The Oconee County Cooperative Extension started the new year in a new home. They have moved to the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Natural Resource Conservation Center, which has been operated by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as a research and education center since August 2012.The staff moved into about 4,000 square feet in the main building of the agricultural experiment station on Experiment Station Road and Government Station Road in Watkinsville.For the past several decades, Oconee’s Extension staff has worked out of a converted ranch-style house behind the Oconee County courthouse, which left limited room for workshops, meetings and office space. The new space will allow them to host more training activities, youth programs and work in a more functional office area. “Oconee County is very pleased to cooperate with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Science to house the Oconee County Extension office in this location,” said Oconee County Commission Chairman Melvin Davis. “This facility will provide the adults and 4-H youth with a better facility to house the offices as well as for conducting adult and 4-H youth programs for our citizens.” In early 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced they would close the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Natural Resource Conservation Center. In August UGA administrators signed an agreement to transfer management of the Campbell facility to the university. Farm Superintendent Eric Elsner, his farm management staff and the Oconee County Extension staffers are the first UGA employees to move their offices to the 1,070-acre facility since the university took over operations there last summer. “Our goal is to rebuild the Campbell facility as a center of excellence for research, teaching, and Extension in agriculture and natural resource management,” said Harald Scherm, assistant dean for research for the college. “Hosting the Oconee County Extension office at the center is the first step toward building a synergistic team of research and Extension scientists at the facility to address critical issues related to sustainable crop and animal production systems, soil protection, and water quality and conservation.” In addition to the Oconee County Extension office, plans for the center include a Piedmont Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Partnership, the college’s Sustainable Grazing Systems Program, and a wide-array of Extension, teaching and research activities at the interface of agriculture and natural resource management.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Instant payments is an innovation that doesn’t require much explanation. Getting immediate access to money is an obviously better solution than waiting for the check to arrive in the mail, or constantly refreshing a mobile banking app to see if transferred funds have been cleared for use.And, as Karen Webster noted in a recent conversation on digital disbursements with Ingo Money’s Drew Edwards, while it may not be conventional wisdom that consumers and SMBs want instant payments, it is well on its way to shifting from “nice to have” to “must-have.”“We’re seeing over and over that this is what customers want, and it’s where market leaders are heading,” Edwards told Webster. “We’re not talking about whether we’re going to hit this tipping point in the future – we’re talking about when, and we’re talking about in the next couple of years.”Getting to that tipping point is complicated, Edwards noted, and there are some big obstacles to overcome, even though market pressures are setting the pace at which companies must move to offer instant pay as an option. And, in many cases, the FinTechs are serving as the pace car. continue reading »
Duplantis and Lavillenie each cleared a height of 5 meters (16 feet) 36 times over a span of 30 minutes that was broadcast by World Athletics on its social media channels. Both had one miss. Sam Kendrick of the United States wound up third by clearing the bar 26 times.They tried to figure out a tiebreaker before electing to award double gold. The 20-year-old Duplantis initially pushed for a three-minute playoffs, while the 33-year-old Lavillenie nixed the plan.Lavillenie did clear his 36th bar seconds before Duplantis. The event was split into two 15-minute sessions with a short halftime.The trio collaborated on the unique competition format since adjusting the bar wasn’t practical without officials in place.Duplantis competed from his base in Lafayette, Louisiana. Kendricks was at his farm in Oxford, Mississippi, and Lavillenie took part from Clermont-Ferrand, France, as he pushed the family’s trampoline to the side in order to jump. ___Serie A soccer clubs are in limbo with several regions of Italy allowing players to begin practicing on an individual basis at training centers on Monday while the government has set a May 18 return to the practice field for teams.Sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora is seeking clarification from the government’s techno-scientific coronavirus commission.Emilia-Romagna, Campania, Lazio and Sardinia have each given the go-ahead for teams in their regions to begin individual training. Those regions contain eight Serie A clubs: Bologna, Sassuolo, Spal, Parma, Napoli, Lazio, Roma and Cagliari.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown. The Latest: Pole vaulters set bar in competition from homes It was billed as the “Ultimate Garden Clash” and could be a model for future track events. The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to the Tokyo Olympics being moved to 2021, along with the track and field season being put on hold.___All Serie A clubs have been cleared to resume training this week on an individual basis following a clarification from the Italian government.A week ago, the government had said that athletes in individual sports could resume training Monday and teams on May 18. That sparked confusion and frustration from Serie A clubs, which pointed out that their players would be allowed to train individually in public parks but not inside team training centers.Then over the last couple of days, several regional governors said teams in their areas could resume training individually at club training centers. May 3, 2020 Players from Spanish league clubs will be allowed to resume training on Monday as Spain eases some of the lockdown measures that had been in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.The government is allowing players to train individually at the clubs’ facilities while observing a series of safety measures pre-established by the league and local authorities.The league prepared a detailed four-phase training protocol that has already been distributed to clubs. Smaller group sessions and full squad sessions are likely to be allowed in the coming weeks.All players were expected to be tested for COVID-19 before resuming their training sessions.The Spanish league is expected to resume sometime in June. Now the government says all athletes are allowed to take part in “individual sports activity, in public or private areas, while respecting the safe distance of at least two meters (yards) and respecting the ban on any form of gathering.”Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.___The chairman of Crystal Palace says the Premier League could face years of legal challenges if this season is not completed due to the coronavirus pandemic.Steve Parish offered public support for the league’s “Project Restart” plans after Brighton and West Ham expressed concerns about teams being forced to play their remaining games in neutral stadiums. The league is working with the government to find a safe way of players resuming group training and playing games by June at the earliest.Parish says “I want to complete the competition for reasons of sporting integrity. I want to crown Liverpool champions and give every other club a fair crack at the best league position they can achieve.”Palace is 11th in the 20-team standings with nine games remaining.Parish says “I certainly don’t want to have difficult conversations about curtailing, voiding and points per game. The ramifications of each are complex and could involve legal challenges that run on for months, if not years.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Mondo Duplantis of Sweden and Renaud Lavillenie of France tied for the gold medal Sunday during a men’s pole vault competition held in their own backyards. It was a rare sporting event held during the coronavirus pandemic. The government announced a week ago that individual athletes can resume training on Monday May 4, while teams can restart May 18.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press