How to Give Consumers A Glimpse of Life on the Farm

first_img By Gary Truitt – Mar 27, 2016 Home Commentary How to Give Consumers A Glimpse of Life on the Farm By Gary Truitt SHARE The majority of Americans have never been to a farm and have no idea what farm or rural life is like. This is part of the problem which leads to the misconceptions they have about food production and livestock care. So, creating a hotel that would give them a “real” taste of farm life would be a good idea — although it may not be the experience they would expect. Most people today have an antiquated, overly romantic, sanitized concept of what life is like on the farm. A little reality might be more than they bargained for. From this experience, the urban dweller might actually learn that rural life is not the idyllic lifestyle portrayed in those back to the land magazines, that farm folks are technically and financially sophisticated and genuinely concerned about the environment and their animals, and that rural young people are not the beer drinking rednecks portrayed in country music today. Your bed will resemble a gestation crate and your room will be decorated with posters showing different breeds of livestock giving birth or photos of the insects that attack corn plants. While there would be indoor plumbing, the bathtub would be a metal livestock tank and the sink would have iron stains because the hotel would be on a well. You would enter the lobby via a wooden screen door that squeaked when you opened it and slammed with a bang when you entered. The lobby would have deer heads and fish mounted on the walls and a shotgun above the fireplace.  After you check-in, you will not be given a room key because none of the rooms have locks, and you will be given a dial-up internet number because there is no high speed broadband here in the country. First, this hotel would not be located on the interstate or near any tourist or recreation destination. It would be at least 10 miles out of town down a 2 lane blacktop.  Directions would read, “take old Rt 450 to where Ed Wilson used to keep his cows, then take a left until you see the sign.”  The sign would be hand-lettered on plywood. The parking lot would be gravel with an old truck with a For Sale sign on it parked by the door. There would be special tours offered to guests. These would include a visit to the local implement dealer to learn how capital intensive farming is today, a day with a veterinarian to learn how producers really use antibiotics, and a visit to a grass filter strip to see how farmers are controlling farm field runoff. Also included are a day with an FFA class studying plant breeding and micro biology, a 50-mile drive to the next county to visit the closest medical clinic to learn about the state of rural health care, and visit to the FSA county office to learn those farm subsidy programs aren’t quite what the media makes them out to be. For the truly adventurous, there would be the chance to help local police clean up a meth lab discovery, to show that rural America has just as big a drug problem as the cities do.center_img Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Urban folks have a strong curiosity about life on the farm. Walk into the children’s section of any large bookstore and you will find lots of books about a day on the farm. Almost half of the movies that air on the Hallmark Channel involve a troubled city dweller going back to the country or the family farm. There they usually fall in love and live happily ever after.  But are these folks really ready for the reality of farm life? All the phones in the hotel would be on the same line and each room would have different ring, which guests would have to learn. Every room would get a 5am wakeup call (whether they wanted it or not) with the recorded sound of dairy cows mooing. Every evening about 10pm the grain dryer at the back of the hotel would be fired up and would run all night.  Rooster crowing would be piped through the PA system about 6am. Just before breakfast was served at 7am, the smell of hog manure would be piped through the ventilation system. The electricity in rooms would randomly go off from time to time to simulate REMC power. Recently, the folks at Fair Oaks Dairy announced a $230 million project in Newton County. It involves a cheese processing plan and a “dairy-themed” hotel. The purpose of this hotel is to help educate people about the dairy industry.  While  I am sure this project will be top notch and very well done, it did get me wondering what an agricultural-themed hotel might be like. SHARE How to Give Consumers A Glimpse of Life on the Farm Previous articleAnother Big Win for Indiana AgricultureNext articleThis Year a System for Weed Control is what is Needed Gary Truittlast_img read more

Journalist harassed in run-up to appeal hearing in major defamation case

first_img China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting to go further Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable Organisation Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites PeruAmericas PeruAmericas A Lima court is due to begin tomorrow to hear an appeal by Lima Airport Partners CEO Jaime Daly Arbulú against a court ruling in March ordering journalist Herbert Mujica to pay him 2,000 soles (660 dollars) in damages for alleging serious irregularities at Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport. Daly appealed because he thought the damages award was too low. The hearing will be the latest stage in drawn-out legal battle for Mujica, a writer and political analyst who edits the Páginas Libres website and writes the Señal de Alerta column for the site. He is also the author of the 2007 book ¡Estafa al Perú! ¡Cómo robarse aeropuertos y vivir sin problemas! (Conning Peru: how to steal airports and live comfortably).The suit that the powerful Lima Airport Partners (LAP) brought against Mujica accused him of “aggravated defamation” in various articles and investigative reports about alleged irregularities in LAP’s management of the Lima airport concession, which it was awarded by the government. Mujica and his family claim they have been the target of various forms of harassment throughout the legal battle.“We are concerned about the harassment and threats that Mujica says he has received in connection with this lawsuit,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We also fear that an excessive damages award would encourage self-censorship and deter journalists from risking a major scandal.”The press freedom organisation added: “We urge the judicial authorities to be reasonable and to take account of the relative strength of the parties to this dispute. We also call on the authorities to guarantee Mujica’s protection regardless of the outcome of this appeal.”Raúl Wiener of the daily La Primera and César Lévano, the newspaper’s editor, are also awaiting trial in connection with their coverage of LAP. Wiener was questioned on suspicion of terrorism 16 months ago when he reported that terrorism charges had been brought against 13 leading leftists. Follow the news on Peru News Newscenter_img News May 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist harassed in run-up to appeal hearing in major defamation case April 1, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts December 4, 2019 Find out more February 10, 2017 Find out morelast_img read more

