March 15 Last Day to Complete Enrollment for 2021 ARC/PLC

first_imgARC and PLC Decision Tool, the Texas A&M tool that allow producers to analyze payment yield updates and expected payments for 2019 and 2020. Producers who have used the tool in the past should see their username and much of their farm data will already be available in the system. March 15 Last Day to Complete Enrollment for 2021 ARC/PLC Facebook Twitter SHARE Crop Insurance ConsiderationsProducers are reminded that enrolling in ARC or PLC programs can impact eligibility for some crop insurance products. Producers who elect and enroll in PLC also have the option of purchasing Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) through their Approved Insurance Provider. Producers of covered commodities who elect ARC are ineligible for SCO on their planted acres.Unlike SCO, RMA’s Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO) is unaffected by participating in ARC for the same crop, on the same acres. You may elect ECO regardless of your farm program election.Upland cotton farmers who choose to enroll seed cotton base acres in ARC or PLC are ineligible for the stacked income protection plan (STAX) on their planted cotton acres.More InformationFor more information on ARC and PLC including web-based decision tools, visit farmers.gov/arc-plc.All USDA Service Centers are open for business, including those that restrict in-person visits or require appointments. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with NRCS, Farm Service Agency, or any other Service Center agency should call ahead and schedule an appointment. Service Centers that are open for appointments will pre-screen visitors based on health concerns or recent travel, and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors are also required to wear a face covering during their appointment. Our program delivery staff will continue to work with our producers by phone, email, and using online tools. More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus .Visit farmers.gov/service-center-locator to find location and contact information for the nearest FSA county office. SHARE By USDA Communications – Feb 9, 2021 Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2021 must do so by March 15. Producers who have not yet signed a 2021 enrollment contract or who want to make an election change should contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to make an appointment. Program enrollment for 2021 is required in order to participate in the programs, but elections for the 2021 crop year are optional and otherwise remain the same as elections made for 2020.“FSA offices have multiple programs competing for the time and attention of our staff. Because of the importance and complexities of the ARC and PLC programs, and to ensure we meet your program delivery expectations, please do not wait to start the enrollment process,” said FSA Acting Administrator Steve Peterson. “I cannot emphasize enough the need to begin the program election and enrollment process now. This process can be completed when applying for other FSA programs as well.”ARC and PLC provide income support to farmers from substantial drops in crop prices or revenues and are vital economic safety nets for most American farms.Although 1,033,310 contracts have been completed to date, this represents less than 59% of the more than 1.7 million contracts anticipated by the Agency. By enrolling soon, producers can beat the rush as the deadline nears.Producers who do not complete enrollment by close of business local time on Monday, March 15 will not be enrolled in ARC or PLC for the 2021 crop year and will be ineligible to receive a payment should one trigger for an eligible crop.ARC and PLC contracts can be emailed, faxed or physically signed and mailed back to FSA. Producers with level 2 eauthentication access can electronically sign contracts. Service Center staff can also work with producers to sign and securely transmit contracts electronically through two commercially available tools: Box and OneSpan. You can learn more about these solutions at farmers.gov/mydocs. Producers may also make arrangements to drop off signed contracts at the FSA county office. Please call ahead for local mailing or drop off information and options for submitting signed contracts electronically.Producers are eligible to enroll farms with base acres for the following commodities: barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium- and short-grain rice, safflower seed, seed cotton, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat.Yield Data and Web-Based Decision Tools AvailableFSA recently updated the annual and benchmark yields for ARC/PLC program years 2019, 2020 and 2021. This data is useful to producers in choosing to participate in either ARC or PLC.For added assistance with ARC and PLC decisions, USDA partnered with the University of Illinois and Texas A&M University to offer web-based decision tools to assist producers in making informed, educated decisions using crop data specific to their respective farming operations. Tools include:Gardner-farmdoc Payment Calculator, the University of Illinois tool that offers farmers the ability to run payment estimate modeling for their farms and counties for ARC-County and PLC. Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News March 15 Last Day to Complete Enrollment for 2021 ARC/PLC Previous articleHAT Market Analysis for 2/9/21 with Arlan Suderman of StoneXNext articleUSDA Releases Latest WASDE Report USDA Communicationslast_img read more

