House passes version of the 2018 Farm Bill

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After postponing a vote on immigration compromise legislation, the U.S. House of Representative’s voted 213-211 to approve H.R. 2, the 2018 Farm Bill on June 21.“By approving the 2018 Farm Bill today, members of the House recognized the serious economic challenges facing farmers and ranchers across the country,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president. “As crafted by Chairman Conaway, this bill recognizes what is working well, but it also makes much-needed improvements in risk management and crop insurance programs at a time when farm-income levels have slumped to decade lows. This would not have been possible had it not been for Speaker Ryan making the farm bill a congressional priority, and for all the hard work invested in the process by Chairman Conaway and other members of the House Agriculture Committee.”The vote brings the possibility of a timely farm bill this year a reality, said Kevin Kester, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president.“Today’s vote means that American cattlemen and women are one step closer to having the certainty they need to continue running their operations and contributing to rural economies. We are glad the House-passed bill addresses a number of priorities for producers, including authorization and funding for a national vaccine bank that prioritizes Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) prevention,” Kester said. “The bill also strengthens conservation programs and improves USDA’s foreign market development activities. House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway and all those who voted ‘yes’ deserve a great deal of thanks for their support.”With Senate Ag Committee passage of their version of the 2018 Farm Bill last week, there is progress but still much to be done.“I applaud Chairman Conaway and the House Agriculture Committee for their diligence and hard work in passing their 2018 Farm Bill through the House of Representatives,” said Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “No doubt, there is still much work to be done on this legislation in both chambers of Congress, and USDA stands ready to assist with whatever counsel lawmakers may request or require.”Not everyone is pleased with the House version of the 2018 Farm Bill, however.“Farmers Union is disappointed by many components of the House’s version of the 2018 Farm Bill. Family farmers and consumers alike require strong safety nets, farm sustainability measures, and accessible markets. The need is especially pronounced as farmers struggle amidst a prolonged downturn in the farm economy and significant market volatility as a result of tensions with international trading partners,” said Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union president. “We stand ready to work with members of Congress throughout the conference process to improve this legislation to meet the needs of family farmers and our food system.”last_img read more

Interview: The Brilliant Mashup Editor Behind ‘Fan.tasia’

first_imgWhat software or programs did you use to put this together?Premiere Pro for sorting and syncing, and After Effects for everything else.What was your workflow for pulling all the footage?First I pulled all the clips I wanted from each movie, I could usually get it down to about 10 minutes of usable clips per movie.After I had my clips I created three sequences: Sorting, Assembly, and Final. I put all the scenes with similar elements (thematic, color, similar kinetics) together into Sorting. Then I pulled clips I knew I wanted (trying to keep a segment of the song in mind) into Assembly and converted them to AE compositions via Dynamic Link.In AE, I rotoscoped or applied motion using the Camera tool, etc. Then back in Premiere I would just play around with clips until something clicked. Once I had a sequence I liked I put it into Final, which had the audio track.About halfway through I was familiar enough with the footage that I could recall a scene I wanted to go with another, which was a huge time saver.Did you primarily rely on rotoscoping in AE, or do you use any masking or your own technique?I would say it was about 90% manual rotoscoping frame by frame, 8% using the rotobrush if the background or foreground were delineated enough, and 2% chromakeying — which felt like winning the lottery.Were there certain clips you always had in mind, or did you sit down and watch all the movies and take notes? Was there a plan, or were things more random?No plan whatsoever; most of the time I felt like I was just bashing my head against the keyboard until I accidentally did something I liked. Rinse and repeat.Gif via Lindsay McCutcheon — Fan.tasia/DisneyCan you tell us about any technical problems you may have had? Any tips or tricks fellow editors can use?I didn’t run into too many technical problems since I used pretty simple techniques. Most problems were conceptual and solved after messing around for a while until something clicked.The best tip I could give is to work really hard on an idea until you get frustrated, then walk away from the project and come back after your subconscious digests what you’re trying to do. Half the time I could finish an idea fairly quickly after coming back to it with a fresh perspective.Where do you go for inspiration or to read up on technical help?Mostly AMVs, since they were so similar to what I was trying to do. But also Leonardo Dalessandri’s Vimeo channel which has some amazing travel videos. Although sometimes this was counterproductive and the extent of their talent just discouraged me. That’s when you try and find bad videos made by kids to make yourself feel better. I’m pathetic.For technical help my gold standard was Andrew Devis. The guy knows every NLE/Compositing Application intimately and is a genius at explaining the underlying reasons for everything that’s happening.Gif via Lindsay McCutcheon — Fan.tasia/DisneyAny advice to fellow editors?Don’t be afraid to abandon an idea you’ve spent a lot of time on just because of the potential waste of time.It was difficult knowing that after spending hours cutting up a two second clip, there was a strong chance that I wouldn’t even end up using it for whatever reason, but if I forced it to fit, the video would have suffered.For me it was also important to be in a positive state of mind while I was working, I think if you’re having fun with the project it will show in the finished product.What’s next for you?I was working on a video for Studio Ghibli films, which I put on the back burner while I worked on Fan.tasia, so I’ll finish up that one soon. I also have a rough cut of a Marvel video using some new techniques that I’m trying to get the hang of.Where can readers see more of your work?I’ve only uploaded one other video featuring Pixar releases which is on my Vimeo channel. (You can subscribe to her YouTube channel here.) I lost all my other projects during a hard drive reformat a couple of years ago before I decided to start uploading things. Thankfully nothing very good was lost though. Thanks to Lindsay McCutcheon for the great interview. Let us know what you think of her work in the comments below. We caught up with editor Lindsay McCutcheon to learn more about her incredible Disney mashup video, Fan.tasia.Top image via Lindsay McCutcheon/DisneyTo say the latest edit from Lindsay McCutcheon took the internet by storm would be an understatement. Scoring over 1,000,000 views in 24 hours, the mashup video struck a chord with viewers because it features beloved Disney characters cut together in stunning fashion.Take a look at the Disney mashup video, Fan.tasia.The video features plenty of wonderful transitions, each meticulously calculated. I wanted to know more about the production behind the video, so I reached out to Lindsay with a few questions.Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?I’ve been editing as a hobby since middle school, but only really started trying to improve this past year after I switched from Final Cut Pro X to Adobe CC so I could start editing seamlessly alongside After Effects.How long did this project take?I started in December and worked on it until the day I uploaded it — July 23. Some time periods were more productive than others, there were entire months and weeks where I didn’t work on it at all.What was your inspiration to put this together?I wanted to learn After Effects and decided something like this would be the best way to familiarize myself with it.As far as inspiration from other works, I drew a lot from AMVs (Anime Music Videos) which has a community of a lot of really talented editors. I wanted to apply the same techniques I saw in videos like Bakka Oppai’s A Piece of Toast and BBSNYPUR’s Imagine to another medium.I happened to have a collection of every Walt Disney Animation Studios release on hand. I limited myself to post-renaissance releases for the sake of sanity and time.A Piece of Toast by Bakka OppaiImagine by BBSNYPURlast_img read more

