Indiana Weather Forecast 2/24/2015

first_imgContinued cold through the end of the week. A little more snow may work in for Wednesday and early Thursday. As a clipper passes by to the north, we will see some action lift up out of the southwest as well, and it may bring a bit of light snow to more of Indiana. However, amounts will be minor; mostly a coating to an inch or two, and coverage will be no more than about 50% of the state. The biggest impact may be over central Indiana. Previous articleUSDA to Gauge Farmland Ownership and Farm EconomicsNext articleMorning Outlook Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter BEYOND INDIANA:CORN WeatherOne more dry day in Argentina today before a significant fronts works through starting tomorrow.  The front holds on over northern areas into early Friday. Models continue to keep the best precipitation developing over west and northern areas, keeping BA, Cordoba and LaPampa drier. Half inch rains or less are likely in the dry areas, while farther north we see 1-2 inch rains or better. A strong high moves in again behind the rains, putting temps back below normal. Highs of 75-85 are likely in the period…beautiful for developing corn. Brazil full season corn areas will be mostly drier this week with action limited to hit and miss showers through Friday. The exception will be RGDS, where we will see that northern Argentina moisture come in full force late this week into the weekend. WE can see 2-3 inches of rain in Rio Grande do Sul in that period. Next week, action fills in a bit more over brazil, brining 10 day totals in brazil corn country to around half to 2.5”. But, we must stress that moisture in this pattern, outside of RGDS, is not frontal based, and there will be significant windows of opportunity for Safrina corn planting (after beans) in the central-north. A 6 day precipitation map (through this Friday) sits just below, in the Brazil soybean section. The US Corn Belt sees a slightly better chance of snow from Wednesday into Thursday, although amounts still are small. The weekend storm complex headed in looks to be mostly rain from IL eastward, but we continue to see some models spit out a lot of snow from WI/MN back through IA and into northwest MO. With the moisture availability, if it is cold enough for snow, there will be some bigger amounts. But, the track and development of this system is still 5-6 days away from hitting…and plenty can change. We currently are just watching to see how it evolves. Cold air pushes in hard behind the system and will be in control most of next week as well. SOYBEAN WeatherWe contineu to see hit and miss moisture this through the rest of the week. We like rain totals under an inch over about 70% of the brazil soy belt this week, allowing for better harvest activity and second crop corn planting. Next week, we see an increase in mositure again…which may lead to a few more delays. Still, many are talking about the rain as being helpful, especailly in Sau Paulo.WHEAT Weather HRW areas look to get another batch of moisture this weekend. So far, the storm complex looks similar to what moved through this past weekend. Moisture totals are similar as well. The difference will be that this coming weekend system will be moving into already cold air, while the past weekend system came into a warmer air mass. This may set up for better snow potential right out of the gate. Heavy rain is on the way to most SRW areas this weekend. Rain totals can be from 1-2 inches or more. Rain will also facilitate some snow melt as well. Rain may end as snow in northern SRW areas, but all rain will be seen farthern south, especially along the OH river and points south. Bitter cold air will ease some this weekend as the rain arrives, and then behind the rain it gets cold again.No better than quarter inch rains over most of the FSU and Russian grain areas in the next 10 days. Kazakhstan could go through the period completely dry. Temperatures go much above normal this week and stay there next week. No change in the short term forecast for FSU and Russian wheat areas.  The extended period shows fronts holding together a little better as they exit eastern Europe, but so far, we are not seeing any major increases in precipitation. Actually, it’s more just a few more smallish chances for rain in the extended period. Temps go above normal next week. CATTLE WeatherTemps moderate some as the week wears on, but look for well below normal temps through Friday. Warming temps this weekend will be interrupted by a cold push to start next week, but then warming accelerates next week. Moisture equivalents of the snows this weekend were not huge (mostly under half an inch), so even if we see rapid snow melt. Mud should be mostly limited to a couple of day’s worth of nuisance. HOG Weather Other than bitter cold still this week, nothing stands out as being too troublesome for hog areas over the next 10 days. We could be seeing a lot of water around after this coming weekend, but it should not have too much impact on hog production. Home News Feed Indiana Weather Forecast 2/24/2015 SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Feb 24, 2015 center_img Another arctic blast heads in for next week, and in general, we see below normal temps for the first full week of March. Temps will then try to moderate a bit toward mid month, as they moderate over most of the nation. We will likely see better precipitation chances around the 7th-8th, and then again for the 10th-12th. Generally speaking, there is not a whole lot of change in the forecast from 24 hours ago. Facebook Twitter Indiana Weather Forecast 2/24/2015 SHARE This coming weekend, we continue to see a large scale system moving in. Models are playing around with the freezing line a bit, dipping it into northern Indiana a bit more by Sunday morning, but then moving it back north into lower MI by afternoon. We still are on the mostly rain side of the thought process right now, although rain will end as snow over northern and western locations. Liquid equivalent is impressive, with 2 day totals over an inch easily. The heaviest rains will be over southern Indiana, with Evansville potentially getting between 1 and 2 inches of weekend rain. We can expect some localized flooding.last_img read more

