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  • Thu, September 24, 2020 5:03 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*

    Change from
    09/07/20 09/14/20 09/21/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.435 2.422 2.404 -0.018 -0.677
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.511 2.499 2.486 -0.013 -0.597
    New England (PADD1A) 2.612 2.605 2.601 -0.004 -0.469
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.689 2.676 2.662 -0.014 -0.590
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.370 2.357 2.343 -0.014 -0.628
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.321 2.308 2.282 -0.026 -0.710
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.184 2.172 2.157 -0.015 -0.701
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.378 2.368 2.348 -0.020 -0.686
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.964 2.955 2.941 -0.014 -0.709
    West Coast less California 2.584 2.575 2.557 -0.018 -0.681
    California 3.276 3.267 3.257 -0.010 -0.719
    *prices include all taxes


  • Thu, September 24, 2020 5:00 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:

    Septemer 24, 2020


    Two bills signed into law in California by Governor Newsome directly affect family pets:  AB 2152 ends the retail sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits.  Pet stores must source their animals from shelters and rescues.  SB 573 will make it mandatory for all dogs and cats in a shelter to be microchipped and programmed with updated information before being adopted out or returned to an owner. 

    It was officially announced that the Ringling elephants at the Center for Elephant Conservation will move to White Oak Conservation in northern Florida, save for two older cows that will stay behind.  They are the largest herd of Asian elephants in this hemisphere.  The CEC had the most successful Asian elephant breeding program outside of their natural range state habitats.


    Switzerland Will Vote on Giving Primates Fundamental Rights

    Southeast Texas businessman sentenced to life in prison for sex trafficking young girl following ICE investigation
    Wills was VP of HSUS in the 90’s and oversaw their undercover investigations.  He was fired for allegations of embezzlement and later pleaded guilty in 1999.  He was responsible for getting Wayne Pacelle to join HSUS, who, as you may remember, resigned due to several sexual harassment allegations.  Interestingly, Wills was also accused and sued for sexual harassment - by Kitty Block, Wayne Pacelle’s successor. 

    UW-Madison rebukes PETA claims of animal mistreatment

    Toxins in water blamed for deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana
    Some scientists have questioned this conclusion since no other evidence of mass deaths in different species have been found, only the elephants.

    Dairy up for discussion at activist conference

  • Thu, September 10, 2020 3:39 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:

    September 10, 2020


    Pet microchipping bill heads to Gov. Newsom, but other animal welfare efforts come up short   
    A bill that would have secured blood banking for pets and a bill that would have prohibited hunters from bringing back trophies from their African hunts were both scrapped this past week.

    NFR announces move from Las Vegas to Texas for 2020
    Folks in Nevada had reservations about holding the event due to the pandemic.  The National Finals Rodeo will be held at Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Stadium in Arlington, TX.

    Petting Zoo Prepares For Legal Fight With Humane Society


    Australian Company To Create Cell-Based Meat From 'Exotic' Animals Like Kangaroo And Lion

    Woman with tiger cub draws attention in Polanco mall

    Ban on circus animals in Wales gets royal assent

    Feuding over who controls, profits from sports betting stalls legislation

    Lifelong Western Showman Takes Exotic Animal Entertainment Nationwide 

    Proposed Bill In New Jersey Would Be Used To Establish That Animals Treated Cruelly Are Persons Who Can Sue In Court.

  • Tue, September 08, 2020 8:34 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*(dollars per gallon)full history XLS
    Change from
    08/24/20 08/31/20 09/07/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.426 2.441 2.435 -0.006 -0.536
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.506 2.519 2.511 -0.008 -0.481
    New England (PADD1A) 2.620 2.622 2.612 -0.010 -0.410
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.683 2.694 2.689 -0.005 -0.472
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.363 2.379 2.370 -0.009 -0.501
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.308 2.329 2.321 -0.008 -0.543
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.174 2.188 2.184 -0.004 -0.561
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.369 2.385 2.378 -0.007 -0.555
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.960 2.972 2.964 -0.008 -0.584
    West Coast less California 2.590 2.603 2.584 -0.019 -0.547
    California 3.265 3.276 3.276 0.000 -0.602
    *prices include all taxes
  • Thu, September 03, 2020 4:38 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:

    September 3, 2020


    Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will be introducing new federal horse racing regulations this week in the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020.  The bill is being endorsed by Churchill Downs and several other racehorse affiliates including the Jockey Club.

