Prolongation de la chasse au dauphin au Japon Le port japonais de Taiji vient de prolonger d’un mois la période de chasse aux dauphins qui devait initialement prendre fin en avril. Un responsable de la coopérative des pêches de Taiji, au Japon, a indiqué à l’AFP que l’autorisation de la chasse aux dauphins cette année avait été prolongée jusqu’à la fin du mois de mai par les autorités préfectorales. Rien que mercredi une soixantaine de dauphins ont été capturés et mis en vente aux enchères dès le lendemain. À lire aussiVidéo – Un bébé baleine à bosse aperçu 20 minutes après sa naissanceChaque année, entre septembre et avril, les pêcheurs japonais attrapent près de 2.000 dauphins. Ils sont soit revendus à des aquariums ou à des parcs d’attraction, soit tués pour être mangés. Depuis plusieurs années, des organisations de défense des animaux cherchent à faire interdire cette pêche en dénonçant un massacre brutal et anachronique, rapporte Romandie. Pour se défendre, les Japonais répondent que les écologistes ne tiennent pas compte de leurs traditions notamment en ce qui concerne la chasse à la baleine, perpétuée depuis des siècles.Le 8 mai 2011 à 18:01 • Emmanuel Perrin
Les éoliennes et le pont du Mont Saint-Michel préoccupent l’UnescoL’Unesco devrait demander à la France d’augmenter son périmètre d’exclusion d’éoliennes autour du Mont Saint-Michel. L’organisme souhaite également que soit modifié le projet de passerelle qui doit remplacer l’actuelle route entre le rocher et la côte en 2015.Les 27, 28 et 29 juin prochains, l’Unesco se réunit à Saint-Petersbourg en Russie. A l’ordre du jour, sera évoqué le sort du Mont Saint-Michel, classé au patrimoine mondial, et la présence d’éoliennes autour du site. De même, sera décidé si le projet de passerelle qui doit remplacer l’actuelle route entre le rocher et la côte d’ici 2015 doit être réévalué. En effet, une mission de l’Unesco remontant à novembre 2011 “a pris note de la présence d’éoliennes qui sont visibles depuis le Mont-Saint-Michel même à plus de 20 kilomètres de distance – tel le parc éolien de Trémeheuc, situé à environ 23 kilomètres du site”, indique le document préparatoire.Or, “le mouvement des hélices des éoliennes dans la journée et les lumières la nuit ont un effet préjudiciable à ce qui est considéré comme un paysage éternel de terre et d’eau. Les éoliennes interrompent les perspectives visuelles du Mont, en particulier pour les pèlerins”, selon le rapport de mission qui conclut ainsi : “les éoliennes ont un impact négatif sur le cadre paysager du bien [ … ] qui véhicule sa valeur universelle exceptionnelle”. De son côté, l’Etat a annoncé en mars qu’il préparait un périmètre d’exclusion des éoliennes de 40 km de rayon à l’ouest et à l’est du rocher et d’environ 20 km au nord et au sud. Pour le moment, le comité de patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco accueille donc “avec satisfaction l’engagement de l’Etat partie à établir une zone d’exclusion des éoliennes” mais “prend note de la nécessité de définir une méthode, pas adoptée à ce jour, satisfaisante d’établissement d’une zone d’exclusion”, indique le projet en ligne sur le site de l’organisme.Une zone d’accès trop haute À lire aussiLa Grande Barrière de Corail de nouveau menacée par l’extraction de gaz de schisteEn ce qui concerne le projet de pont passerelle, l’Unesco envisage de demander une modification du projet de rétablissement du caractère maritime (RCM) du Mont Saint-Michel. Il s’agissait de baisser la hauteur du terre-plein sur lequel doit s’appuyer, à l’arrivée au mont, le pont passerelle qui doit remplacer l’actuelle digue-route en 2015. L’organisation “demande à l’Etat partie de garantir que la hauteur de la zone d’accès érigée aux abords immédiats du Mont (terre-plein) ne dépasse pas 6,80 mètres afin de minimiser son impact visuel”.Sur ce point toutefois, l’Etat a indiqué dans un communiqué qu’il maintenait la hauteur de ce gué à 7,30 mètres et qu’il répondait défavorablement à la demande du syndicat mixte qui gère le projet de RCM de le baisser à 6,80 mètres. Cette hauteur est jugée indispensable à l’organisation des secours au Mont Saint-Michel. Un porte-parole de l’Unesco à Paris a précisé que ce projet de décision pouvait aussi bien être “adopté tel quel” qu’être “amendé” lors de son examen fin juin.Le 13 juin 2012 à 09:41 • Maxime Lambert
