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Local Farmers and Ranchers Can Now Receive AgPack Benefits at Coughlin Chevrolet Buick Cadillac Dealership

Wed, May 29, 2024 01:00 EDT

Marysville, Ohio (May 28, 2024) - Farmers helping farmers find a return on their truck investment is how AgPack ® was born. Now, 11 years later, AgPack benefits to farmers and growers can quickly add up to over $35,000* in real operational savings. Coughlin Chevrolet Buick Cadillac dealer of Marysville recently renewed their eligibility in the Certified Ag Dealer Program (CAD) allowing them to continue offering AgPack to their customers. Now, accessibility to AgPack for farmers and growers in the Marysville area is being maintained. This nationwide program will continue to be available at Coughlin Chevrolet Buick Cadillac which had previously completed training when they become an official CAD. That training helps them better understand the specific demands ranchers, farmers and growers have of their farm vehicles. "While trucks are a critical tool on the farm, the bottom line for farmers and growers is also critical," noted Tim Duffey, Fleet and Commercial at Coughlin. "Being able to provide our customers with access to AgPack through a new or used vehicle is game changing. We can literally help the agriculture buyer save thousands of dollars in their daily operations through the AgPack exclusive rebates and discounts on products and services from some of agriculture's leading brands." The process is quite simple: Register for your AgPack ® ID Number at AgTruckTrader.com Provide your AgPack ID Number when ordering or purchasing any qualifying new or used truck at any Certified Agriculture Dealership sm Redeem your options! Approx. 1 week after your order or purchase, an AgPack Redemption Specialist will help you redeem any of the over $35,000 in additional valuable options with AgPack Partners "Believe it, or not, AgPack is free with the purchase or lease of a qualifying new, or pre-owned, farm truck, or SUV, from a Certified Agriculture Dealership ," noted Pat Driscoll, CEO of Certified Agriculture Dealers/AgPack. "Plus, AgPack can be stacked on top of any incentive, rebate, fleet or VIP program the local dealer can offer." "More than anything, farmers, ranchers and growers want...need...the most durable vehicle money can buy," added Driscoll. "We know because we're ranchers and farmers, too. And that's what we want. Our focus is to make sure our agriculture family gets an honest to goodness return on their truck investment. From a dealer that actually understands and cares about who we are, and what we need." Below is the line-up of the current AgPack ® partners, and their offers. Farmers, growers and ranchers can cash in one or use them all, it is totally up to them. And they can take their time on any one, or all, as AgPack offers are valid for at least one full year from original date of the vehicle purchase. In select cases, the offers are valid even longer. AgPack includes: Exclusive rebates on Michelin & BF Goodrich ® tires - from tractors to trucks to toys, potential savings worth more than $4,500 25% off MSRP on Rhino Ag ™ Products plus a gift card valued between $100-200 Exclusive pricing of 5-10% under Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP) direct from Dixie Chopper ® on the entire line of commercial mowers $2,000 credit towards AgroLiquid ® Crop Nutrition, free agronomy consultation and annual soil test $1,000 toward a new Reinke ® Irrigation system and $500 towards parts on any existing Reinke system 25% exclusive discount on many Gallagher ® Livestock scales and fencing products A $150 gift card after the purchase of a two-year Viasat ® Internet Service subscription $500 product credit after $2,000 of combined Mystik ® Lubricant products purchased & the offer also includes lifetime oil condition monitoring of the AgPack purchased vehicle, plus a choice of a Mystik-branded gift offer 15% off MSRP on any purchase of Tarter ® Farm & Ranch Equipment with a minimum purchase of $3,500 before discount A $1,500 rebate on the purchase of a Walkabout Mother Bin plus a 20% rebate on accessories like a scale, vibrator, display, low unload option, or an auger sock, plus a $500 gift card/store credit for Outback Wrap Hydraulic hose products A 20% storewide discount from Outback Wrap for their hydraulic hose identification and management products 5-10% savings on multiple Vanair ® products including the all new EPEQ™ Welder140, Start-All Jump-Packs ® , Pro35 Reciprocating Air Compressor Series, compressor/generator packages plus multiple other products DTN Progressive Farmer Magazine offers a free 1-year subscription of the DTN Ag Weather Tool app at no charge, plus a choice of either 1.) 3-months of My DTN , a mobile app helping make fast, effective commodity buying and selling decisions or 2.) 3-months of Instant Markets (delayed) farmer version of Profit X 15% discount on the monthly fees for Ford Pro's Telematics Software Services Earn up to $1,000 in savings off purchases of Perpetuo ® Herbicide, Excalia ® Fungicide, and Senstar ® Insecticide by Valent Landmaster gas and electric powered UTVs offers a 2.5% cash rebate from the manufacturer (Landmaster) on top of any vehicle purchase made at a local UTV dealership. $500 cash rebate on the purchase of a Bedrock Truck Bed $20 off the PinUltimate Titanium hitch pin from Big Sky Precision Up to $2,500 sellers' concession from Landleader real estate network Regional Bonus Offer - $20 OFF per bag of Dairyland hybrid seed "And it's not just about working with a specialty agriculture truck dealership when buying a new truck," added Duffey. "It's also about making sure farmers and growers have a truck dealership they can trust for parts and service when the truck isn't so new. A specialty store they can rely on to help keep things running like they do their tractor, fertilizer or fencing dealer." Becoming a Certified Agriculture Dealership lets the 79,600 Ohio farm families know the dealership understands the uniqueness of agriculture and is committed to providing the best total truck solution to meet their needs. To learn more about the Certified Agriculture Dealership Program and AgPack go to: www.certifiedagdealer.com/ or visit our YouTube Channel for more details. To stay connected and learn about new AgPack program enhancements Like us on Facebook . And when ready to purchase or lease the next farm truck or SUV, visit Coughlin Chevrolet Buick Cadillac, 15801 US Route 36, Marysville, OH 43040 or call them at 937-884-1002 to gain access to the free AgPack benefits or visit them online at: https://dealers.certifiedagdealer.com/certified-dealers/coughlin-chevrolet-marysville-oh *Based on customer using every AgPack® benefit, to its maximum value. ###

