first_imgPOLITICS: Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Charlie McConalogue has called on Minister Michael Creed to extend the October deadline for slurry spreading given the severe weather experienced over the past few months, which has severely curtailed spreading activity.Deputy McConalogue commented, “The 15th October deadline is fast approaching but farmland across the country has had little time to recover from severe downpours of this summer, with many farms still waterlogged.“While I appreciate that the Nitrates Directive is in effect, Minister Creed must talk with his European counterparts to secure some flexibility for farmers whose land has been severely damaged as a result of recent weather conditions. Farmers must see that the government is doing everything within its power to extend the current deadline. “I understand that farms in Northern Ireland have been given an exemption to spread slurry past this deadline once they can provide a reasonable explanation for an extension.  I am urging Minister Creed to argue for a similar exemption for farmers here.“The recent bad weather had devastated tillage farmers’ crop in some counties. Fianna Fáil has called for an emergency fund to be created to cater for farmers in areas that have seen their farmland destroyed, while a fodder scheme is needed to support farmers who have lost hay, silage and straw”.“Heavy rainfall has damaged farmland for livestock farmers” – McConalogue was last modified: September 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND — Bruce Bochy leaned back in his chair in the visiting manager’s office at the Coliseum with an orange championship belt — normally awarded to the top hitter and pitcher after every Giants win — resting on his desk.The Bay Bridge Trophy the Giants had won after they captured the season series with the A’s on Sunday was, well, somewhere out of sight.The mementos may not be a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, although the Giants surely wanted to recognize Bochy after he managed …last_img

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will celebrate Ohio’s cattlemen, hear from industry leaders and set new policy for 2020 at the OCA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center.The day’s events will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with the opening of the OCA PAC silent auction, and the Cattlemen’s Challenge Written Test for youth at 9:00 a.m. This contest, along with the Youth Quiz Bowl, is part of the new Stockmanship Division of the BEST program, which is open only to OCA BEST participants ages 8 to 21 (as of Jan. 1, 2020). The registration deadline for Youth Quiz Bowl is Dec. 27, 2019 at The Annual Meeting will serve as one of the locations available to take the Cattlemen’s Challenge Written Test, and the scores from the test will count toward the overall Stockmanship Awards that will be awarded at the OCA BEST Banquet on May 2, 2020. A Youth Beef Quality Assurance Session will follow at 10:00 a.m.The Opening Luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. and features speaker Mark Gardiner of Gardiner Angus Ranch in Ashland, Kansas. Mark will share his outlook for the future of the beef industry and relate his vision to Gardiner’s daily ranch operations and future goals. At the same time, the Youth Luncheon will be open to Cattlemen’s Challenge & Youth Quiz Bowl participants. Following the luncheon, the Youth Quiz Bowl will begin at 1:00 p.m., also part of the new Stockmanship Division. OCA’s Annual Meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. and features guest speaker Ethan Lane, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). Youth Quiz Bowl awards will be presented during the OCA Annual Meeting.During the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) Annual Meeting at 3:30 p.m., the 2019 scholarships will be presented and the OCF business meeting will be conducted. OCA’s awards banquet will start at 6:00 p.m., highlighting six industry leaders and families and the outstanding county association. The event concludes with the Cattlemen’s Social following the banquet, featuring a PAC live auction with a great lineup of items.Hotel rooms in the block are available until Dec. 20, 2019 at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, 100 Green Meadows Drive South, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035 (north of Columbus off of US Route 23). Hotel rooms are available at a special rate of $129 (includes breakfast for 2 people per room). Call: 614-880-4300 to reserve a room.The registration deadline for the Annual Meeting and Banquet is January 3, 2020. Visit to register online. OCA’s Annual Meeting is free to attend however the breakout sessions and evening’s events are ticketed with a price of $100 for one OCA member full-day registration, $45 for the luncheon and registration only and $60 for banquet and registration. A child’s banquet meal can also be purchased for $15. For non-member registration information, visit the OCA website or contact the OCA office. For sponsorship opportunities, call: 614-873-6736.last_img read more