February 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 7:27 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego area’s notably wet and frigid winter continued unabated today as the latest in a lengthy series of blustery storms soaked and frosted the region with rain and mountain snow for a second straight day.Due to the freezing-cold conditions gripping the East County highlands, the county Office of Education closed campuses for the day in Julian Union School District, Julian Union High School District, Mountain Empire Unified School District, Spencer Valley School District and Warner Springs School District.The south-moving storm was expected to continue soaking and freezing the county through late tonight, forecasters advised.By late afternoon, the two-day spate of showers had delivered moisture totals of up to several inches in some areas along with more than a foot of snow on some local peaks, according to the National Weather Service.Tonight, the snow levels may drop as low as the 2,000-foot level, the weather service advised. Due to continuing travel and environmental-exposure hazards, a winter-storm warning issued by the weather service will remain in effect for the county’s mountains until 1 a.m. Friday.The precipitation is expected to dwindle away overnight, forecasters predicted. Thereafter, dry skies and warming temperatures should prevail through the middle of next week, with another local storm possibly arriving at the beginning of March, the weather service reported. Posted: February 21, 2019 Latest storm causing hail across the county, snow in mountains KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
The Albany City (Ga.) and Dougherty County commissions at a rare joint meeting Tuesday approved the local share of funding needed to relocate a National Guard readiness center to Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany, a move designed to strengthen the active-duty installation.Albany and Dougherty County each will contribute $200,000 to the cost of building the new armory now located in Albany; Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) previously included $1.1 million in the state’s supplemental fiscal 2016 budget for the project, reported the Albany Herald.“This has been a long time coming, but it will have a lasting impact on our community for years to come,” said Jeff Sinyard, a member of the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee and the Southwest Georgia Alliance. “It will strengthen the Marine base’s ties with our community, it will enhance our standing in the event of a future BRAC and it will build momentum for future opportunities on the base,” said Sinyard, who also is a former chairman of the Dougherty County Commission.Relocating the National Guard facility — in conjunction with the August 2014 move of a Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic to MCLB Albany — will improve the installation’s competitiveness in a future base closure round, said Ed Cassity, a member of the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee and the Southwest Georgia Alliance.“Being an efficient, multitasking installation is essential to competitiveness,” said Cassity, a retired major general. “Your financial support today demonstrates to the governor and to the Corps that Albany and Dougherty County are ready to step up to the plate,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
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The dreaded bed bug. (Drawing courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)Download Audio My bed is an island. It’s covered with books, notebooks, research, pens,paintbrushes and, often, my beloved granddaughter. Still, it’s an island. No part of my sheets or other bedding touches the floor or a wall. My pillows, mattress and box spring are each encased in squeaky bug proof covers.And there is talcum powder that I’ve spread along the edges of the room – bed bugs are somewhat intolerant of baby powder.I moved into this great apartment last fall. And was immediately assaulted by bed bugs. A pest control company came. During the first of four weekly applications I walked around with the bed bug guy, peppering him with questions, as he sprayed some concoction onto the walls, baseboards and into electrical outlets. I was enjoying his company until he said “Yeah, the weight of this chemical will take down bed bugs but I don’t think it can take down a person.”I fled to my computer to start researching.An EPA report was full of DO NOT DO THIS statements– such as do not spray in a school classroom when occupied. The Alaska Pesticide Control program and research from Michigan State University WERE helpful and, eventually, it all boiled down to this: prolonged stress, considerable financial investment, physical and psychological harm – did I mention my 2 am trip to the ER when I was covered with red itchy bites, and my blood pressure had skyrocketed. When I finally saw an ER doctor he said… it’s not a medical problem. You can go home.Everything in the apartment had to be put in big black trash bags and moved into the middle of the living room and sealed