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HempStaff Earns Accreditation From the Better Business Bureau

Press Release – updated: Feb 13, 2020 09:00 EST

KEY LARGO, Fla., February 13, 2020 (Newswire.com) – HempStaff, a Training & Recruiting Agency in the Hemp and Cannabis Industry is very excited to announce an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. As a professional ancillary business working with Hemp and legal marijuana businesses for the past 6 years, HempStaff has helped thousands of candidates work in an industry they are passionate about.
“We have been diligently working with the BBB over the last four months on our application for accreditation and are very excited to be able to announce our A+ rating. As a professional cannabis recruiting and training agency, we are extremely proud of our rating and look forward to continuing working with our clients to ensure they have the best employees for their business,” says Rosie Yagielo, COO.
Since 2014, HempStaff has trained over 8500 students and is currently accredited in Illinois and pending in Massachusetts, two states that require mandatory training. Training classes vary from entry-level classes to more specialized, position-focused training that focuses on the day-to-day activities of an agent or an Agent-in-Charge (Dispensary Manager). HempStaff has held their classroom state-customized dispensary training around the country certifying students in Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington DC, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, Delaware and California! HempStaff also had many requests for live webinars to help those potential students who lived far from any of the “live” locations. In 2019, HempStaff added live, customized webinars to make training available for everyone who wants it. “In addition to our current training classes, we have created an additional 6 hours of curriculum and will be adding new training classes in Q2 of 2020, plus training in two new states, Utah and West Virginia,” Rosie added.
HempStaff’s recruiters work nationwide with business owners to recruit the best candidates possible. The recruiters specialize in streamlining the hiring process to save the business time and money. “Single posts in the Cannabis sector can elicit over 100 resumes and 95% of them will be unqualified. Let our team do the work for you, with no exclusivity or upfront costs, there is no risk to using us,” says James Yagielo, HempStaff CEO.
With the new Hemp regulations that are being approved from state-to-state, candidates specializing in growing, processing and selling hemp are at a premium. Let the HempStaff team help you grow in this new market!
HempStaff can help you hire one specialized employee or your entire team. ​Contact us at info@hempstaff.com.
Dispensary Training Schedulehttps://dispensarytraining.com
Cannabis Job Board​https://cannabisemployment.com
ABOUT HEMPSTAFF
HempStaff was founded in April 2014 and has quickly become an industry leader in cannabis training in addition to medical marijuana, adult-use marijuana, and hemp recruiting. HempStaff specializes in finding management-level employees, such as master growers, extractors or dispensary managers. HempStaff also hosts cannabis dispensary training courses around the United States.  
Media Manager: Britany Slobodjianinfo@hempstaff.com855-665-5627
Source: HempStaff

Bureau of Reclamation awards $3.5 million for 19 projects that will inform water management decisions

Applied science grants help water managers develop tools to inform water management decisions like these areas of the mountain west.

Water managers need the most updated information to ensure they are making the best water management decisions.

WASHINGTON (PRWEB) February 11, 2020
The Bureau of Reclamation selected 19 projects to receive $3.5 million in WaterSMART Applied Science Grants to develop tools and information that will inform and support water management decisions. These projects will be matched by more than $4.5 million, non-federal cost-match, supporting a total project cost of $8 million.
“Water managers need the most updated information to ensure they are making the best water management decisions,” said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. “Applied Science Grants fund tool development and studies that help make western water more reliable.”
The projects selected are as follows:
City of Sierra Vista (Arizona), Web-based Hydrologic Information Portal for the Upper San Pedro Basin, $99,000
Mojave Water Agency (California), Integrated Model Development and Alternatives Evaluation, $150,000
Pala Band of Mission Indians (California), Pala Tribe Innovative Practices in Hydrologic Data Acquisition and Use for Water Management, $55,120
Point Blue Conservation Science (California), California Central Valley Wetlands Water Budget Tool Development, $150,000
Rancho California Water District (California), Groundwater Modeling Enhancement for the Murrietta-Temecula Groundwater Basin, $195,000
University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (California), A California Crop Coefficient Database to Enhance Agricultural Water Demand Estimations and Irrigation Scheduling, $299,627
University of California, Merced (California), Defining the Rain-Snow Transition Zone in the Northern Sierra Nevada, $299,976
Colorado Water Conservation Board (Colorado), Arkansas River Colors of Water and Forecasting Tool, $150,000
The Henry’s Fork Foundation (Idaho), Predictive Hydrologic Modeling and Real-Time Data Access to Support Water Resources Management, $273,211
Idaho Power Company (Idaho), Precipitation Modeling Tools to Improve Water Supply Reliability, $300,000
Desert Research Institute (Nevada), Quantifying Environmental Water Requirements for Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems, $296,740
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico Water Data Initiative and Regional Pilot Project for Improved Data Management and Decision Support Tool in the Lower Pecos Valley, $300,000
Office of the State Engineer/Interstate Stream Commission (New Mexico), Developing a Projection Tool for Rio Grande Compact Compliance, $141,272
Oklahoma State University (Oklahoma), Improving Seasonal Streamflow Forecasts for Irrigation Districts by Incorporating Soil Moisture Information Derived from Remote Sensing, $88,476
Oklahoma State University (Oklahoma), Applying Unmanned Systems for Water Quality Monitoring, $150,000
Texas Water Trade (Texas), Modeling Aquifer Properties in the Contributing Zone of Comanche Springs, $150,000
Gulf Coast Water Authority (Texas), Enhancement of Water Availability Models of the Lower Brazos Basin $30,000
Utah State University (Utah), A Platform Toward an Early Warning System for Shortages in Colorado River Water Supply, $91,078
Washington State University (Washington), Quantifying the State of Groundwater in the Columbia Basin with Stakeholder-Driven Monitoring, $299,940
Learn more about all of the selected projects at https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/appliedscience/.
Through WaterSMART, Reclamation works cooperatively with states, tribes and local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply reliability through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts. Visit http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart to learn more.