Area Farmers and Ranchers Eligible to Receive AgPack Benefits from Frontier CDJR

Wed, May 29, 2024 01:00 EDT

Farmers helping farmers find a return on their truck investment is how AgPack ® was born. Now, 11 years later, AgPack benefits to ranchers, farmers and growers could quickly add up to more than $35,000* in real operational savings. Frontier Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram (DCJR) recently completed the stringent requirements to become a local Certified Agriculture Dealership making them eligible to now offer AgPack to their farm and grower customers. This package provides a first ever "Return on an Agriculture Truck Investment." Now, accessibility to AgPack for ranchers, farmers & growers in the Lubbock area is even closer. This nationwide program is now available at Frontier CDJR. Their staff has recently completed stringent training in order to qualify as an official Certified Agriculture Dealership. The training will help the staff to better understand the specific demands farmers, ranchers and growers have of their farm & ranch vehicles. "While trucks are a critical tool on the farm and ranch, the bottom line for them is also critical." noted Jeremy Meadows, Fleet Sales Manager at Frontier CDJR. "Being able to provide our customers with access to AgPack through a new or used vehicle is game changing. We can literally help the agriculture buyer save thousands of dollars in their daily operations through the AgPack exclusive rebates and discounts on the products and services listed below." What exactly is AgPack? It is a collaboration of agricultural companies who, collectively, have organized a specialized package of discounts and rebates that agriculture cannot get anywhere else, on inputs producers have to buy anyway. The process for farmers, growers and ranchers is quite simple: Register for your AgPack ® ID Number at AgTruckTrader.com Provide your AgPack ID Number when ordering or purchasing any qualifying new or used truck at any Certified Agriculture Dealership sm Redeem your options! Approximately one week after your order or purchase, an AgPack Redemption Specialist will help you redeem any of the over $30,000 in additional valuable options with AgPack Partners "Believe it, or not, AgPack is free with the purchase or lease of a qualifying new, or pre-owned, farm truck, or SUV, from a Certified Agriculture Dealership ," noted Pat Driscoll, CEO of Certified Agriculture Group. "Plus, AgPack can be stacked on top of any incentive, rebate, fleet or VIP program the local dealer can offer." "More than anything, farmers and ranchers want...need...the most durable vehicle money can buy," added Driscoll. "We know because we're ranchers and farmers, too. And that's what we want. Our focus is to make sure our agriculture family gets an honest to goodness return on their truck investment. From a dealer that actually understands and cares about who we are, and what we need." Below is the line-up of the current AgPack partners, and their offers. Farmers and ranchers can cash in one or use them all, it is totally up to them. And they can take their time on any one, or all, as AgPack offers are valid for at least one full year from original date of the vehicle purchase. In select cases, the offers are valid even longer. AgPack includes: Exclusive rebates on Michelin & BF Goodrich ® tires - from tractors to trucks to toys, potential savings worth more than $4,500 25% off MSRP on Rhino Ag ™ Products plus a gift card valued between $100-200 Exclusive pricing of 5-10% under Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP) direct from Dixie Chopper ® on the entire line of commercial mowers $2,000 credit towards AgroLiquid ® Crop Nutrition, free agronomy consultation and annual soil test $1,000 toward a new Reinke ® Irrigation system and $500 towards parts on any existing Reinke system 25% exclusive discount on many Gallagher ® Livestock scales and fencing products A $150 gift card after the purchase of a two-year Viasat ® Internet Service subscription $500 product credit after $2,000 of combined Mystik ® Lubricant products purchased & the offer also includes lifetime oil condition monitoring of the AgPack purchased vehicle, plus a choice of a Mystik-branded gift offer 15% off MSRP on any purchase of Tarter ® Farm & Ranch Equipment with a minimum purchase of $3,500 before discount A $1,500 rebate on the purchase of a Walkabout Mother Bin plus a 20% rebate on accessories like a scale, vibrator, display, low unload option, or an auger sock, plus a $500 gift card/store credit for Outback Wrap Hydraulic hose products A 20% storewide discount from Outback Wrap for their hydraulic hose identification and management products 5-10% savings on multiple Vanair ® products including the all new EPEQ ™ Welder140, Start-All Jump-Packs ® , Pro35 Reciprocating Air Compressor Series, compressor/generator packages plus multiple other products DTN Progressive Farmer Magazine offers a free 1-year subscription of the DTN Ag Weather Tool app at no charge, plus a choice of either 1) 3-months of My DTN , a mobile app helping make fast, effective commodity buying and selling decisions or 2): 3-months of Instant Markets (delayed) farmer version of Profit X 15% discount on the monthly fees for Ford Pro's Telematics Software Service Landmaster gas and electric powered UTVs offers a 2.5% cash rebate from the manufacturer (Landmaster) on top of any vehicle purchase made at a local UTV dealership. $500 cash rebate on the purchase of a Bedrock Truck Bed $20 off the PinUltimate Titanium hitch pin from Big Sky Precision Up to $2,500 sellers' concession from Landleader real estate network "And it's not just about working with a specialty agriculture truck dealership when buying a new truck," added Meadows. "It's also about making sure farmers and ranchers have a truck dealership they can trust for parts and service when the truck isn't so new. A specialty store they can rely on to help keep things running like they do their tractor, fertilizer or fencing dealer." Becoming a Certified Agriculture Dealership lets the 240,000 Texas farm families know the dealership understands the uniqueness of agriculture and is committed to providing the best total truck solution to meet their needs. To learn more about the Certified Agriculture Dealership Program and AgPack go to: www.certifiedagdealer.com/ or visit our YouTube Channel for more details. To stay connected and learn about new AgPack program enhancements Like us on Facebook . And when ready to purchase or lease the next farm truck or SUV, visit Frontier CDJR at 5801 Spur 327, Lubbock, TX 79424 or call 806-798-4500 Ext. 1170 to gain access to the free AgPack benefits or visit online at: https://dealers.certifiedagdealer.com/locations?search=lubbock * Based on customer using every AgPack benefit to its maximum value ### About Certified Agriculture Dealer Program Certified Agriculture Dealerships know farming and ranching as their staff have successfully completed special agriculturally focused training to become a Certified agriculture business. Once Certified, only these dealers can exclusively offer AgPack, a special package of cost savings and rebates that if used to their maximum could save farmers and ranchers $35,000* in operating costs for supplies, services and equipment on their operations (assuming they use every AgPack benefit to its maximum value). About Certified Agriculture Dealer's AgPack A package of farm and ranch management tools available exclusively through Certified Agriculture Dealers that can give the agriculture customer an immediate return on their vehicle investment. These product savings are awarded to qualified vehicle buyers, with the purchase of a qualified vehicle, at no additional cost to the customer by several leading brands within the agriculture industry. To qualify for AgPack , the truck buyer simply needs to prove ownership interest in a farm or ranch. AgPack is stackable on top of any available OEM incentives, Fleet or VIP offers and/or dealer discounts; awarded per vehicle, not per customer; and can be awarded on qualifying new truck orders, new truck purchases and used truck purchases. Frontier CDJR of Lubbock Achieves Agricultural Certification

Local Ranchers and Farmers Can Now Receive AgPack Benefits at Vance CDJR and Vance Ford Lincoln in Miami

Wed, May 29, 2024 01:00 EDT

Farmers helping farmers find a return on their truck investment is how AgPack ® was born. Now, 11 years later, AgPack benefits to farmers and growers could quickly add up to more than $35,000* in real operational savings. Vance Ford Lincoln and Vance Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Miami recently completed the stringent requirements to become a local Certified Agriculture Dealerships making them both eligible to now offer AgPack to their farm and ranch customers. This package provides a first ever "Return on an Agriculture Truck Investment." Now, accessibility to AgPack for farmers & ranchers in the Miami area is even closer. This nationwide program is now available at both dealerships. Their staff members have recently completed training in order to qualify as an official Certified Agriculture Dealership. The training will help the staff to better understand the specific demands farmers, ranchers and growers have of their farm & ranch vehicles. "While trucks are a critical tool on the farm and ranch, the bottom line for them is also critical." noted Stephen Fritchey, general manager at both stores. "Being able to provide our customers with access to AgPack through a new or used vehicle is game changing. We can literally help the agriculture buyer save thousands of dollars in their daily operations through the AgPack exclusive rebates and discounts on the products and services listed below." What exactly is AgPack? It is a collaboration of agricultural companies who, collectively, have organized a specialized package of discounts and rebates that agriculture cannot get anywhere else, on inputs producers have to buy anyway. The process for farmers, growers and ranchers is quite simple: Register for your AgPack ® ID Number at AgTruckTrader.com Provide your AgPack ID Number when ordering or purchasing any qualifying new or used truck at any Certified Agriculture Dealership sm Redeem your options! Approximately one week after your order or purchase, an AgPack Redemption Specialist will help you redeem any of the over $30,000 in additional valuable options with AgPack Partners "Believe it, or not, AgPack is free with the purchase or lease of a qualifying new, or pre-owned, farm truck, or SUV, from a Certified Agriculture Dealership ," noted Pat Driscoll, CEO of Certified Agriculture Group. "Plus, AgPack can be stacked on top of any incentive, rebate, fleet or VIP program the local dealer can offer." "More than anything, farmers and ranchers want...need...the most durable vehicle money can buy," added Driscoll. "We know because we're ranchers and farmers, too. And that's what we want. Our focus is to make sure our agriculture family gets an honest to goodness return on their truck investment. From a dealer that actually understands and cares about who we are, and what we need." Below is the line-up of the current AgPack partners, and their offers. Farmers and ranchers can cash in one or use them all, it is totally up to them. And they can take their time on any one, or all, as AgPack offers are valid for at least one full year from original date of the vehicle purchase. In select cases, the offers are valid even longer. AgPack includes: Exclusive rebates on Michelin & BF Goodrich ® tires - from tractors to trucks to toys, potential savings worth more than $4,500 25% off MSRP on Rhino Ag ™ Products plus a gift card valued between $100-200 Exclusive pricing of 5-10% under Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP) direct from Dixie Chopper ® on the entire line of commercial mowers $2,000 credit towards AgroLiquid ® Crop Nutrition, free agronomy consultation and annual soil test $1,000 toward a new Reinke ® Irrigation system and $500 towards parts on any existing Reinke system 25% exclusive discount on many Gallagher ® Livestock scales and fencing products A $150 gift card after the purchase of a two-year Viasat ® Internet Service subscription $500 product credit after $2,000 of combined Mystik ® Lubricant products purchased & the offer also includes lifetime oil condition monitoring of the AgPack purchased vehicle, plus a choice of a Mystik-branded gift offer 15% off MSRP on any purchase of Tarter ® Farm & Ranch Equipment with a minimum purchase of $3,500 before discount A $1,500 rebate on the purchase of a Walkabout Mother Bin plus a 20% rebate on accessories like a scale, vibrator, display, low unload option, or an auger sock, plus a $500 gift card/store credit for Outback Wrap Hydraulic hose products A 20% storewide discount from Outback Wrap for their hydraulic hose identification and management products 5-10% savings on multiple Vanair ® products including the all new EPEQ ™ Welder140, Start-All Jump-Packs ® , Pro35 Reciprocating Air Compressor Series, compressor/generator packages plus multiple other products DTN Progressive Farmer Magazine offers a free 1-year subscription of the DTN Ag Weather Tool app at no charge, plus a choice of either 1) 3-months of My DTN , a mobile app helping make fast, effective commodity buying and selling decisions or 2): 3-months of Instant Markets (delayed) farmer version of Profit X 15% discount on the monthly fees for Ford Pro's Telematics Software Service Landmaster gas and electric powered UTVs offers a 2.5% cash rebate from the manufacturer (Landmaster) on top of any vehicle purchase made at a local UTV dealership. $500 cash rebate on the purchase of a Bedrock Truck Bed $20 off the PinUltimate Titanium hitch pin from Big Sky Precision Up to $2,500 sellers' concession from Landleader real estate network "And it's not just about working with a specialty agriculture truck dealership when buying a new truck," added Fritchey. "It's also about making sure farmers and ranchers have a truck dealership they can trust for parts and service when the truck isn't so new. A specialty store they can rely on to help keep things running like they do their tractor, fertilizer or fencing dealer." Becoming a Certified Agriculture Dealership lets the 78,531 Oklahoma ranch and farm families know the dealership understands the uniqueness of agriculture and is committed to providing the best total truck solution to meet their needs. To learn more about the Certified Agriculture Dealership Program and AgPack go to: www.certifiedagdealer.com/ or visit our YouTube Channel for more details. To stay connected and learn about new AgPack program enhancements Like us on Facebook . And when ready to purchase or lease the next farm truck or SUV, visit Vance Ford Lincoln at 3606 Highway 10 East, Miami or call 918-238-4352 to gain access to the free AgPack benefits or visit online at: https://dealers.certifiedagdealer.com/certified-dealers/vance-ford-lincoln-miami Or Vance CDJR at 510 N. Main St., Miami or call 918-238-8690 to gain access to the free AgPack benefits or visit online at: https://dealers.certifiedagdealer.com/certified-dealers/vance-cdjr * Based on customer using every AgPack benefit to its maximum value ###

