer grass-fed beef.”Harris said the farm had grass-fed beef and lamb customers who wanted pastured poultry. In response, he began to raise chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks and guineas. White Oak Pastures also raises egg-laying hens and grows certified organic vegetables.A ‘magical system’“We became fascinated with the Serengeti Rotational Grazing Model,” Harris said. “We already had the large ruminants (cattle) and the small ruminants (sheep). We needed the poultry to get it right. It’s a magical system for the land and the animals.” Harris takes pride in how his stock are treated. White Oak Pastures’ processing plants and systems were designed by legendary humane animal scientist Temple Grandin. “We treat our animals with dignity and respect all their lives. They’re never confined, and they’re never harvested in an inhumane manner,” he said. Harris also doesn’t use antibiotics or hormones on his farm.White Oak Pastures’ products are sold through grocery and food service distributors as well as directly to customers through their online store and on-farm store. Growing food for niche marketsSteve Brown, associate dean for UGA Extension, says Harris has been “extremely successful at understanding new opportunities and capitalizing on them.” “Agriculture in Georgia has always been extremely diverse. As consumers continue to demand new food products with the characteristics that are important to them, new niche markets are created, which Georgia farmers, like Will, can fill,” he said.Brian Cresswell, Early County Extension agent, says Harris has always been “forward thinking.” Cresswell nominated Harris for the award.“He understands what he’s doing and why he’s doing it. It’s nice to see any business run by generations of a family. Will has always been on the top of his game, from running a regular beef cattle operation to where he is now,” said Cresswell. Having worked in the county for more than 20 years, Cresswell sees first hand how Harris’ farm benefits the area. “A lot of folks come to the county just to see the operation and buy products from their store,” he said.Recognition, cash and apparelAs the Georgia state winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo award, Harris will receive a $2,500 cash award and an expense paid trip to the Sunbelt Expo from Swisher International; a $500 gift certificate from the Southern States Cooperative; the choice of either $1,000 in PhytoGen cottonseed or a $500 donation to a designated charity from Dow AgroSciences; and a Columbia vest from Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm Supply.He is now eligible for the $15,000 cash award that will go to the overall winner. Other prizes for the overall winner, in addition to their state winnings, include the use of a Massey Ferguson tractor for a year from Massey Ferguson North America; a $500 gift certificate and a Heritage gun safe from the Southern States Cooperative; the choice of either $1,000 in PhytoGen cottonseed or a $500 donation to a designated charity from Dow AgroSciences; and a Columbia jacket from Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm Supply.Swisher International and the Sunbelt Expo are sponsoring the Southeastern Farmer of the Year awards for the 24th consecutive year. Swisher has contributed some $924,000 in cash awards and other honors to Southeastern farmers since the award was initiated in 1990.last_img read more

Floods hit Jakarta after heavy rainfall in capital, upstream areas

first_imgFloods have inundated several parts of Jakarta due to heavy rainfall that occurred in the capital and its upstream areas on Monday. The authorities have also alerted residents near the Ciliwung riverbanks to stay cautious.The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported that 49 neighborhood units were still inundated by floodwaters as of Tuesday morning.The flooding ranged from 10 to 100 centimeters high in 23 areas of East Jakarta and from 10 to 80 cm high in 14 neighborhoods of West Jakarta. Meanwhile, 10 areas of South Jakarta as well as one area of each North and Central Jakarta were inundated by floodwaters from 20 to 50 cm high. Jakarta BPBD information and communication center head Raditya Jati said the most flooding had occurred in West Cengkareng subdistrict, Cengkareng, Banten, where the waters reached 10 to 30 cm high. Kompas.com also reported that, as of Tuesday morning, 32 roads in West Jakarta and North Jakarta were still inundated by floodwaters, including several roads in West Cengkareng, where the flooding was around 10 to 30 cm high.The regional disaster agency noted that 15 people had been forced out of their homes as a result of the floods. Read also: Rainy season to start at end of October: BMKGDisaster mitigation officers have prepared four evacuation points, namely Riyadhul Saadah Mosque in Kembangan Utara, West Jakarta, as well as PT Delta Laras Wisata’s office building, official residences and the Rawajati community health center in Rawajati, South Jakarta.“The daily weather forecast from the BMKG [Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency] has estimated that there will still be light rain in Jakarta today,” Raditya said in a statement on Tuesday.In Monday’s press conference, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the capital’s upstream regions had also experienced heavy rain, causing the Katulampa sluice gate in Bogor, West Java to reach its highest warning level with the water level exceeding 200 cm for around 20 to 30 minutes.Following the warning level, Anies said he ordered authorities to alert residents around the banks of the Ciliwung River, which flows through Jakarta and West Java.“We are […] preparing shelters in case they get hit by a flood. And this time it’s a bit different because the shelters have to comply with COVID-19 health protocols,” Anies said, adding that water gates in the capital were supervised to ensure waters from the upstream region could run smoothly.Bogor Mayor Bima Arya also warned his residents near the Ciliwung River to be on alert, with the city having 13 subdistricts situated on the riverbanks.Topics :last_img read more

