Mikel Arteta explains ‘great opportunity’ for Arsenal signing Pablo Mari in Dubai

first_img Full Screen Comment Read More Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 8 Feb 2020 3:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.1kShares SPONSORED Top articles by Metro Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Speaking from Arsenal’s camp, head coach Arteta said: ‘They needed three four days off to relax their minds and recover their bodies.‘They’ve been through a lot in the last few months and now I think they are ready to have five or six really good training sessions here before we go back to London and focus and prepare as well as we can against Newcastle.‘This is what I want to create. The new players that we have, it is a great opportunity for them to spend time together with the other players, get to know each other, live together – the same for me with the backroom staff as well. I think it’s going to be a very important break.‘We suggested Dubai because we have a close relationship with our sponsor, but also because it’s a place where the weather conditions are really good and the players like to come here. Mikel Arteta explains ‘great opportunity’ for Arsenal signing Pablo Mari in Dubai 1 min. story 1/1 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Pablo Mari has been training with Arsenal at their warm-weather training camp in Dubai (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal’s warm-weather camp in Dubai will provide a ‘great opportunity’ for Pablo Mari to bond with his new team-mates both on and off the training field.Arsenal agreed a loan deal with Flamengo for Mari, 26, towards the end of the January transfer window, with Arteta desperate for defensive reinforcements following Calum Chambers’ season-ending knee injury.Mari will hope to be in contention to make his debut when the Gunners play host to Newcastle after the winter break and the Spaniard took part in training for the first time earlier this week.Arsenal’s players flew out to Dubai on Friday and are scheduled to return to north London on February 11.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Video Settings / center_img About Connatix V67539 Read More Read More Mari completed a loan switch to the Emirates this January (Picture: Getty)‘We knew most of them were going to come here and relax with their families and be ready for training.‘Hours together, to spend together, grab a coffee together, to have conversations, to have unit meetings, individual meetings, group meetings about the things we have to achieve and to review what we’ve done.‘I’ve made a big review of what we’ve done so far in these five or six weeks, the things we can improve, the things that we have improved a lot and that we have to maintain, that we cannot lose now.‘Hopefully we can make another step forward as a team.’ Coming Next PLAY Advertisement Skip Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Mari will hope to hit the ground running at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Mari hopes to give fans something to cheer about again by emulating the success some of his fellow countrymen have had success at Arsenal in recent years.‘There have been some wonderful Spanish players to play for Arsenal,’ he told Arsenal’s official website earlier this week.‘[Cesc] Fabregas, [Santi] Cazorla, [Jose Antonio] Reyes… they’re all great Spanish players that have passed through this club.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘One of those legends that we have with us now is Mikel. He was a very important player for Arsenal and now this is a new project for him as coach, but I think he’s going to repeat what he achieved when he was a player.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Personally I look up to him and the career he had at Arsenal. That’s what I’ve been working for all these years.‘I’d love to be at Arsenal for a long time and I hope to give the Gunners some victories to celebrate again.’Will Pablo Mari succeed at Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Jordan Pickford speaks out on his ‘disgusting’ error after Everton beat Crystal Palace Skip Ad Advertisementlast_img read more

Clarke aims for a team double in Canada

first_img14 Sep 2015 Clarke aims for a team double in Canada Lancashire’s Oliver Clarke will be aiming for a double team success when he helps England defend the Canadian International Junior Challenge later this month. Clarke was a member of last year’s winning team and this year will be making the defence alongside Leicestershire’s Coby Cartwright, Staffordshire’s Gian-Marco Petrozzi and Lincolnshire’s Billy Spooner (image © Leaderboard Photography). The championship takes place at the Wildfire Golf Club, Douro-Dummer, from 14-17 September. The three best scores in each round will count towards the team total. The individual winner will also be recognized. England has an impressive record in this event with six team wins in the last eight years and three individual champions: Tyrell Hatton in 2009, Nick Marsh in 2012 and George Gardner last year. The players Coby Cartwright, 17, (Cosby) helped England to a clean sweep in last year’s U16 home internationals and won the north of England U16 title. This season he was 11th in the Fairhaven Trophy. Oliver Clarke, 17, (Hillside) won the U17 trophy at the Irish boys’ amateur and was third overall. He reached the match play stages of the English men’s amateur championship and tied ninth in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. Gian-Marco Petrozzi, 18, (Trentham) represented England in the Boys’ Home Internationals and has had top ten finishes in the Carris Trophy, the Welsh stroke play, the Irish boys’ open and the Darwin Salver. Billy Spooner, 17, (Woodhall Spa) was also in England’s team at the Boys’ Home Internationals and has had top ten finishes in this year’s Fairhaven Trophies and the South East of England links championship.last_img read more

