Only 1 Week Left to Sign Up and Be Counted for the

first_imgFor new and beginning farmers – who may have not filled out a Census before – this is your first opportunity to be counted and make your voices heard.Currently, the census is the only complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It includes even the smallest plots of land – rural or urban – growing fruits, vegetables, or raising food animals, if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year. The information produced by the Census of Agriculture guides Congress, agribusiness, policymakers, researchers, local governments and many others on the creation and funding of agricultural programs and services – decisions that can directly impact your local operations and the future of the agriculture industry for years to come.New farmers or existing farmers who have not participated in a prior Census of Agriculture still have time to sign up to be counted through June 30 here. The survey takes less than a minute – and will ensure that you receive a Census form (that you can fill out in paper form or online.)  If a farmer/rancher is not on our list frame by June 30, the producer will not have an opportunity to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.For more information about the census, please click here, follow NASS on Twitter @usda_nass, or call (800) 727-9540.last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In four NFL seasons, Tyrann Mathieu has proven that when healthy, he is one of the league’s best defensive players.The problem has been, of course, keeping him healthy.Mathieu has yet to play a full season, and three of his four campaigns have ended with the former LSU Tiger on injured reserve.Heading into 2017 Mathieu is feeling healthy and confident, all while understanding that he still has plenty left to prove. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Mathieu is the second Cardinal to land on one of Schein’s lists, as he already named running back David Johnson as one of the most indispensable offensive players.The running back came in at No. 4.Johnson didn’t make this list in 2016. Now, having proven last season that he’s a bona fide star and one of the most well-rounded players in the entire league, Johnson earns a top-tier slot.Arizona can survive a Carson Palmer injury or a Carson Palmer skid, with Johnson dazzling and dominating like he does. Johnson posted 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the first 15 games of last season — an astounding NFL record. You could make the case that he’s the best runner and receiving target on the 2017 Cardinals. I know I would.In all, Johnson set a franchise record with 2,118 scrimmage yards, while his 20 touchdowns also topped the Cardinals’ record books as well as led the NFL in 2016. Top Stories center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 3 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu waits his turn to run drills during an NFL football organized team activity, Thursday, June 1, 2017, at the team training facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Again, no one doubts how good of a player he is, which is why last summer the Cardinals signed him to a contract extension even while he was recovering from a second torn ACL.When Mathieu is healthy and at his best, the Cardinals’ defense is one of the most difficult to handle, and it’s why even though they have other stars in cornerback Patrick Peterson and linebackers Markus Golden and Chandler Jones, NFL.com’s Adam Schein lists the Honey Badger as the league’s seventh-most indispensable defensive player.Mathieu hits and covers and breaks up passes. He changes games by creating turnovers. And most importantly, he is the heart and soul of this Cardinals team. With a banged-up Mathieu last year — the safety missed six games with a shoulder injury — the Cardinals missed the playoffs. There is a direct correlation. He’s that special.Mathieu is just such a crucial chess piece, with all the mismatch players and formations NFL offenses are rolling out these days. His skill set is extremely hard — if not impossible — to replace. And that, folks, is what we mean by indispensable.A defensive player of the year candidate before hurting his knee in Week 15 in 2015, Mathieu collected 36 total tackles with one sack and one interception in 2016 as he battled his knee and then a shoulder injury.last_img read more