Vote white At the recent International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) special Congress, attended by Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) president Dr Warren Blake and secretary Garth Gayle, president Sebastian Coe asked the invitees to vote on a proposal to reform the IAAF, an organisation that has been under fire recently amid charges of corruption, which included an investigation by the police into activities of its previous president: Lamine Diack. As I understand it, there were three proposals to consider. The first was to make sure that more women were involved in the high echelons of the IAAF. Second, there would be term limits on the president and council members, and third, there will be an integrity unit to handle doping cases of international athletes, which would also see the speeding up of the disciplinary process. One hundred and ninety two delegates voted. This voting process for the very first time was not secret! The process had delegate votes recorded. Those voting to agree to the reform proposals recorded as “green”. Those against the proposal were recorded as “pink” and those with no opinion being recorded as “white”. One hundred and eighty two delegates supported the reform proposals. Ten delegates didn’t. There is information being circulated that Jamaica’s vote was recorded as ‘white’. Could this be true? Why would Jamaica not support these reform proposals? What objection could there possibly be against, more women in positions of authority in the IAAF? What objection could there be to term limits for the president and council members, and what objection could there be to having an integrity unit to handle cases of doping cases of International athletes and to oversee the speeding up of the disciplinary process? I do believe that if the Jamaican delegation did indeed vote ‘white’, then the public of this country deserves an explanation. We are well aware of the extraordinarily long time that it takes disciplinary processes against our international stars who are accused of running afoul of doping regulations to come to a conclusion. This creates unusual and unfortunate pressure on the athlete involved, who if innocent must be very interested in clearing his/her name in the shortest possible time. I am confident that there must be a very good reason why Jamaica’s vote was recorded as ‘white’ and not ‘green’. I am requesting ‘transparency’ as outlined by the IAAF president, who defended the decision to publicise the voting preference of delegates as the new transparency in the running of the organisation. Hopefully similar sentiments exist in the recently re-elected hierarchy of the JAAA. After the defeat of Jamaica by Malawi in a recent International netball, competition and a public spat between the president of netball Jamaica and one of its star players, there has been talk, of the “demise” of local netball since the retirement of long-time president Marva Bernard. This column has also been critical of coaching decisions that seem bereft of ideas when the game plan going into a game does not appear to be working. Well, Jamaica sent a relatively young team to England; (ranked third in the world) to play three Tests. After an opening win of 66-49, our Sunshine Girls succumbed in the second match to lose 63-50. England made the necessary adjustments and won the match decisively. However, in the final and deciding game of the series (attended by over 4000 fans) Jamaica, after leading 29-23 at half time overcame a late rally from England in the third quarter to win the match 64-57. Jamaica’s coaching staff and players made the necessary adjustments to their game to defeat a strong England team. Congratulations are definitely in order. Could this be the “turning of the corner” when Jamaica ceases to be sometimes third most times fourth, or was this just an aberration? Only time will tell. Let us support this new “vibe” in the camp, and urge our Sunshine Girls to “move on up”!
