Northern Reliability appoints Iversen new CEO

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_imgNorthern Reliability, an electric power solutions provider based in Waitsfield, has announced that Jim Iversen is assuming the role of president and CEO of the company. Iversen, formerly Chairman and CEO for M&I Strategic Partners and business consultant for Northern Reliability, brings experience and vision to his new role.Iversen has been a business leader in the industrial controls field, focusing on supply chain solutions, for over 25 years. His hallmark style includes inspiring others to see what is possible while building roadmaps for success.’This is an exciting moment for Northern Reliability as we chart our path for success with Jim Iversen at the helm. His proven leadership skills will be a huge asset to the company,’said former CEO and founder of Northern Reliability, Jeff Mack.‘I am very excited about joining the Northern Reliability team,’said Iversen. ‘I look forward to leading this company through its next phase of innovation and partnering with our clients to provide reliable back-up and remote power solutions.’Jim is joining the team at a time when the company is experiencing rapid growth as it enters new markets.‘Jim’s combined engineering and business background make him an ideal choice for the company and this next phase of growth that we are embarking on,’said co-owner and Vice President Greg Moffroid.Northern Reliability’s core slate of products, Solar Power Systems (SPS Systems), Solar Obstruction Lighting (SOLS Series), Controllers and Remote Monitoring (SC Series), Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS Series) and Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS), create real energy solutions for utilities, telecommunication providers, government applications, remote and island communities and for disaster preparedness needs.About Northern Reliability, Inc.Northern Reliability ( is external)) is a solutions focused engineering company that designs, builds and services stand-alone electric power systems for customers needing reliable continuous power for their business or community. Our systems provide renewable energy for critical off-grid applications, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and provide energy security and independence from conventional energy sources. Northern Reliability’Delivering Power, Anywhere. WAITSFIELD, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Northern Reliability 7.17.2013last_img read more

GMP customers reducing energy use at peak times to save money with Empower Rate

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power residential customers have a new option for saving money on their electric bills with the Empower Rate, a pilot program which provides incentives for reducing energy use at peak times. This program is voluntary and could benefit those customers who are interested in saving money by reducing their energy use for up to ten “critical peak energy days” throughout the year.“As Vermont’s Energy Company of the future, finding new ways to empower our customers to save money is really important to us,” said Kristin Carlson, Green Mountain Power’s Chief Communication Executive. “These innovative rate options will reward customers directly for partnering with us to reduce energy a few days each year when the electric system is experiencing extremely high use.”Green Mountain Power has received approval from the Public Service Board to offer two new residential rates that include reduced rates for most days of the year. During other “critical peak days,” when energy demand and cost for that power is particularly high, rates for these customers will go up. For customers who are able to reduce their use during those hours, they will save money, but if they find they are unable to reduce use at those times, typical customers on the rate will break even, compared to the standard rate.The two Empower rates are Rate 9 for customers who typically pay the same rate 24-7, and Rate 14 for customers who pay different rates according to the time of day they use energy, but in both cases the rates will be higher during the Conservation Days. Typical customers who are able to reduce use during conservation days have the potential to save up to 4.5 percent annually on Rate 9 and 3.1 percent for customers on Rate 14. Customers must have a smart meter to join and make one-year program commitments each year.Empower Rates:Basic residential Critical Peak Pricing Option (Rate 9)(link is external)On this plan, during critical peak periods, customers will be asked to reduce their energy use between noon and 8 p.m. on up to ten days between May 1st and September 30th.Savings will vary depending on your energy use and flexibility curtailing during peak periods.Residential Time-of-Use and Critical Peak Pricing Option (Rate 14)(link is external)This plan is for customers who can limit energy use year-round during peak periods during the day, Monday through Saturday, and can reduce their use between noon and 8 pm on up to ten days between May 1 and September 30 during critical peak periods.Savings will vary depending on your energy use and flexibility curtailing during peak periods.“We are excited that we have found a way that customers can save money with very little risk,” Carlson continued. “And this is a great way for customers who choose to be more proactive about their energy use to get involved and reduce use during peak days. This strategy will help save money for all customers as we transform our energy future.”When electricity use is very high, more expensive generating sources are needed, and so reducing energy use during peak periods reduces the cost of electricity overall. Customers signing up for Empower rates will be notified the day before a Critical Peak Pricing event, which can occur up to ten times a year between May 1 and Sept. 30 when GMP may hit peak loads. During those Conservation Days, customers would be alerted to the need for a reduction in their energy use.“I’m really happy that I have a pretty simple way to save money,” said Doug Olufsen, a residential customer from Hinesburg. “It won’t be hard for me to manage my energy use for a few hours a summer, especially when I know my bills will be lower and others will benefit too!”For more information visit is external) or call 888-835-4672.Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and has a vision to be the best small company in America by partnering with Vermonters to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: is external). Connect with GMP on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GreenMtnPower. Source: GMP. 8.9.2016last_img read more

