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first_img In a subtle snub to former Mayor James Hahn, whose administration created the neighborhood council concept, Villaraigosa said he would visit the Valley regularly. “You’re going to see me a lot in the San Fernando Valley,” he said. “You’re going to see me here more than any other Los Angeles mayor.” Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Created in 1999 under a charter amendment, almost 100 neighborhood councils gather citywide, while 34 meet across the Valley. They operate as advisory panels and were formed to bring representation to Los Angeles communities after the defeat of the secession movement. Neighborhood council leaders said they were encouraged by the mayor’s effort to form a bipartisan consensus on school reform. And some said they were willing to hear him out on how he plans to reform the school district. “I think he’s a skillful politician by including all people,” in the discussion of reform, said Meg Augello, a member of the Northridge West Neighborhood Council. The school system “is an issue that has to be addressed.” Ron Nagai, a member of the Porter Ranch council, agreed. “I think there is a failure on the part of LAUSD in terms of planning and it affects everyone,” he said. “A fourth high school is planned for Granada Hills, but not in Porter Ranch. Those issues don’t only affect Porter Ranch. It affects Granada Hills.” VAN NUYS – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called on neighborhood councils Thursday to help him deliver a campaign promise to take more control of the Los Angeles Unified School District and reform the city’s public education system. Speaking to more than 200 members of the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils in Van Nuys, the mayor said the community groups serve as a forum where “ideas and views percolate.” Villaraigosa also said the councils could help him generate the momentum needed to reform the school district, which educates some 700,000 students. “I would submit to you that the future is predicated on a great school system,” Villaraigosa said. “The neighborhood council should be involved in that. A neighborhood is predicated on how well their neighborhood school does.” last_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE — With 28 players still in training camp at that point, defenseman Ryan Merkley didn’t have a stall of his own inside the Sharks’ dressing room at SAP Center this weekend. So he was given a chair to sit in right in the middle of the room.On his right were Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Erik Karlsson. On his left were Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns.“It’s pretty cool. Just sitting here, getting dressed with all of the guys, watching them play,” Merkley said Sunday. “Watching …last_img read more

first_imgIn response to claims in the media that many states are passing bills to mandate the teaching of intelligent design along with evolution, Seth Cooper on the Evolution News blog has listed 10 states where evolution bills are being debated and three more where discussions are taking place in the legislature.  Contrary to media reports, most states are not mandating the teaching of I.D. but rather seeking ways to permit alternatives to evolution to be heard.  (The Discovery Institute does not recommend mandating the teaching of intelligent design in public schools.)    The highest-visibility case is in Kansas.  The Wichita Eagle reported that one member of the school board is considering additional changes to the standards to allow further criticism of evolutionary theories, but the majority are working to clarify the wording of the new standards that take effect in the fall.  Tom Magnuson at ARN.org claims the Kansas City Star reporter gave an inaccurate description of the situation and made major misstatements.Since reporters often fail to do their homework and repeat the propaganda of the Darwin Party, it is important as always to have one’s Baloney Detector in good working condition.  Notice, for instance, how the Wichita Eagle labels the pro-evolutionists with the mild term “moderates” as opposed to the “conservative” members arguing for change.  