Farm Bureau Resources will Help Farmer Engagement in Farm Bill SHARE By Andy Eubank – Dec 2, 2016 Facebook Twitter farm-bill-resourcesFarm bill resources are now available from the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF Senior Director of Congressional Relations, Mary Kay Thatcher, says now is the time to consider and recommend farm bill policies.“The House and Senate Ag Committees have both been very clear that they’re going to start listening sessions in the country and hearings in Washington, so we need to be engaged now, or it will be too late. And I think farmers need to understand that it would be a very bad idea to split the nutrition title off from the rest of the farm programs because that’s the way that we get the farm bill passed.”That’s why AFBF has those farm bill resources for farmers now available online.“You can get to it by FB.org/farmbillresources. So, go on there, see what kind of topics you’re interested in, often times they come with a pretty nice graph and maps to help you understand the issues even better and there are some videos and lots of resources on that website.”Thatcher said the idea is for members to use the information to build their own policy suggestions.“We have a lot of people that haven’t had their state annual meetings yet and feeding into that process so that when we come up to the AFBF annual meeting in January we have good strong policy telling us what the biggest concerns are. Once we know the concerns we can spend some time analyzing different options and figuring out what farmers need to make a good decision.”AFBF President Zippy Duvall appointed a group of 16 state Farm Bureau staff members and two AFBF staff to serve on a Farm Bill Working Group. The Working Group’s charge is to examine the issues, information gaps and analysis needs to ensure farmers are ready to engage in the development of a new farm bill. Katrina Hall with Indiana Farm Bureau is a member of that group.That website again is fb.org/farmbillresources.Source: AFBF Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Bureau Resources will Help Farmer Engagement in Farm Bill Previous articleChristmas Tree Supply Looks Strong for 2016 HolidayNext articleIndiana Farm Sales Slowing Andy Eubank
Preeminent and Global Digital publication puts spotlight on art by African, Caribbean & African American Artists Art BaselArt Basel/Miami Art Week is three weeks away and Sugarcane Magazine’s highly anticipated annual guide Black And Basel: Where To Find Black Art During Art Basel Miami Beach is set for release on November 29, 2017, on www.sugarcanemag.com.The rapid growth of black art within Art Basel and Miami Week is rich and key to the vibrant diversity of the cultural landscape, however not always widely known.Black art plays a vital roleCultural leader and influencer, Melissa Hunter Davis, Founder, and editor of Sugarcane Magazine is the architect of the annual guide. She is focused on ensuring that people know that black art plays a vital role in the landscape of the most significant art platforms that happens in Miami annually.The Black and Basel: Where to Find Black Art During Art Basel Miami Beach includes; independent events, exhibits by local artists, art fairs and galleries within premiere art fairs like Art Basel, NADA, Red Dot, and Pulse, where African, Caribbean & African -American artists are exhibiting their artwork.Also, the guide maps out where key Black and Caribbean satellite art fairs will take place. Some of those include, Art Africa Miami Arts Fair, Yeelen Gallery, Prizm Art Fair, Miami Urban Contemporary Experience.Map to guide shoppers This year a map will be included to help people plan out their Black Basel schedule. This guide is a significant tool for collectors, professionals, aficionados, and influencers who look to view and purchase art by African, African American and Caribbean artists.Sugarcane Magazine is an independent and black-owned, digital platform for visual and performing artists of Africa and the African Diaspora. The magazine has featured interviews with Hank Willis Thomas, Renee Cox, Nora Chipaumire, Carol Mallard of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Edwidge Danticat to name a few.Sugarcane Magazine is a part of Sugarcane Global Media, a boutique videography firm that works with non-profits, small corporations, podcasters, and artists. Sugarcane Global Media is also the official firm of Art Africa Miami and Prizm Art Fair 2017.
AUBREY BRUCE by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier Pittsburgh, along with the Raleigh-Durham area, will welcome new American Basketball Association franchises beginning in the 2011 season with the addition of the Carolina Jaguars and Pennsylvania Pride.“We couldn’t be more excited to be bringing this to Pittsburgh,” said Aubrey Bruce, president of the McKeesport-based SeaStorm Sports & Entertainment Group and a New Pittsburgh Courier sports columnist. “There are many things in the works and we are working tirelessly with the league to conform with its guidelines.” Normally, the startup costs for an ABA team is $10,000. Since there are two teams that are being implemented in the league, the two parties struck a bargaining agreement that sold both teams to SeaStorm and its associates for $5,000 each. This is also due to the fact that the group has introduced two additional teams in Georgia and Greensboro, N.C., to the league that will also debut at an unknown time.“Pittsburgh is going to be one of the best cities in our organization,” said Joe Neuman, CEO of the ABA. “Just look at the great history that it has in sports. Aubrey clearly understands the business model that the ABA enforces. You must do your part off the court, in your community, and you must also do what it takes on the court. The people of Pittsburgh just want to see a good competitive team that offers good entertainment—for a reasonable price. I think that Aubrey and his team have what it takes to bring that to them.”Dave Hareen was named vice president of player development for both teams. His duties, along with other parties, are to locate and recruit the players, coaches and supportive personnel to guide the team to success.Hareen’s been a part of the Basketball Writers Association of America since 1985, as a reporter and columnist. Also, he served as an NBA statistician for the New York Knicks during the 1961-62 season.“The idea of the ABA is to give players fun exposure to the game and on the professional level,” said Hareen. “We understand that there are guys that are not quite good enough. We’ll contact college coaches and identify college seniors who are looking for chances to play on the next level.”One of Hareen’s greatest accomplishments—in his 50-plus years of involvement with the sport on both the collegiate and professional level. is the Tandex rating system.It was created in 1958 while he was a sophomore at the University of Delaware. The success of this system has warranted a vast amount of following and has led to five editions of a book, Basketball Abstract. His work with Tandex has landed him consulting opportunities with 16 different NBA franchises and five NBA player agents.“I’ve used the system for many years to predict and evaluate past NBA drafts,” Hareen said. “I used to doubt this but I can now say, confidently, that the Tandex system is better for rating players for the draft than scouts, themselves.”Bruce and his associates are hoping that with the establishment of committed sponsors, strong community service initiatives and solid player and personnel development, his ABA teams will be a success.“We are two steps away from adding Southwest Airlines as a sponsor,” said Bruce. “We are also trying to get many others on board and those talks just started very recently. We will not rely on our gate sales to sustain us. We wanted to have a legitimate backing through our sponsors and use the rest of the funds for miscellaneous costs. The league has a $100,000 salary cap for all of its teams and we plan on spending no more than $250,000-350,000 on each team, total. We have to meet those budgets.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected])