Vermont to host USDA chief and foreign agriculture officials

first_imgThis week, Vermont will host the Foreign Agricultural Attaches and USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan for a tour of the diverse agriculture operations in Vermont. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a tour that will take foreign agricultural officials representing 23 countries to Vermont September 2 – 4, 2009, as part of an annual orientation tour sponsored by USDA s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).  Each year, these tours help showcase U.S. farm and food products from one area of the country, said FAS Administrator Michael Michener.  Foreign officials will get a first-hand look at the quality and variety of products from New Hampshire and Vermont the best these states have to offer.According to the latest data available, the region’s agricultural exports reached $488 million in 2007, accounting for almost 19 percent of New England s farm economy.  These agricultural exports help boost farm prices and income, while supporting more than 5,000 jobs both on and off the farm in food processing, transportation, and manufacturing.WHEN: September 2, 2009 5:30 p.m.WHERE: The Essex, Vermont s Culinary Resort and Spa70 Essex WayEssex Junction, VTlast_img read more

Make a luxury sea change to Brisbane’s bayside

first_imgOne of a kind: 168 Main Road, Wellington PointApproach 168 Main Road, Wellington Point, from the street and you would assume it was a modest, single-level house.Switch your viewing vantage point to the water, however, and you suddenly realise how wrong that assumption would be. The spacious wraparound pool.Rising up three storeys and with every amenity you can imagine, this property is nothing short of a mini-resort and like nothing else built in the suburb.Spread across 1,246 sq m in the Waterloo Bay area, it is everything homeowners Brian and Adele Maloney envisaged when they began building their dream home.“I was running a company that was very high pressure. So we wanted somewhere we could A perfect spot for breakfast.come and relax and, essentially, close the door on all those pressures,” Mr Maloney said.“One thing that we specified in the design is that every room had to have a view, because we do have the most beautiful views.”The other non-negotiables for the Maloneys were peace and privacy. “I needed to make sure that sound wasn’t an issue,” Mr Maloney said, “so there are concrete floors on every level. Curl up in front of the fire and watch the sun set.“And while most of the houses on Main Road will get some traffic noise, we don’t hear a thing. We can’t even hear our neighbours when we’re in the house. That was the level of serenity we were looking for, so that when we arrived home we could basically check-out from the world and just enjoy our resort.” There are wide sea views from almost every room in the house.The property sits on what was originally part of a 5,000 to 6,0000 sq m parcel of land that had been owned by one local family for almost 80 years. When it went on the market, the land was sub-divided into six lots and 168 Main Road became one of them.“We were very lucky to have got it,” Mr Maloney said. “My wife and I used to walk our dogs along there for years and when we saw the land come up for sale, we had to have it,” he said. You couldn’t guess at what lies behind the modest street-level entrance.The Maloneys flattened two old houses on the site to build their family home, the size of which has earned them a level of quiet notoriety among local residents.“I went to the pool shop in the village one day and the guy asked me how many litres of water the pool held. When I said 165,000, he just looked and me and said, “You’re him aren’t you? The guy with that big house”, Mr Maloney laughed. Settle in at the bar for a long evening.The original floor plan was meant to be about 600 sq m, but under the architect’s guidance blew out to more than 900 sq m. “Yet when we looked at it we couldn’t see anything we wanted to trim.”As you enter the house you are met with a terrazzo-tiled foyer from which you can reach the master bedroom and ensuite, gym, study and formal living and dining area. Descend to the second storey and you will find two bedrooms, the home theatre room, laundry, kitchen, and grand dining and living areas which extend out to a rear deck. Wake up to this every morning.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoOn the lower level is the remaining bedroom, a media room, wine cellar and games room which leads out to covered entertaining space with cooking facilities.Wrapped around the property is a pool, big enough for someone to do laps down one side while everyone else frolics about at another end. It is heated for the winter and also has a spa. The doors to the cellar were brought up from the Gold Coast.It’s difficult to take in the sheer size of this property, and almost impossible to imagine the views that it takes in from almost every room. “We can see the city, Mt-Cootha, and the airport from here,” Mr Maloney said. “You just feel the stress drain out of you when you walk and that’s when you go, “yes, this is worth it”. There’s plenty of space for a large family.While there are many places in which to unwind, Mr Maloney said his favourite was the balcony overlooking the water on which the couple eat breakfast most mornings. “I’m going to miss that terribly,” he said.While the property has been a true home to the Maloney family, the couple have two sons now aged 26 and 28, a health issue has made them reconsider their position. The house is private and quiet.“We don’t have the capability to maintain a house of this size anymore and so we decided it might be time for someone else to enjoy our home,” Mr Maloney said.The couple intend to downsize to a small property with one of their sons, who has Asperger’s syndrome, in Wellington Point.“We dearly love Wellington Point. It’s a lovely community and we’re not moving out of it.”The house is on the market and open to best offers before July 4 through Sarah Hackett of Place Bulimba.last_img read more

Barcelona overturn 4 goal deficit

first_imgThey turned a 4-goal deficit around with a 6-1 victory over P-S-G at the Camp Nou to progress to the quarter finals 6-5 on aggregate. Joining them in next week’s draw will be Borussia Dortmund. The Germans were 4-0 victors at home to Benfica to progress 4-1 on aggregate.last_img