Little outrage at Bible-In-Schools (probably because protestors got their facts wrong!)

first_imgActivists opposed to religious teaching distribute pamphlets at Christchurch schoolStuff co.nz 27 September 2017Family First Comment: The Secular Education Network gets caught telling porkies – (but that’s not a ‘sin’ when you’re secular, is it? )“Jacob said the Connect booklets, produced by Australian company Christian Education Publications, taught children to use their pocket money to buy bibles, encouraged keeping secrets and said sinning would lead to death.CEC spokeswoman Tracey Kirkley said allegations made by SEN were inaccurate. “[They] are not at all consistent with how Religious Education is actually delivered in schools,” Kirkley said. She said the Connect curriculum was replaced by “Life Choices”, a Kiwi-written religious booklet programme, about eight years ago.”OOOPS!!!!A group wanting religious education in public schools eradicated have started to spread their message in Christchurch.The Churches Education Commission (CEC) said SEN’s claims were “not at all consistent” with current Religious Education programmes. The content they were protesting stopped being taught in New Zealand schools about eight years ago.Jacob said the Connect booklets, produced by Australian company Christian Education Publications, taught children to use their pocket money to buy bibles, encouraged keeping secrets and said sinning would lead to death.“That’s a pretty horrendous message to tell young children,” Jacob said.Their nationwide campaign aimed to reach out to parents and help them make informed decisions about their children’s exposure to Christian-focused teaching.“We do have a case before the Humans Rights Review Tribunal, and whether that gets bumped up to the High Court, we will have to wait and see.”CEC spokeswoman Tracey Kirkley said allegations made by SEN were inaccurate.“[They] are not at all consistent with how Religious Education is actually delivered in schools,” Kirkley said.She said the Connect curriculum was replaced by “Life Choices”, a Kiwi-written religious booklet programme, about eight years ago.“[Connect] didn’t fit the NZ school environment or our values of how we want things taught,” she said.Life Choices was used in 600 schools and Kirkley was unaware of any Connect booklets still used.“I don’t know even know where you could find them.”Mezy Sadat, whose daughter attends Wharenui School, said she was “comfortable” with Christian-based religious education.“I am Muslim myself, I practise my religion and I am OK with it,” Sadat said.“The more you learn the better. I don’t mean that [my daughter] should go and change her religion, but I’m comfortable for her to learn, it’s fine.”READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/97318360/activists-opposed-to-religious-teaching-distribute-pamphlets-at-christchurch-schoolKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

