Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Bureau Survey Shows Drop in Grocery Prices For the first time since spring 2014, Indiana Farm Bureau’s “market basket” survey of grocery store prices has indicated an overall decrease in food prices. Lower retail prices for several foods, including eggs, cheese and beef, were responsible for the decrease.The informal survey shows that the total cost of the 16 items on the survey was $52.61, down 71 cents from the fall survey. Of the items on the survey, seven decreased in price.“This will be welcome news for shoppers, but it’s also good news for farmers – who also have to buy their food in grocery stores,” said INFB 2nd Vice President Isabella Chism, who farms with her family near Kokomo.The item that saw the largest decrease was eggs, which are up slightly from last spring but down sharply – 82 cents per dozen – from the fall survey.“This shows the effect of the HPAI (High Pathogenic Avian Influenza) event last year,” said John Anderson, AFBF’s deputy chief economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Prices soared in the latter half of last year but are working their way back down as increasing production has started to catch up with demand, which has moderated prices somewhat,” he said. Beef is also lower compared to last fall and the first quarter of 2015. Retail beef prices peaked in early 2015 at record high levels.“Since then, a combination of increasing beef production, weaker exports and lower competing meat prices have led to modest price declines,” Anderson said. Prices for dairy products also provided some good news for shoppers. While the price of milk rose slightly from the fall, the fall price was the lowest for milk since 2010, and the price on this survey remains below spring 2015. The price of shredded cheese also dropped significantly.The items showing price decreases from the fall 2015 survey were: eggs, down 82 cents per dozen to $2.26; shredded cheddar cheese, down 69 cents per pound $4.12; bagged salad mix, down 36 cents for a 1-pound bag to $2.06; sirloin tip roast, down 31 cents/pound to $5.56; ground chuck, down 24 cents/pound to $4.32; potatoes, down 2 cents to $2.73 for a 5-pound bag; and boneless chicken breasts, down 1 cent/pound to $3.36.Items that increased were: bacon, up 64 cents to $4.85/pound; apples, up 37 cents to $1.87/pound; milk, up 11 cents/gallon to $2.78; orange juice, up 10 cents for a half-gallon jug to $3.62; cereal, up 20 cents for a 10-ounce box to $3.15; flour, up 13 cents for a 5-pound bag to $2.31; vegetable oil, up 13 cents for a 32-ounce bottle to $2.47; sliced deli ham, up 4 cents/pound to $5.65; and white bread, up 2 cents for a 20-ounce loaf to $1.50.The INFB survey is part of a nationwide survey compiled by the American Farm Bureau Federation from data supplied by state Farm Bureaus. Volunteer shoppers around the country participate in the survey by collecting prices in their local grocery stores. A total of 87 shoppers – 23 from Indiana – in 28 states participated in the latest survey, which was conducted in March. AFBF, the nation’s largest general farm organization, has been conducting the informal quarterly market basket survey of retail food price trends since 1989. The series includes a spring survey, summer cookout survey, fall survey and Thanksgiving survey.According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans spend just under 10 percent of their disposable annual income on food, the lowest average of any country in the world.As retail grocery prices have increased gradually over time, the share of the average food dollar that America’s farm and ranch families receive has dropped.“Through the mid-1970s, farmers received about one-third of consumer retail food expenditures for food eaten at home and away from home, on average. Since then, that figure has decreased steadily and is now about 16 percent, according to the Agriculture Department’s revised Food Dollar Series,” Anderson said. Using the “food at home and away from home” percentage across-the-board, the farmer’s share of this $52.61 market basket would be $8.42. SHARE Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 24, 2016 Facebook Twitter SHARE Farm Bureau Survey Shows Drop in Grocery Prices Previous articleChina’s Excessive Wheat Subsidies and Other Policies Increase U.S. Farm LossesNext articleAnother Big Win for Indiana Agriculture Hoosier Ag Today
The Sisters of the Holy Cross are central to Saint Mary’s College’s history and identity. Every year, the College’s community comes together for Heritage Week to celebrate the past that created today’s Saint Mary’s.The Mission Committee, part of the Student Government Association and the Alumnae Relations Committee, runs Heritage Week. Senior Kayse McGough, student representative to the Alumnae Association Board of Directors, said heritage helps create the identity of a Saint Mary’s woman.“Heritage to me, in terms of Heritage Week at Saint Mary’s, is celebrating the history and mission of Saint Mary’s College,” she said. “We try to create a week that incorporates events that are very nostalgic of past Saint Mary’s traditions and events that speak to the mission of the College. The reason we have Heritage Week and the reason I think it’s important is because it helps us remember and define what it means to be a Belle through service and through remembering our alumnae and the foundation that they built for us.”McGough said being a Belle encompasses many different meanings, such as being compassionate and seeking justice for others. She said Heritage Week events, like a service event and a panel of alumnae speakers, emphasize these characteristics.