Farming Seafood.

first_imgIt’s OK with Downer, though. He already has most of them sold long before harvest. Mostof them, he said, will wind up on dinner plates in Webster County.Burtle said the key question for any farmer interested in growing freshwater shrimp isthe amount of shrimp they can produce. “Can you move from selling it to local freshmarkets,” he said, “and sell it wholesale?” He doesn’t know the future offreshwater shrimp farming in Georgia. But Burtle expects high interest in the appealingenterprise over the next few years. John Downer looks over his first “crop” of freshwater shrimp. Photo: Joe Courson Hundreds of miles from any coastline, John Downer is trying to make sure shrimp loversget all they want. The Webster County farmer is growing shrimp in fresh water in hishomemade tanks in southwest Georgia. “It should take between 160 and 170 days,”Downer said, looking forward to his first shrimp harvest.Growing freshwater shrimp has caused a new wave of interest as farmers look forsomething they can grow to make a profit. It looks simple enough from an equipment pointof view. But University of Georgia expert Gary Burtle tells farmers it takes a new way ofthinking.”You have to be a management-minded producer to get above-average yields,”said Burtle, an Extension Service aquaculture scientist with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. Production Promise May Be UnrealisticBurtle has been interested in growing shrimp for the past 20 years. Now, he has hisfirst shrimp-growing demonstration at the National Environmentally Sound ProductionAgriculture Lab in Tifton, Ga.The freshwater shrimp industry has been hyped with big promises of as much as 1,500pounds of shrimp per acre, Burtle said. But he tells farmers not to believe theadvertisements. His research shows Georgia farmers are more apt to make about 600 pounds.”Prices range from $7 to $10 per pound at the pond bank for live, large shrimp,”he said.Consumer acceptance of freshwater shrimp could be a determining factor, along withconsistent production at the farm, in deciding whether farmers make money growing shrimp.”Freshwater shrimp are very similar when they’re fresh — that is, to fresh saltwatershrimp,” Burtle said.Shrimp Farmers Must Be MarketersFarmers getting into the fresh shrimp business must keep in mind that most shrimp comefrom Latin America and Asia. American producers compete on the world market. Burtle saidfarmers have to do more than just grow the shrimp. They have to market what they grow, andthey have to promote freshwater shrimp. And many farmers don’t feel comfortable doingthat.center_img They look like their ocean kin, and experts say farm-raised freshwater shrimp taste like them, too. Photo: Joe Coursonlast_img read more

Black Shank Disease

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension research trials of new tobacco varieties could help farmers reduce the level of black shank disease in their fields to 15 percent, according to Tony Barnes, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension agent in Atkinson County, Georgia.If the research proves successful, Georgia tobacco farmers who plant these new varieties could save as much as $1,463 per acre as compared to farmers who grow varieties impacted by black shank disease.“We are seeing success in some of the newer varieties, but in a severe year, it doesn’t matter what the variety is, black shank will eat it up,” Barnes said. “We are getting better responses from these varieties, though.”Black shank is a fungus that turns the tobacco plant yellow as it slowly wilts and dies. The disease spreads through the field and to other fields through water and equipment. Chemical treatment programs must be applied to ensure older tobacco varieties withstand the disease, which can wipe out a crop under the right conditions, according to Barnes.UGA scientist Paul Bertrand, who studies tobacco diseases on the UGA Tifton campus, recommends growers plant varieties like CC-143, NC-925, NC-938, CC-1063 or GL-925 in fields with a history of black shank disease.“A farmer generally makes about $4,180 per acre. If the farmer takes a 50 percent loss due to black shank, which is not uncommon with some of our older varieties, the financial return is reduced to $2,090 per acre. That is just not profitable after input costs are calculated,” Barnes said.UGA Extension’s research goal is to reduce the loss from black shank disease to 15 percent. Farmers can sustainably produce tobacco with low levels of black shank disease, Barnes said.The weather plays a role in treatment applications in severe years. Since black shank moves upward through the tobacco plant, chemical applications must be made to the base of the roots. The roots must then absorb the treatment before it leaches out. If it rains, farmers can’t get into the field to apply the treatments, leaving their plants vulnerable.“There are varieties that are not resistant, but the growers like them because of how they grow and cook out. However, if they plant those varieties in a field that is infected with black shank, they’re probably going to lose a lot of their crop,” Barnes said.Barnes advises growers to stay out of fields with a history of black shank disease for at least two years, but preferably for four to six years.  Additionally, UGA Extension experts advise growers to clean their tractors, equipment and trucks before moving from one field to another field to avoid spreading the fungus.In 2015, Atkinson County farmers cultivated 582 acres of tobacco. The county ranked ninth in Georgia for tobacco production, with a farm gate value of more than $2.4 million.Georgia-Florida Tobacco TourGeorgia tobacco farmers can learn more about black shank disease during the Georgia-Florida Tobacco Tour, which is set for June 12-14. The tour will visit the UGA Tifton campus, where participants will learn about tobacco research on Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14. To learn more or to register for the event, visit read more

