Opinion: Big farms aren’t ‘bad’

I rebloged this on my page becasue I was really impressed with to positive comments mentioned ate the end.

Word Press Blogger Bret to Hal:
Hal, to answer your question, if farmers choose to participate in the direct payment program, then they receive a payment of 8% of base acres for a crop. This rate is that same if the farm is 100, 1000, or 10,000 acres. So while the dollar limit will vary, the proportion/ratio is the same. Regarding CCPs and LDPs, market prices have been good enough that no one is getting those at all.

That being said, all those programs are going away with the 2013 Farm Bill.

Eatocracy

Bo Stone, his wife Missy, and his parents jointly own P & S Farms in Rowland, North Carolina. He represents the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance as one of its Faces of Farming and Ranching. Follow our Farmers with Issues series for more perspective from people out in the field.

It’s just before 7:00 a.m. I’m pulling on my boots to step onto the fields of our family farm. The sun is rising, casting a pale glow across the land, making the warming frost sparkle. I love this part of my day. I walk out to the middle of the field and look over my crops.

I am proud of the corn, wheat and soybeans we grow on my 2,300-acre family farm. We grow sweet corn and strawberries to sell at the roadside market and also raise hogs and cows. And I feel good about the role we play…

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The Sustainability chalenge

Taking The SNAP Challenge, Day 1

I was so inspired to take this challenge after reading this review a few weeks ago… that i am planning to take the challenge also…

I am a single mom who does not qualify for snap either so my family has learned to leave on exactly this budget.

I think the American familes are Extreamly over fed and should be conditioned to eat on less.

Economical i feel that if we adjusted ourselves it would lower the demand for over processed foods. Which would in turn lower the price of food.

American families are getting smaller yet the amount of food stamp benefits per family member continues to increase.

Sorry for the rant…

Dig-It-Blog.com

Can two people eat for five days for less than $50?

SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. The SNAP Challenge is a nationwide program during October, “Hunger Awareness Month,” that encourages participants to experience what life is like for low-income Americans, some of whom must live on the newly reduced subsidy of $5 or less per day per person.

That was the challenge Rabbi David Ingber of Romemu, the Upper West Side congregation I belong to, made to his congregants last week. “Take the SNAP Challenge,” he urged us, snapping his fingers. “See what it’s like to survive for a day on less than the cost of a Starbucks Latte.” A number of New York churches and synagogues are participating.

I signed up.

For more than a year, I’ve been entertaining the fantasy of competing on “Chopped.” The SNAP Challenge is an opportunity…

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Support Your Local Farmers-Organize A Farmers Market Within Your Community

It is time to solve hunger worldwide, through creating local food abundance…. Anyone can do it, once you learn how.

CHENNAI YOUTH TIMEZ

FARMERS MARKET

A beautiful video that I came across where we can learn on how to promote our local farmers within our community.

It benefits the community by bringing freshly grown organic produce, encourage community spirit and  it creates a bond between the farmers and the local people.

Posted on Vimeo by Slow Films

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Slow Films tells stories about good food people. We shoot for compelling content with a cinematic attitude. We’ve stood in cow pastures in Virginia, on the banks of the Hudson River, orchards in New Mexico, and kitchens in New York, all for a good story.

Visit  handpickednation.com to watch more videos.

 

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Final Presentation – Masters of Science in Real Estate

Hey there I have attached a copy of my final presentation

Eco Municipality

I am discussing 2 organizations that I am extremely passionate about, and The Village of Shorewood WI. A municipality that really gave me an understanding of what an eco municipality is.

I am sooo soo sorry that you can barely hear the narration of this presentation, I tried several different ways to record this and it seemed this was the loudest it was going to get.

Here’s My Brain Dump:

This year I have had the hardest time trying to figure out exactly what I was going to do with all this information I have squeezed into my head, and I have decided that I am going to spend a lot of time working with Habitat for Humanities and the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, I have also  decided to go ahead and train to be a General Appraiser, and of course my Chefs Garden. I recently placed a bid for an abandoned lot in East Dallas (Joppa or “Joppy”) so if all goes well it will be the home to the new Chefs Garden.

