Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications to be considered for funding this year is May 10, 2019. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest up to $700 million for new enrollments and contract extensions in fiscal year 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill made several changes to this critical conservation program, which helps agricultural producers take the conservation activities on their farm or ranch to the next level.“CSP continues to be a very effective tool for private landowners working to achieve their conservation and management goals,” NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr said. “It is the largest conservation program in the United States with more than 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled.”While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by May 10, 2019, to ensure their applications are considered for 2019 funding.The 2018 Farm Bill authorizes NRCS to accept new CSP enrollments from now until 2023, and it makes some important improvements to the program. These updates include:NRCS now enrolls eligible, high-ranking applications based on dollars rather than acres. For fiscal 2019, NRCS can spend up to $700 million in the program, which covers part of the cost for producers implementing new conservation activities and maintaining their existing activities.Higher payment rates are now available for certain conservation activities, including cover crops and resource-conserving crop rotations.CSP now provides specific support for organic and for transitioning to organic production activities and a special grassland conservation initiative for certain producers who have maintained cropland base acres.For additional information about CSP, contact your local USDA service center.
I did an impromptu webinar with Jeb Blount on the fear of rejection. It morphed into a conversation about all of the different fears that we have as salespeople. Jeb asked me how you build an immunity to those fears. Here’s an action plan:Find Someone Who Has Overcome Your FearIt’s easy for other people to suggest that you should ignore your fear. But it is unlikely that those same individuals ignore their fears. If you are afraid, it is likely that there is a real danger attached to that fear.Maybe you fear making cold calls. The first thing you might do to overcome that fear is to sit with someone who has no fear of making cold calls while they make calls. By sitting with someone who no longer has a fear of making those calls, you will have a chance to witness for yourself that nothing bad happens. The same applies to the fear of asking for referrals, asking for commitments, or revealing that you have a higher price early in the sales process.By spending time with someone who no longer has the fear that you have, you will discover how they think about what they’re doing, how they approach it, and how they succeed in taking action without fear.Objectify Your FearOne way to begin to remove the fear from your body and your mind is to write down what you are afraid of. Give the fear a name.Write down what you believe to be the danger that gives rise to your fear. Write down all the things that may happen when you take the action of which you are afraid. Follow those outcomes to their logical conclusion and write down the worst possible things that can happen. Score them on how likely they are to occur.By writing down your fear, you get it out of your body, from your mind onto paper or your computer screen where you can objectify the fear. Now that it’s an idea written on paper, it loses some of its power over you. It is an object, not a part of you. You may also recognize that the danger isn’t as great as you believed.Fear The Greater DangerA lot of the fears we have are connected to the wrong danger.We fear that by making the call we will be rejected, and that will say something about our value. The real danger is in that not making the call you don’t produce the results you are capable of for you, for your company, or for your prospective client.We fear to ask a contact that’s engaged with us how serious they are about the initiative we’re discussing and whether or not they’re going to be able to get the support and financial backing necessary. There is a danger of offending your contact, but the greater risk is in not asking and later finding out that you’ve both spent months on an initiative that’s not going to happen.We fear discussing our higher price early in the sales process, believing it will frighten our prospective client away. But the greater danger is in not discussing it and going through the process without having justified the delta between our price and our competitors along the way.Fear is a powerful motivator. It can motivate you to avoid taking an action that may harm you. It can also motivate you to act, when not taking that action will harm you. You have to determine what is the greater danger. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now read more
Of the total over 1.80 crore voters in Haryana, a mere 207 are registered under the ‘Third Gender’ category. The statistics provided by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana, show that almost one-third of the 90 Assembly constituencies in the State do not have a single voter registered under the ‘Third Gender’ category.Joint Chief Electoral Officer Inderjeet Singh said that there were only 144 voters registered under the category when the final voters’ lists were published on January 30 this year. “After the publication of the rolls, we took up an awareness campaign… around 6 lakh more voters were added by April 23. It was during this period that 63 more voters were registered under the Third Gender category,” said Dr. Singh.It was following a Supreme Court order in 2014 that the voters were given an option to register themselves under the ‘Third Gender’ category. Earlier, transgender voters were registered under the “Others” category.‘Others’ categoryDr. Singh said that those registered under the “Others” category before 2014 were now treated as ‘Third Gender’ voters.As per the statistics, Palwal, Rewari, Rohtak and Kurukshetra have the lowest number of such voters — two each, while Faridabad has the maximum 35, followed by Sonipat (24) and Gurugram (23).CEO Rajiv Ranjan said that most of such voters registered themselves as male or female because of the social stigma attached with it. He said the actual number of transgenders registered as voters in the State could be much higher than what the figures reflected. Mr. Ranjan said those transgenders registered under the male or female category can make a correction by filling form number 8.Uma Devi, a transwoman at Gurugram’s Shakti Nagar, said that most of the transgenders did not consider themselves to be a part of the mainstream because of the way society treated them. Naaz Joshi, the first Indian transgender woman to win the Ms. World Diversity 2018 title, said the bureaucracy and the political class had a bias towards the community. read more
After the ban on mechanised and motorised fishing was lifted on June 15, traditional fishermen of Rushikulya rookery on Odisha coast have alleged that their fish catch has reduced drastically.The fall in fish catch has become a major worry for these fishermen of Ganjam district coast.During the ban period, around 12,000 fishermen, living between Prayagi and Sunapur, used their traditional boats to catch fish. “Usually fishermen wait for the ban to end to get a good catch. But this year, for some reason the fish seem to have gone far away from the coast deep into the sea,” said Buguru Rajendra of Podampeta village.In the past, fishermen used to travel about 8 km into the sea to get a good catch. “But this year, we have to travel more than 12 km, which is increasing the cost of fishing. And the catch is also not good,” said P. Simadri, president of the Ganjam district’s Traditional Fish Workers’ Union. As going deep into the sea is not viable for traditional motorised boats, around 40% of fishermen of Rushikulya rookery and its adjoining areas are not venturing into the sea, he added.No prized catchFishermen are also complaining that they are not getting high-value fish like tuna or bhekti, which is hurting their income. Earlier, they used to earn around ₹12,000 in each trip. But this year, it is almost 50% of the expected catch. read more
The Tiger Spikers tied La Salle at the fifth spot with a 4-6 record while the Fighting Maroons bowed out of the race with a 1-9 card.Joshua Umandal and Jaron Requinton had 20 points apiece for UST while Manuel Medina and Jayvee Sumagaysay had 15 and 13 points, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Spurs claim 21st straight home win over Hawks Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—Adamson University took a share of the third spot after stunning Far Eastern University, 25-14, 22-25, 25-23, 16-25, 17-15, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ The Soaring Falcons tied Ateneo with 6-4 records while the second-seeded Tamaraws dropped their second straight game, the third in four games, to slip to an 8-2 card.George Labang had a game-high 24 points for Adamson while Leo Miranda and Paolo Pablico had 15 and 14 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRichard Solis had 18 points to lead FEU.In the other game, University of Santo Tomas kept its pace for a Final Four spot and in the process eliminated University of the Philippines, 25-17, 18-25, 25-20, 25-15. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting read more