Market Sending Strong Acre Switch Signals toward Soybeans

first_img Soybean 2014 outlookIn his market outlook presentation this week at the Indiana-Illinois Farm Equipment Show, Dr. Chris Hurt detailed the need to squeeze corn production costs to $4.50 a bushel or less. But the profitability picture for soybeans next year is much brighter, so there is a strong market signal to shift acres away from corn. In Indiana that means more soybeans and wheat. Hurt tells HAT those margins are definitely attractive.“We’re looking at average quality land in Indiana maybe as much as $50-60 an acre better returns on some of our Purdue budgets for soybeans vs. corn. Now that’s a pretty big incentive when you’re already tight on margins to plant more soybeans. In the southern part of Indiana we’re really looking at wheat/double crop beans as a very strong return, maybe $100-150 an acre more than what we see on corn for next year. I mean these are huge returns.”Hurt added winter wheat has already been planted so that’s not something a growing can elect if he hasn’t already planted, “but I think it does point out that wheat has had more incentive, not as a single crop so much, but south of Interstate 70 where they can effectively double crop,” he said.After hearing his good news/bad news outlook this season, Hurt can tell a lot by the looks on farmers’ faces.“I think they kind of have their arms crossed and a pretty stern look on their face at this point. We’ve come through some very good return years and if we have to have moderation it’s better to come from some years when we had very good returns. But I think what they’re really concerned about is the longer run. Will we be able to get these prices back up some more?”The Purdue Extension agricultural economist says most people like his $4.50 corn outlook compared with some of the $4.00 and even $3.50 or lower outlooks coming from other analysts. Market Sending Strong Acre Switch Signals toward Soybeans Previous articleEthanol Celebrates Six Years of RFSNext articleUSDA Farm Service Agency Urges Farmers to Vote in County Committee Elections Andy Eubank Home Indiana Agriculture News Market Sending Strong Acre Switch Signals toward Soybeans Facebook Twitter SHARE By Andy Eubank – Dec 19, 2013 Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

How To Win the GMO Debate

first_imgThe 90 minute debate was balanced, fair, and for the most part civil, something rare in the GM debate.  Before the program began the audience was polled on their positions; the results were 32% in favor of GM, 30% against, and 38% undecided.  Keep in mind this was held in NYC, where they have regulated the size of soft drinks and are trying to ban the use of horses to pull carriages. How To Win the GMO Debate By Gary Truitt – Dec 7, 2014 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Here are a few quotes that sum up the position against Biotechnology:“We have to look at the fact that there are still safety concerns about this technology, particularly about the long term effects. And that’s what the American Cancer Society says. Yes, the current products are safe, but the long-term concerns are still out there.”  By Gary Truitt “Right now I think we have too much faith in genetic engineering, which as I said, has not — it really hasn’t proven itself except in one instance. So, I do think it’s important that we face that.” Previous articleWell saidNext articleThe Problems for Ag in Washington DC Gary Truitt Here are a few quotes that sum up the position in favor of Biotechnology:“As a parent, it’s my responsibility to use the best possible information to protect the health of my family and to determine what the scientific consensus is on technology. That is why my kids drink pasteurized milk and have had all of their childhood vaccinations. Sometimes the risks that concern people and the risks that kill people are entirely different. For too long, the debate over the merits of genetically modified food has focused on unrealized hypothetical risks and has been conflated with the use of pesticides.” A few weeks ago I wrote about how the current debate over biotechnology was not about science. I suggested that showing people the benefits of GMO technology would win their support. Just a week after that column was published, came a dramatic example of just that point.  A group of New York City consumers, most of whom were opposed to biotechnology or at least undecided about it, overwhelmingly voted in support when shown the benefits. “I’d like to do is actually highlight what a vote against the motion really means, what it would be like to live in a world without GMO crops, what that would look like. First thing, there’d be a significant impact to the land. Without GMOs, farmers would need to dramatically increase their use of herbicides and insecticides. I estimate it to be about 100 million pounds added to the environment each year. Second, since GMOs improved yields and helped farmers deliver more food, in their absence means we’re going to have to farm more land.  And you know, it’s going to take about 120 million acres more land to just keep where we are today. That’s about one California or four New York states.” On December 3, Intelligence Squared US, an organization that hosts public debates on significant issues, held a debate on biotechnology in New York City.  The question before the audience was “Should We Genetically Modify Food?”  Presenting the case for biotechnology was  Robert Fraley, the chief technology officer at Monsanto and literally one of the original inventors of GM crops. With him was Alison Van Eenennaam, a specialist in animal science at UC Davis. Opposing biotechnology was  Chuck Benbrook, a professor at Washington State and an outspoken opponent of biotechnology, and Margaret Mellon, with the Union of Concerned Scientists. SHARE As you can see those supporting  GM crops focused on the benefits of the technology or the reality of the costs of not using the technology. Those against relied on fear of what we might not know about technology that has been in use for over30 years. In the end, when the audience voted again, 60% said they favored GM foods and 31% were opposed.  When we get beyond the science and the fear mongering and show consumers why biotechnology is important, they will support it. Another important point made in the debate that all sides agreed on is that GM use in food production is safe but not perfect. It is also not the entire answer to world food security.   The debate over GM crops is not an either or debate.  So let’s stop wasting time and resources on this argument and focus on how to apply the appropriate technology in specific situations to produce food security, safety, and sustainability for all the people of the world today and into the future. SHARE Home Commentary How To Win the GMO Debatelast_img read more