McKeough making herself known on star-studded team

first_imgDefenseman Stephanie McKeough boasts a plus/minus of +25 this season and has recorded three goals and 10 assists herself.[/media-credit]Playing with the likes of Hilary Knight, Meghan Duggan, Brianna Decker and the rest of the talented Wisconsin women’s hockey team makes it hard to get noticed – especially when your playing defense.But as the postseason gets progressively closer, sophomore defenseman Stef McKeough has continued to stand out as one of Wisconsin’s strongest players.“She’s one of our best defensemen, if not the best one we have, and she’s very positive all the time,” junior forward Carolyne Prevost said.Without question, McKeough dominates on defense.She is one of the most consistent players on the blue line for the Badgers, but she also plays a disciplined game, with only four penalties this season.“She pays attention to details,” Prevost said. “She’s very consistent, and that’s what you can ask for from defense. You don’t need defense to make the craziest plays out there. She’s been like that for the past two years she’s been here – very consistent, every day works hard at practice and it continues on right through the weekend. I think that’s the biggest thing for a defense is to be consistent.”But McKeough also backs up the forwards like a fourth attacker, helping her teammates set up scoring opportunities.She does the little things that set up the big plays at the other end of the rink. McKeough has 10 assists and three goals of her own, making her one of the most successful defenseman offensively.“She isn’t a selfish player,” sophomore defenseman Saige Pacholok said. “She makes the right plays; she makes the right passes. She doesn’t always take the shot that she might not want to take. She makes plays that help us all out, not just herself. I think even d-to-d passes in the neutral zone, not just throwing the puck wherever it seems right. She has a heads up for different people swinging in the neutral zone, I think her playmaking is really helping.”While McKeough has started to stand out as a defensive leader, she generally flies under the radar, much like a good defense in general.Even McKeough and Pacholok noted that if a defensive corps doesn’t get noticed it’s doing its job correctly.“You know what they say, when defensemen aren’t noticed as much, they’re doing their job and they’re doing it well, not making as many mistakes,” Pacholok said.McKeough certainly does her job nicely.She knows she isn’t expected to make the big plays and be the points leader. She realizes it’s her job to help her teammates out on the ice.“I feed off my teammates,” McKeough said. “Without my defense partner out there I couldn’t find them as an opening, or they couldn’t find me as an outlet. I think just having the ability to play with different players gives anyone an edge. I’m fortunate enough to have really talented teammates so they make me look better out there too and makes it easier on everyone else.”Without the influence of her older brothers, McKeough’s defensive poise on the ice may not be as calm and mature as is today.McKeough has four older brothers and growing up she was always at the rink watching them play hockey. One brother who particularly influenced her was never focused on being flashy and scoring a lot of points, similar to her own style of play now.“He would always tell me if your plus/minus is good as a defense, that’s some to be proud of,” McKeough said. “If you’re going to be on the ice when you’re scoring goals and the opposition isn’t scoring when you’re on the ice then you’re doing your job. That’s just kind of what I try to do. As long as I play simple, I don’t really think about what I’m doing, I tend to play better.”With a plus/minus of +25 through 28 games played this season, McKeough may not have the best plus/minus of the defense, but after allowing only 57 goals this season to Wisconsin’s 168, it’s safe to say the defense has been solid, with McKeough leading the way.McKeough never seems to give up an easy matchup or a major mistake.Even her teammates have noticed how well she sees the ice and instinctively makes the right decisions.“I also think she sees the ice so well,” Prevost said. “Everything is well timed. Whether she’s pinching, whether she’s poke checking someone on the one-on-one, she always seems to make the right decisions out there and that’s all you could ask for from a defenseman.”last_img read more

Wellington girls lose on final shot to Augusta in substate semifinals

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Report Reply 0 replies · active 388 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Duke Fan · 388 weeks ago She has officiated a few of our games and seems to be against us every time. Cowley coach was there and said it was one of the worst officiated games he had seen. It was still a very good year. We are very proud of all of you. Report Reply 0 replies · active 388 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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The ball fell through, and with it came the abrupt end of the Crusader basketball season.“It felt like we were running uphill in the sand all game,” said Wellington head girls basketball coach Kevin Hackerott. “We could never get to the top.“It was one of those game we could play ‘could of’, ‘would of’ should of’, for eternity.”For Wellington it was a bit out of character. Since Hackerott has taken over the program, Wellington is good at winning these close games in the fourth quarter.But on Friday, Wellington managed just four points in the fourth quarter. And despite never being down by more 2-4 points throughout most of the second half, Wellington led just once, when Wellington’s Savannah Cornejo hit a banker at the 1:13 mark of the fourth quarter to give the Dukes a 26-25 lead.Augusta responded with two free throws on the other end and led 26-25. Carlie McComb then drove the hoop and made 1-of-2 on the other end to tie the game at 26-all. After Augusta turned the ball over, Wellington’s Sydney Shields missed a trey. Augusta rebounded, took the ball down, worked the clock and set up the final shot in which Marlnee sank the shot.The loss ended Wellington’s season at 13-8. The Crusaders had swept Augusta during the regular season, but lost the game that meant the most.Wellington couldn’t catch a break. Augusta was 12-19 at the free throw line. Wellington was 4-8. There was your ball game. Worse, there were some key moments that didn’t go the Crusaders way.After a high spirited third quarter, Kailey Jenkins would hit a three at the two-second mark that tied the game at 22-all after Wellington had erased a nine-point deficit.The Crusader faithful erupted in ecstasy and a couple of girls leaped on the court thinking the quarter was over.The referee called a technical foul on Wellington for having too many girls on the court and sent Augusta to the foul line. The Orioles hit two free throws and instead of the game being tied, it was 26-24 Augusta.Another bad sequence came in the fourth quarter. Cornejo stole the ball and appeared to have made a layup, only to be called with a charge. That would have tied the game at 24-all.“Boy, I didn’t like that call,” Hackerott said.The game was a grind from the onset. Wellington would lead 7-4 at the end of the first quarter, but was obviously rattled by Augusta’s 1-3-1 zone defense.“I’m surprised not more teams didn’t zone us this year,” Hackerott said.The game was 12-11 Augusta at the half.Wellington came out with renewed energy, but Augusta stifled that quickly with two three-pointers and built the lead to 9. Jenkins responded with the first of her to 3-pointers to cut it to six.The Crusaders would chip the lead to a tie before the technical foul at the end of the third quarter.Both teams would score 4 points in the fourth quarter. The killer in this game was Marlnee’s final shot was Augusta’s only field goal of the fourth quarter.“This is tough,” Hackerott said. “We have five strong-willed seniors who are tough as nails and hate to lose. They will leave this program as the winningest class over a four-year period in the history of the program.Augusta 28 Wellington 26Wellington 7 4 11 4 — 26Augusta 4 8 12 4 — 28Wellington: Cornejo 6, Jenkins 8, Hefley 3, McComb 6, Shields 2, Page 1. Total 5 (4) 4-8 26. Augusta: Leedou 1, Kirk 1, Reichart 2, Madie 2, Childers 9, Robinson 3, Marlnee 10. Total: 5 (2) 12-19 28.last_img read more

