Pecan Production

Pecan Production

first_imgIncreased rainfall in the summer opened the door to disease and drastically lowered individual size and quantity of pecans produced in Georgia this year. Added moisture throughout the state during June, July and August led to increased cases of pecan scab disease, a fungal pathogen that thrives in environments conducive to high moisture. Scab can reduce the quality and size of pecans, and in some cases, kill the nuts.“If you go from about Ashburn south, it’s actually fairly bad with scab on susceptible varieties. If you go north from there, it’s not quite as bad, but we will see some losses state-wide” said Lenny Wells, an Extension pecan horticulturist with the University of Georgia.One of the most vulnerable varieties is the most common — Desirable. According to Wells, a large percentage of commercial orchards are planted in Desirables. However, Desirables are very susceptible to scab, as are orchards that are more likely to hold moisture, such as those in low-lying areas. “We’ve had growers that have sprayed more than they ever have for scab this year. We were seeing growers that sprayed 20 times or more this year just for scab, and that’s about twice as much as normal,” Wells said. “They’re still suffering some losses from scab.”More cases of scab result in a sharp decrease in pecan production.“When this growing season first started, it looked like (the state) had the potential for around 90 million pounds or so. I’d say now that’s probably down to 65 or 70 million pounds,” Wells said. “That’s a big drop-off.”In each of the last two years, the total poundage for pecans exceeded 100 million.Places like Dougherty County, Lee County and Mitchell County, the top three pecan-producing counties in the state, were hit especially hard by the scab disease, added Wells.Poor pecan production isn’t the only disappointing reality facing pecan growers. Prices for small growers could hover around $1 per pound due to the weak domestic market, which generally uses nuts of smaller size than the export market. Larger commercial producers, on the other hand, could get a premium price of $2.75 to $3 for their best nuts. Wells believes those prices could increase later in the pecan season if predictions of low volume hold true.“It’s going to be interesting to see this year because the volume of the crop nationwide is not there like it has been,” Wells said. “I kind of suspect as harvest progresses and we really see how short this crop is, this may be one of those years we see the price increase late in the year.”What do these prices mean for the average consumer?“I don’t think prices for the consumer will be affected so much this year because there is some supply on the shelves from last season, but supply and demand is a large part of pricing for any product. With a short pecan crop, in-store prices may go up at some point in the future,” Wells said.Pecan prices will also hinge on exports to countries like China, where demand for pecans is high.“A lot of the Chinese demand for pecans is based on the Chinese New Year. They like to eat them around that time, just like we like to eat them around Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Chinese New Year date changes from one year to the next,” Wells said. “This year it’s a little earlier, so we’ve got to get those nuts over there earlier this year. We may have a smaller window for getting them there.”The Chinese New Year is Jan. 31, 2014.According to the UGA 2011 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, pecans were a top-10 commodity in the state, generating $319 million in farm gate value.For more information about Georgia pecans, see the website, pecan.last_img read more

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Burlington International Airport awarded $2.4 million in recovery funds

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $2,424,030 in recovery funding to the Burlington International Airport for taxiway rehabilitation and extension, Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced. The funding will be used to rehabilitate and repave the intersection of two taxiways and to extend a third taxiway. The projects are part of the airport’s multi-phase South End Development program, which will enhance cargo, aircraft maintenance and general aviation capabilities. Airport officials estimate the program could create as many as 350 new jobs at the airport over the next 10 years.The award is the latest federal grant made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which was signed into law in February.Leahy, Sanders and Welch said, “This federal grant will help Burlington International Airport improve its ability to serve Vermont businesses and passengers alike. Not only will it create construction jobs in the short term, it will also lead to long-term economic development through the continued improvement of the airport.”Airport director Brian Searles said, “All three members of our congressional delegation have been such great partners in the development of this airport, and this grant will help ensure that we are part of the economic recovery. We are very grateful for their work on this much needed grant”. Source: Vermont Congressional delegation. THURSDAY, August 13, 2009 —last_img read more

