Insects at the farmers market shouldn’t bug you out.

first_imgFarmers markets offer the best of local, fresh produce throughout Georgia. But all those mouth-watering vegetables straight from the field sometimes come with slimy little surprises — bugs. Sustainable farmers marketsFinding insects on produce is usually more common at sustainable farmers markets, where growers steer away from pesticides or opt for those with limited potency.Louise Estabrook manages the Riverside Farmers Market in Roswell, Ga. She says the farmers at her market, which averages 2,000 customers per Saturday, don’t use pesticides and try to operate according to organic standards, although they are not certified.Corn earwormsEstabrook often sees problems with corn and corn earworms, which commonly only feed on the tips of the corn ear.In the past, customers who are not accustomed to buying fresh vegetables or shopping at a farmers market have complained saying, “I’m never buying that corn again because there are worms in it!”But Estabrook, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Fulton County, sees this as an educational opportunity.A chance to learn“It’s kind of gross, and people who are used to shopping at supermarkets are not used to coming face-to-face with a big, fat, greasy corn earworm until they shop local and nonpesticide,” Estabrook said. “It’s a learning opportunity for them, and they have to understand there’s that balance.”Specifically, she tries to teach customers that if they don’t want pesticides, then they might have to deal with a worm or two. Even then, it normally only stays on the top and doesn’t go through the rest of the kernels.What’s more, she reminds them that the corn they buy at the supermarket has been cleaned, stripped of the husk, packaged in plastic and the tips removed.“They just cut the worm off for you, and you pay more for that,” Estabrook said.After their brief education, she says customers tend to go back and buy the corn.Standards of qualityOverall, the chances of finding bugs or extensive bug damage at farmers markets are slim, whether the market is sustainable or conventional.“These farmers take pride in their harvest and only bring their best to market. The farmers I know also follow rigorous post-harvest procedures to ensure their produce is clean and safe for their customers,” said Amanda Tedrow, who is an ex-officio member of the board of directors of the Athens Farmers Market in Athens, Ga. Tedrow is also the UGA Extension agent in Athens-Clarke County.Tempest Coney sells mustard greens for her grandparents at the more conventional downtown farmers market in Tifton, Ga.She says that customers don’t have to worry about bugs from their 10-acre farm in Fitzgerald, Ga.Tempie and Harold Coney, who make up TC Coney Vegetables, have a wealth of experience from growing vegetables all of their lives, and they’ve been selling to a grocery store in Sylvester, Ga. for almost a dozen years, said Coney. On the farm, their produce receives a thorough soaking before harvest. It’s then washed three times after harvest to remove all insects and dirt, before being placed in the cooler. If a customer does find a bug, Coney offers refunds and replacement orders. Another vendor at the Tifton market, Phaustine Powell-Marshall of Powell Farms in Irwin County, has the same commitment to customer satisfaction. But she also cautions that folks shouldn’t be shocked if they do come across a six-legged stowaway. “On fresh vegetables,” she said, “you’re going to find bugs.”To locate a farmers market near you, visit the Georgia Market Maker website at read more

