Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Earlier this week a University of Michigan Water Center study focused on the Maumee River Watershed was released and has caused more than a few ripples in the ongoing agriculture blame game with regard to Lake Erie water quality.The study used computer modeling to look at different management and policy scenarios that could achieve the goals set to reduce phosphorus levels entering Lake Erie by 40%. The policy alternatives described as “most promising” by Jay Martin of Ohio State University (co-author of the study) included increased use of the existing best-management practices and conversion of croplands to switchgrass or other grasses. One possible scenario that the study determined could achieve the 40% reduction goal suggested removing nearly 30,000 acres in the watershed from agricultural crop production.“The study really criticizes Ohio farmers for not implementing best management practices on managing the nutrients and fertilizer they put on the land. We’re really concerned about that. We know that Ohio farmers are doing the best they can to keep the nutrients on the field. We felt that this study was kind of a punch in the gut to Ohio farmers and we really feel like we need to punch back,” said Kirk Merritt, with the Ohio Soybean Council. “We don’t think it is even good research. It is essentially a bunch of computer simulations and from that they are extrapolating new policy and new mandates that we really think would be a detriment to Ohio agriculture and the farmers that we represent.”Listen to the full conversation between Merritt and Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo regarding the research.Kirk Merritt Michigan Study responseThe study quickly generated agricultural blame for Lake Erie’s water woes. The Associated Press had a story on the study that generated headlines such as this: “Report: Farmers doing too little to stop Lake Erie algae.” In the AP story, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Joe Cornely was critical of the limited focus of the study to agriculture in a specific region, but Cornely’s more agriculturally friendly (and reality-based) sentiments near the end of the story were largely swamped in the mire of algae-panic-inducing policy promoters.When talking about the interview and subsequent AP story, Cornely expressed more dissatisfaction with the research.“Our biggest concern with the report is that it proposes some very impractical solutions that could have severe economic and social consequences. Worse, it creates unrealistic expectations among the public. There are no scenarios under which the problem gets fixed immediately,” Cornely said. “Another concern is that it singles out the Maumee watershed, which according to the Army Corp of Engineers, contributes 40 percent of the nutrient load. Why give the impression that the whole problem can be fixed solely by farmers in a single geography?”The Columbus Dispatch version of the story included this first sentence: “Farming practices in western Ohio must undergo major changes if there is any hope of reducing the toxic algae blooms that plague Lake Erie every summer, according to a new study.”Jeff Reutter, the former director of Ohio State University’s Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory, was quoted in Dispatch story saying: “Based on the report, it seems foolish for anyone to say ‘We only want to do this voluntarily.’…I think we’re at the point that we have to recognize that you can’t do it only voluntarily. … So what kind of policies do we need, including regulations, incentives, whatever they might be, to get that amount of participation?”Needless to say, the Ohio agricultural organizations that have collectively contributed millions of dollars in funding to address agriculture’s role in water quality issues were less than pleased with the general tone of the stories that have been widely circulated since the release of the University of Michigan study. Chad Kemp, President of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association and Adam Graham, President of the Ohio Soybean Association worked together on this joint statement on the study.“A recent study released by the University of Michigan has received significant attention. Ohio Corn & Wheat and the Ohio Soybean Association have major concerns about the unrealistic, one-size-fits-all approach of the study and the calls for additional regulations.“The study’s authors also charge that Ohio farmers will not voluntarily adopt practices necessary to protect water quality. We know farmers have already done so.“We are very disappointed that a representative of The Ohio State University (OSU), who co-authored the study, stated that the ‘most promising’ scenario was to reduce food grown in our state by eliminating farmland equal to the size of Dayton, hurting many small family farms. This is unrealistic, disregards the positive economic impact of grain farming in Ohio, and the need to grow food for a growing population.