Farmer of the Year 2017

first_imgFor 39 years, Morgan County, Georgia, dairy farmer Everett Williams has helped chart a new path for the state’s dairy farmers.New technologies and constant innovation have allowed the Williams family to grow the size and productivity of their herd while making WDairy, just outside of Madison, Georgia, a model for stewardship and sustainability in the dairy business.When Georgia Governor Nathan Deal named Williams Georgia Farmer of the Year, he recognized Williams’ lifetime of work and dedication to agriculture.Williams will represent Georgia at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia, in October, when the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award is presented.“It’s a big honor to be chosen,” Williams said. “I just think this a great program because it helps to spotlight agriculture in the state of Georgia.”Lucy Ray, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension coordinator for Morgan County, nominated Williams because of his family’s dedication to Morgan County agriculture, their family’s agricultural legacy and the land.Williams, his wife, Carol, and his sons have held many leadership positions in the Morgan County agricultural community over the years, and they are considered leaders in Georgia’s dairy industry at large.He is currently president of the Georgia Milk Producers and member or board member of several other civic institutions. Carol Williams is president of the Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation, vice-president of the Georgia Cattlewoman’s Association and board member of the Georgia Junior Livestock Foundation.Both Everett and Carol Ann Williams are strong advocates for the dairy industry, spending time talking to civic and youth groups about the impact of Georgia’s dairies and offering tours of their dairy to anyone with an interest.“I feel that Everett is an ideal farmer of the year,” said Ray, explaining, “He’s got one of the most technologically advanced dairies in the state. Also, Everett is very community minded, and the entire family is involved with the agricultural community statewide … Families like the Williams family being involved in local agricultural and community groups have helped maintain Morgan County’s agricultural character while our county continues to grow and develop.”Williams’ father, John Williams, started farming in Morgan County in the first half of the 20th century.He converted their family’s land in Morgan County from a cotton farm to a dairy in 1958. Everett remembers the transition and has continued his father’s work since then. The farm now milks 1,700 cows daily, cares for 3,700 head, and feeds them on pasture and silage crops spread over 3,657 acres.  “I remember when I was young, we would milk 50 cows, and that’s grown to where we are today, milking 1,700,” Williams said. “That’s just been the change in the technology and methods we use in the industry.”The Williams dairy is on the cutting edge of industry standards, and dairy farmers from other states make a point of visiting the farm when they pass through Georgia to see how the family makes use of technology.In addition to a milking carousel, which allows cows to be milked more efficiently, Williams outfits each of his cows with a fitness tracker (imagine a giant FitBit on a collar) to monitor his herd’s well-being in real time. The trackers send an alert to Williams’ cell phone if one of his cows is unwell or is ready to be bred. It also allows him to correlate well-being information with milk production.These innovations are new to his dairy, but the innovative spirit is not. Williams credits his father for understanding the need for research-based farming back in the 1950s.“We were really fortunate that Daddy was very progressive, kept good records and used good animal husbandry practices like artificial insemination,” he said. “It gave us the basis for a really good herd of cows.”Williams received a bachelor’s degree in dairy science from the University of Georgia in 1975 and worked at a south Georgia dairy farm for three years before returning to help manage the farm and raise his family. He met Carol while she was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in animal science.He and Carol raised four children on the farm: Justin Williams, 36, who received his degree in finance; Daniel Williams, 34, who received his degree from the University of Georgia in dairy science; Katie Williams, 28, who received her degree from the University of Georgia in dairy science; and Michelle Williams, 27, who graduated from Georgia College in Milledgeville with business degree.All four children have been involved in the farm throughout their lives, and both Justin and Daniel have returned to Morgan County to help take WDairy into its third generation.last_img read more

