Facebook Twitter Farmer Optimism Drops in Latest Monthly Survey By Andy Eubank – Mar 7, 2017 Home Indiana Agriculture News Farmer Optimism Drops in Latest Monthly Survey Feb ag barometer falls from highFebruary Ag BarometerThe monthly pulse of farmers’ level of optimism took a dip in February, but it is still the 2nd highest measure since the Ag Economy Barometer debuted a year and a half ago. Purdue and CME Group say there was a drop from January’s record 153 to 134. David Widmar with Purdue said the drop can be attributed to a couple of factors, including some expected moderation after continual increases since October.“Another important element to keep in mind is that we’re in the final stages of planning the 2017 crop,” he explained, “so we’re lining up lines of credit, lining up the crop budget, and there’s still tough times out there in agriculture. I think part of this is gravity of the difficult budget situation. It’s improved from last year, but it’s still a difficult outlook. I think producers are starting to deal with that and actually having to put it in plans for 2017. It’s going to take a sharp pencil this year when we get to the budgeting phase.”Both elements of the producer survey, the Index of Current Conditions and the Index of Future Expectations trended lower. Widmar is watching to see if this drop mirrors a lower trend last spring.“All last spring we slid,” he said. “We slid from 107 points in December down to 85 points last spring. That again was another scenario of a tough budget situation, uncomfortable conversations with ag lenders for some producers, and I think that led to some sliding last year. I think we’re starting to see that again last year. There’s a lot of optimism still out there about the future, more than we saw in all of 2016, but it’s still a tough environment out there and our survey results capture that.”Two-thirds of the respondents said they expect soybeans to be more profitable than corn this year. Fifty-two percent of producers think it’s going to be a bad economic year in ag in 2017, and 86 percent think ag exports the next five years will be stable to improved. Widmar said that’s a level of optimism not many ag economists are likely to share.Producers were more optimistic about farmland values compared to November, the last time farmland was included in the survey. Get those measures in the full barometer here. Previous articleFamily Farms Continue to Dominate U.S. Agricultural ProductionNext articleHoosier Elected as 2017 Pork Act Delegate Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE
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Roy Keane has accused Sir Alex Ferguson of disloyalty towards his former players after details of the Scot’s controversial autobiography emerged on Tuesday. Press Association In ‘My Autobiography’, there is criticism of former United men Ruud van Nistelrooy and David Beckham among others, but Keane is the biggest casualty, mainly for a tirade against his team-mates on the club’s in-house channel MUTV which was never broadcast. In the interview, which followed United’s defeat to Middlesbrough, Keane described Kieran Richardson as a “lazy defender” and said he doubted why “people in Scotland rave about Darren Fletcher”. Keane also criticised Edwin van der Sar and Alan Smith. He also railed at Rio Ferdinand, saying “just because you are paid £120k a week and play well for 20 minutes against Tottenham, you think you are a superstar”. Keane says he “will not lose sleep” over the revelations, but the former Sunderland manager – who went on to sign Richardson for the Black Cats – is upset by the way the Scot has spoken openly about other United players who brought him so much success during his 27-year reign at Old Trafford. “I do remember having conversations with the manager when I was at the club about loyalty and, in my opinion, I don’t think he knows the meaning of the word,” Keane told ITV1. “It doesn’t bother me too much what he has to say about me but to constantly criticise other players at the club who brought him a lot of success, I find very strange. “But I won’t be losing any sleep over it.” He added: “I just don’t think the manager needs to do it. I don’t know how many books he’s written now but he has to draw the line eventually to say ‘listen these players have all been top servants to Man Utd’. “And a lot of these players helped the manager win lots of trophies so imagine if we’d never won a trophy what he would have said. “We brought success to the club, we gave it everything we had when we were there. “But, as I said, it’s just part of modern life now, people like to do books and criticise their ex-players.” Ferguson lifted the lid on his feud with Keane in the book, claiming he had no option but to offload the increasingly volatile player in 2005. The final straw came when Keane accused Ferguson of bringing his own dispute with shareholder John Magnier over the Rock of Gibraltar racehorse in to the club. “Given the nature of the man you can expect a response. That is the type of personality Roy is,” the former United boss told a press conference. “We had to react to the situation so quickly because his actions were so quick. For one reason or another he decides to go and criticise his team-mates. “Most of you won’t have seen the video but you couldn’t release it. You just couldn’t. “It ended up with two of our young players being booed before a Champions League match in Paris because of it. “We decided we had to do something. The meeting in the room was horrendous. I just couldn’t lose my control in this situation. “If I had let it pass and allowed it to happen the players would have viewed me differently. Much more differently to how I would have liked to have been judged. “Throughout my career I have been strong enough to deal with important issues like that. Roy overstepped his mark. There was no other thing we could do.”
