Monday was the start of National School Lunch week and there was something to celebrate at Summit Street School in Essex Junction – a new milk contract that will provide 135 Vermont schools with milk that supports the health of our children, local farms and the environment.The Agency of Agriculture joined Vermont FEED, the Vermont Food Service Directors association to announce a new contract with Garelick Farms, based in Franklin, MA, that will provide schools with the choices they’ve been looking for, milk that comes from Vermont farms in 8 or 10 ounce recyclable plastic bottles and a chocolate milk formula with no high fructose corn syrup.”The sugar content of flavored milk can be a concern but this formula from Garelick farms, takes out the high fructose corn syrup and reduces the overall sugar content. They’ve also made sure kids still like it, and will drink it. It’s a good way to get more milk and more nutrients into our kids,” said Diane Bothfeld, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.The Vermont Food Service Directors Association (FDA) represents 135 schools in Vermont and has worked for nine years to find a milk supplier that would meet their requirements.”Due to the ability of the Food Service Directors Association to negotiate a competitive bid process and to distribute through our local food distributor we were able to bring Garelick into the picture in Vermont where it did not exist before,” said Bob Clifford, Food Service Director for Chittenden Central Supervisory Union and Co-Director of FDA.The new milk deal also provides greater support for our Vermont dairy farmers. Last year school milk contained about 40 percent Vermont milk, now 85 to 90 percent of the school milk comes from Vermont farms. The switch to Vermont milk is representative of the growing Farm to School efforts around the state. Abbie Nelson, Director of Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day) said, ‘More and more of the food in the 52,000 lunches served at Vermont schools every day comes from Vermont.’Deputy Secretary Bothfeld addressed third graders at Summit Street school about the importance of supporting local farmers and being healthy. ‘And you know what is really important, that when the milk tastes good and it is the right size, you drink more and I like that because I work with dairy farmers in Vermont and every time you guys drink more milk, they get sales and everyone does real well.”The new contract also allows schools to switch from non-recyclable wax coated cardboard containers to the recyclable plastic. “Recycling is good because if you just threw stuff away all the time it would take up the whole entire world,” said Oliver MacGillivary, a Summit Street student.It seems this switch is a win all around, thanks to the efforts of the Food Service Directors Association.Source: Vermont Agency of Agriculture
SHERIDAN, Wyo. – After nine years, new numbers will be written on the lineup board at Sheridan Speedway. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds will headline Friday shows at Sheridan this season. The 3/8-mile dirt oval had been idle since 2006 and car numbers were still visible on the infield whiteboard when cleanup and renovation work got underway.“I had raced there myself and it always sparked my interest to own my own track,” said Craig Draper, who purchased the speedway last December. “We’re revamping the entire facility. We have built all-new concessions and grandstand seating. This is an outstanding track.” Spectator parking will be expanded and an overflow area for the pits is in the works. Also planned is a static camera system that will allow drivers to watch the races on Youtube just minutes after they take the checkers. Opening night is May 8. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point races for the Modifieds continue through Aug. 28.“We’ve had an amazing group of volunteers here. It would have been so much more difficult without their help,” promoter Cary Smith said. “Businesses and people in the Sheridan community have donated their time and resources. It’s been overwhelming.” “What I like best about the Modified division is the drivers. They’re what racing is all about,” she added. “The action on the track is great but there’s so much more interest because of the personal connection fans have with the drivers.”Sheridan Speedway is part of IMCA’s Larry Shaw Racing Western Region.
Councillor Frank McBrearty will run for Fine Gael in the local council elections next month, Donegal Daily has learned.A leading party source confirmed to Donegal Daily that Fine Gael Headquarters in Dublin will add McBrearty to their ticket in the Stranorlar electoral area in the coming days.It follows numerous calls to the party offices from Fine Gael grassroots supporters in Raphoe, Lifford and across east Donegal. It’s also understood the party grassroots members have offered canvassing teams and support on the ground to Cllr McBrearty in the past 48 hours.McBrearty himself has remained silent on the issue but the move follows a meeting recently with the Fine Gael director of elections Tom Curran.It’s understood the Raphoe politician informed Cllr Martin Harley of the development two weeks ago.Harley and his supporters are opposed to the move with the Ballybofey-based publican threatening to quit Fine Gael over the issue. However one source said: “The Fine Gael grassroots in east Donegal want Frank. It’s as simple as that. He works hard for people in the area. Cllr Harley would be better working with him to help secure two seats in the Stranorlar electoral area. Everyone has great time for Martin and people are hopeful this can all settle down.”Earlier today Donegal TD and Cabinet Minister Joe McHugh praised both councillors and said he would welcome Cllr McBrearty into Fine Gael.Councillor Frank McBrearty to join Fine Gael in the coming days was last modified: April 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalElectionsFine GaelFrank McBrearty
