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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.
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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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…
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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It is time to solve hunger worldwide, through creating local food abundance…. Anyone can do it, once you learn how.
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.
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Hey there I have attached a copy of my final presentation
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.
University of Texas – Health Science Center
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.
Tour: Chad Giese – MHB (Plantation Homes)
Energy Efficient Residential Community
6005 Westgate Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76179
- 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
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.
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.
This morning I got a chance to visit with Shannon Cate, about the improvement being done along the Trinity River.
Planning and Development Manager
Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas, Bachelors of Business Administration Degree: Marketing Major (May, 2002)
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!
I really think it’s important that people pay attention to Food politics
By Yoon Won-sup
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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A Little About LEED with Amari Roskelly
Sustainability Coordinator at Jacobs Engineering
Sustainability Intern at Jacobs Engineering
Sustainability Grad Student at UTA
Simulation Inventory Specialist at The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington-Amarillo College
- LEED is a green building tool that addresses the entire building lifecycle recognizing best-in-class building strategies.
- LEED is a program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. Building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification
Sustainability for Military Bases – Fort Carson
The Net Zero energy designation will require Fort Carson to produce as
much energy on site as it uses. This will require aggressive
conservation and efficiency efforts, including finding ways to capture
and use waste energy and pursuing more renewable energy initiatives.
Operating as a net zero water installation, for example, means the
Mountain Post will conserve and re-purpose water. One way to achieve
this goal is to reuse gray water generated from showers and laundries
for irrigation of lawns and trees.
Additionally, Fort Carson will reduce, reuse and recover waste.
Converting appropriate waste materials into usable resources will
ultimately reduce and eliminate much of the need for costly landfill
SOME INTERESTING LINKS:
- This rating system pays more attention to the social aspects of sustainability and is utilized globally.
The aim of the Pearl Community Rating System (PCRS) is to promote the development of sustainable communities and improve quality of life. The PCRS encourages water, energy and waste minimization, local material use and aims to improve supply chains for sustainable and recycled materials and products.
- Encourages more self sufficient improvements
- Several principals were derived for LEED standards
- Concentrates on environmental impacts of development along with sustainable development
It calls for the creation of building projects at all scales that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature’s architecture. To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements, including net zero energy, waste and water, over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy