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A letter from Ohio agriculture to Ohio agriculture regarding LEBOR and water quality

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dear Friend,The seriousness of the water quality issue as it pertains to Ohio agriculture has never been greater than it is right now.With the recent passage of the Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR), Lake Erie has now been granted the same legal rights normally reserved for a person. That means that any Toledoan who believes a business in the watershed is doing something they deem as detrimental to the lake could sue on the lake’s behalf.It was no secret that if LEBOR passed, agriculture would have the biggest target on its back. Farmers statewide need to be aware of its possible implications.Wood County farmer Mark Drewes has taken the lead in challenging LEBOR in court. And this letter from every major agriculture group in the state is to let you know we fully support him.Drewes acted quickly and took a strong approach when he bravely stood up for his family farm and all farms in Ohio by taking legal action to prevent senseless lawsuits stemming from LEBOR.We wholeheartedly agree with Drewes’ strategy, especially with the threat of legal actions against our members. But many of our family, friends and neighbors may see this as a message that Ohio agriculture doesn’t care about water quality and farmers do not want to fix what we acknowledge is a major problem in our state. We all know this is simply not true, but as the saying goes, “If you don’t tell your story, someone else will.”It’s time to step out of our comfort zone to better share our best practices with those outside of agriculture and reach out to those who don’t know or understand just how committed we are to healthy water in Ohio.Our members are making many management changes in the name of clean water. From planting cover crops, to installing buffers and waterways, to using variable rate fertilizer application equipment, to improved manure management, farmers are taking on the responsibility of doing the right things to improve water quality for all Ohioans.As we evaluate our operations and what measures we are taking for cleaner water, we have to ask if we can do more. Is what we do enough to make our community feel good about our nutrient management efforts? Do those who question our methods fully understand the extent of what we do to protect our shared water?This is an urgent time to talk to your neighbors. Share how the vast majority of farmers in Ohio are being proactive in finding a balance between producing food and protecting water. These are tough conversations but they are necessary conversations. We need to make our case to those who need to hear it.Work continues with the new administration and state legislators, who understand that agriculture needs to be a part of the water quality solution. Ohio agriculture is also working cooperatively with the conservation and environmental communities to discuss the resources needed to address and remedy Ohio’s water quality problems.Our message can reach far beyond our fence rows by sharing it online, too. Take pictures of the practices you use on the farm and share why taking the initiative for clean water is so important for you, your family and your farm. Use the hashtag #farmers4oh2o on your social media platforms and let’s use this opportunity to show the public our good work on the water quality front.We stand beside Drewes Farms and their efforts to protect every one of us and our way of life by defending Ohio agriculture against the legal fallouts from LEBOR. Now let’s step up to reach even more people about agriculture’s positive role in protecting the environment.Sincerely,Ohio AgriBusiness Association, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, Ohio Dairy Producers Association, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Soybean Association, Ohio Poultry Association, and Ohio Sheep Improvement Associationlast_img read more

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In the Arena with Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki – Episode 3

