Colombian autoworker ends hunger strike

first_imgLeft, Jorge Parra of GM hunger strikers in Colombia with Martha Grevatt at Sept. 10 Detroit meeting.WW photo: Abayomi AzikiweDetroit — After 72 heroic days, Jorge Parra, the president of Asotrecol, the Association of Injured Workers and Ex-workers of General Motors Colmotores in Colombia, ended his liquid-only fast on Jan. 31.In a statement announcing the lifting of the hunger strike, Asotrecol said Parra “took this step in anticipation of a close cooperation between Asotrecol and U.S. labor in working for a just resolution with [GM] at the corporate level of the grievances arising from the unjust and illegal firings of autoworkers hurt on the job at GM’s Colombian subsidiary, Colmotores. Asotrecol’s tent occupation across the street from the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, in its 550th day at the beginning of February, continues, as does the campaign to compel General Motors to agree to redress this injustice.”Asotrecol’s goal has been justice for the hundreds of Colombian GM workers fired after suffering injuries caused by the terrible conditions inside the Bogota plant. The pressure campaign began when 68 injured workers set up an encampment outside the U.S. Embassy in Bogota on Aug. 1, 2011. Showing incredible courage and fortitude, a small group of workers and families has kept the occupation going over 18 months.A year after starting the occupation, these workers went on hunger strike, sewing their lips shut. Later in August, Asotrecol rejected an insulting GM offer of compensation to the workers still in the encampment. The second hunger strike was suspended when it appeared that discussions between GM and the United Auto Workers would lead to a solution.Parra has been in Detroit since Sept. 4 trying to get a meeting with GM corporate executives to present extensive documentation of the working conditions that left workers incapable of working and the corrupt practices that led to their denial of workers’ compensation. Parra’s third hunger strike began Nov. 20 when it was clear there had been no movement on the part of GM toward resolution of the workers’ claims.The international movement in solidarity with Asotrecol — whose primary demand is reintegration into the GM workforce on jobs the workers can perform with their limitations — has engaged in demonstrations, social media protests, solidarity fasts, auto dealer visits, media exposure, fundraising for the encampment families and, most recently, an Occupy Wall Street-style “mic check” inside Detroit’s North American International Auto Show.During his stay in Detroit, Parra has spoken at meetings of unions, churches, housing rights activists, students, peace groups and others, and attended actions supporting Walmart workers, in solidarity with Palestine and Venezuela, to stop foreclosures and other struggles.While there may be new signs that the situation of Asotrecol workers is closer to being resolved, protests will continue until GM agrees to review Parra’s extensive evidence of the injustice perpetrated by GM Colmotores. While GM is celebrating billions of dollars in record profits, Asotrecol’s supporters are crashing the party and exposing the brutal working conditions in one of the corporation’s most profitable plants.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Mass outrage over cops’ near-lynching of Black autoworker in Detroit

