Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, in conjunction with the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program, will host a Wheat Testing Protocols & Standards seminar May 24 in Findlay, Ohio.OABA members, farmers and agribusiness professionals who work with grain are encouraged to register. The event is free for OABA members, and certified crop advisers can obtain continuing education credits for attending.“Our wide array of presenters and panelists will provide the latest trends and information on standards, procedures and requirements as they relate to wheat testing and the wheat industry at the state and national levels,” said OABA President and CEO Chris Henney. “This is just one of many ways OABA cooperates with industry partners to educate and enhance the skills of the highly-qualified workforce for the state’s agribusiness industry.”Topics and presenters for the day include:A Wheat Testing Challenges and Discrepancies panel featuring CJ Lin from The Mennel Milling Company and Diane Gannon of Diane Gannon, LLC.Federal Grain Inspection Service Testing Procedures with Tim Norden of the USDA Federal Grain Inspection ServiceObtaining & Processing Samples with Ben Weaver and Jamie Welch of EnviroLogixRisk Management Agency Policies with Brian Frieden of the USDA Risk Management AgencyReconciling Standard Discrepancies with Jess McCluer of the National Grain & Feed AssociationRegistrationThe OABA Wheat Testing Protocols & Standards seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 at The Sterling Center, 4570 Fostoria Ave, Findlay, Ohio 45840.Registration is free for OABA members and $100 for non-members, and includes lunch. For more information and to register online, visit www.oaba.net/events, or call 614-326-7520.
The Chhattisgarh police on Sunday claimed that heavy damage was inflicted on Maoists during the 48-hour-long Operation Prahar in the State’s Bastar region.Vivekanand Sinha, Inspector General of Police, Bastar, said, “For the first time we conducted an operation in the Maoists’ core area in Sukma. For 48 hours our forces were in the area and inflicted heavy damage. There is a possibility that a minimum of 15 to 20 Maoists were killed in the operation. This is a big morale booster for our forces.”According to sources, Hidma, a Maoist leader and chief of the Maoists’ military battalion in south Sukma, suffered injuries during the operation. Mr. Sinha said, “Many senior Maoist leaders suffered injuries. That we stayed in the area for two days is a big achievement. We recovered a huge cache of explosives and other material.” Mr. Sinha said one of the five Special Task Force jawans injured during the operation succumbed to injuries on Saturday night. However, the Maoists denied the police’s claim that 15 to 20 Maoists had been killed in the operation. In an audio clip, the CPI (Maoist) said, “The police are misleading people about the death of 20 Maoists. Thousands of policemen attacked the villages in Tondamarka on Friday and many villagers died in the attack. Many elderly persons and women were beaten up by the police and forcibly taken away. Our People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army [PLGA] retaliated and managed to kill a large number of policemen. But the policemen are not revealing heavy casualties on their side. Only Lakkhu, a PLGA member, was killed in the counter-attack and the policemen took away his body.” The IGP said villagers reported seeing nine bodies in a village in south Sukma on Saturday.
South African left-arm spinner Paul Harris on Tuesday said that his side have the edge in the second cricket Test against India as they need just one big partnership to win it and clinch the series.2nd Test: India fancy their chance at DurbanHarris said South Africa have won Test matches from similar situations and there was no reason why they cannot do it again.”We are very confident as we still have seven wickets in hand. It is just matter of getting one big partnership going. (Jacques) Kallis and AB (de Villiers) are quality players and they will do it for us,” Harris said at the post-match press conference.”We are confident of chasing down the required runs. As far as I know we have not buckled down under pressure in Test cricket. Nine out of 10 in situation like this, in Test cricket, we have come on top. We have done it in the past. No reason why we cannot do it again over here,” he said.Harris saluted veteran Indian batsman VVS Laxman for his “special” knock of 96 under pressure to set a target of 303 for the Proteas to win.”He (Laxman) is class player, we all know that. He played nicely and fortune also favoured him. But I think you make your own fortune too. His knock was special because it was played under pressure,” he said.Asked about the exchange of few words between his captain Graeme Smith and Indian paceman S Sreesanth just before tea break, Harris said, “We all know that normally Smith never reacts on the ground but I am sure he must have something personal. If Sreesanth has done that it’s not great for him to do that. If he wants to do that he can do that.advertisement”The series is being played in good spirit. Remember number one and number two teams are playing against each other so you have to play hard, but you should not get personal.”Pacemen have taken the lion’s share of wickets that have fallen till the end of the third day, but Harris said the Kingsmead pitch was good for spinners also.”I think there is bit of bounce. Rather than turn bounce is creating that magic when spin bowler is bowling. Harbhajan used that bounce to his advantage in the first innings. Bowling in right areas is the key to success.”With inputs from PTI