Hoosier Hazlett Headed to USDA Rural Development

first_img By Andy Eubank – Jun 12, 2017 Facebook Twitter U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has named Anne Hazlett, Chief Counsel to the Majority on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, to lead the Rural Development agencies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Hazlett, whose title will be Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, will oversee the Rural Utilities Service, the Rural Business Service, and the Rural Housing Service within USDA and report directly to the secretary.  The announcement is in keeping with a realignment of USDA announced by Perdue in May and represents an elevation of Rural Development, which had previously been in the portfolio of an undersecretary, who in turn reported to the deputy secretary of agriculture.“With this addition to USDA Rural Development, rural America will have a seat at the main table and have walk-in privileges with the secretary on day one,” Perdue said.  “With her background of advising the Senate committee overseeing agricultural and rural development issues, Anne Hazlett comes with a depth of knowledge and experience perfectly suited to her role in helping to restore prosperity to rural America.  We are excited to have her aboard.”“Small towns and the people who call them home have been my life’s passion,” Hazlett said.  “It is with great enthusiasm and a deep commitment to rural America that I am eager to get to work at USDA and be a partner in crafting solutions to the significant challenges these communities face from economic opportunity to infrastructure, quality housing, and addiction.”An Indiana native, Hazlett has worked on agriculture and rural issues for over fifteen years.  Working in both the U.S. House and Senate, Hazlett has most recently served as Republican Chief Counsel for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry where she was an advisor on many issues impacting rural America from Farm Bill programs to broadband and child nutrition.  In addition to her public service in Washington, Hazlett was the Director of Agriculture for her home state where she managed the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and was an advisor to Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels on agriculture and rural issues.  Further, she served as Chief of Staff to Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman where she assisted in the creation of the state’s first Office of Community and Rural Affairs, an agency devoted to providing financial and technical assistance to rural communities, and supervised management of the state’s housing finance, energy, and tourism agencies.  Outside of public service, Hazlett was in private law practice where she advised clients on agriculture and environmental regulatory matters.Hazlett is a graduate of Kansas State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural communications.  In addition, she holds a law degree from Indiana University and a masters degree in agricultural law from the University of Arkansas.The increased emphasis on Rural Development at USDA is in recognition of the economic difficulties facing rural communities, which have lagged behind other parts of the country in prosperity.  Fighting poverty wherever it exists is a challenge facing this country, as nearly 85 percent of America’s persistently impoverished counties are in rural areas.  Rural childhood poverty rates are at their highest point since 1986, affecting one in four rural children, with deep poverty among children being more prevalent in rural areas (12.2 percent) than in urban areas (9.2 percent).It is important to note that the systems, functions, and internal structure of the Rural Development agencies will not be changing.  Removing the additional bureaucratic layer of an undersecretary will allow Hazlett as Assistant to the Secretary to obtain “go” or “no go” decisions directly from Perdue without having to have ideas or suggestions passed through channels in the office.Source: USDA SHARE SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Hoosier Hazlett Headed to USDA Rural Development Hoosier Hazlett Headed to USDA Rural Development Facebook Twitter Previous articleBower Trading Strategy Report: Ignore the Report, Watch the WeatherNext articleFarmland Values Expected to Decline Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Weightlifting “on path to recovery” as IWF agrees on election date

