Atletico Madrid’s Jose Maria Gimenez has put any thought’s in regards to his future to one side as he prepares to represent Uruguay in the World Cup and he is hopeful of facing Mohamed Salah in their opening gameThe defender has been strongly linked with a move to Atletico’s city rivals Real Madrid this summer with the European champions reportedly prepared to his €60m release clause.However, speaking after Uruguay’s 3-0 friendly win over the 10-man Uzbekistan on Thursday, Gimenez insisted that his sole focus is on the World Cup.“I don’t think on that,” said Gimenez, according to FourFourTwo.“I’m thinking on playing a good tournament and to prepare myself well for it, and that’s all.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“I feel good. I had played a lot of minutes specially at the end of the season and that’s always a plus for me, it gives me confidence. Physically I feel good, mentally I feel even better.”Giorgian De Arrascaeta opened the scoring for Uruguay with Barcelona forward Luis Suarez then doubling the lead from the penalty spot, before Gimenez himself added the third goal to seal the victory.Next up for Uruguay is their World Cup opener against Egypt on June 15 with all the attention set to be on the injured Salah, who remains doubtful for the match.“I hope he goes there, because he wants to play this World Cup. Personally, I like to play against the best players of the world and Salah is one of the best, so I hope he goes,” said Gimenez.“This is like every other cup we had played before. Of course, we are going for the victory, but fear is a factor which plays a role there too,” he added.
Harry Maguire has thanked Leicester City fans for making him feel at home after extending his deal with the club.Maguire penned a new five-year contract to remain with the Foxes until 2023 and revealed the fans were part of the reason he extended his stay.“Ever since I came to the club the supporters have been absolutely brilliant to me,” Maguire told LCFC TV.“The support they have shown even through sticky times last season when we were going through bad patches they stuck right with us and I am looking forward to playing in front of them a lot more.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We have a good group of players here now and great staff, a great team behind us, and I’m looking forward to the future.“It was massive [to win players’ player and supporters’ player of the year] to see the rewards at the end of the season, especially with a personal accolade, as we didn’t pick up any trophies as a team.Maguire featured in the 2-1 loss to Spain in the opener of their Uefa Nations League at Wembley.
Argentina interim manager Lionel Scaloni, spoke about the performance that his players gave against Brazil and was excited about the future.We all were under the impression that this Tuesday’s friendly match between Brazil and Argentina was going to be very different, most of us thought that the Albiceleste didn’t stand a chance against the Canarinha.When the first half whistle sounded, things turned out to be vastly different than what everybody believed was going to happen.Suddenly we started watching a very disputed match in the Middle East, with Argentine actually responding very well to every challenge that Brazil posed to them throughout the 90 minutes.Players like Mauro Icardi or Paulo Dybala were actually not bad during the whole match, what we could see against Brazil is pretty much what the big plan will be for the next Copa America next summer.This squad proved that they can be competitive against one of the best South American squads, and they didn’t even need Lionel Messi to let everybody know that they are not going to give up that easily.In fact, there is a large portion of the Argentinean press that wants Lionel Scaloni to remain as the manager for Argentina but he already confirmed that he will be stepping down.#SelecciónMayor 🎤 @lioscaloni: “Estoy seguro de que jugando de esta manera llegarán muy buenos resultados” https://t.co/djlxEMfsoa pic.twitter.com/bz51FwFjqW— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) October 16, 2018But the AFA should at least make an effort to keep Lionel as the manager, the job that he and all his staff are doing with the youngsters is very convincing and adding Lionel Messi to this very talented group of young players would be very interesting to watch.“Argentina did an incredible performance. I am very happy with what the lads did today. We have to keep working on the same line,” said Scaloni to the AFA official website.“The thought of a draw never crossed our minds. We were always after commitment and staying organized throughout the game, we also wanted to see the young players wearing this shirt.”