Backing next generation of smart farmers

first_imgBacking next generation of smart farmers The Hon David Littleproud MPMinister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management84 projects to share in $6.48 million Smart Farms Small Grants fundingFocus is on supporting Australian farmers to adopt innovative practices that increase farm productivity, profitability and protection of natural resources Farmers are being given a helping hand to adopt the next generation of sustainable farming practices in the latest round of the Australian Government’s Smart Farms Small Grants.Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said 84 innovative projects aimed at boosting farmers’ agricultural productivity and natural resource management have been awarded funding.“Our farmers produce the best food and fibre in the world because of their ingenuity, resilience and incredible work ethic,” Minister Littleproud said.“They have always looked after the land and this program supports their continued environmental stewardship by backing clever ideas that deliver on-ground results.“The government is investing almost $6.5 million through the fourth round of Smart Farms Small Grants.“These grants aim to improve environmental, economic and social outcomes through better sustainability, productivity and profitability in the food, fibre and forestry industries.One such project, being delivered by Birchip Cropping Group, is investigating the use of multispecies cover crops in low rainfall broadacre mixed farming.“The project will focus on providing outcomes that benefit mixed farming systems, where livestock can supplement a winter cash crop operation,” said Birchip Cropping Group CEO, Fiona Best.“Using local knowledge, we will help our farmers make better, more cost-effective crop management decisions that optimise soil health.”Another project, being delivered by Mallee Sustainable Farming is looking to deliver research and development to the farm by establishing industry-led digital extension hubs across Victoria, South Australia and the New South Wales mallee.“This exciting work will provide virtual access to local research sites and curate a continuous Q&A service for farmers visiting the hubs,” said Mallee Sustainable Farming Executive Officer, Lachlan Sutton“By linking farmers to farmers, and farmers to researchers virtually we can get information out to them while they’re in the tractor cab. For time poor farmers, this will be a total game changer and allow us to deliver improvements across up to 4 million hectares MSF covers as well as the rest of Australia.”“These are just two examples of how grower groups, landcare groups and other organisations are helping farmers to think clever and make a real impact on the ground”, Minister Littleproud said.“I am excited by all of the great ideas put forward by the successful applicants under Smart Farms Small Grants.“This is a key National Landcare Program initiative and part of the government’s commitment to helping industry towards its target of growing the sector to $100 billion by 2030.”For a full list of successful grantees visit the Australian Government investment in Landcare page here.Fast Facts:The Smart Farms program is the key agriculture portfolio initiative under phase two of the $1.1 billion National Landcare Program.The program comprises the Smart Farming Partnerships, Smart Farms Small Grants and Building Landcare Community and Capacity grant programs.To date, including this fourth funding round, Smart Farms Small Grants has funded a total of 384 projects to the value of $25.5 million.An additional two rounds of Smart Farms Small Grants are anticipated with funding of up to $18 million.The government is investing almost $6.5 million funding 84 projects through the fourth round of Smart Farms Small Grants towards a diverse range of local projects across Australia. Grants were available for between $5,000 and $100,000 for farmers, fishers and community groups. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). 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Child abducted at gunpoint, allegedly by grandmother, from Louisiana hospital

first_imgiStock(JEFFERSON, La.) — A 12-year-old child was taken at gunpoint from a Louisiana hospital at 5 p.m. local time Friday, according to Louisiana State Police.Andreana Miller was taken from the Ochsner Hospital in Jefferson Parish by her 66-year-old grandmother, Evelyn Miller, police said. The grandmother was last seen wearing a purple shirt and black pants.She is believed to be carrying a revolver style pistol, police said.Authorities early Saturday morning issued a Level II Child Endangerment Alert for Andreana, who is 4 foot 7, 135 pounds and was last seen leaving the hospital wearing a white hospital gown.State police said the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office had recovered the vehicle used to abduct Andreana from the hospital.Police have released no information about the motive for the abduction nor where they could be headed.Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Andreana or Evelyn Miller can contact the Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s Office at 504-227-1400. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua: Blockbuster Tyson Fury Fight “Needs To Happen”

