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University of New Hampshire-led project to boost Northeast organic dairy industry

first_imgResearchers from the University of New Hampshire are leading a multi-state project that aims to help organic dairy farmers better produce and market their milk.Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to 12 researchers from the universities of Maine, Vermont, Cornell and the USDA, as well as UNH, the research will explore how organic dairy farmers in the Northeast can enhance farm profitability by extending the grazing season and adding value to milk through flaxseed supplementation.advertisementadvertisement “Organic milk production has been one of the fastest growing segments of organic agriculture in the nation in the past decade, and the Northeast produces approximately 25 percent of the organic milk in the U.S.,” says principal investigator André Brito, assistant professor of organic dairy management at UNH. “Organic represents a tremendous potential to maintain rural economies and preserve working environmental landscapes through profitable organic dairy farms.””As more and more farmers adopt organic agriculture practices, they need the best science available to operate profitable and successful organic farms,” says Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of the USDA.”America’s brand of organic agricultural goods is world-renowned for its high quality and abundance of selection. These research and extension projects will give producers the tools and resources to produce quality organic food and boost farm income, boosting the ‘Grown in America’ brand.”The project, which was funded through NIFA’s Organic Research and Extension Initiative, addresses needs expressed by organic dairy farmers in a series of focus group interviews funded by two planning grants.”Organic dairy farmers were specifically concerned about the new pasture rule,” says Brito, noting a new federal standard that dictates ruminant animals must graze on pasture 120 days per year with about 30 percent of the total intake coming from pasture. Extending the grazing season has potential to reduce feed costs, a major obstacle to profitability for organic dairies.advertisementBecause extending the grazing season means keeping cows on pasture longer, researchers will conduct plot trials of various combinations of forage species, including perennial ryegrass, white clover, sorghum-sudan grass, brassicas, and small grains. The challenge in the Northeast, says Brito, is not only the late start and early finish of the growing season but also the heat of the summer, when many forage species are less productive.The second research question – enhancing milk quality – also concerns what cows eat. Cows on pasture produce milk rich with omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acids (CLA), molecules sought after for their human health benefits. For Northeast organic dairy farmers to tap the added value of omega-3 fatty acids and CLA, however, they need to ensure high levels of these throughout the year, not just when cows are on pasture.In this project, the researchers hypothesize that supplementing cows’ winter forage with flaxseed will sustain omega-3 fatty acids and CLA concentrations, meeting year-round market demands for milk with improved fatty acid profile, and possibly commanding higher prices in the marketplace in the future. Further, the researchers will explore how flaxseed enhances milk production and improves cow health and reproductive performance.Because both research questions transcend dairy cows to embrace a wider agro-ecosystem – from soils to pasture plants to nutrients available to cows and thus to humans – the project is by its nature interdisciplinary, says Brito. His UNH colleagues on the project are assistant professor of agroecology Richard Smith, associate professor of reproductive physiology Dave Townson, and assistant professor of plant pathology Kirk Broders.A core team composed of animal scientists, economists, agronomists, ecologists, and Extension educators from partner institutions and 20 organic dairy farmers throughout the Northeast are involved in the four-year project, which is supported by a nearly $2.9 million grant from the USDA.The project taps the unique resource of UNH’s Organic Dairy Research Farm, the first organic dairy farm at a U.S. land grand university and the only one in the Northeast. All animal feeding trials will take place within the UNH herd of 50 organic milking Jerseys, and plot trials will utilize the farm’s 300 acres in Lee, as well as research farms at partner institutions.advertisementBrito stresses that although this project arose to directly address needs of organic dairy farmers in the Northeast, its benefits will transcend that group to include conventional dairy farmers transitioning to organic or any dairy farmers who wish to adopt grazing systems. “It’s not only the organic dairy producer who will gain from this research,” he says. “We’ll be generating information that can be used by the whole dairy industry, including conventional and organic dairy farmers outside the Northeast.”In addition to UNH’s Brito, Smith, Townson, and Broders, investigators on this project are agronomist Heather Darby, associate extension professor Sidney Bosworth, and economics professor Bob Parsons, all from the University of Vermont; Richard Kersbergen, professor of sustainable dairy and forage systems from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension; A. Fay Benson from Cornell University Cooperative Extension; and animal scientist Kathy Soder, plant physiologist R. Howard Skinner, and ecologist Sarah Goslee, all from the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unity, located in University Park, Penn. PD—EurekAlert! press releaselast_img read more