“This is the only way in which good results will come. Losing like this really hurts, we did it against a squad that has a lot more work than we do, and yet I leave thinking that we are going to be a very difficult opponent to any other team we face with what we did today.”“Thinking about how we received the goal is not worth it. This match was very demanding. The temperature in the stadium was crazy, there were even players with some physical problems and then with yellow cards.”Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“We unfortunately lost the match, but we really wanted to play a great match and I believe we did it. Dybala did a great match, just like Lautaro Martinez did. After both of them stepped out of the pitch, the squad remained together,” he concluded.#NuevoDesafío ¡Final del encuentro! En una de las últimas jugadas, #Brasil 🇧🇷 encontró el gol y superó por la mínima diferencia a @Argentina 🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/sNQwOwwfKM— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) October 16, 2018There is still nothing confirmed about the new Argentina national team, the idea of Gerardo Martino taking the squad again has just been discarded because he apparently has already agreed on taking the Mexican National Team.The rest of the options are very limited, with Cesar Luis Menotti being the best option but still saying no to any approach from AFA due to his differences with the board of directors.The reality here is that Scaloni is the one who should keep the job, there is really no one better suited to take the project with all these young players and make them work as they did this Tuesday.A big card that the manager could play in order to win Lionel Messi’s vote to take the squad, is the great relationship that his assistant manager and the player have.Ever since he was a little boy, it is well known that Lionel Messi was a huge Pablo Aimar fan, and it would be a great deal for the Barcelona player to share the national team with him again.Scaloni and his staff are clearly the best option, but it’s AFA’s decision to make.#NuevoDesafío Buen disparo de Paulo Dybala desde un tiro libre. La pelota se va muy cerca del arco brasilero. pic.twitter.com/Ultx6FrR6K— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) October 16, 2018If not Scaloni then who would you pick as the next Argentina manager? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Livingston boss Gary Holt has hit back at Scotland coach Alex McLeish for comments saying Kieran Tierney sustained an injury because he played on their artificial pitch.McLeish made a connection on Friday saying that all the Celtic players in his squad who played on Livingston’s artificial pitch last Sunday have all reported for international duty with tightness in their legs.Holt was angered by the claim and told Sky Sports: “It’s been well documented the conversations about plastic pitches, but I was at the game and he [Tierney] played 90 minutes.“I think he played 90 minutes on Thursday [against RB Leipzig]. I think all the other boys that played would have been stiff after the game considering the amount they have played.Arsenal suffer huge blow as Lacazette is ruled out until October Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Arsenal announced that striker Alexandre Lacazette has suffered an ankle injury and will be sidelined until October.“Let’s be honest, I think people blame Brexit on Livi’s pitch these days. It’s an excuse that is what it is, people looking for excuses as usual.“The boy is tight, he has played in a lot of games. maybe that is the reason for it. You cannot turn around and blame someone’s pitch, that’s just somebody making an excuse.“It obviously just makes it easier for him because he doesn’t have the headache of who he plays, Andy Robertson or Tierney.”
According to the Bayern Munich coach, the footballer was key for his team to beat Hoffenheim 3-1 in yesterday’s German Bundesliga fixture.Niko Kovac is happy his team won 3-1 against Hoffenheim yesterday in the German Bundesliga.But he’s happier that Leon Goretzka found his game, and was able to deliver a great performance.“Sometimes as a coach, you don’t make such bad decisions,” said coach Kovac to the team’s official website.Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“Against Hoffenheim, we wanted someone who could bring both defensive and attacking qualities to the game. The fact he was rewarded with two goals makes it even nicer.”“The first goal was a bit lucky but the second was quite good,” Goretzka added.“In the first half of the season, I had more defensive duties and played further back. Today I played in the number 10 role. It’s a position I enjoy and where the coach knows I can play.”“He had a good game. He’s adaptable, flexible with an eye for goal,” praised captain Manuel Neuer.
