Ohio Soybean Association to elect four trustees

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) Board of Trustee elections are open in six districts. To be eligible for a district position, you must live in a county in the districts listed below.Districts up for election include:District 2 — Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Wood CountiesDistrict 7 — Auglaize, Mercer, Miami, and Shelby CountiesDistrict 9 — Delaware, Marion, Morrow, and Union CountiesDistrict 13 — Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Highland, and Warren countiesIf interested, contact Adam Ward at 614-310-1807 or award@soyohio.org by Nov. 2.Elections will take place at the OSA Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the 2016 Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium on Dec. 20 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus.last_img read more

Sonnenberg joins staff to head up Ohio Field Leader

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dusty Sonnenberg is excited to join the staff of Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net with Field Leader, an Ohio Soybean Council and soybean checkoff program. Sonnenberg will be providing Ohio Field Leader content about soybean agronomics, production research, and nutrient management, among other topics. The goal of Ohio Field Leader is to bring the most up-to-date agronomist, research, and best management practice information to Ohio soybean farmers.Sonnenberg will also be a regular contributor to Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net in his role. Ohio Field Leader content will be distributed to other state and national media outlets as well.“Dusty brings tremendous on-farm, agronomic and communications experience to this position and we are excited about moving this project forward,” said Bart Johnson, owner of Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net. “Dusty will be a real asset to our team and Ohio agriculture.”Sonnenberg is a Certified Crop Advisor and Technical Service Provider writing nutrient management plans. Dusty received his Bachelor of Science Degree from The Ohio State University in Agriculture. He earned his Master’s Degree in Business from Defiance College.Sonnenberg and his wife Cheryl, with their sons Cody and Bailey, own and operate Sonnenberg Farms, which is a cash grain and freezer beef operation in Henry County. They raise soybeans, corn, wheat and hay. They also own and operate Jay Calf Ranch, where they start replacement heifer calves for a local dairy. Sonnenberg is a member of the Board Directors for Ag Credit, ACA. He is a part owner and Operations Manager of Tri-State RTK Network, LLC. He is a Trustee and currently vice president for Tricounty Rural Electric Cooperative. He serves as Executive Director for the Henry County Community Foundation. Sonnenberg is a member of the Henry County Dairy Producers, Henry County Cattlemen’s Association, and Holgate FFA Alumni. He is a past trustee for the Henry County Farm Bureau Board.In 2002, Sonnenberg was the National Winner of the American Farm Bureau’s Discussion Meet, and in 2005, the Sonnenbergs placed second nationally as runners-up in the American Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture contest.last_img read more

Better Than Your Competitor Today

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now I love the idea that you shouldn’t want to be better than anyone else, just better than you were yesterday. The problem with that thinking is that you need to be better than your best competitor today.Selling is, in large part, about creating a preference for you, your company, and your solution. When you are competing for your dream client’s business, being better than you were yesterday may not be enough.You need to be better at nurturing your dream clients, and better at following up and playing the long game. He who gives up first loses. Somewhere, someone is developing their plan to create opportunities and your dream clients are on their list (as are your existing clients).You need to create greater value than your competitors as it pertains to helping them solve their problems and capitalize on their opportunities. You need to serve them better when it comes to understanding why they should change now if you want to create opportunities where your competitors struggle. You also need to do better work than the competition when it comes to helping your prospects understand the root cause of their challenges, and to create a vision of their future.You really, really need greater business acumen and greater situational knowledge than your competitors. Your ideas and insights can give you with a competitive advantage, provided you’ve done the work and developed the requisite chops. Know that there is someone out there who knows more than you and connect the dots more effectively than you can. If you are behind in this race, you are going to need to go faster.The ability to lead and manage change is a serious differentiator for those who possess the skills. It’s a deficit for those who don’t.It wouldn’t hurt you to have greater empathy, greater emotional intelligence, and greater trust. You can surely create a greater preference and flank your competition by being the least self-oriented person they are considering. Listening is a seriously underestimated competitive advantage.And then there is commitment gaining. She who controls the process has the best odds of controlling the outcome. You are either looking over your shoulder because you have competitors who are better skilled, or you are the reason they are looking over theirs.It’s not enough to want to be better than you were yesterday. You have to be better than your most dangerous competitor today. Platitudes sound nice, and they may make you feel good. But they don’t absolve you of the responsibility to improve your effectiveness in serving your clients or winning new business.last_img read more

