Two days after Tactical Services Unit (TSU) rank Akeem Hyles went missing in the Potaro River, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) after the boat he was travelling in capsized, his body is yet to be recovered.Dead: Special Constable Akeem HylesSpecial Constable 14536 Hyles, 22, of New Amsterdam, Berbice, was in a boat with several other persons when the vessel capsized sometime around noon on Friday at Amatuk Falls area. His body was not recovered.When contacted on Saturday, Commander of F Division (Interior locations), Rabindranauth Budhram related that the search was still on to locate the missing rank. He noted that a team of officers travelled to the area on Saturday morning and are expected to camp out there until the body surfaces.“Some civilians and Police Officers are there camping out in the area where the accident occured… they have to wait until the body float up so they can retrieved it, so that’s what’s happening now,” he stated.However, Commander Budhram noted that there is a possibility that the current of the water might have moved the body from the area. “We are not certain whether the body will remain there, sometimes with the current of the water, it might move and gone somewhere else so they have to traverse the river and see,” he noted.Hyles was in the boat with other Police ranks, members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and representatives of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) on Friday heading to conduct raids on illegal mining camps in the area, when the boat came into contact with rough terrain and subsequently capsized.According to the Police, Hyles had departed the Ogle International Airport on Friday morning along with the other members of the Joint Services, who were dispatched to assist the GGMC officials in dealing with illegal mining that was being carried out in the Kaieteur National Park area.The Guyana Police Force extended sincere condolences to the parents, relatives and friends of Special Constable Akeem Hyles.Meanwhile, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman in a subsequent statement expressed his condolences to the Force and the family of Hyles. Trotman said he is saddened by this unfortunate incident and his prayers are with the relatives of the missing rank.
Liberia’s football giant BYC I yesterday lost to LISCR in the quarterfinals of the President’s Cup 5-4 in penalties with the decisive spot kick by goalkeeper Tommy Songo.The loss marked the first defeat to BYC I since the scourged of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in March 2014.The debut Coca-Cola pre-season tournament was remarkably clinched by Coach Robert Larteh’s boys but their second dream ended embarrassingly yesterday.The game was characterized by tension between fans of both teams with BYC’s fans drumming, yelling and shouting, while LISCR fans sang after a mini-band.In the 55th minute an inarguably foul was called by central referee Christopher Nanakar which caused an indirect kick in the penalty box and provoked heated debate and near fight amongst the fans.One of LISCR’s fans jumped on the field and almost slapped referee Nanakar.In yesterday’s first derby, BYC II convincingly beat Nimba United 2-0. Strikers Eratus Wee and Terry Sackor were on target.On Wednesday, former Liberian football Most Valuable Player (MVP) Trokon Myers struck the opening goal from 21 yards.LISCR’s skipper and hit man rotated the score before the break.BYC I’s co-MVP Van Dave Harmon headed in the equalizer in the 64th minute, but nine minutes later Fallah leveled the score through an impressive pass from skipper Varney.Meanwhile, according to the semifinals fixture, which is scheduled for Friday, May 29, IE hosts LISCR FC at 2:00pm, while Keitrace FC meets BYC II at 4:00pm.FC Fassell has taken a bye to the ‘best-out-of-three’ finals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
By Energeticcity.ca StaffThe City of Fort St. John has received a 5 star rating and won it’s category in the annual National WinterLights Celebration.In a ceremony held Saturday night, the City was given a 5 star rating in the 7,500 to 30,000 population category and was name the category winner.- Advertisement -According to the WinterLights program, Fort St. John is setting itself up to be the go to place for winter pleasures as well as a model for environmental initiatives.The judges also picked Fort St. John because of our outdoor facilities, indoor recreation facilities, and festivals like High on Ice and Spirit Week.The District of Chetwynd also picked up a win at the event in the 1 to 7,500 population category. The District was recognized for green space trail system.Advertisement WinterLights Celebrations is the winter edition of the popular Communities in Bloom program and encourages all Canadians to join in their local community events and activities, and to experience the beauty and thrill of winter.The WinterLights judges visited Fort St. John on December 6th and 7th.
