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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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Playtech offloads casual games subsidiaries

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Plus500 named as the main sponsor of Legia Warsaw August 10, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Related Articles Playtech Plc has offloaded its casual games subsidiaries FTX Games and Plamee Studios to US games publisher Tilting Point, following an undisclosed agreement.Games news sources report that Tilting Point has agreed to take over all major IPs and key employees of FTX Games and Plamee.In 2014, Playtech launched its Plamee casual games studio, a subsidiary division formed by its $20 million acquisition of YoYo Games. Following its acquisition of YoYo Games, Playtech acquired Funtactix – the founding company of FTX Games, a casual games publisher for entertainment franchises including The Hunger Games, Mission: Impossible, Power Rangers and Rocky. Launching Plamee, the former FTSE100 technology group stated that the casual games sector would be its next growth entertainment marketplace, having secured ‘peak capacity’ within gambling.Playtech’s venture into the casual games market coincided with the firm’s costly expansion into FX trading – in which Playtech undertook a series of multi-million acquisitions to develop its financial services division.However, having seen its share price nosedive from its 2018 highs and with the company unable to deliver on corporate expectations, Playtech investors demanded that the company refocus its business on the recovery of its gambling portfolio.Investor demands saw Playtech sell its 10% shareholding in FX platform Plus500 for $230 million, with the group underlining that all financial services assets had been placed under review as part of the firm’s wider restructuring.last_img read more