first_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailWanderoamIdentical Twins Marry Identical Twins – But Then The Doctor Says, “STOP”WanderoamSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldHistorical GeniusHe Was The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived – But He Led A Miserable LifeHistorical GeniusMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan Times KCS-content AFTER a long dormancy, which has seen former Prime Minister Gordon Brown make only rare appearances as an MP in the House of Commons, the troubled ex-chancellor is readying himself for a low-key book launch at the London School of Economics.The Capitalist has learned that the PM has set a date of 7 December for the launch, but if you were hastily pencilling the momentous day into your diary, think again. In the classic crowd-shunning mood of the former PM’s post-election activities, the event will only be open to students and professors of the university.With 2010 having already seen a rash of books by Labour party grandees – from Peter Watt’s Inside Out to Lord Mandelson’s The Third Man and Tony Blair’s epically named A Journey – Brown has gone for an altogether more academic name for his serious tome: Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalisation. Well, he never claimed to be a branding genius…He is rumoured to have worked up quite a lather over the behaviour of RBS, which could make for an interesting read given his friendship with Sir Fred Goodwin and the cosy chats that Goodwin’s successor, Stephen Hester, has been having with Mandelson (as revealed by The Capitalist on Friday).But is Brown going to cash in on the launch? In his first tentative step onto the lecture circuit in New Delhi over the weekend, he reportedly bagged a cool £60,000 for his future promotional efforts.No word yet on whether his gig at the LSE will earn the ex-PM anything further, but with his speaking fee worth considerably less than Tony’s, he might be a little less tempted to follow Blair’s lead in donating all his book’s proceeds to charity. DINING FOR CHARITYA bevvy of high-profile City names showed up at the newly opened Hakkasan Mayfair hotel last week, for a dinner hosted by David Bailey, Heather Kerzner, Emily Oppenheimer and Keith Tyson in order to promote the charity Malaria No More UK.The guests, who included Arcadia Group owner and government efficiency tsar Sir Philip Green, fashion and property tycoon Richard Caring and Freud Communications’ Matthew Freud, were treated to a three-course meal and a deluge of cocktails before being urged to go out and promote the charity’s work in their various fields of experience. After all, charity often begins at the dining table… Tags: NULL whatsapp Sharecenter_img Monday 22 November 2010 6:18 am QUIET BOOK LAUNCH FOR BROWN ONLY FOR PROFS More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this Show Comments ▼ last_img read more

first_img KCS-content Forget the Champs-Élysées: British consumers have lost their joie de vivre whatsapp Tags: NULL whatsapp THERE was much fanfare last week when Marks and Spencer returned to the Champs-Élysées in Paris. But even if the French flock to the British retailer in droves, which seems somewhat improbable to us, their joie de vivre isn’t being shared by domestic customers. Like-for-like sales in the fourth quarter are expected to be off by six per cent. Bulls are sure to point out that M&S is fighting against incredibly tough comparatives, after sales in the same period last year jumped by 9 per cent. And they will also point out that Mother’s Day, Easter and the Royal Wedding, which all fall in M&S’s next quarter, will provide a boost next time round.That might be so, but the medium to long-term outlook is uncertain for M&S, as it is for most retailers. Spiralling inflation stoked by higher commodity prices, higher taxes, constrained consumer credit and fear over public sector cuts are about to combine to create a lethal brew. Most retailers, with the exception of those who have fallen by the wayside, have had a remarkably good recession. Sadly for the likes of M&S, that can’t last. [email protected] Sunday 3 April 2011 11:24 pm Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Sharelast_img read more

first_imgFidelity Bank Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Fidelity Bank Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fidelity Bank Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fidelity Bank Plc (  2015 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileFidelity Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the individual, commercial and corporate sectors. Its extensive full-service personal and business offering ranges from transactional accounts, online banking, loans and term deposits to money market, treasury services loans and advances, commercial support overdrafts, equipment leasing finance and trade, working capital, project, asset and syndicate finance. Fidelity Bank Plc operates through 225 business offices, 730 ATMs and 3 853 point-of-sale channels. Founded in 18=987 and formerly known as Fidelity Union Merchant Bank, the company changed its name to Fidelity Bank Plc in 1999. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Fidelity Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_imgPress Corporation Limited ( listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about Press Corporation Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Press Corporation Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Press Corporation Limited (  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfilePress Corporation Limited is the largest holding company in Malawi; with vested interests in real estate, energy, food and beverages, consumer goods, financial services and telecommunications. The highly diversified company has stakes in 13 companies in Malawi made up of 8 subsidiaries, 4 joint ventures and one associate. Well-known brands in its portfolio include: National Bank of Malawi in the financial services sector, Malawi Telecommunications Limited and Telekom Networks Limited in the telecommunication sector, Ethanol Company Limited and Presscane Limited in the energy sector, People’s Trading Centre Limited in the consumer goods sector, Press Properties Limited and Manzini Limited in the property investment and development sector, and The Foods Company in the food manufacturing sector. Press Corporation Limited is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSFEMAHurricane Irma Previous articleAnnual rainfall is above average districtwideNext articleFormer Wal-Mart manager and well-known community leader joins Apopka firm Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR   A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens Wednesday, November 15, for three days in Clermont to help Florida storm survivors.Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and small business owners. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the State of Florida are available to provide assistance to anyone filling out their applications or updating their status. Voluntary organizations are available and offer a variety of services to help survivors recover. The State of Florida does not offer Food For Florida (Disaster SNAP/D-SNAP) at DRCs. A list of Food for Florida sites is available online.The DRC is at the following address:Highlander Building 330 3rd St. Clermont, FL 34711Hours: Wednesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.THIS LOCATION CLOSES FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, AT 7 P.M.Survivors may locate open DRCs near them at or by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, (TTY) 800-462-7585. Helpline numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. DRC information is also available on the FEMA App.The registration process is the first step in your recovery and requires information such as insurance policies and bank information for possible direct transfer of funds. Survivors are encouraged to register before visiting a DRC.The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest federal disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes. The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged property.If you have phone and/or internet access, you may register in one of the following ways:Online at the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service (VRS). If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585. Information on the registration process is available in ASL at: is available in most languages.Download the FEMA App and apply.You may have other needs while visiting a DRC:If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation, please see a DRC manager when you arrive.Language translations are offered through Telephonic Interpretation Services in 200 languages.Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) crews are canvassing affected areas and are able to register survivors for FEMA assistance, if needed. Telephonic Interpretation Services are available in many languages to assist survivors with language needs. When residents require further assistance, the teams may refer them to a DRC.If you have already registered, it is not necessary to visit a DRC, but you may still want to go speak with a Recovery Specialist to update your status or find help from the other organizations.FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled.For more information on Hurricane Irma and Florida recovery, visit, @FEMARegion4 Twitter account, or the Florida Division of Emergency Management website.last_img read more

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Soaring Wings / Winn Wittman ArchitectureSave this projectSaveSoaring Wings / Winn Wittman Architecture United States Projects Photographs:  Casey Dunn, Tom McConnell Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Save this picture!© Casey Dunn+ 26Curated by Martita Vial della Maggiora Share CopyAbout this officeWinn Wittman ArchitectureOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAustinUnited StatesPublished on August 28, 2019Cite: “Soaring Wings / Winn Wittman Architecture” 28 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Soaring Wings / Winn Wittman Architecture 2007 Architects: Winn Wittman Architecture Year Completion year of this architecture project center_img Manufacturers: Hansgrohe, Omnimax, Clopay, Ferguson Enterprises, Thermador, Arete Kitchens, Copper, Kolbe & Kolbe, Lights Fantastic, Stone Forest Products translation missing: Year:  Products used in this ProjectSlabs / Plates / SheetsOmnimaxCoppercraft Copper Coil and SheetsSave this picture!© Casey DunnText description provided by the architects. Soaring Wings was designed by architect Winn Wittman and built for an undetermined client in the early 2000s. The home’s name is derived from the large copper wings, reminiscent of birds of prey which circle the Texas hills. The home is separated into a public volume, containing the living, eating and entertaining spaces, and a private volume, containing the bedrooms, separated by a two-story glass and steel bridge.Save this picture!© Casey DunnTwo large wings face the west façade, clad in copper, which provide both sculptural expression, and shading. Motorized mesh shades programmed to an astronomical clock raise and lower with the sun. The home is highly energy efficient, despite the many windows, due to bio-foam insulation, low-e films, and passive solar technologies. There is also has a provision for rainwater collection. There is a three-story elevator which makes the entire house accessible. The courtyard, carved from the hillside in back, contains a salt-water pool, and Zen-like rock garden, and is a private refuge from the hot Texas sun.Save this picture!