Corn Prices Down and Corn Syrup Rise

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Aug 21, 2016 Home Indiana Agriculture News Corn Prices Down and Corn Syrup Rise Facebook Twitter The four major U.S. corn syrup makers are raising prices at a time of slowing demand. Corn sweetener manufacturers, like Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill, sent letters to customers earlier this month seeking to lock in prices for 2017. High-fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, is trading at the highest in U.S. Department of Agriculture records dating back to 1994, even as U.S. consumption of carbonated soft drinks, which accounts for two-thirds or more of HFCS usage, sank to a three-decade low. The corn syrup manufacturers, which make up the Corn Refiners Association, are seeking to raise prices by a minimum of $1.50 to $2.50 per hundredweight, down from increases of $3.50 to $4.50 last year. The companies, according to the letters, were seeking to wrap up contracts extending into 2017 by the end of August.Higher prices have prompted some food makers to consider shifting to sugar, especially beet sugar, which is generally cheaper than cane sugar. Food manufacturers are also facing growing consumer demand for so-called clean label products that are free of ingredients such as HFCS, according to industry analysts.Source: NAFB News Service Corn Prices Down and Corn Syrup Rise Previous articlePutting High Speed Broadband on the Fast Track for Rural AmericaNext articleFeed Manufacturers Prepare for New Regulations Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

DuPont Pioneer Soil Fertility Study Shows Phosphorus and Potassium Deficiencies across…

first_img Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News DuPont Pioneer Soil Fertility Study Shows Phosphorus and Potassium Deficiencies across Corn… By Gary Truitt – Aug 24, 2016 DuPont Pioneer Soil Fertility Study Shows Phosphorus and Potassium Deficiencies across Corn Belt SHARE SHARE A new DuPont Pioneer study conducted across 12 Corn Belt states demonstrates that growers may be leaving profit potential in the field each season if they don’t carefully manage phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) levels. The research confirms P and K deficiencies can make a real difference in both yield potential and grain quality and that developing a fertility management plan is essential.“Growers often think first of nitrogen management when they consider soil fertility decisions because of its important influence on corn production,” said Andy Heggenstaller, DuPont Pioneer agronomy research manager. “However, deficiencies in P and K can inhibit yields over the long term in both corn and soybeans, limiting profit potential over time.”Comprised of more than 22,000 soil samples, the study demonstrated that P and K were deficient in a significant number of tested fields. These negative balances may be further exacerbated by the higher nutrient requirements of today’s more productive hybrids and varieties.Many states have modified recommendations for P and K fertility in recent years, and growers need to make sure their programs are keeping pace. Potassium, which is vital for water regulation and enzyme activation, also promotes stalk strength and late-season standability. Phosphorus deficiency can cause issues with early root and shoot growth and can reduce tolerance to drought, disease and temperature stresses.“There are many things growers can do to ensure that their crops are getting enough P and K each season,” Heggenstaller said. “We encourage growers to make sure they conduct soil testing at the right frequency and use the most current soil fertility standards. We also ask growers to consider using a service like Encirca℠ Fertility service to help ensure precise, efficient fertility management to support maximum productivity.”The study was conducted as part of the Pioneer® GrowingPoint® agronomy program, which provides valuable management insights for growers on production practices to help growers improve yields. Pioneer has developed individualized P and K reports for states and regions, as well as aggregate results for the Corn Belt.To learn more about the results of the soil fertility trials, including state-specific results, talk to your local Pioneer sales professional. Visit the Encirca℠ services website to learn more about Encirca℠ Fertility services Facebook Twitter Previous articleWeekly Ethanol Production FallsNext articleFederal Ag Spending to Increase Through 2018 Gary Truittlast_img read more

Indiana Pork Helps “Drop the Puck on Hunger”

first_img The Indianapolis Hockey Team the Indy Fuel joined Indiana Pork to present the brand-new “Garbage Burger” at their recently concluded hockey season. The partnership helped “Drop the Puck on Hunger,” and provided a donation to benefit Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH).The Garbage Burger, a ground pork burger topped with pulled BBQ pork, was sold throughout Indiana Farmers Coliseum during the Indy Fuel home games in the 2016-17 season. For every Garbage Burger sold, Indiana Pork donated one meal to Feeding Indiana’s Hungry.“We were excited to showcase the Garbage Burger at the Indy Fuel games,” said Jeanette Merritt, Director of Checkoff Programs for Indiana Pork. “The Garbage Burger is a popular item on our Indiana State Fair menu and we are thrilled that Indy Fuel fans helped us feed 800 families! Indiana hog farmers are very generous with donations to their local food pantries. Our farmers are happy to help those in need whenever they can.”“We appreciate Indiana Pork Producers, the Indy Fuel, and fans of both for providing nutritious pork meals to clients of Indiana’s food banks,” said Emily Weikert Bryant, Executive Director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry.The ground pork will be distributed to central Indiana residents through Gleaners Food Bank. Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Pork Helps “Drop the Puck on Hunger” Indiana Pork Helps “Drop the Puck on Hunger” By Gary Truitt – May 24, 2017 Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleU.S. Ethanol Production DownNext articleHelping Planted Crops Recover Gary Truitt SHARElast_img read more

