Home Indiana Agriculture News New Technology Available to Test Rural Bridges Facebook Twitter New Technology Available to Test Rural BridgesIndiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Soybean Alliance’s Ed EbertRural infrastructure and transportation needs were a focus at a recent Agribusiness Council of Indiana regional meeting. Ed Ebert from the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Soybean Alliance says the ability of the farmer to get grain from the farm to its destination in a timely and efficient manner is critical and should not be overlooked. He says bridges throughout the state are an area of concern.“If you look at the statistics today, about one out of six bridges out in the rural areas of our state right now are either in need of replacement or upgrades to handle the loads that are common now in modern agriculture. Whether it’s a semi or larger tractors and equipment.”Ebert says many rural bridges may be rated for far less weight than what it can actually support, meaning many farmers have to actively avoid those bridges to deliver their grain. But Ebert says new technology can assist local governments in making those determinations.“The technology that we’re working with, in conjunction with Indiana LTAP (Local Technical Assistance Program) at Purdue University, is a bridge testing system that uses gauges and known weights transiting across the bridge to really interview the bridge to ask it, based on the load going across it and the structure of the bridge, what that bridge is truly capable of safely handling.Ebert wants to let local officials know that this technology is available.“We are attempting to promote this technology, so we can see broader scale adoption because it’s a real efficiency issue for local governments.”If you have a bridge near you that you wish could be tested, you or your local official can contact Ebert at [email protected] By Eric Pfeiffer – Jul 18, 2018 New Technology Available to Test Rural Bridges SHARE Previous articleHouse Moves to Send Farm Bill to Conference Committee, Appoints ConfereesNext articleDennis Maple Elected to National Corn Board, Ending Long Indiana Drought Eric Pfeiffer Facebook Twitter SHARE
Relations between Russia and the West are at their lowest since the Cold War. Now, Britain is hoping to knock Russia off the top spot when it comes to the title of World’s Best Cat – judged by TICA (The International Cat Association).For a year, the cats have been fiercely defending their place at the top of the rankings, and shows have been held all over the world. The feline celebrities have been ranked as the very best by hundreds of judges. Their battle will come to a head at the LondonCats show, which runs from the 22nd-23rd of April.Mowgleaves Stonehenge – Stone for short – is a well-built American Shorthair, who was born in Shoreditch where he has lived all of his life. He has held the title of World’s Best Kitten since last May, and at a year old he is now an adult, so is fighting with the big boys for the coveted title of World’s Best Cat. Stonehenge at restCredit:Facebook His arch-nemesis is a Russian Scottish fold with a world-beating “owlish face” and crossed eyes. Stone is seen as an underdog compared to Rumfold Such a Flirt Shu-Ko, who currently holds the title.Although in his first year of life, Stone has travelled more than most people will in a lifetime, and his journey to international cat super-stardom hasn’t been without calamity.Because of strict restrictions not faced by other countries, Stone has to be smuggled through Amsterdam when he wants to leave the UK to go to the States. His owner spoke of the heart-stopping moment when he thought he had almost lost his prize-winning puss. Mr Meserve said proudly: “No one has beat his score for the whole season. They are supposed to be a very stocky and muscular cat.” Because of this, he said a skinny American Shorthair wouldn’t win.His owner, who runs PR for high-fashion brands such as Vivienne Westwood, explained why his cat is such a super-star: “The 100 or so judges he was judged by feel he fits the standard because of his beautiful head, green eyes and black and silver fur”.However, the haunting face of the Scottish Fold means he faces stiff competition from Moscow. Rumfold Such a Flirt Shu-Ko is an exceptional example of the breed. His ears are so tightly folded down they can barely be seen – and his face is particularly “owlish”, which scores him more points. Rumfold Such a Flirt holds the crownCredit:Facebook When Stone isn’t competing or trying to escape from his carry-case, he loves nothing more than a cuddle. Mr Meserve said: “He’s so social, he’s been around everywhere, he’s traveled more miles than most humans.“He’s super sweet. He’s gentle. “He’s more like a dog than a cat. He sleeps in my arms the entire night. He’s been with me since he was born, he thinks I’m an equal.” Mowgleaves loves to be cuddledCredit:Facebook Steven Meserve said: “I was getting on the ferry heading back from Amsterdam. The carrier was partway open and the cat decided to jump by himself onto the ferry.”The cat trotted off – but didn’t go too far. Mr Meserve admitted he was very worried when Stone jumped from the carrier, but said “I caught him obviously, then it was fine”.It can be noted that unlike a slinky Siamese, Stone is very well-built. Some could call him rotund.This, however, works in his favour. Much like Crufts, cats are judged on how well they fit the exacting standards of their breed, but according to the cat breeder “there’s less parading around”. Mowgleaves Stonehenge has been paraded around the world Credit:LondonCats Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.