By Gary Truitt – Aug 28, 2014 SHARE Nebraska Governor Dave HeinemanNebraska Governor Dave Heineman said early this week the Environmental Protection Agency is the “enemy of agriculture. Heineman said the federal government under the Obama Admiration has been overly aggressive with regulation in general, according to the Lincoln Journal Star. A recent series of proposals, from farm dust to consideration of lowering blending requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard, has striated agriculture’s relationship with the EPA.Currently, the EPA’s proposal regarding the RFS sits in the White House office of Budget and Management. The Waters of the US proposal, the latest in the series of disagreements with the EPA, is in a comment period until October 10th. SHARE Facebook Twitter EPA Enemy of Agriculture Home Indiana Agriculture News EPA Enemy of Agriculture Facebook Twitter Previous articleMorning OutlookNext articleClosing Comments Gary Truitt
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Want to see them win again? Vote for 2019 HERE.Solidifying its growing reputation as one of best outdoor schools in the Blue Ridge, Western Carolina University has once again come away with top honors in our annual Top Adventure College Contest, edging out a solid effort from Emory and Henry College of Emory, Virginia.Once again colleges and universities in the contest were selected for their outdoor clubs and curricula, their commitment to outdoor and environmental initiatives, the quality of their outdoor athletes and programs, and their opportunities for adventure, and once again WCU’s strengths shown through above the rest.“WCU truly embraces its rural mountain environment and ability to access natural resources by emphasizing outdoor recreation as a part of our university culture,” said Shauna Sleight, director of Campus Recreation and Wellness. “The university has facilities, programs, services and academic programs focused in the outdoor environment. When an opportunity presents itself to vote for WCU as the best outdoor adventure school, our university community is proud to do so for the place we call home.”One reason that WCU is revered as a top outdoor college is its proximity to renowned outdoors adventure havens like Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests.Amidst this backdrop of Appalachian peaks, crystal clear trout streams and rivers, and seemingly endless singletrack, WCU has cultivated an outdoor culture that only gets richer with each passing school year.Mitch Bearden just graduated from WCU this year. During his tenure he worked with WCU’s renowned outdoor program, Basecamp Cullowhee, and spent his free time backpacking, honing his adventure photography skills, and paddling the area’s endless supply of local whitewater.We caught up with Mitch to find out what an ideal day actually looks like for an outdoor-loving student like himself. 6 a.m. — My ideal day would definitely start with a fly fishing trip on the Tuckaseegee River in the morning, specifically the section along North and South River Roads or any of the small tributaries where native trout are plentiful (i.e. Caney Fork, Rough Butt Creek, Moses Creek). 11 a.m.—After a morning of fishing I would typically put in on the West Fork of the Tuckaseegee for some high quality class 4+ paddling. That section has some incredible mini gorges and some of the most unique scenery of any creek or river in the area. 2 p.m.— If I could squeeze it in after paddling I’d probably head back to campus to take advantage of our WCU multi purpose trails, which feature 6.7 miles of narrow, singletrack trails phenomenal for mountain biking. 4 p.m.—To finish off the day I’d watch the sunset from Whiteside Mountain near Cashiers. It’s a pretty short and easy hike and not that far from campus. Related Articles: Want to see them win again? Vote for 2019 HERE. Congratulations to WCU and thanks to ENO for sponsoring the 2016 Top Adventure College Contest. Be sure to check out the August issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine where we’ll be featuring more outdoor college content. Other great hikes to watch a sunset or sunrise near WCU include Pinnacle Peak in Sylva accessible from Pinnacle Park, Black Rock summit in Sylva also accessible by Pinnacle Park or from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Waterrock Knob, which only requires a .5 mile hike.
RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Dimitar Berbatov has admitted that Odion Ighalo is proving him wrong at Manchester United so far, praising him for his goalscoring, strength and technical ability. Some eyebrows were raised when United brought Ighalo in on a short-term loan deal in January, given that they had been linked with the likes of Erling Braut Haaland instead, but the Nigerian striker is starting to settle in at Old Trafford. The former Watford forward has now scored three goals for his new club, despite not making a Premier League start since his move – and ex-United striker Berbatov has admitted that Ighalo is impressing him. “I’m really happy to see that Odion Ighalo is settling in well,” Berbatov wrote for Betfair, “and he deserves it with the way he is playing, how he links the plays and the goals he is scoring. “All the team are happy when he scores which shows he is fully integrated, and I like the way he looks for the ball and bullies the defenders. “I’ll be honest, I didn’t know too much about him before he joined, obviously I knew about his record in the Premier League, but I questioned if he was the right man and if he would get into the team, but so far he is doing well and proving me wrong. “When you need to play more direct in a game you need a presence in the box, a guy who knows how to get onto the end of a ball, bully the defenders and win the ball. “Ighalo can do that, but he can also play, is technically good as well, he can keep the ball and give it to his team-mates and get into the box, that’s why I like him. “He doesn’t just stay in the box and try to head the ball. He is linking really well with others and that shows in the team performances when he is involved.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed a few weeks ago that Ighalo’s impact thus far may even put him in contention for a permanent transfer to United.Tags: Dimitar BerbatovFOOTBALLManchester UnitedOdion IghaloOld TraffordPremier Leaguesport
___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 7, 2020 The Latest: Gibraltar voids soccer season with no champion Most clubs in the Italian league are resuming training on an individual basis this week but last-place Brescia is one of the holdouts.Brescia is one of areas hit hardest by the virus but Gastaldello says he was never tested.He says “we’ll know if we’ve had it only once they test us before training.”Brescia president Massimo Cellino has also been a vociferous opponent to resuming the season but says it’s not because he wants his club to avoid relegation.The Italian government has not yet approved the resumption of the season. The top two teams in the league were Europa and St. Joseph’s when the coronavirus pandemic caused the season to be suspended. The federation says they were so close in the standings it could not declare a champion “in the interests of sporting integrity.”The federation said last week that on government advice the season could not be completed by a UEFA-set deadline for Gibraltar of July 20.Europa will enter next season’s Champions League qualifying rounds. St. Joseph’s and third-place Lincoln Red Imps will enter the Europa League.___The president of French soccer club Lyon says he hopes the resumption of the German league can prompt a reversal of the decision to end the season in his own country. The top two leagues in Germany have been given the go-ahead to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors.The 10 remaining league matches in France were canceled last week. Paris Saint-Germain was declared champion and Lyon finished outside the European places in seventh.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says on sports daily L’Equipe’s website “it might not be too late to imagine … something coherent on a political level.”He adds that “by adapting our methods we could probably have finished the league.”Aulas argued for a playoff system to end the league by late August and reserved the possibility to claim damages he estimated at tens of millions of euros (dollars). Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Gibraltar soccer federation says it has declared the league season null and void with no champion. ___The Kontinental Hockey League says it will not name a champion after it stopped the season part-way through the playoffs because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Russia-based league shut down in March but didn’t immediately decide how the final standings would be determined. The league is widely considered to be the strongest outside the NHL.The KHL says the eight teams still in the playoffs at the time the season ended will be ruled as jointly finishing in the top eight positions.___ Borussia Mönchengladbach is resuming full training despite what it called “very weak positive” coronavirus tests for one player and one staff member. The club says the player has since tested negative twice and the staff member is isolating at home after one negative test.