ASA Director Brings International Marketing Info to Nebraska College Students

first_imgJim MillerASA Director and USSEC Vice Chair Jim Miller recently spoke to students about marketing U.S. soy to international customers. Miller presented to 30 students in three classes, with one presentation being videotaped for a fourth class, at Northeast Tech in Norfolk, Neb.During the presentations, Miller lectured about top export markets and rising global consumption. He also explained the significance of U.S. soy exports, the competitive advantage of U.S. soy and sustainability.Source: USSEClast_img

ASA Registers Significant Concern Following Withdrawal from TPP

first_imgThe nation’s soybean farmers expressed significant concern Monday, following an executive order from President Donald Trump that withdraws the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). American Soybean Association (ASA) President Ron Moore pointed out the high stakes for soybean farmers, and urged the Trump Administration to immediately announce how it intends to engage and expand market access in the Asia-Pacific region.”Trade is something soybean farmers take very seriously. We export more than half the soy we grow here in the United States, and still more in the form of meat and other products that are produced with our meal and oil,” said Moore, who farms in Roseville, Ill. “The TPP held great promise for us, and has been a key priority for several years now. We’re very disappointed to see the withdrawal today.”Soybeans are the nation’s largest agricultural export, and markets in Southeast Asia and Latin America continue to grow in their potential as buyers of U.S. soy. The biggest beneficiary from TPP, however, was the American livestock industry–in the form of increased meat and dairy exports–which represents the largest domestic market for soybean meal.The TPP represents 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), and according to the Peterson Institute, would have increased overall U.S. exports by $357 billion by 2030. Specifically for U.S. farmers, TPP would have increased annual net farm income by $4.4 billion according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Additionally, TPP was the first regional trade agreement to address the need to coordinate international policy on trade in the products of agricultural biotechnology, a benefit that ASA will push to see in any future agreements with TPP partner nations.”Moving forward, we expect to see a plan in place as soon as possible to engage the TPP partner nations and capture the value that we lose with the withdrawal today. With net farm income down by over 40 percent from levels just a few years ago, we need trade deals with the Asia-Pacific countries to make up for the $4.4 billion in annual net farm income being lost by farmers from not moving forward with the TPP. Also, we expect a seat at the table to help ensure these agreements in whatever form they take are crafted to capture their full value for soybean farmers,” added Moore. “Trade is too important for us to support anything less.”last_img read more

Space shuttle Atlantis lands for final time

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space shuttle Atlantis returned from orbit for the last time this morning, closing out a 25-year flying career and safely bringing back six astronauts who boosted the International Space Station’s power and size.The smooth landing was indicative of the entire 12-day mission — NASA’s third-to-last shuttle flight.“That was pretty sweet,” Mission Control radioed after Atlantis glided through a clear morning sky and rolled down the runway. “That was a suiting end to an incredible mission.”Commander Kenneth Ham said he was ready to turn the shuttle over to the ground teams and get Atlantis “back in the barn for a little bit.”Mission Control had monitored storms throughout the early hours, but they dissipated by daybreak and remained at a safe distance. The cockpit erupted in cheers when Mission Control finally radioed up the “go” to come home.About 1,200 guests lined the Kennedy Space Center runway to welcome Atlantis and its crew home, the maximum allowable crowd. The lead flight directors for the space station construction mission came in from Houston for the event. Space center employees wore white ribbons with the name “Atlantis” and its picture embossed in gold.last_img read more

Gorge Commission eyes budget trims

first_imgCORBETT, Ore. — Hard realities dogged the Columbia River Gorge Commission last week as it confronted the prospect of more deep budget cuts from the Washington and Oregon legislatures over the next two years. Confronting multi-billion-dollar deficits in 2011-13, both legislatures have ordered the bistate panel to adopt new rules streamlining its operations if it hopes to win even barely adequate funding in the next biennium.“Both states have said, ‘Tell us what you’re going to do to work with a smaller budget,’” said Jill Arens, the commission’s executive director, during a break in the panel’s Tuesday meeting at the Corbett fire hall. Arens has spent the past several weeks shuttling between Salem, Ore., and Olympia in an effort to protect the commission’s budget and address legislators’ demands. In November, the commission voted to close its offices in White Salmon on Fridays to save money.In response to lawmakers’ demands, the commission’s staff attorney, Jeff Litwak, drew up a long list of proposed rule changes aimed at reducing the staff workload, especially for the planning staff, which is down by two-thirds, to just 1.5 planners. Litwak himself is essentially volunteering his time with the commission this year while teaching law full time. Under one proposed change, staff members no longer would have to produce a report to the commission each time they resolve a minor violation of a scenic area rule. Instead, they’d focus on trying to correct the violations.last_img read more

