Cattlemen’s choices

first_imgGeorgia’s extreme drought has devastated pastures, and hay supplies are all but gone. Cattlemen are struggling to feed their herds. University of Georgia experts are working to educate them on how to weather the situation better.A series of workshops will provide producers across the state with information on marketing strategies, the tax implications of weather-forced sales, emergency forage choices and much more, said Dennis Hancock, an agronomist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. A cooperative effortIn planning the information sessions, Hancock, and other UGA CAES specialists, worked closely with representatives from the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, the Georgia Farm Bureau, the Georgia Milk Producers, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia governor’s office.The first workshop was held in Calhoun, and future sessions are set for Dahlonega (July 2), Macon (July 5), Athens (July 9), Plains (July 16), Bainbridge (July 17) and Statesboro (July 19). Additional dates may be added.Along with the workshops, Hancock said, cattlemen can find information at the Web site www.georgiaforages.com.Cold, drought and ethanolA late spring freeze and a severe drought now has severely decreased hay production in Georgia and the Southeast, he said. And land that was once planted for hay in other regions is now being used to grow corn for the current ethanol boom.”Hay supplies are very tight nationwide,” Hancock said. “They’re actually the lowest they’ve been in over 50 years.”Cattlemen are paying double what they normally would for hay. “And despite the price, the quality is low,” he said.Be careful what you buyHancock is warning cattlemen to be leery of hay. People are now selling low-quality material, he said. “Farmers are desperate and are tempted to take just about anything they can get,” he said.Suspicious hay can be tested for quality at local UGA Cooperative Extension offices.Withered pastures, alternative feedsThe drought has limited the growth of Georgia’s pastures, too. Withered pasture grasses can’t compete against summer annual weeds that are often much more tolerant of drought conditions.”The shorter the grasses are grazed, the lower the quality of the forage,” Hancock said.To feed their herds, farmers are turning to alternative feeds such as soybean hulls, corn gluten feed and cottonseed, he said. “These sources can replace a substantial amount of hay and are very cost effective,” Hancock said.Before developing alternative livestock diets on their own, Hancock tells farmers to check with their county agent. “They can help producers develop a ration based on what they have available to them,” he said.Converting drought-stressed crops such as pearl millet, sorghum-sudan and corn into animal feed can be helpful, he said, but the potential for nitrate toxicity is very high.County agents can also help farmers keep their cattle from becoming ill by conducting a field test on pasture grasses. “At $10, it’s a good inexpensive insurance policy,” Hancock said. “It’s much better than losing am animal or a whole herd.”Focus on financesHancock tells struggling farmers to view each animal as an investment. “Whatever animal you invest in, there should be a return,” he said. “Look at the economics of your situation and get your animal population down to a manageable size.”Once this is accomplished, Hancock advises farmers to develop a balanced ration based on the size and number of cattle or other livestock.last_img read more