Gabriel Paulista in action for Villarreal Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal have opened talks with Villarreal over a move for defender Gabriel Paulista and hopes a deal can be finalised in the near future.The Brazilian central defender has a £15m release clause in his contract, but the biggest stumbling block for the north London could be securing a work permit for the 24-year-old.Arsenal have been plagued by injury problems to key defenders this season and Wenger stated that he wanted to sign another defender in the January transfer window.Paulista has been one of the star performers for the Spanish club and is ready to make a big money move into the Premier League.Wenger said: “The talks are progressing quite well. We are talking at the moment, can we find an agreement or not? I don’t know. We are slowly progressing but there’s a chance.“We are ready to pay the price we think is right for a good player, no matter what the price is. If we think it’s the right price we will pay.?”Paulista has yet to play a game for Brazil so could have difficulty in his attempts to secure a work permit but Arsenal are ready to appeal such a decision.Wenger added: “I don’t really understand the logic of this rule. Secondly we want the player. If a player we want needs a work permit then we’ll defend it now because we will not necessarily want to do it in the summer.“We respect the rules in England. When you buy a player who does not fulfil the criteria and needs a work permit, you go in front of a commission and they tell you yes or no. We will accept that, we have to respect the rules that are in this country.“We are short at the moment so no matter what the rules are, we have to do it now.” 1
Simon Mignolet believes Liverpool can take a lot from a battling draw with Chelsea as they look ahead to next week’s Europa League final.Christian Benteke scored a last-gasp equaliser as the Reds snatched a 1-1 draw against the Londoners in a relatively unimportant Barclays Premier League clash at Anfield on Wednesday.Goalkeeper Mignolet thinks lessons can be learned after Liverpool let their intensity drop following a bright start and confidence can be gained from how they fought back.Liverpool have just one more game, Sunday’s trip to West Brom, before attention can fully switch to next Wednesday’s clash with Sevilla in Basle.Mignolet said: “You just want to go into the final with confidence and the only way to do that is by putting in performances.“I think the biggest message this shows is that if you don’t start well, or play how we played in the first half, we can get into trouble.“That is maybe the best message we could have and take forward. We have to be 100 per cent focused and ready, play like we played the last minutes and first minutes of the game – not the last 15 minutes of the first half.“But we never give up – something the gaffer always talks about. It doesn’t look like any coincidence any more, that we score in the late stages. We have to keep that going. We have to show that mentality to never be beaten.”After creating some early chances, Liverpool allowed Chelsea to take charge and the visitors went ahead with a stunning solo goal from Eden Hazard after 32 minutes.Hazard, who has had a quiet season, was back to his brilliant best and dominated the game. His goal came after a mazy dribble and was finished expertly from just inside the box.Chelsea had a number of chances to add to that lead but were unable to beat Mignolet. Liverpool’s stronger finish then earned a reward when Sheyi Ojo crossed and fellow substitute Benteke capitalised on an Asmir Begovic error to equalise.Mignolet said: “I had to make a few saves and I am pleased we stayed in the game. It is always important to make an equaliser late in the game.“If we had scored a bit earlier maybe we could have won the game but Chelsea had chances in the second half and it could have been out of sight. This still gives us a chance of finishing sixth.”Liverpool remain eighth and will need to win at The Hawthorns and hope for other results to go their way to climb to sixth.The priority, however, will be the Europa League and Mignolet hopes the disappointment of losing the Capital One Cup final in February provides a spur.The 28-year-old said: “I remember Kolo (Toure) saying after the game sometimes you have to lose a final to know how it feels.“We don’t want to go through that again. Sevilla are a really good side, they have got the experience in this competition, have won it many times and gone far in it. It is going to be a tough game, but a final is a final and you never know what might happen.” Simon Mignolet in action for Liverpool 1
