Lucky Pharmacy Opens Branch in Nimba

first_imgWith 17 years of active pharmaceutical business in Liberia, the Lucky Pharmacy on the 25th January opened its new branch in Ganta, Nimba County.The pharmacy is expected to be the biggest in Nimba County, and will be selling both retail and wholesale quality drugs/medicine to the public.The ceremony was attended by local officials of the government and health workers, including the head of Nimba County Health Team.Teeko Yorlay, Nimba County’s Development Superintendent, described Lucky Pharmacy’s branch opening as a great development for people of the county.“It will create employment opportunities for many youths while providing quality medicine for our people,” he said.He also urged the pharmacy not to sell any expired drugs/medicine.Dr. Boweh, Nimba’s Chief Health Officer expressed happiness for the arrival of Lucky Pharmacy to Ganta and urged the management to open branches in Sanniquellie and other parts of the county.“This pharmacy had been supplying our various hospitals in Nimba with medicine. That is why their opening a branch here is a great blessing for us,” he said.Nimba County has a population of approximately 463, 000 people comprised of 17 administrative districts made up of 193 towns, had been without any pharmacy since it gained its county status in 1964.The CEO of the Lucky Pharmacy in Liberia, Mr. Sam Jhamnani, pledged to sell quality drugs/medicines to the citizens and the public at large.“The same medicine I use to treat my children or my family is the same medicine I sell to the public to treat their children,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Football in Liberia: The Beginning

