Image Courtesy: PA/GettyAdvertisement 95yNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1y8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E83vyv( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2lmwWould you ever consider trying this?😱utnjCan your students do this? 🌚3uwrhRoller skating! Powered by Firework The novel Coronavirus pandemic has caused major sporting events around the world to face cancellation and postponement, and cricket is no exception. Many international series and tournaments have been either suspended or dropped as to safeguard the players, staffs and fans from a possible contamination- and the players are now in self-isolation, away from the pitch. However, English cricketer Ben Stokes has found a new activity up his sleeve, as he is about to test his driving skills against many revered Formula 1 drivers in the motorsport’s new eSports variant: the Virtual Grand Prix!Advertisement Image Courtesy: PA/GettyAs many F1 GPs have been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the idea of a virtual grand prix was picked up in mid-march, as to let the supporters continue to enjoy the races virtually, as the drivers pit themselves in the official F1 2019 PC video game, developed and published by Codemasters.The Bahrain Grand Prix took place as the sports’ first eSports event on 22nd March, which was won by Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou of the Renault F1 team.Advertisement Stokes, the superstar English cricketer will join up for the Red Bull Racing team, alongside Thai-British driver Alexander Albon for the upcoming Virtual Vietnam GP this weekend.The 2019 World Cup winning all rounder will be pitted against the stalwarts of F1 racing, such as the likes of Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, Christian Lundgaard and George Russell this Sunday, who will be joining the virtual event from their homes.Advertisement However, as the Hanoi Street Circuit is not available in the F1 2019 game, the Vietnam GP will be played in the Albert Park semi-street circuit of Australia.The grid order will be determined through an 18-minute qualifying session, and the main race will be 28-laps.The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a major disturbance in the 2020 calendar year for F1. Starting from the cancellation of the season opener Australian Grand Prix, the Chinese, Dutch, Spanish, and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix all had to be either postponed. The Monaco Grand Prix also faced cancellation.There have been over 961,000 positive cases of Coronations around the world till date, along with 49,165 deaths.Also read-Jasprit Bumrah explains why Zlatan Ibrahimovic is his role modelWimbledon 2020 shuts down amid Coronavirus pandemic Advertisement
Dennis Rodman benched by Yao Ming at Pyongyang friendly?Dennis Rodman benched by Yao Ming at Pyongyang friendly?
UFC boss: Nurmagomedov won’t be stripped of title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Today’s friendly match will be a display of top basketball skills and the great sportsmanship of all the players from both of our countries,” Kim Il Guk, the North Korean minister of sports, said before the game began.After a period of frosty ties, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has visited China three times this year, and traditional proclamations of friendship between the two neighbors have been resurrected.Speculation continues as to whether Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit North Korea in return.Yao Ming, who at 7′6″ (2.29 meters) was one of the tallest players in the NBA, is the head of China’s Basketball Association.He arrived with a high-level delegation on Monday that includes China’s equivalent of a sports minister.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Senior ruling party officials turned up for the game, but Kim, who was famously serenaded with the birthday song by Rodman in Pyongyang in January 2014, didn’t attend.On the court, Chinese female basketball players who are visiting Pyongyang this week mixed together with North Korean female players to form two teams, called “Friendship” and “Unity.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIn this Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, photo provided on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, by the North Korean government, Chinese hoop legend Yao Ming, center rear, poses for a group photo with Chinese and North Korean basketball players after their friendly match in Pyongyang, North Korea. Chinese female basketball players who are visiting Pyongyang this week mixed together with North Korean female players to form two teams, called “Friendship,” in red, and “Unity,” in white, as part of a high-profile sports exchange between the two countries intended to help thaw ties that had been growing chilly over the past year. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” wh Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)The Unity team won the match, 107 to 106.Yao Ming, towering over everyone else in the stadium, congratulated the players at the end of the game. MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Retired American professional basketball player Dennis Rodman speaks to the press from the Regent hotel following the US-North Korea summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYPYONGYANG, North Korea — Has Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star-turned pal of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, been benched for Chinese hoop legend Yao Ming?The former Houston Rockets center and eight-time NBA all-star took center court in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, on Tuesday as Chinese and North Korean basketball players held a friendly match, part of a high-profile sports exchange between the two countries intended to help thaw ties that had been growing chilly over the past year.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Relentless Folayang seizes ‘rare’ chance in regaining ONE titleRelentless Folayang seizes ‘rare’ chance in regaining ONE title
