Reuben’s Raiders gather for 47th time

first_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Article Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 9:49 pm Monday, November 24, 2008 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Content The 900th Maintenance Company was activated during the Berlin Crisis and served 11 months at Fort Polk, La.“The reunion was a heartwarming affair,” said Reuben Lawrence Bowden, then a captain and commander of the 900th. “We were all glad to see each other and reminisce about what happened to us. I take great pride in being associated with this group of men. They were tremendous soldiers and the high standards they set have had a tremendous influence on the 900th Maintenance Company and on the Alabama National Guard.”The guest speaker for the reunion was the Rev. Rick Hayes, who recently retired from the Alabama National Guard. He commanded the 900th for about three years and served one year in Iraq as an Army advisor. Hayes thanked the former Guardsmen for their service and told them that the power of the United States military is “an awesome thing.”Hayes said that the United States military has made a lasting change in Iraq.“Iraq will never be the same, not even long after the United States military is gone,” he said. “The 4,000 U.S. troops that have died did not die in vain. They died doing their duty and helping to make a change that will be forever lasting.”Although Hayes did not go to Iraq as an Army chaplain, he did have opportunities to baptize soldiers.center_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Reuben’s Raiders gather for 47th time Email the author Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories “I got to baptize a soldier in Saddam Hussein’s swimming pool,” he said. “I hope Saddam knew that before he died.”The men of the 900th spent time sharing their memories of Fort Polk where their time was consumed with training.“We didn’t know what we were training for and we didn’t know what duties we would be asked to perform,” Bowden said. “But the men trained hard to be ready for whatever they were asked to do.”The first unofficial duty of the 900th was to “head ’em up and move ’em out.”“We had to move the cows out so we could get in,” Gus McLendon said, laughing. “There were cows everywhere.”Fort Polk had been closed and the land leased to farmers, who contended that they had grazing rights for their cattle. Uncle Sam had the upper hand and the cows were moved to the far side of the base.Lee Mobley said when he was told to report to Gate 6, he reported to the place that was tagged 6, but it was a cattle gap.Bowden ran a tight ship and demanded much of his Raiders, so much so that one wife, who attended the reunion, said she thought Capt. Bowden “had horns.”From the laughter in the room, the Raiders thought so, too.There was a much talk about the “fun” things that made being away from home, young brides and babies almost tolerable.There was talk of trying to get out while the getting was good.Simeon Wilson signed his “Guard” papers a “whisker” before the unit was activated.“I went back in a hurry and asked them to tear up the papers and I was told that my papers were sent of ‘yesterday,’” Wilson said, laughing.Newton Ryals was living the life of Riley and two days later he was strapping on his boots and wishing that he was Riley again.There was talk of a juke joint where the troops gathered for “sarsaparilla,” and of knocking out a deputy sheriff there.Just thinking back on his active duty times made Leo Calhoun shiver.“Capt. Bowden called us to formation and it was so cold that I couldn’t stop shaking,” Calhoun said. “Capt. Bowden said, ‘Quit shaking. It ain’t cold!’”KP wasn’t often a welcomed assignment but Don Reddoch could sit and grin as he looked out the window at other Raiders drenched in rain and shivering from the cold.Calhoun also remembered a hog the soldiers commandeered and was fattening with “takings” from the kitchen.Ben Farmer was AWOL from the reunion so he was saddled with introducing the armadillo to Pike County. The pesky critters were native to Texas but foreign to Alabama. But, thanks to Farmer and friends, they were on the move.Ryals confessed to putting a dead armadillo in the foot of Harvey Lott’s sleeping bag. And, he probably wouldn’t have done that if he had known that Lott’s wife, Carolyn, was in charge of cooking the turtle that had been wrestled from Old Mother Nature. That’s another story.Rayvon and Polly Graham were newly weds and her grandmother went to Fort Polk to “visit.”“It was so hot that my grandmother couldn’t stand it,” Graham said. “She said Fort Polk was as close to hell as she ever wanted to be. A lot of us felt like that.”Lee Mobley is still “tormented” by his tenure there. He stood in the back of the pavilion Saturday night and made a plea to his comrades.“Every night, I have a dream that wakes me up long after midnight,” he said. “I’m at Fort Polk and standing ready for inspection. It’s just torture being there so I’m asking Capt. Bowden, Coon Ryals and all the others, please stay out of my dreams.”When all was said and done, Larry Godwin said the greatest things about the American soldier are his or her intellect, courage and sense of humor.“The 900th has long been an outstanding unit,” he said. “And it’s been so because of the outstanding leadership and the outstanding soldiers. The 900th has set the standard. You Might Like Brundidge celebration blends tradition with new events The town of Brundidge is steeped in Christmas tradition. Many of the traditions date back 50 years or more. Some… read more By The Penny Hoarder Reuben’s Raiders ain’t what they used to be.The years have polished the heads and rounded the bellies of the soldiers of the Alabama National Guard 900th Maintenance Company who marched off to serve their country in October 1961.Nametags identified the soldiers one to another at the 47th year reunion of the 900th Maintenance Company on Saturday night at Lake Simmie. Those who had not seen each other “in a coon’s age” squinted at the nametags. But, for most, it was instant recognition and a handshake that gave way to a husky hug.last_img read more

