Vermont 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.
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Applauds Sens. Casey and Toomey For Successful Criminal Justice Reform Bill Criminal Justice Reform, National Issues, Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today issued a statement thanking Sens. Casey and Toomey for their votes toward the overwhelming passage of the First Step Act for criminal justice reform:“The passage of the First Step Act in the Senate shows the significant bi-partisan support for this much-needed criminal justice reform. I thank senators Casey and Toomey for their votes in support of this legislation that could make a difference in the lives of the many Pennsylvanians incarcerated in federal prisons with overly punitive sentences. And I encourage the House to pass this when they vote tomorrow.“The wide and varied support for this bill is encouraging. With these positive steps to reform the criminal justice system on the federal level, Pennsylvania can learn and hopefully follow suit with progress on reforms pending in our General Assembly.”Of note, Pennsylvania was the first state in the nation to pass Clean Slate legislation. Gov. Wolf signed the Clean Slate legislation in June and has called for more meaningful criminal justice reform including passage of the second round of Justice Reinvestment Initiative or JRI2, bail and pre-trial reforms, Post-Conviction Relief Act expansion, probation and parole revocation and resentencing, and indigent defense December 19, 2018
Today is the forty-first anniversary of the infamous Roe v Wade decision of the United States Supreme Court which decriminalised abortion. A sad anniversary. We should Choose Life
Press Association Trott had 186 points after five of the six disciplines, 14 points more than nearest rival Jolien d’Hoore of Belgium, with Kirsten Wild of Holland third on 164. The final, decisive discipline in a revised omnium format is the points race which once proved Trott’s Achilles heel. However, her confidence boosted by winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in July, the 22-year-old produced a tactical masterclass in a race which features sprints every 10 laps. Trott was limpet-like on the wheel of D’Hoore, who was wearing the all-white Track World Cup series leader’s jersey, for much of the 100-lap (25-kilometres) race. The pair also monitored Wild and Australia’s Isabella King, who began the final discipline in fourth. D’Hoore tried to shake Trott off her wheel and won the seventh of 10 sprints as Trott failed to score, reducing the deficit to eight points, but with time running out. Wild and D’Hoore attacked after failing to score in the eighth sprint, but Trott marked the move and then, roared on by a partisan crowd, won the penultimate sprint and five points to ensure the gold would be hers. Trott finished on 193 points, with D’Hoore second on 181 and Wild third on 167. Tougher tests are to come for Trott as she eyes reclaiming the world title in Paris in February. The United States’ Sarah Hammer, who has beaten Trott to gold at the two Track World Championships since London 2012, was absent, but the field was nevertheless strong. Trott, who won gold in track cycling’s equivalent of the heptathlon at London 2012, claimed her second gold of the three-day event at the Lee Valley VeloPark, formerly the Olympic Velodrome. She was a key figure in Friday’s win in the women’s team pursuit, while Britain also won the corresponding men’s event and Owain Doull and Mark Christian on Saturday won the Madison. Olympic champion Laura Trott won Great Britain’s fourth gold of the Track World Cup in London with victory in the women’s omnium on Sunday.