Neovite sponsors Ironman age group champ Louise Collins

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_imgLeading the charge for colostrum in the sports nutrition category, Neovite has continued its support of elite triathletes by sponsoring 25-29 age group Ironman Hawaii World Champion and 220 magazine age group female athlete of 2010 Louise Collins.Louise Collins has been competing in triathlon and Ironman for the past four years and has been using Neovite throughout her winter training period. She noted, “As an elite athlete combining working full time with twenty-five hours of training a week, as well as eating healthily, I am always looking for products that can help me remain injury and illness free.“I have suffered in the past with glandular fever when I was a rower, so Neovite has helped me to keep my health consistent in my winter training blocks and has prevented me from getting those annoying coughs and colds.”Collins goes on the say, “I have already noticed some differences in my training, throughout the winter months, where the combination of 40 hours a week of work and 25 hours a week of training puts a lot of stress on your body. Neovite has helped, as certainly there have been times in the past few months where I think I would have had to start missing sessions. In the past year I have not had any coughs or colds and have not missed any sessions from my training plan.”John Rolfs, Managing Director of Colostrum UK Ltd, the Neovite brand owner, added “Exercise induced gut disorders are common in triathlon, the popular description is ‘runner’s trots’. Here, the body’s response to increased permeability is to clear the gut contents, giving rise to symptoms such as diarrhoea to avoid toxins from gut organisms entering the bloodstream, as these lead to heatstroke which can result in damage to the internal organs.“Our latest study gives us the medical science to improve endurance performance and heat stress tolerance.”Neovite colostrum is the first milk produced by cows during the first 48 hours after birth. Colostrum provides newborns with the essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids they need to make it through the first days of life. The product is imported from New Zealand from the surplus after the calves have been fed. It is a rich source of bioactive components such as immunoglobulins, cytokines, interleukins and growth Relatedlast_img read more

Bridgehampton School Bond Passes

Posted On Oct 16 2020 by

first_imgSupporters of the Bridgehampton School looked on anxiously Thursday night, September 13, as election clerks tallied piles of paper ballots on a table in the corner of the gymnasium. Although the early tally looked bleak, judging solely from the thickness of the “no” pile, in the end, the district’s request for $4.7 million more in funding for a major renovation project was approved by a 132 to 98 margin.“Let the construction begin,” said Superintendent Robert Hauser. “I’m looking forward to the excitement of a new future for this school. The community is going to see this place dramatically changed.”District voters, in December 2016, had originally supported a $24.7 million, 35,000-square-foot construction project that would have more than doubled the size of the school. The project called for a new library and classrooms, a new gym, locker rooms, and fitness center; the conversion of the existing gym into an auditorium; and the elimination of several modular buildings on the district’s campus that have been in service long beyond their anticipated lifespans.But by the time the New York State Education Department issued a building permit for the project this summer, the economy had picked up steam and the cost of construction had risen to the point that two separate bid solicitations came in way over budget.District officials said they could not reasonably scale back the plans without changing scope of the project so much that it would require submitting a new bond issue to the voters. They instead sought the additional funding, which they believe will provide them with a sufficient cushion.Hauser said the bids will be advertised as early as next week, allowing the school board to award contracts in early October with an eye toward a November 1 groundbreaking. The district expects the project to be finished by the summer of 2020.The superintendent said district officials and their construction representatives were confident that prices would not have risen so much in the 120 days since the first bids were received to put the project in jeopardy again. He added that since June is typically a very busy time for construction projects, the district might actually receive slightly lower bids this time around.The Bridgehampton School serves students in prekindergarten through high school. Enrollment has grown from 150 to 225 in the past decade. Although the district remains one of the smallest on the East End, there is a need for more space allocated to providing a broad range of educational services for students.Besides being the bond vote, Thursday was also Back-to-School Night. Teachers sat at tables set up around the gym meeting with parents, while voting took place on the other side of the room.School board president Ron White said he was relieved the bond vote passed, but said he was troubled by the large number of “no” votes. “We still have more work to do,” he said. “We have to convince them of how special and important this school is.”Hauser, who said he was “overwhelmed” by the successful vote, was busy texting the results to John Grillo, the district’s architect, and others involved in the project. “Wow,” responded Grillo. “Congrats. Now, let’s get to work.” Sharelast_img read more

