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New Canadian Agricultural Minister says Canada will pursue COOL retaliation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Reiterating newly-elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s position, new Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay said the Canadian government will uphold the Conservative party’s decision to pursue trade retaliation against the United States over its Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law, according to the National Pork Producers Council.The statute requires meat to be labeled with the country where the animal from which it was derived was born, raised and harvested. It also applies to fish, shellfish, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables and certain nuts.The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled that COOL discriminates against Canadian and Mexican livestock sent to the United States to be fed out and processed, violating international trade rules.“It’s not what we want to do, but if we were forced to do it, it’s something that we would likely have to do,” MacAulay said.A WTO arbitration panel now is determining the level of retaliation; Canada and Mexico have asked for a combined $3.1 billion.The WTO decision on the retaliation amount is expected to be issued Dec. 7.last_img read more

Brandon Monebrake, May 8

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grandma was all worried about her flowers last night but when I got up it was 40 degrees. We didn’t get any frost but we got about six inches of rain in the last two weeks. The first rain was 2.6 inches. We got back in the fields and it started raining again and we got 3.4 inches spread out over two days.We got about 350 acres in the ground and only one field has come up. In that field there is not much that is up. It is pretty spotty emergence. The way it’s looking right now, we’ll probably have to replant a good bit of it.The rain and the cold weather aren’t helping anything. Some of the corn that is up is John Deere yellow. It looks terrible.I planted three acres of beans next to the house to test the planter. None of it is up. Luckily it is only three acres. We started after the first cold spell. A lot of people started planting before that cold spell.Everything was working great and the ground couldn’t have been in any better shape. That is why we started. Then it all turned around and fell on its face. We needed a little rain to get things started, but we didn’t need that much rain. I think there is a lot of rotten seed in the ground around here.The wind the last couple of days has been 20 miles per hour and yesterday was the first sunny day. The worked ground is starting to dry on top a little bit, but is still really soggy.The weeds are all dead in the bean ground. But last year we got all the burndown on the beans done and then we got a big rain and got pushed back on planting and we’ll probably have problems with weeds in beans like we had last year.If it doesn’t rain this week, it will probably be Friday or Saturday before we get in the fields. There are a lot of people getting nervous but you have to remember that it is still early. We like to have the corn done by May 20 and the beans done by the end of May. We can get all the corn planted with two planters in three days.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, April 3, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The state gets a little wet today with light rain overspreading the region. This morning and early afternoon, the northern part of the state will be most likely to be seeing rain. This afternoon and tonight, the central and southern thirds of the state will see better rain chances. Combined, we see rain totals for the entire event at a few hundredths to .4” with coverage at 70% of the state. Precipitation continues through a large part of tomorrow too, adding its best moisture totals early in the day, with action falling off in the afternoon an evening . It can add another tenth or two, but generally, we look for combined event rain totals to be at a half an inch or less over 90% of the state. We continue to forecast a great start to the weekend with sunshine dominating Saturday. Temps should moderate as well. But our next system remains on track to impact the second half of the weekend, with clouds increasing Saturday night. Rain arrives on Sunday and continues through Monday, even lingering into early Tuesday. Rain totals remain at .25”-.1” with coverage at near 90%. A few areas in southern southern Ohio may end up with better thunderstorms chances or perhaps multiple thunderstorms. That would push a few local areas above an inch of rain, but not many. The map at right shows rain totals from today through next Tuesday midday, which is a combined total of 2 weather systems. Later Tuesday and Wednesday will feature a mix of clouds and sun. We do not expect any well-organized shower action there. But we do see a better threat of rain coming later Wednesday night through Thursday and into early Friday. That system has really shown big signs of development over the past 24 hours and will shift in from NW to SE. Rain totals can be from .25”-1”, and we think there is good potential for some thunderstorm action. We turn out partly sunny on Friday and stay dry with sunshine through early the 14th. The extended period gets active rather quickly. We continue to watch several waves of moisture coming through for the 15th through the 18th. We are leaving rain potential at 1-3 inches for now, with coverage at nearly 100% of the state. We go drier for the 19th and 20th. But model agreement is fleeting, so there is plenty of time for data showing less moisture for the extended period to emerge.last_img read more

