Soybean Industry Talks Rail Trucks Waterways at Agriculture Transportation Summit

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and the soybean industry played an active and prominent role in the Ag Transportation Summit held Aug. 4-5 in Rosemont, Ill.  The purpose of the summit is to unite leaders from agricultural producer organizations, agribusinesses and government to focus on the importance of rail, truck and waterways transportation to the competitiveness and profitability of U.S. agriculture. The focus was on the challenges of transportation capacity and the event featured panels and speakers from all the modes, including major rail companies, shippers, ports, truckers, government agencies and international organizations.ASA Director Lance Peterson (MN) and Tom Hance from the Washington staff represented ASA during the summit. Numerous soybean farmers, state association staff and stakeholders also attended.Hance moderated a panel on port infrastructure and the impact of the labor dispute and work slowdown experienced this past winter at the West Coast ports. Other panels focused on the state of the U.S. rail service network, trucking, impacts of the Panama Canal expansion and inland waterways infrastructure.The summit was jointly hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Grain & Feed Association (NGFA) and the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC).last_img read more

Soy Growers Ask President Trump to Support Renewable Fuel Standard

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) joined the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and the National Renderers Association on a letter last week, urging President Donald Trump to keep his promises to support and protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).Reports indicate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted exemptions from RFS volume obligations to several refineries for the 2016 and 2017 compliance years. EPA has apparently granted Andeavor a hardship waiver for its three smallest refineries, despite the fact that their profits last year were approximately $1.5 billion dollars. At least two other refineries with hundreds of millions of dollars in annual profits appear to have also been granted exemptions.The biodiesel industry is extremely concerned with EPA’s decision to give large, profitable refiners waivers from their RFS obligations, which reduces demand for biodiesel and feedstock providers.ASA, NBB, and the National Renderers Association also note concern with the inconsistent signals from the administration.“Contrary to your steadfast support, the EPA has undermined the RFS through recent actions granting so-called ‘hardship’ exemptions designed for small refiners,” the letter states. “This has a direct impact on consumers, renderers, fuel marketers, biofuel producers and hundreds of thousands of American soybean farmers. The actions taken by the EPA undermine the integrity of the RFS and stand in direct contrast to your pledge of support…”]Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) led a bipartisan group of 13 senators in writing to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting the agency cease issuing the so-called “hardship” waivers exempting obligated parties from the RFS, provide topline information about the waivers already issued, disclose whether or not the agency redistributed the waived volume obligations among the non-exempted obligated parties and outline the agency’s plan to make the waiver process more transparent. The full text of the senators’ letter can be found here.If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Tom Hance in the ASA Washington office at 202-969-7040 or thance@soy.orglast_img read more

Reserve police officer uses Heimlich maneuver to save mans life

first_imgA reserve police officer in Washougal on Tuesday left his post outside an apartment, where police were executing a search warrant, to help a young child who said his father was choking and couldn’t breathe.The child led the officer, James Powers, to a nearby apartment, where he found a barely conscious adult male on the floor. The man’s face was turning purple, according to a news bulletin issued by the Washougal Police Department.Powers, who works as a lead paramedic for American Medical Response, performed the Heimlich maneuver, dislodging an obstruction and allowing the man to start breathing again.After saving the man’s life, Powers returned to the narcotics search, where police seized currency, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.The apartment complex was located in the 500 block of C Street in Washougal.last_img read more

Off Beat Egyptologist finds parallels between ancient modern societies

first_imgAn authority on ancient Egypt provided her expertise recently when The Columbian previewed a new exhibition at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.Kara Cooney enjoys finding modern parallels for ancient concepts. Lots of things can change over the centuries, she said, but people are still people — “Often with the same DNA, and the same social systems and inequalities.”She says that shared humanity is why “being in the presence of a mummified body is very humbling. They were a living, breathing person.”“We’re not invulnerable. We’re just like them,” said Cooney, associate professor of Egyptology at UCLA. “You will be what they are.”Cooney produced and created a series for the Discovery Channel, “Out of Egypt,” showing the ancient roots of elements of modern society.“It’s fun for me. There is a lot of stuff on TV where the producers get it wrong,” she said.She was on Craig Ferguson’s late-night TV show last week, discussing how political unrest has threatened the security of Egypt’s museums and cultural treasures. (The segment is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf3iO4NxWc8). ‘Lost’ assignmentOn another TV series, however, her job wasn’t to explain: It was to mystify. The producers of ABC’s “Lost” asked Cooney to write Egyptian hieroglyphics that could be sprinkled through episodes of the show.last_img read more

