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December 31, 2020

UVM’s December commencement to be held December 15

first_imgThe closing reflection will be delivered by Provost Jane Knodell. 
  The December ceremony recognizes those students who completed their coursework at the end of the summer or who will complete degree requirements at the end of the fall semester. Students may choose to participate in December commencement or return for the spring ceremony in May 2013. Students with questions about eligibility may contact their dean’s office or the registrar’s office.Students, wearing academic regalia, will be recognized individually as they receive a diploma cover on stage; graduate students will be hooded on stage. Diplomas will be mailed in January after final grades are submitted and the Faculty Senate votes on the conferring of the degrees. Latin honors cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude will be awarded in May when all grades are tallied. Caps and gowns are available at the UVM Bookstore now, along with announcements. Photographs will be taken of each student upon crossing the stage.
   Students are asked to line up for the ceremony in Patrick Gymnasium at 8:15 a.m., and faculty will line up in the dance studio starting at 8:30 a.m.Honorary degrees will be conferred on Theresa L. Tomasi and, posthumously, Carl H. Reidel. This is the first time the degrees have been awarded at December commencement. Tomasi, a class of 1950 alumna, has dedicated her life to child welfare, adopting 27 children from countries around the world as a single mother, serving as a case worker for the state of Vermont for 11 years and in leadership positions at the DeGosbriand Hospital and the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont in Burlington for 29 years. She received both the David Goldberg Award for Commitment to Improving the Lives of Vermont Children and the Child Protection Network Lifetime Achievement Award. University of Vermont,The University of Vermonts 210th commencement ceremony will take place from 9 to 11 am, Saturday, December 15, in the Athletic Complex Multipurpose Facility.
  Rachel Johnson, Robert L. Bickford Green and Gold Professor, former dean of the UVMs College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and a nationally prominent nutritionist, will deliver the commencement address to an expected 300  graduates. A reception will follow in the Grand Maple Ballroom and Olin Atrium of the Davis Center.  Reidel launched the nations first university-wide interdisciplinary Environmental Program at UVM in 1972 and was the director of the universitys Environmental Studies program for 28 years. Reidel, who also taught at the University of Minnesota, Williams, Yale and Harvard, served as vice president of the National Wildlife Federation, director of the National Parks Association, the first chair of the Citizen Advisory Committee on the Future of Lake Champlain and as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives.center_img Commencement parking is located on the main campus in the parking lots at Jeffords Hall and Given Medical Building near the Davis Center. Campus shuttle buses will transport graduates and guests to and from the commencement ceremony in the Multipurpose Facility on the Athletic Campus. Buses will run every five to seven minutes from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to the Patrick Gym/Multipurpose Facility (ceremony), the front door of the Davis Center (reception), and parking lots (bus stops located at the east door of Jeffords Hall and the lobby of the Given Medical Building). Both Jeffords Hall and the Given Building will be open to provide shelter from the weather.In the event of severe weather that would make travel unsafe, the December commencement ceremony will be cancelled. An announcement will be posted on the UVM homepage and on the recorded message at (802) 656-3309 or toll free (800) 903-6601.
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December 18, 2020

Ft. Lauderdale lawyer helps distributes toys in Haiti

first_img February 1, 2015 Regular News Ft. Lauderdale lawyer helps distributes toys in Haiti KARLINE LEE OF PHELAN HALLINAN IN FT. LAUDERDALE participated in distributing toys in Haiti in December, on the campus of Freres De Saint Louis De Gonzague in Delmis, Haiti. More than 1,000 children received gifts.last_img

December 17, 2020

Big win needed against Jackrabbits

first_imgAnderson said he is afraid that the streak has worn on his players. The Gophers’ season, which began with wins against ranked teams Tulane, Pepperdine and then-No.2 Missouri, has begun to snowball the past month.“You can’t let the expectations and the history of the program affect how you play,” he said. “I think that this team especially has been haunted by that at times because they recognize the history and tradition, and when it starts to go bad you say, ‘Oh I don’t want to be a part of that team that doesn’t continue the trend.’“But you have to realize that if it happens it happens, and then you get cleansed and try to start a new streak. We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of success in our program, and we’re going to respect our honor and tradition and keep the mentality that this is just a blip on the radar screen and we’ll get it fixed.”The low point of the season came this past weekend when the Gophers blew late-inning leads in both their games Saturday, including giving up four runs in the final inning to lose 7-4, as they were swept in four games by Purdue.They came into the weekend seventh in the Big Ten, but dropped into a tie for last place. Only the top six finishers in the conference make the Big Ten tournament, which Minnesota hasn’t missed in 10 years.With one-third of their conference games left against first-place Michigan, it seems likely that the Big Ten tournament streak will be another streak to end this year, and Anderson knows it.“I’m not even worried about making the Big Ten tournament,” he said. “Right now I’m worried about just playing at a higher level. Until we can do that, the tournament isn’t going to happen.” Big win needed against JackrabbitsMinnesota is 10 games under .500 with 13 games left in the season. Trevor BornApril 30, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintUsually, a midweek game against a non-conference team is a chance for Gophers baseball coach John Anderson to get freshmen playing time and to work on the finer points of the game.up next Gophers vs. South Dakota Statewhen: 6:35 p.m. tonightwhere: Siebert FieldBut when the Gophers play South Dakota State tonight, the goal will be different.“We’re making it a big priority to come out and win that game, and not just win it, but try to win pretty handily,” third baseman Nate Hanson said.“Wednesday is going to be all about getting a win,” starter Kyle Carr added. “We haven’t had one in a while and we want to get that good feeling back, something to go from.”The Gophers (16-26, 6-14 Big Ten) have lost eight of their last nine games, including their last three midweek games, and are winding down one of the worst seasons in program history.They are on pace to finish 21-35, which would be their worst finish in almost 80 years, when the wool jersey-clad 1929 team finished 6-11.They are 10 games under .500 with 13 games left, and if they finish with a losing record, it would be the first time in 46 years.“It’s amazing it hasn’t happened more often, to be honest,” Anderson said. “I don’t look at it as a terrible thing. It could happen to any team at any time; nobody’s immune.”last_img read more

December 8, 2020

The ‘Hot Hand’ Debate Gets Flipped on Its Head

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal:People have been hunting for proof of the hot hand in basketball longer than Stephen Curry has been alive. The search has lasted three decades and exhausted almost all options. But the results were usually the same. There was no evidence of the hot hand. A player who made a shot was no more likely to make his next shot.Then something strange happened this summer. Economists, psychologists and statisticians started talking about a new paper on basketball. It claimed that the hot hand really does exist. But what made it truly mind-boggling was that the authors used the simplest scientific method: coin flips.The new paper, written by Joshua Miller and Adam Sanjurjo, begins with a question. Toss a coin four times. Write down the percentage of heads on the flips coming immediately after heads. Repeat that process one million times. On average, what is that percentage?Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

November 19, 2020

Online dating has become a hobby — one that is often not even that fun

first_imgShare Share on Facebook Email Share on Twitter Pinterestcenter_img LinkedIn The scene described in Nancy Jo Sales’s huge Tinder report published in Vanity Fair magazine featured groups of twenty-something friends and colleagues in a Manhattan bar relaxing after work. But rather than socialising with each other they were engrossed in the more private world of their mobile phones, seeking something completely personal: a sexual partner (albeit not necessarily just for sex).The group of friends were, in Sherry Turkle’s words “alone together” – with moments of togetherness erupting when a particularly ridiculous response or attractive photo just had to be shared among the group.A much commented-upon new development sees people going out in groups yet – once they’ve got their Mojitos – retreating into the private, disembodied social worlds of their phones. More striking still than this curious spectacle of millennials passing time on dating apps is the new emotional climate that they’ve created. It is one of boredom and amusement-seeking, and a lifestyle in which date-seeking, but not necessarily dating itself, serves as a casual hobby rather than an awkward, laborious, money- and time-intensive effort it might take to meet a soulmate when serendipity has failed. The social hobbification of online dating has certainly arisen in contrast to its origins. Mediated dating, particularly by computer technology, used to be an embarrassing and profoundly lonely pursuit. Rendered secretive and personal, it seemed to invite addictive or compulsive behaviour – something to brush even further under the carpet than the new that you were using it at all.Kate Bush captured both the allure and the sorrow of the emotional surrogacy of computers in her song Deeper Understanding (1989):As the people here grow colderI turn to my computerAnd spend my evenings with itLike a friend … well I’ve never felt such pleasureI was lonely, I was lost without my little black box.Whether people took out small ads, used professional matchmakers, employed computer dating company Dateline, or tried television or phone dating, most people kept their technology-mediated dating to themselves. I’ve found that this reticence and embarrassment is something that surrounds pre-internet dating. Millions of people used such services, but it’s hard to find them, and when you do most say it never occurred to them to share their experiences.Kate Bush’s powerful image of the lonely heart drinking in the computer’s artificial intimacy conjures up these feelings of shame – a feeling perhaps compounded by the idea that using technology to help meet people ironically deepened your social alienation. The perception was that you must be lacking in some way to require it; the “natural” system of mutual chemistry couldn’t work because something was wrong with you.But then social media came along and blurred the lines between the personal and the social, the celebratory and the embarrassing. The assumption (though hardly rock-solid) that mediated dating signified failure was reversed. This unconsciously built upon 1980s matchmakers’ marketing spiel that desirable people were single not because of a lack of appeal, but because of a lack of time. Tinder has taken this a step further by making casual dating a perfectly acceptable thing to do whether you’re short of time or not – dating to kill time.Internet-based dating has also got a lot better. So where former customers hankered for, but lacked control and convenience, today’s finely-tuned geographic (Happn, for example) and social sensors make tech-dating more instantaneously gratifying. Some sites like eHarmony, claim to be exploring the use of DNA, virtual reality and the latest behavioural psychology, excitedly predicting “full-sensory virtual dating” by 2040.In other words the online dating industry is keenly interested in using the latest technology to, or at least appear to, solve the quandary of chemistry. And they’re not keeping quiet about it: if advertisers and editors continue to lap up such claims then would-be daters are less likely to consider it embarrassing. Online dating is just too useful to be ashamed of these days.Finally, the rise of the dating app – which depends largely for its initial success on your digital social network, not your sexual power – has shifted feelings about mediated dating. Those twenty-somethings in the bar became habituated to online dating apps on their phones in part because they just couldn’t be bothered to answer all those questionnaires, nor care enough to pay for a fully-fledged dating website. Tinder culture is cool and casual, where paid-for online dating and its predecessors were or at least could easily be perceived to be a bit intense and heavy-breathing, and rank with the odour of sadness and failure.In other words, a realm of private pursuit threatened by social and personal humiliation and disappointment:Mr Peter Simper, a 34-year-old salesman from London, paid £125 for his life membership last July. He received no dates.—The Guardian, May 23, 1982Without making assumptions about the very real emotional experiences that can follow the use of Tinder and others like it, using mediated dating has moved beyond the odd and into the everyday and the insouciant. As such it has become a bit like smoking weed – good if you like smoking weed, but not so much if you hate the red eyes, fatigue, apathy and blurred vision that goes with it.By Zoe Strimpel, Doctoral researcher, University of SussexThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more