first_imgAnthony Joshua has said a mega-fight for the undisputed world heavyweight title with fellow Briton Tyson Fury “needs to happen” to determine the division’s single dominant figure.Joshua, 30, regained his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles with a unanimous decision victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in a December rematch in Saudi Arabia while Fury won the WBC title in Las Vegas two months ago with a seventh-round stoppage of Deontay Wilder.No fighter has ever held all four main heavyweight titles.“If you really want to say you’re number one, come fight me. Let’s get it on. I’ve got the rest of the belts so it only makes sense,” Joshua told Sky Sports, addressing fellow Briton Fury.“I’m the unified heavyweight champion of the world, he’s the WBC champion. What it will prove, me and him fighting? There will be one dominant figure in the heavyweight division that will have all of the belts and become undisputed.“Logically to prove yourself as number one, I have to fight Tyson Fury. He has to fight Anthony Joshua.”A potential reunification bout between both men will be fraught with difficulties as they both have contracts in place to face other opponents next.Joshua was scheduled to face mandatory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev on 20 June but the contest was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Similarly, the proposed third fight between American Wilder and Fury was originally was pushed back from July 18 to a likely date in October due to the virus which has shut down sport globally.“It would be amazing to tell Pulev ‘I think it’s best if you step aside for now’ and to tell Wilder ‘we have bigger fish to fry’,” Joshua added.“That fight (with Fury) needs to happen because there will never be another time like this again.”RelatedBoxing: Joshua vs Fury Is ONJune 10, 2020In “Boxing”Fury Wants To Follow In Klitschko’s FootstepsMay 19, 2020In “Boxing”Anthony Joshua To Face Tyson Fury In December – Eddie HearnFebruary 27, 2020In “Boxing”last_img read more

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is “ready to rock” post cancer surgery

first_imgHBO/Colleen Hayes(LOS ANGELES) — Julia Louis-Dreyfus is cheering as she moves on from her months-long battle with breast cancer.The Veep star shared a professionally-taken picture to social media Wednesday, calling it her “first post-op photo.”“Hoorah! Great doctors, great results, feeling happy and ready to rock after surgery,” she captioned the shot. “Hey cancer, ‘F*** you!’”Louis-Dreyfus, 57, was diagnosed with breast cancer last September, the day after she won her record-tying eighth individual Emmy Award. She went public with the news shortly thereafter. “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” she wrote on social media. “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”Last month, she revealed that she’d finished chemotherapy. She shared a video to Instagram that her adult sons made for her to mark the occasion. In the footage, they lip sync to the Michael Jackson hit “Beat It.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Orioles split double header with Rays Recaps: 7/13/19

first_imgThe Orioles had a lot of baseball to play on this sunny Saturday, which started with an early afternoon game in which the Birds sent waiver acquisition Aaron Brooks to the mound.Aaron Brooks pitched well in his short start today, going 2.2 innings, allowing no runs while striking out two.Jimmy Yacabonis would be the pitcher brought on in the third with two outs, and he gave up a solo home run. This put the Rays up 1-0.The Orioles and Rays offense would be silent for majority of this game. Despite the solo home run, Jimmy Yacabonis would be solid through 3.1 innings, not allowing another run.The Orioles would take the lead in the seventh, when Stevie Wilkerson blasted a two run shot that out the O’s ahead 2-1. This would be the difference maker.The bullpen for the Orioles pitched very well in the first game, with Richard Bleier going an inning, and Mychal Givens recording the two inning save. Givens held the Rays hitless in those two innings while striking out two.Our MSB Orioles player of the game is Stevie Wilkerson for his clutch two run shot that gave the Orioles the lead they needed in the seventh inning.The Birds took game one 2-1, with Richard Bleier getting his first win (1-0) and Mychal Givens recording his seventh save.Game two would have quite a different outcome. John Means got his first start since his All-Star appearance, and he was not on.John Means would go six innings, allowing six runs off eight hits, which included three home runs.The Rays went up 2-0 in the second, following a two run shot off the bat of Michael Brosseau.In the fourth, John Means gave up his second home run, this one a solo shot. The Rays extended their lead to 3-0.The Birds got two runs back in the fourth, when Stevie Wilkerson singled in Chance Sisco and Renato Nunez. This made it a close 3-2 game.Now in the sixth, John Means allowed another RBI single that was followed by his third home run allowed. Means night would end after the sixth with the Rays up 6-2.The Orioles bullpen would allow three more runs in the seventh, and then three more runs in the ninth. David Hess and waiver acquisition Taylor Scott were responsible for the Six runs.Despite a home run of the bat of Hanser Alberto in the seventh, and a RBI in the ninth by Jonathan Villar, the Orioles lost 12-4.Our MSB Oriole player of the game for game two is again Stevie Wilkerson, who went 2-4 with two RBIs.John Means moves to 7-5 with this loss.The Orioles host the neighboring Washington Nationals starting Tuesday, at 7:05 pm ET.Please follow and like us:last_img read more