for at least three weeks, boxes should be broken down and thrown away. Throw away as much as you can of Everything.Vaccum – vaccum, vaccum. Buy bed bug encasement protectors – well over $200 dollars to “outfit” my bed. Shower every night before bed. Wash your bedding at least once a week and dry on high, high heat for a long, long time. Do not use shared or public laundromats as you – and your bedding might spread the bed bugs.I declared my own WAR on this invasion of rapidly multiplying, blood seeking bugs.And I was ruthless and utterly fearless with my piles of research, talcum powder, and duct tape sitting on my Island Bed as I vacuumed, washed, scrubbed, showered and bagged day after day, and night after night. Medication helped. Also, chocolate.Anchorage Writer Sumner MacLeish is the author of “Seven Words for Wind: Essays and Field Notes from Alaska’s Pribilof Islands.” She listened to our report last week on the difficulty, expense, and stress for rural residents trying to get rid of bed bugs. MacLeish has lived in rural Alaska but it was not until she got to Anchorage that she first encountered Cimex lectularius.
Adi Godrej, chairman of The Godrej Group, smiles during the India Economic Summit 2014 at the World Economic Forum in New Delhi November 5, 2014.Reuters fileGodrej Consumer Products Ltd. (GCPL), the flagship company of the Godrej Group, announced on Tuesday that Nisaba Godrej, daughter of chairman Adi Godrej, will be the chairperson of the company.The 39-year-old is currently one of the executive directors of the Mumbai-based company. Adi Godrej will now be the chairman emeritus of the company. Vivek Gambhir will continue as Managing Director and CEO of the company.The changes will be effective from May 10, 2017.The company announced the changes in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).The filing said Nisaba has been keenly associated with the company’s growth over the past few years. “Under Nisaba’s leadership, GCPL has developed a very strong, engaged and ambitious team, and consistently ranked as a great place to work. She has also institutionalised design driven thinking and directly leads product development. She has served on the GCPL Board of Directors since 2011.”Nisaba said she was grateful to the board of directors of GCPL for having faith in her. “I want to thank the Board for their confidence in me.I look forward to the continued guidance of the Chairman Emeritus to our Board, Vivek and me, as we drive GCPL forward with deep ambition, hard work and a strong sense of purpose,” the filing quoted her as saying.Adi Godrej expressed satisfaction at the transition. “The foundations of GCPL are extremely strong. This is an opportune time to transition to a new Chairperson, who will lead the company in its next phase of growth. I feel very confident that Nisa will be an outstanding Executive Chairperson.”GCPL shares closed 9.74 percent higher at Rs 1929 apiece on the BSE on Tuesday.
Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Additionally, “Hitler Versus Picasso” was sold in Greece (Filmtrade) and Japan (New Select).Nexo over the past four years has distributed more than 300 unique events to theatrical audiences globally, selling millions of premium-priced tickets in over 60 countries.“We don’t just screen documentaries about works of art; we give audiences a chance to experience them deeply and personally together with a community of like-minded people,” said Nexo Digital CEO Franco Di Sarro. “The huge success of our events is proof that there is a market out there that is currently underserved, not only in Italy, but all over the world.” Italy’s Nexo Digital, which co-produces and distributes theatrical event content around the world is bringing two new feature-length art documentaries to the Cannes market: “Klimt and Schiele: Eros and Psyche, 1918-2018” and “Monet — Water Lilies: Magic Spell of Water and Light.”“Klimt” delves into the turn-of-the century Vienna artworld and includes tours through exhibitions of Klimt and Schiele’s works, while “Monet” is an homage to the great French impressionist shot on location along the river Seine, in Paris, and in the artist’s countryside haunts. Meanwhile Nexo has closed a slew of sales on three previous docs. “Caravaggio,” “Hitler Versus Picasso” and “Van Gogh” have gone to Australia (Sharmill); Russia and CIS (Nevafilm); Spain (Acontracorriente); Mexico and Central America (Cinepolis): Colombia (Cinecolombia); Uruguay (Uruguay Movie); Taiwan (Movie Cloud); Finland (Story Hill); Belgium (Kinepolis); the Netherlands (ABC Booking); Poland (Cikanek Management); Hungary and Romania (Pannonia); Czech Republic (Aerofilm); Sweden, Norway and Denmark (Folkets Hus och Parker); Ukraine (KISFF Films).
