USDA Launches New Features to Help with H2A Applications, Managing…

first_img Facebook Twitter Previous articleNextGen Expo, agBOT Challenge Ask ‘What IF High-Speed Broadband Reached Everyone?’Next articleIndiana Wheat Crop Doing Well USDA Communications Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched two new features on to help customers manage their farm loans and navigate the application process for H2A visas.“Customer service is our top priority at USDA and these new features will help our customers as they manage their farm loans and navigate the H-2A temporary agricultural visa program,” said Secretary Perdue. “In my travels across the country, I have consistently heard people express a desire for greater use of technology in the way we deliver programs at USDA. As we adopt new technology, we are introducing simple yet innovative approaches to support our farmers, ranchers, producers, and foresters as they support the nation every day. It’s my goal to make USDA the most effective, most efficient, most customer-focused department in the entire federal government, and is a big step in that direction.”In 2018, Secretary Perdue unveiled, a dynamic, mobile-friendly public website combined with an authenticated portal where customers will be able to apply for programs, process transactions and manage accounts.Navigating the H-2A Visa Process:Focused on education and smaller owner-operators, this H-2A Phase I release includes an H-2A Visa Program page and interactive checklist tool, with application requirements, fees, forms, and a timeline built around a farmer’s hiring needs.You may view the video at this following link: H-2A Visa Program – also known as the temporary agricultural workers program – helps American farmers fill employment gaps by hiring workers from other countries. The U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of State, and state workforce agencies each manage parts of the H-2A Visa Program independently, with separate websites and complex business applications.Over the next several months, USDA will collaborate further with the U.S. Department of Labor on H-2A Phase II – a streamlined H-2A Visa Program application form, regulations, and digital application process that moves producers seamlessly from website to portal to U.S. Department of Labor’s IT systems.Managing Farm Loans Online:The self-service website now enables agricultural producers to login to view loan information, history and payments.Customers can access the “My Financial Information” feature by desktop computer, tablet or phone. They can now view:loan information;interest payments for the current calendar year (including year-to-date interest paid for the past five years);loan advance and payment history;paid-in-full and restructured loans; andaccount alerts giving borrowers important notifications regarding their loans.To access their information, producers will need a USDA eAuth account to login into After obtaining an eAuth account, producers should visit and sign into the site’s authenticated portal via the “Sign In / Sign Up” link at the top right of the website.Currently, only producers doing business as individuals can view information. Entities, such as an LLC or Trust, or producers doing business on behalf of another customer cannot access the portal at this time, but access is being planned.Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge are the recommended browsers to access the feature. By USDA Communications – Apr 3, 2019 Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Launches New Features to Help with H2A Applications, Managing Loans SHARE USDA Launches New Features to Help with H2A Applications, Managing Loans SHARElast_img read more

Space Force Releases New Recruiting Video

first_imgThe newest branch of the military, Space Force, is out with a new 30 second recruiting video titled “Make History.”The video focuses on the future as a woman’s voice says, “I see giant leaps making a comeback” over video of a rocket bursting through clouds. US Space Force just released its 2nd recruitment ad – here it is— American Military News (@AmerMilNews) May 28, 2020 Shots of Space Force personnel and aircraft fill out the video, which ends with the woman saying, “The future is where I’ll make history.”The Air Force says Space Force is working to bring on the women and men who will fill its ranks over the next year and-a-half.last_img read more