Judge issues landmark ruling against NCAA in O’Bannon case

first_imgIn this April 3, 1995 photo, UCLA’s Ed O’Bannon celebrates after his team won the championship NCAA game against Arkansas in Seattle. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)College football and basketball players could be in line for paydays worth thousands of dollars once they leave school after a landmark ruling Friday that may change the way the NCAA does business.A federal judge ruled that the NCAA can’t stop players from selling the rights to their names, images and likenesses, striking down NCAA regulations that prohibit them from getting anything other than scholarships and the cost of attendance at schools.U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland, California, ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon and 19 others in a lawsuit that challenged the NCAA’s regulation of college athletics on antitrust grounds. The injunction she issued allows players at big schools to have money generated by television contracts put into a trust fund to pay them when they leave.In a partial victory for the NCAA, though, Wilken said the body that governs college athletics could set a cap on the money paid to athletes, as long as it allows at least $5,000 per athlete per year of competition. Individual schools could offer less money, she said, but only if they don’t unlawfully conspire among themselves to set those amounts.That means FBS football players and Division I basketball players who are on rosters for four years could potentially get around $20,000 when they leave school. Wilken said she set the $5,000 annual threshold to balance the NCAA’s fears about huge payments to players.“The NCAA’s witnesses stated that their concerns about student-athlete compensation would be minimized or negated if compensation was capped at a few thousand dollars per year,” Wilken wrote.The NCAA said it disagreed with the decision, but was still reviewing it.But Sonny Vaccaro, the former athletic shoe representative who recruited O’Bannon to launch the suit, said it was a huge win for college athletes yet to come.“The kids who are going to benefit from this are kids who don’t even know what we did today,” Vaccaro said. “It may only be $5,000 but it’s $5,000 more than they get now.”O’Bannon issued a statement calling the decision “a game changer” and precisely what he was after when he joined the suit.“I just wanted to right a wrong,” O’Bannon said. “It is only fair that your own name, image and likeness belong to you, regardless of your definition of amateurism. Judge Wilken’s ruling ensures that basic principle shall apply to all participants in college athletics.”The ruling comes after a five-year battle by O’Bannon and others on behalf of college athletes to receive a share of the billions of dollars generated by college athletics by huge television contracts. O’Bannon, who was MVP of the 1995 UCLA national championship basketball team, said he signed on as lead plaintiff after seeing his image in a video game authorized by the NCAA that he was not paid for.Any payments to athletes would not be immediate. The ruling said regulations on pay will not take effect until the start of the next FBS football and Division I basketball recruiting cycle. Wilken said they will not affect any prospective recruits before July 1, 2016. The NCAA could also appeal, and has said previously that it would take the issue all the way to the Supreme Court.Former athletes will not be paid, because they gave up their right to damages in a pre-trial move so the case would be heard by a judge, not a jury.As part of her ruling, Wilken rejected both the NCAA’s definition of amateurism and its justification for not paying players. But she did not prohibit the NCAA from enforcing all of its other rules and regulations and said that some restrictions on paying players may still serve a limited purpose if they are necessary to maintain the popularity of major college football and basketball.“The big picture is the NCAA lost the definition of amateurism it has been pushing for years,” said Michael Carrier, a Rutgers law professor and antitrust expert.Wilken was not asked to rule on the fairness of a system that pays almost everyone but the athletes themselves. Instead, the case was centered on federal antitrust law and whether the prohibition against paying players promotes the game of college football and does not restrain competition in the marketplace.During a three-week trial in June, attorneys for the NCAA said moving away from the concept of amateurism where players participated for the love of the game would drive spectators away from college sports and would upset the competitive balance among schools and conferences.Several players testified during the trial that they viewed playing sports as their main occupation in college, saying the many hours they had to devote to the sport made it difficult — if not impossible — to function like regular students.“I was an athlete masquerading as a student,” O’Bannon said at trial. “I was there strictly to play basketball. I did basically the minimum to make sure I kept my eligibility academically so I could continue to play.”Witnesses called by the NCAA spoke of the education provided to athletes as payment for their services and said the college model has functioned well for more than a century. They contended that paying players would make college sports less popular and could force schools to cut other programs funded by the hundreds of millions of dollars taken in by big-time athletics.The lawsuit was part of a tide of pressure on the NCAA to change the amateur model. Football players at Northwestern University have pushed to be allowed to unionize, and other lawsuits have claimed that athletes have a right to better compensation. This week, the NCAA’s board voted to allow the five wealthiest conferences in the country to set their own rules, paving the way for the 65 schools in those conferences to potentially offer richer scholarships and health benefits to players.Carrier said the outcome might not be scary at all because the money may not be huge and will be paid only after a player’s career is over.“We’ll soon see that this isn’t the end of the world as we know it,” Carrier said.“The irony of this is that a lot of the other changes in college sports going on were made because of this impending ruling.”last_img read more

