SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News China Buys Soybeans Ahead of Trade Talks China Buys Soybeans Ahead of Trade Talks SHARE Facebook Twitter By NAFB News Service – Sep 15, 2019 Privately run Chinese firms bought at least ten boatloads of U.S. soybeans late last week. Reuters says that was the most significant Chinese purchase since June. The move comes ahead of high-level talks next month which both sides hope will end a trade war that’s gone on for over a year. The purchases totaled more than 600,000 tons and will be shipped out from export terminals in the Northwest U.S. between October and December. Reuters says the purchases are hopefully another indication that trade tensions between the two countries are easing. Talks hit another low point last month when China suspended all U.S. farm product purchases in response to threats by President Trump to impose more tariffs on Chinese imports.Jack Scoville, Vice President of Price Futures Group in Chicago says, “I’m impressed that the day they allow their commercial interests to buy from the United States, we’ve got this much sold immediately. Clearly, they’re trying to show what they can do if we get back to a normal trade relationship.” Also, late last week, the USDA reported China buying 10,878 tons of U.S. pork in the week ending September 5, the most in a single week since May. Facebook Twitter Previous articleDemocrats Proposing Delay in MFP PaymentsNext articleTrump Touts “Progress” on Biofuels Deal NAFB News Service
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Dear Savvy Senior,What can you tell me about the Supplemental Security Income program and what are the eligibility requirements? My father is very low-income, so I’m wondering if this is something he may qualify for. Searching Daughter Dear Searching,Supplemental Security Income (or SSI) is a program administered by the Social Security Administration that provides monthly cash benefits to people that are disabled or over 65 based on financial need. Currently, more than 8 million people are receiving SSI benefits. Here’s what you should know.Eligibility RequirementsTo qualify for SSI your dad must be either age 65 or older, blind or disabled, and must be a U.S. citizen or lawful resident. He must also have limited assets and income.His assets must be less than $2,000 or $3,000 for couples. This includes cash, bank accounts, other personal property, and anything else that could potentially be converted to cash. His home, household goods and one vehicle, along with life insurance policies and burial funds valued under $1,500, do not count towards countable assets.The income limit to qualify for SSI, however, is much more complicated. Countable income includes wages or any other kind of money your dad earned from working, plus money he gets from other sources like unemployment, Social Security retirement, or gifts from friends, but also, free food or shelter.In 2019, the SSI allowable income limit is $771 a month for an individual or $1,157 a month for a couple. So, if your dad’s countable income is over the SSI allowable limit (this is based on a complex set of rules and calculations – see SSA.gov/ssi/text-income-ussi.htm) he would not qualify. But if he’s under it, he would qualify for some benefits depending on his countable income.To help you determine if your dad is eligible for SSI, help him take the Social Security Administration’s benefits screening test at SSAbest.benefits.gov. This online questionnaire takes approximately 5 minutes to complete and screens for a variety of benefits, not just SSI.You should also know that most states – except Arizona, Mississippi, North Dakota and West Virginia – supplement the federal SSI payment with payments of their own. In some of the states that pay a supplement, your dad may qualify for the state payment even if he doesn’t meet the federal SSI eligibility criteria. How to ApplyIf you think that your dad is eligible for SSI, call 800-772-1213 and set up an appointment to apply at his local Social Security office.To help make the application process go quickly and smoothly, your dad should bring his Social Security number; birth certificate or other proof of age; information about the home where he lives, such as his mortgage, or lease and the landlord’s name; payroll slips, bank books, insurance policies, burial fund records and other information about his income and the things he owns; his proof of U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen status; and if he is applying for SSI because he is disabled or blind, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of doctors, hospitals and clinics that have information related to his condition.For more information visit SSA.gov/ssi or call Social Security at 800-772-1213 and ask them to mail you a copy of publication 11000 “Supplemental Security Income (SSI).” You can also read it online atSSA.gov/pubs/EN-05-11000.pdf.Other Assistance ProgramsDepending on your dad’s income, needs and location there are other financial assistance programs that may be able to help him like Medicaid, prescription drug assistance, food stamps and energy assistance. To find out what he may be eligible for go to BenefitsCheckUp.org. This is a free, confidential Web tool that contains more than 2,500 programs.Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.
