Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Lower retail prices for several foods, including eggs, ground chuck, sirloin tip roast, chicken breasts and toasted oat cereal resulted in a significant decrease in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Spring Picnic Marketbasket Survey.“As expected due to lower farm-gate prices, we have seen continued declines in retail prices for livestock products including eggs, beef, chicken, pork and cheese,” said John Newton, AFBF’s director of market intelligence.The informal survey showed the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare one or more meals was $50.03, down $3.25 or about 6% compared to a year ago. Of the 16 items surveyed, 11 decreased, four increased and one remained the same in average price.Egg prices are down sharply from a year ago and also are down slightly from the third quarter of 2016.“Egg prices continue to move back toward long-run average prices following the bird flu of 2014/15,” Newton said. “The Agriculture Department is currently monitoring bird flu detections in the Southeast U.S. If detections continue, retail poultry prices could feel an impact due to lower exports or changes in supply.“As farm-gate prices for livestock products have declined and remained lower, prices in the retail meat case have become more competitive,” Newton said. Retail price changes from a year ago:• eggs, down 41% to $1.32 per dozen• toasted oat cereal, down 15% to $2.83 for a 9-ounce box• sirloin tip roast, down 13% to $4.95 per pound• ground chuck, down 10% to $3.92 per pound• chicken breast, down 6% to $3.17 per pound• apples, down 6% to $1.55 per pound• flour, down 5% to $2.36 for a 5-pound bag• shredded cheddar cheese, down 4% to $4.10 per pound• deli ham, down 3% to $5.42 per pound• bacon, down 3% to $4.65 per pound• potatoes, down 1% to $2.68 for a 5-pound bag• bagged salad, up 6% to $2.34 per pound• white bread, up 2% to $1.72 per 20-ounce loaf• orange juice, up 1% to $3.22 per half-gallon• whole milk, up 1% to $3.27 per gallon• vegetable oil, no change, $2.55 for a 32-ounce bottlePrice checks of alternative milk and egg choices not included in the overall marketbasket survey average revealed the following: 1/2 gallon whole regular milk, $2.10; 1/2 gallon organic milk, $4.20; and one dozen “cage-free” eggs, $3.48.The year-to-year direction of the marketbasket survey tracks closely with the federal government’s Consumer Price Index (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm) report for food at home. As retail grocery prices have increased gradually over time, the share of the average food dollar that America’s farm and ranch families receive has dropped.“Through the mid-1970s, farmers received about one-third of consumer retail food expenditures for food eaten at home and away from home, on average. Since then, that figure has decreased steadily and is now about 16%, according to the Agriculture Department’s revised Food Dollar Series,” Newton said.AFBF, the nation’s largest general farm organization, began conducting informal quarterly marketbasket surveys of retail food price trends in 1989. The series includes a spring picnic survey, summer cookout survey, fall harvest survey and Thanksgiving dinner cost survey.According to USDA, Americans spend just under 10% of their disposable annual income on food, the lowest average of any country in the world. A total of 117 shoppers in 31 states participated in the latest survey, conducted in March.