What other political labels can you come up with for these opposing groups that could spin the story either way? (Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img7 July 2008Fixed investment in and exports from KwaZulu-Natal province are set to increase with the completion of the R6.5-billion Dube Trade Port – the largest single government infrastructure investment in the province – to the north of Durban.“The catalytic impact of this project will not be confined to the growth node in the costal area north of Durban, but will reverberate across the entire province and position KwaZulu-Natal as a destination of choice for domestic and international tourists,” KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sibusiso Ndebele told delegates at the International Investment Council in San Lameer in May.The council, attended by President Thabo Mbeki, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Cabinet members, drew on the insights of distinguished international business leaders on how to meet the challenges of economic growth in South Africa.By the time of its completion ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Dube Trade Port itself will have contributed an estimated R12.4-billion to the economy and created thousands of new jobs.According to statistics, the Durban port is the busiest port city on the African continent and ideally located to access the international shipping routes between East and West. It is also the largest of South Africa’s seven ports.It handles in excess of 31.4-million tons of cargo a year, with a value in excess of R100-billion per annum – approximately 65% of the value of all cargo going through South African ports.According to a report released by Quantec data, KwaZulu-Natal’s top export destinations in 2005 were the United States, Japan, India, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany.More than R3-billion has been set aside for investment in Durban port’s infrastructure since 2002 for various improvements that include the construction of cargo terminals, Ndebele said.The province’s second port – Richard’s Bay – is also South Africa’s premier bulk cargo handling port and is one of the fastest growing industrial areas in the province, and the centre of operations for South Africa’s aluminium industry.Trade gatewayNdebele further told delegates that the foreign private companies had invested over R27-billion in the province between 2000 and 2005, enabling provincial economic growth to rise from 1% in 1999 to 5.3% in 2005.Since then, he said, the province had seen further groundbreaking fixed direct investments, while nearly a third of South Africa’s manufactured exports were produced in the province.These include the R2.4-billion expansion of Toyota’s plant outside Durban, a new R2.5-billion plant by United Pulp in Richards Bay, a R2-billion expansion at Sappi Saiccor at Umkomaas, and a R650-million investment by Tata in a steel plant in Richard’s Bay.In addition, an almost R20-billion investment is on the cards in the KwaZulu-Natal north coast for a “city within a city” project, modelled on the Dubai Palm complex in the Arab emirate.“These private investments are particularly encouraging for us and they are aligned to our national industrial policy,” said Ndebele. “KwaZulu-Natal has also recently undergone rapid industrialisation, thanks to its abundant water supply and labour resources.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2015 World Dairy Expo boasted big numbers as producers and enthusiasts from around the world gathered to celebrate all things dairy. Here are some Ohio highlights from the international event.• The Brown Swiss Reserve Grand Champion: Top Acres Supreme Wizard—ET was exhibited by Wayne Sliker from St. Paris.• Brook Hollow Farm, from West Salem, was honored with a Daily Herdsmanship Awards.• The Lucas FFA Chapter finished second in the Central National FFA Dairy Products Contest.• Tanner Topp, New Bremen, finished sixth in the senior World Dairy Expo Youth and was the top individual in the Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest.• Ohio State University had the top team in the Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. Kaleb Kliner was the third overall individual and Hannah Dye was fourth overall, in addition to Tanner Topp as the first place individual.Here are more numbers from the event. 