November 18, 2020

News Scan for Dec 08, 2016

first_imgReport: Illinois Elizabethkingia outbreak likely reflects ongoing sporadic casesThe investigation into a cluster of Elizabethkingia anopheles infections in Illinois that were distinct from outbreaks reported in neighboring Wisconsin and Michigan found that the illnesses probably reflect ongoing sporadic infections in critically ill patients, a team from Illinois and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).Wisconsin officials first reported an outbreak in March, warning neighboring states and asking them to see if they had any related cases. Shortly after, Illinois reported 11 similar cases, 10 of which were caused by a different genetic cluster. E anopheles is usually antibiotic resistant, is typically found in soil and other environmental sources, and can cause opportunistic infections.In the investigation of the Illinois cases, the team examined patient records to look for risk factors and looked at all Elizabethkingia infections that occurred in the facilities going back to 2012. They also noted three earlier outbreaks involving Illinois health facilities. Genetic comparison revealed that isolates from the states 2012-2013 outbreak clustered with those from the 10 new patients.No common facility exposure among the patients was seen, and the number of infections in the cluster didn’t seem to be higher than in previous years. Follow-up analysis at the CDC after the investigation was completed revealed one of the isolates in the cluster had a distinct pattern.The researchers said molecular typing is useful for identifying clusters but must be interpreted carefully, especially for rare organisms. They said the findings emphasize the importance of clinical and epidemiologic information gathering in outbreak investigations.Dec 9 MMWR report Lessons learned from mumps outbreak in highly vaccinated college settingMumps outbreaks can occur, even in highly vaccinated groups, and relying on the immunoglobulin M (IgM) test alone for work-up of patients with parotitis can lead to a missed diagnosis and put others at risk, according to a report yesterday on an investigation into a large mumps outbreak in 2014 at a New York City university. The team from New York and the CDC reported its findings in Clinical Infectious Diseases.The index case developed unilateral parotitis in the middle of January and sought care at the university’s student health center, where health providers ruled out mumps based on a negative IgM test. Reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction testing was not done.A total of 56 cases were identified, 28 of them lab-confirmed. They included students (53), staff (1), and others (2) with epidemiologic links. Likely common exposures included classrooms and dorms.The school requires documentation of two doses of measles-containing vaccine and one dose of mumps-containing vaccine, and 54 (96%) of the patients had received at least one dose of mumps vaccine. One was unvaccinated because of a religious exception, and vaccination status was unknown for another.The researchers said the outbreak underscores some of the latest challenges of diagnosing mumps outbreaks, which include transmission in highly vaccinated populations, limited sensitivity of tests, and lack of clinical suspicion and appropriate testing. Clinicians should be aware that mumps epidemiology has shifted toward adolescents and young adults, that authors added, especially in congregate settings such as colleges, and health workers should maintain a high degree of suspicion when patients present with parotitis, regardless of vaccination status.Dec 7 Clin Infect Dis abstract Expert details steps to prevent insider biosecurity threats at labsA review of attempted or actual attacks involving pathogens done last year as part of a dual-use research of concern (DURC) risk-benefit assessment for the US government found that the greatest risk to research institutions came from insiders, according to a policy forum today in Science.The author is Kavita Berger, PhD, from Gryphon Scientific, the Maryland life sciences poly analysis group that did the risk-benefit analysis for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) as part of its ongoing review of controversial experiments on H5N1 avian flu and other disease threats.Life science facilities or hospitals were targets in 26 of 93 incidents. Though most involved radical animal rights or environmental groups, some were malicious acts by insiders who sabotaged or destroyed others’ work. Ten were done by scientists or health professionals.Berger described several practices that research institutions can implement to reduce the threat, including not only physical measures, but also strategies such as behavioral risk assessment, anonymous systems for reporting suspicious incidents, strong leadership to promote secure and safe research, and ongoing mentorship to cultivate trusting relationships. She also discussed employee and student assistance programs and executive-level all-hazards risk assessment teams.Dec 8 Science policy forum Study finds link between drug resistance, early death in TB meningitisA study yesterday in Clinical Infectious Diseases reports an independent association between drug resistance and early mortality in patients with tuberculosis meningitis (TBM).The study looked at a cohort of patients reported to the TB registry in New York City from 1992 to 2001, with a focus on patients with culture-confirmed TBM and reported susceptibility results for isoniazid and rifampin—the two frontline antibiotics for treating TB. Among the 360 patients who met those criteria, 324 initiated treatment with anti-TB drugs.Of the 324 patients who initiated anti-TB therapy, 183 (56.5%) died before completing therapy, after a median survival of less than a month. Among 67 patients with rifampin-resistant isolates, 63 died before completion of therapy after a median of 31 days. But because 95% of these patients also had HIV, the investigators were unable to estimate the independent associations of HIV infection and rifampin resistance with mortality.When controlling for age and HIV status, however, the researchers observed that, among the 257 TBM patients without rifampin-resistant isolates, isoniazid resistance was independently associated with mortality after the first 60 days of treatment.”These findings support the continued evaluation of rapid diagnostic techniques and the empiric addition of second-line drugs for patients with clinically suspected drug-resistant TBM,” the authors write.Dec 7 Clin Infect Dis studylast_img read more