“This is the first year we’ve incorporated a service event, which I’m very excited about,” McGough said. “We’re making tie blankets that we’ve had alumnae from all different clubs across the country donate fleece to us. We’re making the tie blankets for the South Bend community, for children’s hospitals and the South Bend homeless center.”The final event of the week reflects the community’s appreciation for the Sisters of the Holy Cross.“The last [event] is making thank-you cards for the Sisters” McGough said. “We always try to incorporate something that we can do to give back to the Sisters for all that they’ve given us, especially the rich heritage and history that we celebrate during Heritage Week.”Mission Committee co-chair Madeleine Corcoran, a junior, said in an email she has a great appreciation for the Sisters of the Holy Cross and what they’ve done for the community.“We are celebrating the people and faith that has built Saint Mary’s College,” Corcoran said. “The Sisters of the Holy Cross have built the strong foundation of our school that we call our home away from home and our community that we consider our second family.”Corcoran said the importance of remembering the College’s heritage includes remembering the Sisters of the Holy Cross and what they’ve done for the community.“These women have paved a path before us: a path of faith, strength and perseverance,” Corcoran said. “They remind us to be strong and independent, while staying true to our values and faith.”McGough said she hopes to continue to contribute to the heritage of Saint Mary’s College after she graduates. It is remembering this heritage, she said, that will allow the College’s continued growth.“Progressing as a college means that we have to build on remembering and celebrating our history and mission,” she said.Tags: Heritage Week, Memory, saint mary’s, Sisters of the Holy Cross
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Adam Gilchrist rolled back years to come up with a superlative century helping his team to an impressive 111-run win against Bangalore during the 63rd IPL match on Tuesday. Score | PhotosBatting at the picturesque Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala on Tuesday, he and countryman Shaun Marsh also put up the highest T20 partnership scoring a massive 206 runs for the second wicket.In the face of a daunting 233-run target, Bangalore lost the plot early.Opener Chris Gayle went back without opening his account to a Ryan Harris ball in the second over and soon one-down batsman Virat Kohli followed in the fourth over. He became Harris’s second victim when the total was 17/2.The other opener Saurabh Tiwary departed on the last ball of the sixth over off Shalabh Srivastava and the next over saw Asad Pathan walk back, caught David Hussey, bowled Paul valthaty when the team total was 43/4.Mohammad Kaif was the next to take a walk. A turner off leggie Piyush Chawla beat him and Gilchrist removed the bails in a jiffy. He was the fifth wicket to fall from the Bangalore camp and the score at the time of his departure was 72.Chawla then came around to get rid of Arun Karthik AB de Villiers to reduce Bangalore to 89/7.With seven wicket back in the dugout, the rest was easy for the Punjab bowlers who quickly wrapped up the tail emerging triumphant by 111 runs with three overs to spare.Punjab inningsPunjab skipper Adam Gilchrist hit a century helping his team 232 against Bangalore – the highest total of IPL-4.advertisementCaptain Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh, who remained unbeaten on 79, scored 206 runs for the second wicket – the highest in T20s so far. Earlier, Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist won the toss and elected to bat in this 63th IPL match of the season.Despite a good start, they lost their opener Paul Valthaty to a Charl Langeveldt ball in the fourth over when the team total was 25.But post that wicket, the two Aussies, Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh got going against the Bangalore bowlers. Soon the run rate shot up to more than 10 an over and by the 10th over the Punjab total was an impressive 99/1.The two started dealing in boundaries and over-the-fence shots making the opposition – Bangalore, table-toppers in the IPL so far, look like a team of novice players. Chris Gayle, who has been impressive both with the bat and the ball this season, too could not much for the team’s cause as the two Aussies went about their business with ease.Punjab crossed the 200-run mark in the 17th over off Johan van der Wath that witnessed as many as 16 runs being scored in it. A much better performance by Van der Wath compared to his last over that went for 30 runs.Gilchrist went on to complete his first IPL-4 century hitting a four off Charl Langeveldt on the second ball of the last over.But the captain’s innings came to a tame end on the penultimate ball of the innings when he prodded an away moving ball to Chris Gayle at short third man. His 106-run innings came off just 55 balls and was decorated with eight four and nine over-the-fence shot.The Gilchrist-Marsh 206-run partnership proved to be the highest in all T20s so far. And the score 232 was the highest of this IPL season. Marsh remained unbeaten on 79.
