Summer Means No E15

first_img It’s summer vacation time for 15% ethanol blends but not by choice. “The Environmental Protection Agency’s outdated interpretation of Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) regulations is preventing the sale of E15 in most of the country during the busy summer driving season, adding billions to travelers’ fuel costs,” said American Coalition for Ethanol senior vice president Ron Lamberty. By unnecessarily limiting the sale of E15 to only flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) owners from June 1 to September 15 in areas where most gasoline is used, Lamberty says EPA is effectively requiring drivers to purchase lower octane fuel for 5 to 40 cents. Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jun 8, 2014 Home Energy Summer Means No E15 Previous articleOil Futures End Higher Friday, but Lower for the WeekNext articleHow Will We Feed Ourselves in the Future? Gary Truitt SHARE Summer Means No E15 Iowa leads the nation with 20 registered E15 stations and Iowa Renewable Fuels AssociationManaging Director Lucy Norton says they have to shut down the pumps in the summertime. “If oil refiners chose to ship gasoline with the proper vapor pressure into our state, Iowa motorists could have expanded access to cleaner-burning, lower-cost E15 year-round, instead of it being temporarily restricted to only flex-fuel vehicles during the summer,” said Norton. The Iowa legislature passed legislation to help ease costs Iowa retailers may incur when obtaining gasoline suitable for blending with 15 percent ethanol during the summer months. Under the legislation, Iowa’s E15 retailer tax credit to 10 cents from June 1 to September 15, up from the three cents it is the rest of the year.“Ironically, E15 has a lower RVP than the fuel 95% of drivers are using, so EPA’s unwillingness to change a 25 year-old regulation effectively mandates higher evaporative emissions and higher prices during the busiest driving season of the year,” said Lamberty. SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Oil Prices Expected to Move Lower in December

first_img Facebook Twitter Oil Prices Expected to Move Lower in December Expectations that members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries won’t cut output at their meeting later this week kept pressure on oil futures Monday, extending the November rout to around 10%.January West Texas Intermediate crude fell 6 cents, or 0.1%, to settle at $41.65 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after Friday’s 3.1% drop. January Brent crude  on London’s ICE Futures exchange shed 25 cents, or 0.6%, to $44.61 a barrel. In November, prices for WTI lost about 10.6%, while Brent gave up roughly 10%.Oil prices have been sliding for over a year since the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries opted to keep production high to protect market share and bump out rivals in the U.S. and those outside the cartel. OPEC is set to hold its next meeting on Friday. SHARE Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Nov 30, 2015 Home Energy Oil Prices Expected to Move Lower in December SHARE Previous articleChinese Drone Maker Introduces Crop SprayerNext articleDow Sells Treflan Chemistry Gary Truittlast_img read more

Farmers to Gain Access to Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ Soybeans…

first_img All quotes are delayed snapshots Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Farmers to Gain Access to Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ Soybeans in 2016 Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Name Sym Last Change How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Home Indiana Agriculture News Farmers to Gain Access to Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ Soybeans in… Facebook Twitter Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) today announced its commercial launch plans for its Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybeans after it received import approval in China. This technology has been highly anticipated by farmers and is now available in the United States and Canada in time for the 2016 season. “We are pleased to bring Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans to the market,” said Brett Begemann, Monsanto President and Chief Operating Officer. “After a decade of development, the new and elite germplasm in Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans can provide growers with outstanding performance in their efforts to produce the best crop possible.”Monsanto’s Asgrow®, Channel® and regional brands, along with Corn States licensees, expect to introduce more than 70 soybean products across eight maturity groups with agronomic traits including resistance to nematodes and phytophthora root rot. Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans are broadly licensed to more than 100 seed brands.Although Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans are tolerant to both glyphosate and dicamba herbicides, the use of dicamba herbicide over the top of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans remains in late stage of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) review and is not currently approved by the EPA. Once approved, the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System – including Bollgard II® XtendFlex® cotton – will offer growers a vital tool for managing tough-to-control and glyphosate-resistant weeds.Miriam Paris, U.S. Soybean Marketing Manager, says demand for Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybeans has been strong. “To date, we’ve had significant pre-orders from farmers and are excited to move forward with commercialization,” she said. “Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans are built on the same high-yielding germplasm as Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans, which continue to deliver a greater than four bushel per acre advantage as compared to the original Roundup Ready® soybeans. Pending dicamba approval, growers will continue to maximize their yield opportunity through the weed management recommendations and incentives provided by Roundup Ready PLUS® Crop Management Solutions.”More information about Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System can be found at RoundupReadyPLUS.com/XtendCropSystem. By Hoosier Ag Today – Feb 3, 2016 Facebook Twitter Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleUS Trade Officials Sign TPP Hoosier Ag Today RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 SHARE Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribelast_img read more