Related Items:grand turk cruise center, souvenir, trash Miss Teen Turks and Caicos Contestants in the House of Assembly Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Cruise Ship suspected of Norovirus due to dock in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, 27 Nov 2014 – A disturbing video posted to Facebook underscores the need for the country’s cruise Capital, Grand Turk to literally clean up its act. A couple was filmed on a mobile device with what could only be a large garbage bag in hand; as they collected trash from along the roadway in Grand Turk. The man and woman cheerfully express that they feel privileged to be in the TCI, and also share that they are taking back as souvenirs, some of the country’s trash. Government Looking for Bids to Rejuvenate Grand Turk
Related Items:Barbadsoa Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBarbados, June 3, 2016 – Provisional figures shared recently by the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) have revealed that arrivals increased 7.4 per cent during the first quarter of 2016 when compared to the previous year.This represented some 184,177 visitors compared to 171,413 during the same period last year.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the BTMI, William Griffith, commended the organisation’s global team for the work it continued to do along with local and international industry partners to keep Barbados top-of-mind among travellers, as well as the travel trade.“Our team has been placing considerable emphasis on business-to-business (B2B) relationships through training for travel agents and participation in trade shows to update these key partners on the latest product developments taking place on the island,” he stated.According to the CEO, a breakdown of the figures showed that the island’s airlift growth strategy in the United States was paying off, with stay over arrivals increasing by 13 per cent in the first quarter of 2016 from that market. This represented a total of 42,383 visitors compared to 37,487 visitor arrivals in 2015.The Canadian market was relatively flat, with a 0.8 per cent decline generating 30,675 stay over arrivals. Arrivals out of the United Kingdom rose by 10 per cent for the 24th consecutive month, to reach 71,263 stay over arrivals.A sluggish European market performance resulted in a decline of 6.1 per cent, representing 13,129 stay over arrivals. Germany, the main producing country, recorded a 7.3 per cent decline to reach just 4,854 visitors.The Caribbean region continued to be a bright spark, with regional travel to Barbados growing by 14.3 per cent. This was led by a 34 per cent increase in travellers arriving from Trinidad and Tobago, or 7,210 stay over visitors. Demand out of other Caribbean countries also increased by 6.4 per cent, with 14,491 visitors registered.On the South and Central American front, there was growth of 2.8 per cent, totalling 2,930 stay over arrivals compared to 2,849 in 2015. Demand out of Brazil declined significantly by 48.2 per cent to 705 visitors.However, this decline was buoyed by a 49.6 per cent growth in visitors from the remaining South and Central American market when some 2,225 arrivals were recorded.Mr. Griffith confirmed that the BTMI global team was already working toward achieving a strong summer with the Crop Over Festival, romance and family travel featuring prominently in their promotional efforts.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 7th – Police arrested one man yesterday after a robbery in Northwest Provo and were much of the early evening searching for a second suspect according to Police press officer, Kevin Clarke. Photos and eyewitnesses spoke of seeing police holding a man at gun point near the Grant’s Gas station on Tom Lightbourne Road and Millennium Highway and later, a photograph of police in the dirt road path near Froggies Restaurant and ATVs, also in the Wheeland area. There was no word on whether that second man was ever caught.
Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 7, 2017 – The embattled National Health Insurance Board in the Turks and Caicos has decided to extend the time away for its CEO, Zaneta Burton who was removed due to serious staff concerns which led to industrial action. Chairman of the NHIB, Delton Jones explained that though Burton returned to work as scheduled today, she was informed that a Human Resources review was still ongoing and it was agreed that her paid leave be extended. Burton, according to a media release met with the Members of the Board and the new Minister of Health, Edwin Astwood and it was described as cordial. Zaneta Burton’s paid leave arrangement was struck under the former PNP Administration, and then Minister of Finance, Washington Misick.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 22nd 2017 – Nassau – The ministry of Health is now looking into protecting Bahamian women who face the risk of developing Cancer. This, according to Minister of Health, Dr. Duane Sands who said that he is now considering putting legislation in place to prevent persons who test positive for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations – which increases a woman’s chance of developing cancer – from being denied health insurance.During his budget address in the House of Assembly last week, Dr. Duane Sands revealed that a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed women who have the BRCA1 mutation on average stand a 72% risk of developing Breast Cancer and a 44% risk of developing Ovarian Cancer. The study also found that persons carrying the BRCA2 gene would have a 69% chance of developing Breast Cancer. As a result, with no current legislation in place, women will face significantly high medical bills or not be able to afford treatment at all, which can prevent them from beating the disease.Dr. Sands added that the study also showed Bahamian women in particular have the highest incidents of BRCA1 and BRCA 2, “which is 800% higher than the world average.” This means, “women in the Bahamas with these genes are three to five times (liable) to get breast and ovarian cancer than those without the genes.”Magnetic Media also understands that there have been discussions between the minister and the Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) concerning the proposed legislation, as Dr. Sands remarked, “we have to protect our people.”Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo
Paul Pogba hopes to use his experience to help the next generation of Manchester United players become the next Class of ’92.The Red Devils have won 10 times and only lost once in 12 games under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer since he replaced Jose Mourinho in December.The Norwegian’s impact at Old Trafford has raised morale within the squad and has seen a notable improvement in form with Pogba.Now the revitalised World Cup winner is hoping to help the younger players make the club “United” once more.“I try to give my experience to the younger ones because I had the chance to play in the World Cup, I’ve played in a Champions League final and a Europa League final,” Pogba told The Sun.“So I try to pass that on to the boys. It is the culture of this club, the generation of (David) Beckham, (Paul) Scholes, (Nicky) Butt, Gary Neville.“When you come from the Academy you want to play for the first team and do great things.“Now you have Marcus Rashford, still very young but talented and a top player, and me and Jesse Lingard who have been playing together for I don’t know how many years.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I once heard that at this club ‘there is no age’. As long as you are ready to play for the team, then let the young players go and just prove themselves. That’s how it is. This is Manchester United. You have the chance at this club.“Young players can come and prove themselves, enjoy themselves and then become top, top players in the first team.”The French midfielder also paid tribute to Solksjaer, who returned to the club he once played for as a striker and has overseen large turnaround in results since his arrival.“Ole has helped me a lot, just like he’s helped all the players. He just brings this happiness, this joy, to us all,” added Pogba.“As an ex-United player he knows the culture, he knows everything about the club and he knows how to talk to the players as well. So it has really been a big help for me.“It has been great to see all the players enjoying it, all playing and working together – and winning together.“That’s what we want because we had a hard start this season. We have gained a bit and are coming back but there is still a lot more to do and we have to keep going.”United will next face Chelsea on Monday at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup for a fifth-round clash.MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 12: Paul Pogba of Manchester United and team mates warm up during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on February 12, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom At least one killed in multi-vehicle crash on I-8 bridge near Pine Valley February 6, 2019 PINE VALLEY (KUSI) – At least one person was killed in a multi-vehicle crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 8 just west of Pine Valley, authorities said.The collision was reported shortly before 5:15 a.m. on westbound Interstate 8 at the bridge over Pine Valley Creek when a pickup truck struck the side of the bridge, leaving the occupants trapped, according to a California Highway Patrol incident log.A motorist in another vehicle stopped at the crash scene and got the occupants out of the pickup, according to the incident log. Then at least two other vehicles slammed into the pickup truck as it was disabled in the left lane of westbound I-8.When CHP officers arrived, one driver was unaccounted for and a search began.The San Diego County Medical Examiner was called to the scene at 6:45 a.m. after authorities located a body under the bridge, the CHP said.No details about the victim were immediately available.CHP officers, paramedics and tow trucks were dispatched to the scene, but no other information was immediately available. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter
Ten arrested at DUI checkpoint in Pacific Beach SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Ten people were arrested in an overnight traffic checkpoint on Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach, police said today.Officers from the Chula Vista Police Department assisted the San Diego Police Department in the checkpoint, which began at 11 p.m. Friday and ended at 3 a.m. Saturday. Eight drivers suspected of drunk driving were arrested at or near the checkpoint, police said. One driver was arrested on suspicion of being drug-impaired and one person was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public.Four citations were issued and nine vehicles were impounded. A total of 2,064 vehicles went through the checkpoint at 2400 Grand Ave. Of those vehicles, 250 were screened. Of those screened vehicles, 11 drivers were evaluated.Drivers convicted of driving impaired can expect jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses exceeding $10,000, according to police.Another checkpoint or DUI saturation patrol was scheduled for later Saturday. July 13, 2019 Updated: 4:33 PM Posted: July 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Farmers and other Commodity Classic attendees will once again have the opportunity to welcome U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to the annual convention and trade show for corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers. For the fifth year in a row, the secretary will deliver a keynote address to an expected crowd of more than 6,000 during the event’s General Session, scheduled on Friday, Feb. 28, in San Antonio, Texas.“We are honored to welcome Secretary Vilsack—someone who has been a strong advocate and voice for agriculture-to a conference that is both focused on and led by farmers,” said American Soybean Association President Ray Gaesser. “As we face many challenges in this industry throughout this next year— trade agreements and access, conservation and water quality, moving the RFS forward and access to innovative technology—we are excited to hear the secretary speak on these issues and other important topics that impact farmers who grow the nation’s food.”“Secretary Vilsack has done a lot to support our growers, and to encourage all farmers to speak out and represent their industry at a time when the general public is more removed than ever from the farms that feed them,” said National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre. “We’re looking forward to his visit to Commodity Classic so he can speak with our growers and learn more about our great efforts to rebuild consumer trust in what we do.”Secretary Vilsack was appointed by President Barack Obama as the 30th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and took office in January 2009. He was reappointed soon after the president’s reelection in 2012. Previously, Vilsack served two terms as governor of Iowa.The 19th annual Commodity Classic is Feb. 27-March 1, 2014, along the banks of the famous River Walk at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Tex.Presented annually by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show. The event offers a wide range of learning and networking opportunities for growers in the areas of production, policy, marketing, management and stewardship—as well as showcasing the latest in equipment, technology and innovation. Check out the 2014 Commodity Classic website www.commodityclassic.com for additional information.
The American Soybean Association (ASA) and DuPont are seeking applicants for the 2015 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program. For more than 30 years, the ASA DuPont Young Leader program has identified and developed grower leaders that truly shape the future of agriculture.“The ASA DuPont Young Leader program has shaped not only the soybean industry but all of agriculture,” said Ray Gaesser (Iowa), ASA President. “The program provides industry leading training in an environment that fosters collaboration between farmers throughout the U.S. Participants not only gain ‘real-world’ experience but build lifetime friendships. When the program started more than 30 years ago, it was a game changer, recognizing the importance of both women and young people in agriculture. We’re grateful to DuPont for their continuing support of the program.”The ASA DuPont Young Leader program is a challenging and educational two-part training program. Phase I of the training will take place at the DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, Nov. 18-21, 2014. The program continues Feb. 24-28, 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz., with training held in conjunction with the 20th annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.The ASA DuPont Young Leader program offers the opportunity for participants to strengthen their natural leadership skills, expand their agricultural knowledge and develop strong peer relationships with other soybean growers from across the country.Applications are being accepted online now! Interested applicants should click here for additional program information and to apply.ASA, its 26 state affiliates including the Grain Farmers of Ontario and DuPont will work together to identify the top producers to represent their state as part of this program. One couple or individual per state will be selected to participate.
