Ag jobs

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaA recent study by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development reveals that the agribusiness industry has plenty of job openings, but not enough college graduates to fill them.“While the demand for college-educated workers is relatively small for farm producers, the processing of crop and livestock output requires trained employees with degrees in agriculture, conservation programs, secondary education, government and banking,” said CAED economist Marcia Jones.Farm-related activities accounted for 15 percent of the value of agribusiness output in 2006, she said. The processing and manufacturing of agricultural products accounted for 70 percent of the $76 billion in economic activity agriculture provided Georgia that same year.Checking the demandWhen CAED completed the workforce need study in fall 2008, the agribusiness job pool was projected to increase 1.4 percent annually to the year 2014. That was to be 9,320 additional job openings, 1,045 of which would require college-level training. The U.S. economic bust has since shrunk the job market, Jones said. But the need for ag graduates still exists.Georgia’s agribusiness industry will need an additional 1,000 college-trained workers by 2016. The state’s colleges are predicted to produce enough graduates to fill half of those positions, said Jones.The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Fort Valley State University and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College produce the majority of Georgia’s agricultural graduates. Agribusiness-related programs can be found through the university system’s 35 institutions, which offer 151 agriculture-related degree programs, ranging from certificates of less than a year to doctoral degrees.State goalsIn 2006, agribusiness directly accounted for 11 percent of the state’s total economic output and 8 percent of the state’s workforce, or almost 400,000 workers.But indirectly, Jones said, the impact was much more when the industry’s influence on other Georgia businesses is considered.“That total is $119.8 billion and more than 715,000 jobs,” she said. “The $76.3 billion is just the direct impact of ag, whereas the $119.8 billion is the total impact.”Agribusiness also ties directly into Georgia’s future, said Jones. The Commission for a New Georgia, a non-profit corporation appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue and led by CEOs and senior executives from across Georgia, wants the state’s agribusiness sector ranked as one of the nation’s top competitors by 2020. Meeting the needGeorgia’s agribusiness workforce is well prepared technically, said CAED economist Tommie Shepherd. He conducted one-on-one interviews with agribusiness owners as part of the study.“In general, they were saying that students know the subjects well, but they need more training in communications and leadership qualities and the knowledge of how all of business hangs together, including sales, business and marketing,” he said.According to a mailed survey, Jones said, employers also want more students with problem-solving skills, critical thinking, initiative, hands-on training, customer service and work ethic.She also said the many businesses were asking that college agricultural programs teach students the theories of agriculture and then how to apply them. For example, they should teach ways to dispose of poultry in an environmentally friendly way with little cost. Or, teach farm labor laws and regulations and how to use them to find legal workers to harvest crops.Students, Jones said, can do more on their own to build resume and job chances by participating in internships and getting as much hands-on experiences as possible.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

2019 holiday shopping results so far: Members spend more, shift to digital channels

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Thanksgiving holiday shopping weekend – Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday – has become the busiest time of year for U.S. retailers and consumers. This year nearly 190 million consumers shopped over the five day period, representing a 14 percent increase from last year.Credit union members closely followed this trend, according to our latest analysis of CO-OP Credit and Debit transactions over the holiday shopping weekend.  Credit cardholders spent an average of $323 over the five-day period, up more than 10 percent over last year’s average of $292. For their part, debit cardholders spent an average of $264 from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, an increase of nearly 17 percent (+16.8%) over the same period in 2018.Knowing how and where members are spending during busy shopping periods like Thanksgiving Weekend is valuable intelligence to a credit union. For one, it helps you better understand your members, what they value and which channels they prefer to use. It can also help inspire ideas for customized marketing campaigns and promotions that help drive your credit and debit cards to the top of your members’ wallets.Here were the key findings from our 2019 Thanksgiving Weekend Shopping Analysis: continue reading »last_img read more