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Brisbane house price median hits new high: What’s your home worth?

first_img TOP GROWTH SUBURBS FOR HOUSES IN BRISBANE LGA IN DEC 2019 QTR The Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s quarterly market monitor, released today, reveals the strong result was mainly driven by the inner-city market, where the median house price jumped by 7.6 per cent to $850,000.Inner-city suburbs such as Petrie Terrace, Highgate Hill, Coorparoo and Windsor recorded double-digit house price gains, while the middle-ring suburbs of Enoggera and Fig Tree Pocket also outperformed.It comes as some prestige agents say Brisbane’s high-end housing market is hotter than ever, despite concerns around the impact of the coronavirus. Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire has inked seven sales over $4 million in 2020 — his strongest start to a year — with four of those sales transacting after COVID-19 started to spread. 6. Kangaroo Point $1.1m 8.8% 19.6% 7. Fig Tree Pocket $1.12m 8.3% 6.7% 8. Wilston $1.06m 8.2% 20.5% Suburb Annual median price Quarterly change % Annual change % 15 Syntax Street is in Sadliers Crossing, the top median house price grower in the Greater Brisbane region.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago 15 Syntax Street, Sadliers Crossing, is on the market looking for offers over $289,000.There was also significant infrastructure investment in Brisbane LGA during the December quarter.A new Roma Street Cross River Rail Priority Development Area (PDA) was declared to support the renewal of the inner-city transport precinct.State development, manufacturing, infrastructure and planning minister Cameron Dick said the 32ha PDA would fast-track the delivery of the new underground Cross River Rail station.“The New Cross River Rail Roma Street station will be the city’s pivotal arrival point, linking passengers with the existing interstate and suburban rail, the busway station and proposed Brisbane Metro station,” Mr Dick said.“There will be unique opportunities for urban development, economic stimulation and job creation. It will provide critical public transport connectivity between the precinct and the city centre and to the nearby neighbourhoods of Petrie Terrace and Spring Hill.”“This is a purpose-built facility to suit the cruise industry. We’ve worked very closely with the cruise lines and other stakeholders from the start of the process to ensure it delivers a seamless experience for travellers starting or finishing their journeys,” he said. Palmer wants special pontoon permission MORE: Cheapest mortgages in history for Aussie homeowners 1. Petrie Terrace $920,000 14.3% 17.9% 84 Princess Street is in Petrie Terrace, the suburb which had Brisbane council region’s top median house price growth in the December quarter. The house is on the market looking for offers over $899,000.“I have a database of every buyer who has ever inquired with me on any property over $5 million, so I have a database of 1660 prestige buyers,” Mr Lancashire said. “And there are some serious buyers looking.”Buyer confidence and a lack of listings has been fuelling demand, with the REIQ research showing the number of properties listed for sale in Brisbane dropped sharply in 2019 — down 9.8 per cent compared with the previous year.That means buyers are competing for fewer properties, as well as having to contend with a resurgence of investors and first-home buyers.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said the record result was a reflection of stronger market conditions over the quarter, thanks largely to lower interest rates, less conservative lending criteria and a rebound in buyer demand.“It’s the first time (the median house price has) had a seven in front of it,” Ms Mercorella said. “I think that’s a significant breakthrough. Daniella and Benjamin Davis, with their boys Tyler, 8, and Houston, 7, are selling their house in Coorparoo, which is one of the suburbs that has recorded strong house price growth in Brisbane. Photographer: Liam Kidston.BRISBANE house prices have hit a record high thanks to cheap money, a bounce back in buyer confidence and a sharp drop in listings, but Queensland’s peak real estate body warns there are fresh hurdles ahead.The median house price for Brisbane’s local government area increased 3.6 per cent in the December quarter to an all-time high of $703,000 — breaking through the $700,000 ceiling for the first time. Suburb Annual median price Quarterly change % Annual change % TOP GROWTH SUBURBS FOR UNITS IN BRISBANE LGA IN DEC 2019 QTR 1. Sadliers Crossing $357,500 12.6% -2.7% 2. Kurwongbah $685,000 12.3% 14.6% 3. Highvale $1.05m 11.1% 15.4% 4. Godwin Beach $507,500 9.7% 10.3% 5. Samford Valley $987,500 7.6% 5% 6. Wamuran $625,500 6.9% 1.7% 7. Woodend $405,000 5.2% 18.2% 8. Basin Pocket $265,000 5% 2.9% 9. Yamanto $398,000 4.5% 11.8% 10. South Maclean $590,000 4.4% 7.5%(Source: REIQ) Across Greater Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay and Redland all recorded falls in their median house prices over the year. The median house price in Logan fell 1.3 per cent to $395,000, 0.4 per cent to $446,000 in Moreton Bay and 1.9 per cent to $525,000 in Redland.Ipswich was the only outer LGA to record a rise in median for the year, with an increase of 0.3 per cent to $346,000.Ipswich was the only LGA in Greater Brisbane to record a rise in its annual median unit — increasing 2.3 per cent to $335,000.The biggest drop in median unit price in Greater Brisbane was recorded in Logan, which was down 10.2 per cent. 2. Highgate Hill $1.026m 