first_imgNightlife Fritz Coleman Speaks to a Generation at the Ice House Setting out to prove that aging isn’t pretty…but it’s funny! From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, May 22, 2014 | 5:33 pm Top of the News NBC weatherman and stand-up comedian Fritz Coleman will perform his show “Fritz Coleman Speaks to a Generation” at the Ice House Comedy Club on Sunday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.icehousecomedy.com or through the Ice House box office at (626) 577-1894. This is a Special Event show.Fritz Coleman is the NBC4 weathercaster on the weekday editions of “Channel 4 News,” airing at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. A Southern California broadcasting icon, Coleman is well known for his sense of humor and extensive knowledge of weather. He joined NBC4 in February 1982, as the weekend weathercaster, and moved up to weekdays in June 1984.A long-time stand-up comic, Coleman has graced some of comedy’s most famous stages. He has utilized his humor in a number of series and specials that have aired on NBC4 over the years including What a Week (1990 – 1991), It’s Fritz (1988-1990), Fritz and Friends (Special) and The Perils of Parenting (Special). He received four Los Angeles area Emmy Awards for his work on the NBC4 comedy specials and series.Coleman has written, produced and starred in three one-man plays. His first production It’s Me! Dad! won the coveted 1997 Artistic Directors Award. A humorous and touching account of what happens when a “baby boomer” tries to recount his own life for his young children, the play shows how the father comes to grips with the passage of time and the skeletons in his own closet. The production also aired successfully on public television in Los Angeles.The Reception, Coleman’s second play, is an insightful and hilarious look at relationships found at an imaginary wedding reception – the bride’s second marriage – the groom’s third. His most recent play, Tonight at 11! is an insider’s look at a typical local newscast. A rollercoaster ride between funny and poignant, Daily Variety called it, “surprising, incisive and powerful.”Coleman moved to Los Angeles in 1980 from Buffalo, New York, where he worked as an on-air radio personality. Prior to that, he was a disc jockey and radio talk show host at various stations throughout the country. From 1980 until he joined NBC4 in 1982, he worked as a stand-up comic at various clubs throughout Southern California. He has also made a number of appearances on The Tonight Show and other non-scripted and scripted television programs.There is a two-drink minimum and patrons must be at least 18 to attend. The Ice House is located at 24 N. Mentor Ave. in Pasadena. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (626) 577-1894 or visit www.icehousecomedy.com. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Herbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Community News Subscribelast_img read more

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first_imgJOHNSTON — Hair salons and barber shops statewide may reopen on Friday. Governor Kim Reynolds announced a series of decisions today that will allow more businesses to reopen.  “I have full confidence in Iowans,” Reynolds says, “and I have full confidence in businesses to do the right thing.”Reynolds has issued a new proclamation that extends the business reopenings she allowed in 77 counties on May 1st to Iowa’s other 22 counties. That means all Iowa restaurants may reopen dining areas, but at half capacity and with other COVID-19 restrictions.Fitness centers and gyms in the 22 counties that had been limited to one-at-a-time, appointment only use are now allowed to have more customers inside.  “There’s no universal approach that works perfectly for every state,” Reynolds says. “In fact, a one-size approach is not the best way to tackle unique circumstances.”Bars, casinos, movie theaters and museums are to remain closed. Swimming pools as well as playgrounds, whether inside or outdoors, are to stay closed, too, according to the governor’s orders. The updated proclamation that maintains those closures has an end time of May 27th at midnight.Social, community and sports gatherings of 10 or more are also prohibited through the last Wednesday of the month. That seems to indicate graduation ceremonies would be prohibited, although the governor has not directly addressed the issue.Today’s numbers released by the Iowa Department of Public Health show 17 more people have died from COVID-19 to make a total of 306 in the state. 377 more cases have been confirmed, including three more in Floyd County in our listening area, for a total of 13,289 in the state. 