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Stabenow, Braun Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Family Foresters Develop Climate…

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Stabenow, Braun Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Family Foresters Develop Climate Solutions,… Facebook Twitter SHARE Stabenow, Braun Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Family Foresters Develop Climate Solutions, Take Advantage of Economic Benefits Previous articleUSDA Invests More Than $330 Million in Specialty Crops Grants, Incentives to Purchase Fruits and VegetablesNext articleTrade Expansion, Labor Reform and Disease Prevention Among Top Issues During NPPC’s Legislative Action Conference Hoosier Ag Today SHARE On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) introduced the bipartisan Rural Forest Markets Act to remove barriers for small-scale, family foresters and help them benefit from new economic opportunities through climate solutions like carbon markets. The bill is the latest bipartisan climate-smart forestry legislation to come out of the committee after the REPLANT Act was introduced last month.“Big or small, our forests are an important part of addressing the climate crisis,” said Chairwoman Stabenow. “For too long, there have been barriers that prevent family foresters from being able to take advantage of the economic benefits of the carbon reduction efforts they’ve been doing. Our bipartisan bill changes that by removing those barriers and ensuring that they can tap into new markets and be rewarded for their climate-smart practices.”“As a tree farmer myself, I know sustainable forest management represents both a win for conservationists and all Americans. I’m proud to join Chairwoman Stabenow to reintroduce the Rural Forests Markets Act because it’s a low overhead climate solution that takes advantage of private investment to notch a win for small family foresters and the environment,” said Senator Braun.As companies increasingly express interest in offsetting their footprint through carbon and other environmental markets, foresters are tapping into those opportunities and being financially rewarded for the voluntary, sustainable steps they’re taking in managing their land. However, small-scale and family-owned forests have faced barriers due to high upfront costs. These small, family-owned woodlands make up 36% of U.S. forests.The bipartisan Rural Forest Markets Act provides a federal loan guarantee to support innovative projects that help small forest owners address the warming climate and other environmental challenges by adopting sustainable land management practices. Project developers are already using private capital to band together small foresters, provide expertise, and offset the upfront financial costs producers face in participating in these innovative marketplaces. By establishing a federal loan guarantee to back these private investments, new capital and forestry jobs will flow to rural communities and landowners, all while improving the environment and storing more carbon in our forests.The Rural Forest Markets Act:Establishes the Rural Forest Market Investment Program that offers guaranteed loans of up to $150 million for nonprofits and companies to help small and family foresters create and sell forest credits for storing carbon or providing other environmental benefits.Provides a climate solution by encouraging forestland owners to adopt voluntary land management practices that draw carbon out of the air and store it in forests.Creates new revenue streams for small-scale, family foresters by making it possible to generate innovative credits they can sell in established markets.Brings investment into rural communities by reducing the financial risk to private investors who can contribute the upfront financing that makes these projects possible. The bill text is available here. A fact sheet is available here.In addition to Senators Stabenow and Braun, the bill is co-sponsored by Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).The bill is supported by over a dozen forestry, conservation, and sportsmen groups, including The Nature Conservancy, American Forest Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, the National Wildlife Federation, American Forest and Paper Association, American Wood Council, American Forests, and more.“Family forest owners own the largest portion – 36 percent – of the forests in the U.S., making them a critical component to addressing climate change through natural climate solutions,” said Tom Martin, President and CEO of the American Forest Foundation. “Yet, they have thus far been misunderstood, undervalued or forgotten when it comes to how they can contribute. Carbon markets are a key mechanism that can ignite their participation in our climate fight but does so in a way that leverages private sector investment, bringing more dollars to rural America. We appreciate Senator Stabenow and Braun’s leadership on the Rural Forest Markets Act which will help catalyze more carbon projects, such as the Family Forest Carbon Program for family forest owners.”“By ensuring forest owners are a part of national efforts to naturally sequester carbon, we can simultaneously meet our climate goals while also improving wildlife habitat and strengthening rural economies,” said Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “Chairwoman Stabenow and Senator Braun’s innovative, bipartisan bill is a testament to their dedication to advancing carbon markets and supporting natural climate solutions.”“The National Wild Turkey Federation appreciates Senators Stabenow’s and Braun’s support for creating markets to benefit family forest owners,” said Becky Humphries, CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation. “During my time as Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Senator Stabenow showed unwavering support for forestry practices that keep our forests healthy.  Providing a path for family forest owners to benefit from carbon markets will continue to ensure that forests remain forests.”“The Rural Forest Markets Act would help unlock the private capital needed to increase the amount of carbon dioxide removed from our air and stored by family-owned forests, which together represent the largest forest ownership in the U.S. That would be a major win for the environment and rural economies,” said Jad Daley, President & CEO of American Forests. “Given the immense scale of family forest ownership across America, this represents a big step forward to realize the scientifically proven and untapped potential of nearly doubling natural carbon storage in U.S. forests and forest products and making a significant contribution toward stabilizing our climate through carbon dioxide removal. Investment in our nation’s family forests will yield benefits for communities and our climate for generations to come.”Source: Sen. Stabenow news release Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Apr 14, 2021 last_img read more