Kelly’s of Mountain Top, Letterkenny, have a big year ahead as the ever-developing store and diner complex continues to go from strength to strength. In the past seven years, Kelly’s Centra has grown its range to be a true one-stop-shop for every customer’s needs.The local supermarket’s success was celebrated on a national stage after it reached the final 24 out of Ireland’s 470 stores in the coveted Centra Store of the Year Competition. Kelly’s Diner continues to be an award-winning food-lovers’ hotspot too. It was voted Best Family Restaurant in the North West 2016, 2017, 2018 and is now nominated for the national Irish Times Best Restaurant Award 2019.Centra Mountain Top never fails to keep up with consumer trends and they have shaped their product range to suit an ever changing demand for healthy meals. They stock the famous Happy Pear vegan food range and welcomed a visit from the twins last year.The Happy Pear with Kelly’s owner Mairtin KellyExtra space at the entrance makes it much easier to shop for fresh fruit n veg and fresh homemade takeaway meals. Plus, a new section was given over to fresh world breads, from Polish to Romanian to Italian style bread – all delivered fresh instore daily. Plus Aine’s famous bakery is always tickling tastebuds. Shoppers are inspired to try quality products from the Centra Inspired range of gourmet pizzas, fresh breakfast juices, ready meals. Plus, you can get great food on the go until 10pm, 7 days a week. The Centra BEAT THE QUEUE app is another way to help the time strapped customer. This is an app for ordering your lunch in advance via your phone or from your computer and than simply collect at store – NO QUEUEING NO WAITING ….. SIMPLY GRAB & GO. Get the app here: Centra ‘Beat the Queue’Kelly’s Diner has undergone major change in the last 7 years too. It now boasts one of the biggest menus in Letterkenny. Whether you want the best breakfast for €5, Jake’s burger range, or a Saturday steak, you’ll never be disappointed.Kelly’s make sure they play as big a part in the community as their loyal customers too. The complex joint-sponsors Letterkenny Rovers U12s, has a proud association with the Termon GAA Minor board and has many other community partnerships. Kelly’s are looking forward to another busy year of shopping, dining and in-store events to keep loyal customers satisfied and involved in the store community. Why not call and see for yourself why this store really is ‘Top of the Shops’.For more, check out Kelly’s Centra of Mountain Top’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kellys.centramountaintop Or visit Kelly’s Diner at www.facebook.com/kellysdinerlkKelly’s are still ‘top of the shops’ after 7 years in business was last modified: January 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)Tags:Kelly’s CentraMountain Topretail
The High Court has adjourned a winding up application for companies operating two of chef Conrad Gallagher’s companies until next Friday.The Revenue Commissioners have petitioned the court to wind up Boutique Restaurants Concepts Limited and Super Potato Limited, which run Salon des Saveurs restaurant in Dublin and Conrad’s Kitchen in Sligo.Mr Gallagher is not listed as a director of either company, which are in the names of his wife, Candice and his mother, Evelyn, respectively. The Revenue is seeking the winding up over unpaid taxes.A statement issued on behalf of Gallagher in response to the Revenue Commissioners’ petition said there was “no question of any monies due not being paid”.“Boutique Restaurant Concepts and Super Potato take their legal and company requirements extremely seriously,” it said.“The companies were concerned and surprised to learn of the notice as they had not received any prior notification in relation to the matter. They immediately contacted the relevant authorities to arrange a meeting to resolve the matter.”Ms Justice Mary Laffoy agreed to a request from lawyers for both sides to adjourn the matter for hearing next Friday.CONRAD IN THE SOUP OVER UNPAID TAXES was last modified: July 26th, 2011 by gregShare 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) Tags:Conrad GallagherUNPAID TAXES ALLEGEDLY
