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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Producers and traders alike will anxiously be awaiting several USDA reports in coming weeks. First, will be the Jan. 12 USDA supply and demand report. It will be the final production report for 2016 U.S. corn and soybean production as well as a day for the quarterly grains stocks report as of Dec. 1, 2016. The second watched report will be released the third week of February when USDA provides their 10-year baseline reports for grains and meats produced in the U.S. Those baseline reports will be an early glimpse into expected 2017 U.S corn and soybean acres and yields. Just prior to the baseline report release, we will hear of 2017 corn and soybean acres that USDA provided to Congress last fall for the upcoming year. Those numbers don’t get public attention until February. It can become quite confusing dissecting the February reports when the numbers are released. The last report to gather attention in early 2017 will be the March 31, 2017 acres intentions report. Grains that day can be extremely volatile. It is no surprise that in the past, the March 31 report day has often been dubbed “the most influential USDA report for the entire year.”Digging deeper into these reports, the Jan. 12 report will be focused both on yields and ending stocks. Traders will likely give soybeans more attention than corn. With the 2016 soybean yield getting bigger through time last fall, many are expecting the yield to climb slightly. The U.S. soybean yield in July 2016 was estimated at 46.7 bushels per acre. The last report for the 2016 U.S. soybean yield placed it at 52.5 bushels per acre. Ending stocks last month were estimated at 480 million bushels. If the U.S. yield is increased, it will push ending stocks above 500 million bushels if demand is not increased. If that mark is breached, soybeans could have a tough time moving above the recent highs for March CBOT seen late in November at $10.65.For months, we have heard ideas of the 2017 U.S. soybean acres again increasing. It has been a trend that is not unexpected. With low corn prices again in store for 2017, many are seeing the opportunity to lock in profits with soybeans. This past year the U.S. planted 83.7 million acres to soybeans, up two million acres from 2015. The U.S. has continued to plant more acres to soybeans but you would be surprised at the speed of the increasing pace. The U.S. first reached the 70 million acre level in 1979 with 71.4 million acres. That would not be seen again until 1997 when the U.S. planted 70.6 million acres to soybeans. The next plateau was seen in 2014 when 83.3 million acres were planted to soybeans in the U.S.As producers look with anticipation to the February averaging period for corn and soybeans and their crop insurance coverage, they need to be aware of additional opportunities. Many crop insurance companies offer “price flex” or other products. With those products, producers can lock in the December corn or November soybean prices outside of those seen in February. For example, producers with a signed application by Dec. 20 were able to lock in the December average price for November soybeans, which ended on Dec. 31 near $10.10. Producers did this with the anticipation that the February average price would be lower or even much lower compared to December 2016. Yes, there is a cost of several dollars per acre to use these products. Producers have to get that application signed 10 days before the end of the averaging period.Weather in South America will be key for soybean prices the next eight weeks. Any hints of dry weather for prolonged periods could easily push soybeans back to the $10.60 area. Corn continues to be in a sideways pattern frustrating producers everywhere.
Here’s the latest sneak peak Geocaching Challenges video. Geocaching Challenges are an innovative new way to experience and share location-based adventures around the world. Groundspeak is anticipating releasing Challenges on Geocaching.com later this week. Geocaching Challenges will also be available via free smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 platforms.Groundspeak is beginning by launching two types of Challenges: Action and Photo. The video above describes what an Photo Challenge is. Additional types of Challenges are slated to be added in the future.Geocaching.com Premium Members will be able to create Action and Photo Challenges.Check out this blog post for an animated video teaser about Challenges.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com “Action” Challenges – A Sneak PeekAugust 15, 2011In “Community”Geocaching.com Teams Up with Tomb Raider®January 11, 2012In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Mailer – December 28, 2011December 28, 2011In “Community”
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The new feature is significant because up till now, Pachube had mostly been a “pull” service. Developers could freely send data to the Pachube system, but in order to get it out they had to repeatedly poll (i.e. “pull”) the system to discover changes. Now with triggers, applications built on top of Pachube can immediately act on data and send out new data to remote devices, actuators and buildings. The company states that this is “what a “patchbay” should be!”Pachube claims that the notification feature will “take Pachube to a whole new level.” It gives the following scenario as one example use of triggers:“You might build an alarm system: put a trigger on a datastream that measures temperature in your home and, when the temperature exceeds a certain amount, have it send you an SMS, switch on a alarm light in your office and switch off the heating system in your home.”In effect, triggers make Pachube a much more powerful system. Previously Pachube had been mostly a storage device, where Internet of Things data could be uploaded. Now Pachube developers will be able to push data in real-time back to real world devices, which significantly increases its potential functionality. Plus of course this is yet another example of the Real-Time Web in action!Usman Haque also told us that Pachube has been