Farm Day: Students learn about life on the farm (gallery)

first_img Print Article Latest Stories Morris said those involved with Farm Day will look at ways to improve on the inaugural event and will invite input from others in the community who are passionate about agriculture.Karen Smith, third-grade teacher at Banks, said from all indications, Third-Grade Farm Day was a great success.“It was a great day,” Smith said. “The children had a wonderful time. It was hands-on and they all learned something. Farm Day was well organized and I liked the way they rotated from station to station. The children didn’t stay at an one station too long and that kept their interest high.”Smith said bringing the farm to the schools was a good learning experience but having the students “go” to the farm was an even better one.“Farm Day is certainly a good learning experience and hopefully it will be a regular event,” she said.Third Grade Farm Day featured 12 topic stations. The topics and presenters were: Cotton, William Birdsong, Extension; Peanut, Kris Balkcom, Extension; Corn, Brandon Dillard, Extension; Tractor Safety, Colin Morris, Goshen Farmers Co-op; Venomous Snakes, Jordan Graves, Extension; Horses, Ester Gilbreth and Mary Pettway, Goshen FFA; Soils, Debra Huggins-Davis, Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Josh Elliot, NRCS; Hand Washing, Bridget Brannon, Extension; Chemical Safety, Ms. Edwards, Extension; Chicken, Michael Simmons and Nicole Nichols, Wayne Farms, and Heath Wesley, Extension; Milk Goats, James Kirkland, farmer; Ag Academy, instructors.Morris said she would like to express appreciation to all the presenters and to the volunteers from the Ag Academy, 4-H Youth Council, Linton Tractor Company, Alabama Peanut Producers Association, Alabama Soybean Producers and South Alabama Electric Co-op. Farm Day: Students learn about life on the farm (gallery) Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content The Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Soil House gave the third-graders an opportunity to go under ground and see what life is like for the animals that make their homes there. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson For one morning in late September, every third-grade student in Pike County “lived” on a farm. On that morning, they bumped elbows with a tractor, rubbed noses with a fluffy baby chick, and “crawled” around underground with snakes and mice.The students learned about cotton, peanuts and corn. They discovered that goats give milk, that horses have tender spots and that germs are hard rascals to remove. Published 3:00 am Friday, September 26, 2014 Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Skip Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell Early Thursday morning, 450 third-graders were down on Cattleman Park farm and were ready and eager to get going with their chores.Third-Grade Farm Day was sponsored by the Pike County Young Farmers/Farmers Federation, Pike County Extension, Pike County Cattlemen’s Association, Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Pike County Chamber of Commerce Farm-City Committee.“In past years, we have taken the ‘farm’ to the different schools,” said Jessica Morris, president of the Pike County Young Farmers and event coordinator. “This year, we decided to bring the kids to the farm. They seemed to really enjoy being on the farm.” The Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Soil House gave the third-graders an opportunity to go under ground and see what life is like for the animals that make their homes there. MESSENGER PHOTO/JAINE TREADWELL You Might Like Troy-Pike Center for Technology students prepare for robotics competition Above, Brian Lareau watches as a robotic arm operated by a classmate paints on a sheet of paper. The Troy-Pike… read more Sammy Soil greeted the third-graders who attended Farm Day. Email the author The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Morris said she was pleased that the students from all schools were interested in what Farm Day offered.“Children are always excited about animals but what impressed and surprised me was how interested they were in the field crops and the natural resources,” she said. “Even the kids who are more familiar with farm life benefited from the knowledge of experts in their fields who also had life experiences to share.”Morris said the idea behind Third Grade Farm Day was to introduce the children to the world of agriculture in a fun and educational way. Children need to know about and appreciate the world around them, she said.“Pike County fourth-graders learn about water and fifth-graders learn about forestry,” Morris said. “By participating in Farm Day, the third graders will now be able to identify crops as they go down the road. That way they will be more aware of Pike County agriculture.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Justin Truong was one of many children who took turns keeping baby chicks warm on a rather cool September morning. By The Penny Hoarderlast_img read more

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First Case of Hepatitis A Confirmed in Indian River County

first_imgFlorida Department of Health officials have confirmed the first case of Hepatitis A in Indian River County this year.Hepatitis A has been spreading across south Florida and killed a husband and wife in Palm City last month.According to the state’s health website, since the beginning of the year, there have been 1,768 hepatitis A cases reported in Florida.In fact, the infection ballooned to 89 hepatitis A cases reported in the week of May 12 to May 18 alone. Health officials advise you get a Hep-A vaccine and use good hygiene practices to avoid contracting the potentially deadly disease.If you present with symptoms such as dark urine, and jaundice, seek medical help immediately.last_img read more

