Farmgate Value Report

first_imgLed by increases in forestry and livestock values, Georgia’s agricultural output increased by $484 million in 2014, making agriculture, once again, the largest industry in the state with a value of $14.1 billion. According to the most recent University of Georgia Farmgate Value Report, published earlier this month, the value of Georgia’s livestock and aquaculture industries increased by almost 36 percent from 2013. The significant increase in beef prices in 2014 combined with anticipated high prices have led Georgia farmers to increase their herds. In one year the value of the state’s beef cattle production rose by $443,394,105 to $1.089 billion, making it the second most valuable commodity group in the state. Coordinated by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development (CAED), the Farmgate Value Report is one of the most comprehensive annual studies of its kind. Eighty-six Georgia commodities are evaluated. UGA Cooperative Extension agents, who work closely with farmers in every county, collect data that other surveys can’t, said Kent Wolfe, director of the center and an ag economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It’s an on-the-ground survey of what Georgia farmers are growing,” he said. “It’s really the only study of its depth in the nation. We collect more data than the federal agencies and on more commodities than they are able to survey.” Whereas larger surveys may not count emerging or niche commodities, like southern peas for example, the UGA Farmgate Value Report does. Southern peas, like black-eyed peas, are a $5-million-a-year-business in Georgia. “We can look at the economic impact of those commodities on the state and county level,” Wolfe said. “Besides providing agriculture’s economic contribution, it provides a picture of how many people are involved in agriculture across the state and in the county, as well as the impact that their businesses have.” The detail also makes the report invaluable for spotting emerging trends, whether it’s an uptick in commercial okra production or a surging beef market. “It gives Georgia a unique tool that other states don’t have,” Wolfe said. The UGA CAED offers the report free to the public. To view or print the 2014 report, visit the center’s website at www.caes.uga.edu/center/caed/. Here are some facts from this year’s report: Madison County had the highest overall farm gate value in 2014 ($521,421,196) with more than half generated by poultry and eggs. Georgia’s most valuable vegetable crop in 2014 was grown in Colquitt County, with $155 million in vegetable production.Crisp County may be home to the “watermelon capital of the world,” but in 2014 Tift County was No. 1 in Georgia, generating a farm gate value of $18.4 million.Georgia’s most valuable vegetable crop in 2014 was onions with a value of $138.25 million.Ornamental greenhouse plants accounted for $265.4 million in Georgia in 2014.Dooly County topped the state in 2014 cotton production with a value of $48.2 million. Miller County topped the state in 2014 peanut production, generating a farm gate value of $33.4 million.Georgia farmers grew $335.25 million worth of blueberries in 2014.last_img read more

