USDA announces 2015 Farm Bill payments

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that many of the 1.7 million farms that enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs will receive safety-net payments due to market downturns during the 2015 crop year.“This fall, USDA will be making more than $7 billion in payments under the ARC-County and PLC programs to assist participating producers, which will account for over 10% of USDA’s projected 2016 net farm income. These payments will help provide reassurance to America’s farm families, who are standing strong against low commodity prices compounded by unfavorable growing conditions in many parts of the country,” said Tom Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary. “At USDA, we are standing strong behind them, tapping in to every resource that we have to help. So far in 2016, this has included creating a one-time cost share program for cotton ginning, purchasing about $800 million in excess commodities to be redirected to food banks and those in need, making $11 million in payments to America’s dairy farmers through the Dairy Margin Protection Program, and reprogramming Farm Service Agency funds to expand credit options for farmers and ranchers in need of extra capital. As always, we continue to watch market conditions and will explore opportunities for further assistance in the coming months. For producers challenged by weather, disease and falling prices, we will continue to ensure the availability of a strong safety net to keep them farming or ranching.”Unlike the old direct payment program, which issued payments during both weak and strong market conditions, the 2014 Farm Bill authorized the ARC-PLC safety net to trigger and provide financial assistance only when decreases in revenues or crop prices, respectively, occur. The ARC and PLC programs primarily allow producers to continue to produce for the market by making payments on a percentage of historical base production, limiting the impact on production decisions.“Farmers are struggling. This is a shot in the arm when they need it most,” said Wesley Spurlock, National Corn Growers Association president. “We advocated for a shift to a market-based program that kicks in only when needed. Now is that time.”Nationwide, producers enrolled 96% of soybean base acres, 91% of corn base acres and 66% of wheat base acres in the ARC-County coverage option. Producers enrolled 99% of long grain rice and peanut base acres and 94% of medium grain rice base acres in the PLC option. Overall, 76% of participating farm base acres are enrolled in ARC-County, 23% in PLC and 1% in ARC-Individual. For other program information including frequently asked questions, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.last_img read more

Your Clients Already Know You’re a Salesperson

first_imgThis post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.Neither your dream clients nor your existing clients ever say, “You know, that Joe is really consultative. He’s never too salesy. I never think of him as a salesperson.”It makes me cringe to hear salespeople say that they don’t want to come across as a salesperson. They say they don’t want to be perceived as being too “salesy.” Instead, they want to be perceived as consultative, mostly underestimating what that means of what it takes to get there. Almost none of the people you sell to have any idea what consultative selling is (in fact, most salespeople really don’t know what consultative selling is either). Your client’s don’t share the vocabulary we in sales use to describe that set of behaviors.Salespeople who suggest that they want to be consultative especially talk about the idea of not being “too salesy” when it comes to commitment gaining. This is especially true around the opening commitment, the commitment for time to explore working together. They say the same thing when discussing the commitments that would allow them to gain information, as well as the commitment to access the buying committee. Without these commitments, you can’t produce the results you need.But guess what?Your Clients Already KnowSurprise! Your clients and dream clients already know that you’re a salesperson. They knew that from the first time you called them to request an appointment. And even though the signature line in your email says that you are in business development, your dream clients know that you intend to sell them something. In fact, if they let you through, they’re counting on it.Here’s the fact. You aren’t being judged by your intention to sell your dream clients whatever it is that you sell. You’re being judged by something else, something far more important than that.Your Dream Clients Are Judging Your Ability to Create ValueThe test as to what kind of salesperson your clients perceive you to be is whether or not you create value at every stage of their buying process. Your clients and your dream clients expect you to ask them for commitments along the way. The more directly you can do so, and the greater your sales call value proposition, the easier you make it for your clients to agree to those commitments. You create value, and you get the commitment. You don’t create value and, well . . .As a point of reference, consultants ask for access to far more information than most salespeople do. They also ask for far more access to the organization.Which brings us to the real fear behind the resistance to asking for commitments. Your fear isn’t that you will reveal yourself to be a salesperson. Your real fear is that you haven’t created enough value to earn the commitment you’re asking for. Consultative salespeople don’t share that fear; they know that they can create value, and that is why they’re comfortable asking for whatever they need to do so.Trust me, your dream client knows you are a salesperson. They’re fine with that. What they’re not fine with is you not knowing how to create value and your not having the confidence to ask for what you need.QuestionsWhat does it mean to be “too salesy?”What makes someone too much of a salesperson and not consultative enough?Do your clients have any confusion at all about why you are calling them? If so, why are they confused?What’s the real test as to whether or not you are consultative? What does commitment gaining mean about your ability to create value? Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Fabregas announced his will to stay at Chelsea amid AC Milan

first_imgAfter featuring in his fourth Europa League game this season, Cesc Fabregas has expressed his willingness to remain at Chelsea until the end of the seasonWith his current contract with the Blues set to run out next summer, the 31-year-old Spaniard will be able to negotiate a potential transfer already in January.Known for his exceptional passing abilities and great vision, Fabregas has imposed himself as one of Europe’s best deep-lying playmakers.The very fact he will become a free agent at the end of the season will surely attract interest from many clubs, with AC Milan already tried to secure his services earlier this month.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The Rossoneri would like to get their hands on Fabregas already in January, but this seems highly unlikely at this point.Ex-Barcelona star is poised to stay at Stamford Bridge according to the statement he gave to The Independent after Chelsea’s 4-0 win over PAOK.“At the moment I haven’t spoken to anyone,” he said.“Obviously from January, I can sign with whoever I want and probably this will attract many clubs but so far, from what I can say right now, I will stay here until the end of the season.”last_img read more

Opening statements conclude in Navy SEAL Eddie Gallaghers trial

first_imgOpening statements conclude in Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s trial SAN DIEGO (AP) — A decorated Navy SEAL stabbed to death a wounded and captive teenage Islamic State fighter in Iraq and then bragged about it, a military prosecutor told jurors Tuesday during opening statements in a politically charged court-martial.Lt. Brian John projected a photo of the dead prisoner in the military courtroom, along with a text message that Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher sent to friends.“Good story behind this,” Gallagher wrote. “Got him with my hunting knife.”The defense told the jury that Gallagher treated the militant’s wounds and didn’t kill him. Attorney Tim Parlatore, who has claimed the text was an attempt at dark humor, said there’s no body, autopsy or any forensic evidence to show a killing happened. He says the case was built on lies by junior SEALs who hated Gallagher.“This case is not about murder,” Parlatore said. “It’s about mutiny. He didn’t murder or attempt to murder anyone.”The trial is exposing fractures in the secrecy that typically shrouds the elite special forces as fellow troops testify against Gallagher, who had served eight tours of duty and earned two Bronze Stars for valor.Gallagher, whose case has drawn President Donald Trump’s attention, faces seven counts that include premeditated murder and attempted murder. He has pleaded not guilty to charges that carry a potential life sentence. Updated: 9:18 AM AP 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsGallagher’s Attorney Tim Parlatore spoke to reporters after day one of the trial. Watch his remarks below or here. Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Eddie Gallagher FacebookTwittercenter_img June 18, 2019 Posted: June 18, 2019 AP, In honor of his past service to our Country, Navy Seal #EddieGallagher will soon be moved to less restrictive confinement while he awaits his day in court. Process should move quickly! @foxandfriends @RepRalphNorman— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2019They include allegations he shot two civilians — an elderly man and a school-age girl — in separate incidents from sniper perches in Iraq in 2017.Fellow SEALs will testify that they fired warning shots to protect civilians, John said.Those witnesses were not in the same building as Gallagher and didn’t see the shootings he’s accused of carrying out, Parlatore said, adding that one of the shootings was reportedly done by an Islamic State member.The trial is expected to last two to three weeks.The jury is composed of five enlisted men, including a Navy SEAL and four Marines, plus a Navy commander and a Marine chief warrant officer. Most of the jurors have served in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.Gallagher’s defense has been championed by his family and some congressional Republicans who have claimed that he’s a hero getting railroaded. Trump intervened to get Gallagher removed from the brig as he awaited trial and is said to be considering a pardon for him.The case has been plagued by news leaks of court documents and a subsequent investigation to find the source of those leaks. The lead prosecutor was removed from the case earlier this month for tracking the defense team’s emails as part of the leak investigation.Defense lawyers unsuccessfully sought to have a Navy judge dismiss the case because they say investigators and prosecutors withheld evidence that could help Gallagher and violated his rights to a fair trial by embedding the tracking software in emails sent to them.Capt. Aaron Rugh refused to dismiss the case, but he took steps to ensure Gallagher gets a fair trial and fix violations of his constitutional right against illegal searches and the right to counsel.Rugh released Gallagher from custody, removed the lead prosecutor and reduced the maximum penalty he faces if convicted, to life imprisonment with parole instead of no chance of parole.RELATED STORY: Jurors picked for Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s war crimes trial___Melley reported from Los Angeles. last_img read more

