Property tax reform a key issue for GOP legislative leaders

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa GOP legislative leaders say they plan to go into the 2019 session challenging the way things are done in state government several issues including property taxes.Senate Republican leader Jack Whitver said Thursday at a legislative forum hosted by The Associated Press that Iowans expressed confidence in his party by returning it to power again and that means keeping campaign promises.One of those promises is a thorough review of property taxes during the session which starts Monday.Gov. Kim Reynolds said at the forum she’s interested in looking at what lawmakers come up with. As a former county treasurer she said she heard for years complaints from business owners and individuals about rising property taxes.Senate Democatic Leader Janet Petersen says her concern is that local governments including counties, cities and schools aren’t harmed in the process by taking away funding they need.last_img read more

Even with forages, the end of the year is the time to plan

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The month of December is a great time to plan. We still have the opportunity to make changes to the 2017 year and plan for 2018. When I think of 2017, especially as it relates to forages, two things come to mind for me. First, what worked and what went wrong? Next, is there anything that can be done to improve the operation for this and next year?What worked and what went wrong?For many of us, the growing season for the most part was good. Most were able to get hay up in a timely fashion, although I did get some rained on. Pastures grew well throughout the season until a dry period after Labor Day.Now is time to assess your stored feed supplies for the winter to determine if you will have enough. If you do not, what are your options? Are there any standing forages that can still be grazed without damaging the soil and ground cover? Is there any harvested forage residue such as corn stalks that can still be grazed? If feed supplies will still be short, what can you do? Are there some animals that are not as productive that can be culled? If feed needs to be purchased, compare feed on an equal footing. For example, a pound of corn has twice the energy as common hay and can replace a portion of a diet of a ruminant animal. At under $4.00 a bushel, corn is a viable option.For many of us without adequate ground water or public water, a long dry period can be a challenge. For many in the rolling Appalachian foothills where I live, springs have been the primary source of water. Over the past 50 years, these springs have been developed and many farms have no more to tap. With the potential for a dry summer in 2018, we need to be prepared to better utilize our potential water sources. What are your options? On my farm, the last option I have is to develop a pond and have a water tank available for livestock as all of my springs have been developed.Planning for weed control is critical. Spotted Knapweed continues to spread in Southeast Ohio and it is critical to scout and eradicate this weed. I have succeeded in keeping it off the farm for the past five years by controlling the weed along the road, but I had a couple areas in the pastures starting to become established, and I controlled by pulling and/or using a herbicide. I plan to monitor those areas more frequently in 2018. It is much easier to control when the area is small. If you miss a year, it can overtake the field in the next year.Is there anything we can still do for this year?This is where we need to check finances and our inventory. We still have time to affect our bottom line for 2017. Is there any equipment that needs to be purchased or replaced? Tax laws are favorable for depreciating equipment this year and there may be some great deals purchasing now versus next spring or summer. Can you prepay for some inputs this year such as fertilizer or seed? Are there some unproductive animals that may be sold to generate additional income if needed?Plan for 2018Now is the time to set goals for next year. Goals are set each year to provide a benchmark for measuring your success.  They are SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, rewarding and timed. If you identified goals for 2017, now is a great time to see if they were achieved. I did achieve goals of putting up more hay, extending the grazing season, and helping my son with his 4-H feeder calf project. I did not achieve a goal of adding another paddock or fertilizing pasture and hay fields.  If goals were not achieved this year, why? Can they be modified and accomplished next year?If you have some time, consider what some the longer term objectives for your family and operation are. This will help identify some goals for 2018 to achieve those plans. For example, if you have been considering an estate plan for your farm, make it a goal for next year. Several years ago, this became a goal for me and my wife, and we identified what we had in mind, picked a time to see an attorney, and then followed through. Now it is complete (it still may need to be revised as conditions change).Some other goals could be reseeding a field, adding paddocks, improving genetics of the herd, developing new marketing strategies, or taking a trip with the family.If you set your goals now, you can have a more focused plan for what you want to achieve in the next year. Don’t forget to receive input from family members and employees so everyone is on the same page.Finally, when I set my goals, I try to divide them into no cost, low cost and high cost; and how much time they will take. This seems to help in the process of prioritizing goals.last_img read more

