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Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Royston Wild | Tuesday, 3rd March, 2020 | More on: BEG Begbies Traynor Group (LSE: BEG) has been yet another stock to suffer severe bouts of investor-selling of late.The FTSE 250 stock recent plummeted to levels not seen since last June, as fears over the coronavirus exploded. This may seem odd, given any severe economic disruption could significantly bolster the amount of business at the corporate insolvency specialist.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Indeed, the possible impact of COVID-19 on the domestic economy was underlined by a government report released today. It said it could take two to three months for a widespread infection to peak from first infection. It would take another two or three months for levels to decline from these highs too.Moreover, Downing Street said that up to a fifth of the British workforce could be absent from work at the same time when the infection rate peaks. Medical experts have said a widespread coronavirus attack on these shores is “highly likely”.The Brexit effectYesterday, the OECD downgraded its UK growth forecasts (to just 0.8%) on the back of the coronavirus tragedy. And it’s clear further reductions could be in the offing should the country experience a serious panedemic.It’s not just the recent viral outbreak that threatens to send the number of company insolvencies through the roof though. The negative impact of Brexit on domestic industry has been there for all to see in recent times.The possibility of uncertainty on this front persisting through 2020 at least — or the UK even choosing to embark on a disastrous no-deal withdrawal in the coming months — threatens to keep the domestic economy under pressure too.Begbies Traynor’s third-quarter financials released today perfectly illustrate this Brexit effect. The firm said it continued to enjoy “strong growth in revenue and profit” during the three months to January and that, as a result, it’s “confident of delivering results at least in line with expectations for the year as a whole.”Begbies Traynor quoted Insolvency Service data which show the number of insolvencies in the UK leap 7% in 2019, to 17,196.A top dip buyIt’s no surprise to see the company’s share price leap following the release. It’s currently 10% higher from Monday’s close and clearly has plenty more room to rise in the weeks and months ahead.Yet despite this strength, Begbies Traynor is still pretty cheap. It trades on a sub-1 price-to-earnings growth (or PEG) ratio of 0.8 for the fiscal year ending April. The business carries a chunky 3.3% forward dividend yield too.City analysts believe that fertile trading conditions, allied with the contribution of its busy acquisition drive, should keep annual profits rising beyond the medium term too. They forecast an 18% bottom-line rise in fiscal 2020 and another 17% jump next year.If you’re looking for brilliant dip buys, I reckon Begbies Traynor is one of the best in today’s climate. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Image source: Getty Images See all posts by Royston Wild
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In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Kevin Godbold | Thursday, 23rd April, 2020 | More on: KLR “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Prior to the coronavirus crisis, acquisitive and growing FTSE SmallCap stock Keller (LSE: KLR) chalked up an impressive multi-year record of advancing shareholder dividends.Right now, the groundworks contractor displays decent-looking indicators for growth, value and momentum. And this is one of those businesses that hasn’t screeched to a complete halt. Some trading is going on through the pandemic, albeit with plenty of adaptation to protect staff from the effects of the virus.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…A FTSE SmallCap leading its fieldI’m doing the company a disservice by describing it as a groundworks company because it’s more than that. But I wanted to get you thinking about the right sector. Keller describes itself as “the world’s largest geotechnical specialist contractor,” and it operates globally.Today, the company announced the sale of its Brazil operations, which had been on the cards for a while. There was also an update about current trading, which sounds positive overall. I think the outlook is encouraging and see the current weakness in the share price as an opportunity to buy shares in a company leading its field.Trading for January and February was “marginally above” the directors’ expectations. But there was a “swift” deterioration in activity during the second half of March due to national and regional restrictions on travel and work. However, the performance of the business during March surprised the directors because it wasn’t as bad as they feared. In fact, for the first quarter of the year, the company outperformed last