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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Mike Conley trade grades: Jazz vault into contender status with upgrade at point guard

first_imgThe Grizzlies’ “Grit’N’Grind” era is over.Memphis will send Mike Conley to the Jazz as part of a trade that had been looming since the February deadline, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The Grizzlies will receive a package of players and draft picks to help jumpstart their rebuild, and they will likely select Ja Morant as their point guard of the future with the No. 2 overall pick at the 2019 NBA Draft. NBA MOCK DRAFT: Pelicans go forward with Lakers’ pick; Celtics stay busy in first roundWhat does this trade mean for the Jazz and Grizzlies moving forward?Here are the reported details of the deal and a breakdown of the short- and long-term ramifications for each side.Mike Conley trade gradesJazz receive: Mike ConleyGrizzlies receive: Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, Grayson Allen, No. 23 pick in 2019 NBA Draft, future first-round pickNBA DRAFT BIG BOARD: Ranking the top 60 prospectsJazz: A-Utah pursued Conley at the trade deadline, and for good reason. He is the exact kind of upgrade at point guard that turns the Jazz into a real contender in the Western Conference.Conley can play with the ball in his his hands or off the ball (39.8 percent on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers last season) whenever Donovan Mitchell operates as the primary initiator. Conley can create offense in a variety of ways (21.1 points, 6.4 assists per game), something this Jazz team desperately needed.Mike Conley finished 7th in the #NBA in points created out of the pick and roll per game. He also shot an eFG% of 76% on unguarded catch and shoot jumpers and led the NBA in points per game from floaters.— Synergy Basketball (@SynergySST) June 19, 2019Mitchell and Conley must learn each other’s tendencies and what works best. There could be growing pains, of course. That’s something two good locker room guys should be able to iron out in time.On the defensive end, Conley will fit right in with Utah’s unit. He finished in the top 10 among point guards in ESPN’s Defensive Real Plus-Minus, and he will only improve one of the best defenses in the league. Conley, Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert — good luck trying to score against that starting five.And that’s another added benefit of this trade for the Jazz. They didn’t lose any assets they really value. The loss of Crowder and Korver will hurt Utah’s spacing, but Favors is more valuable than both of them. Allen and the picks are future pieces the Jazz don’t need because the mission is to compete right now. The future first-rounder is worth watching, though. Could Utah have pulled this off without including it?Yes, Conley’s contract is expensive ($32.5 million in 2019-20 and $34.5 million in 2020-21), but good players cost money. It’s only a two-year commitment, not a four-year max, and Conley remains a productive guard at age 31.This trade won’t create the same level of headlines as Anthony Davis to the Lakers, but it definitely will make a significant impact on the Western Conference playoff race. Don’t be shocked if the Jazz are one of the last teams standing next year.Grizzlies: BAfter the Grizz sent Marc Gasol to the Raptors back in February, it seemed as though Conley would be the next to go so Memphis could embrace a youth movement. Instead, the Grizzlies kept Conley through the rest of the season despite discussing a deal with the Jazz, finally ending the back-and-forth with Wednesday’s trade.Maybe a move at the deadline would have yielded a better package, but this is a surprisingly sizable haul for the Grizzlies.Crowder and Korver represent expiring contracts as opposed to cogs in the rotation. Allen didn’t earn a ton of minutes under Jazz coach Quin Snyder as a rookie, but the 23-year-old is worth a shot for his shooting alone, which will be needed next to Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr.The No. 23 pick presents some options either in a trade or simply to draft a prospect. Sporting News’ Chris Stone had Cameron Johnson landing at that spot in his latest Mock Draft, and he could still make sense there. The other first-rounder has a number of protections on it, per The Daily Memphian’s Chris Herrington. Per league source, the 2020 pick the Grizzlies are getting in Conley trade has the following protections:2020 1-7, 15-30 (conveys 8-14)2021 – same as above2022 – 1-62023 1-32024 – 12025 – converts to two seconds— Chris Herrington (@HerringtonNBA) June 19, 2019The Grizzlies should expect the pick to transfer in 2022 or later. Barring some sort of catastrophic event, the Jazz will avoid the lottery.Perhaps the most important thing for the front office is having cap flexibility. Conley’s contract is gone, Crowder and Korver are on expiring deals and Chandler Parsons will also become a free agent after making $25.1 million in 2019-20. That’s a nice situation financially.Sure, the Grizzlies could have been pushed harder for a Conley trade earlier. But with Morant and Jackson set up to be the franchise’s dynamic duo, the future is bright in Memphis.last_img read more

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Broncos schedule 2020: Dates & times for all 16 games, strength of schedule, final record prediction