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Devon golfers win Australian Spoons national final

first_img Devon golfers Michelle Underwood and teenager Tara Welland are the 2016 winners of the national final of England Golf’s Australian Spoons competition.The pair, from Fingle Glen Golf Club, came through club and regional rounds to reach the final of the stableford foursomes competition at Waterlooville Golf Club in Hampshire. There they took on the challenge of pairs from five other regions and triumphed.For Michelle it was a winning return, for she reached the final once before just after achieving her first handicap. Since then she’s also won the English women’s Par 3 championship.“I had always wanted to come back,” said Michelle, a 20-handicapper. “When I played in it for the first time we were really disappointed not to win and to be able to return and win is absolutely amazing.”Tara – whose 16th birthday fell on the day of the South West regional final – was making her first appearance at this level and has been inspired to return home and work hard on her 19 handicap.The Australian Spoons final is played alongside the last day of the English Women’s County Championship and Tara said: “Watching the girls playing here makes me want to get my handicap down.”The runners-up were Lisa Hawkins and Sophie Tester of Sedlescombe Golf, Sussex, representing the South region. Third place on countback was taken by Megan Allen and Miyako Williams of Newark Golf Club, Nottinghamshire, representing Midlands North.The other finalists were:Alison Shanks and Kit Mee Lim of Mill Green Golf Club, Hertfordshire, representing the East region.Sylvia Grainger and Patricia Kendall of Brampton Golf Club, Cumbria, representing the North region.Susan Franklin and Barbara Kelsey of Wishaw Golf Club, Warwickshire, representing the Midlands South region.The competition is contested with pairs with handicaps of 15 and over. The finalists were all the overnight guests of England Golf.Click here for the championship webpageCaption: Tara Welland (left) and Michelle Underwood (image copyright Leaderboard Photogaphy). 16 Sep 2016 Devon golfers win Australian Spoons national final last_img read more

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Farm to School workshops help make local connections

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This October, join Ohio Farm to School for a stakeholder workshop. The goal of these regional Extension workshops is to dig deep into local farm to school successes and challenges and to build relationships both within and across local stakeholder groups.This workshop is for educators, parents, students, farmers, producers, distributors, and processors. It is also applicable for those who are in food service at a local school, run a school garden, or work with an early care center. The workshop will help provide tools to get more local, fresh foods into school cafeterias, strengthen the local food system, and educate kids about food and agriculture.See below for your options for a regional workshop – all are welcome at any workshop, so pick the workshop most convenient for you or best suited to your needs.Central Ohio Farm to School WorkshopRegister here! Tuesday, October 4, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM Ohio 4H Center, Columbus, OH Snacks and resources included in registrationAgenda: 2:30pm: registration 3 – 3:15pm: Opening and introductions 3:15 – 3:30: Statewide efforts in farm to school Carol Smathers, Ohio Farm to School State Lead 3:30 – 4:30: Producers discuss the process of working with institutions Bryn Bird, Bird’s Haven Farms; Jaime Moore, Great River Organics 4:30 – 5:30: USDA Farm to School Program and Grants Jenna Segal, Midwest Farm to School Regional Lead, USDA 5:30 – 6:30: Dinner and small group breakout discussions ….. Columbus & Franklin County Local Food Action Plan & Farm to School ….. Examples from local schools with farm to school successes ….. Building community ownership for your farm to school program 6:30 – 7: Closing: Takeaways and action steps from breakout sessionsThank you to Farm Credit Mid-America for sponsoring this workshop!Northeast Ohio Farm to School WorkshopRegister here! Thursday, October 13, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM RG Drage Career and Technical Center, Massillon, OH Free; snacks and resources included in registration12:30 – 1:00: Registration 1:00 – 1:30: Welcome 1:30 – 2:30: Breakout Session 1 ….Successful F2S Grant Applications ….Implementing a School Garden Program ….Tips for Aligning F2S with Curriculum ….Local Sourcing Programs ….Scaling up local production for F2S programs 2:30 – 3:30: Breakout Session 2 ….Successful F2S Grant Applications ….Good Agricultural Practices for School Gardens ….Planning a Successful Farm to School Field Trip for School Professionals ….Good Agricultural Practices requirements for producers ….Finding the Connection-Working with Distributors to find product 3:30 – 4:30: Breakout Session 3 ….Building a Local Farm to School Network ….Implementing a School Garden Program ….Planning a Successful Farm to School Field Trip for Students ….Finding the Connection-Working with Distributors to find product ….Scaling up production for F2S programs 4:30 – 5:00 Speed Networking & Light Snacks Northwest Ohio Farm to School WorkshopRegister here! Friday, October 14, 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM Hilton Garden Inn, Perrysburg, OH Lunch and resources included in registrationAgenda, speakers to be added: 8:00 – 8:30am: Registration 8:30am – 10am: Why do farm to school? ………Success stories ………How local can be defined ………Are you already doing it? 10 – 10:15am: Break 10:15 – 11:15: Food safety and production ………Gardening and serving food ………Food service ………Growers ………Updates to regulations 11:15 – 12:30: Local food procurement in schools ………Grow your own ………Buy directly from a grower ………Work with a distributor 12:30 – 1pm: Lunch 1 – 1:45pm: Table discussions ………Taste testing ………Classroom cooking ………Community support & organizing ………Curriculum ………Funding ………Smarter Lunchroom 1:50 – 2:30pm: ClosingWest Ohio Farm to School WorkshopRegister here! Thursday, October 20; 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH Snacks and resources included in registrationAgenda, speakers to be added: 2:30 – 3:00: Registration 3:00 – 4:00: Opening ……..Welcome from OSU Extension ……..Welcome from Antioch 4:00 – 5:00: Structured networking and snacks 5:00 – 6:20: Break out sessions …….Local success: Springfield City School District …….Distribution models for farm to school …….Nutrition education for farm to school 6:30 – 7:00: ClosingSouthwest Ohio Farm to School WorkshopThursday, November 10 Cincinnati, OH More details coming soon!last_img read more

