Grafton Village Cheese to pay local milk suppliers a special premium while milk prices are low

first_imgGrafton Village Cheese Co., makers of award-winning, handcrafted Vermont cheddar cheese, announced today it will begin paying its local milk suppliers a special premium while milk prices are below the cost of production. The Company is working in concert with its two milk co-ops Agri-Mark and DMS, both of which have given Grafton Cheese permission to send checks directly to the farmers.Grafton Village Cheese is a major business of the Grafton, Vermont-based Windham Foundation whose mission is to promote Vermont s rural communities. All of the milk used for Grafton Cheese is from Vermont family farms, located primarily in southern and central Vermont. As a high quality Vermont cheddar cheese producer, we depend upon milk from Vermont dairy farms, and we are very concerned about the viability of our Vermont dairy farmers at a time of extremely low milk prices, said Adam Mueller, President of Grafton Village Cheese. Consequently, we are working with our milk suppliers to provide farmers in southern and central Vermont an additional premium for the milk they provide to our Grafton Village Cheese plants in Grafton and Brattleboro.Starting in April, while milk prices are below cost of production, Grafton Cheese will pay farmers an additional premium based on the butterfat, protein and somatic cell content of the milk. As the class three milk price increases the premium will decline on a sliding scale, becoming zero when milk price reaches $20/cwt.Grafton Cheese already pays significant quality premiums and handling costs for its milk to its co-ops. This new initiative is an additional premium that will be mailed directly to the farmers by Grafton Cheese.About Grafton Village CheeseThe Grafton Village Cheese Company, located in Grafton and Brattleboro, Vermont, handcrafts artisanal cheddar cheese. The company was founded in 1892 as the Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company, which converted surplus milk from local dairy farmers into cheese. Years later, a fire destroyed the original factory. When the Windham Foundation restored the company in the mid 1960s, a new era for the town was born. Today, quality and taste continue to serve as the hallmark of Grafton cheddar. As part of the nonprofit Windham Foundation, much of Grafton Cheese s annual earned income funds the Foundation s charitable programs. More information on Grafton Village Cheese Company can be found online at graftonvillagecheese.com.last_img read more

Task force asks police, military to test personnel at jobs law protests

first_imgEditor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics : Wiku added that he hoped that university management and companies would perform rapid tests on students and workers who participated in the rally. He said he expected companies to establish their own COVID-19 task forces.According to reports to the task force, of the 253 protesters arrested in North Sumatra, 21 showed reactive test results. In Jakarta, 34 of the 1,192 protesters arrested had reactive results. In East Java, 24 of the 650 protesters arrested had reactive results. In South Sumatra, 30 of the 261 protesters arrested had reactive results. In West Java, 13 of the 39 protesters arrested had reactive results, and one of the 95 protesters arrested in Yogyakarta had a reactive test result.Read also: Over 9,300 personnel deployed to secure Jakarta as omnibus law protests enter 2nd week“In total, there are 123 reactive test results from protesters arrested in the six provinces so far. We are still waiting for the test results from Central Java,” Wiku said. A joint force of 9,332 policemen, soldiers and Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers was deployed in the capital on Tuesday during a Job Creation Law demonstration, according to the police.Widespread protests erupted across the country after the House of Representatives passed the bill on Oct. 5. Some protests have been marred by violent clashes between protesters and security forces. The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) said it had received at least 1,500 reports of alleged police violence from Oct. 6 to 8 during the national strike against the new law, organized primarily by labor unions. Another round of protests occurred on Monday.The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) previously warned of the possibility that new COVID-19 clusters would emerge from demonstrations against the Job Creation Law and noted the difficulty of tracing virus transmission that had resulted from the demonstrations that had taken place in many parts of the country. (iwa) The national COVID-19 task force has called on the National Police and the military to test personnel deployed to the Job Creation Law protests because protesters arrested in several regions have had reactive test results.“We ask the police and the military to carry out COVID-19 tests on personnel who handled jobs law protests last week,” task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.Wiku highlighted the importance of rapid testing as a screening method to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further. “If there are reactive results from the tests, we must immediately trace their contacts,” he said. #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoaplast_img read more

