USDA reopens enrollment for much-improved dairy safety net

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) announced Tuesday that the US Department of Agriculture will be reopening the enrollment next week for the much-improved Margin Protection Program for Dairy(link is external) (MPP-Dairy). The changes implement improvements that Leahy included in the Bipartisan Budget Act in February to give Vermont dairy farmers a far more cost-effective risk protection option. Reopening enrollment is especially important now as dairy farmers are experiencing a difficult year with falling prices for their milk.Leahy wrote and pressed for enactment of the reforms in his role as Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Leahy also is a leading member and former Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.On Tuesday Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue shared that the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has set the new enrollment period to run from April 9, 2018, to June 1, 2018, and to make the sign up period retroactive to January 1, 2018.Leahy said: “Dairy farmers in Vermont and around the country are hurting.  Today’s open enrollment implements the lower insurance premiums that were passed in the Cohran-Leahy cotton and dairy relief package in February.  I have had countless calls from Vermont dairy farmers in the past two months worried about their smaller milk checks and unsure of how they will make ends meet.  The crisis is worsened by the approach of the Spring planting season and the many difficult decisions that farmers are now confronting.  The changes announced today will help dairy farmers to buy meaningful levels of risk protection in the MPP-Dairy program.  I strongly encourage all Vermont dairy farmers to evaluate the new and far lower premium rates for Tier 1 and to calculate their enrollment options, to help them decide on appropriate coverage levels so they can better weather this challenging year.” Harold J Howrigan said: “As Chairman of the St. Albans Cooperative’s Board of Directors, I believe that the changes made to the Margin Protection Program are very positive and am hopeful it will be of benefit to our membership.  We appreciate Senator Leahy’s leadership on this issue and his firm support of the dairy sector.”Bob Wellington Sr., Vice President of Agri-Mark, Inc., said:  “The changes made to the Margin Protection Program are significant and offer much needed financial support to dairy farmers. We thank Senator Leahy for his continued support and recognition of the economic importance of our dairy farms.”Background on the Leahy-led dairy changes:The MPP-Dairy protects dairy producers by paying them when the difference between the national all-milk price and the calculated national average feed cost (margin) falls below a certain dollar amount set by the producer.Recent Leahy-led MPP changes:Calculations of the margin basis is monthly rather than bi-monthly.Premium rates for Tier 1 were substantially lowered, by 70% lower at the $8.00 margin level. Covered production is increased to 5 million pounds on the Tier 1 premium schedule.An exemption from paying an administrative fee for limited resource, beginning, veteran, and disadvantaged producers. Dairy operators enrolled in the previous 2018 enrollment period that qualify for this exemption under the new provisions may request a refund.Dairy farmers have until June 1, 2018, to make new coverage elections for 2018, and that coverage election will be retroactive to January 1, 2018.  For any farms that had previously signed up for this year, they must update their enrollment and evaluate if they would like to adjust their coverage level to take advantage of these important changes.  Farmers will have until September to pay their premiums. The USDA is working to update its web tool to help producers better review forecasted milk and feed prices, to determine the level of coverage they should select to provide them with the strongest safety net under the conditions they are expecting in this challenging year.  The easy to use online resource will soon be available at is external), and should allow dairy farmers to quickly combine their own unique operation data and other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based on price projections.  Producers can also review historical data or estimate future coverage based on data projections.  The secure site can be accessed via computer, smartphone, tablet or any other platform.The USDA will be mailing out postcards advising dairy producers of these recent changes. Source: Leahy. 4.3.2018. For more information, farmers can visit is external) or contact their local USDA service center(link is external).last_img read more

