Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Late last week Congress continued its scramble of year-end work to pass important legislation before adjourning until after the first of the year.On Friday, Congress passed Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH), a bill that includes two important provisions affecting farmers. The bill includes a Section 179 provision that will permanently allow a business to expense up to $500,000, up from a limit of $25,000. The $500,000 limit is reduced dollar for dollar after expenditures reach $2 million. The provision also would index both the $500,000 and $2 million limits for inflation beginning in 2016.The PATH Bill also extends the existing bonus depreciation for the purchase of new capital assets for another 5 years at 50% for 2015-2017, 40% in 2018 and 30% in 2019. President Obama signed the legislation later on Friday afternoon.“These tax provisions allow farmers to reinvest in their operations — and that has a ripple effect across the entire agriculture industry and rural communities,” said Chip Bowling, National Corn Growers Association president.In addition, the House passed the FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill with a vote of 316-113 and the Senate followed suit passing the bill 65-33. The measures in the legislation included:Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) was retained for the lamb industry while it repealed the meat labeling provision for beef and pork.Language rejecting the President’s budget request regarding the termination of research programs, redirection of research programs or closure of research locations, to include the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station, were written into the bill.Language that would prohibit funding for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue rules to place the Greater Sage Grouse on the endangered species list.Funding for compensation to ranchers who experience livestock loss due to wolf depredation.With regard to COOL, the legislation addresses the cases from Canada and Mexico through the World Trade Organization, which ruled that the labeling program violated U.S. international trade obligations, discriminating against Canadian and Mexican livestock sent to the United States to be fed out and processed. The decision authorized Canada and Mexico to put retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods going to those countries — the No. 1 and No. 2 U.S. export markets. The WTO set the retaliation level at $1 billion annually.Language in the omnibus bill repeals the labeling provision for beef and pork, thus avoiding retaliation. There is significant support from agriculture with the COOL repeal, but also disappointment from some organizations.“Congress had a solution to make COOL compliant with our WTO obligations sitting on their desks for 5 months,” said Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union president. “Instead, they gave in to demands to completely remove most aspects of COOL for meat that provided meaningful information to the pubic. This is the type of legislative hocus pocus that has angered so many Americans.”There were some additional issues not included in the legislation, however, that are sources of concern in agriculture.“America’s farm and ranch families will benefit greatly from the strong, bipartisan congressional passage of important tax relief, funding and policy provisions. The legislation provides needed changes to tax policy, funding for programs important to farmers, ranchers and rural communities, and actions related to COOL to prevent retaliation against U.S. agricultural products,” said Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau. “While we know there were tough decisions made to secure enough votes for this very important package, we will continue pushing for action on those items that Congress did not include. We need national policy on GMO labeling that is based on science and does not allow a patchwork of confusion that would be created by state and local laws. We will also continue to work with Congress to send the Environmental Protection Agency’s onerous Waters of the U.S. rule back to the drawing board. Those two items are big pieces of unfinished business that America’s farmers and ranchers need as they work to produce food and fiber for our nation.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For a closer look, click on the picturesSee results from Day #1 of the Pro Farmer Crop TourSee results from Day #2 of the Pro Farmer Crop TourSee results from Day #3 of the Pro Farmer Crop TourFinal Pro Farmer Results for Iowa Corn: 188.2 bushels per acreSoybeans: 1,208.99 pods in a 3 foot by 3 foot squareFinal Pro Farmer Results for Minnesota Corn: 178.67 bushels per acreSoybeans: 1,090.47 pods in a 3 foot by 3 foot squareBy Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetMost days, the Pro Farmer Crop Tour will fill a truck up with 4 scouts to take on the Corn Belt. Today, however, they are entrusting a route to only two. For the final day of crop tour, it will be just me and Dick Overby. He is semi-retired from Rain & Hail (I don’t think he has retiring in him) and is from southern Minnesota. I have been riding shotgun with Overby for 5 of the last 7 years and enjoy it every year.His area had a snow storm on the 14th of April and that really put a strain on Minnesota’s planting season early on. There was a small window of opportunity on May 6th through the 8th, but then rain kept farmers out of the field for few weeks after that. Despite the late planting date for the majority of Minnesota crops, development was sped up by a hot and dry summer. He is just as curious as I am as to what we will find today in Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota.Olmsted County, MinnesotaOur last stop of tour is in the books! This field was just starting to dent and stalks here were much more sturdy. There were a few skips in our rows and a 14 around that will drag this yield, but it is still a respectable 192. This bean field had its fair share of disease problems but luckily enough it is