Trade Aid Not a Solution

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — Leaders of farm groups on Thursday showed they have President Donald Trump’s back as he offered them another $16 billion in federal aid in lieu of anticipated higher exports to China.In response to the new Market Facilitation Program rolled out Thursday, farm groups offered praise to the Trump administration for helping offset export losses, but reiterated that a second consecutive year of trade aid is insufficient to make up for potentially years of lost trade revenue.Farm groups praised the $16 billion in aid, though it is unclear exactly how much farmers will be paid individually. Payments will be based on all planted commodities in a county, yet USDA will only pay crop farmers based on a single county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total planted acres in 2019. The new MFP payments will be limited to the total amount of eligible acreage a farmer planted in 2018.The payment rates will vary in every county, but USDA is not releasing those payment rates at this time. Payments will be broken down into as many as three tranches. The first set of payments could go out as early as July or August after farmers have provided Farm Service Agency with their crop-reporting data, which is due July 15.American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, who stood by Trump during an event Thursday at the White House, called the latest round of aid “a welcome relief to an economic sector that has been battered by foreign competitors and retaliatory tariffs.”“We thank the president for living up to his commitment to stand by our farmers and ranchers,” Duvall said. “While farmers and ranchers would rather earn their income from the marketplace, they have been suffering during the agricultural downturn and trade war. This aid package will help us weather the storm as the administration works to correct unfair trade practices that have hurt the U.S. economy for too long.”However, Duvall added that a “real, long-term solution to our challenges in agriculture is good outcomes to current negotiations with China, Japan and the European Union, as well as congressional approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. America’s farmers and ranchers need fair and open access to markets.”National Farmers Union was pleased USDA is covering a broader range of commodities than it did in the first MFP. At the same time, NFU noted that basing payments on 2019 planted acres “fails to help those who have faced or are facing impossible planting conditions.”NFU President Roger Johnson said: “Ultimately, this package is only a short-term fix for a very long-term problem. Farmers rely on markets to make a living. Our ongoing trade wars have destroyed our reputation as a reliable supplier and have left family farmers with swelling grain stores and empty pockets. The very least we can do is provide our country’s struggling food producers with the certainty of a longer-term plan that also addresses the persistent and pernicious problem of oversupply.”Davie Stephens, president of the American Soybean Association and farmer from Clinton, Kentucky, said soybean farmers appreciate that President Trump understands their plight and has looked for ways to ease the burden.“But, farmers are resolute that the only real solution is to take away the tariffs that have hemorrhaged our sales and landed our relationship with China on life support,” Stephens said.Stephens added that the soybean industry needs open trade access. “The key word from today’s announcement is ‘facilitation.’ Trade assistance will only facilitate soy growers’ ability to farm, not make their losses whole or tariff woes disappear long term. Trade assistance will only help in the short term.”Though the payment program will be based on a new county formula for crops, National Corn Growers Association called on USDA to update MFP to consider its view that corn farmers lost an average of 20 cents a bushel from trade from over the past year. The spread recently has widened to closer to 40 cents a bushel, NCGA stated.NCGA is also encouraging additional actions the administration could take to open markets and provide more certainty to corn farmers, including stopping Renewable Fuel Standard waivers to big oil refiners and restoring waived ethanol gallons as well as resolving trade disputes and tariffs.Ben Scholz, president of the National Association of Wheat Growers and Lavon, Texas, farmer, said wheat growers appreciate the new mitigation program, but it does not make farmers whole.“The U.S. exports 50% of its wheat, which means we need a long-term solution,” Scholz said. “This includes getting the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) across the finish line, completing negotiations with China and supporting our WTO case, and closing a trade deal with Japan.”Scholz said NAWG will work with the Trump administration and USDA on “a relief strategy to ensure that the program works best for wheat farmers.”Mike Tate, chairman of the National Cotton Council and an Alabama farmer, said this round of assistance, like the first one initiated in 2018, will help partially mitigate the impacts of retaliatory tariffs being placed on U.S. raw cotton to China. He said the cotton industry will look to the administration for other avenues of assistance.“While our industry is very thankful for this assistance, we strongly encourage the administration to engage in constructive dialogue with China to address unfair trade practices and barriers,” Tate said. “China traditionally has been U.S. cotton’s top export destination. Resolution of the current trade tensions remains our top priority.”Under last year’s MFP, commodity export groups received $200 million for trade promotion programs.Tom Nassif, president and CEO of Western Growers, said his group was disappointed USDA had cut the trade program in half for commodity export groups, “despite the fact that it was massively oversubscribed during the last round of trade assistance. As a silver lining, we see this situation as an opportunity to open up new markets for American agricultural products in other parts of the world.”Nassif added that the current aid package remains “insufficient to make the industry whole.“Indeed, it will take American farmers many years, if ever, to recover from the lost trade revenues and, more importantly, lost markets that have resulted from the continuation of trade disruptions with China.”The dairy package will provide farmers a payment based on recent production. National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jim Mulhern said the industry knows USDA is concerned about the damage being done to dairy farmers and called on the first tranche of payments to be “a large segment of the payment” to producers.“We appreciate USDA’s concern for dairy’s needs, and we look forward to working with USDA, Congress and the White House as the department further develops its plans,” Mulhern said.Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/KD)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Era Of The Check-In Is Over, And Foursquare Is Moving On