Comedian Larry David says he urged Jets to draft Lamar Jackson in 2018

first_imgMORE: NFL Mock Draft 2020Speaking on “The Michael Kay Show” on Tuesday, David said he called then-Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and urged him to pick the current Ravens QB with the No. 3 overall pick.”I did call Mike Maccagnan before the 2018 draft, and I recommended that he draft Lamar Jackson — I have a witness,” David said. “I have a witness.” (Perhaps it was the late-great Bob Einstein?)Maccagnan’s response to the recommendation was “condescending,” David said. “He kind of laughed at me, but who can blame him?” David continued. “Nobody thought Jackson was gonna be this — except for the Ravens.”The Ravens traded back into the first round, selecting Jackson with the No. 32 pick. Maccagnan was fired after the 2019 NFL Draft.You can listen to the full segment here, with the Jackson-Maccagnan-David recommendation starting at the 3:25 mark.Larry David visits The Michael Kay Show and discusses some New York sports. #TMKSonYES— YES Network (@YESNetwork) January 7, 2020David also suggested to then-Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum that he draft USC running back Reggie Bush in the 2006 draft, when the Jets picked fourth overall. Bush went No. 2 overall to the Saints, while the Jets took future Pro-Bowler and offensive line stalwart D’Brickashaw Ferguson with the No. 4 pick.MORE: Ranking 2020 NFL free agents Who knows jokes better than comedians? Maybe that’s why it’s no surprise that Larry David is a Jets fan.But this isn’t a laughing matter: The storied jokeman of “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fame says he urged the Jets to draft 2019 NFL MVP candidate Lamar Jackson before the 2018 NFL Draft. It’s no matter for the Jets or their fans, though: While Sam Darnold — the quarterback the Jets did draft in 2018 — hasn’t played to MVP-caliber levels yet, he is pretty, pretty, pretty good.Darnold set career highs in yards, touchdowns, completion rate, yards per game and passer rating in his sophomore season, while lowering his interception total. Darnold also infamously dealt with a bout of mono in 2019, which sidelined him for a month early in the year. Darnold helped lead the Jets to a 6-2 record over the team’s last eight games, during which he threw 13 touchdowns to four interceptions with two rushing touchdowns, as well.If NFL general manager isn’t in David’s future, he’s got a pretty good shot as Frank Costanza’s lawyer.last_img read more

iCahned: Apple Should Be Wary Of Billionaire Investor “Activist”

first_imgMy fellow guest on the segment, Ned Riley of Riley Asset Management, had no such compunction.“I love it,” Riley said when asked what he made of Icahn’s Apple investment. “I have never seen such a soap opera in my life. He told Tim Cook that he should probably buy back more of Apple’s stock currently, he should probably raise the dividend as part of this cash hoard of $145 billion. I have really never seen anything like it.”Apple’s stock went up 25 points after Icahn’s call to Cook became public (via Icahn’s Twitter account).Of course Icahn’s message to Cook was to return more money to investors. Buy back more stock and give us greater dividends on our quarterly statements, Icahn says. Why? Because he wants to turn his $1 billion in Apple money into much, much more.To be sure, Icahn probably said nothing to Cook about using Apple’s cash supply to increase efficiency in the company’s supply chain, improve working conditions at factories where Apple products are made, increase research and development spending to create the next big product vertical or to buoy the U.S. technology sector. No, Icahn called Cook and said, “show me the money.”Icahn’s Potential Impact On AppleThe good news for Apple fans is that Icahn’s investment in the company should not lead to any real material changes in how the company operates. Computers, iPhones and iPads will still come to