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The Media War

first_img The speed and scope of broadcasting, the improved technique of filming and editing videos for mobilization, recruitment, education and persuasiveness from several public or organizations advertising these conflicts has turned into a real media war. *André Luís Woloszyn, Strategic Intelligence Analyst All with the intent of keeping up with the new utilization trends of internet users, as determined by the rapid growth of social networks, such as blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. Many of these media products are advertised by large communication companies that take advantage of factors such as cost and risks minimization for their employees. Excellent article, it’s simple and direct. It presents a paradox. Media, through time, contributed for freedom and democracy. Today it’s been used to destroy freedom and democracy. By Dialogo April 17, 2013 This strategy started with the so-called insurgents and terrorist groups in Iraq, who, aware of the importance of influencing the public opinion worldwide, started to film and photograph with their mobile phones, suicidal attacks involving coalition forces, especially the explosion of IEDs (improvised explosive devises). They would edit images and texts in Arabic and minutes later broadcast through some of the main international TV networks, as well as spread via the internet. center_img Recently, social networks showed their efficiency when it was posted via Twitter the tactics used by an Israeli command in a confidential operation to approach the SV Estelle Finnish ship, that was breaking through the blockage toward the Gaza Strip. Also broadcasted live was the development of Operation Geronimo, which resulted in the capture of Al Qaeda terrorist leader in Pakistan. Although it is an irreversible trend, the danger lies in the inability to control and the misusage of virtual media, including the fraudulent manipulation, the lack of ethical commitment and, in many cases, the veracity of facts. During this war, the security forces are at a disadvantage, since the material collected by these forces requires prior approval, while the broadcast of images captured by other segments is almost immediate. The regular wars and asymmetric conflicts in the 21st Century, especially in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Middle East region, have presented a new reality in terms of global media. This truly virtual revolution, as it has been called, is used by both military and terrorist groups and insurgents as a strength multiplying strategy that adds to the firepower. Aside from negatively influencing the morale of the troops and security forces, due to the degree of violence shown in the videos and because of the intimidation of possible collaborators, it turned out to be an excellent recruiting tool. last_img read more

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Too big for your britches

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I am sure that I am not the only one that has noticed that it has been a pretty eventful last few months when it comes to enforcement actions. My inbox has been filled with a variety of blog posts and news alerts that recap the most recent dropping of the proverbial enforcement hammer. Most of the time it is one of the “big dogs”, so I don’t really think anything of it and move on to the next topic. But last week I was a little shocked when one of those news alerts had the words “Credit Union” in the subject line. By now I am sure most of you are aware of the recent happenings with Navy Federal Credit Union so I won’t bore you with a recap, but it did make me wonder how this could have happened.Now I understand that Navy Federal has about $77 billion in assets which makes it a more robust institution than most, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen to you “little guys” too. Just take a look at the recent settlement between the DOJ and Charter Bank of Corpus Christi over UDAPP violations in regard to auto lending pricing. We are talking about a much smaller financial institution with about $277 million in assets that fell into the shadow of the previously mentioned hammer. The DOJ found that this unfair practice went on for five years from 2009 to 2014. That is when the FDIC first noticed the practice and had referred the case to the DOJ. That means five years went by with no one questioning this practice or even noticing the impact it was having. continue reading »last_img read more

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Berger updates members on tax issues; NAFCU pushes Hill for fixes

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger, in an email Wednesday to members, updated credit unions on the latest tax reform developments, including the recently released House tax extenders and fixes package, H.R. 88, and NAFCU’s ongoing efforts to protect credit union interests.In his update, Berger noted the association’s work to protect credit union interests following the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), including meeting with Capitol Hill leaders and the IRS. NAFCU has also opposed efforts to require all credit unions file a Form 990-T and continues to seek relief for credit unions from the new 21 percent excise tax imposed on certain not-for-profits.Also yesterday, NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler wrote the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) urging that a technical fix be provided to “grandfather” those employment contracts entered into on or before Nov. 2, 2017, for tax-exempt employers. The TCJA contained a provision allowing for-profits to grandfather in binding contracts in effect before that date, but did not include the same clause for not-for-profit tax-exempt organizations. The bipartisan JCT is generally responsible for identifying potential tax code fixes.last_img read more