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 22:55 — 10.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSNot only was he one of the original employees at Apple computer comma guy has taken his insights and skills to the highest levels of achievement when it comes to publishing, social media, and everything in between. On this candid interview, Anthony asks Guy his opinion about self-publishing versus traditional publishing and gets a very straightforward answer.  You won’t have any Illusions as to what Guys think about the state of publishing in modern times after listening to this episode.In the Arena with Author, Publisher, and Entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki – Episode 3Click To TweetThe death of the traditional publisher (for most authors).Most people in today’s business and professional world can’t afford to publish with a traditional publisher simply because the amount of time they will have to spend marketing their own book for such a small percentage of the profits of the book will not make sense in terms of return on investment.  on this episode of the podcast, Guy Kawasaki make the ultimate leave clear that he is not interested in traditional publishing…unless someone were to call him up and offered him a two-million-dollar advance on his next book.Any kind of publishing requires you to market yourself.Many people make the mistake of thinking that they will self-publish a book simply because they don’t want to be put in a position where they have to market themselves. If that is the case, self-publishing is definitely not for them. Guy Kawasaki makes the point of 1 self-publishing requires just as much if not more effort from the author as does traditional publishing, on this episode. If you are debating whether you should pursue a traditional publisher or take on the task of publishing your book on your own, the opinions you hear on this podcast will definitely influence you one way or the other.Any kind of publishing requires you to market yourself ~ Guy KawasakiClick To TweetWhy a publisher’s advance is not as good as Indiegogo or KickstarterThe days when a traditional publisher would forward and advance in the millions of dollars is long gone for most people. The market is simply too full of contents for publishers to be able to afford that kind of advance. As a result, advances are usually 10 to $20,000 at the most. Guy Kawasaki believes most business professionals could raise that much themselves Crowdfunding platforms like Indiegogo or Kickstarter. On this episode, you can hear how he explains that scenario so that you can decide which route is best for you.How print on demand has changed publishing foreverUsing some of the popular print on demand platforms that exist today such as Createspace or LightningSource, you could have a book uploaded, published, and ships to you within a matter of days. That is an incredible advance in the publishing industry and one that Guy Kawasaki believes will continue to push more and more authors into the realm of self-publishing, simply because no traditional publisher can match the speed and efficiency of that kind of turnaround. On this episode of In The Arena,  Anthony interviews entrepreneur and social media guru, Guy Kawasaki. Be sure you take the time to listen to this one.How print on demand has changed publishing forever ~ Guy KawasakiClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to Guy Kawasaki. Who should use a traditional publisher these days? Why self publishing is not a good fit for people who don’t like to market themselves. The changes that will happen in book formats and publishing with ebooks. Why a publisher’s advance is not as good as Indiegogo or Kickstarter. What it means for a first time author to publish in parallel. What Guy would love to see happen in the perfect world of publishing. How print on demand has changed publishing forever. What’s next for Guy Kawasaki?Resources & Links mentioned in this episode0887309968159184056209885231081591845831B007HD7HT0IndiegogoKickstarterCreatspaceLightningSourceThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarino Tweets you can use to share this episodeThe death of the traditional publisher (for most authors) ~ Guy KawasakiClick To TweetWhy a publisher’s advance is not as good as Indiegogo or Kickstarter ~ Guy KawasakiClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. 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Mike Trouts Teammates Dont Deserve Mike Trout