ASA Hails Senate Passage of One-Year Tax Extenders Package

first_img By Gary Truitt – Dec 16, 2014 ASA Hails Senate Passage of One-Year Tax Extenders Package Previous articleUAV Industry About to Take Off for AgNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truitt Home Indiana Agriculture News ASA Hails Senate Passage of One-Year Tax Extenders Package Facebook Twitter Earlier this evening, the Senate passed a one-year extension of multiple tax incentives and credits, including several that have direct impacts on soybean farmers. The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed passage of the bill, which would extend the dollar-per-gallon Biodiesel Tax Incentive, as well as the Section 179 expensing provision that farmers and other business owners use when purchasing new equipment and infrastructure, among other items.“Today’s passage of the tax extenders bill is a welcome relief to farmers as we close our books on 2014,” said Wade Cowan, a farmer from Brownfield, Texas, and the new president of ASA. “While it’s not the long-term fix we need, the legislation does include the dollar-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit, expensing for farm equipment and infrastructure under Section 179, and bonus depreciation on farm assets, all of which provide greater certainty and a more stable climate for the farmers and producers who make use of these programs.”In noting ASA’s approval of the one-year extension, Cowan pushed Congress to redouble its efforts to pass a longer-term tax extenders package. “These aren’t solutions that benefit farmers in some years and not in others; we need them every year on every farm,” he said. “So we encourage both chambers of Congress to come together and find a solution that extends these beneficial provisions for the long term. What we need is certainty in the tax code, not a guessing game.”Also included in the package was language from the House’s Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which carried with it a provision to increase the barge fuel fee by nine cents a gallon to fund needed waterways infrastructure projects. The fee, which is supported by those in the waterways industry, dedicates funds to new waterways infrastructure construction and major rehabilitation of the inland waterways system through the Inland Waterways Trust Fund. SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act Passes House

first_img SHARE SHARE Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act Passes House By Andy Eubank – Jul 23, 2015 Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleSenate Bill Seeks Voluntary COOL Labeling Andy Eubank Home Indiana Agriculture News Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act Passes House Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter HR 1599 Indiana reactionThursday the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, in overwhelming and bipartisan fashion. The nation’s corn, soybean and wheat organizations along with others immediately released statements of support for the move by the House and also encouraged Senate passage when they take up their version.Indiana Farm Bureau’s Kyle Cline told HAT H.R. 1599 is a very important effort, “first and foremost because it will preempt individual states from enacting their own GMO labeling regulatory schemes and laws which is not good for anyone. It’s not good for the farmer. It’s not good for the consumer. In fact Cornell University recently published a study that was talking about the various mandatory labeling in kind of a patchwork across the United States and it would raise food costs for the average family about $500 per year. So it’s good for consumers’ pocketbooks. It will keep food costs down and it will ensure the availability of biotechnology which is so critical to farmers’ success currently and into the future.”He said the bill accomplishes a national framework for voluntary labeling. Additionally, “It’s science based and it will leave the oversight and regulatory decisions to the FDA which is our nation’s foremost food safety authority and has been for many years.”And according to IFB the Food and Drug Administration, American Medical Association, National Academy of Sciences and World Health Organization have all confirmed that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are as safe for human consumption as their non-GMO counterparts.Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita (IN-04) co-sponsored the bill and said in a statement, “We must strike a balance between government regulation of the private sector and consumer protections for the health and safety of all Americans.  Nothing prohibits organic and non-GMO food companies from advertising said facts so that consumers can be fully informed.“I have heard from Hoosier food producers and farmers who are concerned that conflicting labeling food standards across states are driving up production costs.  This is why a single federal standard is necessary to promote interstate commerce and protect Hoosier jobs.”Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock released a statement thanking Rokita and others.“Indiana Farm Bureau thanks those in our congressional delegation who looked past the activist rhetoric and voted in favor of a fair and common sense approach to food labeling: Reps. Walorski, Stutzman, Rokita, Brooks, Messer, Bucshon and Young. We especially thank Reps. Rokita and Messer for embracing this issue early on and helping to shepherd it through the process to this point. We encourage both Senator Coats and Senator Donnelly to support the Senate version of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act when it reaches their chamber in September.”last_img read more