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President Proposes $1.1 billion in Fiscal Year 2021 for Bureau of Reclamation

Shasta Dam in California

This budget reaffirms the administration’s commitment to water and power reliability in the West.

WASHINGTON (PRWEB) February 10, 2020
President Trump today proposed a $1.1 billion Fiscal Year 2021 budget for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. The budget builds on recent accomplishments and supports the Administration’s goals of ensuring reliable and environmentally responsible delivery of water and power for farms, families, communities and industry, while providing tools to confront widening imbalances between supply and demand throughout the West.
“President Trump’s 2021 budget request for the Department is about investing in our people and public lands and waters,” said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “He is committed to the mission of conservation and creating more public access for Americans to fully enjoy our national treasures and landscapes. This budget is a critical step in the right direction and provides a path to restore commonsense in our budgeting process.”
“This budget reaffirms the administration’s commitment to water and power reliability in the West,” said Commissioner Brenda Burman. “A significant portion of this request is dedicated to improving existing infrastructure—including dams and reservoirs; creating better water and power certainty for farmers, families and communities; and meeting our environmental stewardship responsibilities.”
The proposed FY 2021 budget includes $979 million for Reclamation’s principal operating account (Water and Related Resources), which will fund operation, maintenance and rehabilitation activities—including dam safety—at Reclamation facilities. This account will also fund planning, construction, water conservation, management of Reclamation lands and efforts to address fish and wildlife habitat needs. It builds on the 2019 Biological Opinion and upcoming record of decision for the Central Valley Project in California by providing $33.0 million to implement the California Bay-Delta Program to help address California’s current water supply and ecological challenges and $55.9 million for the Central Valley Project Restoration Fund to protect, restore, and enhance fish, wildlife, and associated habitats in the Central Valley and Trinity River Basins. It also provides $60.0 million to develop, evaluate, and directly implement Reclamation-wide policy, rules and regulation as well as other administrative functions.
Specific funding within the Water and Related Resources operating account will also build on 2020 spending to continue work on the Arkansas Valley Conduit project, which will provide an alternate clean drinking water supply to rural communities grappling with groundwater contamination issues.
The proposed budget includes $103.2 million in appropriations for extraordinary maintenance (XM) activities across Reclamation—part of a strategy to improve asset management and deal with aging infrastructure to ensure continued reliable delivery of water and power. Examples of XM expenditures include spillway repairs, modifying fish screens, hydroelectric generator maintenance and rewinds, and pumping plant gate maintenance and replacements. Additional XM items are directly funded by revenues, water and power customers, or other federal agencies (e.g., Bonneville Power Administration).
Reclamation provides services through many of its projects and programs to fulfill its trust responsibilities to tribes. The FY 2021 budget request includes a total of $112.1 million for Indian water rights settlements. This includes $43.6 million for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project to continue important construction work; $12.8 million for the Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement; $4.0 million for the Aamodt Litigation Settlement; and $25.9 million for the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement. Other settlements include the Nez Perce Settlement within Columbia and Snake Rivers Salmon Recovery Project ($5.6 million), the San Carlos Apache Tribe Water Settlement Act ($1.6 million), the Ak-Chin Indian Water Rights Settlement Act ($15.3 million) and the Colorado Ute Settlement Act within the Animas La Plata Project ($3.4 million).
The FY 2021 budget, through programs such as the Lower Colorado River Operations Program ($37.6 million) and the Central Valley Project ($141.5 million), will continue efforts in both areas to find long-term, comprehensive water supply solutions for farmers, families and communities in the Colorado River Basin and California. It builds on the incredible work of Colorado River partners and stakeholders to implement drought contingency plans in 2019 and funds federal government obligations under those DCPs.
Other highlights of Reclamation’s FY 2021 budget proposal include:
$107.1 million for the Dam Safety Program to effectively manage risks to the downstream public, property, project and natural resources and provide for risk management activities at Reclamation’s high and significant hazard dams.
$30.3 million for ongoing authorized rural water projects to deliver water supplies to defined rural communities. This includes projects that benefit tribal nations such as the Mni Wiconi Project in South Dakota, the Pick Sloan-Missouri Basin Program – Garrison Diversion Unit in North Dakota, the Fort Peck Reservation/Dry Prairie Rural Water System in Montana, and the Rocky Boy’s/North Central Rural Water System in Montana.
$2.9 million for the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program to support new and continued projects in three funding areas — laboratory scale research studies, pilot-scale testing projects and full-scale testing projects.
$11.0 million for the Science and Technology Program to support continued science and technology projects; water and power technology prize competitions; technology transfer; and outreach activities that address critical water and power management issues.
$27.3 million for the Site Security Program which includes physical security upgrades at key facilities, guards and patrols, anti-terrorism program activities and security risk assessments.
$18.2 million for the WaterSMART Program to support Reclamation’s collaboration with non-federal partners in efforts to address emerging water demands and water shortage issues in the West, as well as promote water conservation and improved water management.
Additional details about Reclamation’s budget request are available at http://www.usbr.gov/budget.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation: A Joint Commitment to the Nation’s Water Infrastructure

