Volunteers, Teachers Recognized at Farm Bureau Spring Conference

first_img L to R: Larry and Ruth Willy, Lake County; Patty Baker, Wells County; Anne Smith, Wayne County; Michelle Stanger, Monroe County; Marlene Fudge, Rush County; Erna Lloyd, Spencer County; and Karen King, Clark County.Volunteer of the Year Kerry Dull was unable to attend the conference.Farm Bureau members and educators were recognized last weekend at the Indiana Farm Bureau Spring Conference for their efforts to improve agricultural literacy.  “Recognizing that the average person is several generations removed from the farm shapes our education efforts,” said Isabella Chism, INFB 2nd vice president. “Our best volunteers use methods and messages that resonate with this audience, especially children, who are naturally curious about the world around them.” Kerry Dull of Boone County received the Volunteer of the Year Award for her efforts to provide Ag in the Classroom programs to local schools. Dull was chosen from among 10 district winners of the Reaching Out Award. The award honors Ag in the Classroom volunteers who go above and beyond to educate youth about agriculture.District winners of the Reaching Out Award: District 1: Ruth and Larry Willy, Lake CountyDistrict 2: Dwight Moudy, Elkhart CountyDistrict 3: Linda Vandermolen, Jasper CountyDistrict 4: Patty Baker, Wells CountyDistrict 5: Kerry Dull, Boone CountyDistrict 6: Anne Smith, Wayne CountyDistrict 7: Michelle Stanger, Monroe CountyDistrict 8: Marlene Fudge, Rush CountyDistrict 9: Erna Lloyd, Spencer CountyDistrict 10: Karen King, Clark CountyTwo couples were selected to represent Indiana for the ACE Ambassador program. Richard and Linda VanderMolen of Jasper County and Jonathan and Kelly Shannon of Montgomery County will travel to Virginia later this year to learn about farming in that part of the country. After they return, ACE Ambassadors will give presentations on their trip at various meetings.Two counties received grants for agriculture education and promotion. Fulton County Farm Bureau will receive $200 to buy an egg incubator/turner to teach students about chickens and egg hatching, while Benton County Farm Bureau will receive $250 for an agricultural literacy program in a local elementary school with a high volume of low-income families.Seven members received scholarships to attend the National Ag in the Classroom conference in June. Carrie Parmenter, Posey County; Michelle Stanger, Monroe County; Erna Lloyd, Spencer County; Dwight Moudy, Elkhart County; Linda Moudy, Elkhart County; Patty Baker, Wells County; and Whitney Sauerheber, Harrison County, will travel to Louisville, Ky., to learn more about delivering effective lessons on agriculture and farming. Three teachers also received scholarships to attend the conference: Hope Light, a third grade teacher at Vinton Elementary in Tippecanoe County; Tiffnei Tague,  kindergarten teacher at Vinton Elementary in Tippecanoe County; and Joy Davis, a high school nutrition and wellness teacher in the Fayette School Corporation, Fayette County.Auctions at the event raised money for two charities. A live auction on Friday night brought in $3,435 for AgrAbility, a program that assists farmers with disabilities. A silent auction held during the conference raised $2,881 for Distinxion, founded by Steve and Lorri Zeller, who served as keynote speakers at the event. Facebook Twitter Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleBiofuel Leaders and Petroleum Institute Spar over Reforming the RFS Gary Truitt Volunteers, Teachers Recognized at Farm Bureau Spring Conference SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Volunteers, Teachers Recognized at Farm Bureau Spring Conference By Gary Truitt – Mar 11, 2015 last_img read more

Men’s Soccer: Wisconsin travels to Ann Arbor, earns draw with Michigan as Cowdroy stars

first_imgCapitalizing on the errors of opposing sides has been all but the strong suit of the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (2-10-3, 0-4-2) this season. Friday, the Badgers finally cashed in on a sloppy defensive sequence for the Michigan Wolverines (7-4-4, 2-1-3) and escaped Ann Arbor with a 1–1 draw.Wisconsin has undoubtedly performed beneath the expectations of the fans, the coaching staff and the players themselves thus far in 2019. Managing only two victories through 15 matches, the Badgers are left to wonder what this season could have been as they await the conference tournament, their only hope for further postseason play.The Wolverines were attacking from the start in front of their home fans, pressuring Wisconsin into a conservative formation from the kickoff. The Badgers would only record a single shot in the opening 45 minutes and had little offensive production beyond that. Possession also favored Michigan, and it seemed as if they would be first to find the back of the net.After a first half without any goals, however, both teams settled into the match and play evened out. Both the Badgers and the Wolverines fought for attacking opportunities and generated chances at a quicker rate. In the 75th minute, Badger defender Robin Olafsson scored an own goal as his mis-hit made it past goalie Dean Cowdroy, handing Michigan the lead.Men’s Soccer: Badgers remain unable to find traction in conference play, fall to Penn StateThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team entered Saturday’s game against conference opponent Penn State looking for positives to take Read…The pendulum would soon swing once again, however, as the Badgers drew a 76th-minute penalty immediately after conceding. Midfielder Noah Leibold struck from the spot to bring Wisconsin back to even terms, vindicating the stellar performance of Cowdroy and making his saves worthwhile. The two quick goals suggested that more scoring could come in the following minutes, but again, Cowdroy managed to keep Wisconsin level, as he tallied four saves on the night.90 minutes in and still 1—1, the contest would advance to overtime. Wisconsin played on the front foot throughout both OT periods, pushing the Wolverines across the pitch and recording multiple shots on goal. Again, the Badgers showed their potential in the attacking third, moving and passing with impressive chemistry. Despite this elevated level of play and control of the ball throughout overtime, Wisconsin failed to breakthrough, and the game ended on level ground.While quality supplants quantity, the story for Wisconsin revolves around the number of chances. They have been outshot far too many times — in fact, Wisconsin has won the total shot count in precisely zero matches. Opponents are bound to win if they have twice as many cracks at the net, regardless of the incredible efforts put forth by Cowdroy.Men’s Soccer: Badgers drop second straight conference game, barely escape with drawThe Wisconsin men’s soccer team (2-9-2, 0-3-1 Big Ten) was in a world of trouble entering Friday’s match versus Rutgers Read…The Big Ten Tournament is just a couple of weeks away, and the Badgers are beginning to play with an edge on the attacking side of the ball, something we have not seen much of this season. If Wisconsin can manage to control the game with possession, which requires midfield play to be efficient and reliable, the forwards will have plenty of chances to score.It’s safe to say they will need production to advance. Every team in the Big Ten is well equipped on offense, and the conference features nationally-ranked juggernauts such as Maryland and Indiana, teams the Badgers will likely face early on due to their low seed.Against Northwestern and The Ohio State University, Wisconsin must see production and efficiency at all levels begin to rise before the regular season comes to a close.The Badgers will take on the Northwestern Wildcats Wednesday at the McClimon Complex. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.last_img read more