U.S. Hog Inventory Drops One Percent

first_img U.S. Hog Inventory Drops One Percent Facebook Twitter Previous articleNPPC: Anti-Meat Group Shows “True Colors”Next articleLooking Back at 2020: Economy Trending Up at the Start of the Year NAFB News Service As of December 1, U.S. farms contained 77.5 million hogs and pigs, down one percent from December of 2019, and down one percent from September of 2020. Those numbers were published last week by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.Of the 77.5 million hogs and pigs, 71.2 million were market hogs, while 6.28 million were kept for breeding. Between September and November of this year, 35 million pigs were weaned on U.S. farms, down one percent from the same period last year, while U.S. hog producers weaned an average of 11.05 pigs per litter.Hog producers intend to have 3.12 million sows farrow between December of 2020 and February 2021, and 3.12 million sows farrow between March and May of next year.Iowa producers held the largest inventory among the states at 24.8 million head. Minnesota was next with 9.4 million head, and North Carolina finished third with nine million head. Indiana was one percent higher than a year ago with 4.45 million head.To get the most accurate measurement possible of the U.S. swine industry, NASS surveyed more than 6,000 producers across the nation through the first half of December. Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News U.S. Hog Inventory Drops One Percent SHARE By NAFB News Service – Dec 27, 2020 last_img read more

Iranian-American journalist gets eight years on spying charge

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa June 9, 2021 Find out more News to go further IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders “firmly condemns” the eight-year prison sentence which a Tehran revolutionary court passed today on Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi on a charge of spying for the United States.“This conviction was unjust under the Iranian criminal code and the sentence was severe,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Saberi’s lawyer was not with her when she appeared before the judges for the single hearing on 13 April. Coming as it does in the run-up to elections, this sentence is a warning to all foreign journalists working in Iran.”The Saberi case is the latest example of how the Iranian authorities arbitrarily use spying charges to arrest journalists and tighten the gag on free expression.Aged 31, Saberi has been detained ever since her arrest in Tehran in late January. The trial opened before a revolutionary court on 13 April and only one hearing was held, lasting a day. Her lawyer, Abdolsamad Khoramshahi, confirmed today to Reporters Without Borders that she has been convicted and sentenced and said he was going to appeal.Saberi’s arrest was revealed by National Public Radio (NPR) in the United States on 1 March following a call it received from her father on 10 February. The day after the NPR report, the Iranian authorities confirmed she was being held in north Tehran’s Evin prison. On 2 March, foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi said she had been working “illegally” in Iran. Judicial authority spokesman Alireza Jamshidi said on 3 March that she had been “arrested on the order of the Tehran revolutionary court and is now in detention in Evin prison.”Born and brought up in the United States, Saberi has an Iranian father who became a US citizen. She moved to Iran six years ago, working as a stringer for NPR from 2002 to 2006. She also worked for the BBC and Fox News. The Iranian authorities do not recognise dual citizenship and regard her as an Iranian like any other.Her father, Reza Saberi, told Reporters Without Borders that she had not worked for the media since 2006. She did not have access to news and information as she did not have press accreditation, he said. “Her writings were just personal notes and comments about cultural and literary subjects with a view to writing a book about Iran,” he said, adding that “she had been concentrating since 2006 on studying Farsi and Iranian culture at a Tehran university.”Bahman Ghobadi, Iranian filmmaker, has written an open letter following the arrest and conviction of Roxana Saberi. RSF_en Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts February 25, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalistscenter_img Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Follow the news on Iran News Organisation March 18, 2021 Find out more After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists April 18, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Iranian-American journalist gets eight years on spying charge Newslast_img read more

USS Fort Worth Launches First UAV

first_img USS Fort Worth Launches First UAV Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Fort Worth Launches First UAV November 18, 2013 Share this articlecenter_img Training & Education USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) conducted dynamic interface operations on the Point Mugu Test Range Nov. 5-13 with the Navy’s Vertical Takeoff Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) known as the MQ-8 Fire Scout.Although Fire Scouts have been used in the fleet onboard frigates, LCS is the first platform designed from the keel up to integrate and operate these unmanned helicopters.“Everything from the consoles in MCC (Mission Control Center), the displays, and antennas to the flight deck and UCARS were made for us to interface with Fire Scout” said Lt. Mike Chesnut, the combat systems officer for LCS Crew 104, “The Juggernauts”, who are currently the “on-hull” crew for Fort Worth.UCARS is the UAV Common Automated Recovery System, a present day “tractor beam” that locks on to the Fire Scout from miles away and brings it safely on deck without human intervention.The Fire Scout, replete with the most modern electro-optical and infrared cameras, can extend the ship’s senor range and greatly increase maritime awareness by relaying information back to the ship via data link.“It’s exciting to integrate new technology with LCS. That’s what this platform is about, flexibility and innovation,” said Cmdr. Kendall Bridgewater, Fort Worth’s executive officer.Fort Worth is scheduled to deploy next year with “The Mad Hatters” of HSM-35, Det. 1, the Navy’s first “composite” Air Detachment which will include both a manned SH-60R helicopter as well as unmanned Fire Scouts.[mappress]Press Release, November 18, 2013 read more


first_imgRECYCLING CONTEST — A few members of the Cleaner and Greener Club of Horace Mann Community School are busy collecting and weighing plastic bags and plastic film in order to compete in a recycling contest sponsored by Trex Decking Co. The club is hoping to win a bench for the outdoor classroom. ×last_img

To Preserve and Protect – Innovation at Harvard

first_imgWorking at the intersection of art and science, Harvard conservators are giving new life to the rare texts, photographs, and materials in the special collections at the Harvard Library. Brenda Bernier, acting head of the Weissman Preservation Center at Harvard Library and the Paul M. and Harriet L. Weissman Senior Photograph Conservator, and her team use innovative technologies to protect and preserve these vital materials, ensuring that they are available for generations to come.last_img

CUNA findings: Branch location matters for the underserved

first_imgCUNA released Friday the July 2019 edition of the Economic Update, sponsored by the CUNA Finance Council. Senior Policy Analyst Samira Salem reports on recent U.S. economic growth developments, most notably a forecasted slowdown in economic growth spurred by the waning effects of the tax cuts, uncertainty around trade policy, and slowing global growth and the expectation that the Federal Reserve will cut the fed funds rate in the near term.This month’s update also features CUNA’s updated economic and credit union forecast and new research from CUNA in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin’s Applied Population Lab on why credit union branch location matters, especially for those of modest means.“Our research reveals that, community-chartered credit unions locate a higher percentage of branches in modest means (71% vs. 66%) and low-income (6% vs. 5%) census tracts compared to banks. Credit unions are doing their part to reduce obstacles to financial inclusion, especially for those of modest means and low-income members,” Salem said. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more