Visionaries Indiana Agriculture Honored

first_img Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Visionaries Indiana Agriculture Honored Visionaries Indiana Agriculture Honored Visionaries Indiana Agriculture HonoredEach year, the Lt. Governor presents special awards to individuals with a special vision for the future of Indiana agriculture. This year’s recipients of the AgriVision award are Beth Bechdol, Director of Agribusiness Strategies at Ice Miller and President and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana, and Dr. Jay Akridge, Interim Provost at Purdue University. They were honored during the Celebration of Agriculture at the Indiana State Fair.Akridge says his vision for Indiana agriculture to be a center of innovation in agriculture, “A place where the research happens and the farmers are early adopters of the latest things that will help them be more productive.”Dr. Akridge is currently Purdue’s Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity. Akridge began his career 20 years ago at Purdue University as a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Economics and has since served as dean of the College Agriculture. During his time at Purdue, he has positioned the university to be one of the world’s leading agricultural colleges through innovative program development, initiatives and research.  His expertise and leadership is valued by industry leaders here in Indiana and nationwide. Akridge served on the ISDA Advisory Board from 2009 to 2015 and was part of the team that created AgriNovus Indiana. He is also a leader in the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), a research, policy and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the work of public universities in North America.Bechdol says her vision is to  grow the state’s ag economy to benefit the farm families and rural communities that depend on it, “Sustaining Indiana farm families, protecting our natural resources, and making sure people across Indiana know how great our agricultural system is.”Bechdol is the Director of Agribusiness Strategies at Ice Miller and President and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana. Growing up on a farm in Auburn, IN, Bechdol has spent her entire life striving to make Indiana a global leader in agriculture. Her public service includes work with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and on the Senate Agriculture Committee under Indiana Senator Richard Lugar. She was also the first deputy director at ISDA and was integral in establishing the agency. She was directly involved in ISDA’s international trade efforts and coordinated several trade missions for then-Governor Mitch Daniels and Lt. Governor Becky Skillman.“The extraordinary vision and leadership Beth Bechdol and Jay Akridge provide to Indiana agriculture epitomizes the spirit of the AgriVision Award,” Lt. Governor Crouch said. “Their passion and expertise has led to countless innovations, and they represent the very best of Indiana agriculture. It’s an honor to present them with this prestigious award.”“I have had the privilege of working alongside Beth and Jay for many years and seen firsthand the tremendous contributions they have made to agriculture, Hoosier families and the state,” said Ted McKinney, Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) Director. “They are true visionaries, and their deep commitment to those who grow our food, fuel and fiber is why they are more than deserving of this honor.” SHARE By Gary Truitt – Aug 21, 2017 Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleState Fair Celebration of Champions Honors 4-H Youth at Indiana Farmers ColiseumNext articleEarly Indiana Crop Tour Returns Confirm Growing Season Challenges Gary Truittlast_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Confirms Dates For 2017 Beacon Theatre Residency In NYC

first_imgExtended Tedeschi Trucks Band residencies at New York City’s Beacon Theatre have becoming something of a tradition over the years, much like they were for the Allman Brothers Band before they called it quits in 2014–with a final performance at The Beacon.Enjoy Full Audio From All Six Fall 2016 Tedeschi Trucks Band Shows At The Beacon TheatreToday, the Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi-led 12-piece has announced the dates for their 7th annual Beacon Theatre residency, set to take place this fall. The six-show run will include a pair of weekend stay (Friday, October 6th & Saturday, October 7th; Friday, October 13th & Saturday October 14th) with a two-night mid-week run between them (Tuesday, October 10th & Wednesday, October 11th).According to the announcement, more details about the run will be revealed next Monday, May 8th.last_img read more

French developer Neoen begins construction of 41MW solar farm in Mozambique

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:France’s Neoen SA has kicked off construction on its 41-MWp Metoro solar photovoltaic (PV) project in northeastern Mozambique.The start of construction works was marked by an official groundbreaking ceremony last week that was attended by French government officials and the Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi, the Africa Solar Industry Association (AFSIA) announced.French renewable energy project developer Neoen is implementing the project in partnership with Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM). The overall investment is estimated at USD 56 million (EUR 47.3m), of which USD 40 million were provided by French development agency AFD, through its financial arm Proparco.To be located in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, the solar farm will cover an area of 138 ha (341 acres) and will be capable of producing enough electricity to supply 175,000 local homes. Once operational, it will sell its output under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with EDM.Portugal-based Efacec Power Solutions is in charge of building the solar park.[Veselina Petrova]More: Neoen breaks ground 41-MWp solar farm in Mozambique French developer Neoen begins construction of 41MW solar farm in Mozambiquelast_img read more