Top Stories in Indiana Agriculture in 2016

first_img Facebook Twitter Top Stories in Indiana Agriculture in 2016 5https://www.hoosieragtoday.com/popular-purdue-ag-economist-found-dead/ 7https://www.hoosieragtoday.com/dow-dupont-merger-set-to-close-in-2017/ SHARE Top Stories in Indiana Agriculture in 2016Dr. MarshAnimal disease outbreaks were among the top stories in the state with Avian Flu in poultry and TB in cattle and deer among the biggest.  State Veterinarian Dr. Bret Marsh says the Hoosier livestock community has been very helpful and cooperative in dealing with these disease outbreaks, “When we asked for help, people were willing to give it.” Indiana received national recognition for the way it handled the avian flu outbreak in SW Indiana and seamlessly coordinated local, state, and federal agencies responses.The megamerger between Dow and DuPont had many wondering if Dow AgroSciences would stay in Indiana. ISDA Director Ted McKinney said, once their top officials visited the Hoosier state, there was no doubt they would stay. In addition, Wal-Mart’s decision to build a dairy processing plant in the state was a major milestone. McKinney stated, “They needed a large, high-quality supply of milk, and they found it in Indiana.”  2016 saw several other economic development announcements involving agribusinesses expanding or relocating in the state.Not all the news was positive.  Purdue Associate Professor of Ag Economics Corinne Alexander was found dead in her home, and a grain elevator failure in Western Indiana left many growers wondering if they would get paid for their grain. ISDA officials have reported that getting producers paid through the state grain indemnity fund will be a top priority in 2017.Speaking of grain, corn yields this year were good but not great, and mold and rust outbreaks caused losses in some fields. However, Indiana soybean yields were outstanding. “Some guys had the best crop they have ever had,” said  Pioneer agronomist David Cosgray.  Indiana farmers also found themselves dealing with both drought and flooding issues during 2016.2016 was another year of financial challenges with land costs and  production costs not coming down enough to allow for profit at current prices levels. Purdue Ag Economist Dr. Chris Hurt told HAT, for some farms, this was the third year in arrow of financial losses.It was a memorable year for Indiana Farm Bureau. The organization scored a major political victory when the Indiana General Assembly approved a farmland property tax cut that reduced the tax bills of most Indiana farmers. It was Randy Kron’s first year as President of the organization, and one in which he traveled to all 92 counties to talk with members.  For the Indiana Soybean Alliance, it was a year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the soybean checkoff.2016 was the year that Hoosier Ag Today celebrated its 10th year of operation. It also saw the radio network regain the top spot in farmer audience share. According to the Ag Media Research report, on average, 40% of Indiana farmers listen to HAT radio stations each day. HAT also reaches more producers in top corn and soybean counties than any other broadcast source.Most Viewed Stories on Hoosier Ag Today.com By Gary Truitt – Dec 29, 2016 2https://www.hoosieragtoday.com/butterweed-is-that-yellow-flower-in-farm-fields/ 1https://www.hoosieragtoday.com/midwest-fertilizer-finds-partner-for-2b-project/ SHARE 4https://www.hoosieragtoday.com/walmart-brings-dairy-processing-plant-to-indiana/ 6https://www.hoosieragtoday.com/2016-oil-price-projections/ Facebook Twitter 8https://www.hoosieragtoday.com/culvers-introduces-farmingfridays/ Previous articleDon’t Expect South American Weather to Rally the MarketsNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truitt 10https://www.hoosieragtoday.com/bovine-tb-found-in-indiana-wild-white-tailed-deer/ 3https://www.hoosieragtoday.com/labels-lie-food-fraud-in-the-age-of-activism/ 9https://www.hoosieragtoday.com/indiana-ffa-announces-new-state-officer-slate/ Home Indiana Agriculture News Top Stories in Indiana Agriculture in 2016last_img read more

