first_imgA young Donegal woman has been given a massive boost to her career.Ciara receives a gesture in recognition of her award.Ciara Monagle-Wilson, from Newtowncunnigham, recently won the Northern Ireland Animal Nursing Assistant of the Year award for 2014.Popular Ciara has worked at the St Elmo Veterinary Clinic in Derry for the past 6 years. Ciara believes in practicing what she preaches and has two dogs and two horses or her own and is even married to a farmer!She is pictured with Emma Jane, the proprietor of St Elmo Vet Clinic and Susie from Hill’s Pet Foods. NO NEED TO ‘VET’ CIARA FOR HER FUTURE JOB PROSPECTS! was last modified: June 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ciara Monagle-WilsonDerrydonegalNewtowncunninghamSt Elmo’s Vetlast_img read more

These five plays killed 49ers hopes against Vikings

first_imgHow costly? How about botching four specific plays that could have resulted in 49ers … Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.The 49ers may only have themselves to blame for what happened at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.Knocking off the defending NFC champions on their own turf wasn’t going to be easy, but the 49ers effectively killed their chances with costly mistakes.Get 49ers news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.last_img read more

USDA invests $1.7 billion to protect sensitive agricultural lands through Conservation Reserve Program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will issue nearly $1.7 billion in payments to more than half of a million Americans who have contracts with the government to protect sensitive agricultural lands. The investment, part of the voluntary USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), will allow producers to protect almost 24 million acres of wetlands, grasslands and wildlife habitat in 2016.CRP provides financial assistance to farmers and ranchers who remove environmentally sensitive land from production to be planted with certain grasses, shrubs and trees that improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and increase wildlife habitat. In return for enrolling in CRP, USDA, through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Landowners enter into contracts that last between 10 and 15 years.“We have seen record demand to participate in this important program,” Vilsack said. “Despite the current enrollment limit of 24 million acres, USDA is committed to continuing our important partnerships with farmers, ranchers, state and local governments and sportsmen to maintain the environmental benefits provided by the Conservation Reserve Program.”More than 1.3 million acres were newly enrolled in CRP in fiscal year 2016 using the continuous enrollment authority, double the pace of the previous year. In fiscal year 2016, FSA also accepted 411,000 acres through its general enrollment authority, plus 101,000 acres in the new CRP-Grasslands program, which balances conservation with working lands. More than 70% of the acres enrolled in CRP-Grasslands are diverse native grasslands under threat of conversion, with more than 97% of the acres having a new, veteran or underserved farmer or rancher as a primary producer.During its 30-year history, CRP has reduced nitrogen and phosphorous runoff by 95 and 85%, respectively, and restored 2.7 million acres of wetlands. It has also protected more than 170,000 stream miles with riparian buffers, enough to go around the world seven times. The program provides 15 million acres that are beneficial to pollinators, and hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat that has resurrected waterfowl and gamebird populations, like pheasants, quail and prairie chicken.CRP has sequestered an annual average of 49 million tons of greenhouse gases, equal to taking nine million cars off the road, and prevented nine billion tons of soil from erosion, enough to fill 600 million dump trucks.For more information about CRP, contact your local FSA office or online at Visit or follow Twitter at #CRPis30 for program anniversary background and success stories. To locate your local FSA office, visit read more

Alliance poses a challenge to Congress

first_imgThe alliance between the BJP and Rashtriya Loktantrik Party, which won Rajasthan’s Nagaur seat in this year’s Lok Sabha election, has posed a formidable challenge to the ruling Congress which is trying to retain the legacy of politically influential Mirdha family in the by-election to the Khinvsar Assembly seat. All eyes are on the farmers in the Jat-dominated constituency.The RLP, floated by the then Independent MLA from Khinvsar, Hanuman Beniwal, entered into an alliance as a regional party with the BJP and joined the NDA just before the 2019 general elections. The Khinvsar seat became vacant after Mr. Beniwal was elected an MP from Nagaur, creating new political equations in which the Congress seems to be at a disadvantage.The Congress, which has lost the seat during the last three successive Assembly elections, has given ticket in the bypoll to former Minister Harendra Mirdha, who is son of veteran leader Ram Niwas Mirdha. The RLP has fielded Mr. Beniwal’s younger brother Narayan Beniwal, supported by the BJP, as its candidate in a bid to benefit from the Jat leader’s popularity in the region. Mr. Narayan Beniwal, who heads the Khinvsar Kraya Vikraya Sahakari Samiti, has been active in the cooperative sector for a decade and raised the farmers’ issues at different forums.Amid the resentment among farmers over incomplete loan waiver despite the Congress government’s promise, Mr. Beniwal has described Mr. Mirdha as a “political tourist” visiting the region during election season. In his election campaign, the RLP candidate has charged the State government with failure on all fronts and claimed to have protected the interests of farmers.‘Benefits for farmers’ Mr. Beniwal said he would work for regularisation of agricultural power connections, removal of dark zone tag in the areas where ground water level had improved, allotment of mining lease on farming land and extension of more benefits to farmers if elected to the State Assembly.The Congress leaders have alleged that the Khinvsar constituency had slipped on all parameters of development since 2008 when Mr. Hanuman Beniwal won for his first term as an MLA.last_img read more