Ascension Lourdes gives grants to 8 area groups

first_imgRise, NY Tioga County Rural Ministry Urban League of Broome County Ascension Lourdes Youth Services Cornell Cooperative ExtensionSt. Michael’s Meal Program Allied Christians of Tioga County Achieve The organizations receiving grants include: The grants given range in amount from 2,000 to 5,000 dollars.center_img (WBNG) — Eight different groups in the area will be receiving grants from Ascension Lourdes Auxiliary to support different aspects of their programs. last_img

Mystery shoppers: The quality of service in tourism is better than last year

first_imgIn the period from June to September 2017, Heraklea doo, the first specialized agency for mystery shopping in Croatia, conducted a traditional survey of service quality in our tourism “Summer 2017” which aims to get the right situation on the ground, a picture of how guests see us, record the state of service quality as well as get answers on how to improve the quality of service in our tourism.Destinations along the Adriatic coast, but also continental Croatia, and Secret guests visited a total of 978 locations, of which: 638 visits to tourist facilities (hotels, camps, tourist boards, restaurants, bars, night clubs, cafes, pastry shops, fast food …), And 340 in accompanying tourist facilities (wellness, sports, excursions, museums, wineries, agritourism, banks, post offices, exchange offices, gas stations, ferry lines, marinas, taxis, aquapark…)The results in the overall survey are better than last year, which is more than commendable because we have had a decline in service quality in the last few years.That’s right 83,13% employees greetings guest on arrival, while last year’s result was 86,40%. The smile of gold is worth it, especially in tourism, ie service, and it is 71,51% employees are smiled to the guest, which is a better result than last year when we 64,13% of employees smiled at the guests.Goodbye and come to us again, it should be the last sentence of the guest when he leaves your accommodation or winery. That’s right 83,22% employees greetings guest on departure (last year ‘s result 82,03%) while 72,82% of employees thanked the guest (last year’s result 64,45%).Unfortunately, only 28,31% is an employee called like on re-arrival, and regardless of growth in this category (last year’s result of 24,53%) yet we can argue that this is devastating data. Regardless of improving the level of service, we certainly still have a lot of room to grow, of course, only if we care about our guests. Otherwise, mystery shoppers measure the moment of truth, the quality of performance, whether something happened or not, therefore, they transmit a snapshot of the situation at a particular point in time.Measuring the quality of performance is extremely important in tourism for every tourist destination, because we are talking about the attitude towards our tourists who came on vacation, traveled hundreds of kilometers and pay for the service of both accommodation and experience of the destination. I keep emphasizing that accommodation is not a motive for coming, but a tourist destination. And that is why it is crucial to measure the level of quality of performance in tourism because that is the key to success and provides an answer to the main question: Is the guest satisfied with the vacation after 7 or 14 days and will he return to our destination next year as well? How to achieve the enthusiasm of tourists with their service?Illustration: HrTurizam.hrThis is a question for every tourist worker in tourism, whether it is about hosts in family accommodation, cafes, souvenir shops, all the way to employees in tourist boards. Tourism is complex and consists of a thousand small cubes that make up a mosaic. Each of these small cubes, no matter how less important, makes the final picture of the whole mosaic – the mosaic of our tourism.In order to be able to grow strategically and with quality, we must primarily be aware of the need to measure the quality of our service or product, and of course measure the level and quality of service we provide to our guests. Customer enthusiasm is the level of performance at which they are convinced that products and services far exceed their expectations! It is the “Holy Grail” in the paradigm of being better than the competition. Customer enthusiasm starts with small things.All employees can and must provide added value, especially those who are at the forefront of defense. I think we need to fix that first line of defense and raise awareness about the importance of those people who make the first contact. From the receptionist, the waiter, the store staff and everyone else – because they are the ones who communicate directly with the guests and who influence the level of enthusiasm or gap. Unfortunately, they are put in the background, both financially and hierarchically. Of course, the offer and quality of the product is the first, but this image must be communicated by someone in the field and shown in order to be credible – and these are the people with whom guests have their first and daily contact. How much these people are paid and satisfied with their job, whether they are motivated and do their best to better present their company or brand in the best light, I leave the answers to these questions to you to judge.I think that the job of mystery shoppers is a very important tool in the mosaic of our tourism and we should use it much more often. Unfortunately, in Croatia, marketing still belongs to the sphere of costs, not investments, and too little or nothing is written about mystery shopping, nor do tourism workers know that this valuable tool exists.Service in tourism is crucial, even more important than the quality of accommodation. With excellent performance we can always compensate for some shortcomings at the destination, and if we care about the guest we will always look for ways to exceed their expectations. We must not look at the short term and look at how to “take” money only today, we need to think long term, among other things, it is the meaning that we have long-term and self-sustainable tourism. Let us be constantly aware of how the guest feels in our destination and because we have justified “value for money” because that is the only way we can profit in the long run.Word of mouth marketing has always been and always will be the best advertisement.Related news:last_img read more

