Closing The Gap Between Producers and Consumers

first_img Facebook Twitter Agriculture is a highly technical, scientific, and capital intensive business today.  It requires farm operators to be proficient in a wide variety of highly specialized areas from chemistry, to mechanical engineering, computer technology, biological sciences, botany, veterinary medicine, labor relations, contract law, environmental regulations, bookkeeping, corporate finance, and economic policy (just to name a few).  Most farming operations are involved in producing and marketing a commodity, although a growing number are now producing branded products for a specific use or end user.  The majority of farming operations are organized in some form of corporate structure involving several family members or other partners. Most operations have several different consultants on retainer, from crop consultants to financial advisors.  A large percentage of farm families own only a small percentage of the land they farm, instead they lease or rent the fields on which they produce which is often spread over several counties. Home Commentary Closing The Gap Between Producers and Consumers SHARE This image of modern agriculture is not what consumers believe or what they want to believe. Most think family farms are small, independent, diversified, and producing food for their local area.  They see the big mega farms which produce for large food conglomerates as corporate owned and operated farms.  They have a mistrust of large farms and long for the simpler days of hardworking farmers struggling against nature to produce simple and safe food for their local community.  This is one of the reasons they are willing to pay more for organic food products, mistakenly believing these are produced by smaller, independent family farms. Remember the Generation Gap? This phrase has fallen out of common use but; during the decade of the 1960s, it was commonly used to refer to the disconnect between the younger and older generation — primarily between us young hip and cool teens and young adults and our square and out of touch parents.  The phrase “don’t trust anyone over 30” was used a lot… until we all turned 30. There is different kind of generation gap that exists today between agricultural producers and consumers. Like the gap of the 1960s, this gap in understanding and expectations has fostered mistrust and animosity. Setting aside the issues of production techniques, biotechnology, animal welfare, and the general lack of understanding of how and where their food is produced, the gap over the image and expectations of the food production system is at the heart of the disconnect between producers and consumers. Not only does this gap exist between producers and consumers but between producers and public officials.  As a result, agriculture does not get the kind of public support it deserves or the kind of public policy it needs. Previous articleVilsack Outlines Impact of Sequestration on USDANext articleWeather Man at Commodity Classic Predicts Solid Corn Yield Bump Gary Truitt While some call for a return to the good old days, the reality is we cannot meet our current food needs, let alone future food demand, with 1940s technology. Consumers today demand a wide variety of sophisticated food products with convenience, low cost, and guaranteed safety. In the next 20 years, several billion new middle class consumers in Asia will be demanding a similar diet. American agriculture is up to the task of meeting that demand, but only if we have the public trust and public policies needed to grow the agriculture industry. The trust and policies will only come if we begin to close the image and expectation gap between agriculture and those who depend on it. SHARE by Gary Truitt Closing The Gap Between Producers and Consumers By Gary Truitt – Mar 3, 2013 March is Agriculture Appreciation Month in Indiana. It is also the month in which we celebrate National Agriculture Day. As part of our conversation about agriculture, let us stress to consumers and public officials that our business has changed.  Just as the corner store has become the supermarket, the family farm has become a family business, and let us stress that is it NOT a bad thing. This new structure will allow agriculture to supply our world today with safe, abundant, low cost and good tasting food and will do so in a sustainable way so that the next generation of farmers can produce even more food for a growing number of consumers. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Judge describes drug issues as worrying

first_imgTwitter Facebook NewsLocal NewsJudge describes drug issues as worryingBy admin – April 20, 2009 409 Previous articleViewers voted Celia most stylish woman on TVNext articleExperience the ancient art of Threading admin Print Linkedincenter_img Email A LIMERICK District Court Judge has described as “worrying” the increase in instances where members of the public attempt to pass drugs to prisoners while in custody in Limerick Prison. Judge Tom O’Donnell’s comments came as a 27-year-old woman appeared before a sitting of Limerick District Court charged with bringing a controlled substance into Limerick Prison contrary to Sec 15(c) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The county Limerick woman appeared before Judge O’Donnell where the court was told that the accused allegedly attempted to pass 55 tablets to a prisoner during a visit.The arresting officer, Garda Colleran, told the court of prison officers apprehending the woman as she attempted to orally pass the tablets to a prisoner.Defence solicitor, Sarah Ryan, addressed the court following hearing details of the incident and noted that the drug in question was prescribed to the woman for pain relief following a very bad car accident in which she suffered injuries to her back.Judge O’Donnell noted that these types of offences are on the increase and worryingly, many go undetected and are very serious.“I must congratulate and praise the work of the prison officers and the gardai in this incident as these types of crimes are on a very serious rise.“I’ve noted at least three or four of these in the early parts of this year and its something that could get out of hand very easily.“I must also say that the doctor in question would be very disappointed to know that a patient of theirs would be obtaining tablets, pain killers in this instance, and keeping them to pass on to others.“These are disturbing times for such crimes but I do take into account the early plea and the co-operation offered by the accused. I also note the seriousness of the mitigating factors for the defendant”.Marking the facts of the case proven, Judge O’Donnell issued that a probation report be submitted to the court and subsequent to that, issued bail terms of 100 euro to the accused.The court will hear the findings of the report on June 11. WhatsApp Advertisementlast_img read more

