Local FFA Chapter is “Learning to Do” with Mycogen Seeds Partnership

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Local FFA Chapter is “Learning to Do” with Mycogen Seeds Partnership Turn the bag blue, a program launched by Mycogen Seeds to celebrate their 75 years of support to the National FFA Organization, has been impacting chapters even at the local level. After connecting with Mycogen Seeds this past year, the Bureau Valley FFA in Illinois has learned a new way to continue to serve the farmers in their community by living out the FFA motto of “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.”“Mycogen sales reps came into six different schools across the country and gave the students sales and agronomy training to go out and sell seed corn of their own,” says Stephanie Gripp, Bureau Valley Chapter President. It worked as a fundraiser. We got part of the profits back for not only our chapter but our state association and the national association.”Although the partnership has allowed the students to have fun by conducting occasional sales competitions, chapter advisor, William Anderson, believes that also has served as a unique learning experience for the chapter.“When we were approached with this idea last fall I thought it was just going to be an awesome experience for the students and it’s really has turned out to be just that. I can’t think of another way that they would have had the ability to learn the interpersonal skills, the networking skills, and the communication skills. They’ve been able to learn to start a conversation with a complete stranger, to act in a professional manner, to carry themselves properly in a professional setting, and it has just been tremendous watching them grow and learn through this program. Not to mention, we’ve gained a lot of agronomic knowledge, some sales training, learning how to read the person that your interacting with and how to steer the conversation in the right direction from that,” says Anderon.The Bureau Valley FFA chapter plans to continue the project with Mycogen Seeds as a way to serve their community, provide their students with progressive leadership opportunities, as well as a way to expand and diversify their own agricultural education program. Local FFA Chapter is “Learning to Do” with Mycogen Seeds Partnership Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleHAT This Week: A Hoosier Has Been Elected To the Corn BoardNext articleHabitat for Humanity Ag Build at the State Fair Hoosier Ag Today By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 22, 2018 SHARElast_img read more

El Salvador Deals Blow to Narcotrafficking with Help of JIATF South

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo November 06, 2018 Naval Task Force Trident (FTNT, in Spanish) of the Salvadoran Naval Force (FNES, in Spanish) dismantled international drug rings, with the help of U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South). FTNT detected and intercepted two semi-submersibles and two outboard motor speedboats between September and October 2018. The vessels, headed to the United States, transported more than 4,400 kilograms of cocaine in Salvadoran territorial waters. “Operations like these are decisive blows against international narcotrafficking,” FNES Lieutenant Commander Francisco Mejía, coordinator of FTNT’s Maritime Interdiction Operations, told Diálogo. “The success is due to the Armed Forces’ Joint Command and FNES’ General Staff, which allow us to conduct these sorts of operations, in addition to the trust and support we get from the U.S. government through the different organizations that help us with information, equipment, and training.” El Salvador remains a transit country to smuggle drugs from South America to North America and Europe. According to the 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report of the U.S. Department of State, FNES increased maritime interdiction operations and information exchanges with partner nations to push most maritime traffic more than 200 miles off the Salvadoran coast in 2017. Tough blows With the support of the United States, FNES monitors the coast to detect illegal vessels heading north. On October 3, 2018, FTNT carried out one of its latest drug seizures and intercepted a semi-submersible 450 nautical miles off the coast of Acajutla in Sonsonate department. The vessel had 1,998 kg of cocaine valued at $50 million aboard. “The almost 2-ton seizure is the largest in recent years, and it represents a tough blow to narcotrafficking organizations,” Lt. Cmdr. Mejía said. “The Naval Force also arrested three Colombian nationals who made up the crew.” “So far, we detected and captured three semi-submersibles, which allows us to have a better idea of the Naval Force’s capabilities at the moment,” Lt. Cmdr. Mejía said. “A semi-submersible is no longer a problem for us, of course with the United States as our strategic partner through SOUTHCOM’s JIATF South, which lends us their platforms.” On September 26th, FNES detected an unmanned speedboat with 552 kg of cocaine in Las Hojas Beach, La Paz department. Naval elite units also intercepted a two-outboard motor speedboat with 1,302 kg of cocaine in 44 packages near Acajutla port on the same day, capturing four crew members—three Colombians and one Ecuadorean. On September 14th, a total of 15 Salvadoran naval units, two air platforms (one each from JIATF South and FNES), and Salvadoran elite personnel detected and intercepted another semi-submersible 88 nautical miles south of Acajutla, carrying 575 kg of cocaine and three Colombian crew members. Criminals designed and built the low-profile vessel to carry drugs at high speeds without being detected. “The low-profile vessel didn’t have a chance to escape. The strategic partnership [with the United States] was a key factor,” Lt. Cmdr. Mejía said. “The operation lasted more than 72 hours.” Naval training and challenges FTNT members carry out different training, practices, procedures, and techniques individually and collectively, in complex scenarios with SOUTHCOM to strengthen knowledge and skills through maritime exercises. “Training and capacity-building with SOUTHCOM are part of our success,” Lt. Cmdr. Mejía said. “One of the biggest challenges in these interventions is time spent on the scene, when we seek a possible target at sea, where weather conditions might be adverse,” Ensign Elías Serrano, FTNT air platform operator, told Diálogo. “Being part of the operations means a great deal of responsibility; we need to make sound decisions, be the best leaders possible, and prepare for the worst-case scenarios that might arise at sea,” added FNES Ensign Francisco Molina, an officer deployed with FTNT. “[We operate] non-stop ahead of the slightest piece of information. FNES is in the Salvadoran sea, in a strategic position to respond and protect the health of our people,” Lt. Cmdr. Mejía concluded. “If criminal organizations change, the military forces will change as well. We envision our strategy, and based on that [we plan] with the international strategic partners we count on in this fight.”last_img read more