Stena RoRo charters trio

Posted On Sep 29 2020 by

first_imgDue to the flexible configuration of the three vessels, which were built in Germany in 2007, they can be employed in both the Stena RoRo and Stena Line networks, said the company.The 11,407 dwt ships each have an overall length of 165.75 m and beam of 23.4 m, as well as a service speed of 20 knots, and a ro-ro capacity of 2,150 lane metres.The contract is the first to be based on the Bimco ROPAXTIME charter-party agreement, which is a new contract framework that aims to streamline ro-pax operations.  www.stenaroro.comwww.godbyshipping.filast_img read more

Bumper retention rates point to City optimism

Posted On Sep 28 2020 by

first_img73% Trainee retention rates – a key indicator of market sentiment – have risen across all the magic circle firms, with an average 91% of trainees being taken on as newly qualified associates this autumn. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer reported the highest autumn retention rate of 93%, 10 percentage points more than last year. Meanwhile Linklaters’ retention figure leapt from 73% to 91%.On average, the five firms each had 45 trainees of which 41 were taken on.Freshfields’ trainee development partner Craig Montgomery said: ‘We are very pleased to be keeping on a high proportion of our August 2019 qualifying intake, reflecting the firm’s continued commitment to recruiting, developing and retaining top talent.’ 87% Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Allen & Overy 92.5% 89% 77% 91% 83% 93% Linklaters Firm nameAutumn Retention Rate 2019Autumn Retention Rate 2018 Clifford Chance Slaughter and May 80% 86%last_img read more

UWP anticipates resignation from ‘accused executive member’

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first_img 1136 Views   6 comments LocalNewsPolitics UWP anticipates resignation from ‘accused executive member’ by: Dominica Vibes News – March 8, 2016 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton (file photo)An executive member of the leadership of Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) may soon resign, a press statement issued on Tuesday 8 March 2016 indicates.The statement issued by UWP Leader, Lennox Linton indicates that the executive member has been facing allegations of serious inappropriate behavior towards a minor.While the statement notes that the allegations have been denied but the individual has been charged under the Sexual Offenses Act and that the party is firmly committed to “the balanced, holistic development of our children as we strive to make Dominica the best”.Mr Linton, who apologized for the widespread hurt and disappointment this development has caused, said the party believes that “resignation from office, at least while the matter is before the court, is the only honorable course of action available to public officials in the leadership of political parties facing such allegations of serious inappropriate behavior”.If the accused executive member does not resign, Mr Linton said the “appropriate organs of the Party will be engaged to act decisively in the public interest and for the general well-being of the Party”.Here is the letter issued by Mr Linton in its entirety;Roseau, Dominica, March 8th, 2016 – The policy direction of the United Workers Party on the rights and development of children is articulated at page 63 of our 2014 Social Contract to rescue and rebuild Dominica:“Children will hold pride of place in the best place to live, the best place to work and the best place to enjoy life. UWP Team Dominica wholeheartedly embraces its responsibility to ensure the rights of our children are respected, protected and fulfilled. We agree to comprehensive reviews of the laws relating to the well-being, happiness and development of our children…“A top priority on our agenda to revise existing laws will be the Sexual Offenses Act. Specifically, we are committed to ensure that parents, guardians or caretakers will no longer be allowed to use hush money to obstruct justice for our children.“Whether it requires changing existing laws, creating new ones or establishing appropriate systems and facilities, UWP Team Dominica is fully committed to help families protect children’s rights and create an environment where they can grow into the realization of their full creative potential…”We stand firmly behind these commitments to the balanced, holistic development of our children as we strive to make Dominica the best. Over the past week, an executive member of the United Workers Party has been facing allegations of serious inappropriate behavior towards a minor. The allegations have been denied but the individual has been charged under the sexual offenses Act.On behalf of the leadership of the UWP Team Dominica, I apologize for the widespread disappointment, hurt and discomfort among nationals at home and abroad caused by this most regrettable development. This is not a fall that defines us. It is a stumble that caught us by surprise. Rest assured that the lessons learned have strengthened our resolve in the mission to advance human dignity.In this sad but extremely necessary episode in the national struggle to defeat the scourge of child abuse, the member of our team has the right to a defense as much as the alleged victim has a right to have the matter justly prosecuted without fear or favour; affection or ill-will.If we don’t give the complaints of abused children the importance they deserve in the judicial process; if we shut them down through payments to parents; if we intimidate them and trash their truth with legal technicalities; then the menace of child abuse will continue to wreak havoc without let or hindrance.We believe that resignation from office, at least while the matter is before the court, is the only honorable course of action available to public officials in the leadership of political parties facing such allegations of serious inappropriate behavior. And that is precisely what the UWP Team Dominica expects of the accused executive member.Alternatively, the appropriate organs of the Party will be engaged to act decisively in the public interest and for the general well-being of the Party.We empathize with the families on both sides of this matter. We pray for God’s love, guidance and protection as these hurting families deal with the difficulties and challenges that will emerge as the wheels of justice turn”.last_img read more

