December 17

Farm bankruptcies could rise

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Declining farm income and farmland values likely will lead to an increase in the number of farmers who are delinquent on their loans and eventually a rise in farm bankruptcies, predicted a pair of Ohio State University agricultural economists.While the current farm bankruptcy rate is low, two per 10,000 farms nationally, that rate has gone up slightly in recent years and likely will continue to do so, said Ani Katchova and Robert Dinterman, both from the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Bankruptcy rates seem to be a lagging indicator of financial stress after debt levels rise and delinquencies on agricultural loans increase, Katchova, Ohio State’s Farm Income Enhancement Chair, pointed out.“Currently, only a limited number of farmers are experiencing financial distress, but if we see another two to three years of flat or declining income levels, it will be much harder for farmers to service debts. It puts them in a more vulnerable position,” Katchova said. “Farm bankruptcy rates will probably continue to go up in 2017 and beyond if current conditions continue.”One indicator of financial stress on farmers is the national increase in debt-to-asset ratio, which is projected to be 14% this year, a rate that has steadily risen since 2012.Also, net farm income is expected to decline this year by 8.7% to $62.3 billion, the fourth consecutive year of declines after reaching a record high in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.Farmers financial wellbeing is also strongly tied to the value of agricultural land, Dinterman pointed out. For the past three decades, agricultural land values have been increasing, with the exception of 2009 and 2016, when there were declines, he said.“When land values rise and then suddenly fall, that seems to trigger bankruptcies across the U.S,’’ Dinterman said.Offsetting the current financial stress on farmers are low interest rates and farmers’ solid financial standing.“A lot of farmers are in strong equity positions right now,” Katchova said. “They have been in a position where they could ride it out a few years, but how many more years can they sustain with farm incomes that seem to be stabilizing into low levels?’’Farmers in financial trouble have a variety of options to pursue through bankruptcy chapters including Chapter 12, which was specifically designed for farmers and fishermen to reduce their financial burden while continuing operations.Key highlights from Dinterman and Katchova’s research include:While there is a considerable variation across the U.S., farm bankruptcy rates remain low and stable for several Midwest states.Farm bankruptcy rates (Chapter 12 filings) have remained relatively low during the last decade, compared to the rates in the 1980s.The agricultural downturn during the last three years has resulted in a small uptick in farm bankruptcy rates, much of this driven by a slow-down in farmland values.Katchova presented the farm bankruptcies research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Ag Conference on Nov. 29, 2016, and at the USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum in February.last_img read more

December 17

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – October 28, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After some significant rains this past weekend, we put together 2 dry days before our next round of moisture comes through. We will see the remaining acres that are left to harvest get drawn out for a good while now, as our pattern is colder and more active. Today, as we mentioned, will be sunny and dry, with tomorrow similar.Moisture totals – Wednesday-Friday systemOur next system arrives on Wednesday, bringing showers, and then the rain continues through Thursday and the first part of Friday. Rain totals combined for the event will be from .75″-1.5″ with coverage at 100% of the state. We may have a few sloppy wet snowflakes as the precipitation ends in far northern Ohio on Friday, but the coldest air looks to wait to arrive until after moisture is basically done.We go drier again for the balance of Friday, and then stay rain free through the weekend and Monday of next week. However, temps will be well below normal through the period.We finish the 10 day forecast window with a chance of some widely scattered showers moving through the state next Tuesday afternoon (5th) into early the 6th. This will amount to no more than a few hundredths to a tenth or two, with coverage at 60%. The over night portion again may feature a few few wet snowflakes.For the extended period, we are adding a few scattered showers for overnight Thursday night into Friday the 8th. Moisture will be a few hundredths to .25″ with coverage at 80%. Colder air follows that wave. The rest of the extended forecast through Tuesday the 12th we have a mix of clouds and sun, with temps normal to below normal.last_img read more