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit There was a moment of laughter when ReadWrite editor-in-chief Owen Thomas asked Foursquare founder and CEO Dennis Crowley the question that was on everyone’s mind at Tuesday night’s ReadWriteMix event in San Francisco: “Is Foursquare still a thing?”Crowley has big plans for his company, which include fragmenting its signature check-in app into two pieces. At ReadWriteMix, he told the crowd that the future of Foursquare isn’t the check-in. Instead, it’s two completely separate activities that now live in two different Foursquare-made apps.Soon Foursquare will no longer be an app dominated by a check-in button. Indeed, it won’t even have one. Instead, the company is turning its flagship application into a Yelp-like location recommendation service that learns your behavior and sends you notifications on your phone it thinks you might find helpful.See Also: Why Foursquare Is Breaking Up With The Check-InFor instance, if I regularly eat at burrito places in San Francisco, and I have Foursquare location service turned on, it will monitor those locations and learn where I go. Then, when I visit San Diego, Foursquare will send me a push notification for a burrito restaurant I might like.The check-in will live in Swarm, Foursquare’s new social app—but that’s not the main focus of the app, either. Instead, Swarm is meant to help you find nearby friends and make plans, thanks to the ambient location services knowing where you are at all times. If you have that turned on, your friends can tell which neighborhood you’re in.See Also: Why Swarm Won’t Save FoursquareSocial networking isn’t the future for Foursquare. Its robust places database rivals Google’s, and, with over 65,000 apps using Foursquare’s places API, the amount of location data the company has is huge.Crowley said that people regularly ask him how to leverage that location data, including small businesses, journalists, and city officials. For instance, urban planners look at check-in data as they build out cities and suburban areas, he said.The Potential Of Empowering BusinessThis radical change to Foursquare’s product comes at a time when the business finally seems to be hitting its stride.“In the first two quarters of this year, we’ll make more money than we did all of last year,” he said.Each check-in on Foursquare—soon, on Swarm—contributes to what Crowley calls “venue polygons.” These location shapes define a specific business or place, and can be used to create markers for geofences that will be able to tell when you’ve entered a specific location.At this week’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, many people expected Apple to talk about iBeacon, its Bluetooth-powered product that can alert shoppers to deals or recommendations, as well as allow people to make payments from their smartphones, when they enter a place of business, or even a particular section of a store. Apple didn’t announce any information about iBeacon this week, but at ReadWriteMix, Crowley talked about Foursquare’s potential to provide businesses with similar options.Where iBeacon depends on Bluetooth transmitters which can transmit data to a smartphone, Crowley says Foursquare has the capabilities to map places purely through its software and data, without draining people’s smartphone batteries. And it also won’t require small-business owners to place new devices in their stores.See Also: Foursquare Execs Depart Amid The Company’s Big Strategic Shift“We think about this: How can we do what iBeacon is doing, but do it without having to ask people to install stuff in their store?” he said.The hardware can be cumbersome, and it’s still not widely adopted. If Foursquare can offer similar capabilities by leveraging smartphone location data and partnering with different businesses, people might soon be able to step into a store, read a suggestion, and make a purchase, all from the palm of their hand—and the business wouldn’t have to do much at all. Of course, Crowley’s vision for a Foursquare that tracks your ambient location data and knows where you are at all times brings up serious privacy concerns. As more people become wary of sharing private data with both friends and social networks, the question becomes whether people want or need a service that is all-knowing, and all-tracking. “Our intent is to make these magical pieces of software that teach you about the world,” Crowley said. On both Foursquare and Swarm, you can turn the ambient location sharing off—but, of course, that takes away from some of the benefits you get by downloading them in the first place. Like any other social network, if you want to use Foursquare or Swarm for convenience, you’ll have to trust your data to the company. For some, it’s worth it. But others will never be convinced that allowing both Foursquare and friends to know where they are at all times is a good idea.Just before the end of the event, Crowley told the audience he wants their feedback, and it’s important to the company to better understand how people use Foursquare, and learn what problems they perceive. “If anyone thinks we’re doing something we shouldn’t, I hope you call us out on it,” he said. Image via Selena Larson for ReadWrite The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos selena larson Tags:#ambient location#ambient location apps#Dennis Crowley#events#Foursquare#Foursquare swarm#local search#Location#location apps#Location-Based Services#ReadWrite Mix#ReadWriteMix#Swarm#Swarm app center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts last_img read more