Up to 100 children carers in Limerick

first_imgEmail Linkedin NewsLocal NewsUp to 100 children carers in LimerickBy admin – August 9, 2012 648 Advertisement Facebook UP to 100 Limerick children under the age of 15,  are carers for a relative. An estimated 60 children are acting as carers in county Clare. Caring for Carers, the organisation which represents 109 carers’ groups across the country, has identified 4,288 carers under the age of 15 nationally, using the latest figures from the Census. Of these, statistics suggest that around 100 are based in Limerick city and county. Mary McMahon, CEO of Caring for Carers says this is the likely figure but stressed that the objective is to identify them as individuals so they can be offered support.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The problem is that they are not always visible because they often don’t think of themselves as carers,” Mary told the Limerick Post.“We have raised the issue with the schools because teachers may become aware of them. If students seem to be under pressure, maybe they are falling behind in schoolwork because they are tired or because of pressures at home”.Pointing out that in neighbouring Clare where the organisation has its headquarters, there are 60 children in this position, she welcomed the new National Carers Strategy.“As far back as 1988 the Department of Health expressed its desire to enable older people to live with dignity and to be cared for as long as possible in their own homes and 24 years on, the Government has produced a strategy that we feel provides the framework,” she said. However, Renee Geary of the Limerick branch of Caring for Carers, said that while the evidence is there in the census, her group has not encountered carers in the  age group of under 15 .According to the care group, the youngsters may simply be taking on more housework because there is a disabled or elderly person in the home or they may have a bigger share of duties – for instance, if the person in need of care is a parent who requires bathing or feeding. “There are a lot of people who don’t identify as carers because they are caring for a family member or a spouse. They just see it as being their duty,” concluded Renee.  center_img Twitter WhatsApp Print Previous articleEleven deaths on farms this year lead to call for vigilanceNext articleMayor asked to take 50% cut adminlast_img read more

Rape survivors invited to official launch of group in Limerick

first_imgLimerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Previous articleWhat Next for contempary dance graduatesNext articleWATCH: Munster move top of Conf A with bonus point win over Connacht Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Advertisement Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Linkedin TAGSCommunitygrouphealthLimerick City and CountyNewssupport WhatsApp TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Limerick on Covid watch list center_img Survivors Support Anonomous founder Leona O’Callaghan who is one of the exhibition organisers.Photo: Liam BurkeAN EXHIBITION featuring the clothes worn by women when they were attacked and raped may still come to Limerick.The ‘Not Consent’ exhibition has been deferred but Limerick rape survivor Leona O’Callaghan, the founder of the ‘Survivor Support Anonymous’ group, will still launch her support group as planned.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up She has joined forces with Ruth Maxwell and Shaneda Daly to mount the exhibition in Limerick which displays the actual clothing of rape victims that was worn at the time of their attack. It may still come here at a later date“It attempts to emphasise the insignificance of clothing during rape trials. Our message is Clothes do not cause rape, rapists cause rape, victim blaming is not okay,” Leona told the Limerick Post.“When I got dressed this morning, I questioned if the coat I was bringing was warm enough. I asked myself if the shoes I chose were comfortable enough, if I needed to walk far. I was wondering if my cardigan clashed a bit with my jumpsuit and I looked too maroon.“What I didn’t do is ask if my underwear would get me raped today. Are we now living in a time where I need to?” she asked.Ms O’Callaghan recently saw the man who had repeatedly raped and abused her sentenced in court for his crimes.Patrick O’Dea, also known as “Whacker” of Pike Avenue, Limerick, pleaded guilty on the second day of his trial at the Central Criminal Court to charges of sexual assault and rape on dates in 1994 and 1995.Her experiences fuelled Ms O’Callaghan’s desire to offer support to other victims and she formed Survivor Support Anonymous, the official launch of which will take place on the night.SSA provides a safe place where those affected by abuse (sexual, physical and domestic) can learn to heal and recover from their trauma through the 12 steps of recovery. The group was founded by Leona and is also facilitated by Shaneda Daly, founder of Survivors Side by Side.The support group will be launched at the Limerick Health Hub in Patrick Street from 1 to 8pm on Thursday, January 17 with speakers expected at 6pm.Invited speakers include Ruth Coppinger, Debbie Cole, Priscilla and Ainee Grainger, Jessica Bowes and the organisers of the event amongst others. Twitter Email NewsCommunityHealthRape survivors invited to official launch of group in LimerickBy Bernie English – January 7, 2019 1010 Facebook Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Printlast_img read more