“Every time I used … Not that you needed it, but here is yet another reason to like Dennis Eckersley, the Fremont product who did his best work in the employ of the Oakland A’s.But first, some background.Eckersley came to the major leagues in 1975, a cocky 20-year-old phenom, dripping with talent, with the world on the end of a string. Even at that, it took an impassioned plea from the Cleveland Indians manager to secure Eck’s spot on the roster.The manager’s name? Frank Robinson.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the current prices of most crops, I think the majority of growers would agree that profitability is high on their list of priorities. Critical to profitability is a healthy crop. Obviously, there are many variables involved in keeping a crop in top condition. Let’s look at several of the factors involved in keeping a plant functioning at full potential depending on the conditions.The first factor needed for optimum plant health is proper amounts of water — you know, not too much, not too little, just right. Mother Nature can keep growers wondering when the next rain will happen, while the ground is still black from the last rain. But, please don’t come so soon that the ground is water-logged, right? It is unnerving to have so much riding on timely rains, and when prices are low it seems like risks beyond our control are elevated.In areas that irrigate, it seems like life should be good. This is a controlled climate after all. Don’t be fooled, though. Irrigation can come with negative side-effects. First, if you irrigate, you are obviously in an arid or semi-arid climate, so evaporation rates can be high. Will equipment operate when it is most critical? Will my water source hold up? Whether lake, river or aquifer, most sources have their limitations. Plus, surface water sources have to be replenished and competition for stored water is heating up; whether it is used for recreation or to supply the growth for many desert metropolitan areas. If you don’t believe this is happening, just make a trip to California where they seem to be fighting annually for just enough water to keep permanent crops alive. Not enough water on a vineyard or almond orchard doesn’t just cost you a year of production, it can wipe out a lifetime of income potential.Then, if you have enough water to irrigate, the water can add issues to the soil. Almost no water source is as pure as rain and snow. Most other water sources bring elements that can accumulate in the top few inches of soil as the top layer filters the water on the way through. Sodium can be a common problem, but anything in the water can become excessive enough to cause problems if high amounts of water are needed and evaporation rates are high.Okay, enough about the value of quality H2O. Let’s move to the crop’s lifeblood — the soil. Climates have a big effect on this component of crop production. Rain falls through CO2 in the atmosphere and combines with water to end up a little (and I mean a little, not car-paint-ruining) on the acidic side of the pH scale. That sudden green-up that happens after a rain is often a direct benefit from a release of nutrients provided by the falling moisture. However, the more of this that is received, the more that valuable cations are flushed though the soil. These must then be replaced with lime to provide a good environment for microbes and plants to live.In arid areas, water movement is primarily upward due to evaporation. This often results in levels of cations that are too high in the soil surface. These can actually prevent water infiltration. Ever driven through a desert and see signs that say “watch for flash-flooding”? Seemed like a joke, didn’t it? But very high levels of cations left behind by evaporation causes water to sheet off during periods of rain, especially downpours. So the flash-flooding signs are no joke, just a reality that even moisture-starved soil may reject rain when the soil contains excesses. So could a limiting factor in crop production actually be a surplus of a nutrient that might otherwise be beneficial? It can be. Proper proportion is important.Regardless of what kind of environment a crop is produced in, most soils can be quite productive, contributing to profitability; maybe not assuring profits every year, but over the long haul. Soils that become acidic can be limed. Sulfur can be critical in soils with excesses. And in both of these, other nutrients can be affected. Most of these we can easily control with regular soil testing and diligent applications. For profitability during depressed price periods, producers need to fight the urge to forego liming or sulfur applications when they are needed. This money will have to be spent at some point and it is way better to keep up with these as needed then applying a bunch at one time.The next natural urge is to focus on a cheap nutrient just because the investment would be less. This is often nitrogen or potassium. But it is a poor use of capital to buy, and apply, a nutrient just because it is cheap if it isn’t limiting. Remember the part about excesses previously discussed in this article? Well, make sure to spend wisely. If an input is needed, then apply it. Mindful spending is critical in this current agricultural economy, but “mindful” is a long way from cheap. Mindful spending is smart. It requires discipline to avoid the tendency to save rather than spend smartly.Every producer must take the long-term approach to crop production. Profits are needed for short term survival, but healthy soils and crops are necessary for long term business building. Therefore, consistently good plant health is the way to long-term profits. Disciplined decisions are a critical part of this process.
