Farm Bureau 100 Year Celebration Hits New Orleans this Weekend

first_img Facebook Twitter Farm Bureau 100 Year Celebration Hits New Orleans this Weekend SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Bureau 100 Year Celebration Hits New Orleans this Weekend By Andy Eubank – Jan 9, 2019 Facebook Twitter Farm-Bureau-centennialThe American Farm Bureau Federation turns 100 this year. There will be plenty of celebrating for members of the nation’s largest farm organization, and AFBF President Zippy Duvall is proud that their mission has remained the same since 1919.“If you think about what the mission was in 1919 and that mission hasn’t changed to this day, and that’s to bring one united voice for American farmers and ranchers to Washington, D.C., and to the policymaking on the national level. We were relevant to the cause in 1919 and we’re just as relevant, if not more, in 2019, and I think that’s really something that we as members of this organization and leadership of this organization should be really proud of.”Farm Bureau is kicking off the centennial celebration this weekend during the AFBF annual convention in New Orleans through January 16.Zippy Duvall“We’ll have a taste of the states of the country, and everybody will be able to share that on the trade show floor. And then Secretary Perdue will be there with us and he’ll be helping us celebrate the 100th, and who knows what other guests may show up and surprise us in that meeting, so I encourage everybody to come to our convention and let’s celebrate the successes that we’ve had for 100 years.”Duvall says that as Farm Bureau celebrates its centennial in 2019, there’s a bright future ahead for agriculture and rural communities.“As more people seem to be removed from the farm, I think you’re going to see it reverse and see a lot of people leave the urban areas and go back to the countryside, especially after you see broadband get spread into the rural parts of the country where young people don’t mind going back and working. If that happens, you’ll see agriculture expand, we’ll create other jobs in rural communities, and I think you’ll see rural America revitalized.”Hoosier Ag Today will cover the Indiana delegation at the annual convention in New Orleans and look for the culmination of Indiana Farm Bureau’s 100-years celebration at the state convention back in French Lick December 12-14, 2019. SHARE Previous articleISA/ICGA Identify Top 2019 Grassroots Farmer PrioritiesNext articleRural Hoosiers Being Regulated by the Cities and Towns Where They Can’t Vote Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Are children really better off with gay parents?

first_imgTheLeadingEdge 22 July 2013  Yesterday morning the Stuff.co.nz website boldly trumpeted the headline: ‘Children with gay parents ‘happier’ – research‘.I was wondering how long it was going to take the NZ media to start touting the dubious claims of the latest agenda-driven attempt to try and reduce natural biological parenting to a meaningless social phenomenon with no greater significance than what we, as a culture, subjectively attach to it.The journalism in this article is woefully deficient, and instead of actually investigating the claims, and the methodology behind them, the article simply advocates for them as if they are irrefutable scientific fact.Firstly, the man leading the charge on this research is actually in a same-sex relationship, and he and his partner are parenting twin boys. More importantly, the article openly states that this research was ideologically and politically motivated when it explains that “the study was prompted when Crouch found politicians on both sides of the debate on gay adoption and marriage believed the best way to raise a child is in a traditional family with a biological mother and a biological father.”Quite clearly this is not an unbiased blank slate start to the research, but rather it is a case of someone with a point to prove who has gone fishing for something to support his ideological commitments, and to try and give validity to his own parenting arrangement.This fact alone should be ringing alarm bells right off the bat, but it doesn’t end there. There is actually more that is problematic about this latest attempt to undermine the importance of natural parenting – and if the journalist who wrote this article had actually bothered to get online and learn more about the methodology of this new research they would have pointed out the following important facts in their article:http://theleadingedgeblog.com/are-children-really-better-off-with-gay-parents/last_img read more

Ball State Professor Discusses Iraq Crisis

first_imgMUNCIE, In — Ball State telecommunications professor Phil Bremen, a former Army officer who covered Saddam Hussein’s Iraq for NBC News, says Friday’s bombing by American forces of Iraqi militants is a sign that involvement in that country is far from over.“‘All’s well that ends well,’ Shakespeare told us, but the U.S. involvement in Iraq did not end well – and we’re paying the price for it now,” he says. “Of course, our Iraq adventure began badly, too. It was based on the trumped-up rationale of rooting out weapons of mass destruction that did not exist. Then, from all accounts, there was too little attention to massaging a political peace to follow the initial U.S. military triumph.”President Obama authorized “targeted airstrikes” to protect U.S. personnel from fighters with the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.  American military forces also could use airstrikes to prevent genocide of minority groups by ISIS militants.Bremen believes the American people in 2008 were “fed up with the whole thing” and elected President Obama, at least in part, on his promise to end the occupation of Iraq.“Obama followed the advice of the late Sen. George Aiken, whose solution to the Vietnam fiasco was to ‘declare victory and get out.’ But the centuries-old enmities in the Middle East just kept on smoldering.”Bremen points out that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki – whom the Bush administration had handpicked – rejected the concept of building a secular, multiethnic democracy.“He persecuted Iraq’s Sunni minority and replaced Sunni generals with loyal – though not necessarily competent — fellow Shiites. Now they have folded under the onslaught of Sunni extremists who are fueled not only by their sectarian zeal but also by their battlefield successes in neighboring Syria.”last_img read more