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first_imgFarmers, entrepreneurs and policymakers — representing 13 different African nations from Mauritania to South Africa — visited the University of Georgia campus in Tifton to learn about farming practices, research and government programs supporting agriculture in Georgia.Sponsored by the U.S. Department of the State, the July 26 visit was part of a month-long tour providing the African leaders with information on “innovative and long-term strategies to make food more plentiful, available, safe and affordable.” The Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, a state-funded business incubator that works to foster economic development in Georgia, hosted the delegation. Members of the center, UGA faculty, the staff of both U.S. Representative Austin Scott and Senator Johnny Isakson, a USDA researcher, and an official from the Georgia Department of Agriculture made presentations to the group. Center project manager Chris Chammoun discussed the center’s involvement in developing bio-fuels, aerial imaging technology and secondary markets for Georgia farmers. He cited blueberry juice as an emerging opportunity for the state’s number one fruit crop. Sarah Cook, the center’s special projects coordinator, spoke about the Center’s role in helping small processors reach the marketplace.UGA professor and Extension economist Nathan Smith explained the factors currently affecting farming’s economic outlook and the five p’s of Georgia agriculture: peaches, peanuts, pecans, pines and poultry. From the agricultural producers’ side, the economic downturn has not been all bad news, Smith said. The decrease in the value of the U.S. dollar has strengthened exports, and lower interest rates have helped reduce on-farm costs. However, the long view may not be as a rosy.“I believe, as an economist, that inflation is coming,” Smith said.George Vellidis, UGA professor of biological and agricultural engineering, outlined precision agriculture as a way to make farmers more competitive by providing them with information to make better decisions in the field. Along with other members of the UGA Precision Ag Team, Vellidis has worked to help farmers identify and manage field variability — parts of their fields, for example, that might hold extra water or nitrogen. With more detailed information about their land and their crops, farmers can use less fertilizer and less irrigation, decreasing their costs and increasing their profit margins. With production costs outstripping commodity prices, growing global competition and several of years of drought in Georgia, it is more important than ever for Georgia farmers to carefully manage their inputs, Vellidis said. He pointed to remote sensors already on the market that can transmit minute-by-minute information about nitrogen levels and irrigation directly from the field to a farmer’s computer or smart phone. Some among the African delegation raised the question of the need and expense to incorporate so much technology in farming, but Vellidis explained that commodity farmers in the U.S. needed this technology because of the size of their farms. Sophisticated information technology is not as necessary on small farms, where farmers have a more intimate knowledge of their fields.Precision agriculture is a mentality about efficiently utilizing resources that can be applied regardless of scale, Vellidis said.“Precision agriculture is a philosophy,” he said. Greg Fonsah, UGA fruit and vegetable economist, laid out the unique organization of the UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and the invaluable role that Extension plays in the success of agriculture in the state. Local agents bring cutting-edge research from the University of Georgia to farmers within their county. At the same time, UGA economists provide feasibility studies that allow farmers to receive loans to make improvements to their farm.“Our farmers trust our local Extension agents,” said Donnie Smith, director of the Center of Innovation for Agribusiness.After a presentation at Dr. Fonsah’s banana trials outside of the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, the trip to Tifton concluded with a tour of Rutland Farms and a quick snack of banana pudding and lemonade at the Rutland Famers Market. The trip to Tifton marked the end of the African delegation’s tour of U.S. agricultural facilities. “Thank for you saving the best for last,” Donnie Smith said to the group.last_img read more

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “We’re thinking about outsourcing our marketing, but…”…is it right for me?…how much does it cost?…which firm is the right one for us?…how will a remote firm be able to capture our culture and provide us with what we need?So many questions, and they are all great. If you’re thinking of outsourcing your marketing in 2018, here’s a few questions you should be asking yourself to make sure you’re choosing the right firm.What should I be looking for in a marketing partner?Marketing today is very different than it has been in the past, even five years ago. It has become very specialized. It’s important that you find an agency that can do both traditional and digital marketing under one roof. One size doesn’t fit all, especially for credit unions. Don’t settle for just a “digital firm” or a “design agency.” You’ll get a few pieces of what you need, but they won’t be able to deliver the customized strategies you need to grow and succeed. Look for a holistic agency that has a complete arsenal of industry experts in the following: web development, branding, design, writing, social media, database marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), knowledge of the credit union industry, research/analytics, marketing automation, and strategic content generation. Those are a lot of skills to have, but that is what the right agency should bring to the table. Otherwise, your credit union will be getting an incomplete solution, with limited success. (Hint: YMC is the only credit union-specific firm that provides outsourced marketing solutions with all of those skills in-house – no remote/contract employees.) continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgDina Hegab needed one more point. Serving at 5-4, 40-15, Hegab’s second serve was immediately attacked by her opponent Elene Tsokilauri. The return placed Hegab on the defensive from the opening ball of the rally. Tsokilauri attacked, taking the ball early, hitting a forehand into the far corner. But, Hegab was ready. In a dead sprint, Hegab lunged with her backhand, flicking the ball up the line, past a charging Tsokilauri to win the match for Syracuse. Her teammates and the fans erupted in cheer, and after she shook hands with her opponent, teammate Gabriela Knutson gave Hegab a thumbs up.