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Feeding Farmers Week 3 — Winegardner Farms, Allen County


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The third week of 2016 Fall Feeding Farmers in the Field took the Ohio Ag Net crew to the eastern edge of Allen County to Winegardner Farms. The family operation, ran by brothers Kent and Lyle, as well as Kent’s son Kendell deals with corn and soybeans in addition to side businesses, including Winegardner Petroleum. Watch the video below as Dale Minyo speaks with Kent and Kendell on the family, their farm, and this year’s harvest.Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood jumped in the combine with Lyle Winegardner to see up close and personal just how harvest is going. The soybean field they were in was looking to average around 70 bushels per acre, exceptional for this year’s growing season. More in the Cab Cam below.Special thanks to sponsors of Feeding Farmers in the Field, fall edition: T102, AgroLiquid, A.G. Boogher, Farm Credit — Delphos, Fennig Equipment, Fertilizer Dealer Supply, RRR Tire, Stine Seed, and VanTilburg Farms. Kent Winegardner Kendell Winegardner Lyle Winegardner in the family’s unique “mancave”last_img read more


Mass Timber Tower Planned in Newark


first_imgMore than one type of mass timberOne option for the Riverfront Park building, according to the developer, is to use dowel-laminated panels. They are similar to cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels, except that they are assembled with dowels rather than glue.As explained by Lloyd Alter at Treehugger, dowel-lamination eases concerns about the longevity of glued connections, and has some advantages over a similar approach called nail-lamination in which long nails are used to join piece of softwood into panels.Dowel-lamination takes advantage of the structural behavior of wood — shrinking when relative humidity is low and expanding when it’s high. Panel-makers use softwood that’s dried so it has a moisture content of 12% to 15% and hardwood dowels with a moisture content of about 8%, Alter says. When the two are joined, the different types of wood want to reach a moisture equilibrium, so the dowels expand and lock the panels firmly together.(This is exactly the technique that makers of Windsor chairs use to ensure long-lasting performance. Stretchers have a lower moisture content than the legs. When a stretcher is inserted into a hole bored into the leg, it expands and the two pieces are locked together.)Whatever the technique of making the panels, advocates of mass-timber building like the speed of construction over more conventional steel and concrete high-rises, the smaller carbon footprint of buildings made mostly of wood, and the natural beauty of the material, among other things. Concrete is usually a part of mass timber buildings, forming the base or core of the structure, but there’s a great deal less of it than there is in conventional high-rise construction.Work on the Riverfront Park tower is to begin when developers have signed an anchor tenant for the building. Construction will take about 20 months. It will become part of a $1.7 billion development on the site opposite New York City across the Hudson River. It will include 2,000 residential units and a total of 2 million square feet of office space. Can Wood Replace Concrete and Steel in Skyscrapers?Heavy Timber Assemblies Earn Fire RatingUMass Opens ‘Landmark’ Timber BuildingA New Timber Tower Opens in MinneapolisTimber High Rise in New York Is Canceled Mass timber construction seems to be picking up steam. Developers have announced plans for an 11-story mass timber building in Newark, New Jersey, that would house 500,000 square feet of office space and be nearly twice as big as similar timber structures in Chicago and Minneapolis.New York-based Lotus Equity Group says the office building will be constructed on a nearly 12-acre site and become part of a mixed-use development called Riverfront Park. The office tower, which would be the largest mass timber building in the U.S., will be built on the site of Newark Bears Stadium, home of a minor league baseball team that folded in 2014, according to a report published by NJ Advance Media.The architect is Michael Green, who also designed mass timber buildings for Hines, a real estate developer, in Chicago and Minneapolis. The seven-story T3 Tower in Minneapolis, completed in 2016, was the country’s first modern timber tower (T3 stands for timber, technology and transit). At seven stories and 220,000 square feet, it was the largest in the U.S.The following year, Hines announced plans to build an even bigger mass timber tower, T3 Goose Island in Chicago. It will be six stories tall and 270,000 square feet, slightly bigger than the Minneapolis tower, but only about half the size of the Newark project.center_img RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more