Region 5 floodingAs floodwaters slowly recede in the affected areas of West Berbice, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), residentsThe flood situation at Blairmont on Tuesdayand farmers in communities along the Mahaicony River continue to suffer losses. In an interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday, Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal explained that water in Trafalgar, Union and Lovely Lass have almost completely receded, while in the Mahaicony riverine communities, the floodwaters are high.The Chairman explained that it is “very difficult” for the regional administration to intervene in these locations since the entire drainage network falls under the control of the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA-ADA). He also noted that it is also a difficult undertaking to conduct irrigation and excavation to remedy the situation.“For the areas that are affected, the region will need additional help to clean the trenches and residential drains; the water in Bushlot receded but the trenches are still clogged with the weeds,” he noted. The water at Blairmont is also receding.Ramphal further expressed that he has informed the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and the Agriculture Ministry of the situation and the need for relief in the affected communities. One of these communities was in the Amerindian settlement of Moraikobai, which can take some three hours to reach by boat. A medical team had been dispatched to the settlement but no outbreaks were reported.“I spoke to the Toshao there and he said that the water has receded but not to the fullest but the damage was already done and they still are affected because they can’t go back to the farm as yet,” the Region Five Chairman told this newspaper.“Farmers are calling for seed paddy, fertliser and even cash to put them back on their feet,” the Chairman opined. The Chairman stated that “over 60 acres” of rice crops were lost in the Mahaicony area.The flood situation in Region Five has been occurring at intervals for the last several weeks. This latest period of flooding came as a result of heavy rains coupled with the reported faulty and damaged pumps. It was only Monday, that this newspaper highlighted that the mobility of residents at Blairmont was hindered as bridges were still under water.Guyana Times was informed that the regional administration is monitoring the situation. On Sunday, it was reported that a regional team visited several communities along the Mahaicony River, most of which were flooded. This newspaper was told that because of the flooding in Moraikobai, villages such as Mora Point, Pine Ground and Gordon Table were also flooded. Many farmers in these villages said that they have lost some of their cash crops.Over the last few weeks, this publication has been highlighting the challenges which communities in Region Five have been facing as a result of flooding. A breached dam along the Perth Canal in Branch Road, Mahaicony, led to significant acreages of rice lands being inundated last month.
SANTA CLARITA – With county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich pledging some $25,000 to help west-side communities study their finances and governance options, the city might get into the game tonight, matching the pledge by helping to pay for an annexation study. It’s not yet known if key moneymakers – a shopping center, an industrial park and a theme park – would be part of the package, but Santa Clarita officials deem the stakes worthy of paying to play. “The future of the city of Santa Clarita is tied to the direction taken by the entire Santa Clarita Valley,” City Treasurer Darren Hernandez said Monday. “We believe it is in the best interests of everyone to look at this issue from all the options and perspectives.” A recent study underwritten by Santa Clarita appears to show a large surplus for county government between what it collects in tax revenue and spends on services for areas outside the city. But officials acknowledge the study was not tailored to answer questions related to annexation to Santa Clarita or creation of a new city. State law requires a region considering cityhood to conduct a fiscal analysis to determine if there’s a large enough tax base to support a city government. Key moneymakers within the proposed west-side city in the area of Castaic, Westridge and Stevenson Ranch are the Valencia Marketplace shopping center, the Valencia Commerce Center industrial park and Six Flags California’s Magic Mountain. The boundaries of the area under study haven’t been set, but a map could be drawn by March or April, said Dave Bossert, president of the West Ranch Town Council. The Newhall Land and Farming Company has resisted efforts to have its undeveloped real estate in a city, stating its satisfaction with the county planning process. Newhall Land is building the 21,000-home Newhall Ranch project, west of Valencia and stretching to the Ventura County line. Also, Newhall Land, which built and sold the Valencia Marketplace, included in the deed that the center should refuse annexation to an existing city or inclusion in a new one. During Santa Clarita’s formation battles, several developers opposed its creation, preferring what likely would be less stringent requirements under county policies. Historically, cities have formed in Southern California with hopes of gaining control over growth. The town council plans to hire an independent consultant to determine how much tax