Indiana, Ohio Farmers Take Home Top Red Gold Stewardship Award

first_img Indiana, Ohio Farmers Take Home Top Red Gold Stewardship Award SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Aug 14, 2017 Previous articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for August 15, 2017Next articleU.S. Feed Grain and Ethanol Exports Up Gary Truitt SHARE H&T Parker Farms.Red Gold and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) are proud to present Harold and Tom Parker of H&T Parker Farms, located in LaPorte, Ind., and Chris McDonnall of McDonnall Farms, located in Delta, Ohio, with the 2017 Red Gold Stewardship Award. Currently in its ninth year, the award was established to showcase the conservation efforts of Red Gold growers and to recognize those going above and beyond in their farming operations. Parker and McDonnall were recognized during a ceremony held at Red Gold’s corporate headquarters in Elwood.“Taking care of the land continues to be a priority for Red Gold and farmers across the Midwest,” said Ted McKinney, ISDA Director. “I commend Harold, Tom and Chris for being leaders in conservation and, by their example, encouraging others to do so as well.”Tom Parker graduated from Purdue University in 2001 and soon after joined the family farming operation, H&T Parker Farms. He uses the latest technology to grow his crops and is currently producing corn, seed corn and tomatoes.Parker has been with Red Gold since 2012 and grows tomatoes on a five year or more rotation. Making conservation part of his farm management, he has restored wetlands, installed grass filter strips on open ditches and put in place water sediment control basins, just to name a few.Two of the main reasons Parker received the stewardship award include switching from conventional to vertical tillage and adding cover crops to five out of the six years of their typical rotation.“The ground is going to give back what you put into it, so you have to make sure that everything is healthy in order to have a sustainable future,” Parker said. “The practices we have put in place show that we are environmentally conscious, and it’s an honor to receive this award and get recognized for that work.”Located in Delta, Ohio, McDonnall is a fifth generation farmer and owner and operator of McDonnall Farms. Along with corn and soybeans, he has been growing tomatoes on a five year rotation for 55 years – 23 of those with Red Gold.In addition to planting cover crops, McDonnall incorporates the following conservation practices into his farm management; grass buffers around tile-risers, grass waterways, grass filter strips on open ditches, and water and sediment control basins. Additionally, he has constructed his own strip-tiller for reducing soil disturbance while planting tomatoes.“Being in charge of a farming operation means doing the best you can with the ground you are using, so it means a lot to be recognized for that,” McDonnall said. “We are a fifth generation farm and would like to continue our operation, and taking care of our resources plays a critical role in that.”The Red Gold Stewardship Award program is driven by Red Gold’s desire to demonstrate their companywide commitment to good stewardship practices. The company encourages their tomato producers, who are located in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, to adopt good conservation practices and has instilled an atmosphere of continuous improvement.As the top winner, Parker received a $1,000 scholarship plus the option of shipping an extra truck load of tomatoes per day during harvest season. Taking second place, McDonnall received a $500 scholarship and an extra half truck load of tomatoes per day during harvest.ISDA’s role in the competition is to serve as an independent evaluator, which includes judging and scoring. The winners were selected based on their conservation practices and efforts.For more information about the Red Gold Stewardship Award, or Red Gold in general, visit www.redgold.com. For more information about ISDA, visit www.isda.in.gov.Source: ISDA Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana, Ohio Farmers Take Home Top Red Gold Stewardship Awardlast_img read more

Jericho Road Pasadena Community-Based Organization Hosts 2nd Annual “Leadership Connection”

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Jericho Road Pasadena Community-Based Organization Hosts 2nd Annual “Leadership Connection” Workshop Prepares Individuals Interested in Serving as Nonprofit Board Members on January 24 and 31 and February 7, 2017 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 | 1:10 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Subscribe More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Jericho Road Pasadena, a community-based organization that works with over 125 nonprofits in the San Gabriel Valley and Northeast Los Angeles, is hosting its 2nd Annual The Leadership Connection, a comprehensive workshop which trains and prepares participants to serve on nonprofit boards.The three 3-hour sessions will be held Tuesdays on January 24 and 31 and February 7, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Western Justice Center in Pasadena. The registration fee is $500 for individuals and $750 for a corporate rate. Registration closes on January 13.The Leadership Connection is a great opportunity for individuals interested in serving on a nonprofit board. The benefits for participating in this workshop include learning critical professional skills that apply both to nonprofit board service and business management, supporting important work carried out by nonprofit organizations that rely on local leadership as well as raising the profile and influence of the individual in their community. In addition to personal and professional development, Jericho Road Pasadena matches individuals to join the right nonprofit board that best utilizes their talents and work experience.The workshop is led by local and dynamic experts, who present topics about nonprofit governance, financial and legal oversight, strategic planning, resource development and ambassadorship.The two trainers conducting the Pasadena conference are Mitch Dorger and Judy Plunkett.Mitch Dorger is Principal at Dorger Consulting and former Chief Executive Officer at the Tournament of Roses. He brings more than 40 years of experience, including 20 years as the chief executive officer in organizations as large as 1800 people with operating budgets up to $100 million. His work experience encompasses a wide range of functional areas, including international relations, program planning and budgeting, crisis management, government relations, event management and sports management.Judy Plunkett is a nonprofit consultant, former Director of the Society of Fellows at The Huntington and former Executive Director at the Arboretum Foundation. She is a life-longvolunteer, board member and fundraiser and has worked with organizations that focus on education, youth development, health and the environment.Ideal candidates for serving on nonprofit boards demonstrate the following qualities:• Work well in groups• Have good interpersonal skills• Possess leadership experience or potential including vision, strategic thinking, and expertise in the field• Interested in being more involved with the community• Willingness to serve on a nonprofit board and make an annual donationRegistration for The Leadership Connection closes January 13. For more information send a resume to Jericho Road Pasadena Director Melanie Goodyear at [email protected] review of your resume, Goodyear will schedule an hour-long orientation to explain the program and get to know you and your volunteer interests. Please visit their website www.jrpasadena.org for more information.Western Justice Center is located at 55 S. Grand Ave., in Pasadena.About Jericho Road PasadenaJericho Road Pasadena is a non-sectarian, nonprofit corporation that bridges communities by matching the professional talents of volunteers with the needs of community-based nonprofit organizations and businesses to promote community development, strengthen social services, and enrich the lives of volunteers.Since Jericho Road Pasadena officially opened its doors in May 2010, over 100 skilled volunteers have completed 320 capacity-building projects for local nonprofits. The projects have provided partner organizations the equivalent of $745,000 of operational assistance, with over 8,000 hours in staffing—all through qualified volunteers and absolutely free to the organizations in need.Skilled volunteers improve nonprofits’ operational capacity, including board development, marketing, informational technology, finance and human resources, among other operational issues.About Melanie GoodyearMelanie Goodyear is Executive Director of Jericho Road Pasadena. As a nonprofit professional with 20 years of experience, which includes Worldvision’s Los Angeles regional program, Goodyear has dedicated her career to helping the needy, leading her to diverse experiences such as working at an orphanage in Mexico, and community organizing at National City Collaborative in a poor immigrant neighborhood in San Diego. Prior to working with JRP, she managed volunteers at Monrovia Public Library. She has consulted extensively with nonprofits, helping to build each organization’s capacity. Goodyear has a Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and a Master’s degree from Claremont School of Theology and is a certified volunteer administrator. Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more