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first_imgDownload the 12-page PDF.Arrest killers of Breonna Taylor!The Left, the election crisis & ‘the elephant in the room’Environment:3,334 worldwide protests;Climate crisis & migration.400,000 workers stuck at seaALSO:DeJoy’s den of thieves;Florida bill targets protesters;‘Journey for Justice’;‘Proud Boys’ shamed in Portland;San Antonio confronts cop terror;Philly houseless victory;Health workers win strike.TEAR DOWN THE WALLS:Jalil Muntaqim;Palestinian and Irish jail solidarity;Federal executions and racism.Editorial:Stop war on Black communitiesDownload the 12-page PDF.More PDF back-issues here.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Defiant protesters challenge the Biden administration in Buffalo, N.Y.

first_imgBuffalo, N.Y.Jan. 21 — On Biden’s first full day as president of the U.S. empire, activists and community members here wasted no time in putting pressure on his administration. At a demonstration called by Workers World Party-Buffalo, people gathered at the corner of Niagara Street and Porter Avenue to voice their demands.Activist David Louis spoke of the need for protesters to stop asking Biden for change and instead organize for the change we want ourselves — highlighting the fact that many basic demands for equality have been raised for hundreds of years, and neither major political party has acted on these changes.Demands raised today included ending all wars and sanctions, ending the blockade on Cuba, closing prisons and abolishing ICE and the police, immediate COVID relief for workers, Medicare for All, paid sick leave, cancellation of rent and student loan debt, the end of all fracking and oil pipeline construction, and free unrestricted access to abortion.The exciting lineup of speakers from many organizations and causes included India Walton, local activist and a mayoral candidate; labor organizer Mary Lister from Queen City Workers center; activist and mental health care advocate Shaima Aakil; anti-police violence activist Myles Carter; immigrant activist Kawiye Jumale; LGBTQ+ activist Ezra Echo from Workers World Party; Marie Schuster and Chuck Culhane from the WNY Peace Center and more.Based on Biden’s 40 year record, it’s clear the Biden administration will not proactively fight for measures that would benefit the working class. Any substantial gains desired by workers and oppressed peoples will need to be fought for as hard as they were fought for under Trump — if not harder. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

FFA National Convention Set to Begin and Change Lives

first_img Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Home News Feed FFA National Convention Set to Begin and Change Lives By Andy Eubank – Oct 22, 2012 FFA National Convention Set to Begin and Change Lives Previous articleFridays Cattle on Feed Report Sets Record, Impacts PricesNext articleIndiana Says Hello and Goodbye to National FFA Convention Andy Eubank SHARE The FFA Blue Jackets are now arriving in Indianapolis for the national convention which begins Wednesday. Convention offers many things for the 50,000 members who attend, and often times inspiration for bigger things is what members take with them when they leave. That was the case for current National FFA President Ryan Best of New Mexico when he attended his first convention six years ago.“Stuart Joy was a national officer and he is from New Mexico and having known him from showing and judging and then getting to see him up on that stage, it made me realize that this is something I could do. But I think that what coming to that national convention really showed me more than anything else was how badly I wanted to compete in the national CDE. So then in 2007 I actually won our state prepared public speaking as was able to come as a sophomore in high school to compete at that national convention. I was so excited and so honored to get to come. Even though it didn’t turn out quite as well as I hoped it would I learned so much from just coming and interacting with members who have the same interests as me.”Best remembers a year ago when the national officers were announced and a potentially embarrassing situation because he never did hear his name announced was averted.“It got down to the last one when they were calling national president and they said ‘from the state of New…’ and I didn’t hear anything else. I just knew I was the only ‘New’ left because they had already called New York and New Jersey, and New Hampshire didn’t have any candidates running that year. I was running to the stage and still couldn’t believe it was me and I get up on stage and I turned to Jason (Troendle from Minnesota) and asked if they really called my name. He said ya buddy they did and I said good because that would have been really embarrassing if they hadn’t.”Best says the national officers spend some very intense days and weeks preparing for this week. One example?“Our script book actually grew from being about twenty pages to about 100 pages, then 200, then 300,” he said. “And I think right now we have it nearly 1000 pages long of script that we have to memorize before convention gets here so we can be able to present all that.”Helping kick off the convention this year is the “Rally to Fight Hunger.” More than 10,000 FFA members, teachers, alumni and volunteers will work hour-long shifts from Wednesday through Friday packing meals. The goal is to create 1 million meals by Friday night with half distributed in the Indianapolis area and half shipped overseas in coordination with Kids Against Hunger.[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/10/FFA-national-president-ready-for-convention.mp3|titles=FFA national president ready for convention]Audio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/hoosieragtoday/p/www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/10/FFA-national-president-ready-for-convention.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS SHARElast_img read more

