Commodity Classic Announces Transition to Digital Experience

first_img By Eric Pfeiffer – Nov 1, 2020 Commodity Classic Announces Transition to Digital Experience Home Indiana Agriculture News Commodity Classic Announces Transition to Digital Experience SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleNational Officer Team Elected During National FFA ConventionNext articlePurdue Center for Commercial Ag to Host Free Corn, Soybean Outlook Webinar Eric Pfeiffer SHARE Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Commodity Classic has announced it will transition its annual conference and trade show, originally scheduled for March 4-6, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas, to an alternative digital format. The change was necessary due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The new format is expected to be offered the first week in March 2021.“This is about doing the right thing for our farmers, exhibitors, stakeholders, and the broader community in terms of health and safety—which is our top priority,” said Anthony Bush, an Ohio corn farmer and co-chair of the 2021 Commodity Classic representing the National Corn Growers Association.  “After careful deliberation among our farmer-leaders and industry partners, the COVID-19 restrictions would prevent us from delivering the type of high-quality experience Commodity Classic attendees and exhibitors have come to expect and enjoy for the past 25 years.”According to Brad Doyle, an Arkansas soybean farmer and co-chair of the 2021 Commodity Classic representing the American Soybean Association, directed health measures due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic such as social distancing guidelines would prevent Commodity Classic from conducting the trade show, educational sessions, and farmer networking—each of which are hallmarks of Commodity Classic.  “Farmers and agribusiness companies rate Commodity Classic highly because of its unique energy, excitement and one-on-one engagement with agribusiness companies and fellow farmers,” he said. “The health and safety restrictions required will simply not allow us to provide a productive in-person event that is in keeping with our 25 years of being the nation’s best farmer-led, farmer-focused ag experience.”The transition of the 2021 Commodity Classic offers an attractive opportunity for farmers who have never attended Commodity Classic, Doyle added.  “Now farmers from across the nation and even around the world can get a taste of the Commodity Classic experience without ever leaving their farms,” he said.Jerry Johnson, Ag Sector Chair of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers said, “Agribusiness companies put Commodity Classic at the top of the list when it comes to opportunities to engage with farmers from across the nation,” he said.  “However, our concern for the health and safety of our customers and our employees takes precedence, so all of us in agribusiness will work with the farmer-leaders at Commodity Classic to find innovative ways to connect in 2021.”Commodity Classic is now redirecting its efforts to developing alternative methods of connecting farmers and agricultural stakeholders.  “We realize the total Commodity Classic experience cannot be completely replicated online. Yet a key benefit of Commodity Classic is the educational sessions and presentations from agricultural thought leaders, which are even more important in today’s challenging environment,” said Bush. “We are already exploring ways in which we can deliver high-quality content in unique ways that allow farmers to get the information they seek from the experts they trust.”The transition to an alternative experience is already underway.  More information on the transition will be available in the coming weeks.  To keep up to date, sign up for email updates at  More information on the 2021 Commodity Classic will also be available on the website.The 2022 Commodity Classic will be held in New Orleans on March 10-12, 2022.  “Like everyone else in agriculture, we are really looking forward to reconnecting with everyone face-to-face,” Doyle added.  “We urge everyone to get these dates on their calendar and plan to join us in-person in New Orleans in 2022.”Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused educational and agricultural experience.  Commodity Classic is presented annually by the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more

NegOcc has sufficient meat supply, says PVO

first_imgBACOLOD City – This province will havesufficient meat supply during the period of the 14-day enhanced communityquarantine (ECQ) due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak,according to the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO). This province will have sufficient supply of meat during the 14-day enhanced community quarantine, according to the Provincial Veterinary Office. PNA The move is to ensure that the movementof all cargoes, agriculture and fishery inputs, food products, and agribusinesspersonnel in the whole region during the community quarantine period will notbe hampered. (With a report from PNA/PN) On the other hand, this province has adeficit in eggs by almost 40 percent in commercial production. Fortunately, theNegrense backyard raisers augment supply using free-range chicken eggs. Earlier, the Department of Agriculturein Western Visayas issued food passes and food lane vehicle pass cards to thesuppliers and farm producers of Negros Occidental. Decena also added that this provincecontinues to maintain its African Swine fever-free status.center_img PVO head Dr. Renante Decena said onMarch 30 that they provided Gov. Eugenio Lacson a copy of the situationalanalysis on meat supply from March 30 until April 14. Negros Occidental has already banned theentry of swine, pork and other pork based products from Luzon and Mindanao in abid to protect its P6 billion industry from the dreaded swine disease. “In general, we have enough supply ofmeat products during the two-week ECQ,” he added. Negros Occidental has a stable supply ofpork, chicken and goat meat aside from carabao meat, which serves as analternative to beef.“In live sales during auction market, we have plenty of animals for sale,” thePVO chief said.last_img read more