2015 Total Attendance: 72,427 Registered International Guests: 3,060 from 94 countriesTop Five Countries of Registered International Attendance:• Canada• Mexico• China• Brazil• Germany Participating Companies: 871 Trade Show Booth Award Winners:Large Booth Award — Polaris IndustriesMedium Booth Award — Hubbard Feeds, Inc.Small Booth Award — BioZyme Incorporated Total Number of Dairy Cattle Housed On Grounds: 2,296Breakdown of Cattle Represented:• Ayrshire  — 262• Brown Swiss — 348• Guernsey — 198• Holstein Total — 588 (251 Junior and 337 Open)• Jersey — 436• Milking Shorthorn — 221• Red & White — 243 Total Number of Dairy Cattle Exhibitors: 1,718 from 39 states and 6 Canadian provinces Total Number of Sale Lots: 152 Top of the World Jersey Sale:Total Sales: $71,960Lots: 23Average Live Sales: $3,128.70Highest Lot: $7,400 World Ayrshire Event Sale:Total Gross Sales: $52,150Lots: 14Average Overall Sales: $3,725Average Live Sales: $4,437Highest Lot: $9,900 World Premier Brown Swiss Sale:Total Sales: $163,625Lots: 32Average Live Sales: $5,400Highest Lot: $10,100 World Premier Milking Shorthorn Sale:Total Sales: $37,700Lots: 11Average Live Sales: $3,578Highest Lot: $8,100 International Guernsey Classic Sale:Total Sales: $90,950Lots: 25Average Live Sales: $3,638Highest Lot: $6,500 World Classic ‘15 Holstein Sale:Total Sales: $1,304,600Lots: 47Average: $27,757Highest Lot: $117,000 Supreme Champion of World Dairy Expo:Supreme Champion: Lovhill Goldwyn KatryshaExhibited By: MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis. Reserve Supreme Champion: Musqie Iatola Martha—ETExhibited By: Shelby Ostrom, Kaukauna, Wis. Supreme Champion of the Junior Show: Blondin Goldwyn Subliminal—ETSExhibited By: Trevor Tuman and Chandler Bening, Arlington Minn. Reserve Supreme Champion of the Junior Show: Willdina Jade BeeExhibited By: River Valley Farm, Ben, Andy, Blessing, and Grace Sauder, Tremont, Ill.  International Ayrshire Show Results:Grand Champion Female: Cedarcut Burdette Clove ColataExhibited By: Erin Curtis—Szalach, Cazenovia, N.Y. Reserve Grand Champion Female: Ski—Pal L G KalinaExhibited By: Glamourview, Walkersville, Md. Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Cedarcut Burdette Clove ColataExhibited By: Erin Curtis—Szalach, Cazenovia, N.Y. Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Bar—Vue BBK GoldyExhibited By: P&A Ayrshires — Tom, Sara, Karter, Cole, & Caleb Kruse, Dyersville, Iowa Premier Breeder: Family Af—Ayr Farm, Caledonia, Ill.Premier Exhibitor: Family Af—Ayr Farm, Caledonia, Ill.Premier Sire: Palmyra Tri—Star Burdette—ET International Brown Swiss Show Results:Grand Champion: Brown Heaven Glenn FantasyExhibited By: Ferme Brown Heaven, Vercheres, Qué Reserve Grand Champion: Top Acres Supreme Wizard—ETExhibited By: Wayne E. Sliker, St. Paris, Ohio Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Cutting Edge T DelilahExhibited By: Kyle Barton, Ancramdale, N.Y. Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Random Luck B Tea RoseExhibited By: Allison L Thompson, Darlington, Wis. Premier Breeder: Random Luck Farm, Darlington, Wis.Premier Exhibitor: Elite Dairy, Copake, N.Y.Premier Sire: Old Mill WDE Supreme—ET International Holstein Show Results:Grand Champion: Lovhill Goldwyn KatryshaExhibited By: MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis. Reserve Grand Champion: Jacobs Goldwyn ValanaExhibited By: Ferme Jacobs, Cap—Sante, Qué Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Blondin Goldwyn Subliminal—ETSExhibited By: Trevor Tuman & Chandler Bening, Arlington, Minn.  Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Kingsmill Atwood Allison—ETExhibited By: Jordan & Whitney Ebert, Algoma, Wis. Premier Breeder: Ferme Jacobs, Cap—Sante, QuéPremier Exhibitor: MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis.Premier Sire: Pine—Tree Sid—ET International Guernsey Show Results:Grand Champion: Misty Meadows Levi Suede—ETExhibited By: Beth Anne Clark, New Paris, Pa. Reserve Grand Champion: Millborne Hillpoint S Fiesta—ETExhibited By: Morey Miller, Michael Hellenbrand, Peter Vail, Granby, Conn. Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Knapps Regis Tambourine—ETExhibited By: Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, Iowa Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Dix—Lee Kojack FawnExhibited By: Whitney Lee Yerina, Phillipsburg, Mont. Premier Breeder: Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IowaPremier Exhibitor: Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IowaPremier Sire: Millborne Tiller Fayes Fame—ET International Jersey Show Results:Grand Champion: Musqie Iatola Martha—ETExhibited By: Shelby Ostrom, Kaukauna, Wis. Reserve Grand Champion: Payneside Mac N CheeseExhibited By: Arethusa Farm LLC, Litchfield, Conn. Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Willdina Jade BeeExhibited By: River Valley Farm, Ben, Andy, Blessing, Grace Sauder, Tremont, Ill. Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Underground L—Mamie LolaExhibited By: River Valley Farm, Ben, Andy, Blessing, Grace Sauder, Tremont, Ill. Premier Breeder: Arethusa Farm, Litchfield, Conn.Premier Exhibitor: River Valley Farm, Tremont, Ill.Premier Sire: Tower Vue Prime Tequila—ET International Milking Shorthorn Show Results:Grand Champion: Cates Ruben Tulsa—Time—EXPExhibited By: Peter J Cate, Warren, N.H. Reserve Grand Champion: Innisfail—WO Mega Ladyluck—ETExhibited By: Lazy M Farm LLC — Michael & Herman Maier, Stitzer, Wis. Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Innisfail RO Lady 906—EXPExhibited By: Lindsey Clark of GMC Farm, Cornish Flat, N. H. Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Innisfail RU Lady 304—EXPExhibited By: Nicholas Achen, Warner, S.D. Premier Breeder: Innisfail Herd, John Stuart Rowe, Davis, Calif.Premier Exhibitor: GMC Farm, Greg & Marcia Clark, Cornish Flat, N.H.Premier Sire: Kuszmar Megadeth International Red & White Show Results:Grand Champion: Strans—Jen—D Tequila—Red—ETExhibited By: MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis. Reserve Grand Champion: Ms Stranshome Alltheway—RedExhibited By: Glamourview—Iager & Walton, Walkersville, Md. Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Cleland Absolute Coleen—RedExhibited By: Joseph, Zach, Jerome & Darian Stransky, Owatonna, Minn. Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Ridgedale—T Raichu—RedExhibited By: W. Cyrus Conard, Sharon Springs, N.Y. Premier Breeder: MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis.Premier Exhibitor: MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis.Premier Sire: KHW Kite Advent—Red—ET World Dairy Expo International Futurity:Overall Futurity Champion: Rokey—Benfar R Cutie—Red—ETExhibited By: MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis. Reserve Overall Futurity Champion: Avonlea Koffeetime At Arcadia—ETExhibited By: Avonlea Genetics & Arcadia Farms, Brighton Ont. Ayrshire Futurity Class Winner: Family Af—Ayr Dyno DelaneyExhibited By: Sarah Borchardt, Caledonia, Ill. Brown Swiss Futurity Class Winner: Top Acres Garbo S Wishes—ETExhibited By: Blessing Farms and Garrison Bros., Fort Wayne, Ind. Guernsey Futurity Class Winner: Knapps Fame Tomorrow—ETExhibited By: Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, Ia.Holstein Futurity Class Winner: Hardys Braxton Lola—ETExhibited by: Parker Hardy, Tipton, Mich. Jersey Futurity Class Winner: Avonlea Koffeetime At Arcadia—ETExhibited By: Avonlea Genetics & Arcadia Farms, Brighton, Ont. Milking Shorthorn Futurity Class Winner: Corstar Lovely Lady—EXP—ETExhibited By: Cory Salzl, Litchfield, Minn. Red & White Futurity Class Winner: Rokey—Benfar R Cutie—Red—ETExhibited By: MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis. Special Awards:2015 Dairy Woman of the Year: Rosalie M. Geiger, Reedsville, Wis.2015 Dairyman of the Year: Hank Van Exel, Lodi, Calf.2015 Industry Person of the Year: Jim Dickrell, Monticello, Minn.2015 International Person of the Year: Kevin Lang, Howick, South Africa Klussendorf Memorial Trophy: Lorne Ella, Hornby, Ont.Klussendorf—MacKenzie Award Winner: Timothy Coon, Amenia, N.Y.Merle E. Howard Outstanding Junior Award Winner: Jared Dueppengiesser, Perry, N.Y.A.C “Whitie” Thomson Memorial Award Winner: Jason Johnson, Woodstock, Vt.Robert “Whitey” McKown Master Breeder Award Winner: The Walker Family, Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Herdsmanship Awards:Overall Herdsmanship Winner: River Valley Farm, Tremont, Ill. Zone Winners:P1—Zone 1: Hilltop Acres Farm, Clamar, IowaP1—Zone 2: M & M Swiss, Alma Center, Wis.P1—Zone 3: Quality Holsteins, Vaughan, Ont.P2—Zone 1: River Valley Farm, Tremont, Ill.P2—Zone 2: Butlerview, Chebanse, Ill.P2—Zone 3: Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, Vt.P2—Zone 4: M & J Heifer Care, Beaverville, Ill.P2—Zone 5: Fudge’s