Ag Forecast 2007

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaChuck Lee scanned the 160 farmers, lenders and others at the Georgia Ag Forecast 2007. “You want to know what it’s like?” he said. “I’ve got four boys, and ain’t none of them coming back to the farm.”The final speaker of the breakfast meeting Feb. 20 in Statesboro, Ga., Lee punctuated the morning with a tough assessment.”My father struggled to support a family farming 100 acres,” he said. “I’ve struggled trying to support a family farming 2,500 acres. I have to wonder how many acres we’ll have to farm to support a family in 40 years.”The sellout crowd heard good news and bad from the economists on the program. The forecast of the upcoming farm season included prospects for the 2007 federal farm bill.Lee drew a laugh with the punch line of a story about economists, characterizing their information as “entirely correct and entirely useless.” But he added, “The information we’ve heard here is not useless.”Uncertain timesThat’s why Georgia Ag Forecast 2007 was created, said Scott Angle, dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Agriculture needs good information.”With the new farm bill and competition with other countries, I’ve never seen a time when things were more uncertain,” Angle said. “That’s the reason for the Ag Forecast.”The program was created to be an annual series. This year’s series began Feb. 19 in Macon, where 130 people attended. More than 200 attended in Albany Feb. 21, and 150 are expected to attend in Gainesville Feb. 28.Joe Outlaw, a Texas A&M University economist who has worked in farm policy analysis for two decades, said “only an idiot” would make forecasts on the farm bill. “So here goes,” he said, predicting only a 25-percent chance of major changes.Outlaw said the next farm bill will likely have more emphasis on renewable fuels. He predicted some tightening of payment limits, more funds for conservation programs and little other change.Corn prices upHe and UGA economist John McKissick said the growing demand for corn for ethanol creates opportunities for farmers who can grow it.Just a year ago, McKissick said, corn was at $2 a bushel and ethanol at $4 a gallon. “Now it’s just the opposite,” he said. “Ethanol is $2 a gallon and corn is $4 a bushel.”The three main markets for corn, he said, are ethanol production, poultry and livestock feed and export markets. The U.S. has about 100 ethanol plants now and will soon have 70 more. The added demand has driven corn prices skyward. But the historically high prices haven’t dampened the export demand. “Exports are up,” he said.While that’s good news for farmers who can switch acres to corn, it’s terrible news for Georgia as a whole, McKissick said. The state gets more than half of its farm income from poultry.Big-time lossesIn 2006, he said, Georgia poultry growers used 212 million bushels of corn. Cattle farms pushed that usage to 230 million bushels. But farmers here grew only 28 million bushels. “Even if we double production,” he said, “it won’t make much of a dent in the deficit.”That’s bad. “Every time the corn price goes up $1,” McKissick said, “there’s a $200 million net loss in the Georgia economy.”And many farmers can’t quickly change to growing corn. Lee said the enormous cost of equipment limits his “fairly diversified” farm’s flexibility. “When you buy a six-row cotton picker,” he said, “you’re committed to growing cotton.”Lee said he hopes one of his sons will change his mind about not coming back to the farm. “I hope we’ll always have farmers,” he said. “We just have to continually grow in what we do.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Adventure Racing in Donegal: Exciting, challenging and you’ll love every minute

first_imgThe Donegal landscape was perfected many centuries ago. The glacial movements of the Ice Age have left us a space that is not only stunning, rugged and raw but also the absolute perfect landscape for adventure racing.Anyone who loves cycling will know that Donegal is Ireland’s Mecca for road biking.  Now throw in a stunning run through Glenveagh National Park and a hike up Errigal and you have adventure racing perfection.Gaelforce North. Photo by Martin KalvasterThe lads and ladies over at Gaelforce Events know a thing or two about adventure racing. Often regarded as the pioneers of adventure racing in Ireland they know serious adventure when they see it and Donegal is an obvious choice for anyone who wants a to take on something amazing. Gaelforce North will take place on the 21st of September. This will be the 9th year of this epic race.  Starting out in 2011 as one of the pioneering events in Ireland this race is definitely one for the bucket list. Gaelforce North is sponsored by John West who provide competitors with nutritional advice in the lead up to the race and also have some tasty products at the finish line to help with the recovery after.Gaelforce North. Photo by Martin KalvasterThough these adventure races present a challenge one should never feel that it is beyond them. Adventure racing is for everyone and in general if you can run 10k you have what it takes to do Gaelforce North. The race has a choice of two distances – 63km or 45km, of running, cycling and kayaking. The elation competitors feel at completing a challenge like this is something special. This is making memories for ever, in stunning places like Donegal.Gaelforce North. Photo by Martin KalvasterMany of the competitors who take part in Gaelforce North will travel far and wide. Most competitors would come from the east coast of Ireland but there are also many who travel in from as far away as the US and Europe to experience this mighty race.In 2019 Gaelforce has teamed up with Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health as their charity partner. As part of the partnership participants can donate when registering for the event or become an Everyday Jigsaw Hero and raise vital funds for the charity. This event is a great way to experience all that is magical about Donegal. You can find out more on www.gaelforceevents.com/en/gaelforce-northAdventure Racing in Donegal: Exciting, challenging and you’ll love every minute was last modified: August 27th, 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) Tags:adventure racingenduranceEpickillary gaelforce northlast_img read more