Sony has always taken a tough stance on hackers unlocking their gaming systems, just ask George Hotz. The PS Vita is no different, and an exploit revealed this week has forced Sony to remove a game from PSN.The game in question is Motorstorm Arctic Edge, which according to the video proof above, allowed the Vita Half Byte Loader (VHBL) to work. VHBL is an updated version of HBL — a loader for the PSP that allows emulators and homebrew games to be run on Sony’s hardware.The exploit was advertised as being available in the coming days by hacker Wololo yesterday. He told everyone which game they needed to purchase, and then to wait for the VHBL files to be released. However, Sony was watching and decided to pull the game from PSN, meaning even if VHBL is released, not many people will be able to use it.It’s also worth noting that even if Sony hadn’t pulled the game, no one in the U.S. could have played it as Motorstorm is classed as not compatible with US-registered Vitas.By pulling the game before VHBL was released, Sony can’t see what exploit was used (unless Wololo releases anyway). They are sure to have someone trying to figure out what it was though, and it’s probably a similar exploit to that used on the PSP with the original HBL. As to the fate of Motorstorm Arctic Edge, I expect the game to see a re-release in patched form in the near future. While Sony may have stopped this exploit from being of much use, it does demonstrate that they can’t guarantee PS Vita will remain a closed platform. Motivated hackers will continue to try and circumvent the machine’s security, and it’s inevitable a cat & mouse game of unlocks and patches will happen at some point in the Vita’s lifetime.Read more at Wololo, via Engadget
Share Video: Real life ‘Snakes on a Plane’ scenario shocks plane full of passengers Tuesday, November 8, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by MEXICO CITY – Samuel L. Jackson’s worst nightmare just came true, with new video of a real live snake slithering into the cabin of an Aeromexico plane.According to Huffington Post Canada, passengers on a commercial flight from Torreon to Mexico City on Sunday were given the shock of their lives when a bright green serpent came slithering out of the overhead bin. In a scene straight out of the Hollywood thriller ‘Snakes on a Plane’, the slimy reptile was caught on video emerging from the ceiling before partially dropping down into the cabin.Aeromexico said in a statement that the plane was given priority landing in Mexico City, where workers “secured the reptile.” The airline is currently investigating how the snake came to be in the cabin and is taking measures to avoid it from ever happening again. No word yet on what these measures entail, but we’re hoping it involves Samuel L. Jackson coming to the rescue.Frightening moment on an Aeromexico flight when a large snake fell from overhead mid-flight. https://t.co/e6bXLFv9A4 pic.twitter.com/OHgCdeQSUW— ABC News (@ABC) November 7, 2016 Tags: Aeromexico The Canadian Press
There is cautious optimism ahead for the aviation industry as the International Air Transport Association forecast yesterday a return to profit for airlines.Speaking at the association’s annual general assembly in Berlin yesterday, IATA director general Giovanni Bisignani upgraded IATA’s global industry forecast to a full year profit of 2.5 billion dollars, representing a profit for airlines since 2007.He said global traffic was back to pre-recession levels with load factors nearing 80 percent while the bottom line was improving.“Asia-Pacific is powering the upturn with $2.2 billion in profit. North American carriers will move into the black at $1.9 billion. “Latin American airlines will return $900 million, the only region with two consecutive profitable years. Middle Eastern and African carriers will each deliver profits of $100 million.However, Bisignani noted that not all regions were recovering equally, with a $2.8 billion loss expected to keep Europe in the red.He also stressed that with a margin of 0.5 percent, the upgrade would only be reason for a “modest” celebration.There will also be risks associated with an upturn, he said.Risks will include excess capacity, unrealistic salary expectations from pilots and crew, tax increases as well as oil price volatility. “From $40 per barrel in 2009, crude almost hit $90 per barrel earlier this year. Hedging is critical for our business, but speculators are making huge profits.“Governments must protect the economy from irresponsible profiteering.” <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/29f06/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L