late enough in the growing season that they won’t hurt too much. Our 3 x 3 foot square pod count is 1357.2.Olmsted County, MinnesotaOlmsted County, MinnesotaOlmsted County, MinnesotaOlmsted County, MinnesotaDodge County, MinnesotaWe are getting into the part of Minnesota that got a late start with planting and this field is not even to dent. Youngest corn field I have seen all week. The stalks were only a smidge taller than me (so around 6’5″) and the field was relatively easy to get through. Our yield check here is 141. The beans were not as impressive from the road as they were from counting samples. They were shorter than we have seen lately, but podded to the max. Our pod count in a 3 foot square is 1288.9.Dodge County, IowaDodge County, IowaDodge County, IowaDodge County, IowaMower County, MinnesotaOur first stop in Minnesota found pretty good corn and the beans were lacking compared to earlier stops in Iowa. Plenty of skips made for a pop issues, producing nice, big ears but an overall yield number of 190. Beans looked to be late planted and had small pods at this point. Still a decent number of pods in a 3 x 3 foot square at 1238.4. We chucked the plants back into the field before a took a picture. Rookie mistake, I guess.Mower County, MinnesotaMower County, MinnesotaMower County, MinnesotaMower County, MinnesotaMitchell County, Iowa20 inch row corn and 15 inch row beans here. We have been in 3 fields now with all difference moisture levels. Rain has been here over the last few days but certainly more in places south of here. This yield is more of what you would expect out of this state at 216. Great looking beans, like we have seen all morning. Still a ways to go for pod fill and with the right finish they will do very well. Our pod count is 1279.2 in a 3 foot square.Mitchell County, IowaMitchell County, IowaMitchell County, IowaMitchell County, IowaMitchell County, IowaMitchell County, IowaMitchell County, IowaMitchell County, IowaFloyd County, IowaThe first thing I am noticing as we drive to northern Iowa is that corn here is much greener and healthier looking from the road. N deficiency doesn’t look like it is an issue in this part of the state. A high pop number will help this yield, but the ears were small and light. Our yield check here is at 181. A little shy for Iowa standards.Floyd County, IowaFloyd County, IowaFloyd County, IowaFloyd County, IowaThese beans are younger than we have seen in Iowa and the potential is still there for addition pods in the coming days. Not a whole lot to say about beans all the way up Route 14. Our pod count in a 3 x 3 foot square is 1252.
Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Lighten the loadThe more weight we haul around in our cars or trucks, the more energy we use. If you keep sandbags in the bed of your pick-up for winter traction, remove them in the summer. Empty your trunk of those unneeded items you’ve been carrying and never use. Combine tripsWhen you have to drive, try to combine trips. Schedule your grocery shopping when you’re coming home from work, or run some errands when you have to drive the kids to soccer practice. Take public transitMost forms of public transit (busses, light rain, commuter trains) use significantly less fuel per passenger mile than a single-occupancy cars or light trucks. If public transit is an option for you (unfortunately, it often isn’t), take advantage of it. Not only will you save energy and reduce the wear-and-tear on your car, but you’ll also create time to read the newspaper, enjoy a good book, or catch up on e-mail. Remove the roof rackIf you’re not using a roof rack regularly, remove it to cut down on wind resistance. Even a fairly modest roof rack can easily cut your fuel economy by a few miles per gallon. CarpoolCarpooling with another commuter can halve the energy consumption if the two riders live close-by or one rider can be picked up on the drive to work. With three or more riders the savings are even greater. In some places carpooling offers advantages like access to HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lanes on highways and preferential parking. Getting Around Without Fossil FuelsLocation EfficiencyHouses Versus CarsReduce the Need for DrivingDriving Our SUVs to the BP ProtestsGetting Off Fossil FuelsWhere You Build May Matter More Than What You Build Drive lessLeaving the car at home when you could walk of ride a bike is perhaps the most obvious way to save energy in our transportation. These options aren’t always possible, due to where we live, the weather, or the seasons, but when it is possible to walk or bike instead of driving huge savings are possible — not to mention the health benefits. The same applies at work; if you’re going out to lunch or need to run an errand, consider providing a little extra time and walking. Avoid idlingIf the engine is running and you’re standing still, your fuel economy is zero — and an idling engine usually spews out more pollution than an engine that’s running at higher speeds. Several towns in our area, including Putney, Dummerston, and Brattleboro, now have no-idling resolutions in an effort to discourage the practice. With some vehicles, such as police cruisers and diesel equipment, there may have compelling reasons to keep the engines running, but for cars and light trucks, tuning them off usually makes sense. Slow downIn a car, wind resistance increases at a cubed function of speed. That means that if you double your highway speed, your power requirements will increase eight-fold (2 cubed equals 8). I’ve experienced this pretty directly. One of our cars — a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid — has a digital mileage gauge. On a number of occasions I’ve noted my fuel economy driving to the airport (when I’m running late and speeding along at 75 mph) and returning when I can putter along at a leisurely 55 mph. I haven’t done actual calculations to test that cubed function equation, but I’ve seen a dramatic difference: getting a little over 30 mpg at 75 mph, as I recall, and about 50 mpg at 55 mph. Consumer Reports has examined this issue more thoroughly. The