HAT Begins Second Decade of Serving Indiana Farmers

first_img By Gary Truitt – Sep 18, 2016 Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Home Indiana Agriculture News HAT Begins Second Decade of Serving Indiana Farmers SHARE Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 All quotes are delayed snapshots On September 18, 2006, a new concept hit the airwaves of Indiana radio stations, delivered by a voice that had been heard on those stations for over two decades. Hoosier Ag Today debuted on 10 stations around the state with a new focus on delivering news for and about Indiana agriculture. “There was a lot going on in Indiana agriculture that was not being reported by the farm broadcast media of the day,” according to Gary Truitt, founder of HAT. “The state Department of Agriculture was just being formed, and the ethanol industry was just beginning to explode in Indiana.” As the ethanol, grain, and livestock sectors began to grow, Hoosier Ag Today grew with them.“In the beginning, all we had was a vision. Fortunately we had some great partners who also had a vision,” said Truitt. These partners included Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Soybean Alliance, and the American Dairy Association of Indiana.  Over the next few years, the timely and locally relevant program content of HAT was picked up by more and more radio stations that wanted to serve their agricultural community. Today, HAT programs are aired by 65 radio stations across the Hoosier State.Over the past decade, the Network has expanded its staff and launched several digital platforms to deliver content to farmers via the internet and, more recently, mobile devices. Reading the morning HAT e-newsletter has become a regular routine for thousands of Indiana farmers, farm leaders, and government officials. In the past year, HAT has expanded into on-line video, with live streaming of news events as well as informational in-field videos with agronomists and economists from the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture.Today, Hoosier Ag Today is the leading farm radio network in the state. It reaches a statewide average of over 40% of Indiana farmers daily, with totals of 60% in some areas. Many of the radio stations that first signed on with HAT are still affiliates, airing multiple farm programs each day. “Our focus is Indiana; that is why we put Hoosier in our name,” said Truitt. While times are economically challenging for agriculture, he believes HAT is well positioned to be sustainable and set to continue to grow and prosper when the agricultural economy recovers. Facebook Twitter Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Previous articleFarm Groups Want December Action on FSA LoansNext articleIndiana Farm Bureau Members help Shape Strategic Plan Gary Truitt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 Facebook Twitter Name Sym Last Change STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe HAT Begins Second Decade of Serving Indiana Farmers Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 SHARElast_img read more

Johnson does the double in Berkhamsted Trophy

first_img12 Apr 2015 Johnson does the double in Berkhamsted Trophy England international Luke Johnson has become only the second player to successfully defend the Berkhamsted Trophy. He retained the trophy in difficult, blustery conditions with 36-hole total of level par, which gave him a one-shot win over a group of three other players. “It was great to win again because there was a little bit more pressure defending – and because I didn’t feel I was in it! But I chipped in for birdie on the 12th and birdied 16 and 17 to win by one,” said Johnson, from King’s Lynn in Norfolk. He opened with a two-over 73 and was four shots off the halfway pace, set in spectacular style by Simon Richardson of Spalding. He had a hole in one with his first shot of the competition and followed up with 17 straight pars. However, in the afternoon Johnson shot two-under 69, while Richardson slipped back with 74, finishing on one-over, alongside Taylor Carter (Rochford Hundred) 73 70; and David Corben (Hindhead) 72 71. Johnson, 22, a member of the England Golf men’s squad, won in a play-off last year, having been eliminated in another play-off in 2013. The last time the trophy was won in successive years was 1978 and 79 when John Davies of Royal Mid Surrey did the double. Click here for the full scoreslast_img read more

Rumson Police Make Arrest In Vehicle Burglary

first_imgRUMSON _ Detective Christopher J. Isherwood of the Rumson Police Department arrested Kimberly Campo, 26, of Bay Avenue Highlands after an investigation into a motor vehicle burglary which occurred in Rumson in the early morning hours of March 15. Campo was charged with multiple offenses including burglary, three counts of forgery, and two counts of credit card theft. Judge Richard Thompson set bail at $12,500 with no ten percent payment for release permitted. Campo was unable to post bail and was transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.Additional charges are pending, police said.last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Award-winning supermarket seeks Deli Manager

first_imgJob Vacancy: Costcutter on Main Street Ballybofey are now recruiting for the role of full-time deli manager.The ideal candidate will have at least 2 years experience in a food background industry or company and have a strong passion for food and cooking.The chosen candidate will have the ability to delegate out tasks, have good initiative and be able to work to deadlines as well as having excellent customer service and communication skills. Flexibility is essential since daytime, evening and weekend shifts are required.If you are ambitious and dedicated and want to join an award-winning team, apply by submitting your CV with cover letter to Colin at [email protected] date for applications: Friday 14th December 2018Job Vacancy: Award-winning supermarket seeks Deli Manager was last modified: December 5th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ballybofey jobscostcutter ballybofeyculinaryDeli Managerfoodlast_img read more

