Press Release Service Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Six thousand people at Kuda, South Sudan, were among those displaced by violence last year in the region of the country where famine has since been declared. A U.N. team visited the area in September to assess the humanitarian and security situation. Photo: United Nations[Episcopal News Service] The relief agencies of the Episcopal Church and its Anglican partners are considering a possible expansion of their support of relief efforts in South Sudan after the United Nation’s recent famine declaration, which has drawn increased international attention to the growing crisis in the country.The famine declaration on Feb. 20 was the first by the United Nations since 2011 in Somalia. It blamed war and a collapsing economy for leaving 100,000 people at risk of starvation in the north-central part of South Sudan, and 1 million more people were said to be on the brink of famine.The U.N. uses a technical classification to determine whether a food security crisis has escalated into a famine. A declaration is issued when at least 20 percent of the population faces a food shortage, at least 30 percent is suffering from malnourishment and at least 2 people out of 10,000 are dying from starvation each day.In the affected parts of South Sudan, as in all famine-stricken sites, the declaration indicates that people already have begun to die from lack of food. The situation in South Sudan is further complicated by the fact the crisis is largely man-made, and years of violence have challenged relief efforts.“There is only so much that humanitarian assistance can achieve in the absence of meaningful peace and security, both for relief workers and the crisis-affected people they serve,” Joyce Luma, the director in South Sudan for the U.N.’s World Food Program, said in the U.N. news release.Episcopal Relief & Development has been active for more than two years supporting local efforts to provide food aid in South Sudan, through its partners in the Anglican Alliance and by working with relief agencies and diocesan leaders in the country. The organization has a continuing presence in areas that, while not meeting the definition of famine until now, have long been dealing with extreme food shortages, said Nagulan Nesiah, senior program officer for disaster response and risk reduction.The famine declaration “has sort of caught up to what has been a reality for the (local) church for the past few years,” Nesiah said. He welcomed the move by the U.N., which will draw needed attention to the crisis.The Episcopal Church is one of several partners within the Anglican Communion that coordinate relief efforts under the umbrella of the Anglican Alliance, which recently held a conference call with Episcopal Relief & Development and other agencies to discuss the worsening situation in South Sudan.Episcopal Relief & Development plays a leading role in the Anglican Alliance’s work with the Sudanese Development and Relief Agency, or SUDRA, and through those efforts, food packets have been provided to 58,400 people in a dozen dioceses in the country since December 2014, Nesiah said. Episcopalians can still support these efforts by donating online, and a new fundraising appeal is being discussed.Top religious leaders, too, have begun speaking out about the conflict and the resulting famine.“We stand prayerfully alongside the South Sudanese people and their leaders – particularly those in the Church who are providing emotional, physical and spiritual support,” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said Feb. 20 in a statement released while he was on a tour of four African countries near South Sudan. “We pray for those on the ground who are delivering humanitarian assistance, that there will be an opening up of humanitarian corridors for the aid that is so desperately needed.”Province of Central Africa Archbishop Albert Chama, who chairs the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa, or CAPA, issued a statement Feb. 22 condemning the violence in South Sudan.“CAPA will work with willing leaders from the region and further afield, to try to urge the warring parties to agree to an immediate ceasefire,” Chama said. “They must realize that Almighty God will require everyone to account for their actions here on earth.”Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, which handles humanitarian outreach for the Anglican Church of Canada, announced on Feb. 24 a $25,000 grant to provide relief in South Sudan, as well as another $25,000 grant for Kenya. That money was given to Act Alliance, a relief partner that is separate from the Anglican Alliance.The United Nations, in announcing its famine declaration, called it the “worst hunger catastrophe” in the three years of fighting between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, which supports President Salva Kiir, and a rival group that backs Riek Machar, a former vice president.South Sudan isn’t the only country facing a food crisis. The World Food Program said three more are at risk of famine this year: Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen.“The specter of simultaneous famines in four countries poses an unprecedented challenge to the humanitarian community as well as a personal tragedy for hundreds of thousands of people,” the WFP said Feb. 23 in a blog post.Burundi is another country where the threat of famine has mobilized the Anglican Church and its relief partners. 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That this evil will be oppressed and powerful Governments will step in to give more aid and security. I pray that doors be opened to share the Good News of Jesus and change a nation. May God bless these people as they struggle for their lives. May God give these people mercy. 