A Bad Week for Vegans

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Another blow to the meatless movement came when the USDA refused to tell Americans to stop eating meat in its revised dietary guidelines. An advisory panel had recommended to the USDA that strict limits on meat consumption be included in the guidelines. But that was not the case in the final set of guidelines — a fact that sent anti-meat activist groups into orbit. “Eating less red meat is good for all of us and good for the planet,” said Erik Olson, Senior Strategic Director of the Health Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. The advisory group had recommended that the USDA tell people to stop eating meat because it felt livestock agriculture was bad for the environment. Home Commentary A Bad Week for Vegans By Gary Truitt – Jan 10, 2016 I have a poster in my office that reads: “Vegan, an old Indian word for bad hunter.” The dictionary describes it as “the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals.” There is a joke that goes, “How can you tell a person is a vegan? Don’t worry they will tell you.”  This is certainly true for a good number of those who have adopted a vegan lifestyle. They are very evangelistic an alerting the world to their choice, typically with a note of condemnation to those of us who remain carnivores. As a movement, they have been very aggressive in supporting policy that limits meat consumption by everyone else.  Recently, however, the vegans ran into some serious pushback from the food industry and the government. Not only did the USDA guidelines not tell people to stop eating meat, it lifted its suggested restrictions on eggs, acknowledging the overwhelming scientific evidence that eggs do not impact cholesterol levels.  Also, for the first time, the guidelines gave approval for coffee consumption saying “moderate coffee consumption” can be part of a healthy diet. But don’t put any sugar in that coffee. The guidelines came down hard on sugar consumption recommending that “added sugars make up less than 10 percent of their daily calories.” However, feel free to add milk to that cup of joe. The guidelines said that more than 80 percent of the U.S. population is not consuming the recommended amount of dairy. The government recommends that a healthy eating pattern include three servings a day of fat-free or low-fat dairy foods such as milk, yogurt, and cheese. This was another thorn in the flesh for vegans, many of whom see dairy products as a meat product because it comes from a cow. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which advocates a vegan diet, announced that it was filing a lawsuit against the government over the recommendations. Activist and industry groups both praised and panned the report depending on whose ox got gored.  While these recommendations will have an impact on school lunches and federal food programs, they will have little impact on most people’s dietary decisions.  They also show that sound science does not support a vegan lifestyle and that, despite how cool they think they are, vegans do not represent a significant segment of the consuming public.By Gary Truitt The first setback came when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) proposed Domino’s Pizza add vegan cheese and meat to its topping options. The pizza maker responded by saying bite me. Well, what they actually said was “We’re constantly looking at consumer trends and new things. There has been no sign of consumer demand.” What makes this even more of a stinging rebuke is that PETA owns 39 shares of Domino’s.  This move was also significant because it is one of the few national chains that have had the guts to stand up to radical activist groups. Facebook Twitter Previous articleU.S. Ethanol Exports Slide in NovemberNext articleVillwock Enjoying Process of AFBF Run Gary Truitt A Bad Week for Vegans SHARElast_img read more

