Poblano Pepper

first_imgJuan Carlos Diaz-Perez, University of Georgia vegetable horticulturist, encourages Georgia vegetable producers to consider planting poblano peppers. Compared to bell peppers, poblano peppers have a greater yield per acre, comparable market price and more disease resistance.Poblano pepper plants produce an average marketable yield of 71,000 pounds per acre, according to Diaz-Perez, who researched poblano peppers at the UGA Tifton campus. This average poblano pepper yield is 237 percent higher than the comparable state average yield for bell peppers, which came to 30,000 pounds per acre in 2016.“The market price for the poblano pepper is similar, if not higher, when compared to bell peppers,” said Diaz-Perez. “Poblano peppers should be a consideration for those farmers looking for an alternative to bell peppers. It’s always important to have diverse crops. (Poblano peppers are part of) a niche market right now, but they are already in such high demand that I expect it to grow.”The poblano pepper, which is spicier than the bell pepper, is also an attractive option because it seems to be less susceptible to diseases, according to Diaz-Perez. Southern blight disease does affect poblano peppers, but Diaz-Perez’s research shows that disease impacts poblano peppers less than it does bell peppers.In recent years, demand for the green poblano pepper has increased. Diaz-Perez thinks that Georgia growers could meet consumer demand, which means the U.S. would no longer have to import poblano peppers from countries like Mexico.“There’s always an interest in finding an alternative or complementary crop to maintain diversity among crops,” Diaz-Perez said. “You have more options to invest in that way.”More restaurants and culinary enthusiasts crave the rich, spicy flavor of the poblano pepper, Diaz-Perez said.“One common dish in Mexican cuisine is chile relleno, which consists of a poblano pepper stuffed with meat and cheese,” he said. “I don’t want to say which pepper is better, but the poblano adds a distinct, smoky flavor than can liven up any dish. It’s definitely a vegetable crop that farmers should add to their production list.”Diaz-Perez suggests that farmers add the plant to their fields one to two weeks before installing bell pepper plants.“They’re not exactly like bell peppers, and they prefer a cooler environment in order to grow,” he said. “While planting in the spring will produce a solid bounty, planting in early fall will produce a higher volume of peppers. They only take about 65 days to produce mature green fruit.”For information on growing peppers in a home garden, refer to UGA Cooperative Extension Circular 1005, “Home Garden Peppers,” at extension.uga.edu/publications.Julie Jernigan is an intern at UGA-Tifton.last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Monsoon and flu, atypical cases, school nurse shortage, IOM meeting on protective equipment

first_imgAug 11, 2009Flu picks up in Asia with monsoon seasonNovel H1N1 influenza is spreading in India, Thailand, and Vietnam with the onset of Asia’s monsoon season, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today, according to Reuters. The regular flu season has started in those countries, and both H1N1 and seasonal flu are being detected, said WHO spokeswoman Aphaluck Bhatiasevi. But the spread of pandemic H1N1 appears to have peaked in parts of the southern hemisphere, including Argentina, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand.http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-41686620090811Aug 11 Reuters article Disease expert notes fever-free flu casesIn his clinical observation of novel flu cases in the United States and South America, Richard P. Wenzel, MD, former president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, has noted that some patients are afebrile, even some with serious infections, and lack of fever might underestimate case totals, the New York Times reported yesterday. He said diarrhea seen in a portion of patients suggests a need for stool testing to assess transmission and the role of better hand hygiene.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/11/health/11docs.htmlAug 10 New York Times article School nurse shortage could slow ID of sick kidsSchool nurses are expected to be at the frontlines of detecting and fighting novel flu when schools resume this fall, but the ratio of nurses to students in many states falls well below the levels suggested by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA Today reported yesterday. The CDC recommends a workload of 1 nurse per 750 students, but the newspaper’s analysis of census data puts the national average at 1 per 971 students.http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-08-10-school-nurses_N.htmAug 10 USA Today story IOM holds meeting on protective equipment for novel fluThe Institutes of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Board on Health Sciences Policy is convening a meeting today through Aug 13 on pandemic influenza and personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers. Today’s agenda includes a call to the committee, with panel discussions starting tomorrow. Topics include the science and clinical experience with novel H1N1, infection control guidelines, risk assessment in health workers, and data on the effectiveness of PPE.http://nationalacademies.org/hmd/activities/workforce/respproth1n1/2009-…IOM meeting home pagelast_img read more

