University of Georgia agricultural experts will give a forecast of agriculture in the coming year at a series of events set across the state in January. The new year looks bright for Georgia livestock producers, but not for many row crop farmers.Georgia Ag Forecast is an annual seminar series that informs Georgia producers and industry leaders about the market outlooks for different commodities.Economists from the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development (CAED) and UGA Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics will share their views about future markets for such commodities as cotton, peanuts, corn and livestock.The annual seminar series will be held Jan. 14-23 in Gainesville, Cartersville, Bainbridge, Lyons, Tifton and Macon. Extension livestock economists will present Georgia cattlemen with encouraging news.“I think, in 2015, cattlemen will be looking at pretty similar prices to what they had this past year, depending on when they sold. Last year we started off the year somewhere around $1.80 per pound for a 500-pound calf. That market today is almost $2.75. You’ve seen almost a $1 increase in a year,” said Curt Lacy, the Extension livestock economist based on the UGA campus in Tifton. Farmers who sold their stock in January or February of 2014 are going to receive a much better price this year, he said. Lacy expects prices to remain high, which is good news for cattlemen in Miller, Colquitt and Early counties. Those three south Georgia counties finished in the top 10 in farm gate values for beef cow production in 2013, according to the UGA CAED, joining Morgan, Madison, Carroll, Wilkes, Franklin, Jackson and Coffee counties.“I think, in general, this is about where we’re going to be for the next year or two,” Lacy said.While cattlemen can expect good news at this year’s Ag Forecast events, row crop farmers will get disappointing news. Cotton prices are hovering at 60 cents per pound, peanuts are $400 per ton and corn prices are around $4.10 per bushel. Those are discouraging figures for Georgia farmers who are planning next year’s crops. “It’s not as rosy a forecast for row crops as we’ve had in years past,” said UGA Extension agricultural economist Nathan Smith. For peanut growers, the news is especially grim as prices could fall even more as acreage is expected to increase in 2015, Smith said. “This year is more of a getting-by year, in terms of cash flow. The outlook isn’t as bright for row crops,” he said.Nearly 1,000 business people, producers and community leaders attended the seminars in 2014.“The main objective of the Ag Forecast seminar series is to provide Georgia producers and agribusiness leaders with information on where we think the industry is headed in the upcoming year,” said Kent Wolfe, director of the UGA CAED. “It helps farmers plan what they’re going to plant in the next year, but it’s also good for bankers and others who do business with farmers or who will be impacted by the farm economy.”The Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series is organized by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. This series is made possible through the Georgia Farm Bureau Land Grant University Lecture Series Endowment and is supported by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agribusiness Council.For more information or to register for the 2015 Ag Forecast series, see www.georgiaagforecast.com, follow @UGA_CollegeofAg on Twitter or search for #agforecast on social media.
The world’s most expensive footballer is on a pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest city as he marks the start of Ramadan.French international Paul Pogba shared a picture of himself in Mecca on Sunday, captioning it the “most beautiful thing I’ve seen in my life”.He also sent a tweet wishing everyone a “happy Ramadan”.The 24-year-old became the most expensive footballer in history last summer, after Manchester United paid Juventus a reported £89m ($114m) fee. On Wednesday, he lifted the Europa League cup after Manchester United beat Ajax in the final in Stockholm. Following the end of the season, he shared a short video of himself with a suitcase, saying he was “en route” for his prayers. He is attending Umrah, a non-mandatory Muslim pilgrimage.Pogba is reported to have visited Mecca at least once before, when he performed the Hajj, a journey every healthy adult Muslim who can afford it is supposed to make at least once in their lives.Mecca is believed to be the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad, and no non-Muslim is allowed to enter.
PLAYA VISTA — The Clippers had a plan for rookie Sindarius Thornwell, but it didn’t involve checking Paul George in his first NBA start. Coach Doc Rivers’ options were limited when the Clippers faced the Oklahoma City Thunder last week without injured guards Patrick Beverley and Milos Teodosic.“I made a joke before the game: I’m starting, and they’re going to throw me on Paul George for my first starting matchup?” Thornwell said. “They should have thrown me on Andre Roberson. It was fun, though. You’ve got to be ready when your name is called.”George torched the Clippers for 42 points in the Thunder’s victory last week, although not all of them came against Thornwell. Roberson scored only four points. Thornwell countered with a career-high 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting in nearly 23 minutes in his first start.Welcome to the NBA, rookie. “I really want to see if it’s really what everybody says it is,” Thornwell said of facing players like George and Russell Westbrook. “It’s just the experience of putting up a fight. You’re never going to stop those guys. The best you can do is make it tough on them and slow them down.”One night later, Thornwell scored seven points in a career-best 31:52 in the shorthanded Clippers’ loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Then, during Monday’s defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center, he had seven points in 30:43.Overall, Thornwell is averaging 4.8 points on 44.9 percent shooting in 13 games, including three starts. His fourth start will be against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, although he’s not likely to be matched up one-on-one against James. It’ll be a team effort.“I’m looking forward to that,” said Thornwell, who helped lead South Carolina to the Final Four last spring. “It’s going to be an experience to guard him.”So far, Thornwell’s defensive game is ahead of his offensive play, which was to be expected. “My confidence on the offensive side is coming. Slowly,” said Thornwell, who turned 23 on Wednesday. “On defense, I feel like I’m good. Defensively, I feel like I’m doing my job and what they ask of me. Sometimes I hold myself back on offensive because I don’t want to make a mistake.”Rivers said he isn’t disappointed. He’s realistic. He’s willing to be patient because, well, there’s no alternative to playing Thornwell at the moment. Thornwell has filled Beverley’s role as a defensive-minded guard as well as can be expected under the circumstances.“We’re telling him who he is,” Rivers said of playing Thornwell against George, only partly joking with a group of reporters. “That’s exactly what we’re telling him. You’re a defensive player. That’s exactly the announcement our coaching staff has made to our rookie.“Actually, overall, he’s done pretty well.”Rivers then laughed after mentioning George’s explosive game against Thornwell. The rookie was simply overmatched against the veteran. Rivers said he doesn’t have high offensive expectations from Thornwell. Not yet, anyway.Defensively, it’s a different story, as far as Rivers is concerned.“Whatever offense he gives us, we’re good with that,” Rivers said. “He has a chance to be an elite defender, but his offense will come because he has great offensive instincts. What I don’t want him to do is what most young guys do, which is they get lost in their offense and then they don’t defend.“The quickest way to get on the court when you’re a young guy is to play defense. He has a gift. He should want to do that. His instincts, his strength, his quickness. He’s a want-to defender. There’s no great defender that doesn’t want to be a great defender.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
0Shares0000Yaya Toure won three Premier League titles with Manchester City © AFP / Oli SCARFFPIRAEUS, Greece, Sep 3 – Former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure rejoined Olympiakos on Sunday, 12 years after making his mark in Europe with the Greek Super League club.The 35-year-old Ivorian international played for the Piraeus-based side during the 2005-2006 season, scoring three goals in 20 matches. He then joined Monaco before moving to Barcelona between 2007 and 2010. After Gulf-based owners injected huge funds into Manchester City, Toure was one of the key signings that helped the club win three Premier League titles in seven seasons.He played 230 matches for City, scoring 59 goals but was released at the end of last season after another title triumph, although he had grown frustrated with his lack of playing opportunities in northwest England.Toure has also played for Metalurh Donetsk in Ukraine (2003-2005) and Belgian club Beveren (2001-2003).He has made 101 international appearances and scored 19 goals.No details financial details nor the duration of the contract were announced by Olympiakos.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)