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt took a year for Eduard Folayang to reclaim the ONE world lightweight title and he did it in a way that can only be described as methodical madness.Folayang was an absolute mad man when he pummeled Singapore’s Amir Khan in five rounds to win the lightweight strap, the same title he lost to Martin Nguyen in a shock knockout loss on Nov. 10, 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 35-year-old Filipino fighting icon then proceeded to shower Khan (11-4) with elbows and punches but the Evolve MMA star was able to hang on until the bell.What followed next in the last three rounds was a master class of striking that saw Folayang punish Khan in every way possible.Folayang became the fourth member of Team Lakay to get a ONE Championship world title in 2018 following Geje Eustaquio (flyweight), Joshua Pacio (strawweight), and Kevin Belingon (bantamweight).“This is a rare opportunity to stand with my fellow champions tonight and I’m grateful for my coach and teammates that we have these belts.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award And if Folayang had some pent up aggression for more than 365 days, what he displayed in the co-main event of the card was pure calculated chaos.“When I saw that he got hurt, I looked for the finish but I think I tensed up during that moment and the time was very short for me to finish him off,” said Folayang in Filipino after the Conquest of Champions card Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“He was able to cope in the later rounds.”Folayang (21-6) executed a perfect take down late in the second when he caught Khan’s flying knee slamming the Singaporean to the mat. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal GALLERY: Folayang, Vera victorious in ONE ‘Conquest of Champions’ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES
Results from last night’s greyhound racing at Lifford Stadium were:Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Sugarland Gig 6/4 fav; 2, Over the Line 4/1. Time: 19.65. Distance: 1.25 lengths.Race 2 Buy a Buster 350 (350 yards): 1, Oghill Hack 6/4 fav; 2, Lacey Girl 7/2. Time: 19.25. Distance: 6 lengths. Race 3 The Try a Trio 350 (350 yards): 1, Wilma 3/1; 2, Macsruso 5/1. Time: 19.60. Distance: 1.25 lengths.Race 4 The Booking Office 525 (525 yards): 1, Pretty Jockey 4/1; 2, Original Song 4/1. Time: 29.94. Distance: 1.25 lengths.Race 5 “Like” Us on Facebook 525 (525 yards): 1, Crossleigh Thyme 4/6 fav; 2, Edenvale Maeve 4/1. Time: 29.02. Distance: 7.5 lengths.Race 6 The Lifford €10 Sizzler Deal 350 (350 yards): 1, Ardnasool Rio 9/4 fav; 2, Gobal Club 5/2. Time: 19.45. Distance 4.5 lengths. Race 7 The Upcoming Sweepstakes 525 (525 yards): 1, Paddock Paula 6/1; 2, Fridays Maybe 5/2. Time: 29.12. Distance: 3 lengths.Race 8 The Lifford €15 Special 550 (550 yards): 1, Tahina Kyle 4/5 fav; 2, Meadowview Dove 4/1. Time: 30.22. Distance: a neck.Race 9 The Ultimate Dining Experience (350 yards): 1, Mizen Magic 9/4; 2, Ardnasool Kagawa 3/1. Time: 19.08. Distance: 2.25 lengths.Race 10 A McLeans Bookmakers 525 (525 yards): 1, Ballybun Glen 31; 2, Hather If 4/1. Time: 29.44. Distance: 3.75 lengths.Race 11 www.liffordgreyhounds.com 550 (550 yard): 1, Hather Lock 1/1 fav; 2, Hanoras Dream 4/1. Time: 30.86. Distance: 0.5 length. Race 12 The Getting Out Bumper Stakes (575 yards): 1, Colarhouse Lady 4/1; 2, Castleroggy Rust 5/1. Time: 32.03. Distance: 2.25 lengths.GREYHOUND RACING: LIFFORD RESULTS was last modified: August 3rd, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:greyhoundLiffordRacingResults
For starters, A’s hope they found their man to lead it offFor starters, A’s hope they found their man to lead it off
MESA, Ariz. — Over the years, A’s manager Bob Melvin has noticed a trend among some hitters in baseball.“Some guys don’t like to hit leadoff,” he said.Not newly signed Oakland outfielder Robbie Grossman, a disciplined switch-hitter with a career .355 on-base percentage.“He has no problem with it,” Melvin said. Grossman is eager to lead off this season for the A’s, who signed him to a one-year deal last month.“I’m glad to be back in that spot,” Grossman said. “I enjoy it.”Melvin …
