Global Grain Surplus Increasing with Less Used for Animal Feed

first_imgHome Market Global Grain Surplus Increasing with Less Used for Animal Feed By Gary Truitt – Jan 24, 2016 Global Grain Surplus Increasing with Less Used for Animal Feed Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleTwenty Years of Roundup Ready, What Has It Meant? Gary Truitt Slowing demand for animal feed this season will leave the world with a bigger hoard of grains than previously thought, according to the International Grains Council. Bloomberg reports that while production from bumper harvests will be slightly less than predicted in November, carryover stockpiles of grains excluding rice will increase 1.9 percent to 455 million metric tons in 2015-16, the highest in almost three decades. That is one million tons more than the previous forecast.  Wheat and corn futures declined for a third year in 2015.That is because large harvests around the world led to ample supplies of many different grains. The International Grains Council cut its estimate for total grains demand by just under a one-half percent. SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

A student call to service

first_imgMichael Hughes ’15 called himself “a city slicker from the East” when he arrived in Gallup, N.M. It was summer, and Hughes was out of his element. “I hadn’t spent much time in a desert before,” he said.But Hughes settled in at the Gallup Indian Medical Center, where he got a firsthand look at the medical challenges facing Native American populations, particularly HIV.Hughes is one of 10 Presidential Public Service Fellows who spent the summer scattered across the country working to help others. The fellows included Daniel Backman ’15; Katherine Carter, Ed.L.D. candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE); Mallory Dwinal, M.B.A. candidate at Harvard Business School (HBS); Paul Monge Rodriguez, M.P.P. candidate at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); Oded Oren, J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School (HLS); Jing Qiu ’16; Daniel Severson, joint J.D./M.P.P. candidate at HLS/HKS; Eva Shang ’17; and Nicole Simon, Ed.D. candidate at HGSE.Over four years, the fellowship has funded 40 students. Undergraduates receive funding up to $5,000, and graduates receive up to $8,000.In an annual luncheon with President Drew Faust on Wednesday, the fellows shared their experiences with Faust and with fellowship selection committee members, including Assistant Dean of Student Life for Public Service Gene Corbin, Vice President for Strategy and Programs Leah Rosovsky, Associate Dean for Planning and Outreach Keith Collar, and Institute of Politics Executive Director Catherine McLaughlin.Faust pressed the students on the surprises they found. In their unexpected encounters, she noted, “You often find dimensions of yourself that you didn’t know you had, and I think those lessons are really important.”Severson flew south to Washington, D.C., where he served as an adviser in the Department of Defense. He quickly learned of outdated intelligence laws, and found his efforts focused on those.“They gave me a lot of responsibility, and it was a challenge,” admitted Severson, who is a research assistant to Sultan of Oman Professor of the Practice of International Relations Nicholas Burns.Dwinal’s grandmother injured herself while Dwinal was an education policy and programming fellow at DonorsChoose.org, and Dwinal found herself working remotely to care for her grandmother in rural Illinois.Rodriguez was working as a legislative aide for the city and county of San Francisco Board of Supervisors when he found himself on the front line of coordinating the city’s strategy for addressing the needs of hundreds of immigrant children fleeing conditions of violence and poverty in Central America.“In public service, no amount of preparation and foresight can prepare you for a public crisis like that,” he said. “You just have to be able to respond on the fly.”Faust used the conversation as an opportunity to garner feedback about the fellowship program and about how to better engage students and promote public service at the University.Shang, an intern in mass incarceration reform at the American Civil Liberties Union, said students often don’t choose careers in public service because it lacks an “element of prestige” in comparison to other jobs.Dwinal said more students would benefit from encouragement by the University to enter public service instead of powerful firms or Wall Street. She said the expectations are so high for Harvard graduates that they often feel pressured to pursue prestige over service.Shang also suggested spreading more public service stories about how gratifying the work is.The students agreed that their fellowships lived up to the promise “to learn what it is to do public service and use it to inspire us for our career,” said Hughes.Already, Rodriguez has plans to run for office in San Francisco.“That’s great!” said Faust. “Will we get buttons?”last_img read more