England win back-to-back Boys’ Home Internationals

first_img “The course has been very good. It’s in really good condition. We had heavy rain on Tuesday when the greenkeepers did a great job. When the boys got back out on the course after the rain delay it was excellent. It’s a good venue and everything about the week has been first class.” 10 Aug 2017 England win back-to-back Boys’ Home Internationals Ireland finished on a high against Wales winning six of the ten afternoon singles and the match overall 10-5. Click here for full scores England were crowned the 2017 Boys Home Internationals champions today with a 100% record after winning all three matches against Ireland, Scotland and Wales at St Annes Old Links, Lancashire. Derek Hughes’ side successfully defended the trophy which they won at Ballyliffin in Ireland last year and England have now won the under-18 team event 16 times since 1996. England team (pictured courtesy The R&A): Toby Briggs of Dunston Hall, Norfolk; Jack Cope of The Players Club, Gloucestershire; Danny Daniels of Essendon, Hertfordshire; Harry Goddard of Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire; Alex Fitzpatrick of Hallamshire, Yorkshire; Conor Gough of Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire; Ben Jones of Northamptonshire County; Joe Pagdin of Florida, USA; Thomas Plumb of Sherborne, Dorset; Charlie Strickland of Ham Manor, Sussex; Robin Williams of Peterborough Milton, Northamptonshire. The English victory was sealed during the morning foursomes against Scotland earlier today when they took a 4-1 lead, while Wales, who had held a slim chance of catching them, lost their foursomes against Ireland by the same margin. Despite the main prize having gone, Scotland restored some pride in the afternoon singles which they won 6-4, despite losing the overall contest.center_img England played their way into pole position with an 11-4 win over Wales on the first day and a 10-5 win over Ireland on the second, before beating Scotland 8-7.  Hughes commented: “I’m obviously very pleased. The boys have done very well and the new boys, Robin Williams and Joe Pagdin, have done very well.” The two players were England’s top scorers, alongside Toby Briggs and Conor Gough, with five points from six.  Hughes continued: “It’s not just winning the games, it’s about how they’ve fitted into the squad. This is a great competition and Joe, who’s 15, has come over from Florida and he’s never experienced anything like this before. He’s absolutely loved it, the whole thing. Final placings: 1 England, 2 Ireland, 3 Wales, 4 Scotland.  Tags: Boys. Boys’ Home Internationalslast_img read more