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Skyworks’s Sky5 Platform to Empower 5G Global Communications

first_imgSkyworks has introduced Sky5, its suite of solutions that will support 5G wireless communications and enable a multitude of new and previously unimagined applications across mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems. With decades of experience in developing innovative connectivity platforms for each previous generation of wireless standards, Skyworks is leveraging its vast technology portfolio, systems expertise, leadership scale and strong customer relationships to accelerate the deployment of 5G. More specifically, Skyworks’ Sky5 solutions encompass its highly innovative transmit and receive systems targeting the world’s most demanding wireless end markets.According to a May 2017 Research and Markets report, the very first standardized deployments of 5G technology will be seen as early as 2019. Between 2019 and 2025, the 5G network infrastructure market is expected to aggressively grow at a compounded annual growth rate of nearly 70 percent, eventually accounting for $28 billion in annual spending by the end of 2025.The 5G standard embraces a revolutionary paradigm shift in wireless networking and will support groundbreaking throughput speeds (up to 100x faster than 4G), low latency and scalability for future usage cases that require extreme bandwidth including autonomous vehicles, augmented reality and the billions of machine-to-machine and IoT connections. To put this in perspective, according to Intel, by 2020 a single autonomous car is expected to consume 4,000 gigabytes of data per day in real-time diagnostics, positioning and vehicle to vehicle communications – that’s equivalent to the daily data consumed by more than 2,000 smartphone users in 2017. Downloading a full-length HD movie in 3G took one day, in 4G, the same file took minutes. On a 5G network, this content will be downloaded in mere seconds.5G networks are expected to utilize a variety of spectrum bands ranging from established sub-6 GHz cellular bands to millimeter wave frequencies. The 3GPP organization is the mobile industry standards group that will submit a proposed specification to the International Telecommunications Union, or the standards body that sets the final specification. Skyworks is a key contributor to the 3GPP body on the Radio Access Network (RAN4) technical specifications.All of Skyworks’ devices and system solutions supporting 5G will be included in the Sky5 family. This will include an unprecedented suite of highly flexible and customizable architectures and devices that provide breakthrough performance, footprint and power efficiency. Click here to learn more about Skyworks 5G portfolio.last_img read more

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Report: Terrelle Pryor Is Only “Untouchable” Player on Browns Roster in Trade Considerations

first_imgAccording to NFL Network reporter Courtney Fallon, the Browns are open to trading any player other than Terrelle Pryor. Related Topics Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Matt Medley The first names that come to mind are Joe Thomas and Joe Haden, but there are other veterans on the roster, like 33-year-old Tramon Williams, who does not appear to be a long-term option in what figures to be a multi-year rebuild.last_img

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Sunday Evening Earthquake Update

