Student-Designed, Built Ag Rescue Trailer To Be Unveiled At Farm Science…

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Student-Designed, Built Ag Rescue Trailer To Be Unveiled At Farm Science Review SHARE By Gary Truitt – Sep 6, 2012 SHARE A staffed display on child agricultural labor issues will be setup throughout the three-day event. The display will target teens younger than 16 looking for jobs in agriculture and cover the types of training they need to perform different tasks, Jepsen said. A student-designed and built mobile farm rescue unit to train emergency first responders will be unveiled Sept. 18-20 at Ohio State University’s annual Farm Science Review. Over the past eight months, five Ohio State seniors in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering designed and built the Community Agriculture Rescue Trailer, or Grain CART, to make farm rescue training sessions more feasible. Traditionally, organizing a grain storage rescue training and education program for firefighters and other emergency first responders has been difficult because arrangements had to be made for equipment, such as gravity wagons, grain bins and grain legs to be setup at a site prior to training, then removed afterward. Or, an appropriate existing location was needed where grain engulfment, moving-part entanglements and other grain-related emergencies could be simulated. Previous articleRFS Takes International Heat Once AgainNext articlePoor Pollination Leads to Moldy Growth in Corn Gary Truitt After the Review, it will be used with the Ohio Fire Academy’s agricultural rescue direct delivery training modules, as well as OSU Extension’s grain bin rescue outreach education and awareness program.“Communities can schedule to use the Grain CART for grain storage entrapment and entanglement rescue training directly through the Ohio Fire Academy,” Jepsen said. “Rescue personnel often request specific training in these unconventional rescue situations, where they have limited experience and limited knowledge of the agricultural conditions that exist. Demonstrations using the Grain CART are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day of the Review. They will take place at OSU Central, in the center of the main Farm Science Review exhibit area. A special dedication will take place on Tuesday at 10 a.m., recognizing the students and sponsors of the project. Other agricultural safety and health topics also will be covered at the Farm Science Review. Farm Science Review is sponsored by the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, OSU Extension, and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. It takes place at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, 135 state Route 38 NE, London. Facebook Twitter Ohio AgrAbility will sponsor an accessible bus to help shuttle people with special needs to and from the Review field plots. The AgrAbility shuttle will be available at the regular field plot shuttle area at the west end of the grounds, McGuire said. And, in recognition of the Farm Science Review’s 50th anniversary, a collection of tractor seats spanning many years will be on display showing the evolution from hard, steel seats to the air-ride, ergonomically designed seats of today. The child ag labor display will be at the Firebaugh Building in OSU Central. Concerns with young people working agricultural jobs came to light last year when new federal child ag labor laws were proposed.“While the laws didn’t end up changing, what we learned from the experience is a lot of people didn’t know the requirements,” Jepsen said. “They realized they needed to do more training before just hiring someone.” The Grain CART includes all of the equipment needed for grain storage rescue training in one mobile unit. “To have a mobile training unit is much better than what we’ve had in the past,” said Dee Jepsen, OSU Extension state agricultural safety and health specialist. “We can just pull it in, conduct training for a weekend or even a day, then move it out and be done. It’s quite a project, and we’re so excited about it.” The Grain CART was designed in partnership with the Ohio Fire Academy and with contributions from a number of agribusinesses. It’s mounted on a 40-foot flatbed trailer and includes a grain bin, grain leg, gravity wagon and other training essentials. Student-Designed, Built Ag Rescue Trailer To Be Unveiled At Farm Science Review The display also will be of interest to employers who want to hire youth for agricultural jobs, and agricultural education teachers and OSU Extension educators wishing to offer training on the topic, she said.“Educators can see what training they would need to conduct to help youth farm workers and employers,” Jepsen said. “We have a curriculum that’s ready to go, and we can help them implement it to get started in their area.” An Ohio AgrAbility display will be setup in OSU Central with staff on hand to answer questions. AgrAbility is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture promoting independence for people in agriculture who want to continue to farm after experiencing a disabling condition. The program works with a wide array of conditions including brain or spinal cord injuries, back injury, amputations, visual or hearing impairments, heart disease, respiratory problems, repetitive motion injuries, diabetes, and arthritis. Facebook Twitter The AgrAbility tent will include a display area with informational materials and fact sheets, and showcase assistive technology used to help farmers with a disability remain productive.“New to the AgrAbility tent this year, will be a mobility charging station for Review visitors with personal mobility scooters and powered wheel chairs, who need a recharge,” said Ohio AgAbilityProgram Coordinator Kent McGuire.last_img read more

Gardai investigate assault on man

first_imgFacebook GARDAI are investigating an attack on a man in the city centre some time after 2am yesterday morning in Upper William Street.It is understood the victim, who is believed to be in his early twenties, was assaulted by a group of men and received a laceration to the face.He was taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital, but was released a short time later. Print Advertisement WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Linkedin NewsLocal NewsGardai investigate assault on manBy admin – May 5, 2009 476 Email Previous articleMan dies in road accidentNext articleCollins family to march in honour of Roy’s death adminlast_img