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Omnibus bill to centralize permit processing, offer incentives for miners

first_imgThe sweeping omnibus bill will introduce several fiscal incentives to boost the development of downstream mining industries including mineral smelters, coal-fired power plants and coal gasification facilities. It will allow miners that invest downstream to operate their respective concessions until reserves run dry (Article 47). Otherwise, operational periods will be capped at 40 years maximum.The bill also exempts coal miners that invest downstream from paying royalties and from complying with Indonesia’s domestic market obligation (Article 28A) policy. Prevailing regulations require such miners to pay up to 7 percent of their net profit as royalty and sell 25 percent of their product domestically at US$70 per ton. Most of the price-capped coal goes to Indonesia’s largest power producer, state-owned electricity company PLN.United Overseas Bank (UOB) economist Enrico Tanuwidjaya wrote in a note last year that the government’s downstream plan “will be substantial in the long-term” but only with “consistent legal and policy certainties” and “sustained and immediate development of the processing and downstream industries.”Read also: Ban on unrefined nickel exports positive in long run: EconomistEnvironmental watchdog Mining Advocacy Network’s (Jatam) Merah Johansyah slammed the incentives, arguing that they would prolong environmental destruction.Contrary to Jatam’s argument, Indonesian Nickel Mining Association (APNI) secretary-general Meidy Katrin told the Post on Jan. 30 that “not many miners” had the financial muscle to exploit concessions beyond 40 years.Legal certainty for mining giantsThe government will provide some long-awaited certainty for coal miners and mineral miners, whose contracts are based on the now-defunct 1967 Mining Law. Article 169A of the bill allows such miners to resume operating their respective concessions as special mining permit (IUPK) holders instead of contract of work holders, whereby “IUPKs have to pay higher royalty fees”, Indonesian Mining Institute (IMI) chairman Irwandy Arif told the Post on Feb. 17.Indonesian Coal Mining Association (APBI) executive director Hendra Sinadia previously described the legal certainty issue as “very urgent” because seven coal mining giants’ contracts are slated to expire between 2020 and 2025, the earliest of which expires in November this year. The soon-to-expire contract belongs to Jakarta-based PT Arutmin Indonesia, a subsidiary of the country’s largest coal miner by output, PT Bumi Resources.Nickel mining activities at Sorowako PT Vale Indonesia Tbk. After being transported to trucks, nickel material in the form of land is placed in a temporary shelter, then put into a factory to be processed until it gets a matte nickel of 78 percent, and is exported to Japan. (JP/Ruslan Sangadji)Centralizing mining permitsThe omnibus bill aims to streamline the issuance of mining permits by centralizing the process with the government. At the moment, regional leaders have the power to issue mining permits and create regional mining regulations, many of which contradict national-level regulations.The government will scrap Mining Law articles 48 and 67 if the omnibus bill passes into law. Article 48 allows regional leaders to issue mining permits while Article 67 authorizes regents and mayors to issue cooperative mining permits.Watchdog leaders Robert Endi Jaweng and Maryati Abdullah, who respectively head think tanks Regional Autonomy Watch (KPPOD) and Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Indonesia, described the changes as a “recentralization” scheme that harks back to the country’s authoritarian New Order era.“From an autonomy standpoint, it’s drying up the spirit of regional autonomy. It’s going in the opposite direction,” Robert said, referring to the 2004 Regional Autonomy Law, which guarantees certain powers for regional administrations.Read also: Omnibus bill allows President to scrap bylaws, weakens regional administrations “The issue is not just opening the investment tap,” said Maryati. “Will local residents have a complaint-handling mechanism?”Law lecturer Ahmad Redi, who leads the drafting of the bill’s energy-related provisions, countered the argument, saying that, in the long run, downstream industry development “will increase the products’ values, which will add to state and regional incomes”.Expanding mining territory further offshoreThe omnibus bill will allow mining activities anywhere within Indonesian seas (Article 47A) whereas the existing Mining Law limits offshore activity to 12 kilometers beyond the coast (Article 6).The relaxation was needed to extract offshore tin reserves as “we are almost out of tin reserves onshore, so like it or not, we have to enter the sea,” IMI’s Irwandy told the Post.Indonesia is the world’s second-largest tin producer after China. A quarter of the global supply of tin, used for a range of products, from electronics to eyeglasses, comes from Indonesia, according to the US Geological Survey.  Read also: Growth first, environment later. Proposed legal revision relaxes mining restrictions “What’s being discussed in the job creation bill is investment certainty, including how to boost downstream industry development,” Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry coal and mineral director general Bambang Gatot Ariyono told reporters in Jakarta last week.Indonesia wants to earn more money from its mineral wealth by having miners develop downstream industries, such as mineral smelters and coal-fired power plants. The government will enforce bans on exports of all metal ore by 2022 and coal by 2046 while at the same time promoting development by relaxing regulations and offering incentives.Downstream industry developmentcenter_img Topics : An upcoming landmark bill on job creation is expected to streamline business and boost investment for miners in Indonesia, albeit at the expense of environmental protection and regional autonomy.The bill, a draft of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post, will introduce four major changes to the 2009 Coal and Mineral Mining Law. These changes aim to centralize the issuance of mining permits, provide legal certainty for mining giants, boost downstream industry development and expand the nation’s mining territory into the open seas.The changes are very similar to those being separately worked on by the House of Representatives. last_img read more

