At a meeting with US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Thursday afternoon, Representative Peter Welch called for quick dispersal of emergency assistance to dairy farmers. Vilsack s first meeting with the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus came on the heels of an agreement reached by House and Senate negotiators to provide $350 million in assistance to dairy farmers. The aid, which still must be approved by both houses of Congress, includes $290 million in direct support to dairy farmers. This emergency assistance will be distributed using guidelines to be determined by the Department of Agriculture.Welch, co-chair of the 88-member caucus, called on Vilsack to ensure the emergency assistance reaches Vermont s dairy farmers immediately upon becoming law. I appreciate Secretary Vilsack s commitment to helping dairy farmers weather the ongoing, devastating price crisis. Many Vermont farmers are hanging on by their fingernails and need this vital assistance as soon as possible, Welch said. I am hopeful the Secretary will expedite the process.Members of the caucus discussed a variety of other topics with Vilsack, including growth management plans, membership of the USDA s Dairy Advisory Committee and proposed trade restrictions on milk protein concentrate (MPC).Earlier this week, Welch introduced legislation to close a trade loophole allowing for the unlimited importation of MPC, a form of dried milk product that has driven down dairy prices due to lax trade restrictions.Source: Welch’s office 10.1.2009.
LocalNews Dominica and Falkland Islands share a direct connection – Dr Honeychurch by: – November 16, 2011 Historian Dr Lennox HoneychurchHistorian Dr Lennox Honeychurch, on Tuesday highlighted a direct link between Dominica and the Falkland Islands at a cocktail reception held at the Fort Young Hotel.The reception was organized to facilitate the members of the legislative assembly an opportunity to share first-hand their experiences of managing the Falkland Islands economy and internal governance, but also the challenges they face in the United Nations for support for their right to self determination; the very principle enacted by the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica when choosing to become independent from the United Kingdom in 1978.Dr Honeychurch explained that through a library exercise the connection between Dominica and the Falkland Islands was discovered through a little boy.“The head librarian of the public library at Stanley in the Falkland Islands came up to Dominica to investigate a family who had been in Dominica and immigrated to the Falklands. She discovered this because the library in the Falkland Islands had run this little exercise for children who were participating in the library programs to come and write about where their families came from. This little boy wrote a very interesting piece saying that his family was the Bertrand’s; a well known family in the Falkland Islands and that was in the 19th century, they had come from an island in the Caribbean called Dominica”.Dr Honeychurch further explained that the Bertrand family was originally from France but due to the Edict of Nantes had to relocate to Geneva, Switzerland.The teacher, Joan Cameron who passed away two years ago in Argentina, discovered that the Bertrand’s owned the Geneva Estate in Grand Bay.“The Bertrand’s were from France originally and they were protestants, and there was an arrangement called the “Edict of Nantes” where protestants could continue to live in France, but in 1685 there was a revocation of the “Edict of Nantes” and the Bertrand family had to get out of France as soon as possible and they went to live in Switzerland on the banks of lake Geneva in the city of Geneva. When the British were selling land in Dominica, they came and they bought the land which was formerly owned by the Jesuits and they named their new plantation Geneva after Geneva in Switzerland. But by the 1820’s the fortunes of Dominica were declining, and this was a period of slump and they decided that they would go to the busy Falkland Islands…… they sold Geneva estate here in Dominica to the Lockhart family and then went down to the Falklands where there family still lives,” he said.Dr Honeychurch also lent his support to the members of the legislative assembly in determining whether they should retain their link with the United Kingdom.“I would like to support Mike and his other parliamentarians in the efforts that they are making because the key thing is self-determination. I’m the last surviving opposition member that went to London in 1977 to discuss the independence constitution of Dominica and we bargained for our constitution, we bargained for self-determination it was the right of the Dominican people to do so and I firmly believe that it is the right of the Falkland Islands people to decide where they want to stand and this is a key component of any nation’s decision making.”Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share Share 254 Views 2 comments Tweet Share