first_imgFootball has had an enduring presence in Liberia since the 1950s. The game was played among the scattered communities without a central organization. Available information suggests early an encounter in Monrovia between a local team known as the Young Lions against a select side of expatriates, then working with companies in Monrovia. Though the exact date of the match could not be verified, it was however not played under any organized association. It was simply a game without much of the arrangement and organizations we know today. The truth was that the players were familiar with the rules of the game and therefore playing against an expatriate side did not present any difficulty. The indication was that the sport made its appearance in the country through seamen who spent their time in Monrovia, along with Liberians who returned from trips to families to neighboring countries. But the notable game as the beginning of an organized occurred with a Liberian select side and an expatriate team. That game, and subsequent others were not played or organized under a central authority as we know it today, though they became the starting point for the game’s eventual organization in Monrovia. But it was not until the return of the man credited as the father of Liberian football, Mr. John Howard, from Grammar School in Sierra Leone, somewhere around 1936 that an attempt was made to get a central organization. And thereafter the Liberia Football Association was organized.    So the official organization of football, known as ‘association football’ and the subsequent membership of the Confederation of African Football, CAF, was in 1936. Mr. John Howard was the elder brother of Joe Richards, a soccer enthusiast and one of the founders of first division club, Invincible Eleven.    In an article, courtesy of the erstwhile X-Ray magazine, John Howard explained what happened:    “Football started in Liberia long before I spearheaded the formation of the Liberia Football Association in 1936. Even before the 1920s, to the extent that was difficult to trace its origin; the sport was popular among the settlers, (Liberians who returned to Africa from the United States, and later from the West Indies in the early 19th century.)  But the general consensus is that football originated from Britain. From there it spread to the rest of the world.   There was no central organization to monitor the activities of the various teams, which were already in existence. I then called a few football enthusiasts to a meeting at the home of Mr. Anthony Barclay, (cousin of then President Edwin J. Barclay), on Broad Street.  Those in attendance included Lawrence Gbehyon, George Padmore, Isaac Davies, George Terrence, Jacob Brown, J.D. Brown, Urias Brown and McKingley A. Deshield, Sr.     It was at that meeting that I tabled the idea of founding the Liberia Football Association, which would be charged with formulating rules and regulations regarding football in Liberia.”   Teams that were already actively playing against each other in Monrovia included Great Bame, Iron Side, Mosquitoes, Central and Olympics. But it was not until 1953 that the national team was organized. The national team was known as, some say ‘The Probables,’ others say “The City Team’ (Josiah N. Johnson), and it eventually came to adopt the name Lone Star from a local soccer team that was based in New Kru Town, Monrovia, (Josiah N. Johnson). Though we could not find the reason the team was finally renamed Lone Star other sources claim that the Republic of Liberia declared independence on July 26, 1847 and was known as the “only” or the “lone star,” among the many stars in Africa, particularly south of the Sahara without colonial rule. Hence it was therefore the “lone” star that shone brightly, beckoning and inspiring other African nations to struggle for self-determination.    It goes on to say that when Ghana gained its independence on March 6, 1957, as the first black nation in sub-Sahara Africa, it described itself as the “black star” following Liberia’s historic role as the “lone star” of freedom. Further investigations revealed that Ghanaian and Nigerian newspapers began to refer to Liberia as the Lone Star of Africa and therefore by 1954, it was a kind of imposition and Liberian sports officials accepted without question its noble role as the Lone Star, inspiring other African Nations, to self-governance.  By 1954, Liberia was ready to test its mettle and the first football encounter with the national soccer team, Lone Star, was against the Elephants of neighboring Cote d’Ivoire. The 1954 Lone Star was coached by Franco Roberts and the captain was McDonald Accolaste.     Great Bame, Iron Side, Mosquitoes, Central and Olympics were the pioneer clubs in the country from the 1930s, and six years later, the Liberia Football Association was organized. It affiliated with the International Football Federation, FIFA in 1962, which was twenty two years later.    Though these developments were significant, the Government of Liberia did not take the necessary interest in them. There was in fact no department or ministry responsible for sports to cater to the developmental needs of the youths. And 24 years later in 1962, Liberia could not raise a team to participate in the 1962 World Cup, which finals were held in Chile, from 30 May to 17 June.    The tournament earned Brazil’s second title, as Garrincha (Manuel Francisco dos Santos) the star player accepted the mantle and responsibility, (after regular talisman, Pele,) was injured during the first group match against Mexico and was unable to play for the rest of the competition, according to investigations conducted by our team of researchers.    Meanwhile a background introduction to a document from the Ministry of Youth and Sports said, “Prior to 1972 the affairs of sports were administered by the National Sports Commission. It was under the Sports Commission that Liberia first participated in international competitions.   “The first international exposure was in 1950 when Liberia played the Ivory Coast in football.  “The next major event was the Games of the 13th Olympiad held in Melbourne, Australia in 1956. The outcome of the Olympic Games was the formation of the Liberia Olympic Games Association later to become the Liberia National Olympic Committee.  “By May 1972, an act of the national legislature created the Ministry of Labour Youth and Sports and on March 1981, PRC Decree No. 36 of the People’s Redemption Council repealed the Act and established the National Youth and Sports Commission.  “It was in 1982 that the Ministry of Youth and Sports was created. Its responsibilities were to supervise, coordinate, monitor and evaluate youth development and sports programs and activities in Liberia.”  Editor’s Note: the author is currently working on the history of Liberian football with the assistance of the Liberia Football Association.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Zambrano signs for $12.4 million

