first_img What Agriculture is Looking for From Lame Duck Congress Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.What will Congress get done during this lame duck session? Christy Seyfert, Executive Director of Government Affairs for the American Soybean Association, says there are a few items they are watching very closely.The first- will another COVID-19 relief package finally come together?“The first couple of COVID packages earlier this year came together quickly in a very bipartisan way. This latest COVID package I believe started negotiations back in May. It has been months in the making and I don’t know if it comes together in lame duck or if it is more likely a 2021 issue. But we’ll watch to see what is incorporated into that when it eventually happens.”They are also carefully watching the extension of government funding.“December 11 is coming quickly, and we certainly don’t want to see a government shutdown at the federal level. Right now, momentum is pointing toward this coming together, thank goodness. It’s a question really of the duration of this. Is it a few months? Is it going to be longer than that? We shall see.”The Grain Standards Reauthorization Act passed through the Senate in November. Seyfert says the question now is when (or if) the House will pick up the Senate bill.“It provides assurances to our overseas buyers that our grains and our oilseeds have been inspected. They meet specific standards. It’s very important for US agriculture competitiveness.” SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – Dec 1, 2020 Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News What Agriculture is Looking for From Lame Duck Congress Previous article2021 Indiana Small Farm Conference to go Virtual With Live and On-demand ContentNext articleWhat Agriculture is Looking for From Lame Duck Congress on the HAT Wednesday Podcast Eric Pfeifferlast_img read more

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Before Lakota Federal Credit Union opened its doors in November 2012, a credit union was a foreign concept to the Native American people living on South Dakota’s sprawling Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.Shayna Ferguson has played a pivotal role in educating the reservation’s residents about what a credit union is and how its services can benefit residents’ financial lives.Ferguson was hired as a member services representative at the $5.6 million asset credit union in Kyle, S.D., in 2012, one of only two employees at the newly established credit union. Today, she manages the first and only federally guaranteed financial institution on the two-million acre reservation, home to the Oglala Lakota Sioux.last_img read more

first_img Share Share Tweet 9 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional WARNER RETURNS: Suspended FIFA vice president insists he did no wrong by: – June 3, 2011 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The suspended vice president of the football’s world governing body, FIFA,  Austin Jack Warner returned home Thursday night insisting that he has no plans to step down as a government minister, while blasting critics, including ministerial colleagues, over his ongoing battle to clear his name over allegations of bribery.FIFA on Sunday suspended Warner while its Ethics Committee conducts an investigation in allegations that he and former presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam and two Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials were involved in offering US$40,000 to national associations of the Caribbean Football union (CFU) at a meeting on May 10 and 11 here, in return for their votes in the FIFA presidential election last Wednesday.But Warner, who is also the Minister of Works and Transport in the Trinidad and Tobago, and has received a public endorsement of support from Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, told reporters that he has no intention of stepping down as a government minister and that the allegations made against him “was much bigger than Jack Warner” but against the entire Caribbean football federation.“I will give everything I have to uphold the Caribbean,” Warner said.“I truly am thankful for the support of the Prime Minister. Within 24 hours I got a letter of support from the Prime Minister indicating her support. I want to formally thank her,” Warner said adding that he understood his critics call. “I understand my critics. I would have preferred that if their criticism was not motivated by blood lust or malice. They are smelling blood and I say I understand this but I do not accept this,” he said.Warner expressed disappointment that Legal Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar, who is also seeking the leadership of the Congress of the People (COP) party, had publicly called on him to step down pending the outcome of the probe.The COP is the second biggest partner in the five-member People’s Partnership coalition government here.“My disappointment was Prakash Ramadhar, as a lawyer he should know better and he and I were good friends until now,” Warner said, adding that he would not be used for “political mileage”.“How can you be a political leader? This for me is nonsense. I am heartened by the stand that Anil (Sports Minister and COP member) took, I’m totally disappointed in Prakash Ramadhar… But if he believes this will help him, I wish him well,” Warner said.He said if he had to step down, he would of his own accord and he did not need to be prompted to do so.Warner stressed that people should not cast judgments too early.“I know people want blood, they want Jack Warner but let us not be too hasty,” he said.Warner, who was greeted by several government ministers and supporters, some armed with placards reading “We support Jack Warner” said “I must maintain I did no wrong”.last_img read more