The American Soybean Association (ASA) this week urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to add soybeans to a proposed registration of the pesticide sulfoxaflor and expressed several concerns with the label.“Our experience in trying to manage soybean aphid, in particular, requires different modes of action and a commitment to insect resistance management. Sulfoxaflor is an important part of that strategy,” ASA states in the letter. “While it is has come under scrutiny for adverse effects on honeybees, in fact sulfoxaflor is a more pollinator-friendly product than other alternatives.”ASA pointed out that the pesticide is better than its alternatives because it is non-toxic to fish and has low risk to mammals and birds.“Sulfoxaflor fits well as a critical tool in Integrated Pest Management programs, replacing multiple applications of compounds with a higher risk to humans and/or non-target organisms,” the letter states. “Due to its unique chemistry and lack of cross-resistance to the neonicotinoid and other classes of insecticides, sulfoxaflor can be a valuable tool in managing pesticide resistance.”ASA also expressed concerns that the proposed registration attempts to manage off-site risk to pollinators with a proposal to require a downwind 12-foot buffer, particularly that it would led to additional applications to control the pests that were not sprayed in an initial application.“Finally, the proposed registration asks for comment on restricting tank mixes. ASA opposes restrictions on tank mixing for the many reasons EPA acknowledges in the registration documents,” the letter states.Click here to read the entire letter.
The farmers of the American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed news today that the European Commission will re-extend authorization for the herbicide glyphosate for another 18 months. ASA President and Greenwood, Del., soybean farmer Richard Wilkins noted in a statement that the announcement comes as only temporary relief for American farmers searching for certainty in the European marketplace:“An 18-month extension gives U.S. farmers and exporters the assurance that they will at least have access to the European market for that period of time. Clearly that’s not the certainty the industry needs, but it’s better than nothing. That said, we are still extraordinarily frustrated by the unscientific approach in the EU. Remember, the European Food Safety Authority found that glyphosate is safe. Given this repeatedly proven fact, it’s a relief that the Commission decided to step in and issue this reauthorization, even after the Council of Ministers was unable to find the support among its members to affirm the EFSA finding. Continued progress is needed, however. A logical and welcomed next step will be for the EU to finalize approval of the three pending biotech varieties. With that approval, our farmers can move forward with the certainty they need.”
The American Soybean Association submitted a statement to the Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on Thursday, urging the development of a 2018 Farm Bill that includes an Energy Title and mandatory funding for priority programs.There are several energy title programs important to soybean producers, including the Biobased Market Program, the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program and the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels.“ASA recognizes that these Energy Title programs do not have baseline going forward, increasing the challenge of extending these programs and building on the benefits they have provided,” ASA states in the comments. “However, these programs remain high priorities for ASA and we believe that the relatively low cost and the benefits they provide warrant their continuation with an increased level of mandatory funding.”The Biobased Market Program is an effective and important program for promoting the emerging biobased industry, which has significant potential to enhance agricultural markets, meet the growing demand for biobased alternatives in chemicals, plastics, cleaners and other industrial products, and contribute new jobs to the economy.The Biodiesel Education Program plays a vital role in helping expand marketplace acceptance and use of biodiesel as a low-carbon, renewable diesel replacement fuel. It supports technical outreach efforts to engine manufacturers, truckers, and fuel marketers that allow the use of higher biodiesel blends in conventional diesel applications. Specifically, the biodiesel education program had a large part to play in building automakers trust in, and support for, biodiesel blends and growing the number of terminals, distributors, and retail outlets carrying biodiesel.The Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels is a program of significant interest and opportunity for producers of bioenergy and bioproducts, particularly biodiesel. The biodiesel industry is still establishing itself in the competitive fuels marketplace and the Bioenergy Program plays a beneficial role is supporting domestic producers facing market fluctuations and uncertainty and competition from subsidized foreign biomass-based diesel imports.For the soybean industry, biodiesel provides a valuable market for soybean oil that has historically provided a drag on overall soybean prices and it has provided an outlet and market for soybean oil whose use in food production for baking and frying has declined due to trans fat issues.“While ASA recognizes the funding challenges that exist, we believe that the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels can continue to play a role in supporting the development of advanced biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products and we support the reauthorization and funding of the program in the next Farm Bill,” ASA states.
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