first_imgTransportation information for Bus Routes 42 and 44 in the Kasilof area:We do have an impact to busing in the Kasilof area that affects routes 42 (River City Academy, Skyview Middle School, Soldotna High School, and Soldotna Prep); and Route 44 (Tustumena Elementary):Route 42 serving Skyview Middle School, Soldotna Prep, RCA and Soldotna High School will arrive at the church at Mile 1 (Sand Street) at approximately 6:40 a.m., and will remain there until about 6:50 a.m. before heading into town. Parents can bring their children to the bus there, and pick them up there in the afternoon at approximately 2:45 – 2:50.Route 44 for Tustumena Elementary: All the children on K-Beach who ride this bus are on the north side of the road closure, so the morning bus will come from K-Beach Elementary to Satori Way and then turn around. ALL pickups in the morning will be done as the bus is northbound. The driver will then drive all the way around the top of K-Beach Rd and then back down Sterling Highway to Tustumena Elementary. The estimate is that any students who do ride the bus will arrive to Tustumena Elementary at 9:30 or thereabouts.The Pollard Loop portion of Route 44 in the morning will be covered by Route 41, and it may run about 3 – 5 minutes later than usual.In the afternoon, everyone who normally rides route 44 in the afternoon will do so. However, the K-Beach students will ride all the way up Sterling Highway to loop back around the top of K-Beach, and may not arrive to their stop until 4:30 or so.Transportation information for Bus Route 43Route 43 serving Kenai Central High School, Kenai Middle School, and Mountain View Elementary will add an extra stop at the Armory on the way to school.Soldotna High School does remain without power at this time, (Sunday afternoon) but HEA expects power back on sometime on Sunday. Soldotna High School does plan to open on a normal schedule on Monday. Afternoon Updates: A 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook many Alaskans awake at about 1:30 am Sunday morning, with the Kenai Peninsula seeing the most damage to roadways, residences, and utilities. Pegge Erkeneff with the District says all facilities have been checked by the administrators and maintenance crews from the Kenai Peninsula Borough and all structures were found to be safe. Kenai Police Chief Gus Sandahl says the Kenai Armory is still available for any evacuees displaced and residents of said area are welcome to call 283-7879 for continued updates. There were no human fatalities in the fire. We’ve also had questions from listeners about the structural integrity of bridges between Kenai and Anchorage… Research Technician Sara Meyer with the Alaska Earthquake Information Center says after multiple magnitudes were reported, the final magnitude was decidedly 7.1. Meyer: “So in this region of Alaska we have the Pacific plates subducting underneath the North American plate and this event is present in that Pacific plate as it subducts underneath Alaska. So we consider that an intermediate depth because it’s not a shallow crustal earthquake and it’s not a very deep earthquake that’s underneath that plate or anything. It’s a very common type of earthquake that we get, not of this size but we do have quite a few earthquakes of smaller sizes that happen in this depth throughout southcentral Alaska.” Schools 4 pm Update: The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District says a normal day of school will be held throughout the peninsula tomorrow(Monday). She says the Cook Inlet is an active place for moderate earthquakes however Sunday morning’s quake is the largest ever recorded in the area. There have been hundreds of aftershocks recorded with one of the bigger ones recorded at a magnitude of 4.7 which Meyer says only some people felt.You can listen to the full interview here: LILAC LANE EVACUATION UPDATE FROM Kenai Police Department AS OF 3 PM:Although the Cook Inlet View Drive and Wells Way were opened earlier, authorities have again closed that area because of elevated gas levels. As we’ve been reporting, about a 150 foot stretch of K-Beach Road near it’s intersection with the Sterling Highway in Kasilof dropped, leaving a heft crack and reducing the road to one-lane traffic. He issued a press statement earlier Sunday afternoon: FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享*KSRM will continue to update this post through Sunday evening, refresh for new information.For this morning’s coverage, click here.*10:45 PM Update: ENSTAR has finished their safety checks after crews re-energized the natural gas system in Lilac Lane.Homer Electric Association has re-energized the bluff side of Lilac Lane and is working to re-energize the Kenai Spur side of the street.Any residents that have already been in contact with emergency service dispatch or ENSTAR can call 907-947-2018.Anyone who has not been contacted about re-entering their home yet is asked to call ENSTAR’s hotline at 907-277-5551.The Kenai Fire Department asks that any residents that have not been in contact with ENSTAR or the dispatch center do not re-enter your residence without verification from ENSTAR. Listen here to Sunday’s 5 pm Comprehensive Update:  Roads:Shannon McCarthy with the Department of Transportation says no road damage other than on the Kenai Peninsula has been reported. You can listen to that full interview here: ENSTAR is still on scene to resolve gas concerns on Lilac Lane and in the area. Erkeneff with the KPBSD says bus routes near Kasilof may be changed Monday morning because of the damage to K-Beach Road. The District will issue more detailed notices this afternoon. As of 3 pm, Homer Electric Association is continuing to stand-by for permission to re-energize lines to the Lilac Drive area. “I was notified at 2:35 this morning by the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Southcentral Alaska. I am relieved that there was not more damage given the severity of the quake.  We have set up shelter for those in need and stand ready to assist in whatever way we can. As a survivor of the 1964 GoodFriday earthquake, I urge all Alaskans to have a response plan prepared for when a major natural disaster occurs. I thank all the emergency personnel and volunteers for their rapid response to last night’s events.For any Alaskans with immediate life and safety concerns, please call 911 for local law enforcement. For any other concerns or questions relating to the earthquake, please call your local emergency manager or the State Emergency Operations Center at 907-428-7100, or visit ready.alaska.gov.” McCarthy: “Our crews were actually able to get out last night after the earthquake and they actually did an inspection of all the bridges around 3 am. They were able to do that and on first inspection everything looks good and then they’re going out today and reinspecting all those bridges when there’s good light and they can get underneath the bridges and examine all of the abutments and spans and things like that.” 9:20 PM Update- Spokeswoman Lindsay Hobson with ENSTAR writes:“ENSTAR crews responded early this morning following the earthquake to repair gas leaks and respond to fires along Lilac Lane in Kenai. ENSTAR has completed repairs to the system and has performed all safety checks. ENSTAR is wrapping up its work and is in the process of re-energizing the system. Thank you to our employees and first responders for your brave and dedicated work today. Our thoughts remain with those impacted by the earthquake and subsequent fires.”Kenai Fire Battalion Chief Tony Prior says while ENSTAR has the gas leak under control, there is no estimate as to when residents might be allowed back to their homes.He says each home must be individually examined to be sure that no gas remains in them and then Homer Electric will be allowed to re-energize their system also.Prior says the first priority is making sure that all homes are safe to re-enter.KSRM has also had reports from Kenai Peninsula residents in areas outside the Lilac Lane area who are still just finding gas leaks tonight.We encourage everyone to please inspect your homes carefully and report any smell of gas around gas meters immediately by calling 1-844-SMELL GAS (1-844-763-5542). The earthquake’s epicenter was approximately 52 miles E of Old Iliamna, 54 miles WSW of Anchor Point, and 76 miles deep, which is an intermediate depth according to Meyer. There will be some changes to the school bus routes due to the damage from the earthquake on K-Beach Road. Sgt. Burns: “Right now they are still working on seeing what is here and what they do need to supply, they are looking at helping out anybody that has medical issues and any other food allergies or that kind of stuff, setting that kind of stuff up so they can take that and run with it.” Sergeant First Class Albert Burns with the Alaska Army National Guard has been at the shelter helping evacuees since 3:30 am Sunday and continued helping Red Cross organize. Governor Bill Walker took time out of his day to speak with KSRM News about the earthquake. Find that full interview here. We asked if any other road damage has been reported in other parts of Alaska.McCarthy: “No there weren’t, it was K-Beach and I stayed up for a while to monitor reports but so far it was primarily property damage in the Anchorage area and then much more serious damage in the Kenai area.” Power:  The temporary shelter at the Kenai Armory will be open overnight. Red Cross volunteers arrived around 3 PM Sunday afternoon and are coordinating with the volunteers on site to continue shelter services. Crews will begin maintenance to K-Beach tomorrow morning. Erkeneff says Route 42 (Skyview Middle School, Soldotna Prep, River City Academy, and Soldotna High School); and Route 44 (Tustumena Elementary). KSRM will post a list of things the shelter might need once Red Cross gets everything organized.last_img read more

