first_imgIt is often said that farmers are faithful, optimistic people. It takes a special kind of person to put a seed in the ground, help birth a calf or watch a chick hatch from an egg – to knowingly start down the path to turn that small beginning into food and fiber for the world.This week we held our annual Georgia Ag Forecast seminars across the state. This long-running partnership between the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Georgia Farm Bureau, Farm Credit of Southwest Georgia and Georgia Department of Agriculture, with support from Georgia Agribusiness Council, is part of our commitment to get the best information from the university to farmers, ranchers and green industry producers so they can make the best planning, planting and production decisions.Farming is always an uncertain enterprise. The year past was and the year ahead will be no different. Even with the best available research in hand for planning, farmers find themselves at the mercy of the weather, the markets and nature. This year alone, our farmers faced low commodity prices, a hurricane and severe drought.And then there’s the ever-changing policy element to factor in.In the year ahead, Congress will begin to hammer out a new national farm bill that will guide our agricultural policy for the next five years. It’s a daunting task that involves everything from crop insurance to commodity programs, from rural development to the nation’s nutrition programs.This year, Georgia is fortunate to have tremendous leaders in Washington in key positions. President Donald Trump named former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as his secretary of agriculture nominee. U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, is chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit. U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Columbus, was named ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. Former Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duval is now president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.In addition, U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia, serves on the Senate agriculture committee and U.S. Reps. David Scott, D-Smyrna, and Rick Allen, R-Augusta, serve on the House agriculture committee. These appointments prove that Georgia is fertile ground for growing strong national leaders in agriculture.UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has worked hand in hand with these leaders for many years to ensure that Georgia agriculture continues to be a major part of the U.S. food system, providing the needed research and education to keep our industry strong and our food supply secure.While nature and economics will always be fickle, our commitment to Georgia’s faithful farmers remains strong. The forecast is indeed bright.last_img read more

first_img Share The governance of the Jockey Club has confirmed that Chief Executive Paul Fisher will end his tenure as Chief Executive of Jockey Club Racecourses next month, closing a 19-year executive relationship with the UK’s largest racetrack operator.The announcement sees further executive changes within the top ranks of UK racing, as the Jockey Club disclosed its executive management departure just hours following the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) confirming that CEO Nick Rust will step down at the end of 2020.The Jockey Club’s longest-serving executive, Fisher joined the firm in 2001 serving as Finance Director of London racing properties.A young Fisher would rise up the Jockey Club’s management ranks, taking leadership of Kempton Racetrack in 2005, a position that would lead to his appointment as Chief Operations Officer (COO) in 2008.Overseeing significant changes across UK racetracks, Fisher would be promoted to Jockey Club Managing Director in 2013, a position that would transitioned to Racecourses CEO in 2017.Confirming his departure Fisher said: “After 19 fantastic years at The Jockey Club, and more than ten of those running Jockey Club Racecourses, I’ve decided it’s time for a fresh challenge. I’m proud of the commercial growth, record prize money contributions and significant improvements to our facilities and the overall customer experience we’ve been able to deliver around the country at our courses, large and small.”Fisher’s departure comes as the wider Jockey Club group restructures its executive leadership team, which last year saw former BT Sport managing director Delia Bushell replace long-standing group CEO Simon Bazalgette, who ended his 10-year executive remit.Bushell commented on Fisher’s departure: “Paul has led an outstanding period of commercial growth and raised the bar on our Jockey Club Racecourses’ quality of service. I would like to thank him for his leadership, energy and the passion he has shown for racing in every aspect of our business. He can be very proud of what he’s helped to achieve, and I wish him every success in the future.” StumbleUpon Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Related Articles UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Submit Share GVS targets ‘equine support’ with new finance service August 18, 2020last_img read more

