Ag Secretary Perdue Visits Indiana State Fair

first_img Previous articleChapman’s and Demerly Pick Up Indiana Young Farmer HonorsNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for August 9, 2017 Gary Truitt SHARE Ag Secretary Perdue Visits Indiana State Fair Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Ag Secretary Perdue Visits Indiana State FairSecretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue came to the Hoosier state on Tuesday as he wrapped up his 5 state midwestern swing. After a stop at the Colts complex for an event with the Indiana dairy industry, it was on to the State Fair. The Secretary began his visit with a closed door meeting with top state officials,  including Governor Holcomb and Lt. Gov. Crouch, and with farmer leaders from most of Indiana’s farm organizations, state, and federal agencies.  It what was billed as a Farm Bill listening session. Following the hour long meeting, the Secretary told the media Indiana farmers told him they want a safety net that is market oriented, “We don’t want a safety net so high that farmers produce for the program.” He said the farm program should allow producers to make good economic and farming decisions and not make decisions just to qualify for government payments.Trade was another topic of discussion. Perdue made it clear the President is very supportive of agricultural trade, “The President feels that the U.S. economy is one of the largest consumers in the world and that we can get a better deal bilaterally, and that is what we are beginning to do.” Perdue said he will be traveling to Japan and Korea later this month and will begin to lay the groundwork for a new bilateral trade agreement.   “I have already been in Canada and Mexico and started the process of modernizing NAFTA, which has been very good for agriculture,” Perdue said.Most of those in the meeting that I spoke with came away impressed with Perdue and his knowledge of production agriculture. Randy Kron, Indiana Farm Bureau President, said the Secretary understands the importance of keeping crop insurance, “I sat next to him during lunch, and we discussed crop insurance at length.  He also addressed the issue during the listening session, so I feel he really understands the importance of crop insurance.” Kron added he felt Perdue was a down-to-earth person with whom agriculture could work.The importance of conservation was also covered in the meeting. The Secretary referenced it several times in his remarks to the media. Senator Todd Young, who also participated in the listening session, said the Secretary’s presence in Indiana sends a strong message to those writing the new Farm Bill, “It shows he is gathering input, not just from those in Washington but from those on the ground.”Perdue then toured the high tech Glass Barn where fair visitors can remotely tour a farming operation and thrashed some wheat with steam power at the Pioneer village.Hoosier Ag Today coverage of the Indiana State Fair is made possible by Indiana soybean farmers and their checkoff and by the American Dairy Association of Indiana, your Indiana dairy farmers. By Gary Truitt – Aug 9, 2017 Home Indiana Agriculture News Ag Secretary Perdue Visits Indiana State Fairlast_img read more

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Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh partners with the EPL in India

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) The English Premier League has formed an official partnership with Indian film actor Ranveer Singh.The Bollywood star is a passionate football fan and will help promote the Premier League to fans in India and globally.Singh, famous for his lead roles in films such as Bajirao Mastani and Befikre, is a lifelong supporter of Arsenal FC and closely follows Premier League action throughout the season.In this ambassadorial role, he will be working to support the Leagues community initiatives across India, promote fan events and share his passion for the game.This partnership builds on the Premier Leagues existing commitment to fans and development of the game in India. The League recently hosted an international fan park in Bengaluru, which saw more than 20,000 Indian fans engage with clubs and activities.The Premier League is committed to supporting the development of the game at both a grassroots and elite level in India and has been running the international community programme Premier Skills there since 2007.Premier Skills is a global coaching and referee development programme which uses football as a tool to engage and develop the skills of young people.The programme is run in partnership with the British Council, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Indian Super League (ISL).Since the programmes inception a decade ago, Premier Skills projects have trained more than 1,000 local coaches and referees while reaching more than 78,000 young people in the country.To celebrate the start of the partnership, Singh will attend the Arsenal versus Liverpool match.advertisementRichard Masters, Premier League Managing Director, said: “Ranveer Singh is a passionate Premier League supporter who connects with fans across India and the world. His knowledge of the game and commitment to its development and growth, both domestically and internationally, is what has led to the creation of this partnership.”We look forward to working with Ranveer to encourage football fans in India to play, coach, referee and support the game.”Singh said, “It is an honour to take on an ambassadorial role with the Premier League. I look forward to sharing my passion for football and hope that I can help develop and grow the fan base for the sport in India.”This partnership with Singh will also strengthen the relationship between the Premier League and the ISL which was first formalised in 2014, when a mutual cooperation agreement between the two was signed.This alliance has seen the two leagues exchange knowledge, strategic support and ideas around the development of the game at all levels. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

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