first_imgSolidarity with Floyd Dent, April 1. WW photo: Martha GrevattDetroit — Millions of people around the United States have seen the video of the brutal beating and choking of Detroit resident Floyd Dent by police in nearby Inkster, Mich. A squad car’s dashboard camera documented the Jan. 28 assault and the video has since been widely viewed.After being pulled over for an alleged stop sign violation, Dent opened his car door and showed his hands. He was immediately dragged from his vehicle, punched, put in a headlock and tasered three times by police. Dent spent two days in the hospital with four broken ribs, a fractured left orbital and blood on the brain.Dent, a 37-year Ford worker and member of United Auto Workers Local 600, has mass support. Dozens packed the courtroom on April 1 when he pled not guilty to drug possession. After viewing the video, a judge had previously thrown out charges of assault and resisting arrest. Judge David Groner granted a two-week postponement for discovery purposes. Close to 100 supporters picketed the Inkster police station that afternoon.Dent’s attorney, Gregory Rohl, is still seeking the names of all the officers involved in the beating as well as the mug shot video that shows the extent of Dent’s injuries. Speaking to the media, Rohl challenged the police claim that crack cocaine was found in the vehicle. The video showed a police dog detecting nothing and the bag of “evidence” does not have Dent’s fingerprints. Dent also aced a polygraph.Several hundred people marched April 3 from the site of the beating to the police station. The march was called by the Michigan chapters of the National Action Network along with the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Take on Hate. Supporters included Detroit Black Lives Matter, the Moratorium NOW! Coalition, the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, the Detroit Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, retired Rev. Ed Rowe of Central United Methodist Church, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., former state Rep. Rashida Tlaib and several dozen UAW activists.The Detroit suburb of Inkster is nearly 75 percent African American. Over 80 percent of the police force is white, including the chief. With the exception of William Melendez, who is Latino, all of the cops at the scene of Dent’s beating were white.Melendez, who was seen punching Dent in the head at least 16 times, earned the nickname “Robocop” during his 16 years on the Detroit police force. By the time his scandal-ridden career there ended in 2009 over falsified reports, he had developed a reputation for wrongfully arresting people, planting fake evidence and lying under oath to cover up his misdeeds. He shot and killed Lou Adkins in 1996 and Ernest Crutchfield III in 2003, both unarmed. At one point, Robocop led the department in citizen complaints and lawsuits filed against an officer.In 2010, Inkster hired Melendez, fully aware of his record. Inkster police Chief Vicki Yost also came from the Detroit force. As partner of officer Eugene Brown when he murdered Lamar Grable in 1996, she testified on Brown’s behalf in a civil lawsuit. Despite this and other controversies, Yost moved up the ladder in Detroit but left in 2014 to become Inkster’s head cop. The protests have demanded that Robocop and Yost be fired.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Una tragedia y una victoria

