Governor Jim Douglas today announced a new partnership with the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association that gives the go-ahead to expand tapping on some state land. The announcement came as the Governor kicked off the 8th annual Maple Open House Weekend at Marcia Maynard and Ken Denton s sugarhouse in Cabot. Maple sugaring is a vital piece of our agricultural and forest products economy, the Governor said. I am very pleased that the state will be able to make this modest contribution to this important industry with an agreement that promotes responsible stewardship of sugarbushes on state land.Under the agreement, the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will license sites that it deems appropriate in state forests and state parks to sugarmakers, who will be required to abide by state land policies and management efforts while operating the sugarbushes. The Department expects to have as many as 11 sites licensed and operational for next season. There are few things we take more seriously than our forests and our well-deserved acclaim for forest products like maple syrup and quality timber, said Jason Gibbs, commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation. This commonsense partnership recognizes this and strengthens the tradition of Vermont s working landscape.Vermont is the largest U.S. producer of maple syrup and approximately 500,000 gallons of 5.5 million pounds of syrup is produced annually, according to the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association. We have a proud tradition of sugarmaking here in Vermont, said Rick Marsh, president of the association. We re excited to be working with the state in taking the next step to promote and protect the Vermont maple syrup brand.
The CUNA CFO Council is holding their annual conference this year in New Orleans. Over 400 attendees are “Reigning the Quarter” this week in the Big Easy. The theme of this years event it to “Take Control. Lead to Prosperity.”Monday kicked off with a keynote address from Harvard professor, Shawn Achor. His TED Talk from 2011 “The Happy Secret to better work” has had over 10 million views. Shawn discussed his research that training your brain to be positive at work first leads to greater success second.Monday also featured a numerous break out sessions throughout the day. The morning sessions were presented by:Sally Myers and Rob Johnson of C. Myers presented Remaining Relevant and Achieving Desired Financial Performance with an Uncertain Rate Environment.Mark Arnold from On the Mark Strategies presented on Transformational Leadership: Going from Manager to Leaders/Mentors.John Murnane from OCM & Co talked about Emergina Audi and Accounting Issues.And Tony Farris and Brain Hague of The Rochdale Group present ERM: Driving Real Business Results.Rich Berg of Performance Trust Capital Partners who presented MoneyBall for Credit Unions to a full room highlighted the afternoon sessions.MJ Coon from Ent Federal Credit Union gave a breakout on Derivatives for the Non-Derivatives Type.Bill Goedken of idea5 hosted two breakouts on Mining Gold: New trends and Discoveries in “Big Data” that will help your credit union compete.Don Robb from BOSC held a series of breakout sessions in the afternoon: Investment Basics Part One and Two.The day was capped of by a party at the United States’ National WWII Museum.You can follow along in real-time though Wednesday on twitter at the conference hashtag #cunacfo15. Now check out all the friends I ran into at the conference. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details
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0Shares0000Captain Harry Kane says England approach the World Cup as a tight knit unit, devoid of the divisions that have hindered past World Cup campaigns © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 12 – Captain Harry Kane says England’s bid to end their World Cup drought stretching back over half a century will not be undone by a divided squad.The 24-year-old striker said there were no cliques within the squad that flies out to Russia later on Tuesday seeking to emulate their 1966 predecessors in lifting the trophy. Both Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard claimed the reason they and the others who made up the so-called ‘golden generation’ fell short at successive finals was they could not shake off their different club rivalries when they joined up with their England team-mates.Kane, though, told the English daily newspapers this is not the case with the present group under Gareth Southgate — as many of them have played with each other at Under-21 level.“It’s not something we’ve had to deal with really — we all get on very well and have come through the ranks together,” said Kane.“We definitely don’t have that divide in the team any more.– ‘Lot of attacking flair’ –England manager Gareth Southgate careful not to heighten expectations © AFP / Paul ELLISKane also took issue with Ferdinand who told The Times last month his priority had been winning trophies with Manchester United.“It’s the one competition that everybody dreams of winning. That’s No 1.“I’d be surprised if the majority of players did not say the World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world.“I’d love to win everything with Tottenham, but for me personally the World Cup outweighs them all.”Kane, who says his mum cried when he was handed the captaincy by Southgate, does not expect a repeat of the woeful Euro 2016 campaign which saw them beaten by minnows Iceland in the last 16 and cost then manager Roy Hodgson his job.“I’m confident it won’t happen (again) — I won’t say 100 per cent because you never know in football — but in this team we wear our heart on our sleeve.“We’re proud to be here, we will work hard, be energetic. First and foremost we will run around and do that aspect of the game. We have a lot of attacking flair that can do some damage.”Southgate, who experienced the pitfalls of international football when he missed a penalty in the shootout loss to old foes Germany in the Euro ’96 semi-finals hosted in England, did not wish to heighten expectations which has so often been a crushing burden for the national side.“We hope we can send people to work the following day having enjoyed our matches, I know what those tournament experiences can be like and we desperately want to bring that,” said Southgate, whose side have warmed up with wins over fellow finalists Nigeria and Costa Rica.“We know we are not the finished article, in fact we’re a long way from, but I think people see signs of progress and enjoy watching us and the manner in which we try to play.”Kane and England open their World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd next Monday, followed by dates with Panama and Belgium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)