Police says that alleged kidnapping report is false

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first_img 718 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews Police says that alleged kidnapping report is false by: – March 11, 2019 Sharing is caring! Deputy Chief of the Dominica Police Force, Lincoln Corbette made a statement that the alleged report regarding the kidnap of the missing teen is indeed false.Rhianna Serrant was reported kidnapped on the morning of Mar.9, 2019 in the village of Point Mitchel by two masked men in an unknown vehicle.On Mar.10, 2019, Serrant was reported discovered in a healthy state in the village of Stockfarm by a Stockfarm resident according to the Dominica Police Force.Corbette reported, “Infact, investigations have confirmed thus far, that this report is false. From all the investigations we have done, it is conformed that the date was pre arranged and that she had way advanced plans to leave her parents home and be with some person.”He also firmly said that the young lady was not abducted and that he is disturbed by the public’s opinion of the Police department  not offering any assistance.“In fact, from the moment this report was made, we have done many many searches and you would have seen us on the road doing our duty and we have spent a lot of resources, looking and searching from all angles for this young lady.”Corbet conveyed that Serrant did not intend to be found according to investigations.last_img read more

Princess Cruises announces 2021 schedule to Canada & New England

Posted On Sep 25 2020 by

first_imgBoth ships offer the Princess MedallionClass experienceincluding expedited embarkation, on-demand food and beverage delivery, theability to locate your friends and family and more. The 2021 Canada & NewEngland programme goes on sale September 18, 2019, and features 16 departures,visiting 18 destinations on six itineraries ranging in length from seven to 16days. 10-day Canada & New England on Caribbean Princess –Quebec to NYC visiting Saguenay, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor,Boston. 13-day Canada & Colonial America on Caribbean Princess – Ft.Lauderdale to Quebec visiting Charleston, New York City, Newport, Boston,Portland, Saint John, Halifax. Seven-day Canada & New England on Sky Princess –Roundtrip from NYC visiting Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John, Halifax. Historic America Cruisetour – takes guests to suchimportant places as Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate, Colonial Williamsburg,Independence Hall in Philadelphia and the Gettysburg Battlefield. 14-day Canada & Colonial America on CaribbeanPrincess – Quebec to Ft. Lauderdale visiting Saguenay, Sept Îles, Sydney,Halifax, Saint John, Bar Harbor, Boston, Newport, New York City, Charleston.. Princess Cruises has announced its 2021 Canada & NewEngland cruise and cruisetour season. Caribbean Princess and Sky Princess (tobe launched in October) – will bring passengers to destinations rich in historyand savory seafood, including unique seaside towns along the East Coast ofNorth America. Also offered this season is the opportunity to see thebreathtaking landscapes of Greenland, the world’s largest island. The Maple Explorer Cruisetour – brings guests tobeautiful Niagara Falls; exciting cities like the capital of Ottawa andFrench-flavored Montreal with guided tours of the Canadian Museum ofCivilization, dazzling cathedrals and the historic 19th century Rideau Canal, aUNESCO World Heritage Site. Top reasons toexperience Canada & New England with Princess Cruises during the July –October 2021 season, include: Whether it’s trekking through colonial history in Boston,surveying quaint towns along the coast, or savouring world-famous Mainelobster, guests experience the popular attractions, as well as the hidden gemson the array of itineraries offered: Princess Cruises makes it effortless to combine cruiseswith multi-day land tours to historic places including: Unique Itineraries Sea News, August 23 Guests can enjoy a variety of in-depth shore excursionsfrom an authentic lobster bake to exploring historical landmarks like theBoston Commons, the Massachusetts State House, King’s Chapel and the Old SouthMeeting House, to name a few. Plus, they can also choose from the cruise line’saward-winning Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ tours. One-of-a Kind Excursions From culinary creations by award-winning Chef CurtisStone to local specialties like New England crab, cold-water lobster and craftcocktails like the Boston Cream Pie Martini, guests will experience the localflavors in a whole new way. More Time to ExploreAshore 16-day Greenland & Canada on Caribbean Princess –Roundtrip NYC visiting Halifax, Sydney, Nuuk, Qaqortoq, Nanortalik, St. John. Author: Baibhav Mishra The Cruise Choice forFood Lovers 10-day Canada & New England on Caribbean Princess–NYC to Quebec visiting Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John, Halifax,Sydney, Charlottetown. Arcadia National Park in Maine (Image Courtesy: Princess Cruises) The cruise line’s “More Ashore” late night portcalls (departing at 9pm or later) lets guests explore Boston or Charleston attheir own pace with plenty of time to return to the ship. With overnight staysin Quebec on select sailings, plenty of time is available to sample the scenicstreets of this iconic city. In-Depth Cruisetourslast_img read more