2nd Banana

first_imgThere are many, many reasons that the CEO is the guy sitting at the top of the food chain. Why the president of the company is the president and the vice-president is one heartbeat away from the first chair as opposed to “being the heartbeat.” The “backup” quarterback of the Steelers is Byron Leftwich. He is the man, behind the man, Ben Roethlisberger who has performed as the top banana in three, count em, three Super Bowls and has walked away with two rings. If not for an interception that was returned for a touchdown and a few sleepwalking moments in the Steelers secondary in Super Bowl XLV it is quite possible that Roethlisberger could have pulled off the trifecta and have replicas of three Lombardi Trophies in his own personal trophy case. When the Steelers took the field on Sunday night against the Ravens to fight for the AFC North Division crown, they did so with more than a small bit of trepidation. They did not know what to expect from Leftwich, their resident clipboard holder who when he was not injured has been pretty much a part of the “sideline” brigade. Don’t get it twisted folks, because where there is a general in command, there must always be a colonel, major, captain and lieutenant holding up the rear? That being said very few people except military history junkies know the names of the colonels that sat under General Dwight D. Eisenhower or Douglas McArthur. Why are their names not indelibly etched in our psyches? Well, because they were what, 2nd bananas. Now these comparisons are not meant to knock Leftwich. In past seasons there have been many occasions that Ben Roethlisberger has looked like anything but a starting quarterback. Plus, he was placed in an environment that provided him with the supporting cast needed to win. He had an above average offensive line. He had a running back whose bust is being forged as we speak for the Hall of Fame. Oh, by the way there was a lights out defense that always ranked near or at the top of the NFL. If the top brass of the Steelers were petitioned by “Big” Ben to draft a player or two, then hey I don’t see anything wrong with listening to his suggestions because organizations should at least attempt to accommodate their top performers.When Steelers Hall-of-Famer Dermontti Dawson was asked who was one of the toughest players for him to block he cited Cincinnati Bengals D-Lineman Kimo von Oelhoffen. Pittsburgh ultimately signed Von Oelhoffen which came back to haunt the “Bungles.” During the 2005 Wildcard Playoff game against Cincinnati, Von Oelhoffen fell into Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer’s left knee. The injury to Palmer was severe. Shortly after Palmer’s injury, the NFL rules committee modified the rule regarding low hits on quarterbacks. The so-called “Kimo Clause” now requires that defenders take every opportunity to avoid hitting a quarterback at or below the knees when the quarterback is in a defenseless position looking to throw with both feet on the ground. Hey ya’ll take a glance at this if you will. During the past few years the NFL sorta, kinda re-sculpted it’s rulebook to handcuff the traditionally bloodthirsty Steelers defense because as we all know Steelers cornerback Mel Blount was the prime reason that bump and run defensive coverage was put out to pasture.Let’s talk about another Steelers first string quarterback. “Slash” otherwise known as Kordell Stewart had three offensive coordinators in three years. His best offensive lineman Leon Searcy and his best wide receivers Yancy Thigpen and Charles Johnson were allowed to depart. Every performer, regardless of their natural ability, may not be equipped to function at an above average level when the national spotlight is focused on them. There were times at the beginning of his career that Ben Roethlisberger wilted like a week old rose when the spotlight shined on him but as time evolved as we have all come to know about him, he usually shines when all of the marbles are on the line.Leftwich remains a good quarterback. He is not as great as he was but hey, who is? It used to require 30 minutes for me to cut the grass. It now takes me 120 minutes. Oops, I will not lie to “yinz’ guys and dolls. Takes me 30 seconds to hand out the dough for someone else to do it. None of us that God permits to get old will be able to perform the things at 60 that we did at 30. Please just remember that second banana does not equal second class.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741. Bruce can also be heard on the ‘Odd Couple Sports Show’ where he is the AFC North and NFL analyst. The show is hosted by Adam Ragle streaming live on the WCWA Fox Sports Toledo 1230AM. Bruce is featured on Tuesdays from 10-11am during the NFL season. Listen to Aubrey’s archived “Odd Couple” segments on: www.worldspeakconnnection.com click on “Fair Catch.”)last_img read more

