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Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Bane-Welker Celebrates 50 Years of Serving Farmers By Gary Truitt – Sep 6, 2017 Bane-Welker Celebrates 50 Years of Serving FarmersPhil BaneFifty years is a long time to be doing anything, but to be successful in the farm equipment business for half a century is quite an accomplishment. Bane Equipment started with one location in Crawfordsville in 1967. In 2013, they merged with North Central Agri-Power to become Bane-Welker with 10 locations across Indiana and 3 in Ohio. Phil Bane says a lot has changed in the past 50 years, especially the equipment, “Technology is the biggest change, from the 8 speed transmissions of the older models to the complex computer controlled transmissions of today.” He said you have to have a computer before you can even begin to work on the equipment today.The tractor is the horsepower that keeping farming operations running, and, as farms have gotten larger and more sophisticated the horsepower has gone up. According to Joe Miller, with Case IH, “In 1967, the biggest tractor Case was making was the 1200 Traction King, it was a 140 HP. Today, our smallest 4wd tractor is 420HP and goes up to 620HP.”Bane told HAT one thing that has not changed is the dealer’s relationship with the farmer. But how dealers and farmers interact has changed, “It used to be that the farmer would send his wife to town to get a part, and the dealer knew just what he needed.” Today, a dealer can log into the equipment with a computer and diagnose the problem while the equipment is still on the farm.Bayne says that, in the future, innovation will continue to drive the industry and that much of that innovation will come in the form of more advanced implements, “Planters, for example, have become very complex and expensive, costing as much as $400,000.” When Bane Equipment started, a farmer could buy a 6 row planter for about $10,000. Miller said Case is continuing to advance technology most recently with the self-driving tractor. He said farmers today need to think of their equipment as a package, so you have a tractor and combine that will work with the technology a farmer is using.Bane said, while current farm income is not good, he has seen ups and down in agriculture before. Miller added that dealers like Bane-Welker are committed to working with their customers to help improve their productivity and make the most of every acre.Bane-Welker is looking forward to another 50 years by investing in the future of agriculture. As part of their 50 year celebration, they matched donations to the Indiana 4-H Foundation, generating more than $10,000. All quotes are delayed snapshots Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Previous articleFarmers Looking for Relief in Tax ReformNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for September 7, 2017 Gary Truitt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 Home Indiana Agriculture News Bane-Welker Celebrates 50 Years of Serving Farmers Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 Name Sym Last Change SHARE Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 SHARE Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program
Facebook ReddIt Linkedin I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU Linkedin Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Twitter printAn unfamiliar sight to the Horned Frog faithful, TCU Baseball is not guaranteed a spot in the upcoming NCAA Tournament for the first season since 2013 when the team went 29-28 overall and 12-12 in Big 12 play.The College World Series regulars enter this week’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship with a 30-22 overall record and a 10-13 record in league play.“Our season certainly hasn’t gone the way the last four seasons have gone,” Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “There are no excuses for that. This is definitely a ‘do or die’ tournament for us.”Following a three-game series against Baylor University in Waco, the Horned Frogs were sitting at 19-17 with postseason chances looking slim to none.The Frogs went on to win 11 of their next 13 ballgames, including series victories against Texas Tech, West Virginia and a sweep over Lamar University. Schlossnalgle said their “simple approach” generated their success.Senior designated hitter Michael Landestoy’s experience tells him the team needs to go far in this week’s tournament for an NCAA Tournament berth. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto“We got back home and we got some timely hits to get us going,” Schlossnagle said May 4 when the frogs played Lamar University. “Some experience from Wanhanen and Watson started to show. These guys know where we are in the season and what has to happen for us to have any type of season in late May. It’s all about pitching, defense and timely hitting.”Limping into this week’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, the Horned Frogs dropped their final series of the regular season to Texas. In the series, the squad was unable to muster more than three runs in each of their three defeats.“We had been playing pretty well until our trip to Austin this past weekend,” Schlossnagle said. “We’re hoping to pick up on that play over this next week.”The team understands their precarious fate and will continue their same approach, hoping it leads to more success.“I’m not a guy who looks into statistics or rankings, but from experience, I’m pretty sure we need to go really deep, if not win the Big 12 Tournament, to have a chance to be in the postseason,” senior designated hitter Michael Landestoy said. “We just need to come out and take it pitch by pitch, game by game. Nothing really changes for us, no matter the stakes. We’re just going to play our brand of baseball that we know and we will be ready to play.”The No. 6 seed Horned Frogs will open the 2018 Big 12 Championship against the No. 3 seed Texas Tech, the league’s top hitting team. As a team, the Red Raiders hit .311 and boast an on-base percentage of .425.Five Red Raiders were named to the All-Big 12 first team: infielder Josh Jung, outfielder Grant Little, infielder Gabe Holt, designated hitter Zach Rheams and starting pitcher Caleb Kilian.Jung and Little hold the honors of being the conference’s top-two hitters. Jung, first in the league, holds a .389 average with 11 home runs and 71 RBIs and Little is hitting at a clip of .374 with 12 home runs and 66 RBIs.