Emile Smith-Rowe close to January move as Arsenal work on shifting as many as 12 players

first_imgGame time will be the priority when Arsenal look to loan out their youngsters (Picture: Getty)Smith-Rowe similarly left Arsenal on loan this time last year, joining RB Leipzig, but only played three times at the very end of the season having arrived in Germany with a groin problem and as a result he is expected to stay in England, likely joining a Championship side.Incredibly, Arsenal are working on shifting as many as 12 players in January – the majority of whom are youngsters – as they look to expose their academy starlets to more first-team football, with technical director Edu in charge of all the loan moves.MORE: Arsenal board concerned over Jerome Boateng signing from Bayern MunichMORE: Mikel Arteta thrilled as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reaffirms commitment to ArsenalMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Emile Smith-Rowe close to January move as Arsenal work on shifting as many as 12 players Nketiah returned from Leeds and will be loaned back out very soon (Picture: Getty)According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, a host of Championship clubs put forward presentations explaining how they would use Nketiah and why they would be the perfect destination.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe shortlist of clubs he could join has been whittled down to just three – Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest – all of whom want him as their main striker.Nketiah will make a final decision over which club he will join imminently, with his camp having entered into talks with the clubs over personal terms.Smith-Rowe is expected to join him in leaving Arsenal and has also been the subject of presentations from clubs looking to take him on loan.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe 19-year-old actually started interim boss Freddie Ljungberg’s final match against Everton – a 0-0 draw which Arteta, who had only been announced a day earlier, watched from the stands.He has not made Arsenal’s squad at all in their last two outings, against Manchester United in the Premier League and Leeds United in the FA Cup, and it is felt he would benefit from consistent game time elsewhere. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Jan 2020 3:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.1kShares Advertisementcenter_img Comment The 19-year-old attacker is expected to move to a Championship side (Picture: Getty)Emile Smith-Rowe is set to follow Eddie Nketiah in leaving Arsenal on loan this month as the Gunners work on offloading as many as 12 players in a busy January window.The Gunners have an abundance of talented young players at the club but Mikel Arteta cannot guarantee them all game time, with this month’s window largely going to be focused on finding short-term clubs for many of their youngsters.Nketiah was recalled from his loan spell at Leeds United due to a lack of pitch time – only starting two Championship games – with Arsenal keen for him to be a starter elsewhere. Advertisementlast_img read more

Cutter Suction Dredger Production Intensive Training Course

first_imgStrategic Dredging has just announced the launch of a unique course for the dredging industry, the Cutter Suction Dredger Intensive Training.According to the company, the “CSD Production Intensive” training has been developed to help dredging contractors achieve higher productions.“Any CSD is worthless if it doesn’t produce. And not only produce, but produce such quantities that they are competitive in the industry. Getting some sludge through the pipe is one thing, but achieving competitive productions, that’s another story. So we developed this training to help contractors achieve those competitive productions,” the company said.This 5 day intensive training full of interaction, exercises, and case studies is aimed at vessel and site personnel who want to learn how to get the most production out of any CSD.Topics to be covered include:CSD production process;Unit rate;Gathering process and spill;Cutting process;Suction process;Discharge process;Soil and impact on operation;DICE production optimization system;Efficiency;Basic production calculations;Terms like density, concentrations, flow, etc.;Exercises for various topics;Case studies.More Infolast_img read more