United would love to ruin City’s title party says Kompany

first_img“The manager has said we’ve still got stuff to work on but just having the sun feels like a holiday. It’s not going to be but just a little bit of sun will do for us!“It’s a great thing because it gives the lads the chance to clear everything mentally and physically and come back to be prepared to go for the last push.”City did not need to hit top gear as they eased to victory over Stoke and Belgian defender Kompany was impressed with their ruthless display.“I’m really pleased with the game management and that’s something you’ve seen this season,” Kompany said.“It’s not been the case many times in the history of this club, just understanding when you can hurt the opposition and when you’ve got to catch your breath a little bit.”Share on: WhatsApp “We’ll use this 14 days to get ready mentally to keep the level up, like we’ve done every single game,” he said. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Vincent Kompany has warned champions elect Manchester City that Manchester United will be desperate to ruin the leaders’ bid to seal the Premier League title against their bitter rivals.City need two wins to seal the title and if they beat Everton in their next game on March 31, they will be crowned champions with a victory against United at Eastlands on April 7That is a tantalising prospect for City supporters, but the club’s captain Kompany believes completing the job in such fashion could prove the toughest task of the season.“I’m very specific in saying it’s not going to be handed to us. If anything that’ll be a harder achievement than anything else this season,” Kompany said.“I cannot think of a team as big and with as much quality as, first of all Everton, and then United.“Just letting us have a perfect moment? Usually you want to spoil it with everything you’ve got. I know that’s what I’d be feeling if I was on the other side.“But let’s put everything straight first – we just want to win the title. Everything else is a bonus, a cherry on the cake. It doesn’t stand or fall by this one game.”City have a long wait for their next game as this weekend’s clash against Brighton has been postponed because of the Seagulls’ involvement in the FA Cup.Instead, Pep Guardiola’s side are spending the rest of this week at a warm-weather training camp in Abu Dhabi, home of their owner Sheikh Mansour.Kompany, who starred in Monday’s 2-0 win at Stoke, believes the trip is a good opportunity to stay together as a group and hone their game-plan for the title run-in.last_img read more

Chris Kays Memorial Rugby Tournament 2020 postponed

first_imgScrumdown – the Panthers front up to the Southerners during the 2018 event.It is with regret that the Pattaya Panthers RFC are announcing the postponement of the  Chris Kays Memorial Rugby Tournament 2020, in line with the directives from our controlling unions and the Thai Government.Regarding the gathering of a large number of people and the increasing restrictions that are being placed on travel, we feel that the postponement is the only solution. I know that many people have already made plans to attend our event and some have already purchased tickets and made hotel reservations. We apologise unreservedly to those of you that have been inconvenienced and if the Panthers can help you in anyway with refunds or rescheduling of reservations please do let us know! Promoted ContentbrainberriesWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?brainberriesbrainberriesbrainberries10 Risky Jobs Some Women DobrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberriesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThembrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberriesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadebrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberriesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WaybrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberriesWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?brainberriesbrainberries We will be following the outcome of the current problems and hopefully there will be a rapid solution. At the moment we are hoping to reschedule the tournament for later in the year and hope that we can feature it as part of the thanksgiving for the resolution of the current crisis.Obviously there is no clear indication of when it may be possible to stage the *Twentieth Chris Kays* but rest assured that we will be back and we will endeavour to make it the best tournament yet.center_img We wish all of our friends and supporters a full and healthy return to normalcy and look forward to seeing you in Pattaya in the near future.With best regards,Jim HowardChairmanPattaya Panthers RFClast_img read more