The State of the Infrastructure: A Joint Report by the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides a high-level overview of the infrastructure asset portfolio and related asset management practices, collaboration efforts, and future strategies.(PRWeb February 03, 2020)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/u_s_army_corps_of_engineers_and_bureau_of_reclamation_a_joint_commitment_to_the_nations_water_infrastructure/prweb16882450.htm

Executive Speakers Bureau Exclusive Speaker Sam Silverstein Releases New Book “I Am Accountable”

I Am Accountable by leadership speaker Sam Silverstein explains how accountability is the secret to filling your life with more meaning, more success, and more joy—and it all starts with your mindset.(PRWeb December 16, 2019)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/executive_speakers_bureau_exclusive_speaker_sam_silverstein_releases_new_book_i_am_accountable/prweb16776501.htm

Special Offers to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Tourism Bureau Los Angeles Office and the U.S. – Taiwan Travel Year

LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) December 05, 2019
Special Offers to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Tourism Bureau Los Angeles Office and the U.S. – Taiwan Travel Year
The Taiwan Tourism Bureau is devoted to promoting Taiwan tourism to the world while pursuing the goals of globalization, digitalization, localization and sustainability. In November of 1999, the Chicago office was relocated to Los Angeles where the population and household average income were higher to strategically penetrate to and develop the Southern California tourism market. After two decades of effort, the number of American travelers to Taiwan has seen an 82.53% increase, from 317,801 in 1999 to 580,072 in 2018. With the implementation of “Project Vanguard for Excellence in Tourism” and the “Tourism 2020 Sustainable Tourism Development Strategy”, the number of US visitors to Taiwan has shown a rapid growth of 40.99% from 2012 to 2018.
2019 marks the “Year of Taiwan Small Town Ramble” and the “U.S.-Taiwan Travel Year” which celebrates 40 years of friendship and partnership between the United States and Taiwan since the signing of the Taiwan Relations Act. “Human rights protection is the core value of Taiwan’s freedom and democracy. The passing of same sex marriage this year further highlights Taiwan’s respect for basic human rights. This brings Taiwan in alignment with the core values of California, the world’s fifth largest economy with a population of nearly 40 million,” says Abraham Chu, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles.
Thank-you cards with the Chinese calligraphy message of “Visit Taiwan. Feel the Hospitality” by Yung-Hui Chou, Director General of the Tourism Bureau along with the premium Taiwanese tea gift sets from our cross-industry ally Ten Ren’s Tea were shared to our long-term partners who have been promoting Taiwan tourism. Social media influencer Owin Pierson was also invited to the event to share his latest experience in Taiwan.
“The State of California has the most flights to Asia, with a total of 66 weekly direct flights to Taiwan operated by Taiwan’s China Airlines and EVA Air, flying out directly from Los Angeles (31), San Francisco (28), and Ontario (7) respectively. We continuously work on ‘deepening existing markets and diversifying the sources of visitors’. In the next 6 months, we will collaborate with travel agencies and airlines to provide limited-time offers targeting younger baby boomers, Gen X, millennials, and Gen Z. This segment marketing strategy is going to take Taiwan tourism to new heights,” says Brad Shih, Director of Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s Los Angeles office.
Among our cross-industry allies are well-known gourmet, and chain restaurants such as Boiling Point, Meet Fresh, Ten Ren’s Tea, Pine & Crane, Joy, and others. They have all joined us in this event of celebration and within the next 6 months, they will invite Taiwan’s Oh!Bear mascot to pop up at various flash mob events at their restaurants to promote Taiwanese cuisine and offer travel sweepstakes to southern Californians.
Please follow our Tour Taiwan Facebook fan page (https://www.facebook.com/TourTaiwan) and the TripAdvisor Taiwan page (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Profile/TourTaiwan) for offers and great deals on Taiwan tourism!
= = = = = = = = Video Links = = = = = = = =The Latest BuzzFeed Hit Series “Worth It” on Taiwanese Cuisine (total of 3 episodes):Episode 1:https://youtu.be/w3XS900kg1UEpisode 2:https://youtu.be/xscOXwsaGLQEpisode 3:https://youtu.be/JCHttVEG_Lk
The Latest Promotional Video on Taiwan Transit Tourism (Taipei City and Sanxia Yingge Town):https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Dp7rc-XbOgcz5BE5w5nqAq_nK2SCXb4E

