Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – July 13th, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Heavy rains last week once again kept farmers out of fields in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 12th. Continued rains last week halted fieldwork, and farmers are getting more anxious about the state of their crops. Wheat and hay are over-mature in some areas, and some field crops have ponded areas as well as extensive yellowing. Berry producers have enjoyed the rain, as irrigation hasn’t been necessary but all other producers are extremely concerned. Wheat is ready to be harvested but the overly saturated fields are making it nearly impossible. Elevated scab, vomitoxin, and sprouting levels have been reported. Livestock producers are reporting very muddy pastures, causing joint stress on animals, as well as damage to the fields. Hay quality has plummeted, dry weather and sunshine are needed so farmers can bale dry hay.current_oh 713last_img read more

The farm bill stalemate

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jonathan Coppess, Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson with the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, and Carl Zulauf, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State UniversityBoth the House and Senate have passed versions of a farm bill this year, but they remain stuck in conference negotiations due to a stalemate over key provisions in the bills. The stalemate is caused by three intersecting issues: commodity assistance, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and conservation. Commodity assistanceLower crop prices have been the defining concern in the debate over the farm support system in Title I (commodities) and crop insurance. Specifically, one hurdle going into the 2018 debate was the demand by the cotton industry to return its base acres to farm payment programs after having been removed in 2014 in response to the Brazilian World Trade Organization dispute. Adding back cotton was expected to come with political challenges because it would have required offsets to stay within budget rules, complicating already-difficult politics under lower prices by moving funds among commodities or titles. Congress, however, added seed cotton outside of the farm bill and USDA has delivered two different payments to cotton farmers for the 2018 crop.For conference, these initial concerns appear to have been reversed. The concern is now whether the 2018 payments to cotton have freed cotton supporters in Congress to pursue controversial changes to SNAP and conservation programs. There are also questions about whether an unusual yield update and its offset are adding further complications. Finally, the promise of payments from USDA could be a hindrance as well. Billions of dollars in Market Facilitation Payments and the potential for billions more could dampen farmer demand for a farm bill. SNAPThe partisan dispute over changes to food assistance for low-income families is the most contentious and difficult of the issues. Among the issues for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the 2018 farm bill debate has been whether SNAP participation has decreased enough given an improving economy and near-historic low unemployment rate. Participation remains above the pre-recession level of 25.9 million. Many people lost their jobs during the Great Recession, causing an increase in the number of Americans who fell into poverty and thus were able to participate in the program. There were 37 million Americans in poverty in 2007 and poverty peaked in 2014 at 47 million; SNAP participation in 2007 was 26 million but peaked in 2013 at 48 million. Additionally, SNAP participation demonstrates a “lagged relationship” with the unemployment rate that can be potentially as long as two years.Chairman Conaway recently insisted on a farm bill conference report that can receive a majority of Republican votes in the House. This may be an even more troubling development for the farm bill — both the current stalemate and possibly for the long run — because it establishes a very partisan threshold for the traditionally bipartisan farm bill, especially a conference report. It is especially concerning given the political reality in the Senate where 68 Senators voted to defeat an amendment that would have added the House’s SNAP provisions and 86 Senators voted to pass a farm bill without them. ConservationThe conservation title is traditionally one of the least controversial and partisan of the major, mandatory funding titles in a farm bill debate; that the conservation title is part of the current stalemate adds to the concerns about the 2018 farm bill. The House version of the farm bill eliminates the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the CSP are the primary working-lands conservation programs in the farm bill. Working-lands program refer to providing conservation assistance on productive farmland rather than taking acres or fields out of production for conservation purposes.Eliminating CSP is arguably the key difference between the House and Senate farm bills. The House farm bill does not eliminate stewardship contracting authority completely, rather shifts the authority to EQIP and reduces its funding. A comparison of the significant differences in funding for multi-year stewardship contracting authority helps illustrate the different vision for conservation policy. It is not, however, the only disagreement or concern with provisions in Title II of the House and Senate farm bills. As the conference stalemate drags on, the interactions among these three issues also cannot be overlooked. Successful farm bills have long been built on a large coalition that is bipartisan, spans different production regions of the country and bridges between rural and non-rural interests; much of it a balance among farm programs, conservation and nutrition. The House farm bill in particular challenges this coalition in unprecedented ways by upsetting this balance. Cotton, rice and peanuts — crops grown almost exclusively in the southern states and Republican Congressional districts — stand to benefit disproportionately from the Title I program changes.The irrigated regions of the Southwestern states are also likely to benefit the most from changes to conservation policy and spending, especially elimination of CSP and allowing irrigation districts to compete for funding. This shift in benefits is likely at the expense of the Midwestern and Eastern regions and as compared to water quality conservation important to drinking water concerns for rural communities and urban areas alike.This is a notable concentration of the farm bill’s benefits to one region of the country with an overwhelming partisan affiliation. It represents a significant narrowing of the coalition, exacerbated by the partisan dispute over low-income food assistance in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This is a troubling situation for the current stalemate that might have long-term implications for future farm bills.This is a summary from a “Farm Bill Stalemate” series posted at farmdocdaily.illinois.edu.last_img read more