Florentino Perez: I don’t like the Gerard Pique whistles

first_img Upd. at 17:48 Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has spoken out about the whistles from Real Madrid fans aimed at Gerard Pique on “El Partido de las 12”.About the whistles, he said: “Of Pique the only thing I can say is that I’m sure that sometimes he’s made mistakes, like all of us, but it doesn’t seem good that some whistle him, and even less with the Spanish national team. Pique is how he is, but it seems bad to me that they whistle him.” “I have not talked to David de Gea, nor talked to him after the situation. We discuss the fate of that day, it was Jose Angel Sanchez who had a conversation with him. There was a commitment to the player but there was no clause if he wasn’t signed,” said Perez. CEST He made it clear that, although in the world of football anything is possible, he was not thinking of selling Cristiano Ronaldo and remembered that he has three years more on his contract. But the highlight of the interview was an encounter with Manolo Lama, a reporter for the station. There were many questions about the failed signing of David de Gea and the same answer was forthcoming: “We didn’t arrive on time because Manchester United do not have the experience to tackle such situations.” Florentino Perez believes that this has repeated itself on several occasions as the signings of Nicolas Otamendi, Pedro and Ander Herrera. JA Sanchez 10/09/2015 Perez said there are many people who wonder why the Madrid press is bad to Real Madrid. He said: “They ask me it in Barcelona, and out of Spain.”last_img read more

Big line-up at village do

first_imgThe Upper Beaconsfield Village Festival returns this Sunday with a jam-packed line-up including an art exhibition, vehicle displays, a puppet…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Homeless traced to ice usage

first_imgBy LIA SPENCER ICE is one of the factors driving up homelessness in Pakenham and surrounds, with domestic violence, mental…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Youth to form parallel council

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows Cardinia shire youth will soon collaborate directly with the council on issues important to them. Cardinia’s youngest…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

AU court for human rights cases

first_img26 January 2006An African court to rule on cases of gross human rights violations on the continent is ready to start hearing cases, South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced on Tuesday.Briefing the media after the closing session African Union heads of state summit in Khartoum, Sudan on Tuesday, Dlamini-Zuma said that while the location of the court was still to be finalised, the 11 judges had already been elected – including Bernard Ngoepe, South Africa’s Judge President of Transvaal.In addition to hearing cases of gross human rights violations such as genocide, the court will also have the power to render an opinion, at the request of a member state, on any legal matter relating to AU human rights instruments.“The court is ready to function,” Dlamini-Zuma said.The heads of state have requested member states to submit their comments on the “draft single legal instrument” by writing to the AU Commission, with the closing date for submissions 31 March.The draft single legal instrument is a document containing recommendations on the merger of the African court of human and people’s rights and the court of justice of the organisation.The union has also decided that the merger document should be submitted to a joint meeting of the People’s Rights Commission and legal experts from member states for finalisation.The final draft will be submitted and presented for review at the seventh ordinary session of the Executive Council and Assembly to take place in Bujumbura, Burundi in July.The election of the 11 judges must still be ratified by the Assembly of Heads of State after the final draft has been approved. Their term of office ranges from two to six years.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more