20Jun Rep. Kahle, Michigan House approve plan to help Lenawee County farmers devastated by record rain Categories: Kahle News The Michigan House and Rep. Kahle today approved a plan to help farmers whose crops have been delayed or damaged by this spring’s record-setting rain.The plan would help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers at no financial risk to the state.“If we don’t take action, Michigan’s record rainfall will devastate profits for struggling farmers and agribusinesses this year,” said Kahle, of Adrian. “With hundreds of thousands of Michigan families depending on a successful farming season to make a living, we must provide the necessary support to allow them to make it through this unusual season.”Because Michigan has had very few days suitable for field work this spring, only about 63 percent of corn seeds and 43 percent of soybean seeds have been planted, which means yields will be low. Many farmers will be facing financial trouble as this crop season continues.House Bill 4234 provides $15 million to help private lenders run the loan program and keep interest rates low for farmers. The state does not provide the loans, so there is no financial risk or liability to the state with this program.Similar low-interest loan programs were approved for Michigan farmers in 2002 and 2012.Kahle also joined a coalition of 63 lawmakers urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase flexibility under the Federal Crop Insurance rules. Increased flexibility would allow farmers to plant on land normally prohibited by federal crop insurance rules, allowing for more crops to get to market and be raised for feed for a farmer’s livestock. Full text of the letter and its signatories can be found here.#####
Netflix has ordered an Adel Karam stand-up comedy special, its first original production in the Middle East.The Lebanese comedian will see his debut on Netflix worldwide in 2018. Kamal will go back to his hometown to record his performances, appearing in Beirut’s Casino du Liban.Produced by Creative Arab Talent, Karam will tackle everything from relationships to social issues that most Arabs face every day.Karam joins a string of notable comedy stars hosting specials on the platform from Jack Whitehall to Jerry Seinfeld.“Adel Karam is a very strong voice in comedy,” said Erik Barmack, vice president of international originals at Netflix. “We are extremely excited to collaborate with him, and can’t wait for the local audience, who have a deep appreciation of comedy, to watch the show, as well as to introduce him to our global audience.”Netflix has been ordering more and more shows from the international market this year, with numerous analysts and forecasts suggesting this is where most of its future growth will come from.In Italy, Netflix has also announced Juventus FC, which is a four-hour documentary series about the titular football team.The show will go behind the scenes at the club, which has won six straight Italian league titles and is a Champions League winner.“It’s a source of pride that Juventus is the first football club to be the subject of a Netflix original documentary,” said Federico Palomba, co-chief revenue officer at the club.“Collaborations of this kind confirm our passion for innovation and being, in every sense, a sport entertainment brand. In this way, we are determined to reach fans across the world and millions of Netflix users, who thanks to this docuseries can get to know Juventus from every angle.”Netflix is already producing Suburra as an original drama in Italy.