Corning High football team falls 33-23 to Anderson

first_imgCorning >> Less than two minutes into homecoming and the Corning High football team led Anderson 9-0 courtesy of a safety and ensuing kick return for a touchdown Friday night at Cardinal Stadium. But Anderson would eventually establish its advantage on both sides of the trenches, and as a result slowly grab hold of the momentum en route to a 33-23 win over the Cardinals on their homecoming night. “We knew they would be really good up front and were going to be really physical,” Corning coach …last_img



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Livestock haulers get another waiver from ELD rule

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) granted drivers who haul livestock an additional 90-day waiver from a regulation that could have negative effects on animal well-being.A DOT rule issued in 2015 required truckers of commercial vehicles involved in interstate commerce to replace their paper driving logs with Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) by Dec. 18, 2017. In September 2017, the National Pork Producers Counci petitioned the agency for a waiver and exemption from the requirement, and DOT provided an initial 90-day waiver — until March 18 — from the mandate for livestock haulers. A final decision on the request for an exemption still is pending.ELDs, which can cost from $200 to $1,000 plus a $30 to $50 monthly fee, record driving time, engine hours, vehicle movement and speed, miles driven and location information. They electronically report that data to federal and state inspectors and supposedly help the DOT enforce its Hours of Service regulation. That rule limits commercial truckers to 11 hours of driving time and 14 consecutive hours of on-duty time in any 24-hour period. Once drivers reach that limit, they must pull over and wait 10 hours before driving again.But because livestock such as pigs are vulnerable to health issues triggered by extreme temperatures, long-established industry standards preclude drivers from stopping while hauling animals, and that could run them afoul of the ELD and Hours of Service rules, NPPC argued in asking DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Raymond Martinez for the waivers.“The U.S. pork industry is grateful to DOT Secretary [Elaine] Chao and FMCSA Administrator Martinez for this additional waiver from the ELD rule, which poses some serious challenges for livestock haulers and the animals in their care,” said Jim Heimerl, NPPC president and a pork producer from Johnstown. “This will provide the department and Congress additional time to find a solution that meets the unique needs of livestock haulers.“Drivers transporting livestock have a moral obligation to care for the animals they’re hauling regardless of any regulation.”DOT did exempt from the Hours of Service regulations and from any distance-logging requirements truckers hauling livestock within a 150-air-mile radius of the location at which animals were loaded, but the exemption is not uniformly recognized and its implementation varies by state.U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue also applauded the agriculture exemption from the ELD mandate.“The ELD mandate imposes restrictions upon the agriculture industry that lack flexibility necessary for the unique realities of hauling agriculture commodities. If the agriculture industry had been forced to comply by the March 18 deadline, live agricultural commodities, including plants and animals, would have been at risk of perishing before they reached their destination. The 90-day extension is critical to give DOT additional time to issue guidance on hours-of-service and other ELD exemptions that are troubling for agriculture haulers,” Perdue said. “Current ELD technologies do not recognize the hours-of-service exemptions for agriculture that are in federal law, leaving drivers to do twice the work by requiring use of both the ELD and traditional paper logs. This is a classic example of a one-size-fits-all federal regulation that ignores common sense to the detriment of sectors like agriculture.”For more information on the hours-of-service exemption for agriculture shipments, visit this U.S. DOT web page: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/eld-hours-service-hos-and-agriculture-exemptions.last_img read more



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SCI announces field days

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As fall approaches, Seed Consultants will put on kickoff meetings and field days. SCI has added 3 new corn hybrids and 15 new soybean varieties to its outstanding product lineup. With changing seed treatment options, trait offerings, and new corn and soybean varieties there is a great deal of information growers need keep up with. These kickoff meetings and field days are designed to keep you up to date on what is going on at Seed Consultants. The schedule is available here.Be sure to mark your calendar for the Washington Court House Field day at the Seed Consultants seed plant on August 22th. Lunch will be at noon followed by tours of the research plot, discussions of new Enlist E3 Soybean varieties, and the Enlist E3 herbicide system. Seedsman and agronomists will be available for discussion and to answer questions.last_img read more



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