Kansas protests hit right-wing billionaires

first_imgSlamming the Koch brothers in Topeka.WW photoA rainbow of working people from across Kansas boldly confronted the extreme right-wing Americans for Prosperity group at its two locations in Topeka and Wichita on July 10 in 90-degree heat. In both locations, protesters unfurled colorful banners and signs that renamed the AFP the “Americans for Austerity.”AFP is funded by the infamous billionaire brothers, Charles and David Koch, and other Wall Street interests such as the MacIver Institute and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. The Koch brothers are following in the political footsteps of their anti-communist father, Fred C. Koch, who co-founded the John Birch Society.Chanting “They say cut back, we say fight back,” “Hands off our children,” “Hands off our pensions,” “Hands off women” and other slogans, over 150 participants from across northeastern and central Kansas protested in Topeka. The diverse crowd of many ages, genders, sexualities, disabilities and nationalities made clear their fightback spirit, taking up two sides of the street right in front of the AFP office on the city’s main boulevard with their banners, signs and bullhorn. They received numerous honks of support from cars passing by.In Wichita, about 30 protesters gave the AFP office there a similar reception.The July 10 actions received widespread media coverage before, during and after the events. The protesters forced AFP to respond, which they did with a derisive anti-worker, anti-community statement that praised the Jim Crow, right-to-work-for-less wage slave law in Kansas.On the same day the AFP protests took place, ultra-rightist Charles Koch launched one of his new campaigns, which includes a demand to eliminate the minimum wage.AFP’s goals include union busting, deregulation and privatization. According to environment-friendly organizations such as the Sierra Club, the Koch brothers, through their oil and gas industries, continue to engage in wanton environmental destruction. AFP money is behind politicians like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and that state’s Budget Director Art Pope.AFP money, along with that of other right-wing organizations such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), has bought virtually every Kansas politician in the current legislature. This resulted in the 2013 session being one of the worst anti-worker, anti-community legislative sessions in Kansas history.But as July 10 showed, there is a progressive current in Kansas. More and more working people are starting to fight back in their own interests, especially in response to ever deeper austerity pushed by Wall Street fronts like the AFP.Thirty-four labor and community organizations endorsed the July 10 actions. These included the Bail Out the People Movement, Kansas AFL-CIO, the Topeka Federation of Labor, the American Federation of Teachers, Lawrence and Manhattan, Peace & Justice groups, the LGBTQ Kansas Equality Coalition-Topeka Chapter, Kansas National Organization for Women, the Sierra Club and the Working Kansas Alliance.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Worldwide protests condemn U.S. plans to attack Syria