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5 Video Platforms Vying to Be the YouTube of the Enterprise

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… klint finley Related Posts Although enterprise video adoption is slow, several platforms are competing to bring the simple video sharing experience of services like YouTube to business users. Here’s a look at five of them. Each of these solutions give uses the ability to upload video, encode it, view and share it online and track analytics.23 Video23 Video is a Danish startup and one of the newer players in this market. One of its differentiators is price. 23 Video has a single plan: $675 per month for 1TB of bandwidth and $250 a month for each additional TB. Brightcove offers tiered and custom plans. The largest non-custom plan from Brightcove is $499 for 250 GB of bandwidth.BrightcoveBrightcove started as a YouTube competitor, but changed focus to offer custom embedded video hosting for businesses. Notably, it’s created an HTML5 video player for its services for those watching videos on devices that don’t support Flash. Our previous coverage is here.Cisco Show and ShareCisco Show and Share is part of Cisco’s “pervasive video” strategy. Unlike the other platforms listed here, Show and Share is designed specifically to be self-hosted for internal use.  It enables enterprise users to capture video from a variety of sources -including Web cams, Cisco’s Flip cameras and iPhones – and upload it to a central location for editing and sharing.Although it’s designed for internal use, it has a full range of social features such as commenting, rating and related videos.KalturaKaltura is the company behind an open source video platform of the same name. It offers its own hosting service, as well as an on-premise version. The free community edition is available here. In addition to video hosting, Kaltura offers a collaborative video editor. Like Brightcove, it has an HTML5 player.Plugins are available to integrate Kaltura with open source content management systems such as Drupal, MindTouch and WordPress.Our previous coverage of the company is here and here.OoyalaOoyala is another well established video platform vendor. It was founded in 2007 by ex-Google employees. Ooyala is focused on consumer facing video, and includes an advertising platform. Like many of the others, it offers an HTML5 player. Our previous coverage is here.Photo by Jason Rogerscenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Products last_img read more

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Adamson shocks La Salle in 4 sets

first_imgMary Joy Baron led La Salle with 13 points while Cheng added 10. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa The Lady Falcons snapped their two-game skid and improved to 3-3 and take possession of the fifth seed while the Lady Spikers slipped to 4-2.Former Lady Spiker Eli Soyud proved to be the thorn on the side of La Salle when she capped off Adamson’s 12-5 run in the fourth with two straight kills that gave the Lady Falcons a 17-10 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMary Joy Dacoron put Adamson at match point, 24-19, when she broke through the double block of Desiree Cheng and Aduke Ogunsanya.Then, captain Jema Galanza, who ended La Salle for the Lady Falcons’ final point. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC FEU didn’t play its best in four-set win over UE, says coach John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Adamson head coach Air Padda admitted she experienced difficulty in handling the team after their two straight losses, saying that the players lost their focus after their loss to University of Santo Tomas.The win over La Salle, Padda said, was the biggest sigh of relief for her after their struggles the past week.“We haven’t been focused, it’s hard coaching them this week, and for them to come out here, man, today I’m really proud of them,” said Padda. “The only goal I set for them was to make the school proud, it wasn’t even beating La Salle.”“It’s not about the name on your back, it’s about this, the name on the front.”Soyud finished with 18 points to lead Adamson while Mylene Paat and Dacoron had 15 points apiece with Galanza pitching in 10 of her own.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University pulled off the biggest upset of the season so far after toppling defending champion De La Salle, 25-18, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Vettel is right in being cautious about his chances on Race Day

