Before they are available to the public, many new varieties of bushes and landscape plants are first planted at the University of Georgia’s Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia.This fall, landscapers, gardeners and plant-savvy homeowners will get the first glimpse of some of these new plants at the 2019 Durham Horticulture Farm Open House. This year’s field day and open house will be Oct. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the farm at 1221 Hog Mountain Road, just outside of Athens.“The Durham Horticulture Farm Open House is an opportunity for both the general public and industry to visit the farm and gain a better understanding of the exciting work happening at the farm,” said Associate Professor Matthew Chappell, event coordinator and UGA Cooperative Extension coordinator for horticulture. “At any one time, there are dozens of ongoing projects, from vegetable and ornamental breeding to disease and insect trials.”Although the farm is home to much of the vegetable research done in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), this program will focus on ornamental and viticulture research at the horticulture farm, Chappell said.Multiple speakers will be presenting on their research during the half-day event.Woody plant and shrub breeder and Professor Donglin Zhang will present his latest varieties.Viticulture Assistant Professor Cain Hickey will talk about muscadine and wine grape cultivars.Chappell will discuss the partnership between CAES and the Center for Applied Nursery Research and its new varieties of gardenia, loropetalum and camellia.Horticulture Associate Professor Tim Smalley will present his latest research into cultural practices that can make landscape plants more vigorous and resilient, including studies that could help boxwood shrubs survive boxwood blight.Visit this website to register for the open house. Registration is free before 5 p.m. on Oct. 1. After Oct. 1, registration will be $15 (check or cash only) on-site the day of the tour, Oct. 4. For more information, contact Matthew Chappell at 706-542-9044.
By Dialogo February 13, 2013 The U.S. Military provided 15 new Night Vision Goggles and related accessories to the Uruguayan Air Force. The devices – delivered by the Office of Defense Cooperation in Montevideo – were funded through the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) to enhance the Uruguayan Air Force’s night mission capabilities in support of United Nations forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. GPOI was established in 2004 to address major capability gaps in international peace support operations and aims to build and maintain capability, capacity, and effectiveness of peace operations. With 2,200 troops and observers deployed, Uruguay is the world’s largest per capita contributor to United Nations peacekeeping operations and the seventh largest contributor globally, according to UN statistics. The Uruguayan Air Force is currently the only international force conducting night flight missions in the Congo. The unit is assigned Search and Rescue missions, among other responsibilities.
A government initiative called Technology for Women in Business is helping South Africa’s female entrepreneurs apply science- and technology-based business solutions to grow their businesses.The initiative, introduced in 1998 by the Department of Trade and Industry, aims to help move women from the sidelines to the mainstream of the economy through the innovative use of technology. It is run by the DTI’s Gender and Women Empowerment Unit, set up to ensure that the empowerment of women forms part of the broader mandate of the DTI.The national programme focuses on female entrepreneurs at all levels of business, from micro- to macro-enterprises. It aims to accelerate business growth through partnerships, education, mentoring and training. There is a customised incubator programme, which encourages business development in a controlled, mentored environment.TWIB’s objectives are to:Facilitate focused action by female entrepreneurs at all levels.Create successful role models.Unlock solutions to progressive approaches to doing business in a global economy.Exploit partnerships with government, corporates and women-focused organisations.Part of the initiative is the “techno-girl project”, which encourages girls to take science and maths, and follow careers in these fields by exposing them to engineering, science, entrepreneurship and technology, as well as providing information on career opportunities and learning programmes.The initiative also gives annual awards to those women who manage to enhance their businesses by using more advanced technology. Women from all sectors of the economy are eligible to enter, as long as they are applying enterprising technological innovations to help increase their production capacity and enhance the quality of their products.Other DTI programmes aimed at assisting female-owned businesses include:South African Women Entrepreneur’s Network (SAWEN): a networking forum to assist women in the SMME sector.Isivande Women’s Fund (IWF): an exclusive fund for women established by the DTI in partnership with Old Mutual.Bavumile Skills Development: provides training to mostly rural-based women to improve the quality of their products and enable access to domestic and international markets.Download Towards an Enabling Environment for Women Economic Empowerment in South Africa [PDF] for more information on the DTI’s programmes targeted at women. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will hold two Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Workshops next month, Feb. 24 in Crestline, Ohio and Feb. 25 in Custar, Ohio.The OABA’s Anhydrous Ammonia Task Force has planned an educational training program for 2016, which features an interactive, hands-on format designed to help participants “learn by doing.” Participants will spend the morning in a classroom setting, and will then move to a nearby anhydrous facility to apply the information presented in the first portion of the training. Participants will break into smaller, more interactive groups to participate in hands-on breakout sessions throughout the facility.The training features experts from both outside and within the industry, along with government regulators. Highlights include NH3 properties and characteristics, emergency procedures, rules and regulations, and much more. EVENT INFORMATIONDates/LocationsFebruary 24 – Crestline, OH Sunrise Cooperative 3000 W. Bucyrus St. Crestline, OH 44827February 25 – Custar, OH Legacy Farmers Cooperative – Agronomy Center 9266 Custar Rd. Custar, OH 43511Time – 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.; registration at 8 a.m.Training sessions will be held outdoors. Please dress accordingly.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week’s podcast contains conservations between Matt Reese and Paul Dorrance, a farmer in favor of more natural farming practices. Ty Higgins has a chat with a couple young farmers in various tractor cabs this past week. Joel Penhorwood talks with Jon Scheve, grain merchandiser with Superior Feed Ingredients.
