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Farmers get inspired at 30th NOFA conference

first_imgThe Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) Winter Conference has long been a key educational and inspirational gathering for Vermont’s farmers. The 30th annual conference, taking place February 10-12, 2012 at the University of Vermont in Burlington will be no exception ‘ with extra emphasis on the inspiration.After a particularly challenging year, Vermont’s growers are looking forward to the opportunity to exchange ideas, learn new techniques, and create connections. The NOFA-VT Winter Conference brings together farmers, educators, researchers, and more to build knowledge and tackle hard questions ‘ like how to create a vibrant and resilient food system in the face of climate change and a struggling economy.On Saturday, keynote speaker and local extension expert Vern Grubinger will share his vision of the future of Vermont’s food system. ‘The resilience of Vermont’s food system is challenged by many factors, including climate change and weather extremes, reliance on fossil fuel, loss of good farmland, and consolidation of food processing, distribution and retailing,’ says Grubinger. ‘Strategies for addressing these challenges are emerging as part of an ongoing transformation in how people think about food. This presentation will highlight some of these strategies and the farms involved with them, celebrating the progress being made and suggesting new actions for the future.’Over 30 of the weekend’s workshops are intended for commercial farmers and will cover topics such as Produce Safety, Farm Finance, Flood Recovery, Alternative Energy, Pasture Management and much more. In addition, day-long seminars on Friday will address Advanced Orchard Health for Sustainable Fruit Production, Nose-to-Tail Butchery, Organic Beekeeping, Renewable Energy Options, and Weed Management in a Wetter, Warmer Climate.About NOFA Vermont: NOFA Vermont is member-based organization working to grow local farms, healthy food, and strong communities in Vermont. Our members are farmers, gardeners, educators and food lovers of all sorts ‘ anyone who wants to help us create a future full of local food and local farms. Our programs include farmer and gardener technical assistance, farm to school support, organic certification, advocacy, an online apprentice and farm worker directory, an annual Winter Conference, and programs that work to ensure access to fresh, local food to all Vermonters, regardless of income.last_img read more

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Bill would enhance federal regulators’ cybersecurity programs

first_img continue reading » Protecting Americans’ financial and other personal information no matter what entity possesses it is of utmost importance to credit unions, CUNA wrote to House Financial Services Committee leadership Tuesday. The committee conducted a markup of several bill starting Tuesday, including the CUNA-supported Cybersecurity and Financial System Resilience Act (H.R. 4458).“America’s credit unions support efforts to ensure that the entire financial services sector has proper cyber safeguards in place and this effort should extend to the sectors’ regulators,” the letter reads. “H.R. 4458 would require the sectors’ regulators to each issue an annual report to Congress describing measures the respective agency has taken to strengthen cybersecurity with respect to its functions as a regulator, including the supervision and regulation of financial institutions and, where applicable, third-party service providers.”The Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) requires regulators to develop, document and implement an agency-wide program to provide information security for systems that support the operations and assets of the agency. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Hoyer, Total launch LNG-truck trial project

first_imgHoyer Group, the Hamburg-based logistics, has taken delivery of an LNG-fueled Iveco truck for its trial project starting in October. In cooperation with Total Deutschland, Hoyer’s business unit Petrolog will trial the LNG-fueled truck when making deliveries to Total’s service stations in the Hamburg and Bremen region from October onwards, Hoyer said in a statement.Speaking of the reasons to launch the trial project, managing director of the business unit Petrolog in the Hoyer Group, Mark Binns, said, “Despite being more expensive to buy, we are convinced by the truck’s positive environmental and operational benefits.”The company aims to reduce its CO2 emission produced by vehicle operation by 25 percent per ton-kilometer by 2020.The LNG-fueled truck will deliver fuel to Total’s stations that Hoyer has been servicing since 2016.Total’s logistics director Stefan Küfner noted the company is increasingly involving itself in using LNG in the transport of goods by road. He added the cooperation with Hoyer will provide Total with further experience in the daily use of LNG trucks.The truck, which has been configured specifically for deliveries to service stations, will be tested in existing intensive delivery operations over the next six months, Hoyer said.last_img read more

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McDowell profits amid WGC carnage

first_img First-round leader Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan will head into the weekend at the top of the leaderboard. McDowell was level with the card, and four other players, including countryman Rory McIlroy and Wales’ Jamie Donaldson, as the former US Open champion showed almost peerless control in the tricky conditions. McDowell steadily combined two birdies with just a single bogey as Donaldson – who shot a round-best 70 – and American Chris Kirk were the only others to pick up shots during the round. Former world number one McIlroy was notably sat level with McDowell on the leaderboard after he fought back after initially appearing like he might go the same way as his higher-profile rivals. The 24-year-old, who lost a play-off at the Honda Classic last weekend, went out in 40, but recovered after the turn with three birdies to signed for a two-over 74. Limiting the damage was the primary concern for every player as the new-look Miami course bared its teeth. Remarkably more than 100 balls found the water during the second round with Woods and Scott the most significant casualties. Both resumed their weather-delayed first rounds in the morning, and both made nightmare starts. Strong winds blew the scoring of nearly every player into the red – most notably the world’s top two Tiger Woods and Adam Scott – with McDowell’s one-under round of 71 enough to lift him a shot off the lead. The Northern Irishman trailed a quartet of Americans, who shared the lead on one under, and were the only players to reach halfway with a minus score. Graeme McDowell was one of just three players to make up ground during a brutal second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship as the re-designed Blue Monster course claimed some notable scalps in Doral. Scott dropped six shots in his first five holes – including a pair of double bogeys – while Woods leaked four shots in as many holes. Things hardly improved when they began their second rounds either, but both battled their way to ensure they just asurvived the cut. Scott’s 73 left him on four over, while Woods is a stroke further back after he went around in the same score. Defending champion Woods was able to offer one highlight in an otherwise dour round, as he sunk a monster 91-foot putt for birdie – the longest on the PGA Tour for five years – at the par-three fourth. Phil Mickelson, another winner at this course before the changes, also had to grit his teeth to make the weekend after a hat-trick of double bogeys at the start of his round. The left-hander immediately fought back with two of his five birdies in a round of 75 that left him five over for the tournament. Press Associationlast_img read more