Martinez wants to bring back Traore

first_img Press Association “At the moment we are still talking with Monaco,” he told “With Lacina, it is a three-way conversation and it will go a bit further down the line before we take a final decision. “But we always wanted Lacina to be with us and to play his football with us, and that hasn’t changed at all.” Martinez is even more keen to secure the services of Lukaku, who may be available on a permanent deal if Chelsea decide to cash in on the Belgium international. “Romelu had an incredible season. He is a young man who matured immensely,” added the Spaniard. “We know the potential of Rom and Chelsea have been very good with the player and we have been really close with our relationship. “We need to find out where we are and there is nothing more to comment. “Every time we spoke about Rom’s situation it was very clear that he wanted to go to the World Cup and then make a decision. Everton manager Roberto Martinez is keen to bring Monaco forward Lacina Traore back on loan after a fruitless initial spell. “Obviously it is not going to take too long from now on.” Martinez’s squad will be strengthened, however, by the return to fitness of a number of squad members who missed most of last season through injury. “Darron Gibson (knee) is in a very strong way and is ready to join the group straight away,” he added. “Arouna Kone (knee) needs a little bit more one-to-one work for a couple of weeks, then he will be able to join the group. “Bryan Oviedo (broken leg) will need a bit more individual work before he gets fully fit and probably the end of September is when we expect him to be ready. “Realistically, from a medical point of view, it was never a possibility (of playing in the World Cup). “What made it a possibility was the way he pushed himself and the way he was working so hard – so at one stage we thought he would make it. “Once everything settled and we were getting closer to the World Cup we realised he was a little bit behind so we slowed down a bit more to make sure we don’t get any problems in the recovery. “We never had a setback or anything other than the need for time to heal such an injury that Bryan had.” The Ivory Coast striker arrived in January carrying an injury and managed just one hour-long goalscoring appearance in the FA Cup against Swansea before a hamstring problem ruled him out until the final game of the season where he came on for the last minute against Hull. But with Martinez’s striking options for the new season not yet finalised as he awaits an update on the availability of Romelu Lukaku, who scored 16 times on loan from Chelsea, he is exploring the possibility of a return for Traore. last_img read more

England pull off biggest WT20 run chase

first_imgMUMBAI, India (AP):England pulled off their greatest World Twenty20 victory yesterday, beating South Africa by two wickets in the highest-ever run chase in the tournament’s history.Joe Root smashed 83 off 44 balls as England survived a very late scare to march to 230-8 in 19.4 overs after South Africa had posted 229-4 on the back of half-centuries from Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, and Quinton de Kock.England openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales had provided a roller-coaster start of 48 runs off just 15 deliveries, and Root motored along the chase by hitting six fours and four sixes against wayward South African bowling.”It’s just nice to contribute to a game of cricket,” Root said. “Be sensible, play smart cricket … and the guys were so calm under pressure.”England’s remarkable performance in the Group One match puts them only second behind West Indies’ highest-ever successful run chase in all Twenty20 Internationals when they made 236-6 against South Africa at Johannesburg last year.South Africa seamers were guilty of giving away 20 extra runs from wide deliveries to help England’s cause.Root combined in a match-winning 75-run fifth wicket stand with Jos Buttler (21) off 36 balls as England rebounded in style after being thumped by the West Indies in the opening group match two days ago.Root was brilliantly caught in the deep off Kagiso Rabada’s full toss delivery in the 19th over, but by that time, England required only 11 off 10 deliveries.With the scores tied, England lost two wickets in the first two balls of the 20th over before Moeen Ali drove to mid-off to complete England’s first win in the tournament.UNCHASEABLESCORE”We’ve all played long enough to know that no score is unchaseable,” South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said. “We said we needed to start with intensity and didn’t do that … the execution of our extras, it makes it very tough because you are always under the pump.”Earlier, Amla blazed 58 off 31 deliveries and de Kock smashed 52 off 24 balls against the same England bowling attack, which was destroyed by West Indies’ Chris Gayle at the same Wankhede Stadium.Duminy joined in South Africa’s runfest with an unbeaten 54 off 28 balls with three fours and three sixes as none of the four England seamers could stem the flow of runs.England captain Eoin Morgan said his side had “to play out of our skin” to win the match. “But there’s a lot of talent in our team if we play with freedom.”last_img read more