magazine measured the fuel economy of a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder Toyota Camry driven at 55 mph to be 40.3 mpg, while at 65 mph the fuel economy dropped to 34.9, and driven at 75 mph it dropped to 29.8 mpg — 26 percent lower than at 55 mph. Try to avoid coming to a complete stop — within reasonYour car uses a lot more fuel when starting from a complete stop so, when you have a choice, avoid coming totally to rest. When approaching a traffic light that’s red, for example, slow down so that you’re still moving when it turns green. Don’t violate laws or put yourself (or others) at risk in doing so, however. This isn’t a suggestion to roll through stop signs, or slow down so much when approaching a light that the driver behind you will try to swerve pass you. Turn off cruise control on hilly terrainCruise control is designed to maintain constant speed, but in hilly terrain a lot of extra fuel is used in accelerating up hills. A more fuel-efficient approach is to hold the accelerator pedal in approximately the same position approaching and going over a hill; your speed will drop but fuel economy will be better. On the downhill, allow your speed to increase (within the speed limit), using gravity to boost your fuel economy. Before the holidays I wrote a blog on how to save energy in the home by changing our behavior. This week we’ll take a look at some of the ways that we can save energy by changing our driving behavior. Below are some simple measures — most cost nothing and some even save money — to reduce your energy use for transportation. Avoid jackrabbit starts and stopsWith in-town driving, gradual acceleration uses significantly less fuel than pedal-to-the-metal starting and stopping. I try to accelerate as slowly as possible (without inconveniencing oncoming cars) and avoid braking whenever possible as I approach a turn or traffic light. Wayne Gerdes, who coined the term “hypermiling” (a sort-of game to dramatically exceed the rated fuel economy of a car) and who has the website CleanMPG website, recommends driving as if you don’t have working brakes. RELATED ARTICLES What are your tips?Most of these strategies are common sense. But that doesn’t mean they always occur to us. Even an energy-efficiency nut like me has to remind myself to follow these practices as I seek to conserve.What recommendations can you add?
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TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Xavi says Barcelona must persist with Ousmane Dembeleby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona legend Xavi says management must persist with Ousmane Dembele.The World Cup winner is again on the outer at Barca following the arrival of Antoine Griezmann and a catalog of more disciplinary problems.But Xavi told ARA: “Always trust Dembélé? Yes, he has a huge potential. He is fast, skillful and uses both his feet, which complicates the life of defenders. But if (Lionel) Messi asks from him more professionalism, it must be true. He has injuries. He is a young boy and he has the ability to mature, no doubt. “But it also depends on him. I knew players with a lot of potential who did not evolve afterwards. And at the same time, players with less potential have been in Barcelona for many years. It’s a question of mentality.”
The American Red Cross and Disney have unveiled a new disaster preparedness video, featuring Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce, to help teach kids and families the importance of preparing for natural disasters and other emergencies.The spot will run on Disney Channel as part of National Preparedness Month in September.“When a disaster strikes, it is critical that the entire family is prepared,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “Disney’s continued support helps us keep children safe by educating them about the importance of preparedness in ways that are relevant and fun.”Disney Friends for Change – a global initiative that inspires kids and families to take action and make a difference in their communities – will spotlight the video on its website to show children simple ways to prepare for disasters. The spot will also air on the Disney Channel.The spot features Boyce, who stars as Luke Ross on the Disney Channel series “Jessie,” and his friends as they discuss the basics of emergency preparedness: Learn, Practice, Share, Be Prepared. They portray preparing for emergencies as an activity that is easy, fun and as a way to help reduce children’s anxieties about the unexpected.The video is one of several collaborative efforts between Disney and the Red Cross. The organizations worked together to develop the Mickey and Friends Disaster Preparedness Activity Book, which helps children and families learn how to prepare for disasters through a series of interactive games and activities. The book is available to download in English and Spanish.Disney also contributed to the creation and expansion of The Pillowcase Project through a total investment of $3 million since 2012. The program supports in-school and after-school curriculum to help 3rd to 5th graders and their families prepare for disasters. Trained instructors teach youth the safety actions for various disasters, how to develop a family emergency plan and how to create emergency kits by packing essential items into a pillowcase for easy transport – a technique Boyce uses in the spot.As part of its commitment to youth preparedness, Disney is also funding the development of a new mobile app for youth that will enable the Red Cross to expand the reach of The Pillowcase Project beyond the classroom. The app will be available on IOS and Android by early November.Disney also helps the Red Cross during disaster relief operations by contributing hundreds of hours of volunteer service through the Disney VoluntEARS program and donating Mickey Mouse plush dolls to comfort children in the aftermath of disasters.As a member of the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP), Disney helps ensure the Red Cross is able to respond immediately after disasters at home and around the world.