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August 15, 2004 Letters

first_imgAugust 15, 2004 Letters I disagree with the Family Law Section’s position in favor of gay adoptions stated in the July 15 News article titled “Family Law Section votes to support gay adoptions,” and I am convinced that taking a partisan position on the issue is more harmful than helpful to our profession.Although the article pretends to consider the children and not gay rights, I do not believe that it does. taking a position firmly in support of gay adoptions, the Family Law Section is, in effect, silencing advocates who represent children and/or who have serious reservations of the impact that gay relationships may have on children. Whether one agrees with the silenced advocates is not the issue; the issue is that their positions should be heard. I believe that no state bar association should take political sides, but rather dedicate its work to ensuring a level playing field such that both sides may be heard and everyone gets representation, including children who may suffer the consequences of being raised by gay parents. Good laws are the product of adversarial debate. Prevent the debate and you are left with one-sided laws.I also question how the Family Law Section purports to represent all members of The Florida Bar when there was neither a referendum on the issue nor an election of the Family Law Section’s Executive Council who voted to take legislative action to appeal the ban on homosexuals to adopt. The article also demonstrates that no serious study was conducted to assess the consequences of gay adoption on children.Adam J. Oosterbaan Naples August 15, 2004 Letters Gay Adoptions I admit I was quite disturbed when I read in the News of the Family Law Section voting to support gay adoptions. The section claimed this is not a gay rights issue but a children’s rights issue. I also admit my suspicions regarding it not being a gay rights issue, but let’s just go on the children’s rights.I feel comfortable in starting out with the opinion that it is best for children to be reared by their parents. That obviously means a father and mother, a male and a female. Up until very recently, it has always meant that. We hear very much about the troubles that arise when we deal with single parent families. That would mean just a man or a woman. A single parent simply isn’t able to give a child all of what the child needs. A child needs both male and female care, guidance, education, supervision, and love. Everybody, other than maybe gays, agrees with that. Look at all the opinion polls and medical research and opinions.A gay couple, obviously, consists of either two males or two females. They aren’t the necessary male and female couple who have been created to, among other things, rear children. You may have two adults rearing a child, but you have nothing else but a single parent relationship. Did any of your committee think of it that way? Are you really sure that the vote did not have a tinge of gay rights involved?The article quotes Family Law Section Chair Evan Marks as saying, “All research says two loving parents is what is needed.” What is the normal, usual definition of parents? A father and mother, a man and a woman.If this is 100 percent a children’s rights issue, I don’t see how the vote could be one that precludes a child from having the above care, guidance, education, supervision, and love of parents, consisting of the above man and woman, father and mother. Both sexes are necessary to provide all of that. Each sex offers something different than the other.I hope the Family Law Section’s Executive Council will reconsider. Should the vote of something this important not be put to your membership?In my opinion, it is very important from another aspect. In the same News there is an article about lawyer advertising. Oh, yes, the problems with advertising and the lawyer image that is presented to the public. We are trying to improve our image all the time.Sorry, but going in favor of gay adoptions certainly does not improve the lawyer image.Wm. A. Oughterson Stuartcenter_img Letters The question of what legislative positions the Bar and its sections may actively support has once again been brought to the forefront by the vote of the Family Law Section’s Executive Council to support the repeal of F.S. §63.042(3), the subsequent support resolution passed by the Equal Opportunities Law Section, and the July 15 News article titled “Family Law Section votes to support gay adoption.”In 1991, the Board of Governors correctly determined that homosexual adoption was beyond the scope of permissible lobbying activities of the Public Interest Law Section. PILS subsequently petitioned the Supreme Court and in that dispute cited The Florida Bar Re: Frankel 581 So. 2d 1294 (Fla. 1991) claiming that, “[v]olunteer sections and committees are the appropriate vehicles for lobbying on issues that do not fall within” guidelines for permissible lobbying activities of The Florida Bar. The PILS’ petition was denied without a published opinion.In its pleadings, the Bar noted that subunits of a mandatory membership organization raised unique freedom of association issues, especially on topics that may be divisive within the general membership of the umbrella group. The Bar also noted that sections of a unified bar, that are often funded with mandatory monies, are distinctive from financially autonomous and wholly separate voluntary groups discussed in federal court cases as acceptable alternatives to lobbying by mandatory membership organizations.As was the case in 1991, efforts by the Family Law Section to actively lobby for the repeal of Florida’s homosexual adoption ban creates the potential for a deep and philosophical division among a substantial segment of the Bar’s membership. As recently as early this year, the Executive Council of the FLS voted 17-7 against lobbying to repeal the homosexual adoption ban on the grounds that the issue was too divisive. Interestingly, only five months later, shortly after Evan Marks became FLS chair, the “divisive” nature of homosexual adoption had been settled, at least in the minds of the Executive Council. It raises the question how an executive council, in less than five months, can have such a dramatic shift in ideology.The recent news coverage, including the July l5 News article, has presented a distorted view that somehow the “unanimous” vote of the section’s executive council is indicative of the general attitude of the Bar. This is simply not the case.When asked why he thought the Board of Governors would accept the homosexual adoption position today after rejecting it in 1991, Marks stated, “people have become more enlightened.” This supposed “enlightenment” has escaped the attention of the Florida Legislature, which up to this point, has refused to repeal §63.042(3). A bill filed in the Florida Senate this spring to repeal the ban went nowhere. The fact that the executive council of the FLS supports homosexual adoption, but the Florida Legislature, which undoubtedly represents the views of a significant number of the members of the Bar, opposes homosexual adoption, is one of the many indicators that the homosexual adoption issue, as it was in 1991, remains divisive.The FLS Executive Council seeks to take the Bar down a devisive path that could prove damaging to Florida’s children. The Florida Department of Children and Families has concluded that children to be placed for adoption are better off in “homes stabilized by marriage.” Opponents of homosexual adoption cite “enlightened” and authoritative studies finding, among other things, that: children living with homosexuals, especially girls, are more likely to depart from traditional gender roles in their dress, activities, and occupational aspirations; female children living with homosexuals are more likely to be sexually active as teenagers and young adults than children of heterosexuals; children living with homosexuals report experiencing peer stigma regarding their own sexual orientation at higher levels than children of heterosexuals; children living with homosexuals are more likely to be confused about their sexual identities and to identify themselves as non-heterosexual; homosexual couples are more likely to molest their children; homosexuals are more likely to separate than heterosexuals; and children of homosexuals are ostracized by their peers. These findings are reported in an article titled “(How) Does Sexual Orientation of Parents Matter?” published in the American Sociological Review by Judith Stacey, Ph.D. and Timothy Biblarz (an examination of 21 existing studies of children living with homosexuals) and an article titled “The Potential Impact of Homosexual Parenting on Children” by Lynn D. Wardle published in the University of Illinois Law Review in 1997.Regardless of what side of this issue members of the Bar may fall, the bottom line is clear: The legislative position being advanced is divisive, politicizes the Bar and based on current studies, potentially damaging to Florida’s children.Douglas A Lewis Naples and Stephen E.Thompson Napleslast_img read more

