Need for Guest Worker Program Recurring Theme at Committee Hearing

first_img Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Feb 6, 2013 Home Indiana Agriculture News Need for Guest Worker Program Recurring Theme at Committee Hearing Facebook Twitter Need for Guest Worker Program Recurring Theme at Committee Hearing SHARE Immigration was the topic of news conferences, meetings at the White House and a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday. While Tuesday’s hearing was focused on border security, the history of immigration law and the issue of allowing highly educated people to enter or remain in the country – Chairman Bob Goodlatte mentioned agriculture in his opening statement. According to Goodlatte – U.S. laws erect unnecessary hurdles for farmers who put food on America’s tables. He said our agriculture guest worker program is simply unworkable and needs to be reformed. CNN reports a guest worker program is on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s mind as well. He said any plan on reforming the system must include increased border security and a guest worker program before any discussion can take place on a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in the country. Farmers are also on the mind of Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren – who said we need to reform our employment visa system so tech companies, farmers and other businesses have access to needed workers.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE Previous articleIndiana Ethanol Plant Sale ApprovedNext articleCattlemen Make Progress Toward Beef Sustainability Gary Truittlast_img read more

Pioneer Crop Update 4/15/15

first_imgHome News Feed Pioneer Crop Update 4/15/15 He said growers are anxious to get into the fields, but he urged patience, “I recommend the soil has to be at least 50 degrees, and planting just before a rain is also not a good idea.” He said growers should wait for a break in the showers, “A cold rain within 24 to 48 hours of planting can cause some serious emergence issues.” He added that a wet seed bed is also to be avoided. Facebook Twitter SHARE With very little field work having been done, Emmett says growers will face some tough decisions when the rain does stop, “They are going to have to decide if they are going to put on anhydrous pre-plant which will mean they will have to wait to plant to avoid seedling injury.” Some growers may opt to forgo this application in order to get the seeds in the ground and come back later with an application. Facebook Twitter The rains in Indiana have not been as significant as predicted this week so some field drying has taken place, especially in Northern Indiana. There have even been some reports of scattered planting activity, but that has not been the case in the Southwest part of the state.  “There has been almost no field activity in this part of the state so far this growing season,” Dan Emmett, field agronomist with  DuPont Pioneer in SW Indiana, told HAT. “A few guys were out just before Easter, but since then the rains have kept fieldwork at a standstill.” SHARE Pioneer Crop Update 4/15/15 By Gary Truitt – Apr 15, 2015 Emmett says it is not time to push the panic button yet, “It is only the middle of April, so we still have plenty of time.” He said, in 2013, corn in his area did not get planted until the end of May and yields were still good.  With more rain in the forecast for Southern Indiana next week, it is unlikely that fieldwork will begin for at least another week. Pioneer Crop Update 4/15/15 Previous articleMost Planters Still Not Running in IndianaNext articleRains Come Back after Minimal Field Drying in Wet Areas Gary Truittlast_img read more