“They’re a huge challenge and an ‘Omaha’ club,” Schlossnagle said. “They’re very athletic and have power and you have to make pitches to them. We finished second in the league in ERA, so I feel good about our pitching. They’re playing some of their best baseball of the season. It should be fun.”Schlossnagle’s squad was able to earn the series victory over Texas Tech over the season as part of their hot streak late in the season and he hopes his team uses it as a confidence boost.“I’d say they’re pretty confident knowing they can have success against great teams,” Schlossnagle said. “It’s a new season and everybody resets to zero. I think more lower seeds than higher seeds have won the title. We’re hoping we’re one of those teams.”TCU’s pitching is faced with a tough task against Texas Tech’s firepower tomorrow evening. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoLandestoy said their past victories over the Red Raiders give the first-year players a confidence boost headed into tomorrow’s contest.“We’ve played them before and that was a big series for us confidence-wise,” Landestoy said. “They’re going to come ready to play. They’re a good baseball team in all areas. This tournament gives us another chance to prove ourselves. ”First pitch against the Red Raiders is scheduled for Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Okla. Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Robbie Vaglio Previous articleBaseball swept by Texas in final regular season seriesNext articleBaseball scores early, often in run-rule victory over Texas Tech, 12-2 Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean What to watch during quarantine TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissed + posts ReddIt Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Twitter Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Facebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello
Top StoriesTata Sons v Cyrus Mistry – Live Updates From Supreme Court [Day-6] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK16 Dec 2020 1:43 AMShare This – xSupreme Court bench headed by CJI is hearing the matter of Tata Sons v. Cyrus…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSupreme Court bench headed by CJI is hearing the matter of Tata Sons v. Cyrus Mistry Live Updates 16 Dec 2020 3:34 AMBench has risen. The matter is listed for tomorrow.16 Dec 2020 3:34 AMCJI: Sacrifice some time Mr. Divan tomorrow. Salve: On our side Only one lawyer argued. Two eminent seniors have argued from their side. From one side atleast we should get 40 minutes to advance our arguments.16 Dec 2020 3:32 AMDivan summarizes his arguments.16 Dec 2020 3:30 AMCJI: there is not doubt about stability of their relationship. Divan: this is exactly the point your lords. Thank you. Even the NCLAT records that this falls so point short of Tata Group with the kind of stature. Salve interrupts: These are new arguments and new documents that have come on record. 16 Dec 2020 3:22 AMCJI: can you tell us tomorrow that is there any article about irregularity in meetings or non compliance in Board? Divan agrees.16 Dec 2020 3:18 AM”The events are reflective of utmost good faith and a strong bond between two partners” he continues. 16 Dec 2020 3:18 AMDivan: We have served for 24 years as director due to full faith and trust between parties. The only thing we asked was a place on board and the Companies Aft, 2013 recognizes it. 16 Dec 2020 3:16 AMDivan now reads out the timeline of events showing excellent relationship between SPG and Tata Group.16 Dec 2020 3:13 AMDivan refers to Bombay Public Trust Act under which these trusts are registered and classifies the course of action. He argues on the misuse of AoA.”Misuse of Article 121 and 121A to demand pre-consultation and breach of fiduciary duties by directors on board, failure to act in their independent judgment and breach of standards of equity.” 16 Dec 2020 3:07 AMDivan: A trust has no independent relevance as per law. If you are a public trustee, you are directly hit by these provisions. And that was the circumstance in which SPG came in. >Load MoreSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
AudioHomepage BannerNews ‘Plan B’ for Mary from Dungloe By News Highland – April 22, 2020 Previous articleO’Neill parts ways with Northern IrelandNext articleMotorist caught drink driving in Ballybofey News Highland WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA The Managing Director of the Mary from Dungloe Festival has confirmed that a ‘Plan B’ for the festival is currently being considered. The International event usually runs at the end of July and attracts thousands of visitors to Donegal each year.It’s just one of hundreds of festivals and gigs right across the country which have been impacted due to new restrictions announced by Government yesterday.However the festivals MD, Athia Akinson, says they are exploring other options in order for the festival and other cancelled events locally to still happen this year:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/maryfrofgdfgdfgdfgmdungloe.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Twitter Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest WhatsApp
Installed: a new Schubert automated packaging line featuring a TLM-F44 Picker Station, which is used to pick up the teacakes and place them on to the grouping belt conveyor; they are then transported to the machine’s central loading operation. A Schubert TLM-F2 loading system then picks up the collated teacakes and loads them into the cartons.Techie spec: It has a Schubert vision system incorporated, for quality control purposes. Any misshapen or broken products are automatically rejected before the final packaging process.Packing heat: The rectangular cardboard carton is erected from a flat carton blank and glued by means of hot melt, using a carton closing machine. The highly flexible system is also able to pack the products into an acetate tray. Simply by changing the format parts, the versatile machine is capable of de-nesting the tray, loading the new format with ’completion inspection’ and discharging from the system.Benefits: Increased efficiency is one of the main benefits. The line has been installed to pack the famous Tunnocks teacakes, and is designed to pack either six or 10 teacakes to a box or 12 to a tray. The high-speed machine packs up to 67 cartons per minute for the six-count carton and 40 cartons per minute for the 10-count carton. The line can pack up to 400 products a minute.Supplied by: Schubertwww.schubert-uk.co.uk
