HAT Commentary: Farmers are Givers and not Takers

first_img Previous articleEU Continues to Say No to Ag in Trade Talks With the USNext articlePerdue Says the Likelihood of New MFP Payments Slim Gary Truitt HAT Commentary: Farmers are Givers and not Takers Facebook Twitter SHARE By Gary TruittThere is an old adage that goes, “a hungry man has one problem, and a well-fed man has many.” This is true in our American culture. Consumers walk into a grocery store and can choose from 50 different breakfast cereals, 30 different laundry detergents, and an entire row salty snacks. The produce department is filled with a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, no matter what the season of the year. The milk and meat cases are always full. Yet most people do not understand how this food gets delivered to their store and what it takes to produce it. Thus, when there are headlines announcing billions of tax dollars going to farmers for disaster aid, crop insurance, or Market Facilitation Payments, they see agriculture as takers and not as givers.However, recent research from the USDA reveals a different story. According to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, the average American spends 5% of their disposable income on food. Compare this to France where the average French person spends 13% of their disposable income on food. According to Perdue, when you multiply this by the population of the U.S., farmers give consumers $840 billion. These are dollars that, if it were not for our food and fiber production system, they would have to spend on food.Looking at it this way, the $40 billion spent on a wide variety of farm support programs looks like a pretty good deal. Yet that is not how it gets spun by the uninformed mainstream media or activist groups. The result is farmers are viewed as takers of handouts rather than the significant contributors they are.This is only one aspect of the contribution agriculture makes.  There also are the economic activity generated on the local and state levels, and the exports that are one of the few areas in which the U.S. has a positive balance of trade. Let’s face it, however, most people outside of agriculture just don’t care.Perdue, speaking to over 4000 farmers at Commodity Classic last week in San Antonio, made an impassioned plea for farmers to start speaking up. In his well-cultivated, good ole boy Georgia accent, he challenged those in attendance to start talking about the many positive contributions farmers make every day. He indicated this would be a major talking point and focus of USDA in 2020.It has been a while since we have seen this kind of focus from the USDA — not since the days of John Block and Earl Butz. Yes, other Ag Secretaries have been advocates for agriculture, but not to this extent. However, Perdue pointed out, he is just one voice. While his megaphone is larger than most of us have,  each of us still has an obligation to speak up and to paint a positive picture of our industry. Let’s face it, most of the messages people hear about agriculture are negative, not positive.While issues like GMOs and Antibiotics get a lot of attention, the root issue is food safety for most consumers. If they know their food is safe, how it is produced is not a top of mind issue compared to grocery store receipt. Food security and abundance  are also not issues for most, though not all, consumers. People expect their food retailers to always have full shelves, except the night before a forecast winter storm.  Telling consumers how all this is made possible by a profitable and free-market agriculture sector will help them understand that farmers are givers and not takers. SHARE By Gary Truitt – Mar 1, 2020 Facebook Twitter Home Commentary HAT Commentary: Farmers are Givers and not Takerslast_img read more

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Government to sign off on cost of water charges

first_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter The Cabinet will sign off on proposals for the cost of the water charge at a special meeting this morning.It’s understood the final figure could come in at under 250 euro – with a standing charge of about 50 euro.That’s likely to dominate the agenda – while Ministers will also discuss plans for Free GP Care for Under Sixes.The Government has been on the back foot in recent days and under increasing pressure to reveal the pricing strategy at Irish Water. Taoiseach Enda Kenny wants to retake the political initiative by signing off on proposals for the charge this morning.It’s understood the Government wants the charge to come in at under 250 euro – less than the 300 euro figure circulated in recent weeks – with a standing charge of about 50 euro.They’ll also decide on how much funding Irish Water will receive.Also on the agenda will be the contentious plans for Free GP care for the Under 6s – a plan which has come under renewed attack from doctors in recent weeks who say it s unworkable with current funding and staffing levels. News Government to sign off on cost of water charges Google+ By News Highland – April 16, 2014 WhatsApp Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleFears raised about the future of Lettermacaward Post OfficeNext articleVoters could be faced with new ballot papers News Highland Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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LIVE: St. Lucie County holding news conference on coronavirus