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Japan retains title

first_imgGUANGZHOU, China (Kyodo) Japan defended its Asian Games title in men’s rugby after beating Hong Kong 28-21 in the gold medal match on Tuesday.Koji Wada had a couple of tries and Kenji Shomen was perfect on four conversions in the sevens competition for Wataru Murata’s side. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img

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Watabe earns runner-up finish in Nordic combined event

first_img Akito Watabe, Nordic combined, Bjoern Kircheisen Watabe crossed the line 0.7 second behind Kircheisen, the runner-up finish his best of the season.Kircheisen, fourth after his jump, overcame a 42-second deficit to claim his first trophy in four seasons and 17th of his career. Mikko Kokslien of Norway placed third.“I’m glad I was able to make the podium on my home soil,” Watabe said. “I didn’t care about the standings this time and put more emphasis on the performance.”“There were some mistakes but I came up with a good jump and did reasonably well in getting the race under my control so I had positives.”Also for Japan, Hideaki Nagai was sixth, Takehiro Watanabe was seventh and Watabe’s younger brother Yoshito was eighth.Taihei Kato placed 12th and Hisaki Nagamine, who led after the ski jump, finished 21st. SAPPORO – Akito Watabe narrowly missed out on his first win of the season on Friday, placing second in a World Cup individual Nordic combined event.Watabe, whose 134-meter attempt placed him second with 129.1 points after the ski jumping segment, led the 10-km cross country race but was overtaken at the death by Bjoern Kircheisen of Germany, who clocked 25 minutes, 59.3 seconds. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Akito Watabe (left) races against Bjoern Kircheisen of Germany during the 10-km cross-country portion of a World Cup individual Nordic combined event on Friday in Sapporo. Watabe finished second overall. | KYODOcenter_img KEYWORDS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOSlast_img read more

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Micciche Pushing Alcohol Bill That Is “Better For Everyone”

