Conference presenters will include experts from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Odum School of Ecology and Fort Valley State University, as well as many other U.S. and Canadian universities.Session presentations will focus on conference themes, including agroforestry education and certification, bioenergy, environmental quality, production systems, social and cultural considerations, and economics, policy and marketing. There will also be a technical workshop focused on tools for landowners and professionals. Participants will be able to view poster presentations and attend both pre- and post-conference field tours and trips to local production sites. Agricultural producers, natural resource professionals and forest and farm landowners should mark their calendars now for the 12th North American Agroforestry Conference set for June 4-9, 2011 at the Georgia Center on the University of Georgia campus in Athens, Ga.The conference will focus on sustainable rural land management and the integration of trees with crop and/or livestock production. Dennis Garrity, director general of the World Agroforestry Centre, and Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture, will be featured speakers during the opening plenary session. Watch the session live by logging onto www.ustream.tv/channel/agroforestry. The event is sponsored by the Association for Temperate Agroforestry, Georgia Organics, Southern Regional Extension Forestry and the United States Forest Service with support from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.For more information on the agroforestry conference, see the website http://hosting.caes.uga.edu/2011NAAC/.
Scudamore and the Premier League have encountered a growing tide of criticism with a number of England women internationals calling for action against the league’s chief over sexist emails that he sent to a lawyer friend. Now Rabbatts, who also chairs the FA’s inclusion advisory board (IAB) which is meeting on Tuesday to discuss the case, has issued a statement saying there is a lack of good governance in the league and a culture at the top that “demeans women” and discourages them from being part of football administration. Press Association Meanwhile, England women internationals have added their voice to the criticism. Everton women’s goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis said the emails were an “insult to all women” and that Scudamore should be sanctioned, while former England captain Casey Stoney said his position was now “difficult”. The group Women In Football has written to all 20 Premier League clubs and main sponsors asking for an “independent review” of the league’s practices. Stoney said in the Daily Telegraph: “We are trying to get to a world without discrimination and to have somebody in such a high position in football making derogatory comments about females is not acceptable. “How would he feel if these comments were written about his daughters? “It is up to the powers that be whether he stays on but talking about women in such a derogatory way makes his position very difficult. Whether it’s a private email or not, he has written them and he has only apologised because he has been caught.” Brown-Finnis told BBC Sport: “It’s not just about women who are involved in football, it was an insult to all women. “However jokey he was trying to be with that, it’s just totally unacceptable in this day and age. “It’s zero defence for me. Private emails when you are the head of the Premier League don’t really exist. “Is a sorry enough? Probably not, but I do think the way to move forward is for the Premier League to follow its protocols just like it would with other employees and I’m sure it has policies which would sanction him appropriately for his misconduct.” The emails referred to women in derogatory terms, contained sexual innuendoes, and made jokes about “female irrationality”. After the story broke in the Sunday Mirror, Scudamore issued a statement apologising for the emails, which were sent from his Premier League email account and seen by a former temporary PA who leaked them to the newspaper. Rabbatts said in a statement released to Press Association Sport: “No-one can doubt the tremendous achievements of the Premier League in creating one of the world’s great footballing competitions. But with that success and the massive public interest it generates comes the obligation to behave responsibly and have in place proper lines of accountability and good governance. “Sadly recent events appear to show that these things are currently lacking in the administration of the Premier League and indeed there is growing evidence of a closed culture of sexism, symbolised in the email exchanges which have been made public. “It is increasingly clear that steps are needed as a matter of urgency to review governance at the Premier League with a view to improving accountability and tackling head on a culture that demeans women and seems to discourage their involvement in the game’s administration. “These challenges go beyond the current situation of chief executive Richard Scudamore. However, if the League are to move forward in a positive way then he and they should give serious consideration to his position in the coming days.” Rabbatts said it was important for the women’s game that changes were made. She added: “I personally hope that progress can be made on all of these fronts so that we can feel confident that the leaders of football are accountable for their actions and support a culture that genuinely welcomes the participation of women and girls in our national game.” Sponsor Barclays has expressed its disappointment to the Premier League, which has raised the stakes ahead of a meeting of the league’s audit and remuneration committee, chaired by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, on Monday to discuss the case. Buck’s involvement has also raised questions, as he is known to be a friend and shooting partner of Scudamore’s. The Premier League is reported to have brought in Milltown Partners public relations agency to advise it on handling the crisis – and it also reported that the PR company works for Chelsea too. Richard Scudamore should consider his position in light of “growing evidence of a closed culture of sexism” at the Premier League, the Football Association’s independent board member Heather Rabbatts has stated.