revenue is generated in the target area and whether forming a west-side city makes sense. The city’s overture could be a piece of the puzzle, distinct from and following the initial effort, said Dave Bossert, president of the town council. “If the city wants to allocate $25,000 to do a study on annexation versus incorporation, we would be happy to take the donation and commission a separate independent study that does a comparison (between the two),” said Bossert, on a town council committee formed to explore the options. “We want to educate the community. We don’t want somebody who’s going to say annexation is the panacea.” At issue are what revenue the county collects and spends on services, what revenue a new city would collect and incur in debts, and what revenues an annexed area would generate and cost Santa Clarita. A law passed in 1992 ensures counties don’t suffer financially when new cities form. Sales tax revenues feed into city coffers, but counties and new cities may negotiate how property tax revenues are split. The county Board of Supervisors collects taxes countywide and provides services based on need, said Martin Zimmerman, assistant administrative officer for the county Office of Unincorporated Area Services and Special Projects. “I don’t believe the county has ever budgeted by unincorporated area,” he said, noting that costs to provide services to unincorporated areas don’t necessarily match taxes collected there. “If any community thinks they can do better or be better situated if they are part of an adjacent city – or if they believe they want to incorporate – (we’ll provide the information) they need to make those decisions.” Santa Clarita officials may try to sway west-side residents with the absence of utility-users tax – charged for gas, electricity, telephone and cell-phone services – for which the county charges 5 percent. The city has successfully completed 28 annexations since being incorporated in 1987. email@example.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Just days after Zinedine Zidane signed a new contract until 2020, serious questions are being asked of the Frenchman’s ability to turn things around after two trophy-laden years in charge.Real have picked up just one point from their last three league games and have won only once in five, form that leaves them fourth in the table, 16 points behind leaders Barcelona, who go to Real Sociedad on Sunday.“No goals, no luck and no explanation,” said sports daily AS on their front page.“Everything is going wrong,” wrote editor Alfredo Relano in his column. “This result sinks Madrid further into the sombre mood that has invaded everyone, including Zidane.”If they had already all but given up on any hope of retaining the league title even before Saturday’s game, there are now even concerns that they could miss out on a top-four spot altogether.Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane reacts during the Spanish league match against Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on January 13, 2018 © AFP / Gabriel BOUYSReal are eight points behind third-placed Valencia, who were 2-1 winners at Deportivo on Saturday. They are also only one point clear of Villarreal in fifth — not since 2004 have they finished outside the top three in La Liga.In Barcelona, the Catalan press seized the chance to stick the knife in.“In crisis”, headlined Mundo Deportivo below a picture of Cristiano Ronaldo, on the ground with his head in his hands.Sport focused on the troubles in front of goal of Ronaldo, who missed numerous chances at the Santiago Bernabeu before Pablo Fornals’ magnificent late winner for Villarreal, their first ever victory there.Ronaldo has just four league goals this season, while Gareth Bale is struggling for fitness and form and Karim Benzema has been injured. The previously feared ‘BBC’ no longer carries the same aura.“The white collapse is basically the collapse of Cristiano and, by extension, that of the whole ‘BBC’, a trident that died months ago now without anyone having realised,” wrote Sport editor Ernest Folch.Relano added: “Madrid started to fall behind because Cristiano was missing; then, because when he came back the goals were not going in; in the end, because the gap at the top provoked a disenchantment that shows.”Zidane is “an elegant coach but has no answers on the blackboard,” according to Folch.There is a danger that his position could become untenable if Madrid — the two-time defending European champions — lose to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16, the first leg of which will be played at the Bernabeu on February 14.Frederic Hermel, Madrid-based correspondent for French sports daily L’Equipe, noted that Zidane “still doesn’t appear prepared to make any changes to his team, despite another defeat… (that) leaves a feeling of powerlessness.”0Shares00(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares00Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals (C) celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on January 13, 2018 © AFP / Gabriel BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Jan 14 – The Spanish press did not hold back in their criticism of a “shattered” Real Madrid, a team “in crisis” after their 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Villarreal in La Liga.“Inexplicable” was the front-page headline on Madrid sports daily Marca on Sunday, which remarked that the reigning Spanish and European champions “don’t know what is happening to them” in La Liga.
