first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Study Highlights Positive Impacts of Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program Source: NAFB News Service The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program improves agricultural viability, encourages on-farm conservation and helps farmers gain access to land. That’s according to a new study from American Farmland Trust and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service program protects farm and ranch land from development by providing matching funds to eligible entities to purchase agricultural conservation easements. According to the study – 84-percent of landowners who sold easements reinvested proceeds to improve their farms. Three-quarters of landowners reported the application of at least one conservation practice to reduce erosion, prevent water pollution, enhance wildlife habitat, prevent overgrazing or minimize water use.AFT Managing Director of Farmland and Community Initiatives Julia Freedgood notes farmers tend to be land rich and cash poor. She says the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program provides liquid capital for farmers to improve the economic viability and environmental performance of working farms and ranches. Freedgood says it’s just as important that these dollars tend to be spent locally – supporting local businesses and growing rural economies. Findings of the study also indicate the program helps partners assemble blocks of protected land – creating core agricultural areas that can support a range of agricultural activities and sustain ancillary businesses.American Farmland Trust says the study also shows how the program helps the next generation of farmers gain access to land. Fifty-five percent of participating landowners who sold easements used the money to repay loans on agricultural land they already owned or to buy additional land. Study results also suggest the program makes farm and ranch land more affordable. Among those who purchased protected land – 65-percent reported that the price was lower than comparable unprotected land; 39-percent said the price was much lower and 26-percent answered the price was somewhat lower.Freedgood says the USDA program delivers unparalleled value. Not only is every federal dollar matched by about two dollars in landowner donations, private funds and dollars from state, local and tribal governments – but Freedgood says the research shows the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program is extremely effective and provides public benefits beyond the purpose of the program. She says it offers a comprehensive approach to the complex and urgent issue of saving farmland and ensuring a future for the next generation of farmers and ranchers.For the full technical report of the study – titled Impacts of the Federal Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program: An Assessment Based on Interviews with Participating Landowners – and a shorter summary of key findings – visit farmlandinfo dot gravityswitch dot com slash FRPPImpact (https://farmlandinfo.gravityswitch.com/FRPPImpact).center_img Study Highlights Positive Impacts of Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program By Gary Truitt – Sep 4, 2013 SHARE Previous articleUSDA Has No Plans to Withdraw Poultry RuleNext articleManaging Cover Crops in Corn and Soybean Cropping Systems Gary Truittlast_img read more

first_imgTop StoriesBREAKING : Delhi High Court Dismisses WhatsApp, Facebook’s Challenge To CCI Order For Probe On New Privacy Policy Shreya Agarwal21 April 2021 10:08 PMShare This – xA single judge bench of Justice Navin Chawla of the Delhi High Court today rejected Facebook Inc and its subsidiary WhatsApp’s challenge to an order by the Competition Commission of India directing a probe into WhatsApp’s new privacy policy for being allegedly anti-competitive.The court said it found no merits in the petition and refused to quash the CCI probe.The bench had reserved its verdict on Apr 13 on Facebook Inc and its subsidiary WhatsApp’s challenge to a Competition Commission of India (CCI) order directing for a probe into WhatsApp’s new privacy policy for being anti-competitive. The matter was argued at length by the 3 concerned parties – Sr. Adv. Harish Salve for WhatsApp, Sr. Adv. Mukul Rohatgi for Facebook and Additional Solicitor General Aman Lekhi for the CCI.Advertisement Salve for WhatsApp argued that the CCI’s order stating that there was allegedly excessive date collection being effectuated by the new policy, and it needed to be examine whether excessive data collection would have anti-competitive implications was infringing upon an issue outside its bounds. He said that it is infact the government that has to make a law on the issue.He had added that, “(The) primary aim of the 2021 policy is to provide users more transparency and to inform users how business services work for providing optimal benefits. WhatsApp has a separate business service – providing for linking it with Facebook.” Advertisement Dissing privacy infringement concerns, he had submitted that, “WhatsApp cannot see users’ personal conversations with their friends and family as they are protected by end-to-end encryption and that the 2021 updates do not change this.”He