A World War II Unsung Hero:

first_img The lieutenant general remembers being on the field the moment the war ended. The announcement was made three consecutive times over the loudspeakers. “At first, there was a sort of silence, but then you heard a lot of shouting,” he recalled. “There was a lot of crying; many tears were shed that day. The end was fantastic, but then shortly afterward, you knew for sure that war is an act of cowardice. I went out to the road to see the prisoners passing by, and it was endless. There were young boys, there were old men, there were all kinds there, and I said, ‘Gosh, we were killing these guys a moment ago … and now we’re giving them cigarettes.’ ” Currently, Brazil has approximately 1,400 fighter pilots, no longer shaped in the same mold as the Fighter Group, but by the doctrine that was established after the war. The Brazilian pilots’ inexperience was offset by their dedication and desire to win and honor their country’s name abroad. “I never consulted a map; I had the whole map of Italy in my head. I and all the others. There were colleagues who were called homing pigeons, because they knew more than the map did,” Lt. Gen. Rui said with teary eyes as he remembered those days. “My first mission was on November 6, 1944. I was already married, my wife was pregnant, and some days I would write her three letters. However, our main concern was to fulfill the mission. I went on 94 missions, and my plane was hit nine times, with multiple shots each time. On one occasion, there were 57 holes in my airplane. I’d taken shots in the wing, which caused significant damage to its aerodynamics. That was on April 29, 1945. I almost died,” he recalled. Nevertheless, Rui cannot pinpoint a specific mission as his main one. To him, they were all important, especially those in which the pilots were at greater risk. “People were risking their own lives, and a lieutenant knew that each bomb he dropped and each shot he fired was a step closer to ending the war. This made us very aware,” he said. This was the name he wore on his uniform as an aviation second lieutenant when he commanded 94 missions aboard a P-47 Thunderbolt, most of the time under intense fire from German anti-aircraft artillery. From October 1944 to May 1945, Brazil’s 1st Fighter Group, which was formed specifically for combat in Italy during World War II, executed 445 missions. Brazil was the only South American country to send troops to Europe to support the Allies. “The main concern we had was, basically, to fulfill the mission. It was a pain, however, to say the least! You had to remain amid crossfire for almost three hours; there was no place to go where you wouldn’t get shot,” said Lt. Gen. Rui, one of the few remaining survivors of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force (FEB). The FEB was composed of volunteers, mostly cadets who had recently graduated from the Brazilian Army Officer Training School, because the Brazilian Air Force did not yet exist. “Brazil entered World War II after some of its ships were bombed along the Brazilian coast. In December 1943, the Fighter Group was created. We entered the war with 22 pilots, and obviously, we had no experience in this. “Fighter pilots nowadays are surprisingly well prepared professionally, capable of piloting any fighter plane. I sense in them an enormous desire to defend Brazil, and the FEB had enormous influence on this. Our victorious return from Italy, I think, was the last straw that brought down President Getúlio Vargas’ dictatorship and sowed democracy in Brazil,” he concluded. The important point to emphasize is that the Americans sold us [Brazil] the planes, and we chose the P-47,” the lieutenant general said. In total, 47 Brazilian pilots participated in at least one mission during the war. By war’s end, five Brazilians pilots had been taken prisoners and another five were killed in combat. By Dialogo October 01, 2012 At the age of 93, Lieutenant General Rui Barbosa Moreira Lima is one of only three living Brazilian fighter pilots from World War II. A career military officer, he has been highly decorated and served as commander of Santa Cruz Air Base in Rio de Janeiro from August 1962 to April 1964, when he was dismissed by the military government that took control of the country. He has been trying to get a full amnesty since then, but has had no luck. He also authored several works about aviation and the members of his fighter group, the best-known of which is titled, Hit ’Em Hard!, a combat memoir from his days in the Italian theater of operations. In May 2012, Lt. Gen. Rui Moreira Lima sat down with Diálogo to share some of his stories. In military circles, it is often said that fighter pilots are “different.” This statement appears to fit Lieutenant General Rui Moreira Lima like a glove, starting with his nom de guerre. Even though he was the son of an appellate judge from a well-known family in Brazil, he chose to be known simply as Rui. Those heroes that were willing to die so that we could live, will not be forgotten. Coincidentally, just yesterday night, in our circle of friends, we remembered the FEB (Brazilian Expeditionary Force) and the moving visit I paid to the “Museo del Expedicionario” in Curitiba, Brasil. Thank you from my heart to Lt. Gral. Rui. There will always be people who remember the Heroes of America, as American I lower the Paraguayan flag and as a soldier I express my gratitude to Lieutenant Riu who gave everything for his love of freedom. I would like to visit Museo de Los Expedicionarios in Curitiba in the near future.last_img read more