Letterkenny has been beaten in its quest to become Ireland’s first ‘Tourism Town’.The Cathedral Town was one of ten named at the Tidy Towns Awards in an event organised by Failte Ireland.Today it was revealed the title has gone to Portmagee in County Kerry. Portmagee receives a €10,000 grant towards developing itself as a tourism destination.A spokesperson for Letterkenny Chamber said it was an achievement in itself being named in the top ten towns in the country.LETTERKENNY BEATEN IN QUEST TO BECOME FIRST ‘TOURISM TOWN’ was last modified: December 7th, 2012 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)
LETTERKENNY AC’s Mark English easily qualified for the men’s 800m semi-finals of the World Junior Track & Field Championships in Barcelona, Spain today.English won his heat in a time of 1 minute 51.74 seconds, after the Ethiopian athlete Fiker Belete was disqualified.The pace from the gun was pedestrian with the leaders reaching the 200m point in just under 28 seconds. English at this stage was positioned in the middle of the pack; within sight of the leaders. The real racing began at the 600m point when the Ethiopian athlete Belete kicked for home. English showed a great turn of speed propelling himself up to second place, a position he would hold until the finish. As it turned out Belete was disqualified for a lane infringement, which meant English was declared the winner on the heat.Team mate Karl Griffin (Tir Chonaill AC) was also competing in the men’s 800m; he was drawn in the seventh and final heat. Griffin found himself slightly off the pace as the pack went through the bell in 53 seconds. From there Griffin rallied well and battled hard to get on terms with the other athletes. However the gaps proved too much and Griffin finished seventh in a time of 1.51.98. The race was won by Brandon McBride of Canada in 1.49.77.Earlier in the programme Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC) finished third in her heat of the 100m hurdles to qualify automatically for the semi-finals. Lavin made a positive start to the race and moved over the barriers with great fluency. The race was won by Michelle Jenneke in a time of 13.52, while Lavin recorded a time of 13.90 for third place. The semi-finals are scheduled for 17.35 Irish time on Saturday 14th of July.Ireland’s throwers Dempsey McGuigan (Finn Valley AC) and James McCabe (Dunboyne AC) were competing in the men’s hammer throw qualification. Irish Junior Record Holder McGuigan was in group A and opened with a solid 68.33m, he then improved with his final effort with a throw of 69.07m. That mark was good enough for tenth place within his pool. McCabe was up next in group B and threw a massive personal best of 69.49m in the first round. This was the first time that Mc Cabe had thrown over 69m and for it to come at a major competition, demonstrates his championships metal. This was McCabe’s longest throw of the competition as he finished in tenth place within his pool.The results meant that McCabe and McGuigan finished 18th and 20th respectively in the overall competition. The competition amongst these two young throwers will surely push them on to greater things over the coming years. ATHLETICS: MARK ENGLISH WINS HEAT TO QUALIFY FOR SEMI-FINALS IN BARCELONA was last modified: July 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)
BY DARBY O’GILL: THEY were pipped on the line last year by a bunch of leprechauns in Co Cork.But the little people of Co Donegal are set to rise up once again this Sunday – in a bid to land a world record!For Glenties is once again going to try to beat Bandon in having the most people dressed as leprechauns and set a new Guinness Book of World Records feat. If you have your costume from last year then you are all set to take part just register that you want to take part – count time is 1pm on St Patrick’s Day, this Sunday.Bandon’s record is 1,263 – Glenties want to bring out 2,013 leprechauns or a new record and to mark The Gathering 2013.If you want to take part and are looking for a costume you can contact us on our new facebook page glenties leprechauns which has been set up especially for the event, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: Carmel on 0879307423A family fun filled day is planned this year with live music and refreshments being served in the waiting area and live entertainment on the street. Organisers are also planning their own GLENTIES BOOK OF RECORDS which will take place on the day.“This will be a great family day out so don’t miss out get yourself registered a.s.a.p. to ensure we put GLENTIES on the map as the holder of the Guinness Book of Records holder for the Largest Gathering of people dressed as Leprechauns in one place,” said Carmel.You can also register in Keeney’s Bar on a Mon, Wed or Fri between 7pm and 9pm or on a Sat from 12 till 6pm. So please get yourselves registered to take part in this great fun day.For more go here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glenties-Leprechaun-World-Record-Attempt-2013/496276857089834 HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED AS GLENTIES IN NEW BID TO SET LEPRECHAUN WORLD RECORD! was last modified: March 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED AS GLENTIES IN NEW BID TO SET LEPRECHAUN WORLD RECORD!
