Ag funds fall short

first_imgAs the people who must provide the research needed to keepU.S. agriculture at its best, administrators and scientists ofland-grant universities are beginning to understand theirimplications clearly.The real problem they see is that too many of the people who fund their research are thinking “farmer” instead of “food.” They’re seeing support of agriculture as helping a tiny minority instead of the food-eating whole of their constituents.”State and federal support of land-grant universities hasdeclined in many states,” said Gale Buchanan, dean and directorof the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. “As a result, we have lost substantialcapacity to carry out our research.”Buchanan said the CAES has lost more than 400 state-fundedpositions since 1990. “Our programs are very successful,” hesaid. “But they’re often taken for granted.”With their budgets declining, presidents and key administrators from more than 200 agricultural colleges acrossthe nation have joined with industry representatives to seeknew funding sources. To work collectively, a series oflistening sessions were scheduled in Ohio, Texas, California,and most recently, Georgia.”Our funding is on a collision course,” Buchanan said. “Having the presidents of our land-grant universities working together to do something about this is like having Tiger Woods in your foursome or Herschel Walker in your backfield. It definitely gives you a leg up.”The nation’s food supply should be of concern to everyone in the United States, said Peter Magrath, president of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.NASULGC, along with the National Coalition for Food andAgricultural Research, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and UGA,sponsored the final listening session June 3 at UGA.”We’ve got a real problem in terms of the erosion of support in the area of food,” Magrath said. “We need funding to maintain in this country a safe, secure and nutritious food supply. After all, 100 percent of us need to eat.”Researchers commonly apply for grants from Federal agencies and other organizations to supplement their research efforts.Information gathered from the four national listening sessions will be used to design and develop a strategic plan for increasing federal support of food-related research, extension and education programs at state universities and land-grant colleges.The funding plan will identify appropriate sources of federal funds that aren’t considered traditional partners of food and agriculture.Partnerships will be explored with agencies such as theNational Institutes of Health, the Environmental ProtectionAgency and the departments of commerce, energy and state.”I think we’re going to have to become more creative and seek new partnerships and begin to depend more on the private sector,” said UGA President Michael Adams. “We won’t apologize for depending on the private sector for funding support. Our fates are intertwined.”last_img read more

UWI put one foot into RSPL final

first_img Looking back at the game, he said that although Portmore created some good chances, it was down to his team turning over the ball a lot. “A lot of their chances were as a result of turnovers. We have to correct the mistakes and come back,” he said. UWI should welcome back the experienced duo of defender Kemar Flemmings and midfielder Dawyne Smith, who missed the game due to different reasons. “We will have back Flemmings, who missed the game because of a one-match suspension, and Rick (Smith), who had work commitment. They will make the team stronger,” Peart explained. Patrick Brown, who entered the field as a substitute in the second half, scored the all-important goal. “It is a semi-final, so to come off the bench and score the winning goal is a great feeling,” Brown said. “We have to go back and focus on the second game. We will continue the good work and move on to the final,” he added. Meanwhile, losing coach Linval Dixon rued the missed chances. ‘We missed a lot of chances that we should have scored and it came back to haunt us,” Dixon reasoned. “We have to get ourselves ready for the second leg,” he added. In the other first-leg semi-final, Arnett Gardens face off against Humble Lion at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town tonight, starting at 8. The University of the West Indies (UWI) FC made a bold step towards a place in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) final when they staged a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Portmore United yesterday at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon. Portmore took the early lead when Ricardo Morris netted in the third minute. However, Girvon Brown equalised when he scored a header in the 22nd minute. Substitute Patrick Brown scored the winner in the 68th minute. The Portmore team had some clear chances to score, but were let down by faulty shooting from Morris, Cleon Pryce and second-half substitute Maalique Foster. UWI’s assistant coach, Andrew Peart said that it was a good feeling for his team after ending a four-game win-less streak during the late part of the preliminary stage. “Yes, we are satisfied with the team’s performance and victory, based on previous games in which we failed to win,” Peart told The Gleaner. He admitted that it was a slim lead, so the two-way tie was far from over. “We are fully aware that a one-goal lead is not much to play around with. We will go back home and prepare for the return game that is set for our home turf,” the coach said. GOOD CHANCESlast_img read more

Martinez: Everton ready for artificial turf test in Europa League

first_img Everton manager Roberto Martinez Everton manager Roberto Martinez has stressed his confidence that his players are ready for the challenge of facing Young Boys on the Swiss side’s artificial pitch.In preparation for Thursday’s Europa League last-32 first leg, the Toffees have this week been training on a similar surface used by Everton Ladies and the Widnes Vikings rugby league team.Young Boys have won all five of their European games at their Stade de Suisse home this term, including a 2-0 victory over Napoli.And asked during his pre-match press conference at the stadium if he was worried about the pitch there, Martinez said: “Obviously it is a completely different surface and the bounce of the ball is different.“The home team are a bit more used to those conditions.“But from our point of view, we have done our preparation right – the whole week we have been working on that sort of surface, and I feel we are ready.“I think it is more about making sure we don’t do too much, because I think recovering from working on this sort of surface can take a little bit longer than with natural grass.“But overall, we are ready as a team to be able to perform and be ourselves tomorrow, and it is not an excuse or a reason for us not to be able to compete in the game.”Everton, who are enjoying their first continental campaign in five seasons, head into Thursday’s match off the back of an impressive effort in the group stage.They accrued 11 points en route to claiming top spot in Group H, with their only loss coming after that position had been secured, however, their domestic form has been more disappointing.The Toffees have won just two of their last 13 Premier League fixtures, and suffered early exits in both FA Cup and League Cup competitions.But Martinez, whose side came fifth in the Premier League last season but are currently 12th, hopes continued success in Europe can help the Merseysiders gain some momentum in what remains of their top-flight campaign.The Spaniard added: “For us to be involved in the Europa League is a phenomenal opportunity to grow as a team and it is something we need at the club.“European football is something that needs to run in our DNA and we want to have this on a consistent basis.“In terms of the season, we have never had a real momentum in the league and that has been affecting us in our results.“But we have been pristine in Europe and, now, in the knockout stages we are really excited and looking forward to it.“We embrace the competition and we want to take this competitive edge into the Premier League and finish the season as strong as we can.” 1last_img read more