year’s result. And we haven’t heard that from many companies lately!Naturally, the directors’ have adopted a “broad range” of measures to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the business and to reduce costs. For example, they’ve cancelled discretionary projects, reduced capital expenditure, and put an “even greater” focus on working capital management. All standard stuff that we are hearing from many companies right now.Dividend postponed and directors’ haircutKeller is also using government support on offer across its markets. For example, schemes such as furlough and tax deferrals. But the shareholder dividend has been put on hold because it requires approval at the AGM, which has been postponed. The directors now plan to pay the dividend on 21 August. And in an act that I reckon displays the integrity of the management team, the directors and managers have ‘awarded’ themselves a 20% reduction in fees and salaries “during the second quarter”.Looking ahead, Keller expects to return to work on most of the contracts being affected by the crisis. Meanwhile, the order book in the near term “remains largely unaffected,” which is great news.Meanwhile, at the end of March, the company recorded net debt of £251m. This compares to last year’s operating profit of around £74m. And undrawn committed and uncommitted borrowing facilities stood at £238m. The balance sheet also shows cash and equivalents of £87m. My guess is that Keller has enough financial firepower to survive the duration of the crisis, especially since some trading continues. The directors have abandoned specific forward-looking guidance for the time being. But with the share price at 590p as I write, it remains more than 30% down from its peak in mid-February, despite responding well to today’s update. I’d buy the stock. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Kevin Godbold
Treviso and Northampton Saints are up next for Steve Tandy’s side in the European Champions Cup. Two influential outings should be sufficient to see Baker face Australia on November 8. He is a rough diamond, but this is no gamble. Even if the Wallabies fixture feels like a must-win, Gatland cannot die wondering.Read a feature-length interview with Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar in this month’s Rugby World. Download the digital edition here or subscribe online. Rhys Webb is in deadly form and is a very dangerous sniper given front-foot ball. With a cannonball like Baker on his shoulder, the threat is multiplied tenfold. Watch how the two combine on consecutive phases:This sequence evidences Baker’s invaluable ability to create a spark from nothing. Still, while the barrelling run and offload is eye-catching, it is born out of basic principles. Watch where Baker is standing as Webb prepares to pass from the first ruck:Around four or five metres behind his scrum-half, Baker is offering depth and pace – two ingredients to make any carrier tougher to nullify. This, as well as the sheer industry to take the ball on from the next phase as well, show Baker is not merely a merchant of blockbuster, barnstorming plays. He is well versed in subtleties too.Excellence under the radarThe Ospreys’ opening try was a slick, uncomplicated example of how speed kills – rapid ruck-recycling was key. Watch out for Baker’s less-heralded effort:As his team go through a round-the-corner pattern – heading across field in the same right-to-left direction – centre Josh Matavesi takes it upon himself to straighten up the attack. This commits defenders and manufactures a four-on-three overlap that leads to Dan Evans’ going over. But the the penultimate ruck had to be cleared. Guess who was on hand:This angle is a good one to expose Baker’s contribution. He unselfishly mirrors Matavesi’s angle to hit the ruck and secure possession, which his teammates duly turned into points. As the No 8 underlined later, he is just as happy to assume the role of facilitator.Watch here how Baker, stood in the backfield again, makes an over-the-shoulder catch look fairly straightforward before immediately throwing a short pass to better-positioned Eli Walker:A gain of 40 metres justifies from a sweeping counter vindicates Baker’s unfussy decision-making. Indeed, he posed problems without the ball more than once.Deadly decoyBetter finishing would have brought the Ospreys an avalanche of points. That said, their processes in attack were exceptional at times. A set lineout move in the second half, with Baker positioned in midfield – again, making himself the focal point as any potent carrier should – was so nearly flawless:Andrew Bishop’s spill is a mighty shame, because the move is pulled off precisely with Baker a crucial cog – on this occasion as a tackler-attracting decoy:Pausing at the moment Matavesi frees Jeff Hassler with a short pass behind Baker, we see both Warburton and Manoa Vosowai are fixed, while Cory Allen has drifted wider onto the looping Biggar. A gaping hole has been manipulated, defining a day in which the Ospreys No 8 could do very little wrong. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Dan Baker helped propel Ospreys to a 26-15 victory over the Blues on Sunday afternoon with an explosive display from No 8. Here, we analyse his powerful attacking performance. September and October are two vital months for budding internationals on these shores. With encounters against southern hemisphere opposition on the horizon, it is a pivotal time to perform. Beginning with domestic action and ending in a European crescendo, the period provides a perfect platform to impress Test credentials.Starting and starring in five of Ospreys’ six straight wins, Dan Baker cannot have nudged Warren Gatland harder. Clearly inspired by the experience of two June tours, first to Japan last year and then to South Africa this summer, the red-haired No 8 is intent on a central role in Wales’ plans.As an attacking weapon, he looks devastating – often instigating go-forward out of nowhere. Though the burly 22 year-old remains slightly raw and is yet to register an full-match shift this campaign, his numbers stack up very well. In 304 minutes, there have been 47 carries. Baker has broken 11 tackles on the way to five clean breaks, executing seven offloads on the way.Multi-faceted: Faletau is has an all-court game few peers can matchIncumbent Taulupe Faletau is a supreme, once-in-a-generation talent. Still, why not accommodate him and Baker in the same side? Either could be deployed as a blindside flanker. Add in Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric and you have four exceptional back-rowers that cover all bases across a match-day 23, and that’s omitting Dan Lydiate, a Gatland favourite.Regardless of such debate, Baker was impossible to ignore as Ospreys dismantled the Cardiff Blues on Sunday in a 26-15 victory that was actually far more dominant than an 11-point margin suggests. From the very outset at the Liberty Stadium, he carved into the visitors. These clips demonstrate the carnage Baker caused.Composure and clean breaksFirst, watch this run from the opening kick-off. In terms of setting the tone – something every coach at every level of rugby will highlight just about every outing – this was seismic. It is well-worn cliché, but keynote carriers must want the ball. Positioning himself in back-field, as many modern No 8s such as Billy Vunipola do these days, Baker shows that desire to make things happen. Having anticipated and caught Lewis Jones’ clearance, he launches. However, Baker is no unguided missile. Look at this screenshot from the moment he takes the kick:The two Blues chasers circled are Gethin Jenkins (left) and Matthew Rees (right). Baker is facing two front-rowers and has the to awareness exploit the dog-leg caused by a disjointed follow-up. A closer shot gives a better picture of how a step of his right foot unbalances this pair of veterans:Baker takes advantage of the classic mismatch brilliantly and barges through the leaden-footed defenders. They can only present weak arms rather than sturdy shoulders in the contact area and the Ospreys are catapulted in behind. But Baker was only getting started. Ten minutes later, he was off again – this time from a lineout:Here, we see a variety of Baker’s attributes. Once more, though, it starts from the relatively simple premise of getting their most potent weapon involved – this time by positioning at scrum half from the set-piece:From there, with the Blues expecting a run-of-the-mill catch-and-drive, Baker latches onto the ball and breaks off quickly to catch the fringe defence unaware. Then comes the most impressive stuff. Out in the open, Baker stays composed and again takes the defender to one side with evasive footwork:This helps him get an arm free and interest a second covering Blue before keeping the ball alive with a fine offload to supporting hooker Scott Baldwin. Still Baker isn’t finished, though:Signalling a great work-ethic and nous, Baker recovers his feet in time to hit the next ruck, honing in onto the jackal of Warburton (blue circle). This helps accentuate Warburton’s influence at the breakdown and compelled referee Leighton Hodges to penalise the Wales captain for not releasing the tackled player prior to competing for the ball. After Dan Biggar‘s kick, Ospreys were 9-0 ahead and cruising.Punching holes and hunting for gaps
