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Introducing the 2017 class of Student FFA Reporters

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net is welcoming five student reporters that will be helping cover the 2017 Ohio FFA Convention May 4 and 5. Stay tuned for further convention coverage.Emily BooklessEmily Bookless is a sophomore at Ridgewood High School located in West Lafayette. She enjoys playing soccer and loves to participate in school clubs such as STATS and FCA. She has been affiliated with FFA for two years now and is currently serving as reporter for the Ridgewood FFA Chapter. She likes CDEs such as Parliamentary Procedure, Ag Sales, and Livestock Judging. Outside of school, she shows hogs and llamas. She is also involved with the Kamelid Kushers 4-H Club and the Coshocton County Junior Fair Board.Kolt BuchenrothKolt Buchenroth is a senior in the Kenton-OHP FFA Chapter and has served as the reporter, president, and is currently the vice president of his chapter. He is also active in 4-H, student council, National Honor Society, and various other school organizations. He raises cattle on his farm in Kenton and stays busy as the ag news director and reporter for WKTN radio. Kolt has also participated in various CDE’s during his time at FFA. After high school, he plans to attend The Ohio State University pursuing a degree in agriculture communication.Abbie Greer is a junior in the R.G. Drage FFA Chapter where has served as the student advisor and is now currently the secretary. Along with FFA, Abbie is also active in 4-H showing beef steers and calves, hogs, turkeys, and broilers. She is currently president of the Washington Twp. Variety 4-H Club and is a three-year member of the Stark County Junior Fair Board. Abbie has participated in a variety of Career Development Events (CDE) such as Food Science, Public Speaking, and General Livestock Judging. After high school, Abbie plans on attending The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute and earning a degree in agricultural business.Madison KregelMadison Kregel is a senior at Otsego High School. She’s a busy student, involved in volleyball, cheerleading, student government (senior class vice president), choir, National Honors Society, and FFA. Kregel is the reporter for the Otsego FFA Chapter and will be competing and presenting an Ag Communications Proficiency at the state convention this year. She has also participated in public speaking CDEs in her past four years in FFA. She’s also very involved in her county’s 4-H and Junior Fair programs, where she was a 4-H Honor Court member, and 1st Runner Up Junior Fair Queen this past year. She is the FFA representative for her county’s Junior Fair Board, where she served as the board news reporter in 2016 and the board secretary this year. Next year, she will be attending Ohio University, where she will be studying broadcast journalism at OU’s E.W. Scripps, College of Journalism. She hopes to someday be a reporter or anchor for The Today Show on NBC.Sydney MaloneSydney Malone is a fifth year FFA member and senior at the Bloom Carroll FFA Chapter. Over the past five years, she has held the offices of assistant secretary, sentinel, and reporter for her chapter, participated in many CDE events, and been growing her Supervised Agricultural Experience of market rabbits and hogs. Outside of FFA, she is an active member in 4-H, the Ohio Duroc Association, and Ohio Pork Council. She’s busy traveling and spreading the word of the agriculture industry as the Fairfield County First Attendant and the Ohio Duroc Queen. After graduation, she plans to join the Marine Corps and serve our country.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — June 21, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Some heavier rains will move back into Ohio as we finish the week. We likely see the equivalent of a day and a half of moderate to heavy rain over the state, and then another day or so of light to moderate rain before we can truly start to put this soggy pattern behind us. A strong low moved out of NE and into IA and MO yesterday. That wave is coming right along the stationary front that has been draped across Indiana and Ohio the past two days. We look like we will be able to hold of getting much rain for a large part of the day today, with shower sand thunderstorms waiting until later this afternoon and evening before really ramping up. Rain will start in west central and southwest Ohio, lifting across the rest of the state form there. The rain continues tomorrow, and we do expect thunderstorm potential. Some of the storms may be on the stronger side, but we think the best threat of severe weather will be just a bit farther west, in Indiana. Still, we can’t rule out some heavy rains from tonight through tomorrow night over a large part of Ohio. Scattered showers will continue to move east through Saturday, still giving good coverage and additional moisture, although we think we can see clouds break for sun in NW Ohio Saturday afternoon. All told, we can see at least half to 2.5” of rain between now and the end of Saturday, and if things come together right, 3”-3.5” could be seen in some areas. Rain coverage through the next 3 days will be 100%. The map shows cumulative precipitation from today through midnight Saturday.We should start to see the precipitation taper off this Saturday night and drying will finish the weekend along with the first half of next week.  Clouds will yield to sun on Sunday. And then next week will start dry, with sunshine, blue sky and lower humidity for the Monday through Wednesday afternoon period. We should be able to see some good drying those days, and evaporation rates will be nearly maxed out at .25” of moisture leaving the surface per day.Rain and thunderstorm action returns to the state overnight Wednesday night and they go through Thursday. There can be some strong thunderstorms in there and that will allow for some significant rain totals. Add to that scattered light action for Friday and the start of Saturday, and we end up with potential for half to 1.5” rains the second half of next week, with 80% coverage.The extended 11-16 day period remains mostly dry as a nice strong high pressure dome develops over the eastern third of the country. This will promote a substantial upper level ridge over the top of the high. That ridge will make it tough for any cold fronts to work into the region and will make most systems slide by to the south. Dry air will knock back any moisture. This should corn belt hits a strong ridge over the eastern third of the country and falls apart.  A strong surface lead to a return of warm air for early in July.Temps today will be cooler than normal in the north, but above normal in the south. Then, with the moisture holding over the state, we will be near normal tomorrow and Saturday, and stay near normal Sunday as we dry. Cooler air is in for Monday and Tuesday of next week, before we warm for the later part of the week. Temps could be wall a over normal for Thursday of next week on thorough the weekend.last_img read more

