Preparing GeorgiaAs officials in Mississippi and Louisiana now know firsthand, anaction plan is needed to make sure food is available during adisaster.”We typically have about a seven-day food supply in our grocerystores,” said Wade Hutcheson, a UGA Extension agent in SpaldingCounty. “That’s not including the items that are supplied dailylike milk and bread. When there’s snow or a hurricane headed ourway, those items just fly off the shelves.”Hutcheson said the main goals of the agrosecurity trainings areto educate responders on possible threats and to encouragecommunities to prepare disaster plans.”Georgia’s farmers and farm workers must be aware of the damageforeign plant diseases and pests can do to their crops,” he said.”A safe, secure and inexpensive food supply is the foundation ofour society. An increased awareness of crop biosecurity couldkeep Georgia’s food secure in the short and long term.” Ag – big contributor to state’s economyIn Georgia alone, two-thirds of the state’s counties reportagriculture as the largest or second largest sector of theeconomy, Lynch said.Threats to food production can come from terrorists, naturaldisasters and accidental and intentional diseases, Lynch saidduring a recent training for 60 emergency workers from fivemiddle Georgia counties.Trainings like this are being taught statewide by experts fromthe Georgia Department of Agriculture and UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. More than 3,000emergency first responders should be trained by the year’s end.”Ag workers and traditional responders need to be ready torapidly and effectively resolve an emergency situation beforecatastrophic consequences occur,” Lynch said.In addition to the loss of crops and herds, an agriculturaldisaster can also affect a producer’s mental state. Emergencypersonnel must also be prepared to deal with these issues aswell, she said. In agricultural emergencies, improper disposal of diseased animalcarcasses can have environmental and economic consequences, Lynchsaid. If a poultry disease strikes in Georgia, the entire nationwould be affected. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaAlong the Gulf Coast, the nation has seen firsthand how a naturaldisaster can quickly destroy food supplies. In Georgia, farm anduniversity experts are teaching emergency workers and people inagriculture how to identify and handle threats to the foodproduction.”Our food supply … needs to be protected,” said Dana Lynch, aUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist.”Our nation is the largest exporter of food products. And about17 percent of all the jobs in the U.S. are linked to the foodindustry.” Plants, animals must be protected”Georgia produces 24.6 million pounds of chicken meat in oneday,” said John Pope, UGA Extension agent for Monroe County. “Ifdiseases like avian influenza and Exotic Newcastle strike thepoultry industry, they would have a serious negative impact.”Plant diseases are a threat, too. UGA plant pathologist MilaPearce says most people don’t realize that ornamental plantdiseases can also affect production.”You may say, ‘Who cares about what’s killing Ms. Johnson’sgeraniums?’ ” Pearce said. “Geraniums and potatoes are from thesame family, and you probably do care about french fries andmashed potatoes.”Pesticide costs and yield losses from plant diseases cost theU.S. $20 billion a year, Pearce said.”We fight a constant battle against diseases every day,” shesaid. “Never mind what some terrorist has up his sleeve.”Pearce does have good news. Intentional introduction of a plantdisease is a “very, very difficult” task.”Introducing a plant disease into our food production would notbe a very good tactic for a terrorist,” she said. “It’s virtuallyimpossible to do. Spreading disease is an abominable task. It’svery hard for even us to do in our research labs.”
Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on April 5, 2016 at 5:17 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR The Rochester, New York native and former Aquinas Institute star started his career at Monmouth where, in two seasons, he appeared in 44 games and averaged 2.5 points per game. White transferred to Syracuse for his junior season and he played seven minutes across four games and scored three points. Pace finished 9-19 in Division II last season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhite’s transfer is not a surprise because, per Syracuse.com, White chose not play in any games in order to preserve his final year of eligibility for graduate school.The walk-on had an eventful last year with the Orange while the team made an unlikely run to the Final Four. White also took a tumble while celebrating with the team’s leading scorer, Michael Gbinije, during the Gonzaga game which helped key the Orange’s run. Christian White, a walk-on guard for the Syracuse basketball team, will transfer to Pace University, he announced via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
Ever since he was a kid, Howard Washington dreamt of playing at Syracuse. Despite donning the SU jersey this year, the freshman point guard hadn’t played much to start the season.Washington didn’t enter three of Syracuse’s first six games. Junior Frank Howard (35 minutes per game) and sophomore Tyus Battle (34.8) are locked in as the starting guards. At the beginning of the season, whenever one of them saw some time off, it’d be graduate transfer Geno Thorpe coming on.On Dec. 1, it was announced that Thorpe was leaving Syracuse. With Thorpe gone, that leaves Washington, Howard and Battle as the only three scholarship guards for SU (8-1), meaning Washington will naturally be stepping into a larger role.“Not that we’re glad that Geno’s gone, that’s one of his teammates. But obviously that opens the doors to showcase what he can do,” said Howard Washington Sr., Washington’s father. “… He’s just excited for an opportunity.”Washington has seen time on the court in every game since Thorpe left. In the first half against Kansas — the first game after Thorpe left — Howard picked up three first-half fouls. Washington played eight minutes against the then-No. 2 team in the country after sitting out the previous two games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWashington decommitted from Butler before going to prep school and turned down other offers just to get his shot at Syracuse. Washington Sr. said the coaching staff made no promises as to how many minutes Washington would play when he got to Syracuse.As many freshmen do, Washington had to get used to not playing much after coming off years of being one of the leading players on his own team. It’s difficult to not know when he’s going to be coming into the game, Washington said. And playing spot minutes sometimes prevents him from getting into a natural rhythm.Still, even when he wasn’t playing, Washington found ways to contribute. While on the bench, he normally sits between head coach Jim Boeheim and the assistant coaches. He’ll talk with assistant Gerry McNamara and point out things that he sees going on in the game. Washington said it helps him stay engaged in the game, and that McNamara has been impressed by Washington’s eye.“If you’re interacting with the game on the bench,” Washington said, “then it’ll just translate right onto the court when you’re in.”During the Colgate game, Washington said he told Oshae Brissett to do a quick spin move after catching the ball on the low block since the defender wasn’t in a position to stop it. When Brissett was asked postgame how Washington helps him out, he pointed to that exact moment. Coming out of the timeout in which the two discussed it, Brissett caught the ball, did a quick spin and got fouled.Washington is also one of the more active players on the bench. When Matthew Moyer got subbed out less than two minutes into the same game, Washington was the first player there to greet him. Washington sometimes sprints out ahead of Boeheim during timeouts to high-five his teammates.“I look to him as a leader. He was my point guard last year. I always listen to what he has to say,” said Brissett, who played alongside Washington last year at Athlete Institute Prep. “He’s got high basketball IQ and he helps me out a lot.”After the Kansas game, Boeheim said Washington played “fine.” Against Colgate, he said that he wished he could have given him more minutes. Brissett said Boeheim praised Washington in the locker room postgame.Washington stressed that he tried to prepare the same way the whole season and to keep the same approach whether he was playing or not. Against Colgate, Washington drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing, his first-ever college basket. He ran back on defense with the same expression on his face as he normally has.Washington Sr. and Washington talk a few times a week, Washington Sr. said, and always after games. The postgame talks usually consist of making sure Washington is always ready.“You never know when something’s going to happen,” Washington Sr. said. “And when they call your number, you don’t have time to try to catch up and get up to speed at that point of time.‘‘You’ve got to be ready to take advantage of the opportunity.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 10, 2017 at 8:22 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer