As The Crow Flies Delivers The Goods At Capitol Theatre Tour Opener [Review/Photos]

first_imgAs The Crow Flies | Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 4/17/2018 | Photos: Bob Forte Photo: Robert Forte Following the acrimonious dissolution of the Black Crowes in 2015 it seemed all but a certainty that fans would forever be resigned to enjoying the band’s music via only blurred memories and or iTunes. Seemingly out of nowhere, 2017 served as the launching point for what has now become a full on rebirth of the Black Crowes, albeit in rather unthorodoxed and unexpected forms.The Magpie Salute, featuring former Black Crowes members Rich Robinson, Marc Ford and Sven Pipien, were the first outfit to dip their toes back into the Crowe’s universe. Based on comments Black Crowes front man Chris Robinson made regarding the band reuniting, as well as the the Magpie Salute specifically, it sure seemed that the elder of the Robinson brothers was not all that interested in bringing the Black Crowes back to life in any iteration.However, late in 2017 rumors began to surface that Robinson was piecing together a Black Crowes touring outfit of his own, that would also include former band members. Whispers of a Robinson fronted Black Crowes project were confirmed as being true this past January when the inaugural tour of As The Crow Flies was official announced. Former Black Crowes players Audley Freed, bassist Andy Hess and keyboardist Adam MacDougall were quickly brought in the As the Crow Flies fold. Robinson also tapped current Chris Robinson Brotherhood drummer Tony Leone, as well as rising guitar phenom Marcus King, to round out the As the Crowes lineup.This past Tuesday April 17th, As the Crow Flies took off for their initial flight within the confines of the renowned Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. A combination of nervous energy and excitement permeated throughout the entirety of the sold out Capitol Theatre audience prior to the band taking to the venue’s lighted stage. Perhaps the biggest question mark regarding the As the Crow line up was the inclusion of southern fried guitar hero Marcus King. The concerns were likely tied to the fact that many of the Black Crowes die hard fans simply weren’t all that familiar with King himself or his music. King fronts and plays lead guitar for Greenville, South Carolina based juggernaut The Marcus King Band. The Marcus King Band itself is rooted in improvisation, pscyhedelia and southern inspired licks and harmonies. Subsequently King’s own musical DNA aligns quite well with the Black Crowes sonic palette, making it quite apparent as to why Robinson was eager to bring King into the As the Crow Flies fold.Fans did not have to wait long to see if King was capable of brining the type of guitar based bombast that were a trademarks of past Crowes guitarists such as Marc Ford and Luther Dickinson. Early on the in set King unleashed an electrifying solo to close out “By Your Side” that actually turned out to be the first “wow” moment of the evening. Not to be out done, former full time Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed more than proved to the Capitol Theatre faithful there were ample reasons as to why Robinson brought him along to be a part of the As the Crow Flies tour. Any detractors regarding that particularly sentiment surely must have been swayed following Freed’s first foray into the guitar spotlight on the evening with the combustible solo he served up to wind down a resplendent take on “Non Fiction.”Robinson himself was in good spirits throughout the night’s performance.  The front man treated the audience to ample doses of smiles, effulgent vocals and of course some of his renowned dance moves. Robinson and the band as a whole seemed to shine and find their groove more as the performance moved into the second half of the set. Highlights included blistering takes on “Thorn in My Pride and “My Morning Song” as well as main set closer “Hard to Handle,” which included an extended and majestic jam of Deep Purple’s “Hush.”Was everything perfect on the first night of the As the Crow Flies tour?  The answer to that question is probably “no” but with a strong asterisk next to it. The quintet only live rehearsed together for a few days in Brooklyn, NY prior to the tour kicking off. More importantly bands like the Black Crowes were in large part, driven to greater heights by the technical acumen that existed within the band, as well as with their intrinsic familiarity with another musically.Rest assured As the Crow Flies has the first of the two aforementioned traits in spades. As the tour progress and these musicians become more familiar with another both on and off the stage, thousands of fans are going to be lining up to share the ride with Robinson and his flock of fellow As the Crow Flies brethren.Setlist: Remedy, Sting Me, Twice as Hard, By Your Side, Non Fiction, Good Frida, Almost Cut My Hair, Wiser Time, She Talks to Angels, Thorn in My Pride, My Morning Song, Jealous Again, Hard to Handle > Hushcenter_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Wyoming Lawmakers Push for Higher Taxes on Wind-Generated Electricity

first_imgWyoming Lawmakers Push for Higher Taxes on Wind-Generated Electricity FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Laura Hancock for the Casper Star Tribune:A group of lawmakers, accusing wind farms of “seeking to shut down” the coal industry, drummed up proposals Wednesday to increase taxes on the renewable energy source to raise money for education.There are 21 wind farms across Wyoming that on a blustery day can produce 1,412 megawatts of power, and a handful of additional projects in the works. But much of the discussion during the Legislature’s Joint Revenue Committee meeting at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds was on how the industry has allegedly contributed to the decline of coal.The committee ultimately ordered its nonpartisan staff to draft two bills that would increase taxes on wind. One would increase the tax per megawatt hour of wind produced in Wyoming. The current tax is a dollar per megawatt hour. The actual amount of the change would be decided by the committee later.The second bill that will be drafted would require wind companies to fork over a portion of the federal production tax credit they receive from the federal government – perhaps as much as $12 per megawatt hour. But the exact amount would also be decided later.Wind energy industry representatives told the committee in person and in written communications that increased taxes might prevent development of the industry in Wyoming. That didn’t seem to deter lawmakers.“If it kills a project, it kills a project,” said Sen. Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower.Full article: Legislators seek higher taxes on windlast_img read more

Coram Man Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 56-year-old man was killed when a car he was a passenger in crashed into a truck in his hometown of Coram on Wednesday morning.Suffolk County police said Joseph Reilly, 48, of Port Jefferson Station, was driving a Toyota eastbound on Route 25, when he collided with a northbound Ford van with an attached trailer at the corner of Route 112 shortly after 11 a.m.Dennis Reilly, a passenger in the Toyota, was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Investigators said Joseph Reilly may have disregarded a traffic signal when he entered the intersection before the crash, but the driver was not charged.Neither Joseph Reilly nor the driver of the van was injured.Highway Patrol Bureau Motor Carrier Safety Section officers inspected the van. The Toyota was impounded.Sixth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask any witnesses that have not yet been interviewed by detectives to call them at 631-854-8652.last_img read more

From idea to reality: five years since the first subsea compression system

first_img Premium You are currently not logged into your account. Register and get a two week trial. You need javascript to validate your login status. You are currently not logged in to a MyNavingo account. Log in Register Premium content Premium content Premium content Artist impression: Source: EquinorFive years after the kick off, the subsea compression system covering an area the size of a football field, at Equinor-operated Ã…sgard development in the Norwegian Sea, still runs like clockwork. Your current account does not have access to this premium item. Please upgrade your membership to access this content. Go to the shoplast_img read more