© Tom McConnellThe owners believe the home is a complex, rich, and ultimately satisfying framework for their life. Soaring Wings has won a Dream Home award for Best Contemporary Home of the Year, and was selected as Architectural Record’s House of the Month. The project has also been published in the German book Die Neue Villa, 2009 and a Chinese book 50 Top Houses, 2011. The home has also been featured in such magazines as Robb Report, Spaces (UK), HOM (DL), Objekt, (NL) and Hinge (HK).Save this picture!© Casey DunnProject gallerySee allShow lessWOHA to Design the Singapore Pavilion for the Expo 2020 DubaiArchitecture NewsFirst Images Surface from Burning Man 2019Architecture News Share Photographs CopyHouses•Austin, United States ArchDaily “COPY” “COPY” Houseslast_img read more

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Guilherme Torres 2020 Architects: Studio Guilherme Torres Area Area of this architecture project Projects ArchDaily Photographs:  Denilson Machado – MCA Estúdio Light House / Studio Guilherme Torres Photographs Area:  1226 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardcenter_img Lead Architect: Brazil “COPY” CopyHouses, Renovation, House Interiors•São Paulo, Brazil Save this picture!© Denilson Machado – MCA EstúdioSave this picture!© Denilson Machado – MCA EstúdioThe building, possibly from the late 1950s, although it was located in a central region of the city, it was built in a leafy neighborhood, presented a mix of styles, arising from successive extensions and renovations, but had the ideal area. Then an ambitious renovation project began, which reconfigured all spaces and brought construction tocontemporaneity.Save this picture!© Denilson Machado – MCA EstúdioSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Denilson Machado – MCA EstúdioSome points of distribution of the house were maintained as a garage and services at the front, as well as the stair position. Others have been completely reconfigured as the living room, which is now completely open to the back of the site, where the pool and lounge area have been repositioned. During the initial demolition phase, it was found that many structures were precarious, which ended up generating a completely new structural project, as well as all the other facilities, which were redone from scratch.Save this picture!© Denilson Machado – MCA EstúdioSave this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!© Denilson Machado – MCA EstúdioA request from the owner was that the house must be extremely bright, with as many openings as possible and with materials that reflect natural light. For this, the use of minimalist aluminum and glass frames, white marble Paraná was explored throughout the ground floor, and some walls in raw travertine, a material chosen for the entire external area. Pivoting doors and walls that hide openings and cabinets were covered in Accoya, a kind of extremely resistant Scandinavian pine and that has a naturally grayish hue.Save this picture!© Denilson Machado – MCA EstúdioSave this picture!Second Floor PlanMost important of all, the house ended up with a rooftop that was completely destined as a space for the three children. The children’s furniture that includes, in addition to cabinets, a drying rack with a swimming pool, stage, climbing walls, running track, “shop” and “kitchen” was all developed by the architects, in partnership with the client. The result? The fun never ends!Project gallerySee allShow lessCat Hill House / Studio MM ArchitectSelected ProjectsGHTK Interior Office / iplus ArchitectureSelected Projects Share Houses Year:  Light House / Studio Guilherme TorresSave this projectSaveLight House / Studio Guilherme Torres+ 30Curated by Matheus Pereira Share Landscape:Alex HanazakiCity:São PauloCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Denilson Machado – MCA EstúdioRecommended ProductsBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsJUNGLight Switch and Light – Plug + LightFiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0DoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesText description provided by the architects. In 2016, the clients hired the Studio to develop an interior design for an apartment acquired while still in the plan. A few months passed and afterwards, the family grew. With the development of the project the space proved to be far below the expectations of what was needed, and the opportunity to buy a house arose. CopyAbout this officeStudio Guilherme TorresOfficeFollowProductsStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsPinheirosBrazilPublished on November 25, 2020Cite: “Light House / Studio Guilherme Torres” [Casa Light / Studio Guilherme Torres] 24 Nov 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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first_imgSales of Seafarers Ale raise further £39,000 for Seafarers UK  128 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12  127 total views,  3 views today Howard Lake | 16 February 2017 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Advertisement Recent sales of Seafarers Ale have raised a further £39,000 for Seafarers UK, the charity that supports seafarers in need. Brewer and premium pub company Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC (Fuller’s) makes a donation to the charity for each pint sold.Sales of the beer have so far raised over £200,000. Seafarers UK makes grants to charities, organisations and projects that support seafarers across the Merchant Navy, Royal Navy and Fishing Fleets.Seafarers UK Director General, Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN thanked Fuller’s, saying:“This latest donation is most welcome in 2017, our centenary year. Since 1917 Seafarers UK has been providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families. Sales of Seafarers Ale enable us to maintain grant giving of more than £2 million per annum.