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USDA Opens Enrollment Period for ARC and PLC Safety-Net Programs

first_img U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that eligible producers may now formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period begins June 17, 2015, and will end Sept. 30, 2015.“The extensive outreach campaign conducted by USDA since the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted, along with extending deadlines, is central to achieving an expected high level of participation,” said Vilsack. “We worked with universities to simplify these complex programs by providing online tools so producers could explore how program election options would affect their operation in different market conditions; these tools were presented to almost 3,000 organizations across the country. The Farm Service Agency also sent more than 5 million educational notices to producers nationwide and participated in over 4,880 educational events with more than 447,000 attendees. I am proud of the many committed USDA employees who worked hard over the last several months to provide producers support to help them make these important decisions.”The new programs, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, trigger financial protections for agricultural producers when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices or revenues. More than 1.76 million farmers have elected ARC or PLC. Previously, 1.7 million producers had enrolled to receive direct payments (the program replaced with ARC and PLC by the 2014 Farm Bill). This means more farms have elected ARC or PLC than previously enrolled under previously administered programs.Nationwide, 96 percent of soybean farms, 91 percent of corn farms, and 66 percent of wheat farms elected ARC. 99 percent of long grain rice farms, 99 percent of peanut farms, and 94 percent of medium grain rice farms elected PLC.  For data about other crops and state-by-state program election results go to www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.Covered commodities under ARC and PLC include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain and sweet rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.The 2014 Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.Source: USDA Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Opens Enrollment Period for ARC and PLC Safety-Net Programs Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleFDA Says Trans-Fats are not Safe Andy Eubank USDA Opens Enrollment Period for ARC and PLC Safety-Net Programs SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE By Andy Eubank – Jun 17, 2015 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Learning is essential in every stage of your career

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The first night of the CUES CEO/Executive Team Network affirmed my commitment to the credit union movement. The opening reception began with industry leaders receiving honors for Outstanding Chief Executive and the CUES Exceptional Leader. Seven leaders were also inducted into the CUES Hall of Fame. Witnessing these honors confirmed that leaders who excel in the industry are committed to member and community service. I also witnessed that credit union industry leaders are committed to continuing education.The CUES CEO Executive Team Network™ conference(CETNET) is an amazing event designed to promote higher learning and provide networking opportunities for credit union executives across the globe. This conference reinforced that successful leaders are continuously learning. Executives worked in groups, and individually, to address changes in the industry. They also shared their success stories, challenges, and visions for growing their institutions. Most importantly, they celebrated each other and expanded their networks to strengthen their knowledge and leadership skills.CUES partnered with DDJ Myers and several powerful, thought provoking speakers, to highlight their commitment to fostering outstanding leadership education. The partnerships formed by these organizations provided a platform for leaders to learn innovative things and access to the resources necessary to adapt institutions for the future of financial services. continue reading »last_img read more

MLB trade news: Yankees owner afraid of what a starting pitcher may cost

first_img MLB All-Star Game 2019 starters: Cody Bellinger, Mike Trout lead list New York has been linked to Giants postseason whiz Madison Bumgarner, Nationals righty and three-time Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer, Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman — who finished seventh in the American League Cy Young voting in 2017 — Tigers lefty Matthew Boyd and Mets righty Zack Wheeler.Any of those arms would fit nicely into the Yankees’ rotation and Steinbrenner said he’s not afraid to step further into the luxury tax to make it happen. Related News The New York Post noted New York has spent beyond the first two luxury-tax thresholds. The third threshold of $246 million carries a penalty of 42.5 percent on every dollar over that amount.However, Steinbrenner is more afraid of losing his hold on blue-chip talent already in the organization.“More importantly to me is what we would have to give up,” Steinbrenner said Thursday. “That’s more important to me than that threshold. None of us like to give up very good young players, but we have in years past and I think and a lot of times it has paid off, but it is always my biggest concern: What am I losing? What future am I giving up?”New York spent most of its money this offseason on pitching giving a four-year deal for $40 million to Luis Severino; a two-year, $34 million contract for J.A. Happ and a one-year, $8 million deal to CC Sabathia.Still, there are holes worth addressing if the club wants to chase the best record in the American League. Giancarlo Stanton injury update: Yankees star (knee) unlikely to return in July “I think (starting pitching) is important, and as always we will be looking at everything in July and whatever opportunities come up we are going to consider,” Steinbrenner said. “It’s always on my radar, but we have a very thick cushion right now considering, and I am not concerned about [it] given the pitchers that are out there that we think we have a chance of getting,’’Entering a two-game set with the Red Sox in London, the Yankees (52-28) hold a 6 1/2-game lead over the Rays (46-35) in the AL East with Boston (44-38) nine games back. MLB trade rumors: Yankees ‘love’ Mets starter Zack Wheeler Though the Yankees have a posh lead in the American League East, it’s no secret they want to add a starting pitcher at the trade deadline.But as team owner Hal Steinbrenner made abundantly clear, it has to be for the right price.last_img read more