'The Last Butterflies' Earns Eight San Diego Film Awards Nominations

Tue, May 28, 2024 14:12 EDT

Drama short, 'The Last Butterflies' is continuing its triumphant tour of the United States with no less than eight San Diego Film Awards nominations after receiving an outstanding audience reception at the nearby Coronado Island Film Festival and San Diego Film Week. Already the recipient of multiple nominations and awards from festivals across the USA, the latest accolades cover almost every aspect of production. Nominations include: 'Best Costume Design', 'Best Cinematography', 'Best Writing', 'Best Lead Actress', 'Best Editing', 'Best Makeup and Hair', 'Best Narrative Short', and 'Best First Time Filmmaker' for writer and actress, Whitney Wegman-Wood. Writer and actress, Whitney Wegman-Wood said, "I'm absolutely floored by the response and support of the San Diego film community, the audience and the judges for the San Diego Film Awards. I'm so honored by these nominations and thrilled that our movie struck an emotional chord with so many viewers. I have to credit our whole team for that. We would not be eliciting this type of reaction without all the hard work of everyone who was a part of this movie. It makes me happy to see them nominated and recognized." Directed by Patrick Rea, with associate producer, Herb Jackson Jr., 'The Last Butterflies' was filmed in Kansas. It follows the story of a brilliant NASA scientist, portrayed by Cooper Andrews, his wife, played by Whitney Wegman-Wood, and their young daughter, portrayed by Ivy Hickman. Following an environmental catastrophe, the trio are forced to embark on a treacherous trek into the Canadian wilderness in search of refuge. 'The Last Butterflies' charts the impact of the journey on their resilience and family bonds. Herb Jackson Jr. added, "I'm so happy to be a part of this amazing film and delighted that it's being recognized in multiple categories due to the hard work of some very talented folks." The San Diego Film Awards are organized by the San Diego Film Consortium and will mark their tenth anniversary this year. The 2024 awards will be held on June 22 at the Museum of Photographic Arts. To find out more about Herb Jackson Jr. and the projects he's currently working on, visit: https://www.herbjacksonjr.com

'The Last Butterflies' Earns Eight San Diego Film Awards Nominations

Tue, May 28, 2024 13:50 EDT

Drama short, 'The Last Butterflies' is continuing its triumphant tour of the United States with no less than eight San Diego Film Awards nominations after receiving an outstanding audience reception at the nearby Coronado Island Film Festival and San Diego Film Week. Already the recipient of multiple nominations and awards from festivals across the USA, the latest accolades cover almost every aspect of production. Nominations include: 'Best Costume Design', 'Best Cinematography', 'Best Writing', 'Best Lead Actress', 'Best Editing', 'Best Makeup and Hair', 'Best Narrative Short', and 'Best First Time Filmmaker' for writer and actress, Whitney Wegman-Wood. Writer and actress, Whitney Wegman-Wood said, "I'm absolutely floored by the response and support of the San Diego film community, the audience and the judges for the San Diego Film Awards. I'm so honored by these nominations and thrilled that our movie struck an emotional chord with so many viewers. I have to credit our whole team for that. We would not be eliciting this type of reaction without all the hard work of everyone who was a part of this movie. It makes me happy to see them nominated and recognized." Directed by Patrick Rea, with associate producer, Herb Jackson Jr., 'The Last Butterflies' was filmed in Kansas. It follows the story of a brilliant NASA scientist, portrayed by Cooper Andrews, his wife, played by Whitney Wegman-Wood, and their young daughter, portrayed by Ivy Hickman. Following an environmental catastrophe, the trio are forced to embark on a treacherous trek into the Canadian wilderness in search of refuge. 'The Last Butterflies' charts the impact of the journey on their resilience and family bonds. Herb Jackson Jr. added, "I'm so happy to be a part of this amazing film and delighted that it's being recognized in multiple categories due to the hard work of some very talented folks." The San Diego Film Awards are organized by the San Diego Film Consortium and will mark their tenth anniversary this year. The 2024 awards will be held on June 22 at the Museum of Photographic Arts. To find out more about Herb Jackson Jr. and the projects he's currently working on, visit: https://www.herbjacksonjr.com For more information on 'The Last Butterflies' visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt22770182 About Herb Jackson Jr. is an actor and producer known for 'Angel Fleet' and 'The Last Butterflies'. Along with appearing in short films, Herb has been a featured host on Popfuzion TV's 'All Things Trending' segment. He is an accomplished pilot who holds multiple aircraft type ratings with over 17,000 hours flying experience. Contact Dakota Digital Media contact: Rebecca Appleton Email: Rebecca@dakotadigital.co.uk Tel: 01623 428996 Tel US: 1 917-720-3025 ## ENDS##

APIKUR calls for tripartite discussions to resume oil exports via the Iraq-Türkiye Pipeline

Tue, May 28, 2024 11:12 EDT

(Originally Published on May 27, 2024) - APIKUR notes recent media reports that incorrectly blame International Oil Companies (IOCs)for the impasse on reopening the Iraq-Türkiye Pipeline (ITP) - APIKUR members believe tripartite discussions between the Government of Iraq (GoI), Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and IOCs are required to find a mutually beneficialsolution APIKUR notes recent media reports that mistakenly point to a lack of flexibility from IOCs as the reason for the continuing impasse on resumption of oil exports via the ITP. Such reports suggest that there are ongoing talks that have stalled due to an intransigent position taken by IOCs. However, no joint discussions between IOCs and representatives of the KRG and the GoI have occurred since January 7-9, 2024. APIKUR member companies reiterate that they are prepared to resume exports, contingent upon reaching agreements that provide for payment surety for past and future exports, direct payment and preservation of commercial terms. Should such agreements require modifications to existing contracts, APIKUR member companies are willing to consider this if agreed between the GoI, KRG and individual IOCs. "APIKUR's member companies believe tripartite talks between GoI, KRG, and IOCs are the best way to find solutions that will lead to the resumption of ITP exports," said Myles B. Caggins III, spokesman, Association of the Petroleum Industry of Kurdistan. "APIKUR's member companies stand ready to constructively participate in any such talks." ### For more information, visit www.apikur.uk For media inquiries: Myles B. Caggins III, APIKUR Spokesman myles.caggins@wordswarriors.com media@apikur.uk WhatsApp: +1-254-371-5704 Find APIKUR on Social Media: X LinkedIn About Us: APIKUR's objective and purpose is to promote the Kurdistan Region of Iraq as an attractive destination for international oil and gas companies, service providers and investors. In addition, APIKUR aims to advocate for and represent the common interests of its members, function as a joint and effective voice towards all relevant stakeholders whether in the KRI, or elsewhere, and provide a forum for its members to share appropriate public industry information and best practices. APIKUR is a Company Limited by Guarantee established under English Law.

