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first_imgTwo Georgia leaders are encouraging the exportation of agricultural products to foreign countries. At an International Agribusiness Conference and Expo in Savannah last week, hosted by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Georgia Southern’s Division of Continuing Education, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black encouraged approximately 200 attendees to explore global markets for their commodities.“The encouraging thing is, it doesn’t make any difference if it’s Africa, the Far East or wherever it might be, the demand for our products has never been as high as it is right now,” Black said. “I think it’s like a mixed portfolio for your retirement. If you don’t have export plans to be in a global market, if that’s not part of your production or manufacturing portfolio, you’re really missing out.” According to the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia agriculture’s economic impact in 2011 was $71.1 billion. Much of that financial success can be attributed to the Port of Savannah. In Deal’s speech on Sept. 25, he noted Savannah is home to the fourth largest container port in the country and that more than 40 percent of U.S. citizens rely on the port for the import and export of goods.Georgia, which is the No. 1 producer of broiler chickens in the nation, leads in the export of poultry and wood products to China. China, home to the world’s second-largest economy, also imports pecans, peanuts and cotton — all high-value crops in Georgia.“If you go to any other country, especially a country like China, you recognize that there is a real, potentially large market for food products. With Georgia being one of those states that can supply that, I think it offers us great opportunities,” Deal said. “I am convinced that what Georgia produces, and produces very efficiently, the world will buy if we give them and afford them the opportunity to do so,” Deal said.In the 2011 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, the state’s top three agricultural commodities were broilers, cotton and peanuts, combined to total more than 50 percent of the state’s farm gate value.Deal committed to businessGov. Nathan Deal is committed to making, “Georgia the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business.” During a speech at the inaugural International Agribusiness Conference and Expo, Deal discussed how the new Caterpillar plant in Athens, which opened this spring, will boost the state’s economy.“They will, by their own indications, use the Port of Savannah,” Deal said. “In fact, I was told initially that they were expecting to export about 40 percent of the equipment they will be manufacturing in the Athens area, and hopefully, that will all come through the Savannah Port.” National Ag Teacher DayDeal’s visit to Savannah on Sept. 25 came a day before National Ag Teacher Day. Deal, whose father was an agriculture teacher, discussed the role agricultural education plays in the development of today’s youth.“Having a father who was a vocational agricultural teacher and having grown up in FFA where he was the adviser, I do have a fondness for that. It was a very important part of my past as a young person growing up. It also gave me a great appreciation and understanding of the role of agriculture in our state,” Deal said.Jason Peake, a professor at the UGA Tifton campus, said, however, there is a shortage of ag teachers around the state. It’s a trend that’s continued for the past 30 years and something Deal empathizes with.“Everybody recognizes that it is good for young people, whether they live in a city or whether they live on a farm to have some knowledge about where their food comes from — about all the issues that relate to agriculture, which is the sustainable portion of any society,” Deal said. “I know because funding has been cut in many areas that it has been difficult to come up with the funds to keep many of the vocational agricultural teachers in the classroom in parts of the state that still have a demand for it,” he said. “I won’t try to do the job of the Department of Education in trying to solve that problem, but I’ll say that I recognize it and think they have done a very good job of adapting with the resources that are available to continue to make agricultural education a relevant subject.”last_img read more

Oregon Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Heroin and Cocaine, and New Jersey and Arizona Legalize Marijuana