Ohio State junior golfer Jaclyn Lee tees off during a round of golf in 2017. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsNearly every student at Ohio State complains about the ever-changing weather. In Columbus, learning to deal with the wind, rain, cold and overall fickle forecast is seemingly a rite of passage.Perhaps no member of the Ohio State community has more cause to complain about the weather than women’s golf head coach Therese Hession.Ohio State has less reputation and notoriety in golf than it does in many other sports, giving Hession a more difficult time recruiting than top programs. This is in large part due to Mother Nature. Top recruits want to go somewhere they can golf consistently year-round. Thanks to weather that gets cold early and stays chilled late, that’s just not possible in central Ohio.Since the mid-2000s, Ohio State has looked to untapped markets outside the United States to attract talent and remain competitive nationally as a way to circumvent the obstacle that Ohio’s climate presents.“A lot of times, the top players in some countries are really good players,” Hession said. “They might be equivalent to the top 10 or 15 percent of the players in America. A lot of the [top players] in the United States don’t give me a look up here in Ohio.”Plenty of international players want to come to the U.S. and compete in the NCAA. Hession said this is mostly due to the professional opportunities in North America — particularly the LPGA Tour — that are more lucrative than other international women’s tours.In countries with colder climates, players who want to compete as much as possible are drawn to the U.S., where they can play in tournaments around the country throughout the year.“I wanted the opportunity to get better at my golf game,” said Jaclyn Lee, a junior from Calgary, Alberta. “It’s hard to do that when the seasons turn in Canada, which is why I chose to come down [to the United States].”Though the Ohio State women’s golf team spent only $19,207 on recruiting in the fiscal year 2017, according to Ohio State Athletics’ NCAA financial statements, international travel is expensive. Hession said the coaching staff typically travels overseas to watch specific tournaments and monitor the players they want to pursue and have not seen before, rather than approach players they have already pinpointed as targets.Yet the team still needs to build a relationship with its recruits in order to establish a supportive environment vital to performance.“[Players] want to feel like they can trust me and that I will be there to take care of them,” Hession said.Having limited face-to-face interaction with international players, Ohio State has leaned heavily on technology to build relationships with recruits. This includes emailing, Skype conversations and FaceTime tours of the team’s indoor golf facility. The team also strives to build relationships with players’ coaches in their home countries. Due to NCAA regulations, coaches are not allowed to directly contact recruits until their junior year of high school. Communication with coaches provides a middle ground for Ohio State to closely monitor a player early in the process without committing any violations.Many high-school coaches continue to work with their players after they leave for college. Technology allows Hession to collaborate with these coaches and help players improve their game.“You can sit there with your phone and take a video and send it off to the teacher and they can respond in five minutes with their synopsis of what they think is going on,” Hession said. “I like to talk to those coaches, too, and tell them what I’m seeing. Video shows one thing of a swing or a putt or a chip, but I get to see a lot of how they manage themselves on the golf course, how they’re handling pressure.”Ohio State hopes its targeting of international players can help the team garner a reputation and attract talent from different countries. Katja Pogacar, a native of Slovenia who golfed for the Buckeyes from 2013 to 2017, now plays on the Ladies European Tour. Hession said she believes Pogacar’s success at Ohio State leading to a professional career has made young players in Slovenia more aware of the team.“When [recruits] know that [former players] have had a good experience and they’ve improved and they’ve gotten better and been on some great championship teams, that’s the best sales pitch that anyone could ask for,” Hession said.In the past decade, Ohio State has seen golfers from five different continents on its roster. The weather has provided Hession with a challenge to find the talent. But she has shown that she and the rest of the team will go anywhere to improve the team.