first_imgBottom line: The Broncos went crazy trying to help Lock with more help at running back (Melvin Gordon), wide receiver (Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler), tight end. and offensive line.But Fangio’s defense is getting a little long in the tooth around game-changers such as Von Miller and Justin Simmons. There’s promise the Broncos can turn the corner, but the schedule may delay their playoff contention until 2021.Record prediction: 8-8 The Denver Broncos have been a slightly improving team for three years. That’s why there’s some optimism they can have a significant breakthrough with their 2020 NFL schedule.Last season, the Broncos improved a game to 7-9, after finishing 6-10 in 2018 and 5-11 in 2017. That consistent one-win increase also has seen Denver go from fourth to third to second in the AFC West behind the Chiefs. There is some momentum from 2019, as the Broncos closed 4-1 following a 3-8 start. They also have a definitive answer at quarterback with second-year second-rounder Drew Lock.How will Vic Fango, in his second year as head coach, get his team to further improve in 2020?Here is a complete breakdown of the Denver Broncos’ 2020 schedule, including dates and start times for all 16 games and our early prediction.NFL OFFSEASON 2020:Draft grades | Power rankings | Best free agents availableDenver Broncos schedule 2020WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTV1Sept. 14vs. Titans10:10 p.m.ESPN2Sept. 20at Steelers1 p.m.CBS3Sept. 27vs. Buccaneers4:25 p.m.Fox4Oct. 1at Jets8:20 p.m.Fox/NFLN5Oct. 11at Patriots1 p.m.CBS6Oct. 18vs. Dolphins4:05 p.m.CBS7Oct. 25vs. Chiefs4:25 p.m.CBS8BYE—9Nov. 8at Falcons1 p.m.CBS10Nov. 15at Raiders4:05 p.m.CBS11Nov. 22vs. Chargers4:05 p.m.CBS12Nov. 29vs. Saints4:05 p.m.Fox13Dec. 6at Chiefs8:20 p.m.NBC14Dec. 13at Panthers1 p.m.CBS15Dec. 19 or 20vs. BillsTBDTBD16Dec. 26 or 27at ChargersTBDTBD17Jan .3vs. Raiders4:25 p.m.CBS(For Canadian viewers, each game can be streamed on DAZN.)The Broncos face a high baseline of toughness in their six-game AFC West slate. The Chiefs remain the class of the entire NFL as reigning Super Bowl champs, while the Raiders matched the Broncos in finishing 7-9. The last-place Chargers also have a chance to rebound back closer to their 12-4 form.Outside the division, Denver draws two other divisions going through potential transitions of power in the AFC East and NFC South. Their second-place schedule isn’t your average one, with the AFC runner-up Titans and AFC defense-elite Steelers.MORE: Strength of schedule for all 32 teams in 2020Broncos strength of schedule & predictionWhen looking at the Broncos’ opponents combined record in 2019 (131-125, .512), they have the No. 12-toughest schedule in the NFL. When counting the Chiefs twice, the Broncos have 6 of their 16 games (23 percent) against returning playoff teams. They face every AFC playoff team from 2019 except for the Texans and Ravens.Unfortunately, some of the weaker teams on the Broncos’ schedule are more dangerous and the top teams remain strong. In reality, the Broncos have one of hardest slates, in the top five based on projected win totals.Toughest tests: The Broncos did load up offensively around Lock to better compete with the Chiefs, but it doesn’t get any tougher than that home-and-away series, given how Patrick Mahomes owns them. The Raiders also have improved and the Chargers can be more daunting defensively.The Broncos have four brutal interdivision home games, too, in the Bills, Titans, Saints and Buccaneers. The roadblock that stands out is the Steelers with the Patriots being a close second, both because of defense.Biggest breaks: The Broncos don’t have too many breaks outside the division. They must beat the Dolphins and Jets in AFC play to have any shot of a wild card. They also are capable of going 3-1 or 4-0 combined against the Raiders and the Chargers in what figure to be four close games.The two non-conference games to balance out New Orleans and Tampa Bay are Atlanta and Carolina. Unfortunately, those Falcons and Panthers games are at the end of long road trips.last_img read more

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Stuart Broad becomes latest bowler to eclipse 500 Test wickets, Yuvraj Singh flexes on…

first_imgAdvertisement s7sNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2qcWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5i44d( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6nxypvWould you ever consider trying this?😱Can your students do this? 🌚vt7Roller skating! Powered by Firework Stuart Broad joined an elusive list by only becoming the fourth bowler to scalp 500 wickets in test match cricket. While congratulations poured from all corners, Broad’s former nightmare Yuvraj Singh chipped in with a tweet as well to commend the pacer’s journey to the landmark figure. Advertisement The pacer from Nottinghamshire reached the 500 wicket mark during the third test against West Indies at Old Trafford. After being dropped for the first test, Broad made a statement by claiming the man of the series award along with a ten-wicket haul in the deciding fixture.Advertisement Despite shattering record books and reaching the pinnacle, several people still associate Stuart Broad to his performance against India in the 2007 T20 World Cup, where he was hit for six sixes in an over by Yuvraj Singh. While the all-rounder has retired from the game, he still shares his thoughts and opinions when it comes to modern-day cricket.In a heart-warming gesture, Yuvraj sent in a tweet congratulating Stuart Broad for his achievement. Also, at the same time requested fans to not relate him with the 12-year-old incident and instead appreciate the hard work, dedication & determination shown by the bowler over the course of his career.Advertisement Apart from Yuvraj, Broad was met with congratulatory messages all over social media from cricketing legends including Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin wrote:Congratulations to England on their emphatic series win. And like I said earlier, @StuartBroad8 had a spring in his step and was out there on a mission. Congratulations also to him on picking his 500th Test wicket. Terrific achievement! #ENGvWI”.Yuvraj’s sends love instead of sending the ball over the ropes“I’m sure every time I write something about @StuartBroad8, people relate to him getting hit for 6 sixes! Today I request all my fans to applaud what he has achieved! 500 test wickets is no joke – it takes hard work, dedication & determination. Broady, you’re a legend! Hats off,”The duo shares a special camaraderie off the field with Stuart Broad having wished Yuvraj a happy retirement when the all-rounder decided to bid adieu to the sport. Broad had posted a photo of them together along with the caption “Enjoy retirement Legend @yuvisofficial.” Ever since that fateful night in Durban, Broad’s trajectory has only been upwards with the bowler representing England in 140 Tests, 121 ODIs, and 56 T20Is and has bagged over 700 International wickets to his name.Broad’s pairing with Anderson in red-ball cricket has been the formula for England to win test matches, especially at home.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso, Read Kapil Dev claims Sachin Tendulkar never became a ruthless batsman Advertisementlast_img read more

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