first_img(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 What has become known as “climate science” offers an opportunity to investigate the sociology of science and ask how political biases influence individual scientists.  Since the lukewarm political response to the Rio conference, news articles indicate that climate science has a climate of its own – one that’s heating up over the inability to convince the public.Punk eek in the data:  Even before the Climategate scandal, skeptics of human-caused global warming pointed to historical warming trends that preceded factories and SUVs.  Another paper in Science this past week added to the ways that non-anthropogenic factors can cause major climate changes.  Wortman and Paytan published a paper proposing “Rapid Variability of Seawater Chemistry Over the Past 130 Million Years” that “are likely to affect ocean productivity, the global carbon cycle, and climate,” even though humans were not around then in the evolutionary timeline (Science 20 July 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6092 pp. 334-336, DOI: 10.1126/science.1220656).   The fluctuations they found could be true of the entire geologic column.  “The record is characterized by long phases of stasis, punctuated by short intervals of rapid change,” they said, reminiscent of punctuated equilibria (“punk eek”) in Stephen Jay Gould’s biological theory of evolution.  The paper was summarized by Science Daily.  “Humans get most of the blame for climate change, with little attention paid to the contribution of other natural forces,” the summary began.  “Now, scientists from the University of Toronto and the University of California Santa Cruz are shedding light on one potential cause of the cooling trend of the past 45 million years that has everything to do with the chemistry of the world’s oceans.”  Whether cooling trend or heating trend, the point is that humans didn’t do it.Laughing gas:  Another factor in the battle for public acceptance of anthropogenic global warming is the apparent silliness of some of the scientific claims.  On New Scientist, for instance, Michael Marshall headlined his latest article, “Belch of laughing gas could heat up our planet.”  He wasn’t talking about climate skeptics laughing over the latest claims, releasing carbon dioxide in their breath, but natural releases of nitrous oxide after the ice age.  Even so, part of the problem for skeptics is making sense of the conflicting data.  Each new revelation is greeted with a tentative announcement: it “could” heat up our planet.  But how would anyone test the idea?  This natural gas release, long before the industrial revolution, opposes putting humans at fault: if ancient warming released laughing gas, why should we be blamed if current ice sheet melting releases it again?Drastic actions: A third factor antagonizing the public is the extremity of proposed measures to fight global warming.  The proposed redistribution of wealth by taxing of industry is well known, but some measures are even more severe.  National Geographic listed “6 Extreme Climate Fixes” that “geoengineers” are proposing to reverse human-caused warming, including dumping vast amounts of iron into the ocean to promote plankton blooms, creating “artificial volcanoes” to pump reflective particles into the atmosphere, creating seaweed farms, cooking agricultural waste, “greening” the desert, and building an armada of cloud-making ships.  Most of these ideas would barely make a dent in the problem as climate scientists fear it.  What’s more, they fail to ask the logical follow-up question, “At whose expense?”Presumably, it is concern for the biosphere driving the urge to stem global warming, yet some of the proposed measures could be extremely harmful to species or could shift the food chain in unexpected ways.  Environmentalists have a reputation for stopping private construction projects and preventing landowners from making decisions about their own property out of concern for endangered species.  Where were they when it became widely known that “green energy” windmills were killing thousands of birds and bats each year?  Where are they now with the proposal to alter the world’s oceans?Selective evidence:  Members of the public might be understandably forgiven for expressing doubt when anything and everything is summoned as evidence for anthropogenic global warming: cold winters and warm winters, wildfires and excessive rains.  Are the fearmongers crying wolf too often?  Nature News held up the ominous spectre of wildfires to human guilt: “As temperatures soar, forests blaze and houses burn, the media and public may be forced to face up to the reality of a changing climate, says Max A. Moritz.”  