Great Lakes Conservation Connect to hold two workshops in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest American Farmland Trust, Cornell University Cooperative Extension Northwest New York Team, and Ohio’s Wood Soil & Water Conservation District have joined together to announce two Great Lakes Conservation Connect events on Jan. 22, 2019. In the morning, a women-dedicated learning circle will be held in Woodville, Ohio.This workshop will focus on identifying what future you want for your land, and how to achieve that by working with your farmer and your family. Learning Circles provide women the opportunity to meet other land owners, share their farm successes and challenges, discuss their goals for their land, and access advice and technical assistance. At this learning circle, women will have the opportunity to learn about how to start a plan for your land that fulfills your needs and your values. David Marrison, from OSU Extension, will be introducing tools and resources to help you gain a deeper knowledge of who to speak with.American Farmland Trust and Ohio State University Extension partnered together to lead a dinner session workshop for farmers with a focus on transitioning the farm business to the next generation. This evening workshop will follow the women learning circle workshop and will also feature special guest speaker, David Marrison. What will happen to your farm business when you can no longer run it? Come to this workshop to learn tips and tricks to foster family harmony during this critical part of your farming legacy. Learn how to strengthen relationships with your landowners to keep your operation together as it’s passed to the next generation.Women for the Land Workshop, Conservation values – your land as your legacy; Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Luckey Farmers, Inc., 1200 Main Street, Woodville, Ohio Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. Lunch is provided, and the program will end at 1:00 p.m. RSVP by 5:00 p.m., January 18th, by signing up online at www.farmland.org/women or by calling (419) 354-5517.Farmer Workshop, Navigating the transfer of your farm business; Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at the Wood County Jr. Fair Building, 13800 West Poe Road, Bowling Green, Ohio. Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. Dinner is provided, and the program will end at 8:00 p.m. RSVP by 5:00 p.m., January 18th, by calling American Farmland Trust, Ashley (614) 430-8130.last_img read more