SA wine makers to cut carbon footprint

first_imgBirch said that while it might seem a good solution to ship more of the country’s wines in bulk directly to their export destinations for off-shore bottling, the posed a major problem in that many jobs would be lost during a time when the country was emerging from recession. Birch added that alternative wine packaging, such as the wine pouch offered by leading export brand, Arniston Bay, had also been welcomed in many export markets. South African bag-in-box wines were also very popular, particularly in Scandinavia. According to Consol Glass, South Africa’s leading manufacturer of glass containers for the beverage industry, until 2006 the average weight of a 750ml non-returnable wine bottle was 516 grams, which by last year had dropped to 437 grams, a decrease of 15%. The new light-weight bottle will bring down the average still further. Focus on light-weight bottles “Fortunately, the volume of bulk exports dropped 18% in 2009, compared with year before, whereas packaged exports rose 7% over the same period,” said Birch. “This is not only good for individual brands and for jobs but for the quality standing of Brand South Africa.” Also keen to enhance their sustainability credentials, the multiple grocer chains were responding to high-profile media and consumer calls for more eco-friendly packaging. She said the wine industry body, SA Wine Industry Information Systems, had calculated that for every 10-million litres of wine shipped in bulk, just over 107 jobs would be lost. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material She said the sturdy, lightweight bottles, apart from strengthening South Africa’s reputation for environmentally responsible wine production, would also address the demands of leading retailers. “As we raise our export volumes of mostly bottled wines, we also increase our carbon emissions, so it becomes a delicate balancing act to enhance our sustainability profile while pushing up our output,” Wines of South Africa (Wosa) CEO Su Birch said in a statement this week. Wosa is one of the leading champions of the country’s efforts to grow, make and market wines in a way that is least harmful to the environment.center_img The wine industry currently provides direct employment for close on 276 000 people, she said. Last year, South Africa exported 389 million litres of wine. Of the total, less than half – 150.5 million litres – were exported in bulk. From this year, 750ml wine bottles closed with screwcaps and weighing only 350 grams – as compared to 500 grams for traditional bottles – will be available to local wine producers. “The new 350 gram glass bottles for red and white wines have been designed to accommodate screwcap closures, which account for over 65% of South Africa’s wine production,” said Birch. “They are scheduled for launch by mid-April, in time for the 2010 harvest.” 3 February 2010 South Africa is taking a number of steps to maintain its status as one of the world’s most eco-progressive winemaking nations. One of these is the introduction of lighter bottles to help reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. “This figure does not even factor in the multiplier effect that such job losses bring. It has, for example, been reported that for every one of Unilever’s direct jobs in South Africa, another 22 workers depend on the company for at least a part of their livelihood. This is an indication of just how crucial each job is to a developing economy such as ours.” At the same time, the average weight of bottles sealed with corks had been reduced in weight from 570 grams to 460 grams, she said. While many players in the South African wine industry had actively supported bottle recycling programmes in recent years to reduce their impact on the environment, efforts were now being accelerated to focus on light-weight wine bottles as well. Bulk exports, job securitylast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Belgium