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Facebook Equestrian earns last seed in NCEA team bracket A COVID-19 Charles Schwab Challenge TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ printThe Horned Frogs knocked off two PAC-12 foes, Washington and Oregon, over the weekend. With the wins, the team is now 5-1 on the season.TCU swept the Washington Huskies on Friday, Feb. 3, 4-0. The Huskies came to town with a 6-0 record before being dominated by the Frogs.The match opened with TCU taking the doubles point. The No. 16 duo of Olaya Garrido-Rivas and Donika Bashota beat No. 35 Miki Kobayashi and Nour Abbes 6-2. It was their third win over a ranked team this year. Caroline Wegner and Seda Arantekin went on to clinch the doubles point with a 6-2 win as well.The Frogs clinched the match taking the next three points with wins from No. 75 Arantekin (4-6, 6-3, 6-1), Garrido-Rivas (7-6, 7-5) and Wegner (6-3, 4-6, 6-3).While Washington was not ranked in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, head coach Lee Taylor Walker said the Huskies were nothing short of a quality opponent and was pleased with the effort his team displayed.“I think they are a legitimate top-25 team so I felt like our girls brought great energy today,” Walker said. “This was a great start for a really tough stretch of six to eight good teams in a row.”On Sunday, Feb. 5, TCU knocked off Oregon (3-4) by a score of 4-1.For the fifth time this season the Horned Frogs won the doubles point. The Frogs were led by wins from Garrido-Rivas and Bashota (6-3) and Arantekin and Wegner (6-3).After taking the 1-0 lead, the trio of Arantekin (6-2, 7-5), Bashota (6-3, 7-5) and Garrido-Rivas (6-7, 6-2, 6-1) won the match for the Frogs.“To be able to beat two quality Pac-12 teams this early in the season gives us a lot of hope and encouragement for the rest of the spring,” Walker said.Arantekin was awarded the Big 12’s Co-Player of the Week on Tuesday after going 4-0 overall in her matches. With her stellar weekend, Arantekin moved to 5-0 in singles matches and 5-1 in doubles.“We need Seda to continue playing at a high level in order for our team to maximize our potential,” Walker said.The Horned Frogs will take some time off before their next home match against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. Seda Arantekin and Caroline Wegner in their doubles win against Oregon (Photo courtesy of gofrogs.com) Linkedin Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ Branson Nelson Branson is a junior journalism major from Fort Worth, Texas. He enjoys writing about all sports and plans to go to law school after graduation. Facebook Iqbal leads women’s golf to fourth-place finish at Big 12 Tournament Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ Twitter Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ ReddIt ReddIt World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter Women’s golf heads to Oklahoma for chance at first Big 12 title The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Linkedin Previous articleNeiman Marcus now open in ClearforkNext articleWomen’s hoops tops Texas Tech, 76-62 Branson Nelson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR + posts
Help by sharing this information News News News Organisation Reporters Without Borders deplores Turkey’s abuse of its anti-terrorism law to censor and punish journalists who raise the issue of its Kurdish minority or quote certain Kurdish leaders. Use of the law to prosecute journalists has increased since it was amended in 2006. Under article 7/2 of the law, propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organization is punishable by imprisonment.As neither “propaganda” nor “terrorist organization” is defined, the article can easily be interpreted in the broadest possible way to target almost any journalist or media. Reporters Without Borders reiterates its condemnation of the law, which has ushered in a regime of censorship and suppression of free speech.In one of the latest examples, an Istanbul court ordered the suspension of the newspaper Demvrimci Demokrasi on 21 November for alleged propaganda on behalf of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).On 10 November, reporter Nese Düzel of the liberal daily Taraf and her editor, Adnan Demir, went on trial in Istanbul on charges of making “propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organization” by interviewing two former PKK leaders, Zübeyir Aydar and Remzi Kartal.The prosecutor argued that the interviews “gave the impression that the use of violence is necessary and continues to be legitimate” and threatened national security. Düzel responded in court that: “I did not make propaganda for a terrorist organization. On the contrary, I made propaganda for policies. Even the state is currently negotiating with this organization.”Her lawyer argued that the reports were entirely in accordance with the criteria of article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, concerning freedom of expression, and Turkey’s 1982 constitution.The trial, in which Düzel and Demir are facing the possibility of being sentenced to seven and a half years in prison under article 7/2 of the anti-terrorism law, has been adjourned until 2 March.Sociologist Ismail Besikçi and Zeycan Balci Simsek, the editor of the legal monthly Cagimizda Hukuk ve Toplum, appeared before an Istanbul court on 12 November on the same charge of “propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organization” (the PKK) in an article about the Kurdish right to self-determination that Besikçi wrote for the journal.The chief fault that the prosecutor seemed to find with the article was the fact that Besikçi wrote Qandil – the name of the mountain in northern Iraq where the PKK has its main base – with a Q (a letter that exists in the Kurdish alphabet but not in the Turkish one) instead of with a K. The trial is due to continue on 4 March.Irfan Aktan, a reporter for the monthly Express, and Merve Erol, his editor, were both convicted under article 7 of the anti-terrorism law on 4 June. Aktan was sentenced to 15 months in prison while Erol was fined 16,000 Turkish pounds (8,000 euros). The case is now pending a decision by the country’s highest appeal court.Reporters Without Borders calls for the acquittal of Düzel, Demir, Besikçi and Simsek and urges the appeal court to quash the convictions of Aktan and Erol.The Turkish government is currently preparing to amend criminal code provisions concerning media freedom and has begun talks with journalists’ representatives. They fear the government will just modify a few problematic articles without addressing all of the other elements of the legal arsenal that limit media freedom and free speech.Reporters Without Borders urges the Turkish authorities to carry out democratically-inspired legislative reforms that will provide real protection for freedom of expression. Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out more November 22, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Anti-terrorism law used repeatedly to charge journalists with terrorist propaganda TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Turkey Receive email alerts News
Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Industry Reacts to New HUD Secretary Industry Reacts to New HUD Secretary Related Articles Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Fed Report Shows Stagnant Real Estate Market Next: Nothing Lasts Forever: An Illinois Appellate Court Rules Truth in Lending Act Counterclaims to Debt Collection Actions Have a Statute of Limitations. About Author: Staff Writer Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Ben Carson HUD Secretary of HUD 2017-03-02 Staff Writer Tagged with: Ben Carson HUD Secretary of HUD Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago After months of waiting, on Thursday Ben Carson was confirmed and sworn in as HUD Secretary, with a final Senate vote of 58-41. “I am immensely grateful and deeply humbled to take on such an important role in service to the American people,” said Secretary Carson.Carson wasn’t the only figure making a statement upon this news, the industry was swift to voice their opinion on this next chapter for the housing agency as well.“Dr. Carson should be proud of his achievement. The task at hand is a big one, and we applaud his commitment to the challenges that lie ahead,” said NAR President William E. Brown. “[W]e’ve seen changes in markets, in Washington and in the business of our Realtor members. But there’s a reason that homeownership is called the ‘American Dream,’ and that hasn’t changed one bit.”“Homeownership helps build communities and build wealth for families,” Brown continues. “And we know that the policies set in Washington can make a real difference for Americans as they work to realize their dream of homeownership.”“The Senate’s decision to confirm Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of HUD displays their faith in the qualities, skills, and experience, which Carson has acquired throughout his impressive career,” stated Ed Delgado, President and CEO of The Five Star Institute and former Wells Fargo and Freddie Mac executive. “We look forward to the advancements that he will bring to the development of housing in under-served areas.”Executive Director of U.S. Mortgage Insurers (USMI) Lindsey Johnson released a statement regarding Carson’s proposed policies. “The U.S. mortgage insurance industry welcomes Secretary Carson’s statements that more private capital needs to be brought into the mortgage market,” said Johnson. “Private MI shields the government and taxpayers from mortgage-related risks in the U.S. housing market that is available during both good and bad housing market cycles.”In their recent statement, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) notes the housing challenges across the country. “There is much work to be done,” said NCRC CEO and President John Taylor. “It is critical that he build on the agency’s work to affirmatively further fair housing, prevent homelessness, increase homeownership opportunities through the Federal Housing Administration, ensure strong enforcement of the nation’s fair housing laws, and ensure that the nation’s housing programs are adequately funded so that all Americans have access to safe, affordable housing.””Dr. Carson has been entrusted with these important duties,” Taylor continues. “He has the opportunity to have an enormous and positive impact in America’s communities, if he carries out those duties thoughtfully and compassionately. We will be closely monitoring the Trump Administration and Dr. Carson’s progress in carrying out the mission of the agency.”Dr. Richard Green, Director and Chair of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, spoke to MReport on the challenges Dr. Carson will face in his new role. “You need technical expertise in order to interpret the financial reporting that comes out of FHA on an annual basis, and for all of his skills, Dr. Carson doesn’t have training or expertise in how you evaluate the financials of a government insurance program,” said Dr. Green. “And he doesn’t need to, but he needs to have someone strong in place to do that for him, and that somebody just doesn’t exist right now.”How Carson will staff HUD is a topic DS News will be following closely now that Carson has been sworn in. March 2, 2017 1,323 Views
Cephalopod fisheries are among the few still with some local potential for expansion; in fact, as groundfish landings have declined globally, cephalopod landings have increased. We propose the hypothesis that, although increased cephalopod landings may partly reflect increased market demand, overfishing groundfish stocks has positively affected cephalopod populations. Data from 15 key FAO areas reveal that, with the exception of the north- east Atlantic, cephalopod landings have increased significantly over the last 25 years while groundfish have risen more slowly, remained stable, or declined. In terms of volume, cephalopods have not replaced groundfish. This is hypothesized as owing to the shorter life cycle of cephalopods, and rapid turnover and lower standing stocks than for longer-lived finfish species. Under high fishing pressure, groundfish are probably poor competitors, having less opportunity for spawning and replacement. In West Africa, the Gulf of Thailand and Adriatic there is strong circumstantial evidence that fishing pressure has changed ecological conditions and cephalopod stocks have increased as predatory fish have declined. We recommend that this hypothesis be tested thoroughly in other areas where suitable data exist. Most coastal and shelf cephalopod fisheries are likely to be fully exploited or overexploited, and current annual fluctuations in cephalopod landings are probably largely environmentally-driven.