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England lead Spain in mixed international

first_img9 May 2015 England lead Spain in mixed international England made a strong start to this weekend’s mixed international at Burnham & Berrow in Somerset and take a four point lead into tomorrow’s matches.It’s the first time in the 30-year-history of the match that the teams have been mixed – and the women quickly made an impression.In the morning foursomes Bethan Popel had a hole-in-one on the 14th. Then, in the singles, Gemma Clews sealed a successful day for the team when, playing in the last match on the course, she fought back from three down to win on the 18th.She contributed to a 9½-5½ scoreline which included a host of other highlights on a testing day, when a stiff breeze blew relentlessly across the superbly prepared course.England had got off to a flying start in the match, winning four of the five morning foursomes. There were some big wins as the England players proved themselves better at coping with the tough conditions, notably from English amateur champion Nick Marsh and Michael Saunders who closed out their game on the 12th.In the afternoon the Spanish came out in determined mood and had the upper hand over the opening holes. But, as Graham Walker, the England men’s coach commented: “We managed to stem the tide and the first few matches were ours.”Ashley Chesters, the double European champion led the way in the singles with a 5/4 win which was especially notable for a run of three consecutive threes. He birdied the 12th, eagled the 13th and parred the 14th after his tee shot hit the pin and ricocheted off the green into a deep hollow, from which he played a magical pitch.Ashton Turner and Jimmy Mullen followed Chesters to get those important early points on the board. Turner had to wait until the 13th before he finally got ahead in his match, eventually winning 2/1. Mullen, by contrast, was never behind and dismissed his opponent on the 14th. Meanwhile, Nick Marsh battled away and secured a half point, despite having been two down after 10.Alice Hewson was a couple under par on the outward half and was another very comfortable winner, finishing 4/3. Then, attention focussed on Clews (image © Leaderboard Photography) who was clawing her way back, having been three down after 11.She won the 12th with a birdie, fired a super-accurate shot into the 13th to win that hole, and got back to all square with a solid par on 15. By now, a sizeable gallery which included fellow team players and officials, had gathered to watch her win 16 with another immaculate par.Both players missed makeable birdie chances on the short 17th and on the 18th they both ran through the green with their approaches. But, Clews chipped dead to secure the point for England.Women’s team captain Steve Robinson commented: “We set ourselves the target of not losing a session against Spain, who are a very strong team, and we’ve seen some great quality golf and some really good, battling performances from all the players in tough conditions.”Men’s team captain Graham Walker echoed him: “The standard of golf from the England players matched the warm welcome from Burnham & Berrow members and staff.“We got off to a great start this morning with all the players keeping the ball in play in blustery conditions and with some trick pin placings.“Overall it’s been a pretty good day for the England team.”last_img read more

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Take a Video Tour of Tumwater’s Old Brewhouse

first_imgFacebook1.1kTweet0Pin4 Submitted by Olympia Tumwater FoundationThe City of Tumwater, the Olympia-Tumwater Foundation, and Thurston Community Media have teamed up to produce a video tour of the Old Brewhouse. The Olympia Brewery was the community’s largest private employer for a significant part of the past century and many local residents have stories of a family member’s experiences working for the Brewery, including retired brewmaster Paul Knight.Knight hosts the video tour that features historic photos of the workers, the brewing process and the construction of the various buildings on the site. The video includes the founding Schmidt family and how their business made the slogan “It’s the Water” famous. The brewery is the last reminder of the flourishing riverside industries that once formed the heart of Tumwater. Knight describes the crucial role the Olympia Brewing Company played in the history of our community.Tumwater’s Old Brewhouse is an iconic landmark in the community, and influenced the design of many new buildings around the City. The six-story red brick tower is seen by tens of thousands of people each day from I-5. In its prime, the Brewery was a tourist destination, with some accounts that the company gave tours to 100,000 visitors each year. After the 2016 donation of the brick tower to the City of Tumwater, tours of the complex have been restricted in the interest of safety during renovation stages. The City of Tumwater has made preservation of the historic structure and revitalization of the brewing district a priority.last_img read more