Speaker Housing has social value

first_imgA keynote speaker asked his Vancouver business audience to focus on the social value of the community’s housing stock instead of its economic worth at a Friday breakfast to benefit a local nonprofit housing resource center. But it’s difficult to separate the two, Marc Levy, president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, said at the breakfast. Residents value the ability to live within their means. Employers, in turn, appreciate having access to a large pool of potential employees, Levy said.“Housing is a key aspect of that,” Levy told the crowd of about 150 people at the 11th-annual Home is Where the Heart Is fundraising breakfast. The event at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay was sponsored by Columbia Credit Union and other financial lenders. It was organized to benefit the Community Housing Resource Center, a nonprofit that offers counseling programs for homebuyers and homeowners.last_img read more

Meeting set to discuss road concerns tied to proposed Woodland explosives storage

first_imgNOTE: Read the previous story on the proposed explosives storage plant here.Cowlitz County Commissioner Michael Karnofski will host a public meeting later this month to discuss road concerns associated with a proposed explosives storage plant on Butte Hill Road in Woodland.Karnofski and representatives from the county’s Public Works Department will discuss options to upgrade the steep, winding road and how to pay for such upgrades. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 28 at the Woodland High School commons area, 757 Park Ave.Butte Hill residents are concerned about the safety of trucks carrying ammonium nitrate on the road from a proposed Northwest Energetics-owned explosives storage plant. Residents say an accident on the hill could trigger a forest fire or contaminate Robinson Creek, where they get their water.Audience comments are welcomed at the meeting, Karnofski said. Karnofski plans to invite Northwest Energetics General Manager Ed Coulter. No other county commissioners are expected to attend, Karnofski said.last_img read more

John Laird Civil discourse of 2012 La la la … I cant

first_imgAs Americans become increasingly polarized politically, it seems we’re losing our capacity to listen. We’re too busy interrupting each other to consider opposing views, too insecure in our own ideologies to believe other ideas might be more compelling.Two years ago a Pew Research Center study revealed statistics that I found troubling: 25 percent of Democrats watch CNN and 16 percent watch MSNBC, but only 15 percent watch Fox News. Among Republicans, 40 percent watch Fox News, but only 12 percent watch CNN and only 6 percent watch MSNBC. What’s troubling is that so many Democrats and Republicans refuse to watch TV commentators with whom they disagree. Personally, I watch ’em all — on a regular basis — because I believe a full spectrum of news and commentary is needed to form my opinions. The only commentator I find painful to watch is Bill O’Reilly because he constantly interrupts others. It mystifies me why anyone would agree to appear on his show. On radio, I listen regularly to both conservative and liberal commentators, probably spending more time with Rush Limbaugh and Ed Schultz than any of the others.My openness to myriad ideas is rooted in my childhood. When I went to my father for sympathy after someone had insulted me, he often would reply, “Well, Bub, maybe they’re trying to tell you something.” And as a columnist who generates a fair amount of anger among readers, I try to keep my late father’s words in mind. So I wonder why more Democrats don’t listen to Sean Hannity and more Republicans don’t listen to Rachel Maddow.Even Bill Maher believes in a free and open arena. Recently on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Maher said that “through it all, I have defended Rush’s right to stay on the air. Not what he said, that was disgusting, but the right to not disappear because people who don’t even listen to you don’t like what you said. … We all have different tastes and different opinions. That’s America.”Disagree? We’re leaving!At the local level, last Monday night’s Vancouver City Council meeting provided a good example of people who have no interest in listening to different ideas of others. I watched the meeting live on CVTV and later called several people who attended the meeting.last_img read more