Todd Williams and son Riggs, 4, beat the heat on the Ocean CIty beach The heat is on!As usual, Ocean City it’s keeping its individual and collective cool in the face of flirtation with the season’s first heat wave. The consensus was, if you’re going to be in a heat wave, you might as well be in a heat wave in Ocean City.“It doesn’t bother me,” said year-round resident Jack Baldwin, who was taking a stroll on the boardwalk yesterday as temperatures hovered near 90 and humidity was in full effect at 58 percent around noontime, according to Accu-weather.Three days in a row of 90 degrees-plus qualifies as a heat wave. And while it was unclear the thermometer would register that high on Wednesday, it was still hot by anyone’s standards. And the forecast calls for at least two more days of the same. Thursday’s predicted high was 93. That did not stop Baldwin.“I’m an old milk man,” Baldwin said, recalling his former occupation, which the younger generation might find unbelievable – running a route of milk deliveries in his native Frankford section of Philadelphia. “I’m used to going out in all types of weather.”Jack’s companion Thompson Boakye, a native of Ghana, did not share his friend’s sunny view of the heat.“Africa is hot, but not like this…this is too much!” said Boakye.Jack Baldwin didn’t find it too warm for a stroll on the boards with friend Thompson Boakye.Most sampled in OCNJ’s unofficial survey felt the weather was perfect for beach, boardwalk and all kinds of summer fun in America’s Greatest Family Resort. Visitors said temperatures were about eight degrees higher in Philadelphia where a dangerous heat advisory was in effect.Todd Williams of Exeter, PA, was playing ball down by the water’s edge with his 4-year-old son Riggs. The pair did not seem at all slowed by the temperatures.“The water temp (68 degrees F., according to the lifeguards) is perfect and really refreshing. It’s not too hot and it’s really a perfect beach day,” Williams said.Libeguard Shae Coniglio at Garden’s Plaza pool.He added that he has been coming to Ocean City for vacation “all my life,” and this year’s respite with wife Amy and his other kids Riley, 6, and the family’s newest addition Cassie, eight months, would not be the last visit this year.“We are both teachers and this is our third time this summer,” said Williams. As for the heat, he was taking it in stride. “Yesterday was worse. We went up to the rides on the boardwalk around 5 p.m. yesterday…that was hot.”Beachgoer Jeff Lyons of Cherry Hill posted Wednesday morning on social media to his friends back home, “It’s in the 80s and tonight we will probably need to wear a jacket. Go ahead and call me whatever name you want!”Pittsburgh’s Courtney Milanovich was sunning on the pool deck at the Garden’s Plaza condo building at Park Place and the beach and enjoying the weather with her new four-month-old son Pierce.“This morning, we were walking and it felt hotter than it does now,” she said. “The (temperature) really doesn’t matter,” she said. It’s all about sunshine and family.”Courtney Milanovich with four-month-old Pierce at the pool at Gardens Plaza.Milanovish, husband Danny and Pierce were renting at the GP for the first time following several years of renting homes. “We’ve been thinking about coming here for a long time, mostly because of the pool,” she said. “Definitely!” she said when asked if the beachfront pool had lived up to the hype.Lifeguard Shae Coniglio, a Seton Hall University speech pathology student, said she was in her fifth year as a lifeguard and the first at Gardens Plaza.“I don’t always go in the water, but today I jumped in,” she said. “I am making sure that I drink a lot of water and stay hydrated,” she added.