Miller close to 21 metres

first_imgShot putter Ashinia Miller does not know when he will next be competing, but he is excited. That is because his last meet yielded a personal best that drew him close to the 21m barrier. As happy as he is about that, he expects to do better. Miller, a star for Calabar High School and now a first-year professional athlete, put his personal best out to 20.93m at the recent Bermuda Invitational Meet. The victorious big throw surprised him little. “I didn’t expect to throw that far based on my training, but it felt good.” That put him close to the 21m threshold, which has only been surpassed by two Jamaicans: 2015 IAAF World Championship bronze medallist O’Dayne Richards and 2012 Olympic finalist Dorian Scott. “To be honest, I’ve been training with 21m the entire season,” he explained. Without getting ahead of himself, Miller expects to join the 21m group soon. “People keep saying to me, ‘Hey 20.93m is a big throw,'” he recounted, “but to me, it’s not a big throw, based on where I know I can be.” The Bermuda winner is the world’s 11th-best shot putter of 2018. Asked for the date and time of this next competition, Miller said, “I’m not sure what year, but yes, excited.” He still consults with University of Georgia coach Don Babbit, but these days, he has the wisdom of former World champion Reese Hoffa to guide him, as well as training partners like 2017 World champion Tom Walsh. “He’s coming back in the end of May, so I get the privilege to train with Tom Walsh, Reese Hoffa and all those experienced guys,” he said of his training group, “and they have … a recipe for success.”last_img read more

How Arsenal can line up without Giroud: stronger than before?

first_imgThe news Olivier Giroud is likely to miss three months of action with a broken tibia was hard to take for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.But, following reports of moves for Edinson Cavani, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao, the Frenchman has ruled out bringing in a ‘panic buy’ replacement for last season’s 16-goal hero, which could be good news for Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell.So could the Gunners line up in Giroud’s absence? talkSPORT looks at the possibilitiesSanchez as a central strikerWenger seems extremely keen to play summer signing Sanchez down the middle, having handed him the role for 45 minutes against Everton and for 90 minutes against Besiktas in the Champions League.The Chilean’s pace means he can cause defenders havoc, but he hasn’t had the best of times dealing with the physicality the position demands so far.Giving Sanchez this responsibility also allows Wenger to shoehorn the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil into the same side.How it could look…Sanogo a goer?If Sanchez fails to impress centrally it’s likely he will switch to the system which saw Arsenal beat Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield, with Yaya Sanogo up top.The Frenchman showed in that game he can bully defenders, like he did in the build up to Aaron Ramsey’s strike and this would see Sanchez shifted out to the flank where he can do damage and deliver quality crosses.How it could look…Is three the magic number?With Arsenal lining up in a 4-1-4-1, more often than not these days, we could see a switch to 4-3-3, if Wenger is brave enough.Sanogo can act as the battering ram with Sanchez and either starlet Joel Campbell or World Cup winner Lukas Podolski flanking him in the forward line.Behind them could sit a deep-lying trio of midfielders with Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil, providing the ammo in what could be a devastating formation.How it could look…Diamonds are foreverTo make the most of Arsenal’s creativity in midfielder Wenger has the possibility to change tact, if he so wishes, and implement a diamond formation.The Gunners boss likes his full-backs to get forward so they will be able to make up for the lack of width, while it means Sanogo and Sanchez could combine as a strike partnership.And the north London side’s bountiful selection of playmakers could see them field a quartet of midfielders capable of passing sides to death and providing their team-mates with plenty of assists.How it could look…Arsenal fans, how do you think the Gunners will line up with Giroud? Tell us below… 1 Yaya Sanogo in action last_img read more

Exploring How the Cloud Redefines E-Commerce

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img The 2010 holiday season may be remembered for the distributed nature of the shopping experience more than anything else. Mobile technologies are on the rise and application platforms are serving as hothouses for any number of developments to buy and sell products and services.The iPhone, Android and now Windows Phone 7 handsets are as much e-commerce platforms as are game consoles, kiosks or the traditional personal computer.The variety of ways to sell goods and services online means that traditional e-commerce practices are opening to the new world of cloud computing, dominated by APIs, access to social networks and data services.This new breed of e-commerce platform is making it far easier for anyone to set up a storefront. More advanced integrations are faster, too, due in large part to open Web standards. Big data is making it easier to develop recommendation engines and other advanced systems. Search is far more sophisticated with the ability to curate data and optimize the experience for the user based on their browsing history.A Look at Cloud Services and the fit with E-commerceWe will run posts over the next few weeks to explore how the cloud is redefining e-commerce. We’ll look at different application platforms, APIs, analytics and the companies that are providing services. Our goal is to provide a deeper view of different cloud services by exploring the e-commerce market sector. As a start, here is a breakdown of e-commerce systems as organized by type of cloud service. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)Defining e-commerce in the context of SaaS environments can mean a lot of things. There are any variety of SaaS services that have an e-commerce component. But there are a number of pure player providers that provide e-commerce services to help companies establish a storefront that they pay for on a subscription or usage basis.In many respects it is SaaS providers that break down the complexity of selling online. This is especially true for small businesses. Services are getting richer, too, with features that include rich media capabilities, reviews and ratings, product recommendations, social media, click to call or chat and loyalty systems.Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)These services offer APIs, applications and platforms for developing e-commerce environments. These platform are like living creatures in a way, providing tentacles that extend into the application ecosystem, pulling in data and pushing it out as part of a transaction environment. For example, CRM companies are launching platforms to round out offerings for sales management and customer service. This part of the market also features third-party services that may provide sales leads and marketing data to infuse e-commerce systems with ways to target particular market segments.Infrastructure- as- a-Service (IaaS)This is the kind of service a large retailer may use in order to manage a holiday season without concern for establishing any on-premise infrastructure. The service can scale up or down, based on customer demand. IaaS environments are often used by companies that need to find ways for connecting systems and application platform such as an inventory system or CRM environment. Customers that use these services will usually have far more complex requirements than companies that choose a SaaS service.In our next post, we’ll start looking at companies in each of these sectors and how they represent the changes occurring in the e-commerce market. alex williams 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