Purdue Crops Field Day will be Relevant in Challenging 2019

first_img Purdue-crops-field-day-previewThe upcoming Purdue Extension annual Crops Field Day has a lineup that is very relevant for farmers trying to manage through the many challenges of the 2019 crop year. The September 5th field day will touch on the weather and the markets. State climatologist Beth Hall will provide a weather update right near the start of the day, and right after lunch there is a presentation on commodity marketing.Purdue has been very active looking for disease in the crops, and Andrew Westfall, White County Purdue Extension director, says the very latest will be shared with attendees.“We’ll have our new Purdue Extension field crops pathologist Darcy Telenko there to talk about some of the field crop diseases she’s been seeing and that people should keep an eye out for,” he said. “Something that’s always relevant but maybe more so after this last spring we had, we’re going to have a few of the superintendents from other Purdue ag centers talk about their experiences they’ve had recently investing in drainage and field tile at their fields.”Safety is always an element of this event, according to Westfall, “and I think we’ll have a pretty relevant one at this field day. A couple of our safety specialists, Bill Field and Mike Manning will be talking about things to look out for in terms of handling and storing immature crops, which may be an issue this coming fall with such late planting that we had.”There are learning stations for hemp production and UAVs too, and there will be celebrations of Purdue University’s “150 Years of Giant Leaps” and “70 Years of Agronomic Progress at the Agronomy Farm.”The field day is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council. It will be at the Beck Agricultural Center at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education, 4540 U.S. 52 West in West Lafayette. Those attending must register online at Crops Field Day schedule:Check-in at 7:30 a.m. (EDT) and conclude at 1:30 p.m. The day’s program is as follows:* 8 a.m. – Welcome from Jason Henderson, director of Purdue Extension and associate dean of agriculture, and Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Purdue’s College of Agriculture.* 8:15 a.m.  – 2019 Weather Update with state climatologist Beth Hall.* 9 a.m. – Learning stations at various on-site locations featuring:“UAVs: More to See and Learn” by John Scott, Extension coordinator for digital agriculture.“Field Crops Disease Update for 2019” with Darcy Telenko, plant pathology specialist for Purdue Extension.Steven Boyer, superintendent of Northeast-Purdue Ag Center, will discuss his experiences with drainage and installing field tile.“Update on Hemp Production in Indiana,” with Ron Turco, Purdue professor of agronomy and department head.“Handling and Storing an Immature Corn Crop and its Implications on Safety”,” with Bill Field, Purdue professor of agricultural and biological engineering, and retired Purdue Extension educator Mike Manning.* 11:30 a.m. – Lunch.* 12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. – “Commodity Marketing: Basis, Market Carry, and Returns to Storage for the 2019 Crop” with Nathanael Thompson, Purdue assistant professor of agricultural economics.* 1–1:30 p.m. – 70 Years of Agronomic Progress at the Agronomy Farm.Private Applicator Recertification Program (PARP), continuing education units (CEU) and continuing certification hours (CCH) credits have been applied for. Participants wanting to receive PARP credit must pay a $10 fee (cash or check only). SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Crops Field Day will be Relevant in Challenging 2019 By Andy Eubank – Aug 18, 2019 Purdue Crops Field Day will be Relevant in Challenging 2019 SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleCommentary: Administration Unveils New Ag Policy: Kick’em When They’re DownNext articleBraun Talks Trade and Other Rural Issues with Farmers at Shop Talk Andy Eubanklast_img read more

USDA: Farm Households Report Working off the Farm to Provide Greater,…

first_img USDA: Farm Households Report Working off the Farm to Provide Greater, More Stable Income Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA: Farm Households Report Working off the Farm to Provide Greater, More… SHARE SHARE By USDA Communications – Jun 23, 2020 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Nearly half of all family farm operators and their spouses reported having a job off the farm in 2018.The majority of households, regardless of farm size, report that they work off the farm because it is more lucrative than farm work, provides more reliable income, and may offer health and retirement benefits.Households had the option to report more than one reason for working off the farm.Among small family farms—those with annual gross cash farm income (GCFI) under $350,000—about 88 percent of these households reported working off the farm because it was more reliable and 75 percent because it was more lucrative.By comparison, among large-scale farm households—those with GCFI of $1 million or more—about 72 percent reported working off the farm because it was more reliable and 51 percent because it was more lucrative.In addition, about 40 percent of all principal operators or their spouses who work off the farm listed farm-related financial stress, such as low commodity prices or low farm revenue, as a reason for having a job off the farm.This chart appears in the March 2020 Amber Waves article, “Family Farm Households Reap Benefits in Working Off the Farm.” Previous articleThe Chances of Seeing More Rain This Week and Corn Drops Again on the HAT Tuesday PodcastNext articleFarm Groups Launch Free Stress Management Course USDA Communicationslast_img read more