McKinney Working to Build Market Access for U.S. Ag

first_img Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Nov 18, 2018 McKinney Working to Build Market Access for U.S. Ag SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News McKinney Working to Build Market Access for U.S. Ag Previous articleINFB: Thanksgiving Meal Cost Down 7% in IndianaNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for November 19, 2018 Gary Truitt McKinney Working to Build Market Access for U.S. AgNative Hoosier and Undersecretary of agriculture for trade Ted McKinney has just wrapped up another trade mission, this one to the Philippines and Thailand.In a call from Bangkok, McKinney said these two countries represent significant demand for U.S. farm products, “The Philippines is our 10th largest market for overall U.S. farm exports and Thailand represents our 13th largest market. So they fall into the category of countries that we do business with but where we may have not spent much time with on a senior government level.” He added that both have growing economies and a population that is becoming more western in their eating habits. Thus he feels there is potential growth for value-added products as well as commodities from the U.S.While increasing sales is a goal, so is lowering trade tariffs these nations have on U.S. products, “In the case of Thailand, they still do not let in U.S. chilled or frozen turkey because of our avian influenza outbreak 2 years ago. We discussed market access during our visits.”McKinney made it clear that these nations enjoy good access to the U.S. market and that he is using that as a way to gain better access to their market for U.S. farmers. “This is where some of the leverage the President has created is helping,” he stated. “People take note and want to make sure they are being free, fair, and reciprocal on trade with the U.S.” McKinney said he made it clear in his talks that, if they want to continue to enjoy the access the have to the U.S. market, they must provide better access to their market for U.S. farmers.Since taking office, McKinney has traveled over 350,000 miles promoting U.S. agriculture. SHARElast_img read more

Is Planting Soybeans in 15-Inch Rows With Split-Row Planters Profitable?

first_img By Hoosier Ag Today – May 7, 2021 Is Planting Soybeans in 15-Inch Rows With Split-Row Planters Profitable? SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Home News Feed Is Planting Soybeans in 15-Inch Rows With Split-Row Planters Profitable? By Mike StatonMichigan State University ExtensionMany of the soybean acres in Michigan are planted in 15-inch rows using split-row planters. These planters are significantly more expensive than planters of comparable width set up for 30-inch rows and producers want to know if the extra expense is justified. The purpose of this trial was to evaluate how two common row spacings affected soybean yield and income in 2019 and 2020.Two row spacings (15 inches and 30 inches) were compared at two locations in 2019 and six sites in 2020. All trials were planted with planters equipped with interplant/splitter units to ensure that row spacing was the only difference between the treatments. We tried to keep planting rates the same (approximately 130,000 seeds per acre) regardless of row spacing. Stand counts were taken to determine if we achieved this goal.Final stands for the two row spacings were significantly different at four sites and operator and equipment error were responsible at two of these. At the Tuscola County site, the guidance system was off causing some of the 15-inch rows to be planted directly on the previous year’s corn rows. At the Saginaw County site, the planting rate was not adjusted when moving from 15-inch to 30-inch rows. This site provided further evidence that thin soybean stands can produce surprisingly high yields as 57,300 plants per acre produced the same yield as 102,300 plants per acre (66 bushels per acre).The 15-inch rows produced higher yields than the 30-inch rows at three of the eight sites. When six of the locations were combined (Tuscola and Saginaw were excluded), the 15-inch rows produced 2.5 bushels per acre more than the 30-inch rows.Roger Betz, Michigan State University Extension farm management educator, generated a partial budget comparing the economics of purchasing a 12/24 row split-row planter versus a 12-row 30-inch planter. This analysis showed that the 15-inch rows increased income by $2,748 per year over the life of the planter. The assumptions used in the analysis are listed below:15% rate of return on investment2.5 bushels per acre yield increaseSoybean market price of $9.80 per bushel (10-year projection) minus $0.40 transportation and marketing cost or $9.40 net at the farm.500 acres of soybeans per yearPlanter life of 10 years$50,000 higher cost for the interplant planter$7500 salvage valueThe results from these on-farm research trials show that split-row planters are profitable. However, the yield benefit from planting in narrow rows is reduced when planting early and when planting in high-yielding environments. Also, planting in 30-inch rows is recommended in fields having a history of white mold or that are prone to crusting. Another consideration is that a 30-inch planter can also increase planting capacity by 25% as the price of a 16-row, 30-inch row planter is comparable to that of a 12/24 row planter.Many Michigan soybean producers plant soybeans in 15-inch rows with air seeders or box drills and they want to know how their equipment compares to a 30-inch-row or a split-row planter. We conducted one trial in 2020 comparing a John Deere 1770 30-inch-row planter to a John Deere 1690 15-inch-row air seeder. The planter improved final stands by 2,500 plants per acre but the yield was the same for both pieces of equipment (64 bushels per acre). Additional research comparing different planting equipment is needed in Michigan. A summary of row spacing/planting equipment research conducted in the U.S. is available at: MSU Cropping Systems Agronomy – Soybean.This article was produced by a partnership between MSU Extension and the Michigan Soybean checkoff.This article was published by Michigan State University Extension. For more information, visit https://extension.msu.edu. Previous articleMoth Trap Captures “Springing” Up, Currently Other “Worms” Being FoundNext articleHAT Market Analysis for 4/7/21 with Bob Utterback, Utterback Marketing Services Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Trademark’s Waterside gains 8 new restaurants, retailers