November 27

Djokovic to play in Davis Cup play-off against India

first_imgTop-ranked Novak Djokovic has been included in Serbian team for the tie.The world’s best tennis players are not usually seen in India, much less so when they are in the prime of their careers. But Novak Djokovic will break the norm when he arrives for Serbia’s Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against India in Bangalore on September 12-14.Defeat in the tie would relegate them from World Group, and this must have prompted Serbia to field its biggest gun. India were already facing an uphill task even without World No. 1 Djokovic, but the task suddenly became infinitely stiffer.Apart from Djokovic, the other players in the Serbia squad are Dujan Lajovic (World No. 61), Filip Krajinovic (108) and doubles specialist Nenad Zimonjic (7), who has eight trophies on tennis’s biggest stage.In front of them will be Somdev Devvarman (World No. 143) and Yuki Bhambri (151), while the doubles match is likely to feature Rohan Bopanna (29) and Saketh Myneni (191). On paper, it has all the signs of a mismatch.Serbia, Davis Cup champions in 2010 and runners-up last year, come into the tie after losing 2-3 to Switzerland, who fielded Federer and Stan Wawrinka. Djokovic did not feature in that tie.India defeated South Korea 3-1 in Busan with Devvarman winning both his singles matches, and Bopanna and Myneni taking the doubles. However, Devvarman’s form has tailed off in recent months from the high of No. 62 more than three years ago. With Yuki also struggling to find his feet at the top level, India’s non-playing captain Anand Amritraj’s dream of a World Group spot could be dashed by the Serbian heavy artillery.advertisementIn the past, the doubles has often been a banker for India as the likes of the Amritraj brothers and later, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi kept the flag flying.But with Zimonjic, who has three men’s doubles and five mixed doubles titles at Grand Slams as well as two at the World Tour Finals, up against them, getting a point may be tough.The Serbians recorded a 4-1 victory over India at Novi Sad in 2011, which was also the last time Serbia competed in a World Group play-off tie. When Djokovic led from the front to take Serbia to Davis Cup glory four years ago, it was the start of an unbelievable winning spree.In 2011, he remained undefeated from the start of the season up until losing to Federer in the French Open semi-finals.last_img read more