Irrigation Decisions the Focus of Post-drought Workshop

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Irrigation Decisions the Focus of Post-drought Workshop Irrigation Decisions the Focus of Post-drought Workshop Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Nov 29, 2012 Previous articleSeed Consultants Market Watch 10:43 update with Gary Wilhelmi 11/29/2012Next articleHSUS Takes Another Stab at Pork Checkoff with Complaint to OIG Andy Eubank The Michiana Irrigation Association will host a one-day workshop to help farmers make irrigation decisions following the worst drought in decades.The Winter Irrigation workshop will be Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Blue Gate Restaurant and Bakery, 105 E. Middlebury St., Shipshewana. Speakers from Purdue Extension, Michigan State Extension and Indiana and Michigan government agencies will focus their presentations on drought, water rights, crop yields and more.Presentations and speakers are:* “Drought 2012 and the Climate” by Jeff Andresen, associate professor of geography at Michigan State University.* “Overview of Water Use Data and 2012 Water Right Conflicts” by Mark Basch, head of the Water Rights and Use Section of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water.* “Indiana’s New Water Use Online Reporting” by Monique Riggs, environmental scientist for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water.* “Michigan’s New Water Use Online Reporting” by Abby Eaton, environmental resource specialist for the Michigan Department of Agriculture.* “Great Lakes Compact Permitting Rule” by Basch and Riggs.* “Update on Michigan Southwest Michigan Resource Council,” by Fred Henningsen, district agriculture and irrigation agent emeritus, Michigan State University.* “Groundwater Sustainability in St. Joseph County, Michigan” by Todd Feenstra of Tritium.* “Finding Large Capacity Water Supplies for Irrigation” by Mike Chapman, Peerless Midwest Hydrologist.* “Maximizing Corn Yield with Irrigation” by Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist.* “Michigan Tools for Finding Large Capacity Water Withdrawals for Irrigation” Steve Miller, MSU Biosystems engineeringAdvance registration is required, but the $30 fee is payable at the door. The fee includes Michiana Irrigation Association dues and lunch. More information and a registration form are available at https://tinyurl.com/cybudsu.Source: Purdue Ag Communicationslast_img read more

