Welch introduces bill to protect dairy farmers by closing trade loophole

first_imgCongressman Peter Welch on Tuesday introduced legislation to protect dairy farmers by closing a trade loophole that allows for the unlimited importation of a form of dried milk product. Welch s bill, the Milk Import Tariff Equity Act, will update existing trade regulations to include milk protein concentrate (MPC) and treat it like all other imported dairy products. In the past decade, MPC imports have more than doubled, undermining the market for domestic powdered milk and driving down the price Vermont s dairy farmers are paid for their milk. As international dairy producers have flooded the American market with milk protein concentrate, Vermont s dairy farmers have paid the price. By circumventing trade agreements, these producers have contributed to the plummeting price of milk and caused many Vermont farmers to go out of business, Welch said. This legislation will simply level the playing field and ensure that all dairy producers play by the same rules.Milk protein concentrate, similar to non-fat dried milk, is used in a variety of processed food products. In the past ten years, MPC imports have increased 58 percent. A 2004 International Trade Commission report found that, imported milk protein products may have displaced approximately 318 million pounds of U.S. produced milk protein [equivalent to 883 million pounds of non-fat dried milk] between 1998 and 2002.Because the technology used to produce MPCs was relatively new at the time, regulations approved during the 1995 Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations neglected to include MPCs. In the years since, foreign producers have taken advantage of this oversight and increased exports at a rate higher than is allowed for other dairy products.The Milk Import Tariff Equity Act would simply close this loophole and ensure that milk protein concentrates are regulated at the same level as other dairy products.Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate earlier this year by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).Source: Welch’s office. 9.29.2009last_img read more

Resist banking lobby’s rhetoric

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr We need to meet the banking lobby’s misinformation campaign head-on.By Mike SchenkThe banking lobby is at it again, ramping-up efforts to feed policy makers a healthy dose of anti-credit union rhetoric. Bankers are imploring legislators at the state and national levels to impose additional taxes on credit unions and severely restrain their operations.Credit unions, they say, harm the nation’s small banks and are “no longer focused on their original mission to serve disadvantaged members” of their communities.But as has been the case historically, the banker narrative is woefully short on facts. Put simply, evidence of credit union harm in the banking sector is nonexistent. And the notion that credit unions aren’t focused on their historical mission is just plain hogwash.In reality, “harm” is especially difficult to detect. Banks control 94% of U.S. financial institution assets while credit unions control less than 7%—a percentage that has been virtually unchanged for nearly 25 years.In 1992, the largest 100 banking institutions controlled 41% of financial institution assets and smaller banking institutions controlled 53% of the total. Today, the largest 100 banks control 74% and smaller institutions control 19%.If small banks are being harmed, the source of that harm clearly is big banks, not credit unions.As the nation’s only member-owned, democratically controlled financial institutions, credit unions are a small but necessary—and extremely popular—financial alternative for more than 100 million Americans.Ensuring policy makers see through and resist banker rhetoric is critically important. That’s because credit unions: continue reading »last_img read more

Bucksport football’s Gross named Gaziano finalist

first_imgBUCKSPORT — Bucksport’s David Gross was announced Thursday as one of three finalists for the Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Offensive Lineman Award.Gross was one of three finalists for the award along with Leavitt’s Riley Parmenter and Thornton Academy’s Jack Rogers. The three were chosen from a list of five semifinalists after seven offensive linemen were chosen as initial nominees in December.Gross, a senior, was named Little Ten Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year at the conference’s Dec. 8 postseason awards banquet. He was also named LTC Player of the Year, a rare honor for a lineman.On the field, Gross led Bucksport to a 9-1 season and Class D runner-up finish in 2019. The Golden Bucks won their first regional title in six years with a 46-8 win over Dexter in the Northern Maine championship game.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Gaziano Offensive Lineman Award, which was introduced following the 2010 season, is given annually to a player who displays “strong leadership on the field, in the classroom and in the community.” Three other players, Bonny Eagle’s William Horton, Leavitt’s Camden Jordan and Scarborough’s Nate Mars, were nominated for the Gaziano Memorial Defensive Lineman Award.The award recipients will be announced at a banquet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Augusta Civic Center. The winners will receive cash prizes of $5,000 as well as jackets and trophies.last_img read more


first_imgThe ducklings were successfully returned to the wild at Lough Eske.Three rescued ducks were successfully released back into the wild at a sun-kissed Lough Eske by Animals In Need volunteers on Saturday afternoon.The feathered trio were rescued several months ago when their mother was spotted leading her ducklings across an extremely busy Donegal Town road during rush hour.Noel Cunningham welcomes the ducks to their new homeSeveral ducklings had already been hit by cars before a concerned member of the public flew into action and at great risk to herself managed to save four ducklings. Attempts to reunite the ducklings with their mother were unsuccessful and so the rescued ducklings were taken into foster care by Animals In Need. Three ducklings survived and rapidly grew into healthy young ducks who were ready to return to the wild.An Animals In Need spokesperson said ‘To give the ducklings the best chance of survival we wanted to give them what’s called a soft release. Thankfully Noel Cunningham of Harvey’s Point Hotel offered to let us leave the ducks in a cage in the Hotel’s grounds for a few days to give them a chance to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings.’Noel was also there on Saturday afternoon to do the honours and release the three female ducks from the cage which had been placed near the waters edge at Lough Eske.The AIN spokesperson continued ‘The release was a great success and with a final quack goodbye the ducks headed straight out into the water, flapping their wings and diving – they looked delighted to be splashing about out there. Then they swam over to a resident duck and followed her around so she could show them the ropes.’ She added ‘We’d like to say a huge thanks to Noel and all the staff at Harvey’s Point who have been such a help with the release and also for keeping an eye on the ducks while they settle in. Thanks also, of course, to their fosterer Gitte who did a great job raising them.’Animals In Need is a voluntary organisation made up entirely of unpaid volunteers. If you would be interested in becoming involved in their animal rescue work or in adopting a rescued animal, fostering, fundraising etc, please contact the helpline on 087 1356188RESCUED DUCKS GO QUACKERS FOR LOUGH ESKE was last modified: July 27th, 2015 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)last_img read more