November 7

Aussies Four From Four After Day One

first_img18’s GirlsAustralia has held out a tough New Zealand 18’s Girls team, taking the opening match of the series 5-4 today. New Zealand proved that they were going to be tough to beat from the outset, scoring a touchdown in the opening set of the game to take an early 1-0 lead. It looked as though New Zealand would further extend their in the seventh minute, but their touchdown was disallowed. Mistakes from Australia early in the match saw New Zealand dominate the first half of the poening term, but Australia soon found their rhythm. The Australians levelled the game up at 1-all in the 12th minute, when Chloe Crotty scored on the wing off an overlap. The Australians took the lead for the first time in the game in the 17th minute, when a great acting half run from Madison Regan saw captain Laura Peattie score to take a 2-1 lead. Australian vice-captain Yasmin Meakes scored on the far wing shortly before half-time to extend Australia’s lead to two and take a 3-1 lead into half-time. New Zealand were quick to hit back after half-time, with Jess Mahar using her speed to score in the second minute of the game to bring them back to 3-2, before Crotty scored her second on the wing for Australia in the next set, with the visitors taking a 4-2 lead. Breannan Singman extended Australia’s lead just after the midway mark of the half, to take a 5-3 lead. New Zealand then scored two quick touchdowns, to get back to a one touchdown deficit with minutes remaining, but were unable to continue their comeback, with Australia claiming the game 5-4. Stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel for highlights from the match – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus 18’s BoysThe second match of the day was keenly fought from the opening whistle with the 2011 Champions New Zealand trying to keep hold of the only title won by the Kiwis in the last tournament.Australia started in the best possible way with a touchdown out wide on their first set. Jason Norford benefitted from some smart lead-up play and made no mistake in crossing over.It wasn’t an immediate response form New Zealand but after a few minutes of finding their way, Ethan Hunt got the home team on the scoreboard in an emphatic fashion, diving over in the middle.Touchdowns to each team then followed with neither being able to gain any ascendancy. Isaac Walker scored a nice touchdown in the middle for NZ to go 3-2 up.The play of the half then belonged to Mackenzie Haugh who ran down an Australian intercept and dived for the saving touch with just 1 metre before the Touchdown would have been made by Theo Majid.Jason Norford, Majid and James Western then piled on three touchdowns for Australia to turn the game on its head. Western and Majid’s were worthy of a highlight real and in a flash New Zealand were on the back foot going into the halftime break.Australia stretched its lead to 6-3 early in the second half but the Kiwis stayed in it with one of their own. Australia’s Jackson Luke then took an intercept to give his team a 3-touchdown buffer again. Both teams then traded Touchdowns once moreBoth teams then traded Touchdowns once moreIt was then New Zealand’s turn to go on a run of Touchdowns with Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi and William Raea scoring to make it 7-8.A final Touchdown to Australia was enough to seal the match 9-7 but New Zealand showed enough this afternoon to suggest that this series will be tightly fought. 20’s GirlsThe Australians made it onto the scoreboard early in the game, when Catherine Sargent scored in the third minute to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Both team’s defence held strong for the next 10 minutes, with the game going from end to end, before Rebecca Mounsey scored on the wing for Australia to take a 2-0 lead with six minutes remaining in the half. A beautiful long ball from co-captain Rachel Beck in the 18th minute saw Tracy Hill score on the wing, before New Zealand scored their first touchdown of the match in the next set, then Australia scored their fourth of the match to take a 4-1 lead into half-time. Australia extended their lead to three just after the break, when Melissa Peters scored of the tap-off move in the first set to take a 5-1 advantage. They were back on the scoreboard shortly after when Toni Wells scored in the second minute of the half to take a 6-1 lead. Maddie Studdon made it 7-1 at the midway mark of the first half, before Chloe Williamson scored New Zealand’s first touchdown of the half with just under five minutes remaining. Peters hit back to claim her second touchdown of the game in the next set, to take a six touchdown lead and the win, 8-2.  20’s BoysThe marquee event for the day was the Under 21 Men’s match; both teams had plenty of experience to match their youthful exuberance and it was Australia who took the challenge to New Zealand with an opening onslaught of three Touchdowns.Wesley Sefuiva, Scott Bundy and Simon Lang were all at the end of some good lead-up play  and made no mistake in their execution. With the platform laid by Australia, New Zealand were forced to play catch-up and eventually got one back through Tyson Johnson.New Zealand were soon back on attack and looking for a second score when Cohan Guerra anticipated the kiwi pass to the millimetre, intercepted and then with a freakish show of speed, streaked away to score.With the score 4-1 at halftime, the kiwis had a mountain to climb and Henry Tuatea took the first couple of steps with a touchdown in the middle of the park to keep his team in it.From thereon in though, it was all the green and gold. Oscar Sanft was first to score and not long after Wesley Sefuiva provided a nice inside ball to Matthew Goodrope to further extend the lead. Adam Pryde also got into the act and by full-time a dominant Austrlia had racked up 10 touchdowns to go out big winners and provide New Zealand with a lot of questions to answer leading into Game 2 tomorrow.ResultsDay One Results18’s GirlsAustralia 5 defeated New Zealand 418’s BoysAustralia 9 defeated New Zealand 720’s GirlsAustralia 8 defeated New Zealand 220’s BoysAustralia 10 defeated New Zealand 2Related LinksDay One Resultslast_img read more

October 28

15 days agoEx-Stoke boss Rowett, Cahill in Millwall frame

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Ex-Stoke boss Rowett, Cahill in Millwall frameby Ansser Sadiq15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Stoke City, Birmingham and Derby County boss Gary Rowett is on the shortlist to replace Neil Harris at Millwall.Harris left the post earlier this week with the Lions towards the bottom of the Championship.Sky Sports says former Everton and Millwall striker Tim Cahill is also in contention.The South-East London club are keen to appoint a new manager before their next fixture against Brentford on October 19. last_img read more