first_imgNo Cubs player has gone to arbitration since Mark Grace in 1993. Zambrano said Monday he was “85 to 90 percent” sure a deal would get done before the hearing. Cubs manager Lou Piniella predicted there would be an agreement, too. SARASOTA, Fla. – Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher and broadcaster Joe Nuxhall was released from a hospital Tuesday and began treatment for a recurrence of cancer. The 78-year-old stopped by the team’s spring training complex and talked to players for a few minutes before going to get chemotherapy. Nuxhall had surgery for prostate cancer in February 1992. An examination at Sarasota Memorial Hospital found the cancer had returned. TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays and manager John Gibbons agreed Tuesday to a one-year, $650,000 contract extension. The sides now can focus on trying to work out a multiyear contract, which likely would be in the five-year range. Zambrano told WGN-TV last week he would leave as a free agent after the season if the Cubs did not sign him to a long-term deal by opening day, but he backed off those comments a few days later. He did, however, reiterate he won’t negotiate during the season and wants to be paid on the level of fellow pitcher Barry Zito, who received a seven-year, $126 million contract with San Francisco this off-season. MESA, Ariz. – Carlos Zambrano and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year, $12.4 million contract Tuesday and avoided salary arbitration by striking the deal just before their scheduled hearing. Zambrano earned $6.5 million last season while going 16-7 with a 3.41 ERA and 210 strikeouts. He asked for $15.5 million in arbitration, while the Cubs countered at $11,025,000 – more than any player had been awarded. center_img Gibbons led the Blue Jays to an 87-75 record and a second-place finish in the AL East last season, the first time they finished higher than third since winning the World Series in 1993. This year he will make $500,000, one of the lowest salaries for a manager in the majors. The extension covers the 2008 season. Gibbons might have cost himself a longer extension after getting into altercations with infielder Shea Hillenbrand and pitcher Ted Lilly last season. He is 187-187 since replacing manager Carlos Tosca in August 2004. NASHUA, N.H. – Former Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Rich Garces has signed with the Nashua Pride. Garces, nicknamed “El Guapo,” had a 10-year career in the major leagues. He played for the Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, Florida Marlins and Red Sox. “Signing Rich to pitch this season is really fun for the fans in Nashua,” Pride manager Butch Hobson said. “He has pitched great in Venezuela this winter and we will look for him to be a leader both in the bullpen and in the community.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Europe’s heavyweights dominate final UEFA list to be crowned best in Europe

first_img 11 9. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal) 2. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy) A 10-man shortlist for UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award has been announced and there aren’t any surprises.In fact the only shock came in the initial polling when Wigan’s Will Grigg was joint 25th with Diego Godin, Hugo Lloris and Paul Pogba before the list was whittled down. This means he was ranked higher than Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne.The award is given to the player, regardless of nationality, playing his club football in Europe. They are judged on their performances over the course of the season in all competitions at both domestic and international level, with Lionel Messi winning the 2015 edition. 4. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid and Germany) 11 11 11 10. Luis Suarez (Barcelona and Uruguay) 6. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich and Germany) 11 11 11 1. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid and Wales) – click the arrow above, right, to see the final shortlist for the Best Player in Europe award 5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina) 11 7. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich and Germany) 11 11 8. Pepe (Real Madrid and Portugal) 11 The final shortlist is deduced when journalists from each of UEFA’s 55 member associations provide a list of their five top players, with the first receiving five points, the second four and so on. The 10 with the most points advance to the second vote, with the three finalists set to be named on 5 August.The winner is announced during the Champions League group stage draw on 25 August. 3. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid and France) last_img read more


first_imgDaniel and Majella have signed up for another B&B roadtrip.The O’Donnells have signed on the dotted line for ANOTHER series of the hugely popular hit television series, Daniel and Majella’s B&B Roadtrip.UTV bosses were so impressed with the ratings from the husband and wife’s first TV show that they have now offered them a new money-spinning deal.And the couple will now take another two weeks out of their schedule next June to film the new series which will be shown in the autumn.The shows, which sees Daniel, 53m and wife Majella, 55, stay in some of Ireland’s bed and breakfasts, has been a huge hit. The final episode will be shown next Monday but it is believed the rights to the show has already been sold around the globe.Donegal Bed and Breakfast operators did not feature in the current series.But it is thought that could change when Daniel and Majella take to the road again in June.So that leave Bed and Breakfast owners from Buncrana to Bundoran with plenty of time to clean their toilets and get a new milk jug! DANIEL AND MAJELLA SIGNED UP FOR ANOTHER B&B ROADTRIP was last modified: November 26th, 2015 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:bed and breakfastdaniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnellroadtriplast_img read more