England boys make a winning start to title defence

first_img4 Aug 2015 England boys make a winning start to title defence England made a winning start to the defence of their Boys’ Home Internationals title today, beating Wales 10½-4½ in testing conditions at Conwy Golf Club, Caernarvonshire. The team won 3-2 in the morning foursomes when the decisive match turned out to be the top tie between England’s in-form Marco Penge and Jamie Li, who won on the final hole. The team’s other foursomes points were scored by Will Enefer and Harry Hall who put the first point on the board for England with their 6&4 win, and by Max Martin and Matty Lamb who won 5&4. The afternoon produced a very strong singles performance from England, with the team winning 7½ points from the 10 matches. Penge (image © Leaderboard Photography) and Enefer both won again while the team’s other points were contributed by Gian-Marco Petrozzi, Charlie Strickland, Billy Spooner, Toby Briggs and Rhys Nevin-Wharton, who was a 7/5 winner. Jamie Li halved his match. Team manager Derek Hughes, remarked: “It was a good, all-round performance by the team. The foursomes were close but the boys came out in the singles with a determination and focus which showed in the result. “The highlight for me was that all the players contributed to the overall score and I’m especially pleased for those who are playing their first Home Internationals.” In the day’s other match Scotland beat Ireland 10-5. Tomorow England will play Ireland. England team: Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall), Will Enefer (Wrekin), Harry Hall (West Cornwall), Matty Lamb (Hexham) Jamie Li (Bath), Max Martin (Ladbrook Park), Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway), Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood), Gian-Marco Petrozzi (Trentham), Billy Spooner (Woodhall Spa), Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor).  Click here for the full scoreslast_img read more

Sourav Ganguly reveals first 4 days of D/N Test has been sold out

first_imgAdvertisement waholNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs45az1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7b254qm( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cWould you ever consider trying this?😱errCan your students do this? 🌚8ykbRoller skating! Powered by Firework Ahead of the first-ever Day-Night Test match, formed Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly excitedly revealed to the media the staggering sale of tickets for the Test match. Apparently, the first four days have been sold out! Ganguly was seen on the grounds on Wednesday along with Sujan Mukherjee.Advertisement The Day-Night Test match is to begin this Friday at the Eden Gardens stadium and recently appointed BCCI President Sourav Ganguly was spotted on Wednesday, inspecting the pitch right after the practice session of the Bangladesh team. Reportedly, he spent about half an hour on the ground!Advertisement  The BCCI President had the first look at the pitch that stretches about 22 yards, but he was not alone. He was accompanied by Sujan Mukherjee, the curator of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). While the pitch was fine, they had a conversation regarding the wicket. Advertisement  Soon after Indian team’s coach Ravi Shastri, reaches the grounds to have a look at the wicket. After being satisfied, he called his team for a practice season on the ground. Shastri was supposed to inspect the wicket on Tuesday, but a change in plans, caused him to shift it to the next day. Both the teams are training hard for the first-ever game with the pink ball! Advertisementlast_img read more

