Crop Insurance at Center Stage with Farm Bill Implementation

first_img crop insurance big in farm billThe 2014 farm bill is now law, and one opinion is that it marks a major shift for agriculture. Tom Zacharias is president of National Crop Insurance Services and he says when the bill is implemented it will turn the page in risk management for America’s farmers from an age of direct payments to an age of crop insurance policies purchased by individual farmers and tailored to their specific needs and risk tolerance.“While this farm bill was being debated farmers voted with their pocketbooks regarding their top choice for risk management, and that vote was crop insurance. Crop insurance protected 90 percent of crop land in 2013, a number which has steadily risen over time.”The National Corn Growers Association had a representative at the bill’s signing ceremony last Friday. Iowa farmer Pam Johnson says crop insurance was a key target they were happy to hit.“We heard from the grassroots that crop insurance was their number one priority, so that’s when we went to work and started working on concepts and then a piece in title 1 that would complement crop insurance for a multi-year loss over several years. So we know we’re going from a time of high prices into low prices and this will give farmers a chance to adjust to that and look at their inputs and have time to make some changes in their operations. It gives them some great risk management tools.”Johnson is the NCGA Past President and current Chair of the Corn Board.Zacharias says the crop insurance industry knows the eyes of the nation are upon it and the continued vitality and stability of America’s agriculture sector are to no small degree in its hands.“The industry fully understands the responsibility we carry as the primary risk management tool. We feel blessed to be in this position and are fully committed to improve the integrity of the program, develop new policies for crops that currently are not covered, and deliver first rate service to our farmer customers.”He notes that the popularity of crop insurance, with strong support among farmers, ranchers, farm leaders, bankers and members of Congress, is based on one key reason: it works. Home Indiana Agriculture News Crop Insurance at Center Stage with Farm Bill Implementation Crop Insurance at Center Stage with Farm Bill Implementation Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE By Andy Eubank – Feb 10, 2014 SHARE Previous articleGlobal Demand for Transportation Biofuels To GrowNext articleLove for Pork Burns Strong in U.S. Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Donegal shares 60 million euro social housing investment

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Newsx Adverts Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – September 22, 2010 60 million euro for the purchase of housing and apartments for special needs groups has been confirmed.Six housing associations operating in Monaghan, Louth and Donegal have received approval for the acquisition of a total of 40 units.It is expected that the homes will provide housing for the homeless, older people and people with disabilities. Google+center_img WhatsApp Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Donegal shares 60 million euro social housing investment Google+ Previous articlePolice investigate Derry shooting incidentNext articleSoccer – Coleman Scores His First Everton Goal News Highland WhatsApplast_img read more

Michigan Democrat: Hydroxychloroquine Saved My Life, Thanks President Trump

first_img“Congratulations to State Representative Karen Whitsett of Michigan,” he wrote. “So glad you are getting better!”Trump has repeatedly highlighted the drug’s ability to fight COVID-19, especially when combined with the antibiotic azithromycin. But health professionals have argued it is unproven and carries multiple risks. They also say Trump’s promotion of the drug could lead to a shortage of the medication of those who normally use it for other illnesses. A Michigan state lawmaker infected with COVID-19 is crediting the controversial anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine with saving her life. She proclaims she felt better within a few hours of taking her prescription which was difficult to obtain.Democratic State Rep. Karen Whitsett of Detroit told FOX News’ “The Ingraham Angle” Monday that she went into home quarantine on March 12, the day she last attended a session at the State House in Lansing, and her condition only got worse from there.“It took the longest [time] for me to actually be able to get an appointment and getting with my doctor, which was the 18th of March, and then actually getting the COVID test,” Whitsett said on the program.She initially thought she’d contracted a bout of pneumonia and was prescribed the anti-viral drug amoxicillin.But then on March 31, she tested positive for COVID-19. By then, she said, her condition had “just plummeted”.“It went from the headaches being severe to fluid building up in my lungs, to sweats breaking out to the cough and my breathing being labored,” Whitsett said. “It all happened in a matter of hours.”At the hospital, Whitsett learned that the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, under Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, had issued a state order prohibiting the use of hydroxychloroquine. Though that order was retracted several days later, at the time, Whitsett struggled to get her hands on the medication.“I did have a difficult time, even that day, obtaining the medication because of an order that was put down in my state,” she said on the program. “And it was on that day so you can imagine how terrified I was that I had to beg and plead and go through a whole lot to try to get the medication.”Whitsett suffers from chronic Lyme disease — for which hydroxychloroquine is also used as a treatment — but she said she had never thought of it as a potential coronavirus treatment until President Donald Trump touted the drug.see alsoThese are the drugs being tested in fight against coronavirus“If President Trump had not talked about this it wouldn’t have been something that would be accessible for anyone to be able to get right now,” the lawmaker said.“It has a lot to do with the president … bringing it up,” the freshman lawmaker told The Detroit Free Press. “He is the only person who has the power to make it a priority.”Trump tweeted the Free Press’ story Monday.last_img read more

