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News Article | February 15, 2017
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New Release Features Clips PRIME, a Next-Generation Broadcast Clip Player With Seamless Links to Dynamic, Cutting-Edge Graphics MELVILLE, NY--(Marketwired - Feb 13, 2017) - ChyronHego today announced the launch of PRIME 2.0, an all-new high-performance update of the company's renowned Channel Box PRIME channel branding system. PRIME 2.0 is the 64-bit, all-software rendering engine that powers the PRIME Ecosystem, a universal graphics platform designed to meet the evolving demands of today's and tomorrow's broadcasters. "Today's broadcasters are grappling with an industry in transformation. They're having to evolve their facilities to support mixed resolutions including HD and UHD with SDI and IP operating side by side, and they're also preparing to transition from bespoke video solutions to a standardized and virtualized IT infrastructure. These factors demand the most efficient workflows possible, with unprecedented ease of use and maximum flexibility in installation environments," said Sören Kjellin, chief technology officer, ChyronHego. "ChyronHego's PRIME is already delivering unequalled power and a stunning return on investment to facilities worldwide. And now PRIME 2.0 gives our customers supercharged rendering power and unprecedented clips management on a future-proof foundation for the highly engaging broadcast graphics of today and tomorrow." PRIME 2.0 is a resolution-agnostic, software-based solution that leverages GPU and CPU technologies for maximum power in rendering graphics and effects. With the ability to output graphics and clips through a single system that formerly required multiple solutions, users gain more functionality and features at a lower cost. PRIME 2.0 includes PRIME Designer, a powerful design tool that enables the industry's fastest and most efficient graphics authoring. PRIME Designer offers quick and versatile drag-and-drop workflows both for scene construction and data binding. PRIME 2.0 also includes powerful and easy-to-use capabilities for building customized transitions, including ChyronHego's unique Warp Effects technology as well as auto-follow, mask, render to texture, and more. And, PRIME provides seamless integration with ChyronHego's NewsTicker, one of the industry's most versatile data and content management systems for channel branding. ChyronHego delivers the PRIME Ecosystem through a series of packages that can operate simultaneously together from a single PRIME 2.0 server or as stand-alone solutions. The Branding Package delivers all the experiences from the Channel Box line of products while meeting the specific needs of broadcast business branding, bringing extraordinary flexibility as well as delivering new efficiencies to operations, engineering, and management. PRIME 2.0 introduces Clips PRIME, a highly flexible broadcast clip player with the ability to support up to six independent channels of video from a single server. Clips PRIME features a broad range of dynamic and pre-canned transitions including the Warp Effects technology, a unique special effects capability that integrates with industry-leading third-party modeling and rendering tools such as Adobe® After Effects and 3ds Max from Autodesk®. Clips PRIME provides full integration with CAMIO, ChyronHego's MOS-based and NRCS-connected graphics asset management solution, giving broadcasters the ability to extend their newsroom capabilities significantly. With Clips PRIME, PRIME is introduced as a fundamental element in the CAMIO Universe, a comprehensive software-based ecosystem that empowers producers and journalists to create compelling broadcasts and deliver them rapidly to air. The CAMIO Universe is driven by CAMIO 4.2, a milestone release of ChyronHego's award-winning CAMIO graphic asset management server that features even greater integration with PRIME 2.0. More information about PRIME 2.0, the PRIME Ecosystem, and ChyronHego's full product portfolio is available at www.chyronhego.com. About ChyronHego ChyronHego, a portfolio company of Vector Capital, is a global leader in products, services, and solutions for the broadcast and sports industries. Specializing in live television, news, and sports production, ChyronHego offers some of the industry's most widely deployed solutions -- including Lyric®, the world's most popular broadcast graphics creation and playout offering; the all-new CAMIO Universe newsroom workflow; and the TRACAB™ optical sports tracking system. Headquartered in Melville, New York, ChyronHego also has offices in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. For more information on ChyronHego, visit www.chyronhego.com.


LONGMONT, CO--(Marketwired - December 22, 2016) - First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has received a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) grant of $200,000 for a broad effort to increase the capacity of Native American farmers, ranchers and tribal communities so they can advance their farming or ranching businesses, or so tribal communities can work more effectively to improve local control of community food systems. Under the grant, First Nations will conduct various in-person trainings and workshops, plus online webinars, for Native farmers, ranchers, tribal departments, nonprofit organizations, food entrepreneurs and others that will focus on business-management systems and techniques. The effort also will include training in conducting local food sovereignty assessments. In many cases, First Nations' existing The Business of Indian Agriculture curriculum and Food Sovereignty Assessment Tool will be utilized, and NRCS experts will also participate to provide relevant information on USDA resources available to participants. Some trainings will be "train-the-trainer" sessions for people who, in turn, will be able to assist Native American farmers and ranchers in their communities. The project will provide individualized technical assistance to as many as 10 Native American food producers who will assist in the development and implementation of business plans to advance their operations and increase production and/or gain access to new markets; and provide a series of 12 webinars on a wide variety of related topics such as food policy, food safety, marketing, food hubs, farm-to-school programs and others. "In the last two years we have been able to train over 200 Native American producers on The Business of Indian Agriculture," said Jackie Francke, Vice President of Programs and Administration at First Nations. "Under this project we look forward to working with them on an individual basis to fine tune their business plans and assist in preparing them for USDA opportunities. They know their farms and ranches, so we are here to help them formalize their ideas and concepts in the form of a business plan." For 36 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own - be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources - and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities. First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.firstnations.org.


