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Organic farmers from North Carolina, Oregon & Vermont win top Stonyfield grants

first_imgThe Teagues of North Carolina, the Mahaffys of Oregon and the Beidlers of Vermont are the top three winners of the Stonyfield Organic Farmers Grant-a-Wish Program, which will fund a total of six innovative organic farming projects in the U.S. Consumers voted online for the winners after watching short videos about each one. All recipients are farmer-owners of Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, t he organic farmers’ cooperative which has supplied Stonyfield with organic milk for more than 15 years.‘It’s exciting that consumers are taking the time to get to know the farmers who grow their food and getting involved in ways like the Grant-a-Wish Program to help organic agriculture innovate and thrive,’ said Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield President and CE-Yo.”We are very proud of the Teagues, Mahaffys and Beidlers, and all our farmer-owners who entered their sustainability projects in the Grant-a-Wish program. We thank them for all they do each and every day to further the future of organic farming,’ said George Siemon, founding farmer and C-I-E-I-O of Organic Valley.The Teagues of Guilford County, North Carolina are the recipients of Stonyfield’s top $10,000 grant, which they will use to build a new, energy efficient feed mill to process organic grains for other organic dairy farmers in the southeast, as well as livestock growers and small farmers looking for local, organic feed. Their current mill, which is the only organic feed mill in the entire state, runs primarily by hand and is slow and inefficient. In addition to giving a big boost to organic agriculture in the region, George and Cherry Teague, who run the farm with their son Taylor, hope the new mill will help keep the next generation of Teagues on the farm. The Teagues have been Organic Valley farmer-owners since 2007.Tied for second place grants of $7,500 each are the Beidlers of Vermont and the Mahaffys of Oregon.Brent and Regina Beidler and their daughter Erin, of Randolph Center, Vermont, run one of the state’s few farms that grow organic grain in commercial quantities. They will use the grant funds to upgrade their antiquated seed cleaning equipment which will improve seed and flour quality, a benefit to the organic farmers who rely upon their grain. It will also help to provide increased food types to the local community, and help their farm to diversify and become more self-sufficient. The Beidlers have been Organic Valley farmer-owners since 2000.Peter and Kelly Mahaffy of Coos Bay, Oregon will use the grant to manage odor issues involved in using waste from the local seafood processors as their primary source of fertilizer. Their efforts will involve building a covered compost shed and adding a nutrient recycling system. As a result, they will generate nutrient dense organic compost ready to be used on their fields and shared with the community. The Mahaffys have been Organic Valley farmer-owners since 2003.Stonyfield also awarded three $2,000 grants which go to:Jon and Juli Bansen of Monmouth, Oregon, will use the grant funds to install a walk-through flytrap that vacuums flies off their cows. Fewer flies will result in reducing stress in the cows and increasing their productivity and milk quality. The Bansens have been Organic Valley farmer-owners since June 2000.Dana and Carol Shirk, who run a dairy farm with their five children in Tuscola County, Michigan, will use the funds to create an aquifer-fed farm pond that will support pasture irrigation and provide drinking water for their livestock. The Shirks have been Organic Valley farmer-owners since 2007.Jerry and Dotty Snyder and their eight children steward a 400 acre grass-based 50-cow dairy in Alfred Station, New York. Their grant will help build a pond for use by a hydro-electric generator that will provide needed power throughout the farm. The Snyders have been Organic Valley farmer owners since 2002.More than 70 organic farms applied for the Stonyfield Organic Farmer Grant-a-Wish Program. Six finalists were selected by a team of experts from Stonyfield and Organic Valley for their project’s environmental impact and ability to improve the long-term viability of organic farming. After viewing short videos describing each farmer’s project, nearly ten thousand consumers voted on-line for their first choice of grant recipient.‘The Stonyfield Organic Farmers Grant-a-Wish Program demonstrates how consumers, farmers and organic companies can partner with one another in ways that will help build and strengthen the organic community as a whole. I am proud to have been a part of this collaboration, and I salute the organic farmers who make it all possible,’ said Nancy Hirshberg, vice president of natural resources for Stonyfield Farm.For ongoing updates on the progress of each award recipient, visit Stonyfield Organic Farmers Grant-a-Wish Program on the web at is external). For more information about Stonyfield Farm, visit is external). For information about Organic Valley and its farmer-owners, visit is external).Stonyfield Farm: Dedicated to Healthy Food, Healthy People, Healthy Planet, Healthy BusinessStonyfield Farm, celebrating its 27th year, is the world’s leading organic yogurt company. Its certified organic yogurt, smoothies, milk, cultured soy, frozen yogurt and ice cream are distributed nationally. The company advocates that healthy food can only come from a healthy planet. Its use of organic ingredients helps keep over 180,000 farm acres free of toxic, persistent pesticides and chemical fertilizers known to contaminate soil, drinking water and food. To help reduce climate change, Stonyfield offsets all of the C02 emissions generated from its facility energy use. The company also started a nonprofit called Climate Counts ( which shows people how they can help fight climate change by the way they shop and invest. Stonyfield also donates 10% of its profits to efforts that help protect and restore the Earth. For further information, visit is external) or follow Stonyfield on Twitter @Stonyfield and @StonyfieldBiz, and on Facebook is external).Organic Valley: Independent and Farmer-Owned Organic Valley is America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands. Organized in 1988, it represents 1,617 farmers in 33 states and three Canadian provinces, and achieved $621 million in 2010 sales. Focused on its founding mission of saving family farms through organic farming, Organic Valley produces a variety of organic foods, including organic milk, soy, cheese, butter, spreads, creams, eggs, produce and juice, which are sold in supermarkets, natural foods stores and food cooperatives nationwide. The same farmers who produce for Organic Valley also produce a full range of delicious organic meat under the Organic Prairie label. For further information, call 1-888-444-MILK or visit is external), is external) or the cooperative’s farmer website, is external). Organic Valley is also on Twitter @Organic_Valley and Facebook is external). Londonderry, NH ‘ March 1, 2011 ‘last_img read more

