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Joint California State Association of Counties / CACTTC Statement on COVID-19 and the April 10 Property Tax Deadline
SACRAMENTO, California, April 6 -- California State Association of Counties issued the following joint statement with one organizations:

California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and the California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors issue the following statement regarding the COVID-19 crisis and the April 10th property tax deadline.

"Taking care of Californians is our top priority, and counties, cities, and schools are burning through local reserves to do so. Any delay in payments beyond the April 10 property tax deadline, for individuals or businesses that can pay, will ... Show Full Article

National Grain and Feed Association Provides New COVID-19 Industry Resources
WASHINGTON, April 4 -- The National Grain and Feed Association issued the following news release:

The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) has made several resources available intended to assist grain, feed, processing and export companies navigate the uncertainties of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including a recording of NGFA's April 2 webinar presented in partnership with Grain Journal.

The webinar, and many other resources, including federal agency announcements and guidance documents, can be found on ngfa.org/covid-19.

During the "Grain, Feed, Processing and Export Industry Update ... Show Full Article

International Code Council: Survey of U.S. Code Officials Shows Trends in Code Compliance During COVID-19
WASHINGTON, April 4 -- The International Code Council issued the following news release:

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- The results of the survey tell us how jurisdictions throughout the U.S. are keeping up with inspections, new building permits and new construction

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The International Code Council surveyed building and fire departments to learn how code officials are coping with the professional challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. From March 22 through April 1, 2020, more than 1,150 respondents from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia provided input. Respondents came from jurisdictions ... Show Full Article

Despite Global Challenges, U.S. Pork and Beef Exports on Record Pace Through February
DENVER, Colorado, April 4 -- The U.S. Meat Export Federation issued the following news release:

U.S. pork exports posted the third largest month on record in February while U.S. beef exports also recorded double-digit gains from a year ago, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Through February, exports of both pork and beef are on a record pace and account for a growing share of record-large U.S. production.

February pork exports reached 273,056 metric tons (mt), up 46% from a year ago, valued at $726.6 million (up 59%), trailing only the ... Show Full Article

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Calls on Trump Administration to Give States Access to Drugs Needed to Treat Ventilated COVID-19 Patients
BETHESDA, Maryland, April 4 -- The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists issued the following news release:

The ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) has asked the Trump Administration to take steps, including releasing drugs from the Strategic National Stockpile to states hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing the quota for new production of opioids, to address critical shortages of medications needed to treat COVID-19 patients.

Opioids, sedatives, and paralytics are employed to ensure the successful use of ventilators. In a letter sent to Vice President Michael ... Show Full Article

American Hospital Association Statement on the Use of the CARES Act
CHICAGO, Illinois, April 4 -- The American Hospital Association issued the following statement by President and CEO Rick Pollack:

Nobody has been a stronger advocate for covering the uninsured than America's hospitals and health systems, particularly during a public health emergency. That's why we have encouraged the Administration to look at various options to provide coverage for treatment of the uninsured for the Coronavirus other than utilizing the emergency fund from the CARES Act. This could include opening up a special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces, expanding ... Show Full Article

American Coalition for Ethanol Urges EPA to Correct Renewable Fuel Standard Implementation Missteps for Biofuel Producers
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, April 4 -- The American Coalition for Ethanol issued the following news:

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address a shortcoming in the Agency's implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which has been exposed with the recent nosedive in gasoline use as a result of COVID-19, and reminded EPA of pending actions it can take to mitigate the economic fallout for biofuel producers and farmers.

At the time EPA set the 2020 RFS blending requirement and renewable volume obligation (RVO), ... Show Full Article