Michelle A. Williams, Sc.D. ’91, Dean of Faculty at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Karen M. Emmons, professor and Dean for Academic Affairs, have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), the National Academies announced today. Election to the NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.Williams is an internationally renowned epidemiologist and public health scientist, an award-winning educator, and a widely recognized academic leader. Prior to becoming dean on July 1, she was professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard Chan School and program leader of the Population Health and Health Disparities Research Programs at Harvard’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Center (Harvard Catalyst).Her scientific work focuses on reproductive, perinatal, pediatric, and molecular epidemiology. She has published more than 425 peer-reviewed research papers ranging from studies of modifiable behavioral and environmental determinants of adverse health outcomes, to genetic and genomic studies of common complications of pregnancy and chronic disorders among children and adults.Emmons will rejoin the School on Nov. 1. She previously served as vice president for research and director of the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute. Emmons was a faculty member in the School’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences from 1994 to 2014, and from 2009 to 2013 was associate dean for research. Read Full Story
So You Think You Can Dance standout Cole Horibe officially became an off-Broadway star on February 24, when the new bio-play Kung Fu opened at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Directed by Leigh Silverman, David Henry Hwang’s world premiere work tells the story of martial arts legend Bruce Lee’s early years, struggling to make it in America as a fighter, husband, father and man. After paying tribute to the icon onstage, the cast gathered for a celebratory group photo with Hwang and Silverman. Check out this Hot Shot of the Kung Fu company, then catch the new martial arts extravaganza through March 16! Kung Fu Show Closed This production ended its run on April 6, 2014 Related Shows View Comments
Some carrot farmers are also moving their acreage to Georgia from Florida. Because environmental groups are working to preserve muck soil lands, farmers who raised carrots there are moving their operations to other areas. Unusual 1999 weather This year’s unusually warm winter hasn’t been as much help to the farmers as you might think. Phatak said the warm weather has forced farmers to hustle carrots out of the fields. With colder days, farmers can “store” carrots in the field, he said. Kelley said the relative heat is adding to farmers’ disease worries and costs, too. “It’s keeping disease organisms alive and potentially damaging carrot tops,” he said. “It’s not decreasing yields yet. But controlling this problem is adding to the farmers’ costs to raise the crop.” The soil and climate in southwest Georgia are ideal to grow carrots during the winter. UGA research scientist Sharad Phatak said the cool nights in south Georgia contribute the carrots’ distinctively sweet taste. “During the day, the green tops fix carbon dioxide (through photosynthesis),” Phatak said. “At night, the carbon dioxide moves into the root and is stored as sugar – energy – for growth.” Sandy soil with few rocks allows carrot roots to grow straight down without twists or bends. “Shoppers want nice, straight carrots, eight or 10 inches long,” Kelley said. “With these conditions, we can deliver that.” Then the carrots are checked for quality and inferior carrots are discarded. They are sorted by size and bagged. The top is left in the field behind the harvester. The carrots move up the conveyer, which shakes off extra soil. The topped carrots fall into the trailer following alongside the harvester. Carrots at the market Sandy soil and cool nights have made a sweet crop even sweeter. University of Georgia scientists say Georgia farmers have more than doubled carrot production since just last year. “Georgia farmers in 13 counties are growing about 2,600 acres of carrots this year,” said Terry Kelley, an Extension Service horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Increasing acreage Carrots generally get to your supermarket in 1-, 2-, 5- or 10-pound bags. Schools, restaurants or small processors may buy carrots in 50-pound bags. Carrots store well, but usually get from the field to your supermarket in two or three days. ÿ Georgia carrot history At the packing house, the carrots are washed and trimmed to remove excess soil and root parts. You may find Georgia carrots in your favorite market as “Georgia Sweet Carrots,” “Lake Park Brand” or “Vidalia’s Pride.” But Kelley said it’s more likely that shoppers in New England will find them. “Most of the produce in Georgia, not just carrots, is shipped away from the growing area,” he said. “The bulk of our produce goes to the northern tier of states.” Conditions just right That’s up from about 1,200 acres in nine counties during the ’97-’98 season. Many farmers saw the success of the crop in previous years and are adding carrots to their farms or expanding their carrot acreage. Harvesting carrots in a field in Wayne County. The small wheel in the front provides a visual guide for the tractor driver. The harvester pulls up the carrots, carries them up an incline by the tops, then cuts off the top. Georgia farmers have been growing carrots for processing for years. Baby food companies have bought Georgia carrots since the 1980s, Kelley said. But farmers have grown carrots for fresh markets only since about 1991. But Phatak said UGA scientists have been researching carrots since 1975. “We were ready with management recommendations when farmers began growing them,” he said. Scientists and agents with the UGA Extension Service helped a group of farmers form a cooperative in Bacon County to grow, process and market their carrots in 1993. “Economics has convinced many farmers to grow them,” Kelley said. “They’ve seen carrots as a good opportunity to diversify their operation and potentially increase their profits.”