USDA sending National Agricultural Classification Survey ahead of 2017 Census of Agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In preparation for the 2017 Census of Agriculture, close to one million potential farmers and ranchers will receive the National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS) this month to help the U.S. Department of Agriculture identify all active farms and ranches in the United States. The result of the NACS will determine who receives a census of agriculture questionnaire next December.The census of agriculture, conducted every five years by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), is the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agricultural data for every county in the nation. Through the census of agriculture, producers are able to demonstrate the value and importance of agriculture, and influence decisions that will shape the future of the industry in this country.“NACS plays an integral role in getting a complete count of U.S. agriculture,” said NASS Census and Survey Division Director Barbara Rater. “We ask everyone who receives the survey to please respond by January 30, so that we can maintain an accurate and comprehensive census of agriculture mailing list. This is an important opportunity. The census of agriculture is the leading source of facts about American agriculture. Farm organizations, businesses, government decision-makers, commodity market analysts, news media, researchers and so many others use census of agriculture data. We are ensuring that every farm and ranch has a voice.”The census of agriculture defines a farm as any place, big or small, that produces and sells, or could sell, $1,000 or more of agriculture products within a calendar year. NACS is required by law as part of the census of agriculture.  By this same law, all information reported by individuals is protected.NASS will begin data collection for the 2017 Census of Agriculture in late 2017. The census of agriculture is Your Voice, Your Future, Your Opportunity. For more information about NACS and the 2017 Census of Agriculture, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.last_img read more

Solar Thermal Is Really, Really Dead

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Back in early 2012, in an article called “Solar Thermal Is Dead,” I announced that “it’s now cheaper to heat water with a photovoltaic array than solar thermal collectors.”Now that almost three years have passed, it’s worth revisiting the topic. In the years since that article was written, the cost to install a photovoltaic (PV) system has dropped significantly. Moreover, I’ve come across monitoring data that allow for a more accurate estimate of the amount of electricity needed to heat water with electric resistance elements or a heat pump.First, I’ll present my assumptions.In my earlier article, I estimated that a residential solar thermal system with two 4′ by 8′ collectors and a solar storage tank with a capacity in the range of 80 to 120 gallons costs between $8,000 to $10,000 to install. I stand by that estimate.Of course, some contractors can beat this price, while others will charge significantly more. (In a recent comment posted on GBA, an Ohio-based solar contractor named Daniel Young estimated that the solar thermal system I describe would cost $16,250.) For the purposes of the comparisons made in this article, I’ll assume that the installed cost of a residential solar thermal system is $9,000.My calculations are based on a PV system cost of $3.74/watt. The figure comes from a the “Solar Market Insight Report 2014 Q2” published by the Solar Energy Industries Association.Some GBA readers have received quotes of $3.50/watt for a PV system, while others are still paying $4.00/watt or more. One thing’s for sure: prices for PV are still dropping.The price comparisons made in this article do not include any incentives, rebates, or tax credits.The easiest way to figure out how many kWh will be produced each year by a PV system is to use a free online… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Virat Kohli’s mistake costs Pujara his wicket minutes before rain stoppage

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara would consider himself extremely unlucky as he returned to the dressing room run out once again in the ongoing second Test between India and England at Lord’s on Thursday.Pujara was run out after a horrible mix up with Virat Kohli, who was at the non-striker’s end. The India captain had committed at the non-strikers end and was almost half-way down the pitch before he bailed out, leaving Pujara well short of the crease.And seconds later, heavy showers forced the players off the field. It was the second time rain stopped play with India struggling at 15 for 3 in 8.3 overs after being put into bat by England.India vs England, 2nd Test Day 2: Live UpdatesThe match had resumed after an early lunch was taken due to the rain interruption with James Anderson bowling the 9th over. Three balls into the over disaster struck for India.True leadership beckons saying sorry when the occasion [email protected] can go up manifold in the eyes of his teammates if he hugs @cheteshwar1 & apologises simultaneously..theres no shame really acknowledging a cock up..!! Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) August 10, 2018India vs England: Virat Kohli’s cheeky act at Lord’s Long Room8.3 overs: Anderson to Pujara, RUN OUT! England got what they wanted and Cheteshwar Pujara is dismissed. A huge mix-up has left him stranded in no man’s land. Unbelievable. Pujara taps this length ball down in front of point. He looks at his captain and then takes off. Suddenly in between, Virat Kohli decides to bail out seeing the debutant Ollie Pope rush to the ball. Kohli gets back inside the crease, leaving Che hanging and Pope has all the time in the world to take the bails off. Ravi Shastri is seen with an unimpressed look on his face. Terrible stuff!advertisement India vs England, 2nd Test Day 2: Ollie Pope run out Cheteshwar Pujara (Reuters Photo)Cheteshwar Pujara becomes 1st Indian to be run-out twice in a Test matchUnfortunately for India, the umpires had asked the players to walk off two balls earlier. Kohli and Pujara were almost inside before they were called out back again.Arjun Tendulkar seen helping Lord’s ground-staff as rain hampers India TestAnderson, who picked up the wickets of Murali Vijay (0) and KL Rahul (8) this morning, was waiting at the top of his run-up and was in no mood to leave the field. If only, the players had not returned to the pitch for two balls – Pujara would still be not out alongside Kohli.Pujara, who is making a comeback in the team after being dropped in the first Test at Edgbaston, was run out for the third time this year.Earlier this year, Pujara became the first Indian batsman to be run out twice in the same match in the second Test against South Africa in Centurion. It was also the first instance in 18 years that a batsman was run-out twice in the same game.The right-handed Saurashtra batsman has now been part of seven run outs for India in Test cricket.last_img read more