God’s Fireworks: No Competition

first_imgIndependence Day in America is a day for fireworks. Let’s compare the biggest artificial shows with God’s performances.The “Fourth of July” in the USA is almost synonymous with fireworks. Americans love watching well-crafted fireworks shows. You can even design your own computer fireworks shows now with software. But take any of the biggest displays on Earth, whether in Washington DC, Disney World, the Olympics, or in major world capitals, and they will normally be limited in area (a few square miles) and low in altitude (about 300 feet or less). That’s nothing! If we take the concept of “fireworks” to include glowing phenomena caused by heat and chemistry, nobody competes with God’s displays.Lightning storms from Earth orbit (NASA)Lightning: The brief bolts of electrical discharges in lightning can heat the air briefly hotter than the surface of the sun. When they hit soil, they can create globs of melted glass called fulgurites. Some people live in more lightning-prone areas than others, but almost everyone has stood in awe of lightning displays. Not just beautiful or terrifying, lightning also serves a purpose. It’s one of several powers (along with some bacteria at room temperature) that can burst the triple bonds of atmospheric nitrogen, “fixing” it so that plants can absorb it for making proteins and other essential biomolecules. Monsoon season is coming to southern states, promising great shows for photographers who specialize in capturing the awesome glory of the storm, using devices fast enough to trigger the shutter at the first detection of a bolt.Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’? (God to Job, in Job 38:35).Volcanoes: Many volcanoes are known around the world. Some are only known by their cones and lava flows, but a large number have been witnessed in action. When they erupt at night, they can look fascinating or terrifying, larger than any staged fireworks show. Lightning often accompanies the clouds of glowing cinders ejected miles into the sky, adding to the spectacle. From a safe distance, volcanoes are truly awesome. A rare persistent “lava lake” was discovered in the South Pacific from satellite data, Phys.org reports—only the 8th one known in the world out of some 1500 land-based volcanoes. The BBC News says that no one has ever climbed Mt. Michael before because of its remoteness and steepness. Plumes of smoke were known drifting from the top, but only satellite data could tell what was going on inside the crater.May the glory of the Lord endure forever;may the Lord rejoice in his works,who looks on the earth and it trembles,who touches the mountains and they smoke! (Psalm 104:31-32)Leonid meteor storm of 1833: the night the sky fell.Meteors: Can you imagine a fireworks display from horizon to horizon, coming from miles high in the atmosphere? That’s what some meteor storms can do. Residents of the United States were terrified at the Leonid meteor storm of 1833. They thought the world was coming to an end! But actually, the lights were caused by small pieces of rock, usually pea-size or smaller, when the Earth passed through a cloud of dust left by a comet. Stray meteors appear almost every dark-sky night. On certain nights throughout the year, meteor showers from comet trails produce more meteors than usual, about one per minute or sometimes more. Rarely, meteor storms like the Leonids of 1833 or 1966 produce spectacular displays of hundreds per second. The particles hit Earth’s atmosphere at 140,000 miles per hour, causing so much friction that the air glows as the particles heat up to temperatures almost as high as the sun’s surface.Perhaps you have seen a “bolide” or extra-large meteor several times in your life. Some of these leave trails, and some are so big they can be witnessed in the daytime. Occasionally they explode in the air. There’s no real limit on how large an impactor can be, but the larger the impactor, the more rare they are. For a meteor to land on the surface (which happens often), they have to have enough mass left after surface layers burn off. Then they are called meteorites. Some have left huge scars on the Earth’s surface. Those must have been seen across the world!His splendor covered the heavens,and the earth was full of his praise.His brightness was like the light;rays flashed from his hand;and there he veiled his power. (Habakkuk 3:3b-4)Auroras: The northern or southern lights are one of the most beautiful light shows on the planet. And they are not unique to Earth; the gas giants all have their own shows, driven by high-energy particles impacting atmospheres along field lines of their magnetic fields. This short film by Illustra Media, “Heavenly Fire,” containing some of the most dazzling aurora footage ever taken, explains how the aurora is generated by the sun and Earth’s magnetic field. (Source: TheJohn1010Project.com)Comet Hale-Bopp 1997 (DFC)Comets: Large, bright comets fascinated the ancients, and terrorized many of them who imagined them to be bad omens. Since Newton, though, educated folks knew they were glowing bodies traveling on Keplerian orbits around the sun beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. In the space age, several comets have been visited. Rosetta even landed on one. Scientists know much more about them now, but not everything. Comet hunters enjoy finding new ones. The two-dozen fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 fascinated many amateur astronomers with the large scars they left on Jupiter in 1994. And it’s a good thing that the Tunguska event of 1908 (probably a comet) exploded in the atmosphere over a remote part of Siberia. It flattened forests for 770 square miles!Solar flares and prominences: As we move up in size, stars become even greater examples of God’s fireworks. Solar prominences erupt from the surface of our sun as high as ten Earth diameters, and flares are sudden, very bright eruptions of white plasma bursting out from the sun, sending charged particles across the solar system. Without the protection of our atmosphere and magnetic field, we would be fried by those “fireworks.” The surfaces of many exoplanets, lacking those protections, are certainly sterilized by flares and stellar eruptions.Stars. As awesome as our sun is, it is a tiny dot compared to the largest stars. Go through this awesome sequence of stars to see how big they can get!And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. (Daniel 12:3)Supernovas: Certain stars over a critical mass cannot sustain their cores over gravity. Once the fuel is used up, they collapse and rebound into a supernova, blasting out bright spheres of glowing matter over many light-years. See a new Hubble Telescope photo of “stunning fireworks of supermassive star” Eta Carina, which has exploded several times, and “will likely die in a supernova explosion, according to NASA.”. Some supernovas (technically, supernovae) are caused by mergers, or by accretion of material from a binary star orbiting a white dwarf. Those events are many orders of magnitude bigger and brighter than the “salutes” (white flash-bangs) included in many human fireworks shows. Supernovas can easily outshine their whole host galaxies for a few days or weeks!3 Declare his glory among the nations,his marvelous works among all the peoples!4 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;he is to be feared above all gods.5 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,but the Lord made the heavens.6 Splendor and majesty are before him;strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.7 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;bring an offering, and come into his courts!9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;tremble before him, all the earth! (Psalm 96)Quasars and blazars: Extremely bright phenomena at cosmological distances have been discovered over the last few decades. Quasars are relatively compact “radio sources” (sometimes bright as well in visible light) that are brighter and more energetic than entire galaxies. Then there are very quick, fantastically energetic phenomena called “fast radio bursts” that emit extreme energies for fractions of a second (28 Feb 2017). Astronomers are still trying to figure those out. A new one was reported by Nature this week. Our human fireworks displays are zilch compared to those!Is it any wonder that David wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God” in Psalm 19:1? Now you know the truth of that statement more than David did!We hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July, remembering the freedom that blesses our citizens because of the Founding Fathers’ commitment to the truth of creation. “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” Jefferson wrote on their behalf, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Let us never forget the fireworks emerging from rifles and cannons, many aimed at our soldiers, occasioned by the necessity to defend those rights for two-and-a-half centuries. (Visited 460 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Adios — for a little while…