Choice on 49er coach is in doubt

first_imgThat season-long riveting men’s basketball drama at Long Beach State, starring Larry Reynolds as the beleaguered coach and Vic Cegles and F. King Alexander as the monitoring arbiters, took a dark turn last Saturday night when the 49ers stumbled ignobly against Hawaii at the Walter Pyramid in front of a crowd so unusually large that, for a pleasant change, you couldn’t even count it on your fingers. As you might know by now, Mr. Reynolds is in the final year of a contract that Messrs. Cegles and Alexander, ominously, failed to extend in the offseason, much to the discomfort of Mr. Reynolds. It is a harsh reality of the corporate world, not to mention the athletic one, that a person is almost a certainty to be detached if he nears the end of his contract without hearing a peep from management. I suffered similar ignominy in my dazzling career in sports talk radio, where on two occasions I was greeted by chilling silence by those who decide such matters and eventually was shown the front door and unceremoniously kicked out of it. Naturally, Vic Cegles is taking the high road when you ask him the status of Larry Reynolds. “An evaluation will be made at the end of the season,” is the 49er athletic director’s standard reply. F. King Alexander echoes the same spiel, adding, “So many things must be considered when making such a decision.” And one of those things, perhaps the one that might decide Mr. Reynolds’ eventual fate, is the team’s home attendance, which has diminished ominously during his incumbency, as have, of course, season ticket sales. The 49ers are supposedly averaging around 1,800 a game this season, up from the recent past but still not enough to keep red ink from staining the school’s most high profile athletic program. When one speaks to Vic Cegles and F. King Alexander, one gets the distinct impression that both men feel their university’s basketball team has the potential to one day become a perennial mid-major fixture like a Gonzaga. And one also gets the feeling they’re not sure such a dizzying level ever will be attained under the leadership of Reynolds, a quiet, soft-spoken gentleman who comprehends the reality of his situation and has handled it throughout this season with typical low-key grace and dignity. It is a curious irony that Mr. Reynolds finds himself in such an unsteady state during a season when his senior-laden team has, for the most part, comported itself well and played an entertaining brand of basketball. If ever Mr. Reynolds was going to be given the foot, it seemed as though it would have been far more fitting after the 2004-2005 season when he finished 10-20 to run his three-year log in Long Beach to 21-63, a record that under normal conditions would have resulted in certain banishment. But conditions weren’t exactly normal at the time because the AD at the school was Mr. Bill Shumard, the great visionary who had plucked Reynolds out of Division II Cal State San Bernardino and who had become blindly obsessive in his belief that he hadn’t made a disastrous miscalculation despite the numbers that indicated otherwise. Jerry West once told me the worst sin an administrator can commit is to not acknowledge a mistake, and allow stubbornness to distort reason. And so Mr. Shumard stubbornly went against those many patrons in these parts passionately advocating a change, and brought Reynolds back amid an atmosphere of mounting community indifference. And, to a certain extent, Mr. Shumard has been vindicated, as Larry Reynolds rose from the doldrums to show that he can coach a Division I team that can actually win more games than it loses. But, still, despite such success, the Pyramid turnstiles haven’t exactly been clicking extravagantly, and Larry Reynolds, a most decent man, can’t shake that image of having a disconnect with so many in the local sporting populace. And, one still must not forget that internal problem that cursed Mr. Reynolds’ team a couple of weeks ago that resulted in the three-game suspension of two players, Kejuan Johnson and Mark Dawson, and the departure of the assistant head coach, Reggie Howard. One idly wonders what will ensue from an NCAA investigation into the matter. “All I can do is go out every day and do my job and not think of the other things,” says Larry Reynolds. And he has been doing his job and doing it well. But whether he will keep it still seems doubtful with increased expectations from his new bosses and with continued below expectations at the box office. Doug Krikorian can be reached at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img What exacerbates Larry Reynolds’ predicament even more is that both Cegles and Alexander are former basketball players who were starting guards in college – Cegles at Bucknell and Alexander at St. Lawrence University – and both possess a keen understanding of the game. And both also arrived here from schools where the sport was the dominant feature of the athletic landscape, as Cegles came from Temple where John Chaney routinely churned out successful teams and Alexander from Murray State which was such a hardwood hotbed that a coach once was ushered out for winning “only” two-thirds of his games. Reynolds’ future wouldn’t be precarious if his 49er teams had been victorious at such a rate, as they’ve now gone 57-82 during his tenure that began with three losing years before he finally turned it around at 18-12 last season. His 49ers are 18-7 at the moment and atop the Big West standings at 9-2, but the prevailing feeling among those who make it their business to know such esoteric phenomena is that Larry Reynolds must win his conference’s postseason tournament, as well as an NCAA game to stand any chance of retaining his position. And, even if he consummates such an unlikely parlay, there is no ironclad guarantee he will be tendered a new contract, although I’m sure he will be if Long Beach State goes on to win the NCAA title, the likelihood of which is approximately equivalent to spotting Bigfoot in your backyard, or being abducted by a space alien and transported to another planet. last_img read more