first_imgTanto la supremacía blanca como la intolerancia fanática contra las/os musulmanes y otras/os inmigrantes no son sólo deplorables. Son asesinas y deben ser combatidas. Durante las últimas semanas se ha visto tanto una tragedia como una victoria en esta lucha tan importante.En Portland, Oregón, varios hombres blancos que llegaron a la defensa de dos mujeres musulmanas en un tren el 26 de mayo fueron apuñalados, dos de ellos hasta la muerte, por un hombre blanco que gritaba palabras de odio anti-musulmán. No cabe duda de que este comportamiento violento y vicioso ha sido estimulado y reforzado por el racista de la Casa Blanca.Pero también demuestra que hay muchas personas valientes en este país dispuestas a oponerse a la ofensiva racista que Trump y sus compañeros de la clase dominante han desatado deliberadamente para desviar la atención de su criminal desmantelamiento de la red de seguridad social en la que millones confían, por inadecuada que sea.En el mismo período, una victoria histórica del pueblo contra la supremacía blanca fue ganada el 19 de mayo en Nueva Orleans.Ese día, la estatua del general confederado Robert E. Lee fue sacada de su pedestal y llevada a un lugar desconocido. Lee fue el comandante en jefe de los ejércitos de los “Estados Confederados de Estados Unidos”, secesionistas y esclavistas del siglo XIX. Su estatua fue el último de cuatro prominentes monumentos de los ECEU que fueron removidos recientemente en Nueva Orleans.Durante las últimas seis décadas, activistas anti-racistas y por los derechos civiles han luchado por la eliminación de estos símbolos racistas. La última lucha, dirigida por Take ‘Em Down NOLA, comenzó en el 2015.Esto coincidió con una ola de acciones contra las banderas y los monumentos confederados provocados por el asesinato masivo de feligreses negros en una iglesia de Charleston, Carolina del Sur, por el blanco supremacista Dylann Roof el 17 de junio de 2015. Diez días más tarde, la activista Bree Newsome escaló heroicamente el asta en el capitolio estatal de Columbia, y físicamente eliminó la bandera confederada.Larga historia de racismo y lucha en Nueva OrleansLas/os activistas de NOLA contra las estatuas confederadas, poseían determinación similar mientras persistían con marchas y mítines para retirar estos símbolos mientras las autoridades de la ciudad y del estado permitían que racistas, neofascistas y miembros del Ku Klux Klan acamparan por semanas para “custodiar” los monumentos.Los racistas parecían dispuestos a disparar a la gente para mantener en su lugar algo más que los monumentos que se avecinaban, algo más que una versión mentirosa de la historia que deliberadamente no recuerda que Nueva Orleáns fue una vez el mayor mercado de los Estados Unidos para la venta de personas africanas esclavizadas.Lo que estos derechistas quieren preservar es el sistema de racismo y opresión económica que los monumentos siguen representando.¿Podemos olvidar el tratamiento asesino de las personas negras en Nueva Orleans durante y después del desastre del huracán Katrina? El racismo institucionalizado tiene una larga historia.Después de la abolición de la esclavitud y del fin de la Guerra Civil, y durante la época de la Reconstrucción, los poderes económicos se esforzaron por negar la libertad legal y económica a los afrodescendientes en los EUA. Una táctica fue la infame sentencia Plessy v. Ferguson, de 1896, de la Corte Suprema de EUA que dio el visto bueno a las leyes racistas de “Jim Crow” separadas-y-desiguales. El caso fue traído originalmente por Homer Plessy, un hombre de color libre arrestado y condenado después de desafiar la segregación al sentarse en un vagón para blancos  en un ferrocarril de Nueva Orleans.Es significativo que la primera estatua confederada arrancada en Nueva Orleans celebraba la Batalla de Liberty Place, cuando una insurrección en 1874 por una organización racista paramilitar trató de derrocar al gobierno estatal birracial de Luisiana elegido por negros libres y blancos aliados.No es casualidad que en la actualidad haya una mayor organización por elementos fascistas y neonazis de derecha, algunos de ellos en defensa de banderas y monumentos confederados. Estas tácticas tienen por objeto impedir la solidaridad de las/os trabajadores mediante la creación de divisiones por nacionalidad, religión, trabajo, y otras diferencias.Este aumento en la reacción terrorista se produce en un momento en que las/os trabajadores y oprimidos se están levantando mientras las corporaciones cortan puestos de trabajo en busca de mayores ganancias y la administración Trump intenta destrozar la red de seguridad social con el fin de financiar la máquina de guerra imperialista. Una vez más, las grandes empresas necesitan en el terreno las amenazas estilo KKK contra los avances progresistas.Pero tenemos que recordar que los “líderes” con mentalidad klan también están en trajes, uniformes y túnicas judiciales. Están presentes en las salas de juntas corporativas, legislaturas, tribunales y fuerzas policiales.Las directivas y leyes que prohíben la remoción de los monumentos de ECEU han sido aprobadas por el gobernador de Alabama y la legislatura de Carolina del Norte. A nivel nacional, la racista administración Trump ataca a los pueblos y trabajadoras/es oprimidos, intentando hacer retroceder sus logros de décadas.No estamos en una lucha por los “símbolos”. Estamos en una lucha por la justicia y la libertad que se ha librado en esta tierra desde que los primeros “conquistadores” europeos invadieron el hogar de los pueblos indígenas y procedieron a enriquecer la clase dominante europea mediante el genocidio, la esclavitud y la opresión.Nueva Orleans nos ofrece otra historia, si aprendemos. La rebelión más grande de esclavos en EUA ocurrió allí en 1811, conducida por Charles Deslondes. Llamada la Rebelión de la Costa Alemana, fue llevada a cabo por un ejército heroico de más de 200 personas luchando con azadas, hachas y cuchillos de caña por su libertad – física, jurídica y económica.A medida que las estatuas caen, Nueva Orleans nos ofrece la lección de resistencia continua – y el ejemplo de la victoria.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