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Credit union loan zone: Auto enhanced scores

first_imgWe used to hear often from members that the reason they got their car loan from a big bank was the competitor’s rate was lower than ours. We used to discount this information, as we knew our rates were lower. We did our surveys.However, what was happening in many cases was that our competitors were pulling auto enhanced credit scores that would take our members up a couple of credit grade tiers. When we pulled a traditional credit score, we would get a lower credit rating for the same borrower. So we were not competing on a level field.More specifically, here’s how it would go. Our member would go into the auto dealership. The dealer rep would send the loan application to our credit union and other lenders. We would pull a credit file using the traditional model—let’s say the credit score was 680. With a 680 score, we would classify this as B credit and assign an interest rate of 5 percent.Our competitors (all big banks) would pull an auto enhanced credit score. Since most members pay auto loans on time, the enhanced score was in the 700s. With a 700-plus score, the big banks were able to offer interest rates in the 3.5 percent range. Why wouldn’t the member want to pay 1.5 percent less? We lost this business due to not using the same model the big banks were using. If we had used the same auto enhanced score, we would have given our members a better rate, too. continue reading » 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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The 5 best (non-credit union) blogs you should follow for great credit union marketing ideas

first_img 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Meredith Olmstead Meredith Olmstead is the CEO and Founder of FI GROW Solutions, which provides Digital Marketing & Sales services to Community Financial Institutions. With experience working with FIs in markets of … Web: www.figrow.com Details When looking for Credit Union marketing ideas we follow the trades, and great sites like this one (cuinsight.com), but we also look OUTSIDE the CU industry for inspiration. This helps our staff keep clients current and not get overly bogged down in just looking at what other financial institutions are doing.Check out these great marketing blogs for lots of awesome Credit Union marketing ideas!1. Wordstream is an online advertising company that helps automate the process of PPC spending. Although we don’t necessarily recommend their ad buy services for all our clients, they have an amazing blog, with lots of great Credit Union marketing ideas. For example, here’s a great blog with some cool marketing ideas, including some fun contest examples! Here’s another one that breaks down how to design great Facebook ads. This one has some great tips!2. Entrepreneur Magazine. I love this blog by Entrepreneur Magazine that is specific to the marketing industry. They have some informative topics and I especially like how they estimate reading times at the top of the articles! Very motivating! One recent article that stood out to me… a great piece on 5 ways to get your employees to become brand advocates. Every single Credit Union out there needs to work on this one for sure!3. Creative Guerrilla Marketing. Now this site is pretty out there in terms of ideas. They share extremely creative campaigns and ideas from all over the world. The examples they feature may not all be easily applicable to Credit Unions, but I think they do get the grey cells going! For example, this article features lots of wild ways big brands have showcased their products, often on real world objects. Perhaps these could inspire you to look at ATM receipts or local benches or billboards differently, as opportunities to creatively deliver your CU branded message with more emotion, shock value, or even a little sense of humor!4. As a HubSpot partner, we love their software and find it to be a great fit for Credit Unions, and not surprisingly their blog also offers lots of other cool marketing tips and ideas. This article on managing a marketing budget with a great free budget template is super useful! Or how about this one with great tips and templates for emails that help build real relationships?5. And last but certainly not least… Hootsuite, also an amazing tool that we use with our clients, has a fantastic blog with great tips and marketing ideas. Most of their content is social media related, which makes sense. But these ideas are SUPER relevant for Credit Unions online marketing. Here’s a nice article on delivering customer service via social media. And most CUs are running some Facebook contests, so this one on best practices for being successful with them is also pretty useful!6. Social Stairway Blog. As an added #6 bonus blog, we like to think that although our site is focused on Credit Union specific tips and ideas, we do a nice job of curating great content and then breaking it down into small consumable bites for our readers. A recent favorite of mine… 5 Things You Competitors Can Teach You About Credit Union Marketing Ideas.Hope you found the list useful. Add your favorites in the comments below and thanks for reading!last_img read more