Two Donegal schools have been dropped by the Government and work will not start on them until at least 2017.Plans on both Gortahork National School and St Mary’s National School in Stranorlar were progressing.But both boards of management have now been told the bad news. Senator Brian O’Domhnaill said this represents a major blow to the pupils, parents, teachers and Boards of Management at both schools.“The Minister for Education has confirmed in a written reply that the Scoil Náisiúnta Gort a Choirce new school building project will not proceed at this time or under the Departments recently announced five year programme.“This is a devastating blow for Gort a Choirce given that the Board of Management has engaged in so much work and had taken the project to planning stage. It is extremely disappointing that the Minister has refused to consider common sense proposals from the school’s management,” he said.He added the new school project for St. Mary’s National School in Stranorlar had also been progressing very well after the previous Government approved the project and commenced to planning and site acquisition stage. The planning application is currently before Donegal County Council for consideration.“Now Minister Quinn has dealt a devastating blow to the project by confirming this week that “in light of current competing demands on the Department’s Capital budget, it is not possible at this time to progress the project to tender and construction”. This means that construction will now not begin until at least 2017. This is unacceptable.“This Government’s total lack of commitment to both these projects is completely unfair and wrong, particularly in light of all the work that has been done to date by the staff and the Board of Management,” he said.Senator O’Domhnaill will be seeking to raise both these projects on the Seanad Adjournment debate next week.“I will be seeking firm commitments from the Government that both of these projects can be added to the 5 year school building programme given that so much time, energy and funding has been spent on progressing them to date.” BOMBSHELL AS TWO SCHOOLS DROPPED FROM GOVERNMENT’S BUILDING PLAN was last modified: March 23rd, 2012 by StephenShare 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)Tags:Gortahork National SchoolschoolsSenator Brian O’DomhnaillSt Mary’s National School Stranorlar
Batman! Have a great day OisinONE little Donegal boy’s Halloween outfit is going to blow everyone away this Friday.Oisin Browne’s dad Paddy wanted to make sure his boy will look the part at Little Angels school in Letterkenny.So not only did he come up with a batman outfit – he’s turned Oisin’s wheelchair into….A BAT MOBILE! Seven-year-old Oisin is of course delighted.Paddy told Donegal Daily: “I just wanted to do something different this year for him and seeing as we think of him as our super hero the batchair was fitting.”Mum Tanya runs Rainbows pre-school in Carrigart where the family live.Friday is an exciting day for Paddy too. He starts work at Harry Corry’s in the morning.But having seen these skills, he could be getting calls from McGinley Motors!Paddy’s operation bat-formation HOLY SMOKE! HOW PROUD DAD PADDY MADE HIS SON THE BEST HALLOWEEN COSTUME EVER! was last modified: October 25th, 2013 by John2Share 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)
Savour the big game atmosphere between Donegal and Armagh this weekend at Letterkenny’s No.1 Superpub Sister Sara’s.Watch the game on one of their large plasma HD TV’s and cheer Jim and the boys to victory over the men from the Orchard.After the game you can then enjoy live entertainment, when the fantastic ‘Workamtes’ take to the stage in the live lounge. Afterwards DJ Marty will play all your favourites songs and help you party into the wee hours.With drink promotions available all throughout the day, Sister Sara’s Superpub is the only venue outside of Croke Park to watch ‘The Big Match’ this weekend.Management at Sister Sara’s would like to take this opportunity to wish Jim McGuinness and his squad good luck ahead of their clash with Armagh.Tir Chonaill Abú. SAVOUR THE BIG GAME ATMOSPHERE THIS WEEKEND AT SISTER SARA’S SUPERPUB was last modified: August 7th, 2014 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) Tags:armaghBig MatchdonegalEntertainmentFeaturesletterkennynewsSister Sara’s Superpub
A MAN has died today off Bundoran.His body was recovered earlier today near rocks below a cliff walk.Gardaí say his remains have been removed to Sligo for a post mortem examination. The find came just hours after the body of a man found on April 15 was identified as a missing Mayo man. ANOTHER MAN’S BODY RECOVERED FROM SEA OFF BUNDORAN was last modified: April 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:bodybundorancliffs