first_imgNext week I’m starting an eight-month sabbatical. It’s made possible by the Hanley Award that I received last fall, which included a financial grant. I’ll be taking an unpaid leave from BuildingGreen (after 26 years) and stepping away from day-to-day operations and the deadlines that have largely defined my life over those years.The sabbatical will allow me to step back and consider the bigger picture of what we’re collectively trying to do in creating a more livable planet and a more sustainable future. I expect to do some writing — perhaps addressing resilient design and the “passive survivability” issue that I’ve been promoting for the past five years. Time away from Environmental Building News and regular deadlines will allow the more concentrated time needed for such efforts.But first, I’m doing something totally different. Starting mid-next-week, I’m heading out on a bicycle touring trip through the desert Southwest and perhaps along the Gulf Coast. The goal of the trip is to escape enough from day-to-day routines to think about issues on a deeper level — to recharge my batteries, to use an energy metaphor.I’ll be flying to San Diego with my bicycle, then heading eastward from there, generally following the Southern Tier route mapped by the organization Adventure Cycling. I’ll be traveling alone, camping some of the time, but also getting plenty of use out of my credit card and staying some nights with individuals who are part of a network of bicyclists who open their homes to fellow travelers.My plan is to maintain a fairly moderate pace that will give me plenty of time to relax, think, photograph the country I’m passing through…and write. I’ll be posting blogs and photos on my personal website: www.atwilson.com, through which I can also be contacted.During my sabbatical, Tristan Roberts will be taking over this Energy Solutions blog. Tristan has worked at BuildingGreen since early 2006, and he is currently our editorial director, in charge of not only our monthly newsletter Environmental Building News (now in its 20th year), but also LEEDuser.com and our other Web-based resources. Not long before joining BuildingGreen, he graduated from Marlboro College — which brought him to the area from upstate New York, where he grew up.Tristan and his wife live in a home they built in Halifax. The home is built largely of natural materials, including wood from the land. It is energy-efficient, heated by passive solar energy and wood, and off the grid — powered by an array of photovoltaic panels.Like all of us at BuildingGreen, Tristan is deeply committed to a more energy-efficient, sustainable future. He walks the talk far more than most of us, and his knowledge of all things related to green building has been growing at a rapid pace these past five years.Very significantly, Tristan is a great writer. I feel very good leaving this blog in his able hands. I expect that some of his blogs will report on his own experiences trying to create an energy-efficient, green home and minimize his environmental footprint.Suggestions for topics you’d like to see covered in this Energy Solutions column can be e-mailed to Tristan ([email protected]).While it’s far too soon for me to speak from experience in recommending a long-distance bike trip, I think it is important for us all to step outside of our routines and embark on new adventures. I am fortunate to have received support through the Hanley Award to make this possible, but even if that had not happened I think I would be looking at something like this sabbatical (perhaps in a significantly scaled-back form) to re-energize and recharge.I plan to return with new ideas and priorities for hastening the transition to a better, more sustainable, and more resilient future.In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex contributes to the weekly blog BuildingGreen’s Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. Brent Ehrlich, the products editor at BuildingGreen, will be taking the lead with this blog while I’m away. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his musings from the road and during his sabbatical, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