Sales Is a Noble Profession

first_imgPeople resist sales. They resist the idea of selling.Many believe the old, well-deserved, negative connotation salespeople earned decades ago is still true today, even though nothing could be further than the truth. Bad salespeople still exist, but most of the bad behaviors are rarer now than ever. Prospects, with more power than ever, easily dismiss the self-oriented, pushy approach that was once commonplace.Let’s look at sales through a different lens, one that more accurately represents what it is salespeople do.The Development of RelationshipsWhere do clients come from? Who develops the relationships of trust while creating the kind of value that results in new opportunities? Who does the yeoman’s work of prospecting and building relationships where none previously existed? What could be more important that developing the commercial relationships that result in strangers becoming clients?What is more noble than developing and deepening relationships? What else might you do that allows you to be at the forefront of solving real business problems and creating value for people who need your help?The money you ask for is what clients exchange so that your company can dedicate and apply the resources necessary to solve their problems. Paying is noble, too.Responsibility for the Strategic Outcome of Client AcquisitionClient acquisition isn’t what you might believe it to be. It isn’t about quotas, even though that is one way we measure success. The bigger–and more important–outcome of client acquisition is strategic.Who are your dream clients? For whom do we create the most value, and which of these prospective clients would believe that value is strategic enough that they are willing to pay for it? Who have we chosen to ignore, knowing that no matter what we may do they will not perceive the value we create?Salespeople are the sharp end of the spear when it comes to executing the company’s strategy.Business Growth, Client Growth, and Customer RetentionCompanies grow larger when one or more of these three things are true: 1). They are acquiring new clients at a rate faster than they churn clients, 2). They are selling more to their existing clients, and 3). They are raising their prices enough to result in increasing revenue.Salespeople acquire those new clients. Much of the time, salespeople create the new opportunities that result in new opportunities within their existing clients. Almost invariably, the sales force is the one to communicate a price increase, and they are always responsible for creating and winning new opportunities after prices have been raised, no matter what.By helping their clients grow, salespeople help their company grow. They also retain those clients, ensuring they get first dibs on new opportunities, often opportunities the salesperson creates by showing up with a new, value-creating idea.Sales isn’t something you do to someone. It’s something you do for and with someone. It’s a noble profession.Maybe it’s time to look at sales through a different lens. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Unnao gang rape case: BJP MLA’s wife demands narco test of husband, minor

first_imgThe wife of BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar on Wednesday demanded that a narco test be conducted of him and as well as of the minor from Unnao, who has accused her husband of gang-raping her along with his accomplices.Sangeeta Singh Sengar placed the demand before Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police O.P. Singh here. She is a zilla panchayat head in Unnao, a post she won in 2015 while her husband was with the Samajwadi Party.“Even without a probe, they have already declared him a rapist. They must conduct a narco test of my husband and that girl,” Ms. Sengar told reporters.She alleged that there was a “political issue” behind the rape allegation against her husband, who she said was being “made a pawn.”“My husband is innocent… I have full sympathy for that girl. Her honour is being torn to shreds,” Ms. Sengar said. She added that the media labelling her husband as a rapist was causing mental harassment to the family.Court to hear case on ThursdayMeanwhile, the Allahabad High Court has taken suo motu cognisance of the case and decided to hear it on April 12.The special investigation team constituted by the government to prove the entire issue, the gang-rape allegations as well as the custodial death of the victim’s father, is already in Unnao and is expected to submit a preliminary report to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. There is heavy police presence in the village while the minor girl has been shifted to a district guest house and is under police protection.“All angles are being investigated,” ADGP Lucknow Zone Rajiv Krishnan, who is monitoring the special investigation team, told reporters in Unnao.last_img read more

