By Andy Eubank – Jan 14, 2016 SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Hoosier Ag Women Leaders out in Force at Annual Convention Facebook Twitter Hoosier Ag Women Leaders out in Force at Annual Convention SHARE Indiana Women at AFBFDeb WalshAt the American Farm Bureau annual convention in Orlando attended by about 7,000 from across the country, 300 of those were Hoosiers including some who represent a strong contingent of women leaders in Indiana agriculture. Isabella Chism, 2nd vice president of Indiana Farm Bureau, is also vice chair of American Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee. Deb Walsh from Fulton County was also elected to a 2-year term on that committee as the Midwest region representative.“We work across the whole United States with women’s programs,” she explained. “We do Food Link. We do farmers markets and we work with women in Farm Bureau to help them get their programs going. We help educate all segments of agriculture.”Amy Kelsay is another strong advocate for agriculture by virtue of her family’s central Indiana dairy which is also a tour destination. She was in Orlando as a regional winner in last year’s Monsanto Farm Mom program and spoke at the Women’s Leadership meeting.Amy Kelsay“The main thing I talked about is what the program has meant to me, what the award meant to me, but then also to share a little bit about my experiences on our farm and things that I get to do on our dairy farm in terms of ag promotion and ag education with visitors that come to our farm. This award has opened other avenues for me. Much of that is mom to mom conversations that I get to have talking about the importance of our industry, why we do what we do, and encouraging them to feed their children milk and dairy products!”Both women are passionate about educating consumers about where their food comes from, and Walsh explains that’s vitally important in this day and age.“There are so many people that are not farmers and just such a minute percentage that are farmers,” she told HAT. “People don’t really know where their food source comes from and we as farmers are trying to educate them and tell them. Lots of people have never even been on a farm and many people across the United States have never ever been close to an animal, so we’re trying to educate them that what they’re eating and what they’re buying in the grocery store is a very safe food that the farmer is producing.”Hear more from both Walsh and Kelsay in the HAT interviews, including news of the new year for the Farm Mom program which launches February 23rd.Deb WalshAmy Kelsay Previous articleLearn New Techniques, Technologies In Crop Management WorkshopsNext articleHurt: No Market Turnaround Yet Andy Eubank
A lot has been said and written about in terms of the playing and songwriting abilities of former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. Pink Floyd was already one of rock music’s top emerging bands by the time 1970 rolled around, as Gilmour had been added to the group just a few years prior in December 1967. It turns out that Gilmour had an abundance of musical abilities aside from just performing, as the guitarist recently revealed that he was one of the audio techs behind the soundboards to help mix Jimi Hendrix‘s performance at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.Related: Watch “Light My Fire” From The Doors’ Final Filmed Set At Isle Of Wight 1970According to a new interview with Gilmour published in Prog magazine, Gilmour happened to be at the well-attended music festival and stepped up to help mix Jimi’s performance when the event’s production team was short-staffed.“I went down to go to [the festival] and I was camping in a tent, just being a punter,” Gilmour admitted in the new interview. “I went backstage where our main roadie guy, Peter Watts, was trying to deal with all the mayhem, with Charlie Watkins of WEM … They were very nervous; they were going to have to mix Hendrix’s sound. I did some mixing stuff in those days and they said ‘Help! Help!’ so I did.”Gilmour must have done a pretty good job behind the boards, as Hendrix and his band went on to deliver an epic 18-song performance which included a cover of The Beatles‘ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, Bob Dylan‘s “All Along the Watchtower“, in addition to originals like “Freedom”, “Red House”, “Foxy Lady”, and “Purple Haze“. Fans can watch the video below to see some interview and performance footage of Hendrix from that late summer day in 1970.Jimi Hendrix – Isle of Wight Performance[Video: weirdopedia]Gilmour also recently announced his plan to auction off over 100 guitars from his personal collection, including a few used on some of Pink Floyd’s most well-known recordings.[H/T Guitar Player]
CMC – In-form batsman Shai Hope is expecting little different from the spin-friendly Queens Sports Club track, when the second Test bowls off here Sunday.The wicket proved a challenge from the opening day, providing generous turn from the opening session, and Hope said he was already bracing for similar conditions, as West Indies went in search of a series sweep.“I do think it’s going to respond the same way as the first game. The pitch is even drier than the first game but it’s about trusting your process again,” the elegant right-hander said.“You have your individual game plans and as a team we have to make sure we are precise with those game plans and make sure we can combat anything they bring to us.”West Indies buckled cheaply for 219 in their first innings as leg-spinner Graeme Cremer and left-arm spinner Sean Williams accounted for the majority of wickets.But after securing a 60-run lead, West Indies compiled 373 in their second innings to take command of the game, and force a 117-run victory late on the fourth day last Tuesday.“I must commend our guys for the display of batting we showed, especially Roston (Chase),” Hope said of his counterpart who scored 95 in the second innings.“He came out and scored freely as if it wasn’t turning so credit must go to him and the batting team in general. We played well, we responded to their spin attack and we just need to do the same in the second Test.”Hope was also among the runs, stroking a superb unbeaten 90 in the first innings and following up with 44 in the second.His performances saw him make yet another leap in the ICC batting rankings where he now lies 24th, as the second highest-ranked Windies player behind opener Kraigg Brathwaite at 18th.“I just want to keep growing. As a batter, you got to this level playing decent cricket and now you have to trust your ability, trust your game,” the 23-year-old pointed out.“You know you have the strength to get over the line to play decent quality bowlers. You have to trust your process. You work hard in the nets to go out there and do a job and you make sure you do that when you go out there.”He added: “It’s just doing whatever you can for the team. In this format, my aim is to bat as long as possible and get big totals for the team so those things (rankings) come secondary. You see them but you don’t really go out there with those things in mind.”
