AGL Class I Graduates

first_imgOrganizers are now accepting nominations for the second class of AGL participants. The second AGL class will commence in early 2015. Those seeking more information about the Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry can visit After two years learning about Georgia’s largest industry and developing leadership skills, the inaugural class of the Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry has graduated from the program. UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty launched the Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry program, known as AGL, in 2012 to educate and empower Georgia’s agricultural and natural resource industry leaders to become effective advocates for the largest economic drivers in Georgia — the state’s agricultural and forestry industries. Thirteen industry leaders from across the state have spent the last two years touring farms and processing plants, traveling throughout the state and across the nation. They also spent two weeks in India learning about Georgia agriculture’s role in the global economy. “This class has shared in a journey that has covered many counties in Georgia, multiple states and a foreign country,” said Elliot Marsh, precision agriculture coordinator at Southern States Cooperative and AGL advisory board chairman. “These graduates are already making an impact in our communities and the state of Georgia. I believe that their experiences will play a tremendous role in Georgia’s Agriculture community for many years to come.” The AGL program brings together leaders from all segments of the state’s agriculture and forestry industries. During their time together they helped one another understand and analyze the issues facing their industries, as well as challenges that may emerge in the future. “My experience with AGL made me a better leader and citizen,” said Mark Risse, a 2014 AGL graduate, UGA Georgia Power Professor of Water Resources and director of the UGA Marine Extension Service. “I met hundreds of leaders across Georgia, and my interactions with them taught me that leadership comes in many forms. The experiences that I had, the people that I met and what I learned about myself put me in a better position to accomplish my goals as well as to advocate for those things that I think are important.” The AGL program is coordinated by faculty in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. “Adult non-formal educational opportunities sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences like AGL are helping Georgia become a top agricultural state in the nation and world,” said Kay Kelsey, head of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. “Graduates represent the elite in Georgia’s agricultural and natural resource-based industries. We would like to see this program expanded and are encouraging interested persons to apply for Class II. Its an experience that will be a game changer for participants.” Graduates of the first AGL class include: Brent Allen of UGA Extension, Washington County Brandon Ashley of the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation, Bibb County Sarah Cook of the Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, Turner County Steven Gibson of the UGA CAES Business Office, Clarke County Jennifer Harris of White Oak Pastures, Early County Jutt Howard of North Georgia Turf, Heard County Jesse Johnson of the Southern Land Exchange, Oglethorpe CountyDuane Myers of Kroger, Henry County Tate Izlar O’Rouke of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s office, Hall County Mark Risse of the UGA Marine Extension Service, Oconee County Amanda Tedrow of UGA Extension, Clarke County Rebecca Thomas of UGA Extension, Chattooga County Derick Wooten of Rocky Hammock Farms, Jeff Davis Countylast_img read more

Bloke denied from playing womens AFL – Correct decision (Aust)

first_imgHannah Mouncey knocked back from playing 17 October 2017Family First Comment: Of course a ‘bloke’ shouldn’t be playing such a physical sport with the ‘sheilas’. Common sense. But the international Olympic Committee have confused things with decisions on weightlifters, for examples – so expect this problem to continue.THE AFL has blocked transgender athlete Hannah Mouncey from participating in the AFLW’s 2018 season.‘IT COULD GET QUITE MESSY’A leading Australian media lawyer says the AFL is in danger of being accused of discrimination for the polarising decision to deny Mouncey a spot in the league.The 190cm, 100kg ruck played eight games for Ainslie in Canberra’s women’s competition this season and kicked 17 goals — but AFLW clubs are still unsure if they will be able to recruit her through the AFLW draft.Having previously played for Australia’s men’s handball team, Mouncey began taking gender transition hormones in 2015.Melbourne-based lawyer Justin Quill on Tuesday warned the AFL it will leave itself open to a “messy” legal challenge if it denies Mouncey accreditation as a sanctioned AFLW footballer.“If they don’t it could get quite messy and quite complicated if they go the other route,” Quill told SEN’s Breakfast on Tuesday.“I think they will allow her to play. I think her levels that she’s tested at, as I understand it, you guys just talked about the IOC guidelines, she’s well, well within the testosterone levels that the IOC will allow and I think they (The AFL) will rely on that.“They will use that. I also think they will develop a policy for future cases.”He said the IOC precedent means there is little scope for the AFL to try to block her inclusion if they decide Mouncey should not be allowed to compete.“That’s going to be very difficult for them to do and that’s why I think they will allow her to play,” Quill said.“They could say, ‘She’s too big. She’s too strong. Her strength and stamina et cetera is greater’. They could try and say that, but I don’t think there really is much of a basis because if they don’t allow her to play I think there is a reasonable chance that they could be facing a legal challenge and I’m sure there are bodies out there that would support her to make such a challenge.“She would say, ‘I’ve been discriminated against because of my gender’. In the eyes of the law, she would say, ‘I’m a female and I should be allowed to play and you’re not allowing me to play and therefore I’m being discriminated against’.“That will be very much in the minds of the AFL when they make their decision.”The AFL follows International Olympic Committee rules which state an athlete must prove their testosterone count is below a certain level.It is understood Mouncey meets those requirements.Inspired by the success of the inaugural AFL Women’s season, Mouncey has previously spoken of her desire to test herself at the highest level. But she took to Twitter on Monday to decline further comment. “At the moment I am not in a position to make any comment surrounding my availability for the draft,” Mouncey wrote.“(I) will not be doing any interviews or making comment on the situation.”READ MORE: read more