Broilers to biotech

first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaChicken isn’t just for dinner anymore. As a new university textbook shows, biotechnology has taken this lowly bird from the cutting board to the cutting edge.”Chickens are used for more biotech research than any other animal,” said Sammy Aggrey, a quantitative and molecular geneticist with the University of Georgia poultry science department. The new book, “Poultry Genetics, Breeding and Biotechnology,” edited by Aggrey and Bill Muir, a geneticist at Purdue University, shows two distinct poultry science communities: those who study the chicken as an agricultural commodity and those who study the chicken to better understand human disease.Building a better chicken “In the 1950s, the problem was producing enough chickens,” Aggrey said. “Over the last 50 years, we solved that problem but created new problems – mostly breeding problems. The first part of the book is about those problems and issues that need to be solved.”The second part of the book addresses poultry diseases. Approximately 40 percent of the meat produced in the United States today is chicken. Because the farms necessary to meet this demand are so large, disease transmission among the birds and their resistance to drugs have become critical issues for poultry scientists.Birds for biotechnology The final section of the book addresses poultry genetics. It’s here that the chicken’s role in biotechnology becomes apparent. That role is why, Aggrey said, chickens are high on the list of animals to be genetically sequenced for the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), whose mission is to understand the structure and function of the human genome and its role in health and disease.”One important way to understand [the human genome] is to compare it with the genomes of different animals, such as the chicken,” said Aggrey. “The organization of the chicken genome is much closer to that of a human than a mouse or rat. That iswhy this book is so important -– not just for poultry researchbut for the entire fields of genomics and biotechnology.”The poultry genetics ‘bible’The idea for new textbook was hatched almost three years ago. Since 1990, the standard book for poultry genetics was “Poultry Breeding and Genetics,” published amid some controversy, when Aggrey was finishing his Master’s degree at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.”Little did I know that I would be co-editing the next one,” he says with a laugh.Aggrey and Muir sought out the definitive, most current work to be included in the new book.”We searched scientific databases for every geneticist on earth and what they’ve done for the past 20 years,” Aggrey said. “We looked not simply at their reputations but at their real work.”Once they had chosen the scientists, they paired up those whose work was similar and each pair then wrote a chapter together. “If I write by myself, I write about my own work,” Aggrey said. “When I write with my competitor, it becomes more spicy. We may disagree here and there, or even agree to disagree but the end product is excellent.”The book was edited in cyberspace since the contributors hailed from around the world. Even the editors never met face-to-face as they compiled the book.The result, Aggrey believes, is “fantastic.””The Poultry Genome Newsletter calls the book ‘a new bible for poultry genetics,'” he said. “There is a lot of appeal for everyone in the biotech fields, including those working on humans.”Copies of the book can be obtained at www.cabi-publishing.org.(Cat Holmes is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Clean Eating