Junior Amelia Garvey helped the Trojans cruise through the Bruin Wave Invitational, finishing in fifth place and shooting even in the tournament. USC’s first two wins have come back-to-back. (Photo courtesy of USC Athletics) “This course is incredibly dicey and it took tons of discipline from Alyaa, Amelia, [senior] Allisen [Corpuz] and [sophomore] Malia [Nam] to finish this off with a win,” Silverstein said. The Trojans will get a two-week break before heading back out to play in the Clover Cup in Arizona beginning March 13. Junior Amelia Garvey led the way for the Trojans at Bruin Wave with a fifth-place finish as she shot a solid even for the tournament while junior Alyaa Abdulghany also played well, finishing in sixth right behind Garvey. Last week, the Trojans won the Rebel Beach Showdown after struggling to find the top podium spot at all their other events and saw four of their six players place in the top five as the team won in dominant fashion. Although the Rebel Beach Showdown did not boast many elite-tier teams, it was just enough for the Trojans to get the ball rolling as they were able to perform at the same level against much better teams this past week, including a number of Pac-12 foes such as UCLA and Oregon. “I talked to Justin about it and there were two ways we could look at it,” Garvey said. “We could play the victim or step up to the challenge. So I think our mindset was huge. We were ready to take on the challenge and win.” While only Garvey was able to crack the top five, the team as a whole played well and consistently. USC has only two more regular-season tournaments before Pac-12 play, where it will look to repeat as conference champions. The No. 2 USC women’s golf team secured a victory at the Bruin Wave Invitational for its second win of the season on Monday and Tuesday. Although the Trojans were without junior Gabirela Ruffels for most of the tournament due to injury, all four remaining Trojans in the tournament placed in the top 11, helping USC edge out UCLA for the win on the final day of play. Remarkably, USC played with only four players for almost the entire tournament. Ruffels, who has been a key player and leader for the Trojans, had to drop out on the first day due to injury, but the rest of the team picked up the slack and made up for the loss to keep the Trojans in contention. These two back-to-back wins should also keep USC within the top five for the rest of the year barring unforeseen circumstances. With postseason play approaching, the Trojans appear to be rounding into form as they seek another deep playoff run. USC started off the tournament a bit slow as it finished the first day in fifth place out of 12 teams, but 3-under performances from Garvey, Abdulghany and Nam on the second day boosted the team into first place and the Trojans never looked back. In a match where every stroke mattered, the team provided a clutch performance and proved why USC is a top team in the nation. “We obviously missed Gabriela and hope to get her back as soon as possible,” head coach Justin Silverstein said. “I know she’s thrilled that her teammates were able to pick her up and get this done.”
Attention will quickly turn to see if football’s world governing body FIFA allows the scandal-tainted ally of President Vladimir Putin to retain his senior World Cup role.In a statement, FIFA said it had “taken note” of the IOC decision but it had “no impact on the preparations” for Russia 2018. Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Lausanne, Switzerland | AFP | Russia was banned Tuesday from the 2018 Winter Games by the International Olympic Committee over its state-orchestrated doping programme, but clean Russian athletes will be allowed to compete under an Olympic flag.The sanction was the toughest ever levelled by the IOC for drug cheating and was delivered just 65 days ahead of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.In announcing the decision, IOC president Thomas Bach accused Russia of “perpetrating an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport”.An explosive report by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and two subsequent IOC investigations have confirmed that Russian athletes took part in an elaborate drug cheating programme which peaked during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.Mounting evidence has indicated that the scheme involved senior government officials, including from the sports ministry, with help from secret state agents.The IOC also banned Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko — who was sports minister during the Sochi Games — for life.Mutko is currently the head of the organising committee for the 2018 World Cup, which Russia is hosting.