Kerala HC Seeks Centre’s Response On Plea Challenging Mandatory Imposition Of ‘Aargoya Setu’ On Employees

first_imgTop StoriesKerala HC Seeks Centre’s Response On Plea Challenging Mandatory Imposition Of ‘Aargoya Setu’ On Employees LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK8 May 2020 12:22 AMShare This – xThe High Court of Kerala on Friday sought the response of the Central Government on a writ petition challenging the directives issued by the Centre making the use of ‘Aarogya Setu’ app mandatory for public and private employees.A division bench comprising Justices Shaji P Chaly and M R Anitha posted the matter on May 12.Though the petitioner sought an interim order to restrain the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe High Court of Kerala on Friday sought the response of the Central Government on a writ petition challenging the directives issued by the Centre making the use of ‘Aarogya Setu’ app mandatory for public and private employees.A division bench comprising Justices Shaji P Chaly and M R Anitha posted the matter on May 12.Though the petitioner sought an interim order to restrain the authorities from taking any penal action for not downloading the contact tracing app developed by the Centre, the bench declined saying “its a matter of only four days(before next posting)”.”The authorities may have many other things to do in the meanwhile than launching prosecution for non-use of ‘Aarogya Setu'”, Justice Chaly commented.The petition filed by John Daniel, General Secretary of Thrissur District Congress Committee, contends that mandatory direction for using ‘Aarogya Setu’ violates the right to privacy and personal autonomy. On April 29, the Centre had directed that “All the officers, staff (including outsourced staff) working in Central Government should download ‘Aarogyasetu’ App on their mobile phones, immediately.” Further, the lockdown guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on May 1 stated “Use of Arogya Setu app shall be made mandatory for all employees, both private and public. It shall be the responsibility of the Head of the respective Organisations to ensure 100% of this app among all employees”. These directions are challenged in the writ petition as violative of right to privacy and personal autonomy, as explained by the SC in the K S Puttaswamy decision. “Clause 15 of the National Directives in Exhibit P2 Order mandating the use of the application, Arogya Setu takes away the right of a person to decide and control the use of information pertaining to him. He is forced to give away data to a system which he may or may not approve of, thereby attacking his right of informational autonomy. Autonomy guaranteed by the Constitution of India also grants an individual freedom not to take part in activities he does not approve of”, stated the petition filed through Advocates Sriram Parakkat, K S Sripathi and Anupama Subramanian. The petition also referred to the recent interim order passed by the High Court in the “Sprinklr” case, where the importance of data privacy and data security was highlighted by the Court. The petitioner raised concerns over the data security features of the app, and voiced the apprehension that it could be used a tool for state surveillance. The petitioner stated that the use of penal law to enforce use of the app is arbitrary and unconstitutional. “Section 58 of the Disaster Management Act 2005 imposes penal action upon employers of enterprises if their employees do not comply with the directive of usage of Arogya Setu. This is arbitrary to the extend that no penal action can be imposed to anyone having no mens Rea. An employer who has only a work relationship with an employee cannot compel the employee to install a mobile application and use it diligently and to provide his personal information to the domain”, the plea read.   Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Trump declares emergency in Florida with millions — and his clubs — in Dorian’s path