Smith ‘wanted by Cardiff City’

first_imgCardiff City are still trying to sign Tommy Smith on loan, according to The People.Smith, who played under Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay at Watford, was previously linked with a move to Wales.He is part of the 25-man squad at QPR, whose manager Mark Hughes has continually insisted that Smith will not be allowed to leave. But it is claimed Mackay will return with another offer.Mackay was also recently linked with a move for Smith’s Loftus Road team-mate Jamie Mackie.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Warriors 3 Big Things: Burks pops, but Harden, Rockets expose Baby Dubs’ lax defense

first_imgAs any reasonable basketball fan expected, the Warriors lost their sixth game of the season Wednesday night, as James Harden and the Houston Rockets ran the Baby Dubs off the court with an end-of-second-quarter blitz en route to a 129-112 win that was never in question come the second half.Here are my three big takeaways from the game:1. Burks pops, but the defense does Dubs in As much as this Warriors’ season is about developing young players, not all the players on this …last_img

Microsoft Relaunches Surface Tablets

first_imgAt its launch event in Chelsea this morning, Microsoft is showcasing its Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro devices, as well as new accessories that will promise better ease-of-use and more battery life.Both Surface devices will be available for pre-order beginning tomorrow, September 24, 2013 and for actual purchase on October 22, 2013 in select markets, according to Panos Panay, Corporate VP, Microsoft Surface. Prices start at $449 for the Surface 2 and $899 for the Surface Pro 2.Our own Dan Rowinski is on the scene and will report full details of these devices as the event progresses.Image courtesy of Reuters/Shannon Stapleton. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … readwrite The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Tags:#Microsoft#now#Surface#Surface Pro Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts last_img read more

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2, Max M2 launched: Key specs, features, India price and everything you need to know

first_imgAt an event today, Asus has officially announced the Zenfone Max Pro M2 and Max M2 smartphone for the Indian market. The new phones bring the Zenfone Max lineup up-to-date with modern designs and more powerful internals. Asus is now maintaining a consistency for the Zenfone Max series by ensuring the presence of stock Android OS. The new Max M2 is priced at Rs 9,999 for the variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage while the Max Pro M2 is priced at Rs 12,999 for the variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.Compared to their predecessors, the new phones offer a substantial improvement in terms of raw performance and better imaging capabilities due to upgraded cameras. The Max Pro M2 even goes on to offer a glossy rear panel with Asus’ signature gradient pattern. The Zenfone Max Pro M2 will go up against Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 6 Pro, Honor 8X, Nokia 6.1 Plus, Moto One Power and Realme 2 Pro. On the other hand, the Zenfone Max M2 will battle it out with the Nokia 5.1 Plus, Honor 8C, Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro and Moto G6 Play.Asus Zenfone Max M2 specificationsDisplay: There’s a 6.28-inch IPS LCD display with a picture resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. There’s an aspect ratio of 19:9.Processor: The Max M2 is the first smartphone to use a Snapdragon 632 chipset, comprising Qualcomm’s custom Kryo cores clocked at a maximum of 1.8GHz.RAM: There’s a choice 3GB and 4GB of RAM on board.Storage: Users will get an option to choose between 32GB as well as 64GB of storage.advertisementSoftware: It runs on a stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo with some Asus apps apps pre-loaded.Rear camera: There’s a pair of 13MP primary lens with an aperture of F1.8, 1.12um pixel size and a 2MP depth sensor. The camera can record 4K video as well.Front camera: There’s an 8MP sensor with an aperture of F2.0 which is assisted by an LED flash.Battery: A 4000mAh battery keeps the phone alive, with a 10W fast charger to speed up the charging.Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 specificationsDisplay: There’s a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with a picture resolution of 2280 x 1920 pixels. There’s an aspect ratio of 19:9. It is protected by Gorilla Glass 6.Processor: The Max Pro M2 is relying on a Snapdragon 660 chipset clocked at a maximum of 1.95GHz. The graphics department is looked after by an Adreno 512 GPU.RAM: There’s a choice 3GB, 4GB and 6GB of RAM on board.Storage: Users will get an option to choose between 32GB as well as 64GB of storage.Software: It runs on a stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo with some Asus apps pre-loaded.Rear camera: There’s a pair of 12MP primary Sony IMX486 sensor with an aperture of F1.8, 1.25um pixel size and a 5MP depth sensor. The camera is assisted by EIS for stabilisation. The camera can record 4K video as well.Front camera: There’s a 13MP sensor with an aperture of F2.0 which is assisted by an LED flash.Battery: A 5000mAh battery keeps the phone alive, with a 10W fast charger to speed up the charging.Zenfone Max M2 and Max Pro M2 features–The Zenfone Max Pro M2 is the first phone in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment to feature Corning’s Gorilla Glass 6. The new glass is said to be tougher and more resistant to scratches. Most of its rivals in the segment offer Gorilla Glass 3, except for the Xiaomi Mi A2 that offers Gorilla Glass 5. –The Zenfone Max M2 is the first smartphone to offer a Snapdragon 632 SoC, which is essentially an improved version of the Snapdragon 625 chipset used by some of its rivals. The Snapdragon 632 offers better processing performance with custom Kryo cores but relies on an old Adreno 506 GPU.–Both the new phones are running on a stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo. However, Asus assures than an update to Android 9 Pie is on the cards very soon. Do note that these phones don’t adhere to the Android One programme, which means no guarantee of consistent security updates.–The Zenfone Max Pro M2 gets a new glossy rear panel that resembles a glass body. However, in reality, the phone uses a polycarbonate rear panel and the frame. This should reduce the impact of damage to front glass in the event of a drop.–Both the Zenfone Max series phones sport an LED flash as standard for assisting the front camera.Zenfone Max M2 and Max Pro M2 availability and priceThe Zenfone Max M2 is available in two variants – one with 3GB RAM and 3GB storage for Rs 9,999 while the other variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at Rs 11,999. On the other hand, the Zenfone Max Pro M2 is priced at Rs 12,999 for the base variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage while the one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage costs Rs 14,999. There’s also another top-tier variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage that comes for Rs 16,999. Both the phones will be exclusively selling on Flipkart, with the Zenfone Max Pro M2 selling from December 14 whereas the Zenfone Max M2 selling from December 18.advertisementALSO READ | Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2, Max M2 launched in India, prices starting from Rs 9,999last_img read more