CMA CGM Strengthens AsiaEast Coast South America Links

first_imgzoom French container shipping major CMA CGM has upgraded its SEAS1 and SEAS2 services, now providing two departures per week between Asia and the East Coast of South America. Starting from January 20, 2017, the SEAS1 service will directly connect China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina.Twelve containerships ranging from 8,700 to 9,400 TEU will be deployed in the service, in partnership with COSCO, Evergreen Lines and Yang Ming, according to CMA CGM.The SEAS1 service will have the following port rotation: Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian (China), Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Singapore (Singapore), Itaguai, Santos, Paranagua, Navegantes (Brazil), Montevideo (Uruguay), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Rio Grande, Navegantes, Paranagua, Santos (Brazil), Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai.Having commenced on January 12, 2017, the SEAS2 line directly connects South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.In partnership with Hamburg Süd, CMA CGM has deployed thirteen 8,700-10,500 TEU boxships in the service.Port rotation of the SEAS2 service is: Busan (South Korea), Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan (China), Singapore (Singapore), Port Kelang (Malaysia), Itaguai, Santos, Paranagua, Itapoa (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Montevideo (Uruguay), Rio Grande, Navegantes, Itapoa, Santos, Itaguai, Port Kelang, Singapore, Hong-Kong (Hong Kong), Busan.last_img read more

