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Early Treatment Key To Managing Seasonal Diseases In Cattle

(NAPSI)—Two of the more common production-impacting health issues cattlemen see in their herds this time of year are foot rot and pinkeye. Left untreated, each can lead to more serious, chronic health problems. Foot rot, pinkeye and other common cattle ailments are highly dependent on pasture, weather and other conditions. Foot rot is more problematic when cattle are kept in wet, muddy and manure-heavy lots. Caused by the Fusobacterium Necrophorum bacteria, symptoms include swelling and inflammation between the toes, resulting in lameness and reluctance to walk. Pinkeye is a highly infectious eye condition that can affect cattle of all ages, often on tall-grass pastures and in environmental situations that can irritate the eye. Flies are a major irritant and vector for the disease, so controlling them and other sources of irritant is critical. Delayed treatment of pinkeye can result in loss of the eye, reduced performance and a less marketable animal.  Fortunately, with timely surveillance and treatment, these infections, along with other diseases, can be easily and cost-effectively managed by producers with a non-prescription injectable product such as Noromycin 300 LA, a highly concentrated, low-dose, fast-acting formulation of oxytetracycline. Effectively used by cattlemen for many years, it is widely available through most farm and veterinary supply companies. Learn more at www.norbrook.com. 

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Monday 05/04/2020
What Others Are Doing, How You Can Help
Updated: May 06, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—The global pandemic brought home to many people just how interconnected the world has become. This is true about the need to protect the environment, as well.

According to the National Institutes of Health, the way to preserve human health is by maintaining the environment because polluted air, water and land encourages such sicknesses as asthma and lead poisoning, while global warming fosters the spread of disease.

Fortunately, throughout the country, efforts large and small are helping to resolve this.

What’s Being Done

For example, one major American corporation with a long, proud history of environmental sustainability and a strong track record of action and success has raised the bar on its environmental commitments and accelerated the progress of short- and long-term goals that meet or exceed environmental regulations. As Marc Bitzer, Chairman and CEO of Whirlpool Corporation put it. “As we continue to navigate the impact of COVID-19, the health and safety of our employees and communities remain our priority. We strongly believe that our sustainability efforts are as important now as ever. These efforts are guided by a clear mission to earn trust and create demand while in constant pursuit of improving life at home.” To that end, the company has:

•Reduced its absolute plant emissions by 18% by investing in efficiency and renewable energy;

•Achieved zero waste to landfill in eight plants across three regions;

•Accomplished a global waste-to-recycling rate of 96%; and

•Developed an innovative solution to reuse water from an existing chiller that saves 31 million gallons of water each year.

What You Can Do

For your part, you can help the environment these four ways:

1.Get your car a tune-up. Properly maintained vehicles get better gas mileage and emit fewer pollutants.

2.Plant a tree. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.

3.Run the dishwasher and clothes washer only when you have full loads.

4.Don’t let the water run while you shave or brush your teeth.

Learn More

For further facts, visit www.whirlpoolcorp.com and www.epa.gov.

 

Make Your Garden Count For Butterflies
Updated: May 06, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)­—In this season of social distancing, many Americans are turning to gardening, finding joy and peace in an outdoor activity that can be safely enjoyed from home. “What all gardeners know, and the rest of you may discover, is that if you have even the smallest space, a pot on a window ledge, a front step, a wee yard, there is no balm to the soul greater than planting seeds,” recently wrote Charlotte Mendelsen for The New Yorker. If you haven’t gotten your hands a little dirty yet, now could be the time.

More Milkweed for Monarchs

This spring, you can help feed both your soul and butterflies across the country by planting monarch habitat, including milkweed and other flowers that provide nectar. Milkweed in particular provides an essential source of food and is the only place monarch butterflies will lay their eggs.

Supporting monarchs is critical, as they face many health challenges including climate change, drought and habitat loss. However, anyone can help by planting milkweed and other brightly colored, pollinator-attractant flowers in the garden or even on the balcony.

There are 12 states that monarchs tend to visit during their annual migration. Those who live there can do their part by planting milkweed and recording their efforts in the HabiTally app. These states are:

• Illinois

• Indiana 

• Iowa

• Kansas

• Michigan

• Minnesota

• Missouri 

• Nebraska 

• Oklahoma 

• Ohio

• Texas

• Wisconsin

Until May 31, any monarch habitat planted in these states and recorded in the app will be taken into consideration by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as it evaluates recommending that monarchs join the list of animals protected under the Endangered Species Act. With the help of your conservation efforts, monarch health may become secure enough to not need this designation.

