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

Syracuse moving on from scoring frustrations

first_img Published on September 16, 2015 at 8:35 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] The clock hit all zeroes Friday night against Cornell and Syracuse slowly jogged off the field of another scoreless game.Frustration loomed large. Jackie Firenze struggled to find words for the lack of production. Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said his players weren’t connecting the final pass on the attack.“It’s really a whole team effort,” Firenze said following the game. “We all need to talk about it off the field and kind of bring it on the field.”So on Saturday, a team meeting was held and opinions were put out in the open.Fifth-year senior Alexis Koval called it a gut check. Everyone spoke. Even the freshmen and injured players shared their thoughts. Syracuse coaches participated as well to try and decipher what was missing on the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We knew that each one of us weren’t bringing what we had to the table,” Koval said. “So all we went through … what we thought we were missing. And everybody said desire.”Syracuse responded differently in its next game against Colgate on Sunday, scoring twice in the second half for its first win in four games. It was a testament to the team’s added emphasis placed on technique and routine in practice. Syracuse (3-4-1) will try to carry that momentum into Thursday’s 7 p.m. contest against Drexel (6-2) at SU Soccer Stadium.When Syracuse was struggling to score, Wheddon said he chose not to overemphasize the issue or the frustration. Overthinking could lead to further problems, he said, and drilling the need to score too much would prove counterproductive.“We did a balance,” Wheddon said. “We did some finishing sessions and then we eased off and just talked about how we need to play.”He turned to steady progression: Drills with no pressure, then a little bit of pressure, then full pressure. The routine is how Syracuse has been able to establish a rapport among one another.Syracuse scrimmaged on a condensed field with shorter boundaries in Tuesday’s practice. The team split between blue practice jerseys and yellow pinnies and the players executed quick give-and-go’s, weaving the ball through each other with adept quickness.The smaller field forced speedy decisions and increased the pace of play on the ball. It’s the type of quick and high-pressure play Wheddon said Syracuse is expecting from Drexel.“We always talk about having more dynamic runs up top and being dynamic in attack,” Firenze said.On Sunday, Koval looped around her defender, received the ball and scored deep in the box.It was a blindside run — when a player runs out of a defender’s field of vision to get open and receive a pass — and is something Syracuse has been practicing to add an element of surprise on the field.Wheddon called it technical repetition, and staying true to the process is what Syracuse has done all season.Consistent offense, however, has been more difficult for Syracuse. Two goals on Sunday brought a much-needed boost of confidence. Now, SU will look to put all the pieces together and continue the upswing.“The season’s been rolling, unfortunately we haven’t caught up to it yet,” Wheddon said. “Sunday was our best performance so far. We’re hoping that we can put out the same type of performance on Thursday.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Aduriz stings Barcelona with a stunning acrobatic kick [VIDEO]

first_imgBarcelona was handed opening day defeat as Athletic Bilbao defeated the Spanish champions by a goal-to-nil.Spanish international, Aduriz audaciously hit an overhead to beat Germany’s number one goalkeeper, Marc Andre Ter Stergen.The Catalan giants, however, were without their captain, Leo Messi as they suffered their defeat of the season.The Blaugrana played poorly from start to finish and Athletic stayed solid throughout, relying on a moment of brilliance from their legendary striker to win the first game of the campaign.last_img

Leicester boss hopes Man United interest in Harry Maguire will end

first_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM Puel hopes Maguire will stay put at the King Power LATEST TRANSFER NEWS LATEST targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ IN DEMAND Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father RANKED Puel said: “Of course not always players who start the season finish the season at a club but it is not in my mind that he will leave the club after just one year.“It is important to keep a player of his quality and importance to the club and the most important thing for me is to continue with him and work together.”Asked if Maguire’s new contract included a buy-out clause to further fend off potential suitors, Puel said: “I don’t know the details of his contract. But him signing is good for the club and the fans and shows the ambition of the club.” Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 1 Leicester boss Claude Puel hopes Harry Maguire signing a new long-term contract will ward off interest in the highly-rated defender.The 25-year-old was a target for Manchester United during the summer and was a key player for England as they reached the semi-final of the World Cup, before committing his future to Leicester last week by signing a new five-year deal. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more