In the midst of COVID-19 crisis, sex workers need solidarity — WW interview

first_imgThe criminalization and stigmatization of sex work in the U.S. have always put sex workers at risk. Due to puritanical legislation such as FOSTA/SESTA and the new EARN IT Act, sex workers — many of whom are Black, Brown and/or transgender — have fallen victim to housing instability, severe poverty, lack of access to health care and violence. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these obstacles for sex workers nationwide. In an interview with Allison James, a nonbinary sex worker, Doris Hiegl, a Workers World correspondent with the Philadelphia branch, learned of the plight of sex workers in the U.S. during this pandemic and how the movement can help.Workers World: How long have you been a sex worker?Allison James: I’ve been doing sex work for four years. I started out doing verbal domination for people. Full-service sex work was a week after because I was like, “Well, I can just do this all the way, right?” And so I’ve bobbed back in between domming, verbal sex work and stripping for about four years in varying degrees.WW: What is considered “full-service sex work”?AJ: Full-service sex work is considered any work that has sexual contact. There’s a lot of openness on the phrase. If you feel like you’re doing full-service sex work, then you’re probably doing full-service sex work. If you wanted a hard definition on that, it’s engaging in anything that would cause fluid emission.WW: What forms of sex work were you doing before the COVID-19 pandemic started?AJ: Stripping, some low-level domination, and I had just started out with sugaring clientele, which is a format of full-service sex work.WW: How has the pandemic specifically affected you as a sex worker?AJ: I haven’t had any work since March 16. My work is all contact work. A pandemic with a transmittal virus means that all-contact sex work isn’t allowed, and so it’s moved completely online. If I wanted to still make money doing sex work, that would be how I would do it, which requires an insane level of resources to even start that career. On top of that, creating clientele [on] that [platform] is really difficult.WW: The U.S. government is excluding sex workers from the small business bailout bill. How will this affect sex workers?AJ: Most sex workers are their own business. In the same way that I joke with people about having to work on my body and everything that I put [on] and use to create my body, the way that it is, my body is my job. Sex workers are a huge part of small businesses. Most sex workers are not just — not that it’s a bad thing to just be doing sex work — but a lot of them are using it as a jumping off place for their future careers. A lot of people are using it to build businesses.I know so many sex workers who have businesses that they are very legitimately supporting through sex work and/or are sex work-style businesses. Excluding people for their apparent sexual nature is puritanical and completely ridiculous. They’re also excluding people who sell sex toys — on the lowest level of what can be considered sexual labor. They’re doing this broad sweep based on what they think is allowed, not what the need is.WW: What demands would you like to raise? What aid do sex workers need right now?AJ: Oh my God. Give hookers money. Give hookers money. Find a way to put them inside. Give full-service street-level workers so much support right now. A ton of other workers: Yes, we lost our jobs. Yes, we lost our income. A lot of people are hurting, and it’s hard to pick who’s hurting the most, but it’s street-level workers. Get them help. They don’t have the ability to just take time off, and they just got hit by FOSTA/SESTA laws that shoved a lot of inside workers outside too. It changed the market. They don’t have an inside. A lot of full-service sex workers are homeless. [Many] are trans. They are very, very marginalized people who don’t have access to care and protection and to six feet of distance and nonfluid exchange. They were already hurting to begin with. We should be supporting hookers full-stop.Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA (SWOP) is the easiest way to get in contact with sex workers in need. They’re giving cash directly to full-service sex workers right now. There’s a chapter in almost every major city, and there’s quite a few in minor cities. A lot of them also do harm reduction. They’re a good place [to give] monetary support. You can also get in contact with them and see if you can distribute supplies, or you can offer and donate supplies like food, baby wipes, shoes, clothing [and] condoms.Lobby your senators. I’ve literally heard no non-sex workers talk about the EARN IT Act. Have you heard about that?WW: I haven’t.AJ: Ooo! Spicy! So, during the pandemic, the government is trying to push through a bill that would take away end-to-end encryption in text messages and emails, which means that they can read [everything]. Go sign the petition against it. (tinyurl.com/tkp7b5t) The only people I see talking about it are sex workers, because sex workers are going to get thrown in jail the second that comes into order. The rest of you are probably going to get your nudes seen by FBI Joe, but sex workers are going to die. That’s going on right now, while we’re all losing our jobs and have no way of contacting people. Lobby your senators.Also, self-educate. There’s so much information out there. You have access to a lot of information about sex workers, and I think the only people whom I see educating and really trying with these issues are sex workers, because we’re the ones it’s going to affect. But we’re the voice that’s not being listened to anyway. They don’t [care] about us.WW: Are there any other issues you would like to address in this interview?AJ: I see a lot of people taking information [from] and co-opting sex work styles and stuff and language and using the voices of sex workers and the information of sex workers and the art of sex workers, and literally everything that sex workers do — because it’s a huge group of people — to profit from that pain and that misery and all that sex workers have to go through. They just put it out in these think pieces that are like, “Oh, think about the sex workers.” And it doesn’t actually happen and the only people that are getting paid are the people who wrote the piece. I see a lot of that.I see a lot of people who tokenize sex workers. All work is part of capitalist exploitation. Sex work is no different. We’re not campaigning to be seen as better than other workers. We’re campaigning to just be seen as human and to be able to get workers’ rights, a union and some level of protection. That’s it. It’s not that huge of a difference [from other workers]. Like, if you’re going to lobby for McDonald’s workers, lobby for sex workers too. You can do both.WW: James has also requested that funds be sent to their CashApp account ($lunchmunny) as well as to the CashApp of one of their sex worker members ($dreadedjinx). They are distributing funds sent to these CashApp accounts to sex workers in need. Anyone who sends funds to these accounts must specify in a note whether it is for distribution or for the owner of the CashApp account. Please also be respectful and do not leave any sexual notes.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Justice for Ahmaud!

