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.
Chelsea failed to complete a remarkable comeback in their pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich, as the Bavarians held on to claim a 3-2 victory.Played inside of a full Singapore National Stadium, Bayern Munich went 3-0 up inside 26 minutes, with Rafinha’s low drive finding the back of the net for the opener on 6 minutes.Rafinha’s goal to put Bayern up a goal against Chelsea in the International Champions Cup pic.twitter.com/jAXT0TdYwC— Big Nothing (@BigNothingPod) July 25, 2017Thomas Muller added the second 6 minutes after with a thumping volley after Frank Ribery’s skilful foot work to get past Chelsea defender’s before crossing the ball to Muller.Muller’s goal. Chelsea 2-0 down. pic.twitter.com/LB7NLxvLG8— Mod (@HazardChaos) July 25, 2017Muller got his brace in the 26th minute with a subliminal finish to make it 3-0, with Thibaut Courtois left stranded.What a goal from Thomas Muller to put Bayern 3-0 up against Chelsea in under 30 minutes. Wow pic.twitter.com/PP355wzyqK— Big Nothing (@BigNothingPod) July 25, 2017Marcos Alonso reduced the deficit for Chelsea on the stroke of half time, as he smashes home a cracker to make it 3-1.Marcos Alonso pulls one goal back with a thunderous strike?#CFC #CFCFCB pic.twitter.com/b8XNg76aI4— BET A BONUS (@BetABonus) July 25, 2017New signing, Alvaro Morata, who came on as a second half substitute, could not find a debut goal but provided the assist for Michy Batshuayi’s 85th-minute goal from close range to make it 3-2.Morata assist for Batshuayi’s goal. ? pic.twitter.com/bx4uYGI3PE— Chelsea News (@Chelsea_FL) July 25, 2017Next up for Chelsea on their pre-season tour is Inter Milan on Thursday in the International Champions Cup. Video credit: TwitterRelated