€85,000 in grants announced for Donegal healthcare groups

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh has welcomed €85,000 in grant-aid for Donegal healthcare organisations.A total of five groups in Donegal will receive a share of the funding.Over 120 healthcare and social care organisations are set to receive funding of over €2.7million under the latest round of National Lottery Grants from the Department of Health. “This funding will make a significant difference in the provision of healthcare services in Donegal”, says Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh TD.“The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD today (Monday) announced that 5 healthcare-related and social care services in Donegal will receive a total of €84,900 under the latest round of National Lottery Grants.“This the second announcement this year, in which the Department of Health provides once-off grants to organisations for healthcare-related and social care services.”The local organisations set to receive funding include: * Letterkenny Youth and Family Service € 50,000.00; to establish a Healthy Living centre* Arthritis Ireland Donegal €2,900.00 ; to roll out the “Be Active With Arthritis” programme.* Co Donegal Parents and Friends of People with Intellectual Disabilities ; €20,000.00 ; to purchase several buses.* Donegal Family Resource Centre €9,000.00 ; to provide events for Mental Health week 2016* Autism Support Dungloe €3,000.00 ; towards the cost of group events. Minister McHugh added “This funding will make a real difference to groups, volunteers and of course their clients in communities throughout Donegal. The grants will help to provide equipment, upgrade facilities and provide health-related services.”€85,000 in grants announced for Donegal healthcare groups was last modified: November 21st, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Organic research highlighted at event

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio State University’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) program will hold a free public field day featuring new findings and projects related to certified organic research.The event is from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 starting at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s West Badger farm in northeast Ohio.The tour will then proceed to additional organic research plots located at OARDC’s Fry Farm and Horticulture Unit 1, which together represent more than 75 acres of certified organic research land.OFFER and OARDC are both part of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.The field day will highlight various aspects of agronomic, specialty and cover crops. A featured topic will be soil management using the soil balancing philosophy, an idea described by William Albrecht in The Albrecht Papers which says that ideal soils contain 60 to 75% calcium, 10 to 20% magnesium and 2 to 5% potassium on their exchange sites, leaving them “balanced,” said Doug Doohan, acting director of the OFFER program.“Proponents of Albrecht’s approach believe that a balanced soil provides an optimum growing environment for crops while suppressing weeds and other pests, but others are skeptical,” Doohan said.OFFER scientists aren’t looking to give a thumbs up or thumbs down to the soil-balancing philosophy, Doohan said.“Instead, they’re wanting to learn more about it through research, which they’re doing at OARDC and on working organic farms,” he said.OFFER scientists are also learning through extensive interactions with growers and others familiar with the philosophy, Doohan said.“We are fortunate to have the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture organic program, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, other grower groups, individual growers, and an advisory committee,” Doohan said. “That support allows us to develop a more common, research-based understanding of soil balancing.”OFFER’s experiments on soil balancing include agronomic and specialty crops, he said.Other topics at the field day will include:* The results of corn, oat and clover variety trials.* Field trials on weed control and organic fertility inputs.* Interseeding various cover crop mixtures.Topics of special interest to organic vegetable producers will be reduced tillage, grafting, season extension and microbial inoculants.Matt Kleinhenz, a vegetable researcher and specialist based at OARDC, said the Wooster location shares similar geology, vegetation, climate, soils, land use and other variables with more than five other states.“This is one reason why OARDC is an excellent site for multiple types of research related to organic production,” he said. “People are another reason.“The commitment to advancing our agriculture, including organic, for everyone’s benefit is strong in Ohio and at Ohio State.”Others agree.The Santa Cruz, California-based Organic Farming Research Foundation recently ranked the OFFER program among the leaders nationally based on the foundation’s eight-point scoring system including organic research, Extension, and education activity and capacity.“Ohio State is in many ways a leader in organic research in the central U.S.,” Doohan said. “One aspect of the OFFER program that has really contributed to Ohio State researchers’ success has been the close relationship with organic farmers in the state and their contributions of knowledge, observations about what works and does not, and innovative ideas.“Ohio State has been very successful in getting research dollars to address grower needs because of the very active participation of farmers and their organizations.”The field day begins at OARDC’s West Badger Farm, 1501 Apple Creek Road, between Wooster and Apple Creek in Wayne County. From U.S. 250, go north 1.8 miles on Apple Creek Road. From U.S. 30, go south 1.1 miles on Apple Creek Road. Participants will car pool to the other organic farms.For more information, contact OFFER’s Kathy Bielek at 330-202-3528 or [email protected]last_img read more