Sunbelt Expo

first_imgVisitors to the 32nd annual Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition learned about the latest agricultural equipment, technology and information firsthand Oct. 20-22. They also got to watch college deans go udder-to-udder in a milking contest and witness the unexpected birth of baby roaches.The Sunbelt Expo, billed as “North American’s Premier Farm Show,” draws more than 200,000 visitors to Moultrie, Ga., each year to see more than 1,100 exhibitors.The Sunbelt Expo is not just one of the largest farm shows in the world, it’s become a leading educational venue for agriculture, said Scott Angle, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences dean and director.“From row crops to aquaculture to livestock to home gardening, our faculty’s on-site research trials and seminars are well attended and received throughout the three-day event,” he said. “And each year, we are able tell our story directly to the thousands of visitors who stop by our building here. It’s also a great opportunity to recruit those students who will one day be Georgia’s leaders.”Midday on the first day, visitors to the UGA building got to see a roach in CAES entomologist Paul Guillebeau’s insect display give birth. The dozen or more cloudy-white babies scurried around the display, designed to look like a family kitchen. Though not for everyone, the scene was a rare sight to see live, Guillebeau said.CAES also spotlighted agrosecurity, renewable energy sources, farming conservation, UGA Cooperative Extension, student recruitment and plant breeding, along with live musical entertainment and 4-H Clovers and Company dancers.Angle competed in an old-fashioned milking contest against college of agriculture deans from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Auburn University and the University of Florida. Auburn University College of Agriculture Dean Richard Guthrie squeezed out the victory.Florida cattleman Cary Lightsey won the 20th annual Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award, announced each year during a first-day luncheon. Each year, 10 southeastern states each send a farmer to compete for the title. Georgia’s state winner was Tifton vegetable farmer Bill Brim.“Though Bill didn’t win the regional award, he is recognized as an innovator and a well-established leader in Georgia agriculture,” Angle said. “His on-farm collaborations with our college’s research and Extension faculty, particularly with those on our Tifton campus, continue to solve problems for what is a major part of Georgia’s economy.”last_img read more

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Date announced for 2019 ‘Star Spangled Symphony’

first_imgBatesville, In. — Batesville Area Arts Council (formerly RAA), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) and Hillenbrand, Inc., will host the second Star-Spangled Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on July 6, 2019, the partners announced today. The first event of the three-year agreement, on July 1, 2018, attracted nearly 3,000 people to Batesville and improved quality of life in the Southeastern Indiana region through greater access to arts and culture. A fireworks display will again be part of this year’s event.“We are very pleased with reception to the first Star Spangled Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra event,” said Joe Raver, President and CEO of Hillenbrand. “The people of Southeastern Indiana responded overwhelmingly to a quality cultural event. We will continue to invest in arts and cultural opportunities as we inspire, engage, innovate and build quality of place. Our ongoing emphasis on arts and culture will enhance quality of lives of our current workforce and attract future employees.”The agreement is part of a broader regional strategy to attract and maintain a competitive rural workforce through improving “quality of place”—the collective attitudes, decisions and assets that make communities welcoming, attractive, sustainable locations to live and work. Arts and culture are key elements of great places, as are foundational components including prosperous industry, quality hospitals and exceptional school districts.“We are thrilled to partner with Hillenbrand, the BAAC and the Southeastern Region of Indiana,” said Beth Outland, VP, Community Engagement and Strategic Innovation, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. “Batesville understands the important role arts and culture plays in a community. Extending our reach beyond Indianapolis gives us the opportunity to serve as ambassadors for the arts and bolster the support of arts and culture in rural communities.”To learn more about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, please contact [email protected], or Sarah Heppner or Tina Longstreth, 812-933-0355, [email protected] For more information about the ISO and this partnership, click here.last_img read more

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`Reds’ Perreira thanks WICB for ‘forward thinking’

first_imgST LUCIA: Cricket commentator Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira said that it is quite an honour to have a media bursary named after him and he congratulated the West Indies Cricket Board for what he described as ‘forward thinking’.The WICB and the University of the West Indies (UWI), through the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communications (CARIMAC), recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding for five bursaries to begin September 2017.The five bursaries are being named in honour of five Caribbean media stalwarts. The honorees are the late Roy Lawrence and Tony Cozier; Tony Becca, Headley Samuels and Joseph Perreira.Head of CARIMAC, Professor Hopeton Dunn says “the programme is geared towards affording students a specific interest in cricket as they pursue further education in Media/Communications programmes to include undergraduate studies in Integrated Marketing Communication, Journalism (Radio, Television, Print and Online) and Digital Media Production.This relationship is for three years. WICB president Dave Cameron says: “The investment is for US$150 000 over the period and the students who get selected for the bursaries will have access to work experience in WICB’s international and regional series and with other partners where applicable.”Cameron noted: “It was important that two of the oldest Caribbean institutions partnering for such an important programme is a signal of the commitment of the WICB to continue on to facilitate the growth of cricket across the region.“Education forms part of that role.” Perreira speaking about the move said. “It was quite an honour to be named among two outstanding broadcasters in the late Roy Lawrence & Tony Cozier and the outstanding Jamaican writer Tony Becca.“I felt it was forward thinking by WICB to come up with this programme of Bursaries and would like to wish those who are successful with their applications a bright future as journalists.“It would be very unwise of me to think that whatever progress and contribution I made as a cricket commentator that I did it all on my own.“In fact I owe a great deal to so many and it will be only fair that I credit and says thanks to people like Rafiq Khan, Hugh Cholmondeley, Ron Sanders and Terry Holder of Guyana.Leo De Leon, Dave Lammy and Neil Jiuseppi of (Trinidad and Tobago), Lindy Delapenha (Jamaica), Jerry Richards, Gene Lewis, Vic Fernandes (Barbados), Tannie Rose, Ivor Bird (Antigua), Bernard John (SVG) and Ray Roberts of Grenada.“My deep appreciation goes out to the CBU for creating the many opportunities to cover WI overseas tours and to Alva Clarke of the Commonwealth broadcasting association. I must not forget the important role of the many outstanding scorers during my active broadcasting life.”The Guyanese-born sportscaster added :”It was also an honour and privilege to have worked alongside the late and outstanding Tony Cozier, as he set such a high standard. It was impossible not to make efforts to get up towards the level of his commentary.At his passing, we were not just colleagues but close friends and he should have been knighted, for his contribution to West Indies and world cricket. (Windies.com)last_img read more

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