Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) is urging Vermont’s dairy farmers to take advantage of US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s decision to extend for a week the signup period for the new dairy farm production price insurance program created under the 2014 Farm Bill.Vilsack on Wednesday afternoon announced that the signup deadline for the new Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) will be extended to December 5, 2014, and that the comment period for the new MPP-Dairy rule would be extended until December 15, 2014.Leahy said, “This extension is good and useful news for dairy farmers in Vermont and across the country who are weighing their options and still learning about the new Margin Protection Program for Dairy. USDA and the University of Vermont Extension Service have worked hard to help educate farmers across our state, and we all recognize that farmers will need more time. This will give them more time to study their options and make informed decisions on signing up for this new risk management tool.”Leahy has encouraged dairy producers to use the online MPP-Dairy web tool at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool(link is external) to determine the best coverage levels for their farms. Leahy, the most senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a conferee on the Farm Bill, pushed to ensure that the web tool was authorized and funded in this year’s Farm Bill to allow farmers to review past market scenarios to help them better understand how the new program would help if poor market conditions arise in the dairy sector. The web tool is run on a secure website that can be accessed by computers, tablets and smartphones.Leahy has also urged dairy farmers, especially new and beginning farmers, to consider submitting public comments on the Margin Protection Program rule that will guide the program’s future.“All dairy farmers in Vermont, including beginning farmers, and those who plan to become dairy farmers, have the opportunity to help shape this program to ensure that it will work for the next generation of farmers,” Leahy said. “Parents hoping to bring their children into their operations in the coming years should consider commenting about how this safety net should cover potential growth in their production. It is important that this program not hinder inter-generational growth, and that it does not encourage gaming of the program or excess production that runs counter to market signals. The Agriculture Department needs to hear from dairy producers, and especially our young co-op members and those future farmers considering a return to their family farms.”Source: Leahy 10.29.2014
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A Black Lives Matter sign. Jimmy Mack and his husband Brian Mott, behind the Trump puppet costume, and his mother, Faye Mack. Lisa Votino, one of the organizers, of the Black Lives STILL Matter march and rally. A Black Lives STILL Matter rally and march was organized to follow the ‘Back the Blue Rally’ in Southampton Village Saturday. IndyEastEnd.com/Christine Heeren A sign with the names of many people who lost their lives at the hands of the police. IndyEastEnd.com/Christine Heeren A voter registration table at a protest in early September. Trevon Jenkins urged young people to vote. Willie Jenkins, one of the organizer, thanked the police officers standing by during the rally. Willie Jenkins approaches a group of police officers on duty. Share A Black Lives STILL Matter rally and march was organized to follow the ‘Back the Blue Rally’ in Southampton Village Saturday. IndyEastEnd.com/Christine HeerenA small, but vocal group gathered for the “Black Lives STILL Matter” rally and march in Southampton Village Saturday afternoon, just several hours after a “Back the Blue Rally” was held in the same spot. Both were peaceful, though the first rally brought more people with about 300 taking part.Willie Jenkins, one of the organizers, took note of the smaller crowd that came together in Agawam Park Saturday at 4 p.m. When protests began on the East End in June after George Floyd’s death, there were 1,000 people in attendance. “Now, probably 50 people,” he said looking around in the park (though there were about double that in the march).“It does not matter,” Jenkins, a Bridgehampton native, continued. “I don’t care if it’s just two of us. The extra voice is enough. Use your voice. If you have privilege, use your privilege.”Over a loudspeaker, Jenkins thanked the police officers nearby and the group gave them round of applause. Later, he went up and spoke directly with officers to thank them. “We appreciate you. We appreciate you when you do your job right,” he said. “But we’re going to speak up when your job isn’t done right.”Lisa Votino of Southampton, who organized the rally with Jenkins, thanked “every body for coming out here on Saturday of Labor Day weekend when we could all be doing other things even in the pandemic.”She explained what led up to the rally by recapping a disturbing experience when she attended a ‘Back the Blue’ rally in western Suffolk. It was in juxtaposition to the Black Lives Matter protests that had been held on the East End, where there were no complaints from organizers, protestors and law enforcement.A sign with the names of many people who lost their lives at the hands of the police. IndyEastEnd.com/Christine Heeren“It really begged the question, why do people feel there needs to be a ‘Back the Blue’ rally out here? We were concerned, we were very concerned. That’s how today started,”she said. “You sent a message to our community that when there’s an element of possible hate in our community that we will step up.”Police shut down the streets in the heart of the business district, just as they had done for the ‘Back the Blue Rally’ earlier in the day. Holding “Black Lives Matter” flags and signs calling for unity and equality, the group marched and chanted phases like, “Whose flag? Our flag.”Trevon Jenkins, a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation and another community activist, urged young people to vote. “There’s no more just sitting in the house complaining without voting,” said Jenkins, who has no relation to Willie Jenkins. A voter registration table was set up in the park.Willie Jenkins, one of the organizer, thanked the police officers standing by during the rally. IndyEastEnd.com/Christine Heeren“What we all need to understand is, this is not just a march for today. It is not a yesterday’s march and it is not just for show. This is to explain that all lives should be equal. But we’re not there as a country so we need to be there as a country,” he said. “The only thing that matters is black lives right now because they don’t matter to America. We don’t matter to America. It’s been shown over and over again. So that’s all the message is. There’s no politics. There’s no forget white people, forget police. That’s not what this is. We just want to matter as much as the next white citizen does.”There was one detractor. An older man was caught on video, inaudibly, arguing with those who had gathered at the park in support of the march. One woman yelled at him, “Nobody is saying all lives don’t matter. Nobody!” A younger woman led him away from the group just as two officers on bicycles pulled up and rode near them as they walked out of the park.Willie Jenkins could be heard over the loudspeaker saying, “It’s okay. Leave him alone. Don’t engage,” followed by, “You have a wonderful day, sir. We love you too.” He followed it up with “Black lives matter,” chants until the man was out of the park.With reporting by Christine Heeren [email protected] Scenes from the Black Lives STILL Matter rally and march. People brought signs. Willie Jenkins, one of the organizers. Scenes from the Black Lives STILL Matter rally and march. Scenes from the Black Lives STILL Matter rally and march. Scenes from the Black Lives STILL Matter rally and march. Lisa Votino, an organizer, marched with her daughter. Jimmy Mack marches with his husband Brian Mott, behind the Trump puppet costume. Scenes from the Black Lives STILL Matter rally and march.