first_imgVincent Kompany and Eden Hazard will be crucial for Belgium in the World CupWith only a few notable exceptions, Belgium has often been a team bigger than the sum of its players. The team will be looking to make an impact at the helm of coach Marc Wilmots.This time, after an absence of 12 years, the Belgians are back at the World Cup with several players known around the world, including Vincent Kompany and Eden Hazard.Just about the entire team plays abroad, and many in the biggest leagues, giving the Belgians a hope they haven’t had since reaching the semifinals in 1986.Here are five players to watch:VINCENT KOMPANYIf anyone epitomizes the revival of Belgian football, it is central defender Vincent Kompany.Kompany was a prodigy at 17 with Anderlecht, and in 2012 he was the rock on which Manchester City built its first Premier League title in 44 years.Now 28, he continues to be the anchor for one of the richest teams in one of the world’s toughest leagues.Beyond his positioning and physical prowess, Kompany is best known for his leadership qualities, earning him the captaincy at both City and the Belgian national team.EDEN HAZARDIf Vincent Kompany is dependency personified, Eden Hazard is counted on for creativity. And if he extends the way he has been playing for Chelsea on the World Cup stage in Brazil, he could well become one of the marquee players of the tournament.Hazard developed his skills for Lille in the French league, and his speed, agility, passing precision and tactical insight turned him into the best player of that league before Chelsea lured him to London.THIBAUT COURTOISOutplay Belgium and there still remains one massive problem for any team at the World Cup – how to get past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.Like so many Belgians, he looked abroad from an early age and left Racing Genk for Chelsea, which almost immediately sent him on to Atletico Madrid.What looked like a demotion for some turned out to be a gift unlike few others.Courtois won the Europa League as a teenager, the Copa del Rey over Real Madrid, and faces some of the world’s best strikers on a weekly basis to hone his skills.At 21, the towering goalkeeper with an immense reach is already one of the best in the world.ROMELU LUKAKUAn all-out striker has never been Belgium’s forte. And amid the glittering array of goalkeepers, defenders and playmakers, it is up to Romelu Lukaku to impose himself as the team’s fearful frontman.Lukaku already did so in the match that qualified Belgium for the World Cup, scoring two first-half goals in Croatia that effectively muzzled the home team.A striker that uses body and bulk rather than sweet skills, Lukaku keeps bouncing back. At 20, he has already faced several setbacks at Chelsea, but when he went to West Bromwich Albion and, this season, to Everton, he always proved there was plenty left in him.KEVIN DE BRUYNELanky winger Kevin De Bruyne has had perhaps the strongest World Cup qualifying campaign of all Belgians.At club level, though, the 23-year-old De Bruyne has had a disappointing year. He started out with high ambitions with Chelsea, but after he fell out with manager Jose Mourinho, he rarely made it past the bench.Now, he is reviving his career in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg.last_img read more

4 Action Items For Email Marketers From Facebook’s New Messaging System

first_img Topics: Originally published Nov 15, 2010 5:05:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Email Marketing Today the rumors that Facebook is going to offer a new messaging system turned into reality. Yes, the social networking giant is going to provide the option of @Facebook.com email addresses, but this is only one part of the company’s announcement. Facebook’s new messaging system is not about email; instead it revolves around the idea of unifying and prioritizing messages. Facebook announced that users send more than 4 billion messages per day on the platform. In order to streamline these communication processes, Facebook’s messaging system will merge in one place different networking channels: chat, email, text message, Facebook message and mobile push notifications.   Additionally, Facebook announced that they were intentionally going to drop threaded messages and instead organize messages via people. This means that you should be able to see all the conversations that you have had with a friend, regardless of the type of message that was being used for the conversation. In organizing messages by people, Facebook was able to create what the company calls a social inbox, an application similar to Gmail’s priority inbox . It is a system that shows you the people and messages that are most important to you and obscures the less relevant ones. Though these features launched today, they will be rolled out to users around the world over the next few months. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg explained that this new messaging system is not an email killer. Instead, it is a system that supports a shift in messaging habits. In his presentation, Zuckerburg pointed out that children in the high school age range don’t use email because they think it is for old people. Facebook’s messaging system will likely not have an immediate impact on email marketing, but it highlights a trend in unified messaging that email marketers should become aware of and start planning for. Email Marketing Takeaways: 1. Sender Consistency Will Become More Important – While everyone won’t run and use Facebook’s new messaging system, it will likely set a bar for many other applications that will “borrow” some of its features. One feature that is likely to end up in other applications is the organization of messages by person. If this type of organization becomes widely used, email marketers will need to carefully organize and think about who the sender name on their email messages should be, in order to break through the clutter of an already crowded inbox. 2. Lead Nurturing Themes Across Emails Will get More Notice – With inboxes organized by message senders, the theme across multiple messages becomes more important. In current email marketing, the recipient sees only the current message with previous messages sitting in other folders. When you remove the folders and look at the messages all at once, it will be even more important for marketers to think about the information timing and relevance for each person on their list. 3. Messages Need to Work in All Formats – In a world where people can access messages on their mobile devices, it is critical that corresponding marketing offers also work properly in different formats. This is why mobile optimized landing pages and messages will need to be baked into the email marketing process. 4. Prompting Interaction Becomes More Important – With a social inbox to help prioritize message delivery, email needs to become a more socially-driven communication channel. If users can interact with your message and even respond to it, it is likely your future messages will receive better placement in the social inbox. What are your thoughts on the new Facebook messaging system? Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Internet Marketing [Free Ebook]