Can Alabama Afford To Lose

Last Saturday, the Mississippi State Bulldogs — ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll, the Coaches Poll and the College Football Playoff committee’s rankings — lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide 25-20. The loss ruined the Bulldogs’ quest for their first undefeated season since 1940, when they went 10-0-1.But under college football’s new playoff system, which will select four teams to contend for the national championship, a late-season loss by a No. 1 team isn’t as devastating as in years past. Mississippi State, for instance, fell only to No. 4 in the committee’s rankings after it lost to Alabama.It’s less clear whether the Bulldogs control their own destiny. They’ll have another chance to impress the committee when they travel to Oxford, Miss., on Nov. 29 to play No. 8 ranked Mississippi. But they probably won’t play in the SEC Championship and could be leapfrogged by a team (such as Baylor or TCU from the Big 12) that runs the table.The permutations can get intense. To forecast a team’s likelihood of making the playoff, you not only have to account for all plausible outcomes of upcoming football games but also how the set of humans who make up the selection committee might react to those different outcomes. We’re in the midst of investigating these questions and will have some results for you soon.But we’ll start, in this article, with a simple cut of the data: What’s happened, historically, to the ranking of No. 1 teams like Mississippi State when they lose? Could Alabama, the new No. 1, remain in the top four if it loses one of its remaining games?Because the playoff committee is new, we’ll be looking at the historical results from the Coaches Poll for guidance. (We figure the Coaches Poll might be a better proxy for the playoff committee than the AP poll since the committee leans heavily on athletic directors and former coaches.) Here are all the teams since 2002 to have lost a game while ranked No. 1 in the Coaches Poll:No. 1s that lost a regular-season game wound up anywhere from No. 4 to No. 10 after their defeats. That shouldn’t give much comfort to Alabama. Mississippi State’s case was unusual; most regular-season losses knock a No. 1 team out of the top four.What accounts for the different outcomes? Well, it’s complicated. The humans voting in the polls are a little forgiving if the loss comes against another ranked opponent. (No. 1s that lost to a ranked opponent fell to No. 6 on average, versus No. 8 for those that lost to unranked teams.) The margin of defeat may matter some as well. The No. 1s that lost regular-season games by the largest margin — Alabama and Ohio State on consecutive weekends in 2010 — fell to No. 8 and No. 10, respectively.Another factor is whether the year features a deep field of contenders. Part of Ohio State’s steep drop in 2010 may have been because there were an unusually high number of undefeated teams ranked just behind them at the time.Human voters have historically been more forgiving of losses in the conference championship: No. 1s to lose there have fallen to only No. 4 on average. That could be good news for Alabama. Still, this is a small sample with just three examples. Furthermore, the playoff committee claims it will put a particular emphasis on conference championship results.As I said, we’ll be making an effort to sort all this out. It will necessarily come with a lot of probabilities and approximations — this is the first year of the new system and we’re not expecting to identify hard-and-fast rules.There is one rule, however, that has almost always been true. It’s a simple one: A team can’t gain ground by losing.The chart, below, shows what happened to teams ranked throughout the top 25 in the Coaches Poll after they lost a game. (In the chart, read the vertical axis to find a team’s original ranking, then scan across to find the red line, which shows the team’s expected ranking after a loss. The dashed line represents what would happen if a team held its previous position.) Of the 1,133 ranked teams to lose since 2002, only 22 retained their original spot in the rankings. And even fewer — just five teams — improved their position in the poll.This may not be a surprising result, but it tells us something about how human voters react to college football outcomes. As I mentioned, the evidence suggests that voters pay some attention to margin of victory. A definitive win might get a little more credit than a narrow one.But what voters almost never do is reward a team because it loses by less than expected. Say, hypothetically, that No. 24 Gotham Tech travels to No. 3 Gotham State’s home stadium and loses on a last-minute field goal despite having been a 17-point underdog. Your esteem for Gotham Tech should probably improve: That’s a much better showing than you really had the right to expect. But a team’s standing in the polls has almost never improved after an outcome like this; the team has just been punished less. (In this respect, human voters seem to behave a lot like our version of NFL Elo ratings, which account for margin of victory but always prioritize a win over a loss by any margin.)Nor do teams seem to be demoted after narrower-than-expected wins. Take the non-hypothetical case of the 1995 Texas A&M Aggies. On Oct. 14 of that year, they won by just 3 points at home against the SMU Mustangs, an awful team that would go 1-10 that year. If there were ever a time to punish a team for a bad win, this was it. But the Aggies held their position at No. 22 in the polls.The next chart shows the data for ranked teams after wins since 2002. There are a few cases where a team lost ground in the Coaches Poll despite winning — but from what we can tell these were mostly cases where a team was leapfrogged by another that won in more impressive fashion. (That happened to Florida State earlier this year, for example.)There are some other interesting characteristics in these charts. After a loss, teams fall more positions in the poll if they are ranked lower to begin with. While No. 1-ranked teams fall five spots, on average, after a loss, teams ranked No. 15 fall eight positions. This may reflect the fact that teams are more closely bunched together toward the bottom of the Top 25 than toward the top, which is what you’d expect if team skill levels abided by a normal distribution.And a ranked team’s position falls more after a loss than it improves after a win. For example, when the No. 10 team wins a game, it improves only to No. 9, on average. But the same team falls to No. 17 after it loses.This is mainly a reflection of the fact that ranked teams are expected to win. A successful college football season is mostly a matter of running the gauntlet and avoiding upsets. The playoff system gives teams more slack, but not much. read more