first_imgThe fields have been freshly mowed and marked, the sun is shining and the managers have been briefed. Everything is set to go for the 2006 National Touch League!Touch Football Australia tournament officials are anticipating the start of competition, with games expected to be some of the closest and tightly fought in NTL history.Team players and officials will be even more eager to make a final with Finals Day on Monday being filmed for showing on Fox Sports in April. (For dates and times see the TFA website.) The atmosphere will be even more electric than usual, with special grandstands being built at either end of the main field, allowing spectators to watch the finals from on the field, for the first time ever. The tournament will officially open tomorrow at 11am, with the Opening Ceremony including an official welcome to the players, officials and spectators by Coffs Harbour Councillor Bill Palmer.Another highlight of the ceremony will be a special presentation to the Australian Open team Captains, after their recent victory at the All Nations Championships in New Zealand. Stay tuned to the TFA website for all the news and results from the 2006 NTL.last_img read more

2016 National Touch League – Live!

first_imgCan’t make it to the 2016 National Touch League but want to watch some games live? We’ll be live streaming more games than ever to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel. Every field one game will be streamed from Wednesday to Saturday lunchtime, with Power Productions taking over on Saturday afternoon for their grand final coverage. To view the games, please click on the links below: Wednesday, 9 March 12.20pm – Sydney Rebels v SWQ Swans (Mixed Open) – 1.10pm – SQ Sharks v Hunter Western Hornets (Mixed Open) – 2.00pm – NSW Scorpions v QLD Cowboys (Women’s Elite Eight) – 2.50pm – QLD Broncos v NSW Country (Women’s Elite Eight) –   3.40pm – NSW Scorpions v QLD Cowboys (Men’s Elite Eight) – 4.30pm – QLD Broncos v NSW Country (Men’s Elite Eight) – 5.20pm – QLD Broncos v NSW Mets (Women’s Elite Eight) – 6.10pm – NSW Scorpions v QLD Titans (Women’s Elite Eight) – 7.00pm – QLD Broncos v NSW Mets (Men’s Elite Eight) – 7.50pm – NSW Scorpions v QLD Titans (Men’s Elite Eight) – Thursday, 10 March 9.00am – Northern Eagles v Tasmania (Men’s T League) – 9.50am – CQ Bulls (A) v Victoria (Men’s T League) – 10.40am – QLD Broncos v NSW Scorpions (Women’s Elite Eight) – 11.30am – QLD Titans v NSW Rebels (Women’s Elite Eight) – 12.20pm – QLD Broncos v NSW Scorpions (Men’s Elite Eight) – 1.10pm – QLD Titans v NSW Rebels (Men’s Elite Eight) – 2.00pm – SQ Sharks v Northern Eagles (Men’s 30’s) – 2.50pm – NSW Mets v Alliance (Women’s Elite Eight) – 3.40pm – QLD Titans v QLD Cowboys (Women’s Elite Eight) – 4.30pm – NSW Mets v Alliance (Men’s Elite Eight) – 5.20pm – QLD Titans v QLD Cowboys (Men’s Elite Eight) – Friday, 11 March 9.00am – Brisbane City Cobras v WA Tigers (Women’s T League) – 9.50am – CQ Bulls v Tasmania (Women’s T League) – 10.40am – QLD Titans v Alliance (Women’s Elite Eight) – 11.30am – NSW Country Mavericks v NSW Rebels (Women’s Elite Eight) – 12.20pm – QLD Titans v Alliance (Men’s Elite Eight) – 1.10pm – NSW Country v NSW Rebels (Men’s Elite Eight) – 2.00pm – NQ Cyclones v Sunshine Coast Pineapples (Women’s 27’s) – 2.50pm – NSW Mets v NSW Rebels (Women’s Elite Eight) – 3.40pm – QLD Cowboys v NSW Country (Women’s Elite Eight) – 4.35pm – NSW Mets v NSW Rebels (Men’s Elite Eight) – 5.25pm – QLD Cowboys v NSW Country Mavericks (Men’s Elite Eight) – 6.20pm – Men’s T League Quarter Final – Saturday, 12 March9.00am – Men’s T League Semi Final 1 – Brisbane City Cobras v South QLD Sharks – 9.55am – Women’s 27’s Grand Final – Sydney Rebels v South QLD Sharks – 10.50am – Women’s  Elite Eight Semi Final 1 – NSW Mets v QLD Titans 11.45am – Men’s Elite Eight Semi Final 1 – QLD Cowboys v NSW Mets From 12.30pm – Power Productions Coverage (Men’s 30’s final, Women’s T League final, Men’s T League, Mixed Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Open) – Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 National Touch League:Website – and www.ntl.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – – (#NTL2016)Instagram – (#NTL2016)YouTube – Related Links2016 NTL – Live!last_img read more