“The study relies on computer simulations that apply blanket practices over the watershed, which is unrealistic and impractical. The study did not take into account current adoption of conservation practices or the fact that some practices work best in certain geographies. In order to achieve real success, farmers need to be able to customize their conservation choices to what fits best for their farm. Farming is not a one-size-fits-all practice.“With support from farmers, Ohio has adopted unprecedented mandatory policies, such as a fertilizer applicators’ licensing program, and is leading the country through cooperation among stakeholders and a proactive approach toward tackling this challenge.“A survey of Ohio grain farmers shows an 88% increase in farmers adopting grid sampling to test their soil and a 184% increase in the awareness and adoption of the 4Rs of nutrient management (right source, right rate, right time, right place) in only the past two years. Farmers currently implement multiple practices on their farms, yet the scenarios in the study only account for a few of the options available.“Through the hands-on work of Dr. Elizabeth Dayton, a researcher with OSU, we are gaining invaluable insights from real farms that take all practices into account. Her research shows that farmers are taking the right first step, and there is tremendous opportunity to make additional voluntary changes that will reduce runoff.“Sustainability is more than just environmental quality. It’s about finding the right balance of environment, economics and a reliable food supply. We need to take a measured approach to solving this challenge and not waste time and resources on studies that do not yield information that is applicable to real farms. It is also foolish to recommend policy changes without on-farm data.We all share the same goal of reducing the impact of runoff on Lake Erie. Farmers have repeatedly shown through their actions and their funding priorities that they are focused on this issue. Research, modeling, and asking the right questions can lead to solutions, but it must be based on the changing conditions that challenge farmers every single day.“Ohio grain farmers will continue to champion reasonable and responsible solutions to preserve and improve water quality.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Kirk MerrittThe Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) has named Kirk Merritt Executive Director of the grassroots policy and member-driven organization to begin March 6. Merritt currently serves as the Executive Director of the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC), which manages soybean checkoff dollars, and will continue in that role.The announcement follows the departure of Adam Ward, who had served as OSA executive director and OSC director of marketing and outreach since 2010. Ward left the organizations to pursue an opportunity at The Ohio State University (OSU) as the Government Affairs Director for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.“We want to thank Adam for his dedication to our organization and his help in raising our level of recognition at the Statehouse and Washington, D.C. We look forward to working with him in his new role,” said Todd Hesterman, OSA president and Henry County soybean farmer. “To build on the progress made, we believe there is no better candidate than Kirk who has already been working with OSA and has done great work for OSC.”Merritt joined OSC in June 2007 as International Marketing Director and Director of Outreach and Programs for the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF). In 2009 he was promoted to Executive Director of both organizations. He has worked closely with the OSC Board of Trustees to advance OSC’s mission of enhancing profit opportunities for Ohio soybean farmers. Prior to the Ohio soybean organizations, Merritt was the Director of the International Trade Division in the Ohio Department of Development leading a team with offices in Ohio and eleven international markets. Kirk holds a B.A. from Manchester University and a M.A. from OSU.Merritt looks forward to tackling his new role and keeping the missions of all three organizations, OSA, OSC and OSCF, in sync with the growing and changing agricultural industry.“Agriculture is an extremely exciting industry to be in right now,” Merritt said. “Technology is advancing and being adopted at a rapid rate. U.S. and international consumer demographics are changing. Legislative priorities and policies are in flux. I am looking forward to the challenge and can’t wait to get started. My first goal for OSA is to continue the good work that was done over the past several years and build on that for the future.”In addition to the change at the executive level, OSA and OSC are expected to announce and begin accepting applications for an additional staff position soon.