So defiantly look forward to upcoming posts involving projects going on within these organizations.

Sandy Bauman, UNT Health Science Center Office of Sustainability

University of Texas – Health Science Center

With funds from the Environmental Service Fee, the Office of Sustainability through Facilities Management purchased 12 water stations.  The stations provide cold, filtered water to a refillable bottle in a quick and convenient way.  The purpose of the stations is to minimize plastic bottle waste and promote healthy and sustainable practices.

With funds from the Environmental Service Fee, the Office of Sustainability through Facilities Management purchased 12 water stations. The stations provide cold, filtered water to a refillable bottle in a quick and convenient way. The purpose of the stations is to minimize plastic bottle waste and promote healthy and sustainable practices.

water bottle station The CBH building on campus utilizes an HVAC mechanical system that incorporates four 60,000 cfm air handling units and a cooling capacity of 1750 tons.  Until early 2012, the condensate from these units would drain into the sewer.  Facilities Management installed an air handling unit (AHU) condensate catch tank and pumping system in order to reuse the water.

BIKE SHARE PROGRAM Fort Worth Bike Share is a city-wide network of bike stations that provide affordable, healthy, and eco-friendly transportation around the city.  There are over 30 stations around Forth Worth. How does it work? Step 1: Purchase a membership (day, week, month, or year) Step 2: Check out a bike at any station.  Step 3: Ride the bike to your destination. Step 4: Return the bike to any station.

BIKE SHARE PROGRAM
Fort Worth Bike Share is a city-wide network of bike stations that provide affordable, healthy, and eco-friendly transportation around the city. There are over 30 stations around Forth Worth.
How does it work?
Step 1: Purchase a membership (day, week, month, or year)
Step 2: Check out a bike at any station.
Step 3: Ride the bike to your destination.
Step 4: Return the bike to any station.

UNT DISCOUNTS UNT EPASS

Energy Efficient Residential Community (site visit)

Tour: Chad Giese – MHB (Plantation Homes)

Energy Efficient Residential Community

6005 Westgate Drive

Fort Worth, TX 76179

Each home including low income homes are build LEED Certified as a BASE .  A LEED Credentialed home will not cost any additional fees.

Each home including low income homes are build LEED Certified as a BASE .
A LEED Credentialed home will not cost any additional fees.

  • High efficiency energy saving gas water heater(s)
  • State-of-the-art Vanguard Manabloc Plumbing System® which is more energy efficient and results in reduced maintenance and greater reliability
  • Zurn Pex® plumbing system maintains water quality, is more energy efficient and results in reduced maintenance and greater reliability
  • Attractive, designer beige, double-pane, low-e windows provide energy efficiency and lower utility costs
  • 16 SEER high efficiency air conditioning system(s)
  • A carbon monoxide detector is installed for added peace of mind (designated areas)
  • Balanced air pressure which comes from jump ducts, returns or transfer grills allows the HVAC system to function at peak efficiency
  • Dual or zoned A/C system (per plan)
  • Energy Star rated programmable thermostats
  • Filtered, fresh air intake ventilator system provides fresh air into the home refreshing old, stale air
  • Exhaust fan in all baths
  • High performance media air filter cleans air more efficiently than standard fiber filters
  • R-22 insulation in non-flat ceiling areas
  • R-38 fiberglass insulation in air conditioned flat ceilings
  • Radiant barrier roof decking in the attic drastically lowers attic temperature reducing heat being transferred into the home and extending air conditioner life
  • Satin nickel finish on ceiling fans
  • Superior quality reversible ceiling fan with light kit in family room
  • Triple barrier air infiltration system stops air leakage in the home and helps reduce utility bills
  • Eco-Smart homes in 100% compliance with the standards mandated by the Green Built Texas initiative to improve energy efficiency and protect the environment
  • Homes certified to meet the LEED for Homes program guidelines ensures our Eco Smart homes will provide a cleaner, healthier and more cost efficient home to operate and maintain, plus the homes are independently inspected for performance
  • Homes built to meet stringent Energy Star® requirements
  • We performance test every home for air leakage
  • R-15 insulation in exterior air conditioned walls
Thermal Ply wind bracing on each home for additional hurricane protection

Thermal Ply wind bracing on each home for additional hurricane protection

Suzanne Yowell – Partners for Sacred Places

What a super busy day today, I just had an opportunity to sit in on a presentation with Suzanne Yowell – Partners for Sacred Places …. This was just absolutely brilliant organization focused on the financial management of sacred places particularly churches, and paring these churches with nonprofit organizations for space share partnerships to help that are having financial difficulties sustaining themselves. 