market on Apple’s own peculiar timeline. Icahn may have bought a big chunk, but even a $1 billion investment in Apple is only a drop in the bucket compared to the company’s quarterly earnings, market capitalization and cash hoard. Icahn likely won’t be able to push himself on to Apple’s Board of Directors (the way he did with Yahoo five years ago) and set up his own puppet system to get his way. The problem is that we are having this discussion at all. Activist investors like Icahn and Loeb are not activists at all, except for when it comes to cheerleading their own bank accounts. We are not talking about evangelists like Guy Kawasaki (who galvanized the Apple community for years and now does the same for Android at Motorola) or even Robert Scoble who, despite his flaws, at least cares about companies, products and innovation. With Icahn, all we are talking about are merciless Wall Street stooges trying to make even more bang for their already considerable bucks.Icahn does not and cannot give Apple what it needs: a reason to take a risk and transcend into the type of company that takes moonshots on big ideas instead of big profits. Apple leaves the disruptive, interesting products to the likes of Google, Amazon, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk all the while content to take its billions in profits and sit on them for a rainy day. Icahn isn’t going to change Apple for the better. Depending on how vocal he becomes, could definitely change it for the worse. Icahn’s interest will be more in making Apple pay Wall Street. That is what he does and that is what he is good at. And that helps no one except Carl Icahn. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Apple#Carl Icahn#Tim Cook Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Carl Icahn called Tim Cook. The reactions to this relatively simple act between an investor and the CEO of Apple were notable, depending on what side of the country you were on. On the East Coast, Wall Street investors perked up their heads, took little bottles of scotch out of their desks and saluted Icahn, the billionaire “activist” investor that was making Apple’s stock soar. dan rowinski On the West Coast, the denizens of San Francisco and Silicon Valley shook their heads, muttered “not this guy again,” and went off to brewpubs to complain about greedy investors stifling innovation while tweeting from their iPhones. Icahn has a history of meddling. Ask Michael Dell. Icahn has been battling Dell about the terms of taking the struggling computer maker private. The pitch has been a very public, very turbulent war where Icahn is looking for little more than as big a cut as he can get from the company. Icahn also famously pushed himself onto the board of Yahoo in 2008. That did not really work out for anybody.Icahn and his cronies (such as fellow activist investor Dan Loeb) like to target high volume, large asset companies, try to pump up their stocks and margins and then cash out, leaving the company worse for wear. Icahn is the wannabe puppet master that will whine and cry until he gets his way and when he finally does, he will pad his wallet and walk away.See alsoMichael Dell Discovers A New Ring Of Hell: Carl IcahnHow is this guy good for anything other than the sharks on Wall Street that love to watch his slash and burn campaigns and profit in the process?The Bulls & Bears Love Icahn’s Apple InvestmentThe other night I shot an on-air segment for New England Cable News (NECN) on the topic of BlackBerry’s potential sale and the forthcoming iPhone 5S. In the lead up to the segment, I was asked if I wanted to comment on Carl Icahn’s $1 billion investment in Apple and subsequent call with Cook and tweets announcing the purchase. I declined. I am generally not interested in the wanderings of Wall Street activists because I know they are interested only in the top 1% of the 1% of the richest people in the United States (namely, themselves). last_img read more