first_img Promoted ContentWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?5 Reasons Why The Black Widow Solo Movie Will Be AwesomeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Reasons To Wait For The Solo Black Widow Movie10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth An Electoral Congress and a Constitutional Congress will both be held in Lausanne in Switzerland, in January. Ursula Papandrea, the IWF’s Interim President, said the sport was “on the path to recovery” – provided those within it do not block reforms needed after the recent scandal of corruption. When, on June 4, the McLaren Independent Weightlifting Investigation revealed widespread corruption at the IWF during the long reign of Tamás Aján, it recommended a series of reforms in its 122-page report. Among them was – to paraphrase the report – replacing the IWF’s old, inept constitution with a new version appropriate for an efficiently functioning 21st-century International Federation. That constitution will be drawn up by a newly created body, the Reform and Governance Commission, over the coming months before being put to the Executive Board. It will then go for approval to the Congress, the IWF’s ultimate decision-making body, which comprises all 187 member federations. An independent Integrity Commission, set up to oversee the IWF’s operations, will also be created after being approved in principle by the Board at a meeting this week. It will oversee all the IWF’s operations and report any misgivings concerning finance, anti-doping, election procedures and governance – all of which featured in scandals unearthed by the McLaren investigation. In approving the Integrity Commission the Board was acknowledging that “it is paramount that ethics review be conducted by an external and independent commission,” said Papandrea. Both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Testing Agency (ITA) were represented at the meeting, where Board members were told that the IOC supported an overhaul of the IWF’s governance and constitution. The IOC also made it clear that it would not welcome further changes to the Tokyo 2020 qualifying system, as they would impact athletes who have already faced significant disruption to their training and competition schedules because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some members of the Board represent nations which cannot send a full team – or any team at all in the cases of Thailand and Egypt – to Tokyo 2020 because of multiple doping violations. There have been attempts by some Board members to push for further amendments to the qualifying system, or to stall other reforms which Papandrea, backed by the IOC, deems necessary. “We are in transition, and the crisis subsides provided we take the proper steps,” Papandrea told insidethegames. “I understand it benefits some members to have others think we are failing or still in chaos. “People forget I have only been in power for eight weeks and have been given a huge mess to clean. “I have systematically prioritised and addressed matters, and I know I am leading the IWF on the path to recovery. “It now depends on whether the other leaders want to let go of the past and recover.” Under the terms of the existing constitution the IWF Electoral Congress – at which the President, vice-presidents, Executive Board and committee members are elected – was due to be held between late August this year and the end of May next year, based on the original dates of the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. “With the virus, it was not prudent to do it earlier than January,” said Papandrea, who was appointed Acting, then Interim President after accusations of corruption were made against Aján in a German television documentary in January. Aján resigned in April, after 44 years at the IWF. Although he is officially an honorary ambassador of the IWF, that role is being reviewed by lawyers. The McLaren report revealed that more than $10 million (£7.9 million/€8.84 million) was unaccounted for from the 10-year period to 2019, that Aján had rigged elections through bribery, and that he had delayed and covered up doping violations during his “autocratic” reign. Law enforcement agencies have begun investigations into the findings of the McLaren team. Last week Aján was not re-elected to the Hungarian Olympic Academy, of which he had been long-term President. No candidates have yet stated their intent to stand as Aján’s permanent replacement, though at least four Board members are believed to be preparing a campaign. The new Reform and Governance Commission will comprise all four members of the now-defunct IWF Oversight and Integrity Commission – Papandrea, Karoliina Lundahl of Finland, the Oceania Weightlifting Federation president Marcus Stephen, of Nauru, and Birendra Prasad Baishya from India – plus several members from a previous IWF constitution working party whose work was stopped a year ago, and two independent members. A draft of the rules for the IWF’s new Anti-Doping Policy, compliant with the 2021 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code, were approved to forward to WADA. “There are some provisions that will require some modifications and those will be addressed by the Anti-doping Policy Assessment Commission,” Papandrea said. The McLaren report made a number of suggestions which the new commission will address, including; reducing the size of the Executive Board and giving it more legislative power; staggering elections; electing more women members; and giving a seat on the Board to an athletes’ representative. read also:IWF moves from Hungary to Lausanne under new American leadership “We need an entirely different philosophical position to that which has previously driven this federation,” said Papandrea. “The board should reflect the wants and needs of the member federations. “I’m hopeful for the sport that we’ll be able to make the necessary changes and retain our Olympic status.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) will have a new constitution and a new permanent leader within seven months.last_img read more

Wenger enjoying Arsenal momentum

first_img Press Association Manager Arsene Wenger has warned the best is yet to come from his Arsenal side over the closing weeks of the Barclays Premier League campaign. Following a string of frustrating inconsistent performances during the first half of the season, Wenger’s men are now finally producing the required standard on a regular basis as they look to secure Champions League football once again and have won seven of their last nine Premier League games. Should the Gunners men beat Norwich then they would go third and Wenger said: “I believe our team has always developed a way to play that makes them stronger throughout the season. That is maybe one of the consequences of it – that we go from strength to strength.” center_img He added: “We should not forget that, in recent seasons, we have started with young squads who have learnt first during the season, or with squads who have been disturbed because we sold players and we had to rebuild a team. “Of course it takes a while to get into a good momentum [after that].” With Per Mertesacker not available through suspension, captain Thomas Vermaelen is set for a recall, having been benched since the defeat at Tottenham. Wenger, though, has hailed the attitude of the Belgian defender, who took the skipper’s armband following Robin van Persie’s summer sale to Manchester United. “He took it in a remarkable way [when he lost his place],” the Arsenal manager said. “He is a great man and I didn’t make him captain by coincidence. I knew there is something mentally special there. “Vermaelen responds in positive situations and in less positive situations like when you don’t play. “They know there could be rotation with the three centre backs from the start of the season, depending on good and less good periods of any individual player. He [Vermaelen] took that remarkably well.” last_img read more

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