first_imgOver the past few years, “clean eating” has become a popular way to describe a diet of simple foods, and food manufacturers have taken note. Following consumer demand, food companies have simplified their ingredient lists, introduced clean labeling and started to advertise their products as “clean.”The demand for clean labeling and simple ingredients has pushed companies like Nestle, Papa John’s, Dannon and many others to simplify their food labels to keep up with competition, which isn’t an easy feat.In 2015, clean-label foods and beverages reached an estimated $165 billion globally, according to Food Business News. That figure is expected to grow to $180 billion by 2020. As consumer demand for clean labels increases, more brands are expected to follow the clean-labeling movement.But 45 percent of U.S. consumers don’t know what a clean label is, according to a 2015 Canadian global study.Ali Berg, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension nutrition expert and assistant professor of foods and nutrition in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, says the majority of consumers are often confused by new trends in food marketing. Of course, “clean food” sounds good, but that doesn’t automatically make it a healthy choice.“Butter might have a short label of only cream and salt, but that doesn’t mean it’s a great choice, nutritionally. Similarly, a bacon cheeseburger made from only organically raised and grass-fed animals with organic produce doesn’t have fewer calories,” Berg said. “Also, some ingredients that you might not recognize are really important for food safety, quality and freshness. I’ve seen consumers read an applesauce label and say they don’t know why it has ascorbic acid in it or what that is. When I tell them it’s vitamin C and it keeps the applesauce from browning, they usually are OK with it.”While simpler foods are often better for us, a clean label isn’t always superior. That said, Berg noted that many of the simplest foods, like fruits and vegetables, don’t come in boxes or cans at all. When they do, as in the case of apple slices or frozen vegetables, use the nutrition label to see if sugars or salt were added.That being said, when consumers shop for packaged foods, they need to know what they’re being sold before they pay a premium price for something labeled “clean.”Generally, a clean label emphasizes simplicity, transparency and minimal processing. It’s used to highlight the fact that the product includes ingredients with uncomplicated names that consumers recognize. There is currently no regulatory, legal or universal definition for a “clean label” or a “clean food.”According to food science and business researchers, the Food and Drug Administration has no definition for the word “natural” at this time, and it’s currently seeking input on how to define this on food labels. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which oversees meat and poultry labeling, does not have an official definition of “natural” either. For a meat or poultry product to have a “natural” claim, it must include a statement describing the term, such as “no artificial ingredients; minimally processed.”For a product to have an “organic” label, the standards are different and mostly refer to how the food was produced. An organic product’s production must meet the strict standards of the National Organic Program (NOP), which is administered by the USDA. However, some compounds, such as potassium bicarbonate, ammonium bicarbonate and calcium hydroxide, are allowed on organic labels.There is no formal definition of a “clean label,” so restaurants, retailers and food companies have developed their own definitions. Consumers should ask questions to find out what “clean” means in each situation.More and more consumers want to know how their food was sourced and manufactured, and there is a consumer demand to pare down complicated ingredients that sound like chemical compounds. But where there’s consumer demand, there are always savvy marketers willing to take advantage of that demand. Without any regulations governing “clean food,” it’s up to consumers to read labels and understand what they’re getting.For more research-based information on how to eat a healthier diet, see UGA Extension food publications at extension.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

Garrison Keillor coming to Rutland’s Paramount December 13

first_imgThe Paramount Theatre announced today that nationally prominent humorist, satirist, and iconic National Public Radio personality, Garrison Keillor is bringing his solo Christmas Special to the Paramount Theatre, in a creative partnership with The Rutland Herald on Monday, December 13, 2010 at 8 pm. Keillor is making his second appearance at The Paramount following his sold-out engagement in February of 2009.Best known as the host of A Prairie Home Companion (on the national airwaves since 1974), the show features guest musicians and a cadre cast doing musical numbers and comic skits complete with elaborate live sound effects. His weekly monologue, News From Lake Wobegone, is woven into the national consciousness and is heard by millions of listeners each week. A Prairie Home Companion regularly goes on the road and is broadcast live from popular venues around the United States, often featuring local celebrities and skits incorporating local color.A widely published writer, Keillor was a long-time contributor to The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly and was an early weekly columnist for Salon.com. Keillor is the author of numerous books, most recently ‘Liberty: A Lake Wobegone Novel’ (2008), Life Among the Lutherans (2009) and Pilgrims: A Woebegone Romance (2009). He also wrote and starred in the 2006 movie adaptation of A Prairie Home Companion, directed by Robert Altman. Keillor has received numerous honors, including a Grammy Award for his recording of Lake Wobegone Days, two Cable ACE Awards and a George Foster Peabody Award. He has traveled throughout the country performing with leading orchestras and on his own in one-man shows (like the one that will take to The Paramount Stage).Lead sponsor for the evening Dr. Michael Dick, DDS followed by Robert and Robin Veghte. Radio media sponsor is Vermont Public Radio.Garrison Keillor’s Christmas SpecialMonday, December 13, 2010 @ 8:00 PM$85.50 – $45.50 + taxLimited Seats Remainingwww.paramountlive.org(link is external)Box Office: 802 775-0903Thurs ‘ Fri. 11-6, Sat 10-2last_img read more

Foundation accepting applications for 2017 DE training

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The National Credit Union Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships to attend its 2017 Credit Union Development Education program.Due to popular demand, the Foundation will again hold four classes due to popular demand and have a waiting/notification list of more than 350 credit union professionals. The last two training sessions sold within weeks.The foundation’s unique DE Training provides critical lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy and international development issues while incorporating challenges credit unions face today.The scholarship committee will accept applications from all interested candidates.  However, special attention will be given to those applicants from small credit unions of $35 million or less and those from small leagues or associations. continue reading »last_img read more

