NegOcc’s top organic farmer pushes for better gov’t support

first_imgNegros Occidental has about 16,000 hectares of agricultural land devoted to organic farming. Jesus Antonio Orbida, one of the country’s top organic farmers, was pushing for a better government support for the organic agriculture sector. AGRICULTURAL TRAINING INSTITUTE “We hope for more governmentinterventions and incentives to organic agriculture practitioners,” JesusAntonio Orbida said last week.         Negros Occidental has about 16,000hectares of agricultural land devoted to organic farming, with almost 17,000organic adaptors.   However, the mandated area devoted toorganic farming in the province is 20,000 hectares, which is five percent ofalmost 400,000 hectares of agricultural land. Orbida also received a trophy fromDepartment of Agriculture undersecretary Evelyn Laviña as part of the NationalOrganic Agriculture Congress in Alfonso, Cavite last week and was named one ofthe 2019 Outstanding Negrosanons for organic farming of the provincialgovernment on Nov. 5.   He runs a PeacePond, a farm and fishproduction area of about five hectares, in Barangay Enclaro, Binalbagan, NegrosOccidental.    center_img BACOLOD City – One of the country’stop organic farmers, who hailed from Negros Occidental, was pushing for abetter government support for the organic agriculture sector. Orbida hoped Negros Occidental – theoutstanding province in organic agriculture in Western Visayas – would have a“perfect vision” for its organic agriculture programs. Orbida was one of the three finalistsin this year’s National Organic Agriculture Achievers Award in small farmer(individual) category.        The five percent was provided underRepublic Act 10060, or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

2nd Annual Gavin’s Ride to be held Saturday

first_imgMILAN, Ind. — The 2nd Annual Gavin’s Ride will be held on Saturday with a breakfast starting at 9:00 AM.Ride registration will be held from 10 – 11:30, with the ride leaving at noon.The cost is $20 for individuals, $25 if you have a rider and both include dinner.If you are interested in dinner, but don’t want to ride, the cost for the dinner only is $8.WRBI’s Brent Lee will be broadcasting live and on location from 11 AM – 1 PM.Gavin’s Ride is a memorial ride and fundraiser in honor of Gavin Lee to support local athletes in the Ripley County Area.last_img

Men’s hockey: UW hosts unranked team from East, St. Lawrence

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will play unranked St. Lawrence this weekend, marking the start of a four-game homestead. The non-conference matchup will be played at the Kohl Center Friday and Saturday.The Badgers settled for a draw last weekend against Northern Michigan, with a 4-5 overtime loss in the first game and a decisive 4-0 win in the second game. Despite the split, the Badgers (5-2-0) have moved up to the 5th rank in the USCHO poll.The Saints (0-6-0) have yet to win a game this season. They simply lack offensive depth and cannot keep up with their ranked opponents in the ECAC.Over six games, the leading point producer Jacob Pritchard only had one goal, three assists and four points. In addition, their starting goaltender Author Brey is abysmal, with a .861 save percentage and allowing, on average, four goals per game. But considering the Saints are determined to have a first win of the season, expect them to be ambitious at the start of the first period.Three keys to the series:Kyle HaytonKyle Hayton played a subpar game in Friday’s matchup against Northern Michigan, letting in five out of 20 shots. But expect Hayton to bounce back after Jack Berry’s outstanding performance of allowing zero out of eleven shots. Hayton will likely be determined to play a strong game against his former team.Keep the offense upWisconsin’s main strength is that they can put a lot of pucks in the net. Wisconsin has scored 25 goals over the course of seven games. Trent Fredric, Tarek Baker and Linus Weissbach are having a phenomenal seasons so far. Furthermore, Wisconsin boasts secondary scoring from Seamus Malone and Will Johnson.Defense needs to stay strongJunior defenseman Peter Tischke suffered a head injury early in Saturday’s game, resulting in Wisconsin having only seven defensemen, three of them freshmen. But the defense was strong, allowing no goals. If they can maintain their performance this weekend Wisconsin will easily win both games.Friday’s game starts at 7 p.m. and will be aired on FOX Sports Wisconsin. Saturday’s game will start at 7 p.m. and can be heard on WIBA 1310.last_img read more