Some of the fully equipped medical response units on standby and ready for action. (Image: Janine Erasmusi) Gauteng’s MEC of transport Ismail Vadi (second from left) and Sindisiwe Chikunga, the deputy minister of transport (third from left), assist Transport Minister Ben Martins in cutting the ribbon to officially reopen the Misgund interchange.(Image: Sanral) Sanral CEO Nazir Alli, right, chats to two police officers on duty during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.(Image: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Octovia Mamabolo Acting media liaison officer: Roads and Public Transport +27 11 355 7379 or +27 82 329 7760 RELATED ARTICLES • Sanral unveils green head office • Change of address…and attitude • Hi-tech solution to fix roads • Think pedestrian – and save lives • Save lives, in Zenani’s honourJanine ErasmusGauteng road users, especially those who use the southern portions of the provincial network, can now drive in increased safety along one of the province’s most notorious stretches of road.The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has finished construction of the improved Misgund interchange on the N1 near Lenasia, some 35km south of the Johannesburg CBD. This development is expected to cut the high accident rate on that portion of the freeway, known grimly as Death Bend.More than 80 000 drivers use the interchange every day and now, with wider lanes as well as an extra lane in each direction, and new surfaces, the flow of traffic is expected to be safer and more efficient. The local community also expects crime along the road to drop, because of better lighting and guard rails which prevent pedestrians from straying on to the road, whether by accident or to commit unlawful deeds.Opening the interchange, Transport Minister Ben Martins said that South Africa’s upgraded roads were comparable to those found anywhere in the world, and that the challenges in infrastructure development were not unique to the country.Gauteng’s MEC for roads and transport, Ismail Vadi, added that the upgrade was in line with the UN’s Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, to which South Africa was a signatory. The 10-year campaign aims to stabilise and eventually reduce the number of fatal traffic accidents around the world.Emergency services on standbyGauteng commuters should also be aware of another important road safety development, said Martins – the new on-road rapid emergency services facility launched by Sanral during 2012.The Sanral on-road service is on standby all day, every day of the year. It’s controlled via Sanral’s traffic management centre and operates on the 220km of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), which currently includes portions of the N1, N3, N12 and R21 national roads.Citizens wishing to report an incident that could affect the safety of road users or obstruct the flow of traffic, can call the control centre on 0800 487 233 or 011 312 1188. As much detail as possible, including the type of incident, its location, the number of vehicles involved, and if there are injured people, should be given.Sanral’s i-Traffic website and Twitter stream also provide information as well as real-time photographs of traffic alerts, congestion and road works around Gauteng’s freeways.Although the smallest, Gauteng is the busiest of the country’s provinces in terms of economic activity and business and residential development. Freeways have become overburdened as a result, which negatively affects productivity and output. Sanral’s GFIP aims to upgrade an eventual 560km of roads, easing traffic congestion and creating more direct and indirect employment and business opportunities.Assisting drivers in needThere are four variations of vehicle in the emergency services squad, able to deal with most road crises: incident response units, medical response units, and light and heavy towing and recovery units.“The ‘golden hour’ is the most critical in which lives can be saved after a serious incident,” said Martins.With this in mind, the first to arrive at a scene will most likely be one of the six-strong fleet of medical response units – motorcycles driven by qualified paramedics carrying fully equipped medical kits. Motorcycles can navigate through traffic quickly and will be able to reach patients and provide care until an ambulance gets there.In addition, there are six medical response vehicles to back up the bikes. The incident response units, of which there are 10, offer further support through securing the accident scene with warning signs and cones and diverting traffic, thus decreasing the possibility of a secondary accident. These nippy little bakkies (pickup vans) are each staffed with a traffic security officer and a paramedic.The 10 light and eight heavy towing and recovery units move stationary vehicles of all sizes out of the way of traffic. They don’t take vehicles anywhere other than to a safer area, though, so towing services will have to be arranged separately. The towing and recovery vehicles are also manned by trained staff.“These services will not replace the existing public services, but will complement them to ensure the swift provision of emergency services to road users when they need it most,” said Martens.All vehicles are stationed at strategic points along the freeway network to provide the quickest possible response to emergencies.