Moritz did not put wildfire statistics into any historical context, nor did he take into account the encroachment of human habitation into forested areas.  For these and other reasons, one commenter didn’t buy it: “Once again Nature editors are pushing the catastrophic man made global warming mantra,” he complained.Selective indignation:  At the BBC News, reporter Richard Black was apparently more concerned over the news that the Norfolk police force, after two and a half years, is dropping its investigation into the release of the emails in the Climategate affair, than he was of the lies and coverups by the IPCC exposed in those documents:Here was a crime with international ramifications that happened on their patch – the theft and release of more than 6,000 e-mails and other documents that lit a fire under mainstream climate science, perhaps contributing to the torpor in the UN climate process and raising the level of doubt in public minds.Yet despite engaging help from the UK’s specialist e-crime unit, IT security consultants and police forces in other countries, they’ve identified not a single suspect.This kind of selective indignation understandably rankles climate skeptics who want the focus to be on the data, not the leakers.  These same people did not show similar outrage over Wikileaks actions that jeopardized national security; some of them actually cheered it.As an academic discipline, the sociology of science seeks to uncover non-empirical factors that cause scientists to behave the ways they do: peer pressure at conferences, consensus construction and maintenance, treatment of maverick views, and more.  Empirical scientists have just as much right to return the ball and question the sociological biases of the sociologists and the validity of their data.  Onlookers can watch and decide whether any human being acting in the role of scientist is free of bias.Climate change (a.k.a. global warming) is off-topic for CEH except in the fact that the same doctrinaire warming advocates tend to be doctrinaire Darwinians.  They also tend to be political leftists by virtue of the fact that they expect the government or the UN, not the people, to make decisions for everyone else, with no regard to individual rights, private property or the burden on taxpayers.  Incidentally, some of them display the same carelessness with data – willingness to ignore data that contradicts their ideology.  Understanding the political dynamics of this parallel issue can go a long way to interpreting the next news from the Darwin Party.last_img read more

first_img “We also lost wickets at bad times,” he added. “I got out at a bad time and once it gets close like that, losing wickets regularly will lose you the game. “We lost the momentum towards the end there. We always knew that we had to get it down to no more than eight runs with Malinga’s last over to come.”Positives All-rounder JP Duminy said there were some positives for the Proteas to take out of their showing against Sri Lanka. “Five runs was the difference. We could have made it up in the middle overs,” he said at the South Africa’s training session on Sunday. “We take a lot of confidence, especially from the bowlers after the way they (Sri Lanka) started. We did well to bring it back.” Conditions Taking in the overall performance, Duminy continued: “In the first game you are trying to feel your way in the tournament, trying to figure out what the conditions are going to be like. The conditions here are totally different to what we experienced in the warm-up matches, so it’s important that we adapt and adjust quickly.” New Zealand are ranked below South Africa in the T20 world rankings, but the conditions are likely to suit their game. They opened with a win over England on the Duckworth/Lewis Method.Confidence “If you look at the way they have been playing over the last few months they come into the tournament with a lot of confidence,” Duminy said. “It’s going to be an uphill battle for us, but I’m confident that we have the armoury to make sure we give ourselves the best chance.” 24 March 2013 South Africa face New Zealand in a World T20 clash in Chittagong on Monday needing a victory, after going down to Sri Lanka by five runs in their opening match on Saturday.Match summary After posting 165 for 7 in their 20 overs, Sri Lanka restricted South Africa to 160 for 8 in reply. Kusal Perera top-scored for the Sri Lankans with 63 off only 40 deliveries, while Angelo Mathews provided good support with 43 off 32 balls. Imran Tahir, meanwhile, shone with the ball, knocking over 3 for 26 in his four overs. In South Africa’s reply, the first six batsmen got into doubles figures, but failed to really drive their starts home, with JP Duminy’s 39 the highest score of the Proteas’ innings.Disappointed AB de Villiers, who stood in for the injured Faf du Plessis as captain, admitted to being disappointed by the Proteas’ performance against the number one ranked Sri Lankans. “There are two areas where I feel we lost the game,” De Villiers said after the match. “In the field they ran two to us too often and we gave away too many extras. We have been guilty of that in the past and we have to get that right if we are going to do well in this tournament.last_img read more

