World’s dairy producers gather in South Africa

first_imgDairy producers and policy makers from around the world are gathered in Cape Town to discuss innovation, development and best practice in dairy. South Africa’s dairy industry is world class and has notched up several firsts in recent months.(Images: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free images, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS • Palesa MokomeleSpokesperson for the minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries+27 12 319 7876 or +27 82 904 1908RELATED ARTICLES• SA dairy body takes top accolade• Milk brand cares for cows• SA’s greenest dairy• Cadbury Fairtrade choc now in SA• SA quartet plays for peace MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterSouth Africa is hosting the annual World Dairy Summit for the first time. This year’s event takes place during the first week of November under the theme A World in One Country, an indication of South Africa’s diversity.The summit is held under the auspices of the non-profit International Dairy Federation (IDF), a 109-year-old Brussels-based organisation whose membership accounts for about 86% of all milk produced worldwide.More than 1 000 delegates from 56 IDF member countries are expected to pass through the doors of the Cape Town International Convention Centre between 4 and 8 November.The IDF’s mission, according to the organisation, is to assist the dairy sector worldwide by providing scientific knowledge and expertise to support ever-better milk and dairy products.The annual summit is one of its tools, affording delegates an opportunity to network and learn about the latest technological and scientific developments in the industry. It also contributes to the benchmarking of countries in terms of their dairy policies and international trade issues.The South African dairy industry is a full member through the local national IDF committee.Talking all things dairyWith 11 discussions held over the four days, topics on the agenda include animal health and welfare; the socio-economic benefits of a strong dairy sector for emerging economies; sustainability; marketing; and issues around food safety and security.Delegates will be able to share the views of top executives from major dairy companies around the world at the World Dairy Leaders Forum.“This 2012 World Dairy Summit brings together producers, processors, technical experts and various other stakeholders to deliberate the challenges of the sector, and also to share experiences and best practices,” said agriculture minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, opening the proceedings.She added that the event’s theme was even more relevant for South Africa because the country supports various types of milk farming systems, from intensive total mixed ration to grass-fed and dairy ranching.Joemat-Pettersson said that her department helps emerging farmers – including women – to gain access to finance and markets, and encourages them through initiatives such as the annual Female Entrepreneur Award, which rewards women farmers for their progress in the sector.“The issue of emerging famers is a topic close to my heart, as we continue with our efforts to reverse our country’s unpleasant history of discrimination and disempowerment,” she said. “Furthermore, the gender question will continue to assume greater prominence during this century, also in the sphere of agriculture.”Delegates won’t spend all their time in the conference hall – a number of technical tours are arranged, where visitors can see the dairy industry in motion, from production to retail. On offer are trips to the Fair Cape farm and factory; the distribution centre of retailer Woolworths; spaza shops in the area; the Mooivallei grazing farm and cheese factory, Parmalat’s factory in Parow, the fourth-generation Klipheuwel farm; Stellenbosch University’s Welgevallen Experimental Farm; and cheese farms in the Bonnievale valley.Partners in the local summit include the South African-based Dairy Mail Africa, Landbou magazine, the South African Food Review, the Dairy Industry Association of Australia, and Dairy News Russia. Milk South Africa has also played a role in organising the event.Contributing to national growthAccording to Melt Loubser, chairman of the organising committee and president of the local chapter of the IDF, South Africa’s dairy industry is well developed and world class, and as well as meeting local demand, it exports dairy products to a number of African countries.The South African dairy industry is the third largest livestock sector in the country and has an estimated annual turnover of R10-billion (US$1.1-million). With a total of 2 347 milk producers in the country supplying more than 2.6-billion litres of milk to the nation, over 30 000 people have found employment in the industry.The dairy industry is not afraid to use technology to improve its products and also the way in which it operates. At the IDF’s 2011 Innovation Awards held in Parma, Italy, South African dairy companies were finalists as well as winners.Milk South Africa’s Consumer Education Project walked off with two first prizes for its innovative advertising and marketing campaign, while Fair Cape was named a finalist in the Best New Dairy Drink and Best New Functional Dairy Product categories, both for its innovative rooibos-dairy combinations.Also in 2011 the Eastern Cape’s Coega Dairy announced that it had the smallest carbon footprint of any southern hemisphere dairy, thanks to a R50-million (US$5.7-million) investment in technology that allows it to produce long life milk more efficiently.In 2012 Fair Cape again took the lead by publishing its carbon footprint on its Eco-Fresh milk bottles, thereby assuring consumers that it cares not only for them, but also for its cows and the environment.last_img read more