Man attacked wrong woman’s BMW car with hatchet after football row

first_imgA man who left a woman terrified after attacking her car with a hatchet in a row over a football game has paid her almost €3,000 in compensation.The attacker, Joe Craig, aged 39, appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Donegal in what the court heard was actually a case of mistaken identity. Craig was charged with causing more than €2,300 worth of criminal damage to the white BMW car in Letterkenny on April 19th, 2017.He attacked the car after being provoked by another man who had invited him to sort out a matter outside St Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny.The other man had called to Mr Craig’s home at 11 Ard O’Donnell in Letterkenny following a dispute over a football game.The accused told the man to go away but he then began to mock Mr Craig’s sister who had died tragically.The other man invited Craig to come down to the town and sort the matter out and Craig said he foolishly accepted the invite in the heat of the moment.When he went down, a verbal argument began and the man claimed his wife was sitting in his car nearby at Castle Street.Craig then proceeded to attack the car with an axe causing €2,309 of damage after smashing a headlight and other damage.He soon realised it was not his rival’s car and sat on a nearby bench until Gardai arrived and he was arrested.Mr Craig’s solicitor, Mr Kieran Dillon, said his client had no previous convictions and that he was very apologetic for what had happened.Mr Dillon said “He was in a bad place because of the loss of his sister. The other party was aware of this and he made these remarks.“This has festered and then it just exploded. He was very apologetic when he realised he had wronged this woman.“He accepted his error and he waited for the Gardai to come and he was very forthright with them.”Judge Paul Kelly said “This is what happens when you take the law into your own hands.”Mr Dillon said his client had written a comprehensive letter of apology to the victim and had also been in contact with her husband to reiterate his remorse for his actions.He added his client is a 39-year-old-man on jobseekers allowance who is very much involved with the local community, particularly in supporting young people’s sporting activities.He added: “My client has learned a very valuable and costly lesson and he cannot apologise enough. In hindsight, he would not have done what he did.”Judge Kelly noted that this was a very traumatic experience for the injured party and the fact it resulted in a case of mistaken identity was “not of much comfort”.He asked the Probation Services to engage with the defendant and adjourned the case until April 29.He also said he would like to know the attitude of the injured party and said he thought it important that she had sight of the defendant’s letter of apology.Man attacked wrong woman’s BMW car with hatchet after football row was last modified: February 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:attackcarcompensationcourtFootballJoe Craigletterkennyrowlast_img read more


first_imgTRACEYThe death has taken place at his residence of Frank Tracey, Glencar Road, Letterkenny. Funeral Mass on Friday at 12 noon in St Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny followed by cremation in Roselawn Crematorium, Belfast. House private please. Family flowers only, donations in lieu if desired to Amnesty International c/o Jim McGlynn Funeral Director, Letterkenny or any family member.McGONIGLE The death has taken place at Aras Mhic Shuibhne Nursing Home of Catherine McGonigle, Creevy, Ballyshannon. Her remains are reposing at her late residence. Removal on Friday at 11.15am going to St. Patrick’s Church Ballyshannon for 12 noon Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in the Abbey Cemetery.McKENDRICKThe death has occurred at Letterkenny General Hosiptal of Annie McKendrick, 59 Lower Main Street, Letterkenny. Remains reposing at her late residence. Removal from there tomorrow, Thurs, at 6pm going to St Eunan’s Cathedral, resting overnight for 10am Mass on Friday. Burial afterwards in the family plot in Conwall Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to Trocraire c/o Pascal Blake Funeral Director, Stoney Arch, New Line Road, Letterkenny.LITCHENFELD The death has occurred of Walter Lichtenfeld, The Grove, Kilmacrennan. Remains reposing at his late residence. House private please, family and friends only. Family flowers only. Funeral arrangements to be confirmed later.DOHERTYThe death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice, Letterkenny of Eoin Doherty (Rock) Binnion, Clonmany. Remains reposing at his home. Funeral Mass on Friday in St Mary’s Church, Clonmany at 11.30am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only, donations in lieu if desired to The Donegal Hospice – c/o McFeely Undertakers, Clonmany or Sharon Bradley, Ballinlough, Drumfries, Clonmany.McDEVITTThe death has occurred in Manchester, England, of Patrick McDevitt, Crossoggs, Brenagh, Letterkenny. Funeral arrangements later. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012 was last modified: January 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:2011DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR WEDNESDAYJANUARY 4last_img read more