OSIL Buoy for ORION Coastal Erosion Project

first_imgOcean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) has supplied a 1.2m data buoy platform to the “ORION” joint research and development center in Nicosia, Cyprus, for use as a real-time monitoring station on an EU-funded project managing coastal erosion.According to OSIL, “The Harmonized Coastal Corrosion Management Framework for Enhancing the Implementation of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Protocol (HERMES) project required a platform with the ability to record a full profile of water column currents, tidal variations, wave parameters (significant wave height, wave period & propagation direction) & estimated suspended particular matter (SPM) concentrations, with the data transmitted to a base station on land in real time, complete with software to analyse and process the data with a graphical display.”The OSIL 1.2m Tern buoy offers a high visibility platform with a GPRS communication system ideally suited to the installation location given the proximity to the shore and a popular wreck diving site, the company stated in the announcement.The robust buoy is equipped with a seabed mounted Nortek AWAC to provide three-dimensional current profiles in cells with thicknesses from 0.25 to 4m. The ADCP is additionally furnished with a Prolog board for internal wave processing, and it can also be used to estimate suspended sediment loads by correlating the acoustic back scatter intensity to a site specific suspended sediment calibration.The base station software provided by OSIL gives the end users extensive control over the data displayed from the monitoring buoy, said OSIL in its announcement.last_img read more