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) has been working tirelessly for nearly six years on an alcohol bill that would better establish and suit manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of alcoholic beverages. If SB 52 passes one major change would be the allotted hours of operation a brewery can be open, and also allow for more opportunities for events. Micciche: “After six years the bill is moving well. It is filled with things that are better for public health, things that are better for the industry, and things that are very good for breweries that Alaskans have proven they are very protective of and enjoy.”  The Brewers Guild of Alaska submitted comment to the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday stating, in January, we reached consensus on provisions to clarify entertainment activities, operating hours, and language to enhance and protect a positive and balanced alcohol industry moving forward. We respectfully request the Senate Finance Committee adopt language regarding these provisions, as they represent a final stakeholder agreement that has eluded our industry and made the path of broad Title 4 reform in previous sessions difficult. With these changes, the Brewer’s Guild of Alaska offers our full support of SB 52. Senate Bill 52: “An Act relating to alcoholic beverages; relating to the regulation of manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of alcoholic beverages; relating to licenses, endorsements, and permits involving alcoholic beverages; relating to common carrier approval to transport or deliver alcoholic beverages; relating to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board; relating to offenses involving alcoholic beverages; amending Rule 17(h), Alaska Rules of Minor Offense Procedure; and providing for an effective date.” Micciche: “This is the title rewrite for our 80’s version of our alcohol statute that no longer works in our industry.”  Senator Micciche: “Alcohol is the number one abused substance in the state that leads to a lot of negative behavior. But, for those that take part in consuming alcohol responsibly in our state it’s also a key industry.”  Prior to SB 52, there was SB 76. The Title 4 Review project involved an unprecedented level of collaboration between groups that has been ongoing since 2012. Micciche killed the bill in May of 2018 after an amendment to cut the on-site retail sale volumes for craft manufacturers by one-third was introduced.last_img read more

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Torres and Bent start in derby clash

first_imgFernando Torres starts up front for Chelsea in the derby at Craven Cottage, where Darren Bent returns for Fulham.Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland, Heitinga, Richardson; Dejagah, Parker, Sidwell, Dempsey; Kasami, Bent.Subs: Stockdale, Riise, Burn, Kvist, Holtby, Karagounis, Rodallega. Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, D Luiz, Mikel, Lampard, Willian, Ba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Transfer gossip: Chelsea among clubs linked with Eze

first_imgThere continues to be speculation over the future of Ebere Eze.West London Sport revealed last year that Crystal Palace and Brighton had watched the QPR youngster.That led to reports claiming that Tottenham were also interested in Eze, who has continued to impress.AdChoices广告The Sun on Sunday now declare that Eze’s hopes of landing a “dream move” to Spurs “could be scuppered” by the north London club’s recent sacking of Mauricio Pochettino.Eze has impressed for QPR and it is claimed that Tottenham have been tracking himIt is claimed that Tottenham were seriously interested in Eze but that a move looks less likely now Jose Mourinho has replaced Pochettino.The Sun on Sunday claim Spurs “were at the head of the queue” and that Pochettino had instructed his scouts to keep tabs on Eze.The newspaper also reckon Chelsea are among clubs still showing an interest in the forward.It is claimed that the Blues, West Ham and Leicester have been monitoring him. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Club president says deal for Everton player ‘conceivable’ after talks ‘intensified’…

first_imgThe defensive midfielder, who has previously played for Southampton and Manchester United in England, is coming to the end of his cycle at Goodison Park after joining in 2018, and with just one year left on his deal, now is the time for the Toffees to cash in.A fee of €2m to which would be attached ‘significant bonuses’ was being discussed, and now the French club’s president, Jean-Pierre Rivière, has all but confirmed talks are underway.When invited to speak to France Bleu about about the upcoming transfer window for his club, the 62-year-old was asked about the avenue leading to the Everton midfielder, he said: “It’s conceivable, yes”.While coy on all other transfer matters, Rivière did seem to hint a bit more when it came to Schneiderlin.After all, it is a good deal for the French club, who don’t have to spend a huge amount on a player with a good reputation, even if his time with the Toffees hasn’t quite reached the heights of his previous spells in England.If he can find his form again, then Nice probably won’t mind paying those bonuses if they end up having to.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameDon’t Play This Game, it’s Addictive.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 50? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoEveryday KoalaThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Till You See Them TodayEveryday KoalaUndo On Saturday, it was revealed that talks between OGC Nice and Everton for the transfer of Morgan Schneiderlin had ‘intensified’.last_img read more

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