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PREMIUMExecutive column: Infrastructure Asia chief shares investors view on RI projects

first_imgFacebook Indonesia has a huge appetite for private capital to fund its infrastructure projects, especially in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration, which puts infrastructure as his economic policy centerpiece to boost the archipelago nation’s connectivity and economic output.The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) has estimated that the country will need infrastructure investment worth US$429.7 billion between 2020 and 2024 to achieve the government’s National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) targets.Infrastructure Asia (IA), a Singapore-based infrastructure financing advisory group, understands the opportunities and plights of Indonesia’s infrastructure ambition, as the institution has been working alongside the government to attract private investors.The Jakarta Post’s Farida Susanty and Mardika Parama talked … Topics : executive-column Infrastructure-Asia infrastructure-development Jokowi Seth-Tan Singapore investment Google Log in with your social account Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ?last_img read more

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Coaches Corner

first_imgI hope you can tune to WRBI  at 5:45 tonight for the final Coaches Corner of this season!  Please note the early starting time which is necessary so that the Reds’ broadcast can be heard in its entirety.  I have really enjoyed this season.  I believe we had more guests this year than we have ever had before.Coaches Corner began in the early 80’s.  I am not sure exactly how many years this makes, but I know it is over 30.  We will start again in mid-August with the fall sports season.Thank you so much for your continued support!  Hope to have all of you listening again in August.last_img read more