CES Transportation secretary skips show amid gov shutdown

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The CES 2019 gadget show is revving up in Las Vegas. Here are the latest findings and observations from Associated Press reporters on the ground.THIS SHOW WON’T GO ONThe Trump administration has some ideas about the future of commercial drones and self-driving technology, but it won’t be sharing them at CES this week amid an ongoing partial government shutdown.CES organizers say U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has cancelled a planned Wednesday keynote address at the Las Vegas tech conference.Her decision to skip the event came several days after Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and several other scheduled federal government speakers told CES they wouldn’t be coming because of the shutdown.Chao had planned to speak about U.S. policies affecting drones and self-driving vehicles.FRESH BREAD, NO BAKERThat smell wafting through the CES show? Freshly baked bread.Wilkinson Baking Co. unveiled a 22-foot machine that can bake 10 loaves of bread every hour — no baker needed. But a human is needed to dump the ingredients into the machine, which then mixes them, forms the dough and starts baking. Someone also needs to slice the bread, although the company says it’s working on a way for the machines to do that, too.The BreadBot, as it’s called, is being pitched to supermarkets as a way to deliver fresh bread to shoppers who are increasingly worried about the ingredients in their foods. The machine is all glass, so customers can watch bread get made. They then select the loaf they want on a touch screen, sort of like a vending machine.Three local supermarkets are already testing it. The company says a couple of big chains have agreed to try it out soon, but it won’t say which.SMART BRAIs your bra dumb? An underwear company is pitching a solution to an age-old problem for women: finding a bra that actually fits.In the past, women could get help from an expert human in finding their right size. A simple measuring tape wouldn’t do, as it doesn’t reflect other factors such as the shape of a woman’s breasts. But these old-school “bra fitters” are hard to find these days.To address that, a company called Soma has added some circuits to a brassiere and connected it to an app.The Soma Innofit has four lines of circuitry hooked up to a circuit board in the back, which then connects to an app via Bluetooth. The smart $59 bra then recommends a bra — from Soma’s line, of course.The smart bra isn’t meant for regular wearing, though it could be used again if sizes change because of pregnancy or other factors. The company says people who don’t want to buy one can use it at a Soma store.CASH FOR KIDSHow do you teach children the value of money when there is no cash around?Pigzbe is offering an electronic cash device with a digital currency called Wollo. It connects to an app that explains how money is earned and spent. Parents can set tasks that children complete to receive Wollo currency.Trouble comes when your kid tries to spend Wollo at a store. The currency needs to be connected to a card to spend as real money in the real world.And to get Pigzbe, parents also have to fork out some real money — $99.___AP video journalist Jona Kallgren contributed to this report.Matt O’Brien And Joseph Pisani, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Study predicts Trans Mountain pipeline buy will add to federal deficit

