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USDA Issues Safety-Net and Conservation Payments to South Carolina Farmers
COLUMBIA, South Carolina, Oct. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency - South Carolina Field Office issued the following news release:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in South Carolina is processing $15,787,946.00 in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments for the 2018 crop year. Additionally, South Carolina FSA will distribute $2,036,441.00 in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rental payments to landowners to support voluntary conservation efforts on private lands.

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USDA Issues Safety-Net and Conservation Payments to Kentucky Farmers
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Oct. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency - Kentucky Field Office issued the following news release:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Kentucky is processing $9,688,641 in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments for the 2018 crop year. Additionally, Kentucky FSA will distribute $32,039,597 in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rental payments to landowners to support voluntary conservation efforts on private lands.

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National Hispanic Science and Engineering Organization Honors Two Sandia National Laboratories Researchers
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, Oct. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories issued the following news release:

Materials scientist Nic Argibay and health and safety senior manager Rafael Gonzalez were honored at the 31st annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference by Great Minds in STEM, a nonprofit organization that recognizes Hispanic leadership and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math.

Argibay received a Most Promising Scientist or Engineer award and Gonzalez received a Luminary award during the society's annual conference in late ... Show Full Article

NASS - Great Lakes Regional Field Office: September Milk Production
EAST LANSING, Michigan, Oct. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service - Great Lakes Regional Field Office issued the following news release:

Dairy herds in Michigan produced 927 million pounds of milk during September, up 3.8 percent from a year ago, according to Marlo Johnson, Regional Director of USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office.

The daily rate per cow was 72.2 pounds, up 1.7 pounds from September 2018. The dairy herd was estimated at 428,000 head for September, up 6,000 head from a year earlier.

Milk production in the 24 major States during ... Show Full Article

Los Angeles Air Force Base: Enhanced Polar System Completes Multiservice Operational Test, Declared Fully Operational
LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, California, Oct. 22 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news release:

The Enhanced Polar System (EPS) was declared operational and handed over to operators at the 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, following months of on-orbit check out and the successful completion of a Multiservice Operational Test and Evaluation (MOT&E). EPS is a polar adjunct to the Advanced Extreme High Frequency (AEHF) system providing Military Satellite Communications coverage at latitudes of 65 degrees north and above.

During the MOT&E, a number of criteria ... Show Full Article

Los Alamos AI Model Wins Flu Forecasting Challenge
LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, Oct. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory issued the following news release:

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- 'Dante' beat 23 others in predicting the timing, peak, and short-term intensity of the unfolding 2018-2019 flu season. Enhanced version takes aim at 2019-2020.

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A probabilistic artificial intelligence computer model developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory provided the most accurate state, national and regional forecasts of the flu in 2018, beating 23 other teams in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's FluSight Challenge (https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/flusight/index.html). ... Show Full Article

David Black Sworn in as Deputy Commissioner of Social Security Administration
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- The Social Security Administration issued the following news release:

David Black was sworn in today as Deputy Commissioner of Social Security to a term that expires on January 19, 2025. He will also serve as the Secretary to the Social Security Board of Trustees.

"David is a dedicated public servant who brings a wealth of knowledge to this position," said Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security. "I look forward to working closely with David to address challenges, more effectively carry out our mission, and improve Social Security services to the public."

A Lieutenant ... Show Full Article