Economist challenges idea of aging farmer crisis
DES MOINES, Iowa — Agriculture economists have long warned that farmers are getting old and staying on their land longer, delaying the turnover to a younger generation. But an Ohio State University professor argues that those fears are overstated and the United States likely will have little problem replacing aging farmers as long as business is good, as it has been for the past decade.
Others aren’t so sure, saying while they agree with OSU agriculture economist Carl Zulauf’s assessment that concerns about the unquestionably aging farmer population remain valid and create uncertainty about who will produce the nation’s crops in the future.
Tongue pierce lets the paralyzed drive wheelchairs
WASHINGTON — An experimental device is letting paralyzed people drive wheelchairs simply by flicking their tongue in the right direction.
Key to this wireless system: Users get their tongue pierced with a magnetic stud that resembles jewelry and acts like a joystick, in hopes of offering them more mobility and independence.
Ten questions for Miss Universe 2013, Gabriela Isler
Life is moving very fast these days for 25-year-old Gabriela Isler of Venezuela. Last month, during ceremonies in Moscow, Isler (a popular TV personality back home) was crowned Miss Universe - the seventh time a Venezuelan has taken that honor in the pageant’s 61-year history.
Isler moved into a new apartment in New York City shortly before this interview was conducted. Although her command of English is impressive, Isler apologized throughout our conversation while searching for the words to best convey her thoughts.
Party like a rockstar
I’ve never really been a party animal. I mean, I enjoy social events and dancing and whatever. But I’ve never been one to stay out all night and have gaps in my memory. Some people may look back on a life bereft of binge drinking and clubbing and feel like something is missing. I don’t feel that – not because of some misplaced sense of superiority. Oh no, it’s because I didn’t truly miss it.
You see, when you are surrounded by toddlers, you are living the party lifestyle by force. There are tangible phases to the party life of small children.
Wreaths Across America convoy coming to your hometown
ELLSWORTH – With the help of thousands of volunteers, Wreaths Across America (WAA) is working to fulfill its mission to remember, honor and teach through the annual laying of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. The wreaths’ journey to Arlington has become a tradition in itself, allowing locals along the route to share in the emotional and educational experience as the WAA convoy passes through their hometown. On Sunday, Dec. 8, the parade of wreaths will be traveling through Harrington, Ellsworth and Rockland, where there will be community remembrance ceremonies; all are welcome to join.
The journey to Arlington National Cemetery will begin the previous day in Harrington and will travel down the East Coast, stopping along the way to visit schools, veterans’ homes, monuments and communities. The convoy will arrive in Arlington on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec. 14, where it will be met by thousands of volunteers who will place a wreath for the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our country, ensuring no one is forgotten.
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