Gratitude

first_imgDoes it bother you like it does me when you set up award ceremonies for people and they don’t show up?  It is not uncommon today for a high school sports team to have a year-end banquet/awards ceremony and the MVP recipient is not there because they decided to work at McDonald’s instead.  This happens more times than you would think.When people my age were in school, if there was an awards ceremony, everyone would come.  I guess today awards are not that important.  In fact, in the latter years that I was coaching I would wind up each year with a stack of ribbons that no one chose to pick up.Even adults today seem to be too busy to attend celebrations and award programs that are set up for them.  How often do you read or see where a professional athlete doesn’t bother to attend ceremonies?  People are elected to the All-Star game or Pro-Bowl and refuse the honor.  They use excuses like I am too tired, I might get hurt, etc.  Does it all go back to the T-ball era when everyone was given a trophy for just showing up?  Now awards seem to mean little or nothing to them.last_img read more

Byrne brings successes to UW

first_imgWisconsin has built itself into a cross country powerhouse over the past several years. New head coach Mick Byrne understands that, and he doesn’t want that to change.Byrne addressed the media Monday for the first time since taking over for former head coach Jerry Schumacher, who left the program to take a position with Nike as a coach for elite runners.“I’m a new old guy on the block, so I’m really excited to be here,” Byrne said. “A little bit different, obviously, than the Bronx.”Byrne acknowledged the legacy Schumacher left behind but also boasts a rather impressive r?sum? himself.As the head coach at Iona College in New York for 24 years, his Gaels team finished second in last year’s national championship — ahead of Wisconsin, which finished fifth. Iona also claimed third place in 2006 and fourth place in 2003 and 2005.“Wisconsin’s had a great tradition. We’ve also, by the way, had a great tradition at Iona College,” Byrne said. “The plan is to continue a great tradition and get out there and get back on the podium this year and win the Big Ten. We’ve won it the past nine years, so I’m looking forward to, hopefully, our 10th victory and then going out to nationals and getting back on the podium as a top four finisher.”The transition between coaches elicited mixed results among the Badger runners. Two members of the UW squad — Brandon Bethke and Evan Jager — chose to take different paths, leaving the team.“The way I look at it is any change you can either look at as an opportunity or you can go the other way with it,” Byrne said. “Unfortunately, those guys needed to move on and do something differently.”Even though this year’s roster is already familiar with Schumacher’s style, Byrne feels he brings a lot to a program rich in tradition.“I think a lot of what we do philosophy-wise is pretty similar,” Byrne said of Schumacher. “We might have a different approach to some aspects of it, but I think kids are always looking for new ideas. I think I’m bringing some fresh ideas.”Moving to the bigger stage in Madison presents new opportunities for Byrne. At Iona — a small school in the Bronx with an enrollment of just 3,500 — there wasn’t much on campus to draw in potential student-athletes on recruiting visits.“It was tough for us to get kids from the Midwest to come to Iona College,” Byrne said. “The differences are obvious. Big-time football, big-time basketball, hockey — all the great things that any 17, 18-year-old kid would enjoy on a college campus. We didn’t have that. The atmosphere was completely different.” In fact, Byrne himself has already taken in some of the big-campus atmosphere since he arrived.“I’ve spent my last two Saturdays at the games, and I’m just blown away by the whole atmosphere, the involvement of the student bodies, the involvement of the community,” Byrne said. “It seemed like everybody in the state of Wisconsin (was) at the games the last two weeks.”To some, it may come as a surprise to see Byrne leave such a successful program at Iona that he had helped build. But for him, the move was something he had wanted to do for a while, but was waiting for the right time.That time was now.“The University of Wisconsin is Big Ten, big-time athletics. I always wanted to make that move,” Byrne said. “It was a great time to make it right now. I felt we were at the top of the game at Iona College. The last couple of years, we were fourth, third and second [at nationals]. I felt that if I was ever going to do it, it was the right time to do it.”last_img read more