ELLE Launches Social Commerce On Facebook

first_imgELLE already has e-commerce relationships with Rue LaLa and HMS. O’Malley says that for now the actual e-commerce revenues for the media company are “small but growing.” With every experiment like this, however, the company learns more about how to leverage its editorial authority in moving people to buy as well as the kinds of things people will and won’t be likely to purchase on the Web.The next iteration of the S-commerce Trend Guide will focus on beauty to synchronize with the summer months and the heightened concern for skin and cosmetics. The fall version of the Trend Guide will be refreshed to focus on accessories and will accompany and support the re-launch of the suspended ELLE Accessories brand. We had “e-commerce” then “m-commerce” and more recently “t-commerce” (tablet commerce for those still catching up). Get ready to add “S-Commerce” to the endless digital lexicon. Hearst Digital Media has given us “social commerce” this week via a new feature at ELLE magazine’s Facebook page. The magazine is curating a series of products featured in a pop-up “Trend Report” on its fan page that links directly to the purchase pages for a range of retailers and brands. This story first appears on FOLIO: sister site, minonline. Although this is an experiment in “S-commerce” ELLE svp, publisher and chief revenue officer Kevin O’Malley tells minonline that the first version of the model actually doesn’t involve revenue. “In this deal there is no rev share,” he says. Although the buy buttons deep-link directly to the respective item’s sell page at the vendor, ELLE deliberately planned the first version to run without affiliate revenue sharing. “No one really knows if Facebook is a platform for transactional commerce,” O’Malley explains. “In iteration 1.0 we didn’t want to do a rev share and we said this to all participating brands.” It is a learning experience for everyone. ELLE wants to offer consumers the ability to follow inspiration to making the buy, but it is unclear yet whether consumers’ social network is the place readers want to shop.But O’Malley emphasizes that this Trend Guide program was designed to profit the ELLE brand and its partners regardless of sales. The custom Love, Want and Own gestures put the ELLE brand and the partner’s item on the reader’s wall with a link for all their friends to see and buy it. “The value proposition for us is that even if we don’t make a sale, this becomes like a shopping widget that goes out on her wall where friends can see it.” ELLE is adding to the Facebook experience by crafting icons and sentiments that are more nuanced than the somewhat blunt instrument of a “Like.” The Trend Guide is a Facebook tab that identifies six trends of the season: Flower Girl, Sea World, Sporting Goods, Portrait of a Lady, Showgirls and Wanderlust. Each trend opens up a gallery of related goods. Users can follow an ELLE “Lexicon” of tags or what ELLE calls “custom gestures” that let them “Love” an item, add it to their “Want” list or just declare on the social net that they already Own it. These gestures and related icons are posted as a “Shoppable Story” to one’s timeline, newsfeed or ticker. Or you can just tap the Buy! button to get kicked over to the partner’s order page.Affiliates in the program include Gucci, Bebe, AG Jeans, Nine West, Tommy Hilfiger and many others. The new functionality on ELLE’s Facebook page will be promoted via email, site and a Facebook ad campaign. Hearst partnered with 8thBridge, whose platform enables integration of transactions within the Facebook network.last_img read more