Men arrested after attempted burglary in Ballybofey overnight

first_imgTwo men have been arrested after an attempted burglary in Ballybofey overnight.It is understood the men were disturbed as they were breaking into a house.Gardai arrived on the scene and arrested two men. The men were taken to Letterkenny Garda station where they continue to be questioned.The pair are expected to appear at a future sitting of the courts.Men arrested after attempted burglary in Ballybofey overnight was last modified: December 20th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrestBallybofeyburgalryGardailast_img read more

Mars Science Results Fleshed Out, but the Spirit Is Weak

first_imgThe first detailed science results from the Mars Exploration Rover “Spirit” have been published in eleven papers in the Aug. 6 issue of Science.1  Highlights include: the Gusev Crater shows no sign of lake sedimentary deposits, but rather is composed of volcanic ash with some windblown dust.  Lacustrine (lakebed) deposits, if any, must be buried deep underneath the current volcanic sediments.  Rocks are olivine-rich basalts which would have degraded in the presence of standing water (see 01/22/2004), and they show no signs have having been transported by water through Ma’adim Vallis, the valley that looked from orbit like a flood channel leading into the crater.  The high concentration of sulfates indicates that sulfuric acid prevented the formation of carbonates and influenced the climate of Mars.    The technical details are fascinating as usual, but lacking is any enthusiasm over the possibility of finding life.  Any past water would have been “as acidic as gastric juices,” says Richard Kerr: “The emerging picture is of a salt-laden, often corroded planet that had standing water early in its history.  Volcanic emanations made that water acidic enough to leach salt from the rock and lay it down in thick beds, and water beneath the surface seems to have altered rock as well.  Most of the planet is now covered by weathering products of yellow-brown dust or rock rinds.”  Spirit’s age is showing as it struggles over the hill (Columbia Hills, that is).  Is the spirit of the investigators also waning from excess acid?1Overview by Richard A. Kerr: “Rainbow of Martian Minerals Paints Picture of Degradation,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5685, 770-771, 6 August 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5685.770].Scientists must be disappointed after high hopes that Gusev Crater was an ancient lake.  It sure looked like one from orbit, inlet channel and all (see 06/21/2002 headline).  Now, Mars does not sound like a beachfront resort you would want to visit, even if you could stand the smell.  Kerr was surprisingly silent about the usual high-priority subject of looking for signs of life (see 06/23/2003 headline).  In fact, none of the 11 papers even discussed the habitability of the planet, let alone the presence of present or past life.  The descriptions in these papers do not portray Mars as a suitable place to cook primordial soup.  How could life have emerged from a salty acid bath?  It’s astronomically improbable under ideal conditions (see online book), but salt is a poison to hopeful molecules.  No less than the journal Astrobiology said that even a weak salt solution prevents membranes from forming and RNA from polymerizing (see 09/17/2002 headline).    Surely if any hope for finding life could be found in the data, the Spirit in these papers would be effervescent and the media would make every Opportunity to trumpet the news.  Such somber silence; such a depressing title, “Rainbow of Martian Minerals Paints Picture of Degradation,” hints of despair.  Though it is too early to say for sure, it seems the deadly truth about Mars is starting to sink in.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Nagaland to act against officials who criticise govt. policies