The 2019 Ohio Crop Tour | I-71 Leg – Day 1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Click on images for a closer lookMarion CountyWe have progressed back into an area of the state with considerably less prevented plant acres than our peak earlier today.Corn: This field was planted in early June. 20-inch row corn with a population of about 35,000. Stress was evident – corn was planted wet and turned dry. The root system has recently taken off, but overall pretty compact. 177 bpa estimate.Soybeans: We did not enter the bean field because the farmer had sprayed immediately before we arrived. The farmer commented he is rolling the dice that he can grow a crop. He thinks the potential is there. R2 at about a foot tall. A long, long way to go. Full of flea beetle and bean leaf beetle from the edge looking in.Wyandot CountyNot as much prevented plant acreage as we head from Wyandot into Marion County.Corn: 178 bpa with an overall nice field. Planted May 22. Side dressing slots wide open shows how little rain field has had, and how wet the soil was when in field. Some gray leaf spot, though not terrible. Lots of tassel ear in end rows. Emergence problems evident in different sized stalks. Population averaged 31,500. Needs rain.Soybeans: Originally planted June 12, replanted entire field June 28. Just barely R3 stage with a 30” canopy height. 2.5” between nodes, just starting to set pods. Yield estimated at less than 30 bpa, but again it all depends on the rain ahead. It will struggle to yield well without timely moisture. No disease or insect pressure and small root development.Crawford CountyThe reality of a wet spring is becoming more and more clear as we continued along on Wednesday.Corn: Water and time – the theme continues as far as what fields need. This corn comes in at 171 bpa in ideal conditions from here out, but it’s well behind. Realistically, it’s 125-130. This corn is still pollinating with very small amounts of it completed with pollination. What does the future hold? Planted June 4th, 9th, 12th, and 26th when you factor in plant, rain, replant, try again, and more rain.Soybeans: Nice beans even with replant. 24” canopy height at R4 stage. 3” between nodes with no disease pressure. Very little insect infestation, though a lot of bean leaf beetle can be seen, not much feeding was found. Several 4-bean pods bring expectations for yield to 40-50 bpa. Overall the field was in good condition.Seneca CountyThe trend continues in Seneca County. We’re getting further into the prevented plant neighborhoods.Corn: March 27th planted corn, just like in Huron County, looks really good – for mid-July corn. Ears are in the blister stage with projected yield at 184 bpa. Again, a lot of time and possibilities ahead for these fields. Plenty of deer feeding on the outside rows, and also a bit further in. Insect and disease pressure were very light.Soybeans: Another field where it’s impossible to project the yield with things so far behind. Just like in Huron, this is a healthy group of beans. They were planted June 26, and at R2 are blooming with little to no insect or disease pressure. 20” canopy height with the guess at 30-40 bpa. A really clean field except for a bit of volunteer corn here and there. As they say, maturity is not measured by age, it’s an attitude built by experience. Frankly, these beans lack the attitude or experience.Huron CountyHuron County has so far had by far the most prevented plant.Corn: Excellent looking from the road, but still a long way to go. Still pollinating – R1 to blister. Most stalks had two ears. Disease pressure found a small amount of northern corn leaf blight and eyespot. Signs of nitrogen deficiency. Yield could range anywhere from 120 to 220, depending on what the rest of the year holds. Potential is there with rain and late frost for big numbers in the combine.Soybeans: May 27 planted beans that are shorter – 18-24” canopy. Beans were in R4 with a lot of branching and good pod set at each node. Unfortunately this field was planted wet showing general compaction, resulting in potassium deficiency due to poor root development. No disease pressure with little to no insect pressure. Estimating closer to 40 bpa.Ashland CountyCorn: This corn looked great if you don’t consider the date. Ears were only at the blister stage, with two different varieties clearly visible in their fill progress. Right now the estimated average is 192 bpa, but only if there’s plenty of rain ahead and considerable time for more development. The field was planted May 27. Disease pressure was very light and most stalks had a secondary ear not far behind. Overall a good to excellent field, especially if we don’t think about the time of year.Soybeans: Needs rain, sunshine, and time. Lots of unknowns for this clean field full of R2 beans. Blooms to the top were present throughout. Short and will be lucky to make 40 bushels if they can finish out with rain through September. The clock is against this field. Still though, this area has been blessed with moisture compared to other counties. The field was planted June 26. It would appear that driving through Ashland County that planting was late. Most beans we drove past are in the same boat.Wayne CountyCorn: A 184 bpa average on this field. Stand was overall pretty good, but some instances of late emergence will not make an ear, a symptom of wet planting. Earworm, smut (possibly a result of the earworm), and heavy gray leaf spot. Excellent ear fill on most ears, though one sample did have pollination issues. This was not the norm. We rated this field as good throughout.Soybeans: Frogeye and grass is going to hurt this field. This was the first field we’ve met so far that a fungicide application was warranted because of the disease pressure. The farmer said they had sprayed 3-4 days ago. Sidewall compaction symptoms present with roots running up and down the rows, but because the field has had enough moisture, the root has been able to grow past that compaction zone. Though compaction has not been a major limiting factor after frequently seeing 4-5 pods per node. Bean leaf beetle damage and a stinkbug egg mass were also discovered. Ratings ranged from fair to excellent. The potential is there, but so is the pressure. 