The Southeastern Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference will be Jan. 9 -11 in Savannah, Ga. Sponsored by the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and South Carolina Peach Conference, it offers classes and demonstrations designed to bring relevant information to the fruit and vegetable industry. “This year’s educational program is outstanding,” said Beth Bland, GFVA education program coordinator. “Featuring everything from methyl bromide updates to blackberry fundamentals for new growers, the 2009 conference offers something for everyone.”Friday and Saturday, there will be sessions for commodities like peach, vegetable, Vidalia onion, watermelon, muscadine, pecan, blueberry and strawberry. There will be sessions for organic production, food safety and roadside markets, too.Sparked by the tomato safety scare in 2008, a special food-safety forum will take place Friday and feature several speakers including Tom Stenzel, the president of United Fresh Produce Association, Reggie Brown, executive vice president of the Florida Tomato Commission, and Washington legislative representatives.Congressman Jack Kingston (R -GA) will speak Saturday morning at the general session.The conference includes a trade show with 180 booths, a spouse program and an industry roundtable to discuss issues of mutual concern to growers and suppliers.Continuing education credits for pesticide application license will be available.For more information, call (800) 453-3070 or send an e-mail to [email protected] . University of Georgia
By Antonio Ordoñez/Diálogo January 31, 2019 U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), concluded his first trip to Central America since assuming command in November 2018. Adm. Faller visited the countries of the Northern Triangle, where he met with Honduran, Guatemalan, and Salvadoran leaders, and stopped by several military sites, January 21-25. The objective of his visit was to reaffirm the continuous commitment of the United States in support of partner nations and their security forces. The visit also enabled officials to address different regional security cooperation issues, and coordinate operations to counter narcotrafficking and related crimes. “Honduras and its immediate neighbors, Guatemala and El Salvador, are among the first partners I will visit,” said Adm. Faller during a press conference in Honduras. “One of my first priorities was to travel to the region to meet with key partners, listen to their concerns, understand their perspectives regarding security challenges, and hear their ideas on how we can effectively work together to address those challenges.” Enduring friendship with Honduras During his first stop, in Honduras, Adm. Faller met with Honduran Minister of Defense Fredy Santiago Díaz and Army Major General René Orlando Ponce Fonseca, chairman of the Honduran Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also met with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández at the government palace. During his stay, he visited the National Police Special Forces Directorate in Tegucigalpa, whose units fight organized crime. He also spent time with SOUTHCOM’s Joint Task Force-Bravo at Soto Cano Air Base. Faller not only praised both countries’ enduring friendship and the achievements of Honduran security forces, but also their collaboration during the Enduring Promise 2018 mission aboard hospital ship USNS Comfort, an 11-week-long humanitarian assistance mission that concluded in Honduras. The ship also made stops in Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru. During Adm. Faller’s visit, the Honduran military leadership announced that the country would host the SOUTHCOM-sponsored Central American Security Conference 2019, in May. “At SOUTHCOM, we are confident we can advance together toward countering those challenges,” said Adm. Faller. “We have witnessed the unwavering dedication and important contributions of our security partners in Honduras, and more importantly, we’ve witnessed the professionalism with which the Honduran military conducts operations and continues to work toward a more secure nation for the citizens it serves.” Close collaboration with Guatemala In Guatemala, Adm. Faller met with Army Major General Luis Miguel Ralda Moreno, Guatemalan minister of defense, and other national security leaders to address narcotrafficking, disaster response, and human rights, among other issues. In addition, he visited Huehuetenango department to meet with Interagency Task Force Tecún Umán, which safeguards the border with Mexico. “We dealt with general issues, the fight against narcotrafficking, immigration, humanitarian disaster assistance, and combined training and exercises to improve force capabilities,” Maj. Gen. Ralda told Diálogo. “Adm. Faller came in person to see the situation in Guatemala. He came to see that Guatemalans are good, peaceful