Conferences for small farmers coming up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two conferences designed for small-farm owners will be held in Wilmington and Massillon, Ohio in March. Ohio State University Extension’s Small Farm Program is hosting the Opening Doors to Success and Living Your Small Farm Dream conferences to help small-farm owners get the maximum potential out of their businesses.“Across Ohio, there is an increasing number of residents who are purchasing small acreages,” said Tony Nye, an OSU Extension educator who coordinates the Small Farm Program. “Conferences such as these help provide landowners necessary information to help grow their small farm business.”The two conferences, each with a trade show, are designed to help participants learn tips, techniques and methods for diversifying their operations to improve economic growth and development on their farms, Nye said.Researchers and educators with OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, as well as industry experts, will conduct the conference sessions.The Opening Doors to Success conference is March 10-11 at Wilmington College, 1870 Quaker Way in Wilmington. The March 10 session is from 1-5:30 p.m. with a workshop on Poultry Production, held at the Wilmington College Academic Farm, 1590 Fife Ave., in Wilmington; and a workshop on Beekeeping for the Beginner, held at the Wilmington College Kelly Center on College Street in Wilmington.The March 11 session is from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Center for Science and Agriculture, 340 College Street, in Wilmington. Topics for the day will include applying chemicals, greenhouse production, livestock, field crops, finances, and farm and land access.Registration for the Opening Doors to Success conference is $20 for Friday, $60 for Saturday only, or $70 for Friday and Saturday. Register at go.osu.edu/BpkQ by March 3. Students are offered a discounted rate.The Living the Small Farm Dream conference is March 25 at the R.G. Drage Career Technical Center, 2800 Richville Drive Southwest, in Massillon, from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The event will include 27 workshop sessions on topics including disease prevention, aquaculture, land management, finances, solar energy, pond management and using urban land for garden markets.Registration for the Living the Small Farm Dream conference is $60, or $30 for students. Register at agnr.osu.edu/small-farm-programs by March 17.For more information about either conference, contact Nye at 937-382-0901 or [email protected] conferences are an outgrowth of the Ohio New and Small Farm College, an eight-week program created by OSU Extension that offers an introduction to the business of small farming for those who are new to the industry. The program offers information on budgeting, business planning and developing a farm structure, among other issues.Additionally, on March 24 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., also at the R.G. Drage center, a Women in Agriculture conference will take place. Participants can register for this and the Living the Small Farm Dream conference at a reduced rate if attending both. For more information, visit regonline.com/womeninageast. The registration deadline for the Women in Agriculture Conference is March 10.last_img read more

11 security personnel injured in IED blast in Jharkhand

first_imgEleven personnel of the CRPF and the State police were injured in an IED blast triggered by Naxals in Jharkhand’s Seraikela Kharsawan district in the early hours of Tuesday, officials said.The blast took place around 5 a.m. when a joint team of the CRPF’s special jungle warfare unit, Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), and the State police was carrying out an operation in the forests of Kuchai area in the district, they said.According to officials, the improvised explosive device (IED) is suspected to have been buried under the dirt track. The injured troops, eight of the CoBRA and rest belonging to the State police, have been airlifted to Ranchi, they said.The joint team was being led by the 209th battalion of the CoBRA of the CRPF deployed in the State for anti-Naxal operations, officials said.last_img read more

Rene Catalan gets chance to bring gold medal for PH anew in SEA Games

first_imgPDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catalan assured that his decision to represent the country won’t serve as a stumbling block to his journey to a ONE world title.ONE has always been supportive of their athletes’ dreams of representing their country and Catalan’s case is no exception.“I had to ask the authorities regarding this decision. I can still accept a fight until October before I turn my focus to the SEA Games,” Catalan said. “They granted my request because I am ready from August to October, and then the competitions would only run ‘til December.”“Now that I have this chance to give a gold medal to the Philippines again, I can’t really say no.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sarangani joins MPBL MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catalan’s stint with the wushu national team ended prematurely after he was forced to retire and give way to younger athletes despite being in his prime years at that time.That’s why he just can’t wait to show that he still has a lot left in him.“I was just starting in wushu back then. I had dreams of becoming a ten-time wushu champion and to bring home numerous gold medals to the Philippines, but I had no other choice because they’re the authority (the Wushu Federation of the Philippines),” he said.“I felt bad. I was in the peak of my powers, but they forced me to retire from the wushu team. They were seeing how much I sacrificed, but it fell on deaf ears.”As for his flourishing MMA career, Catalan is on a six-fight winning streak after scoring a first-round stoppage of Yoshitaka Naito in ONE: Reign of Valor two months ago.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonycenter_img View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Rene Catalan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Opportunities keep knocking on Rene Catalan’s door.On his way to getting a world title shot in ONE Championship, Catalan is also set to represent the Philippines anew in the Southeast Asian Games in November.ADVERTISEMENT The 40-year-old Catalan look to add more SEA Games medals more than a decade since earning his last in 2005 when he took home the gold in wushu.Only this time, Catalan will be competing in a different sport of combat sambo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s been 14 years. I am just so happy to be given the opportunity to represent the Philippines once again,” he said.“Ever since I was a kid, my main goal has always been to give honor to my country. Now I have another opportunity to bring home a gold medal to the Philippines.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

SRC Encourages Persons to Use Its Standardisation Services

first_imgThe Scientific Research Council (SRC) is encouraging persons to utilise their standardisation services in food product development.“If you have a product that you have been developing at home for a while, and you have interest in commercialising that product, we are able to take you through the steps, applying a scientific process to ensure that you can get a standardised product that is consistent for the consumer,” Food Product Development Team Leader at the SRC, Valmo Wynter, said at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ today (April 6).He said that standardisation allows you to produce at a consistent quality, and also allows the entrepreneur to do a proper costing of the product.For his part, Executive Director of the SRC, Dr. Cliff Riley, emphasised that to compete on the international market, products must be of a certain quality.He added, further, that the Council’s pilot plant is Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, so utilising these services gives entrepreneurs better access to international markets.The Executive Director outlined that “at the SRC, our paramount thrust is stimulating job creation and, in turn, stimulating economic growth in Jamaica using science and technology”.He highlighted the creativeness of Jamaicans, referring to the common site of motorised handcarts or bicycles with engines on Jamaican roads.“How do we capture that creativity and move it towards products that are standardised, which can be scaled, which can be reproduced and which are acceptable globally,” he said.“When you come in to us with your idea, and we discuss those ideas with you, our team of scientists will work with you to ensure you develop high-quality products,” Dr. Riley said.Meanwhile, Manager, Food Research and Development unit at the SRC, Dr. Chara Watson, said “you can formulate, you can develop, you can make your product, but is it market-ready; that is where the SRC comes in”.“We get you from the idea stage to a commercially viable product with the required quality and safety standard for market,” Dr. Watson said.last_img read more