InFOCUS: Why you’re tired of the milk price roller coaster

first_imgPast volatility, and now prolonged low milk prices, have made most want to get off of the roller coaster ride of low prices that has been the industry’s fate of late. It’s likely the next Farm Bill, whether it gets done this year or next, will continue the Margin Protection for Dairy program. Minor changes to this program as well as another risk management program, LGM-Dairy, recently passed Congress. Other changes may still be forthcoming.advertisementadvertisementRegardless of these recent changes, most dairymen would agree neither program is a perfect fit for their situation as presently constructed. Few dairy owners will say either program has provided much assistance to meet financial difficulties during this most recent spell of low prices.Why is that? Carl Zulauf, an economist with Ohio State University, says it has to do with herd size distribution.Zulauf says the current distribution of cows between large herds and small herds creates a wide disparity in economies of scale between herd size extremes.He wrote last year in Farmdoc Daily: “Economies of size in producing milk are so pronounced that, from the perspective of policy, the U.S. dairy sector is likely not a single sector. Put simply, smaller dairy farms confront a chronic low-income problem; large dairy farms more likely confront an income risk problem.”Because of the present distribution and difference in economy of scales, Zulauf suggests it may be time to consider different government safety net policies for small and large dairy farms. Such an idea would be unprecedented in the U.S.advertisementZulauf says small farms may need help in the form of fixed direct payments or a return to a counter-cyclical program like MILC or a risk management program oriented for small dairies. Large farms could use a well-designed risk management program or insurance program based on their individual cost situation or help paying for market-available risk management programs with government-funded vouchers.“Different policy by farm size is a major change in underlying philosophy and the approach of U.S. commodity policy,” Zulauf wrote. “It is unclear if the U.S. is ready for such a switch, but it is also unclear if its dairy policy debate can be resolved without such a switch or at least debate of such a switch.”  Read Zulauf’s full analysis here: Farmdoc Daily “Economies size in producing milk U.S. dairy policy”. Walt CooleyEditor-in-chiefProgressive DairymanEmail Walt Cooleywalt.cooley@progressivepublish.comlast_img read more

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Market Facilitation Program update: Alfalfa-mix acreage doesn’t qualify for payments

first_imgThe USDA has clarified that acreage seeded to alfalfa-and-grass-mixture forage crops is not eligible for federal payments under the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). The MFP is part of the 2019 Trade Mitigation Program (TMP), a $16 billion, three-pronged federal package designed to offset the negative financial impacts suffered by U.S. farmers due to ongoing trade and tariff wars. Of that total, $14.5 billion was designated for direct MFP payments to specialty and non-specialty crop producers, dairy and hog farmers.advertisementadvertisementIn rolling out 2019 MFP program guidelines in late July, the USDA expanded payment-eligible crops from a similar program in 2018. In addition to corn and soybeans, the list of non-specialty crops eligible for 2019 MFP payments included alfalfa hay, triticale and 23 others.In recent years, U.S. hay producers annually export about 2.5 million metric tons of alfalfa hay and about 1.5 million metric tons of “other” hay. China – the epicenter for U.S. trade disputes – has become the leading export market for U.S. alfalfa hay, a fact recognized by the USDA when evaluating crops affected by tariffs.“The U.S. Department of Agriculture expanded the scope of eligible commodities from the assistance provided in 2018 to include all of the Farm Bill commodity ‘title-eligible’ commodities, in addition to several others that were directly affected by unjustified retaliatory tariffs like alfalfa,” a USDA spokesperson said.Another change in the 2019 program was that payments for MFP-eligible crops were not based on flat payments for each crop, but rather on an acreage rate calculated for each individual county, regardless of the crop planted.However, when farmers applied for MFP this summer, some were denied payments on alfalfa-mix forage acreage by state USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) officials. Several shared their disappointment with Progressive Dairy and Progressive Forage in recent months.advertisementIn comments released on Oct. 11, USDA defined MFP eligibility levels for forage crops. Because alfalfa-mixture crops are generally fed to livestock in the U.S. and not exported, they “are deemed ineligible for the 2019 MFP,” the USDA spokesperson said.“Premium hay that includes alfalfa is internationally marketed and has been determined to be adversely impacted by trade tariffs,” the spokesperson continued. “Forage mixtures that includes but is not limited to alfalfa-grass or legume mixtures below 60 percent seeded to alfalfa and/or small grain mixtures (triticale or other small grain mixes) are not typically internationally marketed and as a result are ineligible.”MFP enrollment deadline is Dec. 6The MFP signup period runs through Dec. 6, 2019, at FSA offices. For non-specialty crops that qualify, per-acre payment rates for all counties are available on the USDA’s MFP website.If all three payments are made, dairy farmers are also eligible to receive 20 cents per hundredweight on their annual milk production history.MFP payments are to be distributed in three “tranches.” All farmers who already enrolled have likely received the first payment – equal to 50% of their maximum eligible payment.The USDA is evaluating remaining payments based on ongoing trade agreement negotiations and market conditions. If second and third tranches are warranted, they will be made in November 2019 and January 2020, respectively. Those payments will each equal 25% of a producer’s calculated total payment.advertisementFor information on hay exports, read: Forage Market Insights: Fourth-quarter pushRead also: Dairy farmers to receive 20 cents per cwt under Market Facilitation Program   Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairyEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.comlast_img read more