Hailey Sentenced for Selling Fraudulent Renewable Fuel Credits

first_img Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Feb 23, 2013 U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Rodney R. Hailey, of Perry Hall, Md., today to nearly 12 years and six months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for selling $9 million in renewable fuel credits which he falsely claimed were produced by his company, Clean Green Fuel, LLC.“When invalid renewable fuel credits are ‘produced’ and sold, it undermines the integrity of an important program designed by Congress to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and to grow the nation’s renewable energy industry,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “Today’s sentence shows that there are serious consequences, including jail time, for defrauding the renewable fuels program for personal gain.” “Any government program that is based on trust is vulnerable to a fraudster like Rodney Hailey,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “The only thing Rodney Hailey’s ‘Clean Green Fuel’ business produced was the dirty money he used to fund his lavish lifestyle.”Judge Quarles enhanced Hailey’s sentence upon finding that he obstructed justice by concealing, selling and spending assets that were protected by court order. Judge Quarles also ordered Hailey to pay restitution of approximately $ 42.2 million to over 20 companies and forfeit $9.1 million in proceeds from the fraud, including cars, jewelry, his home and bank accounts, already seized by the government.Hailey, age 34, was convicted on Jun. 25, 2012, of eight counts of wire fraud, 32 counts of money laundering, and two counts of violating the Clean Air Act. He has been detained since the guilty verdict.According to evidence presented at the six day trial, Hailey owned Clean Green Fuel, LLC, located in the Baltimore, Md. area. Hailey registered Clean Green Fuel with EPA under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program as a producer of bio-diesel fuel, a motor vehicle fuel derived from renewable resources.  To encourage the production of renewable fuel and lessen the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, all oil companies that market petroleum in the U.S. are required to produce a given quantity of renewable fuel or to purchase credits, called renewable identification numbers (RINs) from producers of renewable fuels to satisfy their renewable fuel requirements.  Between March 2009 and December 2010, Hailey engaged in a massive fraud scheme, selling over 35 million RINs (representing 23 million gallons of bio-diesel fuel) to brokers and oil companies, when in fact Clean Green Fuel had produced no fuel at all and Hailey did not have a facility capable of producing bio-diesel fuel.  Federal law enforcement agents investigated the scheme after a Baltimore County police detective working with Maryland’s federal financial crimes task force received a report about the large number of luxury cars parked in front of Hailey’s house. The financial crimes task force contacted EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and initiated a criminal investigation.Two civil inspectors from EPA’s Air Enforcement Division visited Clean Green’s headquarters on Jul. 22, 2010, to inspect Hailey’s bio-diesel production facility, in response to a complaint alleging that Clean Green had been selling false RINs. Hailey was not able to provide an exact location for the bio-diesel fuel production facility, nor any records to support claims that Clean Green Fuel had produced bio-diesel fuel.  When asked to explain his method of production, Hailey falsely stated that he paid employees and contractors to recover waste vegetable oil from 2,700 restaurants in the “Delmarva” area, a peninsula that includes parts of Delaware, Virginia and Maryland, and bring it to his production facility where he converted it to bio-diesel fuel. Hailey claimed that only the drivers who picked up the oil knew the names of the restaurants, and Hailey could not provide the names of the drivers. Hailey made more than $9.1 million from selling the false RINs. Hailey used the proceeds of the scheme to purchase luxury vehicles, including BMWs, Mercedes Benz, a Rolls Royce Phantom, a Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati and others, as well as real estate and more than $80,000 in diamond jewelry. In all of these transactions, Hailey generally used cash or checks drawn on accounts he controlled to make the purchase, including a check for $645,330.15 to buy his home in Perry Hall, Md.  The loss to the traders and major energy companies who purchased Hailey’s false RINs is more than $40 million, but the loss also extends to small bio-diesel companies, many of which, as a result of Hailey’s scheme, were unable to sell their RINs and have been forced out of business.EPA recently proposed a voluntary quality assurance program to verify that RINs generated under the RFS program have been validly generated. EPA expects that this will promote greater liquidity in the transfer and use of RINs, helping to make the RFS program more efficient and effective.EPA Release Hailey Sentenced for Selling Fraudulent Renewable Fuel Credits Home Energy Hailey Sentenced for Selling Fraudulent Renewable Fuel Credits SHARE Previous articleSeed Consultants Market Watch 2/23/2013 Weekly Column With Gary WilhelmiNext articleUSDA Outlook Bullish for 2013 Andy Eubank SHARElast_img read more

Closing The Gap Between Producers and Consumers

first_img Facebook Twitter Agriculture is a highly technical, scientific, and capital intensive business today.  It requires farm operators to be proficient in a wide variety of highly specialized areas from chemistry, to mechanical engineering, computer technology, biological sciences, botany, veterinary medicine, labor relations, contract law, environmental regulations, bookkeeping, corporate finance, and economic policy (just to name a few).  Most farming operations are involved in producing and marketing a commodity, although a growing number are now producing branded products for a specific use or end user.  The majority of farming operations are organized in some form of corporate structure involving several family members or other partners. Most operations have several different consultants on retainer, from crop consultants to financial advisors.  A large percentage of farm families own only a small percentage of the land they farm, instead they lease or rent the fields on which they produce which is often spread over several counties. Home Commentary Closing The Gap Between Producers and Consumers SHARE This image of modern agriculture is not what consumers believe or what they want to believe. Most think family farms are small, independent, diversified, and producing food for their local area.  They see the big mega farms which produce for large food conglomerates as corporate owned and operated farms.  They have a mistrust of large farms and long for the simpler days of hardworking farmers struggling against nature to produce simple and safe food for their local community.  This is one of the reasons they are willing to pay more for organic food products, mistakenly believing these are produced by smaller, independent family farms. Remember the Generation Gap? This phrase has fallen out of common use but; during the decade of the 1960s, it was commonly used to refer to the disconnect between the younger and older generation — primarily between us young hip and cool teens and young adults and our square and out of touch parents.  The phrase “don’t trust anyone over 30” was used a lot… until we all turned 30. There is different kind of generation gap that exists today between agricultural producers and consumers. Like the gap of the 1960s, this gap in understanding and expectations has fostered mistrust and animosity. Setting aside the issues of production techniques, biotechnology, animal welfare, and the general lack of understanding of how and where their food is produced, the gap over the image and expectations of the food production system is at the heart of the disconnect between producers and consumers. Not only does this gap exist between producers and consumers but between producers and public officials.  As a result, agriculture does not get the kind of public support it deserves or the kind of public policy it needs. Previous articleVilsack Outlines Impact of Sequestration on USDANext articleWeather Man at Commodity Classic Predicts Solid Corn Yield Bump Gary Truitt While some call for a return to the good old days, the reality is we cannot meet our current food needs, let alone future food demand, with 1940s technology. Consumers today demand a wide variety of sophisticated food products with convenience, low cost, and guaranteed safety. In the next 20 years, several billion new middle class consumers in Asia will be demanding a similar diet. American agriculture is up to the task of meeting that demand, but only if we have the public trust and public policies needed to grow the agriculture industry. The trust and policies will only come if we begin to close the image and expectation gap between agriculture and those who depend on it. SHARE by Gary Truitt Closing The Gap Between Producers and Consumers By Gary Truitt – Mar 3, 2013 March is Agriculture Appreciation Month in Indiana. It is also the month in which we celebrate National Agriculture Day. As part of our conversation about agriculture, let us stress to consumers and public officials that our business has changed.  Just as the corner store has become the supermarket, the family farm has become a family business, and let us stress that is it NOT a bad thing. This new structure will allow agriculture to supply our world today with safe, abundant, low cost and good tasting food and will do so in a sustainable way so that the next generation of farmers can produce even more food for a growing number of consumers. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Former Conservation Chiefs Agree with Principles of Crop Insurance Compromise