first_imgA study by the Florida Policy Institute, a think tank backing the increase, found that the higher wage would directly benefit 2.5 million workers in the state. Election 2020 ›How to Follow the Election ResultsHere’s a guide to The Times’s election night coverage, no matter when, how or how often you want to consume it. If you just want results… There will be a results map on The Times’s home page, and yes, the infamous needle will be back — but only for Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, the only states providing granular enough information for our experts to make educated projections of uncounted votes.If you want constant updates… Times reporters are live-blogging all day and night. This will be your one-stop shop for minute-by-minute updates: race calls, on-the-ground reporting from swing states, news about any voting issues or disruptions, and more.If you want to check in every so often… Times journalists are also producing a live briefing from roughly 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET, with an overview of what’s happening in the presidential race, the Senate and House races, and the voting process itself. OAKLAND, Calif. — The march to decriminalize drugs moved further across the nation on Tuesday despite continued federal prohibition.Oregon became the first state to decriminalize small amounts of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs. And in New Jersey and Arizona voters decisively passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana. Cannabis is now legal across a large bloc of states in the West — from Washington down to the Mexican border — and well beyond.- Advertisement – The amendment was supported by unions and the Miami-Dade Democratic Party and was opposed by business organizations representing construction companies, citrus farmers, hotels and restaurants.In Louisiana a measure supported by two anti-abortion Democrats, Gov. John Bel Edwards and State Senator Katrina Jackson, passed comfortably. Amendment 1 would add these words to the State Constitution: “Nothing in this constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion, or require the funding of abortion.”In Mississippi voters approved a new state flag with red, yellow and blue stripes, a magnolia flower and the words, “In God We Trust.” The state’s previous flag, which dated to 1894 and contained a Confederate battle cross, was decommissioned by lawmakers in June.There were 38 statewide citizen initiatives being decided across the country on Tuesday, about half the level of the last presidential election, when there were 72. Experts attribute the decline to the effect of the coronavirus, which has made gathering signatures more difficult. When all measures are tallied, including those placed by legislatures on the ballots, there are a total of 124 statewide ballot initiatives this year, down from 154 four years ago.Noam Scheiber contributed reporting. Oregon voters also legalized psilocybin, also known as magic mushrooms, for people age 21 and older. Proponents said the move would allow the drug to be used to treat depression, anxiety and other conditions.- Advertisement – Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 12:19 a.m. ETcenter_img – Advertisement – Cannabis was also on the ballot in Montana, Mississippi and South Dakota. If all of the marijuana measures pass, cannabis will be legal for medical use in three dozen states and recreational use will be allowed in 15.The Oregon measure would make possession of small amounts of what have long been considered harder drugs a violation, similar to a traffic ticket, and no longer punishable by jail time. The law would also fund drug addiction treatment from marijuana sales taxes. Even in a year when the number of citizen initiatives in states across the country was sharply down from the last presidential election, the diverse slate of measures offered a chance to gauge the mood of the nation.In Florida, where the two presidential candidates were within a few points of each other, voters approved a pro-labor amendment to the Constitution that will raise the minimum wage incrementally to $15 an hour in 2026.Florida becomes the eighth state to enact a minimum wage of $15, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, but the first state that Donald J. Trump carried in the 2016 presidential election. The District of Columbia has also enacted a $15 minimum wage.- Advertisement – Under the measure, the state minimum wage would rise from its current hourly rate of $8.56 to $10 next September, and then increase by $1 every September through 2026. After that, annual increases would be tied to inflation. Florida’s measure, known as Amendment 2, earned a place on Tuesday’s ballot last December and needed at least 60 percent of the vote to pass. With 99 percent of the vote counted, the measure had slightly more than 61 percent.last_img read more

Chernow’s ‘Grant’ offers measured judgment of past

first_imgSix years after Vicksburg fell he was president.And a good one.He was hopelessly naive regarding the rascality unleashed by the sudden post-war arrival of industrialism entangled with government.But the corruptions during his administration showed only his negligence, not his cupidity.More importantly, Grant, says Chernow, “showed a deep reservoir of courage in directing the fight against the Ku Klux Klan and crushing the largest wave of domestic terrorism in American history.”He ranks behind only Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson as a presidential advancer of African-American aspirations.After the presidency, he was financially ruined by his characteristic misjudgment of the sort of miscreants who abused his trust when he was president. Chernow leans against today’s leveling winds of mindless egalitarianism — the belief that because greatness is rare, celebrating it is undemocratic.And against the populist tear-them-down rage to disparage.The political philosopher Harvey Mansfield, Harvard’s conservative, says education should teach how to praise.How, that is, to recognize excellence of character when it is entwined, as it always is, with flaws.And how to acknowledge excellence of achievement amid the contingencies that always partially defeat good intentions. Chernow’s “Grant” is a gift to a nation presently much in need of measured judgments about its past.George Will is a nationally syndicated columnist with The Washington Post who writes from a conservative perspective.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation His rescuer from the wreckage inflicted by a 19th century Madoff was Mark Twain, who got Grant launched on his memoirs.This taciturn, phlegmatic military man of few words, writing at a punishing pace during the agony of terminal cancer, produced the greatest military memoir in the English language, and the finest book published by any U.S. president.Chernow is clear-eyed in examining and evenhanded in assessing Grant’s defects.He had an episodic drinking problem but was not a problem drinker:He was rarely incapacitated, and never during military exigencies or when with his wife, Julia.Far from being an unimaginative military plodder profligate with soldiers’ lives, he was by far the war’s greatest soldier, tactically and strategically, and the percentage of casualties in his armies was, Chernow says, “often lower than those of many Confederate generals.”Sentimentality about Robert E. Lee has driven much disdain for Grant. Chernow’s judgment about Lee is appropriately icy. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWASHINGTON — Evidence of national discernment, although never abundant, can now be found high on the New York Times combined print and e-book best seller list.There sits Ron Chernow’s biography of Ulysses Simpson Grant, which no reader will wish were shorter than its 1,074 pages.Arriving at a moment when excitable individuals and hysterical mobs are demonstrating crudeness in assessing historical figures, Chernow’s book is a tutorial on measured, mature judgment.It has been said that the best biographer is a conscientious enemy of his or her subject — scrupulous but unenthralled.center_img Even after failing to dismember the nation he “remained a southern partisan” who “never retreated from his retrograde views on slavery.”Chernow’s large readership (and the successes of such non-academic historians as Rick Atkinson, Richard Brookhiser, David McCullough, Nathaniel Philbrick, Jon Meacham, Erik Larson and others) raises a question.Why are so many academic historians comparatively little read? Here is a hint from the menu of presentations at the 2017 meeting of the Organization of American Historians.The titles of 30 included some permutation of the word “circulation” (e.g., “Circulating/Constructing Heterosexuality,” “Circulating Suicide as Social Criticism,” “Circulating Tourism Imaginaries from Below”).Obscurantism enveloped in opacity is the academics’ way of assigning themselves status as members of a closed clerisy indulging in linguistic fads.Princeton historian Sean Wilentz, who is impatient with academics who are vain about being unintelligible, confesses himself mystified by the “circulating” jargon.This speaks well of him. Chernow, laden with honors for his biographies of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, is a true friend of the general who did so much to preserve the nation.And of the unjustly maligned president — the only one between Andrew Jackson and Woodrow Wilson to serve two full consecutive terms.He nobly, if unsuccessfully, strove to prevent the war’s brutal aftermath in the South from delaying, for a century, freedom’s arrival there.After reluctantly attending West Point and competently participating in the war with Mexico, his military career foundered on alcohol abuse exacerbated by the aching loneliness of a man missing his family.His civilian life was marred by commercial failures.Then the war came.Four years after he was reduced to selling firewood on St. Louis streets, he was leading the siege of Vicksburg.last_img read more