Playoff hockey returns to NDCC Arena as Saints host SFU in BCIHL Final

first_imgNelson hosts Games one and two of the best-of-three series.Puck drop is 7:30 p..m. both nights.However, if a Game three is needed it will be played Sunday in the Castlegar Recreation Complex at 6 p.m. The Saints enter the Finals as the BCIHL’s top-ranked team after finishing first in the regular season standings with a record of 21 wins and 3 losses.Selkirk, advancing to the final after defeating defending champion UVIC last weekend in Castlegar, set records for both wins and points this season and picked up victories in all four games against SFU.But the second-place Clan is no pushover, as their roster features a number of former WHL and BCHL players including goaltender Graeme Gordon, who led the Vernon Vipers to a National Championship in 2010, and former Trail Smoke Eaters sniper Nick Sandor.SFU placed four players in the Top-10 in league scoring and outscored Thompson Rivers University 11-3 in a first-round series sweep last weekend. The games in Nelson will represent a homecoming for Saints forward Connor McLaughlin, who was a member of the Nelson Leafs’ 2009 KIJHL championship-winning squad.He spent three seasons in the Green and White, appearing in 136 games. Tickets for Games 1 and 2 in Nelson and Game 3 in Castlegar will be available at the door on game night or in advance from Mallard’s Source for Sports or the gymnasium at Selkirk’s Castlegar Campus.Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors, children and Selkirk College students and staff. Playoff hockey is returning to the NDCC Arena.Only the home team will not be wearing Green and White.The Selkirk Saints will be the new home team as the squad opens the BCIHL best-of-three championship Friday in the NDCC Arena against Simon Fraser University.The venue move was necessary after Castlegar Rebels defeated the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Wednesday night in Game seven of the KIJHL Murdoch Division Finals.The Rebels now advance to the Kootenay Conference Final which begins Friday in Castlegar.last_img read more

Supreme Court rules in favour of Tennis Ja

first_imgThe Supreme Court of Jamaica has dismissed an application made last Friday for interim injunctions against Tennis Jamaica brought by one of its members, Joseph Dibbs, to restrain the holding of an extraordinary general meeting (EGM).The EGM which was scheduled for yesterday was postponed by the board of Tennis Jamaica at a special emergency meeting on Monday shortly after the ruling was made. According to a release from Tennis Jamaica a new date for the EGM will be announced shortly. The meeting was postponed, the release said, to allow members to be apprised of the situation and to participate fully in the process of selecting a new administration.The injunctions were sought in a claim which was seeking, among other things, a determination that John Azar was duly and validly elected president of Tennis Jamaica arising out of the annual general meeting of Tennis Jamaica held on November 19 last year.last_img read more

NCAA jrs MVP Will Gozum commits to UP

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Gozum partners with Nigerian center Bright Akhuetie up front UAAP Season 81 as he joins a Fighting Maroons squad that boasts of potential with team captain Paul Desiderio and returnees Jun Manzo, Javi Gomez de Liaño, and UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year Juan Gomez de Liaño leading the way.Transferring from UPIS to Mapua, the 6-foot-6 Gozum made a name for himself in the NCAA, averaging 13.2 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks in his senior year with the Red Robins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHis stellar showing also earned him an invite to Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes’ “23-for-23” cadet list in preparation for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.For now, Gozum will reunite with the Gomez de Liaño brothers, his former teammates in the Junior Maroons, this time under the guidance of coach Bo Perasol. UP is coming off a fifth place finish this past UAAP Season 80 with its 6-8 record. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Win ‘feels like loss’ for Gab Banal, Marinerong Pilipino Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNCAA Season 93 Juniors Most Valuable Player Will Gozum is set for a homecoming.The former Mapua Red Robin returns to Diliman as he has committed to play for University of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments LATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbedlast_img read more