Other Flowers That Butterflies Love 

For people who don’t live in one of those 12 states, there are many other flowers they can plant to support butterflies, bees and other pollinators’ health while adding beauty to the garden with bright, happy blooms. These 10 plants attract butterflies and make vibrant, fragrant additions to any garden:

• Sunflowers

• Lavender

• Asters

• Coneflowers

• Black-eyed Susans

• Verbena

• Catnip

• Rosemary

• Sage

• Salvia

Whether you already find solace in gardening or are looking for a new hobby, you can help make a difference. So, plant a few flowers to see what gardening can do for you—and for butterflies—this spring. 

Learn More 

Because monarch butterflies are an important pollinating insect that contribute to both agriculture and biodiversity, the Bayer Bee Care Program is committed to supporting their health, as well the health of other pollinators. You can download the free HabiTally app and get started by visiting the Apple App Store. To be sure you’re planting flowers that are best adapted to your region, visit www.Pollinator.org.

 

Thursday 04/16/2020
Celebrate Earth Day
Updated: April 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Today, as the world struggles with a new health crisis, it is more important than ever to protect the air, land and water that sustain humanity.

One way is to celebrate Earth Day, now 50 years old. In 1970, millions of Americans joined together and created a movement to address pollution that posed a threat to human health and the environment. April 22nd—Earth Day—was a springboard for decades of global action that has made a positive change for the planet, communities and lives. 

Looking to the future, companies, families and individuals are making their energy choices count—reducing their impact on the climate through energy efficiency and support for green power. Now, in honor of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program highlights actions Americans can take to make a difference for years to come. 

1)Choose ENERGY STAR certified products for your home. They’re independently certified to save energy, save money and reduce your carbon footprint.

2)Support renewable energy sources. Wind and solar power are widely available, with an increasing number of options for electricity customers across America.

3)Charge your electric vehicle with an ENERGY STAR certified charger. As electric vehicles become more prevalent, smart purchasers can enhance their environmental impact by charging more efficiently.

Learn More

For further facts and tips, visit www.energystar.gov/EarthDay.

 

Monday 04/13/2020
Arousing Admiration: The Charm of Hummingbirds
Updated: May 19, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Well, actually, it's both … the charm of hummingbirds is most certainly apropos and "a charm" of hummingbirds is actually factual! Yep, that's right, the collective noun for these unique creatures - just like a gaggle of geese or a flock of birds, is a charm of hummingbirds. Since the definition of the noun 'charm' is "the power of giving delight or arousing admiration," one doesn't need to be a wordsmith to see how right that is. 

Friday 04/10/2020
5 Great Ways to Celebrate Earth Month
Posted: April 10, 2020

(StatePoint) Want to go green while practicing social distancing? Here are a few ideas to consider:

Thursday 04/09/2020
Your Backyard Isn’t Cancelled: Six Tips To Celebrate Earth Day Right At Home
Updated: April 11, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—The 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 can be a good time for everyone to take some time to get outside, even if current conditions mean a community event to celebrate isn’t available. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to honor the Earth in your own backyard. 

“You don’t need to leave home to celebrate Earth Day. Remember, nature starts at your back door,” explains Kris Kiser, President of the TurfMutt Foundation, an organization that encourages outdoor learning experiences, stewardship of green spaces, and care for living landscapes for the benefit of all.

“Get outside, mow your lawn, trim bushes, plant a butterfly bush. By becoming a steward of your yard, you are helping the planet. At the same time, you’re supporting your health and well-being, which is increasingly important as families spend more time at home.”

What You Can Do

 Here are six tips to celebrate Earth Day without ever leaving home:

1.Get outside. Your backyard is an outdoor living room and safe place for pets and kids to play. Science proves spending time in your family’s yard is good for your health and well-being, and so important today as everyone looks for creative ways to stay well while being confined to the home. Researchers have found that people living in neighborhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress.

2.Make the outdoors a family project. Take your loved ones outside to assess your space. What’s working well? What could be improved? What can you plan to do together in your backyard? Anything needing to be cleaned up? Make a plan to expand or spruce up your yard.

3.Connect kids to nature. Free, online, do-at-home lesson plans are available from the TurfMutt.com. The environmental education program resources and activities, based on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles, give kids the prompts they need to have fun learning about and exploring the nature and science in their own backyards.

4.Know your climate zone. Learn about climate-zone-appropriate plants, the importance of pollinators, and how backyards can support local wildlife. Conduct a plant inventory to determine what’s currently thriving in your backyard. Match that up against the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to determine the best types of turf, trees, shrubs, and plants for the climate zone. 

