Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have a new pastor at church and he was walking through the congregation prior to the service last Sunday morning and he stopped to say, “Hello.” He looked down at my six-year-old son and said, “Pleased to meet you, what is your name?”Rather than sharing his name, my son said, “I went mutton bustin’ — I rode the ram in the barn today before church.”“Oh really,” the pastor said.“Yep, his name is Big Poppa. I wore my snowboarding helmet.”The pastor stopped and looked up at me with a questioning glance. “Is this real? What he is talking about?”“Yes it is,” I said. “He was helping his mother with chores this morning and she let him ride on the back of the Horned Dorset ram in the barn. He did wear his snowboarding helmet.”Even after the countless conversations he had with churchgoers that day I am pretty sure that one will be remembered for a while. The young, new pastor admitted this was the first time he had ever discussed mutton bustin’ in church and he was certain the topic would work its way into the lunchtime conversation with his family later that day.The incident reminded me of a session I had attended at the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Ag Professionals event the day prior about developing your “elevator speech” to make a worthwhile and memorable impression on someone in a short period of time. The process of developing this effective first impression can be very strategic and well planned, but it does not have to be elaborate to be effective.Often, for those in agriculture, simple honesty is the best policy. If you want people to remember you, just tell them what you do. I have an extremely successful friend in Columbus who has gone far in the real estate world. He spends his days travelling around the country to urban projects or working long hours in his office downtown. He then goes home to his house in the city. He calls me every so often.“Hey Matt, what are you up to?”“Well, actually right now I am shoveling chicken manure out of the coop before I gather the eggs for the day.”“Matt you are the only person I know who could ever even say anything like that.”And you know what? He’s right. And he is like most people that we will meet (since most people are not farmers). In fact, there is a reasonable chance — depending on where you are — that you may be the only farmer the person sitting next to you will ever meet. Because of that, the simple fact that you are a farmer is likely fascinating to them, and it makes for a very good and straight forward “elevator speech.”Bruce King — a former U.S. Marine, turned factory worker from town, turned hog farmer who was just named the Swine Manager of the Year by the Ohio Pork Council — knows this well. He understands the appeal of talking to farmers to find out information about what really happens on farms with our food first hand, because just a few years ago he wasn’t a farmer. His military and manufacturing background gave him a unique perspective as a farm manager to dramatically improve productivity on the farm. It also gives him a unique perspective in his community. Now, when he is not working on the farm, he is going about his small town life and eagerly sharing with others about what he does and why he loves it.“I was at Home Depot the other day talking about open pen gestation,” King said. “I just want to educate people who only have watched a YouTube video on one side of the story. I have taken people from the community to go visit. Educating people is so important. We shower them in and let them in the barns to show them that the animals are well cared for.”I am not sure King spent much time laboring over his “elevator speech” on how to effectively make an impression with the folks at Home Depot, but his passion for what he does just comes through. When people find out that he is a hog farmer who lives in town, there are inevitable questions that King is more than happy to answer. He doesn’t have a strategy to be a great spokesman for agriculture. He is just honest and passionate about what he does (and he is a former Marine so people listen to him).The public is demanding to know more about what takes place in the production of their food, and not always in a nice way. In a world where PETA bashes the FFA, restaurant chains criticize the farmers who produce their food, and anyone can be a food/animal/crop/farm expert online, real, honest stories from people on farms are more important than ever. If you work on a farm, what you do — baling hay, carrying water, scooping manure, artificial insemination, feeding livestock, harvesting crops, and, yes, even Sunday morning mutton bustin’ — is very novel and memorable for others. Even your daily activities on the farm can leave quite an impression on those you meet.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We make it through most of today dry over a large part of the state. We need to keep watch for some light moisture in NW and far western Ohio today, but rains really do not develop until we get closer to this evening. Thick clouds and well organized arrive in WW Ohio tonight, and then continues to spread across the southern half of the state through the overnight tonight, through tomorrow and then exits early Sunday morning. We are making no changes to this forecast. The moisture is light to moderate, but consistently spread over the period from tonight through tomorrow. We will put coverage at nearly 100% of the state from I-70 southward. The moisture pushes north later in the afternoon tomorrow, particularly over east central Ohio, and then tomorrow night we can see the rains all the way up into NE Ohio. Only NW Ohio misses out on the rain Saturday. We are keeping rain totals at half to 1.5″ south of I-70 with a few localized totals closer to 2″ in SW Ohio, .2″-.6″ from I-70 to US 30, and from a few hundredths to .5″ over the NE quarter of the state. Everything should be pushing off to the east by mid to late morning Sunday. The map at right shows rain totals through Sunday morning.High pressure comes in for Sunday late afternoon and evening. It should give us a quick move back to dry weather. That dry pattern holds through next Wednesday. A second high pressure center moves across the state toward Monday afternoon-Tuesday. Temps will fall off Sunday and Monday, but not by too much, and then we climb again, and should be near normal through a good chunk of the week. Moisture is back for the second half of next week, as scattered showers arrive Thursday morning. At this time, we are expecting a few hundredths to .4” rain potential with coverage at 80% of the state. This will be a relatively light rain event. All action does look to be out of here by Thursday night near midnight. Much colder air starts to funnel in behind the system, and we go dry for that Friday and the following weekend. At this point we look for air to be cold enough for snow for that weekend ahead of Christmas, but we actually do not see any significant snow chances. The extended period remains dry through the 26th. Cold air dominates through that period. We look for south winds to start to develop on the 27th ahead of our next system, which arrives late the 27th into the 28th. This will moisture of .25”-.75” liquid equivalent, but right now we are going to allow for either rain or snow.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board on Saturday held a brainstorming session here with different Muslim parties over the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case, ahead of a crucial meeting to decide whether to go for a review of the top court’s judgment. The parties met AIMPLB general secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani and apprised him of the Ayodhya issue, said Board secretary Zafaryab Jilani. They said that the Supreme Court decision is “not understandable” and so there is a need to go for a review, Mr. Jilani said.
Ravichandran Ashwin became the second fastest Indian spinner to reach the 150 ODI wickets mark.Ashwin scalped Miguel Cummins in his last over of the match against West Indies which they won handsomely by 93 runs, as the Virat Kohli-led side took an 2-0 unassailable lead in the five-match ODI series.Chasing 252 on a slow track, West Indies never looked in the contention as the hosts were bowled out for 158 in the 38.1 overs.Ashwin floated the ball around middle and leg as Cummins failed to guide it on the leg side. He missed and Ashwin finished his 111th ODI match with figures of 3/28 along with a maiden.Kumble had taken just 106 matches to reach the same feat, of taking 150 wickets. Ashwin in the last match, which was the second match of the series, took just one wicket for 47 runs. He was back in his element bamboozling the Windies batsmen with his wily deliveries.He foxed captain Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse and lastly, Miguel Cummins to hand India the victory and the surety that they can’t lose the five-match series.He had been on a lean patch of sort, at least by his standards culminating in the ICC Champions League final against arch-rivals Pakistan, when he was wicketless, as he finished the tournament with just three wickets.He was not picked in the initial few matches of the tournament and played just three official matches, with his best effort coming in a warm-up game against Bangladesh.Leading upto the tournament, Ashwin had taken a break from the Indian Premier League to recuperate from a long home season where he was instrumental in India putting up a good record.advertisement