Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program now accepting proposals

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is now accepting proposals for the 2011 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Vermont’s federal allocation for this funding cycle is estimated at $229,000. These grant funds are for the sole purpose of enhancing the competitiveness of Vermont-grown Specialty Crops, and will be distributed to through a competitive review process. The complete RFP and required cover sheet can be found online here: http://www.vermontagriculture.com/buylocal/marketing/specialtycrops.html(link is external).  Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, and nursery crops (including floriculture and turf production). The USDA maintains a list of eligible specialty crops on its website: www.ams.usda.gov/scbgp(link is external). Projects may be up to three calendar years in length, and multi-state projects are encouraged. Applications for grant funds should show how the project potentially impacts and produces measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry and/or the public rather than a single organization, institution, or individual. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets has identified the following program goals for FY2011:1.       Increase the competitiveness of organic and/or sustainable production systems.2.       Increase access to Vermont-grown specialty crops by low-income Vermonters (including but not limited to: nutrition and/or cooking education; incentives for purchasing fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets; and increasing availability of local fruits and vegetables at rural convenience stores).Proposals that demonstrate innovative approaches to achieving these goals will earn additional points during the review process.  Applicants have the option of submitting a brief (1 page or less) letter of interest by April 11. The deadline for the full proposal is May 13. Electronic submission is requested. ###last_img read more

GOtv Boxing Night: Real One, Joe Boy Clash again in…

first_imgWest African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, and his African Boxing Union (ABU) counterpart, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, almost came to blows in Lagos on Tuesday in continuation of their long-running boxing feud. Both boxers were present at the press conference to announce GOtv Boxing Night 19, at which they are both billed to feature against different opponents on 14 July at the Indoor Sports Hall of Lagos’ National Stadium.Sparks flew as boxers and their opponents were introduced by the organisers, but the event suddenly caught fire when it got to the turn of Real One and his next opponent, Hammed “Ese Hammed” Ganiyu. The latter boasted that he will defeat Real One, who responded by describing him as “chicken” and way below his grade in the sport. He followed it up, shouting loudly, with an open challenge to Joe Boy. The ABU champion leapt off his seat to meet his Real One and they had to be pulled apart.Real One yelled that he wants to dethrone Joe Boy, a wish he had twice previously expressed at the press conference to announce GOtv Boxing Night 18 and during the event in Ibadan, when he jumped on the ring to taunt Joe Boy as an expired boxer. Both boxers are rated as the best in the Nigeria’s lightweight division, a situation that has bred the wish among fans to see them take on each other. Sources close to the organisers of the event, Flykite Productions, disclosed that the much anticipated fight will hold in September at the 20th edition of the event, where Joe Boy may defend his ABU title against his bitter challenger.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Pops Mensah-Bonsu names all time NBA five,sneakers,cars,movies and more

first_imgBritish born Ghanaian and former NBA player Pops Mensah Bonsu has fulfilled a dream by staging his first ever basketball skills and training camp in Ghana.Currently serving as General Manager of the Capital City Go-Go, Pops is hoping to give kids an opportunity to pursue their respective dreams while establishing the foundations in Ghana ahead of the commencement of the Basketball Africa League.However, his trip to Ghana has not been all business and basketball.He opened up to Citi News on some of his favourites things including cars, sneakers and his top places to travel and unwind.CARSThe life of a general manager must be tedious and to get around Mensah-Bonsu has a good mix of luxury, off road and next generation technology vehicles to help him do just that.This includes an Infiniti QX 56 which he reveals is his first ever car.Porsche PanameraTeslaRange RoverBMW 760 Infiniti QX 5 TOP FIVE MUSICIANSLife has no spice without music, making it a good to medium for all moods and scenarios. As a man who has spent a greater part of his life on air planes and buses travelling to various destinations to play ball having the right music mix makes a big differenceOnce again Mensah Bonsu displays his dexterity in music in naming his most coveted musicians of all time1.Jay Z2. Notorious BIG3.Stevie Wonder4.Michael Jackson5. Beyonce The Audacity of Hope (Barrack Obama) Emotional Intelligence (Harvard Business Review) For the love of the game Energy Bus (John Gordon) The Four Agreements (Don Miguel Ruiz) MOVIESSafe to say the man loves his classic movies and is happy to keep it old school for most part.1.The Shawshank Redemption 2.Usual Suspects3.He Got game4.Coming to America 5.Hoop Dreams SNEAKERSSneaker culture is deeply embedded in the DNA of most athletes and the former Toronto Raptors and Dallas Mavericks power forward is no exception.Air Jordan OneAir Jordan Four,Air Jordan Eleven, Adidas Super Star (Shell toe) Nike Huarache. BOOKSThere is no friend as loyal as a book and Pops has a conscious collection to recommend to anyone who is interested in building their knowledge base. ALL TIME NBA FIVEPutting together a list of just five in a league that has produced so many legends can be one of the most daunting tasks ever but Mensah Bonsu did a good job.1. Hakeen Olajuwon2.Kevin Garnett3. Lebron James 4.Micheal Jordan 5.Gary Paytonlast_img read more