Court studies records policies

first_img Court studies records policies January 1, 2002 Regular News Court studies records policiescenter_img How public should public court records be? What is the definition of “court records”? Is it the Supreme Court’s responsibility to form statewide policies on access to court records?Two court groups — the Supreme Court Workgroup on Public Records and the Judicial Management Council — have been tasked with answering questions like these. Both groups have completed their review processes and forwarded final reports to the high court, which will now consider what action should be taken on the recommendations.The workgroup, appointed by a September 2000 administrative order, focused primarily on defining what constitutes a court record and defining the scope of the courts’ responsibility for maintaining and distributing records.The bulk of the group’s recommendations comes in the form of an access and retention schedule for different types of records, however, one of their recommendations has garnered opposition from The Orlando Sentinel. The Sentinel, in oral argument, vigorously opposed the group’s recommendation that requests for access to public court records be required in writing. The court has taken the issue into consideration.Now, the JMC, based on research by one of its own workgroups, has made recommendations to the court concerning electronic access to court records. Most notably, the council calls for a temporary moratorium on the transmittal of trial court records via the Internet or other electronic methods.“Until policies are developed that appropriately balance privacy with access, and which support the core mission of the courts to do justice, unrestricted electronic access to court records should not be available,” the report reads.Under current Florida law, by January 1, every county clerk of court is required to provide an index of documents recorded in the official records of the county for the period beginning no later than January 1, 1990, and by January 1, 2006, the clerks of court must provide for the electronic retrieval of documents referenced in the index.“The impression that I’ve had as we’ve gone through the sessions is that the members of the JMC are very concerned about the potential adverse effects of users of the court if a lot of this very, very personal information that gets into court files is accessible to any casual surfer on the Internet,” said Fifth DCA Judge Jacqueline Griffin, who chaired the JMC workgroup.Another portion of the JMC report asks that a broad-based group be assembled to develop policies for the courts that achieve a happy medium between access and privacy issues.“This really poses a difficult balancing issue that the courts are going to have to grapple with,” Griffin said. “And, hopefully, if we have the kind of entity appointed by the Supreme Court to study this issue, then at the other end of it, after all the constituencies have been heard, then we hope. . . to protect the user’s right to privacy and protect users from identity theft, but keep up with new technology and protect the public’s right to public records access.”last_img read more

Marketers, don’t let legal write your website copy

first_imgby: Joe SwatekA visit to a financial institution’s website reminded me how too often website copy is composed by people who know nothing about good marketing practices.Your website is a high-profile marketing medium, available to anyone, whenever they want to see it. Prospects are likely visiting your financial institution’s website to find information. They’re curious about you.Yet you may be driving away new account holders every day.This isn’t an isolated problem. I’ve seen it repeated over the years by banks and credit unions, big and small. Instead of making the accounts and services sound attractive, the text is written like it’s a prison sentence.I’ll give you one example from an actual savings account webpage and then show you how to correct the overall problems. (This can apply to all types of media.) continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How I learned to be more confident

