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first_imgPresident-elect Donald Trump has already toned down some of the campaign rhetoric that propelled him to a surprise victory over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. With agricultural issues playing virtually no role in election debates, Trump’s election as the 45th U.S. President has the food and agriculture sector awaiting further clarification on his policies and positions. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.com Rabobank reportIn a new report, “The F&A Sector after the U.S. Election: What to Watch,” the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research (FAR) and Advisory group attempts to quantify the implications of Trump’s policies. Primary policy issues to watch include trade, labor, regulations impacting production agriculture and the upcoming federal Farm Bill, according to Pablo Sherwell, Rabobank head of Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory, North America. With Republicans holding power in both houses of Congress and the White House, action could be swift, with far-reaching implications.advertisementadvertisementIn the short term, agricultural markets may be affected by foreign exchange volatility, as well as changing business appetite and consumer confidence.Longer term, trade agreements, agricultural policy and labor will be key areas. As the No. 1 global agricultural exporter, the U.S. food and agriculture sector is one of the main drivers of global agriculture and trade, reaching nearly $125 billion in 2016. Any change to U.S. agricultural trade agreements will not only affect global prices and trade dynamics, but also U.S. farmer margins.Questions surround tradeAny strengthening of the U.S. dollar against other currencies will negatively impact U.S. ag exports. Mexico currently imports around 18 percent of total U.S. food and agriculture exports, and a weakening peso will reduce that. In addition to large volumes of pork and poultry, the U.S. exported 4.1 million tons (milk equivalent) of dairy products to Mexico in 2015—by far the biggest export destination for U.S. dairy.Brazil, a direct exporting competitor to the U.S., may become a more attractive global source, particularly in grain, oilseed and animal protein commodities.“Currently, the export share of U.S. agricultural production represents more than 20 percent in volume and value terms, making U.S. price formation highly dependent on foreign trade and therefore foreign currency,” said Sherwell.advertisementWhile it is too early to know for sure, it is questionable whether U.S. agricultural trade agreements, particularly the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will stop or go through major changes, said Sherwell. The U.S., Mexico and Canada are in many ways an integrated agricultural market. Currently, Mexico and Canada account for about 30 percent of total U.S. agricultural exports.While, these numbers represent significant trade values, they also illustrate the integrated nature of the North American animal protein supply chain. Mexico and Canada are large suppliers of cattle to U.S. feedlots and packing plants. Mexico imports 23 percent of all U.S. corn exports, an important part of its animal-feeding supply chain. Consequently, changes to NAFTA and other agreements would have significant implications on both sides of the border throughout the food supply chain.The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is unlikely to happen during Trump’s administration, said Sherwell. However, an improved relationship with Russia may see that market reopen. Prior to the trade ban, Russia was the world’s second biggest dairy importer, sourcing products primarily from Europe. In this case, the U.S. dairy sector may benefit, and that same logic may apply to U.S. animal protein exports to Russia.A proponent of TPP, Jim Mulhern, president and chief executive officer of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), said his organization would work with the Trump Administration to expand opportunities for U.S. dairy farmers.“In the coming months, we will share our views with the White House and cabinet-level agencies – as well as members of the Senate and House – on strategies that will help achieve these goals,” Mulhern said. “We must strengthen the safety net for dairy farmers here at home, grow markets for farm exports abroad, and ensure that pro-farmer policies are in place in areas including labor, environmental regulation and taxes.”2018 Farm BillThe current Farm Bill is scheduled for renewal by 2018. Due to the challenges U.S. farmers are currently facing, the Trump Administration and next Congress may need to begin setting policy objectives and direction as soon as possible.advertisementRegulatory reductions have been a policy direction advocated by President-elect Trump during his candidacy, and it is likely that the direction will shift even more toward an environment of reduced regulation.It is also likely the direction of the Farm Bill will shift more toward business sustainability – with adjustments to revenue support and crop insurance programs – and away from conservation.Because the Republican Party holds the majority, the development, approval and implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill is likely to be a smoother process than that of the previous bill.However, history offers little accurate comparisons, according to University of Illinois agricultural economists Jonathan Coppess, Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson and Carl Zulauf. In their report, “Early Thoughts: 2016 Election Results and the Next Farm Bill,” they note the last time a Farm Bill was written by a Republican-controlled Congress and White House was 1954, and commodities were operating under a parity pricing system.Republican presidents and Congresses have historically used the budget process to push for reforms and substantial changes in federal policies, including farm bills. The election results would appear to reinforce the view of a primary role for the budget process.Expanding programs and assistance to farmers would be difficult in a budget reconciliation process. It would be made even more difficult if accompanied by controversial reductions to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).Labor and immigrationThe U.S. food and agriculture industry is highly dependent on migrant labor, particularly in sectors such as produce, animal protein and food service operation. If immigration laws are enforced more strictly, business owners may face labor shortages, which would pressure their margins. Producers may need to start thinking more about technological investments, said Sherwell. last_img read more


