Ag Awareness

first_imgArea third graders got a chance to get outside and explore Thursday morning on the Tifton campus of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.As part of the campus’ annual Agricultural and Environmental Awareness Day, almost 900 students from Tift County, Cook County and Turner County were on campus learning about various subjects consistent with what’s being taught in the classroom. The topics included the sun’s effect on the Earth, cotton, the importance of animal agriculture, insects, plants, recycling and solar energy. “Our main goal is to teach and educate. A lot of these kids, this is the only way they’ll ever have any communication or anything to do with the farming community or agriculture,” said Benjie Baldree, program manager and a researcher on the UGA-Tifton Campus. “Everybody just loves to get outside and enjoy the weather and have a good time. We’re trying to educate them as well as let them have some fun.”According to Baldree, between 75 and 80 volunteers helped with the event. Amongst those volunteers were UGA Peanut Agronomist John Beasley and Worth County Extension Agent Larry Varnedoe. Beasley talked about how the sun warms the Earth and its effect on different plants. Varnedoe’s discussion revolved around the importance of animal agriculture.“The main thing I wanted to get across to these kids is (let them know) where does food come from. It doesn’t come out of Winn-Dixie or Wal-Mart. It has to come from some place else,” Varnedoe said. “My main objective is to try to educate these kids about where food fiber comes from.” “They’re third graders, they’re enthusiastic, they’re glad to be out of the classroom. I try to remind them that they’re in an outdoor classroom,” Beasely added. “They think it’s a lot of fun. I hope they take away from a day like today how important agriculture is, how important the environment is and why we’re here at the University of Georgia. “(We’re here) to try to help produce the information and data that helps protect our environment and help our farmers produce higher quality and more productive food.”Glen Harris, an Extension agronomist with UGA, was happy to engage the students in a discussion about what plants need to thrive. “Even in a rural area like Tifton, Ga., there (are) kids that don’t know as much about agriculture as you would think,” Harris said. “They’re good groups. The teachers do a great job. They do seem to get a lot of it.”Students and teachers look forward to Agricultural and Environmental Awareness Day, said Joe West, assistant dean on the Tifton Campus.“The kids ask a lot of good questions. They’re interested,” West said. “Our folks have been doing this for so long they really know how to make it fun. When they make it fun, the kids interact. It’s really a good experience for the kids and they respond very positively.”This is the first of two awareness days that UGA will host this year. These same third graders will return to the UGA Tifton Campus in the fall as fourth graders.last_img read more

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Senegal can repeat 2002 WC success in 2018: Cisse

first_imgYekaterinburg, June 23: Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse said on Saturday that his team could repeat their 2002 FIFA World Cup success at this years tournament in Russia. Senegal defeated Poland 2-1 in their first encounter at this year’s World Cup, reported Sputnik news agency.During their first appearance at the World Cup in 2002, Senegal stunned then defending champions France 1-0 in the tournament opener.Senegal, who had Cisse on their 2002 roster, reached the quarter-finals, eventually losing 0-1 to Turkey.”We had a great generation of players then (in 2002), we have a good generation now. I think we have everything we need to put in such a good performance as then. The team is very motivated, we’ll try to do our best to continue playing good football. We won the first match, and the victory in the second match can become the key one,” Cisse told journalists.Senegal will next take on Japan here on Sunday.”We know that Japan is a good team, they’re good at passing, they can put pressure (on the opponent), they’re very disciplined,” Cisse added.The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches set to be played in 11 cities across Russia. IANSlast_img read more