Selkirk College Saints Add Experience at Both Ends of the Ice

first_imgThe Selkirk College Saints have added a pair of highly regarded former junior players to the roster for the upcoming 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.Forward Michal Holub and defenceman Parker Wakaruk have committed to Selkirk College and will help the Saints in their pursuit of returning the BCIHL championship trophy to the West Kootenay when the season begins in September.“Both Michal and Parker have excellent junior hockey resumes,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven.“Their experience, character and leadership are exactly the kind of individuals we want in our program.”Holub hails from the Lower Mainland and started his junior career in the Western Hockey League (WHL) where he spent two seasons with the Seattle Thunderbirds and Lethbridge Hurricanes.The 6’1” right winger then finished his junior hockey career in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL).“I chose Selkirk College because there is great opportunity here for me,” says Holub. “My buddy Marcel Fuchs played for the Saints and had nothing but good things to say about the school and the program. The program has four championships, how could you not want to be a part of that? Also, I love the West Kootenay area in the winter, it can be quite beautiful.”The Saints have lost several key offensive weapons to graduation and Heaven is confident that Holub will be one of the newcomers to pick up the slack.“With Michal’s extensive major junior experience, he will be able to contribute in many ways including leadership for our program,” says Heaven. “Michal brings a good team mentality, work ethic and desire to succeed. He is a big body that likes to play physical and has a good set of hands to chip-in on the offensive side.”Wakaruk arrives from the SJHL’s Humbolt Broncos where the blueliner had an excellent 2016-2017 season scoring four goals and adding ten assists. Still deciding between the Business Program and the Recreation Fish & Wildlife Program to focus his academic pursuits, Wakaruk is looking forward to starting the next chapter of his life.“I decided on Selkirk College because it not only has a great selection of post-secondary educational opportunities in a smaller learning environment, but also a very strong hockey program in which I can continue to develop as an individual and more importantly, a team player,” says the 6’1” defenceman.“I have heard only positive things about the school and the hockey team, and am very excited to see what the future holds in Castlegar.”With defence a key to winning championships, Heaven says Wakaruk will be a good fit on the Saints’ blueline.“Parker is a very hard working, dedicated leader,” says Heaven.“He will bring a real calm to the back end, while being extremely difficult to play against. I expect him to help shut down the defensive zone while making every shift an absolute battle for his opponent. He is also able to be quick and precise with his outlet options.”Holub and Wakaruk join Brandon Sookro and Logan Kerner in the players already announced for the Saints’ 2017-2018 recruiting class. The 2017-2018 BCIHL season starts in September.last_img read more

49ers pregame: Pros/cons of a Josh Gordon trade; Lions inactivate Ansah

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Josh Gordon reportedly wants to join the 49ers now that his troubled but talented career is ending with the Cleveland Browns.And the 49ers may have interest. General manager John Lynch told reporters before Sunday’s home opener that the 49ers have made a call inquiring about Gordon and he declined further comment, according to The Athletic.Gordon was inactive for the Browns game Sunday, and even though the Browns have said they’ll release him Monday, he could get traded. His …last_img

Double L to lead Athletic Director search at HSU: Firm hopes to fill position by January 2020

first_imgBy January Jill Willson and her team at Double L Consulting hope to have a new permanent director of athletics hired at Humboldt State University, a position which has remained without a long-term hire since longtime athletic director Dan Collen retired at the end of 2016.Over the last two-and-a-half years the role has been filled by Tom Trepiak and more recently Duncan Robins, who stepped down from the position on Friday.With any luck, the wait should soon come to an end. Willson said she …last_img