first_imgThe federal government agreed to buy the existing pipeline, expansion project and terminals from Kinder Morgan Canada for $4.5 billion after the company threatened to walk away from the Trans Mountain expansion project.The government has said it doesn’t plan to be a long-term owner and is looking for buyers, including Indigenous communities, pension funds and the Alberta government.The Trans Mountain expansion project has faced significant opposition over concerns of oil spills, tanker traffic and increased oilsands production.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – A study by a sustainable energy research group predicts the federal government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline will add significantly to the deficit next year.The study by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis says the buying the Kinder Morgan Canada assets, plus planning and construction costs, will put $6.5 billion in unplanned spending on the books for the 2018-19 fiscal year.Study authors Tom Sanzillo and Kathy Hipple say that until the Ottawa clarifies how it plans to account for the spending, there’s a risk the purchase could add 36 per cent to the projected $18.1-billion deficit.last_img read more

BC legislation only applies to Trans Mountain project proponent argues

first_imgShe says the proposed law would present more risk than private-sector proponent Kinder Morgan was willing to accept and it sold the pipeline and related assets to Canada for $4.5 billion last year.Since the expansion project was first officially proposed in 2013, Killoran says it has been through the largest review in the National Energy Board’s history, a number of court challenges and faced protesters and blockades in B.C.She says the energy board ruled the expansion, which would triple the capacity of the pipeline, is in the Canadian public interest because the country cannot get all its available energy resources to Pacific markets including Asia.B.C. has argued the proposed rules are not intended to block the project but instead aim to protect its environment from spills and would require companies to pay for any damages, but Killoran disagreed.“Trans Mountain will be directly and significantly impacted by the proposed legislation. Indeed, we say it is the target of the proposed legislation,” she told a panel of five judges on Thursday.First Nations, the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby, and environmental group Ecojustice have delivered arguments in support of B.C.’s proposed rules, in part because of concerns about the local impacts of possible spills. Killoran says the energy board recognized that there is a wealth of evidence about the fate and behaviour of diluted bitumen and there is further research underway.The board also disputed the views of project opponents including Vancouver that the company hadn’t provided enough information about disaster-response plans, and also recognized that spill prevention was a part of pipeline design, she says.The Appeal Court is hearing a reference case filed by B.C. that asks whether the province has the authority to enact the amendments. Canada opposes the amendments because it says Ottawa, not provinces, has exclusive jurisdiction over inter-provincial infrastructure.The Trans Mountain pipeline runs from the Edmonton area to Metro Vancouver and the expansion would increase the number of tankers in Burrard Inlet seven-fold. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The proponent of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion says legislation proposed by British Columbia is targeting the project and would significantly impact it.A lawyer for Trans Mountain ULC is asking the B.C. Court of Appeal to reject proposed amendments to the province’s Environmental Management Act that would create a permitting system for heavy oil transporters.Maureen Killoran says Trans Mountain, which has operated since 1953, is the only pipeline that transports liquid petroleum to the West Coast and the only pipeline to which the legislation would apply.last_img read more

BC AdventureSmart provides local training in SAR Prevention

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. AdventueSmart has recently trained eight more search and rescue volunteers in Fort St. John from North Peace Search and Rescue, specifically training in ‘SAR Prevention’.According to Executive Director and B.C. Coordinator, Sandra Riches, for 15 years the AdventureSmart program has been increasing awareness for the reduction of SAR incidents with over 325 educators across the Province.“The AdventureSmart program started in B.C. 15 years ago to increase awareness for the reduction of SAR incidents and their severity of. We now have over 325 educators in B.C., who deliver the AdventureSmart programs at school, workplaces, on ski hills and at trailheads.” B.C. sees over 1,700 search and rescue incidents annually, with 80 SAR groups, consisting of 2,500 volunteers responding to those incidents.The goal of B.C. AdventueSmart is to increase awareness to help reduce the number and severity of incidents that happen each year.For more information, you can visit AdventureSmart’s website.last_img read more