first_imgThe Nagaland government has warned government officials with disciplinary action if they are found “criticising policies and actions” of the State by expressing their views in social media and making statements before the press. This follows a statement from Naga interlocutor R.N Ravi last week that the Naga peace talks would conclude by October 31 and there would be no separate national flag or constitution for the Nagas.Mr. Ravi has accused the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), with which he, on behalf of the Government of India, signed a framework agreement on August 3, 2015 to find a solution to the decades-old Naga issue of delaying the talks. He said that “endless negotiation under the shadow of guns is not acceptable.”On Monday, an order issued by Temjen Toy, Chief Secretary, Nagaland, said, “whereas it has come to notice that some Government servants have been found criticising policies and actions of the Government by expressing their views/opinions or by making statements in the press, social media and in public meetings.” The order said that this was in violation of Rule 22 of the Nagaland Government Servants Conduct Rules, 1968 and “therefore all government servants are directed to take note and not indulge in any act which may be construed as violation of such Rules, thereby making him/her liable for disciplinary action.”Earlier the government recalled all police “officers and personnel on leave” amid fears in the State of a possible breakdown of the peace process.Draft agreement readyMr. Ravi had told The Hindu that the civil society groups were on board and a “mutually agreed draft comprehensive settlement, including all the substantive issues and competencies” and that also had the blessings of the church was ready to be inked .On Tuesday, the Nagalim for Christ, Council of Nagalim Churches issued an appeal to “pray to God for protection of the identity, history and political rights of the Nagas.” The letter signed in the name of Ikato Chishi Swu, general secretary of CNC said, “let us pray to God for India leaders to let them respect and recognise the God given flag and constitution of Nagalim.”The letter said that people should wait for the “positive outcome” of the formal talks of the NSCN-IM and the Centre to be held on October 24.The NSCN-IM has been fighting for ‘Greater Nagaland’ or Nagalim — it wants to extend Nagaland’s borders by including Naga-dominated areas in neighbouring Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, to unite 1.2 million Nagas. The Centre has said there will be no disintegration of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur to merge the Naga inhabited areas with Nagaland.last_img read more

9 months agoTottenham midfielder Dembele travels for Beijing Guoan medical

first_imgTottenham midfielder Dembele travels for Beijing Guoan medicalby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele is travelling to Hong Kong today in order to undergo a medical with Beijing Sinobo Guoan. Spurs accepted an offer from the Chinese Super League club last week, reportedly worth £9m.Dembele, 31, would have become a free agent at the end of the season.The Belgian made 249 appearances in his six-and-a-half year spell in north London. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

School Board Members Attend Training Sessions

first_img Over 900 board members representing 489 public educational institutions participated in training sessions conducted by the National Council on Education (NCE). Executive Director of the NCE, Merris Murray, told JIS News that the training sessions, which were held during the period January to March, are legal requirements under the Education Act and Regulations and the NCE Act of 1993. Over 900 board members representing 489 public educational institutions participated in training sessions conducted by the National Council on Education (NCE).The NCE is a statutory body under the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI) responsible for the training of school board members, in collaboration with the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL).Executive Director of the NCE, Merris Murray, told JIS News that the training sessions, which were held during the period January to March, are legal requirements under the Education Act and Regulations and the NCE Act of 1993.“The school board members occupy the highest level of authority within schools, and are responsible for the governance machinery,” she noted, adding that it is critical that these persons are aware of what the thrust of the Ministry is and what their responsibilities are in ensuring that schools are effectively governed.The participants were exposed to various aspects of school management and governance, which include Legal and Regulatory Framework Governing School Operations; Administrative/Human Resources Management; Fiduciary Responsibilities with special emphasis on Financial Management; Promoting Positive School Ethos, and Conflict Management and Resolution.Ms. Murray explained that the purpose of the workshops was to increase board members’ knowledge and understanding of educational issues and governance procedures, as well as to equip them with the necessary skills and expertise in order that they may carry out their work more effectively.“We hope that the information shared will not only deepen school board members’ understanding of their role and responsibilities, but that it will also impact student outcomes in a positive way,” she said.According to Ms Murray, the training was well received, and some of the participants indicated that they are now better equipped to go back to their schools to impact the education process.“Some felt that the information shared in terms of promoting positive ethos was very critical, because it is important that they know what their roles and functions are, so that they can carry them out in keeping with the law, and impact student outcomes positively,” she said.Research has shown that where schools are effectively managed and governed, they are better able to meet the needs of students in a holistic way. School boards are made up of representatives from student councils, academia, administrative and clerical staff, principals, church and Trust schools as well as council nominees.The training covered the Ministry’s Regions Three, Four, Five and Six. Come September 2018, school Board members in Regions One and Two will begin training. “The school board members occupy the highest level of authority within schools, and are responsible for the governance machinery,” she noted, adding that it is critical that these persons are aware of what the thrust of the Ministry is and what their responsibilities are in ensuring that schools are effectively governed. Story Highlightslast_img read more