336 more people have fully recovered for a total of 5618last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Aside from the new homes, streets and curbs for West Creek, Newhall Land might build the proposed school. If it happens, this would be the first developer-built school in the Santa Clarita Valley. Fewer than 10 schools in the state have been built through housing developers. But officials in some school districts are warming to the idea, because it transfers contract bidding and day-to-day construction oversight from them to developers. “They are in the business of building. We are in the business of educating,” said Judy Fish, Saugus Union School District superintendent. Fish said district officials still would be involved in the entire construction process. She said it’s a concept worth exploring, in part because Newhall Land personnel have a local history and district officials have worked with them in the past during construction of Charles Helmers School, Bridgeport School and Northpark School. The new campus would resemble Tesoro del Valle School, which opened this year. That school has a two-story building for classrooms and a free-standing multipurpose room that the community also uses for Cub Scout, Girl Scout and PTA meetings. Fish estimated that the new school, which would accommodate about 720 pupils, could cost about $40 million including the property value and all expenses for design and construction. But having the developer step in could save the district about 15 percent to 20 percent overall on the project, said Marlee Lauffer, senior vice president of communications for Newhall Land. Landscaping, for example, could be less expensive because the developer would already have a contract for the entire community and could simply order more of the same trees and bushes to plant at the school, she noted. And, Lauffer said, it would be more economical for a contractor to build streets and curbs for the entire area, including the school site, than for contractors to work separately. In addition, Lauffer said, developers – because of their expertise – can get schools constructed quicker than school officials can. “Private developers are able to get it built faster than school districts, because they do it on a regular basis,” she said. The proposed West Creek community is planned to be west of McBean Parkway and north of the Valencia industrial area. It would straddle both sides of Copper Hill Drive. Other developer-built campuses include Hidden Hills Elementary School and Windemere Ranch Middle School in San Ramon. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The proposed new school doesn’t have a name. In fact, homes have not yet been built for the kids who could attend the school. Right now, it’s all a concept. But if the West Creek development – about 2,500 single-family homes, town houses and condominiums in the area where Rio Norte Junior High already stands – wins approval in the courts, the proposed elementary school will become a reality. In anticipation of that day, the Saugus Union School District has begun discussions with The Newhall Land and Farming Company, the master developer of the proposed West Creek community. last_img read more

first_imgDonegal TD and Fianna Fáil spokesperson for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue is today calling on the Minister for Agriculture to immediately reconvene talks to address the continuing beef crisis.The beef sector has been engulfed in a dispute over prices for farmers, with protests continuing for a second week at a number of meat factories across the country.A new group called the Independent Farmers of Ireland met on Monday night to form a delegation to meet with Minister Creed and discuss a resolution. Deputy McConalogue says it is vital that Minister Creed reconvenes talks to address the continuing crisis.“I welcome the meeting that took place last night to appoint spokespersons to represent protesting farmers in any reconvened talks,” McConalogue TD said.“The Minister must now immediately reconvene talks between Meat Processors and these representatives along with representatives of the Beef Plan Movement and all farming organisations.  It is also essential that talks on this occasion include retailer representatives.“The continuing impasse is adding to the crisis in the beef sector and it is only through talks that progress on key issues can be made.  New talks must comprehensively address issues such as the 30-month rule, 4 movement rule and the 70 day residency requirement. “An outcome of reconvened talks should also include a commitment from the Minister to seek additional market disturbance funding from the European Commission to address losses experienced by farmers in recent months.“The Minister needs to show leadership and bring all stakeholders through this crisis to an agreeable solution. Any continuation of the current situation will not improve the position of anyone involved in the beef sector,” he concluded. McConalogue calls on Minister to reconvene Beef talks was last modified: September 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:beef sectorCharlie McConalogue TDlast_img read more

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES – Even for someone who prides himself on staying consistent with his day-to-day routine, Quinn Cook admitted that preparation can only do so much to ensure success. Stability helps, too.In related news, Cook scored 18 points while going 8-of-13 from the field in 21 minutes in the Warriors’ 108-90 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. Earlier …last_img read more