Less than 24 hours after beating North Carolina on the road, Wisconsin head coach and athletic director Barry Alvarez learned he would lose his right-hand man in less than two weeks. University of Wisconsin deputy athletics director Jamie Pollard has accepted the athletic director position at Iowa State University and will begin his new duties Oct. 1.At Iowa State, Pollard will take over management of the $29 million department that supports 18 different sports.”I am honored to have been chosen as the next director of athletics at Iowa State University,” Pollard said. “Iowa State’s athletic program has a rich tradition, a solid foundation and tremendous potential for growth and even greater success. The opportunity to lead the athletic program at this time is very exciting.”Pollard, who will take over for Bruce Van De Velde, will receive a contract that spans five years and will pay a base salary of $275,000. The deal will also include incentives tied to the department’s performance, both in the classroom and on the playing field.”Well, I’m very happy for Jamie,” Alvarez said. “It was just a matter [of time] before Jamie took his own job, or had his own school. So I’m happy for he and his family. He did a tremendous job for me and the university, and I’ll always be indebted to him for what he did for us and the tremendous job that he did.”Pollard interviewed for the job last week, but had not informed Alvarez until Sunday for confidentiality reasons, which Alvarez says were due to his relationship with Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney. McCarney served as Wisconsin’s defensive coordinator for five seasons under Alvarez, and the two’s friendship goes back to their time at Iowa under legendary head coach Hayden Fry.”I think his president wanted to keep it confidential and go through the process without it being a public issue,” Alvarez said. “But he was offered the job officially yesterday and accepted and contacted me right away.”Now, Alvarez must face the reality of replacing one of the most highly touted young administrators in the NCAA. Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal honored Pollard with its “Top Forty Under 40″ Award in 2003, making him the first intercollegiate sports administrator to receive the accolade. Pollard had served as deputy athletic director since 2003, but had been at Wisconsin since May of 1998.”He’s someone that I could rely on,” Alvarez said. “I told senior staff and everyone else, if I wasn’t there, whatever Jamie’s decision was, Jamie’s voice was my voice and that’s the type of communication and relationship and trust that I had in him.”Despite the timing of the move, in the midst of the school’s football season, Alvarez does not believe the loss of Pollard will be a distraction to his duties as head coach. Wisconsin, currently 3-0 and ranked No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, hosts Michigan this weekend. The Badgers have not beaten the Wolverines since 1994.”We’ll absorb Jamie’s loss and move forward and, to be honest with you, I’m not going to get real wrapped up in it this week,” Alvarez said. “I have one other priority that sits a little higher than replacing Jamie, as valuable as he was, and I have a lot of confidence in the people that I have that we’ll be able to absorb it for the short-term until we find a replacement. But I’m not going to let it be a distraction.”As of now, Alvarez has not set a timetable for hiring a replacement for Pollard, and the two will play the transition by ear in the coming days.”I guess it’s bittersweet that I see him leave. You hate to lose a good man, but you know when you have good people they’re going to move on,” Alvarez said. “We’ll probably get together in the next couple of days to see what his timetable is. But, obviously, we’ll post the position and take a look and see who’s out there, but I don’t have a timetable right now. It’s a little too early.”