EPA draft on atrazine

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Corn Growers Association feels a recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) draft report on atrazine ignores a large body of scientific evidence affirming the herbicide’s safety, setting a dangerous precedent for all crop protection tools, said Brent Hostetler, a farmer from Plain City, Ohio, and chair of the National Corn Growers Association’s Production and Stewardship Action Team.“Federal law requires the EPA to base its decisions on science. And the science on this is pretty clear,” Hostetler said. “Atrazine is one of the safest and most effective crop management tools farmers have. It’s also one of the most studied pesticides in history-and more than 50 years’ worth of data show it is safe.”EPA released its draft ecological risk assessment for atrazine in June 2016. All pesticides sold or distributed in the U.S. must be registered by EPA and re-registered every 15 years. Ecological risk assessments are one step of that registration process. EPA is accepting public comments on the ecological assessment through Oct. 4.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins with some comments from Hostetler.NCGA Brent Hostetlerlast_img read more

Ohioans to see multitude of colors from spring wildflowers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohioans will soon be treated to a spectacular display of native spring wildflowers. This year’s season began in late March in Ohio’s southern counties and gradually will move northward as the season comes to an end in the middle of May, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.“Spring is one of the most magical times of year in Ohio,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “Spring welcomes an array of colorful wildflowers, which line trails and hillsides all over the state. Hiking is a great way to get outdoors to see spring wildflowers and reconnect with nature after the chill of the winter months.”Often known as spring ephemerals, woodland spring wildflowers are triggered to bloom after long periods of cold temperatures. Early spring warmth followed by a sudden hard frost can damage their delicate blooms and leaves, dampening the display. The most spectacular wildflower seasons are brought on by a gradual warm-up through March and April with frequent rain. The timing of the blooms is heavily dependent upon temperature.Ohio’s forests showcase the largest array of wildflowers throughout the spring months. Spring wildflowers bloom early to take advantage of the sunlight streaming through the forest canopy before the leaves of the trees unfurl above. The earliest flowers emerge soon after the ground thaws, having formed flowers and leaves underneath the forest floor the year before. While most woods in Ohio have at least some native spring wildflowers, the best populations are found in relatively undisturbed locations, away from urban areas.A few of the most widespread and often observed spring wildflowers include spring beauty, Dutchman’s-breeches, large flowered trillium, Jack-in-the-pulpit, wild geranium, mayapple, Solomon’s-seal and Virginia bluebells.For more information on spring wildflowers in Ohio, check out the Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report at naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/wildflowers. This report will be updated weekly with the best places to see spring wildflowers in Ohio, as well as specific information on native wildflowers in the state.ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take spring wildflower photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #OhioWildflowers. Follow @ohiodnr and @OhioFindItHere on Twitter, @ohiodnr on Instagram and Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio. Find It Here. on Facebook to see more spring wildflower photos.last_img read more

Hold the Aluminum, I’ll take the Ten Years! Cake

first_imgTennessee and Virginia geocachers put the sugar rush in 10 Years!If you follow tradition, the gift for a ten year anniversary is, of all things under the sky, aluminum.  You could buy your loved one some real nice aluminum siding or the fuselage of a plane.   Neither is very practical, unless you’re not the interested in making it far into your 10th anniversary.Geocachers celebrated 10 Years! this past weekend in a much more suitable style, with CAKE. They offered the loving gift of thousands calories and a five minute sugar rush, not kitchen foil.  Smart choice.There must be some nerve bundle deep in our cortex, some where near the command and control for your blinking and breathing, that mandates we snap pictures of the cake at events.  You should see the pictures on our Flickr and Facebook pages.  Australians know how to make cakes. And lets not forget about the pastry stylings of geocachers in Denmark.  All were impressive.What’s more impressive might just be the people who showed to eat the cake and celebrate ten years of geocaching together.10 years! Czech style. 10 Years! South Carolina, USA10 Years! Buenos Aires, ArgentinaThis decade has been quite a ride that spread geocaching from a lowly cache in Oregon to every continent on the earth and even to the International Space Station. More significantly the family-friendly adventure has spread inward, to this little nerve bundle in the cortex. Not only does the bundle fire control commands for blinking, breathing and urges to take pictures of cakes, it’s where geocaching has found a home for many.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching is (literally) a Piece of Cake (sometimes)January 25, 2012In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”Ten Years of Geocaching in AustriaJuly 12, 2011In “Community”Guide to hosting an unforgettable Last/First New Year’s eventNovember 27, 2018In “Community”last_img read more

