Phoenix Investment Company Limited (PHIN.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Financial sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Phoenix Investment Company Limited (PHIN.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Phoenix Investment Company Limited (PHIN.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Phoenix Investment Company Limited (PHIN.mu) 2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfilePhoenix Investment Company Limited is an investment holding company that works through two segments; insurance and corporate, to provide life insurance products and general financial services. The company controls Phoenix Beverages Limited as its subsidiary which deals in the manufacturing, distribution and sale of beverages. Phoenix Investment Company Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Kakuzi Limited (KUKZ.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about Kakuzi Limited (KUKZ.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kakuzi Limited (KUKZ.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kakuzi Limited (KUKZ.ke) 2015 abridged results.Company ProfileKakuzi Limited grows, packs and sells avocados in Kenya. The company also has interests in growing, cracking and selling macadamia nuts; growing tea and producing tea products; and growing and selling pineapples. Its forestry division produces a range of timber products which include poles, fencing posts, gates, planting boxes, trellises, doors and door frames and heat-treated pallets. Kakuzi Limited also has interests in livestock farming; primarily beef and dairy cattle. Its livestock operation offers a cattle breeding and management service and overseas the production and sale of halaal beef, offal, hides, manure and hay. Kakuzi Limited has operations in the United Kingdom and regions in Europe. Kakuzi Limited is a subsidiary of Camellia Plc (United Kingdom) and its head office is in Thika, Kenya. Kakuzi Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange
Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. A strengthening economy would bring the prospect of higher interest rates back onto the table. I wouldn’t expect big moves, but even small advances could help boost Net Interest Margin from today’s depressed levels. A few years ago, the clouds seemed to be abating for British banks like Lloyds Banking Group (LSE: LLOY), Barclays (LSE: BARC), HSBC (LSE: HSBA), and even beleaguered Royal Bank of Scotland (LSE: RBS). Enter Your Email Address The icing on this unappealing cake for many investors was the prospect of a Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn, with potentially bank-unfriendly regulation to follow. I’m not making a political point here – you only need to see how bank shares surged following the Conservative win to appreciate political risk had been in the price.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Banking on a recoveryStill reading? Congratulations! If you got through that litany of woe without running away screaming then you might have the constitution to be an investor in UK banks. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Finally (or perhaps that should be fine-ly?) the big misconduct charges for legacy misdeeds by the UK banks appear to be in the rearview mirror. I don’t doubt there’s a new scandal brewing somewhere, but hopefully the increased scrutiny and regulation will (for now) curb their misadventures.It’s also important to note there’s been underlying progress at the banks over the past few years, even if that hasn’t yet shown up yet in their share prices. See all posts by Owain Bennallack Fate had other ideas for investors in UK banks.The banking bluesStarting in late 2015 it seemed one headwind after another thwarted any advance in bank share prices. Some of these reflected real business issues, but others were about sentiment. Either way, the recovery stalled. Nor did UK banks doing business overseas provide much relief. Emerging market specialist Standard Chartered (LSE: STAN) had to undertake a $5bn rights issue in late 2015, and it has been a slog to rebuild profitability since. Even HSBC – the least woeful of the UK’s big banks – has faced surging costs and a sluggish top-line, causing it to miss its return targets. Alongside Standard Chartered it’s also faced months of unrest in its home market of Hong Kong. Will 2020 be the year the banks bounce back? Sadly, those were far from my best recommendations! The extremes of the financial crisis had passed. Post-crisis regulation was tougher, but it seemed possible investors would welcome the extra scrutiny and be more confident about owning banks. The Eurozone crisis had been and gone. Owain Bennallack owns shares in Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays, HSBC Holdings, Lloyds Banking Group, and Standard Chartered. Image source: Getty Images. Of course you might ask why you’d want to. Setting fire to money will at least heat and light your home… Well, the reason to consider bank stocks is most of those headwinds are easing, if not becoming tailwinds:The PPI drama is near a close. Yes, we’ve heard this before, but we’re months past the final deadline for claims. The banks are running out of people to wheelbarrow cash to. And the PPI bills kept coming. Lloyds had expected a £1bn provision taken in 2016 to be the last “big” addition to the total it had set aside for customer, capping its bill at £17bn. Yet Lloyds has now set aside nearly £22bn to meet PPI claims. That’s £5bn more out the door to disgruntled customers rather than being reinvested, or returned to shareholders via dividends or buybacks. True, if following the banks over the past five years has taught me anything, it’s their capacity to disappoint. Still, with the possible exception of property, I’m not sure there’s a sector better poised to benefit from recent