At Long Last Senate Confirms Perdue as USDA Secretary

first_img By Gary Truitt – Apr 24, 2017 Facebook Twitter At Long Last Senate Confirms Perdue as USDA Secretary Sonny PerdueThe U.S. Senate voted Monday evening to confirm Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary, just shy of 100 days after his nomination announcement by then President-elect Donald Trump. The Senate voted 87 – 11 to confirm Perdue. The White House said Perdue would be sworn in Tuesday and immediately begin work at the Department of Agriculture. Perdue and his family were in the Senate gallery during the vote.The confirmation is a long-awaited win for agriculture and for farm groups who are dealing with trade issues with Canada over dairy, disaster relief efforts from plains wildfires, and beginning Farm Bill talks.  Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly voted in favor of Perdue. Donnelly, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said, “Indiana’s farmers and rural communities are counting on Mr. Perdue to look out for them and help set the table for success. We must continue supporting the Renewable Fuel Standard, improving conservation efforts, and ensuring that Hoosier farmers have access to markets across the world. That must happen hand-in-hand with efforts to enhance economic opportunities for rural communities by committing to expanded access to broadband, while we also fight the devastating opioid abuse and heroin use epidemics. I am hopeful that Mr. Perdue will do his best to fulfill these responsibilities by listening to farmers and families in Indiana and our country.”American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, also from Georgia, said in a recent editorial that the vote to confirm Perdue was “overdue,” adding “there’s important work ahead for the agriculture secretary.” After the confirmation vote Duvall said in a statement, “Secretary Perdue is a long-time friend to me and farmers across Georgia, and soon to the millions of men and women across our country who feed and clothe our nation. He is a real-world farmer himself and knows the business inside out. He understands the impact farm labor shortages, trade agreements and regulations have on a farmer’s bottom line and ability to stay in business from one season to the next. There’s important work ahead for the secretary, and he’ll need to address these challenges against the backdrop of the biggest drop in farm prices and income we’ve seen in decades. But just like America’s farmers and ranchers, I know Secretary Perdue isn’t afraid of a hard day’s work. We are confident he is the right man for the job at hand.”Other major farm organizations also released statements in support of the confirmation vote:“The National Corn Growers Association congratulates Secretary Perdue on his confirmation. USDA has been without a Secretary for too long, but we are confident that Secretary Perdue will bring strong leadership to the Department. There are still more than 200 political appointments at USDA that have yet to be made. We strongly urge the Administration to move quickly in filling these positions.”“Congratulations to Secretary Perdue on his confirmation. Farm Credit looks forward to partnering with him in support of rural communities and agriculture. At a time when many farmers are facing challenges with low commodity prices and competitive overseas markets, Secretary Perdue’s leadership at USDA will be critical. His deep, personal experience in agriculture will be a great asset as he works to maintain the safety net for U.S. Producers, open markets for U.S. agricultural products and rebuild rural infrastructure.”- Farm Credit Council CEO Todd Van Hoose.“Sonny Perdue is the kind of leader the pork industry, and the entire livestock industry, needs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He’ll be very good for America’s farmers and ranchers.” – NPPC President Ken Maschhoff, a pork producer from Carlyle, Illinois.“The success of rural America is inextricably linked to a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and growing adoption of higher ethanol blends at the pump. The USDA has played an integral role in this success and we are excited to see Secretary Perdue’s plans to continue leading the way in protecting the economic wellbeing of America’s farmers, while giving consumers the choice for homegrown biofuels at the pump.” – Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor.“Decisions made every day at the USDA have a significant impact on our ability to run our operations. We are excited to have a Secretary that comes from the industry, understands the complexities of our business, and is willing to stand up and fight for the hard-working men and women in rural America. We are looking forward to working with Secretary Perdue in his new role leading the Department of Agriculture.” – Craig Uden, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Home Indiana Agriculture News At Long Last Senate Confirms Perdue as USDA Secretary SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleDuPont Pioneer Agronomy Report 4/24/17 Gary Truittlast_img read more

Stock show to ban Confederate flag, allow open carrying

first_imgprintWith the return of the annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo this weekend, spectators should expect a few changes to the usual excitement.This year, the Confederate battle flag is being banned from the official events at the stock show, according to WFAA.Another difference in this year’s show is the allowance of open carrying in accordance with the new Texas state law that went into effect on Jan. 1.There are some restrictions to openly carrying guns at rodeo events which are listed here.The Stock Show is a popular attraction in Fort Worth, but fans should be prepared for a few minor changes when the event starts this Friday. Twitter Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ Kristen Weaver is a junior journalism and Spanish major from Plano, Texas, and a managing editor for the109. She is addicted to taking pictures of her food and petting any and every cat she can find. Facebook Facebook Linkedin Previous articleBig 12 conference championship game a possibilityNext articleHorned Frogs shut down Lady Raiders Kristen Weaver RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ ReddIt Starting the conversation about eating disorders on campus Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature center_img + posts Update: Suspect arrested in connection with death of TCC student Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Twitter Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ Linkedin Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Alum appearing on survival-style reality show ‘Stranded With a Million Dollars’ It’s official: Caylin Moore is a Rhodes Scholar ReddIt Kristen Weaver last_img read more