___Brescia captain Daniele Gastaldello says his entire squad opposes resuming the Serie A soccer season amid the coronavirus pandemic.Gastaldello tells Italian daily La Repubblica “we don’t feel safe. They’re asking us to resume training and to get back out onto the field right away … It’s putting all of the players’ safety on the line.”He says “I’m speaking for me and for my teammates” and adds it’s not worth it “if the price of resuming is us getting seriously injured.” Soccer clubs from Germany’s top two divisions will discuss setting a date to resume the suspended season amid the coronavirus pandemic. It could be as soon as next week.The German Football League’s board reportedly favors a start date of May 15 but some clubs want it later.Werder Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann backs a May 23 start to “reduce the injury risk” with more training and because some clubs were cleared to return to training earlier than others. Mainz wants two weeks to prepare.The league was given the go-ahead Wednesday to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors.More teams are returning to full-team training instead of working in small groups. Associated Press
Tomorrow, USC suits up for its most important game of the year.With all due respect to the men’s basketball team, this game will be played in a court 2,000 miles from the Galen Center in Indianapolis, and USC Athletic Director Pat Haden will be throwing the passes.Bad puns aside, an impressive delegation consisting of USC’s best players in Pat Haden, Assistant Athletic Director J.K. McKay, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, among others, will sit before an NCAA appeals committee tomorrow, hoping to essentially cut in half the sanctions put on the football program last year.But this is by no means a slam dunk (OK, I’m done).Haden will be looking to cut the amount of football scholarships lost over the span of the next three years from 30 to 15 and reduce the bowl ban from two years to one. So, if victorious, USC will be able to play in a bowl game next year. Haden has conceded on some of the other punishments: Clearing the campus of everything related to former football player Reggie Bush, including his Heisman Trophy, and former basketball player O.J. Mayo.Ethos, pathos and logos indicate that USC should have no trouble winning the appeal.The university president, surly athletic director and enthusiastic football coach who presided over the program and who were deemed to have “a lack of institutional control” are gone. They are replaced by a very friendly, mild-mannered intellectual who has done nothing but cater to the NCAA’s every need. When Haden came in shortly after the sanctions were announced, he turned USC’s compliance department into a veritable Department of Homeland Security.Any sign of misdoings, USC has reported it. It made freshman running back Dillon Baxter pay $5 to a charity for accepting a ride in a golf cart from a student who also happened to be an NFL agent. USC complied completely with the NCAA regarding Bush and hasn’t said anything to indicate bitterness or an arrogant attitude toward the almighty organization, despite the mere slap on the wrists the NCAA gave Auburn and Ohio State for violations somewhat similar to Bush’s.But the NCAA is not an organization that relies on either emotion or logic, which is why it’s unlikely the appeal to reduce the sanctions will be granted.Citing the precedent of the Ohio State football program being basically let off the hook, despite star quarterback Terrelle Pryor being caught in possession of a car belonging to a dealership three separate times, won’t work, even though common sense indicates otherwise.The reason for this is a change to the NCAA bylaws in 2008. Before, an appeal could be won if it was determined that the penalty was inappropriate or excessive based on the circumstances or evidence.Now, it can only be won if the offending institution can proclaim “the penalty is excessive such that it constitutes an abuse of discretion” by the NCAA Committee on Infractions.This is a much harder thing to prove. In a U.S. court of law, the prosecutor needs to prove the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.If the U.S. trial system used the NCAA’s wording, nobody would be found guilty this side of Benedict Arnold.But this isn’t a trial in a U.S. court, as Haden, an attorney, knows. Thus, USC needs to play by the NCAA’s rules.“It’s not a judiciary proceeding,” Haden said. “Precedent doesn’t necessarily control the situation … At the end of the day, they don’t have to pay any attention to those. They can create new findings each time they meet.”The NCAA is also very reluctant to prove that it displayed poor judgment and that it was at fault.Rarely does the NCAA turn on itself and reverse its own rules. In the 11 appeals since this new standard came into effect, 10 of them have failed.Haden knows this and is going into the proceedings with a determined but calm approach.“I’m just realistic,” he said. “I’m just going with the odds — [about] 10 percent of appeals are successful.”There is a better chance of only part of the sanctions being reduced rather than the whole thing.Haden has stated multiple times he is going to make reducing the number of lost scholarships a priority because that’s ultimately what the football program needs to stay among the nation’s elite.USC coach Lane Kiffin has backed Haden up on this approach.Even though USC should prevail, the NCAA is not going to abort its defined culture anytime soon. Up by 25 in the fourth quarter, look for the NCAA to go for two.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Fridays. To comment on this article email Kenny at [email protected] or visit dailytrojan.com.