October 24

Health Minister says Feeding Policy Will Reduce Child Mortality

first_imgMinister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the development of a National Infant and Young Child Feeding Policy will assist in reducing mortality and morbidity of infants and children by addressing their nutritional needs. Speaking at a validation workshop for the policy at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday, March 6, Dr. Ferguson said it will also help to bring Jamaica closer to achieving Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Four, which is a two thirds reduction in the under five mortality rate by 2015. Currently, Jamaica’s infant mortality rate (0-1 year) stands at 20 per 1,000 live births, while the child (under five) mortality rate is 22 per 1,000 live births. “In 2000, Jamaica’s child mortality rate stood at 24 per live births, which means that by virtue of our MDG commitment, we are required to achieve between nine and 10 per 1,000 live births by 2015. It is clear that we have much work ahead of us to get to where we need to be,” Dr. Ferguson stated. “Every child has the potential for greatness and it is incumbent on us as adults to enable them to attain optimal health to provide the opportunity to achieve their full potential,” he said. The draft policy seeks to create a sustainable environment that will contribute to a reduction in child morbidity and mortality and improvement in child health and nutrition. It is guided by the recommendations set by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, and is supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The WHO recommendations include: initiating breastfeeding within one hour of birth; breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months; and thereafter, providing nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods; and continuing breastfeeding for up to two years of age or beyond. According to the Health Minister, development of the Infant and Young Child Feeding Policy is a mark of the Government’s commitment to improving the health of the nation, while fulfilling the country’s international obligations related to health and sustainable development. He said it will also provide the operational framework needed to guide implementation of initiatives to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on the population, starting with children. He noted that NCDs, such as diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, account for over 60 per cent of deaths in Jamaica. “They interfere with people’s capacity to work and provide for their families and are a cost burden for many, who are thrust further into the depths of poverty,” the Minister argued. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) estimates that about 130 million children worldwide are undernourished and this contributes to 53 per cent of deaths in young children, mostly in developing countries. Under-nutrition in childhood results in diminished intellectual ability and a reduced capacity to work in adulthood.last_img read more

October 17

Canadas emissions target gets further away as 2017 report shows increase

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions edged up for the first time in three years in 2017, pushing the country even further away from its international climate change commitments.The 2017 national inventory report shows the total amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions produced in Canada hit 716 million tonnes, up from 708 million tonnes a year earlier.It was the first substantial increase in overall greenhouse gas emissions from Canada since 2014, and the bulk of the increase came from oil and gas production.Small increases were also seen in manufacturing, residential energy use and agriculture. The emissions report follows one released two weeks ago that said Canada is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, which was made public under the backdrop of a pitched political battle over the new federal carbon tax.Canada is aiming to get its emissions to 511 million tonnes by 2030 to meet its international commitment under the Paris climate change agreement, but international experts say that is far shy of what the country needs to do.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

