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first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has told Republican senators he’s unwilling to settle on too small a coronavirus aid package after meeting for two hours over their slimmed down proposal.,Their $618 billion plan is about a third of what he’s seeking. The Republicans are looking at fewer and smaller benefits, including $1,000 in direct payments to individuals earning up to $40,000 a year, or $80,000 for couples.,Maine Sen. Susan Collins says the meeting at the White House on Monday resulted in no compromise on differences. But she and the other Republicans say there was agreement to keep discussions going.,On Capitol Hill, Democrats pushed ahead to lay the groundwork for passage of their full package without relying on Republican support.last_img read more

first_imgGreens are on everyone’s menu these days: from braised turnip greens and collards to kale juice and Swiss chard slaw. So it may be no surprise that Georgia cattle farmers are even adding kale, turnips and other greens to their pastures to help reduce the amount of hay they have to feed their cows over the winter.Greens — known as brassicas — stay hardy throughout the fall and early winter and reemerge in early spring. This provides cattle a nutrient dense forage source after their traditional forage, bermudagrass, has turned an unappetizingly brown. “Brassicas give us high quality forage in the time of the year when not much else is growing well,” said Dennis Hancock, a University of Georgia Extension forage specialist. “Forage turnips, rape, kale and hybrids of these brassica species have a great fit in Georgia.” Hancock learned more about the benefits of feeding these hardy greens to cattle while on a trip to New Zealand, where most farmers practice intensive rotational grazing practices. The producers there use it to fill a gap in pasture production that lasts just a few weeks, but Hancock recognized that these brassicas would fill a bigger hole in Georgia forage systems. While the low fiber content and high sulfur content can cause problems in cattle if this was the only pasture available, the high protein and carbohydrate content of these alternative forages make them a perfect nutritional supplement or tool for stretching hay supplies, Hancock said. Cattle on forage diets, including brassicas, can gain between 1.8 to 2.6 pounds a day during the winter and early spring, he said. There are brassicas on the market that were bred to be used as forages, including pasture ready varieties of turnips, rape, kale and swedes. All varieties need well-drained soils and no competition to thrive, and should be planted with a seed drill for best results. In Georgia, cattle farmers will need to add brassicas to their pastures between September and early October, so they will be ready to graze in about 60 to 75 days. This practice can extend the grazing period well into late winter. In addition to their benefits to cattle, brassicas — with large fibrous roots — can also help old, compacted pastures. They aerate the soil; trap nitrogen and release it slowly; and provide natural nematicides. Hancock recommends turnips or turnip hybrids like ‘Appin’ or ‘Pasja’ for use in Georgia. While there are brassicas bred specifically for pasture use, many cattle farmers have seen results by incorporating traditional garden variety turnips, like ‘Purpletop.’ Terry Chandler, a Madison County farmer, now has his cows grazing pastures studded with the same turnips that grace many Southern dinner tables. For farmers looking to introduce brassicas into their pastures next growing season, Hancock recommends moving slowly. The brassicas should never make up more than 75 percent of the cattle’s diet because of their low fiber content. Also, cows should be moved into a brassica field slowly, since changing their diets too quickly can cause digestive upset. For more information about brassicas and incorporating them into pastures visit http://georgiaforages.com.last_img read more