I FEEL sLOVEnia: Brand New Geocaching Country Souvenir for Slovenia

first_imgGC488RH – Ljubljanski nebotičnik / SkyscraperGC488RH – Ljubljanski nebotičnik / Skyscraper is a Traditional Cache with an amazing view of the capital cityIn the capital city of Ljubljana, one of the most recognizable landmarks is Nebotičnik also known as Ljubljana’s skyscraper. When construction was complete in February of 1933, it was one of the tallest buildings in all of Europe. When you enter the skyscraper, take a moment to admire the gorgeous spiral staircase before heading up to the grand 360° view and tiny geocache on the observation deck. The official slogan of the Slovenian Tourist Board is “I FEEL SLOVENIA”, and it’s easy to see why:Two-thirds of Slovenia is covered in forestsSlovenia is the only country in Europe that combines the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain, and the KarstOne percent of Slovenia is covered by vineyardsSlovenia is the first of FIVE geocaching country souvenirs to be released this year! That’s correct! If the allure of varied landscapes, rich culture, and countless barrels of wine weren’t enough, you can now earn a geocaching country souvenir for logging a geocache in Slovenia (in addition to four other new countries that will be revealed soon). Souvenirs are virtual pieces of art that are displayed on your geocaching profile page when you find a geocache in certain locations.As an aperitif, we’ve put together five must-see geocaches from “the green piece of Europe.” Enjoy! GC1W8FM – Zelenci SourcesGC1W8FM Zelenci Sources is stunning EarthCacheGiven the piercing green color of this lake, it’s obvious to see how Zelenci Sources got it’s name: Zelen means “green” in Slovene. You’ll be able to spot mini water “jets” that resemble tiny volcanoes under the surface of the water, and find two types of lizards in this area. If you want to see super cool 360° photos of this natural wonder, click this link.Inspired yet? Better start packing your bags and exploring the wonders of Slovenia and meeting their lovely citizens! Slovenian GIFF Weekend 2015 in LjubljanaWe’ll unveil one new souvenir every week until all FIVE are officially released and awarded by mid December. Souvenirs that are currently available can be found here. A list of currently available geocaching souvenirs and even the ones you’ve already earned can be found on Geocaching.com. And, if you’ve already found a geocache in Slovenia, we will retroactively add this souvenir to your profile after all five country souvenirs are announced.Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or right here on our Blog to find out which countries are next.Have you found a geocache in Slovenia? Tell us your experience in the comments below! GC3QWBD – MorigenosGC3QWBD Morigenos is a Traditional Cache in the seaside town of PiranThis geocache will take you to a beautiful location overlooking the Adriatic Sea, and was made in partnership with the Morigenos – Slovenian Marine Mammal Society who study a resident population of bottlenose dolphins in the area.  For an additional cost of 1 € and some extra time, head up to the top of the church tower for a view of the town and coastline. SharePrint RelatedSmileys by bicycle in SloveniaMay 10, 2017With 1 commentA Guide to Geocaching in LithuaniaNovember 23, 2015In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”RUDNIK MANGANA / MANGANESE MINE (GC4RCD7) —Geocache of the WeekNovember 19, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”center_img GC26YR7 – Blejski otok / Island on Lake BledGC26YR7 Blejski otok / Island on Lake Bled is a Traditional Cache on Slovenia’s only islandOne of the oldest castle in Slovenia is the site of countless picturesque postcards. As tradition goes, if a couple gets married at the church on Bled Island, the groom must carry the bride up all 99 steps to ensure a long and happy marriage. You have three methods for reaching the geocache on Bled Island:Take a boatSwim over in the summer months (make sure to bring extra clothes that are appropriate for entering the building on the island), orWalk across the frozen lake in winterOne would think that the storybook nature of finding this geocache would be impossible to top, but inside the geocache is another set of coordinates for a nearby bonus geocache. Fairy tales do come true! Share with your Friends:More GC14916 – Vas KocnoGC14916 Vas Kocno is a 6 stage Multi-Cache in a charming villageAccording to the geocache’s listing page, this geocaching is in one of the most idyllic regions of Slovenia:Kočno is a wonderful small village, surrounded by unspoiled nature. It counts about 20 homes with 85 inhabitants. It’s located on the eastern side of Pohorje mountain at some 500 meters altitude and on the south side of the Polskava river. The villagers are mostly occupied with farming, primarily agriculture, growing cattle, fruits and wine. The village is nicely arranged and is a real open-air ethnological museum. Old farming machines, tools and gadgets that were used in old times on farms in Kočno and surroundings, are put on display all around the village.While in this lush area, consider a side trip to Maribor, site of the world’s oldest fruit bearing grapevine—over 400 years old!last_img read more

ASI finds 2,300-year-old artefacts in Odisha

first_imgArchaeologists have unearthed artefacts believed to be 2,300-year-old while carrying out excavation at the Asurgarh Fort in Odisha’s Kalahandi district.A nine member team of Archaeological Survey of India led by Dibishada B. Garnayak, Superintending Archaeologist, Excavation Branch-IV, Bhubaneswar, excavated the items dating from Mauryan to Kushan period.“The present archaeological work reveals a number of brick structures. Wedge shaped bricks are also noticed in the circular structures. Most of the structures have terracotta tiles with groves and hole for socketing,” said Mr. Garnayak.“The Asurgarh people during that time probably used stone rubbles and tile fragments for flooring their houses and the streets. Besides, silver punch marked coins, silver and copper toe ring and ear rings, beads of carnelian, jasper, beryl, garnet, agate and coral have been found,” he said, adding that some of the artefacts were as old as 2,300 year.Glass banglesOther discovered artefacts include, glass bangle pieces of different designs and colours, sling balls, pestle, iron equipment like small wheel, ring, and arrow head.“The findings of coral beads and imperial variety of silver punch mark coins strongly indicates about long distant trade and association of hinterland people with seafaring people,” pointed out Mr. Garnayak.It is believed that the fort is surrounded by moat on its northern, eastern and southern sides. “Close to the western rampart, the river Sandul flows to the north thereby forming a natural moat on the western side of the fort. On the eastern side of the fort there is an extensive lake. The fort had four wide gates in four cardinal directions and at each gate was installed one guardian deity. These guardian deities are named as Ganga at the eastern gate, Kalapat at the western, Vaishnavi at the northern and Dokri at the southern gate,” he said.last_img read more