Robert F. Maguire III, Whose Projects Included Pasadena’s Plaza Las Fuentes, Dies At 86

first_imgPeople Robert F. Maguire III, Whose Projects Included Pasadena’s Plaza Las Fuentes, Dies At 86 STAFF REPORT Published on Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 1:46 pm Make a comment Plaza Las Fuentes at 132 N Euclid Ave Pasadena, CA 91101The architect who designed Pasadena’s iconic Plaza Las Fuentes, with its layered levels, gurgling water flows and tiled vignettes steps from Pasadena City Hall, has reportedly died at 86.Robert F. Maguire III died at his home in Studio City due to complications from pneumonia, a family representative told the Los Angeles Times.Maguire founded Maguire Properties, then known as Maguire Partners, in 1965 and continued serving in the roles of Co-CEO and chairman of the board of directors, according to the company.“Over its 39 year history, Maguire Partners established a successful record of producing premier buildings of lasting quality and architectural excellence, often in joint ventures with major corporations,” company representatives said in a written statement.The company developed the Wells Fargo Center in Los Angeles in the 1980s and went on to develop the Plaza Las Fuentes, 135 N. Los Robles Ave. in Pasadena, in 1989.“The U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest office building west of the Mississippi River, was completed in 1989 as part of the Los Angeles Central Library redevelopment plan which Maguire Partners spearheaded,” according to the statement. “The Gas Company Tower was the second office building in this plan.”Maguire also developed Glendale Center in 1996.Maguire was born in Portland, Oregon on April 18, 1935, the Times reported.Prior to his long career as a developer, Maguire served as vice president at Security Pacific National Bank, according to the company.“Mr. Maguire has directed the development of over 25 million square feet of institutional-quality projects nationally, usually with major tenants including Sempra Energy, IBM, Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America, the Walt Disney Company, MGM, and Time Warner, among many others,” the statement said.“Under Mr. Maguire’s direction, the firm has developed some of the most significant landmark projects in the country,” it continued. “These include the premier projects, U.S. Bank Tower, Gas Company Tower, Wells Fargo Tower and KPMG Tower in Los Angeles, Pasadena’s Plaza Las Fuentes, the Glendale Center, Commerce Square in downtown Philadelphia and Solana in Dallas.”More information on Maguire Properties can be found on the company’s website at maguireproperties.com. Business News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 40 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

Cllr insists gritters should operate throughout the night

first_img Twitter Twitter Cllr insists gritters should operate throughout the night Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Google+ Facebookcenter_img Pinterest By News Highland – February 3, 2021 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 The Cathaoirleach of the Stranorlar MD has insisted that gritters should operate throughout the night, particularly during an extreme weather alert.Currently, gritters here do not operate between the hours of midnight and 6am with concern locally among some motorists who have to use untreated routes during that time frame.The Council is being urged to review its policy but it’s understood that due to a number of operational reasons it’s currently not feasible.However, Cllr Gary Doherty says local authorities elsewhere have gritters out during the night, so he doesn’t see why the Council here can’t adopt something similar:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/garygritting.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Previous articleDoherty accuses Minister of being ‘tone deaf’ over salary hike decisionNext articleTalks on reopening special schools ‘could have been dealt with better’ News Highland last_img read more