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Parks & Rec approves Community Center rental agreement

first_imgBy KEVIN RICHSpecial to the PRESSThe SPI Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee addressed issues related to City Parks and the Community Center during its Tuesday, May 2 meeting.Parks and Recreation Manager Anne Payne reviewed a proposed Community Center rental agreement with the committee, as well as discussed programming at the facility. “I like the community standards that’s in place,” commented committee member Stormy Wall, regarding the proposed uses for the center.“It’s more important to have community events and serve the community, all aspects and a wide variety of things,” Wall said,  adding there are many other meeting spaces available for rent on the Island. After discussing some modifications regarding the document, the committee voted to approve the proposed rental agreement.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedSPI Community Center construction completeBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS During their meeting Wednesday morning, the Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Committee took time to do a walkthrough of the new South Padre Island Community Center and reviewed some of the proposed guidelines for use. Members were pleased with the quality of construction on…April 1, 2016In “News”City Park grant use discussed, hibiscus recommended as official flowerBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS The Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Committee met last week for their regular monthly meeting to discuss a variety of topics including plans for the City Park and Community Center, nominees for the Yard of the Month program, and discussion to adopt an official…February 27, 2015In “News”SPI committee addresses park maintenance issuesBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS The SPI Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee met last week for their regular monthly meeting and continued discussion regarding their budget, current projects and upcoming holiday events. Park maintenance concerns were also considered. First up for discussion was the budget for the upcoming…September 25, 2015In “News”last_img read more

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Cedera dan Tak Bekerja Tujuh Bulan, Pramugari ini Gugat Mendiang Dolores O’Riordan