12.7% 15.9% 3. Coorparoo $970,000 10.9% 16.2% 4. Windsor $995,500 10.6% 23.2% Suburb Annual median price Quarterly change % Annual change %center_img 1. Point Lookout $410,000 10.8% 8.6% 2. Petrie $310,000 8.8% -3.7% 3. Clontarf $335,000 4.7% 8.4% 4. Cleveland $400,000 2.6% 0% 5. Lawnton $244,000 2.1% 2% 6. Daisy Hill $285,000 1.8% -3.4% 7. Shailer Park $292,500 1.7% 3.7% 8. Thorneside $318,000 1.4% -0.6% 9. Brassall $274,500 1.4% -2% 10. Kallangur $290,000 0.7% 0.5% (Source: REIQ) 1. Enoggera $384,000 14.8% 12.9% 2. Grange $443,500 14.6% 12.7% 3. Alderley $425,500 13.3% 13.3% 4. Mount Gravatt $423,750 13% -1.5% 5. Camp Hill $499,000 11.6% 1.8% “We know listings are down, so when an opportunity pops up, people are grabbing it and they’re prepared to pay more to secure that property that’s closer to the action.”But while the quarterly performance is cause for celebration, Ms Mercorella acknowledges there are uncertain times ahead for the state’s housing market when it comes to the coronavirus.“Despite good fundamentals in Queensland, we would expect to see the most immediate impact likely in the rental space,” she said. “I think we’re likely to start seeing, in the not-too-distant future, renters losing their jobs and perhaps having the inability to meet rent obligations. “That’s concerning, so it’s really important we see the state government announcing a package for renters to give assurance to tenants and investors.”Ben and Daniella Davis are selling their five-bedroom house in Coorparoo, a suburb which recorded one of the strongest house price gains during the December quarter.Mr Davis, a builder by trade, said he was not surprised the median house price for the inner-south suburb had jumped by almost 11 per cent in the final three months of December to $970,000. TOP GROWTH SUBURBS FOR HOUSES IN GREATER BRISBANE DEC 2019 QTR 7/16 Hawthorne Street is in Enoggera, Brisbane’s top median unit price growth suburb in the December quarter. 7/16 Hawthorne Street, Enoggera, is on the market priced in the mid $400,000s.He said he knew developments such as Coorparoo Square had the potential to increase capital growth for homeowners in the area.“I keep an eye on the market as far as what’s happening in the area and seeing all these developers starting to put money into the area, I really saw it was a suburb coming of age,” Mr Davis said.The couple bought their property at 35 Walker Street three years ago and have since raised it, built underneath and installed a pool.“We’re selling sooner than we were wanting to originally because we see it as a good time to be selling,” Mr Davis said. “All the signs are positive.”Marketing agent James Curtain of Place Woolloongabba said he had noticed an increase in appetite for property in Coorparoo and surrounding suburbs in the inner south.“There is always a good energy for property in Coorparoo, regardless of the price point,” Mr Curtain said. “I think we have certainly seen that increase in the past six months.” TOP GROWTH SUBURBS FOR UNITS IN GREATER BRISBANE IN DEC 2019 QTR 5. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Suburb Annual median price Quarterly change % Annual change % 9. Gumdale $1.1m 7.9% 32.9% 10. Nundah $760,000 7.5% 8.4%(Source: REIQ) “The quarter performed so strongly because if you think about the 12 months preceding, we absolutely saw a slowdown in that period caused by a series of factors that had a bearing on confidence. “Hopefully, what we’re now seeing with this quarterly change, is that confidence returning. I think we’re also seeing some of those buyers who were holding off clearly making a decision to return to the market.”Ms Mercorella said suburbs within a 10km radius of Brisbane’s CBD outperformed during the December quarter because of strong interstate migration and relative affordability compared with other capital city markets.“Because the affordability in Brisbane is so extraordinarily good compared to Sydney and Melbourne, those people are coming and are able to buy in those premium suburbs, close to the city with all the amenities,” she said.“In some cases they’re very cashed-up buyers and their dollar goes so much further here.“I also think people want to live close to the action. We are becoming such a sophisticated modern city and at the end of the day, those inner suburbs are the most popular. 6. The Gap $540,000 11.3% 11.3% 7. Ascot $485,000 9.7% 7.9% 8. Corinda $420,000 9.1% 4.9% 9. Oxley $345,000 7.8% 1.5% 10. Mansfield $455,000 7.1% 4.4%(Source: REIQ) Mr Curtain said interstate buyers who were originally lured to Hawthorne or Bulimba often ended up in Coorparoo.“They love the elevation, the old-world nature, the leafiness and the access to amenities,” he said. “All the characteristics that appeal to an inner-city buyer, Coorparoo has in spades. “It attracts professional families looking for big homes on big blocks and younger couples looking to get a start.” Brisbane’s unit market continued to soften in the December quarter, with the median unit price slipping 2.8 per cent to $440,000.But Ms Mercorella said there were strong signs the unit market was recovering — particularly in the inner-city suburbs where oversupply was a concern in recent years.The median unit price in South Brisbane actually increased by 3.3 per cent during the quarter to $501,000. Mr Curtain said the stock “surplus mentality” had disappeared from Brisbane’s inner south unit market.“Younger couples, even professionals with one child, who can’t afford houses are willing to buy apartments in Woolloongabba and Kangaroo Point because of the superb amenities,” he said. last_img read more