Dairy, Gamaliel, Ky.P2—Zone 6: Comestar Holsteins, Victoriaville, QuéTent: Allyndale Holsteins, Canaa, Conn. Daily Winners:Tuesday — Rosedale Genetics, Oxford, Wis.Wednesday — Brook Hollow Farm, West Salem, OhioThursday — Ernie Kueffner and Terri Packard, Boonsboro, Md.Friday —  Mapleton Valley Farms, Oconomowoc, Wis. and Horseshoe Hill, Watertown, Wis.Saturday — MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis.World Dairy Expo Youth Fitting Contest:1. Lee Morey, Rochester, Alta.2. Austin Nauman, Norwalk, Wis.3. Trevor Tuman, Arlington, Minn.4. Jack Cliffe, Middletown, Del.5. Nathan Arthur, Sumner, Iowa6. Casey Morey, Rochester, Alta.7. Evan Stanley, Norwood, Ont.8. Hannah Nelson, Ellsworth, Wis.9. Brock Liddle, Argyle, N.Y.10. Elizabeth Acle, Guys Mills, Pa. World Dairy Expo Youth Showmanship Contest:Total Participants: 306 Junior:1. Savannah Crack, Richmond, Qué2. Brooke Krueger, De Pere, Wis.3. Ashlyn Sarbacker, Edgerton, Wis.4. Haley Beukema, New Richmond, Wis.5. Kaydence Hodorff, Eden, Wis.6. Molly Olstad, Stoughton, Wis.7. McKenzie Calvert, Cuba City, Wis.8. Ashton Haack, Sheboygan Falls, Wis.9. Jared Abraham, Plymouth, Wis.10. Nicholas Roe, Monticello, Wis. Intermediate:1. Madison Dyment, Burgessville, Ont.2. Joseph Opsal, Blue Mounds, Wis.3. Olivia Brandenburg, Fort Atkinson, Wis.4. Patrick Youse, Ridgley, Md.5. Cory Schmidt, Cosmos, Minn.6. Kylie Nickels, Watertown, Wis.7. Lindsey Sarbacker, Edgerton, Wis.8. Summer Henschel, Chilton, Wis.9. Dawson Nickels, Watertown, Wis.10. Sydney Kleingartner, Gackle, N.D. Senior:1. Alana McKinven, Canton De Hatley, Qué2. Emmanuel Brisson, Canton De Hatley, Qué3. Emma Farlinger, Morrisburg, Ont.4. Christopher Deklein, Mossley, Ont.5. Ava Doner, Courtice, Ont.6. Tanner Topp, New Bremen, Ohio7. Deanna Ringelberg, Troy, Ont.8. Jocelyn Forster, Lyden, Ont.9. Elizabeth Acle, Guys Mills, Pa.10. Derek Van De Walle, St. Mary’s, Ont. Lely National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest:Total Number of Teams: 18 Overall Top 10 Teams:                          Overall Top 10 Individuals1. University of Minnesota                     1. Vincent Migliazzo, University of Minnesota2. UW—Madison                                                2. Nathan Donnay, University of Minnesota3. Iowa State University                          3. Annie Achen, Purdue University4. Cornell University                              4. Janelle Remington, UW—Madison5. UW—River Falls                                  5. Joseph Adams, Iowa State University6. Virginia Tech                                     6. Eric Houdek, University of Minnesota7. Michigan State University                    7. Amanda Mitcheltree, Virginia Tech8. Pennsylvania State University              8. Bethany Dado, UW—Madison9. UW—Platteville                                    9. Lars Sivesind, Iowa State University10. California Poly State University          10. Gina Fisher, Iowa State University Lely International Post—Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest:Total Number of Teams: 14 Overall Top 10 Teams:                                      Overall Top 10 Individuals1. Ohio State University Ag Tech                                    1. Tanner Topp, Ohio State University Ag Tech2. Kaskaskia College                                          2. Britney Hill, State University of New York — Cobleskill3. Michigan State University Ag Tech                  3. Kaleb Kliner, Ohio State University Ag Tech4. State University of New York — Cobleskill        4. Hannah Dye, Ohio State University Ag Tech5. Modesto Junior College                                  5. Nicole Chase, Michigan State University6. Northeast Iowa Community College               6. Emily Irwin, Kaskaskia College7. Alfred State College                                        7. Sarah Weststeyn, Modesto Junior College8. Morrisville State College                                  8. Macy Wendling, Kaskaskia College9. Highland Community College                         9. Ashten Smithson, Kaskaskia College10. Zamorano University                                               10. Macy Probst, Kaskaskia College Lely National 4—H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest:Total Number of Teams: 26 Overall Top 10 Teams:              Overall Top 10 Individuals:1. Wisconsin                             1. Ben