17 Oct

BLOG: Making the Most of Opportunities in Agriculture

first_imgRead more agency year in review blog posts.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf January 28, 2016 BLOG: Making the Most of Opportunities in Agriculture SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Environment,  The Blog,  Year in Review When I returned to the department following Governor Tom Wolf’s inauguration, I said these are extraordinary times to be in the industry. There are a number of opportunities and challenges, but we are on a path to addressing those challenges and making the most of those opportunities.Over the past year, we have accomplished a great deal in areas central to our core mission of protecting consumers and safeguarding animal health, and of creating new market opportunities for producers. At the same time, we continue looking further down the road to how we can best position the industry for long-term viability and success.With the threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza, or HPAI, and the discovery of the spotted lanternfly, the departments’ established relationships with local government and industry proved critical to protecting producers and communities throughout the commonwealth.We also continued to help producers tap new markets, such as organics, and helped bring new people into production agriculture in 2015. This year, the department received $617,000 in federal Organic Cost Share Program funds, which reimburse operations up to 75 percent of their eligible organic certification costs and the department’s Center for Farm Transitions provided technical assistance to nearly 1,200 beginning farmers.Thinking about farm transitions is just one of the ways we focused on the future of agriculture in 2015. There will be nearly 75,000 job vacancies within the next decade in our agriculture and food industries, and we need trained workers to fill those positions. Working with our sister agencies, employers, schools, universities, career and technical education programs, and veterans’ organizations, among others, we have begun a dialogue about creating sustainable pathways, making the linkage from the classrooms to careers in the agriculture and food industries.We realize that while looking at the opportunities, we have to continue to work to aid those who need us most. Governor Wolf signed an Executive Order to coordinate Pennsylvania’s food and nutrition programs. According to Feeding America’s “Map the Meal Gap” data, more than 1.8 million Pennsylvanians – one out of seven – are at risk of hunger and may not know where their next meal is coming from. That number includes more than 564,000 children, or one in five. In his 2015-16 budget proposal, the governor made the largest investment in years to the commonwealth’s food security systems, proposing $3 million dollars to fund, for the first time, the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS).Finally, what a tremendous way to cap off 2015 and ring in 2016 with the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show! Exhibitors and visitors from all corners of the Mid-Atlantic arrived to Harrisburg to experience the largest indoor agricultural event in the United States for its centennial year. More than 10,000 competitive exhibits and nearly 300 commercial exhibitors were on display within the 24 acres spread throughout the complex’s 11 halls and three arenas. With the unusual warm January weather, the family-oriented atmosphere and low prices continued to bring in spectators all week, with more than 62,000 vehicles parked from Saturday through Friday.Looking ahead, we will continue to focus on issues that have long-term implications for the future – two of which we have laid the groundwork for this year: improving water quality and developing a strategic plan for Pennsylvania agriculture. Additionally, we have begun facilitating the development of a 10-year strategic plan for Pennsylvania agriculture. By bringing together private sector stakeholders, we have held listening sessions to gather ideas on where we need to go as an industry to capitalize on emerging opportunities and avoid looming threats.Indeed, it is an exciting time to be in agriculture. People are more focused on the quality and origins of their food. Improving technology is creating tremendous prospects. We want to be sure Pennsylvania is at the forefront of this growth potential and that we have the tools, resources and knowledge we need to make the most of it. After 2015, I’m confident we are off to a great start. By: Russell Redding, Secretary of Agriculturelast_img read more

16 Aug

Emir Spahić Among 30 Best Footballers of the FC Montepellier

first_imgMontpellier Hérault Sport Club was founded by Louis Nicollin in 1974. The club celebrated this year its 40st anniversary.On that occasion, the official site of the DHMZ organized a selection of the club’s best footballers throughout history. The fans voted for 31 player in total. Among those names there are some great names of the world football like Laurent Blanc, Eric Cantone, Roger Mille, Carlos Valderram and Fleury Di Nalla, as well as four players from the actual Montpellier team Geoffrey Jourdren, Vitorino Hilton Jamel Saihi and Souleymane Camara. Our player Emir Spahić is also on the list.(Source: Klix / photo: backstage.ba)last_img read more

12 Jan

Huskies welcome Sexsmith to kick off December

first_imgThe Vipers have been slippery opponents for the Huskies this year, as the team has yet to hand Sexsmith a loss, and led both games entering the third periods, only to watch Sexsmith mount final frame comebacks.The teams first met on October 25 in Fort St. John, when the Huskies suffered a 5-4 loss, allowing two unanswered goals in the third after leading 4-3.Fort St. John’s third period troubles continued in the two teams’ next meeting on November 14, when the Huskies held a 2-0 road lead in Sexsmith entering the third, only to allow the hometown Vipers to score three unanswered in the final frame, emerging victorious 3-2.- Advertisement -Despite a tough November on the ice, the Huskies capped off the month with an emotional road win over the Fairview Flyers, when this time, it was the Huskies who mounted a late third period comeback, to win 6-5 in a shootout.It was a significant victory for the Huskies, who not only snapped a four-game losing streak, but also snapped a five game losing streak to Fairview in the process.Even though the team secured a victory in their last game, Thursday also marks the return of two Fort St. John forwards, Robbie Sidhu and Jamie Watson, both returning from serving one game suspensions handed out near the conclusion of the home game against Slave Lake on November 24.Advertisement The fun doesn’t end Thursday, as the Huskies hit the road for a little weekend getaway in Slave Lake, as the team will take on the Wolves both Saturday evening, and then again Sunday afternoon.Both games can be listened to live on 100.1 Moose FM.Entering the busy weekend, the Huskies occupy seventh place in the NWJHL standings, sitting just three points back of both Fairview and Thursday’s opponent, the Sexsmith Vipers.Thursday’s game is being played at the North Peace Arena, with the puck set to drop at 8 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more