By Laura D.C. Kolnoski |FORT MONMOUTH – Retail volatility played a role in a developer withdrawing from a “centerpiece” project of Fort Monmouth’s redevelopment. But the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) is striving to keep the plan in play.At a January 2017 press conference in Oceanport, Parcel B Redevelopment, LLC, owned by Paramount Realty Services, Inc. of Lakewood, unveiled renderings of Freedom Pointe Town Center, an 89-acre, $130 million “mixed-use lifestyle destination” projected for 2019 completion. Residential, office, entertainment, food and 350,000 square feet of retail were envisioned inside the brick Johnson Gates, the former main entrance to the fort, on Route 35 in Eatontown, with fountains and a playground. Renderings depicted storefronts bearing the names LL Bean, Patagonia, Tommy Bahama, Shake Shack, and an iPic dine-in movie theater.“We were unable to come to terms with Paramount so they pulled out,” said Dave Nuse, FMERA’s director of real estate development, at the agency’s Feb. 21 monthly meeting. “FMERA is now in negotiations with the second-ranked bidder.” Renderings and a virtual reality video of the Freedom Pointe were still on the website of MMA Architects a week later.“Paramount had its own problems and withdrew willingly,” said interim FMERA Chairman Robert Lucky. “We are committed to making this a livable town center for Eatontown.” Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly thanked the board for “giving it a good shot. It got watered down over time, partly because of the way retail is in this economy. We just want to see the best project for Eatontown.” Eatontown’s Monmouth Mall nearby is also proposed for a redevelopment expansion project with 700 residential units, currently stalled in litigation.The town center use was designated in FMERA’s master redevelopment plan for the 1,128-acre former Army base spanning portions of Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls. The project promises thousands of construction and permanent jobs. To attract and retain occupancy and foot traffic, amenities like ice skating rinks, holiday and special events, and high-tech shopping options were promised by Paramount Vice President Lee Zekaria, who visited “next generation” malls nationwide, incorporating the most successful features in his firm’s plan. During last year’s press conference, he deemed Freedom Pointe the “crown jewel” of the fort’s redevelopment. Zekaria did not respond to a request for comment by press time.“The town center is a gateway,” said FMERA Executive Director Bruce Steadman. “All the bids we received were based on that. We have the same plan in mind.” Procedures prohibit officials from revealing the identity of bidders during the evaluation/negotiation process.Bowling Center Back on the BlockThe Fort Monmouth Bowling Center along the Avenue of Memories in Eatontown has returned to the real estate market after its redeveloper, a family firm that owns two bowling alleys in North Jersey, notified FMERA it “was not prepared to close on the property within the timeframes specified,” officials said. The company, known as FMBEC (the sole original bidder for the center), withdrew its proposal for the 17,600-square-foot brick structure on 2.3 acres Feb. 14.“Our preference is that it remains a bowling center, but if someone offers a higher and better use that’s justifiable, we must look at it,” Steadman said. The board approved proceeding with an offer to purchase rather than sealed bids because “potential purchasers have expressed interest in acquiring and renovating the property for recreation, entertainment, and related uses,” wrote FMERA staff, adding they are seeking “greater flexibility for selecting the right scenario that would maximize the development potential and economic value of the Bowling Center.” Staff also recommended giving bidders the option of ground leasing the land, making the lessee potentially eligible to obtain a special state concessionaire permit to sell alcohol on the premises.This article first appeared in the Mar. 1-8, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
SHERMAN, HOLLENDORFER & BAFFERT COLLIDE IN MUCH-ANTICIPATED FOLLOW-UP TO B.C. CLASSIC; SAN ANTONIO TO BE PART OF ‘JOCKEY CLUB TOUR’ AND BE BROADCAST LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2015)–Three of the nation’s most highly regarded 4-year-olds, Horse of the Year California Chrome, 2013 Eclipse Champion 2-year-old Male Shared Belief and recent San Pasqual Stakes winner Hoppertunity head a dynamic field of nine older horses in Saturday’s Grade II, $500,000 San Antonio Invitational, to be run at 1 1/8 miles this Saturday at Santa Anita.California Chrome, trained by Art Sherman, and Shared Belief, conditioned by Jerry Hollendorfer, will meet for the first time since Bob Baffert’s Bayern orchestrated a controversial gate to wire win in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Although Bayern has yet to make his 2015 debut, Baffert will be represented by Hoppertunity, and thus, all three trainers are again front and center in what no-doubt shapes up as the biggest race of the New Year.A winner of last year’s Grade I Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, California-bred California Chrome was third, beaten a neck in the Classic and he followed that with a two length win in the Grade I Hollywood Derby at 1 1/8 miles on turf Nov. 29–thus giving him four Grade I victories on the year.Although he had no apparent excuses in the Classic, “Chrome” was voted Horse of the Year as well as Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Male, in what many observers viewed as a partial rebuke to Bayern’s Classic