Born to Succeed Women upskills job seekers

first_imgSandiso Sibisi and several of her co-workers are volunteers for a project that teaches unemployed women life skills and how to find jobs.Sandiso Sibisi, who is passionate about education, founded Born to Succeed Women to curb unemployment among young women through mentorship, life skills and job seeking. (Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanBorn to Succeed Women has taught life skills and job seeking to 150 unemployed women in the five years since it was established. Of them, 120 women are now employed. Sandiso Sibisi, a management consultant at Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP), a global practice within Accenture, is the founder of the programme.Sibisi, who holds a BCom (Hons) in information systems from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, says the programme is open to young unemployed women who have passed Grade 12. They are assigned a mentor from the Women’s Forum of Accenture for 12 months. This helps the women to set goals and seek employment.The programme started in Gauteng. Sibisi, a Play Your Part ambassador, said she had received requests from women who had not passed Grade 12 to join the programme, as well as requests from women in other provinces.She said the initiative had recently launched the pilot of the mobile application Khweza, which gives people access to information relating to job hunting. Journalist Melissa Javan spoke to Sibisi about Born to Succeed Women.Melissa Javan: What led to your founding the initiative Born to Succeed Women?Sandiso Sibisi: Born to Succeed Women started five years ago. I grew up in a township, seeing a lot of women unemployed. I wanted to help them, but I didn’t know how. As I got older, I learned what the statistics said.MJ: Where did you start?SS: I watched people who had initiatives with the themes being women leadership and women empowerment. I replicated their model. [Through asking questions] I started to understand why women were unemployed; the human resources officer also gave me insight in it. I also found that there was readily available information about this.MJ: How old are the women you help?SS: They are women who are post-matric. So these are young women between 18 and 35 years old.MJ: Where do you find these women?SS: We get women through various existing non-governmental organisations and also get referrals from our Facebook and Twitter pages.MJ: Did you do this on your own when you started?SS: I started the initiative alone, and then we grew to team of three people. Women volunteer through Accenture. There is a full-time resource – someone who does our administration. There are six people on the team now.MJ: How many women have you helped through Born to Succeed Women and how many now have jobs?SS: A total of 150 have gone through the programme of whom 120 are employed. When I say employed, I mean through volunteering, learnerships, internship or permanently employed. We know they want a permanent job, because of the security, but for us the experience matters the most. It is important to start small.MJ: In which sectors do the women find work?SS: Mostly the IT sector; we have just started working in agriculture.MJ: Tell us about the process of the Born to Succeed Women programme.SS: It is a 12 month programme called a cohort. This is where the women are mentored by Accenture professional women. We also have workshops every second month and fun events once in a while. They get training in CV writing, interview skills, work ethics, financial management, communications and entrepreneurship.MJ: Have any of the women become entrepreneurs following your programme?SS: One of the women who went through the 2013 cohort has her own business in Alexandra, in Johannesburg. She started off in a chef-learnership. We had a partnership with Sun International, which gave her the work experience. She now owns a catering business.MJ: You said in a radio interview that lack of knowledge was a reason why people could not find jobs. Do you have any advice on empowering oneself to gain knowledge.SS: People underestimate what they can do with a smart phone. It can open so much to you. You can get qualified by doing free online courses. It can be an education game changer if you use your smart phone in a way that it is not just for Facebook and Twitter.MJ: Do you only work in Gauteng?SS: Our last intake in Gauteng was in 2015. We still do workshops there, but we’re no longer doing cohorts there. We found that there were a lot of organisations running programmes like this here in Gauteng. We have expanded to Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal and our workshops there focus on mentorship. Two of our members are based in KwaZulu-Natal. We also have people in Limpopo who mobilise people with whom we can work.MJ: You’re a Play Your Part ambassador. Why do you think that every South African should play their role in society to make the country a better place?SS: We cannot rely on the government alone to make a change. We have to be responsible citizens. This is our home and our future is here.MJ: How do you feel about Born to Succeed Women?SS: The little we have done has been life changing. You become humble because you realise how fortunate you are. Being fortunate means you have a certain privilege. You need to share what you have.MJ: What are your highlights?SS: The completion of the three cohorts in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Moving the initiative to Limpopo is also a highlight, because we are not based there. We are doing this out of our comfort zone. The project in Limpopo is called the Young Women in Sustainable Development Goal Women Leadership Programme.Source: Born to Succeed Women, International Research and Exchanges Board Inc, and Accenture.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Wayne County dairy manure storage inventory survey