CFO Focus: The changing landscape of liquidity

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Loan growth has outpaced deposit growth over the past few years and on-balance sheet liquidity levels have been declining. Wholesale funding levels are on the rise and deposit attrition levels continue to increase. Undeniably, liquidity is under pressure and regulators are taking notice. Now is a good time to take your liquidity process to the next level.Based on experiences gleaned from working with credit unions throughout the country as well as valuable interaction with the National Credit Union Administration, we have identified solid ways to improve your liquidity process to help exceed regulatory expectations and, more importantly, give your credit union more flexibility in managing the balance sheet to improve margin.Follow these five steps to develop a stronger, more strategically focused liquidity process:1.    Identify Your Liquid Asset CushionShifting cash and security cash flow into loans can be a fruitful strategy to protect and increase margin when rates are low. However, doing so can inadvertently trigger a regulatory concern. Management teams must identify what liquid asset “cushion” is appropriate for their business model and risk appetite (a recent focus in many exams). This cushion will depend on a number of factors.last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Monica Davy – Inclusive opportunities (#80)

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details Thank you for tuning in to episode 80 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. This episode is brought to you by our friends at PSCU. As the nation’s premier payments CUSO, PSCU proudly supports the success of more than 1,500 credit unions.Over the last few months, there have been many important conversations in the credit union industry about the diverse needs of credit union members and employees. At the center of many of those conversations is Monica Davy, Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion at the NCUA. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Monica on this week’s episode to learn more about the work she and her team have been doing over the last four years at the NCUA, and how that work has uniquely positioned them to lead the diversity, equity, and inclusion conversation through not only a global pandemic, but also the death of George Floyd and the resulting social protests.Monica and I discuss organizational issues facing DEI, and some tactics that credit union leaders can use to ensure accountability from the top-down. We also chat about best practices for creating inclusive opportunities and safe spaces; the responsibility credit unions have to address issues of racial inequality in their communities; and the need to infuse diverse, innovative thinking into credit union board rooms. In the leadership and life hacks portion of our conversation, we learn about Monica’s time at the Internal Revenue Service, her transition to the NCUA, and what she finds most fulfilling about her current role. Monica and I also talk about the difference between mentors and sponsors, overcoming self-doubt, and the neighborhood dance parties she’s put on during quarantine. We discuss how spending time with her family has become more important, and having a clean house has become less. Monica also tells us about her son’s resilience and perseverance through various medical issues and why he is the first person she thinks of when she hears the word success. Monica outlines so many ideas and actionable steps for credit union throughout the episode that you won’t want to miss. Give it a listen! Find the full show notes on cuinsight.comSubscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Monica:[email protected] www.ncua.govLinkedIn | Facebook | TwitterShow notes from this episode:A big shout-out to our friends at PSCU, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you! Check out all the outstanding work that Monica and her team at NCUA are doing here. Shout-out: Jill NowackiShout-out: CUNA’s Governmental Affairs ConferenceShout-out: Chairman Rodney HoodShout-out: HumanideiShout-out: African-American Credit Union Coalition Shout-out: Renee SattiewhiteShout-out: Beth Tucker, Deputy Commission of the Internal Revenue ServiceAlbum mentioned: Greatest Hits by Luther VandrossBook mentioned: White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngeloBook mentioned: Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi CoatesBook mentioned: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi CoatesBook mentioned: Becoming by Michelle ObamaShout-out: Monica’s sonFind NCUA’s Credit Union Diversity Self-Assessment here Previous guests mentioned in this episode: Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37 & 64), Chairman Rodney Hood, Renee SattiewhiteIn This Episode:[02:25] – Monica, welcome to the show![04:10] – Monica shares best practices that leaders credit unions can do to make sure that the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is happening for the long term.[06:46] – Monica speaks about how many of her black employees were not surprised by everything that has happened.[08:14] – She discusses the frozen middle and what it means.[09:57] – Monica shares ways that credit unions can create a safe space at work and how to make it ingrained in how you do business.[12:05] – Monica believes that credit unions have a unique opportunity to affect change with systemic racism.[13:66] – What challenges have you seen since COVID-19 hit?[15:48] – Monica discusses how the pandemic and racism will affect how members interact with credit unions.[18:24] – Do you have unconscious bias?[19:00] – Monica speaks about what credit unions need to do to stay relevant in the technology space.[20:40] – Monica shares what she will be proud to have accomplished a year from now.[24:29] – What was the inspiration to take the position with the NCUA?[26:20] – Monica speaks about how the inspiration has changed.[27:16] – You have to have all the answers is something that Monica believes is a leadership myth.[29:01] – Monica believes that the ability to make hard decisions is something that she has cultivated over the years.[31:02] – How have mentors impacted your career? What is the difference between a mentor and a sponsor?[32:44] – Monica shares a time when she felt self-doubt.[33:42] – Monica is an extrovert, and if money weren’t an issue, she would run a bed-and-breakfast because she loves to cook for people.[35:13] – What were you like in high school?[35:34] – Monica wanted to be a lawyer when she was a child.[37:04] – What is the best album of all time?[37:29] – What book do you think everyone should read?[38:26] – What has become more important, and what has become less important?[39:46] – Monica shares that her son is the person she thinks about when she hears the word success.[41:05] – Monica shares some final thoughts for the listeners.[42:40] – Thank you so much for being on the show today!last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, July 24