Area Farmers and Ranchers Eligible to Receive AgPack Benefits from Victoria DCJR

Tue, May 28, 2024 10:05 EDT

Farmers helping farmers find a return on their truck investment is how AgPack ® was born. Now, 11 years later, AgPack benefits to farmers and growers could quickly add up to more than $35,000* in real operational savings. Victoria Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram (DCJR) recently completed the requirements to become a local Certified Agriculture Dealership making them eligible to now offer AgPack to their ranch, farm and grower customers. This package provides a first ever "Return on an Agriculture Truck Investment." Now, accessibility to AgPack for farmers & growers in the Victoria area is even closer. This nationwide program is now available at Victoria DCJR. Their staff has recently completed stringent training in order to qualify as an official Certified Agriculture Dealership. The training will help the staff to better understand the specific demands farmers, ranchers and growers have of their farm & ranch vehicles. "While trucks are a critical tool on the farm and ranch, the bottom line for them is also critical." noted James Law, general manager at Victoria DCJR. "Being able to provide our customers with access to AgPack through a new or used vehicle is game changing. We can literally help the agriculture buyer save thousands of dollars in their daily operations through the AgPack exclusive rebates and discounts on the products and services listed below." What exactly is AgPack? It is a collaboration of agricultural companies who, collectively, have organized a specialized package of discounts and rebates that agriculture cannot get anywhere else, on inputs producers have to buy anyway. The process for farmers, growers and ranchers is quite simple: Register for your AgPack ® ID Number at AgTruckTrader.com Provide your AgPack ID Number when ordering or purchasing any qualifying new or used truck at any Certified Agriculture Dealership sm Redeem your options! Approximately one week after your order or purchase, an AgPack Redemption Specialist will help you redeem any of the over $30,000 in additional valuable options with AgPack Partners "Believe it, or not, AgPack is free with the purchase or lease of a qualifying new, or pre-owned, farm truck, or SUV, from a Certified Agriculture Dealership ," noted Pat Driscoll, CEO of Certified Agriculture Group. "Plus, AgPack can be stacked on top of any incentive, rebate, fleet or VIP program the local dealer can offer." "More than anything, farmers and ranchers want...need...the most durable vehicle money can buy," added Driscoll. "We know because we're ranchers and farmers, too. And that's what we want. Our focus is to make sure our agriculture family gets an honest to goodness return on their truck investment. From a dealer that actually understands and cares about who we are, and what we need." Below is the line-up of the current AgPack partners, and their offers. Farmers and ranchers can cash in one or use them all, it is totally up to them. And they can take their time on any one, or all, as AgPack offers are valid for at least one full year from original date of the vehicle purchase. In select cases, the offers are valid even longer. AgPack includes: Exclusive rebates on Michelin & BF Goodrich ® tires - from tractors to trucks to toys, potential savings worth more than $4,500 25% off MSRP on Rhino Ag ™ Products plus a gift card valued between $100-200 Exclusive pricing of 5-10% under Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP) direct from Dixie Chopper ® on the entire line of commercial mowers $2,000 credit towards AgroLiquid ® Crop Nutrition, free agronomy consultation and annual soil test $1,000 toward a new Reinke ® Irrigation system and $500 towards parts on any existing Reinke system 25% exclusive discount on many Gallagher ® Livestock scales and fencing products A $150 gift card after the purchase of a two-year Viasat ® Internet Service subscription $500 product credit after $2,000 of combined Mystik ® Lubricant products purchased & the offer also includes lifetime oil condition monitoring of the AgPack purchased vehicle, plus a choice of a Mystik-branded gift offer 15% off MSRP on any purchase of Tarter ® Farm & Ranch Equipment with a minimum purchase of $3,500 before discount A $1,500 rebate on the purchase of a Walkabout Mother Bin plus a 20% rebate on accessories like a scale, vibrator, display, low unload option, or an auger sock, plus a $500 gift card/store credit for Outback Wrap Hydraulic hose products A 20% storewide discount from Outback Wrap for their hydraulic hose identification and management products 5-10% savings on multiple Vanair ® products including the all new EPEQ ™ Welder140, Start-All Jump-Packs ® , Pro35 Reciprocating Air Compressor Series, compressor/generator packages plus multiple other products DTN Progressive Farmer Magazine offers a free 1-year subscription of the DTN Ag Weather Tool app at no charge, plus a choice of either 1) 3-months of My DTN , a mobile app helping make fast, effective commodity buying and selling decisions or 2): 3-months of Instant Markets (delayed) farmer version of Profit X 15% discount on the monthly fees for Ford Pro's Telematics Software Service Landmaster gas and electric powered UTVs offers a 2.5% cash rebate from the manufacturer (Landmaster) on top of any vehicle purchase made at a local UTV dealership. $500 cash rebate on the purchase of a Bedrock Truck Bed $20 off the PinUltimate Titanium hitch pin from Big Sky Precision Up to $2,500 sellers' concession from Landleader real estate network "And it's not just about working with a specialty agriculture truck dealership when buying a new truck," added Law. "It's also about making sure farmers and ranchers have a truck dealership they can trust for parts and service when the truck isn't so new. A specialty store they can rely on to help keep things running like they do their tractor, fertilizer or fencing dealer." Becoming a Certified Agriculture Dealership lets the 248,416 Texas ranch and farm families know the dealership understands the uniqueness of agriculture and is committed to providing the best total truck solution to meet their needs. To learn more about the Certified Agriculture Dealership Program and AgPack go to: www.certifiedagdealer.com/ or visit our YouTube Channel for more details. To stay connected and learn about new AgPack program enhancements Like us on Facebook . And when ready to purchase or lease the next farm truck or SUV, visit Victoria DCJR at 5507 NE Zac Lentz Parkway, Victoria, TX 77904 or call 361-333-5084 to gain access to the free AgPack benefits or visit online at: https://dealers.certifiedagdealer.com/certified-dealers/victoria-dcjr * Based on customer using every AgPack benefit to its maximum value ### Victoria DCJR of Lubbock Achieves Agricultural Certification

Unveiling Excellence: European Inventor Award 2024 Finalists Revealed

Tue, May 28, 2024 08:01 EDT

Global inventors in the spotlight: 12 teams and individuals across 10+ countries nominated for Europe's premier Inventors' Award in four diverse categories: 'Industry', 'Research', 'Non-EPO Countries', and 'SMEs' Popular Prize voting starts today for all the finalists Join us to discover the winners in each category during the award ceremony on 9 July 2024, streamed live online here These finalists and their inventions are taking on challenges that help build more sustainable societies and improve our daily lives, across diverse domains from healthcare to energy storage The European Patent Office (EPO) proudly unveils the twelve finalists for the esteemed 2024 European Inventor Award, spotlighting inventors leading technological advancement across diverse domains including healthcare, energy storage, and manufacturing. These innovators stand as models of ingenuity, recognised not only for their scientific and technological prowess but also for the profound societal impact of their inventions. Selected through rigorous evaluation by a distinguished international jury, these visionary minds will be celebrated at a dynamic hybrid ceremony on July 9, 2024, against the stunning backdrop of Malta. This location serves as the perfect stage to pay tribute to their groundbreaking contributions at the European Inventor Award 2024 ceremony. Global audiences can partake in the excitement through live streaming, ensuring worldwide engagement with this important occasion. The 2024 finalists From healthcare breakthroughs to eco-friendly manufacturing, the innovations of our finalists transcend boundaries, tackling pressing global issues head-on. Their visionary work encompasses pioneering biotechnological treatments, sustainable energy solutions, and cutting-edge diagnostics, forging a path towards a brighter, more sustainable future. The 2024 finalists comprise a diverse cohort of visionaries coming from a multitude of countries, including France, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Malta, Poland, Sweden, Brazil, Japan and the United States. An esteemed international panel of jury members, including past finalists, drew upon their rich expertise in technology, business and intellectual property to identify the most exceptional entries. Steering this rigorous selection process once more was Prof. Wolfgang M. Heckl, Director General of the Deutsches Museum in Munich, whose leadership ensured the curation of finalists from a pool of over 550 proposals spanning the globe. The finalists by category are: Industry: Icelandic Fertram Sigurjonsson and his team for developing a biotech-derived wound healing product using fish skin. Find out more about the inventor here . Fiorenzo Dioni from Italy and Richard Oberle from Germany for their advancements in aluminium casting technology that reduces carbon emissions in automotive manufacturing. Find out more about the inventors here . Ulf Landegren and Simon Fredriksson from Sweden for their work in molecular diagnostics enhancing disease detection and management. Find out more about the inventors here . SMEs: Finnish inventors Sirpa Jalkanen and Markku Jalkanen for their work on a targeted immunotherapy to treat cancer. Find out more about the inventors here . French inventors Bruno Mottet, Lydéric Bocquet and their team for their osmotic power generation technology utilising nanostructured materials. Find out more about the inventors here . A Polish team led by Olga Malinkiewicz for their innovative thin-film perovskite solar cell printing technology. Find out more about the inventor here . Research: German Cordelia Schmid, for her AI solutions that enable advanced machine perception that closely mimics human visual interpretation. Find out more about the inventor here . Maltese Tonio Sant and Daniel Buhagiar and their team for their sustainable offshore energy storage solution. Find out more about the inventors here . The French team led by David Devos and Caroline Moreau for their innovative treatments for Parkinson's disease that offer better management of the disease and fewer side effects. Find out more about the inventors here . Non-EPO Countries: A Brazilian team led by Fernando Catalano and Micael Carmo for their innovations that reduce noise and carbon emissions in air travel. Find out more about the inventors here . American-based David Fattal for his advancements in display optics and software to create glasses-free 3D imaging. Find out more about the inventor here . Masato Sagawa from Japan for his contributions to developing superior permanent magnets used in various high-tech applications. Find out more about the inventor here . Lifetime Achievement, Popular Prize and Young Inventors Prize From today, the public is invited to engage with the European Inventor Award 2024 by voting for their favourite invention among the 12 finalists for the Popular Prize. Voting will continue until the ceremony day on 9 July 2024. Celebrating its third year, the Young Inventors Prize spotlights the ingenuity of individuals aged 30 and under whose technical innovations hold promise in advancing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. This platform underscores the pivotal role of youth in propelling global inventions forward. Additionally, the unveiling of the esteemed Lifetime Achievement category winner of the European Inventor Award 2024 will precede the ceremony by two weeks, adding further anticipation to this momentous event. Media contacts European Patent Office Luis Berenguer Giménez Principal Director Communication / EPO spokesperson EPO press desk press@epo.org Tel.: +49 89 2399-1833

