The House Energy and Commerce Committee issued the latest in a series of white papers examining the impacts of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The latest white paper, issued April 19, outlines and seeks comment on the impact of the RFS on the agricultural sector.Following the release of the white paper on agricultural sector impacts, ASA provided extensive comments highlighting the importance of the RFS to the soybean and biodiesel industries and reinforcing the fact that the RFS does not drive higher commodity or food prices.”Soybean farmers have played a major role in the development of the U.S. biodiesel industry and biodiesel has provided a significant market opportunity for U.S. soybean producers,” wrote ASA in its comments. “However, first and foremost, policymakers must understand that markets and prices for soybeans are driven by demand for soy meal as a protein feed source for livestock. The portion of the soybean used in biodiesel production is the oil, not the meal.””Additionally, in considering the use of soybean oil for biodiesel production, it must be understood that demand for U.S. soybean oil for food use began to decline significantly following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) action in 2003 to require food manufacturers to include trans fats on nutrition labels beginning in 2006,” added ASA. “The increase in the use of soybean oil for the biodiesel market has essentially taken up the reduced demand for soybean oil in the food sector associated with trans fat labeling as the food industry shifted away from the use of partially hydrogentated soybean oil to various oil blends and the increased use of palm oil.For a full transcript of ASA’s comments, please click here, and for a copy of the committee’s whitepaper, please click here. ASA encourages all members to utilize the comments and urge their Members of Congress to support the RFS and support biodiesel.
Pinterest Highlighted in this photo is Odessa High School’s band director Bill Harden as an assistant director with director Ed Handley and the 1989-1990 OHS Band. By admin – April 15, 2018 Odessa High School’s band director Bill Harden has decide to retire after 30 years of teaching with Ector County Independent School District. Harden has been the director of bands at OHS since 1998. 1 of 5 Local NewsEducation WhatsApp Odessa High band director Bill Harden poses with his bassoon for a portrait April 11, 2013, in one of the band rooms at Odessa High School. Harden is retiring at the end of this school year after 30 years. WhatsApp After teaching thousands of students during his 30-year career with Ector County Independent School District, Odessa High School Director of Bands Billy Harden is stepping down from the podium.Harden made the announcement to his band earlier this month. It was a tough decision for him and he said he will miss the students, but he is excited about having more time, not having the long hours, not having to ride school buses and not having to be in charge of summer band.Starting out with Ed Handley at OHS as an assistant, Harden moved to Bowie Middle School to be band director and then back to OHS as the director of bands. He has been at OHS since 1998. His last contract day is June 18.When he talks about the students, he wells up. Odessa High School’s band director Bill Harden has decide to retire after 30 years of teaching with Ector County Independent School District. Harden has been the director of bands at OHS since 1998. Facebook Facebook Pinterest Twitter Twitter Longtime OHS band director stepping down Highlighted in this photo is Odessa High School’s band director Bill Harden as an assistant director with director Ed Handley and the 1989-1990 OHS Band. “I have met so many amazing students, some of whom I am very close to to this day,” Harden said.He added that the idea of the other incredible students he’s going to miss by leaving is difficult to swallow.A bassoon player for 42 years, Harden earned a music education degree from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. The Corpus Christi native intended to stay for two years and the transfer to a larger school to study medicine.But music was all he ever loved. Instead of medical school, he moved on to earn a degree in bassoon performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.“My goal was like every young person in music. They want to be a symphony performer, or a college teacher, so my goal was to teach for three to five years and try to get that,” Harden said.“I loved school. I was a good student. I worked really hard. I loved math and science and tolerated the other stuff, but I made great grades — I was very intent on making good grades … but music is what I really loved doing.”Harden’s plan had been to stay in Odessa and get teaching experience for three to five years, but he stayed 30 years.“Ed Handley hired me. … He pushed hard to get me as the assistant, so I owe him my whole career,” Harden said.He added that he’s had some amazing mentor teachers and bosses like J.R. McEntyre, Charles Nail and Randy Talley.Harden’s future plans are to stay in Odessa for two or three years to see how some of his students progress through band, work for a fundraising company with a friend and a travel company run by a former student and his wife. He also will continue playing with the Midland-Odessa Symphony.Harden said he also would work with WorldStrides Educational Student Travel and the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House.He also hopes to do some consulting for other regional band directors.Harden’s students are sad to see him go.Austin Martin, a senior percussionist, said he came to OHS at the beginning of the second semester last year from Permian. When he first arrived, Martin said he was “extremely depressed,” but the kindness the band showed him changed his mind about band.Now he would like to be a band director and plans to attend Odessa College or the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.Ninth-grade tuba player Nathaniel Hernandez said Harden’s retirement is kind of disappointing.“I was looking forward to four years of honor band and learning from someone like Mr. Harden, but I just feel like at least I got the last year. I feel very lucky and fortunate to be able to at least be part of 30 years of teaching,” Hernandez said.Angelo Campos, a sophomore clarinet player, shared Hernandez’s feelings.“It kind of stings because next year I’m not going to have somebody yelling at me to do something,” Campos said.He liked having Harden pushing the band to learn their music and play the right notes. Campos agreed that he’ll still have someone yelling at him.“It will just be different because it will be somebody new; not him,” Campos said. Previous articleMost high school grads going to OCNext articleTrial set in prison bus crash admin
Bargain plantsOn the July 13 show, Reeves shows how to prune an azalea’s top growth to make a compact plant that, properly planted, can be a low-cost bonus in your landscape.”Gardening in Georgia” is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV. It airs twice each Saturday, at noon and 7 p.m.Reeves demonstrates, too, how to make a tuteur out of an tomato cage and long privet limbs. Small vines like clematis are well suited for a small, upright structure like this. It’s an example of how a bad plant like privet can do a good deed in your garden.Griffin vegetable patchThe show then shifts to the Research and Education Garden vegetable patch on the UGA campus in Griffin, Ga. Master Gardener Jerry Robinson and horticulturist Tony Johnson constantly evaluate plant varieties, mulching practices, bed design and other management methods in this garden.Finally, Reeves introduces some members of the Quercus family, commonly known as the oaks. Quercus is their genus name. Family members are distinguished by their species name. He also shows how three members of the Cornus (dogwood) family differ from each other.