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first_imgUniversity of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead and Agriculture Commissioner of Georgia Gary Black were part of an annual farm tour that visited southeast Georgia on Wednesday, Oct. 2 to learn about the diverse makeup of the state’s agricultural industry.UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean Sam Pardue, Vice President for Government Relations Toby Carr and members of the Georgia General Assembly also participated. The group visited farms and agricultural businesses to learn about various crops such as citrus, cotton, peanuts and poultry — all of which contribute to agriculture being the No. 1 industry in the state.The state legislators included Sen. Jack Hill, Sen. John Wilkinson, Rep. Terry England and Rep. Tom McCall.“It is inspiring to see the many ways UGA faculty and staff help Georgia’s farmers, whether through groundbreaking research or expertise shared by our county Extension agents,” Morehead said. “To see the great impact up close is very impressive.”The 2019 farm tour marked the seventh year that Morehead has visited farms and connected with the state’s agricultural leaders. In an effort to fully understand the different challenges that Georgia’s producers face, the farm tour visits a different area of the state every year.“To understand Georgia agriculture is to grasp the importance of its diversity in this state. When we start thinking about the farm tour and what part of the state we want to visit, we make an effort to travel to the different regions of Georgia. In doing so, we see something different each time,” Pardue said. “Last year it was pecans in southwest Georgia, this year it was citrus and poultry.”The tour started at Franklin Citrus in Statesboro, Georgia. It is the largest citrus producer in Georgia and specializes in growing satsuma oranges. Satsumas are the most popular citrus grown in the state. Under the guidance of Jake Price, UGA Extension coordinator in Lowndes County, the expansion of Georgia’s citrus production started in 2013. As many as 70,000 trees were added this year.The tour also traveled to Cromley Farms and Bulloch Gin in Brooklet, Georgia, to learn about cotton and peanut production. Georgia is one of the nation’s largest cotton producers, with 1.4 million acres planted this year, marking the third-highest planted acreage of the past decade. Georgia is the No. 1 producer of peanuts in the U.S. Georgia’s growers produce more than 45% of the nation’s crop, and 95% of Georgia peanuts are varieties developed by UGA.The group visited Claxton Poultry in Sylvania, Georgia, to conclude the tour. The family-owned business sells 300 million pounds of chicken to restaurants across the country, according to its website, and is a big reason that poultry is the state’s largest commodity group.“We are proud that we can continue these farm tours because they showcase the impact agriculture has on this state, while strengthening the relationship our farming community has with those who support it,” Black said.To learn more about UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, see www.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo January 03, 2012 On December 22, on the basis of the bilateral framework agreement signed in 2004, the defense ministers of Brazil, Celso Amorim, and Peru, Alberto Otárola, signed a joint declaration on cooperation in the defense sector, the primary objective of which is “to strengthen our ties of friendship and bilateral cooperation, defining the aerospace and naval sectors as joint priority areas for investment and development in the field of security and defense.” The Peruvian minister affirmed that this declaration is another step toward developing the defense industry and in favor of the modernization of the Peruvian Armed Forces, especially, in this case, the Peruvian Navy and the Peruvian Air Force. This new document seeks to go beyond the simple buying and selling of material and equipment and to establish a horizontal cooperative relationship in defense matters, including associated logistical components. “For Peru and the defense sector, this is a very significant day. It represents a transcendental milestone in the development of our military industry and our new horizons with respect to the technology of our Armed Forces,” Otárola affirmed. In February 2012, the Peruvian defense minister will return Amorim’s visit with a trip to Brazil, where he hopes to achieve additional agreements to the benefit of the domestic defense industry. For his part, Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim affirmed that his country is very interested in regional cooperation in the defense sector and that along those lines, it has significant agreements with several countries, its most intense relationships being with Argentina and Colombia, but that it is united with Peru by historical ties and the relationship of good neighbors.last_img read more

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Harrisburg, PA – Community leaders throughout Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Coal Region are urging the General Assembly to support Gov. Tom Wolf’s aggressive infrastructure plan, Restore Pennsylvania.“Many of municipalities that comprise Northeast Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Coal Region are facing a backlog of infrastructure projects that have been accumulating since the mining industry began to decline,” said Gov. Wolf. “By using Restore Pennsylvania to tackle critical infrastructure issues like blight, flooding and brownfields, we can help communities turn the corner and position them for economic success.”Supporters of Restore Pennsylvania include the Wilkes-Barre city council and mayor; Scranton city council and mayor; and Carbondale city council and mayor. Leaders of these communities say Restore Pennsylvania will play a critical role in improving not only the economy, but the daily lives of residents.“Pennsylvania’s aging infrastructure hurts our state’s competitiveness, risks public safety, and impacts our citizens’ quality of life,” Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George said in a letter to the General Assembly. “The time is right for Pennsylvania to position itself as a leader in the 21st century by investing in critical infrastructure needs that for too long have been neglected.”“On behalf of the City of Carbondale and the entire Upper Valley region of Northeastern Pennsylvania, I commend Governor Wolf on his “Restore PA” proposal,” said Carbondale Mayor Justin Taylor after city council voted to pass a resolution supporting Restore Pennsylvania. “The governor ‘gets it’ when it comes to cities and municipalities needing assistance to revitalize neighborhoods and downtowns. And to make such a comprehensive proposal using potential revenue from natural gas drilling — not taxes collected directly from the citizens of the Commonwealth — this should become a model for all regions and states.”“Stormwater management, flood control, blighted neighborhoods and overall infrastructure investment top the list of challenges we must begin to address to position the City of Scranton to be competitive and successful in the 21st century,” Scranton City Councilmembers Bill Gaughan and Kyle Donahue said in a joint statement regarding city council’s approval of a resolution supporting Restore Pennsylvania. “We can’t face those challenges alone. We are proud to stand with Governor Wolf in support of his vision outlined in Restore Pennsylvania to finally begin to address the urgent need for infrastructure investments across Pennsylvania.”Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth’s vital infrastructure needs. Funded through a commonsense severance tax that the Independent Fiscal Office has determined will be primarily paid for by out-of-state residents, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan. Anthracite Coal Region Communities Urge Passage of Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania Infrastructure Plancenter_img May 02, 2019last_img read more