ARA Petroleum Tanzania Receives Development Licence for Ntorya Gas Field

Tue, May 28, 2024 05:09 EDT

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release ARA Petroleum Tanzania Receives Development Licence for Ntorya Gas Field ARA Petroleum is pleased to announce that the Ministry of Energy in Tanzania has granted a 25-year Development Licence over the Ntorya gas discovery area to the Ruvuma joint venture. The Development Licence was received by the operator of the Ruvuma JV, ARA Petroleum Tanzania Limited (APT), a wholly owned subsidiary of ARA Petroleum. The award of the Development Licence allows APT to proceed with Tanzania's largest onshore gas development with the goal of producing gas for the growing domestic market in the next year. "We are delighted to receive this licence from the Ministry of Energy and thank all the Tanzanian agencies involved in achieving this major milestone. We are ready to launch work immediately to bring this onshore development project into production," said Erhan Saygi, General Manager of APT. APT has prepared a field development plan that includes, but is not limited to, converting an existing well into a producing well, building in-field gas processing facilities and contracting a rig operator to drill a third well to appraise the field further. APT expects to produce 40 million standard cubic feet a day (mmscf/d) in the first year of production and to increase that to 140 mmscf/d within a few years' time, according to a Gas Sales Agreement signed with the Tanzanian Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) earlier this year. Such volumes will increase Tanzanian gas production significantly. Additionally, APT believes the potential for gas production from the field is far larger having commissioned, acquired and interpretated 338 km2 of 3D seismic data over the Ruvuma JV licence area. Following the interpretation of the seismic data, APT considers the area to yield a matured unaudited Contingent Resource estimate of 3.45 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of Gas Initially In Place (GIIP), with an mean unrisked GIIP potential of 16.4 tcf and a risked mean potential of 6.9 tcf for the wider Ruvuma JV area. Acknowledging this wider potential, the Development Licence divides the original "Mtwara Exploration Licence" area into nine blocks: five blocks containing the Ntorya discovery and four blocks labelled as "adjoining blocks". The Ruvuma JV parties are required to undertake geological, geophysical and geochemical studies in the area and drill at least one additional exploration well within 5 years while spending a minimum of $10 million. "We are excited about further exploration and appraisal work in this area as we consider it to hold truly enormous volumes of gas. We believe the Ntorya gas field and wider area could be game-changing for Tanzania's efforts to alleviate energy poverty, spur further economic development and potentially transform the country into a regional energy hub," APT General Manager Erhan Saygi said. ENDS About ARA Petroleum ARA Petroleum (ARA) was formed in 2014 and is part of the wider Zubair Corporation, one of the oldest business groups from Oman with broad interests across sectors in the Middle East, Africa and beyond. ARA is a full cycle E&P company which explores, appraises, develops and produces oil & gas resources both in Oman and internationally. With over 200 professionals based in Muscat, Oman, ARA has affiliated offices in Dar es Salaam, Trondheim and London. About ARA Petroleum Tanzania (APT) APT, a wholly owned subsidiary of ARA Petroleum, was established in 2018 to accelerate the development of the Ruvuma JV licence area. APT took over operatorship of the Ruvuma JV in 2020 and now owns a 75% working interest. The Ntorya Gas Field lies within the Ruvuma JV licence area and is adjacent to a region containing supergiant world-class LNG projects, extending from offshore Tanzania into Mozambique waters to the south.

Zavitz Insurance and Wealth of London, Ontario Wins the 2023 National Family Enterprise of the Year Award

Tue, May 28, 2024 04:17 EDT

Today, Family Enterprise Canada announced that Zavitz Insurance & Wealth, a Hub International Company, has been honoured with the 2023 National Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA). This prestigious accolade recognizes London-based Zavitz Insurance & Wealth's remarkable contributions to the Canadian economy and local community, nudging slightly ahead of its two highly esteemed contenders: Vancouver-based Nicola Wealth and Alberta-based Sunterra Group of Companies. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Zavitz Insurance & Wealth has established a robust reputation in insurance, group benefits, and wealth management. The company provides its clients with comprehensive support, offering career growth, business development, and legacy planning services. This ensures that unforeseen risks are effectively managed throughout an individual's and, if needed, their family's lives. Its commitment to excellence and community engagement sets a high standard in the industry. Terry Zavitz, President of Zavitz Insurance & Wealth, expressed her gratitude for the recognition: "Our core value of giving back is deeply ingrained in our company culture. To mark our four decades in business, we significantly impacted the London community by donating generously to various causes, including Atlohsa's Zhaawanong 24-hour emergency women's shelter, Circles London, Joan's Place, and Pathway's Advocacy Department." A highlight of Zavitz Insurance & Wealth's approach is its comprehensive wealth planning services tailored to professionals, business owners, and students. The company's "Zavitz Way" philosophy ensures clients receive personalized, high-quality financial advice at every stage of their journey. Naim Ali, Chair of Family Enterprise Canada, lauded Zavitz Insurance & Wealth's achievements: "Honouring successful family businesses like Zavitz Insurance & Wealth, which exemplify best practices beneficial to their business, family, and community, is essential. They set an outstanding example for other family enterprises in Canada, as do Nicola Wealth and Sunterra, whose legacies are outstanding for Canada." The Family Enterprise of the Year Award , established in 1986, celebrates the economic and social contributions of family businesses across Canada. Regional winners, like Zavitz Insurance & Wealth, Nicola Wealth, and Sunterra, are evaluated based on business performance and integrating practices that benefit their business, family, and community. The regional and national recognition highlights Zavitz Insurance & Wealth, Nicola Wealth, and Sunterra's exceptional contribution to Canada's economic development. The evaluation criteria for this award are comprehensive and multifaceted, ensuring winners are recognized for their financial success and their broader impact on society. Each finalist scored very high and was in close contention with their evaluations. One of the primary criteria is business performance, which assesses the overall success and growth of the business. This includes financial performance, innovation, and sustainability, demonstrating the company's ability to thrive in a competitive market. Family businesses are also evaluated on their community impact, highlighting their positive contributions to local communities through charitable activities, local employment, and active community involvement. This aspect underscores the role of family businesses in fostering community development and support. Another critical measure is how well the business integrates family values and vision into its operations and governance. This includes ensuring multi-generational involvement and effective succession planning, essential for a family business's long-term sustainability and continuity. The award also recognizes best practices in ethical business practices, excellent customer service, and loyal employee engagement. Leadership and legacy are also key considerations. The award honours businesses demonstrating strong industry leadership and building a lasting legacy for future generations. This holistic approach to evaluation ensures that the FEYA recognizes family businesses that excel in various dimensions, making it a distinguished recognition in the Canadian business landscape​. "All three finalists are models of some of the best family businesses in the world," added Steve Beauchesne, CEO of FEC. "It had to have been nearly impossible for the selection committee to pick one national winner. That speaks highly for Canada's future economy, given that family enterprises generate half of Canada's GDP." Video testimonials are available for all three family enterprises.

Family Enterprise Canada Tackling the Biggest Challenges Facing Canadian Family Businesses

Mon, May 27, 2024 11:04 EDT

In the face of emerging economic disruption, Family Enterprise Canada (FEC) will host the 2024 Family Business Symposium from May 27 to 29 in Calgary. This year's event is focused on the critical juncture for family-owned businesses nationwide, addressing the urgent challenges and transformative opportunities reshaping the Canadian economic landscape. "Family businesses, comprising nearly two-thirds of all private sector firms, contribute $574.6 billion to Canada's GDP and provide full-time employment for 6.9 million Canadians," said FEC Chair Naim Ali. "Their continued success is critical to Canada's national economy and positively impacts Canada's social and economic fabric." Here are the most prevalent challenges and opportunities: Confronting Debt Overhang and Labour Shortages Canadian family businesses are grappling with a heavy debt burden, a legacy of the pandemic that saw seven in ten small businesses taking on significant loans to stay afloat. With debt repayment looming large, many are concerned about sustaining operations without severe cutbacks. Additionally, persistent labour shortages and supply chain disruptions compound the stress, forcing businesses to offer higher wages and improved benefits to attract and retain talent. Digital Transformation and AI-enabled Technology The leap to digital platforms and AI-enabled technology has become more urgent than ever. The pandemic accelerated the shift to e-commerce, with a permanent rise in online sales. However, small businesses face barriers such as high setup costs and a lack of expertise. Embracing digitalization is about survival and seizing new market opportunities. Similarly, sustainability is no longer optional. Consumers increasingly demand environmentally friendly practices, and businesses that lead on ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) goals are seeing better financial performance and stakeholder trust. Navigating Family Business Dynamics and Succession Planning Unprecedented demographic shifts and the aging population of innovative leaders have set the stage for internal challenges, with family conflict and succession planning representing significant hurdles. The next decade will be pivotal for Canadian family businesses. While 40% of the younger generation will be asked to take the reins, nearly half are expected to pursue different paths. The succession decisions made today will shape the future of these enterprises for generations. Effective governance and transparent succession strategies are critical to ensuring long-term success and mitigating the risks associated with family dynamics. Sustaining Family Enterprise Requires New Innovation and Leadership Recently appointed CEO of FEC, Steve Beauchesne, said, "The Symposium will feature keynote addresses from Canada's most influential business leaders, who will share insights on navigating these turbulent times. This year's theme emphasizes the positive impact family enterprises can bring to innovation and the importance of resilient, adaptive strategies to thrive in a rapidly evolving business environment. We have to get this right." About Family Enterprise Canada Family Enterprise Canada supports family-owned businesses through advocacy, education, and resources, helping them navigate challenges and leverage opportunities for growth and sustainability. Data in this news release were sourced from Family Enterprise Canada Foundation, RBC Thought Leadership,BDC.ca, and (PwC). Embedded links are found here .