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BuzzFeed’s Hit Series “Worth It” Partners With Taiwan Tourism Bureau for Three-Episode Special, “Worth It Goes To Taiwan”

LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) December 05, 2019
BuzzFeed’s hit series “Worth It” is partnering with the Taiwan Tourism Bureau for a three-episode special, “Worth It Goes To Taiwan,” which debuted Sunday, October 13 at 8:00 am PT on the BuzzFeed YouTube channel.
Through the partnership, “Worth It” hosts Steven Lim and Andrew Ilnyckyj and cameraman Adam Bianchi will travel through Taiwan, celebrating Taiwanese culture and visiting restaurants in Taipei, Tainan and Taichung. The trio embarks on the ultimate Taiwanese food adventure, trying delicious foods at their famous three different price points: affordable, middle tier, and luxury. At the end of the episode, the group decides which item is the most “worth it” at its given price. BuzzFeed’s “Worth It” has received 1.2 billion lifetime video views to date.
Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s expert itinerary coordinators organized travel, transportation and hotel accommodations for the “Worth It” cast and crew for ten days, and conducted outreach to several establishments featured throughout the special. The Bureau’s long-running connections with local businesses and operations provided “Worth It” with exclusive access and permissions to locations across the country.
“Taiwan’s geographic advantage provides an abundance of fresh ingredients and its historic background shapes the wide variety of dishes available, from street food and night markets to the many restaurants that serve creatively plated meals with farm/ocean-to-table ingredients. In ‘Worth It Goes to Taiwan,’ international audiences will learn about the accessibility of Taiwanese cuisine, convenient transportation throughout the cities, and lush countryside through the lens of ‘Worth It.’ We are pleased to have this opportunity to work with BuzzFeed’s most popular culinary series and are touched by the team’s strong sense of creativity, responsibility and devotion to their work,” said Brad Shih, Director of Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s Los Angeles office.
“Food has always been a cultural touchpoint — ‘Worth It’ fans have traveled the world to try the dishes featured in the series. For this special edition of ‘Worth It,’ we’re excited to expose our audience to Taiwanese culinary culture, working with the Taiwan Tourism Bureau to highlight the best the country has to offer in a fun and truly unique way,” said BuzzFeed showrunner Katie LeBlanc.
View the first episode of “Worth It Goes to Taiwan” here. Download show art here and credits below.
Showrunner: Katie LeBlancExecutive Producers: Steven Lim, Andrew Ilnyckyj, Adam BianchiLine Producer: Yidi LiPost Supervisor: Avery KotzurCast: Steven Lim, Andrew Ilnyckyj
About TaiwanTaiwan is a beautiful mountainous island nation that contains a diverse range of natural wonders, ecotourism activities, rich culture, and culinary opportunities. From experiencing the lively cities, eating through colorful street markets, touring historical temples and museums, relaxing in mountain resorts, sunbathing on tropical beaches, to driving through national forests, travelers can indulge in a wide variety of different landscapes, cultures and cuisines all within short distances given the island’s size. Taiwan is an ideal gateway to the rest of Asia; many airlines fly directly to Taiwan, making it a perfect travel destination.
About BuzzFeedBuzzFeed is the world’s leading tech-powered media company, with a cross-platform news and entertainment network that reaches hundreds of millions of people globally. The company produces articles, lists, quizzes, videos, original series; lifestyle content through brands including Tasty, the world’s largest social food network; original reporting and investigative journalism through BuzzFeed News; strategic partnerships, licensing and product development through BuzzFeed Marketing; and original productions across broadcast, cable, SVOD, film and digital platforms for BuzzFeed Studios.