first_imgOn Sept. 1, General Electric announced that Beth Comstock would become the first female vice chair in the history of the industrial giant. She joined a trio of GE men who also hold that top executive title, including the head of global operations, the CEO of the company’s finance unit, and the service and operations chief. After more than a decade as GE’s marketing chief, Comstock is now charged with leading the company’s new growth efforts and running its historic lighting business.So it was fitting to sit down with Comstock at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington for a conversation about her career. She opened up about how having self-confidence has always been “vexing” for her, and how she’s learned to interpret “no” as “not yet.” The conversation below has been edited for length and clarity.Q. What does it mean to you to be the first female vice chair of GE?A. I’ve been at GE pretty much the bulk of my career. I grew up on the NBC side and transitioned over to GE, so for me the vice chair role is sort of a way to express the fact that I’ve been there a long time. But it also helps prove that the mandate we’re driving—growth and innovation—matters in the company. If anything it gives me a bit more urgency that we’ve got to make sure that these efforts stick. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Field of membership dispute nearly derails merger

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A not-so-funny thing happened on the way to the Feb. 1 merger of Merrimack Valley Credit Union and Bridgewater Credit Union: The legal fight over federal field of membership rules almost derailed it.In June 2015, leaders of Merrimack Valley CU were studying the likely impact on their strategic growth plans of the National Credit Union Administration’s proposed FOM rules, which would permit credit unions to expand their membership base in a combined statistical area up to 2.5 million potential members. In comparing options to move forward with the CU’s existing federal charter or a new Massachusetts state charter, the executive team and board agreed that the former, with the new FOM rules in place, would be the best path forward, recalls Peter Matthews, who was then president/CEO.The new rules took effect in December 2016, and a few months later, Merrimack Valley CU began merger discussions with Bridgewater Credit Union, which served a complementary field of membership in the Boston metropolitan area. Plans were developed for Bridgewater CEO and former Merrimack Valley CU executive John Howard to lead the continuing credit union upon Matthews’ retirement. continue reading »last_img read more

USDA closes probe into Alabama BSE case

first_imgMay 8, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – US officials have closed the investigation into the nation’s latest case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, without finding the infected cow’s origins.John Clifford, the US Department of Agriculture’s chief veterinary officer, announced the end of the investigation into the Alabama case on May 2.The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) had been trying to learn since mid-March where the Alabama cow came from so it could trace other cattle that might have been exposed to the same feed the cow ate in early years. Cattle are believed to contract the disease by eating contaminated feed.”APHIS’s investigation did not reveal the BSE-positive animal’s herd of origin,” Clifford said in a written statement. “However, this was not entirely unexpected due to the age of the animal, along with its lack of identifying brands, tattoos and tags. Experience worldwide has shown that it is highly unusual to find BSE in more than one animal in a herd or an infected animal’s offspring.”The cow, described as a red crossbreed, was euthanized and tested in March after it was found unable to walk. After a veterinarian took a sample for testing, the cow was buried on the farm, but officials later dug up the carcass to determine its age. They concluded that it was more than 10 years old and therefore was born before the government’s 1997 ban on use of cattle protein in feed for cattle and other ruminant animals.Clifford said APHIS and Alabama officials investigated 36 farms and five auction houses and conducted DNA tests in a hunt for relatives of the infected cow. They found none besides than the cow’s two latest calves. The most recent calf was found on the same farm as its mother and is now being held for observation at APHIS’s national laboratory in Ames, Iowa. The other calf died last year, he said. An Associated Press report said that calf was buried in a landfill.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated feed mills that might have supplied feed to the cow after the 1997 feed ban, Clifford reported. “This investigation found that all local feed mills that handle prohibited material have been and continue to be in compliance with the FDA’s feed ban,” he said.The Alabama cow was the nation’s third BSE case. On the basis of tests of more than 700,000 cattle over the past 2 years, the USDA recently estimated that another four to seven cases could exist in the United States.See also:May 2 statement by John Clifford of USDAMar 13 CIDRAP News story “Alabama cow positive for BSE”last_img read more

Robert Pires rates Unai Emery’s first season at Arsenal and makes Europa League prediction