Using orange and avocado peels, a 16-year-old South African could hold the solution to the country’s water woes.Kiara Nirghin, who is from Johannesburg, has won the Google Science Fair Community Impact Award in the Africa/Middle East region with her entry, “No More Thirsty Crops”. She is also one of the 16 global finalists for the annual awards, to be held at the Google headquarters in the US in September.Kiara, a St Martin’s High School pupil, admitted she had a natural curiosity and questioning nature which had led her down the path of science.“I have always had a great love for chemistry since I was young,” she told the Google Science Fair. “I vividly remember at the age of seven experimenting with vinegar and baking soda solutions in plastic cups.”Food and chemistry were linked in the intertwined science web, she added. “I love molecular gastronomy and the application of scientific principles in food creation.”It seemed natural then that she could have found a possible solution to South Africa’s drought in, what else, but food.Kiara created an absorbent polymer from orange and avocado peels that was able to act as a water retainer in soil.According to the Google Science Fair website, it should be able to “to retain large amounts of water and combat the effects of drought on crops by retaining soil moisture, whilst still recycling waste products of the juice manufacturing industry”.See more:She hopes because it is low cost, it will be able to help farmers save both money and crops.If she won the competition, Kiara said she would be wonderfully elated. “With the prize I will hope to continue my studies in science, but also further the scientific development and application of my idea, and in addition extend scientific progress in elevating the problems that South Africa faces in food security and sustainable agricultural development,” she said.Source: Google Science FairWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest More than a decade after the original renewable fuel standard (RFS) was signed into law, progress has been made toward its goals of energy security, clean air and boosting local economies, according to a new analysis by the Renewable Fuels Association, “RFS Impacts: By the Numbers.” The analysis comes as the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to soon issue its proposed 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the RFS.Congress adopted the RFS in 2005 and expanded it in 2007. The program requires oil companies to blend increasing volumes of renewable fuels with gasoline and diesel, culminating with 36 billion gallons in 2022.The analysis looked at data on how the world has changed since adoption of the RFS. Specifically, the analysis compares key data points and indicators from 2005 and 2007 to data from 2016.Among the highlights:The number of operational U.S. ethanol plants has grown from 81 in 2005 to 213 in 2016, while ethanol production has grown from 3.9 billion gallons to 15.3 billion gallons, a nearly 300% increase;U.S. ethanol industry jobs grew 121% from 153,725 in 2005 to 339,176 in 2016, and the value of the industry’s output quadrupled from $8.1 billion to $32.8 billion;U.S. corn production has grown from 11.1 billion bushels in 2005 to 15.2 bushels in 2016, a 36% increase, while average yields grew from 147.9 bushels per acre to 174.6 bushels per acre;U.S. petroleum net import dependence has dropped from 60% in 2005 to 25% in 2016, and would have been 33% last year without ethanol;The number of retail gasoline stations offering flex fuels like E85 to flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) grew 728% from 2005 to 2016, while the number of FFVs on the road grew 239%; andEthanol’s role in cleaning the air has increased, with notable reductions in emissions of both greenhouse gases and criteria pollutants.Meanwhile, the negative outcomes that opponents of the RFS suggested would occur simply have not materialized:Corn acres in 2016 were only 0.5% larger than in 2007, while total cropland was down more than 20 million acres (5%);Corn prices in 2016 were actually 19% lower than in 2007, while the corn surplus was 42% larger;Water use for irrigating corn trended lower, while the size of the Gulf hypoxia zone shrunk 14% between 2007 and 2016;Deforestation in the Amazon fell 58% between 2005 and 2016;Retail food price inflation was just 0.3% in 2016, compared to 2.4% in 2005 and 4% in 2007;Prices for red meat, poultry, fish, cereals and bakery items, and dairy actually experienced price deflation in 2016, compared to modest inflation in 2005 and 2007;U.S. milk production in 2016 was 20% higher than 2005, while red meat and poultry production was up 12%; andThe U.N. global food price index was just 0.1% higher in 2016 than it was in 2007, while the number of people undernourished worldwide was down 16%.“As this analysis clearly shows, the RFS has made a huge impact on consumers, providing them with greater choice at the pump, while cleaning the air and boosting local economies,” said Bob Dinneen, RFA President and CEO. “With EPA expected to propose its 2018 RFS obligations in the near future, the agency needs to look no further than this document for what impact this vital program has had on our nation. We look forward to EPA continuing to implement a strong RFS to ensure future growth for our industry and the positive impact it has throughout all sectors of our economy.