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Hilton Foundation makes it Around the World in a Day! Howard Lake | 18 June 2009 | News 24 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Miles were covered either using cardio-vascular equipment in hotel lobbies and gyms in a competitive team contest, or by walking miles near the hotels in a fun, family challenge .Over 2,500 participants signed up for sponsored miles and many more people took advantage of the seasonal weather to attend events. Fetes, barbeques and plenty of games and activities were held to fund-raise and entertain as part of the Hilton in the Community Foundation’s biggest ever charity initiative.Snooker world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan added several miles to the total at Hilton East Midlands; The Glasgow Hawks Rugby team took on The Scottish Rockettes pro cheerleading dance team in the team challenge at The Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, while Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel covered the most miles over the day – 1,809 of them!Hotels are still counting up the money raised but early reports suggest that at least £60,000 has been raised. With all proceeds going to children’s charities, schools and good causes around the country including DebRA, the Rainbow Trust and Teenage cancer Trust many disadvantaged young people will benefit with thousands of pounds going directly to good causes.A team of Sky One’s Gladiators supported the event. Siren, aka Amy Guy, a former Miss Wales and an Olympic hopeful for London 2012 in the Modern pentathlon, said:“It’s great to be part of Around the World in a Day. This is a fantastic chance for people to challenge themselves, to get active and to support young people in need around the country.”To find out more please visit www.hilton-foundation.org.uk Tagged with: corporate Events Hilton Foundation goes the distance for local charities!Hilton hotels around the country on Sunday joined forces to collectively travel around the world for charity.Over 70 hotels and offices in the UK and Ireland between them managed to cover 26,654 miles, comfortably passing the 24,901.55 miles needed to cross the globe. Celebrities, sportsmen and women, hotel staff and members of the public came together around the country to support children’s charities chosen by the hotels. Advertisement
Home Commentary Commentary: New Food Trends Could Prove Challenging for Farmers Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleEthanol Production and Blending Set New Records in 2017Next articleIndiana Farmers Lead the Way in No-Till Farming Gary Truitt SHARE Few weeks ago, I wrote about the “clean food” movement. It was part of a discussion on the technology that produces meat from labs and non-animal sources. The trend goes far beyond just meat and encompasses the entire food spectrum. This food trend is pervasive with millennial consumers and the generation coming after them. The demands of these consumers may prove impossible to meet by traditional agriculture and food production systems.Food fads and trends are not new. In the 1820s, the Lord Byron diet had people eating nothing but potatoes covered in vinegar. In more modern times, the 1970s was the decade of fondue. The 1980s saw the popularity of tropical fruits like kiwi. The word for the 90s was “light” — from light beer to light desserts, like tiramisu. The new millennium produced a desire for new foods like hummus, quinoa, avocadoes, and the emergence of the smoothie as the drink of choice. In the last few years, kale, ramen, matcha, and anything organic are the hot trends. Now clean and local have moved into the mainstream, and the food industry is taking notice.At the recent Bayer AgVocacy Forum, two industry experts described what restaurants are putting on their menus and what food service is cooking up to meet the changing tastes of younger consumers. Their description of what people want to eat today should send up a red flag for many farmers.Michael Whiteman, a consultant to restaurants around the world, described meat as being moved down or in some cases off the menu. Vegetables are the new star. Even in steakhouse restaurants, veggies are at the top of the menu and the center of the plate. He added local is becoming a big trend in restaurants. He added that there are no standards for what is local, and, if a restaurant says it sources from “local growers” it does well.Connie Diekman, Director of Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, said the clean eating movement is a major force with today’s college students. Students want their food served in the most natural way possible. Any additives or chemicals are seen as bad and are shunned by these consumers. She said that, when a website posted a claim that the food service scrambled eggs had chemicals in them, sales fell off sharply. She said only when the University removed the natural and safe fats and fillers they had been putting in the eggs for cooking and consistency, sales began to return.Farmers are very good at producing for a market. Yet, this market has no clear standard. Local can mean anything from 1 mile to 1,000 miles. Clean can mean anything from additive-free to heirloom-nonhybrid-non-GMO. The “guilt free” meat movement, also part of this trend, is based on the fact that the meat does not come from animals. When a local tomato farmer at the forum was asked if he can produce for a clean market, he shrugged his shoulders and said, “Well, we can wash