Grand Final action in the 2007 Senior National Touch League has been fast and furious in sweltering conditions at the BCU Coffs Harbour International Stadium.In the Women’s 40s division Sharkies carried their momentum from a stunning semi-final upset over three time champions Scorpions all the way to NTL glory when they defeated the Tropical North Queensland Cyclones 7-4 in an entertaining grand final on Field one.Sharkies went to the break 2-1 up and the game looked evenly poised at oranges.From the restart former Australian Women’s Open representative Julie Styles scythed through for Cyclones to balance the ledger at 2-2.The two teams traded touchdowns and at 3-3 the game ebbed and flowed with each team searching for the vital chink in the opposition’s armour.Cyclones edged in front 4-3, and looked to be getting on top.Val Harrington evened the game up 4-4 and the championship minutes begun.Sharkies Lisa Miller broke the Cyclones back with back to back touchdowns, engineered by Terri Kronk.Virginia Ingham then sealed the deal for Sharkies with a late touchdown for a 7-4 triumph.Scorers: Sharks 7 – Miller (2), Kronk (1), Pearce (1), Jones (1), Harrington (1) Ingham (1)Cyclones 4 – Desbois (1), Styles (1), Stringini (1), Alison (1)Player of the Final: Heather Desbois (Cyclones)Player of the Series: Terri Kronk (Sharks)The Men’s 50s Grand final resulted in a 3-1 victory to Brisbane Cobras over first time finalists and hometown heroes Northern Eagles.Peter Hawes, Arthur Higgs, and Rob Mc Carthy took the Brisbane boys out to a commanding 3-0 lead before Terry Cohen scored for the Eagles midway through the second half to put the undefeated Cobras on notice that the locals would not go quietly, and at 3-1 the door was slightly ajar.Cobras stiffened their defence again and stood firm to complete a 3-1 victory and claim their first title in this division in NTL history.Scorers:Cobras 3 – Higgs (1), Hawes (1), Mc Carthy (1)Northern Eagles -1 – Cohen (1)Player of the Final: Peter Hawes (Cobras)Player of the Series: Kev Hickey (Cobras)The Men’s 45s title went to local favourites the Northern Eagles with a dour 1-0 victory over Southern Suns.Ian Saunders scored early for the Northern Eagles and the game was end to end as both teams created many opportunities that could not be converted.The Eagles hung on and celebrated their first victory in this division since their hat trick of titles in 1998, 1999, and 2000.Scorers:Northern Eagles – Saunders (1)Southern Suns – (0)The Richard Hamilton Memorial Medal for Player of the Final: Steve Hancock (Eagles)Player of the Series: John Clune (Southern Suns)In the Men’s 40s division the crowd was treated to a feast of flowing football with the star studded Scorpions outfit firing all the early salvos, at one point skipping out to a 5 – 1 lead against a rattled Southern Suns.Led by the Cheung brothers David and Jeff, Brett Gillard, and Australian Men’s 40 Years World Cup Captain Tim Kitchingham, the Scorps boys were looking the goods for their third title on the trot.Dave Elliott and Gary Lawless dragged the Suns back into the contest, but the Suns had given the experienced Scorps combination just too much of a start and despite fighting back to breath respectability back into the scoreline, went down 8-5 as the full time siren sounded.Scorers:Scorpions 8 – Collins (2), Keyes (1), Cheung J (1), Gillard (1), Mc Donald (1), Duguid (1), Stephens (1),Suns 5 – Elliott (2), Lawless (1), Hearnden (1), Mc Dermott (1)Player of the Final: David Cheung (Scorpions)Player of the Series: Andy Yiangou (Mets)In the Men’s 35s South Queensland Sharks defeated a gallant Scorpions 6-5.The star studded Sharks line up with seven former Australian Open representatives have dominated proceedings all week and were expected to go on with the job today against a Scorpions team that were performing solidly, rather than spectacularly.Dave Roberts had the footy on a string and came out breathing fire for the Scorps. He was the architect of the Scorps attack, playing a hand in all of his team’s touchdowns.Scorps shocked the defending champions getting out to a 5-3 lead until mid way through the second half when the Sharkies