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Ohio Pork Congress welcomes Tri-State Housing Conference

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest New to the 2016 Ohio Pork Congress is the addition of the Tri-State Sow Housing conference, hosted by The Ohio State University, Michigan State University and Purdue University. This special symposium on Tuesday, Feb. 9, is designed as an educational opportunity for producers, focused on one of the pork industry’s most widely debated animal welfare topics — sow housing.“As many producers are beginning the transition to group housing, it is the goal of the Tri-State Sow Housing Conference and the hosting universities to support the swine industry by expanding knowledge on options for housing systems and provide educational resources to make the transition from stalls to groups economically successful,” said Monique Pairis-Garcia, Assistant Professor Animal Well-being and Behavior, The Ohio State University. “We look forward to the opportunity to interact with producers across state lines and learn from global leaders in the industry.”The day-long conference will feature presentations and discussions led by experts representing various facets of the swine industry. Topics to be covered include the retailers’ perspective on marketing pressures related to sow housing, social perception of sow housing and purchasing behaviors of consumers, and employee training for farms transitioning to group housing. Also a very valuable addition to the conference will be panel discussion comprised of producers from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana that have experience transitioning to group housing.Dr. Lisbeth Ulrich Hansen will be traveling in from Denmark to provide the group with a European perspective on sow housing. Dr. Hansen will be leading a workshop on retrofitting barns, using experiences gained from her work at the Danish Swine Research Centre. The Tri-State Sow Housing Conference is focused on providing producers with the tools and education they need to make the transition to group housing as successful as possible. All producers are invited and encouraged to attend, and may access additional details and registration information by visiting OhioPork.org.last_img read more

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Geocaching Connections: Associations and Clubs

first_img SharePrint RelatedOne Woman’s Journey Brings Physical Geocaches to National ParksDecember 8, 2010In “Community”Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsAugust 12, 2011In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community” Four eyes see more geocaches than two. Many hands fumbling under benches, in nooks, and crevices are more likely to make the grab. A difficult puzzle is solved more easily with combined brain power. If you took our Geocaching Quiz and learned you are a Social Butterfly, chances are that you know the advantages that come with geocaching in a group. But finding someone to go geocaching with can sometimes be difficult, especially when just starting out. Luckily, there are geocaching organizations and associations all around that world that connect geocachers to other local geocachers, strengthen the local and global geocaching community, help beginners get into the game, and so, so much more.To learn what it means to be a part of a geocaching group, we asked two geocaching associations, Washington State Geocaching Association (WSGA) in the United States and Geopt.org in Portugal to share a little bit about what they do.Washington State Geocaching Association (WSGA)GeoArt created by the WSGAWSGA was founded in 2002 when 19  geocachers learned that geocaching would be banned in all Washington State Parks. (But don’t worry. Thanks to WSGA, geocaches are still allowed in Washington State Parks and there is now an official Washington State Parks Centennial GeoTour.) Since then, the association has grown to almost 500 members. Abby Wolfe, President of the WSGA, says, “We work with parks at all levels (city, county, state, federal) to promote geocaching as a beneficial, family-oriented activity through our highly regarded Park Liaison Program and CITO activities.” Their efforts continue to nurture successful  partnerships with parks and allow geocaching in most parts of the state.The organization in Washington also hosts events, meet and greets, and organizes special outings such as an annual Summer Campout.WSGA also functions as the local news for geocachers. Geocachers in Washington can stay updated on geocaching events in their area by following WSGA on Facebook. If you are a Washingtonian geocacher and want to become a member, you can join on this website.Geopt.org (Portugal)Soccer and geocaching mix well: Mini-Super Liga Geopt 2013.Geopt.org, Portugal’s equivalent to the WSGA, has collected an impressive 6442 registered members since being established in 2010. This accounts for approximately 30% of the Portuguese geocaching community.Gustavo Vidal, Vice-President of Geopt.org, describes the work of the Portuguese geocaching association: “Our organization has a Geocaching portal at www.geopt.org, where you can find all our activities. We have a Geocaching discussion forum, an online TV network (www.geopt.tv) where we play Geocaching vídeos and broadcast live some of our main events, and where we give annual awards to the owners of the best Portuguese caches, or the Mini-Super Liga, a soccer tournament with geocachers from allover the country.” The club also releases the free GeoMagazine and provides discounts for their members in Geocaching and adventure shops or camping parks.The sense of community geocaching organizations offer can be a great help for new geocachers and old pros alike, and are an easy way to make new geocaching friends. You can find a geocaching group in your area in the geocaching forums or by searching for your location and “geocaching organisation” online. Other words to search for are ”geocaching club” or “geocaching association”.Are you part of a geocaching association? Please send us your contact information through this form!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Vid.ly Makes Streaming Video Work on Any Device

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Tags:#Video Services#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Despite all the talk of the explosion in online video, playing it can be an incredibly frustrating experience due to the incompatibilities between the various video formats and devices.A new service from Encoding.com launches today that seeks to address this with a simple new service to make a video playable on a variety of mobile devices: Vid.ly.With Vid.ly, you upload a video once, and the service “does the heavy lifting for you,” transcoding it to 14 formats and making it compatible with most modern devices. You can also give Vid.ly a link to an FTP, Amazon S3, or Cloud file.From there, Vid.ly makes it easy to share the video with others as it provides a short URL. Those that click on it will be served the video file compatible with the device they’re using. You can also embed the code on your website to the same end – people can stream your movies no matter if they’re on a Blackberry or an iPad.Vid.ly certainly addresses one of the major pain points of watching and delivering video content online, and Encoding.com says it will launch a Pro version in the coming months that will offer API access. Related Posts last_img read more

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Mindset Nutrition

first_imgJust like fuel your body with food, giving it the nutrition it needs to provide you with energy, you need to provide your mind with what it needs to perform at the highest level. You also need to avoid the things that are detrimental to the health of your mindset.In no particular order, you can read, watch, or listen to Anthony Robbins, Stephen Covey, Brian Tracy, Les Brown, Jim Rohn, Wayne Dyer, and the great Zig Ziglar. You can feed your mind Napoleon Hill, James Allen, Earl Nightingale, or Elbert Hubbard. You can pick up works by Maxwell Maltz or Viktor Frankel.You can also study the work of Martin Seligman to understand positive psychology, Shawn Achor on happiness, and Matthew Ridley on being a rational optimist, or Simon Sinek who is also optimistic and whose work is empowering.You can also read Seth Godin, who is a force for good and always positive.At the same time, you can decide to avoid taking in things that are harmful to your mindset, those things that speak to your fears, provide you with the perception of scarcity, cause you to question yourself and the value you create, or dredges up feelings of anger or unhappiness. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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