first_img29 July 2002Cape Town is many cities – and, indeed, many countries. Sometimes it is San Francisco, lights twinkling with the sea in the background; sometimes it is New Orleans, with the old lacy balconies of Long Street tarted up to resemble that steamy city of the American South; sometimes it is a French street scene; sometimes a German landscape.Or it can present itself simply as an anonymous but breathtaking backdrop – a swathe of green mountainside, a gorgeous beach, a cool, dark forest.South Africa’s oldest city is her newest high-profile actress. Cape Town is starring in commercials and feature films from all round the world, and has become a favoured location for filmmakers keen to make use of the city and its environs’ natural beauty as well as to employ a technically advanced film industry that can compete with that of Europe or the US for skills and savvy.Renowned for some of the world’s finest wines, the vast fertile valleys of the Cape winelands could be mistaken for similar locations anywhere on earth. (Photo: Moonlighting Film Production Services)It also helps that when Northern European or American filmmakers translate their dollars or euros into rands, their budgets suddenly seem to have grown tenfold.South African film: looking backThe film industry in this country goes back a long way. The first newsreels ever were shot in South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War at the turn of the previous century. The weekly cinema newsreel African Mirror was launched in 1913 and ran until the 1980s.In 1916, the magnate IW Schlesinger set up Killarney Studios and began an extraordinary run of productions (43 movies until 1922) that included De Voortrekkers, a piece of Afrikaner nationalist propaganda celebrating the Great Trek from the British colony of the Cape to new pastures further north, and Symbol of Sacrifice, about the Anglo-Zulu wars.As leading South African cinema academic Keyan Tomaselli put it, these movies “were rooted in the ideological outlook of the present, with Boer and Briton standing together under the flame of unity and civilisation against barbaric hordes”.Schlesinger’s production line declined in the Twenties, access to international markets having become limited. What Tomaselli calls a “30-year lull” began, broken by the beginnings of Afrikaner establishment investment in the film industry in the 1950s.What emerged then, and continued into the 1970s, was a plethora of state-funded light entertainment for Afrikaans-speaking whites starring the likes of singer Ge Korsten and comedian Al Debbo.A prominent genre of the time, too, was ‘the border film’, in which South African soldiers fended off the perceived communist-inspired threat on the country’s borders. There was also the international success of Jamie Uys’s politically suspect comedy The Gods Must be Crazy in 1980, but that was a bit of a one-off.South Africa has yet to produce a movie to match it for fame around the world, which is rather embarrassing.In the meantime, though, anti-apartheid cinema had grown as the Afrikaner-dominated state entrenched itself. Lionel Rogosin made the semi-documentary Come Back Africa in 1959, using real denizens of the vibrant and soon-to-be-demolished Sophiatown area in his tale of how the new regime was warping life in this country. Exiled filmmaker Lionel Ngakane contributed to this genre with Vukani Awake in 1964 and 1966.In the 1970s, movies critical of apartheid were made within South Africa by a first wave of true independents. They included Jans Rautenbach’s Jannie Totsiens and the series of films Ross Devenish made with playwright Athol Fugard. Another playwright to move into cinema, though briefly, was township troupe-leader Gibson Kente, though his How Long Must We Suffer? received only a very limited release.In the 1980s, the state funded low-budget feature films specifically for black audiences, and gave tax breaks to foreign companies wanting to churn out cheap product for the straight-to-video market. Some people made money, and many learned new skills, but few of these movies were worth seeing.The real cinema of South Africa was semi-underground, being made by mavericks with low budgets: Darrell Roodt’s Place of Weeping and Jobman, Oliver Schmitz’s Mapantsula, Manie van Rensburg’s The Fourth Reich, Katinka Heyns’s Die Storie van Klara Viljee, and Andrew Worsdale’s Shot Down.In the new post-apartheid era, the South African film industry is still struggling to find its feet when it comes to the kind of feature films seen on screens around the world. Neal Sundstrom’s Inside Out was a pleasant comedy playing with South African stereotypes, and Gavin Hood’s A Reasonable Man is a serious study of tradition versus modernity that has been seen at festivals around the world.A new black cinema has shown signs of coming into being: Ntshaveni wa Luruli’s Chikin Biznis launched the genre of township comedy, and Ramadan Suleman translated Njabulo Ndebele’s short story Fools to the big screen.But the biggest recent commercial success has been Leon Schuster’s excremental comedy Mr Bones, which is now among SA’s top-grossing films in this market, and is making some headway in markets abroad. It seems to be reaching the “lowest common denominator”, if nothing else.Signs of a rapidly maturing industryYet the industry is rapidly growing toward maturity. Infrastructure is expanding all the time, and our industry is networking itself all over the world.Cape Town is the host of Sithengi, the annual Southern African International Film and Television Market, now in its seventh year. Taking place every September, it is attended by some 1 000 delegates from this country and all over the world.About the same number attended the International Public Television Conference, in the same city, this year – the first time the event has taken place outside Europe or the US.A new international festival is also on the cards for Gauteng, when the Jozi Summit Film Festival takes place alongside the World Summit on Sustainable Development in August 2002. There will be workshops and training sessions, with the participation of leading industry players, as well as a host of screenings (more than 600 showings of some 100 movies) at venues ranging from commercial cinemas in shopping centres to township locations.Ongoing festivals such as the Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival have a long history, and many foreign countries have annual festivals in South Africa showcasing the best of their national product to an appreciative audience.The audience is there, certainly, as are the technical skills and the lauded locations. As far as the growth of a homegrown movie industry is concerned, more development needs to take place in the realm of scriptwriting and directorial skills, but workshops such as Scrawl, as well as programmes at universities and other educational institutions, are filling the gaps.The potential is huge, as filmmakers have realised. Investment in basic infrastructure is growing fast: the large Sasani Studio has sprung up at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, while the same city’s Longkloof Studios are being upgraded to the tune of R20-million. German equipment-rental company CineLicht has established a subsidiary in Cape Town, and British lighting company AFM now has a base in Johannesburg.And movies are being made. Cape Town, once again, stars in several: The Piano Player, featuring Christopher Lambert and Dennis Hopper, recently finished shooting there, as did Manhunt, with SA-born Mummy star Arnold Vosloo; Borderline, starting Sean Patrick Flannery, is in production.Co-productions based on South African subject matter, with international backing, to be shot somewhere in South Africa, are in the works: pre-production work is well advanced on producer Anant Singh’s version of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, and JM Coetzee’s controversial and acclaimed Booker Prize-winning novel, Disgrace, is now casting, to be directed by British director Charles Sturridge.Movies based on the story of Amy Biehl, the young American slain in a Cape township, and that of the “Bang Bang Club” of Eighties news photographers, are in development. Not to mention the slate of German TV movies and the Scandinavian reality TV show The Fear Factor.World-class commercialsBut the biggest, fastest, most lucrative part of the film industry in this country, the part that really gets international filmmakers enthusiastic, is the commercials industry. Over the past few years the number of foreign commercials being shot in South Africa, particularly Cape Town, has just grown and grown.French, German, British, American, Israeli, Belgian, Italian, Scandinavian and even Turkish commercials have been shot in Cape Town, all contributing to the estimated R2-billion total worth of the industry in this country.Cape Town has the looks, and she’s definitely our cover girl, but Gauteng also has considerable resources at its disposal, and accounts for a very substantial portion of local film industry revenue. Cape Town may have the locations, but Gauteng has the sophisticated studios and the editing suites.Between these two centres, and with the whole of a diversely beautiful country waiting for its close-up, it’s hard not to believe that filmmaking in South Africa can only continue to burgeon. We are becoming ever more a part of the international film, television and commercials industry, and soon we’ll be making masterpieces of our own.Shaun de Waal, twice-winner of the Pringle Award for best movie critic in South Africa and former arts and books editor of the Mail & Guardian, is the author of several books and a graphic novel. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_img27 March 2013 South African state oil company PetroSA and China’s Sinopec Group took another step towards creating Africa’s largest oil refinery after the two firms signed an agreement in Pretoria on Tuesday. The US$10-billion Mthombo refinery project is planned for the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The agreement, signed during a meeting between President Jacob Zuma and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Pretoria on Tuesday, will create opportunities for oil and gas exploration. Jinping is in South Africa for the 5th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit, which got under way in Durban on Tuesday. “The framework agreement enables the two companies to move forward this global-scale crude oil refinery project,” the two chairmen, PetroSA’s Benny Mokaba and Sinopec’s Fu Chengyu, said in a statement. According to Business Day, the refinery would pump approximately 360 000 barrels per day, while creating 27 500 direct and indirect jobs during construction and 18 000 jobs when it started operating. The agreement follows the signing of a study agreement between the two companies in May last year. Mokaba described the agreement as an important building block in bringing the project to fruition. “[It] gives PetroSA the opportunity to extend a mutually beneficial relationship with a major national oil company,” he said. “This strategic relationship can and will be leveraged to benefit PetroSA’s sustainability and growth programmes.” As part of their growth plans, the companies agreed to include the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in the next phase of the project’s development. Downstream opportunities in southern Africa will also be explored, as will the development of storage and logistical infrastructure. “South Africa is politically stable and economically developed,” Fu said. “Sinopec pays close attention to its business growth in South Africa, and wishes to contribute to local economic and social development.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorINDIANAPOLIS (DTN) — When Ohio farmer Fred Yoder testified last month before the House Select Committee on Climate Change, the long-time no-till farmer and champion of climate-smart farming practices told lawmakers one of the best things that could happen would be to get back a carbon market that would encourage farmers to use those sort of farming practices.“We need to have a metric that defines what carbon is worth,” Yoder said. “I told them if you incentivize a farmer to sequester carbon, they are going to do it. There should have been a cover crop on every single acre of prevented planting this year to sequester carbon.”Yoder added, “I really pushed that carbon could be the next big crop we really consider to cash in on, and get ecosystem services benefit for planting it, and we should be able to be compensated for that.”Yoder said he also tried to connect the dots between carbon sequestration and water quality. The same farm practices, such as no-till and cover cropping, that build organic matter in the soil also increase water-holding capacity and better filtering of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus.“It’s a very simple connection that the same things that improve water quality are also the same practices that sequester carbon. But we don’t champion policy that gets two bangs for the buck,” Yoder said. “Here in Ohio, we are back on our heels because of nutrient movement, and we could kill two birds with one stone with climate policy as well as nutrient policy. But we just can’t seem to chew gum and walk at the same time.”Agriculture hasn’t been able to effectively scale up ecosystem markets in more than two decades of work, but there are renewed efforts to build a market that would pay farmers for their conservation and environmental practices.One of those initiatives got a financial boost on Tuesday when the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) announced a $10.3 million award to build out the research arm of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium. The consortium, a group of more than 40 major agribusinesses and agricultural trade associations, will match the grant over the next three years to fund a total of $20.6 million for both research and development of environmental markets for farmers. The grant was announced at the beginning of the Sustainable Ag Summit in Indianapolis spearheaded by the group Field to Market.The Ecosystem Services Market Consortium has been assessing what has worked and why some initiatives have failed. ESMC is looking to quantify soil carbon, but also overall net greenhouse emission reductions, water quality and water quantity. The goal is to “stack” the environmental services provided by a farmer or rancher’s conservation practices.“We’re designing markets that are created from the point of view of farmers and ranchers,” said Debbie Reed, ESMC’s executive director. “So we have to look at all of these benefits together. That’s why we’re looking at stacking both carbon and water credits.”One of the failures of these markets hasn’t so much been the lack of enthusiasm from farmers, but the lack of serious buyers. Yet, Reed noted, an array of major corporations in and out of agriculture have made large commitments to lower carbon footprints in their supply chain.