Mike Trout is once again on pace to be the greatest player ever for his age. He currently leads the American League in wins above replacement, ranks second in on-base percentage, fifth in slugging percentage, second in OPS+ and he’s even stealing bases at an elite rate. It’s a season so good, on a team so bad, that there are rumors Trout may not last the season in L.A. If the Angels trade him, they’d be getting rid of a young player unlike anyone we’ve ever seen.To pull ahead of Ty Cobb as the career leader in WAR (among position players) through age 24, Trout needs about 3 more WAR this year. (No matter which version of WAR you use.) And sure enough, FanGraphs’ projection thinks he’ll bag about 3.7 WAR before season’s end. As fluky a game as baseball can be, the one constant seems to be that Trout is the best young player we’ve ever seen.But even with a potential G.O.A.T. in their lineup, the Los Angeles Angels still haven’t been able to win many ballgames. Despite Trout’s efforts, they’re 40-52 this season — tied for last place in the American League West — and they’ve won only 53 percent of their games since Trout made his debut midway through the 2011 campaign. That’s an 86-win pace per season, which sounds OK until you consider exactly how great Trout is: an otherwise-average team who added Trout (and Trout alone) would have won roughly 88 games a year. Trout is such a gift from the baseball gods that averaging 86 wins with him is disappointing.So it’s fair to say Trout’s Angel teammates have not pulled their weight for much of his career, particularly when you consider that L.A. had baseball’s eighth-biggest payroll since 2011 — a number that Trout barely contributed to because of the way MLB underpays its young talent.We can use advanced stats to estimate the degree to which Trout has outplayed his teammates. Trout has generated 43.6 WAR since 2011; his average teammate would have generated only 9.3 WAR in the same number of opportunities. (That’s according to Baseball-Reference’s WAR, which lets us find an individualized record for any player or group of players because it also comes with a “wins above average” component, in addition to wins above replacement.) Add up those records for L.A.’s non-Trout division and calculate a winning percentage, and it comes to .468 — the equivalent of 76 wins in a full season. Scale it to Trout’s playing time, and he’s beaten his teammates by 34.3 wins in an apples-to-apples comparison.That difference between Trout and teammates is the second-biggest disparity for a player age 24 or younger since 1901: Ty CobbDET1905-1146.7.49814.132.6 Christy MathewsonNYG1901-0539.6.51716.323.3 Players must have been age 24 or younger on June 30 of the season in question. Teammate average WAR is calculated as though teammates played as much as the player they’re being compared with.Source: Baseball-Reference.com Mel OttNYG1926-3336.8.52814.322.6 Ken Griffey Jr.SEA1989-9436.9.46010.026.9 Albert PujolsSTL2001-0429.1.5419.919.3 Bob FellerCLE1936-4137.4.50214.023.4 Alex RodriguezSEA1994-0038.0.49811.626.4 Mike TroutLAA2011-1643.6.4689.334.3 Wes FerrellCLE1927-3231.3.49211.020.3 TEAMMATE AVERAGE Walter JohnsonWSH1907-1246.6.42811.235.5 Rogers HornsbySTL1915-2036.1.4004.831.3 Babe RuthBOS1914-1941.0.51016.324.7 Al KalineDET1953-5933.5.49511.222.3 Arky VaughanPIT1932-3634.3.50110.324.0 Rickey HendersonOAK1979-8328.0.4245.622.4 Mickey MantleNYY1951-5640.9.58615.125.8 Frank TananaCAL1973-7831.5.4469.621.9 PLAYERTEAMYEARSWARWIN %WARWINS ABOVE TEAMMATES Bert BlylevenMIN1970-7537.3.48314.323.0 Cesar CedenoHOU1970-7529.2.4729.619.6 Young players who outplayed their teammates the most, 1901-2016 Ted WilliamsBOS1939-4234.3.5048.226.0 Not since the days of Walter Johnson and the Washington Senators has a young star been saddled with teammates as inferior as Trout’s. And while Johnson’s Senators turned things around during his age-24 season, winning 91 games in 1912, Trout’s Angels are on pace for 73 wins, the worst record they’ve had with Trout.Under ordinary circumstances it would be unthinkable to trade a player who is tracking to be the G.O.A.T. And it probably won’t happen — trade talk is fun but often meaningless. But if Trout did move, the return would have to be immense.Let’s say, hypothetically, that the Washington Nationals wanted to add Trout at the trade deadline in two weeks. (It doesn’t have to be the Nationals, but they are a typical contender with a large incentive to load up on World Series-winning talent in the short term.) Our Doyle model of deadline-dealing is designed to tell trade partners what to do in such a circumstance. Doyle analyzes a team’s situation on July 31 — including its existing talent and playoff odds — and calculates the amount of future WAR a team should be willing to part with for one win at the trade deadline.If the Angels were smart, they wouldn’t let Trout go for anything less than two kings’ ransoms. Doyle says Trout’s talent boost1About 8.5 WAR per 162 games, according to FanGraphs. for the end of 2016 alone would be worth 22.5 WAR of future value to the Nationals. (Roughly the value of Kyle Seager’s career thus far.) Multiply that over the remaining five years of Trout’s current deal,2Including 2016. and a Trout trade might need to haul in more than double the value of an entire top-ranked farm system to be equitable. (Let’s hope the two teams who empty their farm systems avoid the Solomon method for splitting one Mike Trout.)That’s why Trout almost certainly won’t be going anywhere this season or anytime soon. And unless the Angels can somehow upgrade the rest of their roster, that means more seasons spent lamenting Trout’s fate as a future inner-circle Hall of Famer stuck with a weak supporting cast. read more

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Aldine ISD Highlighted As Case Study In Perseverance In School Turnaround

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