first_imgOn the Sept. 7-8 weekend, reflecting deep opposition to the U.S. plans to attack Syria, anti-war demonstrations erupted in dozens of cities around the country and worldwide.New York, Washington, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta are just a few of the U.S. cities where people demanded “Hands off Syria!” and “Money for jobs, not for war!”Overseas, a reported 100,000 people jammed St. Peter’s Square in Rome for a four-hour vigil against U.S. military action. Britain, the Philippines, Pakistan and Lebanon all saw anti-war protests.Most of the demonstrations took place on Sept. 7. Anticipating this upsurge in anti-war activity, on the same day the White House staged a media-blitz public-relations campaign in which a handful of senators were shown videos of the chemical weapons attack that the government of Bashar al-Assad is supposed to have carried out.In full war propaganda mode, the media treated the showing of these videos with an absurd amount of reverence. The videos in question had already been circulating on YouTube and provide no indication of who carried out the attack. The twist added by the White House is that they were now deemed “authentic” by the “intelligence community” — meaning the CIA.Of course, the CIA itself is helping train the Syrian “rebels.” Wall Street and its lackeys are fumbling as they try to make the case for a war that is not only unpopular but could ignite a movement against the 1% on all issues — not only war, but police brutality, joblessness, education and more.This weekend, the seeds of this movement were sown in every city. Given its shameless role as a cheerleader for war, it’s fitting that CNN was the site of the protest in Atlanta. Called by the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition/Atlanta, the demonstration brought out members of the Syrian, Turkish, Indian and Iranian communities as well as students and activists.In New York, more than 1,000 people marched from Times Square to Union Square in a joint action called by the International Action Center, World Can’t Wait, the Syrian American Forum and the United National Antiwar Coalition.A thousand also protested in Los Angeles — where President Barack Obama’s scheduled appearance at the AFL-CIO Convention this weekend was suddenly cancelled. The Answer Coalition’s Washington, D.C., protest, which included an activist who had disrupted Secretary of State John Kerry’s Senate testimony last week, rallied at the White House.Hundreds rallied in Chelsea Manning Plaza in San Francisco. The rally was called by Answer and supported by UNAC and Workers World Party, among others. Demonstrators then marched along Market Street, in record San Francisco heat, to the United Nations Plaza, chanting “Jobs and education! Not war and occupation!”In Boston, protesters gathered at downtown Park Street to condemn the march to war. Speakers included representatives of the Syrian American Forum, United National Antiwar Coalition, the International Action Center, the Women’s Fightback Network, the Boston School Bus Union, Veterans for Peace, United for Peace and Justice, Chelsea Uniting for Peace, the Pirate Party and many other anti-war organizations.The anti-war protest in Raleigh, N.C., held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Gardens, was called by Black Workers for Justice. Workers World Party-Durham Branch; the militant youth group, Fight Imperialism Stand Together (FIST); South Asian and Arab Youth for Justice; and UNC (University of North Carolina) Students for a Democratic Society also co-sponsored and helped organize the event.The rally in Philadelphia was called by the Philadelphia Peoples Power Assembly and featured speakers Pam Africa of International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; Gabriel Bryant from Sankofa Community Empowerment; Shesheena Bray of the Askia Coalition Against Police Brutality; Tauheedah Asad, a local Dream Defenders organizer; and media activist Dave Lindorff of the blog “This Can’t Be Happening!” Disabled African-American veteran Joe Moore spoke of the many veterans who still suffer from the toxic effects of Agent Orange, a chemical weapon used extensively by the U.S. during its war against Vietnam.The Buffalo, N.Y., protest was held in a busy shopping area. Anti-war speakers included members of the national youth organization FIST (Fight Imperialism Stand Together); Burning Books Bookstore; Free Jalil Muntaqim; the Buffalo/Western New York International Action Center, which organized the demonstration; the Western New York Peace Center; and Workers World Party.At the Salt Lake City Federal building, dozens of people shielding themselves from the powerful rain storm held signs and chanted, “No new war! Hands off Syria!” and “It’s a rich man’s war, and they want the poor to pay!” In Indianapolis, about 150 protesters clustered around the Indiana Statehouse in a church-organized protest opposing military intervention.In Seattle, 120 demonstrators marched to Seattle Center. They took to the streets behind a banner that read “Hands off Syria; not another War!” and protested biased TV network coverage at Channel 4 along the way. On Sept. 5, Milwaukee’s Channel 4 was also the site of a protest, where anti-war activists with signs and banners received ongoing honks of support from passing motorists on busy Capitol Drive, where the TV station is located.At one of the city’s busiest intersections, protesters rallied against war in Tucson, Ariz. — where one of Sen. John McCain’s Town Hall meetings turned into an anti-war revolt last week — and were greeted by nonstop honks, peace signs and raised fists of anti-war support from the passing motorists.The demonstrations will only get bigger – as will the movement for society’s resources to be spent on human needs and not another war.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Syria says Israeli attack helps al-Qaida