53 years on, Bareilly to get its jhumka

first_imgBareilly shot to fame in 1966 when the late Bollywood actress Sadhana danced to the song Jhumka gira re, Bareilly ke bazaar mein in the movie Mera Saaya.The city, however, had no speciality in making or selling ‘jhumkas’ (ear danglers) and neither did it make any efforts to cash in on the popularity of the song. Finally, after over 53 years, Bareilly will get its ‘jhumka’, a symbolic replica of this piece of jewellery.According to sources, the Bareilly Development Authority (BDA) has sought the approval of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to install a ‘jhumka’ at the Parsakhera zero point. The project was first conceived in the early 90s, but hit a roadblock due to paucity of funds and availability of a suitable location. The BDA had even invited designs for the ‘jhumka’. It was earlier to be installed at Delapeer trisection and then the Bara bypass but the decision was changed due to possibility of traffic congestion at these two points. The replica will now come up at the entrance of the city on the Delhi-Bareilly road at Parsakhera.According to BDA officials, they have been waiting for the NHAI approval and soon as it comes, the installation work will be taken up.BDA secretary A.K. Singh said, “The ambitious ‘jhumka’ project was in the limbo for a long. However, the project has now been worked upon and a new location near Parsakhera, at the entrance of the city. We have sought the NHAI’s approval. We hope to get it soon, and as soon as it happens, the work will commence.“Although we have selected the Parsakhera zero point for the project, there could be some changes in the previous design and the area depending on the area available. We may constrict or expand the project.”BDA sources said that the proposed jhumka will be 2.43 m in diameter and 12-14 feet in height. The landscaping around the ‘jhumka’ is estimated to cost around ₹18 lakh. There will be three surma (kohl) bottles (inspired from the word ‘surme daani’ used in the song) surrounding the structure. Surma bottles will be kept in parapet walls, which will also have colourful lights installed there. Besides, colourful stones and zari work, for which the city is famous, would be used for decoration.The entire structure will be surrounded by a rotary in such a manner that it will give the entire edifice and its surrounding area a landscape view. The silver-golden coloured ‘jhumka’ will be made up of multi-coloured stones embedded with ‘minakari’, an art form colouring and ornamenting the surface of metals by fusing over it brilliant colours that are decorated in an intricate design) design.last_img read more

NU secures twice-to-beat edge, FEU trumps UP

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bryan Bagunas and Angelo Almendras led the Bulldogs with 15 points apiece while James Natividad played a supporting role finishing with 13 points.In the second game, Far Eastern University got at least a playoff for a twice-to-beat advantage after brushing off University of the Philippines, 25-20, 25-14, 19-25, 25-9.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Tamaraws stayed in the second spot at 10-2 while the Fighting Maroons dropped to a lowly 1-11 card for the worst record in the tournament.Peter Quiel had 15 poits for FEU with Jude Garcia and Richard Solis pitching in 12 and 11 points, respectively. MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Chinese arm wrestling yanks hard for recognition NU Bulldogs. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—National University clinched a twice-to-beat advantage heading into the Final Four after blasting University of Santo Tomas, 25-20, 25-21, 25-9, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Bulldogs posted their 11th straight win to improve to 11-1  while the Tiger Spikers, who are eliminated from Final Four contention, dropped to 4-9.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View commentslast_img read more

