Wolf Administration Highlights Comprehensive Food Security Efforts

first_img April 29, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health As Pennsylvania works to mitigate the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus, the Wolf Administration has made it a priority to address food insecurity in the commonwealth by protecting our local supply chain, advocating for necessary waivers and resources, and ensuring equal access to healthy food for all.“As we seek to ensure health and safety for Pennsylvanians and work together to save lives as we mitigate against COVID-19, food has never seemed more important,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “We depend on farmers to continue to work the land, processors to make products, grocery workers to be there at check out, and volunteers to support our food banks and pantries.”Pennsylvania is home to a strong and diverse agriculture and food industry, with a reputation for innovation and generosity, that creates a strong foundation for food security in the commonwealth. Ensuring Pennsylvanians have equal access to food is a critical piece of a large, complex puzzle.“These uncertain times have highlighted the complexity of our nation’s food supply chain and required a new way of thinking. We’ve been actively triaging unprecedented situations as they arrive and working around the clock and across agencies to guide the industry and ensure food remains available and accessible. Hunger will not take hold in this commonwealth,” said Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “I’m humbled by the incredible innovation, collaboration, and tenacity we’ve seen as we work with the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to stave off food insecurity in Pennsylvania.”Before COVID-19, more than 1.5 million Pennsylvanians experienced chronic hunger on a regular basis, including nearly half a million children. Over the past several weeks, hundreds of thousands more have found themselves reliant on the charitable food system as businesses closed their doors and schools moved to homebound, virtual learning to mitigate the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus. Furthermore, there is an entirely new set of Pennsylvanians finding themselves in need of emergency food resources.From the very beginning of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, agriculture and the entire food supply chain was deemed as life sustaining. To support the industry and protect the workforce, the Wolf Administration has encouraged food production and processing operations to remain open and adhere to a series of comprehensive guidance to minimize risk, maintain a healthy workforce, and ensure the safety of food.In addition to guiding the agriculture industry, the administration has diligently worked with Pennsylvania’s charitable food system to provide guidance for limiting risk related to COVID-19, acquire waivers from federal agencies to ensure those who need food can receive it, and source resources from every angle to support operations.Pennsylvanians receive support and assistance through many ways outside of Pennsylvania’s network of nearly 3,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other feeding programs that serve more than two million each year. The Departments of Aging, Agriculture, Education, and Human Services, along with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, have all worked to expand availability of programming, acquire necessary waivers, and increase resources during Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts.Further, the Wolf Administration is committed to ensuring that Pennsylvanians know that resources are available to them by creating and updating a Responding to COVID-19 Guide that provides a comprehensive list of information and available supports, as well as an Access to Food survey to identify areas of high need.Additionally, the Wolf Administration has collaborated with public and private partners to ensure that supplies and donations can be allocated to meet feeding needs across Pennsylvania.Volunteer efforts to distribute meals and other life-sustaining services in Pennsylvania are considered essential activity, even with a statewide Stay-at-Home Order in place. The charitable food system is supported by a foundation of tens of thousands of volunteers who generously give of their time to ensure that no one in Pennsylvania ever has to wonder where their next meal is coming from. Because of increased need, as well as health concerns among many members of the traditional volunteer base, more volunteers are needed to help buttress the system.First Lady Frances Wolf has called for healthy Pennsylvanians to consider volunteering to help those who need it, reminding them to follow all safety precautions while doing so.“Pennsylvania is well situated to meet the increased demand for food assistance and support throughout the commonwealth, and will continue to utilize available data and collaborate with public and private partners to ensure that no Pennsylvanian goes hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Wolf said. “This public health crisis has highlighted the importance of Pennsylvania’s agriculture and food industry and that providing a safe, continuous, accessible supply of food is essential to recovery.Learn more about Food Security in Pennsylvania:About Food InsecurityAbout Food SupplyResources for PennsylvaniansActions Taken During COVID-19For a complete list of guidance documents and information as it relates to agriculture and food during COVID-19 mitigation in Pennsylvania visit agriculture.pa.gov/COVID or follow the Department of Agriculture on Twitter and Facebook. For the most accurate, timely information related to Health in Pennsylvania, visit on.pa.gov/coronavirus.View this information in Spanish.center_img Wolf Administration Highlights Comprehensive Food Security Effortslast_img read more