Pilkington set for first start

first_img The 25-year-old Norwich playmaker, who made his first appearance for his country as a second-half substitute in Friday’s 2-1 defeat by Sweden, will replace James McClean on the left side of midfield for a game Ireland simply have to win. There is a place too for Leeds midfielder Paul Green, who has been drafted in in place of the injured Glenn Whelan. Press Association Anthony Pilkington will make his first start for Ireland against Austria as coach Giovanni Trapattoni attempts to breathe new life into the World Cup qualifying campaign.center_img Ireland are currently three points adrift of the second-placed Swedes with just three fixtures remaining in which to overhaul them and claim the runners-up spot in Group C. Ireland team: David Forde; Seamus Coleman, Richard Dunne, John O’Shea, Marc Wilson; Jon Walters, Paul Green, James McCarthy, Anthony Pilkington; Robbie Keane (Capt.), Shane Long. last_img read more

Lindsey Vonn announces retirement from skiing

first_imgVonn became the rare skier to earn celebrity status. She earned endorsement deals from Under Armour, Red Bull, Head, Oakley and Rolex, appeared on TV shows such as “Access Hollywood” and had a high-profile relationship with Tiger Woods.In her retirement message, Vonn said she’s merely starting a “new chapter” in life.”I always say, ‘Never give up!’ So to all the the kids out there, to my fans who have sent me messages of encouragement to keep going… I need to tell you that I’m not giving up!” Vonn said. “I’m just starting a new chapter. Don’t lose faith in your dreams, keep fighting for what you love, and if you always give everything you have you’ll be happy no matter what the outcome.” It’s been an emotional 2 weeks making the hardest decision of my life, but I have accepted that I cannot continue ski racing. I will compete at the World Championships in Downhill and SG next week in Åre, Sweden and they will be the final races of my career. I have always pushed the limits of ski racing and it has allowed me to have amazing success but also dramatic crashes. I have never wanted the storyline of my career to be about injuries and because of that I decided not to tell anyone that I underwent surgery this past spring. A large portion of cartilage that had delaminated from my bone was removed. My crash in Lake Louise last year was much more painful than I let on, but I continued to race because I wanted to win a medal in the Olympics for my late grandfather. Again, I rehabbed my way back this summer and I felt better than I had in a long time. Then I crashed in Copper this November and injured my left knee, tearing my LCL plus sustaining 3 fractures. Despite extensive therapy, training and a knee brace, I am not able make the turns necessary to compete the way I know I can. My body is broken beyond repair and it isn’t letting me have the final season I dreamed of. My body is screaming at me to STOP and it’s time for me to listen. Honestly, retiring isn’t what upsets me. Retiring without reaching my goal is what will stay with me forever. However, I can look back at 82 World Cup wins, 20 World Cup titles, 3 Olympic medals, 7 World Championship medals and say that I have accomplished something that no other woman in HISTORY has ever done, and that is something that I will be proud of FOREVER! I always say, “Never give up!” So to all the the kids out there, to my fans who have sent me messages of encouragement to keep going… I need to tell you that I’m not giving up! I’m just starting a new chapter. Don’t lose faith in your dreams, keep fighting for what you love, and if you always give everything you have you’ll be happy no matter what the outcome. Thank you for the amazing years, for always supporting me, and for making my job so fun. Can’t wait to see some of you in the finish in Åre where I will give it my all one last time. Love always, LindseyA post shared by L I N D S E Y • V O N N (@lindseyvonn) on Feb 1, 2019 at 7:22am PSTVonn has earned 82 World Cup wins, 20 World Cup titles, three Olympic medals and seven World Championship medals. But the past few years have seen her endure several brutal crashes that cost her most of the 2013 and 2014 seasons. View this post on Instagram “It’s been an emotional 2 weeks making the hardest decision of my life, but I have accepted that I cannot continue ski racing,” Vonn wrote on Instagram. “I have always pushed the limits of ski racing and it has allowed me to have amazing success but also dramatic crashes. I have never wanted the storyline of my career to be about injuries and because of that I decided not to tell anyone that I underwent surgery this past spring.”My body is broken beyond repair and it isn’t letting me have the final season I dreamed of. My body is screaming at me to STOP and it’s time for me to listen.” Lindsey Vonn, one of the most decorated skiers in history, announced her retirement Friday via social media.The 34-year-old Vonn announced that the World Championships in Åre, Sweden, next week will be her final competition.last_img read more