got one back to trail by one.The mercurial Dave ‘Rager’ Raper, directing traffic better than Tom Croyden at peak hour in Mount Thomas, then produced a long ball from heaven to put the Sharkies back on level terms at 5-5.With time ticking away, and so many big name champions on the field, something had to give.Two minutes from time, it was appropriate that the biggest name of them all stepped up to the plate to produce the match winner.Scorps were hot on attack, when TFA Hall of Fame member and former Australian Men’s Open Captain Scott “Wommie” Notley instinctively snaffled an intercept off his own line and galloped 70 metres to clinch the title for the Sharks.Scorps had one last throw of the dice through Dave Roberts, but Dave Raper tidied up to send the Shark Tank into raptures with their back to back titles in the Men’s 35s division.Scorers:South Queensland Sharks – 6 – Notley (2), Daniels (1), Hope (1), Willett (1), Cashman (1)Scorpions -5- Martin (2), Leonard (1), Browne (1), Beale (1)Player of the Final : Ian Daniels (Sharks)Player of the Series: Shane Rigby (Sharks)The Women’s 30s Final was an absolute thriller with the Hunter Western Hornets getting home in a drop-off 6-5 over a gallant Rustlers team.Rustlers got out to an early 2-0 lead before Hunter Western Hornets pegged one back just before half time.The game ebbed and flowed and was up for grabs with Hunter Western Hornets getting back to 2-2 before the two sides traded two more touchdowns before regular time expired.Scores were locked at 4-4 at full time.Hornets had first use of the footy and scored through Kellie Johnson after a short side switch play.The Rustlers girls refused to go quietly into the afternoon and Tracey Upton crafted a touchdown for Wendy Evans to keep the drop off and Rustlers title hopes alive.In the ensuing set, Hunter Western Hornet’s Annette Zeman hit a gap through the middle to score her second touchdown for the game and wrap up the region’s first title in this division since 2003.Scorers:Hunter Western Hornets – 6 – Johnson (2), Hampton (2), Zeman (2)Rustlers – 5 – Kelly (2), Evans (2), Keating (1)Player of the Final : Kellie Johnson (Hornets)Player of the Series: Debbie Potts (Hornets)The Men’s 30s Final was a sensationational display of power touch from the Southern Suns who destroyed the Defence Force Warriors 12 -2 in an exceptional display of controlled rucking and expansive ball play.Australian Open Men’s star Matt Curran led the way, but was well supported by Chris ‘Tarlo’ Tarlinton who bagged a hat trick of touchdowns along with Charles Nye.World Cup representatives Dean Taylor and Ben Smith also stood up to play dominant roles for the Suns.The Suns boys had raced to a 5-0 lead by oranges and went right on with the job in the second stanza.The Suns boys dedicated their victory to Rod Wise, the Suns hard working and dedicated Tour Leader for many years who has announced his retirement from the role.Scorers:Southern Suns – 12 – Tarlinton (3), Nye (3), Curran (1), Carter (1), Giason (1), Smith (1), Monterosso (1), Oyston (1)Defence Force Warriors – 2 – Petrovic (1), Softley (1)Player of the Final: Dean Taylor (Southern Suns)Player of the Series: Matt Curran (Southern Suns)For the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITE
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle defender Fabian Schar warns: We’re not yet safeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Fabian Schar has warned they’re not yet safe from relegation.Schar has insisted Newcastle still have plenty of room for improvement – despite pulling six points clear of the drop zone following victory at Huddersfield.Speaking after the game Schar said: “At the moment, we have quite good results away.“We have another important week in front of us with a game at home, and it’s another big chance for us.“We are not comfortable with the results at St. James’ Park – we always want to get points there, so we have to try and show the fans what we’ve got and (how) we can play.“We can improve a lot of things.“At the same time, we always have to be focussed and play with our heart.“Even if it is a home game, we have to be able to defend like we do away.”