Powers, Wisconsin2. Pennsylvania                          2. Luke Powers, Wisconsin3. California                              3. Daniel Kitchen, Pennsylvania4. New York                             4. Jenna Metzler, Pennsylvania5. Michigan                               5. Alexandra Gambonini, California6. Florida                                  6. Colleen Perl, New York7. Illinois                                   7. Rachel Ekkell, Michigan8. Minnesota                             8. T.J. Wingert, Illinois9. Maryland                               9. Alyssa Grocott, New York10. Virginia                                10. Rachel Waggie, Virginia World Dairy Expo Central National FFA Events:Central National FFA Dairy Cattle Judging Contest:Overall Top 10 Teams:1. Saint Peter (Minn.)2. Janesville Craig (Wis.)3. Westby (Wis.)4. Seymour (Wis.)5. Fort Atkinson (Wis.)6. Rio (Wis.)7. Lakeside Lutheran (Wis.)8. Gillet (Wis.)9. Sauk Prairie (Wis.)10. Marengo (Ill.) Central National FFA Showmanship Contest:Top Five Individuals:1. Katy Wagoner, Watertown (Wis.)2. Ashley Magnuson, Neillsville (Wis.)3. Courtney Moser, Westby (Wis.)4. Dylan McGuwan, Pecatonica (Wis.)5. Kate Vickerman, Milton (Wis.) Central National FFA Dairy Products Contest:Overall Top 10 Teams:1. Black Hawk (Wis.)2. Lucas (Ohio)3. Pleasant Hope (Mo.)4. Royall (Wis.)5. Arcadia (Wis.)6. Riverdale (Wis.)7. Denmark (Wis.)8. Owen Withee (Wis.)9. New Holstein (Wis.)10. Milton (Wis.) Central National FFA World Forage Management Cup:Overall Top 10 Teams:1. Hartford (Wis.)2. Riverdale (Wis.)3. Marengo (Ill.)4. Sauk Prairie (Wis.)5. Laconia (Wis.)6. Jefferson (Wis.)7. Amherst (Wis.)8. New Holstein (Wis.)9. Blair Taylor (Wis.)10. Reedsburg (Wis.) World Forage Analysis Superbowl Winners:Grand Champion Forage Producer: Felling Dairy, Sauk Centre, Minn.Champion First—Time Entrant: Mar Bec Dairy, Mondovi, Wis.Dairy Hay: S & B Dairy, Sigel, Ill.Grass Hay: Angel Rose Dairy, Bainbridge, N.Y.Haylage: Verhasselt Dairy, Kaukauna, Wis.Standard Corn Silage: Olson Farms, Lena, Wis.Brown Midrib Corn Silage: Dwi—Bet Farms, Addison, N.Y.Commercial Hay: Fegler Farms, Arapahoe, Wyo.Baleage: Pounder Brothers Inc., Delavan, Wis.Quality Counts Award for Corn Silage: Mar Bec Dairy, Mondovi, Wis.Quality Counts Award for Hay/Haylage: Berney Ranch Inc., Okanogan, Wash. World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest:Total Number of Entries: 1,210Cheese and Butter Grand Champion: Emmi Roth, Monroe, Wis.Grade A Grand Champion: Westby Cooperative Creamery, Westby, Wis.Ice Cream Grand Champion: Gifford’s Dairy, Skowhegan, Me. World Dairy Expo Champion Dairy Product Contest Auction:Total Sales: $25,779Lots: 29High Seller: Lot #11, 30 lbs. of Flavored Natural Cheese (1st Mill Creek Cheese, Arena, Wis.; 2nd AMPI, Jim Falls, Wis.; 3rd Saputo Specialty Cheese, Richfield, Wis.) and Swiss Cheese (1st Emmi Roth USA, Fitchburg, Wis.; 2nd Chalet/Deppler, Monroe, Wis.; 3rd Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, Wis.) purchased by Darlington Dairy Supply for $2,250.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have a very active pattern over the state this week, starting today. We have rain and snow from I-70 southward, with the moisture slowly lifting northward through the day. By midday to early afternoon, action should be approaching US 30, and by sunset we should see light precipitation all the way up to US 20. Meanwhile, the rains will continue pretty much all day south of I-70, meaning the heaviest totals will end up down there. Moisture over the southern half of the state will be from .25”-.6” with coverage at 100% of the region, while we expect a few hundredths to .25” between US 20 and I-70 with 75% coverage. By tomorrow morning we have rain over a majority of the state, with only some wet snow in NW Ohio. Even that snow quickly transitions to rain statewide by mid-morning to midday, and then rain continues through sunset. Heavy rains will be working into SW Ohio tomorrow morning and will spread northeast. After sunset tomorrow, we would not be surprised to have rain change back over to snow before ending mid morning Wednesday. Most of the state will see only minor accumulations after that switch over, but in north central and northeast parts of the state, along with east central Ohio, there can be a lot more. All told, we think tomorrow we have potential for half to 