Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Senate Republicans and Democrats finally came together on an agreement regarding a $19.1 billion disaster aid package. Some media sources report that the aid package was set to include payments to producers that can’t plant this year. It also will include farmers whose stored commodities were damaged by flooding. Producers who lost crops to hurricanes and wildfires last year will also qualify for payments. The combination of disaster payments and crop insurance benefits or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program would be limited to 90% of a farmer’s loss. Disaster payments to farmers who don’t buy crop insurance will be limited to 70% of their loss. The disaster aid package also includes a provision making industrial hemp eligible for whole-farm insurance policies starting next year. The Senate approved the bill 85-8 on Thursday, just before the Memorial Day recess. Passing the bill had been delayed months because of a battle between President Trump and Democrats over disaster funding for Puerto Rico.Meanwhile, in the House, a lone republican congressman is blocking the disaster aid bill that totals $19 billion in federal assistance to Americans impacted by flooding. Texas Republican Chip Roy said that acting on such a large measure with a nearly empty chamber was not called for as most lawmakers are absent from session for the holiday weekend. The congressman also notes that the deal doesn’t have any of President Trump’s $4.5 billion for dealing with the migrant refugee crisis on the southern boarder, according to the Associated Press.The measure now waits until the House reconvenes after the holiday recess.
Related Posts richard macmanus RFID is an emerging standard for identification and tracking of goods. It’s one of the key underlying technologies for the Internet of Things. Yesterday we looked at the market for Internet fridges. Our conclusion was that until RFID tags become more common place on food items, Internet fridges will continue to be novelty appliances. In this post we look at the current state of RFID (Radio-frequency identification). Some big names in the retail industry have climbed on board the RFID freight train. Notably Wal-Mart, which has not only adopted RFID big time, but pressured its suppliers to do so too. The US retail giant issued a mandate to its top 100 suppliers in late 2004, requiring them to use RFID tags. The suppliers struggled to comply, so more Wal-Mart mandates followed. Finally, after years of slow take-up, Wal-Mart introduced fines for non-compliance in January 2008. The Practical Problems of RFIDAs CRM Buyer wrote recently, “while the expectation was that RFID would revolutionize the supply chain from end to end, achieving that transformation was an overly ambitious goal.” CRM Buyer pointed to issues such as the cost of tags, problems with reader accuracy, privacy and data integration. Currently only a handful of Wal-Mart’s nearly 150 distribution centers are RFID-enabled, according to Bob Novack – an associate professor of supply chain management for Penn State. A big part of the problem is that it’s just too hard for suppliers to implement RFID technology. Even at the most basic level of signal interference between RFID chips and things like metal racks. The cost to implement RFID is also a challenge, particularly in a recession.The CRM Buyer article goes on to state that while RFID may not be finding much success with front-end retail or distribution, it is finding better take up with back-of-the-store inventory and tracking high-value products (e.g. pharmaceuticals, electronics).Bokodes: Could Compete With RFID in Some AreasPerhaps the right technology hasn’t yet been found for item identification and tracking. This week MIT announced a new type of bar code, called a bokode. As the BBC reported, bokodes can hold thousands of times more information than bar codes and can be read by a standard mobile phone camera. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Internet of Things#NYT#web Bokodes could replace RFID systems “in some near-field communication applications,” suggested MIT Media Lab’s Ankit Mohan. For example, RFID cannot be used for credit cards, because the data can be read at a distance and so isn’t secure enough. Mohan thinks that the Bokode “could encode just as much information, but require an open line-of-sight to the card to be read, increasing security.”While bokodes currently cost about $5 each in their prototype stage, MIT expects the price to drop to about 5 cents when produced in even relatively small volumes.ConclusionRFID is almost certainly here to stay, even if other ‘better’ technologies appear. As this deployment map from the RFID Journal shows, the technology is getting solid take-up even despite the practical difficulties. Tech companies such as IBM are also using RFID extensively. However, RFID is still a long way off replacing bar codes.As far as consumer applications for RFID go, don’t hold your breath. Tim Berners-Lee was excited by the possibilities of RFID chips, for example enabling people to check information about individual products on the Web. Before we can do that kind of thing though, retailers and suppliers need to overcome many hurdles to even implement the baseline RFID technology. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
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When you first sit down with a contact from your dream client’s company, they may not be willing to share with you the areas where they feel an improvement might be made–or where one might be necessary. They don’t yet know you, and you haven’t yet established a relationship or trust.Your contact may be the person who chose their current provider. Your contact may have been the one to establish the processes and procedures that are presently creating challenges. As much as you may want to uncover their dissatisfaction or create it, the truth is more likely to be shared only when your dream client feels safe in doing so.Ask questions that aren’t judgmental: If your questions come across as judgemental, you alienate your dream client and make it impossible to share their dissatisfaction. You force them to be defensive instead of open. By removing any judgemental language from your questions, you make it easier for your dream client to share the truth.Don’t make assumptions: Assumptions can sound like accusations. Even if you have every reason to suspect that your dream client has a real challenge, and one you can help them with, making assumptions can cause them to retreat from the conversation. No one wants to be told that they have an ugly baby, lest of all by a stranger.Talk about the industry as a whole, not your dream client. If you ask questions about the common challenges you help to solve, frame those problems as industry-wide problems. If the whole industry struggles, it’s okay for your dream client to struggle to. It also helps them understand that you have experience helping resolve those issues.Leave your client a face-saving line of retreat. Always leave your client a face-saving line of retreat. They aren’t on trial, and you don’t need them to feel as if they are being accused. If you follow these basic principles when meeting with your dream client, the conversation will go from “We are happy,” to “There are some areas that might be improved,” to “We have some real challenges,” to “We’re miserable and we need to change.” Once trust is established, this transformation can happen in 45 minutes.