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Bulldog Netters Victorious Over Olympians

first_imgBatesville defeated Columbus East 5-0 on Thursday.#1 Singles- Lleyton Ratcliffe defeated Luke Miller 6-2, 6-0#2 Singles- Sam Giesting defeated Nathan Jackson Stevens 6-2, 6-4#3 Singles- Adam Scott was defeated Nathan Hatchett 6-0, 6-1#1 Doubles- Cooper Williams/George Ritter defeated Jalen Pleak/JT Kuhlman 6-3, 6-0#2 Doubles- Lane Oesterling/Brayden Worthington defeated Derek Heideman/Pranav Kumar 6-2, 6-3In JV, Batesville defeated East 2-0. The doubles teams of Ben Rodgers/Sam Voegele and Seth Gausman/Grant Story were winners.Batesville JV and Varsity are 10-0 on the season (5-0 EIAC) and will play in the Columbus North Invitational on Saturday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img

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Festive cheer as Donegal jockey Martin Harley gets engaged and gets another winner

first_imgMARTIN HARLEY bagged his latest winner at Wolverhampton yesterday, on board Coillte Cailin.Three days after the Trentagh jockey announced his engagement to his girlfriend, Stephanie Thewlis, Harley was back in the winner’s enclosure yesterday.In the Betway Handicap, Harley and Coillte Cailin held on inside the final furlong. The six-year-old Coillte Cailin, trained by David O’Meara, was sent off the 11/4 favourite.Held up initially, Coillte Cailin made good ground to lead with a furlong to go and edged out the 20/1 Toga Tiger. Festive cheer as Donegal jockey Martin Harley gets engaged and gets another winner was last modified: December 28th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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