Ready to rehabilitate Naga rebels: Rijiju

first_imgA day after the death of NSCN(K) chairman S. S. Khaplang, the Centre on Saturday said all Indian citizens in the Naga rebel group would be rehabilitated if they abjured violence.“We appeal that all the Indian Nagas in the NSCN(K) should surrender and return to the mainstream. We will rehabilitate them. Anybody who gives up violence, we will rehabilitate them. We are giving rehabilitation package from the Indian government. Anybody who abjures violence and respects Indian Constitution is welcome,” Union Minister Kiren Rijiju told reporters.On Myanmar citizensThe rebels should take advantage of the rehabilitation package and return, he added.Mr. Rijiju, however, said India could not talk about Myanmarese citizens, who are part of the NSCN(K).The Minister said Khaplang was the “the heart and soul” of the NSCN(K) and without him, the organisation would be in a disarray.Without any leadership, the organisation would face difficulties, he said.“The objective of the organisation will never be fulfilled now. So they [rebels] should come back for the sake of the society,” the Minister of State for Home Affairs added.last_img read more

Bike worth ₹15,000, rider fined ₹23,000

first_img Mr. Madan, who runs a newspaper advertisement agency in Gurugram, claimed that he was on his way to District and Sessions Court for work when he took off his helmet just a few metres before negotiating a turn on the service lane to the court. “A traffic policeman standing in the corner flagged me down for not wearing the helmet. I called a friend who is an advocate but before he could reach, the policeman asked me for the documents and issued the challan for the violations,” said Mr. Madan.He claimed that he had all the documents at home but the policeman allowed him only “10 minutes” to get the papers, which was not possible. Mr. Madan said he arranged a photo of the registration certificate on his WhatsApp, but not before the challan was issued.Digital copy allowedDeputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Himanshu Garg said it was mandatory to carry original vehicle documents, but carrying them in digital form in DigiLocker was also valid as per the law.“Not carrying the documents and not having them at all are two different offences with different penalties, although the penalty for the former is far less. In the present case, if the offender produces the original documents, the fine amount would be accordingly reduced,” said Mr. Garg.Amit, a resident of Jacobpura in Gurugram, was fined ₹24,000 at the same spot and for similar violations as Mr. Madan on Tuesday. On Monday, Mohammad Mustakil, an autorickshaw driver, was fined ₹32,500 for seven violations, including driving without a high security registration number plate. Man pays Rs. 23000 challam to Gurugram Traffic PoliceVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0002:2502:25  Man pays Rs. 23000 challan to Gurugram Traffic Policecenter_img A Delhi resident was on Monday fined ₹23,000 by the Gurugram traffic police under the amended Motor Vehicles Act for riding a two-wheeler without a licence, insurance papers, registrati-on certificate, pollution control certificate and helmet.The offender, Dinesh Madan, a resident of Geeta Colony, claimed that his two-wheeler was worth around ₹15,000. His vehicle was impounded as he was unable to pay the fine on the spot.Penalty for traffic violations under different heads has gone up several fold following the amendment to the law with effect from September 1.last_img read more

PH football squads send strong message to SEA Games foes

first_imgOver at UITM Shah Alam Stadium, the women’s team also scored a morale-boosting 2-1 stunner over host Malaysia.READ: SEA Games: PH team stuns host Malaysia in women’s footballFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPatrice Impelida scored in injury time of the first half for the Malditas before Malaysian Dadree Rofunos equalized in the 51st.But the Malditas refused to share a point with their foes and Camille Rodriguez struck the winning goal in the 73rd for the winning goal before a stunned hometown crowd. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village View comments READ: SEA Games: PH booters score first win, deny Cambodians ‘bonus’That win avenged the Nationals’ 1-0 loss during the recent AFC U-23 in Cambodia.The Philippines men’s side will battle Indonesia on Thursday and that win, according to Maro, would inspire them.“Indonesia is a tough team but we studied their game and we know how to handle them,” said Maro. Women Football Match Between Malaysia vs Philippines at Stadium UiTM Shah Alam on 15 August 2017. Photo by Faeiz Shah | MASOCKUALA LUMPUR—From both ends of this city, Philippine football’s goals rang loud and clear.The men’s and women’s football team scored rousing victories against their respective rivals Tuesday night to begin their Southeast Asian Games stint on a bright note.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: LeBron, Melo, KD clash in star-studded pickup game Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The Malditas, who like their men’s counterparts are hoping for a podium finish, will meet Vietnam on Thursday.The men’s team encountered less resistance.Football match between Cambodia and Philippines at Selayang Stadium during 29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 on 15 August 2017. Photo by Dzulfadlil Azim / MASOC“I told them to win the match at 2-0,” said men’s head coach Marlon Maro.He was that specific. And the team responded accordingly.Reymart Cubon came away with go-ahead goal off a corner by Javier Gayoso in the 52nd, before Fil-Japanese Kouichi Belgira converted a free kick in the 81st.ADVERTISEMENT Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years agolast_img read more