Tom Cruises daughter makes new revelations on Church of Scientology

first_imgFile photo shows Katie Holmes walking with her husband Tom Cruise and their daughter Suri in New York.ReutersTom Cruise and his family usually stay quiet when it comes to their association with the Church of Scientology but earlier this week, Cruise’s daughter has finally broken her silence about Cruise’s ties with the controversial church.Many fans of Tom Cruise think that the Mission: Impossible movie star has only one daughter — Suri Cruise from his marriage with Katie Holmes. But as it turned out, Cruise has two more children from his previous marriage. From his marriage to Nicole Kidman, Tom fathered Isabella Jane and Connor Antony. Isabella has now gone public about Cruise’s ties with the Church of Scientology.As many of us know, Tom Cruise’s daughter Isabella is reportedly a Scientologist. In Tony Ortega’s (famous blogger who is known for writing about the Church of Scientology) website, The Underground Bunker, Isabella has talked about the Church and how its leader, David Miscavige has saved her.As per Tony Ortega’s blog, the 27-year-old Isabella talks about her experiences. The promo is reportedly aimed at getting Scientologist to do an internship to become an auditor at the Church’s London branch.”I became that annoying girl in the org who would just talk endlessly about how incredible training is and how phenomenal the internship is. We all need to do this. It’s hard work…but it is worth everything because you will get through.” Actor Tom Cruise and his wife Nicole Kidman embrace each other at the Sydney premiere of ‘Mission Impossible 2’ May 30, 2000 at Fox Studios in Australia.Matt Turner/LiaisonFollowing this, she thanked her father, Tom Cruise’s beliefs and even acknowledged him and his sister, Cass Mapother.”Thank you to my Dad for everything. To Cass. To Tash. I would have drowned in my own problems if you hadn’t been there to sup me or get me through the preliminaries.”Isabella ended her message by thanking David Miscavige and late Scientologist founder, L. Ron Hubbard. You can check the entire message at Ortega’s blog.Meanwhile, Tony Ortega also revealed that Tom Cruise has recently attended the latest major Scientology event in Florida. It was L. Ron Hubbard’s birthday event and for the Scientologists it is considered the holiest day.Besides this, Tom Cruise’s former wife Katie Holmes has not commented on anything when it comes to the Church of Scientology. Ever since her divorce, she has remained quiet and focused on her daughter, Suri Cruise. Katie is reportedly dating Tom’s former friend Jamie Foxx.last_img read more