5.Keep pollinators in mind. Your yard is an important part of the connected ecosystem providing much- needed food and shelter for pollinators, such as birds, bees, butterflies, bats, and other creatures. Select a variety of plants that will bloom all year long. The Audubon Society’s database can help determine which birds will be attracted to which plants for unique regions so you can make good choices about what to plant. 

6.Plant, prune or mow. Staying confined to home base doesn’t mean gardening and yard work have to stop. Order garden supplies online or have them delivered from a nearby nursery. Mow the lawn and trim bushes. 

Research shows people who gardened for at least 30 minutes a week had lower body mass indexes (BMIs)—a measure of body fat—as well as higher levels of self-esteem and better moods overall. They also reported lower levels of tension and stress.

Learn More

For further facts and tips on saving the planet one yard at a time, go to www.turfmutt.com.

 

Save Money And Power
Updated: April 11, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—The U.S. Department of Energy estimates 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder, and shorten its life. Even with filters, the HVAC system still gets dirty through normal use.

A clean system doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you prefer, it uses less energy and you save money while breathing clean.

So it pays to get your heating and cooling system cleaned regularly. More than just duct cleaning, this involves all the components the air stream touches throughout the system. 

According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), proper cleaning of an entire system takes technical skill and attention to detail. That’s why it’s important to find a contractor specifically trained and experienced in this type of cleaning. NADCA members possess general liability insurance, are trained and tested regularly, sign on to a code of ethics, and must clean and restore your heating and cooling system in accordance with NADCA standards.

To learn more, visit www.BreathingClean.com. To find a NADCA member nearby, go to http://nadca.com/en/prosearch/all. To see more money-saving ideas, watch the video at https://youtu.be/hImvxVyZvQE.

Wednesday 03/25/2020
Securing Schools
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—For parents, students, teachers and others in the community, school intruders intent on harm can be a serious concern. 

Fortunately, delaying their entry is made easier with Security Window Films on windows and doors. They may buy time to allow for more response time and save lives.

“School shootings reveal plain or tempered glass doors and windows are often the point of entry that is breached by intruders ready to do harm,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the nonprofit International Window Film Association (IWFA). “All glass doors and windows on the ground level need to be evaluated with an eye toward security to better protect everyone inside,” he added.

To more fully inform parents and school administrators, the IWFA has a free, downloadable guide at www.iwfa.com/consumers under “Literature” that explains what Security Window Film can do. No Security Window Film known to the IWFA will make standard building glass bulletproof. Any claim to the contrary should be carefully examined or brought to the attention of the IWFA.

There are other advantages, however. When designed to save energy, as well, Security Window Films may reduce solar heat gain by as much as 80 percent. They are a most cost-effective solution with payback in many instances of less than five years.

Wednesday 03/18/2020
Don't Sweat The EPA's 2020 Freon Phaseout This Summer
Updated: April 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - As temperatures rise and air conditioners begin to blast, educated homeowners have no need to fear the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2020 Freon Phaseout.

Friday 03/13/2020
Spring Lawn Equipment: Keep Safety in Mind with These 8 Tips
Updated: March 15, 2020 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—Spring is on its way and homeowners are eager to get outside and spruce up their yards. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing outdoor power equipment, small engine, utility vehicle, golf car and personal transport vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, reminds homeowners to keep safety in mind when working in their outdoor living spaces.

Friday 02/28/2020
Poll Finds Illinoisans Support Energy Industry And DAPL Optimization
Updated: March 01, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—On March 5th and 6th the Illinois Commerce Commission will gather to consider the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) Optimization plan to increase crude oil throughput of the pipeline. Safely operating since 2017, Dakota Access has an important footprint in Illinois. Construction of the initial pipeline relied on the skill of Illinois’ labor unions and plans for the optimization also include the use of skilled labor.


With Illinois playing host to the Patoka Oil Terminal, the second-largest pipeline terminal in the Midwest, the state serves as a center point to the region’s energy security and needs. Importantly, Dakota Access Optimization is the type of energy project that has the broad support of Illinoisans across the state.


A recent statewide poll found nearly two-thirds of Illinois residents support optimization of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Nearly 85 percent of residents recognize the important role it plays in contributing millions of dollars in state and local taxes to help fund schools, social services, and other emergency services. The vast majority of residents, 84 percent, believe the pipeline is a safer means of transportation of energy resources compared to the alternatives of truck and rail.


The poll also found broad, bipartisan support for the energy industry across the state. In fact, nearly 9 out of 10 respondents believe the industry plays an important role in the state’s economy. Furthermore, 92 percent of Illinoisans reported it was important the United States produce all of its own energy and become more energy independent. The energy industry already plays an important role in the state with Illinois employing more than 110,000 workers in the energy industry and projects like Dakota Access Optimization can help do more.