Corral injured in Prairies win

first_imgHeather Corral suffered a knee injury in the Prairie girls basketball team’s 62-43 win over Wilson on Tacoma on Saturday and her status is uncertain.Corral left Saturday’s game in Auburn in the second quarter and did not return. Prairie coach Al Aldridge said Corral would be re-evaluated after visiting the doctor on Monday.Corral suffered a torn ligament in her knee in December 2009, missing the remainder of her sophomore season.Corral scored eight points Saturday before leaving. Prairie led 32-12 at halftime. Wilson rallied back after Corral was hurt to close within 39-31 after three quarters before the Falcons (23-0) put the game away in the fourth quarter.Angela Gelhar and Lauren Goecke led the Falcons with 16 points each.Prairie will play Kennedy of Burien in the Class 3A bi-district tournament championship game at 2 p.m. Monday at the ShoWare Center in Kent. The Falcons will then advance to the regional portion of the state tournament on Friday in either Auburn or Bellevue.last_img read more

Colorado flooding cuts off mountain towns kills 3

first_imgA police officer allows a special dive rescue team to pass on a closed road following overnight flash flooding in downtown Boulder, Colo., on Thursday. LYONS, Colo. — Heavy rains sent walls of water crashing down mountainsides Thursday in Colorado, cutting off remote towns, forcing the state’s largest university to close and leaving at least three people dead across a rugged landscape that included areas blackened by recent wildfires.A warm, moist storm system has been dropping rain on the region for much of the week. Up to 8 inches fell in an area spanning from the Wyoming border south to the foothills west of Denver. Flooding extended all along the Front Range mountains, including the cities of Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley, Aurora and Boulder.Numerous roads have been washed out or made impassable by floods, and water has poured into homes. Some buildings have collapsed in the torrent. Parts of several interstate highways in the Denver area were temporarily closed because of standing water.Boulder County appeared to be hardest hit. Sheriff Joe Pelle said the town of Lyons was completely cut off because of flooded roads, and residents were huddling together on higher ground. Although everyone was believed to be safe, the deluge was expected to continue into Friday.Search vehicles and rescue helicopters were standing by, but many were unable to get to mountain communities because of flooding and fog. Residents were asked to drink bottled or boiled water because of possible contamination to water supplies.last_img read more

Housing project planned for Vancouver

first_img The Vancouver Housing Authority wants to build a 30-unit studio apartment building for chronically homeless people who haven’t cleaned up their acts, and maybe never will.If the plan is approved, the 16,000-square-foot building would rise directly across the street from Share House, the men’s shelter and soup kitchen on West 13th Street in downtown Vancouver. The new facility, named Lincoln Place, would be on Lincoln Avenue between 13th and 14th streets.Living in the building would be people who are still struggling with the problems that contributed to their homelessness — chiefly, mental illness, substance abuse and addiction. It would be considered permanent housing for them, according to Vancouver Housing Authority Executive Director Roy Johnson, whether or not they ever beat those problems.Still more of the chronically homeless would be placed at scattered sites owned by willing local landlords, said Amy Reynolds, the program director at Share. Overall there are “at least 70” chronically homeless people in the area who have been identified by outreach teams as being at the greatest risk of dying on the streets unless they are helped into housing, she said.“Housing First” is the theory behind the plan. That’s a model for fighting hard-core homelessness that’s had “great results” across the nation, said Andy Silver, executive director of the Council for the Homeless. It means getting people into housing quickly, no matter their troubles, and then assessing their needs and providing the services that will help keep them off the streets in the future. Click to enlarge.last_img read more