Lifestyle proves big drawcard in Margate market

first_imgThe home at 45 Albert St, Margate, sold within three weeks of hitting the market. Picture: Supplied.A BEAUTIFULLY present character home in Margate has sold within weeks of being listed for sale. The property at 45 Albert St sold for $475,000 to buyers who drove two hours to inspect the three-bedroom property.Selling agent Loren Mulholland of Ray White Redcliffe said interest in the 1950s brick and tile home was huge. “I had just shy of 60 people through the property in three weeks and we had a contract on the home in under a week,” she said. “I could have sold the property 10 times over but it went to investors who live up towards Noosa.”More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The home at 45 Albert St, Margate had been well maintained. Picture: Supplied.Ms Mulholland said the way the owners had maintained, styled and landscaped the house was what grabbed buyers’ attention. “Buyers were saying it was great to see a nice character home so well looked after,” she said. “It had the decorative cornices, doors and timber floors and the leadlight windows were in good condition.”The home is on a 437sq m corner block close to the beach, shops and schools.Ms Mulholland said the Margate market was strong with buyers chasing value for money and the peninsular lifestyle.“It’s not a market driven by growth, it’s driven by lifestyle so we don’t struggle with selling homes here, as long as they’re well priced,” she said.“I’m seeing a lot of buyers in their 50s looking for short term investments to move into it, first home buyers and people downsizing.”last_img read more

Humboldt State men’s soccer looking to bounce back from one-win 2015 season

first_imgARCATA >> Once the snowball started rolling, it was hard for it to stop.The 2015 season for the Humboldt State men’s soccer team was about as though as it gets, dealing with a winless conference record that saw the Jacks get only a draw in two of their 12 California Collegiate Athletic Association games.This fall, the Jacks aren’t even close to being as senior-heavy as they were a season ago. Far from it, actually. Humboldt certainly has a bevy of underclassmen and inexperience on this …last_img read more

Raiders’ Hunter Renfrow out for extended period with rib injury

first_imgALAMEDA — Hunter Renfrow, the rookie who has become one of Derek Carr’s most trusted receivers, faces an extended absence with a rib injury sustained against the New York Jets.Renfrow returned home on the team charter following the 34-3 loss, and coach Jon Gruden delivered the bad news Monday at his weekly press conference“Hunter Renfrow hurt his rib,” Gruden said. “He’s going to be out for awhile. Big loss for our team.”According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Renfrow had a broken rib …last_img read more

SA best for regulation of exchanges

first_imgFinancial Services Board The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2010-11 ranks South Africa 1st out of 139 countries for its regulation of securities exchanges. The country moved up from 2nd place last year, overtaking Sweden for the top position. “We are very pleased with this achievement, which acknowledges the JSE’s record in terms of regulation and surveillance,” said Russell Loubser, chief executive of the JSE, South Africa’s only securities exchange. “This ranking also sends a very good message about investing in South Africa. Released on 9 September, the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) competitiveness report ranks countries according to 12 “pillars” or sets of criteria. The study rates a country’s competitiveness according to quality of infrastructure and institutions, efficiency, market sophistication as well as capacity for innovation. Regulation of securities exchanges falls under the 8th pillar, financial market development. The JSE is accountable to the Financial Services Board for the regulation of its markets, market integrity and investor protection. The two organisations work closely together on matters that could undermine investor confidence in South Africa. Financial market development SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “A well-regulated securities exchange is especially important to international investors post the global financial crisis,” the JSE said. “In the midst of the crisis, unlike many exchanges, the JSE did not ban short selling nor introduce circuit breakers.” “It is a testament to the effective working relationship between the JSE and the Financial Services Board,” Loubser said in a statement this week. South Africa fares well in terms of financial market development criteria, with an overall 9th place ranking. Within this set of criteria, other rankings that demonstrate efficiency of local financial markets include: financing through the local equity market at 7th; availability of financial services at 7th; soundness of banks at 6th; and legal rights of investors at 6th. 14 September 2010last_img read more