BRIDGES, BERNICE ANNE

first_imgFuneral mass was offered Jan. 12 at Our Lady of Victories Church, Jersey City, for Bernice Anne Bridges of Jersey City. She passed away Jan. 8. She was a member of Teresians Sodality and Our Lady of Victories Rosary Society. She was wife of the late Harry and mother of Mary Ellen Kilinski and husband John, Margaret Cohen and husband Joseph, Kathleen Franchino and husband Vincent, Harry Bridges and Charles Bridges. She was grandmother of Jeremy, Jessica, Michael, Jennifer, Vincent, Justin, Zachary, and the late Alexander; great-grandmother of eight.Services arranged by the Alvarez-Marshello Funeral Home, Jersey City.last_img read more

McCREDIE, JO ANN

first_img67, of West New York passed away on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. She was a librarian for the West New York Public Library. Beloved wife of Carnell Dukes. Devoted mother of Vivian Laboy-McCredie (Lopez) and her husband Agustin Lopez. Dear sister of Carleton McCredie, Judith McCredie, Beverly Smith, Linda McCredie-Ball and Donna Ortiz. Loving Grandmother of 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitation on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 from 1pm – 5pm with a prayer service at 4pm at the funeral home. Cremation Private. VAINIERI FUNERAL HOME 5923 KENNEDY BLVD NORTH BERGEN, NJlast_img read more

Major Hurricane Irma Threatens East Coast

first_imgHurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to strike the U.S. Mainland in over 10 years and now we are faced with possibly another major hurricane striking the U.S. This time it could be the East Coast. While we are still days away from determining if and where Irma will strike, last computers models are not printing a pretty picture. Hurricane Irma already a major hurricane is forecast to strengthen even further before it gets closer to the U.S. Computer models are showing high confidence that Irma will affect parts of the Northern Leeward Islands Tuesday and then continue to track towards the Bahamas by the end of the week.National Hurricane Forecast for Hurricane IrmaImage shows one the many solutions for next Sunday. Irma could be battering the Bahamas, possibly as a Category 4 hurricane. (Courtesy:tropicaltidbits.com)Where Irma goes after that is still in question. However, latest computer models are hinting that the highest probabilities could be anywhere from Southern Florida up to North Carolina. A few outlier computer runs also have Irma going into the Gulf Of Mexico and recurving off the East Coast and out to sea.American computer models show the latest runs concentrated along the Southeast Coast. (Courtesy: tropicaltidbits.com)If is too early to determine if Irma will have any affects on our area. If Irma gets close to our area, it wouldn’t be until next Monday-Tuesday. Although, high confidence of rough surf and dangerous rip currents will begin to develop late this week and into early next week (As long as Irma doesn’t go into the Gulf Of Mexico). Regardless of the threat, we should be on alert and have a hurricane plan in place. Visit Ready.gov on information on what to do and how to prepare in the event of a Hurricane.last_img read more

Statement to Parliament: Home Secretary statement on the use of DNA evidence in immigration applications