first_imgChina’s economy contracted 6.8 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier, shrinking for the first time since at least 1992.Producer prices saw their sharpest fall in four years earlier this week, showing weakening industrial demand.Many Chinese factories are grappling with slashed or cancelled overseas orders after reopening as global demand stays tepid.While the country’s exports saw an unexpected rebound in April, driven in part by demand for medical supplies, imports saw a sharper-than-expected dive, signalling weak domestic demand.Manufacturing surveys in April showed a collapse in export orders.China’s central bank said on Sunday that it would step up policy support for the economy, which would include help for small and medium-sized enterprises.Consumption remained weak with retail sales falling 7.5 percent in April, faster than a forecast 7.0 percent decline.Sales tumbled in the first three months of the year as shops, restaurants and other places with crowds closed across the country.Fixed asset investment fell 10.3 percent in January-April, compared with a forecast 10.0 percent fall and a 16.1 percent decline in January-March.Private sector fixed-asset investment, which accounts for 60 percent of total investment, fell 13.3 percent in January-April, compared with an 18.8 percent decline in the first three months of the year.Topics : China’s industrial output rose 3.9 percent in April from a year earlier, data showed on Friday, expanding for the first time this year as the world’s second-largest economy slowly emerged from its coronavirus lockdown.That was faster than the 1.5 percent increase forecast in a Reuters poll on analysts and followed a 1.1 percent fall in March.After months of lockdowns, China is slowly reopening its economy as the coronavirus outbreak on the mainland has come under control. However, it continues to face major challenges in recovery as the pandemic has now swept the globe, affecting other major economies and trading partners.The National Bureau of Statistics said China’s economy was recovering but still faced many challenges as the coronavirus spread globally.Louis Kuijs, Head of Asia Economics at Oxford Economics, expects a global recession will weigh on China’s recovery.“But China’s growth now relies largely on domestic demand,” he said. “We expect the improvement in consumption momentum to continue, albeit from a weak starting point and gradually, while we see investment outperforming consumption, benefiting from more significant policy support.”last_img read more

first_img West Brom and England Under-21 player Saido Berahino was reportedly punched by a team-mate after failing to apologise for a mistake that led to relegation rivals Cardiff’s late equaliser in a 3-3 Barclays Premier League draw last weekend. West Brom have subsequently played down the incident, while former Swansea captain Monk was involved in a spat with club colleague Chico Flores earlier this season that led to police attending the Welsh team’s training ground. Asked about the West Brom incident, Swans head coach Monk said on Thursday: “I think it shows they (West Brom) want to win. “I am not saying condone it – you shouldn’t be hitting another player, if that’s what happened – but I think it shows they want to win and get out of this situation. “The disappointing thing for me is how those things don’t stay within the changing room. It worries me more who is leaking those stories out. I would prefer those sort of things staying in the confines of the dressing room. “I’ve said all along, these things happen. I have witnessed and been involved in many spats on the training ground. It’s because you want to win. “It could be a five-a-side, and you are on the losing team, someone kicks someone and there is a bit of argy-bargy, but that is because they want to win. “Okay, if it spills over into something else, as a manager and as a club, you obviously discipline them and make sure they don’t go over the top. “With me and Chico, it blew over within the hour. In terms of players and managers, the more you can keep it in house, the better it is. Ninety-nine per cent of the time it isn’t really what it is made out to be.” Top of Monk’s agenda this weekend is securing more league points when they visit Hull on Saturday. Press Association Swansea boss Garry Monk has expressed his disappointment that dressing and training ground bust-ups do not remain in-house. A draw and a win in their last two fixtures against Arsenal and Norwich combined to take Swansea seven points clear of the relegation zone, but Monk added: “We haven’t got enough points to be safe. “It is important we realise the position we are in, which I think we do. We are not safe, we have got a job to do, and we have to do it to the best we can. “I think it is important we finish the season strongly. We have still very much got a job to do, but it is not just about getting safe, it is trying to do that as early as possible and then push on from there. “For me, I want to get a couple more wins, at least, to ensure that we are safe. That is how I feel. “I want to try to win every single game for the rest of the season. If we can’t do that, then we make sure we don’t lose a game. That is the mentality we have to have.” Swansea faced extra demands this season through considerable Europa League commitments – they played 12 qualifiying, group and knockout games before bowing out to Italian heavyweights Napoli – which many pundits feel contributed to their position in the league’s lower half. Monk, though, is concentrated on finishing the campaign strongly, which continues against Hull and then sees them hosting title contenders Chelsea next weekend. “We have had a lot of criticism this year for some of the performances, and quite rightly so,” he said. “I think we want to show a message of intent to take forward that we are a good team, a good club, and when people doubt us this is how we react. That is vitally important in the games left.” last_img read more