Union Budget 2015 Belies Hopes of Tax Slab Revision

first_imgContrary to expectations, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget 2015 did not announce any changes in the income tax slabs. However, the minister raised the total exemptions for individual taxpayers to Rs 4,44,200.The proposed changes in the direct tax regime would incur a loss of Rs 8,315 crore, the FM said. New indirect tax proposals will bring in Rs.23,383 crore, Jaitley said.12:28 PM: Extension of benefits for the middle class tax payers announced.12:20 PM: Will abolish wealth tax; the rich have to pay more tax than the less affluent people.12:12 PM: New law to bring back black money from foreign countries.12:10 PM: Will reduce corporate tax from 30% to 25%.12:05 PM: GST will reduce the cascading effect of our goods and services.12:05 PM: ‘Make in India’ also aimed at our defence equipment including aircraft.11:57 AM: Will make sure that no student misses out on higher education for lack of funds.11:53 AM: Committed to make our development as green as possible.11:50 AM: Will move towards making India a cashless society.11.28 AM: Measures needed to monetise gold stocks of 20,000 tonnes.-Introduce a gold monetization scheme-Earn interest in metal account-Banks and dealers are able to monetise-Sovereign gold bond-Indian gold coin11.45 AM: Financial market reforms:–Aim to create world class equity market– Measures to reduce wild speculation– Capital accounts controls – propose amend FEMA– Sector neutral financial grievance reddressal agency–Introduce Indian financial code in parliament11:42 AM: The government plans to set up five ultra mega power projects.11:40 AM: We aim to improve ease of doing business.– Expert committee will prepare a draft legislation on creating a pre-existing regulatory mechanism that will replace multiple regulatory processes in setting up business.11:38 AM: All aspects of start-up businesses and self-employment opportunities will be addressed.11:35 AM: Tax free infrastructure bonds for rail and road.11.31 AM: Soon to be launched plan to offer 2 lakh rupees accident cover for 12 rupees premium a year– Propose to create Senior citizens’ welfare fund11:30 AM: Mudra Bank: Lending priority will be given to SC/ST candidates.A large portion of India is without insurance of any kind.A universal social security system Pradhan Mantri Surakha Yojna will be started.11.25- Government committed to increase people’s access to banking and funds. 11:24 AM: Helping farmers: Improving soil fertility, aimed at irrigating the field of every farmer.11.23 AM: Subsidies are needed for the poor. We need a well targeted system for subsidies delivery.– We need to rationalise subsidy not eliminate it.11: 21 AM: Considerable scaling up of the disinvestment figures.11. 20 AM: We will meet challenging fiscal deficit target of 4.1 percent which we inherited says Jaitley11:16 AM: Jobs for the young people who make up 35 percent of population. With ‘Make in India’, youth will turn from job seekers to job creators.– The eastern parts of the country will be economically integrated to the rest of the country.– Fiscal discipline in spite of rising demand of public investment– 42 percent of tax revenue to be shared with states.11:15 AM: We have to make India the manufacturing hub of the world.11:13 AM: Each house in India should have basic facilities, says Finance Minister.11.06 AM: Double digit growth to kick in soon; ”we think in terms of a quantum jump’. 11.06 AM: Jaitley hints at further easing of monetary policy this year as inflation seen around 5%. 11:05 AM: Jaitley says that the Budget aims to benefit the common man, women and children.11:01 AM: Arun Jaitley starts the 2015 Union Budget.11 AM: Indian markets up ahead of Finance Minister’s speech: Sensex up 0.7% at 29433.89 and the Nifty is up 0.6% at 8900.45.10:20 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Parliament.10:15 AM: Cabinet meeting under way.10 AM: If the Budget is pro-poor that does not mean it has to be anti-rich, says BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli.9:35 AM: Arun Jaitley makes his way to the parliament.9:26 AM: Union cabinet to meet ahead of the Budget.9:25 AM: Sensex opens at over 200 points.Where To Watch Budget 2015 Live Online9:20 AM: Nothing has changed on the ground as far as doing business is concerned, says Congress spokesman Sanjay Jha.9:15 AM: Arun Jaitley meets President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan.9 AM: Arun Jaitley reaches Finance Ministry two hours ahead of the Union Budget.We will wait for the #Budget2015 and ask very pointed questions: Anand Sharma (Congress) pic.twitter.com/xtpera3Jzi— ANI (@ANI_news) February 27, 2015last_img read more