first_imgAn internal review of the government’s policy on the use of DNA in immigration applications was commissioned in July 2018 and the report and findings were published today.Following the review, a taskforce and dedicated helpline have been set up so that anyone who feels that their immigration case may have been influenced by an inappropriate demand for DNA testing, can get advice and support.If you think you may have been affected, please email [email protected] Home Secretary’s statement to the House of CommonsWith permission Madame Deputy Speaker, I would like to make a statement on the use of DNA evidence in immigration applications.Many thousands of immigration applications are received every year which involve people applying to come to the UK or remain in the UK, on the basis of a family relationship with someone already here.If an individual does not have sufficient evidence to show that they are related to someone in the UK, they sometimes choose to do a DNA test to prove that relationship.Officials will then consider this evidence as part of their claim.Very often, this will be to the advantage of the applicant because it can help establish family relationships beyond doubt where the other available evidence is sometimes insufficient.However, the provision of DNA evidence must be entirely voluntary.At the end of June, it was brought to our attention that there were some immigration cases where the provision of DNA evidence had been made a requirement for issuing a visa or grant leave to remain, and it was not simply a request.Such demands are unacceptable.Today I want to take this opportunity to apologise to those who have been affected by this practice.The law in this context is that the provision of DNA evidence should always be voluntary and never mandatory.My predecessor made this absolutely clear when the changes were made that she brought in in 2014.Once we were made aware of the issue, we immediately commissioned an urgent internal review, which I am publishing today.Copies will be available in the House library.My RHF the Immigration Minister will also be writing today to the Home Affairs Select Committee outlining the key points of the review and of course providing a copy.The review covered the legal aspects of DNA use, policy and guidance, case working practice and correspondence with applicants, as well as oversight arrangements relating to the use of DNA.It outlines a number of areas in which guidance was unclear or wrong.It also outlines areas of operational practice where DNA evidence was improperly required and provides some initial information on the possible scale of the issue.The review makes a number of recommendations about how to address the root causes within the Border, Immigration and Citizenship system that led to the operational practice.However, this review is not a conclusion to the work.The numbers and the information in the report have been collected at pace and they still need to be fully assured that this is subject to change.Further work is needed to ascertain the full scope of the issue.But regardless of the numbers of people that have been affected – one case is still one too many.I am determined to get to the bottom of how and why in some cases, people could be compelled to supply DNA evidence in the first place.The majority of cases identified so far have been part of an Operation known as Operation Fugal, an operation which the report says started in April 2016 to address patterns of fraud in some specific family and human rights applications for immigration purposesLetters sent, as part of this operation incorrectly stated that the applicant must provide DNA evidence and that not providing such information without a reasonable excuse would lead to their application being refused on suitability grounds.It has been reported that 83 applications had been refused at the time of the writing of the report.Seven of these seem to have been refused on suitability grounds solely for the failure to provide DNA evidence.And a further six appear to have been refused on suitability grounds for failure to provide DNA evidence, but where that was not the sole reason.In addition to Operation Fugal, we have also identified improper approach to the use of DNA evidence in 2 further areas.The first relates to adult dependent relatives of Gurkhas.In January 2015, a scheme was expanded allowing adult dependent children of Gurkhas discharged before 1997, to settle in the UK.Guidance was published which stated that DNA evidence may be required, and that applications may be refused if that evidence was not provided without a reasonable excuse within 4 weeks.This published guidance was wrong and has now been updated.The report suggests that there were 51 cases identified where DNA was requested from applicants at their own cost.At the same time the report was written, we were aware of four cases from the same family unit, who had their application refused solely because they did not provide DNA evidence.These decisions have now been corrected.The second case relates to Afghan nationals.In 2013, applications from Afghan nationals formerly employed by the UK government to resettle in the UK were begun to be accepted.The terms of the scheme included mandatory DNA testing for family groups, paid for by the UK government.Current investigations suggest that no-one making an application under this scheme has been refused because they did not take a DNA test.Nonetheless, mandatory testing should not have been part of this scheme and this requirement has now been removed.Let me be clear, Madame Deputy SpeakerAcross our immigration system, no-one should have faced a demand to supply DNA evidence and no-one should have been penalised for not providing it.In particular, I would like extend my apologies to those Gurkhas and Afghans who have been affected.The two schemes I’ve described were put in place to help the families of those who have served to keep our country safe.And I am sorry that demands were made of them which never should have been.But I would like to reassure the House that I am taking action to correct this situation. Firstly, I have given clear instructions that officials must not seek DNA evidence on a mandatory basis in any immigration case.Secondly, I have set up a new taskforce so that anyone who feels that their case may have been influenced in any way by an inappropriate demand for DNA testing, so that they can get advice and support.Thirdly, we will also be looking to reimburse any individual who has suffered financial loss because we required DNA evidence when we shouldn’t have done so.Fourthly, we will continue to closely examine whether this approach might have been taken in any other part of the immigration system.What we know so far is that there are three cohorts that have been affected, but we must investigate to see if there are any more.I will be asking for independent assurance on everything we do as we establish the facts.And fifthly, I know that the immigration system is operated by many highly committed people……but we must make sure that the structures and processes that they use are fit for the modern world.And fit for the a immigration system we will be bringing in as we leave the European Union.So I will review the structures and processes more broadly that we have to ensure they can deliver a system in a way which is fair and humane.I will now consider what form that review will take.But my starting point for this is that it would be helpful to have independent oversight of said review.And that review will need to build on the lessons learnt from the Wendy Williams review also.And I will want Wendy to play a full part in this wider exercise.Madame Deputy Speaker I made it clear when I became Home Secretary that I will take any action necessary to put right wrongs or inconsistencies as and when I become aware of them.Today I want to promise you that I will get to the bottom of what has gone on in relation to DNA evidence.And I will build an immigration system which provides control but which is also fair, humane and fully compliant with the law.last_img read more