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCouncil goes too far in liquor store roleIn an unprecedented move, the Schenectady City Council has drafted a letter to the State Liquor Authority, urging the Authority to deny a liquor license to the couple proposing a liquor store at 844 Albany Street.They have promised to do the same for a liquor store proposed at 837 Eastern Ave.In both of these cases, the property’s zoning allows a liquor store, and both applicants have applied for approval from the Planning Commission and received it, having committed to perform every piece of property improvement and maintenance put before them.While it’s true that many people from a church neighboring 844 Albany St. have voiced strong objection, the right way to address their concerns is to change the zoning regulations, not blatantly undermine a business owner’s right to have a legal business.We say that we want to support small business, but apparently the City Council gets to decide who gets support and who doesn’t. This should be considered a restraint of trade and open the city to a lawsuit. Richard FerroSchenectadyThe writer is a member of the Schenectady Planning Commission. Replace Trump and his dangerous actsWhen will we all as American citizens stand up and stop this man who holds the highest office from further dividing and inflaming hatred in this country? C’mon people, we are better than he is. Some political strategists believe he’s purposely saying these racist remarks to fire up his base. So, if that is true, and it may be, will we finally come out and blame him when there’s another church, mosque or synagogue shooting? I will. Or, find a black man hanged in a tree? I will. To make these statements for political reasons by a president is unheard of and, in my opinion, is extremely dangerous. This president, and I hesitate when I say that, wants nothing more than to rule this country as a dictator. He’d love to get rid of any news media that is not favorable to him, just as Putin, Kim Jung Un and the rest of them do. He says whatever he wants, he lies, and calls people names. When did a president ever do that daily? Never. He’s dangerous to this country, people. He’s got to go. Let’s make that crystal clear in November 2020 and bring in someone, anyone, (male or female) that will represent this country with respect, dignity and diplomacy and most of all not lie to us every single day. Stop calling the news ”fake” when he doesn’t like the reporting. Thank you to the framers of the Constitution for freedom of the press and God bless this great country that was built by many people from many countries. Mary BakerPerthSchenectady dog park is appreciatedWith great appreciation, I wish to recognize the Schenectady Dog Park at Central Park. It’s a joyful place for our dog, Tessie, and the many friends she has made there. She particularly loves wading in the little pool on a hot day. Just saying the word “park” at home brings her to the door with a leap. Once there, our young border collie/shepherd romps and plays with abandon, getting the exercise and socialization she needs to be happy and healthy. Thank you to the city of Schenectady and the Parks Department.Russ FritzSchenectadyPro-lifers hypocrites on women’s rightsThere was another excellent letter from Mary Jane Valachovic on July 15 (“U.S. helped destroy democracy in Iran”), someone who obviously subscribes to genuine history, not to conservative revisionist history.Speaking of conservatives, conservative Christian crusaders have declared holy war on abortion. You conservatives trumpet your love of liberty and freedom, but would compel a woman impregnated by a rapist to go to term. What about her freedom? Can you say hypocrisy?Right-to-lifers, you march to protest the killing of innocent human life in the womb. I marched to protest the killing of innocent human life in Vietnam and Iraq. Did you?Here’s an idea. Anyone who would force a woman to give birth should be forced to adopt a child. Catholic priests, for obvious reasons, would be exempt. Fair enough?Paul SatorGloversvillelast_img read more