AWS vs. VMware vs. OpenStack: And The Cloud Winner Is…

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Tags:#Amazon#AWS#cloudstack#Eucalyptus#OpenStack#VMware As much as we don’t like markets being dominated by a single vendor, it’s almost as bad to try to choose between a chaotic mix of vendors. That’s the current state of the cloud market, and it’s giving some prospective buyers fits. For public cloud, Amazon is the early leader, but within the enterprise…? It’s not so clear.The major cloud vendors admit as much. In a recent Quora thread, executives from Eucalyptus, VMware and more debate who leads the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud market. Answer? It depends.AWS vs. VMware vs. OpenStack?Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos starts it off, answering the question of “In the IaaS cloud market, who will win between AWS, VMware and OpenStack?” with:All three camps have their respective strengths. VMware is the undisputed leader in virtualization and more broadly in on-premise infrastructure software. So far they have little to show when it comes to public clouds. OpenStack has huge popularity and the backing of legacy IT vendors. They are fighting the public cloud and the private cloud battle at the same time. Amazon Web Services are overwhelming leaders in public cloud, an industry that is growing fast. AWS hasn’t done much with large enterprises or on-premise environments. They do have Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Direct Connect (DC), and the partnership with Eucalyptus.But it’s not as if these vendors are operating in a vacuum. As VMware cloud executive Matthew Lodge notes, both AWS and VMware bring existing fan bases (he calls them “power bases”) to the cloud party. VMware has an enviable foothold with enterprise IT and AWS owns developers. OpenStack, as Lodge points out, has “undoubted enthusiasm around the project from vendors and early users” but “no strong power base” and still lacks many public clouds built on its technology, and has been particularly slow to gain traction in Europe. Cloud Apples vs. Cloud OrangesWhich, of course, is a reminder that at times we’re comparing cloud apples and cloud oranges here.IaaS architect Jason Heiss hones in on this, posing a mock rhetorical question – “In the housing market, who will win between Century 21, Home Depot and a lumber mill?” – and then stressing that each of these cloud providers is “selling different things to different people,” concluding “They’ll likely all ‘win,’ in the sense that cloud adoption is still nascent in many companies.”I’m not sure that I agree that all will win, even in Heiss’ sense. While the cloud a growing market with lots of room for “winners,” enterprises are going to settle on a few vendors, not many. VMware has the “power base” with enterprises, and AWS has the same with developers. Eucalyptus ties the enterprise into the power of AWS through its API, and OpenStack has a great deal of momentum from vendors who want it to succeed against incumbent power bases.In other words, this game is nowhere near over, and it may be too soon to pick a winner.Can Any One Vendor Win The Cloud?And even when we do pick a winner, are we picking a winner in enterprise cloud deployments, public cloud deployments, hybrid cloud deployments, deployments of public clouds built on one’s cloud technology, or something else altogether? Defining the market matters, and at present it’s not clear that there’s any useful way to describe the overall “cloud market” as a coherent thing that any one vendor could possibly win.So when you read that OpenStack has upended the private cloud market, or read a blow-by-blow account of who’s winning between CloudStack or OpenStack, a healthy dose of skepticism may be in order. Not of the analyses, which are often quite good, but rather of the very idea that any particular vendor could win this amorphous market we call “cloud.”Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts center_img Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Matt Asay How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudlast_img read more