1.5” liquid equivalent precipitation totals, and we wont rule out the potential for some localized 2 inch totals for tomorrow. Some of that comes as a coating to 2 inches of snow to start the day in far NW Ohio, and then some more as another coating to 2 inches of snow overnight tomorrow night into early Wednesday. Now, north central, northeast and east central Ohio will see bigger snow potential, with 2-6 inches possible with lake enhancement. Generally speaking, this is most easily summed up as “a mess”. The map at right shows potential cumulative precipitation through Wednesday morning. Flurries and light patchy snow continues for the balance of Wednesday behind this event, although we should see an attempt at some clearing from west to east. Strong NW winds mean we will see a much colder push, and some lower wind chills, but we are not as concerned about cold air now, like we were in our forecasts for this period last week.  Temps likely end up near normal for midweek, and we see partly sunny skies for Thursday. Friday has become much more problematic. We have a significant low moving across the eastern corn belt. Right now, the low looks like it wants to move northeast across Indiana, and really miss us. That would put most of Ohio in the warm sector with moderate to heavy rain potential. We would have to watch the overnight and early Saturday part of the event closely, as the arrival of cold air would allow precipitation to perhaps end as snow. However, right now, the track of the low is very important, and would make all the difference between all rain for us, and something much worse. Right now, we have some concern that Indiana to the west sees Rain, ice (freezing rain) and heavy snow…all three of the biggies!. But, track could easily put us in the firing line too. So, for right now, we are not stepping out in any specific direction on this event. It looks formidable in any form, but what we get and where we get it depends entirely on track, and it is too far out to really get a good idea on that at the moment. Stay tuned! Windy and colder for Friday, so any snow that would fall on Friday would be subject to blowing and drifting through the day Saturday. Temps will be well below normal and we will see wind chills as a problem again. We stay cold for the balance of the weekend through Monday, with partly sunny skies. Some sub zero lows are likely for the morning of Presidents day. Tuesday the 19th we have minor snows moving through, bringing a coating to 2 inches with 70% coverage. Then we turn partly sunny and colder again for Wednesday the 20th. While we are keeping our forecast relatively conservative for those days, other models are trying to bring a much more interesting solution to the table, with snow in far southern areas, near the Ohio River for Tuesday, and then rain south of I-70 on Wednesday and snow north. We think that is overdone and will stay with a more subdued outlook at this time. For the extended period, we have flurries for Thursday the 21st, then partly to mostly sunny skies for Friday the 22nd through Sunday the 24th. Colder air with another snow event arrives for Monday the 25th and goes through Tuesday the 26th. Accumulations are likely.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC What we probably know…Bean acre surpriseMany were surprised bean planted acres were only 76.7 million, but it actually makes sense because bean prices failed to rally to prices most farmers could be profitable with average yields. It seems that some farmers made a wise financial decision to plant as few bean acres possible. Prevent plant acresThe report showed prevent plant corn acres were 11.2 million corn acres and 4.3 million bean acres. This was the level that many in the trade were expecting over the past month. Some in the trade have tried to suggest that this means that total planted acres were on track to be 101 million acres for corn. It doesn’t appear that was actually what was going to really happen.It’s my understanding that when applying for prevent plant corn acres, farmers could submit total corn acres equal to the most total corn acres a farmer planted in the last 3 years. Because corn’s guaranteed prevent plant payment was substantially higher than beans it appears that farmers generally tried to move as many acres they could to corn for both planted and prevent planted