had also highlighted that WhatsApp’s previous 2016 policy already provided for such sharing and said, “All the allegations harp back to the 2016 policy. When you talk of data, please appreciate, what I communicate to my friends, family, colleagues – WhatsApp can’t read. But that I am a user, my number, I contact 10 lawyers in a day, that data is being shared. To use my platform, one has to give me their number. There is commercial use of data created in my system. I am not asking the user for his data.”Advertisement Advertisement He had added that there was no addition to the old policy and that the new policy was brought out purely for business and commercial users, to enable them to “use WhatsApp in a particular way” – a way for WhatsApp to come clean about how it was going to use the data it has collected.Sr. Adv. Mukul Rohatgi appearing for Facebook, argued that it was “nobody’s case that it is a joint policy,” and therefore no order could have been passed against Facebook by CCI.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement He too had raised the issue of jurisdiction stating based upon the principle of comity of courts, stating that with challenges to the policy pending before the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court itself, the CCI was an “inferior” body that couldn’t adjudicate upon the issue while the challenges were still sub judice before constitutional authorities.”If a controversy is ongoing, can the CCI say, “No, I’m a creature of statute,” and jump into it when it’s already pending before constitutional authorities? I’m challenging the jurisdiction of CCI to do this,” he argued.On various grounds Facebook had sought a stay on the CCI proceedings against Whatsapp and itself, saying that there are already cases pending in other courts, and that no harm will arise if these proceedings are stayed.ASG Aman Lekhi for CCI, on the other hand, had argued that the matter here was not of privacy but of access to data and therefore, the CCI was acting well within its ambit. He had added, “The CCI will come into the picture only when the investigation report says that there is infact abuse of dominant position. Whether or not a positive report will be filed, is an issue still writ large.” He had further submitted that though the policy by way of its nomenclature was called the Privacy Policy, the aspect being rightly looked into by the CCI was of abuse of market position by way of the said policy, which allegedly enabled excessive data collection and sharing.He said that the CCI as the sectoral regulator had correctly passed the probe order, elaborating, “The question was whether in a data driven eco-system whether excessive data sharing or use would result in anti-competitive consequence.”In a hyperbole he added that, “The analysis of the data collected by WhatsApp will give even more information about an individual than actual physical stalking.”Talking about the anti-trust consequences he had said that, “Using this data, they will eventually either buy-out the competition or make it irrelevant. Facebook comes into the picture because of the privacy policy through which data collection is happening.”Tags#Whatsapp Facebook Competition Commission of India (CCI) Justice Navin Chawla WhatsApp Privacy Policy Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgKantar Worldpanel has revealed that, despite continued deflation of 1.1%, supermarket sales rose by 0.3% in the 12 weeks ending 11 September.Growth was seen in alcohol in particular, as British consumers toasted the UK’s Olympic and Paralympic success in Rio.As has become the norm of later, star performers during the period were Aldi, with sales during the period up 11.6% and its market share now at 6.2%. Lidl’s sales rose 9.5% and its market share reached a high for the retailer of 4.6%. Frazer McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar, said: “The discounters are helping drive industry-wide growth in own-label premium lines, with marketing campaigns moving away from showcasing only price to focus on quality. Collectively premium own-label grew by 29.5% in the discounters in this period.”Of the big four retailers, Asda saw the largest sales fall of -5.4%; its market share stood 15.7% during the period. Despite a 0.2% decline year-on-year, Tesco enjoyed its best performance since March 2014, although its overall grocery market share fell back 0.1 percentage points to 28.1%.Sainsbury’s sales, meanwhile fell -1.4% in the period, as the retailer continued to reduce its levels of promotional activity and roll out a simpler pricing strategy. Morrisons’ market share fell 0.3 percentage points to 10.4%, reflecting its reduced store portfolio. However, its online sales are becoming more important, with shopper numbers up 45% on last year.For Iceland, sales grew by 6.3%, while Waitrose saw sale up 3.4% on last year, with the retailer reaching a new record market share of 5.3%. However, although its Half Price Event, boosted performance, Waitrose’s proportion of promotional sales reached a higher level than some of the traditionally more promotion-focused big four retailers.last_img read more