Country Wide Basketball League promotes regional basketball

first_imgTeam owners/sponsors Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games SEA Games: 16 Malaysian athletes hit by food poisoning MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Read Next The Country Wide Basketball League (CWBL) is a commercial league that aims to promote basketball at regional levels with nationwide exposure thru television and the use of live streaming thru CWBL web site and other digital platforms via internet.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ CWBL will develop a broad fan base nationwide by conducting actual games at various locations in cities and towns where participating teams are located. These games are then made available for viewing by fans anywhere thru television and live streaming thru CWBL web site and other social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, etc.The league also aims to develop local players thru competitive games and provide them with much-needed exposure to assist their career progression. Only Filipinos and duly-recognized players holding valid Philippine Passport issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs or with complete certification(s) issued by Bureau of Immigration and Deportation are allowed to play in the League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim CWBL is an “alternative league” that gives team owners and sponsors of teams an opportunity to obtain effective manner marketing and promotional benefits from exposure for games being played at various locations and viewed by fans anywhere. It provides reasonable terms for participation in two regular conferences every season. The top four teams after the two conferences – conference champions and teams with best cumulative win-loss records – advance to the Grand Finals at no additional participation fees to compete for the title of Overall Champion for the Season.Players and coachesThe Country Wide Basketball League can offer graduating collegiate players and aspiring coaches, who are products of basketball programs, opportunities for competitive development and playing/coaching career progression. Very few are chosen in the professional league, leaving several players and coaches with skills behind.CWBL with the support of participating teams has the potential to be the League where skills continue to develop and where playing/coaching career goals are achievable. ADVTADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Polished performance from the Aussie Women’s

first_imgAustralian veterans Bo De La Cruz, Kelly Woods and Stacey Lapham led their team to a polished 9-2 victory. Australian Stacey Lapham scored first and followed it up with almost an Action Replay with another touchdown through the link channel.Australian Flag Bearer Kristy Judd threw a dummy and went straight threw the New Zealand defence for a touchdown and 3-0 half-time lead.Louise Winchester continued the form of the Australians prior to the break with a touchdown and with Bo De La Cruz putting Emily Hopkin over on her debut, it gave Australia a formidable 5-0 lead.Carla Hohepa got the visitors on the board but Kelly Woods hit straight back with good lead-up work from De La Cruz.A juggling effort from Conal Grant gave New Zealand some hope at 6-2 but Australia lifted again to score a further three touchdowns. A long ball from Woods put local Nicole Beck in to the rapturous applause of the Wollongong crowd.Silky smooth moves from Bo De La Cruz made it 8-2 and Kelly Woods capped off a fine game to score the final touchdown of the night.Australia continued their impressive record against New Zealand with the team making few errors for the first game of the series which will be the last for captain Sharyn “Billy” Williams.New Zealand’s hopes of crashing the party were dealt a big blow with captain Leana Hoani succumbing to a hamstring injury.last_img read more

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino hints he needs to sell before buying

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino hints he needs to sell before buyingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has hinted he needs to sell before buying in January.Pochettino concedes his squad is currently overloaded.He explained, “We have a full squad. “I think we have 28 in the squad. I think it’s impossible to sign players if we have no space. We don’t have enough spaces at the moment, so it makes no sense to talk about signing players.” last_img

6 days agoAston Villa boss Smith warns Man Utd off McGinn

first_imgAston Villa boss Smith warns Man Utd off McGinnby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith has told Manchester United to forget about John McGinn.McGinn is believed to be on a shortlist of players United want to sign over the next two transfer windows.But Smith said: “The big clubs can come calling but they’ll get a short, swift reply! He’s a player we want here at Aston Villa.“His value shot up from the moment he stepped out onto the Villa Park pitch and showed just what a player he is.He has an unbelievable energy level and a big, big heart, but people don’t see the technical side of it as well – he’s got that in abundance.”McGinn is contracted to Villa until July 2024, so the midlands club are under no pressure to sell.Smith added: “He’s a really top player and pivotal to us getting promoted last season. He’s continued that form in the Premier League and his value would have certainly shot up.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