first_imgIsraeli soldiers stand next to a mobile artillery unit near the border with Syria in the Golan Heights.“How can you say that al-Qaida doesn’t have an air force? They have the Israeli air force,” Syria President Bashar Assad told an American reporter. (“Assad: Israeli strikes in Syria benefit al-Qaida,” jpost.com, Jan. 25)President Assad’s comments came a week after an Israeli airstrike on Quneitra, Syria, killed six Hezbollah soldiers and six Iranians, including Hezbollah Commander Jihad Mughniyeh and Iranian General Mohammad Ali ­Allahdadi.In retaliation for this unprovoked attack, on Jan. 28 Hezbollah forces from Lebanon fired anti-tank rockets at an Israeli column in northern Israel, killing two soldiers and wounding seven. In the ensuing battle, a Spanish U.N. soldier was also killed.Also in response to the Israeli attack, Hamas in Palestinian Gaza organized a strong solidarity demonstration with Hezbollah. Some demonstrators even breached the walls of the U.N. compound in Gaza. Hamas officials said their action “reaffirms Hezbollah’s right to respond to the Israeli aggression, especially following the attack in Quneitra.” (CNN.com, Jan. 28)At first glance, it may seem strange that Israel, supported and armed to the teeth by the U.S., would launch an attack on allies of the Assad government in Syria when Syria is waging a fierce defense against invading forces of the Islamic State (ISIL). The U.S. is waging its own air campaign against ISIL in both Syria and Iraq. Hundreds of U.S. troops are being sent to the region to train Syrian anti-government militias to fight ISIL.But of course there is nothing strange about it at all. The U.S. still sees the Assad government in Syria as an obstacle to its dominion over the oil-rich Middle East. Regime change in Syria is still a top item on Washington’s agenda. So it doesn’t complain when Israel attacks Hezbollah, an ally of the Syrian government.Of course, this attack also meshes with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election campaign in the Zionist garrison state. Continued war against its Arab neighbors and the Palestinian people is the foundation of Israel’s existence. This war, which has cost so many lives and caused 9 million people to flee their homes, according to the U.N., is not in the interest of the Jewish people, but it has won the enthusiastic support of Wall Street and its minions in Washington.It is time for all progressive people to stand in solidarity with the Arab people in the Middle East against these U.S.-Israeli criminal attacks!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