changes in the outlook for the UK – and property doesn’t have the end of those crippling PPI provisions to cheer, either. The new Tory government under Boris Johnson with its big majority breaks the Brexit deadlock. The supposed danger of a Corbyn-led government has passed, too. I expect things to continue to be bumpy, but at least we have a functioning government. If consumer and business sentiment improves in turn, the economy should get its mojo back. That’s great for banks. I’d watched a similar recovery already in US bank stocks. It seemed only a matter of time before the same thing happened here. I even recommended banks in our Motley Fool Share Advisor service. Costs have been slashed and in some cases less attractive territories and units have been jettisoned. Dividends have been restored. Most of the big banks have been buying back their shares cheap, which is the one upside of the low prices we’ve seen. Then there are the UK’s persistently low interest rates. These depress the net interest margin for banks, making it harder to cream a profit from matching borrowings with savings. A few years ago we seemed closer to the end of the low interest rate era. But if you have cash savings you’ll know how that went! Individual banks have their own issues, too. Barclays and HSBC were hit by scandals and fines over historical money laundering and tax evasion. Lloyds found it had inherited a fraud problem when it picked up Bank of Scotland in the HBOS merger. Royal Bank of Scotland had to pay billions of dollars to US regulators over financial crisis misconduct. Owain Bennallack | Saturday, 14th March, 2020 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. There was Brexit, for starters. Starting with the Referendum campaign, the four-year saga stoked uncertainty and dampened economic activity – Britain went from the fastest-growing G7 nation to the slowest, and property wobbled. There’s also been angst about future financial regulation and market access. None of this is good for banks. 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Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Why I’m still buying FTSE 100 shares in this stock market rally The stock market rally we’ve seen since March 2020 has lifted the market by 30%. But the FTSE 100 is still down by nearly 15% compared to 12 months ago. I reckon that many FTSE 100 shares are still historically cheap on a long-term view.Corporate profits suffered badly last year, and the speed of any recovery still isn’t clear. But I’m confident the world will gradually return to normal. By buying now, I hope to lock in some attractive gains over the coming years.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…These FTSE 100 shares look cheap to meWhere’s the best value in the big-cap index?One stock I’ve topped up on is tobacco firm Imperial Brands. Newish CEO Stefan Bomhard has brought a stronger focus to the business. I believe Imperial’s 9% dividend yield is safe. Rival British American Tobacco also looks good value to me, with an 8% yield.Many big financial stocks also look cheap to me. The big banks would be the obvious choice, but I have concerns about their profitability in a world of record low interest rates. I’ve been investing in insurance stocks instead.Aviva and Direct Line Insurance both look cheap and are expected to provide 6%+ dividend yields this year. If I didn’t already own Aviva, I’d probably be buying rival Legal & General Group for its 7% dividend yield and solid track record.What else do I like?I’d be happy to buy supermarkets Tesco and Morrisons at current levels too. Both seem likely to emerge from the pandemic in decent shape, with a stable outlook and a reasonable valuation.However, I’d probably prefer to gain exposure to consumer shopping habits through Unilever. As I explained recently, I think this FTSE 100 share offers great long-term value under £40.For exposure to renewable energy, I’d probably choose utility SSE. However, chemicals group Johnson Matthey also interests me — this 203-year-old business is investing heavily in battery technology.Finally, I remain a buyer of big oil stocks. Although they face a challenging future, I expect a solid recovery in energy demand over the next 12 months. I think we’ll see profits recover strongly, supporting the evolution of these businesses.What could go wrong?The stock market is forward-looking. This means that when I buy a cheap FTSE 100 share, I know that it might be cheap for a good reason. For example, large insurers like Aviva and Direct Line have not delivered much growth in recent years. Aviva also cut its dividend last year.Tobacco stocks are expected to face a continued fall in smoking rates over the coming years. I expect profits growth to be limited. That may justify the low valuations of these FTSE 100 shares.Unilever has historically enjoyed above-average profit margins, thanks to the strength of popular brands like Dove and Magnum. But what if supermarkets’ cheaper own brands continue to take market share from Unilever, forcing prices down?Over and above all of this, I think there’s a risk that it could take much longer than anyone expects for the economy to recover from the impact of Covid-19. That would probably be reflected in lower corporate profits.The future is uncertain and there’s no guarantee of positive returns. But I’m convinced that FTSE 100 shares offer good value and am continuing to invest — selectively. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! 