first_img Tags: Ipswich Golf Club, Isabella Holpfer, Lily May Humphreys Austria’s Isabella Holpfer will defend her title at the English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Ipswich Golf Club in Suffolk (20-22nd August).The 18-year-old completed a remarkable 11-shot wire-to-wire victory 12 months ago in Coventry and now returns attempting to become the first back-to-back winner since Jodi Ewart (now Jodi Ewart Shadoff) in 2007-08.World No. 23 Lily May Humphreys from Stoke-by-Nayland is the top ranked player at the event. She arrives in Suffolk on the back of a remarkable season that has seen her win the Welsh and Irish Open Stroke Play Championship as well as the Annika Invitational Europe in Sweden. The 17-year-old was also runner-up to Ellen Hume at the English Women’s Amateur Championship at Saunton.Humphreys is joined by Emily Toy, Mimi Rhodes and Amelia Williamson who were also in the English team who won the recent Women’s Home Internationals at Downfield in Scotland. The victorious English Girls’ team at the concurrent Girls’ Home Internationals are represented in Suffolk by Jessica Baker, Rosie Belsham, Ellie Gower, Charlotte Heath, Thalia Kirby and Caitlin Whitehead. The latter finished second behind Germany’s Marie Bechtold at the English Girls’ Open Amateur Championship at The Gog Magog.Another player to look out for is Finland’s Kerttu Hiltunen, who last year was a runaway winner of the English Girls’ Under 16 Open Amateur Championship. She leads a field of continental entrants from France, Germany Italy, Spain and The Netherlands.There is also a strong contingent from Scotland, including Penelope Brown, Louise Duncan, Chloe Goadby, Jasmine McIntosh, Lorna McClymont, Shannon McWilliam, Megan Robb and Clara Young.The host club is represented by Vanessa Bell, Sharon Luckman and Abbie Symonds.The English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship is contested over 72 holes. The full field play 18 holes on each of the first two days with the leading 40 players and ties returning to play 36 holes on the third day. 13 Aug 2019 Holpfer returns to defend English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship title last_img read more

first_imgA new era of smartphone design is underway. Bezels are going the way of the dodo and striking bezel-less designs with edge-to-edge screens are becoming the norm amongst flagship smartphones.A lot of people credit this development to the Xiaomi Mi Mix – a smartphone that paved the way for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6. Now Apple is also set to join the bezel-less party with the iPhone 8 which is widely expected to sport an edge-to-edge OLED display.Without taking any credit away from the Xiaomi Mi Mix, which is a spectacular feat of engineering, there was a smartphone which introduced the world to bezel-less screens way before the Xiaomi Mi Mix, the LG G6 or the Samsung Galaxy S8.Yes, I am talking about the Sharp Aquos Crystal – the bezel-less smartphone that the world forgot about. While the smartphone came with fairly middling specifications – a Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a 2,040mAh battery – it had a design that was far ahead of the competition at the time.The Sharp Aquas Crystal featured a nearly bezel-less design that wouldn’t have looked out of place in an episode of The Jetsons. The smartphone’s 5-inch 720p edge-to-edge display was angled at the edges in a way which made it look like a precious stone.Just like the Xiaomi Mi Mix, Sharp had to do away with the front earpiece in order to accommodate the screen. Sharp included what they call a Direct Wave Receiver, which basically turned the entire front glass panel into an earpiece. (It conveyed sound through vibrations). The company moved the front camera as well to the area underneath the display in order to alleviate space for the screen.advertisement It does not matter that the Aquos Crystal came with fairly low end hardware, what matters is the fact that it introduced the world to a design ethos which three years later is fast becoming the norm.The smartphone was not a concept with a limited release like the Mi Mix. It had a full commercial rollout. What is even more impressive is the fact that the device was not a China or Japan exclusive, but was released in the United States as well. The smartphone even came with Harman Kardon audio.Companies like Samsung, LG and Xiaomi have us believe that such a design is difficult to manufacture and will remain in the realm of flagships for the foreseeable future. However, the Sharp Aquas Crystal brought this kind of design to the market three years ago at a fairly affordable price of $239.Imagine that, a smartphone with the same striking bezel-less design found on today’s pricey flagships could be bought three years ago for approximately 20,000 rupees. It would be great if in the coming months, companies like Samsung or LG can release mid-range or even budget smartphones with their new bezel-less designs.There was even a higher-end variant of the Aquos Crystal on offer called the Sharp Aquas Crystal X which sadly never made it out of Japan.  It came with a 5.5-inch 1080p edge-to-edge display, the Snapdragon 801 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 2,160mAh battery.It does not matter whether the device was a commercial success or not, or that it had a few issues and fairly low end hardware, what really matters is the fact that it introduced the world to a design ethos which three years later is fast becoming the norm. It was a trendsetter, a phone far ahead of the time that deserves its place in the history books.The next time you are looking at your Galaxy S8, mesmerised at the beautiful “Infinity Display”, or looking at the Mi Mix in wonder due to its “edge-less screen”,  do give a thought to the diminutive Sharp smartphone that started it all.last_img read more