Supercharge your Canon DSLR with Magic Lantern, a third party firmware that adds pro features and useful camera functions.“It’s no longer a hack, but it’s strongly heading towards a solid piece of engineering that you can trust.”For the last three years the developers of Magic Lantern have continued to improve and expand the functionality of the third party Canon DSLR firmware. This newest release brings more useful features – and added stability (previous versions were prone to camera crashing). What was once considered a “camera hack” is now being looked at as solid application that can really improve the functionality of your Canon EOS DSLR camera.Although intially created for Filmmakers, Magic Lantern now offers improvements that benefit both the DSLR photo and video shooter. Among the improvements in the Magic Lantern Stable v2.3 release:Faster Zebras: Quickly identify highlights and shadows that exceed acceptable limits.Customizable Menus: Personalize the camera to suit your needs. Only dispaly the funcations that are useful to you.Automatic HDR Bracketing: Magic Lantern will analyze the scene and shoot the number of shots to cover the dynamic range.Advanced Frame Rate Control: Dial in the frame rate you’d like to use all the way down to .2 FPSTimelapse Upgrades: Features include an advanced intervalometer and improvements to bulb ramping.Fast Playback Zoom: Press one button to zoom in all the way and check focus.Improvements to Stability: Pros who rely on Magic Lantern will be glad to know the firmware is more stable than ever.If you’re a Canon DSLR shooter looking to get more out of your camera, give Magic Lantern a try. It’s full featured and free after 8/13/12 (before that a donation will get you a download).**DSLRNewsShooter.com gives the newest Magic Lantern update a test drive. Read the full review.Magic Lantern 2.3 Promo Video:
MONTREAL – An unidentified man who kissed a Radio-Canada reporter on the cheek without her consent during a live broadcast last Friday has apologized for his actions.Journalist Valerie-Micaela Bain also said late Monday that she wouldn’t file a criminal complaint after she received the unwanted embrace from a concert-goer as she went live from Montreal’s Osheaga music festival last Friday.Startled, she shoved him away and yelled at him before calmly continuing her report.She later posted photos and video of the man to Facebook in an effort to track him down, making clear she found it neither adorable or flattering.“In the end I would like him to understand why his gesture is unacceptable,” she wrote.Bain took to social media again Monday evening, publishing an apology she received from the man — a father of two who said he was ashamed and regretted the unwanted gesture.In a note to the reporter, he admitted he’d gone too far in his actions, explaining he did it to try to get a laugh out of his entourage.“I sent as a message that it was funny, even normal, to kiss a journalist during a report on the cheek,” he wrote asking forgiveness. “I can not find any words that justifies my gesture.”The federation representing Quebec journalists says the public needs to be reminded such behaviour is unacceptable.Stephane Giroux, head of the Quebec journalists’ federation, believes it was a clear-cut case of sexual harassment.“You would not do that to a random person on the street,” Giroux said Monday. “What makes you think you can do this to a reporter on television doing her work?“For me, it’s mind-boggling that an adult male would think that he has a right to do this.”The incident follows others in which on-camera female reporters were heckled with a notorious vulgar phrase, often abbreviated to “FHRITP.”There have been several cases in North America, including one involving a heckler screaming it at a reporter covering a Toronto FC soccer game.Some newsrooms across the country have instituted procedures and guidelines, with some hiring private security.“I don’t think it should (have to) be that way,” Giroux said.“I think adults should have a lot more judgment than that.”Bain said she now considers the matter closed, but hopes there’s a lesson learned from it.“I hope that this incident will remind us that we must not trivialize attacks as small as they are,” she wrote.— Follow @sidhartha_b on Twitter
Emmy award-winning actor Jon Cryer (NCIS, Two and a Half Men) will serve as Grand Marshal at Shane’s Inspiration 19th Annual Walk & Roll on Sunday morning, September 18, at Griffith Park in Los Angeles, CA.The annual fundraiser sees hundreds of inspirational children, many using wheelchairs or walking aids, and their families, leading teams on a 5k Walk & Roll around Griffith Park to raise awareness and promote the need for inclusive play and social inclusion for children with disabilities. Scott Williams, Shane’s Inspiration Co-founder and Executive Producer of the hit series “NCIS”, will emcee the event.Participants will get a chance to meet Grand Marshal Jon Cryer during the morning’s festivities and receive refreshments, goodie bags, raffle tickets, and time to play on the Shane’s Inspiration playground. Other stars coming out in support of the Walk & Roll include Wallace Langham (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”), Madison McLaughlin (“Arrow”), Steve Valentine (“The Walk”, “Crossing Jordan”), Ravi Kapoor (“Crossing Jordan”), and Meera Simhan (“Miss India America”).Registration begins at 6:30am on Sunday, September 18, at the Shane’s Inspiration Playground in Griffith Park, 4800 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.The 5k/10k Trail Run begins at 7:30am, at 8:30am a stage ceremony for all, and then at 9:00am the 5K Walk & Roll begins.Price: Participation in the Walk & Roll is free – just get sponsors here. Fee for 5k/10k Trail Run is $35/$40 through Active. Trail Run is chip-timed.To register and obtain additional information visit: shanesinspiration.org.Shane’s Inspiration is dedicated to creating inclusive playgrounds and educational programs that foster a bias free world for children with disabilities. Scott and his wife Catherine Curry-Williams founded the organization in memory of their son Shane, who passed away in infancy from Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Realizing that their son would have spent his life in a wheelchair with a disability that would have prevented him from playing on a playground with other children, the Williams decided to create the first fully inclusive playground in the western United States as a tribute to their son.