COLUMN: Class of ’17 saw craziest USC football turnaround

first_imgHow do you sum up four years in 1,000 words? With a collection of loosely related memories? An overarching thesis that tries to tie them all together?For almost every one of the 120 or so weeks that the Class of 2017 has been at USC, I’ve had the pleasure and challenge of trying to break down the state of Trojan athletics in the space of this column. How can I cram all of those moments — every game, every play, every questionable call, let alone every football head coaching hire — into one column? (Granted, this one’s a little over 1,000 words).It’s natural for any USC graduate to look at the history of Trojan athletics within the context of a student’s four years at the University. Of course, these four-year blocks overlap with others, and it’s hard to frame any one period separately from all the tradition and history that led up to that point. It’s not like breaking down presidential terms or cycles of Olympic Games. But nonetheless, I have one last argument to make in these columns, as I try to wrap my head around all the nostalgia and memories from my time here at USC.The Class of 2017 witnessed the craziest four-year turnaround of Trojan football in its history.This is certainly not to say that we witnessed the best four-year period in USC football history, even the greatest four-year turnaround or the craziest single four-year period. But we have seen a remarkable change in the direction of the football program from our freshman years, and it will be generations until the Trojans ever wind down a road wilder than the one we watched to get to this point.Granted, my memory of USC football doesn’t include anything prior to 2000, so I qualify that any of my grand superlatives may sell short the accomplishments of the program under Howard Jones, John McKay or John Robinson. But you would have to go all the way back to the 2000 season to have anything which to really compare USC’s current turnaround.That was Paul Hackett’s last year at the helm in the Coliseum. The team went 5-7. You almost have to stop and double-take at that record to really process it: USC football, at one point in the 21st century, finished a season below .500. Petros Papadakis, then a captain of the team before starting his career as a broadcaster, proudly refers to the group as “the worst football team in USC history.”Then comes along a guy named Pete Carroll, quarterback Carson Palmer turns into a Heisman trophy winner and by the 2003 season, the Trojans have won an Orange Bowl then a Rose Bowl, the latter earning them an AP Poll National Championship.So the 2000-2003 four-year block probably deserves the distinction as the greatest actual turnaround. In that span, the football program literally went from “worst” to first. Much ink has been spilt on this paper surrounding the legend of Pete Carroll during that window — the only thing that can really do it any justice at this point is ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary about the program. Whether the greatest four-year period of USC football should include the 2005 season or end after the 2004 national championship, well, I’ll leave that up to you — but hey, one could even make a case for the string of four consecutive Rose Bowl appearances ending with three wins in a row from the 2005-2008 season.When solely looking at the wildest, craziest, most bizarre and unbelievable four years at USC, these past four make a great case. But the real wildness within the USC program started just before we got here.You could include the sanction seasons. You could include Carroll’s departure after the 2009 season and Lane Kiffin’s unremarkable first year in 2010. Almost everyone forgets how amazing Kiffin’s 2011 season was with the Trojans, when the postseason ineligible team went 10-2 — vaulting Matt Barkley into the top of the Heisman watch list and the Trojans to the No. 1 spot in the 2012 preseason AP Poll.But that’s when I would consider the beginning of the single craziest four years ever of USC football. This was my senior year of high school, just as I was deciding if I would follow through on the lifelong dream of attending USC.And the Trojans went 7-6. There was the first loss to UCLA in six seasons, what could have been Barkley’s legendary fourth season ending with an injury, coming just short of knocking Notre Dame out of the national championship game — the first time I thought I was going to storm the field at the Coliseum — and then the still unfathomable loss to Georgia Tech’s triple option attack on the windiest day ever in El Paso, Texas in the Sun Bowl — the one where the Trojans forgot to show up on time for the bowl game’s honorary dinner.Then you can throw in every ridiculous turn that happened between 2013 and 2015 — the ones we on the Daily Trojan spent every week talking about. Kiffin’s us-versus-the-world mentality worked in the last sanction season of 2011, but then crashed on the LAX tarmac after the ASU blowout. Coach O cemented his place in the Interim Football Coaches Hall of Fame, putting the “southern” back in Southern California. But as much as I loved interviewing him — and I must say that my impression of his Bayou drawl was spot-on by the end of that 2013 season — he seems to have finally found his proper home back at LSU. Sarkisian was the final nail in the coffin of the Ghosts of Carroll, proving it was finally time to move on from that phase of USC history.So concluded the strangest ever four-year stretch in USC football history. The Class of 2016 that got to witness it all will hold that distinction for a long time.For us seniors, though, we got to watch the story unfold for one more year.I don’t think anyone from the Daily Trojan was really sold on Clay Helton. It’s impossible to separate his legacy at USC from the performance of Sam Darnold — and I’d like to peddle one last 20/20 hindsight theory that if Helton had waited until after last year’s Utah game to replace Max Browne with Darnold, the Trojans might have played for the national championship this year. But the 2017 season proved that the Trojans have found a leader they can trust in Helton — one who can hopefully bring that elusive consistency that this program has always needed along with its ethos of Southern California swagger.To put into perspective how remarkable of a turnaround we got to see, we need to look only at the two games that book-ended our four years.My first USC home game — the first one I ever really tailgated, the first one I witnessed from the student section surrounded by the guys who would turn out to be my best friends, the moment I had spent all of high school looking forward to — was a 10-7 loss to Washington State. Not the respectable Washington State of the new and competitive Pac-12, but the Washington State I had grown up watching USC automatically beat. The Washington State that finished 2013 under .500 held a USC offense to single digits.My last ever USC football game ever was Rose Bowl win. I had seen four growing up. This one was easily the sweetest.And there you have it. The craziest four-year turnaround in USC football history.A lot has changed personally over the course of those four years. I came into USC dreaming of a career covering sports. Now, I think any “job” I’ll have in the sports world will involve coaching them. I would challenge any aspiring sportswriter to never conflate the two. We write to inform fellow fans, not to challenge the coaches we cover. Coaches don’t read sports columns — or at least they shouldn’t — but every fan who loves their team does. If you really think you could have put together a better game plan, give it a try. There is an endless number of opportunities to get involved with youth sports coaching around the country.To all of my sports editors, it’s been a pleasure. To Jake, the ever reliable ying to my yang in this space these past eight semesters, we’ll have to find something else to disagree about after we graduate. To TrojanCBB and BenFactor, my first-ever comment trolls on the Conquest Chronicles blog, you’re right — I’ll never be a real sportswriter — but to Chris Dufresne, thank you for making sure that I got published in the Los Angeles Times sports page at least once. To Mom and Dad, for the endless support at every different twist my career track, much love.There will always be a hole in my heart until the Trojan dynasty brings back the national championship it let slip away to Texas. The 2017 season honestly may be the best chance in the foreseeable future for USC to do so, but I have no bold prediction to offer on next year.If USC can turn that dream into a reality, it will be someone else’s story to tell.Luke Holthouse is a senior majoring in policy, planning and development and print and digital journalism. His column, “Holthouse Party,” ran on Wednesdays.last_img read more