Two Fish Creek trails now open

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The city of Fort St. John announced today that 2 of the Fish Creek trails are now open.Wind and rain caused extensive damage to the trails and needed to be closed to remove hazardous trees in the area.The city says crews will continue to work on the trails for another week or so. The Silviculture trail will remain closed due to being washed out and having lots of debris making it unsafe.- Advertisement -Chris Murphy, Grounds Manager with they are glad to be getting somewhere and keeping citizens safe.“We are very pleased that the contractor was able to work this quickly to get the trails safe for community use. The unstable ground from the rain combined with the wind meant a number of trees posed a risk to the safety of citizens.”last_img

Finding an end to strike is in everyone’s best interest

first_imgNEITHER the Writers Guild of America nor Hollywood’s big studios have anything to gain from a protracted writers strike. Los Angeles doesn’t, either. That’s why both sides should – and, for the sake of the community they call home, must – come to a fair resolution quickly. At issue in the ongoing strike is royalties from Internet streams and downloads of Hollywood material. Clearly, online revenues are going to make up an increasing share of what the industry brings in, while broadcast TV will make up an even smaller one. It only stands to reason that the creators of the content should get some portion of the online take. Given how little money is being made now in these new platforms and how much money stands to be made over time, they ought to be able to agree on sharing profits when, and if, they come. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre And given how many small businesses, local governments and families will suffer if Los Angeles’ biggest and most important industry remains out of commission, we can only hope that all involved will come to their senses sooner rather than later. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool battle Bayern Munich for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner

first_imgLiverpool battle Bayern Munich for RB Leipzig striker Timo Wernerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are chasing a deal for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.Abendzeitung says Werner is one of the most coveted frontmen in European football and has dropped a massive hint that he could join Bayern Munich.But Jurgen Klopp’s side are also in the hunt to land the 22-year-old. Werner has been scouted by the Reds on numerous occasions and he’s being discussed as a target. The striker has said this week: “There are other clubs in the picture. If you play in Germany and want to stay in Germany, there is only one club in question (Bayern).” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

25 days agoNicolas Pepe: Why I chose Arsenal over PSG and Bayern Munich

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nicolas Pepe: Why I chose Arsenal over PSG and Bayern Munichby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNicolas Pepe has explained his decision to join Arsenal.The attacker’s former St Etienne coach Christophe Galtier had spoken of Pepe joining PSG last summer.But Pepe explained to Canal Football Club: “Galtier imagined me at PSG? He even imagined Bayern in what he said. For me, this is a choice that can surprise because it is a club that does not play the Champions League, but it is also a club that has a lot of ambitions, we also play the Europa League, it’s also a European competition where we have the goal to win. “The coach is used to this competition, he already won with Sevilla, last year they were in the final. The goal is to do better, so to win this competition.” last_img read more