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 Tagged with: alcohol corporatelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Big Oil Wants to Keep Its Tax Breaks Despite Very Profitable Winter By Gary Truitt – May 6, 2014 SHARE Facebook Twitter The United States experienced glacial economic growth during the first quarter of 2014, but the big five oil companies—BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Shell—did not. Even though their profits were lower than in the first quarter of 2013, they still earned a combined $23 billion. They spent $7 billion, or nearly one-third, of this amount to repurchase their own stocks, lining the pockets of their boards of directors, their executives, and their largest shareholders. On top of this, they have $68 billion in cash reserves. Big Oil continues to prosper in a slowly recovering economy. SHARE This carbon pollution contributes to the growing threat of climate change. Some of these companies recognize that their carbon pollution imposes real costs on the economy and established an “internal price on carbon” pollution to account for future carbon pollution reduction requirements. This price does not equal the amount of damage they estimate their carbon pollution causes, but rather how much they think potential future restrictions would cost.center_img The companies benefited from domestic oil prices that averaged $5 per barrel higher in the first quarter of 2014 than in the first quarter of 2013. The higher price of oil offset the companies’ 5 percent production decline from the first quarter of 2014 compared to the first quarter of 2013. Home Energy Big Oil Wants to Keep Its Tax Breaks Despite Very Profitable Winter Applying BP, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Shell’s internal carbon costs to their 2012 carbon pollution yields a combined internal carbon cost of up to $14 billion. In addition to producing oil and gas, the big five oil companies emit a huge amount of the carbon pollution responsible for climate change. According to the latest data from the Environmental Protection Agency, these companies spewed the climate pollution equivalent of 71 million cars in 2012—equal to more than one-quarter of the cars currently on the road. The Carbon Disclosure Project reports that “Many companies using an internal carbon price referred to potential increased costs should a carbon price become more formalized or mandatory.” Specifically, it found that “ExxonMobil is assuming a cost of $60 per metric ton by 2030. BP currently uses $40 per metric ton. Royal Dutch Shell uses a price of $40 per ton.” Additionally, ConocoPhillips has an internal carbon price of $8 to $46 per metric ton. Previous articlePioneer Agronomy Update May 5, 2014Next articleCrop Insurance and Commodity Title Explained in AFBF Video Series Gary Truittlast_img read more

first_img Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleIowa Leaders Call on EPA to Reverse Course on Threats Against Biofuels Andy Eubank SHARE By Andy Eubank – Oct 18, 2017 Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Goodlatte Farm Labor Bill “Best Chance in Years” New farm labor billAmerican Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says it’s time for a solution on ag labor issues and legislation introduced by Representative Bob Goodlatte is being called an important first step to address ag’s labor shortage.Goodlatte is a Republican from Virginia and his bill is the American Guestworker Act, or AG Act. It replaces the H-2A program with a new, flexible and market-driven guestworker program designed to meet the needs of the diverse agriculture industry. According to Goodlatte, the bill would create a new H-2C guestworker program under which foreign workers would be allowed an initial stay of 36 months. Subsequent visas for year-round agricultural jobs and all other H-2C visas would afford a work period of 18 months.Representative Dan Newhouse from Washington state says while many of the details have yet to be worked out H-2Cs would take the agriculture community to a much better place.“I think this will be a very good step forward,” he said. “Immigration reform is a huge issue and a day does not go by that I do not hear from someone who is having a difficult time attracting the labor force that they need in this harvest period.”The AG Act would allow current undocumented ag workers to get an H-2C visa and provides for 500,000 H-2C visas a year with allowances to adjust that number depending on agricultural labor needs.The program also would give employers the option to provide housing and transportation for their workers, currently required under the H-2A program.In addition, the H-2C program would be administered by the USDA.Duvall at Farm Bureau acknowledged the Goodlatte bill is a possible solution, but he would like some improvements made to it.“Chairman Goodlatte’s bill also would allow, for the first time, dairy farms to participate in the labor program,” he says in an FB website column. “The bill needs some improvements (raising a cap on the number of worker visas, for example), but it would be our best chance in years to make progress on an issue that is difficult but also so important to farmers, consumers who want their food grown in U.S. soil, and rural communities that benefit from the jobs that farms and ranches provide. It is time for a solution to the ag labor problem, before more of our food—and the U.S. farms and ranches that produce it—goes to waste.” Facebook Twitter Goodlatte Farm Labor Bill “Best Chance in Years” SHARElast_img read more