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High-level ministerial committee to tackle migration issues

first_imgOn Tuesday 21 April South African President Jacob Zuma convened the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Migration, instructing members on what they need to do to promote orderly and efficient migration as well as peaceful coexistence between citizens and non-South Africans.The IMC is tasked with ensuring all aspects of migration are handled efficiently, including the social, economic and security aspects.The IMC will also address concerns South Africans have raised about migration, while also taking care of the wellbeing of all immigrants in the country, from all continents.Zuma has expanded the membership of the IMC by including the Departments of Small Business Development, Trade and Industry and Human Settlements. He has also appointed the Minister of Police as deputy chairperson of the IMC.The full membership of the IMC is now as follows:1. Minister in the Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation as Chairperson2. Minister of Police, Deputy Chairperson3. Minister of Home Affairs4. Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs5. Minister of International Relations and Cooperation6. Minister of Defence and Military Veterans7. Minister of Social Development8. Minister of Health9. Minister of Basic Education10. Minister of State Security11. Minister of Justice and Correctional Services12. Minister of Small Business Development13. Minister of Trade and Industry14. Minister of Human SettlementsEnquiries: Ms Phumla Williams on 083 501 0139Issued by: the PresidencyPretoriaWebsite: www.thepresidency.gov.zaOperation Phakisa: www.operationphakisa.gov.zalast_img read more

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March meat exports show positive momentum

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Exports of U.S. pork and beef gained momentum in March after starting the year slowly, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).Although pork exports were down from the large totals recorded in March 2014, export volume was the largest in 11 months at 191,041 metric tons (mt). This was 9% lower than a year ago, but a 10% increase from February. Export value of $495.3 million was down 18% year-over-year, but up 5% from February.March beef exports totaled 86,774 mt, down 7% from a year ago but a 5% increase over February. Export value was $527.3 million, up 2% year-over-year but down slightly from February.The March results reflect some degree of relief from the West Coast port congestion that plagued red meat exports in January and February. Port traffic began to improve after a tentative labor contract was reached in late February, though congestion lingered for several weeks at some major ports.“Port congestion remained an issue well into March — and even into April in the Southern California ports – but the announcement of the new labor contract certainly improved the business climate,” said Philip Seng, USMEF President and CEO. “After months of frustration, the U.S. meat industry was finally able to reassure Asian buyers that the worst of the crisis was behind us and that they could once again count on the U.S. to fulfill its role as a reliable supplier. This was especially important for customers purchasing chilled pork and beef, which require very prompt delivery due to product shelf life.”In addition to shipping concerns, U.S. exporters have found their competitive position in some key markets damaged by large volumes of lower-priced products from other supplying countries. In many cases, diminished purchasing power due to the strength of the U.S. dollar has made the price disadvantage even more severe. Market access barriers also remain a concern in some markets, most importantly China and Russia.