Briefs Briefs Stetson U. bankruptcy seminar set for December in Clearwater Stetson University College of Law will present its 27th Annual Bankruptcy Law and Practice seminar December 5-7 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater. “This seminar is designed for all lawyers who want to maintain bankruptcy as their field of expertise, as well as lawyers who encounter bankruptcy issues in their practice,” said Jan Majewski, assistant dean for Stetson’s part-time studies and continuing legal education. The seminar will feature experts in the field of bankruptcy. Alexander L. Paskay, chief bankruptcy judge emeritus of the Middle District of Florida, will chair the seminar. Featured sessions include: • Recent Bankruptcy Decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tax Issues. • The Effects of Bankruptcy on Matrimonial Issues. • Lawyer’s Obligation to Disclose Client Misconduct. • Ethics and Negotiation. • Recent Developments in Chapter 13: §524; Effect of Discharger and Reaffirmation Agreements; §525; Protection Against Discriminatory Treatment; Effect of Violation of Discharge Injunction. • Jurisdiction, Venue and Appeals. If Congress passes the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2002, additional sessions will be added to address the new legislation. The special session is slated for December 5 from 9 a.m. until noon. Topics will include; • Title I: Needs-Based Bankruptcy. • Title II, Subtitles A, B. and C: Enhanced Consumer Protection. Electronic Case Filing & Case Management, a special pre-conference workshop will be held on December 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. As a pre-cursor to the bankruptcy seminar, Stetson University College of Law will also host its annual Primer on Bankruptcy at its Gulfport campus on November 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This basic level workshop is designed for attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants who would like to become familiar with the operations of the bankruptcy court. To register for the Primer on Bankruptcy or the 27th Annual Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Practice, call Stetson University College of Law Continuing Legal Education Office at (727) 562-7830 or visit www.law.stetson.edu/cle. Shea named FDLA president Valerie Shea has been elected president of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association and is the first woman elected to lead the more than 1,000-member organization. The Florida Defense Lawyers Association was formed in 1967 to represent the interests of lawyers in private practice, as well as those employed by public agencies and private corporations, who concentrate their practices defending clients in civil litigation matters. In addition to her long-time involvement in the FDLA, she is a member of the Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section, the Broward County Bar, the ABA, the Defense Research Institute, and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. Brown to lead Orange County YLS Yvette Rodriguez Brown was recently sworn in as president of the Orange County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. Brown has been active with the section since relocating to Orlando in 1996. During the first half of the year, she will focus her efforts on obtaining necessary items, gifts, and monetary donations for the wards who are a part of the Seniors First Guardianship Department. During the second half of her term, she will have a book drive to collect books for children in Orlando’s local Head Start program. Brown also sits on the board of trustees for the Legal Aid Society and has chaired the society’s fundraising auction for the last two years. She also is serving her third term on the board of directors for the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida and the OCBA Foundation. McEwen to lead Tampa Bankruptcy Bar The Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association recently elected Catherine Peek McEwen as its new president. Other officers include John J. Lamoureux, vice president/president-elect; Edwin G. Rice, secretary; Julia Sullivan Waters, treasurer; and Zala L. Forizs, chair/immediate past president. Also sitting on the board of directors are Cynthia A. Burnette, Herbert R. Donica, W. Keith Fendrick, F. Lorraine Jahn, Donald R. Kirk, Scott A. Stichter, David J. Tong, and William K. Zewadski. Eidson elected ATLA’s national treasurer Mike Eidson was recently elected treasurer of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America at its annual convention held in Atlanta. ATLA, with 59,000 members, is located in Washington, D.C., and is associated with state trial lawyer organizations throughout the United States. “I have been proud to serve as an ATLA leader on the Board of Governors, on the Executive Committee and as an officer,” Eidson said. “In my 25 years as a member, I have watched ATLA grow in influence and effectiveness through the hard work of its members and strong, visionary leaders. ATLA works tirelessly to protect and preserve the rights of all individuals to seek full justice in the courts of this country when they are injured by wrongdoers.” Nova wins Zehmer moot court competition Alex Brown and Jared Spingarn, second year law students and members of the Moot Court Honor Society at Nova Southeastern University, were awarded first place at this year’s E. Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition – Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference. Coached by NSU law professor Linda Harrison and workers’ comp attorney Ellen Tiles, Brown and Spingarn presented oral arguments and submitted written briefs for the competition. They argued round after round against teams from all of Florida’s law schools, including the University of Miami and the University of Florida. These preliminary rounds were argued before three-panel judges, consisting of workers’ compensation judges and appellate attorneys. The team met Florida State University during the final round, where they argued before a panel of judges of the First District Court of Appeal. After winning this round, they were officially crowned as the Best Oral Advocate Team among all participant teams. Brown also was named the Best Oral Advocate. November 1, 2002 Regular News
Facebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Downtown AllianceDowntown Olympia’s Third Thursdays are a community celebration of local culture, art, food, music, and unique shopping experiences.Participating businesses give special Third Thursday discounts, extend happy hours and hold artist receptions. The streets are all set to live music from buskers and the mood is vibrant. Whether you make it a date night, a fun outing with friends or a family adventure, there is so much to discover downtown.A fun element of each Third Thursday is the Challenge Game! Stop by our info the corner of 4th & Washington and pick up a Challenge Game or pick up the Challenge Game at a Third Thursday business. Participants can visit each business to get another letter to solve the phrase of the month. Complete the phrase first and win! We love to see so many groups of friends and families return month after month to participate in the Challenge Game.Here are a few businesses that are participating this month:Three Magnets — Mention you’re in for Third Thursday and receive three 5 oz beer tasters!Budd Bay Bargains Too! Grand Opening at the Estate Store – The Estate Store is expanding its clothing section with a large selection of vintage and gently worn stylish clothing!Captain Little – Join Captain Little for sips & treats, and enjoy a night in community with downtown Olympia!Dillinger’s Cocktail Kitchen – Come imbibe on Third Thursday with Happy Hour extended until 8 p.m.!Batdorf & Bronson Coffee RoastersGallery BoomBittersweet ChocolatesHoly Lamb OrganicsRadiance Herbs & MassageCompass RoseBelleza RopaVoyeur Cafe & LoungeWHAT: Olympia’s Third ThursdayWHEN: Thursday, February 21, 2019. The Olympia Downtown Alliance will host an info booth, located in the US Bank parking lot from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.WHERE: Olympia’s Downtown.WHO: Presented by Providence Health Services and brought to the community by the Olympia Downtown Alliance and Mixx96FM. For more information about Third Thursday events, contact Brit Kramer, (360) 481-5010 or [email protected] For more information about Olympia Downtown Alliance, contact Todd Cutts, (360) 357-8948 or [email protected] you to our Challenge Game sponsor, HomeStreet Bank!Thank you to our Third Thursday presenting sponsor, Providence!About the Olympia Downtown AllianceThe Olympia Downtown Alliance does not discriminate in employment or the delivery of services and resources on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, sexual orientation, or national origin, or the presence of any physical, mental or sensory disability.