9 November 2004Retief Goosen’s nickname is The Goose. Maybe it should be The Golden Goose. In the season-ending US PGA Tour Championship, featuring an elite 31-man field, Goosen proved once more that he’s the poster boy for the saying: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”.The South African star brings to mind images of Clint Eastwood in his Spaghetti Western days: the quiet manner and the slit eyes, as if he were always looking into the sun. But even the Man With No Name would find it difficult to overcome The Goose in a duel.Outshooting the TigerNo one, it seems, relishes the toughest challenges that golf poses more than Goosen. His two US Open titles are evidence of that.Now he’s provided additional ammunition for that argument, outduelling Tiger Woods in the final round of the Tour Championship to lift the title on a testing East Lake layout.To put this feat into perspective, it is only the third time out of 33 that Woods has failed to win after having at least a share of the third round lead.“Goose is one steady player . You don’t win two US Opens by being very erratic. You have to be steady, and he’s done that”, Woods commented aterwards.Goosen started four shots behind Woods, but fired the only bogey-free final round as he posted a six-under-par 64 to take victory by four shots. His round matched the lowest final round in any of the four Tour Championships that East Lake had previously hosted.Hanging around under the radarAccording to the South African, he “likes to hang around under the radar”. That he manages to do that is possibly a bigger feat than any other that he has achieved yet. One has to ask, how is it that Goosen’s name seldom comes up as a likely challenger in the big events, even after two major victories?This is a man who has proved he is as tough as teak; remember that he won 10 matches in succession in the Dunhill Cup. When the chips are down, one man you wouldn’t want to face is Retief Goosen.After his win, it was pointed out to Goosen that he had won five times on the US PGA Tour since he started playing it regularly, about four or five years ago. The question was then posed whether he thought that was about the right number of wins, or should he have had more by now.‘I know which ones to pick’His answer was interesting: “I don’t know. I’ve won good ones, and I probably had my chances to win a couple more, and I probably think I should win a bit more. But I’m getting more and more comfortable out there now, getting to know the golf courses, as well, that we play.“I know which ones to pick and know the ones I like. I can work my schedule out that way so I’ll give myself more chances.”That’s not good news for Goosen’s rivals.His win in Tour Championship lifted him one place in the world rankings to a career-high fourth place. Tiger Woods’ second-place finish was enough to lift him to number two in the world, with Ernie Els moving down to number three, fractionally behind the American.Goosen’s victory also boosted his bank balance by US$1 080 000 (R6.74-million) – a huge prize that is testament to the status of the Tour Championship.It was The Goose’s second win on the US PGA Tour of 2004. He previously won the US Open, which made him, along with Tiger Woods, one of only two players to win a US PGA Tour title for four years running. In Europe he also laid claim to the European Open title.Great year in the US and EuropeDespite campaigning extensively on both the US PGA and European Tours, Goosen recorded very high finishes on both money lists. In the US he finished in sixth spot, while in Europe he ended as runner-up to Ernie Els.Two other South Africans contested the Tour Championship. Ernie Els and Rory Sabbatini both finished nine shots off the pace on two-under-par 278, good enough for a share of tenth place.In the top 100 of the latest world rankings, it is Ernie Els in third, Retief Goosen in fourth, Rory Sabbatini in thirty-first, Trevor Immelman in fiftieth, and Tim Clark in sixty-ninth place. South African-born Nick Price (Durban) occupies forty-fourth place, and Justin Rose (Johannesburg) is ranked sixty-seventh. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
7 March 2007Johannesburg has invited companies to bid for a R500-million public-private project to build its own broadband network, joining a growing list of South African cities that are going it alone to provide their residents with cheaper voice and data services.Other South African municipalities that are exploring their own broadband options, rather than relying on state company Telkom, include Cape Town, Tshwane (Pretoria) and eThekwini (Durban).Last week, the city issued a request for information from interested companies that own or have access to a value-added network service licence to tender for the Joburg Broadband Network project.The project is aimed at bringing down telecommunications costs in the city, as well as improving service delivery in areas ranging from traffic control to library services.The Johannesburg metro municipality already owns telecoms infrastructure and has a private telephone network licence. The city plans to offer internet bandwidth at a lower cost to its departments, businesses and schools, and to cater for an expected increase in demand for bandwidth during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Speaking to Business Report, Douglas Cohen, a consultant in the city’s department of economic development, said Johannesburg would invest about R100-million in the project, with the private sector asked to finance the remaining R400-million.The city expects the private partners to make money from the project through selling its spare capacity to businesses and consumers, and possibly also charging the municipality to use the network.“They are getting access to start a new network. They could become a wholesaler of lower-cost telephony and data and they will have the city as an anchor client,” Cohen said.According to Business Day, Cohen expects the country’s large telecoms and IT companies to bid for the project, as well as smaller IT firms, possibly in partnership with foreign investors.Because of the size of the municipal area, Cohen said the contract might have to be divided between more than one bidder, and a variety of technologies are likely to be needed for different areas.As such, Johannesburg City Power is backing the project, as it is likely to include internet connectivity over powerlines, which they have been experimenting with.“The purpose of the broadband project is primarily to build a strong information technology infrastructure for the city and to bring information and communications technology closer to citizens at a cost-effective price,” Jabulani Zimu from the office of the city’s chief information officer told Business Report.The city expects to appoint the successful bidder for the project before the end of 2007.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
