DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday’s game between the Drake University softball team and Iowa at Buel Field has been rescheduled to May 2 at 6 p.m. Wet weather forced the reschedule between the in-state rivals. Drake hosts Evansville this weekend on April 8 and 9 for a Missouri Valley Conference series. The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at noon and a single game on Sunday at 11 a.m. Print Friendly Version
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There is a new undisputed national championship team at The Ohio State University.The Agricultural Technical Institute dairy cattle judging team swept the three major national competitions this year with its Nov. 8 win at the North American International Livestock Competition in Louisville, Kentucky.Team members won by an impressive 67-point margin in Louisville, topping the 64-point margin by which they won the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, on Sept. 28. Hannah Dye, a dairy science major from Beloit, Ohio, was first place overall with 710 points. Teammates Tanner Topp (dairy science, New Bremen, Ohio) and Kaleb Kliner (agronomy, West Salem, Ohio) were second and fourth, respectively. Rounding out the four-person team was John Paulin, a hydraulics and power equipment major from Nova, Ohio.The team’s first big win of the season was at the Pennsylvania-All American Contest in Harrisburg on Sept. 14.“I cannot remember any year where a team (at the two-year college level) participated in three judging contests and was first place in each contest and high in oral reasons,” said Royce Thornton, chair of the Agricultural and Engineering Technologies Division and coordinator of Ohio State ATI’s dairy programs.In dairy cattle judging, team members evaluate and rank animals based on how close the animals are to ideal dairy conformation — a collection of traits associated with high milk production and healthy longevity. After ranking the animals, team members must give “oral reasons,” justifying their placing to contest judges.Like all Ohio State ATI dairy students, the judging team members take classes in genetics and get firsthand experience in evaluating animals for breeding.“We select mate all of our cows and are continually working to improve our herd,” said Gary Crocker, Ohio State ATI dairy herd manager. “Students see how we pick bulls to try to get as sound an animal as possible. We teach them what we’re striving to achieve and how we get there. Every dairy farmer wants to breed cows that will make the most money.”Down the road, that’s a skill students can put to use in their careers in the dairy industry, Crocker said. And, Thornton adds, it’s part of the recipe for success for a championship dairy judging team.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A broad-based group of over 30 organizations representing growers, refiners, producers, transporters, retailers and consumers announced the formation of Americans for Farmers & Families (AFF), a coalition that will work to ensure President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders understand the importance of preserving and modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to America’s agricultural and retail economies.“Canada and Mexico represent the second and third largest markets for U.S. agriculture,” said AFF leadership committee member Neil Dierks, CEO of the National Pork Producers Council. “A modernized NAFTA is critical to the prosperity of rural America.”Since taking effect in 1994, the positive impacts of NAFTA extend beyond America’s farming community, and have helped the food and agricultural industries to grow to support more than 43 million jobs. But it is rural economies and communities that are among the biggest winners under NAFTA, the very same communities that powered President Trump to victory in 2016.Under NAFTA, food and agriculture exports have more than quadrupled and account for 25% of American exports. One in every 10 acres of American crops is for export to NAFTA partners. NAFTA has fueled agriculture-related industries’ growth, which in turn has been a driver in building American jobs. Today, American food and agriculture supports more than 20% of the U.S. workforce and provides more manufacturing jobs than any other sector. And NAFTA has helped keep grocery prices down for all Americans.“Farm Belt voters supported President Trump by a three-to-one margin in the last election and they are counting on President Trump to improve NAFTA in the modernization negotiations,” said John Bode, president and CEO of the Corn Refiners Association and a member of AFF’s leadership committee. “It’s not an exaggeration to say many farmers are still farming today because of NAFTA. We know that President Trump has a lot of experience negotiating good deals. We support him in updating and improving NAFTA.”NAFTA has opened markets to America’s farmers, grown domestic jobs and supported $127 billion in annual economic activity. Fruit and vegetable exports alone from the United States to Canada and Mexico have more than tripled under NAFTA. As President Trump’s negotiators are debating major changes to the agreement, we will ensure they keep a clear eye on the positive impact NAFTA has had on the American economy, job growth and wages.“NAFTA has opened new markets to America’s farmers and ranchers, and U.S. agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico have quadrupled under the agreement,” said Zippy Duval, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation and a member of AFF’s leadership committee. “The current negotiations should build upon that success. Farm Bureau is pleased to work with AFF as well as Farmers for Free Trade and other collaborative efforts to engage farmers and leaders at the local, state and national levels and deliver that message to Congress and the President.”As part of this effort, AFF will be launching a robust educational campaign to highlight the positive impact NAFTA achieves for hard-working Americans and lay the groundwork for an updated trade agreement that preserves America’s strong economic standing for decades to come.“We look forward to being active participants in this discussion as we ensure the growers, producers, processors, transporters, retailers and consumers we represent have their voices heard,” said Chris Novak, CEO of the National Corn Growers Association and another member of AFF’s leadership committee. “This issue is simply too important for us to sit on the sidelines.”For more information on AFF, including an initial membership list, please visit https://americansforfarmersandfamilies.com/.
A Chinese helicopter has violated Indian air space in Barahoti area of Chamoli district along the India-China border in Uttrakhand on Sunday. Indian Air Force (IAF) has launched a probe to ascertain the details.“One chopper was sighted hovering over Barahoti area violating Indian airspace at 9.15 AM. It remained inside the Indian airspace for nearly four minutes,” Chamoli Superintendent of Police Tripti Bhatt told news agency PTI.According to PTI, the SP added that there have been similar incidents in the past and it has to be ascertained the latest incident was “a deliberate act of recce or an unintentional deviation.”IAF officials when contacted said that the incident has been taken note of and the “matter is being investigated.”(With inputs from PTI)
Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants who were behind a grenade attack on Wednesday were killed in a counter-militancy operation in north Kashmir’s Sopore on Thursday morning.A police spokesman said Aijaz Ahmad Mir and Basharat Ahmad Sheikh, residents of Sopore, were hiding in the house of Khazir Mohammad Mir.“The house was cordoned off by a joint party of the police, the Army and the CRPF at around 2:45 a.m. During a search operation, the militants opened fire. Both the militants were killed in retaliatory fire,” said the spokesman.Two AK-47 rifles and five magazines were recovered from their possession.The slain militants, according to the police, joined the Hizb in 2016. Police said they were the motivators of the militants who lobbed a grenade on a police station on Wednesday evening, injuring four policemen.“Two militants involved in the grenade attack have been detained,” said the spokesman.Two pistols and four grenades have been recovered from them.Arms haulPolice said a vehicle carrying militants and overground workers was stopped in Bandipora district. Arms too were recovered from the vehicle.
Rocklin Manufacturing celebrated a recent expansion and 84 years of business in town by receiving the Growing Sioux City Award Thursday from Mayor Bob Scott.Company President Ross Rocklin is the third generation of his family to manage the business, which is headquartered in a 106-year-old restored brick building:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/ROCKLIN1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..long period of time. :18The company manufactures and markets industrial products to over 40 countries:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/ROCKLIN2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….made of steel. :13Rocklin also imports and distributes equipment manufactured in Europe.The company embraces its history in its $1.4-million dollar expansion by including a decades old vertical boring mill outside the building where a green space and additional parking is being created.There’s also a flag received during World War Two on display honoring the company for its manufacturing efforts of tank escape hatches and running gear:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/ROCKLIN3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………of our building. ;13The company also has one of Sioux City’s most prominent murals painted on the side of its building facing Gordon Drive from the end of Jennings Street:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/ROCKLIN4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………to restore it. :15The ceremony was also attended by Iowa Economic Authority Director Debi Durham who worked with Rocklin’s late father to obtain state assistance for the expansion project.