Trump ‘bullying’ blamed as key impeachment witness quits army

first_imgVindman is “retiring today after it has been made clear that his future within the institution he has dutifully served will forever be limited,” Pressman said.  “LTC Vindman’s patriotism has cost him his career,” he said.”Through a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation, the president of the United States attempted to force LTC Vindman to choose: Between adhering to the law or pleasing a President. Between honoring his oath or protecting his career.”These are choices that no one in the United States should confront, especially one who has dedicated his life to serving it,” Pressman said. Topics : Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, tweeted her support for Vindman.”The President’s vindictiveness can’t erase the truth: history will remember Lt. Col. Vindman as an American patriot, who proved his heroism both on the battlefield when he earned a Purple Heart & in the House impeachment trial when he spoke truth to power,” she wrote.Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth — a combat veteran who is on the shortlist of candidates to be Joe Biden’s presidential running mate against Trump in the fall — said the resignation “puts the spotlight on Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s failure to protect a decorated combat Veteran against a vindictive Commander in Chief.”She said she would continue to block Senate confirmation of 1,123 senior US Armed Forces promotions until Esper could give a “transparent accounting” of the situation.House intelligence chief Adam Schiff released a letter he sent to Vindman thanking him for his service.”You should not have been subjected to bullying and retaliation from this President. You should not have had to choose between your oath of office and your career. You followed your patriotic and legal duty to tell the truth,” the Democrat wrote.Vindman was present during the July 25, 2019 phone call during which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open an investigation into Biden.Subpoenaed by Congress to testify at the House impeachment hearings, the Ukrainian-born Vindman, who received a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in Iraq, said Trump’s actions were “improper.”That testimony helped build the case leading to Trump becoming only the third president ever impeached by Congress.Vindman’s twin brother, a lawyer on the National Security Council, was not called to publicly testify but was also forced out of his White House position in February.John Bolton, who served as Trump’s National Security Advisor when Vindman was at the White House, told MSNBC television that his performance had been “exceptional.””I think he merited promotion,” said Bolton, who recently published a tell-all book about his time in the Trump White House that is harshly critical of the president.”And I’m sure that Congress is going to be very interested over the coming weeks as to exactly what factored into his decision,” he said.center_img Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who provided damning impeachment evidence against President Donald Trump, retired from the US Army on Wednesday after being subjected to a campaign of “bullying, intimidation and retaliation,” his attorney said.Vindman, 45, was fired from his position on the National Security Council at the White House in February, two days after Trump was acquitted by the Republican-majority Senate.He was up for promotion to full colonel, but his attorney, David Pressman, said in a statement that would clearly not be forthcoming.last_img read more

FNQ ‘church house’ to go under the hammer

first_imgThe property was built in the 1920s“A girlfriend of mine’s daughter was christened here, and they want to come back for a look.”During the past eight years Ms Newell and her husband have put in a third bedroom, fully fenced the property and upgraded its gardens. The 1012sq m property is now set to go under the hammer, with the auction being held on-site Saturday, April 22. Selling agent Karl Latham of Elite Real Estate Services said the home was a “piece of Cairns history”.For more information call Karl on 0403 887 645. Grab your Real Estate Guide in today’s Weekend Post. 32 Queen St, EdmontonA CAIRNS southside church turned charming three-bedroom home could prove a heavenly investment for its next owner.Built in 1923, the property at 32 Queen St, Edmonton, spent more than 70 years serving the community as an Anglican place of worship.It was sold in 2000 and soon transformed into an attractive family home.Horticulturist Jackie Newell and her husband Gabriel Ayres have adored the unique property since they bought it in December 2009.“The first time I walked in I was just overwhelmed,” she said. From the front, the property looks as though it has hardly been touched, with the facade having stood the test of time.While some features from its sacred era remain, including the bell tower and altar, the interior is now a smart and highly-liveable setting.“It is a cute house and we have enjoyed many parties on the back deck,” Ms Newell said.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“People come to visit and are just amazed by it.last_img read more

Close