Just two strokes separated the USC women’s golf team from capturing its second consecutive national championship last Friday, the third time in five years that the Women of Troy have finished in second place at the NCAA championships. Despite an individual national title from junior Doris Chen and a career-best final round from senior Sophia Popov, USC could not overtake Duke on the back nine at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The top two squads finished well ahead of any challengers, with third-place UCLA finishing 15 strokes behind Duke at 25-over.Silver lining · Though USC failed to win the team championship, junior Doris Chen’s short game was in strong form throughout the tournament. – Courtesy of USC Sports Information Following a come-from-behind win over Washington to capture the NCAA West Region, the Women of Troy seemed to be in prime position for another national title. Tulsa C.C. played more difficult than expected, however, and after one round the top of the field remained crowded. Oklahoma, which would go on to finish fourth, held a three-stroke lead over UCLA. Arizona State, Duke, and USC were locked in a three-way tie for third place, five strokes behind the Sooners. It was Chen who kept her team in contention throughout the opening round, shooting a 3-under 67, tying her with Stanford’s Lauren Kim and Denver’s Tonje Daffinrud for the early lead. None of Chen’s teammates were near par on the day, the closest being freshman Karen Chung at 4-over. Popov, the most experienced of the Women of Troy, limped to a 9-over.USC’s hopes dimmed during Wednesday’s second round, as the team slipped into fourth place while the leaders surged ahead. Chung led the team at even par, followed by Chen at 2-over. Popov continued to struggle, carding another uncharacteristic 9-over, while sophomore Annie Park, the defending individual NCAA champion, added a second straight 5-over. Though no player shot below par, the Women of Troy collectively improved their performance by a slight margin, a good omen for the rest of the tournament.Down nine strokes with just two rounds to play, USC had to make its move in the third round. The team received sparkling performances from Chen and sophomore Kyung Kim, who finished with scores of 2-under and 3-under, respectively. Popov returned to form in the penultimate round of her career, adding an even-par 70. Though Park continued to struggle, Chung’s 3-over gave the Women of Troy their first collective under-par round of the tournament. Going into Friday’s final 18 holes, the team sat six strokes back of Duke in second place, well within striking distance. After the round, USC head coach Andrea Gaston praised Popov’s resilience.“I’m proud of the way she fought back today,” Gaston told usctrojans.com. “She’s been struggling in the postseason, but was able to put it behind her … She’s been such a huge part of our program the past four years and I’m happy to see her have a great round.”The Women of Troy turned in their best performance of the NCAA championships in the fourth and final round, but, unfortunately for Gaston’s squad, so did the Blue Devils. It appeared that USC had fully recovered its championship form on the front nine, as the team took over the lead with under-par performances from Chen, Kim and Popov. Chen would slip up early in the back nine, however, allowing Duke to retake control. The Blue Devils’ Celine Boutier nearly took Chen’s national title out from under her during this stretch, but the Bradenton, Florida native was able to hold Boutier off by just two strokes. Even a heroic 4-under effort on the back nine from Popov would not be enough to secure the team championship, as Duke’s constant pressure proved too much for the Women of Troy.Chen finished with a four-round total of 6-under, finishing the tournament as USC’s fifth individual national champion. She attributed her victory to an improvement in her short game.“I was glad that my putts were finally falling,” Chen told USC Trojans. “The couple rounds before, I had stuck my shots close to the flag, but wasn’t able to putt in from a medium distance. I hit some great shots today and my putting was there, too. Most of all I kept myself composed and enjoyed the game.”Kim’s 5-over was good for a 16th-place tie, while Chung tied for 28th at 8-over. Popov finished at 13-over, but was instrumental in her team’s comeback effort. Park seemed to find her stride in the final round, firing a 1-over, but it was too little, too late for the sophomore standout. The Levittown, New York native’s struggles were puzzling, especially coming on the heels of her second-place finish at the west regionals. Luckily for USC, Park has two more years to avenge this performance.Gaston was quick to find a silver lining in her team’s loss. “Obviously I knew we had a deficit we had to make up,” she told usctrojans.com. “We hadn’t played the front 9 well all week and I knew we needed a fast start. They figured it out today and played incredibly well.”Interestingly, 2014 marks the final season that the NCAA will use pure stroke play to determine its team national champion. Starting next year, the team title will be determined by a combination of a stroke play and match play event. Even more interesting? The 2015 NCAA Championships will be hosted in Chen’s hometown of Bradenton, Florida.