acres.So, while rotation schedules may have suggested that a farmer should have planted less corn acres this year, the rules allowed farmers to call some prevent plant acres corn, when they might have otherwise been planted to beans. This allowance in the prevent plant rules seems to have skewed final numbers higher for corn and is likely a big reason the market was caught off guard. Breaking down total acresFor the last 3 years, total corn and bean planted acres have been around 179 to 180 million with about another 2 million or so total prevent plant acres between the two crops. The August USDA report showed 166.7 total acres (76.7 beans and 90 million corn) and 15.5 million prevent plant acres, which totals 182.2 million acres, right in line with the last 3 years. What about discrepancies between FSA and USDA-NASS numbers?Some are concerned by this, but in past years FSA numbers have been less than NASS because some farmers choose to not participate in FSA programs, so these numbers will likely not agree. Will prevent plant acres with corn as a cover crop skew final acres?It’s possible, but I think it will be minimal. Corn seed was the most expensive cover crop farmers could buy, so it’s more likely other cereal grains or forages would have been used as cover crop. Also, those using corn for silage needs is relatively stable year over year because feedlots and dairies contract acres ahead of time and transporting silage a long distance is cost prohibitive. What we don’t know… Harvest acres vs. planted acresThe USDA report showed a 91.11% estimate of harvested acres to planted acres down from the spring USDA estimate of 91.76%. The difference between planted and harvested acres results from abandoned, flooded and silage/forage acres. In the last 15 years, harvested acres averaged 91.42% of planted acres while only being below the 91.11% put out by the USDA this month 3 times (2012, 2006, 2003). The average in those years was 90.08% with 2012 being the lowest at 89.83%. This means its possible harvested acres could still decrease another 1 to maybe 2 million acres, which would translate to 170 to 340 million bushels coming off the balance sheets. That could lead to better prices for corn if realized. When will crops mature and how will yield be affected?Currently the USDA is estimating a 169 final average yield. However, 50% of this year’s crop was planted after June 1, and historically late planted crops can see a 25% yield drag. This could mean a final national average yield below 156 bushels per acre. A yield drop this big could substantially change the balance sheet, reduce carryout and generate a big rally to ration demand. The potential threat of an early frostIt’s been a long time since frost could have such a big impact. If normal frost dates are to occur it likely would result in hardly any yield reduction. However, if weather patterns are cool in September the crop development could be slowed and there could be a yield drag on a sizable portion of the crop even with normal frost dates. What should we do now?The latest USDA report sent a wave throughout the market that “capsized” the boat that most market participants were in. During swim lessons with my kids this summer they learned to swim on their back because it helps conserve energy and allows them to float in the water longer if needed. While some are flailing in the water right now, I think it’s a great time to float in the water and look up in the sky to remain calm. Panicking often leads to bad decisions or drowning. Instead, I’m waiting a little while, saving my energy and waiting for an opportunity.It’s important to remember the marketing year is far from over. While planted acres are probably correct, it’s difficult to know what the harvested acres are going to be. Widespread late planting means weather needs to stay warm longer than normal and an early frost could impact the market in a big way.With all this uncertainty it’s important to not panic, be patient, and be ready. Opportunity can come along at any time for any reason, so just like being tossed into the water unexpectedly, conserving one’s energy can be advantageous until the next rally hits. Please email [email protected] with any questions or to learn more. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. 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