7 Tips for Low-Budget Filmmaking


first_imgSet Scenes in Free LocationsImage via NoFilmSchool.When doing your pre-production, be aware of your scene settings. Reaching out to your network before deciding where you can shoot for cheap or for free shouldn’t hurt your creative process.Consider public locations or places you’ve been before. There’s no reason you need to pay thousands of dollars in location fees or halt production because a scene’s location is too ambitious — especially if you could easily set the scene someplace much cheaper.5 Tips for Finding a Great Film LocationFree Location Release Form for Film and Video ProductionsLocation Scouting Tips: The Whys and Hows of Where Share Credit and OwnershipImage of the team behind Mustang Island.When working on low- or no-budget passion projects, one of the major downsides is that you probably are not going to be able to pay your cast or crew very much — if at all. This means you’re working on favors, goodwill, and mutual benefits. In this situation, put your ego aside, and share as much credit as possible. This can create much greater buy-in and a sense of ownership for everyone involved — even when there’s no money.Focus on the FunImage of the team behind The Legend of Ben Hall.On a similar note, make your project fun to work on. Filmmaking, at its heart, is a fun endeavor. You’re creating art, and it’s a break from reality — even if requires hard work. If you can keep that in mind and make your collaborative process enjoyable, your crew will give you as much as they can and come back to help out again.Skimp on Everything But the StoryImage via Shutterstock.This should probably be the first, last, and all the pieces of advice in between, but always, always, always put the story before everything else. Your camera, acting, and even directing is secondary to the focus on the story. As any filmmaker will tell you, the story is what will shine through, and it is what people will remember. The story gets films shot for free on old camcorders with non-actors into film festivals and launches careers. So, before you shoot, make sure it’s a story you’re ready to tell.Learn the The Art of Hollywood Storytelling8 Questions to Ask Yourself When Deciding on a ScriptLearn the Principles of Filmmaking from Pixar Consider these low-budget and no-budget filmmaking tips to get your next project off the ground without breaking the bank.Cover image via Daniel John Peters.For what used to be a revolutionary idea, the concept of low-budget or no-budget filmmaking has now become very common in the indie filmmaking community. There are countless examples of low-budget films launching big careers.So, as an up-and-coming filmmaker looking to make your mark, here are seven pieces of advice to consider before you start rolling on your next low-budget filmmaking project.Use Cameras Available for CheapHigh-end film cameras are expensive. The cost to use an 8K RED Weapon, for example, can grow astronomically out of hand very quickly. Chances are, you or someone you know has a perfectly capable DSLR or mirrorless camera that can shoot high-quality HD or even 4K without breaking the bank.Having a “good” camera is not a prerequisite for getting your film into film festivals or posting it online. If you understand of the technology (or have a good DP who does), you should be able get footage that is dynamic enough to tell your story — which should be your main focus.Here are some articles and resources on how cheap and affordable cameras can work for you.The 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000The Difference Between $1K and $10K CamerasBehind the Data: The Most Popular Cameras of SXSW Be Flexible on SetImage via Wikimedia.When you’re on set, try to keep an open mind about how to keep production costs down. A very detailed production script and schedule will help, but in the face of the many unforeseen setbacks you will undoubtedly face, flexible decision-making will get things done (and done well) without increasing costs.5 Invaluable Tools Every Director Should Have On Set4 Mistakes Nearly Every Director Makes on SetWhat It Takes to Be a Great Directorcenter_img Use as Much Natural Lighting as PossibleImage via Daniel John Peters.In addition to keeping locations in mind, think about your locations’ amenities — specifically lighting. This can help you cut costs, save time and reduce equipment needs. Look for locations outside or with lots of natural lighting, as that will help you save on large lighting setups.You can still shoot stylistically. Just remember that it’s cheaper to create darkness than it is to create light.Cinematography Tip: Control Window Light With ND Gels4 Cheap Practical Lights That Can Work Wonders On Set3 More Creative Practical Lighting Methods For more low-budget filmmaking advice, follow our blog for more articles, tips, and tricks (you can bookmark this link). Let us know if you have any other low budget tips or tricks in the comments below.last_img read more


12 Indians for Sri Lankan Premier League: report


first_imgAs many as 12 Indian cricketers, including the likes of Munaf Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin, are expected to feature in the first edition of the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL) scheduled to commence from July 19.According to a report in islandcricket.com, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has secured the services of several prominent overseas cricketers, including Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, who are currently engaged in the Indian Premier League (IPL).Apart from Gayle, whose blistering strokeplay has put the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the top of the points table in the fourth edition of the IPL, SLPL is also expected to feature Daniel Vettori, whose IPL journey was cut short after a recurring knee injury.Among the Indian players on the SLPL radar, the inclusion of Patel and Ashwin besides Praveen Kumar, who was recently selected for the West Indies tour after missing the World Cup due to an elbow injury, comes as a surprise as the trio is likely to be on national duty during that period.India is scheduled to visit England during the month of July for a four-match Test series followed by a one-day tournament and a one-off Twenty20 match.The other Indian players who figure in the list posted by the website include Dinesh Karthik, Irfan Pathan, Manish Pandey, Manoj Tiwary, Paul Valthaty, Ravindra Jadeja, Saurabh Tiwary, Umesh Yadav and Vinay Kumar.The list, which in all features 33 overseas players so far, also includes the names of David Warner, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Akmal, Albie Morkel, Herschelle Gibbs, Kevin O’Brien and Tamim Iqbal among others.advertisementWith PTI inputslast_img read more