Bombers finish 11th in Chilliwack

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsErik Norberg scored his third goal in five games to power the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 4-1 decision over Abby International in consolation action at the Best of the Best High School Boy’s Soccer Tournament Friday in Chilliwack.Mitch Melanson, Simon Sheppard and defender Kevin Lewis also scored for the LVR, which finished 11th overall in the 16-team tournament.The Bombers were dropped to the third tier of the tournament after losing in shootout tiebreaker.In the playoff round LVR dropped a 2-1 decision to Gilford Park of Surrey. Norberg scored the only marker for LVR from the penalty spot.The Bombers played the final two games Friday missing a few key players to injury.LVR lost the Luke Mori, Trace Cook and Norberg along with defender Sean Hickson during the final round robin contest, a 3-1 loss to North Vancouver Handsworth Royals.LVR was leading 1-0 with the roof fell in on the Kootenay reps. “All those players bowed out leaving us to scramble positions,” said Bomber head coach Keith Williams.LVR opened with a 3-1 victory over Valleyview of Kamloops.Lewis, Norberg and Mori scored for the Bombers.The Bombers then ran into a red-hot goalkeeper, playing to a scoreless draw against G.W. Graham of Chilliwack.LVR concludes the round robin with a 1-1-1 record.Other teams in the tournament are from Northern B.C., the Fraser Valley, Okanagan and Vancouver [email protected]last_img read more

Silver medal for Nelson Bantams at West Kootenay Championships

first_img The Leafs opened with a narrow 7-5 victory over a persistent Grand Forks team. Nelson’s goals came from Blair Sookro with two, Mike Zarikoff with four,  including an empty net goal with 12 seconds left, and Alex Laing.In Game 2 the Leafs defeated Greater Trail #3 5-2.Zarikoff finished with two goals, and singles came from Max Spielman, Nick Haydu, and Ethan Grill. The Leafs’ third game was against Boundary.  The final featured the Leafs against a very strong Couer d’ Alene team that defeated Nelson earlier in the year 8-2. Couer d’ Alene struck first to end the opening period 1-0.  Midway through the second period Couer d’ Alene added two quick goals to end the period 3-0.Early in the third period Nelson coach Dave Zarikoff was handed an unsportsmanlike bench penalty for questioning an obvious icing call. Alex Laing was able to net a shorthanded goal and close the Couer d’ Alene lead to 3-1. With 6:29 left Mike Zarikoff fired one past Couer d’ Alene’s goaltender to close the gap to 3-2 but time ran out on the Nelson Minor Hockey squad. Nelson squeaked out a one goal victory during regular season play and expected to have their hands full. However, the Leafs  jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead by the end of the first period and cruised to an easy 11-2 victory.Zarikoff scored five times, with Sookro and Spielman each netting a pair and singles coming from Grill and Ava Young. Sunday morning the Leafs faced Greater Trail #1 in one of the semi-final games. Greater Trail defeated playoff favourites Couer d’ Alene earlier in preliminary round play 4-1. The Leaf’s were firing on all cylinders jumping out to a quick 5-0 lead after one period, before skating to a 12-1 victory. The game turned into a penalty filled contest with no fewer than 4 Greater Trail players being ejected from the game and ending with 65 minutes in penalties. Nelson came away with 24 minutes. Leafs goals came from Zarikoff with four, Spielman had three and Sookro and Grill adding a pair each. Assistant captain Ava Young chipped in with the other Nelson goal.center_img The Nelson Bantam Leafs came within one goal of winning the West Kootenay Minor Hockey League banner recently in Castlegar. Couer d’ Alene built up a 3-0 lead en route to a 3-2 victory over the Nelson Leafs at the Bantam House Championships.”(Coaches) were very happy with the teams success all year,” said Leafs coach Dave Zarikoff.”The Leafs fought valiantly to try and tie it up,” Zarikoff added about the final game.”Unfortunately time ran out and Couer d’ Alene skated away with the banner.”Nelson went 3-0 in the preliminary round to end up seeded #1 going into the playoff round. Zarikoff said Nelson received outstanding goaltending all weekend from the duo of Kylan Palm and Josh Marsden while team Captain Noah Whiffen and Assistant Captain Cale O’Meara, along with Keanu Tromans, Young, and Haydu anchored the defense. Forward Noah Marsh was outstanding, often being the first player back and pestered teams all weekend with his checking.last_img read more

