Posted by Anne Decker on Oct 08, 2019
A Lima Rotarian is helping crops grow across the country.
Data are information gathered from experiments, purchase records, web site visits, surveys, etc. A data scientist analyzes that data to improve products. Dr. Marin Harbur works for Land O'Lakes, one of the country's premier agribusiness and food companies. Marin told us that Land O'Lakes samples farm fields around the country and gathers data about how the crops perform with different seeds and different fertilizer, in different climates and in different soils. Marin's job is to take all this data and sort it to develop research-based solutions to help farmers grow better crops. "Every day I get to learn something new. It's always, how can we do this better? How can we learn more from it? How can we be more efficient?" This information helps farmers gain insights so they can choose the best products for their soil types matched with the right management practices that help them make the the right decisions for their farms.
Also at Monday's meeting, Elizabeth Brown-Ellis introduced us to Nadège Foofat, the guest conductor for Saturday night's Lima Symphony Orchestra concert. Nadège is one of seven conductors auditioning to become the LSO's new musical director.
Dick Schroeder gave us an update on how Rotary is making a difference in Ukraine. Angie Hersh from the Ada Rotary Club encouraged us to join them for a Family Fun Bicycle Ride along the Rotary Riverwalk on October 26 to raise money for MESA. And President Ken asked us to make a pledge to PolioPlus during October. Pledge cards will be on the tables at this month's meetings