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this On May 16, hundreds of people from Brunswick and Glynn Counties joined a car caravan filled with community members and activists from Atlanta to demand the removal of two local district attorneys. The DAs, Jackie Johnson and George Barnhill, had failed to press charges against the father-and-son duo of Gregory and Travis McMichael for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.Brunswick, Ga., May 16.These two white men are residents of Satilla Shores, on the outskirts of the majority Black city of Brunswick. On Feb. 23, they armed themselves and, in a pickup truck, chased and killed Arbery, who was Black, as he was out jogging. Both DAs had access to a video showing the unprovoked and racist attack. When finally released to the public on April 5, the video enraged and motivated a global solidarity movement, #IRunWithMaud. In Brunswick, the rally took to the streets to call for justice for Ahmaud. Ongoing actions are planned to keep up the momentum throughout Georgia, as more and more information about the racist “good ol’ boy” behavior of the police and the DA’s offices is exposed.last_img read more

Indaina Pork Producers Help Feed Hurricane Victims

first_img The Pork Checkoff’s event trailer traveled to the East Coast last week to assist in feeding victims of Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record to hit the northeast coast. Although 24 states have been impacted by the storm, the hurricane hit New York and New Jersey especially hard, flooding numerous streets, tunnels and subway lines, as well as cutting off electricity to parts of the city and its suburbs. In response, pork producers from several states rolled up their sleeves to help feed those impacted by the storm. “The event trailer, a mobile kitchen equipped with grills and cooking supplies, traveled to New Jersey to offer assistance serving pork products to those in need,” said Conley Nelson president of the National Pork Board. “This is just another way pork producers demonstrate that they care for people and their communities.” Eight states donated assistance through monetary support – California, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Utah. Six states provided support by sending volunteers, including Iowa, Indiana, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Dakota.Industry partners Smithfield Foods, Johnsonville and Hatfield Brands offered support through product donations. Smithfield donated 2,000 pounds of pork loin; Johnsonville contributed 8,000 pork patties; and Hatfield supplied 51 cases of boneless half loins and seven cases of sausage grillers, equating to 2,365 total pounds. “The Pork Checkoff and America’s pork producers are grateful for these contributions, which made the relief effort a success,” said Nelson. “This was a great opportunity for producers to give back to those on the East Coast who were hit hard by the hurricane.”Source: National Pork Board Previous articleIndiana 4-H, FFA, and Farmers Address Hunger in IndianaNext articleSeed Consultants 1:38 update with Gary Wilhelmi 11/13/2012 Gary Truitt SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Indaina Pork Producers Help Feed Hurricane Victims SHARE Contributing to a better quality of life in producers’ communities is one of the six ethical principles of the We CareSM initiative, a joint effort of the Pork Checkoff, through the National Pork Board, and the National Pork Producers Council.Producers spent the first two days serving pork loins and brat patties at the Ocean Co. YMCA in Tom’s River, N.J. The remainder of the week was spent at the Brick Township Police Athletic League in Brick, N.J., in collaboration with Operation BBQ Relief. In all, 9,000 servings – 200 boneless loins, 306 boneless half loins, 64 cases of brat patties and two cases of Italian sausage grillers – were distributed over the course of the week to New Jersey residents. Extra product was donated to Operation BBQ Relief to continue distribution in Brick, N.J. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Nov 13, 2012 Indaina Pork Producers Help Feed Hurricane Victimslast_img read more