New Zealand The Little Nation That Could Win Two World Cups

1979CricketWest Indies4.8England46.7 YEARSPORTWINNERPOP.RUNNER-UPPOP. 2011CricketIndia1,210.2Sri Lanka20.9 2011RugbyNew Zealand4.4France63.1 1983CricketIndia748.0West Indies5.0 2007RugbySouth Africa49.6England51.4 1991RugbyAustralia17.3England47.3 1987RugbyNew Zealand3.3France56.0 1987CricketAustralia16.3England47.3 1995RugbySouth Africa41.4New Zealand3.7 1996CricketSri Lanka18.4Australia18.3 1999RugbyAustralia19.0France58.9 1992CricketPakistan117.3England48.0 1975CricketWest Indies4.6mAustralia13.9m Usually the countries that dominate international sports competitions are the ones more populated than New Zealand, which has just 4.6 million people. Yet the island nation is competing, and winning, in a whole range of sports. Its next task: winning the Cricket World Cup.On Tuesday, New Zealand’s men’s cricket team beat its counterpart from South Africa, a nation of more than 54 million, to advance to its first cricket World Cup final. (And they did it in a thrilling match.) New Zealand has won all eight of its games in this year’s competition, and is the country with the smallest population to ever reach the title match in the competition’s four-decade history. The last World Cup champion, India, had just a slightly larger population: 1.28 billion.Winning any World Cup is a big deal for such a small country. After all, my friend Stephen Wells, a London-based photographer, told me, “Any international/global achievement no matter how trivial is a big deal in NZ.” He added, “Some of us have an inferiority complex that we’re an afterthought of a country, because sometimes we really are an afterthought of a country. But not now.”If the Kiwis beat their neighbors, Australia, on Sunday in Melbourne, New Zealand will become only the second country ever to hold the World Cup titles for both men’s rugby and men’s cricket at the same time.1Australia won the 1987 cricket World Cup and still held that title four years later, when it won the rugby World Cup. Australia also won both World Cups in 1999 and repeated as cricket champs in 2003.As good as New Zealand is in cricket, it’s better in rugby. The men’s team won the last World Cup, in 2011, its second. It has a winning record against every team it has ever played, has been ranked No. 1 for longer than all other teams combined and is the betting favorite to defend its title at this fall’s World Cup. New Zealand’s two rugby World Cup triumphs are the only wins in either World Cup in the last 35 years by a nation with fewer than 5 million people.2West Indies, a cricket conglomerate of 15 small nations and territories, won the first two cricket World Cups in 1975 and 1979, each time representing places with a combined population slightly bigger than New Zealand’s this year. 2007CricketAustralia21.2Sri Lanka20.3 2003CricketAustralia20.0India1,093.8 1999CricketAustralia19.0Pakistan140.6 2003RugbyEngland49.9Australia20.0 New Zealand also has won one World Cup in women’s cricket and finished second at another. And it won four of seven World Cups that have been held in women’s rugby.Again, all that with fewer than 5 million inhabitants.These achievements might be easy to dismiss if you’re not into cricket or rugby. The sports have widespread but not worldwide appeal. Mostly they’re limited to former British territories and Commonwealth countries, and neither is yet an Olympic sport.3Rugby sevens, a faster form of the game played at the World Cup, will debut at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next summer. But New Zealand has done well in the men’s soccer World Cup lately, too. It qualified in 2010 — as the third least populous country, bigger only than Slovenia and Uruguay — and was the only team not to lose a match. (It drew all three of its group-stage matches and was eliminated.) It fell one game short of qualifying for last summer’s World Cup. The women’s team qualified for the 2007 and 2011 women’s World Cups.In the Summer Olympics, New Zealand has been gaining on its more populous rivals. It won 13 medals in London in 2012, the fourth straight Summer Games in which New Zealand increased its medal total. It ranked seventh in per-capita medals in 2008, and fourth in 2012, behind only nations that won all their medals in athletics. New Zealand athletes medaled in six different disciplines in London.“That shows there’s a system in place, not just chance or concentration on one sport,” said Alex Baumann, chief executive of High Performance Sport New Zealand, the government body that sponsors recreation in the country, in a telephone interview earlier this month.Baumann attributed the country’s sporting success to a number of factors. As with many things, it starts with money. Over the last five years, the government has increased its investment in his department by nearly 50 percent.4New Zealand’s per capita GDP is higher than India’s and some other cricket rivals but below that of Australia and the U.K., two of its rivals in both cricket and rugby.“In the end, we don’t have all the resources like other countries do, like the U.K. or Australia or even Canada,” Baumann said. “You can’t spend the resources so thinly that you don’t make the difference.”Prioritizing funding has spurred individual sports federations to excel, not just for glory but to keep getting money from the government. “There’s that kind of tension between sports to do well,” Baumann said.That philosophy, and a deep emphasis on sports, is shared by Australia, New Zealand’s close neighbor and ally and sporting rival. While New Zealand lately has topped the standings for sporting performance by countries with fewer than 5 million people, Australia has been the dominant global sports force for countries with fewer than 20 million people. Baumann pointed out that each country’s prime minister attended the cricket teams’ World Cup match last month in Auckland, even though it was in the group stage and unlikely to eliminate either team. “It highlights the importance of sport,” Baumann said.CORRECTION (March 27, 3:03 p.m.): An earlier version of this article said India won the cricket World Cup last year. It won the last cricket World Cup, in 2011.CLARIFICATION (March 27, 3:32 p.m.): A previous version of this article said the cricket World Cup final will be played on Saturday. Its scheduled starting time is 2:30 p.m. on Sunday in Melbourne, which is 11:30 p.m. EDT Saturday. read more