Opinion: We need to stop defining politicians simply on their public speaking

first_imgWhat we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Linkedin Molly Jenkins Facebook Twitter Linkedin + posts Molly Jenkins is the Associate Editor of the Skiff. She is a junior journalism major and nutrition minor from Portland, Oregon. The thing she misses the most from Oregon are Por Que No?’s Tacos. Opinion: Why I am thankful for my liberal friends, family Molly Jenkins Twitter Opinion: Why we should focus on America’s educational system Previous articleOpinion: Why we should focus on America’s educational systemNext articleHoroscope: March 22, 2018 Molly Jenkins RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Opinion: my thoughts after the Stoneman Douglas school shooting ReddIt ReddIt TAGSbushClintonobamaTrump What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Molly Jenkins Molly Jenkins Molly Jenkins printOne’s speech is often a heavily judged part of who they are. It is filled with assumptions. Many may assume when someone doesn’t pronounce something the same as them, they are less educated. Or, when people use big words, others assume they are extremely well educated. It’s human nature to make assumptions based on generalized stereotypes, but it’s especially dangerous to do when you are using it to base your political decisions on.One of the most notable stereotypes when it comes to speech is the southern accent- as many associate it with being uneducated. Exhibit A: President George W. Bush. He used simple diction and pronounced America, “murica. He was not only made fun of for it, but was accused of being uneducated. Newsflash– this man went to Yale and Harvard and is probably more well read than you and I ever will be. But, many judged him for his speech nonetheless– a shame. President Barack Obama, on the other hand, had speaking skills on his side. He would cry while talking about gun violence, change his tone of voice and convey deep emotion and big ideas with simple pauses. He was good– no, he was a great public speaker. And the danger in that– well his speaking was so good it did not quite matter what he said. On the other side of things, President Donald Trump is also remembered for his speaking, but not exactly for the same reasons as Obama. Trump, like Bush, uses simple words (okay a BIT more simple than Bush). He also loves to add simple adjectives like crooked, lyin’ and little to add emphasis to points he wants to make. His language can be harsh and brash, but it’s powerful because of that. While much of America loved his speeches because of his relatable diction and unpredictable words, others despised him for it. The problem is that people (on both sides) made decisions about him based on how they remembered him after a speech (or Tweet), not for the substance.Now, let’s look good ol’ HRC. Hillary Clinton had the name, she had the female empowerment and she had the experience. What more could a girl need? Well, a great speech might have helped. We all know Clinton doesn’t always make the smartest decisions, but it can’t be ignored that she is smart, experienced and well-educated. However, her extensive experience and knowledge doomed her speeches. Her speeches jumped from idea to idea, making them hard to follow and difficult to take away exactly what she was going to do. Whereas with Trump, you knew he was going to build the wall after just one line of a speech. At the end of a Clinton speech if you weren’t already a passionate supporter, you might like her but besides vague ideas- you might not care. And many people didn’t care, as almost half of America’s eligible voters did not even vote in the 2016 Presidental election.Now, at the end of the day, I am not saying that public speaking and diction don’t matter at all. I’m simply suggesting that voters need to look at the candidate as a whole and not vote based on their opinion of a speech. Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Opinion: Why Beto O’Rourke’s campaign will end like Hillary Clinton’s Facebooklast_img read more