Starbucks cup identifies Washington rape suspect

first_imgOLYMPIA — A discarded Starbucks cup helped lead police to a rape suspect in Olympia, Wash.The paper cup fell out of the attacker’s car into a parking lot on Feb. 19 as the woman who said she was accosted fled.The cup had a sticker with coffee information that revealed it had been bought earlier that day at a Starbucks drive-through in DuPont. Police were able to match surveillance video, leading to the arrest Tuesday of 35-year-old Bryon E. Johnston.The Olympian reports a judge found probable cause Wednesday to hold Johnston in jail for investigation of kidnapping and rape in the February attack and a similar attack in November on another woman abducted from an Olympia bus stop.Johnston’s defense lawyer, Paul Strophy, declined comment Wednesday.last_img

Take care cooking holiday turkey

first_imgThanksgiving is right around the corner. Plates will soon be filled with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie — and a side of salmonella?Each year, an estimated 48 million people in the U.S. get sick from foodborne diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Norovirus and salmonella pathogens account for 69 percent of those illnesses, according to the CDC.This holiday season, health officials and food safety experts are offering advice to keep foodborne illness off of the Thanksgiving menu.The food with the most potential to cause illness is the main attraction — the turkey.Frozen turkeys should never be left out on the counter to thaw. Meat or poultry left in the “danger zone” between 40 degrees and 140 degrees foster the perfect environment for bacteria to rapidly multiply, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.One safe way to thaw a turkey is in the refrigerator, which takes about 24 hours for every 5 pounds. With that method, a 20-pound turkey would take about four days to thaw, said Sandra Brown, food safety and nutrition faculty at Washington State University Clark County Extension.Another method is to submerge the frozen turkey, enclosed in a leak-proof bag, in a sink of cold water. The water will need to be changed every 30 minutes to ensure the turkey doesn’t rise above 40 degrees, Brown said.“You can’t put it in there in the morning and go off to work,” she said. “Eventually, that water is going to get warm.”last_img read more

CEO of Hong Kong blockchain firm Alphaslot speaks at Distributed 2018 conference

first_img Blockchain RelatedPosts Chan participated on a panel titled “Tokenizing Business Models” where he discussed the role tokens play in Alphaslot’s business model and the utilization of reverse-ICO application. The panel also discussed token economy value, token function as a payment tool and how token price fluctuation impacts businesses.“In recent years, blockchain technology has been maturing and has been put to a wide variety of uses in several industries,” Chan said. “In the future, the sustainable development of this technology will focus on project application and its related economic benefits. High value-added industries, such as gaming, will contribute more to the development of blockchain technology due to its high economic efficiency.“In the Alphaslot project, the token economy reach starts from the point of game design and playability. The future of the project will expand the ecosystem from the gaming floor out to ancillary leisure services including hospitality, entertainment and F&B and continue expanding to transportation services and retail further down the line.”Alphaslot successfully launched earlier this year, partnering with Sora Ventures, Asia’s first crypto-backed venture capital firm dedicated to blockchain and digital currency investments. Alphaslot also teamed up with experienced technical experts in the industry and academic experts and professors from top universities.Distributed 2018 is an annual two-day summit featuring 25 panels and discussions, keynote presentations and industry roundtables with over 100 speakers and over 1,000 attendees, bringing together experts from the blockchain and DLT worlds to discuss the potential of decentralized global ecosystems. Alphaslot partners with Synergy Blue to explore gaming Innovation with blockchain technology Load More The CEO of Hong Kong blockchain company Alphaslot, Raymond Chan, spoke at the Distributed 2018 conference in San Francisco last week, sharing his insights into Alphaslot and how it plans to transform casino gaming.The innovative project, which leverages blockchain technology to tokenize casino gaming, features a progressive team of global technical experts, thought leaders and an all-star lineup of ecosystem builders. Casinos can innovate – and win new fanslast_img read more