people, and that the Army is an institution devoted to serving Guatemalans, an institution that the people recognize and appreciate.” As part of the efforts to counter organized crime, SOUTHCOM’s commander visited the Guatemalan Army’s Naval Special Force Command. This unit executes maritime drug interdiction and rescue operations. “He visited to acknowledge our heroes who work day after day at sea to prevent the transfer of drugs and arms to the north or south, and to see the rather precarious conditions they encounter at sea,” said Maj. Gen. Ralda. “It was a first approach, and he said he is fully prepared to cooperate.” Solid commitment to El Salvador Adm. Faller ended his trip in El Salvador, where he exchanged knowledge and ideas with Minister of Defense David Munguía Payés and other members of the Salvadoran Armed Force. He concluded his weeklong visit with an affirmation of the trust and cooperation that exist among partner nations in the region. “El Salvador has an important role in the fight against transnational crime, narcotrafficking, and human trafficking,” said Adm. Faller in a press release from the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador. “We recognize the collaboration we’ve had, and we stress the importance of continuing to have a strong relationship to fight together for the security and prosperity of both countries.” The trip was an opportunity for SOUTHCOM’s commander to get to know the leaders of partner nations that contribute to regional peace, and show the enduring support of the United States. “We know partnerships work; we know partnerships between friends who trust each other work best, [they] respect and support each other,” said Adm. Faller. “That’s why I’m here, to continue our enduring promise as both a partner and a friend, ready to continue our collaborative work in support of peace, security, and the stability that we all value.”
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Publix has announced that they plan to help out farmers by buying excess food from them, and donating the food to Feeding America.Farmers across the country have been impacted by the coronavirus, and have no one to buy their crops which causes them to throw away large amounts of food.Fortunately, Publix has stepped up and pledged to buy excess fresh produce and milk from farmers and is working to donate more than 150,000 pounds of produce and more than 43,500 gallons of milk to Feeding America food banks, according to a press release.Publix CEO Todd Jones said “In this time of uncertainty, we are grateful to be able to help Florida’s produce farmers, southeastern dairies and families in our communities.”
In this Sept. 17, 2013, file photo ,Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker James Harrison smiles as he leaves the field following their 20-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL football game in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — James Harrison spent a decade as one of the NFL’s most feared players.What the five-time Pro Bowl linebacker fears now, however, is missing out on the childhood of his two young sons.Harrison announced his retirement on Saturday, saying the urge to squeeze in one more season no longer competes with the need to stay at home.“My love for the game isn’t strong enough to make up for missing one more birthday or first day of school,” Harrison posted on his Facebook page. “I am retiring as a man who is truly grateful for all of his blessings.”The 36-year-old was a free agent after spending the 2013 season with the Cincinnati Bengals. He visited the Arizona Cardinals earlier in the week but did not sign a contract. He called the decision “a difficult one” but insisted he has no regrets.“My love for my family and the need to be there for them outweighs my desire to play the game,” he wrote.Harrison built a reputation as one of the NFL’s toughest and most intimidating players during 11 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he worked from undrafted free agent to the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.His 100-yard interception return for a touchdown to end the first half of the 2009 Super Bowl against the Arizona Cardinals is one of the most electric plays in league history and showcased the relentlessness that made him respected in the locker room and a polarizing figure in the league office.A seemingly perfect fit for defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s 3-4 defense, Harrison finished with 66 career sacks, including 16 in 2008 when he helped guide the Steelers to their sixth championship.As the years wore on, however, the injuries — and the fines from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell — piled up. He parted ways with the Steelers in March, 2013 when he declined to take a pay cut. He landed in Cincinnati, where he had two sacks and an interception in a diminished role. The Bengals