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs finished 7th in the Greensburg Invitational on Saturday.Greenfield Central won with a 360. Franklin County 364 Columbus East 378 Hagerstown 398 Indian Creek 398. Greensburg 401. Batesville 404. Triton Central 408. Shelbyville 429. Mooresville 432. Jennings County 440. North Decatur 444. Franklin Central 448. Hagerstown “B”462. Rushville and Oldenburg INC.Batesville’s Emma Weiler shot career best and finished second with a score of 73. Emma played solid golf all day and had a great score just ran into a girl that had a great day and shot one stroke better.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.The Lady Wildcats were in action on Saturday at the Greensburg Invitational. The team posted a score of 364 and took home a 2nd place finish.The team missed out on a first place trophy by 4 strokes to Greenfield Central. Junior, Gracie Graf, was low for the team with a score of 88 and Senior, Ashlan Hill, posted a personal best score of 95.“Despite some of our players struggling most of the day everyone one was able to post a respectable score. I honestly thought we posted a low enough team score to bring home a win. That’s the way golf goes sometimes. We will keep working to improve our short games and hopefully get in a position to win another invite. I’m very happy with the way the team is performing this early in the season.” Wildcats Coach Marisa Mears.Lady Wildcat Scores. Maggie Brack – 89, Gracie Graf – 88, Camryn Brewer – 92, Taylor McCreary – 101, Ashlan Hill – 95 (PR).last_img read more

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Justin Wayne Corter, 32, of 815 North Woodlawn in Wellington has been booked in Sumner County jail for an alleged stabbing that occurred at the Woodlawn Apartment complex Friday evening.Justin Wayne CorterOn Friday at around 10 p.m., Wellington police officers assisted by Sumner County Sheriff Deputies responded to what was in reference to a disturbance.Upon arrival, officers discovered two adult males, later learned to be brothers, involved in a fight. During the investigation, officers learned that the 32-year-old male had attacked his 28-year-old brother with a knife. The 28-year-old sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the scene by the Wellington EMS. Corter was taken into custody and subsequently booked into the Sumner County jail waiting for formal charges of aggravated battery.Corter was also arrested for interference with a law enforcement officer and criminal damage to property, under $1,000.The case has been referred to the Sumner County Attorney’s office where formal charges will be determined.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (13) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… Commenting Disabled Further commenting on this page has been disabled by the blog admin. You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +15 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 276 weeks ago The real question is what was going on across from CandyCaneCity on Sunday morning??..??..?? Not a good sign when the police are pulling around that enclosed trailer… Report Reply 2 replies · active 276 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 276 weeks ago Need to arrest some dope dealers around here. Too much free-market going on in some of these apts around town at night and its not just pot from colorado they’re selling. Report Reply 0 replies · active 276 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down No name · 276 weeks ago I just watched the last city council meeting. During the meeting Council person Wetta, Korte, and Valentine argued against replacing a police car that had 97000 miles. They also made comments about not wanting to replace another police car with 100000. The city manager and council person Tracy both said that police cars with that amount of miles are unsafe as police cars. I think some of these council people believe we live in Mayberry. Maybe they should wake up and read this website. Between disturbances with a knife and robberies in the county it time they get behind the police department. Report Reply 0 replies · active 276 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 276 weeks ago This is sad….and as for “NO NAME”….97 or 100,000 miles on a car isn’t horrible miles if the vehicle has been maintained….my husband drives his truck with over 200,000 on it from Mayberry to Wichita daily…runs fine….and it isn’t like we don’t have plenty of backup cars in case one goes down…. Report Reply 5 replies · active 276 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 276 weeks ago Arrest some dope dealers. Get a new car. We are not the bottomless pit of money that some, including Shelly, thinks we are. Lets see more busted punk dope peddlers, then we will feel differently about equipment. Until then, do whag the rest of us do… change the oil, get new shocks and tires. Report Reply 0 replies · active 276 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down jcm · 276 weeks ago Someone posted on a facebook buy, sell, trade site the other day asking what the gunshots were about in the same area as this alleged stabbing? The post was later removed. Any word on whether the two incidents are related? Report Reply 0 replies · active 276 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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