October 19, 2020

Lichthardt: Children And Diet – Dealing With The Selective And Stubborn Eater

first_imgThough your children may not understand everything you tell them, you still work with them daily to help them learn and grow. We need to do the same when it comes to discussing food. Rather than telling your child he cannot have a food because it is “bad” or “unhealthy,” try classifying food as either “every-day” food or “less-often” food. For example, vegetables are an every-day food, and cookies are a less-often food. As your child gets older, you can start to explain why. Keep beverages to a reasonable amount Talk about food differently Vegetables are every-day foods because they contain important vitamins and minerals that help our eyes to see, our hearts to beat, etc. Cookies are a less-often food because they contain less nutrients, and more processed sugar than our bodies need. Changing your conversation to focus on health will definitely help your child establish a healthy relationship with food in the long-run, but it may also encourage him to try something new on his plate for the time being. About Jordan Lichthardt Many different growth charts exist (stature-for-age, weight-for-age, weight-for-stature, etc.). The basic goal of a growth curve is to help us understand how your child’s height and weight are progressing as compared to other children that age. A growth curve can also help us assess whether your child is under or overweight. Unlike a standard body mass index (BMI) measurement for adults, the BMI-for-age growth chart in children has a much wider “normal” range. The lower ten percent is considered underweight, and the upper fifteen percent is considered overweight or obese; all of the middle values are considered normal. Offer a variety of foods When dealing with a picky eater, it is important to offer him a variety of nutritious foods. This is much simpler than you may initially think. At every meal, try to offer a fruit or vegetable, some sort of protein (meat, tofu, cheese, eggs, etc.) and a carbohydrate (bread, pasta, rice, potato, etc.). Put a small amount of each food on your child’s plate so as to not overwhelm him. You may also consider serving fruits and vegetables with a yogurt or hummus dip, cutting food into fun shapes with cookie cutters, or using colorful dinnerware to help your child eat better. When you make dinner creative and playful ather than a chore, your child will likely respond in a positive way. Courtesy photo A dietitian also can help if your child has sensory issues with food, which is common in children with autism or ADHD, or additional medical conditions, such as diabetes or Celiac Disease. If you feel like your child could benefit, consider giving your local dietitian a call. In hindsight, my parents were probably not encouraging the best eating habits in my brother by giving him milk whenever he wanted it. Children are very good (better than we are!) at listening to their hunger and satiety signals. They tend to eat when they are hungry, and stop when they begin to feel full. Because milk has a good ratio of carbs, fats and proteins, it tends to be pretty filling. We will never know for sure, but I suspect that milk satisfied my brother’s hunger enough, that food was only extra. To avoid this situation with your own child, offer milk (or 100% fruit juice) with meals only, and stick to water in between. This will help him feel hungrier and therefore eat better at mealtime.center_img Jordan Lichthardt was born and raised here in Los Alamos. After graduating high school, she attended Texas Tech University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences. She continued on at TTU and worked to acquire her Registered Dietitian credential, while simultaneously completing her research on the physiological biomarkers of food addiction.Lichthardt completed her Master’s in Nutritional Sciences in 2017, and moved back home. She is now enjoying life with her husband and dog Oliver and excited to be back in Los Alamos serving her hometown community as a dietitian. Schedule a consult by calling MANNM at 505.661.8900. Do not give in to tantrums More importantly is that your child follows along the same growth curve. For example, if your daughter starts out in the 15th percentile on the BMI-for-age curve, we would still expect her to be close to the 15th percentile at her tenth birthday. Your daughter may always be one of the smaller children in her class, but unless she drops too far below her own growth curve, try not to be overly concerned that poor nutrition is contributing to her petite build. By JORDAN LICHTHARDT, RDMedical Associates of Northern New Mexico The pediatrician reassured them that everything was okay, to hold out until my brother pulled through his nutritional “rut.” My parents undoubtedly wanted their son to be healthy, but there is no way to rationalize with a toddler and explain why healthy eating is so important. My brother eventually developed normal eating habits, but talk about a worrisome two years! But the question remains, at what point do parents need to be worried about their children’s dietary intake? What are the best strategies for dealing with picky eaters? Here are my top tips. Ask for a growth curve from your pediatrician. Hopefully, you will find some of these tips helpful in dealing with your own picky eater. However, it is important to know that all children are different, and what works for one child may not work for the next. If you need additional strategies or have specific nutrition questions, it may be time to make an appointment with a Registered Dietitian. Dietitians can offer a more comprehensive support, and can help you come up with a personalized nutrition prescription for your child. I am going to be blunt here: fixing a special meal for your child will not solve the problem. In fact, it may exacerbate it. Why would your child want to eat spaghetti squash with meat sauce, when she knows that after a tantrum or two, you’ll give in and fix her favorite dinner of chicken nuggets with mac and cheese? By giving in, you are only reinforcing the power struggle over food. The better option is to make whatever meal you have planned and put some of each food on your child’s plate. Whether or not she eats it is HER decision at this point. She may pick at her food or prod it with her fork, but chances are, she’ll eat something if she’s hungry. Whatever you do, do not force your child to clean her plate. Remember, your child is intuitive to her satiety signals, and making her clean her plate will only encourage overeating when she is older. Consider visiting with a dietitian Picky eaters can be a parent’s worst nightmare. My mom still tells stories of when my brother was young. He LIVED on cow’s milk from the time he was weaned, until about 3 years old. I am talking no solid food whatsoever. I cannot even imagine all the concern that caused my parents.last_img read more