Missed warning signs and failure to fortify US Capitol bewilder experts

first_imgdrnadig/iStockBy MATTHEW MOSK, BENJAMIN SIEGEL, OLIVIA RUBIN, MIKE LEVINE and LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Political leaders demanded late Wednesday to know why law enforcement did not better fortify the United States Capitol after extremist groups for days chattered online about their plans to react violently to the final formal step of certifying President Donald Trump’s 2020 election defeat.“How did so many rioters get into this building from so many directions? How was it breached?” Rep. Karen Bass, a California Democrat and House Judiciary Committee member, told ABC News. “You saw people with ropes scaling the building. You [normally] can’t even get into this building with a purse.”Ken Cuccinelli, the Department of Homeland Security’s acting deputy secretary, told ABC News he was “quite surprised” to watch on television an instance in which the doors of the Capitol were breached with no obvious police resistance — even as U.S. Capitol Police officers with shields withstood the force of a mob armed with pepper spray at other locations.“All of us in law enforcement have been planning for this for a number of days,” Cuccinelli said. “This is all going to get analyzed. It really is going to have to be looked at.”U.S. Capitol Police, which is the lead agency in protecting the hallowed structure, could not be reached for comment.The potential for a mob of President Trump’s supporters to launch an assault on the Capitol was not explicitly laid out by extremist groups. But there were red flags and warning signs widely circulating on social media and flagged to law enforcement in the run-up to Wednesday’s unprecedented breach, internal bulletins and intelligence reports obtained by ABC News show.Intelligence reports widely circulated among federal law enforcement agencies included scores of social media posts condoning unruly actions similar to those that unfolded Wednesday. A Dec. 29 report by the online extremism watchdog group SITE quoted a right-wing activist saying, “I really don’t care if people break into Congress and drag these politicians out in the streets.”In one video cited in the report, agitators “encouraged each other to attend the event armed and prepare for violence,” the report said.The report concluded that extremist far-right and conspiratorial groups would use the Jan. 6 pro-Trump protest to act on online threats.“Based on the fairly straightforward intelligence that thousands of angry people were going to come and show their presence — including groups prone to violence — law enforcement was totally ill-prepared to handle today’s incident,” said ABC News contributor Brad Garrett, a former FBI special agent. “This was a phenomenal law enforcement failure.”Federal and local law enforcement were openly talking about security concerns they harbored in the days leading up to Wednesday’s “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington. One federal official briefed on the situation told ABC News that concerns about violence were not a secret. The official said it’s not clear why more action was not taken with so much advance notice.Mary McCord, a Georgetown Law professor and former federal prosecutor, said federal agencies that protect the nation’s most sacred and hallowed offices had gathered ample information ahead of the assault on the Capitol.“I don’t know why the Capitol Police were so unprepared,” McCord said.Her alarm at the ease with which the protest mob moved across the National Mall, over modest fortifications, and into the Capitol, was shared by members of Congress. Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, said the breach “raises grave security concerns.”“I intend to have the Committee on House Administration work with the bipartisan House and Senate leadership to address these concerns and review the response in coming days,” she said.Rep. Bass, a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, told ABC News she believes “a full investigation needs to happen.”“I have always felt safe at the Capitol,” Bass said. “It would have never dawned on me that this is the place where I needed to be afraid.”Jeh Johnson, who served as Secretary of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama, said he believes “there could have been adequate security in place to prevent this from happening.”Not only was Wednesday’s breach predictable, said ABC News contributor Garrett, but in a city so accustomed to mass gatherings, it should have been a routine law enforcement exercise to fortify against it.“This should have been a classic anti-riot operation for a law enforcement agency, where a perimeter is set up in advance, crowds are channeled away from their target location, and reinforcements are called in from the National Guard or other federal agencies,” Garrett said. “I just can’t imagine that the Capitol Police didn’t go through that drill.”Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine told ABC News that, more than anything, the day’s events were “so tragic on so many levels, it literally is hard to describe.”Dine said the breach was no doubt “the worst nightmare” for a department dedicated to “protecting that place, those people, the democratic process. … There’s no question about it, there’s a whole lot of work to be done.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. 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Jake Toolson lifts Utah Valley past Chicago State 103-71