King Willem-Alexander opens the centennial World Seed Congress in historic year for sector

Mon, May 27, 2024 08:38 EDT

His Majesty addressed the flagship seed industry event hosted by the International Seed Federation, which marked its centenary alongside hundreds of delegates. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands paid tribute to the global seed sector and its industry association, officially opening the centennial World Seed Congress in Rotterdam. The monarch welcomed around 1,800 industry professionals from 76 countries during the opening ceremony to mark the 100 th anniversary of the International Seed Federation (ISF), which organises the annual congress. The King took a tour of the congress, co-hosted by Dutch seed association Plantum, visiting the Plantum pavilion in recognition of the country's contribution to the global seed sector. The Netherlands is among the world's leading exporters of vegetable seeds and planting material, a sector valued at €5 billion last year. The King also took the opportunity to meet representatives from the youth delegation, composed of young professionals and students in the seed and agriculture sector, and from national seed associations. The 2024 ISF World Seed Congress brings together professionals from across the entire industry, from research and development to seed testing, production and distribution under this year's theme of "Navigating into the next century." A range of panels and sessions will look ahead to the challenges and opportunities of the global seed sector of the coming decades, while also reflecting on the successes and achievements of the past 100 years. The three-day event also takes place during a significant year for the sustainability of global food systems, with three UN summits on climate change, biodiversity and desertification scheduled in addition to the Summit of the Future during the UN General Assembly. Conflict and climate change have continued to add to pressure on food systems around the world with warnings of famine and extreme hunger in areas including Gaza, Haiti and Sudan. Beth Bechdol , Deputy Director General at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), also joined the opening ceremony. In her opening remarks, Ms Bechdol commended the efforts of the private seed sector to engage with multilateral organizations like the UN and the public sector to ensure farmers all over the world have access to high-quality seeds. "I would go as far as to say that - seed security is food security. Seeds are central to FAO's commitment to help countries transform their agrifood systems. They enable farmers to grow food where it is needed most, re-start food production and pave the way for self-sufficiency," said Bechdol. The seed sector is expected once again to unite at the UN's Summit of the Future in support of its landmark Seed Declaration, which was endorsed by 200 signatories ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021. "This year is not only the centenary year for ISF but also a pivotal year for global food systems, in which seeds are the very starting point," said Michael Keller , ISF Secretary General. "Now is the time to build bridges on the ground. The private seed sector is a solution provider, an employer, and a partner at local, national and international levels. We are uniquely positioned to support the sustainable transformation of food systems. Quality seeds provide climate resilience, higher yields and improved nutrition, all of which are critical to delivering the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for ending poverty, hunger and climate vulnerability," Keller added. Among the plenary highlights are sessions addressing the seed trade's position in the new global order and the opportunities to accelerate seed innovation for the benefit of people and planet. "Today, plant breeders leverage cutting-edge tools, including AI, to enhance plant characteristics, creating varieties that are even more resilient, productive, and adaptable to evolving environmental challenges," said Marco van Leeuwen , President of the International Seed Federation (ISF) and Managing Director of Dutch seed company Rijk Zwaan. He added: "However, whatever technology comes, it will not work without the thousands of breeding and seed companies, hundreds of thousands of seedsmen and -women who are already for centuries dedicated to plant breeding, seed production, trade and marketing. Supplying farmers worldwide with the best quality seed of their choice, these companies have contributed to feed the world and will be ready for the challenges ahead." The World Seed Congress is the first of several events planned to mark the ISF's centenary. A second celebration, planned alongside the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) in July, will follow. "We are proud to share in this special occasion with ISF to co-host the centennial World Seed Congress," said Niels Louwaars , Managing Director of Plantum. "The Netherlands is a natural home of the seed sector. Its globally traded innovation embedded in seeds contributes significantly to a number of Sustainable Development Goals. We are excited to build further on this into the future and drive forward a more productive and robust food system."

Efficient Energy Group Says Victorian Energy Upgrades program Should Encourage More Homeowners to Transition to Heat Pump Hot Water Systems

Sun, May 26, 2024 19:01 EDT

Efficient Energy Group (EEG), a leading provider of energy-efficient solutions, is optimistic that the Victorian Energy Upgrades program will encourage more homeowners to transition from traditional gas hot water systems to heat pump hot water systems as gas costs continue to rise across Australia. It reports a 50% increase in gas to heat pump enquiries following the January ban on the use of gas systems in new build properties. The Victorian Energy Upgrades program is designed to make the upgrade to modern heat pump hot water systems more affordable for homeowners and businesses. The generous rebates and incentives available can significantly offset the initial installation costs, making it a smart financial decision as gas prices in Australia show no signs of notable declines. The initiative aligns with EEG's mission to deliver nationwide energy-saving and resource management solutions that save clients money - while reducing their individual carbon footprints. Joshua Liptak, Managing Director of Efficient Energy Group, commented, "We are keen to support the Victorian Energy Upgrades program and want to remind homeowners and business owners to check their eligibility for rebates. It not only helps reduce the financial burden of transitioning to energy-efficient hot water systems but also promotes environmental sustainability. "Heat pump hot water systems are renowned for their high energy efficiency compared to traditional gas hot water systems. As they utilise electricity more efficiently, they can lead to significant reductions in energy consumption, resulting in lower utility bills over time. "By acting now, homeowners and businesses can further benefit from reduced installation costs and shield themselves from escalating gas prices - while contributing to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to gas systems." Pairing a modern heat pump hot water system with solar power systems offers additional benefits. Households can utilise free, renewable energy to power their hot water systems, thereby reducing electricity costs and increasing self-sufficiency. The scheme is more pertinent than ever right now and could future proof homes and businesses against rising energy costs, while also adding more sustainable credentials to their properties. For more information, please visit www.efficientenergygroup.com.au .

Pittsburg Considering Sales Tax Increase on November Ballot

Fri, May 24, 2024 01:00 EDT

Pittsburg, Calif. - The City of Pittsburg is considering placing a funding measure on the November 2024 ballot, asking local voters to authorize increasing the City's sales tax by ½ percent ("half-cent") to address pressing challenges presently facing the City's roadways and bike lanes. Pittsburg City Manager, Garrett Evans, explains that the City is presently facing a backlog in maintenance of the approximately 345 miles of roadway, many of which include (or are planned to include) bike lanes, at an estimated cost of around $84 million. The present sales tax rate for purchases made in Pittsburg is 9.25%; under the potential measure, the sales tax would increase from 9.25% to 9.75%. If passed in the November 2024 election cycle, the measure will result in an increase of one penny for every $2 spent locally. A half-cent increase to local sales tax will generate between $5.5 and $6.5 million annually. If approved, 100% of the revenue generated by this increase will remain in Pittsburg and will be dedicated to deferred maintenance of streets, roads, and bike lanes in the City, to the benefit of Pittsburg residents. As the funds generated by this measure will be dedicated to a specific purpose, passage will require 2/3 voter support. Since the need for increased revenue is due in large part to normal inflation, this increase will be permanent. City officials recognize the fact that these roadways must be properly maintained, or the quality of life for all Pittsburgh residents will be negatively impacted. The City Manager points out that the negative impacts resulting from poorly maintained roadways include more potholes, increased wear-and-tear on vehicles, decreased economic development opportunities, and an overall lowering of quality of life for Pittsburg residents. Absent an increase to local sales taxes, Evans points out, "City officials may be forced to consider cutbacks in services and programs presently being provided by and/or through the City, while some services may have to be eliminated. If this backlog is not addressed soon, the negative impacts of deteriorated roadways will become intolerable," he says. Evans explains that City officials are considering asking Pittsburg voters to authorize the increase in the City's sales tax, rather than addressing the City's fiscal challenges through another potential funding mechanism, for three reasons: 1. A sales tax provides funding that cannot be seized (taken away) by the State; thus, assuming the funding measure secures requisite voter support, the revenue will remain in the City to benefit Pittsburg residents. 2. The tax would be paid by Pittsburg residents as well as non-residents who frequent local restaurants, shop in Pittsburg, and purchase goods such as gas or clothing, helping to fund infrastructure maintenance for Pittsburg residents. 3. Most groceries and prescription drugs are exempt from being charged sales tax; thus, the cost of these items will not be affected by any local sales tax increase. While the City does maintain reserve balances in nearly all City funds, Evans points out that, "City reserves are intended to be used when the City is faced with unforeseen emergencies, such as earthquakes or other natural disasters; these are one-time funds...once they are used, they are gone, forever." Assuming such a funding measure passes, a five-member Citizen Oversight Committee will be created to monitor expenditures and recommend a spending plan. An outside audit will also be conducted annually, with a report produced and made public. "As we continue to address the fiscal challenges presently facing the City of Pittsburg, we will keep the community informed regarding Pittsburg's financial status," Evans concludes. Sign up for our e-newsletter at: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/HiHAyru/Pittsburg Email us: feedback@pittsburgca.gov For further information, please contact: Garrett Evans, City Manager 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565 gevans@pittsburgca.gov (925) 252-4850