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NCUA doesn’t need power over vendors: NAFCU, CUNA

first_imgNCUA headquarters Major credit union trade groups still aren’t buying NCUA Chairman J. Mark McWatters’s plea that Congress give the agency enforcement authority over third-party vendors that credit unions use.“NCUA has effectively managed this risk within their current regulatory authority,” CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle said in a letter to the Senate Banking Committee. “Credit Unions are required to perform due diligence on their third-party vendor relationships, and this due diligence is already subject to supervision by the NCUA.”But a source in the credit union community said Congress may be receptive to the agency’s argument, particularly in the context of cybersecurity. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img continue reading »last_img read more

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Bellmore Man Fatally Hit by Minivan

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 51-year-old Bellmore man was fatally hit by a minivan while riding a bicycle across Sunrise Highway in Wantagh on Halloween.Nassau County police said the victim, whose identity wasn’t immediately released, was crossing Route 27 west of Old Mill Road when he was hit by a westbound Dodge Caravan at 9:15 p.m. Saturday.The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A passenger in the vehicle was treated for minor glass injuries and traumatic stress.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the minivan and are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

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Captain, pull out my teeth! Desperate times for sailors stranded by pandemic

first_imgBoysen, a German national, finally left the ship in Hamburg on Thursday along with two other crew members, after passing up an opportunity to leave the ship in April when it last docked in the same city.”I felt it was my duty as captain not to leave the ship first, even though I really wanted to see my family,” said Boysen, who lives with his wife and three children near Flensburg in northern Germany.”That was my low point in April, being in Hamburg and staying on the ship although I could see the city through the port fence,” he added.To keep up the crews’ spirits, he organized karaoke tournaments, bingo and piggy-back races.About 90% of world trade is transported by sea, and Boysen said immigration and shipping authorities should agree exemptions from lockdown measures for seafarers to ensure crews can be changed and supply chains protected.”The public does not really understand what we do in container shipping. We are part of a logistics chain that is not visible to most people but supplies them with most of the things they need.”Now though the captain, who has accrued a vast amount of holiday along with some paternity leave, has no intention of taking a brief vacation – he’s taking the rest of the year off.”I really need a break with my family.”Topics : Jens Boysen disembarked one of the world’s largest container ships on Thursday after 167 days at sea when he has acted not only as captain but also as doctor, dentist, mental coach and entertainment director for his stressed-out crew.Almost 200,000 seafarers like Boysen are stuck onboard merchant ships, some for more than a year, because coronavirus travel restrictions make it almost impossible to rotate crews, according to the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO).The crews, who come from all over the world to meet their ships, suffer the mental stress of not knowing when they can return home, their plight worsened by a lack of access to medical treatment. Boysen, captain of the Emma Maersk, said two crew members developed toothache but were not allowed to leave the ship.”I got medical advice, and then I pulled the teeth out,” Boysen said, standing on the dock in Hamburg after bidding his crew farewell. “It felt almost like a war situation,” he added.The IMO has called the situation a “humanitarian crisis” and maritime welfare charities have warned of an increase in suicides by seafarers. Last month, Pope Francis paid tribute to the stranded seafarers in a special video message, saying they were “not forgotten”.So close yet so farlast_img read more

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Unai Emery reveals why he dropped Lucas Torreira for Europa League semi-final against Valencia

