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Limited funds for agriculture slows Lake Erie efforts

By Mike Libben

        At the recent Lake Erie Farm Forum in Oak Harbor, State Senator Randy Gardner and Representative Steve Arndt introduced the concept of the Clean Lake 2020 plan.

        This proposed legislation will help support agricultural best management practices (BMP) and the local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) that are tasked with assisting farmers with conservation work. It will be introduced to the Ohio legislature as a source of new funding that will be directed at best management practices that have reduced phosphorus runoff

        The new bill will be a companion piece to recent legislation that has set agriculture restrictions on fertilizer and manure applications, licensing for those who apply nutrients and other regulations against water pollution that have been in effect for years.

Billionaires won’t save the world - just look at Elon Musk

        Will Mars save humanity? Or will our savior be billionaire Elon Musk?

Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, humbly believes we don’t have to choose. Mars will save us, he promises, and Musk himself will engineer this Mars miracle.

Not too long ago I was with some friends at a local eatery watching the television intently. The featured sport was curling.

 

I do not claim to know much about the sport of curling, but here’s the gist. Players slide 44-pound, polished stones with flat bottoms on ice toward a target area (sort of like winter shuffle board). Each team has four players and eight stones and they try to get the stones positioned in the highest point categories. The stone is pushed down the ice by a curler and then sweepers vigorously sweep the ice with brooms to influence the path of the stone with hopes of bonking their opponents stones to lower scoring areas and putting theirs in the highest scoring positions.

The place I was eating was very small and pretty much everyone present ended up watching curling very intently. I must say it was the most thought I’d ever given to curling, but that may change soon as it is time once again for the Winter Olympics and curling is, of course, among the many events.

 

 

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