CBS Announces Verne Lundquist Will Step Down From SEC On CBS Following 2016 Season

first_imgVerne Lundquist calling an SEC game on CBS.Verne LundquistCBS officially announced that longtime SEC play-by-play announcer Verne Lundquist will step down following the 2016 season, and the network confirmed reports that ESPN’s Brad Nessler will be Lundquist’s replacement in 2017.  Lundquist, who has been with CBS since 2000, will remain with the network and continue broadcasting college basketball and golf. Verne Lundquist steps down from SEC ON CBS following 2016 season. Brad Nessler to succeed Lundquist starting in 2017 https://t.co/o4cehY3Gm7— CBS Sports PR (@CBSSportsGang) May 31, 2016Verne Lundquist will continue calling regular-season college basketball, the NCAA Tournament and golf for CBS in 2017.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) May 31, 2016This will be an adjustment for college football fans. “Uncle Verne” is a fall staple as the play-by-play voice of the SEC. Nessler is a pro though, and should be a more than capable replacement.last_img read more

Scandalplagued EPA Administrator Pruitt resigns

first_imgWASHINGTON – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease.With Pruitt’s departure, President Donald Trump loses an administrator many conservatives regarded as one of the more effective members of his Cabinet. But Pruitt had also been dogged for months by scandals that spawned more than a dozen federal and congressional investigations.White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and other officials pushed Pruitt to tender his resignation Thursday amid the mounting scandals, according to a senior administration official not authorized to discuss the situation publicly. Talking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump continued to praise his scandal-plagued EPA chief, saying there was “no final straw” and he had not asked for Pruitt’s resignation.“Scott is a terrific guy,” Trump said. “He came to me and said I have such great confidence in the administration I don’t want to be a distraction. … He’ll go and do great things and have a wonderful life, I hope.”In his resignation letter to Trump, obtained by The Associated Press, Pruitt expressed no regrets.“It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring,” Pruitt wrote. “However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.”Pruitt, a Republican, had appeared Wednesday at a White House picnic for Independence Day, wearing a red-checked shirt and loafers with gold trim. Trump gave him and other officials a brief shout-out, offering no sign of any immediate change in his job.EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, will take the helm as acting administrator starting Monday.“I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda,” Trump tweeted Thursday.Pruitt’s resignation came days after two of his closest advisers spoke to House oversight committee investigators and revealed new, embarrassing details in ethics scandals involving Pruitt.Samantha Dravis, who recently resigned as Pruitt’s policy chief, told investigators last week that Pruitt had made clear to her before and after he became EPA administrator that he would like the attorney general’s job, held then and now by Jeff Sessions.Pruitt “had hinted at that (sic) some sort of conversation had taken place between he and the president,” Dravis told congressional investigators, according to a transcript obtained Thursday by the AP. “That was the position he was originally interested in.”A former Oklahoma attorney general close to the oil and gas industry, Pruitt had filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the agency he was picked to lead. Arriving in Washington, he worked relentlessly to dismantle Obama-era environmental regulations that aimed to reduce toxic pollution and planet-warming carbon emissions.During his one-year tenure, Pruitt crisscrossed the country at taxpayer expense to speak with industry groups and hobnob with GOP donors, but he showed little interest in listening to advocates he derided as “the environmental left.” Those groups quickly applauded his departure.“Despite his brief tenure, Pruitt was the worst EPA chief in history,” said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. “His corruption was his downfall, but his pro-polluter policies will have our kids breathing dirtier air long after his many scandals are forgotten.”Like Trump, Pruitt voiced skepticism about mainstream climate science and was a fierce critic of the Paris climate agreement. The president cheered his EPA chief’s moves to boost fossil fuel production and roll back regulations opposed by corporate interests.But despite boasts of slashing red tape and promoting job creation, Pruitt had a mixed record of producing real-world results. Many of the EPA regulations Pruitt scraped or delayed had not yet taken effect, and the tens of thousands of lost coal mining jobs the president pledged to bring back never materialized.Pruitt was forced out following a series of revelations involving pricey trips with first-class airline seats and unusual security spending, including a $43,000 soundproof booth for making private phone calls. He also demanded 24-hour-a-day protection from armed officers, resulting in a swollen 20-member security detail that blew through overtime budgets and racked up expenses of more than $3 million.Pruitt routinely ordered his EPA staff to do personal chores for him, including picking up his dry cleaning and trying to obtain a used Trump hotel mattress for his apartment. He had also enlisted his staff to contact conservative groups and companies to find a lucrative job for his unemployed wife, including emails seeking a Chick-fil-A franchise from a senior executive at the fast-food chain.Pruitt’s job had been in jeopardy since the end of March, when ABC News first reported that he leased a Capitol Hill condo last year for just $50 a night. It was co-owned by the wife of a veteran fossil fuels lobbyist whose firm had sought regulatory rollbacks from EPA.Both Pruitt and the lobbyist, Steven Hart, denied he had conducted any recent business with EPA. But Hart was later forced to admit he had met with Pruitt at EPA headquarters last summer after his firm, Williams & Jensen, revealed he had lobbied the agency on a required federal disclosure form.Pruitt also publicly denied any knowledge of massive raises awarded to two close aides he had brought with him to EPA from Oklahoma. Documents later showed Pruitt’s chief of staff had signed off on the pay hikes, indicating he had the administrator’s consent.The slew of damaging revelations, many of which came to light through media reports and public records lawsuits filed by environmental groups, triggered more than a dozen investigations related to Pruitt’s conduct by EPA’s Office of Inspector General, the House Oversight Committee and other federal watchdogs.It was not immediately clear how Pruitt’s resignation might affect those ongoing probes. No longer a federal employee, Pruitt can’t be compelled to speak or otherwise co-operate with the inspector general’s investigation. As a private citizen, he could still be subpoenaed to testify before Congress, but Republican-led committees have thus far shown little appetite in forcing him to do so.Jennifer Kaplan, a spokeswoman for EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins, said Thursday that the office was “assessing and evaluating” its ongoing audits and investigations in the wake of Pruitt’s departure.Sen. John Barrasso, the Republican chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and until Thursday a strong defender of Pruitt, said Trump made the right decision to accept the resignation.“It has become increasingly challenging for the EPA to carry out its mission with the administrator under investigation,” said Barrasso, who is from Wyoming.Pruitt is the latest Trump Cabinet official to lose his job over ethics issues. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was fired in March amid questionable travel charges and a growing rebellion in his agency about the privatization of medical care. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was fired last year after it was disclosed he took costly charter flights instead of commercial planes.“Mr. Pruitt’s brazen abuse of his position for his own personal gain has been absolutely astounding, rivaled only by the silence of far too many in Congress and in the White House who allowed Mr. Pruitt’s unethical, and, at times, possibly illegal behaviour to go unchecked,” said Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, long a vocal critic of Pruitt’s.___Follow Associated Press investigative reporter Michael Biesecker at http://twitter.com/mbiesecklast_img read more