first_imgSeorang pramugari Aer Lingus menggugat penyanyi Dolores O’Riordan dengan tuduhan menyebabkan cedera dan tak bisa bekerja selama tujuh bulan. Carmel Coyne pramugari yang melaporkan mendiang Dolores tersebut saat itu terperangkap dalam insiden yang menyebabkan vokalis The Cranberries itu dikeluarkan dari pesawar Aer Lingus lima tahun yang lalu.Baca juga: Dipukuli Awak Kabin, Penumpang Pria Gugat American Airlines dan Tuntut US$160 RibuCoyne juga menuntut maskapai Aer Lingus tempatnya bekerja itu atas insiden pada 11 November 2014 lalu. Dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari laman thesun.co.uk (14/10/2019), proses pengadilannya sendiri dimulai awal 2017. Pada Senin (14/10/2019), Pengadilan Tinggi diberi tahu hari ini bahwa dia telah mengajukan permohonan untuk mengubah judul kasus tersebut untuk membawanya ke ahli waris milik penyanyi itu. Kemudian pengacara keluarga Dolores, Tadhg Dorgan, memberi tahu Hakim Charles Meenan bahwa perwakilan keluarga telah mengetahui akan gugatan tersebut.Hakim kemudian mengganti nama Dolores O’Riordan dengan nama perwakilan pribadinya yakni saudara laki-laiknya dan mantan akuntan The Cranberries Peter J O’Riordan dan mantan anggotan bandmate Nollaig Hogan, Riverwie Heights, Cahara, dan Glin Co Limerick.Insiden ini diceritakan pengacara Coyne, Emma Colleran bahwa, kasus ini terjadi pada 10 November 2014 lalu ketika kliennya adalah awak kabin senior Aer Lingus. Dolores yang menjadi penumpang dalam penerbangan itu diduga sengaja menyebabkan cedera pada Coyne dengan menginjak kakinya dan secara fisik menyerang dia serta membatasi Coyne untuk bergerak.Coyne mengklaim atas hal tersebut dirinya harus terkena pelanggaran hak privasi dan mencari nafkah. Di mana dalam insiden tersebut Coyne tidak bisa bekerja selama tujuh bulan.Dalam pembelaannya pada Juli 2017, Dolores membatah klaim tersebut padahal tahun 2016 lalu dia mengaku bersalah dan melarikan diri setelah hakim menuduhkan perkaranya. Di pengadilan distrik Ennis, hakim mengatakan Dolores telah melakukan headbutt dan meludahi seorang petugas yang datang untuk mengeluarkannya dari pesawat ketika mendarat di Shannon.“Aku ikon, aku Ratu Limerick,” teriak Dolores kala itu.Hakim mengatakan, memiliki kekurangan pada kesehatan mentalnya dan pernah dirawat dengan sukses karena gangguan afektif bipolar. Dia tidak akan diperlakukan berbeda dari yang lainnya.Baca juga: Jatuh dari Tangga Pesawat, Eks Pramugari Qantas Tuntut Rp4,5 Miliar untuk Cidera PermanenSayangnya, pada 15 Januari 2018, Dolores ditemukan tewas di kamar mandi di kamar hotel di London. Mrs O’Riordan dirawat dengan sukses karena gangguan afektif bipolar dan tidak ada bukti dia merasa ingin bunuh diri, kata petugas koroner.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedDipaksa Keluar dari Toilet dalam Kondisi Celana Melorot, Penumpang Wanita ini Gugat Aer Lingus08/04/2020In “Bandara”Setelah 20 Tahun, Awak Kabin Aer Lingus Akhirnya Punya Seragam Baru19/01/2020In “Bandara”Khawatir Kondisi Kesehatan, Pramugari Inggris Sukses Turunkan Berat Badan18/12/2019In “Featured”last_img read more

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Williams, Young impress at indoor meets