first_imgGrains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Paschal High School head football coach named coach of the week Caitlin Andreen Twitter “Modern ’til Midnight” brings fine arts to Fort Worth Caitlin Andreenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caitlin-andreen/ Linkedin + posts printFort Worth residents will soon have a new area to grab a bite and shop around.Trademark Property Company announced the addition of eight new tenants at its Waterside property today.Located on the Trinity River off Bryant Irvin Road and Arbor Lawn Drive, the 63-acre mixed-use development is currently under construction.Among the new tenants are eateries Taco Diner, Zoes Kitchen and Blaze Pizza.  Retail will include Sleep Train, Massage Heights, Envy Nails, Amazing Lash Studio and Pretty Kitty.  There will also be multifamily rental homes built by Transwestern Development Company.“We are thrilled to announce these retailers and restaurants as part of our mix at Waterside,” Terry Montesi, Trademark CEO, said.Montesi said Trademark hopes Waterside will be more than just a dynamic district for shopping, leisure activities offices, hotels and residential living. He says the district will engage guests through details, amenities, initiatives, and hospitality that are not seen in typical retail environments.Trademark announced that construction for a three-story, 57,000-square-foot office building in the university district was complete near the end of July.According to Dallas Business Journal, the district will bring thousands of jobs to Dallas Fort Worth.“We look forward to announcing a number of other great merchants in the coming weeks,” Montesi said.Phase I of this $100 million project is slated to complete in late 2016, but several retailers and restaurants are scheduled to open this fall.To learn more about what this up-and-coming district will have to offer, visit Waterside’s website. Facebook Twitter Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Facebook Caitlin Andreenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caitlin-andreen/ HSNT “Trick or Trot” to raise money for North Texas animals Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Caitlin Andreenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caitlin-andreen/ “Modern ’til Midnight” brings fine arts to Fort Worth ReddIt Previous articleTCU grad to star in episode of ABC’s “Job or No Job”Next articleHarry Vincent says TCU lifts suspension for social media posts Caitlin Andreen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin ReddIt Caitlin Andreenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caitlin-andreen/last_img read more

