New report helps farmers with food safety planning

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A publication released by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) will help produce farmers understand what it means to develop a farm food safety plan and meet new federal food safety rules.“Food Safety Planning Down on the Farm: Examples from Ohio Certified Organic Farms” features eight vegetable and fruit farms of various scales and serving diverse markets.“Our hope is that farmers, whether or not they are certified organic, will see themselves in these profiles,” said Renee Hunt, OEFFA Education Program Director. “We want these case studies to give produce growers ideas of what they can do and make food safety planning less intimidating.”Produce farmers face new regulations with the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). While the law exempts the smallest farms (those selling less than $25,000 in Covered Produce, such as lettuce, strawberries, and radishes), some buyers may require those operations meet FSMA standards as well.“Food safety is everyone’s concern,” Hunt said. “But it shouldn’t mean farmers have to quit raising fruits and vegetables because they find the compliance process confusing or think it will be too costly to meet the standards.”The publication identifies challenges and discusses changes that reduce risk. For example, Jorgensen Farms in Westerville, Ohio, had built its packing area prior to FSMA. The open sides of the packing area — where produce is made ready for restaurants or to take to the farmers’ market — posed a contamination risk. The farm addressed the situation by enclosing the area with half-inch hardware cloth sides and doors.“Many times, farmers are already doing the right thing,” said Eric Pawlowski, OEFFA Sustainable Agriculture Educator. “It is just a matter of codifying their practices and documenting the actions they have taken.”The new report, along with additional resources, are available at OEFFA’s food safety web page.last_img read more

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ATOMS Express Toys A Fun Way To Foster Kid Hackers

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? A start-up toy maker has launched a fun line of connected building-block modules with sensors, motors and digital output that kids can use to create electronic devices from scratch.The company is Seamless Toy Co., one of several new toy outfits popping up in Boulder, Colo. These cool little ATOMS Express toys are currently a prototype product line in Kickstarter fundraising mode.Bricks That CommunicateATOMS are pretty straightforward. There are two sets of modules, blue for input and green for output, that players can connect to build whatever they like. On the input side are visible- and infrared-light sensors, accelerometers and a Bluetooth-enabled iOS-app managed control brick that turns code into action. Outputs includes infrared signals, motors and record-and-playback sound modules, to name a few.There’s a subtle but necessary point to be made about ATOMS toys, though. They are Lego-compatible, but ATOMS shouldn’t be lumped into the Lego-based articulation-devices category (encouraging as that category is). The real value and fun is the way ATOMS can be easily linked with universal and consistent connections, which teach just as much about electroncs and engineering as building neat toys.  In a way, the ATOMS line is reminiscent of older, dare I say classic technologies that used to immerse kids get into the guts of technology and science.Prepare for 8-bit hackfest, kidsATOMS Express founder and CEO Michael Rosenblatt holds up the old Apple ][ game Robot Odyssey as an example of this kind of tinkering. Players could program a number of on-screen robots to function as helpers during gameplay. The Timex Sinclair 1000 computer was a more hard-core version of the same concept: Give kids the tools with which to play and see what they can build.“Kids can build functionality as they can think of it,” Rosenblatt explained during a recent online demo session.Open? Maybe Down The RoadRight now, the company is still cautiously debating how far Seamless will go with opening ATOMS to additional programming and hacking. Given that many members of the ATOMS engineering team are well-versed in the broader hardware community, it’s not wholly unexpected that hackers will want to make additions to ATOMS devices as soon as they get their hands on them, explained Internal Operations Manager Shannon McCoy. Rosenblatt added that it is possible that connections to Arduino shields or even Raspberry Pi systems will be added.For now, the target audience is kids who just want to build cool stuff. After all, the world can always use more hackers, and toys like this seem a pretty good place to start.Title image courtesy of Seamless Toy Company, Inc. brian proffittcenter_img Tags:#education#hackers#play#toys 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

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Lalu is Vadra of Bihar, says BJP