IMF chief Christine Lagarde on trial in France over tycoon case

first_imgInternational Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde will face trial in France on Monday over a huge state payout case to a business tycoon during her tenure as the French finance minister.An Agence France-Presse (AFP) report said Lagarde allegedly mishandled a dispute with Bernard Tapie, the former owner of sportswear giant Adidas, during her term as finance minister, which resulted in payment of massive $427 million compensation to the business tycoon by the state. He has since been asked to repay the amount after a lengthy court battle.The IMF chief, however, denied the charges of negligence arguing that she had acted “in the state’s interest.” If found guilty, Lagarde could receive a one-year prison sentence along with $15,900 fine, the report said. She will be tried by the Court of Justice of the Republic, a tribunal that hears cases against ministers.Meanwhile, the case threatens the credibility of IMF, whose last three managing directors have faced trials. It also poses risk to the image of 60-year-old Lagarde, who has a stellar career progression from a former corporate lawyer to the finance minster of France to head the world’s most powerful funding agency — IMF.According to the report, Tapie, who owned Adidas between 1990-1993, had accused a state bank of defrauding him in his sale of the sportswear firm and was fighting a legal battle against the state. On becoming finance minister in 2007 under Nicolas Sarkozy, Lagarde had ordered that Tapie’s long-running battle with the state be resolved by arbitration.Investigators suspected that the arbitration process was rigged in favour of Tapie, who had supported Sarkozy in his 2007 presidential election campaign. Although Lagarde was not accused of being personally benefited from the decision, she had been criticised for failing to challenge the huge payout award in favour of Tapie.last_img read more

Oxa Medical Adurcup Mobisy Tech raise funds to drive growth

first_imgUS dollar notes are seen in this November 7, 2016 picture.Reuters fileThree start-ups — Oxa Medical, AdUrCup and Mobisy Tech — raised funds for their expansion plans. in the past couple of days. While the amount was not known for Oxa Medical, Adurcup raised $325,000 in pre-Series A funding and Mobisy Tech received $382,000.Mobisy Tech, a Bengaluru-based start-up, which owns marketplace app Distiman and supply chain automation platform Bizom, said that the money raised from existing investor Ojas Ventures and two undisclosed angel investors will be used to drive Distiman’s geographical expansion and ramp up operations of Bizom, according to a report in VCCircle.”Other functions, such as brand sales and engineering, are shared. In fact, Bizom is Distiman’s back-end technology, so the engineering roadmap for the products is essentially the same. Hence, the same resourcing and costs,” the portal quoted Arun Narayanan, co-founder, Mobisy Technologies, as saying.Oxa Medical, a Hyderabad-based online platform for personalised medical tourism package, raised an undisclosed amount in seed funding from Idein Networks.”We are creating a one-stop shop for people travelling to India for healthcare or medical treatment purposes. We not only arrange for travel, accommodation and treatment but also provide pre-travel medical consultation and post-treatment care services,” Shashank Shrivastava, founder, Oxa Medical, told DealStreetAsia. Adurcup, the Kanpur-based online retail store for disposable consumables used in restaurants, did not disclose the investors who funded the latest round. The start-up, formed in July 2015, had raised $100,000 in seed funding from Green House Ventures.Kumar Kushang, Nitin Prakash and Harshit Mittal had co-founded the start-up that now seeks to grow its business.”The current fund raise will help us scale, bring more process innovations and improve our product, with profitability being the first milestone,” Kushang told e27.last_img read more