Senior (Dis)Orientation to help seniors prepare for life after college

first_imgTobi Carter Tobi Carter Linkedin ReddIt + posts Facebook Previous articleVolleyball pulls out comeback win against Baylor in front of record-setting crowdNext articleFestivals around Fort Worth to look out for Tobi Carter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course printBeing a senior and preparing for life after college is stressful, but seniors don’t have to do it alone.Senior (Dis)Orientation is a program offered for seniors who want to prepare themselves for life after graduation.Associate director of career development Karen Lindsey-Lloyd said seniors need to start thinking about the “college to career transition.”“There’s all these hoops you have to jump through to get a job, and I think seniors underestimate the quick passing of time during their last year,” Lindsey-Lloyd said. “There’s a long cycle between interviews and an actual job offer. I want seniors to be more aware of that and I think this program is perfect for it.”This year’s program will feature new networking opportunities as well as the traditional alumni panel, a guest speaker at lunch and three breakout sessions.The new addition to the program will allow seniors to make personal connections with the speakers, Charles Dunning, the director of the senior year experience, said.Dunning said the alumni panel features three to five people who have graduated from TCU within the last five years. The alumni will answer questions about what they wish they knew while at TCU.Students talk during lunch at last year’s Senior (Dis)Orientation. (Photo Courtesy of Charles Dunning)This year’s speaker at lunch is Carlo Capua. Capua is the owner and operator of Z’s Cafe & Catering in Fort Worth and is the president-elect for the TCU Alumni Association. He will be speaking about what it takes to be successful after college and the importance of staying involved with TCU after graduation.The breakout sessions offer seven different topics:Researching and applying to graduate/professional programsMaking the most of graduate/professional schoolFinancial management and planningEntering the job marketRelocation and independent livingGetting along at workBuilding a new social life.“It’s not possible to offer an event that a student can walk away from and be perfectly prepared, but what they will have is everything they need to graduate as prepared as they possibly can be,” Dunning said.Dunning and Lindsey-Lloyd said the program is in place so seniors can learn about the resources that are available to them.“Even if they think they know everything they need to know to graduate, they’re probably going to discover some stuff they didn’t know,” Dunning said.Lindsey-Lloyd agreed.“This is an event that will inspire, encourage and equip you,” Lindsey-Lloyd said.Senior (Dis)Orientation is on Oct. 24 in the Dee J. Kelly Alumni Center from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. New literacy initiative rolled out in Fort Worth ISD ReddIt Tobi Carter Tobi Carter Tobi Carter Twitter Local artist and TCU alum presents new exhibit TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Fort Worth resident dedicates life to rescuing dogs Frog Aides helps supports local businesses with on-campus ‘state fair’ event Linkedin Tobi is a senior journalism major from Lewisville, Texas. She works as the downtown Fort Worth multimedia reporter. Twitter A speaker presents one of the breakout sessions during last year’s Senior (Dis)Orientation. New bus route eases commute to Denton Facebooklast_img read more

Playing and winning for Micah

first_imgTCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Grant McGalliard Grant McGalliard is a senior journalism and political science major from Bay City, Texas. He’s worked in everything from sports to student organizations at TCU, and recently began blogging with the Dallas Morning News. In his spare time, Grant enjoys tweeting far too much, pretending he knows more than he does about Premier League soccer, and listening to the music of Kanye West. “He’s just such a huge part of this team,” Brian Howard said after TCU’s win over Coastal Carolina in the second game of the College World Series, a game that Micah was able to attend. “We say it a lot, but it’s hard to even give everyone outside of our program an idea of how much he really means to us.”Seeing Micah before the game was “just awesome,” pitcher Ryan Burnett said.Micah Ahern signs his name on TCU catcher Evan Skoug’s wristbands before the Frogs’ game against Coastal Carolina in Omaha, Neb. on June 21.“Just puts a smile on your face,” Burnett said. “Lets you forget about everything. Just go out there and play baseball, have fun.”TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said he was happier more with the positive impact the visit had on Micah than he was with any impact on his team.“He was enjoying the attention, which he’s more than deserved,” Schlossnagle said. “And anything that brightens his day has just been awesome.”“So to see a smile on his face and see his mom, she was in a great mood — it’s just great. It’s just great having him around.”Micah was featured on ESPN before the game, and his story even drew the attention of TCU’s College World Series opponent. printOne of the most important players on TCU’s baseball team stood around half as tall as slugger Luken Baker, couldn’t throw a quarter as fast as Brian Howard or Durbin Feltman, and couldn’t block balls behind home plate nearly as well as Evan Skoug.But then again, Micah Ahern’s incredible impact on everyone he met didn’t relate too much to what he could do on a baseball diamond.Through a tireless fight against the neuroblastoma (an aggressive form of cancer that primarily affects young children) that he was diagnosed with at 15 months old, Micah inspired the Horned Frogs with his relentless spirit, best summarized in his slogan: Never Ever Give Up.Micah first became part of the TCU team through a partnership with Massachusetts-based program Team IMPACT, and “signed” with the Frogs in 2014 in a special ceremony.The slogan turned into a hashtag, #NEGU, and his fight moved Horned Frog players and fans alike.For Micah. #MicahStrong #NEGU— #MicahStrong (@cmconatyTCU) June 22, 2016 The Micah Ahern superhero logo has adorned TCU’s caps as a reminder of their inspiration. Linkedin Even though he was smiling at the game, Micah was facing an uphill battle. His mother, Linda, published a heartbreaking Facebook post in early June saying that Micah’s cancer has progressed past the point where chemotherapy and and antibody treatment can be effective.Throughout the remainder of the CWS, the Frogs honored Micah by playing with a Superman logo on their hats with an “M” replacing the “S” and continuing to send messages of love his way. On July 28, Micah’s fight ended. He died at 7 years old, surrounded by family in Arlington.Even after this season ended, TCU continues to celebrate Micah with the creation of the Micah Ahern TCU Baseball Scholarship, announced on Facebook on June 15.The scholarship will be given to an athlete that never, ever gives up. Previous articleFrogs win their second game at CWS for first time everNext articleTCU falls to Chanticleers in CWS Grant McGalliard RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR + posts Grant McGalliard Baseball season recap: Rebuilding turns to reloading after surprise CWS trip TCU students receive evacuation text by mistakecenter_img Phi Kappa Sigma executive director, chapter president respond to dismissal Grant McGalliard Grant McGalliard Linkedin ReddIt Facebook ReddIt Twitter TCU removes Phi Kappa Sigma for hazing and other misconduct Facebook Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Twitter Grant McGalliard read more

