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Secretary Perdue Announces New RD Leadership

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(Washington, D.C., February 28, 2020) – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Bette Brand will serve as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development (RD) Deputy Under Secretary following the retirement of Donald “DJ” LaVoy. “DJ LaVoy is a true public servant and brought decades of leadership in economic development and affordable…

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USDA Opens Wildfires and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+)

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Sign up March 23, 2020, for Producers Impacted by Drought or Excess Moisture as well as Announces Provisions for Sugar Beet Producers WASHINGTON, D.C., February 28, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced additional disaster assistance available to agricultural producers, including producers impacted by drought and excess moisture as well as sugar…

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Secretary Perdue Directs USDA Fleet to Increase Biofuels Usage, Announces Notice of Funding for Biofuels Infrastructure Program

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(Washington, D.C., February 28, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a memo (PDF, 1.2 MB) today directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to acquire alternative fueled vehicles (AFV) when replacing conventionally fueled vehicles. USDA owns and operates one of the largest civilian fleets in the Federal Government and this move to…

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USDA Invests $28 Million in Broadband for Rural Virginia Communities

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BUCKINGHAM, Va., Feb. 28, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for Virginia Beth Green announced USDA has invested $28 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure for more than 17,000 rural households in Virginia. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments.…

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USDA Invests $19 Million in Broadband for Rural Texas Communities

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ELMENDORF, Texas, Feb. 28, 2020 – Today, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a $19 million investment in three, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for almost 7,000 rural households, 46 farms, 32 pre-subscribed businesses, 19 critical community facilities and 15 educational facilities in rural Texas. This is one of many…

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Natural Gas Output Unfazed by Fall in Investments

About the Presenter Erik Norland is Executive Director and Senior Economist of CME Group. He is responsible for generating economic analysis on global financial markets by identifying emerging trends, evaluating economic factors and forecasting their impact on CME Group and the company’s business strategy, and upon those who trade in its various markets. He is…

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Harnessing the benefits of automated FX trade lifecycle operations

Fragmentation exists on many levels Inefficiency is an ever-present risk factor in FX trading and post-trade processing. This isn’t as surprising as it seems. FX markets are complex ecosystems in which the complexities arise from three main areas: The challenges associated with the need to support post-trade processing across the whole of the fragmented eco-system,…

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Could Coronavirus Impact Fed Policy?

About the Presenter Bluford “Blu” Putnam has served as Managing Director and Chief Economist of CME Group since May 2011. With more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry and concentrations in central banking, investment research, and portfolio management, Blu serves as CME Group’s spokesperson on global economic conditions. View more reports…

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Natural Gas Outlook for 2020

About the Presenter Erik Norland is Executive Director and Senior Economist of CME Group. He is responsible for generating economic analysis on global financial markets by identifying emerging trends, evaluating economic factors and forecasting their impact on CME Group and the company’s business strategy, and upon those who trade in its various markets. He is…

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Hedging with WTI Crude Oil Weekly Options

Crude oil options trading is applicable to market participants with exposure to crude oil price volatility. Since crude oil prices are settled to a new price each day, using a specific series of days is useful to fit a given pricing window for both buyers and sellers. Scenarios in which traders and producers require short-term…

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