October 6, 2020

USA: DMME Applies for Research Lease Offshore Virginia

first_imgAs part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy development, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced it has received a second unsolicited request from Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) for a research lease offshore Virginia.DMME proposes to design, develop, and demonstrate a grid-connected, 12-megawatt (MW) offshore wind test facility on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) off the coast of VirginiaBOEM will publish a “Public Notice of an Unsolicited Request for an OCS Research Lease, Request for Competitive Interest, and Request for Public Comment” in the Federal Register on July 30 to obtain public input on this research proposal, its potential environmental consequences, and the use of the area in which the proposed project would be located. BOEM is also asking whether there other entities interested in obtaining a renewable energy lease of the same scale within the same area identified by DMME that would support potential wind energy development.On Dec. 12, 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced funding awards for seven proposed “Offshore Wind Demonstration Projects” off the Nation’s Coasts. One of the awards was given to Dominion Resources, Inc., which partnered with DMME and others to establish the Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project. This project proposes to build the wind test facility on the OCS to the west of the BOEM-designated Wind Energy Area offshore Virginia. BOEM continues to work collaboratively with DOE in reviewing these projectsPer DOE requirements, the information gained and methodologies established from this project will be shared with stakeholders (such as future developers, non-government organizations, and others) interested in wind energy development offshore Virginia at no cost to them.Before the Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project can install any facilities on the OCS, it must obtain BOEM approval. Therefore, DMME submitted an unsolicited nomination to BOEM on Feb. 13, 2013, for a proposal to install and operate two 6-megawatt (MW) turbines, ancillary metocean facilities, a meteorological tower or buoy and associated cabling to shore.DMME has secured U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits and met U.S. Coast Guard requirements for preliminary work and has initiated wildlife, archeology, geophysical and geological data collection surveys in the area to inform future agency decisions.[mappress]Press release, July 30, 2013; Image: boemlast_img read more

September 26, 2020

Delegation in Ethiopia to voice Egypt’s Renaissance Dam concerns

first_imgThe meeting will fulfill a declaration of principles adopted during a meeting by foreign affairs and water ministers from Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia in Khartoum in late December.The three countries have been struggling to eliminate disputes over consultancy firms being sought to conduct technical studies of the dam’s impact. But disagreements also remain concerning Egypt’s demands to halt construction at the dam, which is reportedly 50 percent complete, until studies are finished.Egypt fears the dam will affect its historical Nile water share of 55 billion square meters, which it has had access to since a 1959 agreement with Sudan. Ethiopia, meanwhile, has frequently reassured Cairo that its water share will not be affected. A high-profile delegation of technical experts is heading Tuesday to Addis Ababa to attend a meeting to discuss Egypt’s concerns related to the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam, which Egypt fears will affect its portion of Nile River water.last_img read more