CUNA, leagues bring credit union difference to NCSL Summit

first_imgCUNA and state credit union leagues are on the ground this week at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit in Chicago to demonstrate the credit union difference to more than 5,000 attendees. During the four-day summit, CUNA and the leagues will be advocating with state lawmakers on an array of topics, including taxation and data security.“It’ll be a very busy and exciting week here in Chicago, and it’s an important way for CUNA and the state credit union leagues to highlight what we do interdependently in terms of state government advocacy,” said Ryan Donovan, CUNA’s chief advocacy officer.If two-thirds of states in attendance approve policies that come out of NCSL’s 8 standing committees, the policies become part of the NCSL’s efforts to fight pre-emption of state laws by federal laws.CUNA will be participating in meetings and sessions of the NCSL’s Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce committees, as well as the State and Local Taxation task force. CUNA’s goal during the meetings is to ensure no policies that come out of NCSL would harm credit unions. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CUNA backs HMDA proposed changes, urges additional relief measures

first_img continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA supports proposed changes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) rule, but expressed concerns about the impact of the rule itself, and offered several suggestions to ease the regulatory burden on credit unions. CUNA is particularly concerned with the lack of information about what collected data will be made public, and in what format it will be made available.“We support the CFPB’s efforts to fix known issues with the 2015 HMDA Final Rule,” CUNA’s letter reads. “However, the CFPB can and should go much further in addressing known issues with this rule.”To fix the HMDA rule, CUNA suggested the CFPB:Delay the effective date of the HMDA final rule for at least one year or until CFPB has articulated which data points will be made public and in what format (with input from the public under notice and comment procedures);Conduct a study regarding the impact on consumer privacy resulting from information made publicly available under HMDA and the potential for identity theft;last_img read more

4 ways to help your credit union members during tax season

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Naomi Anderson Naomi Anderson is Vice President of Prepaid for LSC. In her current role, her team manages the day to day program support, customer service functions and implementations as well as … Web: Details Reach out to credit union members during the stressful tax season to ease anxiety and help build financially savvy members.  There are a handful of times throughout the year when the general public is stressing out over money, none more universal than tax season.  Put four simple elements into practice in 2020 to help members prepare for April 15:Go Digital:Use digital channels, like social media and email, to offer tax preparation tips.  Create a weekly “Tax Tip” and provide the steps necessary to be prepared each week.  Share the tips with an email campaign that focuses on easing financial stress.  Create video for social media with tax tips to increase social engagement and remind members of the value of credit union membership.Partnerships: Does your credit union partner with services or vendors who can help in tax preparation?  Compile a list of your recommended partners who can step in to help.  By promoting partnerships, members are reminded of the value of the credit union and see it as a true financial partner.  Create a visually appealing document to email members and offer it as a resource in your branches.Events: Host a tax preparation themed financial literacy event in-branch to hold member’s hands through the preliminary steps.  Offer a preparation checklist and host a Q&A on best tax preparation practices to ensure members are duly prepared.  Highlight the partnerships available to ease tax stress, too!  Events create an opportunity to upsell a credit union’s financial advisors or wealth management offerings to members.Financial Guidance:According to the Fed’s Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (SHED) Report of May 2018, 26% of people are finding it difficult to get by or are just getting by financially.  Now more than ever is the right time to promote credit union financial advisors and wealth management products and services.  Before tax returns roll in, sit down with members and offer suggestions for improving 2020 financially. You can offer advice on:  creating budgets, savings accounts, and investing for retirement.  Present safe financial management tools that support savings, like Prepaid cards by LSC, to establish trust and provide value for every credit union member.  When credit unions offer a wide range of products and services, loyalty is nurtured and members see the value of membership.As we all know, the tax man cometh.  Every year, this season invokes stress and worry for millions of Americans.  It also creates an opportunity for credit unions to engage with membership in a valuable way by alleviating stress and helping to plan for a sound financial future.last_img read more