Indiana’s Leadership in Renewable Energy Draws National Attention

first_img By Gary Truitt – Oct 9, 2014 Previous articlePeople who hate GMOsNext articleSoybean Exports Increase for Fifth Consecutive Week Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter SHARE Indiana’s Leadership in Renewable Energy Draws National AttentionDon VillwockA group of national leaders has come to Indiana to see the advances our state has made in renewable energy and the role that agriculture has played in its development. The group toured the Hoosier State on Thursday looking at the progress that has been made in renewable biofuels, solar, and wind energy. Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock said Indiana is a leader in the development new sources of energy, “We have the second largest biodiesel plant in the world at Claypool, IN, and 13 very progressive ethanol plants that have really developed the market in this state.”  Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann spoke to the delegation and said much of this credit for the development of the renewable energy sector in Indiana is agriculture, “We are very proud of agriculture and the leadership role it has played in renewable fuels in our state, and we expect this to continue.”  She added that Indiana also has a wealth of traditional energy sources including a 300 year supply of coal and supply of oil in the Illinois basin.Ellspermann hinted at a new state energy policy that is under development and will beSue Ellspermannrolled out next month.  State Director of Agriculture Ted McKinney said his department has been at the table during the development of this policy and sees agriculture as playing a key role in the development of new sources of renewable energy.General Donald Hoffman,The Hoosier State is also a hotbed of innovation when it comes to new sources of energy, including the wind farm in Benton County, the solar project in Tipton County, and the methane digester at the Fair Oaks Dairy in Jasper County that is turning animal waste into natural gas.   The group toured the Fair Oaks farm along with several other locations in the state. They also got a briefing on new cellulosic research at Purdue University. U.S. Air Force General Donald Hoffman, retired, a member of the delegation, told HAT that Indiana is on the cutting edge of the next generation of renewable energy, “Indiana agriculture has found ways to use the waste from agricultural production to create energy; that is a win/win situation for everyone.”  Hoffman said developing new sources of energy is vital for national security.The tour was sponsored by the 25×25 Initiative, whose goal is to have 25% of our nation’s energy needs come from renewable sources by the year 2025. Currently, the group says 11% of the nation’s energy comes from renewable resources. Home News Feed Indiana’s Leadership in Renewable Energy Draws National Attention SHARE Facebook Twitter Indiana’s Leadership in Renewable Energy Draws National Attentionlast_img read more

Harvest Forecast says Plenty of Field Time Ahead

first_img Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Oct 6, 2017 SHARE Another-dry-stretch-comingThe HAT weekly harvest weather forecast update comes on the heels of some rainy conditions for parts of Indiana and accompanying delays in harvest activity. Hoosier Ag Today chief meteorologist Ryan Martin says it does look like the coming week will bring another lengthy run of dry weather. But the dry stretch isn’t here yet.“Heavy rains from Friday may leak over into Saturday in parts of the Hoosier state,” he said. “I don’t think coverage is going to be that spectacular, but I will not waive the all clear flag on rain in Indiana until sometime Saturday midday to late afternoon. Even then it comes with a bit of a caveat as we see Hurricane Nate come up. The remains of Nate will then try to sweep across the far eastern Corn Belt. I think it impacts Ohio greatly, but we might see a little bit of moisture in far southeastern parts of Indiana next Monday and into Tuesday. So, keep an eye on that. The rest of the state dries down.”Martin says after the hurricane remains pass, strong high pressure will be the rule over much of Indiana.Ryan Martin“I think we see dry weather Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, basically right on through the 15th into the 16th of October. That means we should be able to get back to harvest as there were some areas that didn’t get nearly as much rain over the past few days. those areas will dry down the quickest. We’ll see nice breezy conditions this week coming up which will also aid in dry down, so yes we’ve had a slowdown in harvest activity, but it does not last long term.”The harvest weather forecast is sponsored by Seed Consultants and Kokomo Grain, and if you would like it emailed to you, sign up at www.hoosieragtoday.com. Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Harvest Forecast says Plenty of Field Time Ahead Harvest Forecast says Plenty of Field Time Ahead SHARE Previous articleMr. McKinney Goes to WashingtonNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for October 6, 2017 Andy Eubanklast_img read more