first_imgimagedepotpro/iStock(WASHINGTON) — After canceling a trip to Poland to monitor Hurricane Dorian’s approach from home, President Donald Trump on Friday declared a state of emergency in Florida as the storm barreled toward the state.“It’s looking like it could be an absolute monster,” Trump said in a video message he tweeted Thursday evening.Dorian was forecast to make landfall on Florida’s east coast overnight into Tuesday as a Category 4 storm, potentially with winds of 140 mph.If the hurricane continues on its current track as forecast, two of the president’s resorts — the Mar-a-Lago Club and Trump National Doral Miami — could sustain direct hits.As president, Trump has frequented the Mar-a-Lago Club, in Palm Beach, Fla., which according to the Miami Herald, has sent home all employees except security staff and was already shuttered for the off-season.The Herald reported that amenities like pools at Trump Doral, a resort in Doral, Fla., about 63 miles south of Mar-a-Lago, had been closed. The president this week suggested the resort could host next year’s “Group of Seven” summit.The White House said Trump would travel to Camp David, in Maryland, late Friday afternoon, but it did not release details of his plans there or who might accompany him. The president on Thursday announced that, because of Dorian, he would not travel to Poland this weekend as planned and that Vice President Mike Pence would instead go in his stead.After Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday declared a state of emergency in all of his state’s counties and requested a federal disaster declaration for the state, the president on Friday approved an emergency declaration for Florida, according to the White House. Across the border in Georgia, the governor on Thursday declared a state of emergency in a dozen counties.On Thursday, acting FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor and acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction Neil Jacobs, of NOAA, visited the Oval Office to provide Trump and Pence with a look at the hurricane’s impact and the response to it, according to the White House. The president “directed Federal agencies to continue their efforts to protect lives, promote preparedness efforts, and expedite authorized assistance to areas that have been affected and are still in the path of this dangerous storm,” the White House said in a statement“We’re all ready,” Trump said in his Thursday video message. “And hopefully we’ll get lucky. But it looks to me like this time it’s heading in one direction.”The president’s warning tone for Florida, a swing state with a Republican governor, contrasted sharply with the mocking rhetoric he employed as Dorian headed toward Puerto Rico earlier this week.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hotline launched to help workforce deal with stress

first_imgStaff at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) are benefiting from a newemployee assistance programme designed to help them deal with the stresses ofmodern life. More than 60,000 civil servants have been given access to a confidential hotline,offering advice and support on a variety of issues arising from home and worklife. In the first two months since its launch, almost 600 troubled staff havesought advice, with about 400 concerned over personal problems and 160complaining about workplace issues. Kevin White, group HR director at DWP, said the hotline was launched partlyfor business reasons but also to provide staff with a good working environment.The hotline provides access to professionally-qualified counsellors, who canset up private meetings for staff seeking advice on work or personal problems. Previous Article Next Article Hotline launched to help workforce deal with stressOn 5 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

CHANNEL 44 NEWS: Indiana House Approves Gas Tax Hike and Increase in Vehicle Registration…

first_imgIndiana House Approves Gas Tax Hike and Increase in Vehicle Registration FeesThe Indiana House approves a roads plan that would raise the gas tax by 10 cents and increase in vehicle registration fees. The money would be used to pay for improvements to the state’s roads and bridges. The plan has been a tricky sell for…FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Market research service launched

first_imgBakers in the West Midlands can get a competitive edge by using a new free, online market research service called Food Insights.The Heart of England fine foods business website is hosting the service at [http://www.heff.co.uk/] foodinsights, which offers food and drink companies industry reports, analysis and statistics.Funder, West Midlands Food Partnership, urged SME food companies to register. “Having free access to key point summaries of some of the most recent consumer research, across a range of food categories, is a genuine asset,” said manager James Allen.last_img

Press release: Foreign Secretary Hunt visits Malaysia as part of first overseas trip in 2019

first_img Email [email protected] As part of a 3 day visit to Asia, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will hold bilateral talks with the Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah today (3 January) and reiterate the UK’s support for the new government’s reform agenda. Both ministers are due to discuss close cooperation on foreign policy issues including the UK’s relationship with ASEAN and action to support Rohingya refugees.The Foreign Secretary will also hold meetings with the Malaysian Minister of Communications & Multimedia Gobind Singh Deo and media practitioners to discuss strengthening media freedom and combatting disinformation.Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: At the meetings, the Foreign Secretary will offer the UK’s support, through the sharing of experience and expertise to help upskill the Malaysian media and announce that the UK will deliver a programme for Malaysian journalists focusing on investigative journalism.While in Kuala Lumpur the Foreign Secretary is also expected to call on the Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and will attend a roundtable with businesses.Further information Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn For journalists Media enquiries The UK is leading international efforts to support and protect media freedoms. At a time when these freedoms are increasingly under threat across the world, I applaud the new Malaysian government for the positive commitments and early steps it has taken. Lifting travel bans on journalists and moving to repeal laws that restrict media freedom demonstrate an intent to support journalists in their vital work and foster a free press. Later this year I will be hosting an international conference in London on media freedom, which will bring together countries like Malaysia, and mobilise consensus behind the protection of journalists and the environment they operate in. Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @Jeremy_Hunt and Facebooklast_img read more