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Gatland stands by decision

first_img He added: “Then you realise that what comes of making a decision like that is all the peripheral stuff – not the rugby decision – because it becomes a major story for 48 hours and it becomes a debate. “That is the process I’ve gone through myself. If I go back to the UK after this and say ‘did I make the decision because I believe it’s the right decision?’ or ‘did I make the decision because it was the right political decision or sentiment?’ “I have to put hand on my heart and say it’s the right rugby decision. I would hate to think we had made calls on trying to avoid criticism or public favour or perception. “He (O’Driscoll) is not finished yet. He has been a big part of the story (2013 tour). He played in the first two Tests and he has been a part of a win and a loss. “He is obviously very, very disappointed, as any player would be, but it’s like everything, it’s a learning process. It’s kind of hard when you’ve been the number one in your position for so long, for 15 years, and first choice on every team you’ve been a part of, and on every Lions team you’ve been the first choice as well. “There have been a lot of people under him who have experienced the disappointment of Brian O’Driscoll always being selected over them. It’s just part of sport, isn’t it? “Sometimes it happens and we’ve made a really tough decision, a tough call and that’s part of it.” Press Association Warren Gatland believes he has made “the right rugby decision” in dropping Ireland midfield star Brian O’Driscoll – and effectively ending his British and Irish Lions career.center_img O’Driscoll, 34, was a shock omission when Gatland announced the team for Saturday’s Test series decider against Australia in Sydney. New Zealander Gatland, who as Ireland coach first capped O’Driscoll in 1999, has preferred Welshmen Jonathan Davies and Jamie Roberts to forge the centre pairing. While O’Driscoll’s Ireland career is set to continue next term, his four-tour Lions odyssey has reached an abrupt end. When the Lions tour New Zealand in 2017, he will be 38. Reflecting on the O’Driscoll decision, Gatland said: “It’s only hard because you are making the decision by using your head and not your heart.” last_img read more

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Lambert living his very own dream

first_img “I would have to say Steven Gerrard,” came the swift response. “He lives through all the dreams I had as a kid. Everything I wanted to do he has actually done, so I would have to say him.” Reminded of that question he recalled the answer immediately, although this time he called him ‘Stevie G’ – a sign of the friendship that has built with the England captain since getting his first cap earlier this season. “It is quite the journey,” Lambert said, smiling. “The way it has gathered momentum, it’s frightening. “Everything went our way at Southampton and each manager that came in improved me massively, especially Mauricio Pochettino. He taught me how to be a different kind of player and I think that’s helping now. “It is full credit to so many people. It’s hard to say thanks to everyone involved because there has been a lot of work gone on to make me who I am today and the player I am today. That’s mainly everyone at Southampton, from fitness to coaches to everyone.” Lambert is a rare player in the modern era that fans can empathise with, having held a normal job not so long ago and made his support for Liverpool well-known. He was at Anfield for every Champions League game during the 2005 season and got a Liver Bird tattoo on his shoulder after the famous win in Istanbul. Lambert, though, is keen not to “come across as a mad fan” and believes he can get even better at Liverpool, despite now being 32 years of age. Three years ago Rickie Lambert dreamt of swapping lives with Steven Gerrard – now he is playing alongside his idol for club and country. It has been quite the journey from the lower leagues to today, having this week joined boyhood club Liverpool before linking-up with England for the World Cup. Remarkably, Lambert was plying his trade in League One for Southampton as recently as 2011, when he was asked in an interview who he would trade places with, given the choice of anyone living or dead. “I wasn’t expecting a chance at Liverpool but I have got it,” he said. “Now that I’ve got it I will do everything to not let it go and I am more than confident that I will take the chance and I will be able to improve my game again. I’ve done that every season. “I’m going to get fitter. I’m going to do everything I can to get onto the next level now. “Even though I’m 32 I feel like a kid again. I’ve got so much enthusiasm for the game. “The fact that I’m playing under Brendan Rodgers and for Liverpool I just can’t wait. “It could have come earlier in my career – if it had I don’t think I would be performing at the level I am now. I might have missed the chance. “This is a good time because I am mentally and physically ready. If it doesn’t work out now there are no excuses. “I have done everything I can to get to this point. I wasn’t expecting a chance to play for Liverpool but now I’ve got it I’ll be trying my best to deliver.” That determined mentality was coaxed out of Lambert at Southampton, where former manager Pochettino employed some unusual methods. Pre-season is notoriously hard under the former Argentina international, who not only got his players running but also walking on hot coals “That was the easy part,” Lambert said with a laugh. “That was a relaxing afternoon. “He took us away for 18 days and it was all very specific. It wasn’t just like run to a tree and back, it was very well organised. “On the coals he got some fella in to try and give you that winning mentality. It was very interesting. “One of his methods was to walk across burning coal bare footed. It was a challenge, mind over matter. You knew nothing worse could happen to you during the season.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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