Good news? Estate agents are now more trusted than footballers

first_imgThere are many estate agents who dream of being professional football players during quieter moments at work or when playing in the local pub team.But few are likely to realise that they share one thing in common with them; very low levels of trust among members of the public.The latest national survey about the UK’s professions by IPSOS Mori reveals that although estate agents remain near the bottom of the ‘trust league’, they are just above professional footballers (26%), on a par with journalists (27%), and well above government ministers (19%) and politicians generally (17%).IPSOS Mori’s research also reveals that more women than men distrust estate agents, and that generally speaking the older people are, the lower their trust levels in estate agents.Also, people who read tabloid newspapers are less likely to trust estate agents than broadsheet or mid-market newspapers.But the research reveals that the industry has a huge hill to climb if it wants to gain public trust.Medical miraclesNurses, doctors and teachers all have trust ratings of over 90%, while professors and scientists were trusted by over 80% of the people quizzed and, despite Michael Fish’s famously incorrect storm denial in 1987, three quarters of those canvassed trusted weather forecasters to tell the truth.“Ipsos MORI has been tracking trust in professions for over 30 years, and over that time there have been some notable movers,” says Gideon Skinner, head of political polling at Ipsos Mori.“Groups such as professors, scientists, the police, trade union officials and civil servants have become more trusted, but the clergy are the most notable losers. But not everything changes – doctors, nurses and teachers have consistently been near the top.” poll Ipsos MORI estate agents footballers December 4, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Good news? Estate agents are now more trusted than footballers previous nextGood news? Estate agents are now more trusted than footballersResearch by IPSOS Mori reveals that, although agents still have a long way to go before they rival nurses and weather forecasters for trust, they have leapfrogged over their pampered Premiership counterparts.Nigel Lewis4th December 201701,478 Viewslast_img read more

Prue Leith urges shoppers to back British farming

first_imgNew Great British Bake Off presenter Prue Leith has urged shoppers to back British farming in response to the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU’s) new supermarket guide.The guide shows eight major retailers are backing British baking by sourcing 100% of their flour, butter and eggs from domestic producers.Leith, who is a long-term supporter of the NFU’s campaign, Back British Farming, said: “UK butter, flour and eggs are all easily available and choosing them really helps our fantastic farmers. So let’s make the effort to buy British.” The UK’s four largest retailers – Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons – are joined by The Co-op, Waitrose, Lidl and Marks & Spencer in demonstrating their commitment to British baking by giving shoppers the choice of home-grown flour, butter and eggs to use in their baked goods.NFU president Meurig Raymond said it was fantastic to see more retailers than ever backing British farming and supporting its farmers produce on the shelves.“We know shoppers want to buy more British produce and the aim of our supermarket guide is to give them the information they need to do that,” Raymond said.“I’m sure the public will be delighted to know that retailers are giving them the opportunity to buy more British products by getting behind the nation’s farmers.”A survey carried out by Waitrose has shown that 19% of people say they now bake at least once a week and nearly half bake more than they did five years ago.last_img read more

