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News Update

August 31, 2017

Angus Media Hires
Print Services Director

Angus Media is pleased to announce its recent hire of Gail Lombardino, a native of Saint Joseph, Mo., as a member of the print services team. Lombardino began her new role Aug. 14 after previously serving as the owner of Homestead Graphics.

As a member of the print services team, Lombardino will work as part of the in-house production team, applying print media solutions to overall client objectives. She will also lead process and pricing initiatives for the team.

During her time at Homestead Graphics, Lombardino served as a freelance graphic artist for Angus Media for the print services department where she produced catalogs and other promotional items.

“It was simply time to officially make Gail a part of team Angus,” says Sara Reardon, Angus Media general manager. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to our team.

“We are fortunate to have Gail on our team as we will continue to provide industry-leading advertisement products and first-rate customer service to our clients,” Reardon says.

“I’m looking forward to the creative environment and working with old friends and new colleagues,” Lombardino says.

Continue reading this Angus news release online.

Secretary Perdue Statement on
President Trump’s Tax Reform Agenda

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Aug. 30 expressed his strong support for President Trump’s tax reform agenda as a great benefit to the American agriculture community. Perdue issued the following statement:

“Just as he has done with excessive and costly regulations, President Trump has focused on the problem of onerous and burdensome taxes. Most agricultural operations are, in fact, small businesses, and the time and costs associated with merely complying with the tax code are impeding American prosperity. Farming is a complex enterprise, as even the smallest operations know, so the attention and financial resources that are diverted to handling taxes are an extra barrier to success.

“People should be able to keep more of what they have earned through the sweat of their brows, which will also invigorate the entire United States economy. The Death Tax is one section of the code that is particularly offensive to agriculture, as too many family farms have had to be broken up or sold off to pay the tax bill. The president’s tax reform package will be of great benefit to agriculture and help improve rural prosperity.”

Texans Should Watch for Fraud, Scams
in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey should be aware of unscrupulous people who may try to take advantage of them through fraud, scams and identity theft, and other criminal activity, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

“Texans need to be aware of the potential for things like fraud, ID theft and price gouging in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,” said Nancy Granovsky, AgriLife Extension family economics specialist, College Station. “Unfortunately, some people look at disasters as an opportunity to take advantage of the desperation and vulnerability of those affected. While recovering from a disaster, people may not want to think about this, but it could happen so they need to be vigilant.”

According to the Texas Attorney General’s Office, a natural disaster “pulls in an army of price gougers, fly-by-night door-to-door contractors and bogus charities.” Both state and federal recovery officials are encouraging those affected by Hurricane Harvey to take steps to avoid common postdisaster fraud.

Granovsky said price gouging is illegal under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and the state’s attorney general has already warned against profiteering during a disaster.

For more information, read the AgriLife news release online.

Ag Secretary Launches Second ‘Back to Our Roots’ RV Tour

Perdue is traveling to Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire for the second “Back to Our Roots” Tour to gather input on the 2018 Farm Bill and increasing rural prosperity. Along the way, Perdue will meet with farmers, ranchers, foresters, producers, students, governors, members of Congress, USDA employees and other stakeholders.

This second RV Tour will feature stops in three states: Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. For social media purposes, Perdue’s Twitter account (@SecretarySonny) will be using the hashtag #BackToOurRoots.

Global Food Systems Talk set for Sept. 11
at Kansas State University

Jason Clay, the senior vice president for markets and food at the World Wildlife Fund, will be the featured speaker for the Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems lecture Sept. 11 at Kansas State University (K-State).

Clay’s talk, ‘Feeding the World: Sustaining the Planet,’ is scheduled for 7 p.m. at McCain Auditorium. Admission is free.

“Food production has always been the biggest human impact on the planet, but going forward with more people, more per capita income and increased per capita consumption, the impacts will only increase,” Clay said. “In fact, if we do nothing differently we will need to produce twice as much food to meet the increased demand by 2050.”

The question, Clay said, is how to produce more food with less land, less water and less agricultural inputs.

“We need to find ways to intensify production, but do it sustainably,” he said.

Clay has previously operated a family farm, taught at Harvard and Yale, worked at the USDA, and spent more than 35 years working with non-governmental organizations.

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