- Latest Tiny House
It’s only 175 square feet, but it’s cozy, clean and makes all the difference in the world to a young farmer who is learning to work the land.It’s a tiny house built by students taking a University of Georgia sustainable building course and donated to a Georgia farmer as part of Georgia Organics’ organizational push for farmer prosperity.Farmer Terri Jagger Blincoe, of Ladybug Farms in Clayton, Georgia, received the keys to the tiny house in a ceremony Saturday, Feb. 18, at Georgia Organics’ 20th annual conference in Atlanta. The house will be delivered to the farm during UGA’s spring break, the first week of March.This is the second tiny house that UGA students have donated to a Georgia farmer through Georgia Organics. “Green Building and the Tiny House Movement,” a course offered jointly through the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS), launched in fall 2015.During the class, which is co-taught by FACS Assistant Professor Kim Skobba, of the housing management and policy department, and CAES Associate Professor David Berle, of the horticulture department, students learn about land planning and building code issues facing American cities. They also design and build a tiny house. Georgia Organics helps to fund the construction, then selects a farmer to receive the house, a farmer who pledges to use the house to help train a younger farmer.“This project would not happen without UGA and their sustainable building class, who designed and built the tiny house,” said Alice Rolls, executive director of Georgia Organics. “We give a valuable asset to a farmer, but it’s also an amazing educational opportunity for students to learn sustainable design.”A Georgia Organics selection committee received several applications from farmers interested in receiving the tiny house. The farmers wrote essays explaining how they would use the house if they were to win.Blincoe stood out because she was an established farmer with a history of hosting younger, apprentice farmers, Berle said.Ladybug Farms distributes produce to restaurants around metro Atlanta and through a community-supported agriculture program in Atlanta’s Cabbagetown neighborhood. The farm is also active in the Northeast Georgia Farm to School program and serves as an apprenticeship site for UGA’s Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program.“They have a unique outreach model that fits well with our purposes and with those of Georgia Organics,” Berle said.Tiny houses enable young people to learn how to farm from older farmers or even to start farming because they solve a critical problem — the lack of on-farm housing, Berle said.“There’s a need on many farms for housing, especially for young farmers, for interns, for apprentices,” Berle said. “There are a lot of people who are willing to share their knowledge, but (there is) not always a place for apprentices to live. And in many cases, there are farms that people would let a young farmer use, but the owners are still living in the farmhouse. Building a tiny house fills that need.”For more information about the sustainable building class’s latest project — a trailer-based catering kitchen and accessible bathroom for use at UGArden — visit tinydawghouse.com. This latest project is being built with lumber cut on-site from storm-damaged trees.
- Petronas books smaller profit after being hit by lower prices
Malaysian oil and gas giant Petronas saw its profit and revenues drop in the first quarter of 2020 after being hit by lower average realised prices for LNG, petroleum products, and crude oil & condensates. Total daily production average for the first three months of 2020 was 2,464 thousand barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day, slightly above the 2,436 thousand boe per day in 2019, mainly attributable to an increase in liquid production from Brazil. However, a downward production trend is anticipated in the near term as a result of lower demand coupled with prolonged lockdowns implemented globally and the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia as well as the implementation of Malaysia’s production cut as part of its OPEC+ commitment in the coming months. This is a 4 per cent decrease from RM62 billion ($14.3 billion) in the same period last year. Petronas said on Friday that, for the first quarter of 2020, it had recorded a revenue of RM59.6 billion ($13.7 billion). The decrease was partially offset by the impact of higher sales volume mainly for petroleum products coupled with the effect of the weakening Ringgit against the US Dollar exchange rate. The company’s board expects the overall financial year performance will be significantly affected by these factors. PAT excluding impairment, however, stood at RM9.2 billion ($2.12 billion), a 35 per cent decrease from RM14.1 billion ($3.2 billion) compared to the first quarter last year. Petronas said it will continue to adapt swiftly through its robust business strategies that focus on value driven production while also ensuring safe operations. Profit After Tax (PAT) for the quarter stood at RM4.5 billion ($1.04 billion), 68 per cent lower than the RM14.2 billion ($3.3 billion) posted in the corresponding quarter in the previous year. According to the company, the result is mainly attributable to the impact of lower average realised prices recorded for LNG, petroleum products and crude oil & condensates. This was primarily due to net impairment on assets and lower revenue recorded. However, these were partially offset by lower tax expenses. In mitigating the negative impact on its profitability and liquidity, the company said it is taking steps to optimise its planned international capital investments and operating expenditures. Petronas’ PFLNG Dua; Source: Petronas Downward production trend ahead The company noted it is operating in unprecedented market conditions driven by a combination of severe demand destruction due to COVID-19 pandemic and global oil market glut, which are testing the resilience of oil and gas players globally. While the company continues to invest domestically, it anticipates that there will be constraints in the supply chain as a result of the pandemic.