Ag Loses out on Defeat of Trucking Weight Increase

first_img SHARE Previous articleTrans-Pacific Partnership Text Now PublicNext articleKelsay Offers His Vision of Farm Bureau’s Future Andy Eubank Ag Loses out on Defeat of Trucking Weight Increase Reaction to SAFE defeatThis week the Safe, Flexible and Efficient (SAFE) Trucking Act amendment was defeated in the U.S. House, although the Highway Bill to which it was attached did pass. Many in agriculture supported the amendment which would have permitted states to increase a truck’s maximum weight to 91,000 pounds on interstate highways from the current 80,000-pound limit with the addition of a 6th axle.Mike Steenhoek of the Soy Transportation Coalition explains who in ag would have benefited from passage.“Grain handlers, those movements from say a local cooperative and it needs to transport grain or soybeans to say a rail shuttle loading facility or to a barge loading facility or an ethanol plant or a soybean processor. A lot of those intermediate regional kinds of movements that rail is not an option for them. There would be a gradual adoption by farmers. Farmers wouldn’t be the ones to just immediately change their fleet or change their truck. It would be some of these companies that would more immediately do that, but you would see more and more farmers adopt it as well.”Colin Woodall at the national Cattlemen’s Beef Association was disappointed by the defeat. Their simple goal is to be more efficient at moving cattle around the country.“We know that we could add additional weight in conjunction with an additional axle and have trucks that were actually safer than what we have on the roads right now. But unfortunately we had groups like America’s railroads who came out against us because they felt that this was going to cut into their ability to stay competitive. Unfortunately they forget that we don’t move cattle, nor do we move beef on the railroads anymore, so this was definitely a slap in the face to us.”Woodall, NCBA Vice President of Government Relations, said they’ll continue to push for higher weight limits after missing out on the prime opportunity that comes with highway reauthorization.The bipartisan amendment was sponsored by Reps. Reid Ribble (R-Wisconsin), Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon), David Rouzer (R-N.C.), and Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota.)“The SAFE Trucking Act would have helped farmers get their product to market more efficiently” said Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association. “While we are disappointed that this amendment was defeated, we are happy to see Congress moving forward on long-term highway funding.”The final vote was 187 ayes, 236 nays. Ten representatives did not vote. Home Indiana Agriculture News Ag Loses out on Defeat of Trucking Weight Increase Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Nov 5, 2015 last_img read more

Reporters Without Borders concerned about dismissal of prosecutor in Gongadze case

first_img February 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia October 31, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders concerned about dismissal of prosecutor in Gongadze case News Receive email alerts News RSF_en UkraineEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders expressed concern today about the sacking of Ukrainian prosecutor-general Svyatoslav Piskun and whether it was linked to the probe into the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze. His dismissal coincided with the arrest on 24 October of a former interior ministry official and came in the wake of numerous errors and failures that have dogged the murder enquiry for more than three years. Reporters Without Borders expressed concern today about the sacking of Ukrainian prosecutor-general Svyatoslav Piskun and whether it was linked to the probe into the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze. His dismissal coincided with the arrest on 24 October of a former interior ministry official and came in the wake of numerous errors and failures that have dogged the murder enquiry for more than three years. “We ask you to assure us that Piskun’s departure is not related to the Gongadze case and to keep us informed of all developments in the investigation, especially the consequences of the arrest of former interior ministry secret police chief Oleksy Pukach,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma.”We also ask you to let us know as quickly as possible who will now be in charge of the Gongadze case. The lack of results in the enquiry is very worrying to us and this new turn of events can only delay further the quest for the truth,” he said. The press freedom organisation also wrote to Piskun asking that if he thought his dismissal was linked, even partly, to the Gongadze case, that he should make public the evidence he had managed to collect so far that might help solve the case. Piskun was sacked by President Kuchma on 29 October, officially at the request of a government anti-corruption commission, for alleged abuse of authority and serious legal offences. He had been in charge of the Gongadze case since his appointment in July last year to succeed Mikhailo Potebenko, who was also sacked. Gongadze vanished on 16 September 2000 and his headless and mutilated body was found on 2 November that year. A Reporters Without Borders fact-finding mission in January 2001 noted many very serious errors in the investigation. Potebenko, elected prosecutor-general by parliament in March 2001, tried to protect government officials from accusations of involvement in the killing. Gongadze’s widow Myroslava and his mother Lessia were systematically excluded from the investigation and were not allowed to be civil parties in the case until late January 2001. Myroslava Gongadze filed a complaint against the Ukrainian government before the European Court of Human Rights on 16 September 2002. to go further Organisation News March 26, 2021 Find out more Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV Follow the news on Ukraine Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority News Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more