CIA turned in Mandela in ’62, still undermines Africa

first_imgConfirmation of United States efforts to prevent Africa from reaching genuine self-determination and national liberation resurfaced in mid-May when the international media circulated damning reports about the CIA’s pivotal role in the arrest of African National Congress and South African Communist Party official Nelson Mandela in 1962.Nelson Mandela in 1962.Donald Rickard, who in 1962 was the United States vice-consul in Durban, said he and his superiors believed that Mandela was “the world’s most dangerous communist outside of the Soviet Union.” And he had no reservations about alerting the apartheid regime about his location. (British Telegraph, May 15)Mandela was stopped at a police roadblock in Howick, KwaZulu Natal on Aug. 5, 1962, and arrested. His capture provided the legal and political basis for trials that culminated with the Rivonia Treason convictions, sending him to over 27 years in prison. The CIA’s pivotal role in his arrest has been repeatedly documented since 1990, the eve of Mandela’s first visit to the U.S. after his release from prison.Rickard claimed that ANC informants alerted him that Mandela was traveling to Howick, and he relayed this information to South African police, noting that the ANC-SACP leader was planning to return to Johannesburg.Secret travelsMandela had traveled outside of apartheid South Africa to win international support for the national liberation movement against settler colonialism and to receive arms training in order to build the military wing of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe. By early 1961, the ANC declared that it was futile to continue peaceful methods of struggle in the aftermath of the Sharpeville massacre of March 1960 and other atrocities.In March 1962 Mandela undertook military instructions from the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) at their bases across the border in Morocco. In his testimony during the Rivonia Trial in 1964, Mandela said, “In Africa I was promised support by … Ben Bella, now president of Algeria.” (nelsonmandela.org)A publication by Mandela, “Conversations with Myself,” includes numerous extracts from his 1962 diary, all of which verify his military training at FLN facilities in Morocco.Around the same time Mandela also took military courses in Ethiopia then led by Haile Selassie I. According to an article published by the British Broadcasting Corporation, “In July 1962, Col. Fekadu Wakene taught South African political activist Nelson Mandela the tricks of guerrilla warfare — including how to plant explosives before slipping quietly away into the night. Mr. Mandela was in Ethiopia, learning how to be the commander-in-chief of Umkhonto we Sizwe — the armed wing of the African National Congress.” (Dec. 9, 2013)Col. Fekadu later praised the future South African president, saying, “Nelson Mandela was a very strong and resilient student, and he took instruction well and was really very likeable.” He “concentrated on the task in hand.”Continuing U.S. strategy in AfricaThe CIA intervention in 1962 was part of a broader U.S. policy extending from the 1960s to the present. In 1960, the CIA and the U.S. State Department plotted to overthrow and assassinate Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba. Immediately after the revolutionary Congo prime minister won the largest bloc of votes for his Congolese National Movement, his government was neutralized and displaced by a coup.Lumumba later fled to the east of the country where he was kidnapped by forces allied with the imperialists. He was subjected to torture and a brutal assassination. Army Col. Mobutu Sese Seko, a CIA asset, served as the front for Washington and various mining corporations for 37 years until he was displaced in a national uprising in 1996-97.Later in the West African state of Ghana, the first prime minister and president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, was overthrown in a military and police coup on Feb. 24, 1966, which was coordinated by the CIA. Nkrumah had been a staunch supporter of Lumumba, along with dozens of other liberation movements across the continent. (See “In Search of Enemies” by John Stockwell)The former Portuguese colony of Angola in southwest Africa was on the verge of national independence in November 1975 when the country was invaded by the South African Defense Forces and the CIA in order to prevent the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, which was aligned with the South West African People’s Organization of Namibia and the ANC of South Africa, from taking power.The 55,000 Cuban internationalist forces deployed by then-President Fidel Castro worked in conjunction with national and regional forces to drive back the SADF, establishing Angola as a rear base of the struggle to eliminate white-minority rule in the subcontinent.Between 1975 and 1989, approximately 350,000 Cubans served in Angola. The defeat of the SADF and the CIA in Angola represented a major turning point in the overall movement of the African people for self-determination and sovereignty.As recent as 2011, the administration of President Barack Obama dispatched hundreds of CIA operatives to Libya, setting the stage for a massive seven-month bombing campaign, which toppled the government of Col. Muammar Gadhafi, a former chair of the African Union.Business Insider reported this fact at the time, saying, “CIA operatives have been working in Libya along with MI6 agents and other spies to gather information for use in airstrikes. … Obama signed an order several weeks ago authorizing the CIA to provide arms and other support to the rebels.” (March 30, 2011)These instances represent a few important cases highlighting the legacy of U.S. interference in the internal affairs of the African continent. Such occurrences reveal that Washington has never been a supporter of African independence. This stance is in sharp contrast with that of such socialist countries as Cuba and the former Soviet Union.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Eyewitness Durham: Felony charges dropped against freedom fighters!