The United States has fired the opening shot in the latest softwood-lumber war against Canada, with the Trump administration announcing its first batch of duties on imported wood in the neighbourhood of 20 per cent.The move was expected: the deep-rooted dispute over lumber pricing between the two countries has led to once-a-decade trade skirmishes over the issue, resulting in American duties, then the inevitable court battles, and ultimately negotiated settlements.What wasn’t expected Monday was the enthusiasm with which the new American administration flung itself into the lumber hostilities, touting its incoming countervailing duties as an example of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tough, America-first trade posture.Trump underscored the impending move by announcing it to a gathering of conservative media on the eve of the expected announcement. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also highlighted it in an interview.Then came a statement that said U.S. Customs will begin collecting cash deposits from Canadian logging companies because they receive a range of subsidies — most of them around 20 per cent.What comes after the countervailing duties is a study of possible anti-dumping duties, followed by a final determination by the U.S. Commerce Department as early as Sept. 7, and one of three possible outcomes: an agreement, a surprise retreat from the U.S. government or potential years-long court battles.It will all play out amid the backdrop of a bigger trade file: the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.America’s lumber lobby applauded the announcement.“We are pleased with this initial outcome and are looking forward to the (next, anti-dumping) duties expected to be announced June 23,” said Zoltan van Heyningen of the U.S. Lumber Coalition.“Since this is an ongoing matter, we are limiting our comments to our press release.”A late-evening statement from the U.S. administration accused companies of benefiting subsidies ranging from three per cent by J.D. Irving Ltd., to 12.82 per cent for Resolute FP Canada, Ltd., to 20.26 per cent for Canfor Corp., to a high of 24.12 per cent for West Fraser Mills, with most others coming in at 19.88 per cent.Duties will be collected retroactively, too — the U.S. says it will gather them for the previous 90 days. Industry analysts expect the combined duties, Monday’s and the upcoming ones, to range between 30 and 40 per cent.In Canada, pressure will mount on the federal government.The government has adopted an a understated, under-the-radar approach to dealing with Trump. But now as it responds to the U.S. move, it must juggle ongoing softwood negotiations, upcoming NAFTA renegotiations, and a frustrated industry at home.There are already requests for it to provide financial help for Canada’s forestry sector. A government source said conversations are underway, but there won’t be an immediate announcement on that front.The Canadian government will wait to see the details of various punitive measures before calculating the aid amount. It took the federal government more than a year to announce the first of two aid packages after duties were imposed in 2001.It first gave more than $300 million in late 2002 and then $1.5 billion in November 2005, with $900 million for loan insurance to help financially strapped exporters that had more than $5 billion tied up in duties.“(The aid determination) really can’t be made until we’ve seen what the rate and penalty will be,” said an official who declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly.Quebec Economic Development Minister Dominique Anglade urged Ottawa to help forest companies, but said Monday the province will act immediately: “Day 1, we will be there to support the industry,” she said in an interview.Meanwhile, Ontario named former federal trade minister Jim Peterson as its chief softwood lumber negotiator on Monday. He joins former federal cabinet minister David Emerson who represents B.C. and former U.S. ambassador Raymond Chretien who is Quebec’s negotiator.Unifor president Jerry Dias called on Ottawa to respond to the duties to avoid a repeat of the situation when 15,000 were laid off within months of a combined duty of 27 per cent being imposed in the early 2000s.“It’s hard to exaggerate the impact tariffs will have on hundreds of small communities. The federal government needs to have a plan in place and act swiftly,” he said in a news release.However, provinces aren’t in total agreement about financial support.British Columbia has said it is cautious out of fear that assistance will be construed by the Americans as unfairly helping the Canadian industry. B.C. producers such as West Fraser Timber and Canfor are in a stronger position to weather a U.S. trade battle because they have purchased sawmills in the U.S. and expanded exports to China.In Central Canada, sawmills tend to be smaller, don’t have as much cash flow to pay duties and are therefore more at risk of closing, experts say. That’s why Ontario and Quebec producers have been pushing Ottawa to provide loan guarantees to help them pay duties and stay in business.