Chan School symposium focuses on aging and health

first_img Read Full Story Healthy aging was one of the topics discussed at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s fifth Annual State of Global Health Symposium. The event, hosted by the Department of Global Health and Population (GHP), focused on “Global Health and Aging,” a topic of keen interest in the public health sphere, with major consequences for human welfare, economic progress, and health care.Held March 29 at Harvard Medical School’s Joseph B. Martin Center, the symposium began with welcoming remarks from GHP Chair Wafaie Fawzi and Dean Michelle Williams. The audience of some 150 people from across the University also received a video welcome from Tedros Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO). He noted that aging is a priority issue for the organization and that WHO is committed to working with countries around the world to ensure that all older people receive the services they need, when and where they need them.Keynote speaker John Beard, director of aging and life course at WHO, said that most people over age 65 are living with more than one disease, but many of them also report that they are in good health. He noted that the “World Report on Aging and Health,” released by WHO in 2015, proposes a new framework for thinking about healthy aging: steering the focus away from the absence of disease and toward the ability of an older person to do the things they have reason to value. Beard discussed WHO’s five strategic objectives identified in its “Global Strategy and Action Plan on Aging and Health 2016–2020;” a commitment to action; age-friendly environments; health systems that meet the needs of older people; long-term-care systems; and data and research to focus action where the evidence is strong.The symposium also featured two panel discussions. “Physical and Cognitive Effects of Aging” featured Harvard Chan School’s Lindsay Jaacks, Walter Willett, and Goodarz Danaei, who served as moderator, as well as Arthur Kleinman from Harvard Medical School and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. A panel on “Aging and Health Systems” included Rifat Atun, Winnie Yip, and moderator David Canning, and Uwe Sunde from the University of Munich. John Haaga, director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Research at the National Institute on Aging, gave closing remarks. The symposium also featured a poster session.– Jan Reiss As the world’s population ages, driven by declines in both birth and death rates in many countries, older people’s ability to continue to do things that matter to them — rather than merely being free of disease — is becoming an increasingly important focus of global health experts.last_img read more

Poland protesters take weekend off for fundraiser

first_imgWARSAW, Poland (AP) — From soccer star Robert Lewandowski to opposition politicians, Polish citizens have donated at least 71 million zlotys ($19 million) to a charity’s fundraiser for health causes that has been criticized by the conservative government for its liberal agenda. Anti-government protesters angry about a near-total abortion ban suspended their marches for the weekend to show solidarity and ensure that they didn’t steal the spotlight from the event. The annual Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity is held to support the chronically strapped health care system, and its main event is always held on a Sunday in mid-January. This is the 29th edition and it was postponed by two weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

New York State Releases School Reopening Guidance, Safety Plan Outline

first_imgPixabay / MGN Image ALBANY – Governor Andrew Cuomo says there will be no one size fits all approach to reopening schools this fall.The state released its list of guidelines on Monday, but is leaving the specifics up to each school district.Across the board , districts need to create a flexible plan. Teachers and students will be required to wear face coverings and social distancing will have to be enforced, and not just in the classroom, the Governor says students will have to wear masks even on school buses.Schools will also have to utilize classrooms and any extra space to spread students out during lunchtime, or any meal served during school hours. Schools can begin to reopen if a region is in phase four and the daily infection rates are below five percent or lower over a 14 day period. “If you have the virus under control, reopen. If you don’t have the virus under control, then you can’t reopen, right? We’re not going to use our children as a litmus test and we’re not going to put our children in a place where their health is in danger. It’s that simple,” Cuomo said.School districts will have until July 31st to submit their reopening plans to the state.The 28-page document released by the State Department of Education covers a range of topics, including:Communication/Family & CommunityEngagementHealth and SafetyFacilitiesChild NutritionTransportationSocial Emotional Well-BeingSchool SchedulesBudget and Fiscal MattersAttendance and Chronic AbsenteeismTechnology and ConnectivityTeaching and LearningSpecial EducationBilingual Education andWorld LanguagesStaffing Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more