Nearly one of every four Americans — 70 million — is an immigrant or is the child of parents from elsewhere. In Los Angeles, one of every three residents is foreign-born.The vast majority of U.S. immigration has been nonwhite since 1965, a trend that won’t change anytime soon. So two Harvard researchers asked themselves: What can the past teach us about absorbing today’s immigrants — especially children — in a way that benefits them, and society?“If they succeed, that is a social good of the first order,” said sociologist Gerhard Sonnert of the young immigrants in the 21st century. “If they do not succeed, it would be bad for America.”As in the past, immigrants often come to the United States propelled by tragedy. Helping them to prosper is both a practical and a moral imperative, said physicist Gerald Holton.Holton is the Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Professor of the History of Science Emeritus. Sonnert, a sociologist of science, is a research associate at the Harvard College Observatory and an associate in the Physics Department.The two are champions of practicing science that aims at the social good, a realm they call “Jeffersonian research.” It occupies a scholarly middle ground between the basic research of Isaac Newton and the applied research of Francis Bacon. One approach offers grand ideas, and the other favors applied technology. Holton and Sonnert propose there is a better way to use basic research for the social good.They wrote two previous books on gender inequality in science. Their two recent volumes focus on the social need to grapple with the facts of immigration.Holton called modernity’s global flood of immigrants and refugees “an unnatural disaster” for humanity, and the two refer to it as “one of the darkest facts of our time.”Their first volume on immigration, “What Happened to the Children Who Fled Nazi Persecution” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), studied a similar unnatural disaster: the flight to the United States of 30,000 mostly Jewish children from Nazi-dominated Central Europe in the 1930s and 1940s.It was what Holton and Sonnert call the “second wave” of immigration related to the war. The “first wave” brought in the accomplished adults forced out of Europe, an act of cultural “self-decapitation” by the Germans, the Harvard researchers wrote. Among the escapees were hundreds of luminaries, including Hannah Arendt, Hans Bethe, Albert Einstein, and Walter Gropius.The second wave, all children, generally turned into American adults who brought extraordinary benefits to their adopted land. After five years of research, including more than 1,500 detailed questionnaires and 100 in-depth interviews, Holton and Sonnert found, for instance, that second-wave youngsters had a 15 times greater chance of appearing in “Who’s Who” compared with their American-born peers. In adulthood, the same children made on average twice as much money, graduated from college at a three-times-higher rate, and were far more likely to enter high-end professions. Among the second-wave were five Nobel Prize winners.With opportunities found and used in their new country, these immigrant children — despised flotsam to the Nazis — went on to write “an astonishing and a glorious chapter for America,” said Holton.With this “glorious chapter” in mind, Holton and Sonnert wondered: Could the same advantages to the United States occur with immigrants today?With help from the Russell Sage Foundation and an anonymous donor, they held a preparatory conference in 2006, from which emerged 20 essays by scholars and practitioners of immigration aid. The essays were collected in “Helping Young Refugees and Immigrants Succeed” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), co-edited by Holton and Sonnert.Many aid organizations help immigrants, and scholars of the field continue a century’s work of studying that. But despite common interests, the practitioners of aid and the academics remain “separate cultures,” said Holton. He called the book an attempt “to bring [them] together fruitfully.”The essays (including one of their own) touch on lessons from the past, on the primacy of education, on the work of aid organizations, and on research regarding present-day young immigrants.The stakes are high. Having a rising fraction of young immigrants in the U.S. population makes it a social imperative to provide them with the help they need. Most young immigrants arrive without the cultural capital of their counterparts from Central Europe decades ago. (That kind of capital, said Sonnert, was readily transferable to the Kultur-admiring segments in America.) But the immigrants bring some of the same qualities of spirit to their new country, including pluck, psychological toughness, and the creativity that comes with having to grow up fast under adverse circumstances.Many young immigrants have faced extreme poverty, danger, and chaotic internment camps, said Holton. They often emerge from these hardships as “instant adults,” he said, just as the children of the second wave did. Young immigrants today also bring something else. It’s what Holton and Sonnert called in their second-wave study “distinctiveness advantage,” the ability of new citizens to retain helpful strengths from their homeland cultures.It’s a form of creative resistance to the traditional expectation of linear assimilation — the “melting pot” ideal — and is investigated in the book by essayist and immigration scholar Mary C. Waters, Harvard’s M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology. These “second-generation advantages,” she wrote, also include exceptional parents and a supportive U.S. civil rights climate.In sum, these young immigrants bring their own cultural capital, facility in another language, perhaps, or a musical heritage, or a deep-seated admiration for education. Said an admiring Holton, “They don’t come just with a suitcase.”