triumph, which was tainted by the fact he bore in sharply leaving the gate, fouling Shared Belief and others.Owned by his breeders, Perry Martin and Steve Coburn, California Chrome is by Lucky Pulpit and is out of Love the Chase, a mare that won just once, an $8,000 maiden claimer at Golden Gate Fields. America’s most recognizable horse, chestnut hued California Chrome is blessed with outstanding tactical speed and the ability to carry it classic distances. In his quest to become racing’s first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, California Chrome came up 1 ¾ lengths short in the Belmont, as he ran fourth, which also snapped a six-race winning streak.In addition to the Santa Anita Derby, California Chrome also won the California Cup Derby and the Grade II San Felipe at Santa Anita last year and is three for five lifetime in Arcadia. With nine wins, a second and a third from 16 overall starts, he has $4,222,650 in earnings. Based at Los Alamitos, he vanned to Santa Anita on Tuesday and will be ridden for the 11th consecutive time by Victor Espinoza.Undefeated in seven starts going into the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Shared Belief was the 5-2 post time favorite but in the opinion of many, lost all chance at victory when he was knocked sideways leaving the gate, causing him to take up shortly thereafter and losing early position. Although the rancorous aftermath of the Classic still hangs in the air, the Candy Ride gelding gained a measure of redemption by taking the Grade I, seven furlong Malibu Stakes on Santa Anita’s opening day, Dec. 26.Owned by Jim and Janet Rome’s Jungle Racing Stable, LLC, Hollendorfer, George Todaro, Jason Litt and Alex Solis II, Shared Belief twice defeated older horses last year, in the Grade I, 1 ¼ miles Pacific Classic on Aug. 24, and three starts back, in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita Sept. 27.Like California Chrome, Shared Belief has plenty of natural speed and he’s a proven warrior when the real running commences. Favored in seven out of his nine career starts, Shared Belief is two for three at Santa Anita and has eight overall victories, resulting in earnings of $2,032,200. Headquartered at Golden Gate Fields, he’ll again be ridden by Mike Smith, who has guided him to four wins in his last five starts.Hollendorfer will also saddle longshot Tonito M., who comes off a close fourth place finish to Hoppertunity in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 10. A winner of six out of his first seven starts in Puerto Rico, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Rock Hard Ten won the Grade III Oklahoma Derby three starts back, his lone win in eight stateside starts for Hollendorfer. He is 15-7-3-2 overall with earnings of $503,812.A winner of last year’s Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Rebel Stakes, Hoppertunity was subsequently second to California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby, after which he went to the sidelines. Following a close second in a seven furlong allowance at Santa Anita Oct. 29, the Kentucky-bred colt by Any Given Saturday then pressed the pace en route to a half length win in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28.In his 4-year-old debut Jan. 10, Hoppertunity was an impressive 1 ¾ length winner of the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Pasqual on Jan. 10. Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Hoppertunity has two wins and two seconds from five starts at Santa Anita and is 8-4-2-0 overall with earnings of $1,070,675.A well beaten 15th in Japan’s Group I, 1 1/8 miles Champions Cup on Dec. 7, trainer George Papaprodromou’s Imperative was one of several horses who were negatively impacted at the start of the Breeders’ Cup Classic two starts back on Nov. 1. A sharp second from off the pace in last year’s San Antonio, the 5-year-old Bernardini gelding will hope for a fast pace. A miraculous $50,000 claim 12 starts back in December, 2013, Imperative made over $1.2 million last year. Owned by KM Racing Enterprise, he is 21-3-4-3 overall, with lifetime earnings of $1,320,870.Although well beaten in the restricted Clockers’ Corner Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course on Jan. 25, veteran Clubhouse Ride has proven he can act with top horses on dirt and will try to make his presence felt from off the pace. Trained by Craig Lewis and owned by Six-S Racing Stable and Nikolas Petralia, the 7-year-old horse by Candy Ride was a winner of Santa Anita’s Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Californian last June and has amassed $1,321,132 in earnings from an overall mark of 42-5-9-10.A Group I winner in his native Chile, trainer Neil Drysdale’s Bronzo was sixth, beaten 4 ¾ lengths by Hoppertunity in his second U.S. start, the San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 10. A 6-year-old gelding by Fusaichi Pegasus, Bronzo could well improve with a race under his belt and will hope to be flying late in the colors of his owner, Don Alberto Stable. He is 21-11-1-4 overall with earnings of $273,002.The complete field for the San Antonio, to be televised live on Fox Sports 1 and carded as the eighth race on a nine-card, with jockeys, weights and morning line in post position order: Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia, 123, 4-1; Tonito M., Rafael Bejarano, 120, 15-1; You Know I Know, Drayden Van Dyke, 118, 30-1; Imperative, Flavien Prat, 120, 20-1; Shared Belief, Mike Smith, 123, 7-5; Clubhouse Ride, Aaron Gryder, 120, 30-1; Bronzo, Gary Stevens, 120, 20-1; California Chrome, Victor Espinoza, 123, 6-5, and Alfa Bird, Tyler Baze, 118, 30-1. First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
