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Chinese Officials Complimentary, Optimistic About Future with U.S. Soy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by United Soybean Board   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 15:16
U.S. soybean farmers praised for success of checkoff-funded programs in China

ST. LOUIS (August 28, 2012) – When a group of U.S. soybean farmers stepped off a plane in China last month, they anticipated a celebration of 30 years of partnership. What they got, however, was a whole lot more. The work of the soy checkoff through the United Soybean Board (USB) and its international marketing arm, the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), has paid dividends in China and the officials wanted to make sure these farmers knew it.

“We’re more than just a supplier of soybeans, but that is part of it,” says Vanessa Kummer, a soybean farmer from Colfax, N.D., and chair of USB. “We’ve helped them improve their food safety and, during this visit, we heard how much they appreciate it.”

The Chinese aquaculture industry is a big part of this partnership. The soy checkoff funds projects that help increase the food safety and growth rates for fish farmers, and the group of U.S. soy farmers heard about the positive success of these programs.

“Fish are a big part of the Chinese diet, so the aquaculture industry is a major player in their economy,” adds Kummer. “The checkoff has helped these fish farmers achieve the right rations and populations, which lessens negative effects.”

Through checkoff-funded demonstrations, USSEC helps show the Chinese aquaculture industry how to lessen disease and pollution in their production systems. Soy-based diets play a role in these improved practices. As the Chinese increase their protein consumption, soy meal use in animal feed continues to increase. Kummer notes the checkoff also works in other animal sectors, including China’s fast-growing poultry sector.

“The people we met with in China recognize the investment U.S. soybean farmers have made in their food security,” says Kummer. “They appreciate our partnerships and look forward to the future of our business relationships together.”

The relationship continues to grow demand for U.S. soy, as well. In 2011, the United States exported a record 895 million bushels of soybeans to China.

The 69 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy’s customers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff.

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Davenport Parks & Rec Fall Session Begins PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 14:55
Thrive this fall with the City of Davenport Parks and Recreation!
Fall Session begins September 10 - Sign up now!
Nothing kills a program quicker than everyone waiting until the last minute to register for it.  Please register well in advance of the registration deadline to make sure your favorite courses run!
Register at the River's Edge, 700 W River Dr. or

Ballet Quad Cities DRACULA Tickets NOW ON SALE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ballet QC   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:28

You don't want to miss the return of

Domingo Rubio as Dracula!


Ballet Quad Cities' 16th season begins with the return of Dracula on September 28th at 7:30pm and September 29th at 1:00pm & 7:30pm.  The production will be held at Moline's Scottish Rite Cathedral, the perfect setting for "Dracula's Castle".


The original choreography and music collage is by the company's resident choreographer Deanna Carter; the ballet loosely follows the Bram Stoker's piece of literature "Dracula".



Join us for Dancing With Dracula at The Landing,

1601 River Dr., Moline after the Saturday night (9/29)

performance (approximately 9:30pm)


Dracula performance tickets are on sale NOW

at The Landing!

Stop in ~ Cash, Check & Credit Cards are accepted.

With your ticket purchase, you will receive a

$5 gift card from The Landing.


To purchase Dracula perfomance tickets from

Ballet Quad Cities, or for more information,

call (309) 786-3779 or go to

our website:

Partners in Performance

Time is running out to be included in our annual giving opportunity.  Do you want to help support bringing live music to Ballet Quad Cities through our partnership with Orchestra Iowa?  Its easy!  All the information is included here:


You can become a Charter Member of the

Partners in Performance by pledging a minimum

of $100 by August 27, 2012.


Thank you for your consideration!

East West Riverfest
September 7 - 16, 2012

Ballet Quad Cities Performance:

American Dance to American Music: Bare Bones Ballet


Open Rehearsal with resident choreographer Deanna Carter and guest dancer in Dracula, Domingo Rubio on Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 2 - 5pm (open house)


Location:  Ballet Quad Cities studios

613 17th St.

Rock Island, IL


$10 per person at the door to sit in and observe a professional ballet rehearsal.  Questions? Call (309) 786-3779


For more information about East West Riverfest, visit the website at:

ISU Extension Calendar beginning Sept 7, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 11:58

Riverside Theatre Opens 32nd Season With True West by Sam Shepard PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 11:40

Iowa City, IA – Riverside Theatre, Iowa City’s resident professional theatre, opens its 2012-2013 Season on Friday, September 7th with the explosive and acidly comical True West by Sam Shepard, directed by Ron Clark.

True West is about two brothers with a score to settle. Austin, an ambitious Hollywood screenwriter working on a potential million-dollar movie project and Lee, a desert drifter and a thief with a compulsion for six-packs and toasters, are reunited at their mother’s home while she is away and a struggle for dominance ensues.

True West is sibling rivalry on steroids,” said Director Ron Clark. “The two brothers could not be more different. They both despise and envy each other, which I think is always the foundation of sibling rivalry.”

True West is considered to be a modern American classic and Shepard is revered as one of the greatest living playwrights of our time.

True West features Iowa City actors Tim Budd as Austin and Sean Christopher Lewis as Lee.  Scot West of Chicago returns to Riverside as Saul Kimmer and Riverside Theatre Artistic Director Jody Hovland rounds out the cast as Mom.

“They’re the A-Team that brings the play to life,” Clark said. “It demands virtroso acting that can plumb the mysteries of the relationships. The turnabouts come fast and furious; the action is explosive.”

True West also features scenic design by Shawn Ketchum Johnson, lighting design by Courtney Schmitz Watson, costume design by Osean Perez, and sound design by Drew Bielinski. Jason Tipsword choreographs the fight work.

Since the scenic design includes numerous toasters, Riverside Theatre is seeking donations of two-slot, old-school toasters (working and non-working) for the production. Donated toasters will not be returned. Toasters may be dropped off at the Box Office at 213 N. Gilbert St, Noon - 4 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Tickets for True West, September 7 – September 30, are $15-$28 with discounts available for those over 60, those under 30, and youth. $15 students rush tickets are available on a first come first served basis 20 minutes before curtain. Tickets are available by phone at (319) 338-7672, online at or in person at the Riverside Theatre Box Office, located at 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA.


Photo information:

From left: Sean Christopher Lewis and Tim Budd in True West at Riverside Theatre, September 7 – September 30. Photo by Bob Goodfellow.

Performance Schedule

Friday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 9 at 2 p.m.*

Thursday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 16 at 2 p.m.

Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, September at 23 at 2 p.m.

Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 30 at 2 p.m.

*Talkback Sunday, September 9 - Stay after this performance to chat with company members and gain behind-the-scenes info about the play. Free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

Season-Opening Open House - Sunday, August 26, 2 - 4 p.m.

See behind the scenes before the season starts at the Riverside Theatre Open House. Start out in the Scene Shop, where sets for all the productions are built, and take a tour that includes the backstage area, the dressing room, and more. Refreshments will be provided. Enter the Scene Shop directly via the alley that runs behind the building/parking lot or go to the lobby. For more info, call 319-338-7672.

True West Thursday Theatre Talk - August 30, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

In Sam Shepard’s True West, dualities abound; there are two brothers, one a city guy, the other coming out of the desert; one is an upwardly mobile screenwriter in Hollywood, the other a drifter and a thief. But gradually they switch roles, and, indeed, in a number of well-known productions the leading actors have alternated as Austin and Lee. Join Miriam Gilbert and Harry Stecopoulos, University of Iowa Department of English, as they discuss Shepard’s play and its vision of America.


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