first_imgRF Micro Devices, Inc. has appointment Alan Hallberg as the Company’s corporate vice president and chief marketing officer (CMO). In the role of CMO, Mr. Hallberg will oversee RFMD’s global marketing activities and will be based in RFMD’s growing Silicon Valley, CA, location. He will report to RFMD’s president and CEO Bob Bruggeworth. Mr. Hallberg is a seasoned industry veteran with extensive experience in marketing and branding at technology leaders including Lenovo, Cisco, and Apple. Most recently, he served as vice president, global brand communications at Lenovo, where he led a two-year global re-branding and marketing effort that contributed to the company’s rise from #4 to the world’s #1 PC maker. Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Bruggeworth said, “We are pleased to welcome Alan to RFMD as chief marketing officer. His extensive industry experience is well suited to growing RFMD’s global marketing activities and communicating our product and technology leadership to current and new audiences.” Mr. Hallberg said, “I am thrilled to join a world-class innovator in the rapidly growing market for mobile Internet and always-on broadband connectivity. RFMD is leading the way with breakthrough products and technologies that enable true innovation at the enterprise and consumer device level, and I’m excited to lead their global marketing team to help drive growth.” Mr. Hallberg graduated from Pomona College and holds a law degree from the University of Virginia. He lives in Palo Alto, CA, with his wife and two sons. For more information, please visit RFMD’s web site at http://www.rfmd.com.last_img read more


first_img Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for LastWordOnSports.com. He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on AllSportsCleveland.com. Related TopicsCharlotteCharlotte Retirement AnnouncementNXTRAWRAW Women’s ChampionWrestleMania AxxessWWE Women’s Division After losing the RAW Women’s Championship on RAW last night, former champion Charlotte has to give up more than likely one of her most cherished possessions that she owns. Charlotte had to retire her first pair of wrestling boots.I am sure that Charlotte and her boots have been through a lot, especially with her success in NXT and on RAW. You might see these boots again, more than likely on display at WrestleMania Axxess next year. As you can see in the picture below , her first pair of wrestling boots are beat up now and have put in a lot of work.center_img Payton Vincelast_img read more


first_imgArsenal progressed to the last 32 of the Europa League as Group F winners after late goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka rescued a 2-2 draw at Standard Liege.The Gunners only needed to avoid defeat by five goals to book their spot in the knockout stages, but for much of the night they were heading to Monday’s draw as an unseeded team after Standard Liege took a two-goal lead thanks to deflected strikes in the second half from Samuel Bastien (47) and Selim Amallah (69).With Eintracht Frankfurt leading Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1 until the 85th minute in the group’s other game, second spot was looking likely for Arsenal, but goals from Lacazette (78) and Saka (81), coupled with Vitoria’s late turnaround in Germany to win 3-2, saw Freddie Ljungberg’s side rescue a point and reclaim top spot.last_img read more


first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES SHIMA, Fukuoka Pref. – Keiichiro Fukabori birdied the first and last holes of a scorching first-round 7-under 65 Thursday to take the lead at the Hisamitsu-KBC Augusta golf tournament.Fukabori carved up the Keya Golf Club’s 7,154-yard, par-72 layout, making seven birdies in a bogey-free round to put himself one shot clear of Taiwanese journeyman Lin Keng-chi and Kazumasa Sakaitani at the 90 million yen event. Meanwhile, Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki got off to a sluggish start and could only muster a 1-over 73 for a share of 79th.Shingo Katayama, who finished an impressive fourth at last week’s U.S. PGA Championship, and current money-rankings leader Hidemichi Tanaka are among a host of big names who are not appearing in the tournament. center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more


first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES The team, owned by Wray Wade who has high school coaching experience in Japan, has yet to be named. Yuta Tabuse played with Long Beach Jam in the ABA last season.Tabuse missed out on a chance to become the first Japanese player in the National Basketball Association despite being named to the preseason roster of the Denver Nuggets last October. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img NEW YORK – Japanese guard Motohiro Fujino has sealed a contract with a professional basketball team based in Harlem, N.Y., that will open its inaugural season in the American Basketball Association this fall, team sources said Thursday.The 23-year-old former Waseda University student is the first player who signed with the new team that will hold tryouts before it officially joins the independent minor league as part of ABA’s expansion plan when the season kicks off in November.last_img read more