first_imgBihar BJP leader Sushil Modi, on Wednesday on Wednesday demanded that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar take whatever action is “within his remit” against Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav and his brother and Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav over charges of graft against them.He demanded that Mr. Kumar dismiss his deputy as three properties connected to him had been attached by enforcement agencies.Mr. Modi alleged that Mr. Kumar was indirectly patronising corruption by protecting his Ministers. At a press conference in New Delhi, Mr. Modi said Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad acquired 125 pieces of property in Patna, Delhi and Kolkata during 2004-2009 when he the Union Minister for Railways and during 2000-2005 when his wife, Rabri Devi, was the Chief Minister of Bihar.“I have been disclosing his [Lalu Prasad] family’s property details for the last 90 days. They have acquired more than 125 properties in the last 12 years without any real business or industry. Lalu Prasad is Bihar’s Robert Vadra,” Mr. Modi said.He also claimed that two senior RJD leaders had met two Union Ministers to request them to save the political career of Mr. Prasad’s sons — Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav. The Ministers rejected the request, Mr. Modi said. He did not disclose the names of the people allegedly involved in this conversation.“From being the son of poor parents, Lalu Prasad Yadav has become the biggest landlord of Bihar, a title earlier reserved for the likes of the Maharaja of Darbhanga etc. He has become the Robert Vadra of Bihar,” Mr. Modi said.Mr. Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, has been accused of acquiring properties in violation of rules and selling some of them at high prices soon after acquisition using his influence.Targeting Mr. Kumar, he said the Chief Minister’s claims of zero tolerance towards corruption rang hollow as he had “kept quiet” about the corruption charges against Mr. Prasad and his family members.last_img read more

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Sierra Vista Continues to Struggle following Cutbacks at Ft Huachuca

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The impact of the loss of thousands of military and civilian personnel at Fort Huachuca in southeastern Arizona over the past several years continues to hobble the city of Sierra Vista, according to a presentation at the annual Sierra Vista Economic Outlook luncheon.Including the employment of defense contractors, the area lost about 4,000 jobs over the last five years stemming from cutbacks at the installation.“In recent years, Fort Huachuca has been the primary reason for the county-wide economic downturn, and that’s due to cuts in defense and war-related spending,” Robert Carreira, director of the Center for Economic Research at Cochise College, said last week.The region’s shrinking population and the sharp rise in the number of foreclosed homes are a primary factor in the bleak economic outlook for Sierra Vista and Cochise County, according to Carreira.“We haven’t really seen any signs of sustained job growth in the last seven, eight years,” he said, reported the Sierra Vista Herald.And with the Pentagon still grappling with stringent spending caps for the remainder of the decade, local officials are preparing for additional cuts at Fort Huachuca.“That’s something we need to brace ourselves for,” said Chuck Potucek, city manager for Sierra Vista.Of course, the installation remains one of the city’s best opportunities for economic growth and officials plan an initiative to attract new missions there.“We’re going to try to take a more offensive stance at the city in working with our partners to identify those missions and try to bring more growth to Fort Huachuca, as opposed to just circling the wagons just to save what we have,” Potucek said.last_img read more

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FEEDBACK WANTED Library Asks Teens To Take Short Online Survey

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In addition to its community survey, the Wilmington Memorial Library is currently running an online survey for Wilmington teens. Ask your teens to take the short survey HERE to let the library know how it can improve its programming and services for middle school and high school students.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Summer Bash With Food Trucks & Live Music Set For August 15 On Swain GreenIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: How To Talk To The Other Side on Sept. 10; Classical Music Concert on Sept. 12In “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Library’s Fall Youth Events BrochureIn “Community”last_img read more

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Netflix looking into study showing spike in suicides after 13 Reasons Why

first_img Tags Netflix has addressed a study looking at teen suicide and its show 13 Reasons Why. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images On the heels of a study exploring a rise in teen suicide among boys following the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why in 2017, the streaming service says it’s looking into the research.”This is a critically important topic and we have worked hard to ensure that we handle this sensitive issue responsibly,” Netflix said.The study, out Monday from the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found that the suicide rate among boys 10-17 increased in the month after the show came out. The study didn’t confirm whether any of those boys had watched the show.”The release of 13 Reasons Why was associated with a significant increase in monthly suicide rates among US youth aged 10 to 17 years,” the study concludes. “Caution regarding the exposure of children and adolescents to the series is warranted.” Netflix said the research is at odds with another recent study, this one conducted by the University of Pennsylvania. “We’ve just seen this study and are looking into the research, which conflicts with last week’s study from the University of Pennsylvania,” a spokesperson said by email. That study found that “viewers who stopped watching the second season exhibited greater suicide risk and less optimism about the future than those who continued to the end.” The study went on to say that those who watched to the end reported a decline in “suicide ideation and self-harm.” They also might be more likely to help a suicidal person. The premise of 13 Reasons Why related to the suicide of a teenage girl. In May 2017, Netflix said it would include an additional warning at the beginning of the first episode, as well as “strengthen the messaging and resource language in the existing cards for episodes that contain graphic subject matter, including the URL 13ReasonsWhy.info.”If you’re struggling with negative thoughts or suicidal feelings, here are 13 suicide and crisis intervention hotlines you can use to get help.You can also call these numbers:US: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255. UK: The Samaritans can be reached at 116 123. AU: Lifeline can be reached at 13 11 14.  0 Post a comment Digital Media Wellness Share your voice Netflixlast_img read more

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