July dairy product exports bright, but other areas of ag trade remain cloudy

Posted On Sep 25 2020 by

first_imgDave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairyEmail Dave July was another strong month for U.S. dairy product exports, and there’s even renewed optimism China is moving toward meeting trade commitments. However, the overall picture remains cloudy following a fifth straight deficit month in the U.S. ag trade balance. Here’s a Labor Day weekend update on the U.S. ag export categories tracked by Progressive Dairy and a summary of other trade news. CWT-assisted exportsAn update from the National Milk Producers Federation indicates Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) program-assisted sales approved through August total 74.255 million pounds of cheese, 6.934 million pounds of butter, 1.982 million pounds of anhydrous milkfat, 5.023 million pounds of cream cheese and 36.019 million pounds of whole milk powder. The total milk equivalent of the sales is 736.3 million pounds on a milkfat basis.Dairy heifer exports slow to a trickleDespite the prospect of good export opportunities earlier this year, the dairy replacement heifer market has ground to a virtual halt, according to Gerardo Quaassdorff, T.K. Exports Inc., Boston, Virginia. The USDA estimates show exports of U.S. dairy replacement heifers hit a decade low in July. Just 188 heifers changed country of residence during the month, and all of those moved north to Canada. The sales total was the lowest for any month dating back to January 2009.Like marketing of other ag commodities, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a major factor. Not only have travel restrictions reduced marketing trips and shipments, but the impact has stretched all the way to movement of money. With more U.S. and foreign bankers working remotely, payment procedures have slowed, limiting the ability of buyers and sellers to finalize deals, Quaassdorff said. That’s impacted nearly everyone in the supply chain, including exporters, insurance companies and shippers.Looking ahead, inquiries for both U.S. dairy and beef heifers remain strong for shipments later this year. However, interest is based on heifer prices negotiated for March-June, a period of U.S. dairy industry uncertainty and low heifer prices as U.S. dairy farmers looked to unload surplus animals.advertisementSince then, federal financial assistance and stronger milk prices were incentive to increase U.S. domestic demand for heifers, cutting into available export numbers and raising prices. Several importing countries are also postponing purchases due to unfavorable currency exchange rates.The U.S. remains the largest supplier of dairy heifers, and demand will continue, Quaassdorff said. Despite the disparity in prices with Europe, heifer supplies there are small. Australia’s coronavirus travel restrictions have essentially closed that market for now. So even with all those headwinds, he still sees opportunity, especially if pandemic restrictions ease.U.S. exports of ‘other’ hay sufferU.S. hay exports continued to slip in July. Most striking in the USDA’s monthly report, foreign shipments of “other hay” were among the lowest for any month in the 21st century. Prior to July, monthly exports of other hay have been below 102,000 metric tons only seven times dating back to January 2000, a period of 235 months.Christy Mastin, sales representative with Eckenberg Farms, Mattawa, Washington, said the current low export volumes have their roots in the 2019 crop, when acreage for exportable timothy hay was sharply reduced. Less production meant higher prices in 2019 and that has carried over into 2020. Other hay has competition from Chinese rice straw and, most directly, Australian oaten hay, which had a good harvest last year, so prices for those alternatives are more appealing to buyers.July’s exports of alfalfa hay were the lowest since February, in part due to heavy purchases earlier this year that have left potential buyers with adequate inventories. Additionally, with COVID-19 travel restrictions, there have been fewer marketing trips to the U.S. to check out new hay offerings. Ocean vessel availability and shipping delays remain a problem.For more on hay exports and market conditions, check out