Vermont Ag Secretary Roger Allbee meets with USDA Secretary Vilsack

first_imgVermont Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee yesterday met with the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at a town hall meeting in Concord, New Hampshire, where he joined other Northeast agriculture commissioners, emphasizing the serious need for assistance for dairy farmers in Vermont and across the nation. At his first face-to-face meeting with the Obama administration official, Allbee thanked Secretary Vilsack for the leadership he has already provided the dairy industry including moving surplus products  into food export and nutrition programs. He also asked for more direct assistance, explaining the dire need for help on behalf of the State s 1,046 dairy farmers.  Secretary Vilsack indicated yesterday that he understands the seriousness of the situation our dairy farmers are facing and that he is continuing to work on additional options for the industry. He also stated the need for USDA to renew its focus on regional food production, said Allbee.Secretary Allbee specifically requested Vilsack support an immediate and retroactive increase to the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) safety net program, as well as a minimum six-month interest-free extension or debt forgiveness on USDA loans.  Both of these actions would bring immediate relief to dairy farmers, as they experience the perfect storm of high input costs and protracted low milk prices. A surprise announcement by Secretary Vilsack in New Hampshire yesterday was his pledge to form an advisory group to recommend changes to the federal milk pricing system for fairness for farmers and to help promote profitability and stability in the dairy industry acknowledging that the current system is antiquated.  This is a concept that Secretary Allbee and his counterparts in New York and Pennsylvania, as part of the Northeast Dairy Leadership Team, suggested to the Secretary in a letter sent earlier this year.last_img read more

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Musa magic sets up dramatic climax in Group D

first_imgLeicester fans will be begging for the Nigerian to return to the King Power after that display. Musa, who didn’t even start Nigeria’s first game, had a point to prove. I think there’s little doubt he proved it.Moment of the matchThere’s nothing quite like watching a footballer run at the kind of speed Musa did for his second goal. 5 5 Ahmed Musa illuminated the Volgograd Arena with two spectacular goals to keep Nigerian and Argentine World Cup hopes alive in Group D.The magnificent Leicester forward brought the game to life when he plucked Victor Moses’ cross out of the air and lashed a ferocious half-volley into the net. His blistering pace was too much for the Icelandic defence and he left them all for dead with a brilliant individual second.Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsoon could have ensured a tense finish but fired a late VAR-awarded penalty into the crowd, as Group D stands perfectly poised for a dramatic final day.The second-half of this one had everything but the highlight of the first-half came from the stands. Iceland’s famous Viking thunderclap could not inspire the same level of awe from the players, while Nigeria’s football failed to match the exciting standards set by that beautiful kit.The Super Eagles dominated possession; however Iceland created better goalscoring opportunities through the heavily-involved Sigurdsson.Nigerians and Argentinians roared in unison when Musa broke the deadlock at the start of the second-half.Chelsea’s Victor Moses flew down the Super Eagles’ wing, before finding the goalscorer with a cross. His first-touch was immaculate, his second was emphatic on the half-volley.Unencumbered by the prospect of an early exit, Nigeria began to express themselves and attacked Iceland with pace. Moses, in particular, enjoyed acres of space on the right and grew into the talismanic figure many expect him to be for his country. His country needed a hero, and Musa sprinted to the rescue in some style.How does Group D look? 5 Iceland’s desperate chasing of the game only left them vulnerable at the back and, in truth, a Nigerian second was always more likely than a leveller. Leon Balogun should’ve provided it with a free header in the 73rd minute before the majestic Musa hit the bar from distance a minute later.But the Leicester misfit, who spent last season on-loan at CSKA Moscow, would not be denied. Iceland simply couldn’t catch him as he tore into the box, took the ball round Hannes Halldorsson and scored an electrifying individual goal with 15 minutes left.Referee Matthew Conger failed to spot Tyronne Ebuehi’s clear trip on Alfred Finnbogason in the 81st minute, but he corrected his decision with the help of video replays. Sigurdsson tried to be too clever, though, and made a horrible mess of the spot-kick.Nigeria will meet Argentina on the final day, while Iceland play the already-qualified Croatia. All three nations can join the Croats in the knockout stages.Lionel Messi’s Albiceleste and the Icelanders must get three points to stand a chance, while a draw would be enough for the Super Eagles if Iceland fail to win.The pot is well and truly bubbling in Group D.Star manWho else?center_img 5 Musa brought the Volgograd Arena to life Musa was sensational Musa rounds the Icelandic keeper for his second 5 Nigeria came out of their shell in the second-half last_img read more

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