Pittsburg Considering Sales Tax Increase on November Ballot

Fri, May 24, 2024 01:00 EDT

Pittsburg, Calif. - The City of Pittsburg is considering placing a funding measure on the November 2024 ballot, asking local voters to authorize increasing the City's sales tax by ½ percent ("half-cent") to address pressing challenges presently facing the City's roadways and bike lanes. Pittsburg City Manager Garrett Evans explains that the City is presently facing a backlog in maintenance of the approximately 345 miles of roadway, many of which include (or are planned to include) bike lanes, at an estimated cost of around $84 million. The present sales tax rate for purchases made in Pittsburg is 9.25%; under the potential measure, the sales tax would increase from 9.25% to 9.75%. If passed in the November 2024 election cycle, the measure will result in an increase of one penny for every $2 spent locally. A half-cent increase in the local sales tax will generate between $5.5 and $6.5 million annually. If approved, 100% of the revenue generated by this increase will remain in Pittsburg and will be dedicated to deferred maintenance of streets, roads, and bike lanes in the City to the benefit of Pittsburg residents. As the funds generated by this measure will be dedicated to a specific purpose, passage will require 2/3 voter support. Since the need for increased revenue is due in large part to normal inflation, this increase will be permanent. City officials recognize the fact that these roadways must be properly maintained, or the quality of life for all Pittsburgh residents will be negatively impacted. The City Manager points out that the negative impacts resulting from poorly maintained roadways include more potholes, increased wear-and-tear on vehicles, decreased economic development opportunities, and an overall lowering of quality of life for Pittsburg residents. Absent an increase to local sales taxes, Evans points out, "City officials may be forced to consider cutbacks in services and programs presently being provided by and/or through the City, while some services may have to be eliminated. If this backlog is not addressed soon, the negative impacts of deteriorated roadways will become intolerable," he says. Evans explains that City officials are considering asking Pittsburg voters to authorize the increase in the City's sales tax, rather than addressing the City's fiscal challenges through another potential funding mechanism, for three reasons: 1. A sales tax provides funding that cannot be seized (taken away) by the State; thus, assuming the funding measure secures requisite voter support, the revenue will remain in the City to benefit Pittsburg residents. 2. The tax would be paid by Pittsburg residents as well as non-residents who frequent local restaurants, shop in Pittsburg, and purchase goods such as gas or clothing, helping to fund infrastructure maintenance for Pittsburg residents. 3. Most groceries and prescription drugs are exempt from being charged sales tax; thus, the cost of these items will not be affected by any local sales tax increase. While the City does maintain reserve balances in nearly all City funds, Evans points out that, "City reserves are intended to be used when the City is faced with unforeseen emergencies, such as earthquakes or other natural disasters; these are one-time funds...once they are used, they are gone, forever." Assuming such a funding measure passes, a five-member Citizen Oversight Committee will be created to monitor expenditures and recommend a spending plan. An outside audit will also be conducted annually, with a report produced and made public. "As we continue to address the fiscal challenges presently facing the City of Pittsburg, we will keep the community informed regarding Pittsburg's financial status," Evans concludes. Sign up for our e-newsletter at: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/HiHAyru/Pittsburg. Email us: feedback@pittsburgca.gov About The City of Pittsburg Incorporated in 1903, Pittsburg is located on the south shore of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in Northern California, 30 miles east of San Francisco. The City has a population of 77,752, and operates under the council/manager form of government with its own Police, Public Works, Community and Economic Development, Finance, Community Services, and Recreation Departments, as well as its own utility divisions operating as the Pittsburg Power Company and Pittsburg Water. With more than 5,000 new housing units in the development pipeline, as well as large industrial corridors slated for redevelopment, Pittsburg is one of the fastest-growing cities in Contra Costa County. For more information, please call the City Manager's Office at (925) 252-4850.

STooPs Bed-Stuy Announces 2024 Theme: Legends & Legacies

Thu, May 23, 2024 20:25 EDT

STooPS Bed-Stuy, a one-of-a-kind immersive experience and annual celebration of creativity in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, returns for the 11th year. The 2024 theme: Legends & Legacies, pays homage to the legendary figures and enduring legacies that shape our vibrant community. STooPS' Art Crawl transforms the block, reimagining a traditional stage for immersive art on stoops and community spaces. The all-ages, family-friendly event will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2024, with a block party from 1:00 P.M to 7:00 P.M., and two guided Arts Crawls at 1:30 and 4:30 P.M. The event features dance, music, spoken word, theater, visual art, workshops, and more. Once the largest black communities in New York City, Bed-Stuy's demographics have drastically shifted in the past decade. As a key Bed-Stuy cultural organization, STooPS bridges the gap between the "then" and "now"- fostering meaningful interactions between neighbors, artists, and organizations and preserving the neighborhood's unmistakable identity and legacy. Bed-Stuy played a prominent role in the civil rights movement with activists Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey making the neighborhood their home. Other notable legends of the neighborhood include The Notorious B.I.G, Spike Lee, actor Rosie Perez, and poet and novelist Marianne Moore. "STooPS is a living legacy-the bridge that connects the artists, movements, organizations, and neighbors who transformed Bed-Stuy into a Black Cultural Hub with the new artists, residents and visitors in order to forge the future of this neighborhood and black culture," says STooPS Founder/Director Kendra J. Bostock. "For our Annual Summer Festival 2024 we honor the national and hyperlocal hero/sheros and imagine and inspire their posterity with our theme Bed-Stuy: Legends and Legacies." Headlined by STooPS Founder Kendra J. Bostock, the 11th Annual STooPS Arts Crawl will feature a diverse lineup of BedStuy artists including: Visual Artists Ovila Lemon (Mūt' Sun), and Bridges: Pan-Afrikan ARTS Experience, who will run the Kiddie Corner; Musicians DJ Toni B, and Amma Whatt; Poets Keys Will and Kai Diata Giovanni; and Storyteller Christine Sloan Stoddard. Dylan House, Director of Public Programs at Brooklyn Children's Museum says, "STooPS programs celebrate local artistic voices woven together with stories from the broader African diaspora to create a meaningful and fun experience." The 11th Annual STooPS Arts Crawl partners include 200 Decatur St. Stuyvesant Ave. Block Association, St. Philip's Episcopal Church, and Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church. PERFORMANCE LINE UP Kendra J. Bostock (Dancer/Choreographer) DJ Toni B (STooPS Art Crawl DJ) Ovila Lemon (Mūt' Sun) (Visual Artist) Christine Sloan Stoddard (Storyteller) Aaliyah Maya (Textile Artist) Keys Will (Poet) Zardon Za' (Music) Kai Diata Giovanni (Youth Poet) Amma Whatt (Singer/songwriter) Bst Friend (Music) Akika Flower Essence/Renee Kimberly Smith (Healing) Bridges: A Pan Afrikan ARTS Movement (Multi-disciplinary Kids Art) EVENT DETAILS The 11th Annual STooPS BedStuy Art Crawl will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2024. The block party is from 1:00 P.M to 7:00 P.M., with guided Arts Crawl taking place at 1:30 and 4:30 P.M. This event is FREE to the public. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stoops-2024-summer-festival-tickets-868493135347?aff=oddtdtcreator For performance locations and a full roster of participating artists, visit stoopsbedstuy.org . VENUE DETAILS Attendees should check in at Stuyvesant Ave. and Decatur St.. The STooPS Arts Crawl and block party are accessible by the A/C train.

SGS Welcomes New Guidance from EU Commission on 'one-size-fits-all' Common Charger Requirements

Thu, May 23, 2024 19:01 EDT

SGS welcomes new guidance from EU Commission on 'one-size-fits-all' Common Charger Requirements SGS, the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company, has welcomed new guidance released by the European Commission on May 7 to increase the understanding and application of new rules within the Common Charger Directive. The Directive, approved by the EU Council in October 2022, is an update to the Radio Equipment Directive (RED), a CE marking that regulates the placement of radio equipment on the EU market. Its application will make it mandatory for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the EU to be equipped with a USB Type-C charging port in an aim to improve consumer convenience and reduce the environmental footprint associated with the production and disposal of chargers. The guidance sets out the scope and rules on harmonized charging receptacles, harmonized charging technology and the unbundling of charging devices from the sale of electronic devices. In addition, it provides more detail on product labeling necessary to advise consumers if their current charging devices meet a new product's specifications or help them select a compatible charger. Keith Hutchinson, Deputy Director, Connectivity & Products Global Certification, SGS, said: "We wholeheartedly welcome this further clarity from the EU Commission on the application of its forward-looking Common Charger Directive. "As an accredited Notified Body for the latest activated article of the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) (2014/53/EU), we are ideally placed to support manufacturers, brands and retailers to take the necessary steps to meet the new requirements." From December 28, 2024, the Common Charger Directive will apply to handheld mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones, headsets, handheld videogame consoles, portable speakers, e-readers, keyboards, mice, portable navigation systems and earbuds sold in the EU. It will be applicable for laptops as of April 28, 2026. Charles Ly Wa Hoi, Executive Vice President, Connectivity & Products and Health & Nutrition, SGS said: "Sustainability is embedded in our culture and fast becoming a key driver in our company growth and vision. As market leaders, SGS supports electrical and electronic goods manufacturers around the world to move towards greener technology and ensure their products comply with all new legislation." RED applies to all electrical and electronic devices that intentionally emit and/or receive radio waves at frequencies below 3,000GHz. It establishes a regulatory framework for placing radio equipment on the market by setting essential requirements for safety and health, electromagnetic compatibility, and the efficient use of the radio spectrum. For more information visit: Connectivity | SGS About SGS We are SGS - the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company. We are recognized as the global benchmark for sustainability, quality and integrity. Our 99,600 employees operate a network of 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.​​​​​​​ For further information, please contact: Jackie Brown PR Account Executive Sugarloaf Marketing Ltd. Tel: +44 (0)7792 970919 Email: jackie@sugarloafmarketing.com http://www.sugarloafmarketing.com