Turkey 2013: Duncan and Narh dropped against USA

first_imgGhana U-20 Coach Sellas “Bobo” Tetteh has made two critical changes in his line-up for the must-win FIFA U20 World Cup tie against the United States of America on Thursday.The 2009 title winning coach has made two changes to his starting eleven leaving Inter Milan midfielder Alfred Duncan on the bench.Duncan, 20, has had his place taken by Tema Youth midfielder Moses Odjer.Francis Narh’s inability to link up well with Richmond Boakye-Yiadom in attack has cost him his place as Ebenezer Assifuah moves in to take his place.The central defensive pairing of Joseph Attamah and Lawrence Lartey is retained while Baba Rahman and Richmond Nketiah play from the left and right full-back respectively.Odjer comes in to join Seidu Salifu, Clifford Aboagye and Frank Acheampong in midfield. Ghana must record an emphatic victory over USA to stand any chance of progressing to the next stage of the competition after failing to win any of their opening two games of the tournament.Ghana line-up:1.Eric Antwi13.Richmond Nketia14.Lawrence Lartey4.Joseph Attamah5.Baba Rahman8.Seidu Salifu19.Moses Odjer7.Frank Acheampong10. Clifford Aboagye20.Richmond Boakye17.Ebenezer Assifuahlast_img read more

Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week — Tyler Moffat

first_imgFacebook or Twitter: TwitterOther interests: Fly-fishingHockey History:2012-13 Kindersley Klippers, SJHL, Creston Thunder Cats2011-12 Lloydminster Bobcats, SJHL, Creston Thunder Cats2010-11 Calgary Midget AA2009-10 Calgary Midget AA2008-09 Calgary Minor Midget AAAThe Nelson Daily: What brought you to the Leafs?Tyler Moffat: A trade. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go back to Creston and when I found out you could attend post secondary school with Nelson, and obviously they’re a good team I asked my coach if it would be possible to get a trade worked out with Nelson.TND: What type of a goalie are you?TM: I’m a more athletic goalie. I can’t really rely on my size so I have to rely on reactions and agility.TND: What strengths do you bring to the Leafs?TM: I think I can give the team a chance to win in every game we play. I consider myself a bit of a leader in the room. I’m pretty easy-going guy but I can definitely give the rookies advice if they need it.TND: Your former team is having a pretty good season. Any regrets leaving? Why?TM: No. I enjoyed my time in Creston but it just wasn’t the best place for me to go back to for my final year considering I do want to start post-secondary education and Nelson’s really the only team that offers that opportunity.TND: The recent success of Brad Rebagliati, do we have the makings of a Luongo/Schnieder Canuck goalie controversy with the Leafs?TM: Not really. I think it’s really good we have two goalies that can win us games every night. This isn’t just like any other year in Nelson because the team is hosting the Cyclone (Taylor Cup). So to be in tournament like that and have the pressure of being a championship team you need two goalies that can steal a game on any give night. . .. It’s only going to help us win more games and just going to make everybody look better. . .. It gives me motivation to play well as well because otherwise I won’t be able to get in the nets.TND: What are your individual goals this season and beyond?TM: Win league this year because this is my last year of junior. So definitely win the league and if we win the Cyclone, that would be a huge bonus. And individually, it’s a goal of mine to get a scholarship in hockey for a post-secondary education in either Canada or the USA.TM: Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in petroleum land management. Being from Alberta obviously oil huge for us. So to get into that industry would be great.TND: Where do you hope to be next year?TM: At a post-secondary institute in Canada or the USA getting an education.TND: In 5 years?TM: Definitely be graduated and looking for a job somewhere.TND: In 10 years?TM: Married, for sure, settled down somewhere in Alberta. It’s been said that a change is as good as a rest.For Tyler Moffat, a change in scenery has definitely made an impact on his save percentage, wins and almost everything else with the Nelson Leafs Hockey Club.In 11 games, the Calgary native has backstopped Nelson to 10 wins — the lone loss coming in overtime.Moffat is second behind teammate Brad Rebagliati in both goal average (2.13) and save percentage (.921).“Moffs” as he’s known to his teammates no doubt will get the call this weekend — even against his former Creston club — when the Green and White take to the ice for a three-game Kootenay International Junior Hockey League weekend.First up is Friday against Princeton Posse before Murdoch rival Spokane makes its first appearance at the NDCC Arena.Both games have a 7 p.m. puck drop.Sunday is that Kootenay Conference showdown in the East Kootenay against the Thunder Cats.Here’s a quick look at Moffat in the Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week.Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the WeekTyler MoffatAge: 20Place of birth: Calgary, Alta.Hometown: Calgary, Alta.Height: 5-foot, 9 inchesWeight: 175 poundsYears in Hockey: 17Years playing goal: 14Favorite NHL Player: Jonathan BernierFavorite NHL Team: Calgary FlamesFavorite Music: Hip HopPre-Game Meal: Chicken/PastaBiggest accomplishment in hockey: Stopping 70 shots during a KIJHL playoff game against Kimberley Dynamiters.School: Selkirk College, Castlegar, Economics/EnglishNickname: Moffslast_img read more

Nelson Leafs play host to 12-team Peewee House Tournament

first_imgThe Leafs begin the tourney Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Civic Arena against the Castlegar Giants.Nelson plays two games Saturday — 9:45 a.m. in the Civic against Tri Cities Thunder and 4:45 p.m. against the Kelowna Chiefs.Sunday teams play in the playoff round with the semi final starting at 8 a.m.The final goes at 1:15 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. Nelson Minor Hockey is hosting a Peewee House tournament beginning Friday at the NDCC and Civic Arenas.Nelson Leafs is the host club in the 12 team tournament that has teams competing from Grand Forks, Kaslo, Creston, Kelowna and Tri Cities.last_img read more