“Closure of the Russian market to European pork continues to impact all major pork suppliers, as the EU has focused very aggressively on alternative markets in Asia,” Seng said. “In the beef complex, the projected slowdown in Australia’s production may still be coming, but certainly did not materialize in the first quarter.“These are unusual conditions that are made more difficult by the strong U.S. dollar, but now isn’t the time to dwell on the stiff headwinds we are facing. We must aggressively defend the customer base the U.S. industry has worked so hard to build over the years by reaffirming the value and quality delivered by U.S. red meat.” March pork export volume highest since April 2014March pork exports accounted for 25% of total production and 21% for muscle cuts only — the latter being the largest percentage since July of last year. First-quarter ratios were 23% and 19%, respectively. Export value per head slaughtered was $50.10 in March, down nearly $20 from a year ago, but roughly steady with the per-head value recorded in March 2013. For the first quarter, per-head export value was $49.48, down 19% from last year and down 7% from the first quarter of 2013.First-quarter pork exports to Mexico topped last year’s record pace by 7% in volume, reaching 179,507 mt, though value was down 6% to $321.2 million. Year-over-year growth in the first quarter was led by South Korea, where exports increased by 43% in volume (57,376 mt) and 55% in value ($180.4 million). Exports to Canada were up 2% in volume (48,905 mt) while export value was steady with last year’s pace at $192.4 million.Offsetting these results, however, were lower exports to Japan and China/Hong Kong. First-quarter exports to Japan declined 13% in volume (103,921 mt) and 19% in value ($386.6 million) as Japan’s total imports slowed after accumulating large frozen inventories of EU pork. Exports to China/Hong Kong fell 40% in volume (67,754 mt) and 42% in value ($152.1 million) in the first quarter, although March exports were the largest in 12 months. Results in Latin American markets were mixed, with year-over-year growth achieved in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama, but exports declined to Colombia and Chile. Japan, Mexico still mainstays for U.S. beefMarch beef exports accounted for 10% of total production and 13% for muscle cuts only, slightly exceeding first-quarter ratios but down from 11% and 14%, respectively, from March 2014. Export value per head of fed slaughter was $284.30 in March, up 5% from a year ago. For the first quarter, per-head export value was $290.32, up 9%.So far in 2015, beef exports to Japan have performed extremely well despite significant obstacles – including the West Coast port situation, a weakened Japanese yen and a tariff advantage for Australian beef under the recently implemented Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement. First-quarter exports to Japan increased 4% in volume (48,347 mt) and 11% in value ($322.8 million). Exports to Mexico increased 4% in value ($285 million) despite slipping 1% in volume (56,582 mt).Beef exports to Korea got off to a very slow start in 2015, but continued to gain momentum in March. First-quarter volume was still down 4% from a year ago to 27,624 mt, but export value was up 2% to $204.1 million. Exports to Taiwan trended in the opposite direction, slowing in March after a very solid start. First-quarter volume to Taiwan was down 10% to 6,382 mt, while value was up 11% to $64.1 million. Exports to Hong Kong, which were record-large in 2014 but slowed toward the end of the year, were down 21% in volume (27,841 mt) and 6% in value ($211.9 million) in the first quarter. March lamb exports steady; first-quarter totals lower year-over-yearMarch exports of U.S. lamb were down slightly in volume (728 mt) from a year ago but steady in value at $1.92 million – the largest monthly value total since November. First-quarter exports were down 14% in volume (2,271 mt) and 18% in value ($5.36 million) as growth in the Caribbean and Middle East was offset by lower totals for Mexico and Canada.last_img read more