first_img Step Two: Optimize Your Website. Step Four: Promote Content & Participate in Social Media. Luckily, today HubSpot released ” Email marketing is a great way to engage with your prospects and can be a great vehicle for promoting new content and offers. You’ll find out how to best take advantage of email marketing to nurture leads and generate more business. Topics: Traffic is great, but leads are even better! You’ll learn how to put the right systems in place to start generating precious leads from all that business blogging and social media engagement. The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Internet Marketing Marketing Strategy is keywords! You’ll learn why keywords are important and how to define the right keywords to use in your internet marketing efforts. Making your website and emails mobile-friendly is increasing in importance every day. With more and more content being consumed on mobile devices, marketers might take steps to make sure their web properties are easy to access and view on these platforms. We’ll let you know what you should be concerned about today to be mobile-friendly. Regular business blogging and content creation is the best way to generate more traffic to your website. We’ll teach you how to get started with blogging and content creation to start increasing visits to your site. ? Step One: Create a Keyword Strategy. Step Six: Nurture Leads With Email Marketing. Starting from scratch with internet marketing? Need to brush up on the basics? Step Seven: Be Mobile-Friendly. successful internet marketing strategy Step Three: Create Blog & Other Content. Step Eight: Analyze & Refine Strategies. The foundation of any Step Five: Convert Site Traffic Into Leads. ,” a free ebook designed to walk you through the process of creating and implementing a successful internet marketing strategy, one step at a time. Social media can exponentially expand the reach of your content and help you interact with your prospects, customers, and fans. We’ll tell you why social media participation is valuable in internet marketing and give you a jumping off point to start taking advantage of sites like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for business. comprehensive internet marketing strategy 8 Essential Steps to Internet Marketing Success all falling under the umbrella of internet marketing, how does a marketer make them all work together in one Read our essential guide You’ll never know if all this internet marketing stuff is working for you if you don’t measure your results. In this step, you’ll learn what to measure and how to use this data to modify your future internet marketing strategies for better results. Originally published Jun 15, 2011 11:30:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Once keywords are defined, you must start incorporating them into your website pages and content. You’ll learn about on-page and off-page SEO and how to best optimize your website to get found in search. To marketing professionals and business owners who have long relied on traditional marketing methods, the concept of internet marketing might seem pretty overwhelming and scary. With so many individual marketing tactics like social media, blogging, SEO, email marketing Wondering what you should start with or what to turn to next? This ebook will give you all the building blocks you need for internet marketing success. Here’s a snapshot of the 8 steps the ebook covers in greater detail… Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack and let us know what you think!last_img read more