If approved, Dakota Access Optimization would install a new pump station along the pipeline’s route in Illinois, without any new mainline construction or added mileage. Pump station construction and operation are built to comply with the same state and federal regulations guiding pipeline infrastructure.


The need for the optimization of the Dakota Access Pipeline was born out of strong and sustained oil production in the Bakken region of North Dakota. With the Dakota Access Pipeline responsible for transporting as much as 40% of daily Bakken production, and production reaching 1.46 million barrels per day in November of 2019.

 
Illinois’ role in the country’s energy security has never been more important with the Patoka Oil Terminal servicing five major crude oil pipelines in the region through its 19 million barrel storage capacity. Outbound crude oil is delivered by pipeline to a number of refineries across the Midwest including Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana. The processing capacity of the Patoka Oil Terminal is an integral part of the U.S. energy mix; however, short-sighted opponents continue to fight the proposed project.


Unfortunately, many of those opposed form some of the same groups that fueled the months-long Dakota Access Pipeline protests in 2016 and 2017 – protests that left taxpayers on the hook for nearly $40 million in damages. These same opponents have encouraged followers to upend public hearings and pester policymakers without the facts in hand. In light of the recent poll showing broad support for the Dakota Access Pipeline and the state’s energy industry, it is clear these opponents are in the vocal minority.   


Record production in the Bakken and key infrastructure such as the Dakota Access Pipeline have been leaders in the country’s remarkable energy resurgence. Optimizing the Dakota Access Pipeline seizes the moment to add critical capacity to an important energy lifeline. Most importantly, the proposed project prioritizes safety and efficiency while supporting jobs, bolstering the nation’s energy security, and promoting new economic opportunities for Illinois.


Stevens is a former senior advisor to U.S. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman and the spokesman for Grow America’s Infrastructure Now (GAIN).

Wednesday 02/26/2020
Are Your ‘Recyclable’ Products Actually Recyclable?
Posted: February 26, 2020

(StatePoint) If you’re like many people, you feel good when you are able to toss items into the recycling bin instead of the trash. But a new report suggests that many of those “recyclable” labels on your products may be misleading, and that much of what you believe will be processed and used again is actually sent to a landfill or incinerator.

Tuesday 02/04/2020
U.N. Declares 2020 As The International Year Of Plant Health
Updated: February 13, 2020 - 2:41 am

(NAPSI)—Can you imagine a world without fruit or flowers? Without farms or forests? It sounds extreme, but it could happen. Plants are under attack and the culprit is invasive pests. Some are so small, you can’t see them with your eyes. But they are there, and it’s time that everyone takes notice. That’s why the United Nations (U.N.) has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health. It’s calling on individuals, organ­izations, industries, scientists and governments at all levels to work together to protect plants against the introduction and spread of invasive pests.


Healthy Plants = Human Survival
Plants are the foundation of all life on Earth. They make the oxygen we breathe and give us 80 percent of the food we eat. They sustain our livestock, provide habitat for wildlife and help our world to thrive. And plants add beauty and joy to people’s lives.


According to the U.N., invasive pests destroy up to 40 percent of food crops globally and cause $220 billion in trade losses each year. This trade, worth nearly $1.7 trillion annually, has become crucial for human survival and economic growth in rural areas.


To feed the world’s growing population, the U.N. estimates that agricultural production must increase by about 60 percent by 2050. That means we must do everything we can now to protect plant health from destructive invasive pests.


What You Can Do
The good news is that there are simple steps anyone can take to protect plants. It just takes one person to make a difference. For example, a hospital groundskeeper in Boston was the first to notice a strange-looking, dime-sized hole in a tree. Her call provided an early warning and jump-started the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) control effort, which quickly eliminated the destructive Asian longhorned beetle from that city.


Here are ways you can help:
•    Look for and report unusual signs of pests or diseases in trees and plants.
•    Don’t move untreated firewood. Instead, buy heat-treated firewood or responsibly gather wood where you will burn it to ensure tree-killing beetles hiding inside can’t spread to new areas.
•    When returning from international travel, always declare any food, plants or other agricultural items to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, so its experts can ensure they are pest-free.
•    Before buying seeds or plants online from other countries, contact USDA to find out if the items need to be inspected and certified as pest-free or meet other conditions before you can legally bring them into this country.