Hillenbrand Names Cerniglia As New CFO

first_imgCerniglia brings more than 25 years of financial experience when she joins Hillenbrand, Inc. in August.Hillenbrand, Inc. announced Monday that Kristina A. Cerniglia will be joining the company as its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). She will report directly to Joe Raver, President and Chief Executive Officer.  Raver had launched a global search to fill the position following the planned resignation of the company’s previous CFO.  Cerniglia will start with the Company in early August.“Kristina’s deep industrial experience and insight will be a tremendous asset to our company as we work to grow both organically and through acquisitions,” said Raver. “As we continue to transform Hillenbrand into a global diversified industrial company, it is vital that we attract leaders with relevant experience and a proven track record of success in the industrial equipment space.”As the CFO, Cerniglia will lead the company’s finance organization, overseeing financial planning and analysis, reporting, tax, treasury, investor relations and internal audit.  Cerniglia will also play a critical role in shaping Hillenbrand’s strategy as well as leading the company’s engagement with investors and analysts.Cerniglia has more than 25 years of financial experience, most recently serving as Vice President, Corporate Controller at Stanley Black & Decker, an $11 billion diversified global provider of power and hand tools, mechanical access solutions, and electronic monitoring systems.  She brings specific expertise in global financial management, financial reporting, and acquisition integration.  Prior to Stanley Black & Decker, Cerniglia spent nine years at United Technologies Corporation in various financial roles of increasing responsibility.“We were diligent in our search for a candidate who fits with our long-term strategic vision and would help us achieve our goals,” said Raver. “Kristina brings a wealth of industrial manufacturing experience to the CFO position that we will utilize to drive additional value throughout the enterprise.”Don Allan, SVP and CFO of Stanley Black & Decker issued a statement regarding Cerniglia joining Hillenbrand:“I am proud to see Kristina join a vibrant, growing company with an impressive legacy like Hillenbrand as their Chief Financial Officer. Kristina has created significant value at Stanley Black & Decker over the past 17 years and I believe she will continue her track record as an excellent leader and business partner at Hillenbrand. We wish her the best in this new career opportunity.”last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s blowout win over Boston College

first_imgSyracuse (11-7, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) picked up its first conference win of the season with a 62-40 drubbing of lowly Boston College (7-9, 0-3) on Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome. Here are three quick observations from the Orange’s blowout win.Back on TrackMichael Gbinije had struggled to find himself at the outset of conference play. He scored a season-low 10 points against Miami, which he matched against then-No. 6 North Carolina. Boston College provided a reprieve for the starting point guard. He had 12 in the first half alone and had gotten to the basket with ease on two occasions.On the first play of the game, Syracuse got possession and he cut to the left side of the basket and laid it in with his right hand.He wasn’t as much of a factor in the second half. But his one bucket looked as easy as the rest, a seemingly uncontested run to the hoop to keep the wheels moving in the onslaught. He scored 14 points total.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textO-ZoneSyracuse held Boston College scoreless for a stretch of seven minutes and 28 seconds in the first half and it propelled a 21-2 run that separated the Orange for good.When Boston College’s Darryl Hicks found himself open for a 3-pointer on the left wing, he double-clutched before misfiring.When the Eagles did score, it took an average of 24 seconds, which served as a reflection of how difficult the makes were to find. The Eagles went on a 9-0 run to cut the Syracuse lead to seven in the second half, but two baskets in the paint from Dajuan Coleman brought the Orange back on track, as the lead ballooned to as many as 25.What does it mean?Boston College is not only one of the worst teams in the ACC, it’s arguably the worst power-conference team in college basketball. Dennis Clifford, the 7-foot center, was all around the rim but had no offensive ability. He missed several layups en route to an 0-for-4 night. All night, the BC offense let the shot clock get down to the final seconds before firing up a contested jumper.The Eagles are a team that lost to UC Irvine and Santa Clara by a combined 30 points and looked the part. SU, a team normally challenged offensively on the interior, outscored BC in the paint, 34-14. The Eagles, a team that lives by 3, died by it on Wednesday shooting just 6-of-26 from behind the arc.Getting a win for Syracuse improves the conference record, but pretty much every other win on the schedule is better. Comments Published on January 13, 2016 at 9:06 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more