40-50 bpa expected.Holmes CountyThis is one of our favorite spots with the beautiful rolling hills and terraced corn, soybean rotation. Moisture is still present in this area more so than western Ohio – they received 1.5-2.5” overnight.Corn: Both corn and beans planted May 15. Heavy disease pressure, with eyespot at the top very present and a lot of gray leaf spot. Ear fill remained good to excellent, though there was some translucent grains and aborted kernels. Corn ranged from fair to excellent. 180 bpa estimated average.Soybeans: Really good soyebans. These beans had pods aplenty, with even some 8-pod groups found. Excellent pod set throughout. 3-4 pods per node with 2.5-3” between nodes. 34-36” canopy height. Beans could see 60+ bushels if rain continues. A few frogeye lesions, but not enough to require a fungicide application.Richland CountyThe further northeast we’ve headed, the yards have gotten greener and the ponds have gotten more full, crop health improving all the whileCorn: A tremendous field of corn. All the ears were at 6 foot off the ground. Field planted early May. Ears filled clear to the end, with plenty of moisture. A little but of gray leaf spot, but most of it below the ear leaf. Some second ears were found, but they were far behind in development. They will not be disappointed when they shell that field. Overall an estimate of 223 bpa.Soybeans:  An excellent field of lush, green soybeans with no detectable insect or disease pressure. The farmer has had plenty of moisture, especially when compared to other areas of Ohio. Fungicide was flown on last week. A bit of deer feeding can be seen (with deer actually in the field when we arrived). Distance between nodes averaged 3” with 2 pods per node – the only disappointing part of the field. These beans are 50+ bpa.Knox CountyCorn: This May 19th planted corn was fair with nice, smaller ears. The farmer stopped by and said he expects this year to average 30 bushels lower this year. That mainly lined up with our yield expectations. The ears were full milk stage, though fired up pretty good. Stalks were intact. A lot of firing out in the field up to two leaves below the ear leaf. Ear worm feeding was found one some sampled ear. Very, very light disease pressure. A tiny amount of gray leaf spot and northern corn leaf blight were noted, but nothing to worry about. Going to have some aborted kernels at the ends thanks to dry weather. This field was estimated to yield 155 bpa.Soybeans: Another really nice field, planted May 22nd, right where it should be. It again brings in the question of how representative is the field when compared to a number of poor fields passed by. 34-36″ canopy height. The farmer said they received .7” of rain overnight. The fields definitely soaked it up and are putting it to use. No disease. A little leaf defoliation and a few plants seen with Sudden Death Syndrome. Pod set was decent, along with notable nodule development. Nodes were 2.5-3 inch apart. We rated this field as excellent with a potential for 50-60 bpa.Morrow CountyCorn: A fairly clean field that averaged an estimated 199 bpa. Some lower leaves starting to fire with nitrogen starvation. It appeared that two different varieties of corn were present in the field as maturities were notably different between the two samples. Light gray leaf spot pressure along with some tip back and aborted kernels. More skips than the farmer would prefer to have, with population coming in at 29-30,000. Overall a good to excellent field of corn.Soybeans: This was the best bean field the scouts had been in so far, and possibly the best beans in Morrow County after driving through field after field of cover crop-looking beans. Root nodulation and development was superior. Canopy height ranged from 27-32”. Some Japanese beetle feeding. Very little disease pressure. 2 pod nodes, but really good branching. If it wasn’t Aug. 14th, the field would be rated excellent, but overall a very good field that will likely average 50-60 bpa.Licking CountyCorn: Standing at the edge of field, we expected a good yield from this May 20 planted corn, but things fell apart quickly a few rows in. There was a lot of nitrogen loss in this field along with it being very dry. Disease pressure saw a fair amount of northern corn leaf blight (NCLB) and GLS. Ear fill ranged from blister to milk stage. Colter marks from the 28 application were not closed and clearly visible. Scouts thought the yield had a potential of 150 bpa, provided there is rain and a late frost ahead.Soybeans: This was a very clean field of 15” rows with a 23” canopy height, but it has a long way to go. Some bean leaf beetle feeding was noticed with very light defoliation. R3 beans with no disease in the upper canopy. A bit of sidewall compaction is indicative of the type of planting season this year. Surprised to see a May 26 planted field with tight rows not yet fully canopy. 30-60 bpa possibility with the right situation ahead. Overall, a field of beans in good condition.Delaware CountyWe started off the 2019 Ohio Crop Tour with a visit to the garden part of the state this year with fields that are likely far better than the rest of Ohio.Corn: At a May 22 planting date, this was an excellent field of corn with an estimated 216 bushel per acre average. Variability remains top of mind as just half a mile down the road was a field that will struggle to reach 100 bpa. There was slight Gray Leaf Spot (GLS) pressure, also exhibiting bird damage at edge of field. One sample had more a little tip back. Field was also in need of a bit of rain. The field was in milk stage (R3: kernels are yellow with milky white fluid).Soybeans: The soybeans were rated good to excellent with overall appearance being very clean. Last major rain was in mid-July, though beans still looked good with pods staring to fill. Beans were at R5. Light infestation of Septoria Brown Spot (SBS) and very light frogeye. Some bean leaf beetle feeding was observed and did find a mass of stinkbug eggs, though no stinkbugs themselves were seen. Canopy height ranged from 28-34 inches. Distance between nodes was 2”. Yield estimate came in at 40-50 bpa.last_img read more