Be a tourist in your own back yard

first_imgWilma den Hartigh A view of the state-of-the-art Maropengvisitors’ centre at the Cradle ofHumankind World Heritage Site,which is famous for the wealth ofearly human fossils found there.The front of the Tumulus building isdesigned to resemble a burial mound,reminding us of our history.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free images, visit the image library) Hot Air ballooning is a popular touristattraction in Gauteng to experience aspectacular South African sunrise.(Image: Wilma den Hartigh)MEDIA CONTACTS•Taryn GillGauteng Tourism+27 83 560 1172Gauteng Tourism’s “I’m a GeePee and this is my Gauteng” domestic tourism campaign was launched yesterday at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel in the Cradle of Humankind, west of Johannesburg.“We want to encourage Gauteng residents to be tourists in their own back yard,” says Dawn Richardson, CEO of Gauteng Tourism.GeePee is a reference to car license plates, which end in GP, for Gauteng province.Why travel in Gauteng?Gauteng may not have a mountain or golden beaches, but this doesn’t mean that it has nothing to offer when it comes to tourism. On closer inspection, you will notice the adventure, beauty, cultural diversity and historical significance of the province.The campaign is designed to get Gauteng residents to travel and create a culture of holidaying in the province. Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Qedani Mahlangu, says that tourism is important to grow the economy of the province.The goal of Gauteng Tourism’s strategy is to increase money spent by people living in the province, and promote the province to those outside Gauteng.Mahlangu says that the tourism campaign also wants to ensure that visitors to Gauteng have a positive experience of the province, receive good service and come back to visit again.Richardson says that Gauteng residents travel the most and are responsible for the majority of tourism growth in other provinces. “We want to get GeePees to spend time in Gauteng, be it a day trip or a weekend away,” she says.GeePee loyalty card The campaign is calling on Gauteng citizens to own their province and be proud of it.Instead of using the first available opportunity to go elsewhere in the country, the campaign’s goal is to provide incentives for Gautengers to see the sights in their own neighbourhood.To encourage Gauteng locals to travel, the campaign has launched the “I’m a GeePee” loyalty card, which is available free of charge. The loyalty card gives locals an opportunity to explore the province more widely, at a fraction of the cost.Gauteng Tourism aims to reach more than 120 000 households in the next year through the programme.New travel deals will be uploaded regularly on www.gauteng.net. On presentation of the card, locals can redeem discounts on tourism attractions, events, hotels, restaurants and spas in Gauteng.From September locals can sign up for a GeePee card at visitor centres in selected shopping malls across the province. Alternatively, go to www.gauteng.net to download a digital version of the card by submitting your mobile number to receive a SMS version.Throughout September, local radio station Kaya FM will also feature a “Deal-A-Day” offer whereby listeners can get good discounts on attractions, destinations and experiences in the province.Kaya FM will also give away hundreds of free tickets to Gauteng tourist attractions and events.Celebrity GeePee ambassadors A number of local celebrities who love the Gauteng region and its main city Johannesburg have also pledged their support in promoting the province. Richardson hopes that the campaign’s celebrity ambassadors will encourage every person in Gauteng to be a proud tourism ambassador for the province.Kaya FM DJ Georgie, musicians Kwela Tebza, Pops Mohamed, Sipho Mabuse, Danny K, HHP and Wouter Kellerman, as well as presenter Penny Lebyane, fashion designer Craig Jacobs, dancer Thabiso Lekuba, and businesswoman Rose Francis are all doing their bit to promote Gauteng.When South African multi-instrumentalist and jazz musician Pops Mohamed was approached to participate in the campaign, he immediately thought it would be a great idea.“I feel proud to live here and I love it. The idea behind the campaign falls right in line with my work to protect and preserve indigenous instruments,” Mohamed says.He has lived in Johannesburg for most of his life and he can’t stop talking about its unique vibe. “This place is exciting and its vibrant spirit sets it apart as a unique African city. There is just something magical about it,” he says.Award-winning South Africa flautist Wouter Kellerman, who is known as one of the country’s leading instrumentalists, describes Johannesburg as a “melting pot of cultures”.“Those of us who live here are privileged because we have access to many cultures. When I travel overseas I get to see many other cultures, but I find them empty and lacking in the vibrancy of our people here,” Kellerman says.He says it is impossible not to reflect the vitality and energy of the city in his music. “I am so enthusiastic about South Africa, but more specifically Johannesburg and Gauteng. The culture here is just amazing,” he says.As a GeePee ambassador, he would like to see more people in Gauteng discover their surroundings.“I want people to know that Gauteng is a fantastic place to visit and explore – even if you live here. The people of this province are so interesting and friendly,” he says.“Your Street” ChallengeAt the campaign’s launch, Design Indaba founder Ravi Naidoo also launched the “Your Street” challenge in association with Gauteng Tourism. Naidoo says that the competition is opening the floor to Gauteng designers and residents to think of creative ways to enhance their immediate environment – the street where they live or work.He says it is becoming more important to rethink the design of cities. By 2050, 75% of the world’s population will live in cities and they should be pleasant places to live in.“A good city to live in is a good city to visit. This is why the campaign is important to make streets in the city more tourist friendly,” he says.Residents tend to complain about life in the city, but this is the ideal opportunity to make a difference.“Don’t sit in coffee shops and have a whinge and a cappuccino. Rather come up with an idea to make things better,” says Naidoo.Anyone with an eye for design can submit ideas, whether they are landscapers, architects or fashion, craft, new media or graphic designers.“What we want people to do is to ask themselves what they could do to improve the quality of their street. Ask yourself what is missing and what it needs,” Naidoo says.It could be a vendor stand for a flower seller on the street corner, a coffee shop, a playground for children, or an urban farming initiative to plant vegetables.The winning submission will be judged on the best design idea that has a sound business model. The winner will receive a grant of R100 000 (US$14 000) to implement the idea. Three second-place winners will each receive R50 000 ($7 000) for an innovative design solution that can be implemented immediately with the prize money.The project has already been launched in Cape Town and has had a good response. The initiative has also attracted international attention and will be launched in Vienna in October.Upcoming GeePee campaigns Later this year, the campaign will run a competition to select youth ambassadors, making use of social media to promote Gauteng destinations to young people.The youth market segment represents emerging travellers who are 18 to 35 years old who travel, but who can be convinced to travel more and help create a culture of holiday travel in South Africa.The campaign will also be extended to include “BabaGeePees”, a kids clothing range. This leg of the campaign is aimed at young mothers, who are often the travel decision makers in the household.Mohamed says it is sad that many people are more familiar with other continents such as Europe, yet they don’t know the treasures of their home province and country.“When a long weekend or holiday is coming up, many people always want to escape the city, but if you take a short drive, you can escape it all right here in Gauteng,” he says.last_img read more