first_imgFebruary 21, 2019 /Sports News – Local Jake Toolson lifts Utah Valley past Chicago State 103-71 Written by Rob Shaw had 15 points for the Cougars (3-24, 0-12), who have now lost 16 straight games. Anthony Harris added 15 points and five steals. Patrick Szpir had 15 points and six assists. Utah Valley posted a season-high 16 3-pointers. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah (AP) — Jake Toolson had 25 points as Utah Valley rolled past Chicago State 103-71 on Thursday night. Associated Press Richard Harward had 19 points and 16 rebounds for Utah Valley (18-8, 7-4 Western Athletic Conference). Conner Toolson added 13 points. Isaiah White had 11 points for the home team.center_img Utah Valley scored 54 points in the first half, a season high for the team. The Wolverines improve to 2-0 against the Cougars on the season. Utah Valley defeated Chicago State 74-60 on Jan. 26. Utah Valley takes on UMKC at home on Saturday. Chicago State matches up against Seattle on the road on Saturday. Tags: Jake Toolson/UVU Wolverines Basketball/WAC It was the first time this season Utah Valley scored more than 100 points. Toolson shot 6 for 9 from deep.last_img read more

New kids on the block

first_imgOne of the most eagerly anticipated sporting contests of the year will take place in London this Saturday. The reputation of the country\’s two finest universities will be at stake as huge crowds flock to watch Oxford and Cambridge race for a place in the history books.While the Boat Race happens over on the Thames, the real sporting drama will be in the annual Oxford and Cambridge Goat race at Spitalfields City Farm in East London.The event, now in its third year, involves two goats named Oxford and Cambridge racing along a route through the farm. Anthony Goh, one of the founders of the race, told Cherwell that he was shocked at how popular the event has turned out to be.\”It was just a conversation in a pub that went too far, and we ended up doing it. First year we had no idea what to expect and 300 people came along. Last year 1000 people turned up which was a bit too much considering we reached the farm\’s maximum capacity. So this year it is better organised – there will be better entertainment, market stalls and online ticketing.\”Other events will also run alongside the main race this year. A Stoat Race, Nice Butt Contest and a How Low Can You Goat limbo competition have all been added to the schedule.This Saturday will see a rematch of last year\’s race, with the same brother and sister pair of goats racing each other. Goh said that despite the family connection there is still a rivalry between the animals, which may even come close to that of the two institutions they represent.\”The goats are sizing each other up already – there is a bit of tension in the paddock but hopefully there will be no punch up,\” he saidMale goat Cambridge took the honours in last year\’s event, matching his namesake\’s victory on the river. Goh was however unaware of any correlation between the results of the two races. He commented, \”to be honest I am so wrapped up in the goat race I don\’t actually notice who wins boat race.\”One second year Oxford student claimed that he might be tempted to watch the race if it consisted of two sets of eight goats tied together, but this would contravene the farm\’s strict animal cruelty guidelines. Goh said, \”The farm is very big on ethical treatment, and we work very closely with them.\”He added that the farm even scuppered the organiser\’s attempts to provide a prize for the winning goat, \”We had wanted to supply a bouquet of flowers for the winner to eat, except that the farm is suffering from an overweight problem so we\’re not allowed.\”The glory of victory will therefore have to be enough for the winner of this unique sporting event.last_img read more