“We have the buyers and we have the suppliers, and we are just creating a market that works for both so we meet everyone’s needs,” Reed said.“We’re really creating the tools and the toolset that allows all of us collectively to say these are the metrics and the quantification approaches so we can show where the needle is moving on those assets we are generating, how that needle is moving and where it is moving.”One of the key goals of the consortium over the next three years will be to better validate and monitor the environmental impact of conservation practices by farmers and pay them through an ecosystem services marketplace. In that time, the plan is to launch a new ecosystem market. The consortium is working now on some pilot projects, including a 50,000-acre project with the Noble Foundation in Oklahoma and Texas. The pilot projects are expected to soon migrate to the Midwest.IHS Markit, formerly known as Informa, conducted a study for the Noble Institute released in September showing the market for ecosystem credits in the U.S. could be as high as $13.9 billion. The study pegged the demand for a carbon market from agriculture at 190 million metric tons with a value of about $5.2 billion. Credits pegged to nutrient reduction in waterways for nitrogen were valued at $4.8 billion and phosphorus at $3.8 billion. https://ecosystemservicesmarket.org/…ESMC’s plans are aggressive, long-term. The group wants to enroll as much as 30% of crop and pasture land across the country by 2030. ESMC stated that would affect as many as 250 million acres.Ecosystem services are developing in a variety of ways, such as in dairy where Newtrient LLC is working to develop tools to offset the environmental footprint of dairies, particularly with manure management. When it comes to water quality and phosphorus reduction, there are parts of the country where capturing phosphorus at the farm level cost roughly 10% of the cost of capturing it downstream at a municipal water treatment plant, said Steve Rowe, president and CEO of Newtrient.“It’s a new business and we’re trying to create new income streams for farmers,” Rowe said.Carbon and ecosystem service markets are truly starting over. More than a decade ago, farmers enrolled in the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), which at its height paid around $4.70 per ton. The CCX had 8,700 farmers and landowners signed up with 17.2 million acres enrolled. The CCX folded after it became clear Congress would not approve a federal cap-and-trade plan, and its carbon credits had fallen to just 15 cents per ton.A FARMER GETS PAIDTrey Hill, a Maryland farmer, farms a little more than 10,000 acres in Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay. Hill also was the first farmer to use Granular software tools to sell into the carbon market operated by Nori, a Seattle-based startup focused on creating a trading market exclusively focused on removing carbon from the air. Hill used the software tool Granular for financial management and monitoring inputs and costs on the farm. The data, though, was also able to measure Hill’s carbon footprint.“What it did was make a nice facilitation for the migration of data over to the models Nori’s running.” Hill said. “So I really didn’t have to do as much work as you might think, in part because of the technology being used on the farm.”Nori hasn’t formally launched yet, but just completed a “lightning sale,” using Hill’s farm as a pilot project to sell off carbon credits meant to prove Nori could integrate with Granular’s data off Hill’s farm to demonstrate carbon sequestration on his farm. The sale generated $86,000 in credits with 342 organizations and individuals who bought more than 5,300 metric tons of carbon that went for $15 per ton. The sale was meant to demonstrate Nori’s ability to take direct orders from small buyers like individuals and avoid brokers.Nori plans a second sale with as many as 100,000 tons sometime in early to mid-2020, working with six other farmers from across the country. In that sale, Nori wants to sell to larger corporations to test how that would work.Christophe Jospe, a co-founder and chief development officer for Nori, said the marketplace has another 20 people or groups in the queue in various stages of partnerships. Jospe said Nori, as a startup, can only handle working with farmers of scale who have 1,000 acres using various soil health practices to sequester carbon.“We can’t work with every farmer,” Jospe said. “That will drown us, so the question is how we strategically partner.”As ESMC and others look at water quality, water quantity and stacking ecosystem service credits for farmers, Jospe said Nori’s platform is driven solely on carbon removal.