3 Ways to Get the Most Out of Inbound Press Releases

first_img boost your company’s SEO Originally published Oct 14, 2011 11:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 How else can you Press releases 1. Create fresh content frequently. Topics: and perhaps gain some bonus media coverage as well. to measure the number of views, comments, and inbound links for that specific news release. You can also monitor your website’s referral traffic to see if any websites or blogs that have syndicated your release are sending traffic your way. Additionally, monitor how your search engine rankings improve for the particular keywords you optimized for in your release. These are all great ways to help you analyze which topics, types, and distribution methods work best for your news releases as well as whether the time, money, and effort you’re putting into your news releases is worth it. in your marketing? , press releases have a totally different purpose. take full advantage of your press releases Public Relations 2. Determine the most appropriate channels for your news releases. Think about the message you are trying to send and the audience you want to reach. The obvious channel to leverage is your own website and blog. Coverage in other industry blogs that have high traffic and authority is also a great way to improve SEO and reach a new audience. Consider pinging a few industry bloggers about your news for a better chance of coverage. Also, don’t forget to inbound marketing Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack leverage inbound press releases As a marketer, you should think about your press releases as a way to distribute content frequently to boost the credibility and findability of your company. Follow these 3 tips to make sure you get the most out of your future press releases.  blog analytics tool Press releases were originally designed as a tool to generate media coverage and attention. Now, in the days of 3. Measure and iterate to optimize future press releases.  This is a staple for both press release and inbound marketing success. Ultimately, you want to use every news release to keep your audience interested and wanting more. Don’t stick to boring company announcements like new hires or promotions. Write about interesting topics such as new product features, industry trends, survey data, or case studies demonstrating how your customers have benefited from your product. You’ll also want to include important keywords for which your business is trying to rank. Be sure to use these keywords in your press release title, text, and alt tags. This will help as the release gets syndicated on news sites throughout the web. in various channels. Furthermore, consider distributing your release using a distribution service like PRWeb. By doing these things, you’ll expand your reach and touch a potentially new audience while building SEO rankings for specific topics. use your company’s social media presence to promote your news release Once you publish your press release, you’ll want to know if it’s actually working. If you published your release to your blog, use your should be viewed as news updates directed at your potential and current customers instead of just the broad media. These types of news releases can keep your prospects engaged while also working as a powerful SEO tool for your business. With these two goals in mind, you canlast_img read more

4 Ways to Get More Out of Marketing Automation

first_img Marketing Automation Originally published Nov 10, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Topics: The B2B marketing automation industry will reach $325 million in revenue in 2011. Despite this growth, 50% of companies surveyed in a 2011 Focus Study say they have not yet realized a return on investment for their marketing automation. There are any number of reasons this could be — from an over-reliance on email, to a skills gap, to technical limitations of the tool itself. Getting the most out of your marketing automation tool requires integrating it into a complete inbound marketing strategy and using it as a support rather than a replacement. Here are a few ways to get creative with your marketing automation.  1. Make Room for Complex Buyer MotivationsIt’s hard to diagnose buyer needs in a vacuum. Take shopping cart abandonment as an example. A 2010 Forrester Research survey reported that 88% of online shoppers have abandoned their shopping carts at one point or another. Was it a thrifty moment that made them reconsider? Sticker-shock at the shipping? Ambivalence about the product? According to the same Forrester report – reasons vary. This means there shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all approach to shopping-cart-fetchback campaigns either. When you’re using marketing automation to support the check-out process, take a look at the other data you have: Before the would-be-buyers abandoned their shopping carts, did they take a look at the shipping page or were they loitering on the returns page? The answer should motivate different content in response.2. Stop Thinking of Recipients as Buyers AloneThe golden opportunity with marketing automation may not rest with driving sales alone. Think about other ways you can leverage behavior-driven communications to inform and advance your company or organization. Request feedback from anyone who downloaded an ebook. Ask them what other topics they’d like to hear about in the future.Offer help to existing customers who have viewed the cancelation of returns page.Thank social media advocates who promote your company on Twitter.By shaking loose from a single objective, you can garner engagement and get valuable information to help you shape future marketing efforts, improve the product, or prevent churn.3. Use Marketing Automation for Internal NotificationsTypically, marketing automation is used to send customers automated emails based on their activity. But sometimes a personal phone call or email is just better. For those instances, think about also connecting your marketing automation tool to an internal chat system. Doing so will enable your team to get alerts when a highly qualified lead looks at the pricing page, for example, or when a valuable customer stops logging into your software as a service platform.  Setting internal notifications for major events in the customer lifecycle lets your account managers and sales team make a better decision about whether a more personal kind of outreach is necessary.5. Remember How Much Still Comes Down to ContentAll of the technology in the world can’t beat a thoughtful and compelling message. Your marketing automation campaign could be perfectly timed and tuned into customer motivations, but if the content is falling short – it still won’t deliver. To get the most out of your marketing automation, make sure you continually test different messages and subject lines to find the right match to your customers’ needs. What other ways have you started to bring more creativity and nuance into your marketing automation campaigns? Have a good example to share? Comment below or email us at [email protected] Photo Credit: Peanuttt  Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more