USDA Extends Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up

first_img SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jan 13, 2012 According to Teresah Caire, Assistant State Conservationist for Farm Bill Programs, over $5.9 million dollars in CSP funds is available for Indiana producers this year for their participation.  “We encourage our producers to take advantage of the conservation opportunities being made available to them through CSP,” Caire said. USDA Extends Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Extends Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up Hardisty encourages interested producers to apply at their local NRCS field office as soon as they can. “CSP is a very popular program and we want to make sure that people who want to be considered for CSP funding during this first ranking period have the time they need to complete their applications,” Hardisty said.CSP provides many conservation benefits including improved water and soil quality, enhanced wildlife habitat and addressing the effects of climate change. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and nonindustrial forestland. A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if they qualify for CSP at local NRCS offices or at To find you nearest NRCS office, visit Learn more about CSP and other NRCS programs at Facebook Twitter USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Jane Hardisty has announced that the cut-off date for the current Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) ranking period has been extended to January 27, 2012 in Indiana. Producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship are eligible for CSP payments. Previous articleHope for Corn Prices After USDA Delivers Bearish SurpriseNext articleFairs Invited to Be Green Ribbon Fairs Gary Truittlast_img read more

RSF calls for release of two Ethiopian journalists in joint letter

first_img News News Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home EthiopiaAfrica Imprisoned Forty human rights and free speech NGOs, including Reporters Without Borders (RSF), have sent a joint open letter to Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, calling for the release of two journalists, Eskinder Nega and Temesgen Desalegn, and nine other political prisoners. News EthiopiaAfrica Imprisoned Eskinder, a columnist for the diaspora news website EthioMedia, and Temesgen, a columnist for the magazine Fact, were arrested along with nine other bloggers and opposition leaders during a meeting on 25 March to celebrate the recent release of 750 political prisoners.Eskinder was freed on 14 February after being jailed for six years on a charge of conspiracy to commit terrorist acts. Desalegn, who was held for two years for publishing information about “politicians and journalists linked with terrorist groups,” was released last October.As well as calling for the release of the 11 detainees, the joint letter condemns the arrests as “contrary to international human rights law,” calls for an end to all forms of harassment against journalists, and urges the government to revise the terms of the state of emergency declared on 16 February.Ethiopia is ranked 150th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index.The joint letter (in the original English) and the names of the organizations that signed it can be seen below. Follow the news on Ethiopia May 21, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation May 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts Ethiopian jounalist Eskinder Nega with Temesgen Desalegn after being released from Kaliti Prison in Addis Ababa on February 14, 2018 ©Yonas Tadesse/AFP Related documents joint_civil_society_letter.pdfPDF – 250.14 KB March 29, 2018 RSF calls for release of two Ethiopian journalists in joint letter to go further Help by sharing this information RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia February 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Fashion Plates Rule the Ocean City Boardwalk on Easter

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiThe supersized Easter bonnet teetering on 10-year-old Victoria Bowman’s head was about as high as she was tall and weighed a whopping 20 pounds.As Bowman strode onto the stage Sunday to compete in the “Most Unusual Bonnet” category in Ocean City’s Easter Fashion Promenade, emcee Michael Hartman gave her a quizzical look and quipped, “Wow, this is a neck injury waiting to happen.”A few minutes later, Bowman was declared the winner. Who could have possibly disputed the judges’ decision?The extravagant headdress featured a big, pink monkey stuffed animal as the centerpiece, a little yellow duck and a blue butterfly surrounded by Easter lilies and other colorful flowers.Asked what it was like to wear the bonnet, Bowman bluntly said, “Very heavy.”Bowman, of Chalfont, Pa., needed the assistance of her 20-year-old brother, Anthony, to hold the bonnet on her head and avoid tipping over.“My mother went to the dollar store and bought a lot of things to make it,” Anthony Bowman explained of the bonnet’s elaborate construction.While Bowman’s bonnet may have been the showstopper Sunday, there were other head-turning outfits at the Easter Fashion Promenade on the Boardwalk in front of the Music Pier.Children showed off their Easter best while competing in their age groups.The fashion plates in their Easter finery contrasted with the underdressed masses who hit the beaches and Boardwalk clad in bathing suits, flip-flops, T-shirts and shorts on a July-like day with temperatures soaring into the 80s.Kim and Elton Anglada, of Ocean City, along with their 2-year-old son, Chance, and 7-month-old daughter, Felicity, stood out as a smartly dressed family. Kim wore a Navy dress, while Elton was attired in a dark blue, pinstriped suit. Chance’s sporty summer outfit was topped by a straw hat. Felicity was cutely made up in a floral dress and white bow in her hair.Kim Anglada noted that she and her family were upholding a tradition of dressing up for Easter that started when she was just a child.“This is how I was raised,” she said. “It was an Easter coat, Easter hat and Easter gloves. My parents didn’t have a lot of money, but that didn’t mean we didn’t dress up for Easter. I’m trying to bring my kids up in the same tradition.”Elton and Kim Anglada, of Ocean City, along with their children, Chance and Felicity, carried on a family tradition by dressing up for Easter.Joan Sharp, 66, and her boyfriend, David Garbutt, 64, both of Linwood, have been regulars in the Easter Fashion Promenade for years. On Sunday, they won the “Best Dressed Couple” category to keep their fashion dynasty alive.Sharp and Garbutt said they won five years in a row beginning in 2010, but then took two years off to spend the holiday with family. Their first win was by accident. They showed up at the fashion promenade to watch the children of some friends compete, but were coaxed into entering the contest themselves and took home top honors.“We always like to get dressed up for Easter,” Sharp said. “We want to dress fashionably and also carry on a tradition.”Sharp and Garbutt were attired in matching beige suits, accented by chocolate-colored shirts. She wore a fancy yellow hat and he had on a yellow tie.Jon Mullin, who competed in the “Best Dressed Male” category, showed that you don’t necessarily have to shop at Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus to be fashionable. Clad in a black, pinstriped suit, black hat and pink bow tie, Mullin also wore white costume gloves and carried a walking stick topped by a brass horse head.“It came from Goodwill,” Mullin, with a smile, said of the walking stick. “And I ordered the gloves on Amazon.”Jon Mullin, of Doylestown, Pa., used white gloves and a walking stick to jazz up his outfit.Mullin, a student at Messiah College near Harrisburg, Pa., lives in Doylestown, Pa., but his family has a summer home in Ocean City. Sunday was the eighth time he competed in the Easter fashion show.“I always liked dressing up as a kid, even in costumes and other outfits,” he said.The fashion promenade was one of a series of free, family-friendly events staged by the city over the holiday weekend. Sunday began with nondenominational sunrise services at the Music Pier. On Saturday, an Easter egg hunt on the beach attracted an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people, including 4,000 children.While Saturday was marked by chilly temperatures and overcast skies, Sunday featured summer-like weather that drew big crowds to the beaches and Boardwalk.last_img read more