Where to start with a 2017 crop insurance plan

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As farmers wait anxiously for the 2017 planting season, it is an ideal time to start planning season and begin tackling this year’s crop insurance plan.“The single most important part of planning is knowing expected input costs in detail. Many farmers are satisfied with the general lump sum they keep in their heads, but incorrect or insufficient record keeping is the most common mistake we see,” said Chris Coffey, Assistant Vice President – Crop Insurance, Farm Credit Mid-America. “Poor record keeping can lead to borrowing and insuring too much or too little. At best, unnecessary expenses subtract from your bottom line. At worst, your business has greater exposure to risk and may not be covered adequately.”An updated and accurate balance sheet is critical to your operation’s success. The sooner you provide 2016 production numbers to your crop insurance specialist and loan officer, the sooner you can have an accurate picture of your coverage options. Production numbers are added to your farm’s 10-year production history to calculate accurate crop insurance quotes. They also help your loan officer understand your lending needs and renew your operating line, if necessary.“It’s important to partner with a team of experts to make sure you’re well informed during this process and we suggest enlisting a diverse group that includes a loan officer, a crop insurance specialist, and outside experts such as a grain marketer and insurance provider,” Coffey said. “The added visibility from such a team is crucial in attaining operational profitability.”AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Farm Credit Mid America’s Chris Coffey about starting a 2017 crop insurance plan.Financially Speaking Chris Coffee Ohio Ag Net 2.16 Pt 1For more financial tips, insights and perspectives from Farm Credit Mid-America visit e-farmcredit.com/insightslast_img read more