    California SB 1175 was defeated in the senate. The bill would have negatively affected the legal importation of African species to the state of California, all due to panic from the coronavirus. Thank you to Dallas Safari Club for the timely updates.


    US faces monkey shortage for COVID-19 research

    How a rare minnow spawned a $90,000 effort at the Tennessee Aquarium
    I particularly love this story because unlike in some states where the farmers are told to just deal with the new environmental laws, this endeavor called upon them from the beginning to find a solution.
  • Tue, September 01, 2020 11:19 AM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    Change from
    08/17/20 08/24/20 08/31/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.427 2.426 2.441 0.015 -0.535
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.508 2.506 2.519 0.013 -0.481
    New England (PADD1A) 2.627 2.620 2.622 0.002 -0.405
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.684 2.683 2.694 0.011 -0.484
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.365 2.363 2.379 0.016 -0.495
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.308 2.308 2.329 0.021 -0.545
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.177 2.174 2.188 0.014 -0.552
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.365 2.369 2.385 0.016 -0.539
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.958 2.960 2.972 0.012 -0.583
    West Coast less California 2.586 2.590 2.603 0.013 -0.536
    California 3.264 3.265 3.276 0.011 -0.609
    *prices include all taxes

  • Thu, August 27, 2020 3:17 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    10700 Medallion Drive | Cincinnati, Ohio 45241 | gmpopcorn.com  
    For more information about the release or images, contact Heather Gims at 
    800-543-0862 or hgims@gmpopcorn.com.

    Gold Medal Introduces Ready-to-Eat Gourmet Popcorn Line

    Concession equipment and supplies leader, Gold Medal Products Co. has officially launched its retail-ready prepackaged gourmet popcorn line. Gold Medal’s most popular signature gourmet popcorn recipes are now available to retailers, concession stands, and other venues in a variety of flavors and sizes. This news comes as many stores and venues are now opting to serve more prepackaged food items.

    The integrity of Gold Medal’s Gourmet Popcorn line is linked to its unique, thorough process and state-of-the-art production equipment manufactured by Gold Medal. Carefully crafted in small batches, it is made to create exceptional quality flavor profiles. One of the distinguishing features is that the popcorn is wet popped, which means the kernels are popped in specially designed oils and seasonings for maximum flavor. In addition, to promote a rich coating, the popcorn is gently mixed in an artisan fashion rather than a commercial spray-on method. These flavors are timeless and reflect classic tastes that consumers know and love:

    • Old-Fashioned Caramel Corn
    • Cheddar Cheese Corn
    • Caramel & Cheese Corn Mix
    • Movie Theater Style Butter Popcorn
    • Kettle Corn

    The products are also Kosher and Halal-certified and are gluten-free. Packaging options include a convenient grab-and-go size, larger retail size, and bulk.

    “Throughout our 89-year history, Gold Medal has earned a reputation for excellence in the popcorn industry and we are excited to now bring that same unmistakable quality to our ready-to-eat gourmet popcorn line.,” says Gold Medal president, Adam Browning.

    For more details or to order, simply call 800-543-0862 or visit the Gold Medal website, gmpopcorn.com.

  • Thu, August 27, 2020 3:08 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:

    August 27, 2020


    Folks in California - be aware of Prop 15 which would increase property taxes on commercial properties.  This would negatively affect farmers in the state who have protections in place from a previous piece of legislation, Prop 13.  It doesn’t directly affect the land or property, but it does use new definitions for equipment and buildings that would be used on a farm such as irrigation systems and barns.  To read a more in depth description of the proposition and its potential outcomes, Protect the Harvest has some great literature available.  Here is an article from the Modesto Bee:
    Split roll initiative on November ballot threatens agriculture

    Hurricane Laura hit Texas and Louisiana last night as a Cat 4 storm.  Please remember to donate locally and make sure that actual rescues are being helped.  HSUS makes it a point to be a first responder and garner as many donations as possible without the local shelters getting any aid. 