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Former Conservation Chiefs Agree with Principles of Crop Insurance Compromise Facebook Twitter Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – May 8, 2013 Former conservation chiefs have sent a letter that follows the same principles of the compromise reached by several conservation, environmental, crop insurance and agricultural organizations to link conservation compliance and crop insurance premium assistance. The letter does not – however – endorse the agreement reached by the groups. As you take steps to modernize our farm safety net – the former conservation chiefs wrote – we urge you to make sure that compliance provisions cover all income support, including eligibility for crop and revenue insurance premium subsidies. The letter also expresses hope Congress will provide incentives to lower the cost of crop insurance to producers who use USDA-approved conservation practices. But to ensure the widest participation possible – they believe crop insurance should continue to be available to all producers regardless of income. The former conservation chiefs say doing so will benefit farmers, the environment and all Americans going forward.Bruce Knight is among those who signed the letter to endorse a link between conservation compliance and subsidized crop insurance. He says the letter was coordinated by the Soil and Water Conservation Society.center_img SHARE Previous articleE15 Now Available in WisconsinNext articleNovozymes Applauds Rural Energy Investment Act Gary Truitt Former Conservation Chiefs Agree with Principles of Crop Insurance Compromise SHARElast_img read more

40 Percent of Farms Managed by Multiple Operators

first_img By Hoosier Ag Today – Jan 29, 2017 40 Percent of Farms Managed by Multiple Operators SHARE Facebook Twitter New data released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows nearly 40 percent of all U.S. farms are managed by more than one operator. USDA’s Economic Research Service says in 2015, 39 percent of the more than 800,000 U.S. farms had secondary operators. USDA says commercial-sized farms often require more management and labor than an individual can provide. Also, additional operators can offer other resources, such as capital or farmland. Having a secondary operator may also provide a successor when an older principal operator phases out of farming. Because nearly all farms are family-owned, family members often serve as secondary operators and nearly two-thirds of all secondary operators were spouses of principal operators. Multiple-operator farms are most prevalent among nonfamily farms, accounting for 85 percent of that group.Some multiple-operator farms are also run by multiple generations. About 6 percent of all farms, and 16 percent of all multiple-operator farms, were multiple-generation farms, with at least 20 years’ difference between the ages of the oldest and youngest operators.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News 40 Percent of Farms Managed by Multiple Operators Facebook Twitter Previous articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for January 30, 2017Next articleKnowing When To Shut Up Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Indiana Planting Operations Could Resume Soon

