Ag awareness week

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGov. Sonny Perdue has proclaimed March 15-20 “Georgia Agriculture Awareness Week” to honor an industry that touches every life in Georgia and is the economic backbone for much of the state.Special events throughout the state will help Georgians learn about agriculture’s impact. Perdue plans to kick off the week with the signing of a proclamation with Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin.Perdue will speak to fourth- and fifth-grade classes statewide via Webcast. He’ll be joined by state School Superintendent Kathy Cox, state Future Farmers of America President Cliff Tippens and state 4-H President Nekeisha Randall.FFA and 4-H officers will be in classrooms throughout the week with interactive presentations. An agriculture curriculum and video will be on hand for all fifth-grade classes during the week.Georgia Extension Service agents and young farmer teachers will meet with civic clubs to champion agriculture in their area.A Web site ( has a complete list of activities, lesson plans, facts and resources. You can test your agriculture knowledge there, too, and earn a certificate.”The ag awareness week activities are designed to encourage agricultural literacy,” says Donnie Smith, ag awareness week chairman. “Knowledge of agriculture is important for informed consumers, for the continued economic success of our state and for good stewardship of our environment.”Georgia ag awareness will coincide with National Agriculture Day, March 20.Economic engineGeorgia’s climate allows for many crops from the north Georgia mountains through the piedmont region to the coastal plain. Vegetables, tobacco, cotton, corn, trees, soybeans, livestock, peaches, onions, aquaculture, floriculture and nursery crops are just a few Georgia commodities.Georgia farmers produce more broilers, eggs and peanuts than any other U.S. state. In most years, they grow more pecans, too.And Georgia doesn’t just grow food and fiber. It processes, packages and transports it, too.Agriculture adds more than $57 billion each year to the Georgia economy. That’s 16 percent of the state’s economic output. One in six Georgians works in a forestry- or agriculture-related job. Almost half of the state’s manufacturing jobs are in agribusiness.The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has scientist working throughout the state to develop better, more economical and environmentally safer ways to grow Georgia’s crops. They’re leaders, too, in ensuring the quality and safety of the food supply.The UGA Extension Service has agriculture and family and consumer sciences agents in most Georgia counties. They link the university and agriculture to the rest of the state.Extension agents oversee the Georgia 4-H program, too, which provides youth education and leadership training.last_img read more

The Grocer Cup 2018: the nominees revealed

first_imgEmma WalmsleyJob title: CEO Company: GSK “Thatcher has managed to grow Thatchers into an fmcg heavyweight”Read more Kate SwannJob title: Chief executive officer Company: SSP Dave LewisJob title: CEO Company: Tesco  The Grocer Cup is back! And readers decide who will lift the prestigious prize. For the past two decades, the trophy has been awarded to an outstanding leader for their work in the industry over the past 12 months. Take a look at our 2018 shortlist of contenders. Who gets your vote?,Voting for The Grocer Cup 2018 has now closedThe winner will be announced at the IGD Awards ceremony in London on 2 October, one of 20 categories at the 25th IGD Awards. “With Jack’s, Carrefour and Booker to integrate, Lewis has unfinished business to attend to at Tesco”Read more Andrew SelleyJob title: Chief executive Company: Bidfood UK “One of the army of newly converted analysts has dubbed Ocado the ‘Microsoft of retail’”Read more David PottsJob title: Chief executiveCompany: Morrisons “If the past four years have proven anything, it’s that Coupe isn’t afraid to stick his neck out”Read more Tim SteinerJob title: Founder and CEO Company: Ocado Mike CoupeJob title: CEOCompany: Sainsbury’s Jason WarnerJob title: President for Northern Europe Company: AB InBev Martin ThatcherJob title: Managing director Company: Thatchers “She’s bought a new sense of stability to the business, bolstered by the results she’s delivered”Read more “Swann has a rich spread of experience combined with an innate understanding of what customers want”Read more “Throughout Bidfood’s turnaround, Selley has hardly appeared to break into a sweat”Read more “Potts has transformed Morrisons by embracing principles Sir Ken would have appreciated”Read more Barry WilliamsJob title: Managing director Company: Poundland “Warner has taken mid-tier lager brands and seeded each into distinct niches”Read more “While his demeanour is cheerful and positive, he shows a steely lack of sympathy to fallen rivals”Read morelast_img read more

Replacing Wenger an impossible job, says Arsenal chief

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom |  AFP | Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes he is now faced with an impossible task in finding a fitting replacement for outgoing manager Arsene Wenger.Wenger, 68, announced he will step down from his role at the end of the season on Friday after 22 years in charge.Despite winning three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups, mounting pressure was put on Wenger to leave by the club’s disgruntled fans as he failed to match the standards he set early in his reign over the past decade.The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League for 14 years and will miss out on Champions League qualification for the second successive season unless they win the Europa League, where they face Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals.“We are not going to find a replacement for Arsene Wenger for a variety of reasons,” said Gazidis as he addressed a press conference at the club’s Emirates stadium on Friday.“The football club is in a very different place than it was 22 years ago and it’s unthinkable to me we will have another manager in the Premier League, let alone Arsenal, who will be 22 years in tenure and have the kind of run of consistent success Arsene had over those years.”In spite of Arsenal’s struggles on the field in recent seasons, they remain the sixth richest club in the world, according to financial consultants Deloitte’s annual Football Money League.And Gazidis claimed Wenger leaves the club in far better shape than when he arrived as a shock appointment from Japanese side Grampus Eight in 1996.“Arsene often said he wanted to leave the club in a better position than when he found it,” added Gazidis. “We are in a better place today than we could ever have imagined 22 years ago. The foundations of this club have never been stronger and this gives me great confidence as we begin to chart the path ahead.”However, Gazidis repeatedly avoided questioning on whether he wanted Wenger to see out the final year of a two-year contract extension he signed last summer.The Wall Street Journal reported that Wenger had chosen to leave on his own terms rather than face being pushed out at the end of the season.Gazidis, though, claimed the wheels hadn’t been put in motion to appoint a successor until Wenger made his decision public.Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and Germany coach Joachim Loew are among the front runners with the bookies in a wide-open field of contenders.“We haven’t had any discussions to date regarding that process,” added Gazidis.“The most important thing is to make the right appointment not a quick appointment.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Bantam Cats off to B.C. Winter Games in Vernon as members of Team Kootenay

first_imgOther players include goalie Catalina Hartland of Kaslo, forward Stephanie McAuley of Trail forward Julie Sidoni of Trail and Kira Streliev of Nakusp.Streliev is an affiliate player for the Cats, who plays on a Bantam house team in Nakusp.The Bantam Wildcats were selected to the team following January tryouts  in Invermere.Kootenay opens play Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. against Fraser Valley before the opening ceremonies in the evening.Kootenay then meets Vancouver Island and Cariboo North East in round robin play before the top four team play for the medals [email protected] The West Kootenay Bantam Wildcats will be well represented on Team Kootenay at the coming B.C. Winter Games beginning Thursday in Vernon.No less than seven players will be in uniform when Kootenay drops the puck in action Friday in the U16 Girl’s Hockey Tournament.Three of the players are from Nelson. Those are forwards Jesse Cooper and Emma Hare and defenceman Merissa Dawson.last_img read more