For the next three days, Biograd na Moru is the nautical center of Central Europe – Biograd Boat Show

first_imgFor the next three days, Biograd na Moru is a nautical center, all thanks to the Biograd Boat Show, which has long been positioned as the largest sea fair in Central Europe.Biograd Boat Show, organized and hosted by Ilirija dd, a tourist company from Biograd na Moru with more than 60 years of existence and activity in tourism and catering, as the largest Croatian and Central European fair at sea celebrates its 20 years of existence. In the previous nineteen years, it has established itself as a top nautical event, defining the city of Biograd na Moru and Zadar County as an unavoidable nautical center, and the fair itself as a congress of the nautical industry and tourism in Croatia. shipowners, manufacturers of ship and nautical equipment and diving tourism.The Biograd Boat Show is visited by 15.000 visitors every year, and more than 300 exhibitors exhibit about 300 vessels, over 1500 charter vessels, about 100 used vessels, as well as a large offer of marine equipment, engines, electronics and electricity for ships.More than forty years ago, Ilirija proved itself with a pioneering and visionary endeavor – the construction of the first nautical tourism port of the Kornati Hotel Port, from which the development of nautical and charter tourism in the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea began. Illyria proudly bears the title of a pioneer of nautical tourism. From that period until today, Biograd na Moru has become a center of nautical tourism on the Adriatic, which is annually visited by over 60.000 sailors from around the world.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”This year, the National Association of Shipbuilders (NMMA) from the USA will present itself at Biograd B2B, which in addition to ship manufacturers also represents manufacturers of equipment and marine engines, as well as similar associations from Great Britain, Italy and Norway, which will further strengthen the international character. fair which, in addition to leading European representatives of the nautical industry from this year, will also include exhibitors from North America.In the last two years, Ilirija has been intensively developing the “Biograd B2B” platform, which aims to strengthen the business character of the fair, stronger interaction between business visitors and exhibitors, and strengthen its business activities and business networking that do not require exhibition space. Biograd B2B includes a rich congress program held in cooperation with the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. In addition to congress events, the Biograd Boat Show is recognized as a fair that intensively encourages business networking and meetings, but also a fair with a rich entertainment program such as B2B Bash party, which will be held on Friday, October 19.10.2018, XNUMX.See the full program of the event in the attachment: BBS 2018 PROGRAMHGK Nautical DaysThe goal of the 2nd HGK Nautical Day is to take advantage of the large representation of exhibitors, vessels and equipment of the nautical sector in one place before the end of the nautical season and to educate, communicate and collect information on key topics affecting maritime and nautical tourism. The concept of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Nautical Days includes, in addition to the sessions of professional nautical associations and communities of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, numerous professional presentations.The participants will be addressed by the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Agriculture and Tourism Dragan Kovacevic te Secretary of State in the Ministry of Tourism Tonči Glavina.  State Secretary for the Sea from the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Maja Markovčić Kostelac will present new legislation for nautical tourism and maritime affairs, while the director of the Main Office of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić present the results of the nautical season 2018 and the promotion of nautical tourism in 2019.Side dish: Program 2. Nautical days of the Croatian Chamber of Commercelast_img read more

One injured as three-story rooming house collapses in South Jakarta

first_imgA three-story rooming house in the Pela Mampang district of South Jakarta collapsed on Saturday morning.The Jakarta Police, through its Twitter account @TMCPoldaMetro, said the house on Jl. Bangka Barat IV had 20 rooms.08:24 Rumah Kost 3 lantai dan ada 20 pintu kost2an ambruk di Jl. Bangka Barat IV RT. 03/07 Kel. Pela Mampang #Jakarta Selatan, saat ini msh penanganan Polri.— TMC Polda Metro Jaya (@TMCPoldaMetro) February 8, 2020“Police are currently handling the situation,” Jakarta Police tweeted on its official Twitter account. Police have yet to determine the total number of people residing in the house. At least one person was injured in the incident, according to media reports.The police are still investigating the cause of the accident. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