MLB couldn’t start soon enough

first_img?Pitchers and catchers report in two days.?That is one of my favorite phrases ever uttered in sports. And while the countdown has officially been on since thefinal out of the 2007 World Series, there is nothing like seeing or hearing thecountdown when there is less than a week until the start of spring training anda new baseball season. With the NFL season now behind us, and March Madness still afew weeks away, the start of spring training comes at a perfect time. The opening of camps in Florida and Arizona startingThursday for some teams not only means that spring and warmer weather is on itsway, but that every team enters the year with a clean slate. Yes, some teamsknow entering the season that it could be a long one, but anything can happenonce the first pitch is thrown opening day. The start of spring training also allows fans a first glanceat their favorite team. How do the new acquisitions look? Who is going to win thebattle for the fifth spot in the rotation? What will the roster look like whenteams leave camp? And of course, with the start of camp, we can also beginthinking about and doing research for fantasy baseball leagues. Despite my excitement every year around this time, this yearI am more excited for spring training to start than ever before for tworeasons. Being a Brewers fan, this spring is the first year since Istarted following the team that the Brew Crew head to Arizona with a realisticshot at making the postseason. Will this be the year Milwaukee makes it overthe hump? Only time will tell. The Brewers have the young core intact from last year?ssquad that finished the year with a winning record for the first time since1992. With a reworked bullpen and a starting rotation with some promise, ifeveryone stays healthy, Milwaukee is poised to make a run for its firstdivision title since 1982.But despite the buzz surrounding the Brewers this year,probably the biggest reason I am excited about the start of spring training isI?m hoping the opening of camps will take some attention off the Mitchellreport and the Roger Clemens saga.Instead of talking about all the offseason acquisitions andtrades that went on this winter, the headlines that have dominated baseballnews deal with the Mitchell report and the latest on the Roger Clemens v. BrianMcNamee case. At first, I was interested in what Clemens had to say and toeventually see if one of the greatest pitchers of all time was telling thetruth, or if he was just trying to save his reputation. But now I couldn?t care less.I am so sick of turning on ESPN and having to see Clemens?lawyer Rusty Hardin talk about how his client is innocent. I don?t even care ifClemens used steroids. I just want this story to go away. On Wednesday both Clemens and McNamee will speak in front ofCongress, and since both are telling different stories, one will commitperjury, meaning this case is not going to go away anytime soon. Hopefully forbaseball fans like me, spring training can bring other stories to the forefrontand push Clemens to the back burner. Hopefully Peter Gammons, Buster Olney and other baseballexperts will begin talking about what is going on in the field again, insteadof what is going on in the courtroom. I can?t wait until we start talking about how Johan Santanawill adjust to the National League, or if the Red Sox have what it takes torepeat as champions.I don?t care if Clemens? DNA matches the DNA of the blood onthe syringes that McNamee provided as evidence.I want to know how the experts think the season will pan outand who is poised for a breakout year, not whether or not Clemens committedperjury.I just can?t wait until we can start talking baseball again.?Greg is a senior majoring in communication arts. Let himknow how you think the season will pan out [email protected]last_img read more

Video: On the Beat: Beat writers wrap up Syracuse’s 91-89 OT win against Duke

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