Adult Stem Cell Breakthroughs Continue

first_imgAdult stem cells continue to show promise as more about these pluripotent cells comes to light.Heart repair:  Medical Xpress reported that organ-derived stem cell injections appear to have promise for tissue repair from myocardial infarction.  The cells come from skeletal muscle or adipose tissue.  A week after injection in subjects, “led to a substantial decrease in infarct size and a significant improvement in left ventricle function when compared with injections of cell culture medium alone.”Automatic wound repair:  New Scientist reported that human skin appears to maintain a pool of adult stem cells used in repairing wounds.  The cells exist in eccrine glands, “a type of sweat gland not found in animals,” the article said, adding, “Humans have three times more eccrine glands than hair follicles, making them the major contributor to new skin cells.”  A researcher from Howard Hughes Medical Institute remarked that the finding was “unexpected and against current dogma.”Personalized medicine:  According to Medical Xpress, researchers at Johns Hopkins and Memorial Sloan-Kettering are investigating the use of induced pluripotent stem cells for personalized medicine for those with genetic diseases.  “This approach could move much of the trial-and-error process of beginning a new treatment from the patient to the petri dish, and help people to get better faster.”Rebuilding skeletal muscle:  Another article on Medical Xpress discussed the potential for rebuilding muscle for those with degenerative diseases: “The therapy brings together two existing techniques for muscle repair – cell transplantation and tissue engineering – specifically, mesoangioblast stem cells delivered via a hydrogel cell-carrier matrix.”Stem cell transposable elements as un-junk:  PhysOrg reported that linc-RNAs, a type of non-coding RNA thought to be genetic junk from viral invasions, appear to be landing spots for endogenous retroviruses (ERVs).  David Kelley said that during his PhD work, “these repetitive hopping genes were a major nuisance, which got me thinking about what they were doing in the genome.”  He and John Rinn found that they appear to promote gene transcription.  “Perhaps more intriguingly, lincRNAs containing an ERV family known as HERVH correlated with expression in stem cells relative to dozens of other tested tissues and cells.” Rinn got emotional about this: “This strongly suggests that ERV transposition in the genome may have given rise to stem cell-specific lincRNAs. The observation that HERVHs landed at the start of dozens of lincRNAs was almost chilling; that this appears to impart a stem cell-specific expression pattern was simply stunning!”  From there the article went on to speculate about how this evolved.New kind of stem cell that may make regenerative medicine possible was reported by Medical Xpress.   Adult epithelial cells can be coaxed into induced pluripotent stem cells with desirable attributes; “These seem to be exactly the kind of cells that we need to make regenerative medicine a reality.”  For example, these cells could be used to create personalized medicine for cancer patients.  The cells appear to take on the characteristics of the organ they are transplanted into.Fountain of youth:  A way to refresh aging stem cells to look young again was found by researchers at the University of Toronto, Science Daily said.  It involves inserting growth factors into the stem cells that turn aging factors off.  “The discovery, which transforms aged stem cells into cells that function like much younger ones, may one day enable scientists to grow cardiac patches for damaged or diseased hearts from a patient’s own stem cells — no matter what age the patient — while avoiding the threat of rejection.”With so much success continuing for adult stem cells, it seems superfluous to work with ethically-charged embryonic stem cells.  Work continues on them as well, though – some of it raising fears of abuse.  Nature News, for instance, reported that “Researchers have coaxed cultured embryonic stem cells to develop into eggs that then give rise to normal offspring” in mice.  The article admitted ethical concerns.  The experiments might lead to treatments for infertility; “However, the prospect of transplanting such oocytes into women raises major safety and ethical concerns that will need to be discussed carefully if the findings are repeated in humans.”  But who will discuss the concerns?  Who will decide what “carefully” enough means?  And will it stop mad scientists more concerned about money than ethics?The Family Research Council, which maintains website, recently congratulated Dr. David Prentice, “one of the world’s leading experts on adult stem cells,” for getting a scholarly article published in Tissue and Cell Engineering, titled, Remembering Pioneers in Patient Treatments.  The article “talks about the groundbreaking new science that won Dr. Shinya Yamanaka this year’s Nobel Prize,” according to the FRC newsletter.Adult stem cells: proven track record, no ethical qualms.  Embryonic stem cells: no track record, large ethical qualms.  Enough said?  We cannot trust the scientists themselves to regulate safety and ethics.  These are issues for the public to insist on.  Beware when scientists perform “public engagement” to determine what people approve; read this case of rigged public engagement on Evolution News & Views. 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USDA partners to improve electric infrastructure for more than 347,000 aural Americans across 13 States

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $398.5 million (PDF, 105 KB) to improve rural electric service in 13 states, including Ohio.“Reliable and affordable electricity is undeniably a necessity in today’s world,” Hazlett said. “Under the leadership of Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in keeping our rural communities connected to this essential infrastructure.”USDA is making the investments through the Electric Infrastructure Loan Program. These projects will help improve the quality of life in rural communities in Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.The investments USDA is making today include nearly $43.7 million for smart grid technology to increase system efficiencies. Smart grid includes computer applications, two-way machine-to-machine communications, geospatial information systems and other tools to increase the reliability and efficiency of electric power systems.The Department’s support for rural cooperatives and utilities underscores Secretary Perdue’s priority to promote rural economic development by centering around three principles: infrastructure, partnerships and innovation. Investing in electric infrastructure has increased productivity and improved the quality of life in rural areas for nearly 80 years.In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force.last_img read more