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Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Photo by Richard T | The CBD (http://www.thecbd.co) Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The state of Florida awarded Dewar a license to cultivate, manufacture and retail medical cannabis in April 2019From Sanctuary MedicinalsSanctuary Medicinals Florida is pleased to announce that it has opened its first medical cannabis dispensary at 5381 International Drive in Orlando. The new stand-alone location marks the launch of Sanctuary’s plans to establish a statewide presence in Florida.Sanctuary Medicinals Florida is a partnership between Dewar Nurseries of Apopka,Florida, and Sanctuary Medicinals of Littleton, Mass., which operates grow facilities anddispensaries in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. As a wholesale nursery internationally renowned for its roses, Dewar supplies a variety of floral and fruit plants to major home-improvement chains, grocery stores, and retailers across more than 20 states. The state of Florida awarded Dewar a license to cultivate, manufacture and retail medical cannabis in April 2019.Jason Sidman, founder and CEO of Sanctuary Medicinals, said Florida’s growing population and vibrant economy make the Sunshine State an ideal place in which to launch a new business.“We see a bright future for our business. Medical cannabis is now firmly established as alegal, licensed and regulated product in the state of Florida and the number of patientsgrows significantly every month. We think this is the perfect time to invest in Florida,and we are thrilled to partner with Dewar Nurseries,” Sidman said. “We look forward toserving the patient community here, as well as helping to boost the local economythrough job creation,” he added.According to the state Office of Medical Marijuana Use, Florida had 533,755 patientswith medical marijuana cards as of April 16.Partner Bill Dewar of Dewar Nurseries said Sanctuary’s philosophy toward growingmedical cannabis and producing cannabis products will set the company apart in themarketplace.“Sanctuary takes a very scientific and rigorous approach toward production, which issomething we have always relied upon in our own nursery business,” Dewar said. “Themore you can control growing conditions, such as light, water and nutrients, the morepredictability you can achieve in terms of the final product. In the end, we wantSanctuary customers to feel assured they are getting a product that is developed forthem under perfect conditions.”Sanctuary’s new flagship location on International Drive is centrally located in theOrlando market, making it easy to reach from all parts of Central Florida, Sidman said.He noted that Sanctuary is focused on identifying high-traffic locations.“The next level in this young and growing industry is assuring patients that they willhave access to this form of care,” Sidman said. “Our strategy will be to focus on standalone locations in highly visible marketplaces with plenty of parking and plenty of roominside each dispensary. We want our patients to feel as though their needs and theirconcerns are our No. 1 priority. Chief among those is making it safe and easy to get toour facility.”To celebrate the opening of Sanctuary’s Orlando location, all patients will be eligible fora 30% in-store discount on April 20.In addition to the International Drive location, Sanctuary has identified and securedadditional locations in markets throughout the state, including Jupiter, St. Petersburg,Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Fort Pierce, Sidman said.Sanctuary will offer a comprehensive line of medical cannabis products, including flower,vapor cartridges and edibles. Quantities will be available in supplies designed to lastnine days, 30 day, 50 days and 70 days.For more information about Sanctuary Medicinals Florida, please visit: https://www.sanctuarymed.com.Sanctuary Medicinals Florida is a partnership between Littleton, Mass.-based SanctuaryMedicinals, a multistate operator of grow facilities and dispensaries in Massachusettsand New Hampshire, and Apopka, FL-based Dewar Nurseries, one of the leadingproducers in the foliage industry. Sanctuary Medicinals Florida launched its first locationin February 2021 and intends to establish a statewide network of medical cannabisdispensaries. For more information, please visit https://www.sanctuarymed.com. You have entered an incorrect email address! 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France photographs: David FoesselPhotographs: David Foessel Save this picture!© David FoesselText description provided by the architects. Jean-Christophe Dablemont and Sophie BarthÃ©lÃ©my, respectively ceramic artist and upholsterer, are living and working for nearly ten years with their child Ulysse in an alleyway neighboring the flea market area in the northern outskirt of Paris. The alley is traditionally formed of a row of residential houses on one side facing a row of studios on the other. Jean-Christophe and Sophie have their house right in front of their two studios.Save this picture!PlanA first architectural project has been commissioned to the architect David Duchein (HTC Architectures) in 2007 for the elevation of the house by adding an external steel structure and large window frames. Year: CopyAbout this officeFREAKS freearchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSaint-OuenHousesFrancePublished on September 27, 2013Cite: “Two Workshop Studios / FREAKS freearchitects” 27 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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“The rather ad hoc nature of gift aid payments from subsidiaries will need to be replaced by a more formal arrangement, and I would recommend that the best way to do this is to return to deeds of covenant. They may have fallen out of popularity, but they could be about to make a comeback.” 