10 months agoMonaco fight Chelsea over Fabregas transfer fee

first_imgMonaco fight Chelsea over Fabregas transfer feeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea and Monaco are fighting over a suitable transfer fee for Cesc Fabregas. The Spaniard has flown into the principality and agreed personal terms over a two-and-a-half year contract, which included a signing bonus worth in excess of £9m. Fabregas, who waved goodbye to supporters after Saturday’s win over Nottingham Forest, could have joined the Ligue 1 club at the end of the season when his Chelsea contract expires.However, Chelsea want to cash in while on the 31-year-old and are holding out for £10m, but Monaco aren’t willing to meet their evaluation. A deal is still expected to be completed before the transfer window shuts at the end of January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Peace Region mayors travelling to Ottawa to talk LNG with Feds

first_img“Fabricated industrial steel components tariffs are intended to prevent Asian markets from dumping subsidized products into Canadian markets in order to protect our producers,” said Kitimat mayor Phil Germuth. “However, it is absolutely necessary for LNG proponents in B.C. to import large fabricated modules to develop their liquefaction plants. “We feel it would be an absolute shame if our country missed out on this once-in-a-generation opportunity to secure billions of dollars of investment. We need to create a level playing field in order to be competitive on the global stage, so that we don’t see Canadian investment and jobs disappear. If just one of the proposed projects, LNG Canada, were to proceed it would be the single largest private investment in Canadian history.”While in Ottawa, the group of mayors intend to meet with a variety of key representatives from the federal government.According to the Conference Board of Canada, if an LNG industry comprised of one small and two larger LNG facilities is built in B.C., it will grow Canada’s economy by $7.4 billion a year for the next 30 years. These three projects would also raise national employment by 65,000 jobs a year on average and provide $6 billion in taxes to the federal government. OTTAWA, O.N. — Five mayors from the Peace Region will joined by the mayors of Kitimat and Terrace in meetings with the federal government this week on the topic of getting an liquified natural gas export industry realized in B.C.The seven mayors, including those from Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Taylor, and Tumbler Ridge, are scheduled to be meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday and Thursday to showcase to the government the benefits that an LNG export industry would bring to their communities, as well as to the rest of B.C. and Canada. In a joint press release today, There is broad support for LNG in B.C. amongst the communities that are most directly affected by the proposed activity.“This new industry will bring new investment, create new jobs, business and training opportunities and bring new revenue to B.C. that will help support social services including hospitals, schools, transportation and public safety,” said Fort St. John mayor Lori Ackerman. “These are not just benefits for northern B.C. but benefits that will be experienced throughout the province and all of Canada. Canadians will see the benefits of adding value to our natural gas, diversifying our trade opportunities, instead of allowing our natural gas to be shipped raw to the U.S., which is currently our only market outside of Canada.”The mayors are also planning on bringing up the tariffs on fabricated industrial steel components imported from Asia that could jeopardize the development of such an industry by making proposed projects less competitive in the global economy. The mayors say that consideration should be given to exempting LNG modules from FISC tariffs in order to level the playing field for potential LNG investors.last_img read more

Twelve minutes of yoga naturopathy can reverse loss of osteoporotic bone Doctor

first_imgNew Delhi: Twelve minutes yoga, naturopathy regimen can reverse the osteoporotic bones loss, informs doctors at public lecture at Safdarjung Hospital. “Yoga can be an effective tool to prevent the loss of the bone density with affects every third women in the city,” said doctors.”There has been adequate research on impact of ‘Yoga’ on all muscle and orthopedic ailment,’ said Dr Ramesh Kumar, Director, Central Institute of Orthopedics, Safdarjung hospital. He further added that sedentary lifestyle has made prone to the bone ailments, as every one need to be cautious about their diet and naturopathy (especially sun bath for 20 mins everyday) can put these disorder in bay. Speaking at the Public Lecture on Prevention of Osteoporosis, in Safdarjung Hospital, Dr Sujata George, Consultant-Physician, Yoga, said that there has been adequate research on impact of Yoga on osteoporosis. Yoga is also impactful in knee and joint pain and in backache. “Yoga helps in retaining bone density and it also helps to build and maintain bone mass. Yogic exercises place stress on the bones, which forces your body to build up more bone minerals. Yoga increases bone mineral density which decreases the risk of developing osteoporosis,” added Dr George. The doctors said that performing Yoga exercises such as Tadasana, Trikonasana, Vrikshasana and Suryanamaskar help not only in prevention of various orthopedic ailments but also help in recovery after of an orthopedic injury. This was evident at the lecture when a patient affected with backache performed these asanas. Prof Kumar added, “Yoga has been in our culture for years but there has been a big gap its adoption. Western countries like US have seriously adopted Yoga which is known as a trend setter in surgery, medicine and research. So, there is an influence of Yoga on health.” Prof Jugal Kishore, Director and HOD, Department of Community Medicine, Safdarjung Hospital, said that osteoporosis not only affects women but men as well. Men and women suffer fractures easily due to osteoporosis. This impacts quality of life of affected persons and their family. “Osteoporosis is related to genetic issues. Persons affected by osteoporosis are prone to fractures. Women whose uterus is taken out are also likely to be affected with osteoporosis. Children who consume steroids may also suffer with osteoporosis. Use of alcohol and smoking and people with rheumatoid arthritis are prone to the disease,” explained Dr Kishore.last_img read more