VIDEO: Yorkshire bakery saved from liquidation

first_imgAll 13 staff who were due to be laid off from Olivia’s Artisan Bakery in Darlington, County Durham, have retained their jobs following new investment.Olivia’s Artisan Bakery, which supplied hotels, restaurants and cafés across the north east, endured a miserable Christmas as liquidators stepped in after it fell into financial difficulty.However, a group of investors has now stepped in to buy the assets, re-employ the staff and create a new company called the Great Northern Bakehouse.The new business will concentrate on the wholesale market and will continue to operate from its Morton Park premises.“It’s great news and a great relief,” said head baker Ben Crackett. “It has been a difficult few months for all the staff at Olivia’s but everyone has been lifted by the new investment and we think the new company has a bright future.“We spent Christmas worrying about whether or not we were going to be out of a job but, thankfully, that will not now be the case.”Olivia’s had focused on the retail market, opening shops at a rapid rate in Northallerton, Stokesley, Thirsk, York and Gosforth, but it ran into cash flow problems, which forced its closure.Charles May, the senior investor in the Great Northern Bakehouse, said: “The retail side of the business got into difficulty, but the wholesale side always made a profit, so we’ll be putting all our energies into growing that over the coming months and years.”“The staff here have been outstanding during a difficult time, but they’re passionate about what they do and we are absolutely convinced about the quality of the breads and cakes that we make.“We’re proud that our breads contain no additives or chemicals. We already supply lots of businesses across the north east and Yorkshire, including a Michelin-starred restaurant, hotels, shops and even a local university. We think this business has an exciting future.”Managing director Ian Cross said the Great Northern Bakehouse would spend the first few months ensuring that core customers were happy with the quality and range of breads and cakes on offer: “Trying one of our breads is a different experience to eating some of the mass-produced stuff that is out there. We have big plans for the kind of breads we’re going to make in 2017 but, at this stage, we don’t want to give too much away.”last_img read more

Watch Greensky Bluegrass & Circles Around The Sun’s Paste Studio Performances

first_imgLast week, Greensky Bluegrass opened up their early-2019 All For Money tour with Circles Around The Sun, stopping in Albany, Philadelphia, and New York City’s Beacon Theatre. With a few days off before their next scheduled show, the two bands made a stop at NYC’s Paste Studio on Monday afternoon.Greensky Bluegrass is gearing up to release their seventh studio album on January 18th. The follow up to 2016’s Shouted, Written Down & Quoted, Greensky’s new twelve-track record was recorded at Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC alongside co-producers Dominic John Davis (Jack White’s longtime bassist) and Glenn Brown. For their Paste studio session, the five-piece worked through three tracks off of their forthcoming studio effort, All For Money.Greensky Bluegrass opened up their in-studio performance with the Paul Hoffman-led “Collateral Damage”.  Following a brief discussion highlighting the band’s choice in title for their new album, the five-piece moved into the Michael Arlen Bont penned number “Cathedral Eyes”. “What You Need”, which was debuted over the summer at the band’s annual Red Rocks Amphitheater run, brought the short Paste Studio performance to a close.Greensky Bluegrass – Paste Studio session[Video: Paste Magazine]Earlier in the day, Circles Around The Sun flexed their improvisational chops at Paste Studio, working through deep takes on “On My Mind”, “One For Chuck”, and concluded with “Halicarnassus”–all from their 2018 release, Let It Wander.Circles Around The Sun was formed to compose the set break music at the Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” concerts in 2015, which later turned into the band’s acclaimed 2015 debut record, Interludes For The Dead.Watch full pro-shot video of Circles Around The Sun’s Paste Studio performance below:Circles Around The Sun – Paste Studio session[Video: Paste Magazine]Greensky’s tour will continue later this week, with their next scheduled performance at the Madison Theater in Covington, Kentucky on Wednesday (January 16th). Circles Around The Sun will join them for the next four nights, before leaving GSBG to move along with Billy Strings and Cris Jacobs Band.Fans across the country will have all of January and the first week into February to catch the band on their winter tour before they begin their presumable spring and summer concert runs, which will include stops at High Sierra and Telluride Bluegrass Festivals. Fans can click here for tickets to the band’s upcoming shows.Greensky Bluegrass Early-2019 Tour Dates:January 16 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater *January 17 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium *January 18 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant *January 19 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle *January 22 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing Terrace ^January 23 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall ^January 24 – Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine ^January 25 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz ^January 26 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte ^January 27 – Charleston, WV – Mountain StageJanuary 29 – Portland, ME – State Theatre #January 30 – Boston, MA – House of Blues #January 31 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s PeakFebruary 1 – Washington, DC – The Anthem #February 2 – Washington DC – The Anthem #February 5 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues #February 6 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! #February 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE #February 8 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore DetroitFebruary 9 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit*w/ Circles Around the Sun#w/ Billy Strings^Cris Jacobs BandView All Tour Dateslast_img read more