Sacrid places

Highlights:

They typically work with historic churches or churches 50 years or older

They typically pare the churches with other non profit organisations, non profit business, medical offices ect.

Congregations are typically reluctant to open their doors to non related organizations or non profit business, This is normally do to the church needing to maintain their reputation. Even though any visitor to the Church is a potential member, and these partnerships can lead to positive marketing for churches in financial crisis.

Success Stories:

 Seeking new ways to utilize underused space, First Christian Church in downtown Fort Worth will open an eye clinic this spring to aid the homeless and others who can't afford vision care. Workers are converting the second floor of Fort Worth's oldest church into a state-of-the-art clinic to be staffed by medical students from University of Houston School of Optometry and the optometry school of University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. The two universities are sharing construction and operational costs. Major financing also comes from the Alcon Foundation of Fort Worth and several manufacturers who are donating or offering low prices for the clinic's testing equipment.

Seeking new ways to utilize underused space, First Christian Church in downtown Fort Worth will open an eye clinic this spring to aid the homeless and others who can’t afford vision care.
Workers are converting the second floor of Fort Worth’s oldest church into a state-of-the-art clinic to be staffed by medical students from University of Houston School of Optometry and the optometry school of University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.
The two universities are sharing construction and operational costs. Major financing also comes from the Alcon Foundation of Fort Worth and several manufacturers who are donating or offering low prices for the clinic’s testing equipment.

Dr. Jennifer Deakins, a faculty member at the University of Houston who will be director of the clinic, said the facility will mirror a vision clinic in Dallas operated since 2000 in a facility provided by the Dallas housing authority.

Dr. Jennifer Deakins, a faculty member at the University of Houston who will be director of the clinic, said the facility will mirror a vision clinic in Dallas operated since 2000 in a facility provided by the Dallas housing authority.

 

Last summer, a University of Pennsylvania professor and a national secular research group based in Center City took up that seemingly unanswerable question. With a list they devised of 54 value categories, they attempted to calculate the economic "halo effect" of a dozen religious congregations in Philadelphia - 10 Protestant churches, a Catholic parish, and a synagogue. They added up the money generated by weddings and funerals, festivals, counseling programs, preschools, elder care. They tallied the salaries of staff and the wages of roofers, plumbers, even snow shovelers. They put dollar signs on intangibles, too, such as helping people find work and teaching children to be socially responsible. They even measured the diameter of trees on church campuses. The grand total for the 12 congregations: $50,577,098 in annual economic benefits.

Last summer, a University of Pennsylvania professor and a national secular research group based in Center City took up that seemingly unanswerable question. With a list they devised of 54 value categories, they attempted to calculate the economic “halo effect” of a dozen religious congregations in Philadelphia – 10 Protestant churches, a Catholic parish, and a synagogue.
They added up the money generated by weddings and funerals, festivals, counseling programs, preschools, elder care. They tallied the salaries of staff and the wages of roofers, plumbers, even snow shovelers. They put dollar signs on intangibles, too, such as helping people find work and teaching children to be socially responsible.
They even measured the diameter of trees on church campuses.
The grand total for the 12 congregations: $50,577,098 in annual economic benefits.

 

Trinity River Vision Authority- Shannon Cate

This morning I got a chance to visit with Shannon Cate, about the improvement being done along the Trinity River.

shanna-cate

Planning and Development Manager

 Shanna Cate has worked in planning on the Trinity River Vision project since May of 2004. She manages aspects related to urban planning and development, TRVA’s Fair Contracting program and coordinates a broad range of activities related to stakeholder, community and governmental relations.
Education
University of North Texas Denton, Texas, Master of Science Degree in Real Estate (August, 2005)
Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas, Bachelors of Business Administration Degree: Marketing Major (May, 2002)
Trinity Plan

Three bridges will span the bypass channel providing vehicles and pedestrians with access between Uptown and Northside neighborhoods.