What Researchers Know About Building a Happy Life

first_imgReferencesHouse, J., Landis, K. and Umberson, D. (1988). Social relationships and health. Science, 241(4865), pp.540-545.Mineo. Liz. Harvard. April 11, 2017 Good jeans are nice but Joy is better Liz Mineo Harvard Staff Writer DATE April 11, 2017 https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/04/over-nearly-80-years-harvard-study-has-been-showing-how-to-live-a-healthy-and-happy-life/ [Accessed 27 July, 2019].Seppala, Emma. Connectedness& Health: The Science of Social Connection – The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education http://ccare.stanford.edu/uncategorized/connectedness-health-the-science-of-social-connection-infographic/ [Accessed28 July, 2019]. Created in Canva by Alicia Cassels Return to article. Long DescriptionWritten by: Alicia Cassels, MA, MFLN Blog ContributorYou may have heard about a Harvard study of adult development that has, to date, run consecutively for more than 80 years. Initially the study included only male students from Harvard. The subject pool was expanded to include a more diverse set of subjects. Over time, the participant pool has expanded to include additional subjects. Results continue to point to significant commonalities among participants. Some of the most striking commonalities among diverse study participants include findings around what makes a happy, healthy life. Results of the ongoing study continue to reveal that, in essence, a single factor is highly correlated to happiness, physical health, mental wellbeing, and emotional health, regardless of participant demographics.  -And it’s not what you might think.What is more important to health and happiness than money or socioeconomic status? The Harvard study revealed that human connection is the greatest predictor of physical health, emotional wellbeing, and happiness. According to the director of the study,Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives, the study revealed. Those ties protect people from life’s discontents, help to delay mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of long and happy lives than social class, IQ, or even genes.–Robert Waldinger, Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.Regardless of race or social status, the people who reported that they were the most satisfied with their personal relationships at age 50 were also the healthiest in their 80’s. The people who reported having better relationships in their 80’s also had better memories.These findings are not limited to the Harvard Study. A study published in 1988, authored by James S. House, Karl R. Landis, and Debra Umberson found that the inverse is also true,Lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure.A Dangerous TrendUnfortunately, social connections are decreasing at alarming rates. In a piece published by The Stanford Medicine Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Dr. Emma Seppala outlines a growing social epidemic,The modal number of close others (i.e., people with whom one feels comfortable sharing a personal problem) Americans claimed to have in 1985 was only three. In 2004 it dropped to zero, with over 25% of Americans saying that they have no one to confide in. This survey suggests that one in four people that we meet may have no one they call a close friend!What Can We Do?(1). Prioritize what matters most. Spend time building and strengthening relationships with family and friends. It is important to note that research indicates that quality, not quantity matters here. It is the value, not the number of the relationships that counts.(2). Learn more about the research.Watch Waldnger’s TED Talk about the Harvard study.Learn about a second generation of the original Harvard study is currently underway. If you would like to learn more about this study visit click here.last_img read more

Asiad heroes gunning for more success

first_imgAcclaim and recognition continue to pour in for the medal winners, who did India proud at the Guangzhou Asian Games last month.On Thursday, it was the turn of contingent sponsors Samsung to honour and reward several of the Asiad medallists at a function in the Capital, where the elite sportspersons took great delight in reliving their moment of glory.Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Kumar, who defeated two-time world champion Uzbek Abbos Atoev in the middleweight final to win the gold in the Chinese city, said the yellow medal was redemption for the disappointment at the Delhi Commonwealth Games (CWG).”After missing out on home turf, only a gold was in my mind,” the Bhiwani boxer said. “I did not attend many felicitation functions after the CWG as I was smarting from the defeat.” Vijender had to settle for a bronze at the CWG after losing a contentious semi- final bout against Antony Ogogo of England.But China has always been a happy hunting ground for the star pugilist, who was adjudged the most valuable Indian performer at the Asian Games.”I won the Olympic bronze in Beijing, another one at the Asian championships in Zhuhai last year and now the Asian Games gold. China has been lucky for me,” Vijender said.Looking ahead to the 2012 London Olympics, he said there was still room for improvement in his pursuit for glory in England. “I have to work on my fitness. The national camp will resume in Patiala in January where we will start training again.” Flyweight pugilist Suranjoy Singh, who won gold in Delhi, was disappointed with a bronze medal finish in China. “I was hoping for a gold. Next time, I will ensure that the colour of the medal is different,” the Manipur boxer said.advertisementRifle shooter Gagan Narang, who followed his feat of four gold medals at the CWG with two silver in Guangzhou, was satisfied with his performance ” The standard of competition in shooting at the Asian Games is almost at par with the Olympics. Getting a silver was a good effort, but the colour could have been different. I won three bronze medals at the Doha Asian Games and wanted to do better this time.”The CWG on home turf set the ball rolling. All that we as sportspersons need to do is give our best and hope it is good enough on the given day,” the Hyderabad marksman said.Several other gold medallists were in attendance including the new golden girl of athletics, Ashwini Akkunji, and her relay teammates Manjeet Kaur and Mandeep Kaur.The men’s and women’s kabaddi teams were also present as was pugilist Vikas Krishan and rower Bajrang Lal Takhar. Gold medallist in the 400m hurdles Joseph Abraham also graced the occasion.The Indian Olympic Association was represented by its secretary general Randhir Singh.Samota packs a punchImdia has traditionally excelled in the lighter weight categories in boxing but Paramjeet Samota believes the country can now expect laurels in the heavier sections as well.The Bhiwani boxer, who competes in the + 91 category, won the gold medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and followed that with a bronze at the Asiad.”The future for India in the heavier weight categories is bright. Apart from myself, there is Ram Singh who competes in my category only. We train together and he has a bright future ahead of him,” Samota said.He does not hesitate in crediting Vijender Kumar for the turnaround in Indian boxing.”The last few years have been great. It all started with Vijender’s bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics. He showed us the way and has always been a motivation for us.” Looking ahead, Samota said 2011 will be the year for securing an Olympic berth. “I will concentrate on the nationals and will join the camp in Patiala.”last_img read more