Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Salford BBI, based in Cornelia, Georgia is releasing one of North America’s first spinner applicators equipped with section control that is engineered for commercial agriculture.“Section control is not new to BBI equipment,” says Richard Hagler, President of the BBI division of Salford Group. “We’ve been building models that can spread a full swath or manually turn on and off left and right side for the turf and orchard/vineyard markets for over 15 years. What makes this new section control option such an advance over other machines on the market today is the ability to dynamically stop in an already applied area, to turn on or turn off the left and/or right side of the spreader, rather than a mechanical switch the user must operate; they are built with the capacity required for large scale product agriculture.”Hagler went on to explain there were serious advantages for the farmer with this type of precision spreader control. First, since a prescription map is controlling the left/right sections the user doesn’t need to worry about guessing or remembering when to manually control the spread pattern. Even more beneficial are the economic and environmental benefits for the farmer. The section control option is able to turn off either side of the spreader in areas where fertilizer has already been applied, thus reducing wasted application and saving the user the cost of the over applied product. The system also follows boundary maps to eliminate or reduce applying outside of the field or into sensitive areas around the field such as buffer strips and water ways.“The economic and environmental benefits of the BBI section control option go hand in hand,” says Dave King, Director of Sales and Marketing at Salford Group. “This system allows for vastly improved control of the spreader for a more accurate and environmentally friendlier application at a time when we’re becoming more aware of the need to control where our inputs are applied. At the same time this system is about saving money, by keeping fertilizer application where it needs to be and not over applying or spreading outside of the field. It’s about getting the right fertilizer to the right place at the right rate and at the right time. Our spreaders are more capable of that than any other built in North America.”BBI’s section control will be available on limited models this season. The Javelin is designed to top dress urea in a 120 foot swath. Section control can be combined with the either the Javelin spinner package or BBI’s flagship spinner system the MagnaSpread. The MagnaSpread is engineered to spread fertilizer on an 80 foot swath or lime up to 60 feet.
I recently learned that in Georgia, as well as much of the rest of the country, Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), the fuel that drives much of the affordable housing industry, strongly encourages green building certification for projects that obtain these credits. Without this connection to tax credits, we would see many fewer certified green homes and apartments, and these affordable developers would not be the leaders in green building that they are today.Realizing that this segment of the housing industry is one of the few seeing much action, I recently attended the annual conference of the Georgia Affordable Housing Coalition (GAHC) in beautiful and historic Savannah.Funny money?I met a lot of great people at the conference and learned more than I wanted to know about the financing of affordable housing deals. Being a sticks-and-bricks kind of guy, I never paid much attention to the intricacies of project financing, and more specifically, the role that tax credits play.The beginning of my education on the subject started with a casual conversation about power company rebates for multifamily projects. I was chatting with a developer and mentioned that a project I was looking at was eligible for about $300,000 in rebates for energy-efficiency improvements. His response was, “How does it affect his basis?”Being a logical, straightforward sort of person, it never occurred to me that getting cash rebates for building renovations could somehow not be desirable. But I was mistaken. It seems that the tax credits on affordable projects are based on the depreciable basis in a project and they are available for a ten-year period following construction. Developers can use these credits to offset income, or if they are non-profits, they sell them to other entities for cash. In some cases, it is better to not receive rebates and other incentives as they may have less value than the tax credits they displace. There are apparently teams of accountants and consultants that run these numbers for developers, helping them figure out the best way to maximize their profits.More green building knowledge neededOK, enough high finance for me. What really struck me at the conference was that even though almost everyone there was involved in green building through having projects certified, there was remarkably little in-depth knowledge of the subject.While I consider myself pretty knowledgeable on the subject, at most conferences I find myself somewhere in the middle of the green building knowledge spectrum. At this event, I was pretty much the only expert in the crowd, something I found both fun and frightening.One panel on green building included a construction manager who was clearly out of his element on the subject. He made several incorrect and misleading statements about various insulation products, leading me to speak up and clarify his points for the audience. He really got my back up by pointing out that fiberglass batts are so much less expensive than spray foam that it’s hard to justify the extra expense. When I pointed out that when you look at overall building performance, and the work required to get different insulation products to perform to equivalent levels, then the costs are much closer, there was, thankfully, acknowledgment that first costs are not the only factor to consider.Strutting my own stuffI was on a panel with a geothermal contractor, a large PV installer, an architect, and a representative of a local affordable housing agency. Most of the questions involved the complexity of making PV and geothermal work on affordable projects, how the incentives affected their basis, and net metering and feed-in tariff issues.I was given an opportunity to rant a little, and as I wrapped up my points on existing buildings, suggesting that implementing measures like retrofitting wall insulation, window replacement, and HVAC equipment replacement without first improving ductwork were generally bad strategies (in the South at least), the moderator cheerily thanked me for contradicting everything they had learned in their careers.At this conference I learned quite a bit about how the affordable housing industry works, met lots of nice people, and made many good contacts that may lead to some future work. It is encouraging that so much affordable housing is certified green, and even though they are not necessarily the most knowledgeable green builders, they are certainly helping move the industry forward while providing healthy and efficient housing for our most needy citizens.
Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy The problem, Silver said, is how to make these other events meaningful.“The All-Star Game didn’t work,” he said, calling it “an afterthought” of the weekend despite changes like tinkering with the rosters through a player draft that was made public for the first time. “I get it. We put an earring on a pig.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe league is unlikely to make any changes — at least not any time soon — if only because a 70-game schedule like the one Silver discussed would require each team to give up six home games. Although players and coaches would love to see a shorter season, none is excited about taking a 20 percent pay cut.But the analytics conference in Boston’s Bay Bay convention center gives Silver the opportunity to think aloud about ways to make the NBA better. In past years he has addressed possible changes to the draft to discourage teams from tanking, but this year’s hot topic was New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during NBA All-Star festivities in Charlotte, N.C. A person with knowledge of the matter says that the NBA recently sent a proposal to the National Basketball Players Association about lowering the minimum age to enter the NBA Draft from 19 to 18, as the sides continuing moving toward eliminating the “one-and-done” policy that has many elite players going to college for one season. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)BOSTON — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he would consider shortening the regular season, but only if the league could develop something meaningful to do to replace the games — and revenue — they would be giving up.Speaking at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Friday, Silver raised the idea of replacing the All-Star Game with a midseason or preseason tournament in which teams would compete for a separate championship, like they do in European soccer. Or groups of teams could compete in mini-tournaments in Asia or Europe.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Celtics beat Wizards to end 4-game slide Silver said Davis’ public trade request (through his agent) was a problem for the league, but not all that different than other players who made the request behind the scenes. The more frequent shuffling of stars among teams was an unintended consequence of a collective bargaining agreement that was designed to shorten contracts so players wouldn’t be earning huge salaries long after they were productive.“Maybe that was a mistake,” Silver said.Davis told the Pelicans he would not accept an extension, but the team did not trade him before the deadline and then mulled whether to sit him out to minimize the risk of injury — and maximize its draft position. He is expected to be traded over the summer.“It’s a bad dynamic,” Silver said. “It’s a bit of a mess.”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments
On September 26th, HSN will exclusively launch UNICHEF: Top Chefs Unite in Support of The World’s Children, a cookbook published by Glitterati Incorporated that features an unprecedented collaboration of 40 world-class chefs assembled by U.S. Fund for UNICEF National Board Member Hilary Gumbel.The cookbook features favorite recipes from HSN Chefs – Donatella Arpaia, Ingrid Hoffmann, Curtis Stone, Ming Tsai and Wolfgang Puck – and other renowned chefs such as Marcus Samuelsson, Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Cat Cora and Geoffrey Zakarian.Only at HSN will customers have the opportunity to purchase a limited edition of the UNICHEF books that are signed by HSN Chefs Donatella Arpaia, Ingrid Hoffmann, Curtis Stone and Ming Tsai. For each book purchased from HSN on September 26th, HSN will donate twenty percent of the purchase price of the UNICHEF book to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. In addition, Hilary Gumbel will donate all royalties she would receive to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.To celebrate the launch of UNICHEF on HSN, Mindy Grossman and Caryl Stern will join Hilary Gumbel on-air, along with HSN chefs Donatella Arpaia, Ingrid Hoffmann and Ming Tsai, on September 26th at 10 p.m. EST for the second annual HSN Cares Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Primetime Special. HSN Cares will donate twenty percent of the purchase price of all products featured on-air and sold during the primetime special to benefit Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.Find out more at HSN.com.
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APTN National NewsThe candidates list for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations continues to grow.For the first time in the AFN’s history, three Aboriginal women are aiming for the top spot.Leaving many to wonder what kind of challenges would lay ahead for a female national chief.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.