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New Delhi, May 16 (PTI) Usha International Limited, one of Indias leading household consumer durable brands, has been associated with the Junior Training Programme (JTP) of the Delhi Golf Club since 2006 with the aim of introducing golf to youngsters. The prgramme, targetting age groups of 8 and 17 years, is aimed at discovering and nurturing talented juniors. This years JTP is slated between May 15 and June 23. The 31st edition of the JTP is divided into four camps (each of 10 day duration) starting May 15, May 25, June 4 and June 14, respectively. Under the guidance of well-known A Category coaches, Vikram Sethi, Nonita Lall Qureshi, Anjali Chopra and Jasjit Singh, every participating kid will be trained on the basics of the sport. As per their ability and knowledge about the game, camps are divided into three levels of ability – advanced, intermediate and beginners. Speaking about the event, Komal Mehra, Events Head, Usha International said: “Usha is strongly committed to the development of golf in the country and thus continues to partner with the Junior Training Programme for golf with DGC for more than a decade now. “The success and popularity of this template has given rise to many similar programmes across the country. Designed to introduce children to the game of golf, as well as attract those who do not otherwise have access to a golf course, this programme is open to both members children as well as non- members.” PTI SSC SSC
VANCOUVER – Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has a message of reassurance for Canadians who may fear that legalization of recreational marijuana next week will come with a wave of negative consequences: It’s not as bad as you think.Washington and Colorado became the first U.S. states to broadly legalize recreational marijuana in 2012 and Inslee says few of the concerns expressed at the time became a reality.“The decriminalization of marijuana by all ways of judging it, I believe, largely has been a success in the sense that the fears of those who were not supportive of our efforts really have not been realized,” Inslee told reporters at the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference in Vancouver on Wednesday.“We’ve not had crime associated with it, we’ve not had adverse health effects, there is not evidence of significant increase in youth usage.”However, there is still a need for more research on traffic related issues and the state has struggled with impaired driving, he said.While Washington has not documented any increase in traffic accidents tied to an increase in marijuana consumption, Inslee said it has seen a rise in chemicals in drivers’ blood streams including alcohol, amphetamines and barbiturates.“That has happened, but we haven’t seen it necessarily tied to marijuana,” he said.Recreational marijuana will be legalized across Canada on Oct. 17.Inslee recommended that the various levels of government have strong regulatory frameworks in place, including packaging rules that ensure consumers know exactly what they’re getting — especially when edibles become legal in the future.He said Washington benefited by issuing only as many production and retail licences as it could handle, compared with other states that issued unlimited licences and created a “Wild West” environment.British Columbia Premier John Horgan said his government has taken cues from Washington state including limiting the number of licensed outlets but said transitioning to legalization is a “challenge.”A number of existing dispensaries will have to go through the process of being licensed again, he said.“Many are very well on their way to becoming recertified or re-established but that’s going to take some time and I think I would appeal to the public for patience and also to the providers for patience,” Horgan said.Horgan said law enforcement is focused on how to best manage impaired driving and he’s hopeful that governments will have more answers for the public soon.“That’s been an issue right across the country. When I talk to other premiers, that’s the highest priority.”
Kolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police nabbed a Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) racketeer on Thursday night near Sealdah railway station. He was carrying FICN worth Rs 2.5 lakh.According to sources, on Thursday afternoon sleuths got a tip-off that a person from Malda has reached Kolkata to deal in FICN. Working on the information members of anti-FICN team of the STF came to know that the suspect will come to Sealdah railway station area for the deal. Immediately, sleuths went to the area and started keeping strong vigil in and around the Sealdah railway station. Meanwhile, one of the official of the STF team got a call from his sources stating the location of the suspect. After being informed, the team rushed to the spot near Sealdah station and surrounded the suspect identified as Sahabul Shaikh of Kaliachak in Malda. During search sleuths found several Indian currency notes of Rs 2,000 denomination. Though it looked like original, sleuths had some doubts. Shaikh along with the notes was taken to the STF facility in Lalbazar. There sleuths checked the notes thoroughly and made sure that those are the fake ones. Shaikh was arrested immediately. After counting the money it was found that he was carrying 125 fake notes of Rs 2,000 denominations. Sleuths are interrogating him to nab the receiver of the fake notes.
New Delhi: BJP’s North East Delhi candidate Manoj Tiwari on Sunday held the Congress party responsible for failing to develop his constituency during its time in government, both in Delhi and at the Centre. Tiwari said that despite Delhi being the Capital of the country, governments prior to the Narendra Modi-led government have done nothing to develop North East Delhi.Other BJP candidates for the seven seats also had a field day launching scathing attacks at both the major opposition parties. At a public meeting in his constituency, South Delhi candidate Ramesh Bidhuri accused his AAP opponent Raghav Chadha of circulating fake news and trying to mislead people. Several of Tiwari’s public meetings were attended by former Congress leader Bhishm Sharma, who recently joined BJP. Sharma also leveled serious accusations against his old party. He said that after having been involved in politics for over 40 years, he was extremely disappointed to see his party try to ally with “an anti-national party” like AAP. Moreover, BJP’s Chandni Chowk candidate Harsh Vardhan also tore into Kejriwal for bringing up the full statehood demand for Delhi. While the incumbent MPs went about their campaigns, fresh entrant Gautam Gambhir got campaign help from Bhojpuri singer Pawan Singh, who addressed public meetings, seeking votes for the former cricketer.