USDA $12 Billion Plan is for 2018 Crop Year

first_img SHARE USDA-on-tariff-assistance-planThe U.S. Agriculture Department has authorized up to $12 billion to be paid out to US farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue says the funds will help a broad number of farmers deal with the cost of “disruptive markets.” Perdue says these programs are intended for this production season.As the agriculture secretary and other senior USDA officials emphasize, the programs designed to mitigate tariff impacts on producers are short term in nature. Perdue told reporters Wednesday that specific emphasis is on helping farmers and ranchers through the 2018 crop and production year.“We know that these markets equilibrate over a period of time, as they always do, but these are things that producers, when they planted in the spring had no idea they were coming about,” he explained.The secretary does not expect as much trade disruption damage in future years, in part through resolution of existing trade disputes, new markets, and grower decisions going forward.“Farmers are smart,” Perdue said. “They will make their planning decisions for ’19 based on where the markets look like they are there.”USDA chief economist Dr. Rob Johansson says USDA will administer three programs.“We’ve got a market facilitation program, and that’s going to provide payments directly to producers of soybeans, sorghum, corn, wheat, cotton, dairy and hogs. We’ve got another program called the food purchase and distribution program, and that’s going to seek to go out and purchase additional surplus that we’re seeing as a result of illegal tariff action for commodities like fruit, nuts, rice, legumes, beef, pork and milk for distribution to our nutrition programs and food banks.”Additionally, the agency is looking to extend and develop new markets with the assistance of the private sector. Johansson says that will not be targeted at specific commodities, just an overall effort to build markets domestically and globally.Secretary Perdue says the plan doesn’t require congressional approval and rollout is being planned for the Labor Day time frame.Source: USDA Facebook Twitter USDA $12 Billion Plan is for 2018 Crop Year By Andy Eubank – Jul 25, 2018 SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA $12 Billion Plan is for 2018 Crop Year Previous articleIndiana Senator Donnelly is on Senate Ag Committee and Challenger Braun would Love to Be on It on the HAT Wednesday Morning EditionNext articleFirst Farmers Bank & Trust to Open New Branches Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Drones Fly and Rain Falls in Demonstrations at Indiana Farm Expo…

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Drones Fly and Rain Falls in Demonstrations at Indiana Farm Expo Beginning… Drones Fly and Rain Falls in Demonstrations at Indiana Farm Expo Beginning TodayThe Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo kicks off today in the West Pavilion of the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It all begins with Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch at 9am as she kicks off the show and a donation will be made to the Indiana FFA Foundation from the Expo. Demonstrations will begin at 10:30 in the newly formed Demonstration Zone sponsored by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.Purdue Extension Coordinator for digital agriculture, John Scott, says drones will be flying in the West Pavilion, and men with those pesky bald spots coming in may want to wear a hat!“With the televisions that we have here, we’ll beam what the drone sees through the camera onto the television, so folks can actually see what the drone sees and see what we see when we fly.”Nine different Extension educators will be on hand throughout the Expo to share how they use the information they get from their drones.“We have educators that have done corn and soybean fields, flown those and looked at things, we’ve got folks that have done some work with livestock, we’ve got some folks have done some work with ponds looking at fish and vegetation growth in that, and we’ve got some folks that have looked at some structures.”Purdue Extension will be doing drone demos at 10:30, 12:30, and 2:30 each day of the Expo. NRCS will also be demonstrating the Demonstration Zone at 11:30 and 1:30 each day with their rainfall simulator.NRCS State Soil Specialist Stephanie McLain told HAT, “Under this rainfall simulation, we have soils and these soils are under different types of management and we look at how that management affects the ability of that soil to function. Our soil has really important functions that we take for granted such as infiltration, providing nutrients to our crops, holding water when we need it for later in the growing season. All of these things occur, and our management of that soil really affects how well that soil can do those things.”The full demonstration and seminar schedule can be found at www.indianafarmexpo.com. Drones Fly and Rain Falls in Demonstrations at Indiana Farm Expo Beginning Today By Eric Pfeiffer – Dec 10, 2018 Previous articleIndiana Farm Bureau Looks Toward 2019; Schneider to Speak at Indiana Farm ExpoNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for December 11, 2018 Eric Pfeifferlast_img read more