Commission’s cod and whiting proposals branded ‘unworkable’ says KFO

first_imgThe Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has expressed its concern ahead of the annual meeting of the Council of Fisheries Ministers.It believes that an industry already in a state of heightened anxiety regarding Brexit could now face further serious challenges and potential hardship particularly with the Commission’s cod and whiting proposals in the Celtic Sea.The negotiations to set Total Allowable Catches (TACs) and quotas for 2020 take place in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday next (December 16th and 17th). Seán O’Donoghue, CEO of the KFO said: “Brexit will now become a reality with the resounding Tory victory in last Thursday’s UK election. Along with our European colleagues, we have worked night and day for the last three and a half years to mitigate against the seismic ramifications on our €21billion industry, of this defining moment in modern political history.“It is imperative that might and main are moved to protect the Irish seafood sector in the future trade negotiations which last year alone, was valued at €1.25billion employing more than 14,300 people predominantly in rural, coastal locations. Michel Barnier and Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan will play key roles with our Government to negotiate the retention of the close linkage between fisheries and the wider trade relationship in order to maintain existing access to fishing waters and existing resource allocations. This linkage absolutely critical.“However, we must also keep our eye on the ball in the short-term and the Commission’s remedial measures, published as part of its TACs and quotas proposals 2020 for cod and whiting in the Celtic Sea are ‘unworkable’. These would have dire impacts on a whole range of fisheries in the area with the early closure of these fisheries, should these measures be adopted in their present form. Fishermen cannot countenance these unworkable measures in the Celtic Sea that would lead to early closures of a vast array of sustainable fisheries in the area with the loss of jobs as well as putting the viability of the demersal fleet in jeopardy.“The Commission’s proposals also contain some significant reductions in a number of key Irish stock such as the 15% reduction in nephrops, 30% reduction in monkfish and 40% reduction in pollack. I question the justification for these reductions both on a scientific basis particularly for monkfish and pollack and also most importantly that the Commission’s proposals take no account of the socio-economic obligations enshrined in the CFP. The proposals only take account of the sustainability principles. If the socio-economic obligations had been taken into account, the proposed cuts in some of our key stocks would almost be eliminated or significantly reduced. I fully expect Minister Creed to take account of these missing factors from the Commission’s proposals during the Council next week.” There are some stocks not yet included in the Commission’s proposals such as mackerel and blue whiting. These have now been agreed at Coastal States level with mackerel up 41% and blue whiting up 2%.“In recent years, errors in the scientific advice has also led to me publicly expressing concern that ICES does not have a fit-for-purpose quality assurance system in place. In this regard, it is imperative that ICES expediates the putting in place a quality assurance system across its entire process to enable all stakeholders have confidence in its advice,” concluded Mr O’Donoghue.The KFO expects, as in previous years, after the usual battles that ‘The Hague Preferences’ – which see Ireland and the UK getting elevated quotas for a number of key species when reductions are proposed – will be delivered.The KFO will be meeting Minister Creed and his advisers in Brussels ahead of the talks beginning and subsequently, on a regular basis during the Fisheries Council negotiations.We will support his endeavours to deliver the best deal possible in terms of sustainable and economically-viable fishing opportunities for Ireland for 2020, added the spokesman. Commission’s cod and whiting proposals branded ‘unworkable’ says KFO was last modified: December 14th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Weather window puts boats back on water

first_imgAfter being off the water since late last week due to gale-force winds, boats were back at it on Wednesday. The small weather window, which looks like it may close by Friday, had boats on the halibut grounds and a few made their way down to Cape Mendocino. I didn’t catch any reports from the Cape, but I’d be willing to bet it was phenomenal seeing how those rockfish and lings haven’t been tempted with bait since October. A few halibut were reportedly caught out of Eureka, and at least one …last_img read more