12 Pcs Ladies Brown Plastic Mini Hairpin 6 Claws Hair Clip Clamp – Very handy for the money – when they turn up, that is

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Sow housing transition deadline looming for Ohio swine production

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseBack in 2009, Ohio’s livestock industry was facing growing pressure regarding farm animal welfare and, in response, introduced Issue 2 on the November ballot. Ohio voters overwhelmingly supported Issue 2 that created the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.Now in 2018, Ohio’s nearly 3,500 swine producers are in the process of transitioning to group housing for pregnant sows by 2025 as a part of the requirements of standards set by the board.Pigs are typically housed in groups, but pregnant pigs are often moved to individual stalls partly because pregnant sows need consistent access to food without the risk of injury fighting among each other. Battles for food and the establishment of dominance can lead to overfeeding, underfeeding and serious injuries for sows in group housing situations.Individual stalls, however, can also have disadvantages for pregnant sows. Some research has shown that production animals tend to have lower levels of cortisol — a hormone produced from higher stress levels — in their blood when they are raised in open environments versus separate stalls. In addition, there is considerable unfavorable pubic perception of individual stalls for pregnant sows.“The move toward group housing addresses a consumer perception that animals reared in less intense settings have better welfare, freedom to move and freedom to turn around,” said Steven Moeller, an animal sciences professor and swine specialist for Ohio State University Extension. “We are making this conversion in Ohio from individual stall housing to group housing. That transition period is occurring now and we have lots of options. Many of our systems have converted but we also have many others still trying to make those decisions. How can we move forward with this transition that is required by 2025?”Dale Minyo caught up with Moeller at this winter’s Ohio State, Michigan State University and Purdue University Tri-State Sow Housing Conference in Columbus in cooperation with the Ohio Pork Council. Under the Ohio requirements, swine producers will no longer be able to place pregnant pigs in individual stalls for the majority of their pregnancy. Group housing will be required to give the pregnant pigs more room to roam and interact with other sows. The transition will take time, expense and careful consideration to reconfigure barns with the new group pens.Each facility has different challenges and must look at the numerous options available for making the group housing transition.“There are definitely options in how we want to address individual feeding in a group setting, which is quite different from individual stalls which we can control every day. There are differences in the sizes of the systems,” Moeller said. “The system size will dictate how many animals you will put in a group. It will also dictate your options for feeding because we do want to address the individual needs of that sow whether she is in a group or not. How does that group dynamic change with regard to her needs?”The needs of each sow must be carefully considered to maximize animal health and the productivity of the operation.“As we think about the conversion to group sow housing, we have some time periods where we don’t want to mix them. We can mix them very early after they mate or we can wait until the embryo has secured itself in the uterus around day 30 or day 35 and then we mix those animals,” Moeller said. “Any time we mix we do recognize that there is aggression. We do have dominance or hierarchies that are established in these groups. Part of our goal is to make sure she is safe in pregnancy for her own good, but we are still learning through research and on-farm practice about how to do that best.”Even with ongoing efforts to address the problem, sow-to-sow aggression remains a significant issue, said Monique Pairis-Garcia, an assistant professor of animal sciences in The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.“We haven’t figured out a way to eliminate the fighting,” she said.Pregnant pigs will chase each other and bite necks, heads and ears, potentially causing injuries. After putting the pregnant sows in a group, the worst of the fighting typically slows down after two days once the hierarchy is established. The process starts over each time new sows are added, though, which can make management very challenging. Research can be very valuable in sorting out some of the finer details to minimize aggression and maximize sow safety.“Though the rule requiring group housing for sows does not state how large an area the sows need to live in, swine producers are not likely to cram too many pigs into one space because if a sow isn’t getting enough food or water, the sow won’t likely be as healthy or productive,” Pairis-Garcia said. “They need to be comfortable, have access to food and water. Their ability to have piglets and raise them successfully is based on how they’re managed while they’re pregnant.”As farm operations increase in size, Moeller emphasizes the importance of evolving in a way that prioritizes animal care.“It is definitely important for us to recognize that as we have become larger, more focused and more integrated in our systems that we have to look at the animals and the challenges that come with that. Hopefully we can still have the same level of animal care standards, the same expectations of the animals in our systems and ultimately have the same level of sustainability of our operations over time as we make this transition. We have evidence we can do that but it does take a new mindset and a change with our caretakers’ abilities and desire to work with those animals,” Moeller said. “As we get our population in this country in general further away from the animal production — not just pigs but all species — we do have challenges.”Ohio hog producers are not alone in this transition to group housing. Across the nation, states are increasingly requiring group housing for livestock, including hens, pigs and young calves. This year in Ohio, new livestock rules require that veal calves be housed in group pens after they are 10 weeks old. The Ohio poultry industry is also moving to more cage-free systems.last_img read more

