Leadership At Its Best Class Graduates in Washington

first_img(Front row, left to right): Jamie Beyer, MN; Derek Helms, AR; Don Holbert, TN; Laura Peterson, Syngenta; and Greg Gussiaas, ND. (Back row, left to right): Ron Moore, ASA Chairman, IL; Ryan Rhoades, OH; Tim Bardole, IA; Andy Alford, KY; James Hereford, AL; Tony Mellenthin, WI; Brett Medlin, N.C.; Jim Martin, IL; and Gip Carter, MS.Farmers from 13 states graduated from the 2017-18 American Soybean Association (ASA) Leadership At Its Best program this week in Washington, D.C. The Leadership At Its Best program is sponsored by Syngenta and develops leadership, communication and advocacy skills in farmers who have already shown potential to be strong leaders through the positions they hold on their state soybean association boards.This select group of farmer-leaders participated in the first part of the Leadership At Its Best training this past summer in Minneapolis, Minn.This week, their training focused on how to advocate, in Washington, on issues important to soybean farmers. The class participants concluded their trip with a day of Hill visits with their state associations.Leadership At Its Best Program participants are nominated by their state soybean association. This year’s class participants included: James Hereford, Gurley, AL; Derek Helms, Arkadelphia, AR; Jim Martin, Pontiac, IL; Tim Bardole, Rippey, IA; Andy Alford, Bowling Green, KY; Jamie Beyer, Wheaton, MN; Gip Carter, Rolling Fork, MS; Brett Medlin, Indian Trail, NC; Gregg Gussiaas, Carrington, ND; Ryan Rhoades, Prospect, OH; Joshua Kayser, Emery, SD; Don Holbert, Dandridge, TN and Tony Mellenthin, Menomonie, WI.ASA appreciates the continued support provided by Syngenta that makes this valuable leadership program possible. ASA will be reaching out to state soybean associations soon to begin collecting nominations for the 2018-19 class. For more information, contact Michelle Hummel in the ASA office at [email protected]last_img read more

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says Richartz, a public aid package worth ?testified before the US House of Representatives’ panel that funds the National Science Foundation (NSF) Bushman had co-chaired an NSF workshop on the causes of youth violence convened in the wake of the deadly school shootings in Newtown Connecticut And Representative Frank Wolf (R–VA) who leads the spending panel and who asked NSF to hold the workshop was eager to hear Bushman summarize its findings and discuss this pressing social problem Last week a second congressional panel also singled out Bushman’s work But instead of making Bushman the star witness at a hearing Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX) the chair of the House science committee subjected him to ridicule To be precise Smith put a 2010 NSF grant to Bushman for research on self-control of aggression on a list of 11 NSF awards that Smith regards as a waste of taxpayer dollars The new cohort of grants going back as far as 5 years join 47 others that the science committee has flagged in a running dispute with NSF over how it manages its $7-billion-a-year budget The fight has rekindled the age-old question of how to assess the value of basic research Most scientists say that peer review—using experts in a particular field—offers the best way to judge both the scientific merit and the societal value of a piece of fundamental research And they object when politicians substitute their own judgment But Smith says he’s simply doing his job questioning research that seems to him silly obvious or of low priority to society How Smith compiles his hit list is a burning question for NSF watchers Smith has offered no detailed explanation But in Bushman’s case there is some pretty strong circumstantial evidence of how it came to Smith’s attention An October report by retiring Senator Tom Coburn (R–OK) called Wastebook 2014 included Bushman’s $331000 NSF grant on factors that lead to aggression and how to control those feelings Within days the Republican National Committee had named the grant one of the “Five Most Absurd Spending Items” in Coburn’s compendium of “wasteful” federal projects which include the International Space Station and administrative leave for federal employees Conservative bloggers have attacked Bushman’s previous research on how biblical passages can make people behave more aggressively after reading stories of “God-sanctioned violence” And Bushman himself faced some pointed questions about that research from some members of the House spending panel during his 2013 appearance although he says Wolf “was very supportive” Bushman wasn’t aware that his grant was on Smith’s latest list he told ScienceInsider But he’s not surprised He sees himself as a “myth buster” and his website describes how he’s overturned some conventional wisdom including the claims that “violent media have a trivial effect on aggression venting anger reduces aggression violent people suffer from low self-esteem violence and sex sell products [and] warning labels reduce audience size” Researchers have