Qantas joins Virgin in offering premium lounge entry

first_imgCompetition to keep the well-heeled separated from the hoi polloi is heating up in Australia with Qantas announcing a premium entry in Brisbane that allows elite customers to avoid everyday queues.Virgin Australia pioneered the concept in Australia when it opened its Sydney lounge five years ago and has since opened a premium entry in Brisbane as well as a quirkier “premium exit” in Melbourne.Both the Sydney and Brisbane Virgin lounges offer a kerbside entrance and valet parking. The Brisbane entrance was opened last year as part of a refurbishment that doubled the size of the lounge there.Now Qantas has joined the trend with its own premium lounge entry at Brisbane’s domestic airport, due to open with its refurbished lounge precinct next March.The new entry, located on level 1 of the terminal, will be open daily and will offer eligible customers a dedicated check-in area, bag drop, security screening and escalator with direct access to the new Qantas Lounge Precinct.   “This is about streamlining the overall departure process for our top tier Frequent Flyers from the moment they arrive at the airport,”  head of Qantas customer experience Philip Capps said in a statement.“Premium Lounge Entry will speed up the process for customers checking in both at the airport or on their mobile – allowing them to move through the terminal quickly and maximise their time relaxing or working in the lounge.’’Qantas opened a new international lounge in Brisbane this year and the domestic redevelopment includes a Chairman’s Lounge and a new look Qantas Club.Customers eligible to use the new entry include those travelling in business, Qantas Club members, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One Frequent Flyers and oneworld Sapphire and Emerald Members.last_img read more

Oh baby! Jeter welcomes birth of daughter

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first_imgMan sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:06Reunited at police station: Activist daughter too weak to recognize pa00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Boston Celtics to retire Paul Pierce’s No. 34 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village According to a tweet Friday from The Players’ Tribune, the media platform founded by Jeter, Bella Raine Jeter was born Thursday.Her birth came as the 14-time All-Star closes in on a new job. Jeter is a limited partner in an ownership group led by venture capitalist Bruce Sherman that has a $1.2 billion agreement in place to buy the Marlins from Jeffrey Loria.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC FILE – In this May 14, 2017, file pool photo, retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, left, and his wife Hannah walk off the field following a pregame ceremony retiring his No. 2 in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium in New York. The couple have welcomed a baby girl, Bella Raine Jeter, who was born Thursday, according to a tweet Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, from The Players’ Tribune, the media platform founded by Jeter. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, Pool, File)NEW YORK — The captain’s team just got a little bigger.Retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and his wife Hannah have welcomed their first child.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next View comments MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Targeted Growth Program Case Study – Rosalie Touch Association

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first_imgRelated LinksTGP Case Study – Rosalie If your affiliate is looking to grow its junior numbers, why not take inspiration from Rosalie Touch Association (RTA), who were a successful applicant in the 2012/13 Targeted Growth Program.For RTA, establishing a junior development program, a first for the club in its 25-year history, was reason enough to apply for funding for the Targeted Growth Program. And the result of involving juniors for RTA has been a massive success, as Dr Kit Frazer explains. “We wanted to run coaching clinics for the juniors to introduce them to the basic skills of the games through a number of fun games and drills progressing to modified games and then full games,” Frazer said. “We advertised the program through the local schools, public and private, local press and also local rugby clubs. Members of the committee also helped as community coaches in the local schools development program.”“We ran a Level 1 coaching course for our junior coaches and ensured all had working with children checks.”Frazer says that it was clear that the affiliate was suffering from an ageing demographic and that the infusion of youth every year from now on will rejuvenate the club. “We enrolled 145 children and commenced our program on Thursday, 18 October. The development phase ran for eight weeks until mid-December 2012 and we subsequently identified approximately 30 keen and talented kids to play in Mixed Under 12’s and Boys 15’s at the WA Junior State Championships (earlier this year).”“We also now have several of the older kids enrolled and playing in some of the senior teams at Rosalie,” Frazer said. Applications for the 2013/14 Targeted Growth Program (TGP) are now open and all affiliates are encouraged to apply. For more information, please click on the following[tt_news]=3893&cHash=ddf3ad2ae2 last_img read more

14 days ago​Guardiola told Man City players to eat f***ing s*** after Spurs loss

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Guardiola told Man City players to eat f***ing s*** after Spurs lossby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola spoke passionately to players after their Champions League defeat against Tottenham last season – in a bid to inspire them onto domestic glory.City felt hard done by when they went out on away goals in the quarter finals of the European competition to Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs last term.They went out in heartbreaking fashion when what seemed like a late winning goal was ruled out by VAR.The Sun reports that Pep said the following to his players after the game: “I’m proud of you. I know you feel like s*** and you think it’s not fair.”Well, that’s exactly what we’re going to do now. Eat this f****** s*** that we have to eat.”Because we did everything to eliminate Spurs and they f****** beat us, we’re out on our f****** a*****.”Now we just have to fight for everything we have left, stand up and fight for what we can still win.” last_img read more

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