Tags: Lady Cricket CranesWorld Cup Qualifiers The Lady Cranes are the current African Champions (file photo)World Cup Qualifiers3rd-13th May 2019Windhoek, ZimbabweKAMPALA – A list of 40 Ladies have been summoned by the Uganda Cricket Council to start training ahead of the World Cup qualifiers due in Zimbabwe later this year.All the 40 ladies feature in the local league and were selected based on their performances for their clubs.The reigning African champions upset Zimbabwe in a pulsating final two years ago in Windhoek Namibia. This feat earned the lady cricket cranes a spot to at the global qualifiers in Netherlands in 2018 and also a shot at the World Cup main event.All-rounder Gertrude Candiru was the stand out player of the tournament for the lady cricket cranes earning herself the MVP award at the qualifiers.Their maiden appearance at the global qualifiers in Netherlands was below par but they at least managed to pick up two wins finishing 6th out of the eight nations at the event.In the squad that has been summoned former captain Barbara Mukankusi makes a comeback from her maternity leave on the back of a strong 2018 scoring lots of runs for her Pioneer side. There is room for Olila High run machine Damalie Busingye who last represented the lady cricket cranes in 2015.There are no suprises that Olila High has up to eight players in the training squad given the quality of cricket they have been playing for the last two seasons.Double winners Aziz Damani have six players in the squad, Jinja SSS has seven, Pioneer (6), KICC (3), Soroti Challengers (6), Premier (2), with Wanderers and Ceylon contributing a single player.There will be a group of girls trained in Jinja by Habib Mugalula while the group in Lugogo will be handled by Micheal Ndiko.The qualifiers run from May 3rd to 13th in Zimbabwe as the teams compete for the single slot for an African side at the global qualifiers. Full Training Squad. RITA MUSAMALIJANET MBABAZIRACHAEL NTONOIMMACULATE NAKISUYIJOYCE MARY APIOSTEPHANIE NAMPIINAFRANKLYN NAJJUMBAGERTRUDE CANDIRUKEVIN AWINOCONSY AWEKOCAROL NAMUGENYIPATRICIA MALEMIKIAESTHER ILUKORDAMALIE BUSINGYEEVELYN AYIPOIRENE ALUMOLEONA BABIRYETEDDY AYELLAMARIA KAGOYAKEVIN AMUGEBARBARA MUKANKUSIJANET NAKIRANDAWANICHAN HOPECLAIRE MUSHAKAMBAMACKENZIE AYATOPROSCOVIA ALAKOGLORIA OBUKOREUNICE ALUNGATBRENDA NABISALULYNET NAKATOPATRICIA MUNGURYEKMARIA MWESIGERACHEAL ACHANSARAH WALAZASARAH AKITENGSUSAN KAKAISHAKIRA SADDICKMARY AKELLOCHARITY NYOKARUEUNICE KOBUSINGYEComments
Ray Maota According to the World Food Prize Foundation, the implementation of the Agricultural Extension Service led to Ghana’s cocoa production doubling between 2002 and 2005. (Image: Flickr) Past presidents of Ghana and Brazil, John Agyekum Kufuor and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, have been awarded the 2011 World Food Prize for alleviating hunger and poverty in their respective countries during their terms in office.(Images: The World Food Prize) MEDIA CONTACTS • Megan Forgrave World Food Prize Foundation: Director of Communications +515 245 3794 RELATED ARTICLES • Bumper maize crop for SA • Quality inputs for Kenya’s farmers • Africa: Serious about food • Ghana’s world first in legal timberPast presidents of Ghana and Brazil, John Agyekum Kufuor and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, have been awarded the 2011 World Food Prize for alleviating hunger and poverty in their respective countries during their terms in office.The international accolade is awarded to individuals who have ensured human development by improving food quality, quantity and availability.Kufuor and Da Silva have both been hailed for initiating and implementing political policies that helped address poverty and hunger in their countries through public- and private-sector interventions.The two were named World Food Prize laureates at a ceremony on 21 June 2011 in Washington DC. They will share the US$250 000 (R1.7-million) prize money.Kufuor has praised his government’s policies on agriculture for maximising food security in Ghana.He said: “Whilst in government I knew that poverty and hunger went hand in hand and so my government tried very hard to lift our country out of that bracket. Especially in line with the Millennium Development Goals, the first item was to fight against hunger and poverty.“We tried to improve agricultural production because over 60% of our people are rural and they live on agriculture. There is so much unemployment at home so we thought if we improved agriculture, modernised and commercialised it, we will be fighting against unemployment and poverty and along with it hunger, and I think we went some way.”According to the World Food Prize Foundation, Ghana saw a reduction in its poverty rate from 51.7% in 1991 to 26.5% in 2008, and hunger was reduced from 34% in 1990 to 9% in 2004.Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, said: “President Kufuor and President Da Silva have set a powerful example for other political leaders in the world. Thanks to their personal commitment and visionary leadership, both Ghana and Brazil are on track to exceed the UN Millennium Development Goal 1, which is to cut in half extreme hunger before 2015.”Da Silva will be honoured for the implementation of his Zero Hunger strategy during his tenure as president of Brazil.He said: “I am really moved to know Brazil was chosen as a country that achieved good policies regarding agriculture and hunger. Brazil has a lot to show in the area of food security and we want to share our experience with other countries, especially with African countries and poor countries in Latin America, with both our technical knowledge and from the point of view of food productivity and distribution.”Strategies applied by the two countriesThe former president of Ghana initiated reforms including the Food and Agriculture Sector Development Policy, which heightened public investments in the agricultural and food sector.The Agricultural Extension Service was brought back under Kufuor’s tenure as president, which educated producers on the best farming practices.According to the World Food Prize Foundation, the implementation of the Agricultural Extension Service led to Ghana’s cocoa production doubling between 2002 and 2005, and food crops such as maize, cassava, yams and plantains increased significantly, as well as livestock production.The Ghana School Feeding Programme ensures that one nutritious, locally produced meal is given to scholars each day.These reforms led to the US Millennium Challenge Corporation giving Ghana an award of $547-million (R3.7-billion) in 2006.Brazil’s Da Silva initiated reforms through his Zero Hunger strategy, which included subsidising families through cash aid so they could afford essential basics.Child malnutrition was reduced through the School Feeding Programme, which provides nutritious meals to all children in Brazil’s public school system. By 2010 the programme was serving 47-million scholars.According to the World Food Prize Foundation, child malnutrition fell 61.9% between 2003 and 2009 in Brazil, and all age groups experienced improved access to quality food.The Food Purchase Programme boosted rural development by acquiring food directly from small farmers.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentOhio Farm Bureau’s farmer leaders, members of the media and select staff will be in Washington, D.C. March 12-14, 2019 for the 73rd annual County Presidents’ Trip.While there, they will hear from American Farm Bureau public policy staff members, visit the Chilean Embassy, and most importantly meet with their representatives to make known Farm Bureau’s views on priority issues such as farm economy, trade, regulatory reform, technology and infrastructure.Special guest speakers include Sen. Sherrod Brown; Sen. Rob Portman, Rep. Bob Gibbs; and Gregg Doud, chief agricultural negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, among others.Highlights from each day of the trip will be posted at this page. Follow the news on social media @OhioFarmBureau or #ofbdc.Thursday, March 14The third and final day of the 73rd annual Ohio Farm Bureau County Presidents’ Trip to Washington, D.C. began with a breakfast at the Capitol Hill Club with keynote speaker, Sen. Rob Portman.Senator Portman’s comments included the need for expanded markets to help drive commodity prices higher. He said he hopes to have some good news in regard to trade with China. He said China’s economy is struggling and they are in need of fair trade with us as much are we are with them.As far as regulation is concerned, Senator Portman emphasized that regulations should make farming easier, not more difficult. After breakfast, the buses made their way to Capitol Hill where farmer members had their opportunities to meet with legislators from their respective districts. Not many individuals get the chance to have one-on-one conversation with lawmakers about issues that affect their communities and livelihoods. The county Farm Bureau presidents made the most of their time inside the beltway, using their voice to shape policy at the national level for agriculture and beyond.Wednesday, March 13One of