first_imgFive Jamaicans enjoyed success over the weekend at indoor athletics meets in the United States, with Kimberly Williams, Charokee Young, Kiara Grant, Annia Ashley and Shakwon Coke all scoring wins.Also impressing were Odaine Lewis, Clive Pullen, Damion Thomas and Peter Gay McKenzie, who all secured top-three finishes in their events.Both Williams and Young won their disciplines at the Texas Technical Invitational Meet.Williams, a two-time Olympic finalist and a silver medal winner at the last World Athletics Indoor Championships in 2018, won the triple jump with a mark of 14.11 metres, getting the better of Cynamon Stevenson of Texas A&M University, who was second with 13.49 metres. Former Hydel star Young, now a freshman at Texas A&M University, topped the field in the women’s 800 metres, after she was timed in 2:08.38 minutes, with Alyssa Brewer of the University of Southern California placing second in 2:08.56, and Bailey Goggens taking third in 2:08.71.National senior representatives Odaine Lewis, formerly of Cornwall College, and Clive Pullen, formerly of Kingston College (KC), finished third in the long and triple jump events, respectively.Lewis had a distance of 7.76 metres in the long jump event, while Pullen did 16.51 metres in the triple jump. BLACK AND GOLD INVITATIONAL MEET There were also two wins for Jamaicans at the Black and Gold Invitational Meet in Iowa through Ashley and Coke, who are both freshmen at Barton Town Community College.Ashley, the former Edwin Allen high jumper, won the women’s high jump after clearing 1.70m, while former KC man Coke registered a record leap of 7.60m in winning the men’s long jump, breaking the old mark of 7.31m set two years ago.Meanwhile, Grant, the former Convent of Mercy (Alpha) sprinter, scored an impressive win at the Penn State Open.Competing for Norfolk State University, she easily took the women’s 60m event in 7.20 seconds, as Jaliyah Elliot of Youngstown University was second in 7.34 seconds, with third going to Crystal Johnson of Townson University in 7.40 seconds.Here, former Edwin Allen standout Peter- Gay McKenzie, a sophomore at West Virginia University, finished third in the women’s long jump after leaping to 5.93 metres.After being cut down by injuries for most of last season, 2018 World Under-20 110 metres hurdles champion, Damion Thomas, had a third-place finish in the men’s 60m hurdles at the Razorback Invitational at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.Thomas clocked 7.76 seconds, the same time as second-place finisher Carl Elliot III of the University of Arkansas.Thomas’ teammate, Eric Edwards, won the event in 7.66 seconds.At the same meet, former St Catherine High sprinter Julien Alfred, a native of St Lucia and a sophomore at the University of Texas Longhorns, captured the women’s 60 metres in 7.15 seconds, while she had a second-place finish in the 200 metres in 23.08 seconds.last_img read more

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‘Let’s get the job done – Bedlow

first_img “That’s the challenge for us, to do that again this weekend and if we do that, the score line will look after itself.”The centre has been a permanent fixture in the Bristol Bears side during the Challenge Cup campaign and was named man of the match in Sochi last Saturday.It’s provided a prime opportunity for Bedlow to showcase his ability against quality opposition, and the 23-year-old is enjoying his stint in the first team.“Just playing in different countries and against teams with different styles of play is so beneficial to our development, and it’s about how you adapt and overcome the challenges that different sides pose.“Everyone wants to be playing in the Premiership week in, week out and this is another opportunity to put in a performance and put ourselves in the reckoning for further selection.”Tickets are available to members to purchase online now by clicking here, or via supporter services on 0117 963 0600. Nick Fenton-Wells scored a hat-trick as Bristol stormed to an 11-try victory in Sochi, and head into this weekend knowing that a bonus-point win could secure their spot in the quarter-finals.It is 12 years since the club reached the knockout stages of a European competition, and Bedlow insists Bristol are keen to get the job done on Saturday.“It’s a good position to be in, we know what we’ve got to do, and we know what we’ve got to do to get there,” he said.“It’s a good competition and I think it’s more than ten years since Bristol have been in the knockout stages of Europe, so it’ll be good to get out there, get the win and put ourselves in that position.“The score line last weekend was obviously good for us, but to be fair to them, Enisei are a good side with a lot of good athletes in their team and could have caused us damage if we hadn’t stuck to our structures and stuck to what we did. “It’s a good competition and I think it’s more than ten years since Bristol have been in the knockout stages of Europe, so it’ll be good to get out there, get the win and out ourselves in that position.” Sam Bedlowlast_img read more