predominantly a developer tool up to now, with a lot of experimentation happening. That will still be the case for the foreseeable future, as Internet of Things is far from being a mainstream activity. The full 3-Part series on Pachube:Pachube Adds Real-Time Notifications – More Power to The Internet of ThingsApplications From The Internet of Things – An Analysis of PachubeBusiness Models of The Internet of Things – An Analysis of Pachube’s Open Source Platform Earlier this year we profiled Pachube, (pronounced “PATCH-bay”), a service which stores and shares real-time sensor data from objects, devices, buildings and environments. The uses for Pachube are only beginning to be discovered in 2009, but for example it could in future power automation of lighting and alarm systems in your home. The Internet of Things is one of ReadWriteWeb’s top 5 trends of 2009; and Pachube is a leading startup in this space. I spoke to Pachube founder Usman Haque recently, to find out about their new notifications feature. In this 3-part series, we will explain the new feature and explore where Pachube is headed.In its announcement, Pachube calls the new notifications feature “triggers,” although it also calls them “webhooks.” As the term ‘trigger’ suggests, it is a feature that causes a specific action in external applications or devices. The company explains that triggers will enable Pachube datastreams to “plug into and provoke (i.e. trigger) remote actuators, devices, scripts, buildings, etc.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Internet of Things#NYT#Product Reviews#web richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio… scott gerber How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#startups The concept of failure is all too familiar to founders today. It’s almost a mantra: Fail fast, fail often, fail early, fail cheap – sometimes, it seems like there are far more ways to fail than to succeed.But every once in a while, startups make a pivotal decision that creates an undeniable shortcut to the finish line. We asked eight successful entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share the single best decision they ever made with their startup. 1. Choose The Right Co-FounderPeople often liken a co-founder to a spouse: You spend more time with them than anyone else in your life, you have to be uncomfortably honest about difficult topics and, if all goes well, you stick together through thick and thin – or at least until a successful exit. I trust my co-founder completely and rely on her to provide a balancing perspective in all our important decisions. We’ve certainly made mistakes along the way, but we’ve borne the consequences of those mistakes together. We also genuinely enjoy spending time together, which makes the whole startup adventure a lot more fun! Our relationship has provided important business advantages since our clients, employees and investors can sense the mutual commitment we have to the company and each other. – Martina Welke, Zealyst 2. Get A Subscription At MixergyWhen we started our business in China, I noticed that many of the mistakes we made could have been easily avoided if we were surrounded by a community of entrepreneurs or mentors who could coach us or share their experiences before we went through the pain. Meeting them in person was impossible given none lived in China. I searched online for a community that would be able to share stories, conduct classes or give practical advice that would help our business. I came across Mixergy and, after watching three interviews, I signed up immediately. I can tell you the ten interviews/classes changed our business and my life. Mixergy gave me a place to generate new ideas and implement effective strategies, motivating me to continue fighting for financial freedom. – Derek Capo, Next Step China 3. Put Your People FirstThe best decisions we’ve made have revolved around people in almost every way. Great people make or break your startup, and bad hiring decisions can break it quickly. I feel like thus far we’ve made some great decisions around people. From my co-founder to early hires, everyone involved in Speek is here because they’re capable, passionate and willing to take a risk at some level to make Speek happen. – Danny Boice, Speek 4. Say ‘No’ To The Wrong ClientsEarly on, we discovered that clients who were not in alignment with our core values sapped 80% of our time and energy, leaving less room to amplify and scale what was working. Developing a process to weed out clients who were not in alignment and then empowering our staff to say “no” to those clients made room for us to say “yes” to the rights kinds of customers so we could serve them brilliantly and with joy. – Corey Blake, Round Table Companies 5. Find Underserved MarketsWe have always been opportunistic about finding markets that are underserved where we do not face entrenched competition. For example, in the early days, we focused on serving clean tech companies, first in San Francisco and now, in the last year, in LA. We aggressively pursue new markets and new opportunities. Because we commit ourselves to these new markets and put a lot of resources into them, we are able to get first-mover advantage and become the dominant player. – David Ehrenberg, Early Growth Financial Services 6. Do Your Own Market ResearchAt Star Toilet Paper, we have an obviously unique concept where there is no easy answer. That being said, in the beginning, my brother and I ensured that we did not outsource market research and business plan writing. We wanted to learn the ins and outs of our business and how we could enter the market. By doing this initial work ourselves (but making sure we let others do legal work effectively and ask questions when necessary), we understood our company like the back of our hand prior to entering the market. – Bryan Silverman, Star Toilet Paper 7. Focus Your Market & Prioritize SalesAs with most founders, we had ambitious plans but soon realized that to build market share, we needed to define “market” more carefully to demonstrate traction. Our initial goal was to launch in every physician’s office, but in some traditional industries like