September 28

The Brewers Pitcher Switcheroo May Be Coming Soon To A Game Near

The Milwaukee Brewers challenged traditional position labels all season. They’ve helped push bullpenning forward in the postseason. They’ve been the most forward-thinking club this October in part out of necessity, entering the playoffs with one of the weaker starting rotations in the field.But they’ve never been more radical than they were early in Wednesday afternoon’s Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell stepped out of the visiting dugout at Dodger Stadium and pulled left-handed Brewers starter Wade Miley after he had faced only one Los Angeles batter, the left-handed-hitting Cody Bellinger. Miley was replaced by right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who has limited right-handed batters to a .199 average over the course of his career. It was a premeditated plan, something of a surprise attack, against one of the heaviest platoon teams in the league. While the short-term results did not work in the Brewers’ favor — the Dodgers won 5-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the series — the strategy’s long-term ramifications could be far-reaching. In a season of openers and bullpenning, managers might now have to think more deeply about how much they want to bet on that day’s listed opposing starting pitcher working deep into the game. (Especially if that listed starting pitcher isn’t an ace.) Platoon-heavy lineups are more vulnerable. And game-planning might become more complicated as starting pitcher designations become increasingly less relevant.“Look, they’re trying to get matchups, we’re trying to get matchups,” Counsell said after the game. “They’re a very tough team to get matchups against.”When he takes the mound Friday as the Game 6 starter, Miley will become the first pitcher to start consecutive postseason games since 1930, according to MLB.“It’s not my job to question it. We’re trying to get to the World Series,” Miley told reporters. “This is the strategic side of it. I was in. Everybody bought in.”The Brewers have thrown 75⅔ innings this postseason, but only 26⅔ (35 percent) have been logged by their starting pitchers, distressing traditionalists. Milwaukee’s upside-down approach became extreme Wednesday.It is baseball tradition that teams announce their starting pitching assignments days in advance, even in the playoffs. (Imagine an NFL team announcing its personnel plans in advance of a game.) And because the starting pitcher is typically expected to absorb the lion’s share of innings in any particular game — well, at least until this season of “the opener” — opposing managers often try to create as many favorable matchups as possible within their lineup cards.What has become a common part of daily game-planning — trying to gain platoon advantage against a starting pitcher — might be in jeopardy, particularly in high-stakes games.Because of the angle pitches travel toward home plate and the way pitches break, batters tend to perform better against opposite-handed pitchers. That is, right-handed batters typically perform better against left-handed pitchers and vice versa, gaining what’s known as a platoon advantage. The Dodgers ranked ninth out of 30 Major League teams in platoon advantage, owning it in 57.3 percent of plate appearances.Consider how differently the Dodgers constructed their lineups in this series based on the handedness of the opposing starting pitcher. In Game 3 against right-handed Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin, Dodger manager Dave Roberts penciled in Yasmani Grandal, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig as right-handed-pitching mashers. They were replaced in the lineup Wednesday against the left-handed Miley with David Freese, Chris Taylor and Austin Barnes.The Dodgers were weaker this season facing left-handed pitching than right-handed pitching. They produced .324 on-base and .409 slugging marks against left-handed starters with 101 weighted runs created plus1Weighted runs created plus, or wRC+, adjusts for park and league scoring environments. A mark of 100 is league average. compared with .337 on-base and .458 slugging marks against righties with a 117 wRC+, which ranked second in the game .By starting a left-hander, the Brewers were able to keep some of the Dodgers’ strongest bats against right-handed pitchers out of the game temporarily — though Puig and Pederson eventually entered and combined for four at-bats.Moreover, against the left-handed Miley, the Dodgers featured a weaker defensive lineup. Max Muncy switched from first (where he most often plays) to second base to accommodate Freese at first, forcing Enrique Hernandez from second base to right field, where he replaced Puig. Puig is credited with 24 defensive runs saved over the past two years in right field, ranking second only to Boston’s Mookie Betts.The Dodgers responded with a number of in-game substitutions.In the top of the fourth, Pederson replaced Freese and went to left field. Bellinger switched from center to right, Muncy moved from second to first, and Taylor moved from left to center. Hernandez switched from right to second before he was replaced by a pinch-hitting Puig in the sixth inning, sending Bellinger back to center and Taylor to second. After Brian Dozier pinch-hit for Pederson in the seventh, he took over second, and Taylor went back to left field.Ultimately, Dodger lefty Clayton Kershaw pitched so well — one run allowed over seven innings — and the Dodgers did enough damage off Woodruff (three runs, two earned in 5⅓ innings) that the plan did not yield a win. But in a season of radical strategies, Milwaukee’s move could have a lasting impact. The Brewers are rethinking everything — and baseball just might follow.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

September 28

Blue Jackets fall to Blackhawks 43 in shootout

The Columbus Blue Jackets suffered their second loss in as many days Friday night at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets got off to a slow start in the first period of their 4-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, allowing forward Patrick Kane and defenseman Brent Seabrook each to score a goal within the first six minutes. “We shot from the top,” Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. “A lot of good things happened, and some things went wrong.” But the Blue Jackets seemed to refocus following the goals, using a slow tempo to control the puck and hold it on offense, giving themselves time to set up a shot on goal. Once the offense settled down, the Blue Jackets answered the Blackhawks’ two goals with one of their own by forward Maksim Mayorov, his first ever in the NHL. “I was getting played,” Mayorov said, “but I just tried to tip it in.” The Blue Jackets’ second point came in the second period, with a power-play goal by center Derick Brassard, his 16th of the season. “It’s been 11 games since our last score on a power play,” Brassard said. He attributed the goal to what the team has been working on in practice. The game was close in the third period when a goal from Jackets center Samuel Pahlsson was answered almost immediately by the Blackhawks, tying the score at 3. The back-and-forth pace kept both teams moving throughout the third period, but failed to produce anymore points for either team, causing a tie and moving the game into overtime. Neither team was able to score in overtime, despite multiple shots on goal at both ends of the ice. This sent the game into a shootout to determine the winner. Both teams went through three shooters before Chicago was able to score a goal, taking a 4-3 lead and clinching the game. The Blue Jackets will be looking for a win at 5 p.m. Sunday in a home matchup against the St. Louis Blues. read more