Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Three finalists have been named in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2020 Discussion Meet. They are David Glass of Chillicothe, Micah Mensing of Millersburg and Kalyn Swihart of Lima.The annual contest tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills. These young agricultural professionals will compete in the finals as part of the Young Agricultural Professionals Winter Leadership Experience at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus Jan. 31. The finalists were named after a preliminary competition at Ohio Farm Bureau’s 101st Annual Meeting in Columbus where they discussed topics impacting the agriculture industry.“The Discussion Meet contest is a meaningful opportunity for young ag professionals to strengthen their skills in working together to solve issues facing agriculture today. I look forward to watching these finalists compete at the finals next year,” said OFBF Leadership Development Program Specialist Kelsey Turner.The winner receives a $1,000 cash award from Nationwide Insurance, an expense-paid trip to the 2020 OFBF Annual Meeting in Columbus and an expense-paid trip to the AFBF Annual Convention in January 2021 in San Diego.Glass is a Ross County Farm Bureau member, where he currently serves as treasurer. He is employed with Pickaway Progress Partnership, the economic development agency for Pickaway County and its municipalities. He and his wife, Audrey, produce meat, eggs and vegetables for family, friends and the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry. Glass is a graduate of the Ohio State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and applied economics. He is a board member of the ATZ FarmHouse Foundation Board. The Glass family includes two children.Mensing is an Ottawa County Farm Bureau member. He is a recent graduate of the Ohio State University, where he studied production agriculture at OSU-ATI and agriscience education on the Columbus campus. He was named Ohio State Department of Agricultural Communication, Education and Leadership (ACEL) Distinguished Senior in 2019. Mensing is a Growing Forward Specialist with Farm Credit Mid-America and is an active member of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program.Swihart is a member of the Allen County Farm Bureau. Along with continuing her studies at the Ohio State University in the fields of agricultural communications and public affairs, Swihart manages a sheep herd of about 40 head. She also has held internships with U.S. Congressman Bob Latta, Growth Energy and Ohio Farm Bureau. She enjoys attending OFBF Young Agricultural Professionals events and has been a part of the YAP Washington, D.C. Experience. Swihart is slated to graduate in 2020.
Out-earning college friendsGarret Morgan, a 20-year-old Seattle-area high school graduate, has found an alternative to the four-year college path he tried and then abandoned. He and other young workers are enrolled in a training program for ironworkers that provides well-paying jobs now and will allow them to earn an associate’s college degree after four or five years.In the mornings, Morgan attends classes at the Pacific Northwest Ironworkers shop near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. When not in class, Morgan works for employers in the area, where he gets $28.36 an hour plus benefits and a pension. He will make more than $50,000 a year while his friends from high school are still attending college classes.“Someday maybe they’ll make as much as me,” Morgan said.Nearly 1.9 million bachelor’s degrees were awarded nationally in 2015. Grads are more likely to have jobs and make more money than those without degrees, but the wage premium isn’t as sharp as it used to be, and the number of students who borrow money to attend college has increased to nearly 70%, with an average debt of $26,300.Many college students also have trouble graduating on time. Three out of 10 high school graduates who go on to a four-year college programs at public universities are still there six years later, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center says. The same is true of 20% of students enrolled in four-year private colleges.Even so, said Chris Cortines, who co-authored the Washington State educational audit, there is an emphasis on the four-year college track.“Being more aware of other types of options may be exactly what they need,” Cortines said. “When you look at the types of wages that apprenticeships and other career areas pay and the fact that you do not pay four years of tuition and you’re paid while you learn, these other paths really need some additional consideration.” RELATED ARTICLES Young Adults and the Construction TradesTackling the Skilled Labor Shortage Even so, many high school students “are not given the information or courses necessary to take advantage of these options,” the Washington auditor’s report said. Students should be encouraged to explore more career options as early as the 7th or 8th grade.“There’s that perception of the bachelor’s degree being the American dream, the best bang for your buck,” Kate Blosveren Kreamer, deputy executive director of Advance CTE, an association of state officials who work in career and technical education, told The Hechinger Report. “The challenge is that in many cases it’s become the fallback. People are going to college without a plan, without a career in mind, because the mindset in high school is just, ‘Go to college.’” Thousands of well-paying construction jobs remain unfilled even as many high school students continue to be shepherded into four-year university programs that take longer than expected to complete and leave them deep in debt, a new report finds. The Hechinger Report, which specializes in reporting on educational issues, focused on an audit of secondary career and technical education programs in Washington state. It found that high school graduates are being encouraged to enroll in four-year college programs even as the cost of a degree is going up and the financial return on a degree is going down. At the same time, many thousands of construction jobs that pay better and take less training are going begging.There are now more than 3,200 slots open for carpenters, electricians, plumbers, pipe-fitters, and sheet-metal workers in Washington state. Many of these jobs pay more than the state’s average wage of $54,000.The problem extends well beyond Washington’s borders. The Associated General Contractors of America says that 70% of U.S. construction companies have trouble finding qualified workers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects construction jobs nationally to increase by 11% through 2026, for a total of 746,600 new jobs. The bureau’s occupation outlook lists a variety of jobs that will pay $50,000 or more and that do not require a college degree. One study estimates there are roughly 30 million jobs in the U.S. that pay an average of $55,000 a year and do not require a bachelor’s degree.
MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Jones’ yearlong suspension has ended, and the UFC put him right back in a title shot with Cormier, who dutifully defended the belt during the mercurial ex-champion’s absence. Cormier, an ex-Olympian and family man who also works as a television commentator, sees every flaw in Jones’ makeup.“He’s a guy who can’t stop hurting himself and people around him,” Cormier said. “He’s a talented athlete, but mixed martial arts aren’t just about the best athlete. He’s weak mentally. He’s got problems, and I don’t know if he solved them yet.”Jones plays it cool when talking about Cormier, yet their promotional staredowns have usually devolved into trash-talking and physical drama. They got into an infamous brawl in a Las Vegas casino lobby in 2014 during the early stages of their promotion of the first bout.They exchanged harsh words again this week in a faceoff, but Jones has vowed to be classy after he wins their rematch.“He’s a good dude,” Jones said. “I want the best for him, I really do. I wish he was just man enough to realize that he’s (in) the wrong era. He just happened to come into the sport, he’s 39 years old, and he’s (fighting) a guy who’s in his prime, a guy who’s doing everything in his power to make sure this is his era. I wish he could just swallow that and say, ‘I’m the baddest (man) outside Jon Jones, and I can go to sleep with that.’”The UFC 214 pay-per-view card starts with two absolute corkers: Veteran brawlers Robbie Lawler and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone meet after light heavyweight prospects Jimi Manuwa and Volkan Oezdemir. Even the undercard is strong, featuring fights for Ricardo Lamas, Renan Barao, Aljamain Sterling and Brian Ortega.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ But the remarkable main event could be the culmination of Cormier’s career or a monumental return for Jones, whose career and life have been severely fractured since their first bout.“It’s pretty cool that it ends here,” Jones said recently, speaking of both his disputes with Cormier and his own winding path back to the top. “There will be no grudge match. There will be no trilogy. Like I say all the time, Daniel Cormier is not my rival. I have no issue with him.”Jones’ biggest issues have always been with himself.Jones reached the pinnacle of his sport when he soundly defeated Cormier in January 2015 to defend his UFC 205-pound title. Practically nothing has gone right in the ensuing 2 1/2 years for Jones, whose capacity for self-sabotage and lousy decision-making surpassed even his incredible MMA talent.The UFC stripped Jones of its title twice — after a hit-and-run accident in which he broke a pregnant woman’s arm, and again after he was revealed to have failed a doping test four days before fighting Cormier at UFC 200 last July.ADVERTISEMENT Everything about Jones’ behavior suggests he might have stronger feelings than he acknowledges. When they finally hit the Honda Center cage on Saturday night, he’ll have a chance to show how he really feels.“A guy like Daniel, he has my full, undivided attention,” Jones said this week. “He says that he’s in my head, and that’s exactly where I want him to be, because he is in my head. I think about him all the time. That’s what makes me do the things I do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJones and Cormier are headlining the UFC’s best show of the summer, and likely the entire year, in Orange County.UFC 214 features three title fights and numerous rising stars. Before Jones and Cormier, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley takes on Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Demian Maia in a compelling clash of styles, and pound-for-pound women’s superstar Cris “Cyborg” Justino faces Invicta champion Tonya Evinger for the vacant featherweight title. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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If Cormier wasn’t Jones’ bitter enemy, the UFC light heavyweight champion probably could could give sound advice to Jones, the troubled former champ. Instead, the steady Cormier realizes he needs a victory over his self-sabotaging archrival on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at UFC 214 to validate his own title reign. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)ANAHEIM, Calif.— Jon Jones insists Daniel Cormier isn’t his rival, not even when their rematch at UFC 214 is the most anticipated mixed martial arts fight of the year.Jones says he doesn’t even dislike Cormier, the man who has spent most of the past 2 1/2 years holding the light heavyweight title belt that Jones considers rightfully his.ADVERTISEMENT Younghusband brothers set for Davao move on 5-year deal View comments