Five ways to mentor a new geocacher

first_imgShare with your Friends:More So you’ve been geocaching for six months now… or is it six years? Whatever the number, there comes a time when you stop saying, “I go geocaching” and start saying, “I am a geocacher.”At this point, you’ve probably found quite a number of geocaches and hidden a few as well. You’ve dipped your toes into different cache types, and you’ve played around with logging trackables. You’ve grown from a wee geo-acorn into a strong geo-oak tree.Capitalize on your experience by mentoring newbie geocachers you encounter along the way. These five tips should help you get started.1. Be kind, rewind, then pay it forwardSo someone just logged “Found It!” on a geocache but in their log they wrote, “We searched everywhere but couldn’t find it today.” Did this person just log a find they didn’t actually earn? Yes. Did they commit a cardinal sin? No. Take a moment, give a newbie the benefit of the doubt, and kindly remind them that to log a find, they have to find the log! Your interaction with this person may be the first contact they’ve ever had with another geocacher, so be kind and pay it forward.2. Teach them the ways of the logAre newbies always writing short logs (TFTC) on your geocaches, and you want more, more, more? Send them this friendly link to motivate them to channel their inner Billy Shakespeare: 5 Tips for Writing the Best Log in the World. 3. Give a lesson in trackable etiquetteIf you own a geocache that’s big enough for trackables, include a friendly note about trackable etiquette. And better yet, include a description of what trackables are and how to log them! New geocachers are often confused about the difference between trackables and SWAG, and what better place to have information about this than in the geocache itself.4. Be the hostess with the mostestWhether you’re hosting or attending an event, make sure new geocachers are welcome, included in the conversation, and feel comfortable. As a host, make a new geocacher’s life easier by putting up a “We’re Geocachers!” sign at your table so they know where to find you. As an attendee, take ownership of making the new cacher feel comfortable, especially if you’re lucky enough to live in a tight-knit geocaching community.5. There are no stupid questions — and newbies have TONS of questions“What does ‘TFTC’ mean? What’s a ‘Jasmer‘? What are those question-mark geocaches in the middle of the lake?” We all know the jargon like the back of our hand, but all this geo-speak can be overwhelming to a new geocacher. Be a Jedi to padawans and teach them to use the force. The way our community grows positively is by educating those who actually want to learn. And don’t forget to tell them about our forums, Help Center, and the online geocaching glossary. SharePrint RelatedDNF for the Good of All HumanityMarch 2, 2014In “Geocaching Quizzes”Geocache, geocache, wherefore art thou? — Juliet’s Balcony (GC49T24) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 4, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”Five reminders about trackablesAugust 28, 2018In “News”last_img read more