Gotcha! Tax Evaders Nabbed on Facebook

first_imgDespite the fact that he is perhaps one of the world’s most famous gangsters, Al Capone wasn’t first imprisoned for bootlegging, racketeering or the gangland execution of the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre. Instead, Capone was first imprisoned for tax evasion. Whether you’re a law abiding citizen or a tax dodging criminal, there’s something eerily omniscient about the taxman. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article by Laura Saunders, our all-seeing state revenue agents have increased their power to catch tax evaders through Facebook, MySpace and Google. Said Jim Eads, director of the Federation of Tax Administrators, “These new supplements are often far more efficient than the older ones, such as reading the local newspaper or making inquiries at barbershops and church meetings.”Agents are not permitted to friend suspected tax evaders using false information; however, public information is perfectly acceptable. In the past, collections agents were aggressive enough to appear at residences, places of work and schools. If you thought old school debt collectors were tough, think of today’s social media wielding bunch as the Terminator 2 version. While they’re unlikely to kill your next-of-kin after questioning them, they can garnish your family’s wages and slowly lure you out of hiding. If the group has just caught on to Facebook and MySpace, imagine the power they’ll wield once they start using facial recognition software and people search engines like Spock and Pipl. You’ve been warned. Pay your taxes on time and avoid an audit. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#Google#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification dana oshiro A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Mata targets Spain recall

first_imgManchester United’s Juan Mata is targeting a return to Spanish national team under new boss Luis Enrique, according to ESPN.Juan Mata is hoping to get a call-up back into Spain squad under Luis Enrique by having a stellar season with Manchester United.The former Celta boss was announced as the head coach of the Spanish national team replacing Hierro who stepped down after Spain’s disappointing performance at the World Cup.Spain appointed Hierro just before the start World Cup after Julen Lopetegui was unceremoniously relieved of his duties for his conduct with Real Madrid. The newly appointed Madrid manager agreed to join the Champions League holders while still the head coach of Spain leading to the Spanish Football Association sacking him on the eve of the World Cup.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Mata was a part of the Spanish side that won the World Cup in 2010 as well as the European Championships in 2012.“I will do everything in my power to return to the National team. I want to let the new boss know he can count on me and I’ll work harder to get back into the team,” Mata said.Mata joined Manchester United from Chelsea in 2014 after current boss at United deemed him surplus to requirements at Chelsea. The Spanish midfielder has found his feet at Old Trafford making 36 starts for the club last season.last_img read more