Vinexposium Sets the Stage for Global Expansion with Upcoming Vinexpo America 2024 in New York

Thu, May 23, 2024 17:08 EDT

Vinexposium, a global leader in organizing wine and spirits events, is poised to further its reach and influence in the international market through its upcoming Vinexpo America 2024. Scheduled to take place in New York, this premier event underscores the company's commitment to expanding its footprint across the wine and spirits industry worldwide. Vinexposium has been instrumental in shaping the global wine and spirits sectors through various events hosted across multiple continents. Now in its sixth year, the upcoming Vinexpo America, set to occur from June 24 to June 25, 2024, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, continues this strategic direction. This event will bring together industry leaders and stakeholders from around the globe, offering unparalleled opportunities for networking, learning, and business development. Key Milestone for Vinexpo 2024 This year, Vinexpo America 2024 will be co-located with the Summer Fancy Food Show, organized by the Specialty Food Association. This arrangement will give attendees a unique and comprehensive experience showcasing the best food and beverages. This inherent strategy will enhance the overall experience of both shows' attendees, optimize exhibitors' and visitors' return on investment, and increase sales potential. Vinexpo America 2024 is set to be a landmark event, hosting over 230 producers from 30 countries and showcasing a rich diversity of wine and spirits. This expansive representation underscores Vinexpo America's role as a crucial nexus for industry professionals looking to broaden their horizons and deepen their market presence. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to engage with a global tapestry of flavors and traditions, making it an essential event for anyone connected to the wine and spirits industry in the United States. Rodolphe Lameyse, CEO of Vinexposium, expressed enthusiasm about the company's vision, stating, "Vinexpo America 2024 represents a key milestone in our strategy to connect the wine and spirits community globally. We aim to create a dynamic platform for our exhibitors and visitors that not only fosters business opportunities but also contributes to the ongoing growth and evolution of the industry." A Matchmaking Hub for Global Growth Vinexpo America is a pivotal platform, bringing together established producers from renowned regions like France, Italy, and Spain with exciting newcomers from South America. The event also welcomes first-time participants like Armenia and established Central and Eastern European producers from Georgia, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic. This diverse range of producers will connect with key trade buyers, importers, distributors, and other decision-makers, fostering new partnerships and propelling growth. Vinexpo America thus caters to the ever-growing US market, the world's largest for alcoholic beverage sales, valued at over $304.4 billion. Vinexpo America capitalizes on this by acting as a matchmaking platform in New York City, a strategic choice for the alcoholic beverages industry. New York, a global hub for culture, cuisine, and commerce, attracts a vast and discerning audience of wine and spirits enthusiasts. This prime location allows producers to showcase their offerings to a highly influential market segment, potentially propelling them toward wider US distribution and brand recognition. American consumers' adventurous palates and openness to discoveries create a lucrative opportunity for international producers. Vinexpo America addresses regional variations within the US by facilitating connections between producers and buyers in specific markets. Recognizing this potential, Vinexposium tackles critical issues to maximize its impact: bridging the gap between international producers and the complex US three-tier distribution system. By connecting them with relevant distributors and importers, Vinexpo America positions itself as a valuable partner for producers seeking to enter or expand their reach in this dynamic market. Registration for Vinexpo America 2024 is now open. Interested parties are encouraged to secure their participation early to experience the forefront of wine and spirits in one of the world's most vibrant markets. For more information, please visit https://vinexpo-america.com/ and register online here . ###-END-###

Terroir Meets Merroir Celebrating Fed By Blue & Hope In The Water Dinner Event

Thu, May 23, 2024 12:32 EDT

St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery in Napa Valley will host a Terroir Meets Merroir Dinner Event to Celebrate Fed By Blue and the Hope In The Water docuseries on June 8, 2024 at its Rutherford Estate Winery. Hosted By Emma Swain, Michael Scholz & Jennifer Bushman, guests are invited to an intimate reception and preview of the Hope In the Water docuseries at St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery in Rutherford, Napa Valley, followed by a multi-course Blue Foods themed meal created by Estate Chef Vince Sanchez and Rowena Rillo of Pacific Catch. Join St. Supéry CEO Emma Swain, Vice President of Winemaking & Vineyards Michael Scholz, and Fed By Blue Founder Jennifer Bushman for an evening to remember. Brought you by Emmy Award Winners David E. Kelley and Andrew Zimmern, the Hope In The Water docuseries premieres this summer on PBS. The event is $500 per person and tickets are available through the St. Supéry website . Seating Is Limited. A portion of each ticket donated to Fed by Blue , a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The evening will begin with a reception featuring blue foods canapes followed by a multi-course meal* Asparagus Mosaic Nori, daikon radish, mushroom dashi, seaweed 2023 Rutherford Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Uni Udon Preserved Meyer lemon, nori, picked Dungeness crab 2022 Napa Valley Estate Virtu Riverance Steelhead Trout Estate cabbage, preserved Meyer lemon cream sauce, Smoked trout roe, frisee 2012 Rutherford Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Beemster Crémeux Guava | spiced pepitas, estate bitter greens, preserved Meyer lemon 2018 Rutherford Estate RU3 Dessert Buffet Meyer Lemon and Hibiscus tartlets Seasonal Homemade Chocolate Bark Andrew Jackson Dollarhide Brandy Huckleberry spritzer 2022 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Muscat Cannelli *subject to enhancements or changes Tickets are available for purchase HERE . Image: Alexander Rubin Photography. Hope In The Water docuseries poster.

"A Meaningful Retirement: Beyond Finances" with Buckingham Advisors Slated

Thu, May 23, 2024 07:15 EDT

Free, educational session will focus on non-financial aspects of retirement planning Retirement planning goes beyond ensuring financial stability. It encompasses non-financial aspects essential for achieving a fulfilling and meaningful retirement. To address this need for more comprehensive retirement planning, Buckingham Advisors is on June 6, 2024 hosting a retirement readiness session titled, "A Meaningful Retirement: Beyond Finances." Established in 1987, Buckingham Advisors is an independent financial advisory firm that provides investment management, financial planning, tax, and business services from the company's four office locations across Ohio. During this fun educational session, attendees will engage in a series of exercises centered on non-financial retirement issues to help avoid common pitfalls and mistakes that people often experience during their transition to retirement. The session is designed for individuals approaching retirement in the next two to three years or those who have recently retired. The session's objective is to assist attendees in creating a written plan that defines their work identity in retirement, ensures their time is meaningfully filled, keeps them relevant and connected, and promotes mental and physical activity. Approximately 65% of people do not include non-financial aspects in their retirement planning. According to a T. Rowe Price study, while 74% of pre-retirees make financial plans for their retirement, only 35% consider emotional and psychological preparation ( Physician on FIRE )​​ ( T. Rowe Price )​. This indicates a significant gap in holistic retirement planning, emphasizing the need to address factors such as lifestyle changes, social engagement, and personal fulfillment in addition to financial security. "Often times, non-financial questions can be the most neglected in retirement planning and can lead to frustration and initial disappointment in retirement," stated session presenter Marla Chambers, CPA, CFP®, CPRC. "Neglecting the non-financial considerations of retirement can lead retirees to spend their early years of retirement without the purpose they thought they would have." This free, educational session is open to all interested in attending. There are in-person and virtual options available. DETAILS AND HOW TO REGISTER When : Thursday, June 6, 2024, 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm EDT Topic : A Meaningful Retirement: Beyond Finances (virtual or in-person options) Presenter : Marla R. Chambers, CPA, CFP®, CPRC No-Cost to Attend Journalists, and recent and upcoming retirees are welcome and encouraged to attend at no cost. Registration and Location : Individuals can attend virtually or in person. To participate virtually, click here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7784104058582139222 The in-person session will be held at the Buckingham Advisors Education Center in Building 5 of the Interstate Executive Center, 6728 Loop Rd, Dayton, OH 45459. Please register in advance at https://mybuckingham.com/events/a-meaningful-retirement-beyond-finances-workshop ABOUT THE PRESENTER Marla Chambers, CPA, CFP®, CPRC, is a financial planner and retirement coach who assists individuals in preparing for both the financial and non-financial aspects of retirement. She guides retirees in making the most of their early retirement years by helping them define their identity, strengthen relationships, and maintain mental and physical fitness, ensuring a fulfilling and active retirement. CONTACT: Grace Vogelzang or Corrine Smith Impact Communications, Inc. 913-649-5009 ImpactMediaManager@ImpactCommunications.org CorrineSmith@ImpactCommunications.org ###

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