BJP workers found playing theme song without EC clearance

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission is yet to give BJP permission to play its controversial theme song sung by Asansol MP Babul Supriyo. However, leaders and activists of the party were found playing the song rampantly in the vehicles on their way to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Brigade Parade Ground on Wednesday.The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state had categorically told BJP to submit the revised lyrics of the song on the basis of certain recommendations put forward by the commission. After examining the song, the CEO’s office had raised 15 objections and instructed the party to make necessary rectifications in the song, as it would not be possible for the Election Commission to provide clearance for the same otherwise. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe state BJP leaders are yet to submit the revised lyrics of the song to the commission. Despite that, some leaders and activists seem to be using the song in their election rallies, flouting the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) laid down by the commission. The city on Wednesday witnessed a classic example of MCC violation when many BJP cadres enthusiastically played the song on loudspeakers fitted in their vehicles, without paying heed to the Election Commission’s directive. Some BJP activists were even seen dancing to the tune of Supriyo’s song. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe commission did not give permission to play the song during BJP’s campaigns or election rallies, as it carries a subtle attack on Trinamool Congress and its Supremo Mamata Banerjee. The CEO’s office had also show-caused Supriyo for releasing the controversial song. In his clarification to the commission, Supriyo claimed that he did not release the song and hence it did not fall under the purview of the commission. Contrary to what Supriyo claimed, the song was found on various social media platforms.last_img read more

Cardale Jones to remain OSUs starting quarterback against Western Michigan

OSU redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones (12) runs with the ball during a game against Virginia Tech on September 7 in Blacksburg, Virginia. OSU won 42-24. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorDespite a shaky start so far in 2015, redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones will remain Ohio State’s starter when the Buckeyes take the field Saturday to face off against Western Michigan, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced Wednesday after practice. Jones has started all three of OSU’s games so far, but he has yet to look like the same player that guided the Buckeyes to a national title last season after then-redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett got hurt against Michigan on Nov. 29. The Cleveland native has twice been benched in favor of Barrett, including last weekend against Northern Illinois after Jones led OSU to just three points in five possessions while throwing two first-quarter interceptions. Even though Barrett came in and helped lead the Buckeyes to a 20-13 victory, Meyer said he has yet to do enough to swipe the starting spot from Jones.“(Jones) was the quarterback of the team when we finished the season, he was the quarterback during spring practice and he finished training camp as the starting quarterback,” Meyer said. “To replace him, the other guy’s gotta pass him up. Either (on the practice field) or in the games. That hasn’t happened.” Meyer admitted that the battle between the two is close. However, the coach stressed that all the blame for the quarterbacks’ poor play can’t be placed on them. “Quarterbacks are a product of those around them. We all have to do a better job,” Meyer said. “It’s not (Jones). The offense right now is in a funk.” Redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas said the offense will be fine moving forward, adding he has faith in whoever starts.“I trust J.T. out there or Cardale,” Thomas said.Jones and the Buckeyes are set to be back in action against Western Michigan on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.As for beyond the upcoming game, Meyer said Jones would be “the guy.”“Unless he doesn’t perform well,” he added. read more

Emery out to change Arsenals history against topsix teams

first_imgArsenal boss Unai Emery is aiming to write a new chapter of the club’s history against top-six clubs ahead of their game with LiverpoolThe Gunners won just once against Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool across nine matches last season.But Emery, who’s currently enjoying a 13-game unbeaten run at Arsenal, is determined to change that – starting with Liverpool this Saturday.“We want to write a new history,” Emery told reporters on“Our new history is with the present and also with our players and with our quality.“I believe in our players and this project and we are starting this project very positively and in our mentality.“We need to improve but each match gives us a lot of information on how we develop and I trust in our players.”The Spanish coach lost to City and Chelsea in his opening two games in charge of Arsenal.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“These two matches are so far and also they are so near, so close,” said Emery.“Tomorrow is similar because Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are in front of us in the table and now we want to compete against them and this test.“I think, is a very important test but I trust in our players, I trust in our way. The result tomorrow is very important.“But first I want to show them, to show you and to show everybody our best mentality in the game.“I know if we have a very big mentality in the game and a very big performance individually and collectively, and also we need some luck, then I think we can win.Arsenal are in fourth place in the Premier League table and just four points shy of leaders City and Liverpool.The Gunners will host the latter at the Emirates on Saturday with kick-off at 18:30 (CEST).last_img read more