Battles far from the front lines

first_imgACT, SAT scores now optional for students applying to TCU in 2021 printThe 5 a.m. alarm blares as TCU ROTC cadet team leader, sophomore Issie Dunkleberger, rolls out of bed, stretches for the sky and throws on her APFU, the Army Physical Fitness Uniform, which is an Army t-shirt and matching basketball shorts.The air is cool, and the sky is still black as she eats a banana walking over to meet her platoon for their early morning hours Tuesday workout at the University Recreation Center.Once inside, the 115 cadets split into two groups on separate basketball courts and line up in single file rows to begin their stretches. Each stretch is hollered out by name, a second passes, and the group relays back the name to the stretch leader in unison with as much enthusiasm as they can muster.The first set of exercises in their PRT, or physical readiness test, is 100 pushups for male cadets that are 21 years of age.  For female 21-year-old cadets, it’s 19 pushups. The pushups are then followed by 100 sit-ups, 100 burpees and then 100 air squats for both men and women.Dunkleberger is one of 39 other women in TCU Army ROTC — a position she said comes with strenuous expectations.“I feel the pressure to be smarter, stronger and faster than my male counterparts,” Dunkleberger said. “Even when I exceed those expectations, they’re still there.”Dunkleberger said she has come across a lot of criticism during her time in ROTC. She recalls specifically this summer, during their ground’s training, where she said her male peers were quick to denounce her tactical strategies.“When I went to cadet summer training, my decisions were constantly criticized,” Dunkleberger said. “I had my subordinates telling me ‘no’, especially the males who didn’t think I was capable of making these educated decisions.”Women being criticized for taking initiative in leadership positions found its way to the top of the command chain last week after Defense Secretary James Mattis said “the jury is still out” on the success of having women serve in combat military roles.Mattis said the sample size of women soldiers is too small to make clear determinations.“This is a policy I inherited, and so far, the cadre is so small we have no data on it,” Mattis said. “We’re hoping to get data soon.”Mattis has asked Army and Marine leaders for data and information on if having women in “close-quarters fighting” is a military strength or weakness.Male or female, after their time in the TCU ROTC program the cadets, the majority of whom are on scholarship, are required to serve four years of military active duty.Army Reserve and National Guard cadets are required to serve eight years of active duty.As of 2018, women accounted for 16 percent of enlisted forces and 18 percent of the officer corps, according to the Council on Foreign Relations U.S. military demographics.The Marines have the lowest percentage of women at 8 percent with 7.5 percent in their officer corps. The Army is comprised of 14 percent women who are enlisted, 18 percent of those women are officers.The Navy and the Air Force currently have the highest percentage of women enlisted, at 19 percent each.  Females make up 18 percent of Navy officers and 21 percent of Air Force officers.Gillian Longoria, a junior cadet platoon sergeant in the ROTC program, said that the gender debate should not overshadow more the important qualities of a soldier.“I don’t think it comes down to men or women,” Longoria said. “We acknowledge our anatomical differences, but the bottom line is we want strong leaders. Women can obviously play that role, we have for hundreds of years. I don’t really think it matters if you have this or that.”Dunkleberger and Longoria stand on the field at AT&T Stadium representing TCU Color Guard. (Photo Courtesy Issie Dunkleberger)Longoria, who will be a third-generation military service member after TCU, said the role of military women gets increasingly frustrating when other members judge you based off looks, not abilities.“If you’re considered attractive, or conventionally pretty, people tend to take you less seriously, which gets really annoying,” Longoria said.Longoria said she has been at trainings where she has experienced unwanted flirting, and it has undermined the pressure she personally feels to be “as professional as possible.”“At the end of the day, I’m not going to not do the job and not follow through on my ambitions because other people don’t understand boundaries and don’t understand who they’re dealing with,” Longoria said. Michael Rogers Facebook Dunkleberger and Longoria stand on the field at AT&T Stadium representing TCU Color Guard. 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Volleyball drops both conference games over weekend

first_imgTaylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics ReddIt ReddIt Colin Post Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto printThursdayTCU volleyball did not look like the same team that beat Texas Tech last Saturday, as they struggled offensively and lost to No. 24 Baylor 3-1 (25-18, 19-25, 15-25, 17-25).The Frogs were able to catch Baylor sleeping in the first set. Outside hitter Anna Walsh hit .667 percent with six of TCU’s 11 kills to propel them to a 25-18 set win.Walsh would finish with 17 kills, her highest total since September 6 against SMU (19).TCU would struggle from there, as Baylor used powerful runs to win the next three sets with ease.Alongside Walsh, freshman middle blocker Katie Clark continues to be another offensive weapon for the Frogs.  She had 10 kills in the match for her third straight match with double-digit kills.On defense, TCU had four players with double-digit digs: defensive specialist Berklie Baker (16), outside hitter Lexi MacLean (15), outside Allye Beth Deaton (11), and defensive specialist Dani Denison (10).This match was Deaton’s first action since her season-ending knee injury in October 2017.Freshman outside hitter élan McCall did not play in the match, as she is dealing with injury.For their next match, the Frogs will head to Ames, Iowa, to play the Iowa State Cyclones.  First serve is set for Oct. 13 at noon.SaturdayFor the second time this week, TCU volleyball is headed back to Ft. Worth with a tough loss.  The Frogs fought hard but was overcome by Iowa State 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-16), dropping their overall record to 11-7.After TCU traded points with Iowa State early in the first set, the Cyclones took the lead and never looked back. They ended the set on a 10-1 run, dominating the Frog’s defense.Freshman middle blocker Katie Clark had been a bright spot for TCU in the opening set with four of her six total kills coming in the first set alone.The Frogs played much better in the second set, even going on a 5-0 run to lead 9-7 at one point.  The Iowa State defense proved too staunch, though, and TCU did not keep their lead for long.Losing a hard-fought second set drained all momentum from the Frogs, and they were simply outplayed in the third set.This is only the second time TCU has been swept this season.Outside hitter Anna Walsh led the way for the Frogs with 11 kills, two service aces, and a .556 hitting clip in the match.Setter Tori Dilfer had 26 assists and 15 digs for the fourth double-double of her career.Defensive specialist Berklie Baker and outside hitter Lexi MacLean combined for 28 digs to lead the Frogs on defense.For their next match, TCU will return home to play West Virginia. First serve is set for Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Rickel. + posts Facebook Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Twitter Twitter Colin Post TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Linkedin Facebook Linkedin Colin Post TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Colin Post First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Previous articleHighlights from Thursday’s battle against Texas TechNext articleTCU Homecoming Parade on hiatus Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Colin Post read more