cut him in March and while he continued to work out hoping the phone would ring, he couldn’t find the proper landing spot.In many ways Harrison’s success was emblematic of “The Steeler Way.” Signed as training camp fodder in 2002, Harrison spent two years on the practice squad before getting signed by the Baltimore Ravens, who sent the undersized Harrison — listed at 6-feet — to NFL Europe for some seasoning. The Ravens eventually cut him loose and Pittsburgh brought him back hoping he had matured.It ended up being one of the better bargains in team history. From 2007-11 Harrison was one of the best outside linebackers, a stretch when the Steelers finished in the top five in fewest yards allowed each year and made it to the Super Bowl twice.Yet Harrison’s violent play sometimes came at a hefty price. He was fined multiple times for hits to the head.Feeling he was being unfairly persecuted by the league, Harrison called Goodell a “crook” and a “devil” during an interview with Men’s Journal in early 2011. Harrison later apologized and promised to clean up his act.It didn’t exactly work. Harrison was suspended for a game in December, 2011 after his helmet smacked into Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy’s facemask a moment after McCoy released the ball.Harrison did not receive any letters from the commissioner’s office in 2012, but his physical style of play took a toll on his body. He missed all of training camp with a knee injury and admitted he had endured “a dozen” concussions over the course of his career.Rather than risk another one, he’s staying home for good.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 30, 2015)–Arguably the quickest horse on the grounds, trainer Jeff Bonde’s Distinctiv Passion figures to be tested early as he defends his title in the Grade III, $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs this Saturday at Santa Anita.Idle since running a well-beaten fifth in the Grade I, six furlong Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 3, the 6-year-old Florida-bred horse by With Distinction could likely get early pressure from the likes of California-bred San Onofre, and rising star, Seattle Seranade. Distinctiv Passion has five front-running wins from nine local starts and is undefeated in two tries at 6 ½ furlongs.Owned by Edward Brown, Jr., Alan Klein and Phillip Lebherz, Distinctiv Passion will be reunited with Edwin Maldonado, who has guided him to seven of his eight career wins. With 20 overall starts to his credit, Distinctiv Passion has earnings of $482,400.Classy eastern invader Salutos Amigos, who was fifth, beaten 4 ½ lengths by top sprinter Runhappy in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint two starts back, was finishing well when beaten 1 ½ lengths as the 3-2 favorite in the Grade III, six furlong Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct Nov. 26 and would appreciate a fast pace to run at on Saturday.Conditioned by David Jacobson, Salutos Amigos, a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Salute the Sarge, is a four-time graded stakes winner and has 10 wins from 34 overall starts. Owned by Jacobson and Southern Equine Stable, LLC, Salutos Amigos has banked a Midnight Lute-best $1,122,406.A sharp second in both the Grade III, six furlong Los Angeles Stakes and Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Kona Gold Stakes this past spring at Santa Anita, trainer Karen Headley’s San Onofre has been idle since well beaten in the Grade I, seven furlong Triple Bend Stakes here on June 27.Naturally quick, the 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Surf Cat will hope to survive what could develop into an all-out rush for the lead with Distinctiv Passion. Owned by Matson Racing, lightly raced San Onofre, who will be bidding for his first stakes win, is 9-4-4-0 with earnings of $273,040.Jerry Hollendorfer’s Seattle Serenade, who comes off a smashing 6 ¼ length allowance score going six furlongs at Los Alamitos on Dec. 11, will try stakes company for the first time as he tries to remain unbeaten in what will be his third career start. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Smart Strike, Seattle Serenade was bred in-part by Hill ‘N’ Dale Equine Holdings.Owned by Hollendorfer, Hill ‘N’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc., and Mark DeDominico, Seattle Serenade will break from the rail with regular rider Mike Smith.The complete field for the Grade III Midnight Lute Stakes, to be run as the sixth race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockey and weights in post position order: Seattle Serenade, Mike Smith, 119; San Onofre, Alex Solis, 119; Distinctiv Passion, Edwin Maldonado, 121; Pulling G’s, Victor Espinoza, 119; Raised a Secret, Fernando Perez, 119; All Run, Mario Gutierrez, 119, and Salutos Amigos, Martin Garcia, 121.First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m.