Corn Growers Say Big Crop Needs RFS

first_imgDue to the increased production, the average farm price was lowered a dime from its July estimate, to a range of $3.55 to $4.25 per bushel. SHARE By Gary Truitt – Aug 12, 2014 SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter At the same time, EPA has proposed new regulations regarding the Clean Water Act and the definition of which waters will be covered. Farmers need clarity and the proposed rule regarding “Waters of the U.S.” needs to be fixed. Farmers cannot afford more regulatory uncertainty that drives up costs, Barbre said. Home Indiana Agriculture News Corn Growers Say Big Crop Needs RFScenter_img When it comes to corn prices and the cost of growing corn, Barbre cited three areas NCGA is watching in particular that affect its grower members. First, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed cutting by 10 percent the amount of corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014, a step that means future years also may see reductions. Corn Growers Say Big Crop Needs RFS Finally, to help exports of corn and corn products, NCGA is pushing for modernized Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation as provided in the bi-partisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014. This would improve our nation’s ability to advance trade agreements that open markets for U.S. farmers. In its crop production and supply-and-demand reports released today, USDA estimated a record average national corn yield of 167.4 bushels per acre. Factoring in 83.8 million acres expected to be harvested brings the 2014 crop at 14.0 billion bushels and the overall supply at 15.2 billion bushels. With the U.S. Department of Agriculture today estimating a record corn supply of 15.2 billion bushels this coming year, the National Corn Growers Association is keeping a close eye on prices and pushing back against efforts that will reduce demand for the bountiful supply. “Now is not the time for our federal policymakers to be cutting into the ethanol standard, imposing undue regulations or going slow on trade agreements,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “Our farmers are doing their part, working hard and smart on their farms to bring in a good crop. It’s time Washington removed obstacles and cleared a path so we can sell America’s biggest and most versatile crop at a good and fair price.” Previous articleCrop Report Should End Food VS. Fuel DebateNext articleFour Hoosier Corn Farmers Seeking Re-election to Indiana Corn Marketing Council Gary Truittlast_img read more

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Call for Ching Cheong’s release in the absence of proof

first_img Organisation Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific April 24, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for Ching Cheong’s release in the absence of proof Reporters Without Borders announced today that it is supporting the appeal for Ching Cheong’s immediate and unconditional release that was published on 22 April – the first anniversary of his arrest – in two of the leading Hong Kong dailies under the headline: “No evidence, free Ching Cheong!” China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes RSF_en Reporters Without Borders announced today that it is supporting the appeal for Ching Cheong’s immediate and unconditional release that was published on 22 April – the first anniversary of his arrest – in two of the leading Hong Kong dailies under the headline: “No evidence, free Ching Cheong!”The Hong Kong-based China correspondent of the Singapore-based Straits Times newspaper, Ching Cheong faces a possible death sentence on a charge of spying although the Chinese authorities have produced no evidence against him.Reporters Without Borders has signed this appeal and is backing the campaign by the Hong Kong Journalists Association for his release. The press freedom organisation also has a petition that can be signed on its own website, at: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=13970Ching was arrested on 22 April 2005 while on his way to the southern city of Guangzhou. Several sources have said he was seeking documents about former Communist Party of Chinaleader Zhao Ziyang, who died in January 2005 while still under house arrest for negotiating with pro-democracy protesters in 1989. Ching’s wife, Mary Lau, thinks an intermediary set a trap for him.The Chinese foreign ministry issued a statement on 31 May 2005 alleging that Ching was a spy in the pay of foreign agencies. It said: “Ching Cheong has admitted that he followed instructions from foreign intelligence agencies in recent years, undertook intelligence gathering activities in China and received large amounts for his spying expenses.” The Straits Times said it was shocked by the allegations.Ching has a British National Overseas passport of the kind issued to citizens of Hong Kong, a former British colony. He also has residency in Singapore. June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further News April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific News Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts News March 12, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prisonlast_img read more

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Thaler writes Congress on retailers’ failing grade on data security

first_imgNAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler urged the leaders of the House and Senate to review a report that showed four out of every five global retailers – 80 percent – fail to meet widely accepted Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security standards.The Verizon 2015 Payment Card Industry Compliance Report also found that out of every data breach it studied during the past ten years, every company in question also failed to meet PCI standards when the breach occurred.“This should cause serious pause among lawmakers as failing to meet these standards, exacerbated by the lack of a strong federal data safekeeping standard, leaves merchants, and therefore consumers, more vulnerable to breaches,” Thaler wrote.Thaler also noted the report’s finding that EMV cards in other countries have not served as a “silver bullet” in presenting fraud; rather, they lead fraudsters to find other means. “The report shows that once EMV use increases, criminals shift their focus to card not present transactions, such as online shopping,” Thaler wrote. “NAFCU has long argued that any technology standards must be accompanied by strong data safekeeping standards for merchants akin to what credit unions comply with under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA).” continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Doc Rivers will remember Kobe Bryant for his competitive greatness

first_img“When you lock in both ends of the floor, you get totally into the game and the energy is there,” sixth-man Jamal Crawford said. “Even when you make mistakes you can cover the floor with the energy you are playing with. The energy has been constant and we are just finding different ways to win.”Doc praises StephensonWhen Lance Stephenson has the ball in his hands and he’s coming down court, he’s like a freight train – a rather fast one. Playing 20 minutes in Sunday’s 107-99 victory over Minnesota, he had nine points, six rebounds, three assists, a steal and no turnovers.And, once again, he had as much energy as anyone on the floor.“Lance is as good as there is pushing the ball coast to coast with his power,” Rivers said. “He had that one stretch where he kept it and dribbled and dribbled and shot, and that is not what we want.“But when he comes down and plays downhill and makes decisions like magic, then he is really good.”Rivers made sure reporters knew he did not mean Magic Johnson. We’ve heard it called clutter-free basketball. Josh Smith referred to it as “agenda-free” basketball. It means a group of players not concerning themselves with anything but making the team they are on a more outstanding product.Smith said that includes not worrying about the future, such as “contracts, free agency.” For the Clippers, that’s vital because Smith is one of several players working with one-year contracts. In the case of Lance Stephenson, he is on a two-year contract, but the second year is a team option. The Golden State Warriors were 18-0 before their game Monday at Utah, and they play agenda-free basketball. The Clippers want to be this way, and they seem to be inching their way in that direction.“We just have to focus on one game at a time and then what can we do to better this team and apply that to each and every game,” said Smith, whose team had won three of its past four games ahead of Monday’s with the Portland Trail Blazers. “When guys are not focused on other distractions, I think that we could be possibly one of the best teams in the league.”Crawford sees differenceIt’s true that the three recent victories – over Denver, New Orleans and Minnesota – came against mediocre teams. But the Clippers – 9-8 before Monday – have been playing with more intensity from start to finish. L.A. Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Monday gave the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant perhaps the best compliment that can be given a player.“He has his games, he’s playing well and not that well,” Rivers said of Bryant, who Sunday announced he is retiring at the end of this season. “Obviously, he still stands for the same thing, though, when you watch him play. He’s still very aggressive, he’s still one of the most competitive players on the floor, whether he’s playing well or not.“And I think that’s, to me, what I’ll remember most about Kobe, is how competitive he was. I think we all remember the talent and all the crazy great things he’s done in his career. But I think it was all made possible with his ticker, the heart and the toughness that he had. I think that’s what made him great. I think that’s what separated him from everybody else.”Agenda-free basketballcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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