1.5-mile-long bypass channel will be constructed to redirect flood waters around the low lying area to the north of downtown.

  • Because the bypass channel will be carrying water so quickly in times of flooding, areas where water can be stored before moving downstream will be critical. This is where valley storage comes into play. Valley storage is constructed to hold various amounts of water for short periods of time while river levels regulate after a flood.
  • Three flood gates will be installed at the portions of the river where the bypass channel and the original river intersect. These gates will remain open at most times, but can be shut during high water events – forcing water through the bypass channel.
  • A dam will be put in place near Samuels Ave. keeping the upstream water at a constant level at all times. The dam will also have a channel lock component allowing boats to travel from Marine Creek in the Stockyards all the way to Trinity Park!
Flooded homes near downtown Fort Worth in the 1949 Flood of the Clear Fork of the Trinity River. Montgomery Wards department store is seen in the distance. A horse is on one of the rooftops.

Flooded homes near downtown Fort Worth in the 1949 Flood of the Clear Fork of the Trinity River. Montgomery Wards department store is seen in the distance. A horse is on one of the rooftops.

Infrastructure needed for flood control will restore an aging industrial area once devoted to oil refining, scrap metal yards and electrical and chemical plants. When the bypass channel is completed, around 800 acres of underutilized land between the Tarrant County Courthouse and Northside Dr. will be accessible for private mixed-use development opportunities – in essence doubling the size of downtown. An envisioned 10,000 housing units and three million square feet of commercial, retail and educational space will make it possible for Fort Worth residents to live, work, play and learn near the river.
The Trinity Uptown plan will provide approximately 10 additional miles of pedestrian trails in the project area. These new trails will provide connectivity to existing trails and create linkages with neighborhoods and cultural amenities. The addition of new trails is concentrated largely along the east and west sides of the bypass channel and adjacent to the urban lake feature. The east side of the proposed bypass channel is envisioned as a “hard” edge with upper- and lower-level pedestrian walkways. These walkways will be hard surfaced and used for a variety of activities including walking, jogging, bicycling, and roller-blading. The west or “soft” edge of the bypass channel will be designed as a park-like natural setting with trails along a greenbelt. Picnic areas, park benches and landscaping will be used along the trails to create a place for the public to connect to the river and the environment. Trails are also planned in this section of greenbelt for horseback riding, and pedestrian bridges are proposed to provide easy access to the trail system.
What interested me the most:
Shannon mentioned they were creating Development Standards to maintain the cities support for urban-ism, and making sure they were only working with sustainable business, that would be maintain the integrate and support for the long run not just through the hype. They have had to decline buisness like Taco Bell and several convenience stores.
I was also interested in the entertainment and tourism that was already booming and the projects weren’t even 50% complete. Halfway through the presentation I started planning my family summer events in Fort Worth.
Anticipated Bypass - Similar to the River Walk

Anticipated Bypass – Similar to the River Walk

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Antibiotics in Livestock Harm Human Beings

I really think it’s important that people pay attention to Food politics

CHENNAI YOUTH TIMEZ

SOURCE : http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/05/180_5376.html

By Yoon Won-sup

Staff Reporter

yoonwonsup@koreatimes.co.kr

Consumers Korea, a civic group seeking to protect consumers’ right announced surprising news a few months ago that beef in Korea, whether it is domestic or imported, is the most expensive in the world. Korean and imported beef were 55,800 won and 54,500 won per kilogram on average, respectively.

The civic group pointed that inefficient and complicated logistics is the main reason for the high price of livestock in Korea.

Probably, another reason for the high price, though it is not the most important factor, is that livestock farmers in Korea spend more money than anyone else in the world in feeding antibiotics to their pigs and cows, according to a recent report by civic groups on animals.

Korean livestock farmers spent 0.91 kilograms per one-ton of livestock in 2002, which is about three times more than the Japan’s 0.35 kilograms…

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