Go back to the e-newsletterFollowing the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in 2015, New Orleans is a city reinvigorated. The 300-year-old Crescent City long ago established itself as one of America’s great cities by creating its own distinctive mark in literature, art, cuisine and – of course – music. Hurricane Katrina could not halt its momentum, instead inspiring a wealth of new ideas that has kept the city’s tourism afloat.In the words of Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, addressing IPW 2016’s attendees, “Please, relax and allow yourself to be immersed in our unique culture, cuisine, music and laissez-faire spirit … We think you will quickly recognise that you are in a special place, and begin to understand why New Orleans is knows as, “the city that care forgot” and the “Crescent City” among others.“There has never been a better time to experience New Orleans … Thanks to the dedication of locals and visitors alike, New Orleans is experiencing an amazing economic and cultural renaissance. As we prepare for its tricentennial celebration in 2018, our city is bustling with progress and innovation. From the opening of a new airport in 2018, a billion-dollar revitalisation project taking place along the riverfront, to small independent businesses in the historic neighbourhoods of Treme, Bywater, Magazine Street and Faubourg Marigny, business is robust and our joie de vivre has never been more passionate.”Perry likens a visit to New Orleans to a sensory reshuffle: “When you come to New Orleans, its like your molecules rearrange a little bit.”At the IPW 2015 press conference, Perry promised a variety of unique, only-in-New Orleans experiences, “If you haven’t been to New Orleans in the past few years, you’re going to be astonished … It looks different, it feels different. And the great thing about our tours and tour guides is that, instead of ‘normal tours’, in New Orleans you get to do things like take a voodoo tour at midnight, and literary tours to see where Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, great literary artists have written.”Go back to the e-newsletter
October 22, 2003ARCOLYMPICS: The first Arcolympics was a great success, drawing many players for a full day of volleyball, soccer, ping-pong and tug-of-LOVE. The blue team took first place!From left: Adam Nordfors, Carolyn Campbell, Miyuki Negi, Siobhan Watts, Garth Lenetsky, Dylan Pedrini, Corey Frendberg, Wes Ozier, and Fubito Shinoda. Fubito designed the graphic on blue team shirt.[Photo: aa & text: kh] Green team, back from left: Nick Leptouraos, Arjunan Santaseelan, Judah Masty, Robert Hirsh, Boris Pizzeghello, and Gabe Hendrix. Front from left: Tomiaki Tamura, Jennifer Wolf, and Bethany Erfourth.[Photo: aa & text: kh] Red team, back from left: Ivan Fritz, Porter Smith, Lynn Burnet, Paul de Graaf, Rick Barnadas, Anthony Oronzo, and Kevin Myers. Front from left: Patrick Doyle, Eva Strickland, Mika Kawai, and Chia Chia Tan.[Photo: aa & text: kh] Black team, back from left: Hiroshi Kondo, Nobuhiro Hirata, Jeff Kunzelman, Jennifer Thornton, and Brad Crutchfield. Front from left. Franco Mavolo, Yvonne Brook, Sarah Kurzhals, Scott Riley. Not photographed: Selvam Rajmani[Photo: aa & text: kh] The volleyball games took place near the minds garden, and the soccer games under the vaults.[Photo: aa & text: kh] Tug-of-LOVE.[Photo: aa & text: kh] Robert Hirsh and Fubito Shinoda play in the semi-final round of ping-pong. Fubito went on to win the final ping-pong match, which decided the overall winning team.[Photo: aa & text: kh] Hiroshi Kondo hands the bronze trophy to the 1st place blue team. Hiroshi and Fubito organized the Arcolympics. An Arcosanti tradition has been started as a result of their hard work.[Photo: aa & text: kh]