them.”As we have seen food trends come and go, it remains to be seen if the move to clean food from local sources will change as younger consumers get older or if this represents a paradigm shift in the food sector. Certainly the desire for local represents a market opportunity for farmers. But the anti-animal meat perception by many younger consumers is an issue with which the livestock industry must come to grips.Agriculture cannot be complacent, assuming things will be as they always have been. It is my belief that some fundamental changes have taken place in the way food and food production are viewed in the U.S. and in most developed nations. While food fads and trends will continue to change, the public’s perception of how their food is produced will continue to shape their food preferences and choices.By Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Mar 4, 2018 Commentary: New Food Trends Could Prove Challenging for Farmers
By Agri-Pulse – Jan 22, 2020 Are Presidential Candidates Listening to the Biofuels Industry? SHARE By Ben NuelleAgriPulseBiofuel industry advocates say they’re pleased with how the Democratic presidential candidates are talking about ethanol and biodiesel in Iowa, although most of the campaigns haven’t provided specifics about how they would increase demand.Many of the candidates, in fact, are promising policies that could decrease biofuel demand by pushing motorists toward electric vehicles.And none of the candidates accepted an invitation to appear at an Iowa biofuels summit Jan. 16. President Donald Trump headlined the same event four years earlier.But one of them, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, is already well-versed on biofuel policy, and the others have shown a willingness to learn about the issue while campaigning in Iowa ahead of the Feb. 3 caucuses.“They come here, they spend time, they see the farmers, they see the plants, they’re seeing the impact and end up supporting renewable fuels because of how much sense it makes,” said Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.To the industry’s frustration, biofuel critic Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas won the Iowa GOP caucuses in 2016 over Trump, who ultimately won the Republican nomination and carried the state in the general election.Klobuchar, who has been an outspoken proponent of the industry in Congress, says she would immediately review the Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of the Renewable Fuel Standard in her first 100 days in office.“I think our big problem right now is the dozens and dozens and dozens, over 70 waivers this president has given to the oil companies, not just small refineries but Chevron and Exxon,” Klobuchar said, responding to an Agri-Pulse question at an Iowa event last weekend.In her plan for rural America, Klobuchar called for ending the overuse of small refinery exemptions (SREs), investing in blender pump infrastructure, extending the biodiesel tax credits, and ensuring year-round sales of gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol.“I believe we should be investing in the farmers and workers of the Midwest, instead of the oil cartels of the Mideast,” she said.But Klobuchar, like the other Democratic candidates, is vague on how she would reduce the number of exemptions from annual biofuel mandates. In her climate plan, she says she also would invest in electric vehicle infrastructure and promote electric vehicle sales by investing in vehicle charging infrastructure and reviving the tax credit for electric vehicle purchases.A poll released Monday by Focus on Rural America, a group that is pushing the candidates to focus on biofuel policy, showed Biden leading the race but identified Klobuchar as the candidate that likely caucus-goers believe would be the “best for the needs and interests of rural Iowa.”The latest RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Biden favored by 21% of likely caucus-goers, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 17.3%, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 16.7%. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 16.3% and Klobuchar at 8.3%.Biden’s energy plan calls the development of the next generation of biofuels “a top priority.” He wants to reduce climate change by investing in research to develop cellulosic biofuels while also funding the installation of electric vehicle charging stations across the country to “accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles.”The co-founder of Focus on Rural America, former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge, said she knew Klobuchar had a good grasp on biofuels going into the race but that Buttigieg was also knowledgeable about the issue. Her group led tours of ethanol plants for 14 candidates.