Zark’s ends winless run

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James Mangahas and Robby Celiz combined for 51 points for Zark’s, which turned a close game into a rout with a strong start in the final period.Later, Tanduay Rhum slipped past Marinerong Pilipino, 76-74, for a 2-1 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLester Alvarez shattered a 74-all tie with a free throw off a technical foul on John Lopez. Jaymo Eguilos later nailed a foul shot for the final count. —WITH REPORTS FROM KRISTOFER PURNELL, CARLO ANOLIN Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Having gone winless with the Mindanao Aguilas last season, Zark’s Burger coach Jade Padrigao was a picture of relief as the Jawbreakers pulled away late for a 109-91 victory over AMA Online Education in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.“I told them this was a must-win game for us,” said Padrigao after his team picked up its first triumph in four outings.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View commentslast_img read more

Indian athletes shine at Special Summer Olympics for Mentally Retarded in US

first_imgThe winners display their medals:Overcoming heavy oddsWhere there is a will, there is a way. Few have demonstrated the truth of this cliche better than the four young athletes of the Indian team that participated for the first time in last month’s Special Summer Olympics for the Mentally Retarded in,The winners display their medals:Overcoming heavy oddsWhere there is a will, there is a way. Few have demonstrated the truth of this cliche better than the four young athletes of the Indian team that participated for the first time in last month’s Special Summer Olympics for the Mentally Retarded in Louisiana in the US.The triumphant team – all mentally retarded children – from Bombay, returned with a bag of four medals. Sulochana Rodrigues, 19, captured two golds in the 50 m dash and Softball throw. Pramod Khadye, 17, won a silver in the long jump event, and Kennedy Sutare, 16, a bronze in the Softball throw. Shivaji Gholape was the fourth member.Earlier this year, the Association for the Welfare of Persons with Mental Handicap organised its annual sports meet for mentally handicapped children in association with the Lions Club. Of 28 winners, four were selected to undergo intensive training at camps in Delhi and Nhava Sheva, in preparation for the international meet.Special training programmes were formulated to meet the specific needs of the sports events, where children were pitted against other children with similar average performances, which are arrived at after calculating already set records of speed and distance of each child. This provision, according to Jagdish Rana, one of five coaches who trained them, enabled the athletes to participate at their “best levels”.Tough Odds: The training certainly paid off, as the medals won by the young athletes show. But each child has had tremendous odds to overcome: Rodrigues, an orphan, had to be shifted to the S.P.J. Sadhana School, a special institution, as according to Sr Rosie Brigette of the St Anthony’s Home, her concentration and memory “did not develop in the normal process”. However, according to her new Principal Rukmini Krishnaswamy, “she has potential”.advertisementFor Khadye, an eye defect adds to his difficulties. But, as his proud Principal Sr Josephine Terrezi says: “Despite the handicap, Pramod is very neat with his footwork.” Their enthusiasm for sport and their distinction in it has added to their confidence. Says Sr Maria Dolores, principal of the Dilkush School where Sutare studies: “Ever since Kennedy has taken interest in sports, he is much better at his academic work.”With their victory in the prestigious international sports meet, these young athletes have clearly proved that a handicap cannot come in the way of determined effort.last_img read more