Tags:#start#StartUp 101 sramana mitra Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… For this week’s One Million by One Million roundtable, we started off by announcing a new deal through which the 1M/1M-Persistent Systems partnership has decided to back Indian company, OrangeScape. So the first company I want to discuss today is OrangeScape, before I move on to today’s presenters. OrangeScape positions itself as an Application Platform As A Service (APaaS) provider, and has some marquee customers in India including Unilever, Citibank, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Sterlite. They will now be leveraging the 1M/1M-Persistent channel to go to market in the United States.What caught my attention as I started working with OrangeScape is their proven ability to plug a distinct gap in Google’s enterprise solution. As you know, the Google productivity apps portfolio is getting very good traction within enterprises, and through our Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing series, we’ve heard from various CIOs who are moving from Lotus Notes or Microsoft Exchange to Google’s Office suite. One of the primary drivers of the switch is cost. A second is collaboration.Currently, when enterprises switch to Google’s productivity suite, they still need to make provisions to move the large portfolio of home grown long tail productivity apps that have been developed around the previous system – Lotus Notes or Microsoft Exchange. And in comes the Google App Engine as Google’s offering in this context.Well, it turns out that to port long tail productivity apps to Google’s App Engine is a somewhat cumbersome job, and requires a lot of custom development. Building new apps is also not as simple.Enter OrangeScape.The long tail apps can easily be ported to or developed on Google App Engine in a third of the time and cost using OrangeScape as an application platform. Voila, the entire productivity suite of an enterprise can become cloud-ready, quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively!I have long been a champion of Indian product companies, urging the entrepreneurs to think beyond labor arbitrage and outsourcing. Today, I am thrilled to see that OrangeScape is emerging as a promising player in the Indian startup firmament, and reaching for global market penetration.Multi Angular Force GeneratorNext, Paul Croskrey with OBM Global pitched the Multi Angular Force Generator (MAFG), an alternative energy startup aiming to provide off-grid power. The MAFG claims to create huge amounts of horsepower and torque, enough to drive the largest generators made today. The MAFG Thermal Reactors utilize thermal storage tanks heated to high temperatures to produce steam allowing it to run a variety to operations ranging from waste purification to running steam turbines making electricity.Paul says that he wants commercial operations to use this off-grid power supply, and help companies like Wal-Mart save costs. Wal-Mart, in fact, is interested in testing the module at one of their warehouses.Paul’s bottleneck, however, is validation. He needs some knowledgeable and credible people to validate that the technology for which OBM already has issued patents, works, or at least has the potential to work. No investment is possible without that validation, whether it is government grants (and there is quite a bit of that available for clean energy projects) or angel or venture capital. It is not possible for financial investors to gauge the viability of this technology without some help from scientists and researchers.I advised Paul to find a scientist with enough credibility in this field, and invite him/her as a cofounder / Chief Scientist. This is an essential step that will be necessary for Paul to take. It is squarely in his critical path, blocking all sorts of financing options, and unfortunately, he cannot really make progress with this venture without some external financing. It’s simply a capital-intensive business that needs money.MomaresFinally, Marcos Menendez presented Momares, a nifty piece of technology to help small businesses market themselves through coupons delivered through opt-in SMS subscriptions. For his go-to-market strategy, Marcos has identified the bowling center market. He says that bowling centers are a booming sector, but they have a very specific problem: they lack traffic during weekdays. Well, Marcos, using his technology, believes he can increase weekday utilization by 200% – a very bold and robust ROI value proposition. I asked him to create a couple of success stories to validate the assumptions, and then do a very focused PR campaign in the blowing center industry.Of course, the solution applies to a much broader set of small business customers, making this an attractive business opportunity. I recently did a story on 3CInteractive that has built a $40M business based on a similar value proposition, but catering to large enterprises.Someone from the audience asked how Momares differs from Groupon. Well, to get the discount on Groupon, consumers have to do some work – recruit other consumers – whereas Momares offers a straightforward opt-in coupon to your favorite business, whether it is a spa, a restaurant, or a bowling center.Bottom line, I like this business!You can listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here.Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M) initiative, an educational, business development and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant, writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, is author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Photo by ilco
One of the major differences between people who are successful and those who struggle to create the success they want is that the successful never have to be told what to do, how to do it, or when to do it. They are self-starters who manage themselves and direct their work.If you study successful people, one thing that you’ll notice is that they’re self-directed. No one has to ask them to set a goal or to decide what outcomes they need to accomplish. Not only do they set their own goals, but the goals they set for themselves are far greater than the goals someone else would give them, were another person directing their work. They also do not need to be told the outcomes they need to generate to reach those goals. They do this for themselves.It is the rarest of occasions when a self-directed, successful person needs someone to tell them what they need to do. Successful people do not have learned helplessness, which means they are willing and able to figure things out for themselves. If they need help, or if they need to improve what they’re doing, they will find someone who is already producing the result they want, study that person, and ask that person for the coaching they need to be able to improve what they’re doing. Because they are self-directed, they find answers for themselves.If you look at any successful person, you will see that they are meticulous about their calendar. They track all of their commitments, and when something is due, they meet that deadline. They do not need to be told, reminded, or motivated by someone else to do the work. Their intrinsic motivation compels them to do what is necessary and propels them forward from one completed project to the next, without interruption, and without fail.People that struggle to create success tend to need someone to lead or manage their efforts. They need precisely the opposite of those who are successful and self-directed. They need someone to tell them what to do, how to do it, and when they need to have something completed. These people will complain of being micromanaged, but the reason they are being given the strong direction is that they’re not directing themselves already.Greater success is available to you. But to have it, you have to direct your own work, possess the discipline to do what’s necessary without being told, and produce the outcomes that success is built upon without having being asked to do so. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now