Speech: Developing a UK-Ireland higher education and research partnership

first_imgIt’s an honour to be here today with such a distinguished group of researchers, teachers and innovators from our 2 countries. And a pleasure to speak alongside my esteemed counterpart John Halligan.Today is a good opportunity to celebrate the special relationship between our 2 countries – and also to deepen it, building on our relationships in the fields of research, innovation, and higher education.As the Prime Minister said in her Mansion House speech, the UK is committed to establishing a far-reaching science and innovation pact with the EU. It is our aim that Britain remains at the forefront of collective endeavours to better understand, and make better, the world in which we live. The exchange of ideas and of researchers is essential to this.UK-Ireland collaboration on researchThe UK and Ireland collaborate through a number of EU multilateral forums, not least Horizon 2020. We are working together on a dizzying range of cutting edge projects. We’re collaborating to find new ways to unlock the energy potential of our oceans through the Marinet project. We are deepening our understanding of serious illnesses, through the Joint Programming Initiative for Neurodegenerative Disease Research. We are working out how best to deploy Ebola vaccine through the EBODAC project. These are just a few of the inspiring examples of joint projects our 2 countries are involved in. Indeed, we are Ireland’s second most frequent collaborator in Horizon 2020 projects.We are also proud of our bilateral work together, like the BBSRC’s lead agency agreement with Science Foundation Ireland, which to date has funded 14 applications, totalling nearly £8 million.In the last five years, the UK’s Research Council funded 119 projects involving partners based in Ireland, representing a total value of £146 million.When it comes to innovation, I believe the UK has much to gain from working with Ireland.I’m excited by projects like the new partnership between the cities of Belfast and Dublin to develop new, clean solutions to deliver goods within cities. Cracking the problem of ‘last mile’ distribution could mean cheaper goods, more reliable deliveries, and cleaner air – 3 big prizes.Ireland has over the last 30 years built a powerful and dynamic knowledge economy, attracting investment from abroad and encouraging entrepreneurship at home. As the UK pushes ahead with our Industrial Strategy, increasing our investment in R&D and creating the opportunity for high-growth businesses to thrive, we have much to learn from Ireland’s successes.Higher educationOur long history of partnership carries over into the other half of my brief: higher education. Of 15,000 Irish students studying abroad, two-thirds of them are in the UK. And Ireland is the fifth most popular country for UK students studying abroad.We are keen to maintain our partnership with Ireland as the UK leaves the EU. Indeed, we want it not just to continue, but to get stronger. We welcome Irish students to the UK. And we have no intention to cut or cap international student numbers.Students from Ireland bring greater diversity to our campuses, an international dimension to the experience of everyone at our universities. They stimulate demand for courses, and add to the UK’s impressive research capacity.In the short term they bring welcome income to UK universities, and to the economies of our towns and cities. In the longer term, they offer something even more valuable: the prospect of ongoing business, political, cultural and research links between our 2 countries. Long may this continue.That is why we are committed to maintaining rights of Irish nationals to access higher and further education courses on a reciprocal basis. This includes rights to qualify for home fee status, student loans and other support, subject to meeting the same eligibility criteria as UK nationals.We are working towards agreeing the high-level principles with Ireland, and considering the exact details of future eligibility criteria for student loans and support in England following the end of the Implementation Period in December 2020, including ways to ensure that Irish students continue to have access to student finance support.The futureAt today’s conference we’ll be discussing a wide range of areas for future collaboration. They range from life science to agri-food to space and satellite technologies, and from pure research to innovation projects taking place within businesses.Wider EU relationshipI would also like to say a few words about the UK’s wider science and research plans as we prepare to leave the European Union. The UK is an active and valued participant in European research and innovation programmes.The UK and EU Joint Report, published in December, sets out that UK entities’ right to participate in EU programmes, including Horizon 2020, will be unaffected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. In the areas of citizens’ rights and the financial settlement, we have translated all of the commitments we made in December, delivering on our promise to reflect the Joint Report in the Withdrawal Agreement.The Joint Report envisages that existing projects will continue to receive uninterrupted funding for the lifetime of the project.We want to assure the EU of our commitment to ongoing collaboration in Science and Innovation; we want to work together on a mutually beneficial outcome. This potentially includes continuing to take part in those programmes that are greatly to the UK’s and the EU’s joint advantage, such as those that promote science, education and culture.To that end, we would like to ensure that the new FP9 remains open to our association. We recognise that such an association would necessarily involve an appropriate financial contribution in line with other associates, and would like to discuss the details. In turn, our priorities are that FP9 remains focused on excellence, EU-added value, and openness to the world, as we outlined in our position paper, and that the programme allows associated countries a suitable degree of influence, in recognition of the benefits they bring to it and in line with their financial contributions. To this end, we intend to engage fully and constructively in the design of FP9.We hope that our future participation in FP9 will provide us with a further opportunity to collaborate with Ireland, alongside our bilateral partnerships.ConclusionOur relationship with Ireland in the fields of research, innovation and higher education is of the utmost importance to us. Together, we can do better research, promote our mutual prosperity, and build on the deep cultural links between our countries.I am delighted to share a platform today with John Halligan, and with so many distinguished innovators from our 2 nations, as we seek to deepen our partnership.last_img read more