Updated at 2:15 p.m. on April 12, 2018. The House released its farm bill today, with House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway taking questions from the media this afternoon. Read ASA’s response here. The House Agriculture Committee is expected to mark up the farm bill next week.House Agriculture Committee Democrats oppose SNAP provisions in the GOP proposal and say they won’t support a bill that includes them.Why does it matter? With the current farm bill set to expire in September 2018, there are still several obstacles to clear before passing a new bill. Crop prices are down 40 percent, and farm income is down 50 percent since 2013.What is the American Soybean Association (ASA) doing for soy growers? ASA participated in nine hearings and listening sessions on the bill, held by the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. ASA is working closely with other farm organizations to enhance risk management tools and support enactment of a farm bill in 2018 that will strengthen the farm safety net, in order to offset the significant reduction in farm prices and income incurred since 2013. See more on ASA’s farm bill positon.What can you do to generate support for a strong 2018 farm bill? Keep up to speed on what ASA is doing and why it’s important. Call, write or post on social media. Ramp up your #FarmBill social media messages next week, as we expect the first mark up. Tell Congress why it’s important to keep the farm bill on track for a timely passage and why it matters to growers.
CLEARWATER, FL — Avantair, a fractional share company selling the Piaggio Avanti P. 180 said results for its fiscal fourth quarter ended June 30, 2008 were strong.Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2008 Sales Highlights, reported by the company, include: * Fractional shares sold increased nearly 10% quarter-over-quarter,to 34.5 in the fiscal fourth quarter, from 31.5 at the end of the fiscal third quarter. * The Company reiterates its previous guidance for profitable operating results before interest, taxes and depreciation on a GAAP basis upon the sale of its 45th fractional aircraft. As of June 30, 2008, Avantair has sold 41.3 fractional aircraft.“The increase in fractional shares we sold during the fiscal fourth quarter confirms growing consumer demand for the Piaggio Avanti P. 180, which is the most fuel efficient and cost effective offering in the Light Jet category. This is in-line with our sales and marketing strategy, focused on providing the greatest value to our fractional owners and expanding market share,” said Avantair Chief Executive Officer Steven Santo. “Customer satisfaction levels, according to our recent customer survey, are at all time highs, resulting in nearly half of our sales being referral-driven. As a result of our continued top-line growth, significantly reduced operating expenses and increased consumer receptivity to our value proposition, we remain on track with our previous guidance for profitable operating results before interest, taxes and depreciation on a GAAP basis upon the sale of our 45th fractional aircraft.”About AvantairAvantair, with operations in 5 states and approximately 300 employees, offers private travel solutions for individuals and companies at a fraction of the cost of whole aircraft ownership. Headquartered in Clearwater, FL, the Company currently manages a fleet of 49 aircraft, with another 60 Piaggio Avanti IIs on order through 2013.For more information:www.avantair.com.