Progressive Forage’s Forage Market Insights update.advertisementU.S. ag trade deficit extendedJuly 2020 U.S. ag exports were valued at $10.3 billion. July U.S. ag imports were estimated at nearly $10.9 billion, resulting in a $600 million ag trade deficit. It marked a fifth straight month of deficit ag trade, and the sixth month in the first seven months of 2020.In year-to-date fiscal year 2020 (October 2019-July 2020), the U.S. ag trade surplus stands at about $1.13 billion, about $2.6 billion less than the same period a year earlier. On a calendar year basis, the numbers are worse. The January-July 2020 trade balance is a deficit $3.5 billion.Other dairy trade newsHere’s a look at other trade issues affecting U.S. dairy:The USDA’s quarterly Ag Trade Outlook paints an optimistic picture for dairy. Fiscal year 2020 (Oct. 1, 2019-Sept. 30, 2020) exports are forecast to hit t $6.5 billion. If realized, it would be the second-highest dairy export total on record and the highest since the $7.4 billion in dairy product exports in 2014. The forecast for fiscal year 2021 (Oct. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2021) is even higher at $6.6 billion.However, the forecast isn’t as rosy for the overall U.S. ag trade balance. Global economic pressures and other factors point to the smallest U.S. agricultural trade surplus ($3.3 billion) in more than four decades. Read: Economic Update: USDA dairy trade forecast up, but ag trade surplus smallest in decades.First it was Congress, and more recently, members of the U.S. Senate sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office and the USDA, urging government officials to actively enforce dairy provisions of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In applauding the letter, the leaders of USDEC and NMPF allege Canada has begun implementing the trade agreement in a way that thwarts U.S. market access. They also raised concerns regarding how Mexico will translate its commitments to safeguard common name cheeses into action.The critical role that U.S. dairy exports play in Wisconsin’s economy and beyond took center stage at a virtual town hall. The session was part of a series of “AgTalks” co-hosted by NMPF, USDEC and Farmers for Free Trade. Moderated by Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of USDEC, a panel representing all aspects of Wisconsin’s dairy supply chain shared how expanding dairy trade opportunities will bring tangible benefits to dairy farmers, processors, exporters and rural communities. The U.S. “Phase I” trade deal with China is still in its infancy, and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has given it a six-month checkup. As of September, agricultural exports to are up enough to provide hope that China will move closer to its commitment to purchase $80 billion in ag products from the U.S. during 2020 and 2021. Zippy Duvall, AFBF president, looks at the trade with China, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and other trade developments in “Early signs that trade is coming back.”  center_img Dairy products maintain trendFollowing a four-month trend, July dairy product exports were again supported by growth in shipments of nonfat dry milk and skim milk powder (NDM/SMP) to Southeast Asia, according to the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC).advertisementadvertisementVolume basis: U.S. suppliers shipped 196,080 tons of milk powders, cheese, whey products, lactose and butterfat in July 2020, 23% more than the July 2019. Increased shipments of NDM/SMP to Southeast Asia represent roughly half of the overall year-over-year U.S. export growth between April-July 2020. Meanwhile, total whey sales to China continue to recover from the depressed levels of last year, when African swine fever decimated China’s hog herd and reduced demand for whey for feed use. Gains in these markets were partially offset by continued weakness in sales to Mexico, where overall export volume trailed last year by 18%. Value basis: The value of all U.S. dairy exports in July was $554.1 million, 17% more than a year ago.Total milk solids basis: U.S. exports were equivalent to 16.9% of U.S. milk solids production in July. In the first seven months of the year, exports moved 16% of production (Table 1).last_img read more