Trump, Lamar Odom, the Raiders: Denis Hof’s celebrity associations ran the gamut

first_imgThe night before Dennis Hof was found dead at one of his notorious Nevada brothels, the the Donald Trump-inspired GOP candidate for his state’s legislature basked in the company of fans and celebrity friends at his joint 72nd birthday party and campaign rally.With Hof at the event Monday night at the Pahrump Nugget Casino were such one-time headliners as aging porn star Ron Jeremy, former “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss, and Joe Arpaio, the disgraced ex-Maricopa County sheriff pardoned by …last_img

How Southwest handles complaints: the social media connection

first_imgSouthwest has big plans for lesisure routes Other airlines rely on social media these days to handle complaints, but few employ e-connections as seemingly successfully as Southwest Airlines, the largest domestic carrier in the United States.The airline sports a Social Care Team, whose job it is to take care of complaints, acknowledge compliments and, when the occasion calls for it, crack a joke to lighten the mood.We don’t know if all this contributes to Southwest’s second place ranking as the least-complained about carrier in the country during 2014 according to United States Department of Transportation statistics, but it can’t hurt. Consider, according to DOT statistics the airline boarded 135,769,098 passengers last year, second most among all U.S. carriers. It received 714 complaints, or 0.53 per 100,000 boardings. By contrast, United Airlines boarded 90,520,319 folks according to DOT and got 2,452 gripes. That translates into 2.71 complaints for every 100,000 passengers. The average number of complaints for the dozen U.S. airlines DOT ranks was 2.71 per 100,000 passengers.Tweet, tweetNothing galls a flyer more than being ignored. Southwest’s Social Care Team tries to make sure that doesn’t happen often. It strips away layers of bureaucracy and gets down to business fast. “The Team can handle virtually any inquiry without having to escalate [the issue to higher-ups] or direct the Customer to another channel or department for service,” says Southwest spokeswoman Melissa Ford in written response to AirlineRatings.com.Seven days a week the Social Care Team toils and Tweets. A couple of examples are illustrative:– When summer weather raised passenger hackles and played havoc on airline schedules along the East Coast of the U.S. the rock band The Fray found themselves delayed aboard Flight 176. The band Tweeted “@SouthwestAir owes us a drink.” A member of the Social Care Team got back to them, saying, “So sorry to delay you guys. Looks like Mother Nature is going to be nice and you should be your way soon.”The Social Care representative worked with Southwest’s Proactive Customer Service Team to make up for the band’s delay by issuing, via e-mail, what the airline calls a ‘LUV Voucher,’ good for passage on a future Southwest flight.– After arriving late in St. Louis because of a delay Hadas Gold Tweeted Southwest, “Dear @SouthwestAir please hold the plane from St. Louis to Phoenix so we can make it home.” She offered “to bake the whole plane pies if you hold flight 351 for 10 extra min.”The Social Care Team worked with the airline’s Network Operations Control center. NOC responded, getting right back to the flight: “PLZ MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT: THE STL-PHX FLIGHT WILL HOLD – AND SAY YOU EXPECT THE PIES TO BE KEY LIME.”The message mirrors the airline’s attitude: it takes its job seriously, but not necessarily itself. No word on how many pies produced. In short, Southwest spends a lot of time and effort attempting to nip problems in the bud, before they have a chance to blossom into a full-blown complaints.Traditional channelsWhile Southwest leans heavily on social media to mediate passenger problems, there are other channels as well. During business hours you can contact the carrier’s Customer Relations Department at 214-932-0333. E-mail contact can be had at www.southwest.com/contact _us. Finally there’s traditional snail mail. The address is Southwest Airlines, PO Box 36647-1CR, Dallas, Texas 75235.last_img read more