Julian Buescher thrives at college level after leaving career in Germany

first_img Related Stories Syracuse reaches Elite Eight for 1st time in program history with 3-1 win over Seattle Nods of yes and no served as his only tools of communication when former Syracuse goalie Alex Bono’s family drove him around to show him the area.Everything was new, but soccer was the same. Hours alone juggling soccer balls in Manley Field House helped Buescher escape.His technical ability was what Syracuse associate head coach Jukka Masalin had seen in highlight videos during the recruiting process. For the rest, Masalin relied on managers in Germany and “dear friends” that he asked to watch the future star play and train about six times — unbeknownst to Buescher.What came back were reports of an undisciplined player compared to the rest of the parts of the German machine. He was lightweight, too, and lacked athleticism.But what he did have was the innate technical ability and a wealth of untapped potential. It was enough for Masalin and Syracuse to pull the trigger on a guy they had never seen play in person — a first for the staff, he thinks — and who was desperate to enroll right away to not lose a year of eligibility after his gap year.“We got so much information on him at the end of it and we had to make a quick decision,” Masalin said.Buescher had only decided to look at American schools a few months prior at the suggestion of Matthew Taylor, a teammate in Germany who had played at UCLA and in Major League Soccer before going international.He spoke with UCLA and other big soccer schools, but their interest vanished because he hardly knew English. Then the Orange came along and within six weeks of committing, he arrived in Syracuse, a 20-year-old freshman.Senior Juuso Pasanen referred to him as the grandpa of the team and Buescher, now a sophomore, calls himself a fourth-year senior. Two years at the semi-professional level gave him more experience than a typical freshman, but the clock was ticking on his career.“I come here and realize that I have to get the work done. I’m really late,” Buescher said. “I don’t want to waste another year.”The first thing to do was get stronger and faster. He spent time in the weight room and began his first season as the fittest player on the team, Masalin said. Though he couldn’t do any pushups when he arrived, he can manage a few now.His freshman season was a slight disappointment, he said, with no goals and just five assists despite starting every game. The Orange didn’t need him to be the go-to point producer.This year, it has, and the result has been a team-leading 27 points — eight goals and 11 assists. Two assists, including a spin move inside the penalty box and a slick pass to defender Louis Cross, pushed SU past Dartmouth on Nov. 22.  Another assist on Saturday sent the Orange to the Elite Eight.Disclaimer: This video contains explicit language “We saw that he has potential to be a fricken hell of a player and he’s starting to answer those questions now,” Masalin said. “I think he’s got more in his locker and he needs to be pushed in that way.”Buescher originally considered returning to Germany after school, but he seems to have put that aside to make a career in the United States.He worked out with five different MLS teams during the summer, spending a week with each.“I like America,” he said. “Let’s just say that.”Buescher, made fun of most for the way he says words with “th,” doesn’t have many pieces of Germany with him. He just has some customs and traditions, like his natural aversion to peanut butter, and a pair of sandals with the German national flag printed across the strap.His roots are evident in his accent and his play on the field. But Germany is where his career stalled. He’s left that behind and created a renewed dream in the U.S.“I just went a different way,” Buescher said. “I wont regret it because I made the decision and I go fully for it. It could be different, could be not. You never know.” Comments Published on December 1, 2015 at 9:12 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettuscenter_img Julian Buescher’s career in Germany was coming to a slow halt.He had once started a game in front of 30,104 fans, getting a taste of what it’d be like to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a professional German soccer player — his highest career point. But after that, he’d been relegated to the bench, spending more time there than on the field.He had friends who had failed professionally and were now struggling. His mother asked if he was doing the right thing, still trying to make it to that level. Finally, Buescher decided enough was enough and put his professional aspirations on pause.“It is what it is,” he said, looking down at the ground and his voice trailing off. “I decided not to stay and to fight at that point.”After pursuing professional soccer for two years, the 22-year-old Buescher, a player once tagged as the top midfielder in the U-19 German Bundesliga, came to America to play collegiate soccer. He’s traded the 40,000 seat stadiums in Germany for SU Soccer Stadium’s 1,500-person metal bleachers. The decision has paid off.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis time on the bench has been swapped out for a starring role as the leading scorer for a Syracuse team that’s headed to the first Elite Eight in program history. On Tuesday, he was named a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy, an award for the nation’s top player. And his career, once reaching a dead end in Germany, has found a new path through Syracuse.“He’s an exciting player … and has the ability to be a game changer,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said. “… It’s worked out great on both sides.”Buescher’s time at Syracuse began “kind of depressing.” It was January, cold and dreary. He couldn’t talk with most people, including his new teammates, because of the language barrier. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more