Summer Road Trips: For The Beer Drinkers

first_imgLocation: Western North CarolinaDistance: 100 milesDriver: Nicole OwenSylva, N.C.Owner, Innovation Brewing; Board Member, Asheville Brewers Alliance“One thing that makes this whole area unique is the water quality. Water is the biggest ingredient in beer and we’re fortunate to have pure, clean, unmessed-with water. That plays a lot into why there’s such a centralized craft beer boom in this area, but also the outdoor culture, too. Those two cultures go hand in hand really well.”Editor’s Note: We should start by mentioning that we in no way condone drinking and driving. If you don’t have a designated driver, consider hiring a tour company to tote you around on your drinking road trip. Leap Frog Tours in Waynesville, N.C., offers a variety of brewery and other custom tour experiences for as little as $55 per person for up to five hours.Innovation Brewing in Sylva, NCDay 1  |  2.6 miles | Sylva — DillsboroAn hour southwest of Beer City, U.S.A., is the idyllic mountain town of Sylva, N.C., our starting point for this western North Carolina beer-venture. There are two breweries here, Innovation Brewing and Balsam Falls Brewing Company. For a town of about 2,600, that might seem like a lot, but there’s plenty of sudsy love to go around. They’re less than a block away from each other, so you’ll be able to try ‘em both without ever needing to get in a car.Innovation Brewing is situated right on Scott Creek and will be dishing out wood-fired pizzas this summer for the first time since the installation of their outdoor oven. If pizza’s not your thing, you can always grab a cheeseburger from the brewery’s food-truck-in-crime, Cosmic Carry Out. Stay and hang Friday night for music at the brewery or shuffle over to the Mad Batter if the weather turns. This cool eat-in theater is located in one of Jackson County’s most historic buildings and has nine different North Carolina brews on tap.Once you’re good and sober, cruise up the road to Dillsboro. Innovation just opened a taproom in the old railroad depot here, so you can grab one last drink before tapping out. The Dillsboro Inn (rates from $110 per night) is perched right along the banks of the Tuckasegee River, which means you can cast for trout right out the door to your room.Nantahala BrewingDay 2  |  27 — 69.6 miles | Dillsboro — FranklinYour final destination on day two will be Franklin, N.C. How you get there is up to you. If you want to taste the soulful beers brewed deep in the southwestern heart of the state, make a pit stop in Andrews (Andrews Brewing Company and Hoppy Trout Brewing Company are based here). If you’d rather spend more time outside than in a car, hike up to the fire towers on Wesser Bald or Wayah Bald along the Appalachian Trail. Whatever you decide, begin your day first by driving 20 minutes from Dillsboro to Bryson City.Once known only for the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad and the Nantahala Outdoor Center, this mountain town is coming into its own as a microbrew destination. Both Nantahala Brewing and Mountain Layers Brewing Company make phenomenal beers and have embedded themselves in Bryson City’s outdoor community. Grab an App Trail Extra Pale Ale from Nantahala or a Newfound Gap Golden Ale from Mountain Layers, then hit the trail for which these beers are named.Take the Indian Lakes Scenic Byway, or Highway 28, south towards Franklin. You can hop off 28 onto Tellico Road to reach the trailhead for Wesser Bald, or drive through Franklin and get on Wayah Road, which you can drive all of the way to the fire tower if that’s more your style. Whether you explore Andrews or the Appalachian Trail, eventually you’ll land in Franklin, which was twice voted the Top Town in the Blue Ridge by our readers.Nestled in a bowl of 5,000-foot peaks, Franklin is the quintessential mountain town. Even if you’re not a hiker, there’s great smallmouth bass fishing on the Little Tennessee River. The two breweries here are Lazy Hiker Brewing Company and Currahee Brewing Company, the latter of which is located right on the river. You can also grab a local brew over at the Rock House Lodge, which is nested inside Outdoor 76. Beer. Gear. Music. You call it an outfitter-taproom. We call it heaven. Cozy up for the night at Cat Creek Lodge (suites from $149 per night). The mountain views alone are worth the price.Satulah Mountain Brewing CompanyDay 3  |  27.7 miles | Franklin — CashiersTop off your weekend of country road cruisin’ and craft beer boozin’ with one last stop in Cashiers. This little treasure trove of a community just got its first craft brewery earlier this year, Whiteside Brewing Company, named for that formidable mound of rock that juts out of the otherwise verdant land between Highlands and Cashiers. You can earn those liquid carbs by hiking to the top of Whiteside, a short loop that totals 2.5 miles. Fuel up with burgers and beer at the brewery, or do brunch first at The Ugly Dog Pub. Depending on which way you’re headed home, pick up a growler to go either in Highlands (Satulah Mountain Brewing Company) or Sapphire (Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company).The Cabins At Sandy Mush BaldSidetrip: The Cabins at Sandy Mush BaldThe hike-in lodge at the top of Sandy Mush Bald is one of the South’s best-kept secrets. Sandy Mush Bald is one of the only privately owned balds in Southern Appalachia. The Adler family, the long-time owners and conservationists, have protected the mountain bald and the surrounding 500-acre wilderness. To reach the hike-in lodge and cabins, visitors park at the bottom of the mountain and hike up two miles to the 5,150-foot summit.last_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf Signs Historic Liquor Reform Bill (Round-Up)