The Latest Britain also accuses China of cyberespionage

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on Chinese cyberespionage (all times local):11:45 a.m.The British government has accused China of conducting a “widespread and significant” campaign of cyberespionage against the U.K. and its allies.The Foreign Office says a group known as APT 10, acting on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of State Security, carried out “a malicious cyber campaign targeting intellectual property and sensitive commercial data in Europe, Asia and the U.S.”It says the group “almost certainly continues to target a range of global companies, seeking to gain access to commercial secrets.”Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says China’s actions “go against commitments made to the U.K. in 2015 and as part of the G20 not to support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property or trade secrets.”The U.K. announcement came as U.S. officials unsealed an indictment against two Chinese citizens accused of cyberespionage.___10:30 a.m.The Justice Department is charging two Chinese citizens with carrying out an extensive hacking campaign to steal data from U.S. companies.An indictment was unsealed Thursday against Zhu Hua and Zhang Shillong. Prosecutors say they were acting on behalf of China’s main intelligence agency.Court papers filed in Manhattan federal court allege the hackers were able to breach the computers of more than 45 entities in 12 states. The victims were in a variety of industries from aviation and space to pharmaceutical technology.Prosecutors charge that the hackers were able to steal “hundreds of gigabytes” of data.Court papers say they hacked computer service providers to gain access to the networks of businesses and governments in order to steal intellectual property and business data.Chinese intelligence officials and hackers. A case filed in October marked the first time that a Chinese Ministry of State Security officer was extradited to the United States to stand trial.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Police constable shot dead in North Dinajpur

first_imgKolkata: A police constable was shot dead by some miscreants post-Thursday midnight at Chopra in North Dinajpur. The constable, identified as Sabbir Ali, was on patrolling duty along with other police personnel of Chopra police station when he was shot.According to sources, around 2:30 am the patrolling van carrying four persons including an officer and the driver was standing on State Highway 31 at Kalagaj More near Dolua primary health centre. While sitting inside the van, the mobile phone of Ali rang and he got down from the van to receive the call. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersA few minutes later, all of a sudden, other police personnel heard a shot and got down from the van. They saw Ali lying on the ground, bleeding profusely. He was immediately rushed to Dolua primary health centre where the doctor declared him brought dead. Ali was shot on his head just beside the ear. Some local residents who had came out from their houses after hearing the gunshot claimed that two persons were seen running away from the spot. Questions were raised about the fact that why the other police personnel were not able to see anybody if the locals could. Ali’s family members are pointing fingers at his colleagues who were performing night patrolling with him. Later Ali’s body was sent to Islampur Sub-Divisional Hospital for autopsy examination. His family members demanded a videography during the autopsy examination.last_img read more