Gardai in Donegal have detected two drivers flouting the speed laws – on National Slow Down Day.The drivers were caught Newtowncunningham and Ballintra.Since 7am, Gardaí and GoSafe have checked the speed of 18,785 vehicles with 23 vehicles detected travelling in excess of the applicable speed limit. The first motorist was caught doing 119km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N15 Ballynacarrick in Ballintra.The second involved a truck doing 89 km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N13 at Moyle in Newtowncunningham. Trucks are limited to 80 kph in a 100 kph zone because of their weight load.Other notable speeds include:• 138km/h in a 80km/h Zone on the R675 Ballykinsella Waterford Waterford• 181km/h in a 120km/h Zone on the M1 Lusk Dublin• 63km/h in a 50km/h Zone on the Whitemill Road Wexford Wexford• 136km/h in a 120km/h Zone on the M3 Bracetown Dunboyne Meath• 89km/h in a 80km/h Zone on the R445 Curragh Kildare Kildare• 110km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N24 Killaloan Lower Clonmel Tipperary• Truck @ 89 km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N21 Blossomhill Rathkeale Limerick On National Slow Down Day, An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority continue to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding and urge motorists to drive carefully and abide by the speed limits.Donegal Gardai nab speeding motorists on National Slow Down Day was last modified: October 18th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGardaiNational Slow Down DaySpeed
NEW YORK, N.Y. – A federal appeals panel seems poised to reinstate a defamation lawsuit Sarah Palin brought against The New York Times after hearing oral arguments Friday.A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan found it unusual that a judge tossed the lawsuit last year after hearing testimony from a single witness.The onetime Republican vice-presidential nominee sued over an editorial titled “America’s Lethal Politics.” The editorial was published in June 2017 after a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers in Virginia, wounding U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise.The Times’ editorial was corrected twice when readers complained that it appeared to blame a political action committee belonging to Palin for “political incitement” after it distributed a map depicting Democratic lawmakers beneath crosshairs before the 2011 shooting of Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords in Arizona.The editorial originally was published online late in the evening. The newspaper issued corrections online the next morning and in print editions the day after that to remove those references and note the map showed electoral districts, not people, in crosshairs.U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff tossed out the lawsuit last year after conducting a hearing in which he heard testimony from James Bennet, the Times’ editorial page editor. Bennet said he thought the editorial was accurate when he approved its publication but later learned otherwise.Circuit Judge Denny Chin said he agreed that the hearing was unusual.District Judge John F. Keenan, assigned temporarily to the appeals court, said it was “tremendously unusual to have a hearing like this.”Circuit Judge John M. Walker Jr. said Rakoff heard the testimony of the editorial page editor of the Times and “then he decides the position of The New York Times is more plausible than the other side.”The appeals panel did not immediately rule.
New Delhi: Two persons were injured after the balcony of their house collapsed in west Delhi’s Mohan Garden area, police said. The two injured men were identified as Subodh (48) and Harsh (30), who is currently being treated at a local hospital. The DFS deputed two water tenders and a rescue responder to the spot and informed that there were no casualties in the case. This is not the first case two persons died and one injured after the wall of a godown collapsed in Najafgarh area of Dwarka district. The data of DFS accessed by Millennium Post claimed that in the year 2009-10 around 34 persons died whereas in the year 2010-11 the death toll increased to 112 whereas 2011-12, witnessed 47 deaths in the city. “In 2016-17 over 20 persons lost their lives due to structure collapse. From 2017 to March 2018, 11 persons died,” claimed the DFS data.
Mumbai: Actor Paul Rudd says he wants to visit India, and hopes to come to the country soon. “Hi India, I really wish I could be here. I want to go to India but until I do so Joe has to do some extra celebrating for me,” Rudd said. “So have fun and see you guys in the theatres,” added Rudd, who essays role of superhero Ant-Man. Rudd expressed his wish through a video message, which was played at a fan-event here recenly. The event was held as part of the promotion activity of Avengers: Endgame in presence of the film’s co-director Joe Russo. It was a moment of loud cheer when Joe revealed about the video messages, which turned out to be ‘Avengers assemble’ time but virtually. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaActor Chris Hemsworth, popular for his role as Thor, expressed his admiration for the country. He said: “Our director Joe Russo have come to the beautiful country. I have come myself. It is one of the best places on the planet. Sorry couldn’t be there. He thinks he can handle some spicy food and I have told him to try some rogan josh and some butter chicken .. see if he can handle the heat. Lot of love guys and hope to see you soon.” Along with superheros, there was a message from super villain Thanos as well.