first_imgAs expected in late fall, not-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates went up in nearly all boroughs and census areas. The lowest rate was in Juneau (4.4 percent), but three other areas were also under 5 percent: Sitka (4.6 percent), Aleutians East Borough (4.7 percent) and Anchorage (4.8 percent), according to the DLWD. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s employment was up an estimated 0.3 percent in November, or 1,100 jobs, from November 2018. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent while the comparable national rate fell to 3.5 percent, according to numbers released from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development on Friday. Alaska lost 600 state government jobs, primarily due to budget cuts at the University of Alaska. Local government was flat over the year, and federal employment increased by 100 due in part to the U.S. Census Bureau hiring short-term workers for the 2020 Census.center_img Oil and gas gained the most jobs up by over 400, followed by leisure and hospitality and health care, which were both up by 300 jobs over the year. Retail lost 200 jobs and information was down 100.last_img read more


first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation will take some “very, very difficult and impossible decisions” which could affect certain domestic competitions and national teams after the coronavirus lockdown is lifted NFF President Amaju Pinnick has said.The global coronavirus pandemic has caused extensive financial losses to various sporting entities worldwide including in Nigeria where all football has been shut down since 19 March.In an appearance on Sports This Morning on Channels TV on Monday, Pinnick said the NFF will have to adapt to the current situation and take decisions that reflect present realities.Pinnick said the economic impact of the “Force Majeure” on NFF’s “optimum sponsor” AITEO means the federation has to re-think some of their plans for the year which could have an impact on domestic competitions and the national teams.“By now we were meant to be celebrating the girls at the AITEO awards because female football has given to Nigeria what no other sector has given to Nigeria, so we decided that the 1999 set that got to the quarterfinal of the women’s World Cup would be celebrated.“I’d already contacted [FIFA President Gianni Infantino] and he had accepted but we don’t even know if that will hold any more. Even if it would hold we have to do it very quiet. Our AITEO Cup the same thing.“Even if you look at our optimum sponsor AITEO who are a major player in the upstream oil sector, the price of oil has come down. So post covid-19 it’s going to be very very tough.“So the NFF will take some very difficult decisions, very difficult, very impossible decisions. So, we are going to engage critical stakeholders and also liaise with our bosses at the Sports Ministry in looking at things that we can realistically.“We will look at our eleven national teams to see how best we respond. Every competition is important but there is a scale of preference and there are a lot of things we have to cut down on.”Relatedlast_img read more


first_imgDownsy conducts the extended interview with Oxtoby from the comfort of their respective homes, with the pair discussing the close working relationship with the men’s team, adjusting to life after retiring from playing, Australia culture and much more.Listen to episode five via the following platforms:Buzzsprout Apple PodcastsSpotifyThere is also the option for supporters to watch the podcast via the club’s official YouTube channel.last_img


first_imgThe defending state champ Tigers shot a 341 in the first round. Benton improved 12 strokes in the second round, shooting a 329 for a two-day 670. Benton’s Brodie Romero (87-80–167) tied for 12th and Braedon Bell(89-80–169) tied for 15th. Caleb O’Neal (86-85–171) finished 18th. Grant Talleyshot a 94-98–192. Byrd rallied from third place after the first round to take theteam title. The Jackets shot a 1-under 287 in the second for a two-day total of19-over 595. That was five strokes better than runner-up Alexandria. No Bossier Parish team qualified for the Division I tournament. Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo The Benton Tigers finished third in the Division II state golf tournament held Monday and Tuesday at Farm D’Allie in Carencro. Parkway’s Ricky Blair shot an 84-81–165. St. Thomas Moore’s Matt Weber earned medalist honors with a3-over 147. He finished 13 strokes ahead of teammates Sam Stonecipher and ZachHardy and Assumption’s Zane Blanchard. Airline’s Drew Bennett tied for ninth. He shot 2 under in thesecond round for a two-day 6-over 150. Ryan Steed led Benton with a 19-over 79-84–163 on the par-72layout. He tied for sixth. St. Thomas More won with a 640 (314-326). St. Louis Catholic wassecond with a 653 (323-330). The top three teams were the only ones to break700. Airline’s Eli Hill finished tied for fourth in the Division Itournament at The Wetlands in Lafayette. He shot an even-par 71-73–144. BraydenSeguin of Catholic won with a 6-under 138, one stroke ahead of St. Paul’s QuinnGarcia.last_img read more