first_imgThe dust and grime have settled on the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida -in every sense. And after two days of hectic activity at the Indian Grand Prix in free practice and qualifying, it is clear that anyone who is going to watch Sunday’s race will get his or her money’s worth.Agreed, a lot of talk has revolved around dwindling interest this year, after the inaugural edition saw good crowds. But my point is, unlike many sports where the competitors do get a huge boost from fan support, the race drivers do not rely on the crowd to up their performances.The way this Formula One season has panned out, it has been frenetic activity for the big teams, with Red Bull again leading the charge in their inimitable style.The qualifying format is very simple and when one analyses the performance of Sebastian Vettel, again sitting on pole, he becomes the favourite to open up a huge lead in the drivers’ standings if he wins on Sunday.However, the two-time defending champion has been very defensive about his chances and even after clinching pole position says no points have been won and everything boils down to Race Day.From a fans’ point of view, the Indian GP is being held at a crucial time with the championship pretty much open. Though the battle for the drivers’ title is between Vettel and Fernando Alonso, with just six points separating them, the German will have the advantage of being right in front on the grid.For those who saw a flawless Vettel in superb form last year at the Buddh circuit, he is again on a hot streak now. The way he has won the last three races in Singapore, Japan and Korea was awesome. Yet, qualifying on Saturday was a mildly jittery one for Vettel as an error at Turn 7 on his first Q3 effort reflected vulnerability.However, the champion responded in style with a scorching lap of 1 minute 25.283s in his second attempt to beat Red Bull teammate Mark Webber. After that, Vettel stayed out, knowing that if he had to defend his position, he would return.In every sport, there are riveting rivalries which catch the eye. And in Formula One, you would imagine that the rivalry between drivers should be from different teams.Though Vettel and Webber are part of the same team, it is good to see both of them pushing each other so hard. The work the Red Bull engineers have done on the two cars in the second part of this season is awesome and the pace they produce cannot be matched.The way they started the topsyturvy season was difficult to understand, with initial races throwing up seven different winners.But now that Red Bull have found the zing again, unless something goes drastically wrong, Vettel looks unstoppable.I can understand why Vettel is trying to keep the pressure off himself by not talking too much about his chances at this point of time. Last year, he was pretty much in a comfort zone as the championship had been sealed midway through.Yet, the beauty of this sport is how the unexpected can happen.And to rule out more twists in the tale would be dicey as, despite the engineering efforts and skills of a racing driver like Vettel, it is, after all, a car. With 80,000 components bringing the beast to life, there is an element of suspense as one fault -mechanical, electrical or hydraulic -can stall the car.Sorry SchumiEven though none of these bothered Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes on Saturday, it was sad viewing to see the former champion limp along in qualifying.H aving been in the Capital for almost five days now, Schumacher has been attending media conferences and trying to remain focused on the last four races of his career. It’s clear that the seven-time F1 champion has lost the competitive edge. For those used to seeing Schumacher dominate the sport for years and his Ferrari eat up the miles on the track so fluidly, his last few days in F1 make for painful viewing.That he could not even make it to Q3 while teammate Nico Rosberg did was proof that there is no point blaming the car. And as Schumacher himself said earlier in the week, his legacy is intact, though his return to Formula One in 2010 after retiring in 2006 has been forgettable.The hardcore Schumacher fans fondly remember him for his daring and, at times, audacious driving in the Prancing Horse. And with his former teammate Felipe Massa also showing poor control of his car on the corners in Saturday’s qualifying, feeling nostalgic didn’t really help.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Syncrude outage expected to ease pipeline congestion boost heavy oil prices

first_imgCALGARY – A production shutdown at Syncrude Canada’s oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta., is expected to free up pipeline space out of Western Canada and raise prices for Canadian heavy oil.The company has said production could remain offline through July after a power outage late last week forced Syncrude to stop its production of upgraded bitumen.In a research report, Canadian analysts with Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. say the stoppage should help alleviate pipeline congestion in Western Canada that has increased the difference in price for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend oil versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude oil.The differential spiked at about US$30 per barrel in February, fell to the high-teens in April and May as oilsands projects went through maintenance shutdowns, but rose again in the past few weeks as output again fills pipelines. It closed at US$25.50 last Friday.The analysts say the news is negative for Suncor Energy Inc., which owns about 59 per cent of Syncrude, and Imperial Oil Ltd., with a 25 per cent stake.Syncrude’s production capacity is 350,000 barrels per day of crude oil.last_img read more

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