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt WildeProgressive Farmer EditorDES MOINES (DTN) — More than 100 people from across the nation recently got an up-close look at the latest in conservation practices aimed at improving water quality from Iowa to the Gulf of Mexico.Participants on the day-long Conservation in Action tour, hosted by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), learned how a bioreactor under construction on the Bill and Nancy Couser farm near Nevada, Iowa, will remove nitrates from water before it leaves the property. It was one of many conservation practices showcased that improves water quality and soil health.Tour attendees climbed on a pile of woodchips, some even picked up a handful to smell, as Keegan Kult, executive director of the Ag Drainage Management Coalition, explained how the wood refuse will help people and the environment.The project is still being built, but woodchips will eventually fill a 20 foot-by-120 foot plastic-lined excavated chamber that will be covered with dirt. Water drained from a nearby field by tile will be directed into the pit and treated before it flows into the waterway that’s part of the Skunk River Watershed, which will eventually make its way to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. Microorganisms on the woodchips will convert the nitrates in the water into nitrogen gas that is released into the atmosphere.“People can expect a 30% to 60% nitrate load reduction from a bioreactor,” Kult told the tour group. “It’s one of the more cost-efficient practices for nitrate removal the public can invest in.”A bioreactor costs $8,000 to $12,000 to build. Landowners can often receive government cost-share dollars to offset the cost of edge-of-field and in-field conservation practices. A bioreactor typically services 30 to 80 acres for about 12 years before woodchips need to be replaced.CTIC promotes and provides information on technologies and sustainable, productive and profitable agricultural systems that conserve and enhance soil, water, air and wildlife. The West Lafayette, Indiana-based organization, funded by agribusinesses, commodity groups and individuals, hosts an annual tour to bring people together from across the country to learn and talk about conservation practices and issues they don’t see every day.“People get a chance to see bioreactors, saturated buffers and cover crops …things they can touch, feel and see,” said Mike Komp, CTIC executive director. “Officials from industry, conservation groups and all levels of government come together to talk with farmers and each other about conservation to tackle challenges in agriculture.”TOUR STOPSThis year’s expedition in central Iowa stopped at farms owned by the Couser family, Lee Tesdell near Slater, and the Iowa chapter of the Land Improvement Contractors of America near Melbourne. The group also toured New Century FS in Melbourne to learn about nutrient and chemical application and best management practices.Each farm stop featured conservation practices designed to meet the goals of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, a science-based plan approved in 2013 to reduce nitrate and phosphorus loads entering waterways by 45% from point and nonpoint sources. Other states in the Mississippi River Watershed have similar strategies with the ultimate goal of improving water quality and reducing the hypoxic or “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico that’s largely void of aquatic life.Komp said it was the perfect time to visit Iowa to learn how various conservation practices affect the environment and cropping systems during adverse weather.Massive flooding occurred in the state this spring. Persistent precipitation delayed planting. Now, some parts of Iowa are abnormally dry or experiencing a moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.Conservation experts and farmers told tour participants how wetlands and cover crops helped hold back water and nutrients in the spring from already full rivers. In addition, a combination of conservation tillage and cover crops builds organic matter and improves water retention.“If I could control the weather, I would have this business whipped,” Bill Couser told the group. “But I can’t. That doesn’t mean I won’t continue to find a way to do it.“I’m representing the American farmer here,” he continued. “A lot of innovative things are going on. We want to be good stewards so the land is available to the next generation.”The Cousers, who farm with two sons, recently created a 220-acre AGvocacy Learning Farm in partnership with Bayer and other partners. It has six fields that reflect common farming landscapes throughout Iowa. A few conservation practices being studied include:— Cover crops: Crops, such as cereal rye, planted between periods of regular crop production to prevent erosion, increase soil organic matter and sequester nutrients.— Saturated Buffer: Water from a field tile is intercepted and discharged into an adjoining riparian buffer/filter strip via a lateral tile line. Studies show nitrate removal of 22% to 44%.— Bioreactor— Automated drainage water management: The water table is managed using control structures in the tile system. More water can be retained in the soil profile when needed. Studies show it can reduce nitrate and dissolved phosphorus discharge by 33% and 50%, respectfully.Conservation measures will be monitored and benefits quantified. Results will serve to advance the state’s nutrient reduction strategy and promote acceleration and adoption of practices.“It’s our data, but it will be shared with everyone,” Couser said.INFORMATION PUT TO USEDavid Meyer, who works in predictive agriculture for Corteva Agriscience, wanted to see how conservation practices interact with different cropping systems so farms can become more sustainable.“Our company is all about solving problems,” Meyer said. “We look at what issues farmers face now and in the future to offer seed, technology and crop protection tools to help farmers and consumers.”Carrie Vollmer-Sanders, the North America nutrient strategy manager for The Nature Conservancy, said the organization has conservation projects in half the states. She attended to garner new ideas to keep nutrients on farmland and out of drainage tile and waterways.That’s why CTIC will continue the annual conservation trek, Komp said. “We want participants to learn from each other and go back across the country and make a difference,” he added.Matthew Wilde can be reached at email@example.comFollow Matthew on Twitter @progressivwilde(PS/BAS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.