LCP raises alarm about ‘rigidity’ in DB funding code proposals

first_imgAdditional investment de-risking would mean it could take longer to fill the deficit in question, in turn meaning a longer period during which an employer insolvency could leave members short of full benefits.Potentially forcing companies that may already be struggling to make extra contributions, meanwhile, could further weaken their position and again increase the chance that the sponsor collapses before the scheme was fully funded.LCP’s concerns have to do with the way TPR has proposed to measure the acceptability of a bespoke valuation using “fast track” principles and parameters.“Bespoke” and “fast track” are the two ‘tracks’ schemes would have to choose from to report to the regulator based on what it has set out so far for consultation.TPR is consulting on the new funding code in two steps, the first being about the principles it is proposing should underpin valuations and how these could be applied in practice. The second consultation is due to be on an actual draft code.   “There is a real risk that these new requirements could force too many schemes into a one-size-fits-all mould”Jon Forsyth, partner at LCP In its report, LCP said fast track parameters should not be used as a rigid benchmark for bespoke valuations. Instead, the bespoke approach should be based on integrated risk management including covenant, “supported by modelling as required”, that considered the balance of risks being taken by all parties.LCP also has concerns about other aspects of TPR’s proposal, such as an expectation that investment returns be benchmarked against the return on Gilts, and the lack of a special framework for open schemes.LCP partner Jon Forsyth said: “The DB pension universe is incredibly diverse, and there is a real risk that these new requirements could force too many schemes into a one-size-fits-all mould.”He added: “Whilst it is understandable that TPR wants to press trustees to reduce risk and employers to fill pension deficits as quickly as possible, our modelling suggests that if this is over-done then in some cases it could actually reduce member security.”TPR has previously said it envisaged the majority of DB plans would qualify for a fast track approach. Today it issued the following response to LCP’s report:“We want to hear views from stakeholders on how we can set clearer expectations with regards to DB funding. Our proposed principles build on the importance of trustees setting a long-term objective and putting a realistic plan in place to get there.“There is good evidence that schemes which have managed their risks well, and have built in sufficient resilience in their long-term funding strategy, are likely to have fared better as market conditions have worsened. Integrated risk management is needed now more than ever.”“After the consultation closes on 2 September, we will consider the responses, prevailing market conditions, where schemes currently are and undertake an impact assessment to inform the setting of the proposed Fast Track parameters. We will subsequently consult on the funding code itself.”In May TPR issued a strong rebuttal of calls for it to revise or abandon its planned new funding code. This was following suggestions by Sir Steve Webb, a former UK pensions minister and now a partner at LCP, who had questioned the appropriateness of the regulator’s proposals in light of the coronavirus pandemic and the need to support economic recovery.Webb told IPE that in today’s report, LCP was recognising that a regulator’s instinct would be to try to get pensions paid as quickly as possible, but saying it was important to give due weight to sponsor covenant as “the other side of the coin”.“The report does say there isn’t a simple answer,” he added. “It’s saying you can’t be one-dimensional about this.”Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. The UK regulator’s proposals for a new defined benefit (DB) funding code could in some cases lead to worse outcomes for scheme members, sponsors and the Pension Protection Fund, LCP has said in a report seeking to encourage industry discussion and responses to the regulator’s consultation.In the consultancy’s eyes, the regime outlined by The Pensions Regulator so far threatens to be too rigid in important aspects, with insufficient consideration being given to the risk of a company becoming insolvent.“We are concerned that the consultation document appears to be focussed on investment de-risking and setting higher funding targets, independent of the interaction with covenant and the impact on expected member outcomes,” said LCP in its report.It argues that requiring more caution on investment or increasing demands for short-term contributions could have potentially damaging effects on schemes and employers.last_img read more

Chesters can secure a win double in Colombia

first_img6 Jan 2014 Chesters can secure a win double in Colombia European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire) has the chance to conquer another Continent later this month. The 24 year old has been selected along with Paul Howard (Southport & Ainsdale, Lancashire), Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire) and Jimmy Mullen (Royal North Devon) to contest the South American Amateur Championship at Barranquilla County Club in Colombia on 22nd – 25th January, an event supported by The R&A since 2005. Chesters (image copyright Tom Ward Photography) won the European title by one stroke from Spain’s David Morago at El Prat last August. So his selection means the England international, who finished eighth on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Order of Merit last year, has the chance to emulate Callum Shinkwin, now a professional, who brought the South American crown back to England a year ago. Howard made his full England debut in last year’s winning Home Internationals team at Ganton, which capped a successful 2013 for the 23 year old. He finished fifth in the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship and equal ninth in the St Andrews Links Trophy and helped Lancashire win the County Championship, winning five of his six games. Marsh also made his full England debut at Ganton having reached the quarter finals of the Amateur Championship and finished tied fifth in the Chiberta Grand Prix in France. The 19 year old also finished runner-up in the North of England Youths and the Welsh Open Youths Championships and was ninth on the EG 2013 Order of Merit. Mullen, 20, was another England debutant at Ganton in a season in which he lost a playoff for the Bernard Darwin Salver, finished tied third in the Brabazon Trophy, achieving a hole-in-one during the final round, and equal fourth in the South East of England Links Championship. Like Howard, he won five of his six games during the County Championship finals at Minchinhampton representing Devon. The South American Amateur Championship is a 72-hole stroke play event.last_img read more

US Representatives tour Otay Mesa border

first_img Ashlie Rodriguez, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three U.S. Representatives from the south visited Otay Mesa to see what’s happening with border security, specifically with physical structures.Kay Granger (TX.), Chuck Fleischmann (TN.), and Steve Palazzo (MS) are on the appropriations committee, which is responsible for passing appropriation bills along with its Senate counterpart.They wanted to see the border fencing and it’s effect on illegal immigration and drug and human trafficking.The three are collecting information to help arrive at a compromise bill that will handle our border security.All three said they see a need for stronger physical barriers. Ashlie Rodriguez Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter February 4, 2019center_img U.S. Representatives tour Otay Mesa border Posted: February 4, 2019 Updated: 10:40 PMlast_img read more

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