Dwayne Haskins’ preseason debut validates Redskins’ hesitation with rookie QB

first_imgThe Redskins saw all their reasons for listing Haskins third on their initial depth chart behind Keenum and Colt McCoy become vindicated, and Keenum didn’t exactly set the world on fire. He was 4 of 9 and averaged only 6.7 yards per attempt. And that included one of the easiest pitch-and-catch deep touchdowns to completely uncovered wide receiver Robert Davis, accounting for 46 of Keenum’s passing yards and inflating his rating to a misleading 103.9.Keenum has served as the poster man for bridge QBs with his consecutive stints in Minnesota and Denver. In those situations, he kept his job mostly because there weren’t any other healthy, viable options, veteran or rookie.There should still be an expectation that Keenum will lose his starting gig to Haskins at some point in 2019. For now, it’s looking like that will happen in November or December rather than September or October. Haskins didn’t waste time with his first career pass attempt in the second quarter. Backed up inside Washington’s 10-yard line, he showed off his underrated mobility on a designed roll to the right outside the pocket, delivering a strike to streaking wide receiver Darvin Kidsy. Haskins was drafted No. 15 overall for his headline arm strength, and he made the 27-yard pass look like an easy lob.2019 NFL PREDICTIONS:Standings, playoff projections, Super Bowl pickRookie showing off early.Dwayne Haskins’ first throw in the NFL 🎯 @dh_simba7 #WASvsCLE pic.twitter.com/vS9U7EevX7— NFL (@NFL) August 9, 2019Haskins also has been touted as intelligent. But that part of his game was far from starter-worthy on the two worst passes of his debut. Jay Gruden and the Redskins’ offensive coaches had to be disappointed to see Haskins struggle so much to read his first live NFL coverage.Based on the way Haskins shredded defenses at Ohio State, it was shocking to see him back in the state of Ohio missing badly on underthrow and overthrow interceptions.On the first, an outlet pass intended for running back Byron Marshall, Haskins failed to see linebacker Mack Wilson flashing across the field. Wilson returned the ball 40 yards, finally eluding a shocked Haskins to make it a pick-six.The rookie out of @AlabamaFTBL…@5mackwilson1 40-yard PICK-6! 🚨 #WASvsCLE pic.twitter.com/PqBBEgjAxB— NFL (@NFL) August 9, 2019The second, an errant downfield shot to tight end Matt Flanagan went way high, looking like it was actually intended for the “wide open” intercepting cornerback, Greedy Williams.Gettin’ @Greedy 💯#WASvsCLE pic.twitter.com/gWWsCbCOFh— NFL (@NFL) August 9, 2019In both cases, Haskins faced no pressure, working with a clean pocket out of the shotgun. In both cases, rookies on the other side were in the right position to make their big-play takeaways. When pressure did get to Haskins on Thursday, he was sacked twice.Although Haskins was facing better young defenders while playing with the lesser of the Redskins’ shaky pass-catchers, the fact that he complicated two rather simple reads and made critical mistakes in Cleveland was confirmation that he needs more polish coming from the ace, pro-style offensive coaching he got in Columbus.​MORE: Daniel Jones shines in debut for GiantsHaskins’ final line was very rookie-like: 8 of 14, 117 yards, 44.9 rating. The takeaway, though, is his still-healthy 8.3 yards per attempt. There’s a good baseline to be converted into efficiency, just not soon. The Redskins gave first-round pick Dwayne Haskins a golden chance in their preseason opener to prove why the rookie should get more consideration as their No. 1 quarterback in 2019.Coming into the game as the No. 2 QB behind Case Keenum on Thursday night in Cleveland, Haskins did a lot more harm than anything after an initial highlight.last_img read more