Volleyball takes on Oklahoma Wednesday

first_imgFacebook Paschal Baseball sets high hopes for the season, conference play ReddIt Kevin Petershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kevin-peters/ TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Kevin Peters Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Previous articleCo-chair of billion dollar company to speak at TCUNext articleHSNT “Trick or Trot” to raise money for North Texas animals Kevin Peters RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kevin Petershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kevin-peters/ TCU’s home field advantage: One of the best in the Big 12 Linkedin + posts Kevin is a senior sports broadcasting major from Rockton, Illinois. He covers club sports for TCU360.center_img TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Linkedin Twitter Facebook Dylan Thomas back from injury, signs with TCU Twitter ReddIt Arlington Heights pitcher joins high school record books Kevin Petershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kevin-peters/ printTCU Volleyball (12-4, 2-2) is on its first win streak since mid-September. They will look to keep that streak alive this Wednesday at 8 p.m. against the University of Oklahoma (7-8, 1-2).What TCU brings:The Frogs are coming off two Big 12 wins over West Virginia (3-1) and Kansas State (3-2). Those two wins ended the two game losing streak the Frogs were on after facing previously ranked No. 2 Texas and previously ranked No. 15 Kansas.Junior middle blocker Regan McGuire and junior outside hitter Ashley Smith lead the Horned Frogs in blocks and kills, respectively.McGuire is second on the team with 116 kills in 55 sets played. McGuire leads the team in blocks with 84, averaging 1.53 blocks per set, good for seventh in the NCAA and first in the Big 12.Smith leads the Frogs with 164 kills and 197 points, averaging 3.58 points per set, good for tenth in the Big 12.TCU ranks first in the Big 12 with 2.76 blocks per set, but ranks significantly lower in the other major statistical categories as a team.What OU brings:The Sooners are looking to start a winning streak after beating Baylor University 3-1 in Norman. The Sooner victory ended a three-game losing streak.Redshirt junior outside hitter Madison Ward and junior middle blocker Micaela Spann lead the Sooners.Ward is second on the team with 153 kills, averaging 3.06 kills per set, good for ninth in the Big 12.Spann leads the team in blocks with 77, averaging 1.24 blocks per set, the second best in the Big 12. Spann is fourth on the team in kills with 138, but has a hitting percentage of .392 good for sixth in the Big 12.Oklahoma ranks fourth in the Big 12 in blocks and hitting percentage.The Bottom Line:TCU is 4-1 at home this season and was 13-3 last season. OU is 3-4 on the road this season. TCU is a much different team while playing at the University Recreation Center than when they play on the road.Given TCU’s blocking ability and how the team plays at home, the Frogs should be the ones who prevail in this match.Prediction: TCU, 3 to 1 Kevin Petershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kevin-peters/last_img read more

Traveler brings exploratory exhibition to Fort Worth

first_imgReddIt Water scams threaten Fort Worth residents Madison McCorklehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madison-mccorkle/ Madison McCorkle Facebook Twitter Madison McCorklehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madison-mccorkle/ Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday First Christian Church doubles as downtown eye clinic Facebook Madison McCorklehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madison-mccorkle/ TAGSArtsNational ParksPhotography Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Local churches begin to ‘Explore God’ Madison McCorklehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madison-mccorkle/ printWhen David Hares II went on a 40,000-mile journey to visit the National Parks he didn’t think anyone else would care.But after putting together a collection of 85 photographs of the parks and a few “places in between,” Hares now has his own exhibit at The Fort Worth Science and History Museum.The exhibit, Exploring America: A Photographic Journey, came about for Hares after 27 years of working in the corporate world. He was ready for something different, and after his wife died in 2007, Hares and his children embarked on their nationwide adventure in 2012.“It all started when I decided to take pictures in the park,” Hares said. “[Having these photos in] the museum was beyond my wildest dreams. It wasn’t even a goal on my list.”Hares said when he was first approached to do an exhibition, he didn’t know the man who confronted him. The man turned out to be Van A. Romans, the president of The Fort Worth Science and History Museum.Hares said Romans had only seen a pre-copy of his book Exploring America: A Photographic Journey at a publishing meeting.“It’s amazing how many people have been willing to help in the process,” Hares said.However, Hares’ success with the exhibition goes beyond the physical sense. He said the exhibition caters to an emotional theme by prompting people who have visited these places to revel in their memories of being there.“That’s kind of the tagline for the exhibit–to remember the places you’ve been, the places you want to return to and the places you want to go,” he said.Martha McAuliffe, a senior art history minor at TCU, said the exhibition reminded her of her own travels to Yosemite National Park in California and Yellowstone National Park.“It was cool to look at some of the pictures, and remember how I had been there when I was little,” McAuliffe said. “After seeing the exhibition, it makes me want to visit more places.”For his family, the venture served as a way he and his two children could cope after their loss, according to his bio on the museum website.“A lot of people growing up visited these parks, so not only does it bring back the memory of that place, but also the memory of that time with their family,” said Hares.Another goal of the exhibition, Hares said, is to get people excited about National Parks and inspire the next generation to explore them.“There’ s a lot of interest in traveling abroad and one of the things I wanted to do was bring back what is beautiful here in America,” he said.The way Hares does this is through his photography and his shooting technique, which he calls the “unseen perspective.”“I try to not shoot view points,” he said. “I talk to people from that place and say ‘don’t tell me what you tell other people to do, tell me what you do in your spare time.’”Adding to the excitement is the fact that 2016 marks the 100th year anniversary of the National Park Service and National Park Foundation.“Part of this anniversary of the National Parks is to get kids interested in the parks and that’s what I’m trying to do, too,” Hares said.The Fort Worth Science and History Museum is also premiering the National Parks Adventure in IMAX this year to mark the anniversary.Apart from shooting, Hares also participates as a guest lecturer and photographer at several schools and community groups in Fort Worth.For now, Fort Worth is the first stop to host his exhibition, but Hares is expecting to show Exploring America for the next three to five years throughout the country.“The possibilities are really endless and the adventure continues,” Hares said.Requests of copies of his work and other inquires can be made on either Rabbit Press or Hares Photography websites. Local churches begin to ‘Explore God’ The water of Frog Fountain created a relaxing environment Monday night as members of the TCU Catholic Community led students in prayer and song to spread comfort after the Boston Marathon bombings. Twitter Linkedin ReddIt + posts Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Linkedin Previous articleNew sand volleyball courts excite team, studentsNext articleNew Carter Tech Center offers alternative to lounges Madison McCorkle RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Students help elders “Cycle Without Age”