Max Allegris verdict on the win over Torino

first_imgMax Allegri explained Juventus tactics in their hard-fought 1-0 win over Torino in the Turin derby.The Derby della Mole was decided by a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty when Mario Mandzukic pounced on Simone Zaza’s poor back-pass.“I didn’t see the penalty, as I turned my back to it. I very rarely watch the penalties, to be honest,” the Coach told Football Italia via DAZN.“It was rarely going to be a game with a lot of goals. When Toro’s tempo and intensity began to fall away, we took control of the match.Massimiliano Allegri, Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusMassimiliano Allegri hails the mentality of Cristiano Ronaldo Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Massimiliano Allegri opened up on his great respect for old star player Cristiano Ronaldo, but warned Juventus that Inter Milan “can win the Scudetto”.“It was an extremely difficult fixture because of the derby because Torino were coming off a strong period of form and we played in the Champions League only three days ago.“The team was set out well, the lads showed a spirit of self-sacrifice and were very unified. In the first half, Torino caused us problems with their pressing, but we took control after the break and our forwards did well.“It’s a positive sign that we emerged in the long run, as it means the team is in good shape physically. This is a positive result and it allows us to take another step forward.”last_img read more

San Diego County board mental health conference covers issues solutions

first_imgSan Diego County board mental health conference covers issues, solutions KUSI Newsroom, Posted: October 30, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom October 30, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Board of Supervisors heard Tuesday from mental health experts and governmental leaders on the county’s psychiatric care situation.Nick Macchione, county Health and Human Services Agency director, said the goal of the conference was simple: “to better understand complexities of behavioral health, and improve continuative care.”The approach must be person-centered, collaborative with other governmental/law enforcement agencies, data-driven and culturally responsive, Macchione added.Conference topics ranged from housing to caring for those with severe mental illness.Board Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar called for a confab in July, after Tri- City Medical Center in Oceanside closed its behavioral health unit, citing a federal mandate over building requirements.Along with more behavioral health closures and financial challenges, Gaspar said the region continues to deal with mentally ill people in the criminal justice system, some of whom are violent.Because the state of California has shifted costs for mental health treatment, counties are left to balance priorities, Gaspar said.She said that a shift in strategy is necessary, from “a service to person-centered approach.”“All eyes are on San Diego,” Gaspar said, adding the county now spends $658 million on behavioral health services, but that investment needs to be part of a collaborative approach with the state and federal government. Luke Bergmann, an official with the county HHSA, said when it comes to improving psychiatric care, “we don’t need to reinvent the wheel. We already have a lot of wheels on the ground here.”Bergmann said mental health issues are common, and “they’re not going away any time soon.”Nearly 9 percent of adults and 16 percent of teenagers in the county have serious mental health issues, he said.In 2017, 458 people in San Diego County took their own lives, Bergmann said, while 43 percent of homeless people report mental health issues and 24 percent in psychiatric care are homeless.Nearly 70 percent of psychiatric hospital visits also involve substance abuse, Bergmann said.San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer urged county to help “lead the change,” as the current approach isn’t working.“Unfortunately, you walk around San Diego and see homeless people in clear need of mental health services, some of them acting out violently,” Faulconer told the board. “These people need sustained intervention, rather than just being taken to emergency rooms every time, only to be back on the streets.”Last year, the city’s homeless crisis led to an outbreak of Hepatitis A, which killed 20 people and sickened 600. The way San Diego dealt with those on the streets wasn’t sufficient, so the city set up bridge shelters and a storage center, the mayor said.“I know what they say about people in glass houses — but as far as I’m concerned, we’re in the same house,” Faulconer said. “My constituents are your constituents.”If voters next week approve Proposition 2 — allowing bonds to fund housing for the mentally ill — the county and city must work together on how to properly spend money, Faulconer said.Sheriff Bill Gore said there are plans to allow detention centers to connect the county HHSA’s medical record system, which will lead to better care of inmates. He said his department is adding 15 clinicians to its jail staff and working on an alternative custody program that will offer mentally ill offenders drug counseling.District Attorney Summer Stephan recommended a county-wide advisory council featuring mental health specialists, community leaders and law enforcement as a way to further improve treatment options.Along with prevention and intervention there should be special crisis centers for those needing immediate treatment, he said.Board and audience members watched videos featuring people who overcame mental health struggles. Those subjects were at the meeting, and received applause for sharing their stories. last_img read more