More than 1,300 juniors and seniors spent this past weekend providing their parents with an intimate look into their lives and experiences at Notre Dame at Junior Parents Weekend (JPW). Junior Parents Weekend allows students to both celebrate with their friends and give their parents inside access to their academic, social and professional activities. “[My parents] live down the road from Notre Dame, so I see them enough and they know campus very well,” junior Grace Hatfield said. “But showing them the lab I am a research assistant at, introducing them to my favorite professors and just hanging out where I love and study were things I’ve never been able to do before.” Hatfield and the other JPW participants began the weekend’s events with an Opening Gala held Friday night in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center and Joyce Center Fieldhouse. Saturday’s events included collegiate workshops for the individual colleges and luncheons in each residence hall. University president Fr. John Jenkins celebrated JPW Mass on Saturday night and the evening was capped off by the President’s Dinner. The Mass and Dinner represented the highlight of the weekend for junior Pat Laskowski. “It made my parents and I feel … important,” he said. “We got all dressed up, experienced a grand celebration of the Mass, enjoyed delicious food and heard Fr. Jenkins speak about the significance of the weekend.” The weekend concluded Sunday morning with the Closing Brunch in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse. JPW junior co-chair Elizabeth Owers said the weekend’s events went smoothly. “There were no major mishaps, everything went off without a hitch and, most importantly, the students and their parents all seemed to have a great time,” she said. “Given that so many students are abroad, we are very pleased with the turnout.” The weekend was challenging to plan, Owers said, but well worth the time and effort to provide parents with an idea of what their sons’ and daughters’ everyday lives are like. “It is structured so that our parents can see our dorms and classrooms, meet our professors and most importantly meet the people we’re sharing our experience with,” she said. “At this point in our college careers, we’ve established ourselves pretty well academically and socially, so we can give our parents a good idea of what we love about Notre Dame and why we call this place home.” Junior co-chair Melissa Hallihan said the JPW Executive Committee and advisors were instrumental in the planning process. “It’s been such an amazing opportunity as I got to meet many of my fellow juniors, communicated with parents and University staff and got an inside look into all the work that goes into planning events here at Notre Dame,” she said. For some students, JPW was not an opportunity to meet their fellow juniors, but a chance to take advantage of an opportunity they previously had missed out on. The University invites seniors who missed JPW while they were abroad to participate in the events during the following year. Senior Colleen Heberlein was abroad in London last spring, but said her parents still wanted to visit her on a weekend that was not occupied entirely by football. “It seemed like the perfect opportunity for my parents to visit before the craziness of graduation,” she said. “Also, my parents heard great things about JPW from parents of my older friends and did not want to miss out on the experience.” Heberlein signed up for JPW with one other senior and met up with others at the events. Despite being in the minority, she said she felt very included at the three major events. “I did feel a little out of place and old at first, but I sat with senior friends at the events which helped,” she said. “It was obviously geared toward the Class of 2014, as it should be, but we never felt left out.” Although she enjoyed her experience at JPW, Heberlein said she and fellow seniors wondered why the University doesn’t hold a parent’s weekend sophomore year when far fewer students are studying abroad. “I wish my friends and I had been able to experience it together last year, but my parents were still able to meet a few of my friends and we had a great time,” she said.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Zahra Hirji for InsideClimate News:Six months after the Obama administration rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, at least 20 other proposed energy projects—mines, pipelines, plants, related rail projects and export terminals—have been canceled, rejected or delayed, according to research compiled and mapped by InsideClimate News.Sustained grassroots resistance and public opposition have played a major role in at least some of these decisions; other influential factors include unfavorable economic conditions such as low oil prices, as well as governments’ environmental concerns and project siting issues.Proposed in 2008, the Keystone XL was slated to transport Canadian oil sands crude to Gulf Coast refineries. Federal regulators rejected the upper leg of the project, which ended in Nebraska, for its