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Kootenay Ice let one slip away, drop 4-3 decision to Fraser Valley

first_imgCoy Prevost of Kimberley and Ross Amour also scored for the Ice.Justin Bowerman scored twice to lead the T-Birds.Saturday, Kootenay, playing perhaps its best game of the season, scored a season high seven goals en route to the lopsided victory.“We had a fantastic game Saturday,” Wright exclaimed. “Even Sunday I thought the guys played very hard and deserved better.”Trevor Van Steinburg of Cranbrook scored twice to lead the Ice.Spencer McLean of Montrose, Ryan Neil of Fruitvale, Podgorenko, Nelson’s Sam Weber and Jacob Yuris of Trail also scored for the Ice.Provost, a Western Hockey League draft pick of the Saskatoon Blades, finished Saturday’s game with three assists.Jason Mailhiot and Carson Schamerhorn, both of Trail shared the netminding duties in goal during the weekend for Kootenay.Kootenay takes to the road for two very tough games Saturday and Sunday against the Vancouver Northwest Giants.The Giants hold down second spot in league standings, four points behind leading Okanagan Rockets.“This will be a very good test for us,” said Wright. “So we’re going to focus on having a great week of practice and work on our zone coverage in the defensive zone.” The Kootenay Ice missed a golden opportunity to climb the B.C. Hockey Major Midget League standings during a weekend home series.Costly penalties down the stretch proved to unravel the Ice, allowing the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds to escape with a 4-3 victory Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Kootenay, 3-9-2 on the season, remain a point behind Fraser Valley and five back in the race for the final playoff spot. The Ice opened the two-game set Saturday with a 7-3 victory in Nelson.“For the first time this season we got a little undisciplined and that cost us,” said Ice skipper Robbie Wright.“(Fraser Valley) is a big strong club and a couple of their guys started running around and got under our skin.”“But overall on the weekend I thought we played well, it was just a couple of bad penalties that really hurt us Sunday,” Wright added.Trailing 3-1 in the third, Nelson’s Justin Podgorenko pulled Kootenay to within a marker of Fraser Valley.However, the Ice took three penalties, two at the 9:34 mark of the third period with the Thunderbirds already being assess a minor penalty, to kill any momentum.last_img read more

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Cost of Passivhaus Compliance Is Sometimes Hard to Justify

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in In most climate zones, achieving the Passivhaus standard requires more expensive windows, higher insulation levels, and greater attention to air-sealing details than less stringent construction practices. It should come as no surprise that homes with these features cost more to build than homes complying with easier-to-meet standards.While fans of the Passivhaus approach usually concede these facts, they note that the added costs yield many benefits, including lower energy costs, better indoor air quality, and improved occupant comfort — and that these benefits justify the higher construction costs. A research study in Austria looked into this issue, and came to a surprising conclusion: occupants of non-Passivhaus apartments were just as comfortable as occupants of Passivhaus apartments. Moreover, when researchers compared the energy needed for space heating, both types of housing used about the same amount of energy. A multi-family project in Bregenz The research was conducted at a multifamily housing development in Bregenz, Austria, called Wohnpark Sandgrubenweg. The city of Bregenz is located in the Vorarlberg region of northwest Austria.The project consists of 76 apartments in four buildings, each four stories tall. The apartments range in size from 592 square feet to 1,076 square feet. The apartments are owned, not rented, by the occupants.Construction of the development began in 2005. The developers based the buildings’ design on green principles. For example, the underground parking garage includes a “bicycle service station” designed for do-it-yourself repair jobs. The garage also includes a “car-sharing stand.” (Further details on the car-sharing facility are not available.)Space heating and domestic hot water are provided by a central boiler fueled by wood pellets. A hydronic distribution system circulates hot water through in-floor tubing. Apartment owners pay for electricity and space heating based on meters that measure energy use in each apartment. Some of the… center_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

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