Houses ransacked during attempted burglaries

first_imgGardai are investigating a number of burglaries and attempted burglaries across the county in recent days.The first happened at C and J Meats in Lifford on August 14th when three men attempted to use a crowbar to break into the premises.Despite gaining entry, the masked gang fled empty-handed. On Friday, August 16 between 11.30am and midday another burglary took place in Convoy.A neighbour spotted the men at the back of the houseThe alarm was raised but the men had fled.The owners returned to find the house ransacked.Another burglary took place in Burt on Sunday, August 18 between 1.30pm and 4.15pm.A sitting room window was smashed and again the house was ransacked. Anybody with any information on any of these burglaries is asked to contact any Garda station.    Houses ransacked during attempted burglaries was last modified: August 20th, 2019 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:burglariesdonegalGardailast_img read more

Transforming waste to wealth

first_imgLorna Rutto from Kenya has been namedthe Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2011laureate for sub-Saharan Africa.(Image: Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards) EcoPost uses 100% recycled plastics tomanufacture durable and eco-friendlyfencing posts.(Image: EcoPost) EcoPost has created opportunities forunemployed youth and women, whomake a living by collecting, sortingand cleaning plastic waste for reselling.(Image: EcoPost) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lorna RuttoEcoPost+254 721 953 768RELATED ARTICLES• Portable plant makes fuel from waste • Waste gives Such artistic inspiration • Waste drive reaps rewards • CSIR coating gives 40x shelf life • Plastic recycling major job spinner Wilma den HartighLorna Rutto from Kenya has been named the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2011 laureate for sub-Saharan Africa for her creative business idea of making fence posts from plastic waste.The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is an international business plan competition that was created in 2006 to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs.It was established by renowned French jeweller and watchmaker Cartier; the Women’s Forum, the first forum of its kind that advances women’s empowerment; global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company; and the INSEAD business school.Every year, six female entrepreneurs, each representing a major world region, are selected from 18 finalists. The Middle East and North Africa feature in their own award region, alongside Latin America, North America, Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia-Pacific.Each of the six laureates receives US$20 000 (R161 000), coaching for one year, and networking opportunities.The awards initiative is playing an important role in helping women entrepreneurs succeed in the world of business.”Starting up in business has been a taxing venture since 2009, with a sharp decline in access to funding,” says Bernard Fornas, president and CEO of Cartier.“We are delighted to play our part in helping such enterprising women to develop and scale their businesses and bring bright ideas to the world.”A bright idea making a differenceA desire to clean up the environment, coupled with a good business idea, is what inspired Rutto to establish EcoPost, which uses 100% recycled plastics to manufacture durable and eco-friendly fencing posts.Her love for the environment was already evident from an early age when she started collecting discarded plastic to make earrings.”Though it wasn’t really the earrings I was interested in, I just wanted to find a way to get rid of all that plastic!” she says.Years later, she graduated with a commerce and accounting degree. She started her career in banking, but she never forgot her love for the environment.Shortly afterwards, she quit her job and established EcoPost, now known internationally for its contribution to solving Kenya’s waste problem.The company’s plastic fencing posts are versatile and suitable for fencing of farms, homes, national parks, game reserves and commercial premises such as cattle ranches and tourist resorts.They can also be used as support beams for houses, cowsheds and garages.Unlike wood, plastic fencing posts don’t rot; they aren’t prone to termite attacks; they are durable; cost-effective; easy to work with; and cannot be stolen for use as firewood.A solution for wasteThere is no shortage of recyclable plastic in Kenya. Nairobi alone generates more than 2 800 tons of waste every day, of which 20% is plastic.Rutto’s EcoPost initiative provides an alternative management solution to the country’s plastic waste dilemma.The Kenyan government banned the use of polythene bags, also known as “flimsy plastics”, in 2007. However, at the time the country was still producing millions of plastic bags.Although the new regulations are in effect, the ban is largely been ignored and plastic bags are still in use.Once the bags are discarded, they spoil the environment, or pile up in open waste tips or landfill sites.Any plastic waste that can go through the extrusion process, which breaks down raw plastic, can be used.“This includes plastic such as polypropylene and polyethylene – the material used to make those carrier bags that clog the landfills. We can recover and use all of these for our posts,” Rutto explains.In its first eight months of operation, Rutto and her team produced 5 000 posts and removed 300 tons of plastic waste from the environment. Every month, EcoPost uses approximately 20 tons of plastic waste.Plastic helps to save treesEcoPost is also helping to preserve Kenya’s forests and cut down on deforestation. The plastic posts are an affordable alternative to timber, which reduces the need for fencing material manufactured from wood.Kenya has about 2% forest cover, but the high demand for wood to produce fence posts for houses, plantations and game reserves is rapidly depleting the country’s remaining forests.For many years fencing posts were made from Red Cedar trees. However, these trees are now endangered and since 2007 it is illegal to chop them down.This is where Rutto’s EcoPosts are making a major difference. For every 25 posts sold, EcoPost saves a fully matured Red Cedar tree.Creating jobsThe business has created opportunities for unemployed youth and women, who make a living by collecting, sorting and cleaning plastic waste for reselling.EcoPost works in partnership with about 200 collectors and buys the waste from them at a rate per kilogram.Rutto says that by the third year of operation, EcoPost aims to create 100 direct and more than 500 indirect jobs. Currently EcoPost employs 15 permanent staff.She says that the demand for the product is growing so fast that soon they will have to expand their operations.The business has already bought a new extrusion machine that will make it possible to double the number of fence posts manufactured per quarter.She says the demand for their recycled plastic fence posts will also increase as timber becomes more expensive.Future plansFor Rutto the most rewarding aspect of her business is doing what she loves most – caring for the environment, helping people overcome poverty and making a contribution to solving Kenya’s waste problem.Before she was named as one of the winners, Rutto said in an interview that if she won, she would like to use her prize money to grow the business, improve the living standards of the women who work with the project and set up another ten waste collection yards.“It will provide a great entrepreneurial opportunity not only for me but also for the women who will set up and run the additional collection yards,” she explained. “It will also enable us to secure enough raw materials to take our business to the next level,”Now, she can do just that.last_img read more