first_imgDurham anti-racist activists outside county courthouse on Jan. 11.The following is an eyewitness account of the Jan. 11 court hearing for eight activists who tore down a Confederate statue in Durham, N.C., on Aug. 14, 2017. On Jan. 13, WWP comrades along with community members will hold a People’s Tribunal, putting on trial those who enforce racist injustice. For more, see workers.org/2018/01/08/durham-hosts-peoples-tribunal. There was a good show of support at the Durham County Courthouse today. About 40 to 50 people were here inside the courtroom to #DefendDurham, including the eight defendants. I thank you all for your continued support and for helping to defend against white supremacy.The mood in the court is set up to be depressive and pensive because of the oppressive way that the courtroom is designed to make you feel: as if you are lower than the lowest of lows in life. You already know the makeup of the courtroom: 90 to 96 percent of the courtroom attendees are Black and Brown people. The other 4 to 10 percent are white people, and most of those folks work for the court in some capacity.The proceedings are an assault on one’s intelligence. The formalities, such as the court roll calling the names of the defendants, is done in such a way that it seems like a cattle call or a modern-day slave auction.The lovely thing about today was that when each of our comrades was called during the roll call, many people in the courtroom yelled out, “Witness!” The court didn’t seem to revel in my joy over this.As each of our defendants were called up, an assistant district attorney requested a new court date, which was set for Feb. 19. The attorney for the defendants, Scott Holmes, told Judge Fred S. Battaglia that there was “no objection” from the freedom fighters for a trial on that date.When we got up to leave in unison, it was a great show of support, and definitely made an impression on the court. My heart is so full.The felony charges were dropped. The misdemeanor charges are now as follows: Defacing a public building or monument, Class 3; conspiracy to deface a public building or monument, Class 2; injury to real property, Class 1. Each of these charges carries no potential jail time, depending on prior convictions.The state has their witnesses, and so do we. We are the people, and the people said loudly, bravely and ferociously that we stand up to white supremacy at any cost, because the payoff is a world with one less symbolic statue to racism. The government, in fact, owes the eight defendants about $536,000 for their swift removal of the statue.We look forward to the trial. If you would like to see what actions of solidarity you can perform in the meantime, please visit doitlikedurham.org.Thompson is a Workers World Party candidate and the mother of Takiyah Thompson, one of the arrestees.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Michigan Poor People’s Campaign unites unions, communities

first_imgLansing, Mich. — The Michigan Poor People’s Campaign action on June 11 was the largest yet. Some 500 activists protested in Lansing, the state capital, around the themes of “Education, Living Wages, Jobs, Income and Housing.” An especially strong and dynamic contingent of mostly young African-American workers from the D-15 movement played a leading role in the demonstrations.The rallies at a church gathering spot and the Michigan Treasury Department, organized by the Moratorium Now Coalition and D-15, reflected a coming together of union and community activists. Speakers included disability rights activists Lisa Franklin from Warriors on Wheels and Baba Baxter. Helen Moore from the Vote No Takeover Coalition spoke on the education struggle.City retirees Yvonne Jones, representing Moratorium Now, and Donald Roberts, from the Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association, discussed the war on public workers, and especially retirees in Michigan. Shannon Kirkland from the Communications Workers spoke on a potential Midwest strike against AT&T, and a representative of the Lecturers Union discussed their contract battle at the University of Michigan.A United Auto Workers representative spoke on the fight of Colombian workers against General Motors. Jonathan Roberts rallied support for the One Fair Wage campaign, a referendum scheduled for a vote this November to lift the Michigan minimum wage for all low-wage workers and specifically to abolish the subminimum wage for restaurant servers.The direct action included a sit-in, resulting in a number of arrests at the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. The sit-in supported a Moratorium Now Coalition contingent that went inside to demand MSHDA use the remaining $200 million in Michigan’s federal Hardest Hit Funds to keep families in their homes, as intended under the program.In Michigan, the bulk of the Hardest Hit Funds are being illegally diverted to a corrupt blight removal program, administered by Detroit and Flint land banks. Moratorium Now is demanding that the funds be used instead to prevent the eviction of thousands of families from all the occupied homes facing tax foreclosure this fall.Under the Moratorium Now proposal, the city or county would remove thousands of occupied tax foreclosed homes from the fall auction by exercising their right of first refusal. Hardest Hit Funds would be supplied to pay delinquent property tax bills, and the homes would then be turned over to the occupants, whether they are owners, renters, land contract vendees or even squatters. Based on the strength of the action on Monday, MSHDA agreed to present this proposal for agreement by the federal Department of the Treasury.The Michigan Poor People’s Campaign action June 11 was part of weekly demonstrations that have occurred every Monday, beginning May 14, in over 30 state capitals across the U.S. The state protests will culminate with a national Stand Against Poverty Mass Rally & Moral Revival on Saturday, June 23, at 10 a.m., on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. For information about this national rally, go to poorpeoplescampaign.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Fighting back against transphobia, racism