“We’re laser focused on carbon removal and that’s just the addition of soil organic matter over an extended period of time, which can provide a whole range of ecosystem services and soil health benefits,” Jospe said.Hill noted farming is a tight-margin business and selling carbon credits provides an opportunity to earn a little more money for practices he was already implementing on his farm.“For me, I believe in what we are doing so it makes it a little easier decision,” he said.INDIGO’S TERRATONLast summer, Indigo Ag, a company focusing on software tools and micronutrients for soil biology, launched “Terraton” to sell carbon credits. The company is signing up farmers now and working to measure their soil carbon. Indigo stated the company expects to sell its first credits sometime late in 2020. Indigo told DTN it has contracts with farmers representing approximately 10 million acres. For farmers who sign up this year, Indigo Carbon is guaranteeing $15 a ton.Indigo advertises farmers could generate up to 2 tons of carbon per acre, a level considered significantly higher than most research shows on carbon sequestration on working lands, though their range of carbon credits that could be generated on this first sale from 10 million acres could be anywhere from 5 million tons to 20 million tons. Indigo maintains “regenerative growing practices” across a wide scale could significantly increase soil organic matter to boost carbon sequestration higher than past projections. https://www.indigoag.com/…Indigo also is lobbying Congress to give farmers the same kind of tax credit to sequester carbon that Congress granted to the fossil fuel industry. Oil, gas and coal companies can receive a tax credit of up to $50 a ton for permanently captured carbon dioxide and up to $35 a ton for carbon captured and injected into the ground. Indigo argued, “It seems reasonable that we should be willing to pay farmers for this service as well.”A SCIENTIST’S VIEWScientists have long championed the role farmers and ranchers can play sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Farmers aren’t big emission emitters overall, said Katherine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University. But farmers are big in carbon sequestration, Hayhoe noted.“Farmers have a huge role to potentially play drawing down carbon and sequestering it in the ground with agricultural practices,” Hayhoe said at event last month outside Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “Biochar, permaculture, no-till, managed grazing and cover crops, all of those different techniques, depending on the nature of your soil and your crops and your operation, you have your own unique combination of what works for you.”To make it work, there needs to be a price on carbon, Hayhoe said. “Because, right now, the farmers who are doing it understand it improves soil health and they understand it’s the right thing to do. But having a price on carbon where farmers are actually paid to farm carbon would be an even greater boost to the rural economy.”Reed, who has been working on carbon markets for more than two decades, said scientists are stressing every tool is needed to pull carbon out of the atmosphere as carbon dioxide measurements globally continue to rise.“Scientists say it is ‘go time.’ We have to do everything we possibly can,” Reed said. “We can no longer try to choose among different policy options to draw down carbon. So we’re just bringing together the tools that make that happen and do it in a way that ensures long-term demand and the ability to meet that demand.”Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(ES/CZ/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedCelebrate a year of medieval heritage with the Treasure of the Temple Knights GeoTourAugust 15, 2019In “GeoTours”5 tips for planning your next vacation with geocachingJuly 31, 2017In “GeoTours”GeoTour completed? Souvenir earned!May 21, 2018In “News” You are…The Traveler!You are your own Travel Bug. Your Profile page is plastered with photos of you exploring the 7 Wonders of the World. Who needs a guidebook when you have geocaching to show you all the locals’ favorite spots?You’ll love this geocache: Thingvellir Kastalar (GC3168K)Your ultimate geocaching tools:Caches Along a Route is your geocaching trip planner! Tell us your destination and your route and Geocaching.com will tell you which geocaches are along the way.Be inspired to explore new places with Geocaching Souvenirs – gotta collect ‘em all! See the full list of your collected Souvenirs in your Profile.GeoTours take you to faraway (or sometimes not so faraway) places, and then guide you on custom tours of these destinations.Quick Tip for Traveling and Geocaching: Many GeoTours have passports that you can complete by finding all of the geocaches in that tour. Super secret hint: Completed passports can often be redeemed for awesome prizes. Make sure to print out the passport before you hit the trail. (You can usually find downloadable versions on the individual GeoTour’s website.)Do you have additional tips and tricks for your fellow Travelers? Tell us about them in the comments below. Don’t think this geocacher type fits you? Try taking the quiz again!last_img read more