Panthers look to rebuild, compete in 2018Offensive, defensive lines key as McKinleyville looks for first win since 2016

first_imgMcKinleyville High varsity football has won just 13 games over the last five seasons and has not enjoyed a winning season since 2008. Head coach Keoki Burbank, now in his third season with the team, said his roster is full of kids who “want to see change,” and who “know they can leave a mark” in McKinleyville if they are able to be competitive week in and week out and win a number of games in 2018.McKinleyville will open its 2018 season on the road at St. Vincent de Paul, Saturday August 18 at …last_img

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SA approves R33bn in renewable projects

first_img5 November 2013 The government has approved an additional 17 renewable energy projects, paving the way for a further R33.8-billion (US$3.3-billion) worth of investment that will add up to 1 470 megawatts (MW) of clean energy to South Africa’s national grid. The Department of Energy said on Monday that it had signed agreements with 17 new preferred bidders in the third window, or round, of its renewable energy programme for independent power producers. This follows the signing off of 47 projects in the first and second rounds of the programme, for projects already well under way provide South Africa with around 2 400MW of renewable energy, involving investments totalling around R150-billion. Announcing the new preferred bidders in Pretoria, Energy Minister Ben Martins said that most of the first- and second-round projects were currently under construction, with come expected to start delivering energy by December. Martins noted that a total of 93 bids (for solar photovoltaic, wind, concentrating solar power and landfill gas) amounting to 6 023MW had been received for the third round of bidding. No bids had been received for biogas, even though the department had a 12MW maximum allocation for this round. “The bids amounted to 6 023MW, while the available megawatts for allocation is only 1 473MW,” Martins said, adding that department had been pleased with the competitive pricing offered by the bids. According to Business Day, the average price offered for power generated from wind – which received the bulk of the third round allocation – had dropped from R11.43 per kilowatt hour (kWh) in the first round to R6.65/kWh in the third round. State electricity company Eskom will buy power from the new plants once they up and running, in terms of power purchase agreements signed with the producers and backed by the government. South Africa is presently rated as the 12th most attractive investment destination for renewable energy. “This bodes very well for South Africa, as the programme has achieved international acclaim for fairness, transparency and certainty of programme,” Martins said, adding that there had been a progressive increase in the local content and job creation numbers offered by the bidders. The department’s director-general, Nelly Magubane, said that some bidders had exceeded the local content requirement of no less than 40%, with some indicating that their projects would involve up to 56% local content. Martins said the energy sector was expected to play a major role in creating green sector jobs, developing skills and transferring technology into South Africa’s economy. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Conservation Tillage Conference coming soon

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest High input costs coupled with low grain prices anticipated in 2016 means that growers have to make smarter, calculated choices to grow profitable crops this year.Also important is the need to build and maintain healthy soils to help ensure good water quality, said Randall Reeder, a retired Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer. Reeder is an organizer of the annual Conservation Tillage Conference offered March 2-3 by The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.As farmers prepare for spring planting, much of their planning will focus on where and how to cut costs for 2016 without reducing net income, Reeder said.‘Corn University’“Many growers are tightening their belts because of tight budgets, low prices and not much money in the bank,” he said. “For a few years, grain farmers were making good money. But in 2015 grain prices fell sharply, with 2016 prices looking to stay low.”CTC will offer numerous presentations designed to help growers learn where to cut back while ensuring they have healthy soils, healthy water and hopefully a healthy bank account, Reeder said.The program includes a “Corn University” and “Soybean School” that will be offered during the annual conference, he said.Topics to be discussed during the Corn University March 2 include:• Corn yield forecasting.• New molecular methods for insect control.• Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium management highlights for corn.• Taking a second look at hybrid performance and technology.• Crop-effective and environment-responsible nutrient placement in strip-till and no-till corn.Topics to be discussed during the Soybean School March 3 include:• Ohio soybean limitation survey results.• Managing weeds in soybeans.• Fertility management.• Managing soybean insects.• The future of soybean breeding.• Top 10 ways to improve yield, without breaking the bank.The Corn University and Soybean School are just two of a total of eight concurrent sessions during the conference. More than 900 participants are expected to attend the event, which is organized by OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, with assistance from USDA and SWCDs.OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms of the college.The conference will offer the latest research, insight, tips and techniques on precision fertility, cover crops and manure, water management, technology and equipment, nutrient management, and advanced cover crops. It features some 60 presenters, including 25 CFAES researchers and Extension educators, as well as farmers and industry representatives.Certified Crop Adviser continuing education credits are available, with an emphasis on soil and water and nutrient management hours.Topics presented during the two Cover Crop sessions include:* Understanding the legal aspects of manure application.* On-Farm experiences with cover crops and manure.* Enhancing soil mycorrhizal fungi to retain nutrients.* Improving soil carbon for healthier soils.* Sustainable agriculture programs from Campbell Soup Co.The CTC conference will be held at the McIntosh Center of Ohio Northern University in Ada. The full schedule and registration information can be found at ctc.osu.edu. Participants may register by mail through Feb. 21 or online through Feb. 26 for $65 for one day or $85 for both days. Walk-in registration is $80 for one day or $105 for both days.Information is also available from county offices of OSU Extension.Other conference sponsors include the Ohio Corn Marketing Program, Ohio Soybean Council, Farm Science Review, John Deere, Ag Credit, Seed Consultants and the Ohio No-Till Council.last_img read more

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