Anthony Bush shares his thoughts as he nears the end NCGA term

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A conversation with…Anthony Bush, a Morrow County farmer who is finishing up his six-year term of service on the National Corn Growers Association Board (interviewed by Dale Minyo) Q: How many years now have you been running around the countryside serving corn growers on several different boards?Anthony: I’ve been on the National Corn Growers Board for six years. I actually term off here at the end of September. So, I’ll have completed my eligible service and I can’t believe how fast six years went, but it sure has been rewarding. Q: Let’s talk about that, because as people think about volunteering time, and serving local boards, state boards, or in this case, national and probably some international travel. As you look back on it, was it the right thing to do?Anthony: Oh, it absolutely was. I just feel like I’ve grown as a farmer and, in some cases, grown from hotel food too. But when guys take these trips, it’s work. You know, all the airports, all the hotel rooms, they all look the same to me. And it’s just a matter of what you get done while you’re there. Sometimes it’s the small little battles you win and sometimes it just takes a while to see results. In the next couple weeks we may see a Reid Vapor Pressure fix out of the Trump Administration. We’ve been working on that through three administrations for at least 10 to 15 years with the Corn Growers and that will be a very big thing for corn grind. Q: As you look at the role of anyone trying to lobby people in Washington, what kind of reception do you get? Can you actually sit quietly in their office and have an enjoyable conversation with them?Anthony: Well, you know, some of them are better than others, but the majority of the ones we meet with here in Ohio, and I’ve been in on other meetings where you meet people who aren’t necessarily friends of agriculture, and those are more challenging, but they vote too. And you have to get to them. Most of the ones here in Ohio are just fabulous to work with. They’ll listen to you, they make time for you, they’ll do their best. We have some, of course, that are better than others, but anytime you can go and meet with the person casting that vote or making that decision, believe me you’re making a difference. Q: I’ve got to believe that through all those experiences, the other farmers who do similar things from other states have been a tremendous value as well. Is that the case?Anthony: Oh, some of my best friends live five states away. And there are some extremely smart people who care more than you can imagine about the industry and things that we’re facing. years down the road from water quality to the guys who worked to build the ethanol industry back in the ‘70s and ‘80s and if it weren’t for that, I don’t know where American agriculture would be right now, no matter what crop you’re growing. Q: What’s next for you? Is there another something? When I asked you earlier if there would be another national board, another whatever, you said “Well maybe the next thing for me is just to come home and enjoy that.” Tell us more.Anthony: Well, I’ve got a 19-year-old son coming back to the farm here and I kind of look forward to being home and helping him along. He’s the future of our operation and I look forward to that. There’s some other doors that may open for me. Once you’ve been so involved in this, you can’t just shut it down. You’ve made so many contacts and know so many people and friendships. There’ll be another door opened. I don’t know what that is yet.And my daughter’s back closer to home. I’m so excited for that. She’s working for the Ohio Farm Bureau in Columbus and she just tells me “Dad, I get to talk to farmers all day. I get to write about farmers. I get to advocate for farmers.” Her passion for agriculture is as great as anything anybody that plants a seed does. Q: As you take a look at where we are and where we’re going, what should others be doing right now? Where can we start to have an impact?Anthony: Well, here locally in Ohio, it’s water quality, water quality, water quality. The next governor is going to have a lot of impact on that. Hopefully, we can undo some of the things the current administration is trying to do. There are many things with water quality that we’re going to have to address, whether we like it or not. I have friends in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that have been dealing with this for 20 years. And I just see the day coming where nutrient management plans are going to be mandatory and guys are just going to have to embrace the change. And my friends over east tell me that, yeah it wasn’t fun to get used to but after they did it, it actually saves them money and they are best management practices. Q: In agriculture, we’re a part of the puzzle and we’ve often been asked the question, why aren’t others getting as actively involved in their portion of the puzzle?Anthony: Unfortunately, agriculture is the low hanging fruit. You know, my friends out in Chesapeake Bay have told me, hey, you know, we did everything they asked and they came back and wanted us to do more. And we keep doing more every day, but at some point the others — home septic systems, yard maintenance, city sewage plants and things like that — they’re going to have to be scrutinized heavier than they are.No politician will ever solve this problem. It’s going to take a concentrated effort from every part of science and agriculture and civil engineers and Army Corp of Engineers — it’s going to take all of us to solve this. I just saw something where there’s an algae bloom in Lake Superior now. And there’s no agriculture up there to be causing an algae bloom, so what’s causing it? There are still a lot of questions to be answered. Yeah, sometimes, politicians talk out of both sides of their mouth, but I only get my news from the Ohio Ag Net.The good news is the effort that is being done by agriculture that is just not well enough publicized. And farmers don’t need to be publicized they just want to do the right thing and be the best steward of their land. Q: As we look to the big picture now, we talk about the tariffs, it’s interesting that we kind of looked at what the present administration’s doing and working with Mexico only because Canada didn’t seem to want to talk about it. Now all of a sudden, Canada might seem a little scared that we have an agreement with Mexico and you guys are going to have to figure it out.Anthony: Yeah, so Canada comes rushing back to the table and there’s still many things to be settled with the Mexico agreement yet, but some of the major hurdles were addressed that really needed to be done to get Canada back in it. The steel and aluminum tariffs, I don’t believe have been resolved yet and there’s still a lot of issues within the automotive industry that have to be settled yet between the three countries.Hopefully, we’ll see some movement on this before the midterm elections and President Trump can keep doing what he says he does best, and that’s negotiate deals.last_img read more