Fall Razor Clam Season Will Open Early At Twin Harbors

first_imgSubmitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeOLYMPIA – Washington’s razor clam season will get off to an early start this year with an evening dig at Twin Harbors beach set for Sept. 19-23The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those two beaches are safe to eat.Although the department is still developing the digging schedule for fall, state fishery managers saw no reason to delay approving a dig at Twin Harbors, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.“We have an huge number of clams available for harvest this season – particularly at Twin Harbors,” Ayres said. “There are only so many good clamming tides during the year, and we decided there was no time to waste in getting started.”Twin Harbors Beach extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor. Clam digging will be allowed there between noon and midnight, although Ayres suggests arriving at the beach one to two hours before evening low tide for best results.Evening low tides during the upcoming dig are as follows:Sept. 19, Thursday, 7:13 p.m.; -0.3 feetSept. 20, Friday, 7:57 p.m.; -0.5 feetSept. 21, Saturday, 8:39 p.m.; -0.5 feetSept. 22, Sunday, 9:21 p.m.; -0.3 feetSept. 23, Monday, 10:04 p.m.; 0.0 feetUnder state rules, harvesters may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s limit must be kept in a separate container.All diggers must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to dig razor clams on any beach. A license is required for anyone age 15 or older.Ayres said WDFW will announce a digging schedule for all state razor clam beaches in the next few weeks, after the public has had a chance to comment on the department’s annual stock assessment and plans for the upcoming season. That report is posted on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/seasons_set.html.State shellfish managers will discuss those plans at a public meeting Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at the City of Long Beach Depot, located at 102 Third St., NW. Written comments can be submitted to [email protected] through Sept. 30.Several types of licenses, ranging from a combination fishing license to a three-day razor clam license, are available online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/. Fishing licenses can also be purchased from sporting goods stores and other vendors, listed at wdfw.wa.gov/lic/vendors/vendors.htm. Facebook88Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Fortuna dethrones Montgomery

first_imgDonald Willis had 17 points, Drew Gillette poured in 17 more and the Fortuna Huskies downed the two-time defending Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament champion Montgomery Vikings 69-49 in the first round of the 51st AIBT, Thursday evening at Arcata High.“We’re just playing so incredibly smart right now,” Fortuna head coach Tony Miles said. “Our guys just know what to do and when to do it, we pass up decent shots for good shots and good ones for great ones.”With the win the Huskies (6-0) …last_img read more

Giants need an All-Star: ‘Somebody is going to have to go’

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — An attendance decline at Oracle Park isn’t the only way fans have expressed their disappointment in the Giants’ play this season.After Major League Baseball revealed updated vote totals from the ballots that have been cast, it’s clear Giants players haven’t received much support in the polls this year.Catcher Buster Posey was the only Giants starter to rank among the top 10 vote-getters at his position, but Posey is a distant eighth among catchers behind Cubs backstop Willson …last_img read more

Video: highlights of the 2010 Final Draw

first_imgAcademy Award winner Charlize Theron, football superstar David Beckham and Springbok rugby captain John Smit assisted Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke at the business end of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ Final Draw. Catch the highlights.Click arrow to play video.last_img

Jameis Winston, Bryce Petty On Michigan’s Campus To Work With Jim Harbaugh

first_imgJim Harbaugh works with Jameis Winston ahead of draft.The Michigan Wolverines will certainly be looking for a solid quarterback ahead of the 2015 season, and unfortunately, they’ve got two on campus right now who aren’t eligible to suit up. Former Florida State signal-caller Jameis Winston and former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty are in Ann Arbor to work with Jim Harbaugh ahead of the NFL Combine. The school tweeted a photo of the duo taking some advice from the new Wolverines head man.QBs Jameis Winston (FSU) & Bryce Petty (Baylor) are preparing for the NFL Combine at Schembechler Hall. pic.twitter.com/2ICM9XMVrc— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) February 17, 2015The NFL Combine takes place in Indianapolis, so perhaps the two are putting in some last-minute work ahead of time. So no, Michigan students, if you think you’ve seen either of these guys on campus, your eyes are not deceiving you.last_img read more