PREMIUMIndonesia’s biofuel plan in limbo as problems in sugarcane production mount

first_imgTopics : Indonesia biogasoline Energy-Mineral-Resources-Ministry bioethanol-mixed-gasoline-E10 biodiesel sugarcane-farmers sugar-production LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Indonesia’s plan to roll out sugarcane-based biogasoline will miss another deadline this year as upstream problems in the country’s sugarcane heartland remain unsolved.The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry issued five years ago a regulation mandating the nationwide use of 10 percent bioethanol-mixed gasoline (E10) starting this year, an increase from 2 percent in 2015, yet the target has still not been achieved.The biogasoline will be made from molasses, a byproduct of sugar production. However, a sugarcane farmers association in East Java, a province that accounts for half of domestic production, told The Jakarta Post that crop productivity had actually been falling over the past four years.“For bioethanol, the challenge is economic feasibility. [High] molasses prices and [low] sugarcane productivity makes ethanol’s main raw ingredient quite expensi… Facebook Google Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? Linkedinlast_img read more

Closing time for some California bars as US posts record COVID cases

first_imgTopics : The surge in COVID-19 cases has been most pronounced in several Southern and Western states that did not follow health officials’ recommendations to wait for a steady decline in cases before reopening their economies.For a third consecutive day on Saturday, the number of confirmed US cases leapt by more than 40,000, one of the largest surges in the world. In many of these states, people under 35 have accounted for a large percentage of new cases. More tests are also coming back positive, up to 25% in some areas.Even in states where cases have been declining for weeks, bars have been a source of outbreaks. One bar in East Lansing, Michigan has been linked to more than 85 cases, according to local health officials who say that number is likely to rise.In addition to bars, Texas shuttered tubing and rafting business on Friday to try to avoid crowds like those seen on Saturday in Arizona along the Salt River east of Phoenix. As temperatures rose to above 100 Fahrenheit (38 Celsius), dozens of people climbed into inflatable inner tubes with coolers and took to the water to escape the heat. Very few wore masks.Some beaches in Florida are also closing ahead of next weekend’s Fourth of July holiday, which would have drawn large crowds.In Arizona, cases have risen by 267% so far in June and jumped by a record 3,857 cases on Sunday, the eighth record-breaking increase this month. Georgia reported a record increase of 2,225 cases on Sunday. Fifteen states, including California, Florida and Texas, saw record rises in cases last week.Wear a maskJust a day after he sounded a note of optimism about the US response to the pandemic and said the country was in “a much better place,” Vice President Mike Pence canceled events to campaign for Republican President Donald Trump’s re-election in Florida and Arizona due to the outbreak, campaign officials said on Saturday.On Sunday, Pence traveled to Texas and attended a service at the First Baptist Church of Dallas where a 100-member choir sang without masks. Pence did wear a face covering while sitting in the audience, according to a video.In early March, a church choir in Washington state gathered for a rehearsal before the state issued a stay-at-home order. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 87% of the singers developed COVID-19. Two members of the choir died.Pence urged Texans to follow local laws requiring masks and said towns and counties in about half the state are requiring face coverings in public. Pence has defended Trump’s refusal to directly ask all Americans to wear masks.Global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday according to a Reuters tally, marking a major milestone in the spread of the respiratory disease that has so far killed almost half a million people in seven months.center_img California on Sunday ordered some bars to close, the first major rollback of efforts to reopen the economy in the most populous US state as cases nationwide soar to record levels day after day.Governor Gavin Newsom’s order for bars to close in Los Angeles and six other counties followed moves by Texas and Florida to shut all their bars on Friday. Public health officials in California and throughout the nation have identified bars as the most risky non-essential businesses currently open, the state said.Consuming alcohol reduces inhibitions that leads to less compliance with wearing masks and keeping apart, health officials warn. Bars are also generally noisy, requiring patrons to shout, which spreads droplets more widely.last_img read more

Dutch parliament enables small pension pot transfers

first_imgWouter KoolmeesWouter Koolmees, the new minister for social affairs, estimated the number of these very small pensions at more than 200,000.However, parliament decided that the option to refund small pensions would remain in case a pension fund had tried five times in vain to transfer rights to a new provider.At the request of parliament, Koolmees indicated he would try to find out whether it would also be possible to transfer small pension entitlements to a participant’s previous provider. The Dutch parliament has passed legislation enabling pension funds to transfer small savings pots to a new provider after a member changes jobs, allowing them to accrue benefits at a new scheme.Previously, pension funds had to repay the member’s contributions if their pension rights amounted to less than €468 a year, in order to avoid proportionally high administration costs.However, workers who have been refunded in this manner are facing lower benefits at retirement.As of 1 January 2018, pension funds can automatically transfer small pension entitlements to the assets that are being accrued at a new pension fund. The new option doesn’t apply to pension rights of less than €2, which will be added to a scheme’s collective assets.last_img read more