potential climate impact and minimal economic benefits—and activists hailed the decision as a victory for their years of action against the project.Since then, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected two project applications—for the Oregon-based Jordan Cove LNG project and Pacific Connector Pipeline—and delayed the decisions on two other facilities. For five of the projects, the bids or key permits were rejected by either a federal panel or state or local officials. Companies chose to cancel five other projects, including Arch Coal’s abandoning its planned Otter Creek coal mine in Montana and Kinder Morgan’s pulling the plug on its Northeast Energy Direct pipeline. The remaining facilities are delayed.According to Tom Sanzillo, director of finance for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), what’s driving the coal decisions is straightforward: No one is willing to financially support these projects anymore.So far this year, the nation’s two top coal companies, Peabody Coal and Arch Coal, announced bankruptcy. “The bankruptcies have just rocked the industry,” said Sanzillo, who cited a roster of investors who are “walking away” from coal: bankers, equity markets, venture capitalists and hedge funds.For the oil and gas industries, it’s more complicated. According to Sanzillo, “there should be a concern that the utilities are building too many pipelines and the [regulators] should be concerned about how consumers pay for it.” Sanzillo co-authored a recent report detailing the risks of overbuilding pipelines in Appalachia.Full article: Wave of Fossil Fuel Project Cancellations Follow Keystone XL Rejection After Keystone, a Reluctance to Finance Pipelines
By Dialogo March 29, 2012 United States Army South and the Colombian Army concluded their third annual bilateral staff talks in Bogotá on March 22, and agreed to conduct 19 activities over the next 12 months. Army South, as the U.S. Army’s executive agent, conducts the bilateral talks with Colombia annually as a strategic forum to guide the armies’ interaction for the upcoming year. The agreed-to activities for 2012 include exchanges on humanitarian and disaster relief operations, and Colombian army participation in U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercises. Some activities may extend into 2013. “I think we have developed a robust plan for engagement and training opportunities with the Colombian army for the next year or so,” said Maj. Gen. Simeon G. Trombitas, commanding general of Army South and head of the U.S. delegation. “We are exploiting the expertise and capacity of both armies and I know we will both benefit from working together through the agreed to activities.” Through the staff talks the U.S. and Colombian armies formalize their cooperation and relationship ensuring that both grow and endure. “This third bilateral meeting was very important,” said Maj. Gen. Manuel Guzman, deputy commander and chief of staff of the Colombian Army. “Everyday our army becomes more professional and we have important work to do in 2012 such as building four joint task forces and revising our plans.” According to Guzman, the training and engagement opportunities agreed to in the talks will help the Colombian army to address current challenges as well as reach future goals. He credits the Colombian army’s current high level of professionalism, in part, to the years of training and advice from the U.S. Army. The relationship between the armies is more than just a professional military one, said Guzman. It is a relationship between friends and colleagues. “We are stronger because of that (relationship),” Guzman said. Prior to the final meeting in Bogotá, working groups with representatives from both armies developed proposed activities that were then approved during this week’s talks. “Our working groups met in person and through VTC before this executive meeting so that we could present a validated list of activities to the key leaders of the armies,” said Col. Jim K. Rose, Army South security cooperation division chief. “Working with our Colombian army counterparts has been outstanding throughout the whole process. Because we have such a strong and close relationship, we work very well together.” In addition to finalizing the agreed to activities for 2012, various subject matter experts presented briefings on subjects of interest to both delegations. The U.S. provided briefings on operational law, countering improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and development of the non-commissioned officer corps in the U.S. Army. The Colombian Army briefed on the Army’s operational plan for the next 24-48 months, Army modernization and transformation, and the role and function of the Army’s command sergeant major. This is the third round of staff talks conducted by Army South with the Colombian army. On behalf of the U.S. Army, Army South also conducts staff talks with El Salvador, Chile and Brazil. These staff talks were agreed to by the four countries through the diplomatic process and serve to enhance regional stability and security.