Learn More
Locate a USDA office and find more tips on www.HungryPests.com, which describes invasive pests that people can accidentally spread and how to help prevent it. You can also join the conversation and get the latest updates at #PlantHealth and #IYPH2020 on social media.

Friday 01/17/2020
Trees Not Tombstones: New Options For End-of-Life
Posted: January 17, 2020

(NAPSI)—The vast majority of Americans have not completed their end-of-life planning. In fact, over half of those age 45-plus have done no end-of-life planning at all, according to a recent survey conducted by Better Place Forests, the country’s first sustainable alternative to cemeteries for families that choose cremation.

Monday 01/13/2020
Beneficial Microbes In Our Everyday Lives
Posted: January 13, 2020

(NAPSI)—The last few years have seen a substantial increase in the number of products containing microbes in the market. Microbes are living organisms, such as bacteria or fungi, that are too small for the naked eye. They are found all around us and present rich opportunities to advance our lives.

Wednesday 12/18/2019
“Bee” Thankful for Pollinators
Posted: December 18, 2019

(NAPSI)—When you gather with family or friends around the table this holiday season, consider just how much pollinators contribute to your favorite dishes.

What Is Lurking In The Pork Sold At Walmart Stores?
Posted: December 18, 2019

(NAPSI)—When Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, the average U.S. life expectancy was around 57 years. Today, largely thanks to the era of antibiotics that he created; life expectancy now stands at 79.

Friday 12/06/2019
How To Choose A Christmas Tree: Tips From Expert Arborist Mark Chisholm
Posted: December 06, 2019

(NAPSI)—There’s more to decking the halls with just the right Christmas tree than many people realize. Here are seven hints that can help:

Monday 12/02/2019
Resolve to Green Your Grocery Shopping in 2020
Posted: December 02, 2019

(StatePoint) In our grab-and-go culture, plastic is pervasive at the grocery store. But as more supermarkets worldwide adopt smart strategies for reducing single-use plastic packaging, experts say that these same changes are possible here in the U.S., so long as retailers, companies and individuals commit to making them a reality.

Tuesday 11/26/2019
Gifts That Do A World Of Good
Posted: November 26, 2019

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, you don’t have to look far to find items that deliver great features and functionality but use less energy. Products that earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR label save money on energy bills and help protect the environment, making them gifts that do a world of good.

Friday 11/08/2019
Prepare Your Home For The Rough Weather Ahead
Posted: November 08, 2019

(NAPSI)—There have been more than 80 extreme weather events in the United States that caused at least $1 billion each in damage since 2011, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Centers for Environmental Information.

Thursday 11/07/2019
3 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Holiday Season
Posted: November 07, 2019

(StatePoint) On average, there has been an astonishing 60 percent decline in the size of populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians in just over 40 years, according to the most recent World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Living Planet Report, and the top threat to species is human activity.

Wednesday 11/06/2019
Future-proofing Tips For Texas Building Owners
Posted: November 06, 2019

(NAPSI)—Texas is a great place for companies to do business and developers are building fast to keep up. Texas also experiences extreme weather and forces property owners to think seriously about how their new facilities can endure these extremes.

Tuesday 11/05/2019
Celebrate ENERGY STAR Day-Every Day
Posted: November 05, 2019

(NAPSI)—Every Fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrates ENERGY STAR Day to raise awareness about the benefits of saving energy today, tomorrow, and for good.

Monday 10/07/2019
Are Those Eco-Friendly Product Labels Telling the Truth?
Posted: October 07, 2019

(StatePoint) When you see a product labeled “eco-friendly,” or “environmentally sustainable,” it can be tempting to take this at face-value and feel good about your purchase. However, a new report shows that while many major companies are making claims that they are tackling the plastic pollution crisis, there are reasons to be skeptical.

Friday 09/06/2019
Know What To Do In Case Of A Disaster
Posted: September 06, 2019

(NAPSI)—In 2019 alone, there have been at least six weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each—but you can be prepared for anything with the expert assistance of a NAPO Professional Member.

Thursday 08/08/2019
How Your Family Can Protect Songbirds Around Your House and Garden
Posted: August 08, 2019

(StatePoint) Songbirds are not only beautiful, they are a vital component of the ecosystems they inhabit. If you have a garden, you may have observed this in action.

Thursday 07/25/2019
This Summer: Relax and Recycle
Posted: July 25, 2019

(StatePoint) Summertime means family outings, vacations and spending time outdoors. Amid all the fun, it’s important to be conscious of your environmental impact. One small way you can be a force for positive change is by properly disposing of old rechargeable batteries once they no longer power devices. You probably don’t know it, but battery recycling touches more areas of your life (and vacation) than you realize.

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