Relix has announced their first-ever Live Music Conference, set to take place on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York. The one-day event will bring the leading figures in today’s industry to shed light on the fast-paced and ever-changing live music business. The Relix Live Music Conference will feature panels and discussions covering subjects related to venues, festivals, publicity and management, presentations on technology and non-profits, plus a keynote with two of live music’s most legendary promoters. The conference will serve as the coming together of all the pieces and people that help bring a live show to life, providing opportunities for networking, discussion and education.Moderators include Kirk Peterson (Brooklyn Bowl/ The Capitol Theatre/ LOCKN’), Mike Greenhaus (Relix Media Group), Jake Szufnarowski (Rocks Off), and Dean Budnick (Relix Media Group), with presentations from Andy Bernstein (Headcount), Justin Bolognino (META.is), and so many more.Speakers include Michael Dorf (City Winery), John Moore (Bowery Presents), Jim Glancy (Bowery Presents), Don Strasburg (AEG), Josh Knight (Monterey International, INC), Ken Weinstein (Big Hassle Media), Emma Matthieson (Brooklyn Bowl/ The Capitol Theatre/ LOCKN’), Kevin Calabro (Calabro Music Media & Royal Potato Family), Rebecca Shapiro (Shore Fire Media), Jonathan Azu (Red Light Management), Mike Martinovich (Red Light Management), Mike Luba (Madison House Presents), Patrick Jordan (Red Light Management), Stef Scamardo (Hard Head MGMT), Dave Frey (LOCKN’), Jay Sweet (Newport Folk Festival), Dan Berkowitz (CID), Janine Small (Janine Small, PLLC), Robin McNicol (Superfly), and more.To close the evening, there will be a very special conversation with Relix founder Peter Shapiro (Dayglo Ventures) and Ron Delsener (LN NY) moderated by David Fricke (Rolling Stone), followed by a happy hour, and performance from The Meat Puppets and Mike Watt & The Secondmen.Tickets, which go on-sale this Friday, March 10th at 12PM ET, include a full day of panels, lunch, happy hour, admittance to The Meat Puppets and Mike Watt & The Secondmen at Brooklyn Bowl and a one-year subscription to Relix Magazine. More information available here.See below for the full schedule:9 AM – Doors (Light breakfast + Coffee)9:30 – 10:15 AM – Talent Buying Panel:– Moderator: Kirk Peterson (Brooklyn Bowl/ The Capitol Theatre/ LOCKN’)– Speakers: Michael Dorf (City Winery), John Moore (Bowery Presents), Jim Glancy (Bowery Presents), Don Strasburg (AEG), Josh Knight (Monterey International, INC)10:20 – 11:05 AM – Publicity Panel:– Moderator: Mike Greenhaus (Relix Media Group)– Speakers: Ken Weinstein (Big Hassle Media), Emma Matthieson (Brooklyn Bowl/ The Capitol Theatre/ LOCKN’), Kevin Calabro (Calabro Music Media & Royal Potato Family), Rebecca Shapiro (Shore Fire Media), Jonathan Azu (Red Light Management)11:10 – 11:25 AM – Activism: presentation by Andy Bernstein (Headcount) 11:30 – 11:45 AM – Ticketing: presentation by Josh Baron (Songkick) 11:45 – 12:45 PM – Break for lunch12:55 – 1:40 PM – Management Panel:– Moderator: Jake Szufnarowski (Rocks Off)– Speakers: Mike Martinovich (Red Light Management), Mike Luba (Madison House Presents), Patrick Jordan (Red Light Management), Stef Scamardo (Hard Head MGMT)1:45 – 2:00 PM – Technology: presentation by Justin Bolognino (META.is)2:05 – 2:50 PM – Festivals Panel: Presented by Ascend Insurance Brokerage– Moderator: Dean Budnick (Relix Media Group)– Speakers: Dave Frey (LOCKN’), Jay Sweet (Newport Folk Festival), Dan Berkowitz (CID), Janine Small (Janine Small, PLLC), Robin McNicol (Superfly)2:55 – 3:40 PM – Keynote: Presented by Access IndustriesA conversation with Peter Shapiro (Dayglo Ventures) and Ron Delsener (LN NY) moderated by David Fricke (Rolling Stone)4 – 6:00 PM – Happy Hour6:00 PM – All attendees are invited to attend The Meat Puppets and Mike Watt & The Secondmen at Brooklyn Bowl
For many years commodity and food prices have been so low it’s been hard for American farmers to make a profit and consequently a decent living for their families. Like any business, no profit means farmers will go out of business, forcing food production overseas. None of us wants food production to go the way of oil. Today, we must rely on often-unfriendly countries to supply much of our energy needs. We see the consequences of that situation at the gas pump as just the potential for tightened supply causes prices to soar. The U.S. has about an 11-day food supply within our massive food chain. One can only imagine the consequences if we allowed China and Brazil to grow our food and they decide for political reasons to no longer send us that food.Right now, commodity and food prices have risen. Many farmers could make a decent living based on the actual price received for the food they produce. Prices for Georgia cotton, pecans and peanuts are at or near a record high. Even Georgia peaches are likely to fetch record prices this summer.But, just as our farmers are getting to the point where they can make a decent living from food prices, another issue has come into play. Input costs have risen so rapidly and so dramatically that it’s unlikely many of our farmers can continue to make a decent living. Instability in the energy market affects more than the price of gas for our cars. Far-reaching input impactThe price of fuel to plow fields, nitrogen to fertilize crops and grain to feed livestock has increased at alarming rates over the past year. There seems to be no end in sight to the increases of these vital agricultural inputs. In particular, Georgia’s poultry industry, the largest poultry industry in the U.S., is having an increasingly difficult time as the cost of feed, primarily corn, skyrockets.High food and commodity prices have given some farmers a chance to finally rely less on government-support programs. Yet, with increased costs, these programs will have to be reinstated to keep our farmers in business and food production growing in the U.S. The only real and long-lasting solution is to reduce inputs used in traditional agriculture. We need to find ways to reduce fertilizers, pesticides and water (since it requires fuel to pump ground water) used to grow crops. The cost of feed and medicine to keep our animals healthy also needs to be reduced. Research holds the key Who will conduct the