Forest fire on edge of Saskatchewan town The fire is in the

first_img(Susan and her three daughters get ready to evacuate La Ronge, Sask. Saturday. Jaydon Flett/APTN photo)Jaydon FlettAPTN National NewsThe town of La Ronge is at risk of being taken over by a fast moving forest fire Sunday in northern Saskatchewan, which caused the mass evacuation of over 7,000 people the day before.The fire has reached the airport on the edge of town said Chief Tammy Cook-Searson of Lac La Ronge Indian Band Sunday.“The fire is in the airport and is moving,” said Cook-Searson. “The forecasted weather is not in our favour today (Sunday).”It reached the airport Saturday night. Firefighters remained trying to stop the growing fire.Officials restricted access to the town Saturday, but APTN arrived just before the highway was closed about the time the fire was just several kilometres from town.The restricted zone is made up of three communities – Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Air Ronge and La Ronge –  all made the call for an evacuation.At about 3 p.m. Saturday, nearly every gas station was backed-up with a long line of vehicles trying to leave the area.Long lines at a local gas station in La Ronge Saturday.Many residents had their own transportation, but those who required extra support were urged to meet at the Jonas Roberts Memorial Community Centre, where they could register for a bus taking stranded residents to safety.The scene was chaotic at times.Members of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band rushed through the smoky parking lot carrying backpacks, water bottles, diapers, laptops and even gaming systems.Mothers held their children close so they wouldn’t get lost in the crowd, many were crying because of the panic and confusion.A mother named Susan adjusted the mask on her youngest daughter’s face.“We’re just, I don’t know, feeling lost,” said the concerned mother of three. “This is our first time, my first time. Never had something like this happen before.”Susan had on a brave face for her three daughters. But some evacuees couldn’t contain their fear.“I’m really shaken up,” said Anthony, after getting off the phone with his sister to let her know he was safe.Anthony talks to his sister Saturday.Anthony didn’t know where he was going, and wasn’t the only one.A woman named Adele was pacing the parking lot.“Well, I’m lucky. I have a friend (to stay with) in Saskatoon,” she said. “I don’t think it really hit me yet. The whole thing is just… unreal.”Adele.Cook-Searson said Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina are completely full with evacuees from further north.As of Saturday morning, prior to the La Ronge evacuation, there were already 5,588 people displaced from their homes.Those from Lac La Ronge Indian Band, who don’t have friends or relatives to stay with in the nearby cities, were being sent to Cold Lake, Alberta where they will receive support from the Canadian Forces and the Red Cross.Many evacuees were distraught Saturday afternoon over rumours that the fire was only three kilometres outside the airport.An RCMP officer APTN spoke to could only said at the moment: “Everyone will be safe. There’s lots of time.”The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations have declared a state of emergency for the region and are calling on the Federal Government to help battle the flames, and support the [email protected] Jaydon Flett is in Prince Albert Sunday. Follow her on Twitter for more [email protected]last_img read more

The Torg I have paid the price and I want to be

Scott “The Torg” Torgerson apologized and tried to show remorse, but it was too little, too late. Torgerson, former co-host of “The Common Man & The Torg” radio show on Columbus’ WBNS 97.1 The Fan, was fired Wednesday as a result of an Oct. 13 tweet in which he wished death on ESPN college football analyst and former Michigan football star Desmond Howard. Torgerson and his laywer, Columbus attorney Joe Edwards, said they believe the firing was unlawful and will consider legal action as well as an investigation into ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit’s potential role in the firing. From 97.1 The Fan’s Twitter account, @971thefan, the station announced the firing, tweeting: “Scott Torgerson is no longer employed by our company as of today. We appreciate his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors.” In an email interview with The Lantern, Torgerson said he did not initially expect to be terminated but eventually started to “hear a few things” and began to suspect it. On Friday, The Fan offered Torgerson the opportunity to resign “with a small severance,” but he declined, opting instead to request to be allowed back on the air at a Monday meeting. “I would have had to sign an agreement not to ever talk about this and could not take legal action,” Torgerson said. “The other option was termination with no severance or insurance. They gave me that option Friday and gave me the weekend to think it over. I showed up Monday for our meeting and told them I want to go back on the air. They told me that wasn’t an option. I received a termination letter (Wednesday).” From his Twitter account, @myguythetorg, Torgerson tweeted on Oct. 13: “I wish Desmond Howard would get fired or die so I can watch ‘GameDay’ again.” Torgerson later issued an apology via Twitter, tweeting: “My Desmond Howard tweet was a joke.” He said he maintains the position that the tweet was a joke, and added that he reached out to Herbstreit and ESPN college football analysts and former OSU football player Chris Spielman to apologize. “(Herbstreit and Spielman) work for ESPN and I am sure it wasn’t a good situation for them. I think everyone who listens or knows me knows it was a joke,” Torgerson said. “Now I have to deal with the (punishment) for my actions. I just don’t feel firing me is a way to handle it. I was employee of the quarter the Friday before. I would think being the sports director, strong ratings, and the income I have made for the station, that deserves a second chance.” The Fan did not respond to The Lantern‘s multiple requests for comment on Wednesday. Josh Krulewitz, vice president of communications for ESPN, declined to immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. Edwards, who knew Torgerson prior to the Oct. 13 tweet and was hired as counsel for the firing, agreed, saying he feels it was an unjust firing. Edwards told The Lantern he didn’t think 97.1, which is owned by the Dispatch Media Group, “had just cause in discharging” Torgerson. “He’s now fired. He had a job where he was doing very well, had very high ratings, was very well-liked in the Central Ohio market and now all of the sudden he doesn’t have a job. So we’re going to explore filing a lawsuit against the station and anybody else that was involved in his discharge.” Torgerson had between a year and a year-and-a-half remaining on his agreement with The Fan, Edwards said, and part of a potential investigation of his client’s firing could involve Herbstreit. Edwards, who emphasized that he can’t be sure if Herbstreit played any role in his client’s firing, said he could choose to investigate Herbstreit for “tortious interference,” or interfering with Torgerson’s contract. “At some point in time, we would like to know how Scott ended up getting fired and, at some point in time, what Mr. Herbstreit said, who did he say it to and why did he say it,” Edwards said. “That’s our interest – why did 97.1 The Fan fire Scott? And I know that Kirk Herbstreit did a radio show – his radio show on 97.1 – on Oct. 15 where he went off on Scott Torgerson. And we’d like to know, you know, did he talk to anybody else at the station? Did he call any people in management? What did he say? Why did he say that?” Torgerson said his wife, Lauren Torgerson, has been crying for days, but the couple has maintained some semblance of a sense of humor – in a nod to one of Scott Torgerson’s familiar jokes about firings, she suggested he work at a Citgo gas station for a couple of weeks. “I may do it,” Scott Torgerson said. In the mean time, Scott Torgerson said he appreciates the support he’s received from fans. “Just to the listeners … Their support has been unreal. Someone created a ‘Save The Torg’ Facebook page and in 10 days it has more “likes” than the 97.1 site,” he said. “The ‘Save the Torg’ has over (8,000), (97.1 has) under 5,400. I would have to say the listeners have spoken. They want me back and I want to be back. “I am sorry for what I did. I feel I have paid a huge price and I want to be back on air.” read more