More Than 100 Authors Sign Greenpeaces Pledge for Free Speech and Forest


first_imgMore than 100 authors from around the world, including Nobel Prize winner John Maxwell Coetzee (Disgrace); writer and comedian Stephen Fry (More Fool Me); Man Booker Prize winners Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Yann Martel (Life of Pi); and thought leaders Michelle Alexander (The New Jim Crow), Rebecca Solnit (Men Explain Things to Me) and Naomi Klein (The Shock Doctrine) signed a pledge with Greenpeace to support free speech and stand up for forests.This pledge follows two multi-million dollar lawsuits filed by Resolute Forest Products, a Canadian company, to silence Greenpeace’s criticism of its controversial logging in the boreal forest. The lawsuits could set a dangerous precedent for free speech if they succeed in silencing public comment on corporate behavior.“The endings of The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984 and Brave New World are written. Ours is not. This is a chance to stand up for freedom of speech, the freedom to advocate for change, and the freedom to question authority, and to strengthen their protection under law. As a society, we need a positive outcome to this story,” said Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, which recently became Hulu’s record breaking television series and depicts a dystopian future where all but the most powerful women are forbidden to write and are denied access to books.Authors signing the pledge committed to defend “freedom of speech as a pillar of democratic and peaceful societies, the right of individuals to organize and protest without intimidation, [and] those who peacefully protect the world’s forests.”“Speaking as a serial blasphemer, I take freedom of speech very seriously,” said author and actor Stephen Fry, “It’s not just about the satisfaction you get from speaking your mind, it’s also about telling uncomfortable truths that need to be heard, and Greenpeace has been incredibly successful at exposing what the powers that be want to keep secret. But this case goes beyond Greenpeace to threaten every whistle-blower and watchdog with information that the rich and powerful want suppressed. I’m worried, and I think you should be too.”On May 16th, Greenpeace published a report that showed major international publishers are purchasing paper from Resolute. Greenpeace is inviting these global publishers to join this call to protect freedom of speech and work with Resolute to become more sustainable.Other notable authors who signed the pledge include Man Booker Prize winners Julian Barnes (The Sense of an Ending) and Ian McEwan (Atonement), Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Doerr (All The Light We Cannot See), MacArthur Award winner Deborah Eisenberg (Twilight of the Superheroes), Lev Grossman (The Magicians), Lauren Groff (Fates and Furies), William Shatner (Up Till Now), Alec Baldwin (Nevertheless), Jane Fonda (My Life So Far) and many more.“Publishers and authors are natural allies in our fight to protect free speech. Our campaign celebrates the power of words and the incredible work that authors and publishers do every day to ensure critical thinking and the spread of ideas in our society. Now, we’re asking publishers to disavow this heavy-handed attempt by a paper company to silence dissent,” said Greenpeace USA Senior Forest Campaigner Amy Moas.Greenpeace will be at Book Expo this week in New York, connecting with publishers and readers, and displaying an art installation called Treewhispers by artist Pamela Paulsrud, an ongoing international collaboration awakening our heartfelt connection to trees.last_img read more


Meet the new head of Torontos Inside Out film festival


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: The 33-year-old, dressed today in a tan shrunken blazer over a black shirt and pants, founded Halifax’s OutEast film festival, now in its fifth year.“When we started OutEast, it was like a fish-to-water situation,” she says. “When you get a chance to speak about the thing that you are the most passionate about in front of an audience that is also there for the same reason, it becomes the easiest thing in the world.” Advertisement Scott Ferguson, Inside Out’s outgoing executive director who is stepping down after 15 years, applauds the hire. “There is an opportunity to look at people coming up in the ranks who are young and are going to approach things with a slightly different eye,” he says. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter In July, Andria Wilson and her girlfriend Jules Hobin packed their two cats into a U-Haul and left Halifax to start a new life in Toronto.“I just decided to go all in,” she said in an interview this week at a coffee shop on Richmond St.Her gamble paid off. Following a year-long international search, Inside Out announced Thursday that Wilson is the LGBT film festival’s new executive director. Inside Out is the third largest film festival in Toronto (following TIFF and Hot Docs) and Canada’s largest LGBT film festival. Facebooklast_img read more