health care and education, no one wants to be the first to try new technology. On the other hand, they will speak with you once you have proven credibility. We chose one market, one product and one focus. This helped us lead the team toward one goal and march in one direction together before we started adding features and other offerings. Focusing on market share through one customer base and product also allowed us to prioritize selling, receiving feedback, iterating and selling again to align with market needs rather than just building beautiful products. – Shradha Agarwal, ContextMedia 8. Just StartI started. Sure, launching your own business can be a daunting task. There are a million reasons not to; you don’t have enough money, you’re current job is “secure,” the success rate of startups seems scary and so forth. But at the same time, if you don’t jump in, your success rate will be zilch. Plan carefully and think things through, but remember: You can’t learn to swim if you don’t get in the water. – Nicolas Gremion, Free-eBooks.net AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Related Posts How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative …
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid players enjoy open training sessionby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid players enjoyed Monday’s open training session with fans.Sergio Ramos was pleased to have a rare opportunity to train in front of the supporters on Monday, a unique way of closing out the calendar year.”It gives us great satisfaction that the fans always embrace us. We are saying goodbye to the year with them alongside us, training with the Madridistas,” he said.”It is a day for everyone to enjoy and for kids to get the chance to see their heroes up close.”For his part, Karim Benzema also echoed the sentiments of his captain and insisted the side are focused on winning further titles.”It is a holiday for everyone but we are at Real Madrid to win titles so I hope that we can keep winning,” he concluded.
BURNABY, B.C. – Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says his caucus is united behind him, despite recent discord over his decision to punish a veteran member of Parliament.After a backlash, Singh reversed his decision to oust Hamilton Centre MP David Christopherson from his role as vice chair of the procedure and House affairs committee.“We’re New Democrats. People are going to have different opinions. It’s not a big deal,” Singh said Thursday after touring a steel fabrication company in Burnaby, B.C.“Many New Democrats are activists. They are used to speaking truth to power. I’m not so arrogant as a leader to believe that once I make a decision, that’s it.”Singh dumped Christopherson from his position last week after the MP voted against the New Democrats on a Conservative motion. The motion — defeated by Liberal and NDP members — condemned the Liberal government’s new policy requiring groups that apply for funding under the Canada Summer Jobs program to affirm their respect for abortion rights.Ontario MP and former leadership rival Charlie Angus publicly chastised Singh for the decision and the leader reinstated Christopherson this week.Singh insisted on Thursday that he had the full support of his 44-member caucus. Unlike “other leaders,” he said, he doesn’t shout members of his caucus down or tell them to “shut up” and toe the party line.“We’ve got a strong caucus. It’s a united caucus,” he said. “My style is to listen to folks and to hear them out. I think that’s what Canadians want.”The 39-year-old former Ontario provincial politician still does not hold a seat in the House of Commons after winning the federal leadership in October. He said he’s “comfortable” where he is.“If an opportunity does present itself, I’ll still keep an open mind to that. But right now, I’m comfortable with the fact that I’ll spend this time touring the country and meeting folks and hearing their concerns.”Before speaking with reporters, Singh toured architectural steel manufacturer George Third & Son. He said he wanted to meet with workers who stood to be affected by potential U.S. tariffs.“We’ve got a strong and vibrant industry … that needs to be protected.”
Brittany Hobson APTN National News Canada’s indigenous affairs minister says child welfare needs to be reformed to better serve First Nations.Carolyn Bennett is in Winnipeg to announce funding for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to study how Child and Family Services can be overhauled.Bennett says the $550,000 will help First Nations consult with elders, social workers and youth to figure out how to better address their needs.Grand Chief Derek Nepinak says putting more money into child welfare doesn’t make sense until the system stops rewarding the apprehension of kids.He says agencies should focus more on supporting families and keeping them together.Manitoba has more than 10,000 children in care and apprehends an average of one newborn baby a email@example.com— with files from the Canadian Press
OTTAWA – American and Mexican trade negotiators are discovering one more disadvantage to the breakneck pace being set for renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Unable to block book a large number of rooms in one centrally located hotel on short notice, the Canadian government, which is hosting the third round of NAFTA talks, has housed the visiting negotiators in a variety of hotels around the national capital and even across the river in Gatineau, Que.It used yellow school buses to transport them Saturday from their hotels to the venue for the talks.And it served them boxed lunches.The negotiations, which continue until Wednesday, are the first to be held in Canada.In each of the first two rounds, held in Washington and Mexico City respectively, the visiting countries’ negotiating teams were put up in the same hotel at which the talks took place.That allowed them easy access to each other and to restaurants and bars within the same facility.In Canada, the negotiations are being held in Ottawa’s former city hall, which is now part of Global Affairs Canada’s turf.While the building is in a scenic location on Sussex