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Sean KearnsFriday 3 May 2019 12:21 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link259Shares Guendouzi started ahead of Torreira (Picture: Getty)‘I was thinking with Matteo, he can have that and also with the combination with Mesut.‘After the first-half, it was not playing like I was thinking. But, it is good for us and our composition with the team, the set up I think was for controlling the possession also. This is the reason.‘Matteo and Lucas can help us at the beginning, or having an impact. Also, giving us the different qualities.‘Both can play together, can play also one another. It depends on the match.‘Today I decided with Matteo to play the passes ahead for Mesut, for the strikers, also one side to another side. Maybe the match in the second-half can be different.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Gunners host Brighton at the Emirates on Sunday as they continue their pursuit of a top four finish.Emery, who made four changes for the win on Thursday, is likely to ring the changes again on Sunday with Nacho Monreal, Mohamed Elneny and Alex Iwobi all in line to start.MORE: Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk sends subtle warning to Lionel Messi and Barcelona after Champions League defeat Advertisement Unai Emery reveals why he dropped Lucas Torreira for Europa League semi-final against Valencia Lucas Torreira was dropped for the visit of Valencia (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery says his decision to drop Lucas Torreira for Arsenal’s 3-1 win against Valencia was a tactical one.The Uruguayan was a surprise omission from the Gunners’ starting line-up for their semi-final first leg tie at the Emirates, with Matteo Guendouzi getting the nod.Valencia took an early lead at the Emirates but Arsenal hit back with a brace from Alexandre Lacazette and a late goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to give the Gunners a two-goal cushion before next Thursday’s second leg.Torreira did emerge from the bench but Emery says he opted for Guendouzi because he’s better in possession.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked why Torreira started on the bench, Emery replied: ‘Because we need also with the ball, to have players on the pitch with the possibility against a team like Valencia with two lines of four, to break their line with passes.last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho omits Manchester United from his list of Premier League top-four contenders

first_imgJose Mourinho omits Manchester United from his list of Premier League top-four contenders Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United are six points behind fourth place (Getty Images)‘Wolves and Sheffield United are fighting for the top four, [the managers] they can say no, and I understand if they say no but the reality is that they are. Not just because of the position that they are in the table, but because of the power and quality,’ Mourinho told Sky Sports.‘They arrive in this situation where in the eyes of everybody they should be more than happy, they are not more than happy.‘Wolves bought an important player [Daniel Podence for £16.6m] to try to improve their situation.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Sheffield bought an important player [Sander Berge for £22m], they beat their record in the market to try to improve their team.‘So it’s not just about Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton. It’s not just about us.‘It’s also about these two clubs who I have to say [are] fantastic.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 11 Feb 2020 8:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisement Jose Mourinho says Wolves and Sheffield United are serious top-four contenders (BPI/REX)Jose Mourinho has left Manchester United off his list of candidates for a top-four place but believes Wolves and Sheffield United are serious contenders to secure a Champions League spot.Chelsea currently occupy fourth position in the Premier League but Sheffield United are only two points behind Frank Lampard’s side in the table.Meanwhile, Tottenham are four points behind Chelsea, while Everton’s drastic improvement under Carlo Ancelotti has put them five points behind fourth place.Manchester United and Wolves are trailing Chelsea by six points, while Arsenal, who have registered just one win in the Premier League under Mikel Arteta, are 10 points off the final Champions League position.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, when listing the teams he believes are vying for fourth place, Mourinho gave no mention of his former club.last_img read more

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Indian Register of Shipping unveils rules for LNG-fueled vessels

first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of IRClass)Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has released Rules for LNG-fueled coastal and inland vessels in addition to its already established rules for ocean-going ships.These rules will help the maritime stakeholders to promote environmentally friendly fuels for coastal as well as inland vessels, IRClass said in its statement.The rules for gas fuelled vessels have been developed based on a study of the various international requirements such as the ESTRIN (European Standard laying down Technical Requirements for Inland Navigation Vessels), the IMO IGF Code and consultations with various stakeholders.IRClass has also developed rules for pleasure crafts above 24 meters in length which are in addition to its rules for pleasure crafts below 24m length already published earlier. These new rules are developed based on several national standards as well as ISO standards, IRClass said.last_img read more

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