Embed Code FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed This week on the show, Hot Takedown analyzes the data behind the New York Giants’ controversial No. 6 pick in the NFL draft, Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. Todd McShay, an analyst for ESPN, is skeptical of Jones’s NFL potential based on his performance under pressure. While we agree that the stats don’t paint a bright future for Jones in the NFL, we disagree on how best to assess his prospects.For our second segment, ESPN NBA analyst and FiveThirtyEight contributor Kirk Goldsberry joins the team to discuss his new book, “SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA.” Through detailed data visualizations, “SprawlBall” describes how the 3-point line has transformed the NBA and how it risks ruining the game’s future.In our Rabbit Hole of the Week, Geoff exposes his lifelong appreciation of (and poor betting record on) the Kentucky Derby. He explains the rationale behind voting for the favorite across sports and why he still won’t take his own advice.Here’s what we’re looking at this week:“SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA” by Kirk Goldsberry, illustrated by Aaron Dana.Patrik Stefan’s epic miss that broke Neil’s heart.FiveThirtyEight’s Josh Hermsmeyer devised a metric for projecting college quarterback success in the NFL.ProFootballFocus’s analysis of Duke’s Daniel Jones ahead of the draft.
Junior forward Tanner Fritz (16) passes the puck during a game against Niagara Nov. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 4-1.Credit: Ryan Robey / Lantern photographerWith junior forward Tanner Fritz’s return to the lineup came an offensive surge on the ice as the Ohio State men’s hockey team handed Niagara University a two-game sweep over the weekend.Fritz, who missed five games due to an upper-body injury he sustained in OSU’s loss against Bowling Green Oct. 15, was an offensive powerhouse for the Buckeyes (6-4-0, 0-0-0) with a goal and five assists.Coach Steve Rohlik said while Fritz performed well, his presence on the ice spurred some life in the team as they took on the Purple Eagles (1-6-1, 1-1-1).“Obviously, he’s proven himself over the last few years. He’s our quiet leader,” Rohlik said. “He’s not a rah-rah guy. He leads by what he does on the ice … He’s certainly a big part of our team, and as a coach, it’s nice to know he’s in our lineup.”Junior forward Max McCormick said Fritz’s versatility — being able to do everything, anywhere on the ice — is what sets him apart as such an important component of the Buckeyes’ lineup.“He does everything,” McCormick said. “He does the little things — he blocks shots, he chips pucks, he makes great plays, he snipes, he does it all — so it’s great having him back.”After the opening period Saturday, the Buckeyes led Niagara, 2-0, off goals from McCormick and junior forward Ryan Dzingel.OSU widened the gap in the second stanza, as freshman forward Nick Schilkey, junior forward Matt Johnson and Dzingel scored, giving the Buckeyes a 5-0 lead. The Purple Eagles answered at 8:30 with a goal from freshman forward Stephen Pietrobon, but McCormick canceled it out with another goal of his own at 15:00 to give the Buckeyes a 6-1 advantage.With the lead, OSU played more conservatively in the third period, and neither team scored. Overall, the game saw an aggressive OSU squad, who took 37 shots, compared to the Purple Eagles’ 16.The Buckeyes played the majority of the game without their starting goalie, freshman Matt Tomkins, who suffered and injury and was replaced by freshman Logan Davis at 3:44. Rohlik said Tomkins is “day-to-day,” and was pleased with Davis’ performance, in which he made 14 saves and allowed only one goal on the night.“Logan did fantastic,” Rohlik said. “That’s what we expect out of him. That’s why he’s part of this team, and that’s why he comes to practice every day. He works extremely hard, so we wouldn’t expect anything less.”McCormick said the Buckeyes handled the physicality of the game well, especially in faceoffs.“We want to win one-on-one battles and we want to out-compete the other team, and that’s what we focused on in practice, so we executed that well tonight,” he said.The first game of the series was held Friday, and the Buckeyes came out strong on their way to a 4-1 victory.The game remained scoreless until the second period, when Fritz put OSU on the board with a late-period goal, and Dzingel followed suit in the third with a goal of his own at 12:16. Senior forward Ryan Rashid of the Purple Eagles closed the gap with a goal at 18:17, but McCormick responded with a goal just 10 seconds later and then another at 19:27 with an empty Niagara net.After the game Friday, Fritz said his legs “were a little bit heavy at the start,” but once he got going, he was fine.Rohlik said the defensive unit, which only allowed two goals in the series, was as good as it could’ve been.”When you say ‘defense,’ I think that’s all five guys on the ice, and certainly I think it starts on that end,” he said. “We talk about offense, but everything starts from the D-zone. Our guys stepped up in that area — we blocked some shots from our forwards to our (defensemen).”The Buckeyes are slated to finish their homestand with a two-game series against Canisius Friday and Saturday. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m. in both games.