Special ceremonies are being planned by the Jamaican High Commission in London, United Kingdom (UK), to recognise UK-born persons of Jamaican heritage, who take up Jamaican citizenship. High Commissioner to the UK, Her Excellency Aloun N’dombet Assamba, said the Mission has been encouraging the second, third and fourth generation UK-born Jamaicans to recognise their “Jamaicaness”. The ceremonies, she said, would also strengthen the bonds with the next generation of UK-born Jamaicans. Mrs. N’dombet Assamba was speaking on Saturday, February 2, at a meeting of UK-based Jamaican community members and business leaders, at the High Commission, where activities for 2013 were outlined. “We have also been encouraging UK-Jamaicans to apply, once they are able to prove that their parents are Jamaicans,” the High Commissioner said. The High Commission receives up to 15 citizenship applications each week, and Mrs. N’dombet Assamba told the meeting that the proposed ceremonies will be a special recognition for those who go through the process. “We have the certificates and I feel that although we don’t have it (the ceremony) formally as part of the process, the recognition is important. We have decided that at least twice a year, we are going to have a recognition ceremony at which those people who become citizens will be acknowledged,” she added. Mrs. N’dombet Assamba told the meeting that other planned events include a Bob Marley Tribute in February; a series of meetings by the National Land Agency in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham in May; an Independence Church Service on August 3 at Southwark Cathedral; and a Cultural Evening in October, showcasing literary arts.The High Commissioner also encouraged community members to nominate persons in the UK for Jamaican National Honours.
Director of the Social Development Commission (SDC), Dr. Dwayne Vernon, says the agency continues to carry out its mandate to facilitate the economic progress of communities in order to advance national development. Director of the Social Development Commission (SDC), Dr. Dwayne Vernon, says the agency continues to carry out its mandate to facilitate the economic progress of communities in order to advance national development.He noted that the entity has mapped and identified 775 communities in which it is working to support development.“Development has to be local,” Mr. Vernon said. “People must be involved. For persons to get involved they have to be invited… they have to be made to feel a part of the process… and they must be embraced. This is why we start at the community level,” he said.He was addressing the SDC’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day under the theme ‘Guiding the Change… Shaping the Future of Community Development’, at Addison Park in Brown’s Town, St. Ann, on February 9.Mr. Vernon said that as the primary community development agency working in Jamaica, the SDC is the only place where data can be found at a local level.He noted that any other statistic that is gathered would be done at a national level “where you would have to extrapolate. That would mean using national data to try and develop a local space”.He informed that there has been significant progress in making demographic, social, economic, spatial, governance and institutional information on communities available and accessible to citizens, communities, policymakers and other stakeholders, both national and international.“This is done through the development of community profiles, community priority plans, maps and listings of institutions and infrastructure,” he pointed out.Dr. Vernon explained that GIS Day provides an opportunity for the SDC, through its Community Research and Database Programme (CRDP), to share and promote the use of GIS technology to aid in the planning and development of communities.“The CRDP programme focuses mainly on the development and updating of community data to be used as the basis for planning, project development and evaluation,” he informed.“The goal of the programme is to establish and maintain a database of community maps and profiles, comprising spatial, social, economic, governance and environmental information as the basis for planning. The objectives of the programme are to contribute to the knowledge of the socio-economic situations of communities; manifestations of poverty and development challenges being faced by the communities, as well as to provide disaggregated data to inform policy and programme design at the local and national levels,” Mr. Vernon explained. Story Highlights Mr. Vernon said that as the primary community development agency working in Jamaica, the SDC is the only place where data can be found at a local level. “Development has to be local,” Mr. Vernon said. “People must be involved. For persons to get involved they have to be invited… they have to be made to feel a part of the process… and they must be embraced. This is why we start at the community level,” he said.
GoMacro, a family-owned vegan food company with roots in organic farming, is thrilled to add a bit of international star-power to the company family: British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding.Ms. Goulding, a pop and fitness icon, has partnered with the Wisconsin-based natural food company in a far-reaching partnership that includes new product development, international brand promotion and customer sweepstakes. The relationship began when Ellie, a long-time GoMacro fan, posted about her love for MacroBars on Instagram where she is followed by a large fan base deeply interested in the star’s healthy lifestyle. Commencing in March 2016, GoMacro and Ellie Goulding will launch the partnership with a North American sweepstakes entitled the “Goulding Ticket.” The sweepstakes will involve specially marked GoMacro MacroBars packaged with a ticket and code to win VIP tickets to a June 21st Ellie Goulding concert at Madison Square Garden or a trip to Los Angeles for a personal workout with Ellie. GoMacro also plans to release a co-created “Ellie Goulding” MacroBar flavor this spring with a portion of sales going towards the homeless. ”MacroBars are my go-to snack after a workout and when I’m on tour. I love the taste and how they keep me satisfied for hours,” commented Goulding. “I am excited to begin my partnership with a brand that shares my values of healthy living and giving back.” Goulding, who will be performing at the 58th annual Grammy Awards this February, is also well known for her dedication to healthy living, veganism, and marathon running. Ellie turns to MacroBars to stay energized during her hectic daily schedule. The new brand partnership aligns well with Ellie’s priorities of health, fitness, and community outreach and GoMacro’s mission to provide organically grown, plant-based nutrition for on-the-go families and athletes. ”We couldn’t think of a more perfect partner for GoMacro than Ellie,” said Jola Sonkin, CEO and co-founder of GoMacro. “She is an exemplary woman managing an incredible and demanding career who still finds time to exercise, eat well, and give back.” GoMacro is a family-owned Non-GMO food company that believes plant-based, organic eating can be both convenient and delicious. GoMacro MacroBars provide a healthy balance of natural sugars, carbs, and plant-based protein that sustains energy between meals and replenishes after workouts. GoMacro is thrilled to embark on a long-term partnership with an internationally recognized role model that shares the company values of healthy living and giving back to communities.