SA coach aims to grow wheelchair basketball in AfricaSA coach aims to grow wheelchair basketball in Africa
24 April 2014 National men’s wheelchair basketball coach Franck Belen hosted a technical coaching course over the Easter weekend at Mandeville, near Johannesburg, to help grow the game in South Africa. He is also aiming to grow the sport on the African continent. Belen, the head coach of the Sasol-sponsored national senior men’s wheelchair basketball team, said the course, which covered areas including medical, hygiene, warm-up and warm-down techniques, wheelchair basketball equipment maintenance, and on-court match situation exercises, was the first of many to be held as part of a four-year plan to develop and empower coaches on the continent. Other areas covered during the coaches’ course included knowing how to structure a practice, knowing the basic rules of the sport, and understanding the role of Wheelchair Basketball SA and the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation.Beyond South Africa’s borders “With the Sasol SA national senior men’s team set to compete in a six nation international tournament in Agadir, Morocco, from 8 to 15 June, this creates another platform for a leg of the coaches course to be held in that country, so the knowledge can be spread well beyond the borders of South Africa,” Belen said in a statement. “The course covers a wide range of elements so that when the participants go home to rural or urban areas, they will be able to apply the knowledge to young athletes who wish to be as competitive as possible in the sport of wheelchair basketball.”Shortlist Following several national team training camps held earlier this year, at which the coach was able to access a large number of players invited to trials, a shortlist of 20 players is being formed from which the team to compete in Morocco will be selected. “The key focus for 2014 has been to create a squad of depth, from which a winning formula can be developed, so that the Sasol SA national senior team can compete and achieve success at next year’s Paralympic qualifying matches,” said Belen. “A lot of the national team’s experienced players retired from the sport after the 2012 London Paralympics, and we are in a team re-building process with an eye towards the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Right now, the training camps have been of more value than playing international fixtures, as we look to build the confidence of several new faces on the fringe of team selection.”Rankings The South African team is currently ranked 12th in the world and second on the African continent. Sasol CA Sponsorship Specialist Dumisani Mbokane said wheelchair basketball is an action-packed sports package, conducive to family fun and entertainment, which Sasol, as a sponsor of the national senior men’s team, has been involved with since 2007. “Wheelchair Basketball SA needs to be commended for taking the initiative to roll out the Sasol Wheelchair Basketball Technical Excellence Coaching Programme which will benefit many aspiring coaches across the country,” Mbokane commented. “Following the trip to Morocco, the Sasol SA senior men’s team will host France in July this year, and we look forward to witnessing the South African sports-loving public coming out in support of the home side for this four-test series.” Source: Road to Rio
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentOhio Farm Bureau is directed by its members, at all levels of the organization. They define the positions the organization takes on issues affecting farmers and rural residents through an annual policy development process. The grassroots process leads to the creation of policy positions that guide legislative and regulatory action by the organization on important issues. The 2017 process culminated at the American Farm Bureau annual convention in January 2018.Larry Antosch, Ohio Farm Bureau senior director of policy development and environmental policy, said county Farm Bureau boards select their county policy development teams, and then begin to develop a plan of work, timeline and strategies to write the county’s policy proposals.