University of Vermont president Dan Fogel announced Wednesday that Tom Vogelmann has been appointed as the eleventh Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). He has been acting as Interim Dean of CALS since July of 2008.Mr. Vogelmann came to Vermont in 2002 as a Professor of Plant Biology and Chair of the Department of Botany and Agricultural Biochemistry. A graduate of Syracuse University (Ph.D.), Washington State University (M.S.) and the University of Vermont (B.S.), Dr. Vogelmann worked for eighteen years at the University of Wyoming where he was Professor of Botany and served as the interim Chair of the Department of Botany. This position is key to helping move Vermont agriculture forward. I have worked with Dr. Vogelmann during his tenure as interim dean and he clearly understands the importance of the Land Grant mission of the University to the state of Vermont, said Roger Allbee, Secretary of Agriculture.CALS is one of seven academic units offering undergraduate degrees at the University of Vermont. CALS programs emphasize the life sciences, agriculture and food systems, environmental stewardship and the preservation of healthy, rural communities. Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences learn how to make a difference in our changing world. Rigorous course work, research in state-of-the-art labs, hands-on experiences, and relevant internships provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to solve important societal problems and ensure a more sustainable planet. Tom understands how vitally important it is today to serve all aspects of agriculture in Vermont. I look forward to working with him on the many challenges and opportunities facing agricultural prosperity in our state, commented Allbee.Dr. Vogelmann has received numerous awards and other recognitions for his teaching, research, and service, including the Robertson Lecture for outstanding contributions to plant physiology conferred by the Australian and New Zealand Societies for Plant Physiology. He also received the Presidential Award for outstanding research, the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Research, and the Elbogen Award for Outstanding Teaching, all at the University of Wyoming. Most recently, he received the Joseph E. Carrigan Award for Excellence in Teaching and Undergraduate Education in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at UVM. Dr. Vogelmann specializes in plant physiology and has published more than eighty scientific papers in refereed journals, books, and technical proceedings.
The 25-year-old quarterback then went on to say the reason the Eagles are talking trash is to bring attention to themselves.”You know, coach (Jason) Garrett has a great saying, and I don’t know where he got it from, but winners worry about winning and losers worry about winners,” Prescott told reporters, per the Dallas Morning News. “We’re focused on ourselves in this locker room about what we need to do to get better in each and every phase of this game to be ready for this week. Related News “We’re not worried about he say, she say.”He added: “When you play a team like this, a game like this that means what it means, what somebody says doesn’t add any motivation.” Grugier-Hill started the conversation Wednesday when he said, “Look at Dallas’ history, they always choke. So we’ll go down there and make them choke.”#Facts 👀 pic.twitter.com/s7GuVS7q8T— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) December 5, 2018The Cowboys (7-5) are coming off a 13-10 victory over the Saints and they have won four straight, while the Eagles (6-6) defeated the Redskins 28-13 in Week 13. The two faced off against each other Nov. 11 when the Cowboys won 27-20 in Week 10. Philadelphia is the defending Super Bowl champion but trails Dallas by one game for the lead in the NFC East. Eagles start trash talking Cowboys early: ‘They always choke’ Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott responded Thursday to Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill’s comments made earlier this week when Grugier-Hill claimed the Cowboys are going to “choke” in their Week 14 matchup. When asked if he had heard Grugier-Hill’s remarks, Prescott initially responded: “Who?”
The National People’s Cooperative Bank of Jamaica Ltd. (NPCB) is being hailed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, for its role in providing financial assistance to businesses that are considered too high risk and even “unbankable”.“The truth is, our micro small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and agricultural sectors need increased access to funding if they are to truly develop and be the catalyst for growth, which we know they can become,” she stated in a message at the bank’s 6th Annual General Meeting held yesterday (May 16) at the Kendal Camp and Conference Centre in Manchester.The Prime Minister, in her message read by State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, commended the management of the NPCB for the excellent work it has been doing in managing its affairs.She pledged that the Government “will do all we can to make doing business in Jamaica far easier, beginning with the local investment and business community.”Commending the bank’s support of the agriculture sector, Mrs. Simpson Miller said the Government is committed to building a modern, competitive and sustainable industry.“It is a resolve that is even more critical today, as some 50 per cent of food consumed locally is imported,” she stated, noting that the import bill is close to US$1 billion per year.She said the Government’s investment in the creation of agro parks is a clear signal that agriculture plays a critical role in the country’s quest for economic viability and will provide opportunities for expanding production for export and the domestic market.Meanwhile, Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams, speaking in her capacity as a State Minister, informed the shareholders that the bank’s success is important to Jamaica’s development.“We, at the Ministry, consider (the NPCB) to be very important…to the development of Jamaica, because under you and through you, many businesses have succeeded. You are the backbone of the country and I want you to understand that importance,” she stated.Outlining details of the Government’s Logistics Hub Initiative, the State Minister said the bank has a role to play in offering financing for small businesses, which will provide services for the hub.General Manager, NPCB, Curtis Barnett, said the bank recorded improved performances last year. He reported a net surplus of $31.42 million from a net deficit of $23.47 million in 2011.“The overall performance of the bank was quite encouraging as there were positive results in key areas of the bank’s operations based on increases in loans, savings, revenues and assets that resulted in total comprehensive income being $368.69 million compared with a comprehensive loss of $22.19 million in the prior year,” Mr. Barnett said.He noted that the bank continues to make meaningful contributions to the Jamaican economy by being the premier source of loans to the agricultural sector. He informed that the NPCB participated in financing all major agricultural initiatives during the year, working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ).At the end of 2012, the NPCB had total assets of $3.8 billion. Loans to members stood at $2.349 billion. The majority of the bank’s 150,000 members are small farmers, to whom approximately 75 per cent of loans are made.Most of the funds for on-lending to agriculture and other sectors are borrowed from the DBJ.CONTACT: ANDREA BRAHAM