first_imgPensacola, Fla. — Three Black trans women in Jacksonville, Fla., have been murdered since February 2018: Celine Walker, Antashâ English and Cathalina James. A fourth unnamed victim was wounded in a shooting, but has survived.This ongoing violence in Jacksonville has sparked an understandable but nonetheless horrifying fear that the murders are connected and are the work of a serial killer or serial killers who target Black trans women.More might be known about the situation if the city of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office would handle the cases properly. But, as usual, the officers of the capitalist, racist, transphobic establishment are dedicated to shrugging their shoulders and looking the other way while violence against transgender people surges.
 Even after their deaths, disrespect for these Black trans women has been continuous. The JSO has consistently misgendered the victims, referring to them only by their dead-names (birth-assigned names), and as “men who identify as women,” “men dressed as women” and so forth. The authorities keep repeating all the negative phrases that only serve to perpetuate violence against trans people, particularly Black trans women. To add further insult to injury, the JSO has taken no step to investigate these murders as hate crimes, signalling that they do not deem trans lives worthy of justice.Black trans women fight to survive at a very dangerous intersection of identities and class struggle. Capitalism is responsible for hundreds of years of racist injustice and concentrated violence against Black and multinational people, as well as women and transgender people. The people in whose existence those identities meet, like the murdered Black trans women, suffer a massive wave of oppression. The capitalist establishment then mocks, disrespects and refuses them justice, continuing to use divide-and-conquer tactics to keep this group of people oppressed and exploited, and other workers from uniting to defend them.In Pensacola, Fla., a transgender advocacy organization, Strive (Social Trans Initiative), serves as a trans advocacy organization that meets trans people’s material needs. On June 30, Strive declared its first-ever Transgender State of Emergency, declaring Jacksonville an unsafe place for transgender people. While acknowledging that nowhere is safe for trans people, Strive urged that all should be on high alert in and around the Jacksonville area.Strive also issued a continuous call to action in the form of phone-ins and email-ins to the Jacksonville city and sheriff, and to the state attorney, demanding these cases be investigated as hate crimes. A further demand was that all media personnel and the JSO acknowledge and apologize for misgendering and disrespecting the victims.Though a core belief of Strive is its anti-cop stance, since these cases are now in the hands of the police, Strive is putting pressure on every available avenue to solve these murders and bring a killer, or killers, to light.On July 5, in a second Trans State of Emergency declaration, Strive included a call for trans self-defense, saying: “Understand that self-defense is not the same as oppressive violence. It is not wrong to defend ourselves from reactionary attacks. This can be done however you feel comfortable: martial arts, firearm training, etc. Please seek some self-defense training.”Strive is asking for national solidarity, and for other organizations to join in the phone-ins and email-ins. We must put all available pressure on the city of Jacksonville and force them to meet demands.For more information, go to Strive: ­facebook.com/­socialtransinitiative/FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Vilsack Praises Farmers and Ranchers

first_img Speaking in Iowa Thursday, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack touted farmers as some of the nation’s greatest assets. He said U.S. agriculture continues to be a bright spot in the American economy and a driving force behind export growth, job creation and the nation’s competitiveness because of the productivity of farmers, ranchers and producers. According to Vilsack – U.S. agriculture is responsible for one out of every 12 jobs and provides our food, feed, fiber and fuel – all while helping drive the national economy.Vilsack also noted the work of USDA to strengthen the rural economy over the past three years. He highlighted – among other things – historic investment in America’s rural communities, maintaining a strong safety net and investing in broadband service for nearly seven-million rural residents. Vilsack also talked about the work of the first-ever White House Rural Council – which he chairs. Since its establishment in June of last year – Vilsack says the Council has supported a broad spectrum of rural initiatives.Source: NAFB News Service By Andy Eubank – Apr 19, 2012 SHARE Previous articleFarm Bill Process Remains ContentiousNext articleIndiana Farmer Defends Next Gen Herbicide Crop Systems Andy Eubank SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Vilsack Praises Farmers and Ranchers Home Indiana Agriculture News Vilsack Praises Farmers and Rancherslast_img read more