September 25, 2020

Weaker milk per cow tempered growth in May

first_imgUSDA: May recapReviewing numbers for May 2017 compared to May 2016:advertisementadvertisement• U.S. milk production: 18.94 billion pounds, up 1.8 percent• U.S. cow numbers: 9.393 million, up 71,000 head• U.S. average milk per cow per month: 2,016 pounds, up 19 pounds• 23-state milk production: 17.75 billion pounds, up 1.8 percent• 23-state cow numbers: 8.722 million, up 81,000 headadvertisement• 23-state average milk per cow per month: 2,035 pounds, up 16 poundsDespite a U.S. cow herd with 71,000 more cows than a year ago, production growth has been tempered by less milk output per cow, according to Bob Cropp, dairy economics professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Eight of the top 23 states saw May milk output per cow slip below year-ago levels. Milk production was down 1.1 percent in California, 0.7 percent in Wisconsin and 0.2 percent in Idaho. California’s decline was due to both fewer cows and less milk per cow, and Idaho’s declines were due to less milk per cow. Some of Wisconsin’s decline in milk per cow can be attributed to a continued phaseout in the use of recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST), which is being banned by a majority of dairy processors.May milk production growth even slowed somewhat in the Northeast and Midwest, where wet weather may be impacting forage quality as well as negatively affecting increases in milk per cow, Cropp noted.IIn contrast, states in the West and Southwest experienced increases: Production was up 4.8 percent in Arizona, 6.9 percent in New Mexico and 14.7 percent in Texas.Cow numbers increaseNationally, cow numbers continue to rise. Based on preliminary May 2017 USDA estimates, U.S. dairy cow numbers were up 2,000 head since April and up 71,000 head since May 2016.Once again, largest growth was in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas and Michigan, up 87,000 head from a year earlier. California cow numbers were down 11,000 head.advertisementPrice outlookMay and June milk prices should reflect improvement, continuing to move higher into October and November, Cropp said in his monthly dairy outlook.If growth in milk production continues at 2 percent or less, the Class III price could be in the mid $16s per hundredweight (cwt) by July, peaking in October in the high $17s, Cropp forecast. The Class IV price could be in the $17s beginning in August and stay there into later in the year.Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Class III milk futures are currently less optimistic, not reaching $17 per cwt until August and remaining in the low $17s for the remainder of the year.USDA’s monthly Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook and World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates report made further cuts to 2017 and 2018 U.S. milk production forecasts, with a slowdown in the growth of milk per cow offsetting expected gains in cow numbers. With the lower milk production, USDA raised projected 2017-18 milk prices.Anticipated milk production in 2017 was cut by about 200 million pounds from last month’s forecast to 216.7 billion pounds. If realized, production would be up by about 2 percent from 2016’s total of 212.4 billion pounds. Cow numbers are expected to average 9.395 million head for the year, while milk per cow is forecast to average 23,065 pounds, up just 290 pounds from 2016.Projected 2017 Class III prices were raised to a range of $16.35-$16.75 per cwt; Class IV prices were forecast in a range of $15.25-$15.75 per cwt. The all milk price is forecast at $17.80 to $18.20 per cwt for 2017.The milk production forecast for 2018 was reduced 300 million pounds from last month to 221.7 billion pounds. If realized, 2018 production would be up by about 2.3 percent from 2017’s estimate.Projected 2018 Class III prices were raised to a range of $16.75-$17.75 per cwt; Class IV prices were forecast in a range of $15.25-$16.35 per cwt. The all milk price is forecast at $18.10 to $19.10 per cwt for 2018.Cow numbers are expected to continue to climb, averaging 9.435 million head for the year.June margins mixedDairy farmer margins were mixed over the first half of June, deteriorating in the third quarter of 2017 while holding steady in deferred periods, according to Commodity & Ingredient Hedging LLC.Milk prices continue drawing support from strength in dairy product values, particularly cheese and butter. Meanwhile, feed prices have been creeping higher due to weather concerns in the Corn Belt. Recent hot weather has reduced topsoil moisture, particularly in the western Midwest, and rainfall has been below normal. Although it’s still early, concerns will grow if hot weather and below-normal rainfall continues into July during pollination.Global Dairy Trade index dipsLed by a weaker-than-expected whole milk powder price, Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction prices declined 0.8 percent on June 20, ending a six-session rise. The price for cheddar cheese was also down, offsetting increases for butter, skim milk powder and others. The next GDT auction is July 4.Webinars plannedPublicly available webinars providing insights on potential directions of dairy and feed markets are scheduled next week. Alan Zepp, risk management program manager at Pennsylvania’s Center for Dairy Excellence (CDE), will review dairy markets during the his monthly “Protecting Your Profits” call, June 28 beginning at noon (Eastern).The calls review current market conditions and use of the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), the Livestock Gross Margin-Dairy (LGM-Dairy) program and puts and options on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) futures market to manage risk. Calls are recorded and posted on the CDE website under the “Dairy Information” tab for those who are unable to join the live session. To register and obtain the conference line information, please call 717-346-0849, or email Melissa Andersonmanderson@centerfordairyexcellence.org.With USDA releasing Acreage and Grain Stocks reports on June 30, University of Illinois marketing specialists Todd Hubbs, Scott Irwin and Darrel Good will update supply, demand and price prospects for corn and soybeans. The webinar will be held June 30, 1-2 p.m. (Central). Click here for registration information.   Three of the five largest dairy states saw May 2017 milk production decline from May 2016, but overall U.S. production was up 1.8 percent, according to the USDA’s monthly Milk Production report. Output was down in California, Idaho and Wisconsin, mostly attributed to less milk per cow. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.comlast_img read more