USDA launches second round of trade mitigation payments

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue this week launched the second and final round of trade mitigation payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. Producers of certain commodities will now be eligible to receive Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments for the second half of their 2018 production.“The President reaffirmed his support for American farmers and ranchers and made good on his promise, authorizing the second round of payments to be made in short order. While there have been positive movements on the trade front, American farmers are continuing to experience losses due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. This assistance will help with short-term cash flow issues as we move into the new year,” Perdue said.Secretary Perdue announced in July that USDA would act to aid farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation. President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to help protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets to help American farmers compete globally. In September, USDA initiated three programs to aid American agriculture in sustaining the short-term damages associated with the trade disputes and securing long-term, stable export markets.USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has been administering MFP to provide the first payments to almond, corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, fresh sweet cherry, and wheat producers since September 2018 for the first 50% of their 2018 production.USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is administering a food purchase and distribution program to purchase up to $1.2 billion in commodities unfairly targeted by unjustified retaliation. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is distributing these commodities through nutrition assistance programs, such as The Emergency Food Assistance Program and child nutrition programs. So far, USDA has procured some portion of 16 of the 29 commodities included in the program, totaling more than 4,500 truckloads of food. AMS will continue purchasing commodities for delivery throughout 2019.Through the Foreign Agricultural Service’s (FAS) Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) program, $200 million is being made available to develop foreign markets for U.S. agricultural products. The program will help U.S. agricultural exporters identify and access new markets and help mitigate the adverse effects of other countries’ restrictions. The application period closed in November with more than $600 million in requested activities from more than 70 organizations. FAS will announce ATP funding awards in early January.Market Facilitation ProgramProducers need only sign-up once for the MFP to be eligible for the first and second payments. The MFP sign-up period opened in September and runs through January 15, 2019, with information and instructions provided at www.farmers.gov/mfp. Producers must complete an application by January 15, 2019 but have until May 1, 2019 to certify their 2018 production. The MFP provides payments to almond, cotton, corn, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, fresh sweet cherry, and wheat producers who have been significantly impacted by actions of foreign governments resulting in the loss of traditional exports. The MFP is established under the statutory authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation CCC Charter Act and is under the administration of USDA’s FSA. Eligible producers should apply after harvest is complete, as payments will only be issued once production is reported.For farmers who have already applied, completed harvest, and certified their 2018 production, a second payment will be issued on the remaining 50 percent of the producer’s total production, multiplied by the MFP rate for the specific commodity.The Market Facilitation Program provides 1 cent per bushel for corn, 12 cents per hundredweight for milk, $8 for pork, $1.65 per bushel for soybeans, and 14 cents per bushel for wheat. MFP payments are limited to a combined $125,000 for corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, and wheat capped per person or legal entity. MFP payments are also limited to a combined $125,000 for dairy and hog producers. Applicants must also have an average adjusted gross income for tax years 2014, 2015, and 2016 of less than $900,000. Applicants must also comply with the provisions of the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation regulations.The help is appreciated, but the efforts do not completely compensate for the losses from trade.“Farmers of all crops have felt the impact of trade tariffs,” said Lynn Chrisp, president of the National Corn Growers Association. “NCGA appreciates the progress the administration has made to advance ethanol, reach a new agreement with Mexico and Canada and move forward on negotiations with Japan, but the benefits of these efforts will take time to materialize and farmers are hurting now.”“One cent per bushel is woefully inadequate to even begin to cover the losses being felt by corn farmers. USDA did not take into account the reality that many of our farmers are facing.”In a Nov. 19 letter to USDA Secretary Perdue, Chrisp stressed the disappointment around USDA’s approach to calculating MFP payments. Many farmers felt it was too narrow in scope and did not capture real-time impacts of trade disruptions. NCGA called on USDA to add ethanol and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to the calculation of damages for corn, roughly $254 million. The organization also asked that farmers who suffered production losses from disasters be allowed to use an alternative to 2018 production for their MFP calculation, ensuring those suffering losses from natural disasters would not be penalized twice. These requests were repeated in subsequent conversations between NCGA and administration officials but ultimately ignored in USDA’s final payment calculation for round two. According to an NCGA-commissioned economic analysis, corn farmers suffered a 44 cent per bushel loss in the price of corn from the beginning of May, right before tariffs were announced, through July, when tariffs were implemented. Based on USDA yield averages and acres of corn planted, that amounts to a $6.3 billion loss to corn farmers.last_img read more