471 total views, 7 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis62 Deeds of covenant could provide solution to Gift Aid rule changes Melanie May | 1 March 2017 | News Implementing deeds of covenant could provide a solution to rules over how profits of subsidiary companies are traditionally gift aided up to the parent charity, accountancy firm Bishop Fleming has suggested.Charities that receive income from their trading activities through a separate company need to be aware of the guidance, which was issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) in response to HMRC revising its guidance on corporate Gift Aid last year. It covers how profits of subsidiary companies are traditionally gift aided up to the parent charity and states that a subsidiary must have enough distributable reserves to cover the gift aid payment. The Charity Commission also updated its guidance in line with that of the ICAEW.According to Bishop Fleming, although it has been made clear that a distribution can only be made out of available reserves, this creates an issue as trading subsidiaries will not have any reserves as they will have been given to the charity in previous years. This means that labelling a payment to the charity as a gift aid donation will no longer avoid it being seen as a distribution.Bishop Fleming director and charity tax specialist, Jon Sparkes said:“As the company is unlikely to have any reserves brought forward, any adjustments that have to be made to calculate its taxable profits will create a problem where the tax-adjusted profit ends up being greater than the accounting profit, as this will create an unwelcome tax charge in the company.”Bishop Fleming is advising charities with trading subsidiaries to safeguard their trading profits from this tax issue by implementing deeds of covenant for their subsidiaries where they don’t already exist. It states that deeds of covenant would circumvent the ruling that gift aid payments should only be recognised in accounts when they are actually made, and that as a covenant creates a legally binding obligation on the subsidiary to make the payment, they give a certainty that the payment will be made.Sparkes added: Advertisement 472 total views, 8 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis62 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: Finance Gift Aid
The following talk was presented by LeiLani Dowell, a WW managing editor, at the 3rd All India Women’s Conference that took place in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, Jan. 29-31. Organized by AIMSS, the All India Mahila Sanskritik Sanghatane, this gathering included women from across India, as well as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, along with other international delegations. LeiLani Dowell speaking at Indian women’s conference delegate session, Jan. 30.Photo: Abhaya DiwakarWorkers World Party would like to offer our warmest solidarity to the women here today, to the women of India. We are extremely humbled and honored to have been invited to be here with you today.In the past month, the eyes of the world have been focused on the gang rape of the young woman in Delhi. In my week here I have learned that gang rape is far too common in Indian society; that this gang rape was not a unique, isolated occurrence and happened amidst a context of multiple other atrocities, including dowry murders, trafficking of women and children, sexual harassment, child marriages and more.It must therefore be noted that it was your movement — the thousands of young women and men going to the streets — that placed a spotlight on the conditions women in India are struggling around. While the mass protests in Delhi may have been spontaneous, it is undoubtedly true that the work of our comrades in AIMSS, over so many years, has laid the groundwork for the comprehension of and demand for women’s rights. Your struggle deserves internationalist solidarity from progressive, working-class and oppressed women and men everywhere.As communists living in the very heart of imperialism, we at the same time denounce the hypocrisy of the U.S. media which, in racist and neocolonialist terms, attempt to paint India as a backward and so-called “savage” country only so they can promote the image of the U.S. as a bastion of liberty for women. As comrade Manik Mukherjee pointed out last night, women in the U.S. face similar atrocities, in a capitalistic, imperialistic culture that is thoroughly patriarchal, misogynistic, and commodifies women every second of the day.Every gain won in terms of women’s rights in the U.S. was won by struggle, by the struggle of women and their male allies, and not by supposedly “generous” capitalist politicians. In actuality, these capitalists spend an enormous amount of time, energy and money attempting to roll back every gain won by women.In the U.S., the government allowed the Violence Against Women Act to expire on Jan. 1, after 18 years of being a codified federal law. This is not because the law is no longer needed.To give an example, this August a young high school student in the state of Ohio was gang raped by members of the high school’s football team. Rather than pursue justice for the teenager girl, city and school officials engaged in a cover-up in an attempt to save the reputation of male scholastic sports.As the U.S. wages its deadly imperialist wars around the globe, women are always the worst victims, not only in the countries attacked by the U.S., but also within the armed forces themselves. The U.S. Department of Defense recently admitted that one of every three women in the military is sexually assaulted. In U.S. civilian life, one of every five women is sexually assaulted. This figure is lower than that in the military, but it is still unbearably high.All of this is to say that the continuing second-class status of women must be fought, and is being fought, by women and men all around the globe.Women’s oppression arose from class divisionsWorkers World Party follows the teachings of Engels in our analysis of the woman question. He explained that the subjugation of woman was the first building block of an economic system based on private