necessary research to find ways to reduce inputs needed to grow our food? Private industry has no economic incentive to reduce input costs, because it will deflate their bottom line. It is difficult to imagine a fertilizer company sponsoring research to reduce the reliance of our farmers on the very product the company sells. It’s equally difficult to see the federal government, which supports competitive research to solve problems, willingly address some of these real-world issues. Federally funded research tends to focus on high-minded, long-term societal needs. This is certainly important and needed research, yet it doesn’t broadly address today’s agricultural problems. It’s unlikely that federally sponsored research will help our farmers adjust to the new reality of extremely high input costs, at least in the short term. And, the short term is going to determine who remains in business.Research to reduce input costs for food production falls squarely on our nation’s land-grant university system. The University of Georgia and Fort Valley State University are two of the premier land-grant universities in the country with a direct mandate to help our farmers stay in business and produce food for Georgia, the nation and the world. In the driver’s seatThe land-grant system in Georgia is fully capable of providing needed research to help reduce our farmers’ input costs. We can translate and transfer that information through Cooperative Extension to farming communities when and where it’s most needed. Supporting the land-grant mission of the University of Georgia and Fort Valley State University is more important now than ever. As the world cries out for more food, we need to double world food production by the year 2050. Agriculture is Georgia’s largest industry with a strong infrastructure that is setting us well on the way to becoming the breadbasket of the world. It is clear Georgia will play a major role in feeding the world. With a deepened Port of Savannah and a widened Panama Canal, we are ideally situated to grow the food and reap the economic benefits this great industry can provide. However, we will only compete and be successful if we remain on the cutting edge of research, training of the next generation of students and transferring that information to the farming communities who implement these new practices.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe ninth-ranked Wisconsin Volleyball team continues on the road this weekend as they travel to Northwestern Friday to play the Wildcats and Michigan State Saturday to face the Spartans. On their current road trip, the Badgers are 7-1 and 2-0 in the Big Ten.Although the Badgers have not played a home game since August, they don’t seem to be wearing down. Each game is one step closer to their Big Ten home opener against Purdue Oct. 5.Head coach Pete Waite attributes the team’s ability to get through its long road trip to the way it traveled and played in Europe this summer. “I think the fact that we took a foreign trip over the summer, and it was two weeks of packed travel, constant travel [helped],” Waite said. “You are moving every day and a half out of hotels, [whereas] here, they are gone from Thursday to Saturday nights, then they have a week at home, at school and in their own room. So, it’s not as bad as it might seem, and they are handling it really well.”The Badgers’ opponents are formidable this weekend. Northwestern has a veteran team, just as Wisconsin does. “Northwestern, actually, is a more veteran team,” Waite said. “They are a lot like us. They’ve had probably four of their starters that have started since they were freshmen. They have a new setter in [Elyse] Glab, [who] is doing a nice job. So, we have to see what kind of style she brings to the table.”Glab, a freshman, ranks second in the Big Ten in assists, averaging 13.13 per game. Another threat Northwestern has is sophomore libero Kate Nobilio. Nobilio, a member of the freshman All-Big Ten team last year, is second in the Big Ten in digs, averaging 6 per game.”We are just trying to avoid [Nobilio] on all of our hitting,” middle blocker Audra Jeffers said. “She was on the all-freshmen team last year, so she is a very good player,” Katie Johnson is the player to watch for Michigan State. Johnson ranks seventh in the Big Ten in kills, averaging 4.35 per game. For the Badgers, Jeffers is looking to build off of last week’s success. She had eight blocks against Michigan last Saturday, helping her earn Big Ten defensive player of the week honors. Jeffers is averaging 1.34 blocks per game and is helping the Badgers hold opponents to a .134 hitting percentage. Jeffers realizes it won’t just be her defense that helps the Badgers, but her ability to be a great all-around player. “Well, that’s defensive player of the week. I want to improve on my offense,” Jeffers said. “I was very happy with my blocking, but offense, I think, I could have scored more. We have been working on, in practice, placement shots. So, I’m going to incorporate those and do better offensively.”Along with Jeffers, the Badgers have worked hard this week trying to prepare for two games in two nights. Waite said that the team needs to be able to get a faster start in each game and not have to make a comeback. Also, he said the team was focused on being prepared to play back-to-back matches. “We are just trying to make the areas we do well in and take it up another notch. I think we are really happy with the way we blocked last week,” Waite said. “I think in both matches we started a little slow, but again, when you are on the road and the other team has a lot of energy, you have to withstand that.”Playing a road game in the Big Ten can take a lot out of a team. Senior co-captain Jocelyn Wack said that on any given night, anybody can win . When the crowds get into the stadium, they are excited to see a team play, especially when they have the chance to beat a top-ranked team.”You always have to go in and play in a tougher environment, and the other team is usually pumped up because they are at home,” Waite said.However, the Badgers are looking forward to playing in front of their own fans at the Field House. “It’s kind of like we are getting used to it because we have been on the road for so long, but it will make it that much sweeter when we are back at home,” Wack said.