Turning personal stories into public policy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest If you ask five farmers in Ohio about the one issue that keeps them up at night, you might get five different answers. That’s what makes the annual Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents’ trip so interesting.Among the major topics of a new farm bill, regulatory reform and water quality, farmers from all over the state were also able to share their more close-to-home concerns to their respected members of Congress during one-on-one meetings on Capitol Hill.“We are kind of the boots on the ground because we do it, see it and work with it every day,” said Greg McGlinch, a Darke County farmer on this year’s trip. “Being able to come out here to tell them what we do and helping to set certain policies, then sharing how those policies effects our business is important.”For McGlinch, conservation was top of mind. He told District 8 Representative Warren Davidson that much progress has been made on the conservation front and this is no time to stop that positive momentum.“We have implemented a lot of conservation and have seen a lot of good progress,” McGlinch said. “With progression you have to keep investing to continue to see good results and from there when there is see something good that is working it is likely to be taken on by other farmers.”There were some dairy farmers lobbying with Ohio Farm Bureau inside the beltway and their long-term woes were heard by legislators as well. For Tuscarawas County dairyman Jim Rowe, dairy policy was high on the list, as was getting and keeping a reliable, legal workforce.“I think agriculture is getting a black eye because of the number of illegal immigrants and we realize that number is high but Congress hasn’t given us a vehicle to make them legal that makes sense,” Rowe said. “It’s a touchy subject and we’ve gone anywhere from throw them all out to let them all in and somewhere in between we have to come up with a program that keeps the workers that we need here in the United States.”Rowe is back in the milking parlor this morning and getting caught back up on the chores he missed while he was in Washington, but says he hopes the time spent getting his message across to Congressman Bob Gibbs was worth the effort.last_img read more