AFBF: Farmers Need More Time to Access Aid

first_img The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking the USDA to extend the application deadline for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). AFBF, along with 27 other agriculture organizations, sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting the deadline be pushed beyond August 28, 2020.The funding, approved through the CARES Act, is providing much-needed financial support to livestock, dairy, non-specialty and specialty crop producers. The letter states, however, the current deadline “may exclude eligible producers from participating in the program – including producers of commodities that were recently added to the list of eligible commodities and commodities that are likely to become eligible through the NOFA (Notice of Funding Availability) process.”Along with extending the deadline, the letter strongly encourages the USDA to “increase producer and stakeholder engagement initiatives. While the Department has done a commendable job in reaching out to all affected parties, communication and outreach by FSA staff has likely been significantly impacted by the lack of face-to-face interactions; in addition, many producers eligible for CFAP have had limited or no previous interaction with FSA staff.”The 499,156 applications received represent only 24% of all farm operations. Several commodities have extremely low participation rates including carrots at 1%, oranges at 2%, tomatoes at 6% and apples at 10%. Those numbers may indicate many farmers are not aware they qualify for CFAP assistance.AFBF President Zippy Duvall said, “The fact that there is still money available should not lead anyone to believe that the needs of America’s farmers have all been met. Farmers and ranchers are still struggling to make ends meet and the pandemic is far from over. We need to increase awareness and that means USDA turning it up a notch, along with ag groups. We’re certainly working to ensure those eligible know the aid is available.”Read the full letter here. SHARE Previous articleScout Fields for Disease to Help 2020 Crop Finish Strong on the HAT Friday PodcastNext articlePork Exports Lower, Beef Exports Struggle During June American Farm Bureau Federation AFBF: Farmers Need More Time to Access Aid Facebook Twitter SHARE By American Farm Bureau Federation – Aug 7, 2020 Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News AFBF: Farmers Need More Time to Access Aidlast_img read more

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Sergei Duvanov sentenced, on appeal, to three and a half years in prison – Reporters without Borders denounces what it considers a parody of justice

first_imgNews Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her March 11, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sergei Duvanov sentenced, on appeal, to three and a half years in prison – Reporters without Borders denounces what it considers a parody of justice Follow the news on Kazakhstan KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia News February 5, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en to go further October 30, 2020 Find out more Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal News On 11 March, the regional court of Taldy-Korgan (350 km from Almaty) confirmed that Sergey Duvanov, chief editor of Bulletin-a magazine published by the Kazakhstan International Bureau of Human Rights-has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for the alleged rape of a minor.According to our information, international observers who had asked permission to attend the hearing were denied admittance at the time that the verdict was rendered. Evgeni Zhovtis, one of the journalist’s lawyers, stated that the case file had never actually been re-examined. Reporters without Borders strongly objects to the Kazakh judicial authorities’ refusal to allow international experts to attend the trial and to the unsubstantiated way in which the sentence was upheld, despite the many irregularities that had been observed throughout the inquiry and the constant violation of defence rights during the trial.”By denying the international observers access to Sergey Duvanov’s trial, Kazakh authorities have publicly demonstrated their contempt for judicial openness and equity. If the repression which Sergey Duvanov, as well as all members of the independent and opposition press, have had to endure in Kazakhstan has already led many to conclude that this sentence was politically motivated, such lack of transparency can only strengthen the suspicion that the charges were unfounded,” stated Robert Ménard, Reporters without Borders’ General Secretary.The European Parliament passed a resolution on 13 February demanding Duvanov’s immediate release and voicing deep concern about the investigation, prosecution and sentence. On 30 January, the US government also expressed its disquiet about the sentence. The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on 28 January criticised the legal irregularities and lack of evidence supporting the charges and urged the appeal court to take account of these shortcomings when it considered the case.The editor of Bulletin, an opposition magazine published by the International Bureau for Human Rights, Duvanov was arrested on 28 October last year and accused of raping a 14-year-old girl. He had been due to fly the next day to the United States to present a report on democracy and human rights in Kazakhstan. He went on hunger strike for 10 days to protest his innocence. At a press conference at the European Commission in Brussels on 29 November, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said Duvanov’s guilt had been proved. When Duvanov’s trial opened on 24 December, his lawyers were not allowed to examine the entire case file. Viewing the proceedings as a farce, Duvanov dismissed his lawyers on 23 January, the day after the court rejected their motion for the charges to be dropped for lack of evidence and because of the many legal irregularities.Duvanov is one of the government’s most outspoken critics and regularly denounces the harassment of the independent media and opposition. He is also being prosecuted for “affront to the honour and dignity” of President Nazarbayev. On 28 August last year, he was beaten up by thugs and badly injured.During a fact-finding mission to Almaty in July last year, a Reporters Without Borders representative met several times with Duvanov. He spoke of the intimidation and harassment to which he had been subjected by the authorities and predicted that they would probably accuse him in a sex or drugs scandal. “I’m still free and in good health,” he said, “but this cannot last.”Kazakh human rights groups and opposition journalists say the security services often try to implicate the government’s opponents in scandals in order. News A regional court confirmed that Sergey Duvanov has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for the alleged rape of a minor after an investigation and trial marred by many irregularities and violations of his rights as a defendant. International observers who had asked permission to attend the hearing were denied admittance. Help by sharing this information January 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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African star wants to join Chelsea

first_imgZambian hero Stoppila Sunzu has declared that it is his dream to play for Chelsea – or Bolton.The 22-year-old defender scored the winning penalty as his team beat Ivory Coast in a shoot-out to win the Africa Cup of Nations.And the Romanian media have quoted him as saying: “I have a dream to play in England as I prefer Chelsea and Bolton Wanderers.”AdChoices广告Sunzu currently plays for TP Mazembe in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has been monitored by a number of European clubs.He caught the eye in Sunday’s final by keeping Chelsea’s Didier Drogba quiet for much of the match.“Drogba was almost invisible – it was very easy for me. I’m not afraid of any player or team regardless of names,” he said.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Man City sign Rodri from Atletico Madrid

first_imgMan City have completed the signing of Rodri from Atletico Madrid after paying his £62.5m release clause.The midfielder signed for the English champions despite interest from German giants Bayern Munich.He becomes Man City’s new record signing with the fee surpassing the £60m the club paid for Riyad Mahrez from Leicester.Rodri is now expected to compete for a place at the base of Man City’s midfield with Fernandinho and perhaps Ilkay Gundogan.Speaking in his first interview with the club, Rodri said it was his dream to play for Man City adding that it was a chance for him to take another step in his career.“It’s a dream for me to come here. A great team, great staff. I have a lot of things to learn and I decided this is the best place for my career. I am proud of what I have done. I want to keep growing, keep learning.”He also spoke about Man City’s dominance in the last few years and said he relished the challenge to help the club continue its recent success.“I think the last five, six years City have changed the story of football, not just in Manchester but in all England. I love the city, I love Manchester. It’s becoming more blue. I chose the club because of the sporting challenge, and the way they win lots of things.”Rodri spoke of his admiration for Man City manager Pep Guardiola whom he says he can’t wait to start working with.“I can’t wait to start working with Pep Guardiola and my new team-mates and hopefully we can achieve great things together.”Rodri is already a Spanish international and has made six appearances for the national team.last_img read more

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