14 days agoWolves chairman Jeff Shi confirms they’re seeking new investment

first_imgWolves chairman Jeff Shi confirms they’re seeking new investmentby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves chairman Jeff Shi says the club are seeking money from investors.Chinese group, Fosun International, bought Wolves in 2016 for £45m and have invested huge funds to take the club from the Championship to the Premier League.After qualifying for the Europa League this season, Shi says Wolves want to continue improving.”We welcome any new partnership, new funding, new sponsorship to help us, to grow together with us,” he told China Global Television Network.”And to push the club to a high level in the future.”Shi added that Wolves that the club hope to redevelop Molineux over the next three to four years in order to expand the capacity to 46,000. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

No, College Basketball Reporter, It Did Not Seem Like Kentucky Had 7 Players On The Floor vs. Auburn

first_imgA screenshot of a press conference transcript.Kentucky’s men’s basketball team made easy work of Auburn in this afternoon’s SEC Tournament semifinal game, blowing out the Tigers, 91-67. John Calipari’s squad held Bruce Pearl’s team to 33 percent shooting from the field, while making 56 percent of their own shots. It was a dominating performance in basically every facet of the game. Following the contest, a reporter asked Auburn’s K.T. Harrell if it felt like Kentucky had seven players on the floor. It did not. #math pic.twitter.com/JWg0KVMHHD— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) March 14, 2015Math can be hard sometimes. Kentucky will play in the SEC Tournament championship game Sunday.last_img

Nightmare for Nittany Lions Ohio State field hockey upsets No 8 Penn

The No. 18 Ohio State field hockey team left State College, Pa. posting a 2-0 shutout against the No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday. By knocking off a top 10 opponent, the Buckeyes (10-7, 3-2) are now tied for second place in the conference standings heading into the final week of the regular season. Junior forward Berta Queralt scored the first goal of the match to get the Scarlet and Gray off to a quick start. The Buckeyes added a goal in the 52nd minute from senior back Jenn Sciullu, but Queralt’s goal was all the Buckeyes would need. With the win, OSU now has a 5-1 record on the road. “It was really important to get this win on the road coming off of two conference losses,” senior goalie Ally Tunitis said. “We knew what we were going up against. We played our hardest.” The Buckeyes quick start came when Queralt notched the first goal at the 10:33 mark off of a penalty corner. Sciulli assisted on the goal. The rest of the first half remained scoreless as the stout OSU defense was faced with pressure by the Penn State attack, Tunitis helped the Buckeyes escape with the lead. Tunitis notched her third shutout of the season and is now third on the OSU all-time shutout list with 13. “It felt really good,” Tunitis said. “It’s always really good to have no goal scorers, as it makes it that much sweeter. It is a confidence booster.” In the second half, Sciulli notched the second goal of the match at the 52-minute mark on a penalty corner. The defensive back now has a career-high 14 points on the season. The senior back has been known for her defensive talent, but her offensive play was what set up the Buckeyes for a win. “I would be scared if I was playing against us and saw me running full speed setting up for a shot,” Sciulli said. “It was a big play for us.” The Buckeyes defense protected the two-goal lead despite Penn State’s numerous opportunities in the final minutes. Tunitis finished the game with six saves. “Our defense was unstoppable today,” Sciulli said. “We had one goal in mind and that was to keep the ball out of the cage.” The win sends OSU into its regular season finale against Northwestern on Friday in Evanston, Ill., at 4 p.m. on a high note. Big Ten Tournament play begins Nov. 3., in State College, Pa. read more