Wilmington Police To Offer Citizen CPR Course On December 78

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Police Department is offering a Citizen CPR course on Friday, December 7, 2018, from 6pm to 8pm, and Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 10am to noon, at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street). Attendance at BOTH classes is required.The course is taught by certified instructors from the Wilmington Police Department. The Family & Friends CPR Course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR and relief of choking in an adult, child or infant. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment by using the American Heart Association’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible.Family & Friends CPR is for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card in CPR for their job. This course is ideal for schools and students, new parents, grandparents, babysitters and others interested in learning how to save a lifeThese classes are open to anyone who lives or works in Wilmington and are free of charge. Spouses, parents, babysitters and anyone interested in learning a new skill and meeting new friends are encouraged to apply.There is some minor physical activity required for the course, such as kneeling on the floor and practicing skills learned in the class on manikins.Due to the extreme popularity that this course has enjoyed, the application periods are open for just short periods of time prior to each course.This course is sanctioned by the American Heart Association.Register HERE to sign up for the course.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Police Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police To Offer Free Citizen CPR Class On December 9In “Citizen CPR Class”10 Things To Do In Wilmington Today (December 9, 2015)In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington Police & Fire Chiefs Recognize The Officers & Citizens Who Responded To The Silver Lake TragedyIn “Government”last_img read more

Police seal off 1300 polling stations in Catalonia

first_imgCatalan police officers ‘Mossos d’Esquadra’ try stop pro-referendum people from going into ‘Escola Collaso i Gil’ school on 29 September 2017 in Barcelona. Photo: AFPPolice in Catalonia had already sealed over half of the 2,315 polling stations in the region mid-Saturday to stop an independence referendum from taking place, the Spanish government said, as separatists remained determined to fight for their right to vote.Teachers, parents, students and activists in this wealthy northeastern region have leapt into action to defend the vote slated for Sunday, defying Madrid’s warnings of repercussions by occupying more than 160 schools designated as polling stations, it said.Enric Millo, the central government representative in Catalonia, told reporters 1,300 polling stations had already been sealed off.He said that 163 of those had already been occupied when they were sealed off, which meant those inside were allowed to leave but no one could go in.AFP reporters, however, visited several schools occupied by parents, students and locals where people could go in and out freely, indicating there may be more occupied buildings that have yet to be sealed off.The standoff between the central government and Catalan leaders over an independence referendum opposed by Madrid has morphed into one of the biggest crises to hit Spain since democracy was restored after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975.As such, it has Spaniards the country over worried.In Spain’s major cities, Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Santander, Alicante, Valencia and Malaga, thousands protested for Spanish unity.“We shouldn’t have got to this point. We’ve arrived at a point of no return,” said Fernando Cepeda, a 58-year-old engineer, a Spanish flag tied around his waist in front of Madrid’s city hall.Call to remain peacefulCatalan separatist leaders and organisers of “committees to protect the referendum” stressed that everyone must remain peaceful.In one incident, though, someone fired a pellet gun on Friday night at a group of people standing in front of an occupied high school in the Catalan town of Manlleu, lightly injuring three people, police said.The referendum has sown divisions among Catalans themselves, with the region deeply split on independence, even if a large majority want to be allowed to settle the matter in a legal vote.Authorities in Madrid have instructed police to ensure no votes are cast in a referendum that the courts have ruled unconstitutional.For days, they have been seizing electoral items such as ballot papers while prosecutors have ordered the closure of websites linked to the vote and the detention of key members of the team organising the referendum.But those for the vote have mobilised.On Friday, tractors paraded through Barcelona, some decked with the “Estelada”, the separatists’ flag of red-and-yellow stripes with a white star on a blue chevron.They and firefighters have pledged to protect polling stations.From district to district, people gathered to form “Committees to protect the referendum”, using the Telegram messaging app to get organised and urging everyone to remain peaceful, said an AFP correspondent who saw some of the messages.The move appeared to be partly coordinated by a platform of “schools open for the referendum.”Mobilisation will continueCarles Riera, a lawmaker in the regional parliament for the radical CUP party, part of Catalonia’s separatist coalition, vowed that mobilisation would continue after Sunday’s vote-if the “yes” camp won but Madrid opposed the result, as is almost certain.“We’re in a process of popular mobilisation that is going to last a while,” he told reporters.“This democratic wave, this level of auto-organisation will have to keep going for a long time to defend the republic.”On Friday, Spain’s education ministry said in a statement that head teachers in Catalonia “were not exempt from liability” if they cooperated and allowed their schools to remain open for the vote.Some schools have imagined innovative ways to circumvent an order that public spaces cannot be used for the referendum by organising leisure activities all over the weekend, from pyjama parties for the kids to volleyball games.Barcelona’s Joan Brossa high school, for instance, advertised a series of activities for Friday and Saturday, including film screenings, football matches and Zumba dance fitness classes.It remained unclear though how people would be able to enter sealed-off schools on Sunday to vote, even if they are occupied.The Mossos d’Esquadra Catalan police have warned about the risk of “disruption of public order” if efforts are made to prevent people from casting ballots.Madrid has sent thousands of extra police officers from other forces to Catalonia-which accounts for one fifth of Spain’s economy-to stop the referendum from happening.Catalan Vice-President Oriol Junqueras has said that there are alternatives for citizens to vote, without saying what they are.last_img read more