first_img Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Planting Operations Could Resume Soon By Andy Eubank – Apr 30, 2020 Planting-could-resume-soonHAT Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin’s Planting Weather Forecast is brought to you by:Corn and soybean planting in the Midwest accelerated this week before rains brought the activity to a stop. Now, planting resumption depends on a couple of upcoming events, according to HAT chief meteorologist Ryan Martin. The first event is this Sunday.“We had some pretty good dry weather come into the forecast as we finish out this week and go through the first part of the weekend,” he said, “but on Sunday there is going to be a fairly fast moving system coming across the Corn Belt, especially the southern half, and it is going to impact Indiana on Sunday. If you miss the biggest amount of moisture there, you’ve got good planting prospects this week coming up. But if you are in the path of some of that rain that is going to delay things a bit. Right now, I’m thinking a quarter to maybe three-quarters of an inch with the heaviest moisture U.S. 24 southward. I won’t rule it out north of 24, but I think the biggest rains are coming 24 southward.”For the upcoming week, Martin had been concerned about more rain in the Tuesday night through Wednesday morning period, but that is now less likely, and for the rest of the week “we may not be bright, beautiful, sunny all the way through. There may be clouds around, but I don’t think we see a lot of new moisture there. I think evaporation can continue to move on during that Tuesday-Wednesday period next week. We’re actually looking at a better chance at moisture coming in on Friday, although at this point the moisture totals look to be relatively minor, a quarter to a third of an inch or less if we can get lucky.”And he says temperatures will bounce around a bit.“We finish out next week and go into the following week with warmer air trying to resurface again,” Martin explained. “It really looks like temperature-wise this weekend is going to be warm, next week cooler, and then again those temperatures surge back higher as we move through the 10th and into the 11th and 12th.”Although the GFS weather model has the extended window looking at active skies, Martin is not on board with that, yet. He cites the history of those systems losing a lot of punch, and he doesn’t see a lot of moisture in the extended forecast.The planting forecast is brought to you by First Farmers Bank and Trust, Firmly Planted, Here to Stay, and standing with farmers in these challenging times; Seed Genetics Direct, a family-owned company meeting the corn, wheat, soybean, alfalfa, and herbicide needs of Corn Belt farmers. Value. Knowledge. Performance, it’s in their genetics; and Kokomo grain, with locations throughout Indiana, visit www.Kokomograin.com. Indiana Planting Operations Could Resume Soon Previous articleSoy-based Herbicide Wins Student Soybean Innovation CompetitionNext articleIndiana Planting Operations Could Resume Soon and the Purdue Soy Innovation Winners on the HAT Friday Morning Edition Andy Eubank SHARElast_img read more

Bane Welker Equipment Announces Sprayer Sales in all 12 Locations

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Bane Welker Equipment Announces Sprayer Sales in all 12 Locations Facebook Twitter Previous articleHeading to the Polls in Rural America a Different Experience This YearNext articleNational Officer Team Elected During National FFA Convention Hoosier Ag Today By Hoosier Ag Today – Nov 1, 2020 SHARE Bane-Welker Equipment recently announced an expansion of sales and service for Case IH sprayers to all 12 locations in Indiana and Ohio. Previously, Bane-Welker operated a single dedicated spray center out of the Lebanon, Indiana location, but Bane-Welker saw the need to expand to fit the needs of their customers.“For nine years, our customers relied on one dedicated center for sprayer sales, parts and service,” stated Jason Bane, President of Bane-Welker Equipment. “We started discussing ways to make it more convenient for our customers and decided it was feasible to offer sprayer sales and service in all stores. We’re excited to roll this out – it will be beneficial to our customers. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.”All 12 locations in Indiana and Ohio will offer Case IH Patriot and Trident sprayers, parts and service. The 3 Ohio locations will also offer Case IH Miller sprayers.The previous Lebanon, Indiana spray center will be put to good use.“We’re converting our previous spray center into a technology and training center so we can continue to invest in our people and our customers,” stated Bane.Bane-Welker Equipment, founded in 1967 by Kenneth and Patricia Bane, is an agriculture equipment company representing Case IH and other complimentary brands. Bane-Welker offers new and used equipment, parts, sales, service, precision farming, online parts sales and customer support.  The company operates 9 stores in Indiana including Crawfordsville,La Crosse, Lebanon, Remington, Terre Haute, Pendleton, Plymouth, Winamac, and Wingate, and three stores in Ohio, including Eaton, Wilmington and Georgetown.  In 2018, the company became 100% employee owned. SHARE Facebook Twitter Bane Welker Equipment Announces Sprayer Sales in all 12 Locationslast_img read more