property. These findings are excellently summarized in the “Women in History” exhibition at this conference.Consequently, we believe that only the eradication of private property and the building of a communist society worldwide will eliminate all vestiges of male supremacy and women’s oppression.Today, much of the world is engulfed in an economic crisis of the capitalists’ making, one which they themselves cannot escape due to the degenerative nature of capitalism itself. History is again repeating itself, with the capitalists attempting to solve their crises on the backs of working people. Women are always the worst hit by these efforts.The neoliberalist policies of the U.S. and other imperialist countries have brought the lowest wages to women around the world. These policies have made them subject to sexual assault and murder, like the women working in maquiladoras in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, superexploited workers who have been raped and killed in the hundreds on their way to work. It has forced the separation of families across continents just to find work, where they often face harsh and racist anti-immigrant sentiment in the imperialist countries. It has led to atrocities such as the deaths of some 200 mostly women in a Bangladeshi factory, who burned to death after the factory they were locked into by the bosses caught on fire.What has become clearer than clear is that capitalism has not liberated women. On the contrary, it has only heightened the oppression and exploitation of women through their labor and the commodification of their bodies.So, as we wage war against imperialism and capitalism, we know that the women’s issues are not incidental or secondary — they are, in fact, a vital and integral component of anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist struggle. In 1868, Karl Marx said that “everyone who knows anything of history also knows that great social revolutions are impossible without the feminine fervent. … Social progress,” Marx said, “may be measured precisely by the social position of the fair sex.”As women, we fight for women’s rights on a daily basis, as it’s essential to our very survival. At the same time, we must always connect our fight to the broader working-class struggle, and the struggle for socialism and communism.I would like to take a moment to bring to your attention two women warriors that Workers World Party is paying close attention to and is supporting. One is sister Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani political prisoner who has been held in solitary confinement for years in U.S. prisons.After she and her three young children were kidnapped from Afghanistan, Aafia Siddiqui was tortured and abused in a series of secret prisons. She was tried in New York for attempting to shoot U.S. interrogators in one such prison in Afghanistan. In the supposed attack, Aafia Siddiqui was shot in the stomach and was the only person to be injured. Yet a U.S. court sentenced her to 80 years in prison. During the trial, the U.S. media consistently demonized Aafia Siddiqui as a “terrorist.”Aafia Siddiqui’s supporters note that she should never have been extradited to the U.S. in the first place, as she is a Pakistani citizen and was never charged with committing a crime on U.S. soil.The second woman I would like to mention is Lynne Stewart, a 72-year-old activist and “people’s lawyer” who is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence as another victim of the U.S.’s so-called “war on terror.” In 2005, Lynne Stewart was convicted of distributing press releases for her client, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman. The conviction is largely seen as a threat to other progressive lawyers, with the U.S. government sending a message that they should not accept the cases of controversial figures.Time is running out for our sister Lynne Stewart, who has breast cancer that is spreading throughout her body. The prison has not provided her with any medical treatment, despite the fact that they knew full well of her condition even before she entered the prison.We say, “Free Lynne Stewart! Free Aafia Siddiqui!”Comrades, this wonderful and highly organized conference has provided us with true optimism that with international solidarity, organization, and commitment and dedication to struggle, we can and will win a world free of patriarchy, free of women’s oppression, free of capitalist and imperialist dictates. Long live the global class struggle and the struggle for women’s rights! Long live the woman, in her rightful place at the forefront of society! Long live AIMSS!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Previous articleSummer RainNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for June 26, 2018 Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Jun 25, 2018 Perdue: Trump Will Protect Farmers Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says President Donald Trump will protect U.S. farmers from trade retaliations. In a USA Today editorial, Perdue says if China does not soon mend its ways, “we will quickly begin fulfilling our promise to support producers.” Perdue says Trump knows U.S. farmers feed, fuel and clothe the world, and that he will “not allow U.S. agriculture to bear the brunt” of China’s retaliation.China is retaliating against the Trump trade war by targeting U.S. agricultural products, such as soybeans, and many others. The Department of Agriculture has yet to release its plan to support farmers through a trade war. Perdue says it’s a simple case of ‘not releasing your plan when the opposing team is watching.’ However, agriculture is eager to see what’s in store as trade tensions rise. Meanwhile, Perdue says if Trump is successful, “farmers will reap the benefits.” SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Perdue: Trump Will Protect Farmers