The Good News and Bad News About US Corn Exports

first_img Previous articleAPI Certifies High Oleic Soybean Motor OilNext articleIndiana Crops Popping Through Gary Truitt The Good News and Bad News About US Corn Exports SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News The Good News and Bad News About US Corn Exports Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter The Good News and Bad News About US Corn ExportsTom SleightIt is a good news/bad news situation for US corn exports. Let’s start with the bad news. China, once a major buyer of US corn, has dried up as a customer for the past several months. The main reason given is their concern over biotech corn showing up in shipments of US grain. Tom Sleight, head of the US Grains Council, says negotiations are continuing, “There has been progress, but it is going to take a lot of talking with the Chinese on many different levels. We have approval on one trait and another in line for next year. It is going to take a lot of talking.”Now here is the good news. Sleight says sales of US corn to Mexico and Colombia are on the rise, “It is a different kind of Mexico than it was 10 years ago, and the same with Colombia. These are very vibrant economies, and they are in our backyard.”  Another area of the world that is turning to the US for more corn is North Africa, “This is an area that has been dominated by the Russians, but now the US is gaining market share.” He predicts that this year the US will go from almost zero percent of the market to nearly 40% of the market in Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia. In the latest USDA report,  projected  exports of US corn was increased by 150 million bushels, to a total of 1.9 billion bushels for 2014. By Gary Truitt – May 12, 2014 last_img read more

Quarantines Lifted on Indiana Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Control Area

first_img SHARE Information on HPAI and the current situation in Indiana is available on BOAH’s website at: www.in.gov/boah/2390.htm, www.Facebook.com\INBOAH and @INBOAH on Twitter. Home Indiana Agriculture News Quarantines Lifted on Indiana Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Control Area By Gary Truitt – Jun 1, 2015 Quarantines Lifted on Indiana Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Control Area Previous articleIndiana Planting Almost Complete Before the RainNext articleUSDA Announces Restart of Biomass Crop Assistance Program for Renewable Energy Gary Truittcenter_img Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE On May 31, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) lifted quarantines on all avian premises within a 3 km radius of a Whitley County site that was infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8. Likewise, movement restrictions on all sites in the 10 km control area have been lifted.The avian quarantines were in effect from May 9 to May 31, after a backyard poultry flock was diagnosed. The 21-day period after the infected site was cleared of birds reflects the maximum incubation period for HPAI, and is required by USDA standards. During this period, all birds in the 3 km infected zone were tested twice for HPAI and all tests were negative. This included 30 avian premises.In addition, six flocks that supplied birds to the infected site also tested negative, and have been released from quarantine. Indiana Department of Natural Resource (DNR) biologists have tested (all negative) wild birds and environmental samples on and around the infected site. DNR will continue wild bird monitoring through the summer.Surveillance and ReportingBOAH reminds bird owners to remain vigilant in looking for signs of HPAI illness in wild and domestic birds. Hoosiers who notice five or more dead wild feeder-type birds should call the Indiana Department of Natural Resources at: 812-334-1137. Owners of small/backyard poultry flocks can help by reporting any unusual deaths or illness to the USDA Healthy Birds Hotline:  866-536-7593. Callers will be routed to a federal or state veterinarian in Indiana for case assessment. Dead birds should be double-bagged and refrigerated for possible testing.last_img read more