“I was just digging in so deep,” Hegab said. “It’s one of my favorite shots, I’m glad it worked.”With Knutson’s thumbs up, Hegab knew she was the fourth point. The crowd noise gave her a clue as to the importance of her match, but she said she was unaware of just how important it was.“Sometimes we can feel what’s happening on the other courts,” Hegab said. “Today, I didn’t know.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHegab’s clutch play was one of several for SU. First, in doubles, Anna Shkudun and Sofya Golubovskaya rallied from 1-3 down to claim the doubles point. In singles, Hegab and Knutson earned wins as Syracuse (5-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) picked up its first ACC win of the season over Boston College (3-3, 0-2) 5-2 Friday afternoon at Drumlins Country Club.Last season, in a 5-2 loss to Boston College, both Knutson and Hegab lost. This year, the two led the way in earning the third and fourth points for the Orange. Knutson and Hegab are the only Syracuse players undefeated in singles, with an 11-0 combined record.Knutson partnered with Miranda Ramirez in doubles, and the No. 13 doubles pairing in the country won 6-4. With a set level at 4-all, Ramirez took over, forcing her opponents into errors that gave SU the break. Then, Knutson served the match out with an ace, another unreturned serve and a backhand that tagged the opposing net player.At sixth singles, Hegab found herself in a battle from the opening point. Trailing 2-4 in the opening set, Hegab changed her approach. She said she adjusted better and took advantage of her opponent’s mistakes. The improvements to her game showed as the Orange cards started flipping. Hegab won the final four games of the opening set to take it 6-4.In the second set, Hegab grabbed the early break before she was pegged back by Tsokilauri. Trailing 3-4 in the second set, SU’s lead looked precarious.With three points already on the scoreboard from doubles, Ramirez, and Knutson, it was unclear where SU would find its fourth point. On the court next to Hegab, Shkudun began a third set. Another court over from Shkudun was Golubovskaya, who had just squandered the second set 7-5. Both matches were final set bound, and Drumlins was the loudest it had been to date this season.“I felt this was the loudest match we have ever played here, I felt the energy more,” Hegab said.Hegab won the final three games of the set, serving it out confidently, losing just one point while her opponent made two unforced errors. Despite being admittedly nervous, Hegab was patient, forcing herself to breathe extra in between each point. On the first match point, Hegab reached back and clocked a forehand up the line that just missed. The second one, she made no mistake.“Dina is playing with a lot of confidence,” head coach Younes Limam said. “She did improve a lot compared to the last two years.”Knutson struggled early in singles, dropping four of the first five games of her singles match before calming herself down to win 11 of the final 12 games of her match to win 6-4, 6-1. She overcame early frustrations to become more patient and play out longer rallies.“I definitely needed to stay in the rallies and wait for that shot that she would eventually miss,” Knutson said. “I knew I was the better player on the court.”With all of the uncertainty in those final moments, Syracuse held its nerve and remained confident. In front of the energetic crowd, the Orange found the fourth point. Comments Published on February 16, 2018 at 9:03 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThe Nets are scrambling to find replacements for players who will not participate in the NBA’s season restart because of COVID-19.Two moves were reported Wednesday: 40-year-old guard Jamal Crawford and 31-year-old forward Michael Beasley. Crawford confirmed his signing on his Twitter feed, while The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported the Nets were nearing an agreement with Beasley. You wanna make God laugh, tell him your plan. He’ll tell you, sit back and watch this.. So thankful for alllllllllll the positive energy. Beyond humbled and blessed 🙏🏾🙌🏽— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) July 9, 2020Crawford hasn’t played in the NBA since April 9, 2019, when he scored 51 points for the Suns against the Mavericks. The Nets could use any type of scoring as they prep for the eight games that will determine their seeding in the Eastern Conference playoffs. They learned this week they’ll be without their second-leading scorer, Spencer Dinwiddie, who opted out after testing positive again for the coronavirus.MORE: List of players who have opted out | Injury updatesBeasley’s last NBA game was Feb. 5, 2019, for the Lakers. LA traded him at the deadline on Feb. 7 to the Clippers, who released him two days later. He will need to serve a five-game suspension for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy last August, NBA.com reported.The Nets have lost four players to the coronavirus or COVID-19 concerns in the leadup to the resumption of play: Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan, Taurean Prince and Wilson Chandler. Brooklyn can replace all four on its roster. It will have two more spots to fill after officially adding Crawford and Beasley. One of the spots is expected to go to forward Justin Anderson; it’s not clear who will get the other spot. In addition to the COVID cases, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Nicolas Claxton will be sitting out because of injuries.The minutes leaders among the remaining healthy players are Joe Harris, Caris LeVert, Garrett Temple, Jarrett Allen and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. Brooklyn will begin its restart July 31 vs. the Magic.last_img read more