Find out how striker Gonzalo Higuain finally scored his first two Premier League goals for Chelsea against Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge.After not having the most ideal debut for Chelsea FC this past week at Bournemouth, Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain finally had his chance to prove why Maurizio Sarri brought him from Italian football.‘Pipita’ needed a more relaxed environment in order to get that confidence he required in order to start scoring goals for his new club, this version of the Blues was nothing like the one we saw at Vitality Stadium but they were playing against bottomers Huddersfield Town.This match would be very easy for Gonzalo Higuain to finally get his dream debut at Stamford Bridge, Sarri also decided to place Eden Hazard back on his left-winger position and the modification also paid off in the final result.The first half started with the Blues going all in for the first goal, it took the Blues over fifteen to find the right opportunity for Gonzalo Higuain’s killer instinct.The Argentine had already tried to land a few shots on target with no luck, but Kante was able to find him to get that first goal on the 16th minute of the match with a potent right-footed shot with practically no angle to take it..@G_Higuain 🙌 🙌 #CHEHUD pic.twitter.com/SwtktcAOEl— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019Eden Hazard scored the second goal just before half-time after the Blues got awarded a penalty, the Belgian winger was very active throughout the whole first half and manager Maurizio Sarri seemed satisfied with the overall performance thus far.Ross Barkley’s inclusion in the starting eleven was also a great idea from the manager, the English player was a perfect link between N’Golo Kante’s defensive tasks and Gonzalo Higuain’s danger area.This also gave Hazard more freedom to play on his preferred left flank without having to move to the middle because Ross had that space covered very well, the Belgian actually received a clinical assist from Barkley well into the second half and Eden moved past the goalkeeper with a beautiful dribble that gave him the space to score that third Chelsea goal.With the Blues’ number ’10’ already having a brace, Gonzalo Higuain was eager to get another goal that could give him even more confidence in a game that was already decided for Maurizio Sarri’s squad.This moment came only a few minutes after Hazard’s second goal, and it was something we weren’t ready for.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.⚽️⚽️ Double trouble! ⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/4LJpIbtvjV— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019Turns out that Gonzalo Higuain found a perfect partner in N’Golo Kante, the French midfielder provided him with a second assist just outside the box that ‘Pipita’ turned into pure magic.A long-range curler straight to the top corner left Higuain’s right foot, a perfect way for him to get his dream debut as a Chelsea player at Stamford Bridge.Manager Maurizio Sarri has a very special understanding of this player, they proved it during the Napoli days and it appears they might do it again at Chelsea this season.The final minutes were also good enough for one last goal for the Blues, Willian was slick enough to see David Luiz moving closer to him during a corner-kick and assisted his compatriot in order to get that final goal through a well-placed header.With this 5-0 result, Chelsea can finally breathe a little bit and salvage their Top Four position regardless of how Arsenal does on Sunday vs Manchester City.The heated discussion Maurizio Sarri had with the players after the Bournemouth defeat seems to have paid off, but the Blues still have to play against a more competitive squad and see if they really are back to form.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟#CHEHUD— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019How many goals will Gonzalo Higuain score for Chelsea this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.