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In early January 2017, the Wayne County Extension office in partnership with the Wayne County Farm Bureau, Wayne County SWCD and NRCS, the Wayne County Ag Success Team and the Wayne-Ashland Dairy Service Unit, mailed a survey to 339 Wayne County dairy farms to determine the current manure storage capacity on those farms. Addresses of dairy farms were provided by the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and included both Grade A and Grade B milk producers. The purpose of the survey was to gather base-line information to assess how prepared Wayne County dairy farms are to comply with Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) type of clean water/nutrient management legislation. Surveys were returned in early February of 2017 and Ohio University Environmental Studies graduate student Janessa Hill tabulated survey responses and prepared summaries of the results.SB 1 legislation became effective on July 3, 2015 and currently covers the Western Lake Erie Basin and contains specific provisions regarding manure application and prohibitions against application of manure (and granular fertilizer) during winter months and when soils are saturated. Depending upon who you talk to, it is expected that this type of legislation will move state-wide in the future, possibly within two to five years. In order to comply with the winter application prohibitions and other manure application provisions, the general consensus of persons who work with manure management and write manure management plans, seems to be that most farms should have 9 to 12 months of manure storage. The SB 1 law provided medium-sized facilities (200-699 dairy cattle) a year to comply with the regulations. Small agricultural operations could apply for a two year exemption before compliance. The entire SB 1 legislation text is available at: http://tiny.cc/OHSenateBill1.The dairy farm manure storage survey was designed to collect information regarding the type of manure storage present on dairy farms along with the storage capacity and typical manure application timing. Additionally, the survey asked farms to rate the degree of financial hardship that would be experienced if legislation similar to SB 1 was extended to Wayne County and additional manure storage had to be added.The goal is to use the collected survey information in conversations with legislators, policy makers, and other elected officials to provide a better understanding of the on-farm situation within the county. It is hoped that this baseline data might help to guide legislators as they craft water quality/nutrient management legislation and avoid unintended consequences for agriculture. The results of the survey have implications for compliance time frames, environmental considerations and the social fabric of the community. The information collected regarding the financial cost and hardship that will be incurred by adding additional manure storage has to be considered in any future clean water/nutrient management legislation.According to Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) statistics, there are 32,000 milk cows in Wayne County. Surveys mailed back to the Wayne County Extension office represented a total of 14,811 dairy cows or about 46% of the ODA statistic number. The overall survey return rate was 33%. The majority of dairy farms who completed the survey indicated the use of both liquid and bedded pack manure storage systems for their milking herd, with bedded pack manure storage the dominant form of manure storage for the heifers and calves. When asked about a nutrient/manure management plan, 44% of the survey respondents stated they do have a current nutrient and manure management plan and 43% said they did not. With regard to manure storage capacity, 52% of the responding farms have less than three months of liquid manure storage, 36% have three to six months of storage, 5% have seven to nine months of storage and only 3% have 10 to 12 months of storage. With regard to solid manure storage, survey results indicate that 23% of the responding farms have less than three months of storage and 34% have three to six months of storage, 14% have seven to nine months of storage and 8% have 10 to 12 months of storage.In terms of financial hardship, farms were asked to choose a statement that would best describe their situation if they had to construct additional manure storage to allow nine to 12 months of storage capacity. Approximately 20% of the survey respondents checked “It could not be done in my current dairy situation. The dairy operation would end.” Another 40% of the survey respondents checked the statement; “It could be done but at great financial hardship and greatly increasing risk of business failure.” Another 14% of the respondents checked the statement “It would be done as part of the cost of staying in business.” In a follow up question, 43% of the respondents stated they would not accept a government program if cost share support was provided to help finance the cost of additional storage to stay in business, while 11% said they would need 50% cost-share financing and 27% said it would require 75% cost share financing.More information about the survey and survey summary documents with results to all the survey questions are available on the OSU Wayne county extension website at: http://go.osu.edu/Waynedairymanuresurvey.last_img read more