the perks of the annual OFBF Country President’s Trip to the nation’s capital is having breakfast with the Senators representing Ohio.Sen. Sherrod Brown was the guest for breakfast on Wednesday. He hit on the new farm bill and how important swift implementation of it is for agriculture. He told members that this farm bill takes the issue of water quality to heart more than any other previous farm law.Sen. Sherrod Brown listens to a question asked by Henry County Farm Bureau’s Mike Miller this morning in Washington, D.C.Then the Ohio delegation was joined by fellow Farm Bureau members from Missouri and Nebraska. Collectively, they enjoyed visits from Ken Isley, administrator for the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Rickey “R.D.” James, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and Cody Lyon, Managing Director of Advocacy and Political Affairs for the American Farm Bureau Federation. Topics covered included the new Clean Water Rule, an infrastructure update, current trade efforts and tips for working with lawmakers as a resource for the farming sector.It was off to Capitol Hill after lunch to sit in on Congressman Bob Gibbs’ Farm Forum. Gibbs, a former Ohio Farm Bureau president, talked about the importance of the trip members made from Ohio to Washington and then opened the floor to his invited guests, including House Agriculture Committee Chair Collin Peterson (MN), Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) and freshman Congressmen Troy Balderson and Anthony Gonzalez, both fellow Buckeyes.Congressman Bob Gibbs welcomes county presidents to his annual Farm Forum with congressional leaders in D.C.Tomorrow begins bright and early with a breakfast featuring Sen. Rob Portman before county presidents travel back to Capitol Hill for meetings they have scheduled with their legislators.Tuesday, March 12It is more than fitting that during National Ag Week, Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents headed to Washington, D.C. to visit with lawmakers about issues that impact agriculture on the state and national levels.Trade complications with China have weighed heavily on the farm economy and although and new trade agreement has been signed between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, the USMCA deal still has to go through the process of ratification from each country’s legislature.Today members heard from Dr. John Newton, chief economist with American Farm Bureau, about the outlook for farm income, which is expected to be up slightly in 2019. He also talked about the recent budget proposal from the Trump administration and said that cuts to USDA and changes to the crop insurance portion of the new farm bill were nonstarters for many members of Congress.Trade was also a hot topic on opening day. American Farm Bureau’s Senior Director of Congressional Relations, David Salmonsen, talked with members about the USMCA. The agreement was signed in November, but the process was stalled by the recent government shutdown. He said trade agreements rarely fail, because all of the agreeable details are hashed out before an administration first sends it to Congress for ratification. That should happen soon.Ohio Farm Bureau representatives were also informed by American Farm Bureau staff about regulatory reform and infrastructure.OFBF President Frank Burkett III prepares to be interviewed by RFD-TV on the first day of the county presidents’ trip to Washington, D.C.Tomorrow is another big day for county OFBF presidents, as they will enjoy breakfast with Sen. Sherrod Brown and then will be joined later in the morning by Missouri and Nebraska Farm Bureau members to hear from U.S. Trade Representative’s Chief Ag Negotiator Gregg Doud and Rickey “R.D.” James, assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works.After lunch, county presidents will make their way to Capitol Hill for the highly anticipated Farm Forum, hosted by Congressman Bob Gibbs. Attendees will hear from a number of lawmakers about their perspectives on the pertinent issues to agriculture.Online ExtraIn the NewsMembers of the media and some Ohio Farm Bureau staff are accompanying the presidents on the trip.Susan Crowell, Farm and DairyAmie Simpson, Brownfield Ag NewsAmy Patterson, Geauga Maple LeafCarroll County MessengerMatt Reese, Ohio’s Country JournalMatt Reese caught up with caught up with Dustin Converse on the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation County Presidents’ Trip to Washington, D.C.From Ohio’s Country Journal: County Presidents’ Trip highlights trade and farm economy Leave a Comment