an obligation to question such “common sense” beliefs Bushman argues “We can’t rely on common sense because it’s not the same for everybody it can be contradictory—‘birds of a feather flock together but opposites attract’ for instance—and it can lead us astray Common sense is not the acid test; that’s what research is for” Bushman says he stands by his research And community leaders offended by Smith’s criticism of another NSF grant are also fighting back On 21 October Smith joined a chorus of conservative bloggers and Republican legislators in attacking a $920000 grant to Indiana University to study the dissemination of information on Twitter But this week several computer science organizations wrote to Smith defending the so-called Truthy project “We are dismayed by recent characterizations and misplaced criticisms” of the research they said in a 4 November letter to the chair and the panel’s top Democrat Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D–TX) Understanding how social networks operate is a valid research topic and can also help law enforcement officials and the US military do their jobs the letter points out Smith said last month that the committee was “investigating” the grant But it did not appear on the 29 October request list that contained Bushman’s grant A committee representative told ScienceInsider on Wednesday that “we’re collecting information preparatory to submitting a separate request to NSF about the Truthy project” With that in mind the computing groups offered Smith their assistance as “subject-matter experts to help guide your investigation” (Click here for an updated spreadsheet of all NSF grants requested by Smith) *Update 10 November 3:17 pm: Today the House science committee asked the National Science Foundation for all information relating to a grant awarded in 2011 to Indiana University researchers In a letter to NSF Director France Córdova the committee’s chair Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX) says the so-called Truthy project “was intended to create standards for online political discussion” and that researchers have “proudly described how the web service targeted conservative social media messages” The researchers say that critics have repeatedly misrepresented the project that their work is not political and that it does not restrict free speech Also today the Association of American Universities (AAU) blasted the science committee’s tactics A statement by the group’s board of directors says the ongoing review of some 60 grants “is having a destructive effect on NSF and on the merit review process that is designed to fund the best research and to remove those decisions from the political process” If the committee persists says the AAU board its members “owe it to the American public to say clearly what they are doing: substituting their judgment for the expertise of scientists on the vital question of what research the United States should support”Patna:Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday rejected opposition RJD’s allegation that he had done a political volte-face by walking out of the Grand Alliance and re-joined the BJP-led NDA Without naming RJD or any of its leaders Kumar who is also the JD(U) national president asserted that he had not turned his back on any of his government’s agenda but found it difficult to work with people who believed in using power for amassing wealth File image of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar Reuters "It is often said about me ‘palat gaye’ (did a volte- face) I wish to point out that I have never turned my back on any of the agenda set by the government headed by me" he said at a function held on the occasion of the birth anniversary of former chief minister Karpoori Thakur "I am always of the view that while in power we have to serve the people But some people have different beliefs – they think power is meant for amassing huge wealth I found myself incapable of working with such elements "The Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) was not formed for indulging in mischief and committing wrongdoing There is a limit to which I could have compromised When the limit was crossed I had to take the decision that best suited the interests of Bihar" the chief minister said Kumar had returned to power in 2015 after the emphatic victory of the Grand Alliance comprising the JD(U) the RJD and the Congress in the Assembly polls RJD supremo Lalu Prasad’s sons Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav were made the deputy chief minister and the health minister respectively Kumar however ditched the alliance in July last year after the RJD refused to heed to his suggestion that Tejashwi Yadav gives a public explanation about money laundering cases in which his name had cropped up Kumar then formed a new government in alliance with the BJP and returned to the NDA Since then RJD leaders have been severely critical of Kumar and have accused him of "betraying the mandate" Paying rich tributes to Thakur a 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