FC Cologne are the team that has suffered the biggest decline this season in Europe’s top 5 leagues with a loss of 27 points compared to their last campaignAfter finishing in a respectable fifth place in the Bundesliga last term, Cologne was relegated to the second division in Germany this season and finished bottom of the league standings with just 22 points.Following them in a close second place is Malaga, who suffered a loss of 26 points compared to their last campaign and have been relegated to the Spanish second division after 10 consecutive years in La Liga.Meanwhile last seasons Premier League champions Chelsea dropped 23 points compared to last term and will miss out on Champions League football next season after their failure to finish in the top four.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Champions League finalists Real Madrid were unable to retain their La Liga crown and had to settle for a disappointing third place and 17 points off last year’s total.As for Arsene Wenger, he completed his final year at Arsenal in career-low of sixth place in the Premier League with 12 points dropped compared to last season’s total.FC Cologne – 27 points fewerMalaga – 26 pointsNice – 24 pointsChelsea – 23 pointsAthletic Bilbao – 20 pointsReal Madrid/Las Palmas/Metz – 17 pointsReal Sociedad/Monaco – 15 pointsWest Brom/Sevilla/RB Leipzig – 14 pointsArsenal/Everton/Atalanta/SC Freiburg – 12 pointsStoke City – 11 pointsSouthampton – 10 pointsAS Roma – 10 points(Obtained by Daily Mail)
In the heat of the World Cup tournament, Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has taken his time to thank Cristiano Ronaldo for his extraordinary contribution to the club as he regrets the star forward’s departure to Juventus.The Portuguese international Ronaldo signed a stunning €100million transfer deal to the Serie A champions earlier this week, bringing an end to his successful nine-season stay at Real Madrid.Ronald left with a high ovation as Los Blancos’ all-time top scorer and a four-time Champions League winner with the team he joined in 2009.As he prepares to captain Croatia for World Cup final on Sunday Modric, admitted his disappointment over the exit of Ronaldo. Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.✅ The captain of the #WorldCup finalists.#FlamingPride #Croatia #Vatreni? pic.twitter.com/tgO9odhonW— HNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) July 12, 2018“My wish was for Cristiano to stay. He is unique and it is a pity he has left,” the 32-year-old told reporters after Croatia’s semi-final win over England and quoted in FourFourTwo.“I thank him for everything he did at Real Madrid. I wish him all the best except when he is playing against Madrid.”
Former Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes has predicted a bright future for young winger Vinicius Junior can following his excellent displays in the Spanish capital.The Brazilian has become a regular in Los Blancos following the absence of Gareth Bale and Isco who has fallen down Solari’s pecking order.The 18-year-old who completed a €45million move to Madrid in July 2018 scored his second La Liga goal of the season in Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Deportivo Alaves.8 – Vinícius Júnior has been involved in eight goals for @realmadriden in Copa del Rey this season (two goals and six assists), more than any other LaLiga player. Start pic.twitter.com/u0HvmgzJP6— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 6, 2019And was impressive in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Barcelona on Wednesday.Morientes said via FourFourTwo: “We were all keen to see Vinicius play, to see how he develops. I think he’s a very impressive player, he’s very good in one-on-ones and making runs.“He’s still very young, we need time to see the kind of player he will be but if he continues to play the way he is now he’ll be a world-class player, no doubt.“We should give him time though, you can’t burden such a young player with too much responsibility especially at a club like Real Madrid.”Morientes says Vinicius reminds him of Savio – the former winger who claimed three Champions League crowns with Madrid around the turn of the century.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Obviously Savio was a little older but they have similar traits; daring, pace on the ball and one-on-one ability,” added Morientes.“And they’re both Brazilians, of course. Both came from a very different football style in Brazil, but they adapted quickly.“So I’d say Vinicius reminds me of Savio, for their playing style and their position out on the left.”📊| Only Karim Benzema (23), Gareth Bale (16) and Sergio Ramos (11) have been involved in more goals than Vinícius Júnior (10) for Real Madrid in all competitions this season. #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/h99QaSxjKL— Real Madrid News (@onlyrmcfnews) February 4, 2019Morientes a former teammate of Solari at the Santiago Bernabeu had some kind words for the Argentine gaffer.He said: “Solari was a great team-mate. A very nice, friendly guy.“He liked to joke around. But he was also a very hard worker, a top professional, the kind of guy you always want in your team both when he’s playing and when he’s not.“He always contributed, and not just on the pitch. A great player and a great team-mate, both on and off the pitch.”