Oldendorff Capesize Suffers Engine Failure in Singapore

first_imgThe Oldendorff Carriers-owned Capesize Helena Oldendorff is said to be undergoing repairs in Singapore after suffering an engine failure.The 209,200 dwt ship was en route to Qingdao, China, and is understood to be fully loaded with iron ore from Guaíba Island, Brazil.According to VesselsValue, the ship lost power on August 26 and had to be towed to an anchorage for repairs.The Environmental Protection Alliance (EPA) said on September 5 that the ship experienced a failure in its scrubber systems, resulting in the flooding in exhaust lines and the main engine of the ship.According to the organization, the scrubber failure and the flooded engine room caused the ship to lose propulsion in one of the busiest areas for maritime traffic in the world.It is understood that iron ore from Brazilian mining company Vale is still on board the 2016-built Capesize.World Maritime News has reached out to Oldendorff Carriers for an update on the ship’s status but is yet to receive a response.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSSeason begins for 26 more teamsUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball’s season begins for 26 more teams Friday. And more of them will be a part of baseball’s postseason after MLB and the players’ union agreed Thursday to an expanded playoff structure that includes 16 teams instead of the usual 10. Update on the latest sports Jipcho played the role of the “rabbit’ by setting a relentless pace for the first half of the race in the high altitude. The tactic worked perfectly. Keino went on to win gold and became a pioneer for Kenyan track and field. Jipcho won a silver medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase four years later at the 1972 Munich Olympics. The three new races take this season’s total to 13. All of them are in Europe.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: — The Chinese basketball league is set to allow limited numbers of spectators into games this Sunday before being fully open to fans starting July 31 for playoff games in Qingdao. The Chinese Basketball Association says medical professionals, teachers and police and public security officers will be eligible in the first intake of fans since the league resumed last month following a lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic. Fans will have to buy tickets through an online registration system on a “one ticket, one certificate” basis within 48 hours of testing negative for COVID-19. Physical distancing measures will be in place inside the stadium and spectators will have to show identification, wear face masks and undergo body temperature testing before entry.— South Korea says it will allow baseball fans to return to the stands beginning Sunday as health authorities outlined a phased process to bring back spectators in professional sports amid the COVID-19 epidemic. Senior Health Ministry official Yoon Tae-ho also says fans will be allowed at professional soccer games starting on Aug. 1. But professional golf tournaments will continue without galleries at least until late August. Both baseball and soccer teams will be initially allowed to sell only 10% of the seats for each game as officials plan to control the level of attendance based on the progress of anti-virus efforts.— Italy’s sports minister says fans will be allowed back into stadiums in September if the virus is kept under control. The Serie A soccer season is being completed without fans and is scheduled end on Aug. 2. Next season should start in mid-September. — A leading British government adviser says the pandemic will make it “very difficult” for Premier League matches to be staged with full crowds for at least another year and capacities face being capped at 25% when stadiums eventually re-open. James Calder chairs a government committee on the return of elite sports in England. The Premier League season ends on Sunday and Calder urged players to avoid going on holiday to COVID-19 hotspots, singling out the United States. But he is hopeful the twice weekly testing on players next season can be reduced. The next Premier League season will begin on Sept. 12 and finish on May 23.OLYMPICS-OBIT-JIPCHOBen Jipcho, the ‘rabbit’ who helped Keino beat Ryun, diesUNDATED (AP) — Kenyan runner Ben Jipcho has died at the age off 77. Jipcho was famous for sacrificing his own hopes of winning an Olympic medal to help teammate Kip Keino beat American rival Jim Ryun to the gold in the 1,500 meters at the 1968 Mexico City Games. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSF1 cancels 4 more races for 2020, adds 3 to calendarUNDATED (AP) — Formula One races in Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic and three others have been added.F1 says the Eifel Grand Prix will host a race at the iconic Nürburgring in Germany on Oct. 11. That will be followed by the Portuguese GP in Portimão two weeks later and the Emilia-Romagna GP in Italy on Nov. 1.The U.S. GP was initially scheduled for late October. Brazil and Mexico were then to host races in November. Canada was already postponed from its mid-June date. July 24, 2020 Associated Press The abbreviated season got started Thursday night in Washington, where the Yankees beat the defending World Series champs 4-1 in a game cut short by rain. The Dodgers began their campaign by scoring seven times over their final two at-bats to thump the San Francisco Giants 8-1 in Los Angeles. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was put on the injured list just hours before he was scheduled to make his ninth opening start of his career. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner was replaced by 22-year-old Dustin May.The Texas Rangers will officially open Globe Life Field, their new $1.2 billion stadium with a retractable roof. And they’ll do it with the same starting pitcher from the finale in the old stadium across the street. Lance Lynn faces the Colorado Rockies in his first opening day, getting the nod ahead of returning All-Star lefty Mike Minor and Corey Kluber, the two-time AL Cy Young winner acquired in a December trade from Cleveland. Lynn, who had 246 strikeouts last season, sent the Rangers out of the old stadium with a 6-1 win over the New York Yankees. A few spectators will be allowed, including the parents and fiancee of Rockies rookie outfielder Sam Hilliard, who grew up 10-15 minutes from the Rangers ballparks. The Houston Astros begin their season at home against the Seattle Mariners. The franchise spent the offseason dealing with the sign-stealing scandal that cost manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs. Dusty Baker was hired to replace Hinch. Baker is hoping to leave the scandal behind, calling it old news. It remains to be seen if the rest of baseball agrees. In Houston’s final summer camp tuneup, three of its stars — José Altuve, Alex Bregman and George Springer — were hit by pitches in a game at Kansas City. Longtime San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is scheduled to make his first start with Arizona when the Diamondbacks visit the San Diego Padres. The big left-hander signed an $85 million, five-year deal with the D-backs during the offseason after spending 11 years in San Francisco. He helped the Giants win three World Series titles and he was the 2014 World Series MVP.last_img read more

TRANSFER NEWS: Barusso signs for Italian third-tier side Arezzo

first_imgFormer Black Stars midfielder Ahmed Apimah Barusso has signed for Italian third-tier side Arezzo according to sources close to the playerHe joins the Dark Reds (Amaranto) for the rest of the season and they seek qualification to the second-tier.Barusso has rich experience after playing for Serie A and B clubs including AS Roma, Siena, Genoa, Rimini, Galatasaray, Torino, Livorno, Brescia, Norcerina and Novara.The 30-year-old has been without a club since leaving Torino in the summer of last year after suffering a major leg injury.The former Nania FC bulky forward was part of the Black Stars squad in 2008 when Ghana hosted the competition and placed third.last_img