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So far, the government has paid Rs 4 crore for Dwight,…

first_imgBhubaneswar: The news that Indian athlete Dyuthi Chand was selling her BMW car without any money for training was controversial. It was through Facebook that I shared a picture of the BMW car and asked if anyone was interested in buying Dyuthi. When the news came out, Dyuthi explained that BMW was not selling because it had no money for training, and that the cost of maintaining it was huge. But after all this, the Odisha government has come out and revealed the financial assistance given to Dyuthi over the last five years. The Odisha Sports Ministry has released details of the assistance provided to Dyuthi. As per this, the Odisha government has given Rs 4.09 crore to Dyuthi since 2015.The state government has given Rs 3 crore as a gift for winning a medal at the 2018 Asian Games. An amount of `30 lakh was provided as training assistance during 2015-19. An additional Rs 50 lakh was provided in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. This Rs 50 lakh was given in two installments. The first was issued on August 2, 2019 and the second on December 27. In addition to this, according to the figures released by the state sports ministry, jobs were given with a salary of more than half a lakh rupees.Dyuthi has been posted as an A Level Officer in the Odisha Mining Corporation. Dyuthi’s current monthly salary is Rs 84,604. Dyuthi has no problem even if she does not come to the office for work related needs. At that time, the state government had given special permission for the training.The Odisha Mining Corporation has so far disbursed Rs 29 lakh for training and other financial assistance. According to figures released by the Odisha government, the Indian Athletic Federation and the Union Sports Ministry have provided assistance on several occasions.Content Highlights: Dutee Chand BMW Car Sale Controversylast_img

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CWI seeking ‘seamless transition’ from Law tenure: Cameron

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Cricket West Indies president, Dave Cameron, says he is hoping for a “seamless transition” following the shock resignation of head coach Stuart Law. The Australian said Monday he would leave the post at year end, following tours of India and Bangladesh in the coming months, to take up the head coach position with English County Middlesex starting next January.He said the decision to quit was based on his desire to be closer to his family in England.With only eight months left before the ICC World Cup in England, Cameron said it was important to minimize the disruption. “We are disappointed to see him go but we understand the situation with his family, as where he is at, and at least he had the decency to give us enough notice and so hopefully we will be able to get a comparable coach to step in,” the Jamaican said.“We have a couple of more months with him, so hopefully, we will get somebody in the interim to understudy him and try and have a seamless transition.”Law joined CWI in February last year, replacing former West Indies batsman Phil Simmons who had been sacked in September 2016, just five months after guiding the regional side to the capture of the Twenty20 World Cup in India. However, the 49-year-old has had only modest success so far. He has won just two of six Test series – against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh – and has failed to oversee a single series win in eight One-Day International tours while winning just four of 26 matches.One of his major achievements was guiding West Indies safely through the ICC Qualifiers in Zimbabwe last March to see them clinch their spot in the World Cup. Cameron praised Law’s impact on the development of the game in the region and underscored the need to ensure this continued with the next head coach.“He has brought a lot to Windies cricket but we have now implemented a very intricate fitness culture, and that is also playing on our performances in the new PCL (Professional Cricket League), which was introduced four years ago,” Cameron said. “We are now seeing more players coming and more opportunities so we do need guidance from a head coach prospective, but we are also producing more players and getting the talent pool competitive.”West Indies face India in a full series of Test, ODIs and T20 Internationals starting next week before heading to Bangladesh in November for two Tests, three one-dayers and three T20s.last_img read more

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Leon Balogun Outlines Positives from First Win of the Year

first_imgSuper Eagles defender, Leon Aderemi Balogun is still picking positives from his side’s away win in the FA Cup on Saturday, and put it all down to massive support the team got from their fans.While top-flight clubs like Leicester City and Fulham were knocked out by lower division opponents, Balogun admits it was a huge relief for his side to qualify for the second round with a 3-1 victory away to English Premier League rivals, Bournemouth.The former FC Mainz player was also excited that it was his debut in the English FA Cup, for which he is equally excited to start 2019 on a glorious note personally and collectively for The Seasiders.Incidentally, Balogun also got back to full duration action for Brighton in Saturday’s tie, for which he admitted he was also truly delighted.Balogun added that he was excited with his personal performance on Saturday, as he nullified all The Cherries’ attacking threat, and says he is now looking up to the next round.Balogun posted on social media: “Happy to start 2019 with a win in my #FACup debut! Loved the support by our fans on to the next round.”Relatedlast_img read more

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