Baseball Three Ohio State players selected in MLB draft two recruits also

Ohio State redshirt senior outfielder Shea Murray stands in the box against Purdue on April 1, 2017 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterIt was a down year for the Ohio State baseball team, but three players managed to find success this season as graduates starting pitcher Shea Murray and catcher Jalen Washington, along with junior Tre’ Gantt were selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.The Buckeyes also heard the name of their top two recruits — left-handed starting pitcher Seth Lonsway and right-handed starting pitcher Xavier Moore — called on Wednesday.Though Murray had made the transition from the mound to the outfield this past season, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him in the 18th round, 538th overall as a pitcher. This marks the second time Murray has been drafted by a MLB team, as he was drafted as a pitcher in the 39th round (1,158th overall) by the Texas Rangers in 2015.On the mound, Murray owns a career 10.95 ERA over 12.1 innings of work. He struck out 17 batters, though 12 walks and overall control issues led to the decision for him to switch to the outfield. In his only season as a hitter, Murray posted a .252/.329/.449 slash line with three home runs and a pair of stolen bases. His three triples on the season were tied for the most on the team, and his .449 slugging percentage was the fourth-best on the team. Ohio State’s starting shortstop this past season, Washington, was chosen by the San Diego Padres in the 29th round with the 858th overall pick. But like Murray, it was not for the position he played in 2017.Washington was drafted by the Padres as a catcher, the position he manned in the 2016 season during the Buckeyes’ Big Ten tournament title run. That year, he caught 59 games and was placed on the Johnny Bench Award watch list on May 18, 2016. However, the team opted to shift him over to shortstop for the 2017 season, in an effort to make the most of his athleticism.Over his career, he has a .254/.357/.393 slash line with 10 home runs and 32 stolen bases. At the plate, 2017 was a career year for Washington as he posted career-highs in doubles (14), triples (five), home runs (seven), batting average (.266) and slugging percentage (.468), while tying a career-high in stolen bases (14).Gantt was the third and final Buckeye drafted on Wednesday after he was selected in the 29th round, 882nd by the Cleveland Indians. He still has one remaining year of eligibility, and could return to the team if he and the Indians do not agree to terms on a contract.In his first year as a regular starter, Gantt maximized every opportunity and spent the bulk of the season batting atop the Buckeyes’ lineup and playing center field.Though he did start in 38 games and appear in 47 games two seasons ago, it was not until the second half of the year when now-Colorado Rockies’ minor league first baseman Jacob Bosiokovic made the switch from right field to first base to free up the position for Gantt to play.Gantt enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2017, posting career-highs in every major statistical category, including a team-leading .426 on-base percentage. He was also tied for the team lead with 14 stolen bases with Washington. His overall slash line of .314/.426/.426 proved valuable for the Buckeye offense as he served as the catalyst for the team’s offense batting out of the leadoff spot in 41 of the team’s 56 games.The Buckeyes also saw a pair of recruits drafted on Wednesday.The first pitcher selected was Xavier Moore, a recruit from Lorain, Ohio, who was drafted in the 16th round with the 494th overall selection by the Texas Rangers. The graduate of Amherst High School is expected to sign with the Rangers.Ohio State’s top recruit, Seth Lonsway, was selected in the 19th round with the 557th overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds.The southpaw out of Celina High School in Celina, Ohio, was ranked as the 148th best draft prospect by MLB Pipeline. He was projected to be a third-round pick in the draft by MLB.com and Baseball America. Prior to the draft, he told The Daily Standard’s Colin Foster that he would determine the strength of his commitment based on where he was selected in the draft. The amount of days he has remaining until he can reach an agreement with the Reds is still unknown. read more