Nintendo’s Epic Fail — Grabbing Copyright From Its YouTube Fans

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout fruzsina eordogh You might think that Nintendo, beleaguered by falling revenues, minuscule profit and the almost-but-not-quite-failed launch of the Wii U, already has enough problems to worry about.And you would be wrong, as Nintendo itself set out to demonstrate last week by going out of its way to alienate a bunch of its fans on YouTube.The fans in question make YouTube “playthrough” videos about, well, video games — features that combine elements of commentary, review, tutorial and walk-through. Some of these commentators reach millions of subscribers, and many support themselves in full or in part by running ads against their videos.The Empire Strikes BackThis, apparently, Nintendo could not let stand. So last week, the game company began making mass copyright claims on YouTube gameplay videos — in particular, on the the popular “Let’s Play” series of playthrough videos. Nintendo did so via YouTube’s “Content ID” system, which allows the company to robo-claim ownership of videos that contain footage of its video games.Nintendo isn’t trying to take down the commentary videos. But by asserting copyright, the game company can then run its own ads against the commentaries — and thus, of course, deprive the video creators of revenue.In effect, Nintendo has put those video creators on notice that, while it will tolerate them for now, it won’t let them make money from their efforts. It doesn’t matter if the post is a detailed review, a think piece on the art style, or a tutorial for a difficult level, all of which involve a substantial additional effort on the part of the video creator. Insofar as Nintendo, is concerned, any ad revenue those efforts raised now belongs to… Nintendo.Nintendo released this statement to the gaming-news site Gamefront last week:As part of our on-going push to ensure Nintendo content is shared across social media channels in an appropriate and safe way, we became a YouTube partner and as such in February 2013 we registered our copyright content in the YouTube database. For most fan videos this will not result in any changes, however, for those videos featuring Nintendo-owned content, such as images or audio of a certain length, adverts will now appear at the beginning, next to or at the end of the clips. We continually want our fans to enjoy sharing Nintendo content on YouTube, and that is why, unlike other entertainment companies, we have chosen not to block people using our intellectual property.For more information please visit http://www.youtube.com/yt/copyright/faq.htmlReadWrite also contacted Nintendo for comment. A spokeperson replied that the company is “looking into” the mass copyright claims, but offered no further statement.Mass Unhappiness Ensues Let’s put this simply: Nintendo’s move is one of the most egregious marketing mistakes ever committed by a major video-game company. It is going to come back to bite Nintendo. Hard.       Playthrough videos such as Let’s Play do a lot to fuel the commercial videogame complex, every bit as much as magazines and blogs. With their ad revenue diverted to Nintendo, however, these Internet-famous gamers have no commercial incentive to play, or talk in-depth about, any Nintendo games ever again.Some are already boycotting Nintendo. Take, for instance, Zack Scott, a prolific creator of Let’s Play videos:Since I started my gaming channel, I’ve played a lot of games. I love Nintendo, so I’ve included their games in my line-up. But until their claims are straightened out, I won’t be playing their games. I won’t because it jeopardizes my channel’s copyright standing and the livelihood of all LPers.Dozens of videos by angry gamers have started to populate the site, and comment sections across YouTube are exploding.“I’ve bought, played and enjoy several games simply because I heard about them and saw gameplay on YouTube,” one individual using the pseudonym TelaranRogue wrote in the comments to a new anti-Nintendo video (titled, cleverly enough, “Nintendo Hates YouTubers”). “With this move, Nintendo just killed their chance of getting sales from me.”“I think Nintendo really took a crap on themselves in doing this,” wrote “robert letourneau” in comments to the IGN video “Let’s Not Play Nintendo Games.”Nintendo’s Self-Inflicted HeadshotShaun Spalding, a former attorney at New Media Rights, argues that Nintendo is really only harming itself. “[G]ameplay videos generate consumer buzz (so much so that game publishers actually pay some high-level Youtubers lots of money just to start ‘Let’s Playing’ their games),” he told me in email. Both the PS4 and Xbox have built-in capabilities that help gamers upload videos to the Internet, he said, but Nintendo has moved in the opposite direction.It’s not even clear that Nintendo’s copyright claims are justified (although they’re likely to stand unless successfully challenged in court). Some critics argue that playthrough videos should qualify for the “fair use” exception to copyright because they don’t incorporate the entirety of the original game and also add a substantial amount of new creative material in the form of commentary, gameplay tips and the like.As gaming commentator “Totalbiscuit” pointed out in his video on the topic:[B]ecause you actually play the game yourself, and you do so in a different way, you transform the work in some respect. It becomes yours, it becomes unique.Too bad Nintendo doesn’t see it that way. At least it’s first in line to suffer from its short-sighted decision. Unfortunately, its fans are queued up right behind it.Image screencapped from YouTube video “Let’s Play Donkey Kong Country 2” by Cobanermani456 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Tags:#Nintendo 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts last_img read more