Students share ideas at ‘I Am Heard’ sexual assault forum

first_imgTwitter Starting school in the ‘red zone’ Linkedin Facebook + posts Caroline Love graduated from TCU’s journalism program in May 2019. During her senior year, she interned at KERA and C-SPAN in Washington D.C. If she’s not working on a story, she’s probably watching Friends. Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Title IX advocate works to support TCU survivors of sexual assault Harassment StatisticsInfogram“They’re seeing it in the news, they’re seeing it on social media, they’re seeing it with their favorite celebrities,” Duncan said. “If your favorite celebrity can speak out about it, you can too.”According to its website, the #MeToo movement was founded in 2006 by Tarana Burke to support survivors of sexual assault. The movement gained online popularity in 2017 after a hashtag of the same name went viral on Twitter.#MeToo uses social media to connect survivors and help them share their experiences said Catherine Coleman, an associate professor of strategic communication and a women and gender studies affiliate. She also said the social media aspect makes the movement more global and empowers people to publicly name their truth. Facebook Although talking about sexual harassment and assault is difficult, #MeToo unites people to be a part of the conversation, Victoria Sealfon, a first-year pre-business major, said. Both Sealfon and Duncan said #MeToo is only the beginning of greater change.Being aware of how to handle situations when they arise better prepares students to deal with sexual assault and harassment, Sealfon said. She also said TCU should highlight how sexual assault impacts its campus.Duncan said the #MeToo campaign has helped her highlight the need for change on campus through “I Am Heard.” Statistically, she said, students are likely to experience sexual harassment or assault themselves or see it happen to one of their friends.“I’ve seen that to be proven true time and time again,” Duncan said. “I care because I want to stop that. I don’t want that to happen again.” ReddIt Caroline Love Caroline Love World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution printMorgan Duncan, a junior speech-language pathology major, said she had a goal to share her opinion on sexual assault on college campuses with others before coming to TCU.“I really wanted to be heard and have my voice be involved in some way shape or form,” Duncan said.When Duncan couldn’t find a place to have that dialogue, she created her own. “I Am Heard” is a discussion forum hosted about sexual assault where participants can share their ideas about creating awareness and change on campus.Duncan said she started the forum as a group project in her speech class. She said campaigns like the #MeToo movement help make students more aware about issues surrounding sexual harassment. Caroline Love Some faculty concerned over bias against female professors’ SPOT evaluations Caroline Love Caroline Love Linkedin ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Department of Education’s Title IX changes could impact TCU students Twitter Previous articleNo. 9 men’s tennis sweeps No. 11 Oklahoma State, 4-0Next articleHoroscope: April 17, 2018 Caroline Love RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more