‘Ravi Shastri should be removed as Indian head coach before Australia tour’

first_imgChetan Chauhan, former Test cricketer, joined the chorus calling out for the removal of Ravi Shastri as the head coach of India after the team lost 4-1 in the Test series in England.Chauhan said that Shastri should be removed as the head coach before India advance for their final important overseas tour this year in Australia, in November.Ahead of the Australia series, India have a series against West Indies lined up at home but the focus has already gone on the big tour Down Under.Shastri came under fire after he called the current team the best Indian travelling side of the last 15-20 years right after India had lost the series to England.Also read – We have requested for tour games in Australia before Test series: Ravi Shastri”Ravi Shastri should be removed as head coach before the Australia tour. Ravi Shastri is very good cricket commentator and he should be allowed to do so,” Chauhan, who is also Uttar Pradesh Sports Minister, said while agreeing to demands raised by former cricketers for removal of Shastri as coach.Chauhan was speaking to mediapersons in Dhanbad and said, “Team India should have performed better. Both the teams were evenly matched. But the Indian team failed to check tail enders of England.”Chauhan, who is a former Test opener for India, was also among the ones criticising Shastri for calling Virat Kohli-led present Indian team as the ‘best travelling team in the world’.”I do not agree. In 1980s, the Indian team was the best travelling team in the world,” he said.advertisementCommenting on India’s chances in the ongoing Asia Cup cricket championship in Dubai, Chauhan said a better result is expected as the team is balanced with experienced and young players.Also read – As India lose another Test series overseas, time for Ravi Shastri to answer tough questionsChauhan, who was in Dhanbad to attend a meeting of Krida Bharti, played 40 Test matches and scored 2,084 runs between 1969 and 1981.Also read – Shastri, Bangar should be held accountable for India’s overseas results: GangulyHe made his debut in 1969 against New Zealand in Mumbai and played his last Test against the same country in 1981 in Auckland. Besides, Chauhan also played seven one day internationals.Chauhan is the latest cricketer to demand Shastri’s ouster after former captain Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Set of Six: What we learned at National Youth Championships

first_imgBy BEN HARRIS1. Modern technology is wonderful:In July, promising touch football player Cody Gray was involved in a terrible ski accident and as a result, she is now a quadriplegic. She was to captain the South Australia Heat in the girls’ division on the Sunshine Coast. Although she was in Adelaide, she was able to watch the Heat go around through the wonders of technology. Gray was watching the Heat’s matches on Facetime. As Touch Football South Australia’s Tim Wyld said: “Modern technology allows us to get her up on Facetime and almost be in the sub box and she was barking instructions to the girls from Adelaide.”2. The emergence of the New South Wales Touch Association Development Squad:In 2012, NSW Touch introduced their Development Teams into the National Youth Championships. The boys finished 13th and 10th in 2012 and 2013 respectively, and the girls came eighth and seventh in each of those years. In 2014 both teams made the quarter-finals for the first time. The highlight would have been the boys’ 6-all draw with New South Wales Combined High Schools on day one.3. Developing states are getting there:It is always tough coming up against sides from New South Wales and Queensland considering how strong those states are at touch football. But the other states are closing the gap, and fast. Victoria finished second in their pool in the girls’ division, South Australia missed out on the quarter-finals on for and against, and Western Tigers came third in their group in the boys’ division. Sure other states were on the wrong end of some lopsided score lines, but with time, they too will be pushing for finals spots.4. The four-referee system:For the first time in National Youth Championships history there were four referees officiating selected games in a trial that could change the way the game of touch is refereed forever. The concept was to reduce fatigue among the referees, which ultimately could reduce the number of errors referees can make. From all reports it was a success and only time will tell if the innovation will become a regular occurrence at tournaments.5. Quality players on show:It’s no surprise but touch football produces some stellar athletes. The skills on show this week were second to none, and no doubt we will be seeing a few of the players from this year’s tournament representing their state or country in the future. Shannon Rose in particular – playing in her third National Youth Championships, she became the first player to score 50 touchdowns in the tournament’s history.6. NYC is a fantastic tournament:Touch football is in safe hands. The sport just keeps going from strength to strength and much has got to do with the superb efforts by players, coaches, managers, referees, administrators and spectators. Although some regions were not represented at this year’s event, it did not take away the spirit and value of the tournament.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNYC’s set of sixlast_img read more