The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced British food and drink exports are up by 6.2% in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year, following the fall of the pound since Brexit.Exports to non-EU countries rose by £93.7m, a 14% increase on H1 figures – implying they account for 31.4% of all branded exports.FDF director general Ian Wright described the announcement as “excellent news for the trade groups”.He added: “It’s very pleasing to see non-EU exports performing beyond expectations, with UK firms taking advantage of increased competiveness.”EU countries are still the UK’s top export destination – outnumbering non-EU markets in terms of volume sales.According to data from HM Customs & Excise, Britain’s top-performing sector was ’other groceries’, which covers an array of foods. Bakery was one of the main top-performing value sales – worth over £1.2m.FDF has set a target of growing the UK’s food and drink manufacturing industry by 20% between now and 2020.Earlier this month, bakers were urged to understand the function of sugars in bakery items before moving to reduce the sugar content on behalf of the FDF.
The Snite Museum of Art opened a new exhibition Aug. 17 that showcases rare classic cars from the Jack B. Smith Jr. Automobile Collection. Admission to the museum is free and open to the public.The exhibit contains four classic models: a 1923 Studebaker Big Six Speedster, a 1932 Packard Light Eight Roadster, a 1931 Cadillac Series 355A Fleetwood Dual Cowl Phaeton and an award-winning 1932 Auburn 8-100A Speedster.The Auburn Speedster is located in the main lobby while the rest of the exhibit is located toward the back right of the museum. Visitors are allowed to walk around the cars and enjoy a near 360-degree view. Plaques containing pertinent history and information are displayed on nearby walls. Photographs are allowed.Jack B. Smith Jr. is an entrepreneur and president of Gaska Tape, Inc., which is based in Elkhart, Indiana. Smith lent these four pieces of his collection to the museum after Chuck Loving, the director of the Snite Museum, approached him with an idea for the exhibition.“The University of Notre Dame as a whole has always had an interest in automobile design,” Loving said. “This exhibit brings in a different crowd to the museum than we are used to. Many fathers and sons are interested and visit the exhibit. Football weekends bring in many of these types of visitors.”Vivian LaVine, co-owner of LaVine Restorations, Inc., which works on both American and European classic cars, helped maintain Smith’s cars for approximately a year. La Vine’s company was involved in the maintenance and transportation of Smith’s collection. She said Smith’s cars, which were certified as classic by the Classic Car Club of America, were noticeable because of their “ornate” look.“These cars are very distinctive, not like today,” she said. “[When you were driving in that era], you knew very well what [type of] car it was that was coming at you.”Smith said he hopes visitors appreciate the beauty of these “sculptures on wheels.” He said he enjoyed the thought of having his cars on display for others to appreciate.“ND is a great institution,” he said. “I am flattered to have it in the Snite Museum. I’ve always loved cars … I didn’t find these cars, they found me.”According to the Notre Dame press release, Smith is a member of the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts Advisory Council at the University of Notre Dame, where he and his wife Laura D. Arauz Smith fund the Laura and Jack Boyd Smith Jr. Endowment for Excellence in Performing Arts. The couple also supports the Notre Dame summer Shakespeare program and has previously supported a fellowship in the Mendoza School of Business, the Smith Library Collection in Business and teaching labs within the Jordan Hall of Science.The Snite Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. The museum will showcase the classic car exhibit until Nov. 30.Tags: classic cars, Jack B. Smith Jr., LaVine, Snite
In early 2016, UGA Cooperative Extension Agents report they are working with over 550 community and school gardens across Georgia and this number will increase. The popularity of these types of gardens continues to grow because people enjoy the comradery of community gardens and growing their own food. School gardeners plant pollinator gardens, math gardens and history gardens. County agents support these gardens in a number of ways: Local Extension offices hold workshops and trainings on horticulture. Gardeners learn which vegetable varieties grow best in their area, how to handle garden pests and ways to create healthy soil. The needs of school and urban or suburban community gardens are somewhat different than that of traditional home gardens or larger-scale agriculture. UGA Extension agents can offer access to research-based, Georgia-specific tools, information and resources to help make these gardens as successful as possible.Extension agents share their expertise as invited speakers to community garden associations, school parent teacher associations and gardening clubs. In addition to horticultural topics the agents can provide guidance on the best way to start a community garden and how to garner support for a school garden within the school administration.UGA Extension’s Master Garden Educational Volunteers train in how to best help community and school gardens. Often, they choose these gardens as special projects helping to organize volunteers and provide educational support. Some master gardeners organize after school garden clubs.For teachers, UGA Extension agents offer school garden trainings focused on gardening basics and how to integrate gardens into their daily lesson plans. These trainings are offered during the summer months at various locations across the state. UGA Extension has compiled a clearinghouse of the best school garden resources and lesson plans developed by experts across Georgia and by teachers throughout the United States extension.uga.edu/k12/school-gardens/. The blog also offers gardeners a chance to share notes with community and school gardeners across the state and talk about their challenges and successes through an associated Facebook page. For an up to the minute discussion of Georgia’s community gardens, workshop announcements, timely garden solutions and the latest in community and school garden news from across the United States, gardeners can visit UGA Extension’s Community and School garden blog at extension.uga.edu/k12/school-gardens/ . UGA Extension is in the business of helping community and school gardens succeed by offering as much or as little support as the gardeners want or need. Each garden is unique. Extension Agents understand this and work to meet the needs of each garden.