Sherburne-Earlville schools put sports, extracurricular activities on pause

first_imgThe district says the pause is to allow time and consideration for state aid and clear guidance during the pandemic. District Superintendent Robert Benson says the situation will be reevaluated in December. He added that the school is facing a 20 percent reduction in state aid. SHERBURNE, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Sherburne-Earlville Central School District has suspended all sports and extracurricular activities until December. Benson says the district will follow the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s decision to play a condensed-seasons schedule if the pandemic conditions become favorable. The NYSPHSAA’s condensed schedule begins Jan. 4. 2021 with winter sports, March 1, 2021 with fall sports season 2, and April 19, 2021 with spring sports.last_img read more

Newcastle break losing run

He was even more aggrieved four minutes later when the striker fired the home side level, reacting first when Williamson turned Cheick Tiote’s cross back across goal to beat Robles. Martinez replaced James McCarthy with Ross Barkley before the restart, and it took the newcomer just three minutes to embark upon a trademark run upfield, although his pass to Kone was poor. But it was Robles’ goal which came under threat two minutes later with the keeper turning the ball aside after it ricocheted off Gouffran’s shins, although his relief was only momentary as Tiote picked out Perez on the left and he cut inside Distin before thumping a shot through Coleman’s legs and into the bottom corner. The home side were growing in confidence, but they could not afford to relax and they were grateful to see Samuel Eto’o sky a 64th-minute effort high over after Leighton Baines had out-fought Tiote on the sideline. But the visitors fell further behind three minutes later when Barkley failed to cut out Daryl Janmaat’s cross and Colback stabbed the ball past Robles to make it 3-1. Mirallas reduced the deficit with six minutes remaining when he got behind a static Newcastle defence to stab Baines’ long ball past the advancing Jak Alnwick, but that was as good as it got for the Merseysiders as they slipped to a third successive defeat. But if it was Cisse who started the ball rolling, it was Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback who completed the job with the Spaniard’s fifth goal for the club giving them a 51st-minute lead which was cemented by Colback’s first in a black and white shirt 16 minutes later, although substitute Kevin Mirallas’ late strike made for a tense conclusion. Newcastle ran out in front of a crowd of 52,313 having lost their last four games in all competitions, three of them in the Barclays Premier League, a run which included a 1-0 derby defeat by Sunderland in their last home fixture. With some bookmakers having stopped taking bets on Alan Pardew being appointed the next Crystal Palace manager, there was an air of uncertainty around St James’ Park before kick-off, although the 53-year-old and his players were concentrating simply on the 90 minutes ahead. They were boosted by the Everton team-sheet, which showed seven changes, many of them enforced by injury and suspension, to the side which lost 1-0 at home to Stoke on Boxing Day, although it was the visitors who started much the brighter. They got their reward with just five minutes gone when Aiden McGeady slid the ball into the space where full-back Paul Dummett should have been for Seamus Coleman to leave Yoan Gouffran in his wake and cross for Kone to convert from close range with central defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson looking on in horror. The Magpies were simply not at the races as Gareth Barry was allowed to orchestrate from the middle of the park, and when they finally managed to string two passes together, Moussa Sissoko’s touch deserted him in spectacular style as he ran on to Cisse’s 12th-minute flick. However, they gradually worked their way into the game, although without being able to find the required quality in the final third with keeper Joel Robles untroubled. Coleman was left on his backside and claiming bitterly to the referee after clashing with Cisse as the pair awaited the delivery of a set-piece, and replays suggested the defender might have had a point about the striker’s swinging arm. Papiss Cisse’s fifth goal in six games launched a Newcastle fightback as they ended a four-match losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Everton. The Senegal international cancelled out Arouna Kone’s fifth-minute opener – his first for the club on his first Barclays Premier League start for the club he joined during the summer of 2013 – with a close-range finish 11 minutes before the break . However, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez may feel the African Cup of Nations-bound frontman was lucky to still be on the pitch after appearing to catch full-back Seamus Coleman with a flailing arm four minutes earlier, and there may yet be repercussions with referee Craig Pawson having taken no action at the time. Press Association read more