Opponent of restructuring employee benefits removed from committee

first_imgLinkedin Facebook Dr. Andrew Ledbetter worked on the study that supported the Faculty Senate’s resolution. printA vocal critic of TCU’s effort to restructure the employee benefits was removed from the committee that’s charged with formulating a proposal on the matter. Dr. Andrew Ledbetter, a professor of communication studies, remains on University Compensation Advisory Committee (UCAC); however, he was asked to step down from the working group so that Clark Jones, the Faculty Senate chair, and Chris Hightower, the Staff Assembly chair, could join. UCAC, and by extension the subcommittee, was asked by Chancellor Victor Boschini to develop a benefits plan for future employees that is more sustainable. Ledbetter was removed from the working group because the current assembly chairs have more access to the board of trustees. Ledbetter said Ted Legatski, one of UCAC’s co-chairs, removed him from the group so it could include the two assembly chairs who have access to and contact with TCU’s Board of Trustees and senior administrators.“They wanted to refocus the committee on trying to redevelop a proposal that they wanted to sell to the board of trustees,” Ledbetter said. “They wanted to shift their focus in that direction.”Legatski wrote in an email the working group is no longer gathering any more information and has instead moved into the “recommendation-development stage.” During an October faculty and staff town hall, Boschini said TCU’s faculty compensation package is “too rich to be sustainable.” Dr. Andrew Ledbetter worked on the study that supported the Faculty Senate’s resolution. Boschini said TCU is following peer institutions like Baylor, SMU, Vanderbilt and Tulane, all of which have restructured their benefits packages. While Boschini has suggested only new hires would receive the more modest package, other schools such as Baylor, SMU and Vanderbilt included all employees. Ledbetter, who chairs the Faculty Relations Committee, drafted a report disputing the chancellor and the board. TCU’s total compensation is just under $283 million with $537 million of expenses less grants, according to the TCU’s 990 tax form from 2017, the latest available. Nearly 4% of the university’s compensation goes to executive and athletic officers.“We need to carefully review all of the data we have available, and so far, it appears that our benefits and compensation are not particularly competitive to other universities that are our peers and aspirants and provide better compensation,” Ledbetter said. “It doesn’t appear that they are unsustainable.”Ledbetter, who is also on the DEI committee for the Bob Schieffer College of Communication, said he is worried the chancellor’s proposal could harm TCU’s ability to strengthen its workforce, as well as its academic profile and reputation – two of its Vision in Action goals. “If we do change our benefits structure so that future employees have worse benefits than employees now, in the future we could have a younger, more diverse workforce with poorer benefits than the older, whiter workforce,” Ledbetter said. “That’s not a good look for TCU and on its face that would seem to be inequitable.”The concern that a reduced benefits package could hurt recruiting efforts was also voiced at October’s town hall. Faculty Senate Chair, Clark Jones (right) looks on as Chancellor Victor Boschini discusses TCU’s benefits package“Our compensation packages need to be nationally competitive, not just regionally,” a representative from the Harris College of Nursing said. “I would say that we make sure that we continue to recruit and maintain our top talent across the board.”Ledbetter said the cuts could harm the relationship between faculty and administration, one that was damaged several years ago after cuts were made to retiree health benefits. In 2012-13, TCU’s shifted retiree health benefits from the university plan to a third party. The UCAC report noted that this “provoked a sense of frustration and betrayal from some in the TCU family” because faculty and staff were not consulted with prior to action being made. “I appreciate that this time we are having discussions about it ahead of time,” Ledbetter said. According to the minutes from a March 2013 Faculty Senate meeting, there was a firestorm of angst and objection from faculty and staff, based on the perception that benefits were about to be changed for the worse.Legatski said no decisions have been reached, but the group is expected to present recommendations to UCAC in January, followed by a presentation to the Faculty Senate and Staff Assembly. Boschini said he will need to make a recommendation on the restructuring of faculty benefits to the board of trustees meeting in April. Robbie Vaglio 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! 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Posting with a passion: TCU student builds loyal following with Instagram blog