“He pointed out to us very quickly on his tour he could see an ethanol plant from his office in South Bend,” Judge told Agri-Pulse.Buttigieg supports the RFS, stopping the misuse of SREs and investing in climate research.During the CNN/Des Moines Register debate in Des Moines Jan. 14, Buttigieg said, “Pretty much all of us propose that we move on from fossil fuels, but the question is how are we going to make sure any of this gets done? People have been saying the right things in these debates for decades.”His plan for rural America calls for setting standards to achieve net-zero emissions from fuel combustion. It also states there should be investments in research and development, and demonstration to develop and commercialize advanced biofuels. But his climate plan also says he will “immediately enact more stringent vehicle emission standards.” Buttigieg also would require all new passenger vehicles sold be zero-emissions by 2035, and all heavy-duty vehicles sold be net-zero emissions by 2040.Judge said she was also impressed by Warren’s willingness to learn about biofuels. Warren toured an ethanol plant in Dyersville, Iowa, in June.“Farmers are hurting, and they need a partner in the White House who has a clear, predictable policy on renewables and trade. I’m in this fight with them all the way,” Warren said in a press release from Judge’s group.According to Warren’s climate plan, she would set standards for vehicle emissions by protecting tax credits for both electric and alternative fuel vehicles.Except for Sanders, all of the leading candidates in Iowa toured ethanol plants with Judge’s group.“We didn’t get him to a plant, but we’ve had lots of conversations with his staff and have heard very positive things coming from him this cycle,” Judge said.According to Biofuels Vision 2020, a bipartisan group tracking the candidates’ stances on biodiesel and ethanol, Sanders is committed to implementing the RFS the way Congress intended and supports long-term extensions of the biodiesel and cellulosic tax credits.Sanders is pushing for an energy standard encouraging research and development into biofuels, so “biofuels and other sustainable energy is exactly the direction we have got to go,” Sanders said at Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer’s, D-Iowa, fish fry in November.But Sanders also supports transitioning to electric vehicles. His plan for clean energy calls for going beyond biofuels to “fully electrify and decarbonize our transportation sector” and reach 100 percent renewable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030.peaking to media at the National Biodiesel Conference in Tampa, Donnell Rehagen, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, said it will be many years before there is a significant infrastructure for electric vehicles.“In the meantime, do we want to wait for that to happen and do nothing for 15 to 20 years or do we want to embrace the opportunities that biodiesel and renewable diesel have today, to provide a leaner and greener product?” Rehagen said.The executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, Grant Kimberley, said the candidates have been hearing about the needs of his industry at numerous events.“They’re hearing our messages and certainly we are going to have to continue to push those messages forward to make sure they realize it is a very important issue in a state like Iowa,” Kimberley told Agri-Pulse.Senior officials with national trade groups, the Renewable Fuel Association, Growth Energy, and America Coalition for Ethanol, all say that they’ve been hearing “positive statements” throughout the campaign on biofuels along with reining in SREs. 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SHARE In a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, Secretary Sonny Perdue said USDA is working on a plan to allocate relief funds to farmers.Perdue said the $14 billion allocated to the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), “would come later,” not specifying an exact date since the CCC currently has only $6 billion in borrowing authority.The CCC can borrow $30 billion per fiscal year, and with $6 billion left in the coffer, it appears that $24 billion has already been allocated. According to the USDA, the additional $14 billion authorized by the CARES Act can’t be used until July.USDA is working to implement a plan that would allocate $9.5 billion in emergency relief fund that was designated to Secretary Perdue’s office.Perdue says USDA is holding daily meetings on the COVID-19 relief package for agriculture, including meeting with lawmakers. He added that he is hopeful a plan will be announced “sooner rather than later,” while cautioning that the process of federal rulemaking takes time. Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Actively Working on COVID-19 Aid Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By NAFB News Service – Apr 8, 2020 USDA Actively Working on COVID-19 Aid SHARE Previous articleCrop, Livestock Prices Plunge Under Weight of COVID-19 UncertaintyNext articleIndiana Farmers Stepping Up in Uncertain Times NAFB News Service