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 Mar 2019 9:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link401Shares Robert Pires rates Unai Emery’s first season at Arsenal and makes Europa League prediction Emery praises his players after 2-0 win over Man UtdTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:30FullscreenEmery praises his players after 2-0 win over Man Utd is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.center_img Gunners legend Robert Pires, right (Picture: Getty)Arsenal took the lead at Rennes last week but a Sokratis red card turned the tie on its head and the home side scored three goals to put themselves in a commanding position ahead of their trip to north London on Thursday.Despite the defeat, Pires says he has a ‘good feeling’ ahead of the second leg and insists ‘anything is possible’ when Arsenal play at home.He added: ‘I’m confident and positive, like the players.‘All of the players and Unai Emery know that they played bad against Rennes, but this is football.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Maybe it’s because Rennes played well. The atmosphere was very good, the fans added pressure and unfortunately Sokratis was sent off, but we have a second chance at home at the Emirates.‘It’s strange, but maybe after the Manchester United win I have a good feeling. Anything is possible because when Arsenal play at home they can beat any team.’After facing Ligue 1 outfit Rennes in the Europa League, Arsenal return to Premier League action with a home match against Newcastle United at the weekend.MORE: Bayern Munich vs Liverpool TV channel, live stream, time, odds and team news Unai Emery succeeded Arsene Wenger at Arsenal last summer (Picture: Getty)Robert Pires has heaped praise on Unai Emery and says the Arsenal manager can still win the Europa League in his first season at the Emirates.Emery’s Arsenal suffered a shock 3-1 defeat in the first leg of the last-16 Europa League clash with Rennes last week.But, after beating Premier League rivals Manchester United over the weekend, Pires believes the Gunners can overturn the two-goal deficit at home on Thursday evening and go on to win the competition.Success in the Europa League would see Arsenal quality for next year’s Champions League, although they could still manage that by finishing in the top four of the Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityAsked to rate Emery’s first season at the Emirates, having succeeded Arsene Wenger last summer, Arsenal hero Pires told Marca: ‘I think he is doing well.‘They are in the top four and I think they can qualify for next season’s Champions League.‘I think, and I hope, that he can win the Europa League, as he won it three times with Sevilla.‘So he has a lot of experience and knows there is good quality and a good squad. I think he has built a good team and they are now ready to fight for the end of the season.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Lille powerhouse tipped to move to Chelsea

first_imgBoubakary Soumare,the midfield powerhouse has been heavily tipped for a move to the Premier League, and has demonstrated with LOSC Lille so far this term that he boasts the physical qualities to thrive in the rough and tumble of English football. Certainly, Soumare has drawn parallels with Paul Pogba, and he could be the kind of statement signing that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would love to bring to Manchester United. Read Also:Osimhen: Lille prefer Soumare sale to EPL club Lille coach Christophe Galtier’s admission that Soumare’s future remains uncertain has fuelled speculation that a deal could be imminent. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest Car Manufacturers In The World8 Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TVWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top Loading… Chelsea had appeared to be in the driving seat to recruit the youngster, but after Frank Lampard told journalists that there would be no move in January, could the door have been opened for another Prem giant to step in?Advertisementlast_img read more

Pardew plays waiting game

first_imgNewcastle boss Alan Pardew is having to remain patient as he waits for the club to land their summer transfer targets. Press Association Owner Mike Ashley will provide funds after a desperate second half to last season following Yohan Cabaye’s £19million January departure for Paris St-Germain and the decision not to replace him immediately. But as ever, he will not sanction bids in excess of the club’s valuations, and nor will he blow apart the existing wage structure in order to secure the players Pardew wants. Managing director Lee Charnley has held talks with a series of potential signings, but Newcastle are yet to make a further breakthrough. Hertha Berlin frontman Pierre-Michel Lasogga seems destined for Hamburg despite the Magpies’ interest, while reports from France have suggested Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis, who has been monitored by the club for some time, is heading for Swansea instead. Pardew, Ashley and Charnley, along with chief scout Graham Carr, have identified a series of prospective targets with Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella, currently on World Cup duty with France, among them. Strikers remain the overwhelming priority following the return of loan signings Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong to QPR and Borussia Monchengladbach respectively, while Shola Ameobi’s contract expires at the end of this month and will not be renewed. However, sources on Tyneside were playing down a link with Metz frontman Diafra Sakho on Monday. Chelsea’s Victor Moses, who came close to joining Newcastle from Crystal Palace in January 2010 before heading for Wigan instead, is the latest player to be mentioned in dispatches, but the bulk of the club’s business is unlikely to be done before the World Cup is over and Pardew will have to bide his time as he awaits progress. center_img The Magpies have already announced the capture of out-of-contract Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback and young Tenerife Striker Ayoze Perez, but that barely scratches the surface of the work the manager would like to be completed by the closure of the window. However, while the ongoing World Cup finals is a complication with some of the men on the club’s wish-list in action in Brazil, finance continues to determine what may and may not happen. last_img read more