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POET expansion means big demand boost for Ohio corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agriculture has long been a victim of its own success. When doubts have arisen in the past about whether farmers could produce enough, they have every time been swept away in a sea of over production.Because of its astounding bounty, agriculture has been able to move beyond providing food to meet other needs of society, including energy.“Farmers are seeing we have far too much commodity on earth. This is the same thing that happened in the 1980s when biofuels were born. The way we solved that problem was to build ethanol plants and use up that extra supply. Today commodities are again oversupplied and we need the support of rural America because there are competing interests in the energy market that do not want to see us grow. We are constantly battling and we need to work together for higher ethanol blends in our gas tanks that are great for the environment and also great for Ohio’s farmers,” said Jeff Broin, CEO of POET, at the recent groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s Marion ethanol plant expansion. “In recent years, I know farmers are struggling with low commodity prices, which is creating lower farm incomes and decreasing land values. Biofuels have been the only real growth sector for ag commodities in the past decade.”POET has 27 ethanol plants and selected the central Ohio site to double production.“Ohio is a great place to do business. We love your business climate and your corn supply is great. Working with your state and local governments has always gone exceptionally well. Infrastructure, rail lines, natural gas availability, and electricity availability are all things that go into deciding where a plant will be,” Broin said. “In all of our 27 plants this one was No. 1 to expand next.”Ohio is an important location for serving domestic ethanol markets on the East Coast and also for serving potential export markets in the future.“We are working really hard on export markets. We are now exporting ethanol and DDGs,” Broin said. “Corn export markets have not changed in 35 years, but we are now exporting a billion gallons of ethanol going out of the country in the form of energy and adding jobs right here. We are creating new manufacturing jobs to export energy around the world.”POET Biorefining – Marion will expand its production capacity from the current 70 million gallons per year to 150 million gallons per year. The project will also increase production of dried distillers grains from the current 178,000 tons annually to 360,000 tons.“This expansion will add 26 million bushels of new corn demand annually for the local area and create new jobs and economic activity for rural Ohio,” Broin said. “We are excited that the Marion plant expansion can play a small role in this important arena.” This expansion is the largest project in the Marion area since the construction of the original POET Biorefining – Marion in 2008. With the groundbreaking in August, site work has officially begun, with project completion slated for the third quarter of 2018.The $120 million project will provide 225 temporary construction jobs and 18 to 21 new permanent jobs at the site, said Rick Fox, general manager of the Marion POET facility.“We chose here because the community and the farmers in the area are very supportive of what we want to do. We’re going to essentially double our volume here at this facility and double our purchases of corn and double the ethanol we produce. We’ll hire about 20 people and that is a significant impact for the surrounding community,” Fox said.  “When these plants were built the expansion was anticipated. A lot of the infrastructure is already existing and we are basically putting an identical plant right next to our existing plant.”In addition to the direct economic impact of the new plant, the increase in corn demand will have a broad benefit for corn producers.“This is a 26 million bushel corn market opening up. We get excited about 5 or 6 million bushel corn markets that are new for Ohio. This will take Ohio over a half billion gallons of ethanol produced a year,” said Tadd Nicholson with Ohio Corn and Wheat. “We’ve been working on ethanol for 25 years. It was one of the first things the first boards worked on with the new corn checkoff. They knew we could make ethanol more efficient and they started to invest in research.”With this continued big investment, Nicholson said there are several key policy concerns moving forward to further build upon Ohio’s existing ethanol infrastructure.“There is one really obscure thing — the Reid vapor pressure. It is one of the reasons we can’t sell E15 here in Ohio all year long. It is an obscure regulation that allows for a waiver for E10, but nothing above E10. There is a summer period where we have to shut down the sale of E15 but you can sell it during the winter months,” Nicholson said. “This waiver was put into place before we even had E15 as a certified fuel. It is unnecessary and unscientific and does nothing for the environment, but it does block the sale of E15. We’ve been working hard to get a waiver for this, but it is difficult to get anything small that makes good sense done in Washington, D.C. We know that 15% ethanol and higher blends only get better for the environment and it makes no sense why we have a block on E15.”The other key for ethanol is continued support from the initial levels specified in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).“In the RFS there are various tiers for the mandates each year. The first generation ethanol mandate is 15 billion gallons and we’ve reached that. The EPA stood behind that. There are some areas we could do better at, especially in the biodiesel area, but overall we are pleased with ethanol being at the statutory levels,” Nicholson said. “It is important to understand why the ethanol industry in Ohio would be expanding at all. In this country we have hit our maximum and we don’t need a whole lot more production for domestic use. It is about exporting ethanol — that is the big new frontier. Mexico is a great example. It is the first big market. Today they don’t use any but they are now able to go up to 10% in their fuel. It is a market that if fully realized, it would require almost Ohio’s annual production of corn. Even if it’s only half realized, it is a big market.”With the potential in Mexico and other countries looking to expand renewable energy, trade agreements are very important, particularly the North American Free Trade Agreement currently being re-negotiated, said John Linder, a Morrow County farmer and National Corn Growers Association board member.“You don’t necessarily have to deliver right here to POET to get to appreciate the value of this expansion. Basis everywhere in the area is going to have to increase,” Linder said. “The future of ethanol exports is bright. We didn’t realize that Canada would be our No. 1 export for ethanol. That is absolutely wonderful for our markets. We have to realize that 31% of ag income comes from exports. Any place we can build relationships to keep what we have and build new markets for corn is important to us.”In the end, the POET expansion will benefit the Marion community, the local corn price, and the state of Ohio, said David Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.“POET’s expansion will create even more market opportunities for Ohio’s producers and help the state’s number one industry, food and agriculture, continue to grow. Agribusinesses recognize Ohio’s growth environment and ultimately all Ohioans — consumers and farmers— benefit from this growth,” Daniels said. “We are so happy that POET has made the investment and chosen to expand in Marion, Ohio. We want to congratulate the POET team. We know you had plenty of places where you could invest your capital and we appreciate you choosing Ohio.”Anthony Bush, Morrow County farmer and National Corn Growers Association board member, Keith Truckor, Fulton County farmer and chair of the Ohio Corn Checkoff Board, Jeff Broin, CEO of POET, John Linder, Morrow County farmer and National Corn Growers Association board member, and Kelly Harsh, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association board member, attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the POET expansion in Marion.last_img read more

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