Operation Martillo: 2 recent busts continue success

first_imgBy Dialogo January 22, 2014 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The United States and the British Royal navies recently made separate narcotics seizures, marking continued success for Operation Martillo, an international mission that gathers 14 partner nations to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. On Jan. 13, the U.S. Navy announced it seized 313 kilograms of cocaine in the eastern Pacific in late December. The USS Rentz launched a helicopter that caught a go-fast boat carrying the shipment, which was worth an estimated US$10.4 million. Three suspects were arrested in connection with the seizure and handed over to Ecuadoran authorities. The Rentz’ bust was its fourth in recent months, as it has confiscated about 3,000 kilograms of cocaine. “Overall, this mission has a high operational tempo. It’s up to us to keep the pressure on,” Cmdr. Lance Lantier, the USS Rentz’s commanding officer, said in a prepared statement. “The success of [our most recent] operation reflects our continued commitment to countering the flow of illegal narcotics while maintaining a forceful presence.” On Dec. 26, a British Royal Navy ship seized a huge shipment of marijuana from a dilapidated fishing vessel in the Caribbean. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight, a British ship carrying U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Navy personnel, boarded the shipping vessel – called the Miss Kameney – after an overnight chase. Aboard the vessel, officers recovered about 250 kilograms of marijuana hidden in sacks and a crew of five suspects, who were detained and turned over to U.S. authorities in the Dominican Republic. Officials estimated the shipment’s value at more than US$1.5 million. “The operation, successfully conducted when most of us were enjoying a Christmas break, is testament to the hard work of our service personnel and of the demanding tasks we ask them to carry out,” Great Britain Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said in a prepared statement. “I am proud of the work of RFA Wave Knight and the role her crew has played in stopping these drugs reaching the streets.” The bust was the second major marijuana seizure in the year for the Wave Knight, which has been deployed in the Caribbean as part of Operation Martillo. In September, the crew aboard the Wave Knight seized 1,276 kilograms of marijuana from a small fishing vessel in the central Caribbean, south of Jamaica. In that case, seven suspects were detained. The drugs and the suspects were turned over to authorities in Jamaica. In remarks about the bust, Capt. Duncan Lamb, commanding officer of the RFA Wave Knight, recognized the strength of the international effort, which also includes Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama and Spain. It’s led by the U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force South. “The entire ship’s company – Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Royal Navy and US Law Enforcement Team – as well as [headquarters] and prosecuting staff ashore in mainland USA are delighted with this result,” he said. “It has been a truly international team effort. … This operation is a notable disruption to the regional drug trade.” The Royal Navy said the Wave Knight took part in several operations in 2013 that seized or stopped three tons of drugs from being shipped. The ship worked alongside the HMS Lancaster, which seized 1.2 metric tons of marijuana and 400 kilograms of cocaine in the region before returning to Britain, the Royal Navy said. The Royal Navy’s success in the region is among the highlights of Operation Martillo’s successes. Launched two years ago in January, Operation Martillo (Spanish for hammer) brings together countries throughout the Americas and in Europe to better patrol maritime channels against drug traffickers. The operation is aimed at shutting down routes through Central America, but it has also yielded results in the Caribbean, which drug traffickers are increasingly using to move illicit drugs to the United States and Europe.last_img read more

Opposition to PM’s child smacking comment

first_imgNewstalk ZB 3 June 2012The Prime Minister’s being challenged over his statement that light smacking of children is ok under the law. Family First says it’s essentially “a crock”. It’s citing the case of a mother who had to go all the way to the Court of Appeal to get an acquittal, after she admitted lightly smacking her eight year old son. Family First’s Bob McCoskrie says the case is another example showing the smacking law isn’t working.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbnat/1532495649-Opposition-to-PM-s-child-smacking-commentSmacking conviction overturned on appealRadio NZ 3 June 2012 A woman whose eight-year-old son was hit twice on the bottom with a belt on one occasion last year has had her conviction for assault quashed by the Court of Appeal. The result is being welcomed by advocacy group Family First which says it shows how confused the 2007 child discipline legislation has proved to be. During the incident the woman asked her partner to administer the punishment, which he did. Both were convicted in the District Court and sentenced to community work. The partner was subsequently cleared on appeal to the High Court. The woman has now been discharged by the Court of Appeal but has already served her sentence and lost her job. The Court of Appeal says her penalties were out of all proportion to the gravity of the offending. Family First director Bob McCroskie says the case involved an extremely difficult child for whom the mother had repeatedly sought help, but none was available. He says there is a lack of support for parents who are struggling. Mr McCroskie says the legislation is confused and needs to be precisely worded.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/107378/smacking-conviction-overturned-on-appealParents’ hell after choice to strap childSunday Star Times 3 June 2012A mum’s “considered decision” to strap her son led to an assault conviction, and a judge told her that thinking about it first made it worse than if she’d done it in anger. The woman and her partner, both South Island teachers, were convicted after they strapped their 8-year-old son, over his pyjamas, with a belt in January last year. But after taking their case all the way to the Court of Appeal, they were discharged without conviction. Anti-smacking law critics say the case is an example of good parents being criminalised, contrary to assurances from politicians when the law came in. …(The mum) said she was overjoyed at being discharged after “a year-and-a-half of hell”. She said when the anti-smacking law was introduced she thought it would stop people from abusing their children. “I didn’t for a second think I would get criminalised.” Family First director Bob McCroskie said the case showed the law “coming home to roost”. “This mother has had her career damaged, lost income and faced legal fees, and it’s caused irreparable damage to the family. “She was honest, asked for help, went to professionals who never came running with assistance – but were quick to prosecute.” “The warning to all good parents from this is to be careful what they admit.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/7036188/Parents-hell-after-choice-to-strap-childWoman wins appeal over smacking3 Newshttp://www.3news.co.nz/Woman-wins-appeal-over-smacking/tabid/423/articleID/256534/Default.aspxNZ woman wins appeal over smackingHerald Sun / Sky news (Aust)http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/nz-woman-wins-appeal-over-smacking/story-fn6s850w-1226382085219http://www.skynews.com.au/world/article.aspx?id=757083&vId=Smack mum gets offSydney Morning Heraldhttp://www.smh.com.au/business/smack-mum-gets-off-20120603-1zq1w.htmllast_img read more