“Policy development is an opportunity for our members to study in-depth and identify areas of concern in their county and of agriculture.” Antosch said. “Policy development is one of the best means to assure that grassroots input from our members is addressed.”How the process worksCounty policy development teams are made of Farm Bureau members from a variety of involvement areas within the county organization. They can come from county action teams, advisory councils, boards and young ag professionals. According to Antosch, some important members of the county policy development teams are also appointed to be county delegates and alternates to the state annual meeting.OFBF state annual meeting delegates are selected during each county Farm Bureau’s annual meeting, to represent the interests and views of their county’s members in the development of county, state and national policy. Each county has a number of delegates determined by how many farmer members it has. Antosch said that it is important for delegates to serve on the policy development team so they can properly represent their county members’ ideas and thoughts at the state annual meeting.Once the team is put together, they hold policy resource meetings to identify issues or concerns members would like to move forward through the policy development process. Groups within Farm Bureau such as advisory councils, action teams and young ag professionals may be invited to speak at these meetings. Groups outside of Farm Bureau such as OSU Extension educators, county commissioners, legislators and agricultural organizations also are invited to speak at the meetings.“We encourage our county policy development committees to be as diverse as they can with who they invite to resource meetings,” he said. After the resource meetings have been held, the county policy development teams consider the recommendations. The team will then write their policy proposals that are voted on at the county Farm Bureau annual meetings, held in August and September.From county to stateAs soon as the county policy development process ends, the state process begins. Deadlines for county policy submissions to Ohio Farm Bureau and the first meeting of the state policy development team are in September and October. Members of the state policy development team are appointed by the state president, and they are typically state board members and county Farm Bureau presidents, Antosch said.The state team also holds resource meetings, hearing from individuals and organizations that have state and national level policy concerns and issues.Recommendations from the state advisory teams are also considered during these meetings. Advisory teams are groups of Farm Bureau members who discuss current issues within the team’s area of expertise (i.e. feed grains), and then submit policy recommendations to the state policy development team for consideration.After considering proposed and recommended policies, the state policy development team writes policy proposals on state and national issues.“We ask that all committee members, state or county, be able to speak to why a policy was written a certain way,” said Antosch.These policy proposals are discussed and voted on by the delegates, representing every county, at the Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting, held each December.Then to nationalFollowing the OFBF annual meeting, any policy proposals that are about national level issues are submitted by Ohio Farm Bureau to the American Farm Bureau for consideration and voting at its annual convention.Ohio sends delegates to the AFBF annual convention to vote on the national policy proposals. OFBF’s delegates are appointed by the board president, and are typically OFBF board members.With AFBF’s annual meeting being held in January, the process starts over as soon as it ends. Counties begin recruiting and appointing county policy development team members in January, starting the process over again.ONLINE EXTRAS View the 2018 state policy book.Watch a video about the importance of working together through Farm Bureau.Policy Development Flow Chart Leave a Comment
Funding available for farmers through Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement ProgramFunding available for farmers through Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) Division of Soil and Water Conservation is making farmers aware of funding available to farmers through the Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).CREP is the country’s largest private-land conservation program. Administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency in partnership with the ODA and local soil and water conservation districts, CREP targets high-priority conservation concerns in exchange for removing environmentally sensitive land from production. In return for establishing permanent resource-conserving plant species, farmers are paid an annual rental rate along with other federal and state incentives as applicable per each CREP agreement. Participation is voluntary, and the contract period is typically 15 years.“Farmers are continually looking for innovative ways to practice conservation on their farms,” said Dorothy Pelanda, Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “This program provides great opportunities to make positive contributions to our state’s water quality while allowing farms to remain productive.”New for 2019 is the $200 bonus offered by the state of Ohio for all newly-enrolled filter strip and riparian area practices. For current CREP participants with expiring contracts, re-enrolling and expanding the width of filter strips or riparian areas will earn you the bonus dollars on those new added acres all the while expanding the environmental protection of these practices.The Lake Erie CREP is available in 27 Ohio counties including; Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Lorain, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot counties.For more information and to sign up visit your local soil and water conservation district or contact the ODA Division of Soil and Water Conservation at email@example.com or 614-265-6610.