UPDATE Herrera Beutler voices grave CRC concerns to Coast Guard

first_imgU.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler on Wednesday reiterated several worries and questions about the Columbia River Crossing as the U.S. Coast Guard mulls a crucial bridge permit for the $3.4 billion project.In a letter sent to the Coast Guard, the Camas Republican highlighted what she termed “grave concerns” with the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement and its planned height. Reducing clearance under the bridge to 116 feet not only limits current businesses upriver, “but could also provide a chilling impact to future business development due to the permanent, impassable nature of the design for larger vessels and cargoes,” Herrera Beutler wrote.The twin spans of the existing I-5 Bridge offer 178 feet of clearance when the drawbridge is lifted.The CRC can’t move forward without a bridge permit from the Coast Guard, effectively giving the agency veto power over the project. The Coast Guard began accepting public comment in May, and hosted two meetings in Portland and Vancouver last week.Much of the focus has centered on the CRC’s height and three major manufacturers whose largest products wouldn’t fit under the new bridge. Two of those companies, Greenberry Industrial and Oregon Iron Works, have inked mitigation agreements with the CRC. A third, Thompson Metal Fab, remains in negotiations. All three companies operate facilities at the Columbia Business Center in Vancouver.The parties involved in those talks have disclosed few details about negotiations or the agreements already signed. Herrera Beutler suggested that the need for taxpayer-funded mitigation points to “serious design flaws” in the CRC.last_img read more

Limited smelt dipping to return to Cowlitz River

first_imgFor the first time in four years, sport smelt dipping — ever so briefly — will be allowed in the Cowlitz River.Washington on Wednesday adopted a conservative reintroduction of smelt harvest by announcing that dipping will be allowed from 6 a.m. to noon on the next four Saturdays. The daily limit will be 10 pounds per person.Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, estimated the harvest would range between 1,500 and 39,900 pounds.Oregon approved allowing sport dipping in the Sandy River from 6 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from March 1 through March 22.The two states approved a commercial season of 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays from Feb. 10 through March 6 in the Columbia River between Woodland and the ocean. Roler estimated the commercials would land between 2,300 to 13,300 pounds. No commercial dipping in the tributaries is being allowed at this time.Smelt once returned to the lower Columbia and Cowlitz rivers in extraordinary numbers. Commercial landings from 1938 to 2000 averaged 400,000 pounds annually in the lower Columbia and 1.17 million pounds annually in the Cowlitz River.But starting in the early 1990s, the population plummeted. In 2010, smelt were listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.Roler said the National Marine Fisheries Service identified the effects of climate change on ocean conditions as the most serious threat to smelt. Commercial harvest was ranked ninth and sport harvest was ranked 13th among 16 identified threats.Guy Norman, regional director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, noted that smelt populations have been improved for three years in a row and a huge run returned in 2013.last_img read more

Melco set to optimize profit per table by ending Studio City VIP

first_imgThe decision by Melco Resorts and Entertainment to end VIP operations at Studio City is aimed at improving the profitability of each VIP table by relocating them to a more suitable property, according to analysts from brokerage Sanford C Bernstein.Melco made the surprise announcement on Tuesday that it would cease VIP play at Macau’s Studio City from 15 January 2020, barely three years after introducing the segment to what was originally a mass market-focused IR. Load More 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August RelatedPosts In a note, Bernstein said that Melco was likely putting an end to Studio City’s lease agreement in order to better utilise the 46 tables in question.“In 2020 the key will be for Melco to put the 46 tables to better use – generate higher economic return on these tables at City of Dreams (and potentially Altira),” analysts Vitaly Umansky, Eunice Lee and Kelsey Zhu said.“From Melco’s perspective, the recovery of the tables will allow the company to optimize profit per table to Melco for these tables. The profit generated per table (factoring in Melco’s 54% ownership in Studio City) is greater at City of Dreams (in both VIP and Mass) and even at Alitra.“So theoretically, the tables can be put to better use elsewhere in Melco’s portfolio. This may take some time as the newly installed tables will need to ramp up – but at City of Dreams, the Morpheus property will help hasten ramp up.”Studio City currently pays around US$7 million per quarter for lease of the 46 tables, equal to around 9% of the property’s VIP GGR.Although their removal will represent a cost saving, Bernstein said that the overall impact will be negative with Studio City standing to lose 10% of its EBITDA from 2020.Melco has struggled to find the right mix for its Macau properties in recent years, having replaced Gabe Hunterton as Property President of City of Dreams 12 months ago with former Studio City boss David Sisk. Sisk’s position at Studio City was subsequently filled by Geoff Andres. Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaullast_img read more