first_imgPBA IMAGESAt its best against the consensus team to beat, a Blackwater crew on a tailspin and given little chance on Friday night resuscitated its playoff hopes in a big way in the PBA Philippine Cup.Making the reigning four-time MVP play like a mere mortal and forcing three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer to fumble during the most crucial stretches, the Elite carved out a 106-96 victory to snap a four-game losing streak and get back in the fight at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Fajardo struggled on the field and finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds in almost 40 minutes. Arwind Santos had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Beermen.Meanwhile, the Hotshots can wrest solo top spot when they clash with Rain or Shine in a Petron Saturday Special contest slated 5 p.m. at Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Arellano to defend crown vs first-timer San Beda “With three more games, I think we now have a good chance of making the next round,” said Isaac. “Hopefully, this win motivates us more and the Good Lord blesses us more.”NLEX booked a second straight win later in the night and also shored up its playoff chances after nipping Meralco, 87-85.Rookie Kiefer Ravena again delivered in the clutch, repaying his coach’s trust by burying the winning jumper over Chris Newsome with nine-tenths of a second remaining for the final count.“It means a lot for a player like me when you have a coach and teammates that really trust you,” Ravena said.Earlier, DiGregorio finished with 26 points after repeatedly finding holes on San Miguel’s vaunted backcourt defense, while Erram had 24 points and 18 rebounds ranged against the 6-foot-10 Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Mike DiGregorio hit three big triples when the game was on the line, and JP Erram outplayed June Mar Fajardo all night as Blackwater won for the first time in almost a month to rise to 3-5 and put promise to a campaign that looked headed to the doldrums just a couple of weeks back.The win forced a three-way tie for the lead as the Beermen dropped to 6-2, with idle Alaska and Magnolia now having clearer shots at No. 1 and the first twice-to-beat privilege in the first round of the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We got a wake up call with those four losses,” Blackwater coach Leo Isaac said. “We’ve gotten over the hump and hopefully we can get back to our winning ways.”The Elite can definitely do that, with listless KIA Picanto up for them on Friday. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: State agriculture department has decided to impart training to the farmers of Malda district, where the department is planning to produce Tulaipanji and other aromatic rice in large scale.A team of research wing at Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya will soon visit Malda district not only to carry out a detailed survey but also to encourage the farmers to cultivate Tulaipanji and other scented rice.The step is a part of the overall initiative of the state Agriculture department to increase the production of aromatic rice. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe research wing of Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya will identify the places where these rice could be grown on a large scale. They will encourage the farmers into new ventures and training would be given to them.The department will provide seeds to the farmers in the district at a cheaper rate so that more number of farmers show their interest.The state government will extend all possible benefits to the farmers to make the attempt a success, sources in the department said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAgriculture department will carry out a detailed study, examine the nature of the land where Tulaipamji and other aromatic rice could be grown in North Bengal.State agriculture minister recently held a high-level meeting with the researchers of Uttar BangaKrishi Vishwavidyalaya and other senior officials of the department, chalking out an elaborate plan on how to increase the production of aromatic rice.It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her recent visit to the North Bengal, asked the senior government officials to take necessary steps so that Tulaipanji, Gobindobhog and other aromatic rice can be produced on a large scale. The main purpose of the move is to ensure that the people get these rice at a lesser price.Proded by the Chief Minister, the agriculture department is also leaving no stone unturned to make it possible. It may be mentioned here that state Agriculture department has already been taking help from the research fellows of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya and Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya who will provide assistance to the department in this regard. The main purpose is to increase the production of fragrant rice in the state.Asish Banerjee, state Agriculture minister said his department has set a target to increase the production of various aromatic rice including Tulaipanji and Gobindabhog in various districts.A research wing of Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya has chosen Malda district where Tulaipanji could be grown on a large scale. A team will soon visit the district to identify the areas.last_img read more