first_imgTwitter Ryann Booth Twitter ReddIt Image magazinePosting with a passion: TCU student builds loyal following with Instagram blogBy Ryann Booth – May 3, 2021 358 Class of 1971 celebrates 50 year graduation anniversary and reflects on time at TCU Academics at TCU Vintage fever: Fort Worth residents and vintage connoisseurs talk about their passion for thrifting Cowgirl: A look at the most glamorous women in rodeo RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s Ryann Booth Previous articleMada: How one app is helping you pick what to wearNext articleWear worthy: One Fort Worth boutique aims to empower human trafficking victims Ryann Booth TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Ryann Booth What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit printLoading 65%Written by: Ryann BoothCollege students often work at places like the library or a coffee shop during the academic year, but one TCU student used her passion for fashion to build a sizable Instagram following that is starting to lead to revenue. Avery Foster of Grapevine, Texas, was a junior in high school when she launched @averyfosterstyle, an Instagram blog dedicated to affordable fashion. Now, the sophomore communication studies major has partnerships with Target Actually and Fabletics to promote their brands on her blog. Foster said the boost in social media traffic from COVID-19 restrictions helped make her blog attractive to the fashion brands. “My blog has nearly tripled in followers since the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Foster.Foster is one of a growing number of entrepreneurs who use their social media platforms to earn money as they recommend different brands. There were 132. 2 million Instagram users in the United States in June 2020, accounting for 39.5% of the entire U.S. population, according to a survey conducted by NapoleonCat, a worldwide social media management tool.A screenshot of Foster’s Instagram blog (A screenshot from @averyfosterstyle)A screenshot of Foster’s Instagram blog (A screenshot from @averyfosterstyle)Part of the blogger communityFoster fills her page with bright colors, trendy outfits and the best recommendations for productions such as skincare, jewelry and hair care.“I love being able to share my outfits every day and have that creative outlet for me to show people what I’m passionate about,” said Foster.Foster started a fashion club at her high school, which inspired her to start posting her outfits on Instagram in hopes of gaining a following.She also worked as an intern for fashion blogger and Nordstrom stylist Riane Hubbart during her sophomore and junior years of high school.Avery Foster promotes her Gucci Tights on her Instagram page @averyfosterstyle. She told her followers they can shop the entire look on the LikeToKNowIt app. (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Avery Foster promotes her Gucci Tights on her Instagram page @averyfosterstyle. She told her followers they can shop the entire look on the LikeToKNowIt app. (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Avery Foster shared this post on her Instagram to promote LikeToKnowIt’s spring sale. (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Avery Foster shared this post on her Instagram to promote LikeToKnowIt’s spring sale. (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Riane Hubbart, Foster’s mentor (Photo courtesy of @stello_style Instagram)Riane Hubbart, Foster’s mentor (Photo courtesy of @stello_style Instagram)Hubbart has gained a following of over 27,600 followers on her blog, @stello_style.“Working for Riane really helped me when I was first starting my blog,” said Foster. “I was able to turn the experience I gained from watching Riane manage her blog into strategies for starting my own.”Foster said she gained a lot of the skills she uses for her own blog from other bloggers.“The blogger community is so kind and helpful,” said Foster. “I often message people asking how they were able to do certain things on their profile, and they are so quick to answer any questions that I have.”More experienced bloggers even offer to hop onto a Zoom call to bestow advice and give tutorials on how to create better content, she said.“I get most of my business from putting myself out there and reaching out to people online,” said Foster.Foster said her blog has grown a lot within the last year and she is excited to see how it will progress in the future.Expanding her brandWhen Foster collaborates with a brand, she is responsible for promoting their products on her blog.This usually means that she tries the products out for herself and posts pictures to show her followers why they should buy whatever she is promoting, she said.“Whenever someone buys something from the links I provide on my Instagram or on my LikeToKnowIt profile, I make a commission off of whatever they buy,” said Foster.She said bigger companies compensate her with a set fee per post and then give her clothes or products in addition. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AVERY FOSTER | Fashion Blogger (@averyfosterstyle) Foster promotes Skinny Dipped snacks (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Foster promotes Skinny Dipped snacks (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Foster advertises a shoe spray on her blog. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster advertises a shoe spray on her blog. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster posts about a giveaway for a pair of Vervet jeans. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster posts about a giveaway for a pair of Vervet jeans. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram) Two individuals were chosen to win the Vervet jeans giveaway. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram) Two individuals were chosen to win the Vervet jeans giveaway. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Alex Baigalmaa is the head of e-commerce marketing for Vervet Denim, another brand that collaborates with Foster.“After reviewing Avery’s Instagram, we noticed her grace and youthfulness, which our company stands for,” said Baigalmaa.He said working with influencers like Foster is something that provides the brand with a genuine message for people who follow their blogs. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AVERY FOSTER | Fashion Blogger (@averyfosterstyle) An academic study by Chen Lou, assistant professor of integrated marketing communication at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and Shupei Yuan, Ph.D., a science communication researcher and assistant professor at Northern Illinois University. authored a study talking about why the influencer model works.   Lou and Yuan discuss how message value and credibility affect consumer trust of branded content on social media.According to the study, the informative value of influencer-generated content and influencer’s trustworthiness, attractiveness and relatability to followers have a positive effect on followers’ trust in the brands the influencers recommend and their likelihood of purchasing the product.In order to please the companies that reach out to them and maintain this image of genuineness, influencers dedicate a lot of time to creating content that advertises the product they are trying to sell while remaining trustworthy in the eyes of their audience.“I have personally tried every product that I advertise on my Instagram,” said Foster. “From clothes to make up and even skincare products, I try them myself before I convince other people to buy them, too.”Foster advertises Arctic Zero ice cream (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster advertises Arctic Zero ice cream (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster teamed up with Flying Cow Tallow, a Texas based skincare brand, for a giveaway. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster teamed up with Flying Cow Tallow, a Texas based skincare brand, for a giveaway. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Keeping followers interestedFoster posts about a giveaway for an iPhone 12 Pro Max and an Instax camera. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster posts about a giveaway for an iPhone 12 Pro Max and an Instax camera. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster keeps followers engaged by posting giveaways on her Instagram stories. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster keeps followers engaged by posting giveaways on her Instagram stories. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster said she implements many strategies to keep her followers happy and coming back for more fashion content.“I always check in the settings of my Instagram to see when my followers are most active on the app, and I usually post all of my photos around whatever time their engagement is the best,” she said.Administering giveaways on her blog was Foster’s way of rewarding dedicated followers, she said.Typically, when a blogger announces a giveaway, they give a list of requirements, such as tagging a few friends, liking certain posts or reposting a picture of their page, to be eligible to win the prize.These requirements help promote the blogger’s page by giving them more engagement through likes and more exposure through reposts.“I started doing a lot of giveaways to give my followers an incentive for interacting with my posts,” said Foster. “I think it also encourages people to keep following my account if there’s free stuff involved.”Katie Anne Eastus, a sophomore criminal justice major from Dallas, Texas, followed Foster’s blog during the pandemic.“I started following Foster because, as a college student, I was interested in finding affordable ways to keep up with the latest trends,” said Eastus. Eastus said she enjoys the relatability and aesthetic of Foster’s page.“I had heard of Fabletics before, but once I saw that Avery liked their products, I was more inclined to try it out for myself,” said Eastus.Foster said she spends an average of about two hours per day brainstorming ideas, taking pictures and creating new content for her followers.Photo: Foster brainstorms ideas for her next blog post. (Ryann Booth/TCU 360 Staff)“The blog has been a lot more work than I ever thought it would be once I started to gain more followers,” said Foster. “People don’t realize how much effort it takes to produce engaging content on a daily basis.”Balancing the blog and school work can be very challenging, she said.“I obviously have to put school first, but at the end of the day before I go to sleep I dedicate myself to at least one hour of planning content so that I am never getting behind on my job,” said Foster.Although school comes first for Foster, she implements skills she learns from her communication studies classes at TCU into her blog.“Keeping the captions on my pictures short and engaging is something that I learned from being a student in the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at TCU,” said Foster.Photo 1&2: Foster promotes the LikeToKnowIt spring sale with fun, spring outfits (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Influencers gaining stronger impact during the pandemicSince the start of the pandemic, many influencers have noticed their likes, comments and followers steadily rising. Instagram bloggers trying to gain a following, such as Foster, were able to establish a larger audience because of the pandemic.“I wasn’t really sure why I was gaining so many followers all at once, but I figured it was because people were stuck at home with nothing better to do,” said Foster.With a larger amount of people engaging on social media on a more frequent basis and in a more active manner than ever before, smaller Instagram accounts were able to create a bigger footprint on the app.Daily time among adult Instagram users jumped 13.8% in 2020 to nearly 30 minutes per day, according to research conducted by eMarketer, a market research company that provides insights and trends related to digital marketing, media and commerce.That’s an increase of four minutes compared to 2019.“Instagram has seen increased engagement recently through features such as Instagram Live and Stories,” said eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson. “Creators, celebrities and publishers have all used Instagram to demonstrate how they are dealing with stay-at-home orders.”The company previously estimated daily time among users to increase by just 24 seconds in 2020.“I think my specific success had something to do with the fact that a lot of people were sick of sitting at home in their pajamas,” said Foster. “I used this to my advantage by keeping that sense of ‘normal’ in the lives of my followers when I would get dressed up and share the outfits I put together on a daily basis.”Foster is not the only person who experienced changes on Instagram during the pandemic.Taylor Lorenz is a New York Times technology reporter who reports on internet culture.In an interview with another Times reporter, Lorenz said people are spending much more time online and everything is being shared more and faster than normal. That’s an opportunity, and many influencers are using this time to get more followers and hope the money follows, she added. “Companies’ marketing deals with influencers are projected to be far larger than advertising sales for the entire newspaper industry in the United States,” said Lorenz.Often, people try to become influencers with this same hope of making it big in this still-growing industry and turning it into a full-time job.However, for Foster, creating her blog started as a passion project.“My goal when starting this blog was just to inspire others and to have fun,” said Foster. “Even if just one person stumbles upon my page and it brightens their day, I’m happy.”Foster said she enjoys running her blog for fun, but it is not something she sees converting into her full-time career once she graduates college.“It is a fun hobby to have in college, but I don’t think this is all I want to do in the future,” she said.She said many bloggers who maintain successful blogs throughout their adult lives have a difficult time separating social media from their personal lives.“When I’m older I definitely want to be able to stay off my phone to connect with the real world as much as possible,” said Foster. “So, this is a great job for me now, but I don’t think I’ll be doing this in the next 20 years.”Foster shares a quote to inspire her followers. (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Foster shares a quote to inspire her followers. (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Foster promotes her outfit that can be found on LikeToKnowIt’s free app. (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Foster promotes her outfit that can be found on LikeToKnowIt’s free app. (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Ryann Booth is a sophomore FTDM and journalism double major from The Woodlands, Texas. She is the TCU Energy Club vice president and a proud member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Ryann is looking to pursue a career in broadcast journalism because she is a lover of people and storytelling. TopBuilt with Shorthand ReddIt Linkedin + posts Linkedin Facebook Facebook Image Magazine: Spring 2021 Ryann Booth Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices Ryann Booth read more