Mary Kom biopic the hardest film of my career: Priyanka Chopra

first_imgActress Priyanka Chopra, who will be seen playing Olympic medal-winning boxer Mary Kom in a biopic, says the sports drama is the ‘hardest’ film of her career.Priyanka Chopra says playing Mary Kom was the ‘hardest’The film has been directed by Omung Kumar and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali on a story and screenplay written by Saiwyn Quadras.The 31-year-old actress also revealed that the first look of the film will be come out soon.”Coming soon… the first look of the hardest film of my life. Two years of determination taught by the guru herself…Mary Kom #Fight Like A Girl,” Priyanka posted on Twitter.Coming soon..the first look of the hardest film of my life.2 years of determination taught by the guru herself.. #MaryKom #FightLikeAGirl PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) July 9, 2014last_img read more

10 months agoPSG to make opening offer for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSG to make opening offer for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramseyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are making an opening offer for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.The Mirror says PSG are keen on a £9million January move for Ramsey.The Arsenal midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season after the north Londoners withdrew their offer of a new contract this season.The French champions are ready to move for him when the transfer window reopens to head off interest from Juventus and Bayern Munich.PSG want to strengthen their midfield options with Adrien Rabiot expected to move to leave the club either in January or next summer. last_img

8 days agoMan Utd teenager Williams signs new contract

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd teenager Williams signs new contractby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have tied down Brandon Williams to a new contract.The promising teenager was impressive on debut in the Europa League draw with AZ Alkmaar last month.The new deal will keep him at United until June 2022, with the option to extend for a further year.Speaking after the AZ result, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for the young fullback.”You won’t see a better full debut from a full back anywhere,” the Red Devils coach said.”The boy is just going to improve and improve. He’s got the right mentality. I’m very pleased for him.” last_img

Louisville Commit G.G. Robinson Says It’s “Messed Up’ That The Cardinals Pulled Their Offer From Matt Colburn

first_imgThe bad side of college football recruiting was showcased by Louisville Monday night, as the Cardinals pulled their scholarship offer from commit Matt Colburn, less than two days before National Signing Day. Bobby Petrino’s program received some serious criticism from recruiting analysts following the news, including this rant from a Rivals.com writer that called for all South Carolina high school players to boycott Louisville. Even a Cardinals’ commit thinks Louisville was rough on Colburn, a three-star running back out of Irmo, South Carolina. G.G. Robinson, a three-star defensive end committed to Petrino’s program, tweeted the following Tuesday morning. Man what Louisville did to my boy Matt was messed up….. That’s awful— GG (@GGRobinson85) February 3, 2015What Louisville did isn’t unheard of, but doing it less than 48 hours before National Signing Day seems fairly classless. The Cardinals’ 2015 class ranks No. 31 in the country by 247 Sports’ Team Rankings.last_img read more

Cincinnati Apparel Company Has Hysterical New Ohio State Shirt Featuring Depressed Michigan Fan

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Michigan State fans are not the only ones delerious with joy after Michigan’s last play collapse on Saturday. Ohio State fans aren’t afraid to revel in any loss by the “Team Up North.” “Cincy Shirts,” an Ohio apparel company, printed a new shirt called “The Disappointment Up North” after the game, featuring the depressed Michigan fan that went viral after the Wolverines’ loss. It is pretty perfect.Sorry folks, but we had to! Depressed Michigan Fan shirt now available!Get yours here –> http://goo.gl/Y0zxowPosted by Cincy Shirts on Saturday, October 17, 2015The shirts are available for order at CincyShirts.com. We expect a few Buckeye fans will be interested in them.[CincyShirts.com]last_img read more