Referee Coach Panel Applications

first_imgThe framework has been constructed with consultation and input from national volunteers to address current and future requirements. The TFA Referee Advisory Panel has recently been appointed, with the next step in the framework implementation being the appointment of the Referee Coaching Panel. TFA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitable individuals to fill positions on the Referee Coaching Panel.For more information, please download the attached document. Related Filesreferee_coach_panel_applications_memo_july10-pdflast_img read more

10 months agoSouthampton goalkeeper McCarthy: Hasenhuttl all about…

first_imgSouthampton goalkeeper McCarthy: Hasenhuttl all about…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has revealed manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has emphasised their work off the ball.Saints face Arsenal later today.”He’s gone through the way they press, what they do when they have got the ball, without the ball, everything. Everything’s clear and we all understand what we are doing and reading off the same page,” McCarthy said.”Everyone’s just pressing, pressing, pressing, once you lose the ball. And when we regain the ball, instead of turning round and playing it back, having that confidence to play forward and bring everyone up the pitch so we’re a lot more attacking.”The thing with the boys pressing a lot higher and with more intensity, hopefully I’ll have a little bit less work to do!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Draft policy to set up rooms for feeding infants in public places

first_imgNew Delhi: The AAP government has told the Delhi High Court that it has come up with a draft policy for setting up rooms for feeding and changing diapers of infants in public places and the process of placing the document in public domain for suggestions is underway. The court was informed that the Delhi government’s Department of Women and Child Development (WCD) has drafted the policy which has been circulated to all landowning departments and other public-dealing departments in July for inviting comments. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed on behalf of a mother and her newborn seeking breastfeeding facilities in public places away from “censuring and dishonourable looks”. The Delhi government, in an affidavit filed in response to the petition, said, the Department of Urban Development (UD) has asked the WCD department to frame a state policy on ‘setting up of feeding room for the purpose of baby care room or nursing station or changing soggy diapers or feeding of infant in public places’. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Accordingly, on behalf of department of UD, the department of WCD has drafted a state policy by the name ‘setting up of feeding room for the purpose of baby care room or nursing station or changing soggy diapers or feeding of infant in public places’,” it said. The affidavit said that as soon as comments and suggestions are received from all stakeholders and public spirited persons, the same will be examined in consultation with the urban development department and other landowning agencies. “Suggestions/comments which are in public interest will be incorporated in the draft policy, thereafter, the same will be issued after seeking approval of government,” it said. The affidavit, filed before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar, said the final policy will be sent to all stakeholders and landowning departments for its implementation and timelines will be sought so that the implementation can be monitored. The Delhi government said it is exploring the possibility of incorporating such rooms in future building plans and amendments to building bye-laws to implement the policy. Several consultations have been held with the civic bodies, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the departments of women and child development, and urban development. The plea, filed through advocate Animesh Rastogi, contends that not providing such facilities amounts to “hampering” women’s right to privacy. The high court had earlier sought the stand of the Centre, the Delhi government and civic authorities here on the plea for providing facilities to mothers to breastfeed in public places, observing that such spaces were being provided all over the world.It had said the matter needs to be examined by all landowning agencies and civic bodies and issued notice to the municipal bodies and DDA, apart from the Centre and the Delhi government. It had noted there were no facilities to breastfeed even in airports here.last_img read more

Doctor says regulator wont probe complaints on gun control advocacy work

first_imgTORONTO — A Toronto doctor says Ontario’s medical regulator has decided not to investigate dozens of complaints made about her push for stricter gun laws.Dr. Najma Ahmed says the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario told her of its decision yesterday.Ahmed is a founding member of Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns, a group calling for a national ban on private ownership of handguns and assault rifles.Another group, the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights, had urged its supporters to file official complaints to the college about Ahmed’s advocacy work.The coalition argues doctors are not experts on firearms policy and should not be taking political positions.Those who filed complaints have 30 days to appeal the college’s decision.In a statement today, the doctors’ group said it is pleased by the college’s decision not to pursue the more than 70 complaints made about Ahmed.“Dr. Ahmed wishes to sincerely thank Canadians for the hundreds of letters, emails, calls, and demonstrations of support and solidarity she has received in recent days,” it said. “The (college) decision is affirmation that advocacy for public health is an integral responsibility of physicians.”The college said it could not confirm the details of its decision given the appeal period. Its registrar, Nancy Whitmore, has previously said the complaints process is generally intended to focus on clinical care or professional behaviour rather than political issues.The Canadian Presslast_img read more