Draconian new law tightens control over communication in Russia

first_img RussiaEurope – Central Asia Online freedomsProtecting sources Follow the news on Russia Organisation Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Читать по-русски / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders is disturbed by the latest anti-terrorism legislation that the Duma (the lower house of the Russian parliament) adopted on third reading on 24 June, as it reinforces government control over communications and poses a new threat to the work of journalists. Following a pattern set in recent years, the bill was presented by United Russia legislator Irina Yarovaya on 13 May and, despite the objections of digital economy representatives, was rushed through the Duma although it will have a major impact on fundamental freedoms. All that remains now is the formality of ratification by the upper chamber and promulgation by President Putin. It could take effect as early as 20 July. Many different sectors will be affected by the new law, which reduces the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 14 in some cases and criminalizes “failure to report” activity that is penalized by the law and “inducing mass disorder” – an expression often used to refer to unauthorized demonstrations. Strengthening control over communications is one of the key aspects of the legislation. Telecom operators, blog platforms and social media will now have to store all communications and conversations for six months and make them available to the authorities, including the police and Federal Security Service (FSB), on request. While this provision will probably little difference to the widespread surveillance already established in Russia, it will increase the vulnerability of international Internet giants, which are already exposed to the possibility of sanctions for refusing to cooperate with the authorities. The postal service will have to monitor the content of packages while services offering encrypted messaging such as Whatsapp and Telegram will be required to help the FSB to decrypt any message on request or face a heavy fine. Social networks will henceforth be subject to the same legal provisions as media outlets with respect to the crimes of inciting terrorism and condoning terrorism, which carry the possibility of seven-year jail terms. As the security services interpret the charges of “terrorism” and “extremism” very broadly, an enhanced crackdown on social network users can be expected. Russian citizens are already being jailed every week over ordinary posts, reposts or comments on social networks. The victims have included a 21-year-old man sentenced to 15 years in prison in May over an image mocking an Orthodox baptism. “This anti-terrorism package is a new disgrace that continues the increasingly repressive evolution in Russian legislation in recent years,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The deliberately vague and loose terminology in the new law that was rushed through parliament over the unanimous objections of digital professionals will allow the authorities to use it for arbitrary and repressive purposes. It is one more example of the dangers of the worldwide tendency to steadily dismantle protection for fundamental rights in the name of combatting terrorism.” Two days before its adoption, Russian Internet ombudsman Dmitri Marinichev described the anti-terrorism legislation as a “death sentence for Russian telecoms.” Edward Snowden, the US whistleblower currently living in exile in Russia, has called it “Russia’s new Big Brother law” and said it was “an unworkable, unjustifiable violation of rights that should never be signed.” Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information RussiaEurope – Central Asia Online freedomsProtecting sources News Receive email alerts to go further June 29, 2016 – Updated on July 1, 2016 Draconian new law tightens control over communication in Russia Related documents Read in Russian / Читать по-russkiPDF – 192.44 KB RSF_en Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption May 5, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News News May 21, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more