Drive at the junction of the Ottawa and Rideau rivers, there are no hotels in the immediate vicinity.Nor does the building have a restaurant or other amenities to cater to the negotiators. And there are none nearby. It does have a small cafeteria but it’s closed on the weekend.Canadian officials say it was a scramble to get a conference site and hotel rooms for all the members of each country’s delegation after the dates for the third round were confirmed just two weeks ago.There are some 200 people in the U.S. delegation and 160 in Mexico’s. This being their home turf, Canada’s delegation numbers almost 300 this time, but they at least are able to sleep in their own beds.Whereas there are typically months between rounds in most trade negotiations, the NAFTA rounds are being held roughly two weeks apart in a bid to reach a deal by the end of the year — a deadline many trade experts believe it will be impossible to meet.In what may be a subtle reminder to the Americans that Canada has other trade options should President Donald Trump follow through on his threat to rip up NAFTA, a large banner is hanging in the corridor through which the negotiators must walk.It trumpets the success of the Canada-European Union free trade agreement, which went into effect last week, and is covered with celebratory messages from Canadian trade officials who were involved in those protracted talks.“At last!” reads one message, signed by Steve Verheul — who just happens to be Canada’s chief NAFTA negotiator.While the venue in Ottawa might be inconvenient, it’s no doubt more pleasant than the chaos the Mexican team left behind in Mexico City, which was hit by a devastating 7.1-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, and another 6.1-magnitude temblor on Saturday.“It’s been a traumatic experience for the country but we haven’t had any impact in terms of the negotiation,” Kenneth Smith Ramos, Mexico’s chief negotiator, said Saturday.“Fortunately, all of the negotiating teams and their families are OK.”
MONTREAL – An air passenger rights advocate is suing the Canadian Transportation Agency and Air Transat over decisions related to incidents last summer that left hundreds of passengers stranded on the tarmac for hours.Gabor Lukacs is asking the Federal Court of Appeal in Halifax to overturn the regulator’s decision in November to waive the $295,000 fine it imposed after finding the Montreal-based airline had committed several violations of transportation rules.Lukacs said the fine was just a “slap on the wrist” that is far below the level included in its enforcement manual.“The penalty is unfit and unreasonable in light of the seriousness of the violations, the extreme suffering they have caused to passengers,” said the 12-page application.He added that there is no deterrent value if fines are reduced by the amounts passengers receive in compensation.In his application, Lukacs said the administrative penalty amounted to just five per cent of the maximum available fine even though the regulator found Air Transat committed 590 violations that captured international attention.And by waiving the fine, “public money” owed to the government is diverted to passengers as compensation.Lukacs wants the penalty overturned and sent back to the CTA for reassessment. He is also asking the court to rule that the regulator doesn’t have the authority to waive penalties for violations.Nearly 600 passengers were kept on board two flights arriving from Europe that were diverted to the Ottawa airport on July 31 due to bad weather.Passengers were trapped aboard the jets for about five hours and testified at public hearings about sweltering heat, a lack of water and the stench of vomit in the cabin.The Air Transat flights were just two of 20 large planes that were diverted following the closure of Trudeau International Airport in Montreal and Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. One of the aircraft was the double-decker Airbus A380.The unscheduled arrivals put pressure on Ottawa airport, which struggled to refuel the aircraft amid a breakdown in communication.The CTA declined to comment about the lawsuit because it is before the courts.Air Transat declined to comment on the lawsuit but said it will pay $500 to each passenger on four flights diverted to Ottawa that day, including two that weren’t investigated by the CTA.Spokesman Christophe Hennebelle said the company has processed payments that represent more than 80 per cent of the imposed fine.“We are paying the difference to the CTA, but will nevertheless pursue our efforts to pay the full $500 to every single of our passengers for the four flights,” he wrote in an email.During the hearing, the airline said the events were the result of a confluence of factors beyond its control that is comparable to a force majeure event.However, in its ruling the CTA said Transat tariff rules require it to offer drinks and snacks and consider whether or not to let passengers disembark after a 90-minute delay.The agency also determined that it had no statutory authority to award compensation to passengers for inconvenience or pain and suffering.In addition to compensating passengers for expenses incurred, it ordered Air Transat to properly train employees, including pilots, about their obligations under Air Transportation Regulations.
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Banks and technology companies are leading stock indexes slightly lower in early trading on Wall Street.Bank of America fell 1 per cent in the first few minutes of trading Thursday and Intel gave up 1.4 per cent.The early declines came a day after the market’s biggest rally in eight months.Deutsche Bank sank 3.3 per cent after Germany authorities searched the bank’s headquarters on suspicions bank employees helped clients launder money.The S&P 500 index fell 6 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,737.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 38 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 25,328. The Nasdaq composite fell 14 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,277.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 3.03 per cent.The Associated Press