first_imgAbortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday ReddIt Students help elders “Cycle Without Age” printEvery Thursday, the residents of the Trinity Terrace retirement community gather at Trinity Trail for a bike ride. But they don’t do it alone. The residents relax and enjoy the ride in specialized rickshaws piloted by TCU students.Trinity resident Emma Coley has never missed a ride in the rickshaw.“They bought the two rickshaws and set it up and asked me if I would be interested, and I said sure,” Coley said. “Anything to get me out, and I love it and I wouldn’t miss one.”The volunteer “pilots” of these rickshaws are all TCU students, most of whom have been recruited by sociology instructor Dr. Keith Whitworth.“It’s just a way for the students to give back to the community and for the residents to experience something that they wouldn’t be able to otherwise,” Whitworth said.This project is part of an international movement called Cycling Without Age. It was founded by Ole Kassow in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2012, and is now in 28 countries around the world. Kassow’s mission was to get elderly citizens with limited mobility back on bicycles.The official website states: “Life unfolds at all ages, young and old, and can be thrilling, fun, sad, beautiful and meaningful. Cycling Without Age is about letting people age in a positive context – fully aware of the opportunities that lie ahead when interacting in their local community.”In 2014, Kassow gave a TED Talk about the origins of the initiative and the benefits of strengthening communities and relationships between generations.Spending time outdoors has great health advantages for senior citizens, but too few actually reap these benefits, as reported by Community Home Health Care.Trinity resident Carol McCarty said a lot of residents never venture outside.“Some people never leave or get out of their room, except for when they eat and then they go back to their room,” said Trinity resident Carol McCarty. “They never go outside.”For senior citizens, going outside can improve immune system, boost vitamin D levels, improve focus and recover from injuries at a faster rate, according to Community Home Health Care.Quick List Venngage InfographicsThe program came to the attention of Keith Manning, the operations project manager for Trinity Terrace, after one of the residents who was an avid cyclist suggested it.Manning said the partnership with TCU was a natural fit.“I love the fact that we have older adults talking with the students, getting to swap life stories and learn about things from each other,” Manning said. “Intergenerationality is one of the founding factors of Cycling without Age.”First-year pre-nursing major Bryce Cherry said he enjoys getting to know the residents on a personal level.“I mainly enjoy the human aspect of it like getting to talk to people and getting to know their stories and everything they’ve been through from homemakers to retired air force colonels,” Cherry said.To get involved, contact Dr. Whitworth at [email protected] Makenzie Stallo + posts Makenzie Stallo is a senior journalism major and French minor from Denton, Texas. She currently serves as a line editor. Ann Louden’s Legacy Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/ Final Frogs for the Cure celebration honors 12 years with Ann Louden Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/ ReddItcenter_img Twitter Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/ Twitter Etiquette Dinner teaches valuable skills to Chancellor’s Scholars Facebook Linkedin Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/ Previous articleA&J Podcast – January 25, 2017Next article‘Let’s be real’: TCU talks diversity Makenzie Stallo RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Linkedin Facebooklast_img read more