New federal Arctic policy focusses on human health environment infrastructure

first_imgThe Canadian Press The federal government has released its long-awaited policy on developing the Canadian Arctic.The lengthy document, released by the department of Crown-Indigenous Relations, proposes eight priorities, with health, infrastructure and economic development at the top.The policy is a departure from the tone of the previous Conservative government under Stephen Harper, which emphasized security concerns and threats to Canada’s Arctic sovereignty.The document has been expected since 2017 and is the product of extensive consultations with northern governments and First Nations.However, it comes weeks before the end of the current government’s mandate, leaving unasnswered the question of how its many goals will be reached.last_img

Calgary Canada Post workers might not strike for long

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Even though rolling strikes are hitting Calgary, Red Deer, and Sherbrooke, Quebec, the work stoppage might not last long for Canada Post employees.“With a mediator there, I’m hoping that he’ll be able to have the issues resolved.”Anna Beale, the Executive VP of the Calgary Local for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) says ideally the strike could be settled by Thursday afternoon.Workers first hit the picket line Wednesday night in the three cities, and continued Thursday at 6 a.m., and will remain on strike for 24 hours unless the matter can be resolved.Despite the optimism, there is still a lot on the table, with CUPW demanding Canada Post address their concerns over health and safety, long hours, and lack of pay for rural mail carriers.Strikes happened for two days in Toronto, which crippled their main distribution centre.Beale knows customers might be frustrated.“The public has stood behind Canada post for over 150 years, and we are there for the Canadian public as well, because it’s the Canadian public that enables us to have jobs at Canada Post.”Negotiations have gone on for 10 months now.The federal government appointed the mediator on Wednesday.last_img read more

BC premier denies crisis says one investment doesnt make an economy

first_imgKinder Morgan announced Sunday it was stopping all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, saying opposition from the B.C. government puts the project at risk. It has set a deadline of May 31 for talks with various stakeholders to reach an agreement that could allow the project to proceed.“All of a sudden when the shareholders in Texas issue a press release there’s a constitutional crisis,” Horgan said.The government announced in February that it will ask the court to decided if it has the right to protect its environment by restricting diluted bitumen in the Trans Mountain pipeline. The decisions to refer the matter to the courts prompted Alberta to suspend a ban on wine imports from B.C.“What we’re talking about here is the province of B.C. going to court to assert our jurisdiction and protect the interests of British Columbians,” Horgan told the legislature. “We said in an election campaign a year ago this is what we would do.”He said B.C. is in court to defend its coast and its interests from a project that will triple bitumen shipments from Alberta to Burnaby and increase tanker traffic seven-fold in B.C. waters.Horgan said he spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley on Sunday and told both leaders to build more oil refineries instead of pipelines. VICTORIA, B.C. — British Columbia Premier John Horgan showed no signs Monday of backing down on the battle over the Kinder Morgan pipeline, rejecting widespread claims his government’s challenge of the $7.4 billion project is hurting the economy and tearing apart the country.His tone ran from calm to exasperated during a 30-minute question period in the legislature where the Opposition Liberals accused his government of hurting investor confidence, ignoring the rule of law and picking an unwinnable fight with Alberta and the federal government.“One investment project does not an economy make,” said Horgan, adding B.C. has the lowest jobless rate in Canada and a solid credit rating. “The premier stands alone in his opinions,” he told the legislature. “Is this burgeoning fiasco his definition of success?”Wilkinson urged Horgan to meet with the prime minister to resolve the dispute and ensure certainty for the federally-approved project.Greg D’Avignon, president of the B.C. Business Council, said the government’s decision to prolong the process threatens the credibility of the country’s regulatory and project approval systems.British Columbia’s Chamber of Commerce said the implications of the decision by Kinder Morgan are “seismic,” and if this project can’t be built it will show the world that government approvals count for nothing.Opposition to the pipeline has ramped up in recent weeks, with several dozen people arrested near the Burnaby marine terminal in the last month.Trudeau said last week in Victoria the pipeline will be built.By Dirk MeissnerTHE CANADIAN PRESScenter_img “That would be leadership,” he said.Notley said Monday she told Horgan in a telephone call that B.C.’s opposition to the pipeline threatens the rule of law in Canada and she made it clear her province will retaliate.Notley said she will introduce legislation this week to give Alberta the power to reduce oil flows to B.C., which could send gas prices in the province soaring.Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said Horgan’s reckless pipeline battle ignores the law, creates uncertainty and tears at the fabric of the nation.last_img read more