    Proposed Bipartisan House Bill Cracks Down on Animal Cruelty

    American Humane Challenges Political Campaigns to Include Animal Policies in Platforms

    Nik Wallenda Highlights Sarasota Circus Ring of Fame Candidates

    Texas A&M emergency vet team heads to coast as Hurricane Laura arrives

  • Thu, August 27, 2020 2:59 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Sarasota, Florida- August 17, 2020. The Circus Ring of Fame Foundation™ today announced the nominees for the Class of 2021. The foundation oversees the nominating, voting, and induction process for those honored to receive recognition for the highest of achievement in circus arts and culture. Voting will take place beginning August 17 and end September 15, 2020. Four final inductees will be announced in early October of 2020.

    Those nominated for the Class of 2021 are:

    • Nik Wallenda - King of the High Wire
    • Charlie Rivel - Famous European clown Artist whose iconic image was honored and adopted by the Monte Carlo Circus Festival
    • S.H. Princess Stéphanie of Monaco - Head of the Monte Carlo Circus Festival
    • Galaxy Girl Tina Winn- Aerial and thrill superstar
    • Kanat Riders - Equestrian artist troupe
    • Richter Family - Multiple generation European animal presenters and acrobats
    • Marco Canestrelli and family- Trampoline artists and Guinness World Record holder
    • Marco and Philip Peters - Skywheel and animal superstars
    • Willie Edelston- Trapeze artist and multiple decade educator/trainer for the Sailor Circus in Sarasota, Florida
    • Advance Professionals - Under the group category, an honor to all the behind-the- scenes creative marketing and tour planning professionals who conduct the business of the show
    • Bernard Paul- Co-creator and producer of famed Circus Roncalli in Germany
    • Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe- Under the group category, world renowned acrobatic troupe from China with heritage dating back to the Han dynasty
    • Bouglione Family of France - Multi-generation European circus owners who manage the Cirque d'Hiver in Paris, France
    • George Carden- Multiple decade American circus producer headquartered in Springfield, Missouri

    'Voting for the Class of 2021 nominees will encompass previous honorees, or their authorized representatives, along with the global Circus Advisory Council,' said Bill Powell, Chair of the Foundation. 'The Circus Advisory Council consists of knowledgeable professionals along with educational, trade and historical organizations dedicated to the circus arts.' Interested parties who wish to participate in the Circus Advisory Council must register their circus arts affiliation along with contact information to qualify and access the ballot. Click here to view the online voting link.

    About the Circus Ring of Fame Foundation™ - The foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization. It was organized in 1985 and formally incorporated in 1994 to recognize extraordinary contributions in circus arts and culture over the span of a lifetime. Located in Sarasota, Florida on historic St. Armands Circle, inductees are a who's who of the circus arts. Over 150 inductees are honored on the circle. Recognizable legends such as P.T. Barnum, the five Ringling Brothers, James A. Bailey, Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, Irvin Feld and Kenneth Feld, Gunther Gebel Williams and H.S.H. Prince Rainier of Monaco are honored with distinctive bronze plaques prominently displayed to millions of annual visitors. The location is surrounded by upscale real estate, boutique shopping, art galleries and world class restaurants.

    For more information contact: circusringoffame@gmail.com

  • Thu, August 27, 2020 2:57 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices
    Change from
    08/10/20 08/17/20 08/24/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.428 2.427 2.426 -0.001 -0.557
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.514 2.508 2.506 -0.002 -0.497
    New England (PADD1A) 2.633 2.627 2.620 -0.007 -0.411
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.692 2.684 2.683 -0.001 -0.503
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.370 2.365 2.363 -0.002 -0.511
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.305 2.308 2.308 0.000 -0.582
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.183 2.177 2.174 -0.003 -0.570
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.369 2.365 2.369 0.004 -0.567
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.955 2.958 2.960 0.002 -0.596
    West Coast less California 2.588 2.586 2.590 0.004 -0.549
    California 3.256 3.264 3.265 0.001 -0.622
    *prices include all taxes

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