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Farm Credit’s Division Marketing Specialist Receives Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture Award

“I enjoy having the opportunity to tell agriculture’s story as a marketing specialist and to support the Farm Credit mission to enhance our local community,” says Rohrer.

WESTMINSTER, Md. (PRWEB) December 03, 2019
Johanna Rohrer, Division Marketing Specialist for MidAtlantic Farm Credit, was awarded as the winner of PFB’s Young Ag Professionals Excellence in Agriculture Award on November 19, 2019 at the organization’s 69th annual meeting in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
According to PFB, the award considers candidates who do not have the majority of their income subject to normal production risk. They recognize Rohrer’s “leadership ability, involvement with agriculture, and participation with Farm Bureau.” She is currently a member of PFB’s Young Ag Professional Committee, as well as the volunteer Newsletter and Website Editor for Lancaster County Farm Bureau.
“I enjoy having the opportunity to tell agriculture’s story as a marketing specialist and to support the Farm Credit mission to enhance our local community,” says Rohrer.
In her role with MidAtlantic Farm Credit as a Division Marketing Specialist, Rohrer works directly with the sales staff, coordinating outreach with our members and developing content. In addition to her volunteer involvement with PFB, she serves as a coach for the local 4-H program and works weekends on her family’s farm, which produces corn, soybeans, wheat, and tree fruit, sold directly to local consumers from the family’s farm market.
“We are very proud of Johanna for receiving this award and look forward to having her represent our organization and region at the national level,” says Jenny Kreisher, Director of Communications and Creative Services at MidAtlantic Farm Credit. “She is an excellent leader and a true example of how Farm Credit’s employees are rooted in agriculture.”
As the winner, Rohrer receives several prizes, including free lodging and registration for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 101st Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. For more information about the PFB Young Ag Professionals Awards, visit pfb.com/get-involved/young-ag-professionals.
About MidAtlantic Farm CreditMidAtlantic Farm Credit is an agricultural lending cooperative owned by its member‐borrowers. It provides farm loans for land, equipment, livestock and production; crop insurance; and rural home mortgages. The co-op has over 11,700 members and almost $2.8 billion in loans outstanding. MidAtlantic has branches serving Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. It is part of the national Farm Credit System, a network of financial cooperatives established in 1916 to provide a dependable source of credit to farmers and rural America.
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Franklin County Visitors Bureau Recommends Heritage Christmas House Tour in Greencastle PA

Tour features five homes and one church.

GREENCASTLE, Pa. (PRWEB) November 28, 2019
Franklin County Visitors Bureau recommends the 2019 Heritage Christmas Home Tour on December 8, from 1 PM to 5 PM. The tour, organized by the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, is sponsored by Antrim Insurance Agency, Inc. and features five homes and one church. These are: the Stenger home at 216 Moss Spring Ave.; the Geiger home at 6700 Guitner Rd; the Thatcher home at 2201 Buchanan Trl. W.; White Hall Manor located at 501 E. Baltimore St.; and the Hughey-Koch at 815 Twin Dr. (Chambersburg). Participants can visit the homes in any order and are invited to stop by Ebenezer United Brethren Church at 3611 Williamson Rd. for refreshments.
Tickets are $15 in advance and available at the Chamber of Commerce, Carl’s Drug Store, the shop located at 144 E. Baltimore St, Snavely’s Garden Corner in Chambersburg and online at EventBrite.com. On the day of the event, tickets are $20 and will be on sale at Carl’s Drug Store starting at 9 a.m. as well as each of the homes starting at 1 p.m.For more information, call the Chamber office at 597-4610 or to view the full listing, visit the Chamber’s website at http://www.greencastlepachamber.org.
The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore Franklin County PA and enjoy the history, arts, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive from Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Discover more. Plan your visit at ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com, by contacting 866.646.8060, or by visiting the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center on the square in Chambersburg.

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