Russia Plane crash caused by pilots error on speed data

first_imgMOSCOW – Investigators say the crash of a Russian passenger plane that killed all 71 people on board may have been caused by the pilots’ failure to activate heating for pressure measurement equipment, resulting in flawed speed data.The Interstate Aviation Committee said Tuesday, after studying the plane’s flight data recorder, that Sunday’s crash occurred after the pilots saw varying data on the plane’s two air speed indicators.The flawed indication came because the pilots failed to turn on the heating unit for the plane’s pressure measurement equipment prior to takeoff.The pilots put the An-148 on autopilot after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport but took manual controls back when they saw clashing speed data.The plane plummeted into a snowy field six minutes after takeoff, killing all 65 passengers and six crew.last_img read more

Feds names five superclusters that will share 950M in government cash

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government named the five winning bids Thursday of its high-tech “superclusters” sweepstakes that will divvy up $950 million of public funding in hope of stoking economic growth and job creation in return.Ottawa’s big bet on government-designated superclusters was designed to encourage academia, not-for-profit organizations and companies of all sizes to work together on strategies to boost high-growth sectors.The winners, announced by Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, closed out a nine-month competition that represents the centrepiece of the Liberals’ so-called innovation agenda.“What is a supercluster? It is a made-in-Canada Silicon Valley that will create tens of thousands of jobs — that’s what a supercluster is,” Bains said Thursday as he unveiled the winners in Ottawa.“It’s about collaboration as well. Look at this room — we have academia, business, you have small business and large business, and we have government — working together, promoting collaboration, supporting our supply chains and also developing and nurturing skills and knowledge and making sure that we pass that knowledge from one generation to another.“Superclusters — it’s a job magnet.”The winning bids, chosen from nine finalists, were spread evenly across the country. Bains insisted their selection was the result of a rigorous process that involved third-party experts.The superclusters are:— The Ocean supercluster based in Atlantic Canada will use innovation to improve competitiveness in ocean-based industries, including fisheries, oil and gas and clean energy;— The Scale AI supercluster in Quebec will work on building intelligent supply chains through artificial intelligence and robotics;— The Advanced Manufacturing supercluster in Ontario will connect technology strengths to the manufacturing industry to prepare for the economy of tomorrow;— The Protein Industries supercluster in the Prairies will work on making the country a leading source of plant proteins;— The Digital Technology supercluster in British Columbia will use big data and digital technologies to unlock new potential in important sectors like health care, forestry, and manufacturing.The winners will receive between $150 million and $250 million each. The money will be distributed over five years to the superclusters, which are required to match the federal funding they receive, dollar for dollar.Bains said the chosen consortia exceeded that goal by raising a total of $1.5 billion, which brings the overall investment, when combined with the government’s $950-million commitment, close to $2.4 billion.He insisted the superclusters will generate at least 50,000 jobs and will include efforts to help upgrade the skills of workers.After his announcement, Bains was asked if the superclusters could help address concerns over competitiveness risks related to recent U.S. tax reforms and the uncertain future of the North American Free Trade Agreement.“This will unlock hundreds of millions of dollars off of balance sheets of companies to invest in research and development,” Bains said in an interview.“We think that improves our ability to compete, that improves our ability to attract investments and that really allows us, not only to develop great Canadian talent but also attract global talent as well.”The Liberals have faced criticism over the superclusters plan, including concerns over the government picking winners and losers.In a tweet that followed the announcement, Conservative MP Maxime Bernier called the superclusters “just another big government scheme!”“The superclusters are corporate welfare on steroids,” Bernier wrote.“A big-government scheme that will enrich well-connected and Liberal-friendly businesses at the expense of all Canadian taxpayers.”Bains has defended it by saying the superclusters will be led by industry.Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of automotive parts maker Linamar Corp. (TSX:LNR), is participating in the advanced manufacturing supercluster.“I think manufacturing is just such an important part of our economy,” Hasenfratz said Thursday.“It supports so many other areas of the economy, so it’s really critical that we have a thriving and growing manufacturing sector.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more