Greater transparency not only from politicians, but from private sector

first_imgDear Editor,Recent comments by the former Petroleum Presidential Advisor, Dr Jan Mangal, provided for interesting reading; more particularly where he comments on the “stages of influence” that oil companies exert to make countries forfeit their wealth.Dr Mangal has said: “The oil company and their agents will first influence the politicians. They do this very well. They do it all the time all around the world (in the rich countries as well). This has already happened in Guyana. Then they will influence the private sector by giving them some contracts. This has already happened in Guyana, judging by the words/actions of the private sector, judging by how some prominent Guyanese have suddenly gone quiet or changed their tune.”The latter point, regarding the private sector, is particularly interesting. Politicians will be frowned on for having engagements (contracts, etc) with the oil companies, but what about the heads and executives of private sector groups?Guyanese are treated to an endless stream of comments from private sector officials, which are portrayed as impartial positions. But how can we be sure? The answer, I think, and more so to lend greater credibility to voices from the private sector, could lie in there being full disclosure.Maybe it is time that there is a declaration by private sector heads and executives, in particular, about what contracts or agreements they are engaged in with ExxonMobil. Maybe it is time that Guyanese are made aware of how these heads and executives of private sector groups are personally benefiting from the oil company.Guyanese have also been treated to the trend where private sector groups bring in consultants for oil and gas forums; another attempt to lend credibility, in my view, to some of the positions taken. But we have seen that some of the very consultants who were brought in were linked to the oil companies – as was the case with Rystad Energy. It was Dr Mangal himself who pointed out that Rystad Energy was part of the company’s lobbying machinery.I agree with Dr Mangal when he says: “The odds are stacked against Guyana, but Guyana can succeed.” But such success, I think, can be realised if we start with greater transparency from not only the politicians, but also from the private sector groups and their heads and executives.Sincerely,Baldeo Mathuralast_img read more

Young woman hospitalised after crash in East Donegal

first_imgA woman in her twenties has been transported to Letterkenny University Hospital following a road traffic collision between Killygordon and Stranorlar this morning (Mon). Emergency services attend the scene before transferring one female to hospital for treatment on minor injuriesThe N15 road in east Donegal was blocked in both directions following the crash – it has since re-opened. Young woman hospitalised after crash in East Donegal was last modified: July 22nd, 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

Wetoku: Record on a Webcam & Embed, Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200

first_imgThis evening, we’ve been testing a groovy new startup site called Wetoku. It allows you to almost instantly record and embed video in blog posts such as this one.Although the sound and video quality are not yet stellar, we’re very impressed with the concept. This is the kind of thing that would make remote, instant video journalism possible. Click a link, speak your peace with another webcam user, end the recording, and you are presented with an embed code the second the recording is over. Read, watch, and get registration code info at the end of the post!Here’s one of the first tests with affiliate marketer Robert Sterling of Richmond, Virginia:And here’s a chat with New York IBMer Mauricio Godoy:No review of a new Internet video service would be complete without commentary from the godfather of video blogging, Steve Garfield:As mentioned, we’d like to see better sound and audio quality, and there are a few site bugs. But we’d also love to get a simple, in-browser video editor to clip the ends of recordings or even merge two separate recordings together. Better yet, we’d also like to see a downloadable format so the chats can be pulled into a desktop video editor and remixed with other media, as well.As for the embedding part, we’d like to see more customization options, especially for colors and sizes. We’d pay for that, and also to see a version without the Wetoku watermark in the top right corner. Other features we’d pay for include preroll and postroll, for branding and recommendation of other videos, respectively.The folks we tested the site with pointed out the similarity to TinyChat. In terms of ease of use – this, too, is the ultimate one-click webcam experience – the two services are quite similar. However, TinyChat videos disappear second by second, never to be seen again unless the user in question has a pro account. Will Wetoku recordable, embeddable video chat be a free service? What do you think of the concept so far?We have a limited number of registration codes for the private beta. If you’re interested in testing the site, please email [email protected] and include a link to your blog. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odellcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

2017 Embedded Market Survey

first_imgProduced by EETimes and Embedded.com, the 2017 Embedded Market Study continues an annual tradition stemming back over 20 years, with the sole exception of 2016, when organizational transitions and other events prevented the study from being fielded. Click here to see the report (pdf). Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry, Profession Continue Reading Previous What’s the right channel count for mixed signal oscilloscopes?Next What is the NuttX RTOS and why should you care?last_img read more