Gov. Wolf Announces $40 Million in CARES Act Funding Available to Address Dairy Industry Relief, Food Security

first_imgGov. Wolf Announces $40 Million in CARES Act Funding Available to Address Dairy Industry Relief, Food Security June 16, 2020 Economy,  Press Release Governor Wolf announced today the availability of $40 million in funding through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support Pennsylvania’s dairy industry and food security programs, following months of uncertainty and loss from the COVID-19 pandemic.“Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry represents the very best of who we are – something that’s been seen since the very beginning of our COVID-19 mitigation efforts,” Gov. Wolf said. “That’s why it’s critical that we open these programs to support Pennsylvania’s farmers today. This CARES funding is going to an industry that gives back every day to ensure that Pennsylvanians have access to fresh food.”“I’m extremely proud of our agricultural industry, which was hit with the most drastic market changes, yet they continued to show up for their communities,” said Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “The industry understands that hunger should not be our next pandemic and took action. I’m grateful that the governor is ensuring that our farmers, and in particular our dairy farmers, receive much needed financial support.”Specifically, $15 million will provide an opportunity for dairy farmers to receive direct relief payments and $5 million will reimburse dairy farmers who participate in the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS) program by donating excess dairy product to the commonwealth’s charitable food system.Any dairy farm that experienced financial losses due to discarded or displaced milk during the COVID-19 emergency disaster may apply for assistance. Each farm with a documented loss will receive a minimum of $1,500 and an additional prorated share of the remaining funds, not to exceed the actual amount assessed by the handler. The deadline to apply for the Dairy Indemnity Program is September 30, 2020.Also, $15 million will go to the State Food Purchase Program, which provides cash grants to counties for the purchase and distribution of food to low income individuals, and $5 million will go to the PASS program to reimburse the agricultural industry for the costs involved in harvesting, processing, packaging and transporting food that they donate to the charitable food system. The PASS program helps to support Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry in all 67 counties and reduce waste of agricultural surplus by making connections between production agriculture and the non-profit sector.Throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis, the Wolf Administration has comprehensively addressed food security across multiple agencies to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to food.For information as it relates to agriculture during COVID-19 mitigation in Pennsylvania visit agriculture.pa.gov/COVID. For the most accurate, timely information related to Health in Pennsylvania, visit on.pa.gov/coronavirus.Ver esta página en español.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

NOPSEMA opens Shell’s Crux development for comment

first_imgThe Hague-based LNG giant Shell’s proposal to develop the Crux gas field approximately 160 kilometers north-east of the Prelude field in the northern Browse Basin, offshore Western Australia, has been open for comment.National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) on Monday said the project is open for comment for a six-week period ending March 18, 2019.Shell, together with joint venture partners Seven Group Holdings Energy and Osaka Gas, has identified Crux project as the primary source of backfill gas supply to the Prelude FLNG facility.The proposed Crux project consists of a not normally manned (NNM) platform in water depths of approximately 165 meters of water with five production wells, minimal processing and utility systems, tied back to the existing Prelude FLNG facility via a 165-kilometer export pipeline. Crux will be operated remotely from the Prelude FLNG facility.Front-end engineering and design for the project is expected to commence in 2019 with the financial investment decision (FID) currently scheduled to occur in 2020. The project is anticipated to have a 20-year design life, with potential for extension.In the project development filing, Shell notes that there is also a potential for subsea developments that will provide hydrocarbons to the Crux platform. These developments are expected to comprise subsea production wells, completed with subsea trees, and associated subsea tie-back to the platform.From FID it will take approximately four to five years for the platform to be fully designed, constructed off-site and towed to the location.Whilst the platform is being built, the subsea production wells would be drilled and suspended until the installation of the platform facilities, after which the wells would be completed, hooked-up to the platform and brought online.last_img read more