AirPods vs Galaxy Buds The best wireless earbuds are

first_img How To • 17 tricks to help you get the most out of your Apple AirPods Galaxy Buds are Samsung’s answer to Apple’s AirPods Apple AirPods $159, £159, AU$229 Review • Apple AirPods updated review: Getting better with age Apple Mentioned Above Apple AirPods See It 13 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Design: AirPods are light, Galaxy Buds are snugIt’s hard to miss the AirPods when they’re dangling from someone’s ear: The bud rests inside the ear while the Q-tip-like cylinder sticks out down your earlobe. The AirPods are only available in white. The Galaxy Buds are slightly bigger and protrude more than the AirPods, but they sit more snug in your ear thanks to different wingtips that you can swap out for a better fit. The Buds come in black, white or yellow.The Galaxy Buds sit securely in your ear thanks to interchangeable tips so you can choose the best size for your ear. Angela Lang/CNET The fit and comfort level obviously depends on the shape of your ear, but in general we found the AirPods were slightly more comfortable, especially for extended wear, because they’re so lightweight. The Galaxy Buds looked nicer and more subtle in our ears. Both stayed in place during everyday activities like commutes and workouts, but the Galaxy Buds felt more secure because of the tighter hold. The tips of the AirPods make them susceptible to falling out if you brush up against them with your hand. Neither one is fully water resistant, but the Galaxy Buds have an IPX2 rating which means they’ll withstand intense sweat sessions.The downside (or upside depending on what you’re looking for) of having a tighter seal is that the Galaxy Buds block out more ambient noise than the AirPods, even when you’re not listening to music. The open design of the AirPods means you hear a lot more of your surroundings and you don’t have to take them out to have a conversation when you’re not listening to anything. We’ll discuss the actual sound quality in more detail later. Both these earbuds magnetically clip in to their cases for storage and to recharge the battery. The Galaxy Buds have a slightly larger case that looks a bit like a cylindrical pillbox or contact lens case, while the AirPods have a smaller case that reminds me of dental floss. Winner: Samsung Galaxy Buds for a more secure fit (although we do prefer the AirPods’ case)Features: What else can these buds do?The AirPods and the Galaxy Buds pair automatically with their companies’ respective devices as soon as you crack open the case. The first time you bring the buds near the phone, just tap to connect and you should be ready to go. The connection experience is not as seamless with devices outside of their respective ecosystems, but you can still pair them both manually from the Bluetooth settings on any phone, tablet or laptop.  apple-airpods-6Click open the case and your AirPods or Galaxy Buds connect to your phone. Angela Lang/CNET Once paired, both buds let you tap to control calls, music playback or summon a voice assistant (Siri or Bixby, respectively). Customize the AirPods controls from the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone and pick from four different options: play and pause, skip forward, go to the previous track or summon Siri. When paired with Android, the Galaxy Buds can be customized through the Galaxy Wear app. They offer the same tap controls as the AirPods, plus the ability to adjust the volume from the buds. You can increase or decrease ambient noise and tune the sound quality from the app. If you’re using the Galaxy Buds with an iPhone, however, you’ll only be able to use the default controls. The level of customization on the Galaxy Buds is unbeatable, but if you do choose to customize the taps, remembering what gesture controls what feature may take some time to master. If you lose either of these buds, you can use your phone to find them, but neither of the “find my buds” features is perfect. On the iPhone they only show the last location where they were paired, and sometimes didn’t ring or show up as found until they were next to the phone. The Galaxy Buds don’t show their location on a map and only play a chirping sound when you ping them — an effect that only works if the buds are turned on and connected. Remember, you won’t be able to ping either of the buds if you’re using them with a device outside the ecosystem. Bottom line, try not to lose either one.Winner: Galaxy Buds for the level of customizationSound quality: Galaxy Buds offer more for audiophilesOut of the box, the sound quality on the Galaxy Buds is notably richer. Because of its tighter fitting design, you don’t have to pump up the volume as much to hear your music. If you’re listening to the AirPods by themselves, the sound quality is perfectly adequate. It’s only when listening to them side by side with the Galaxy Buds that we noticed they sound a littler thinner and weaker. The AirPods’ more open design also means you also need to crank up the volume if there’s a lot of ambient noise competing with them.airpods-galaxy-buds-2You’ll be able to hear more of your surrounds when wearing the AirPods. Angela Lang/CNET Sound on Galaxy Buds is tuned by AKG, and you have the option to customize the sound profile in the Galaxy Wear app. The app also gives you an Ambient Sound setting that brings in more outside noise when paired with Android devices and has a Voice Focus option that makes voices stand out. In the real world, these features do let in more ambient sound and let you hear voices more clearly, but it can sound like you are in an echo chamber, and you still don’t get as much ambient noise coming through as you do with the AirPods. The AirPods don’t have a native app, but you can use an equalizer in your music app to adjust the sound. We still preferred the AirPods over the Galaxy Buds for walking commutes or runs where you have to be aware of your surroundings, even with the Ambient sound option enabled. For calls, we had the opposite experience. Both buds have dual microphones, but the AirPods isolated the voice better in the call while the Galaxy Buds let in more ambient noise. The AirPods sounded much clearer and louder to the person on the other line. Winner: Galaxy Buds for sound quality, AirPods get points for call qualityPerformance and battery: Which can go longer?The Galaxy Buds support Bluetooth 5, while the AirPods have Apple’s W1 chip. We conducted an informal range test where we paired them both with their respective phones, started streaming from Spotify and left them on a table. Both were able to get an impressive distance from the table before the music started to cut out, but the AirPods were able to get about 5 feet (1.5 meters) further than the Galaxy Buds. apple-airpods-galaxy-buds-9USB-C or Lightning? Angela Lang/CNET The Galaxy Buds did, however, outlast the AirPods in terms of battery life by almost 2 hours. We were able to get about 5 hours of continuous playback with the AirPods and almost 7 hours with the Galaxy Buds. But the AirPods hold more charge in the case than the Galaxy Buds, so you’ll be able to get more juice out of them on the go if you don’t have access to an outlet. The AirPods use a lightning cable to charge, while the Galaxy Buds have a USB-C port. But the Galaxy Buds have a charging superpower up their sleeve that the AirPods don’t have yet: wireless charging. Not only can the case be charged on a charging dock, if you have a new Galaxy S10, S10 Plus or S10E you can use your phone to charge them in a pinch. Winner: Toss up. The AirPods have a slightly longer range and more total battery life, but the Galaxy Buds last longer on a single charge and can charge wirelesslyLet’s break it down: Which one is the best?The Galaxy Buds are the clear winners. They have more features and offer greater customization at a cheaper price than the AirPods. But it also depends on your use case. The Galaxy Buds are the obvious pick if you have a Galaxy or Android phone and your main priority is sound quality. But the AirPods may be better if you’re looking for seamless integration with your iPhone and want a well-rounded set of buds that you can wear in just about any scenario.  See Galaxy Buds at WalmartThat said, it’s important to keep in mind that the AirPods are 2 years old at this point and can still hold their own against the brand-new Galaxy Buds. Apple is expected to release a sequel to the AirPods in the coming months, so check back for updates to this comparison when that happens.  See AirPods at Walmart 9:34 News • Apple AirPods 2 deal: $139.99 (save $19) Apple AirPods vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds: How to choose? See it at Walmart Apple AirPods $138 See it Editors’ note: This story compares the original AirPods, first release in late 2016, with the 2019 Samsung Galaxy Buds. Shortly after it was posted, new 2019 AirPods were released. Read the new AirPods review for more information.Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds are giving Apple’s AirPods a run for their money. Like the AirPods, they are in-ear, truly wireless headphones. They have a magnetic charging case that can give you a boost on the go and seamlessly integrate with Galaxy phones. Unlike the AirPods ($159, £159 or AU$229), the Galaxy Buds ($130, £139 or AU$249) can charge wirelessly. The Galaxy Buds also cost less (apart from in Australia).But the specs don’t always tell the whole story. We tested both these buds for about a week to find out which one comes out on top — and help you decide which is right for you. • Preview • What it’s like to live with AirPods Versus Samsung Galaxy Buds CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img Monoprice Share your voice Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 AirPods vs. Galaxy Buds Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $184 Walmart See It Comments Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 38 Mobile Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. 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