first_img By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant BLOG: Governor Wolf Signs Historic Liquor Reform Bill (Round-Up) Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Liquor Reform,  Round-Up,  The Blog Yesterday, Governor Wolf signed a historic liquor reform bill that will provide greater convenience and satisfaction to Pennsylvania customers. The bi-partisan supported bill is the most significant step in reforming the commonwealth’s liquor system in 80 years.“I want to commend leaders and members from both parties in the House and Senate for coming together to pass this legislation and I am proud to have signed it into law,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “As I have always said, my goal is to modernize the sale of liquor and beer in Pennsylvania and this reform package finally brings Pennsylvania’s wine and spirits system into the 21st century.”The bill includes improvements such as allowing grocery stores that currently sell beer to also sell wine, direct shipment of wine to consumers’ homes, permanent gas stations’ ability to six packs, restaurants and hotels to sell bottles of wine for take-out, and flexible pricing to allow state stores to offer special discounts and sales.Take a look at the additional coverage below Pittsburgh Business Times: Wolf signs into law bill expanding liquor sales in state“This bill is truly historic,” [Governor] Wolf said. “[It] will improve the customer experience, make pricing more competitive, make the purchase of products more convenient, and bring more revenue for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It shows once again that Democrats and Republicans can work together. It shows we are changing a system people in Pennsylvania have wanted to change for a very long time.”Philly.com: It’s the law: Wine to be sold in Pa. grocery storesBarely a day after it sped through the House and unexpectedly landed on his desk, Gov. Wolf on Wednesday signed a law to let hundreds of restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores sell wine…”For the last 80-some years we have not been able to do this, so this truly is historic,” Wolf said in an afternoon signing ceremony.Morning Call: Wolf signs law making alcohol sales easier“This bill will improve the customer experience, this bill will make pricing more competitive, it will make the purchase of these products more convenient and it will produce more revenue for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” [Governor] Wolf said. “It will also show, once again, that Democrats and Republicans can work together.”Associated Press: Wolf signs bill allowing wine to be sold in grocery storesDemocratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Wednesday allowing wine sales in grocery stores and making other changes to how alcohol is sold. The new law lets licensed groceries and restaurants sell up to four bottles of takeout wine per customer. The measure also puts into law convenience store sales of beer that have begun as a result of court cases.York Dispatch: Wolf signs wine, beer sales reform billThe most wide-ranging reform of Pennsylvania’s wine and beer sales in decades was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday. “This bill will improve the customer’s experience,” Wolf said during a signing ceremony, noting the bill will increase revenue for the stateCBS Philly: Gov. Wolf Signs Bill Allowing Wine Sales In Grocery Stores“We are changing a system that the people of Pennsylvania have wanted to change for a very long time,” said Gov. Wolf. Gov. Wolf said he was fulfilling a campaign promise to modernize the current system — making it easier and more convenient to purchase beer and wine without selling off or privatizing the state store system.PennLive: Pennsylvania’s first major liquor reform bill since Prohibition becomes law[Governor]Wolf emphasized the collaborative effort that took place to see those changes to fruition as a contingent of lawmakers from both parties stood at his side. As he signed the bill, he was flanked on his right by two of the plan’s architects — Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny County, and Sen. Charles McIlhinney, R-Bucks County — and on his left by House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny County, the bill’s sponsor whose blessing allowed it to come to a vote on Tuesday.Times Leader: Wolf signs bill allowing wine to be sold in grocery storesThe governor said “truly historic” changes will help consumers and generate new revenue for the state. “I have every confidence that this is a good thing for Pennsylvania,” Wolf said, flanked by lawmakers as he signed the bill in his Capitol offices a day after it passed the House with bipartisan support.Reuters: Pennsylvania governor signs law expanding wine sales to private storesPennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed into law new measures to expand the sale of bottled wine to certain private stores, a move that could generate millions in state revenues through taxes and licensing fees. Pennsylvania is one of just two U.S. states, along with Utah, with full control over its liquor sale system – owning and operating retail and wholesale operations.PLS Reporter: Gov. Wolf signs House Bill 1690 for liquor modernization“I promised to modernize our state store system when I ran for governor and this bill delivers on that promise,” said Gov. Wolf House Bill 1690 allows the purchase of wine in groceries stores with a select license. “It will be available in those grocery stores that have the restaurant license,” said Gov. Wolf. “It will also be available in certain restaurants and the idea is that people will be able to access this.” June 09, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more