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number of farmers age 25 to 34 grew 22 percent between 2007 and 2012according to the 2014 USDA censusa period when other groups of farmers – save the oldest – shrunk by double digits In some states such as California Nebraska and South Dakota the number of beginning farmers has grown by 20 percent or moreA survey conducted by Merrigan for the National Young Farmers Coalition an advocacy group shows that the majority of young farmers did not grow up in agricultural familiesThey are also far more likely than the general farming population to grow organically limit pesticide and fertilizer use diversify their crops or animals and be deeply involved in their local food systems via community supported agriculture (CSA) programs and farmers marketsToday’s young farmers also tend to operate small farms of less than 50 acres though that number increases with each successive year of experienceWhitehurst bought her farm Owl’s Nest from a retiring farmer in 2015The farm sits at the end of a gravel road a series of vegetable fields unfurling from a steep hill capped by her tiny white house Like the farmer who worked this land before her she leases the house and the fields from a neighboring couple in their 70s She grows organically certified peppers cabbages tomatoes and salad greens from baby kale to arugula rotating her fields to enrich the soil and planting cover crops in the off-seasonOn Tuesdays Thursdays and Fridays she and two longtime friends from Washington wake up in semi-darkness to harvest by hand kneeling in the mud to cut handfuls of greens before the sun can wilt them All three young women who also live on the farm make their living off the produce Whitehurst sells whether to restaurants through CSA shares or at a DC farmers marketFinances can be tight The women admit they’ve given up higher standards of living to farm"I wanted to have a positive impact and that just felt very distant in my other jobs out of college" Whitehurst said "In farming on the other hand you make a difference Your impact is immediate"That impact could grow as young farmers scale up and become a larger part of the commercial food system Merrigan saidAlready several national grocery chains including Walmart and SuperValu have built out local-food-buying programs according to AT Kearney a management consulting firmYoung farmers are also creating their own "food hubs" allowing them to store process and market food collectively and supply grocery and restaurant chains at a price competitive with national suppliersThat’s strengthening the local and organic food movement experts say"I get calls all the time from farmers – some of the largest farmers in the country – asking me when the local and organic fads will be over" said Eve Turow Paul a consultant who advises farms and food companies on millennial preferences "It’s my pleasure to tell them: Look at this generation Get on board or go out of business"There are also hopes that the influx of young farmers could provide 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developers"Multigenerational family farms are shrinking And big farms are getting bigger" Inwood said "For the resiliency of the food system and of rural communities we need more agriculture of the middle"It’s too early to say at this point whether young farmers will effect that sort of changeThe number of young farmers entering the field is nowhere near enough to replace the number exiting according to the USDA: Between 2007 and 2012 agriculture gained 2384 farmers between ages 25 and 34 – and lost nearly 100000 between 45 and 54And young farmers face formidable challenges to starting and scaling their businesses The costs of farmland and farm equipment are prohibitive Young farmers are frequently dependent on government programs including child-care subsidies and public health insurance to cover basic needsAnd student loan debt – which 46 percent of young farmers consider a "challenge" according to the National Young Farmers Coalition – can strain already tight finances and disqualify them from receiving other forms of creditBut Lindsey Lusher Shute the executive director of the coalition said she has seen the first wave of back-to-the-landers grow up in the eight years since she co-founded the advocacy group And she suggested that new policy initiatives including student loan forgiveness and farm transition programs could further help them"Young farmers tend to start small and sell to direct markets because that’s a viable way for them to get into farming" Lusher Shute said "But many are shifting gears as they get into it – getting bigger or moving into wholesale"Just last year Whitehurst was approached by an online grocery service that wanted to buy her vegetables While Owl’s Nest produces too little to supply such a large buyer on its own the service planned to buy produce from multiple small local farmersWhitehurst ultimately turned the deal down however Among other things she feared that she could not afford to sell her vegetables at the lower price 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