News Article | November 28, 2016
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In October, The Climate Trust (The Trust) quietly put ink to paper and executed a milestone contract with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation—securing a $5.5M Program-Related Investment (PRI) to seed their first-of-its-kind carbon investment fund. Climate Trust Capital, an independent firm of the long-standing and mission-driven nonprofit, The Climate Trust, will administer Fund I, which is focused on supporting innovative U.S.-based carbon offset projects in the forestry, grassland conservation, and livestock digesters sectors. Climate Trust Capital’s investment fund was launched earlier this year with backing from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG), and an agreement to support the Fund from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Climate Trust Capital released a request for proposals in January to begin the process of building a pipeline of qualified projects—aiming to execute contracts with selected project partners by the end of 2016. With the Packard PRI funding secured, Climate Trust Capital is now ready to invest in Fund I projects. “This partnership between NRCS and The Climate Trust will increase the funding available for conservation on America’s working lands,” said Jason Weller, Chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. “Not only will this partnership deliver innovative conservation finance solutions, but the projects made possible by this new fund will support implementation of USDA’s Building Blocks for Climate Change.” In a role highlighted by The Climate Trust’s leadership, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP provided pro bono legal support to the Fund I launch. “Even with access to PRI funding from Packard, the launching of Fund I would not have been possible without the considerable pro bono legal support of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe,” said Sean Penrith, Executive Director for The Climate Trust. “Procuring this caliber of legal expertise was a game-changer for Climate Trust Capital, as the legal costs associated with starting new funds can be a heavy burden. We couldn’t have asked for a more committed legal partner than Orrick, and we look forward to our continued collaboration as investments are deployed, and our fund becomes a reality.” “Orrick was delighted to be able to assist in a worthwhile and important project,” said Bob Lawrence, Orrick’s Senior Counsel for environmental law. “Climate Trust Capital will help drive the development of innovative technologies that will reduce carbon emissions and expand financing options in the energy sector,” said Lawrence. “We believe that offset projects can be an important and cost effective contributor to the U.S.’ stated climate reduction targets under the historic Paris Agreement,” added Kristen Kleiman, Director of Investments for Climate Trust Capital. “This significant investment from the Packard Foundation, as well as the valuable legal guidance provided by Orrick, will enable Climate Trust Capital to invest in vital offset projects that collectively make for big climate impacts, while leveraging our existing programs to attract private capital and further amplify our impact.” Investments in conservation projects from the $5.5M Fund I vehicle are expected to catalyze the development of four anaerobic digesters, three forestry projects and one grassland conservation program, collectively reducing 978,157 mtCO2e over their ten-year life. From a conservation perspective, this will ensure sustainable management on more than 20,000 acres of land, and greatly improve water and air quality domestically. Based upon its success, Climate Trust Capital plans to scale the carbon investment fund to become a $500M fund with the potential to reduce significant emissions both domestically and abroad. As Climate Trust Capital assembles additional impact investment dollars to scale the investment fund, there are plans to offer further rounds of increased financing for deployment in 2018, allowing for expanded offers of financing to more sectors and developers. “Lenders heavily or completely discount the future revenue conservation projects can generate by selling carbon offsets, significantly reducing the ability of carbon markets to mobilize capital for conservation projects,” said Peter Weisberg, Senior Investment Manager for Climate Trust Capital. “While the market currently undervalues carbon, Climate Trust Capital’s patient finance model was built with the conviction that carbon prices will continue to increase, and aims to unlock that value over a 10-year investment term—meeting an urgent need in the market for upfront conservation finance,” continued Weisberg. Fund I was structured to provide upfront capital to projects in return for partial ownership of the resulting carbon credits. The upfront investment can be used by projects for requisite costs such as construction, development or land acquisition. “The Trust has almost two decades of experience working in domestic carbon markets, and is in a unique position to manage the risks associated with investing in carbon projects through Fund I,” continued Kleiman. “The Trust has structured a portion of their existing $22 million of program funds to guarantee project developers and investors a minimum value for future carbon credits that also caps downside risk. Proceeds from the resale of emission reductions to California compliance and voluntary buyers are anticipated to generate sufficient revenues to provide a market-based rate of return to the fund.” Building upon a legacy of innovation and leadership in the carbon market, The Climate Trust mobilizes conservation finance to maximize environmental returns. We value air, water and soil through the development, purchase and sale of qualified offsets and a relentless investment in people and projects with environmental purpose | http://www.climatetrust.org | @climatetrust | facebook.com/TheClimateTrust


News Article | February 15, 2017
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The American Water Resources Association (AWRA), the premier non-governmental organization dedicated to the advancement of multidisciplinary water resources management and research, is pleased to announce that Rafael Frias, III, client director with the global water business of Black & Veatch Corporation, began his tenure as national president of the organization on January 1, 2017. He succeeds Martha Corrozi Narvaez, associate policy scientist, University of Delaware Water Resources Agency, who transitioned to her role as immediate past-president. When asked about his goals in the next year, Frias responded, “I’m very proud to be part of AWRA and to have the privilege to lead this great organization during 2017. As we move forward, I look to continue to increase the value we provide to our members. AWRA is about our members and how they can leverage the organization for professional development and growth.” AWRA is also happy to confirm that Brenda O. Bateman, senior public policy coordinator for the Oregon Water Resources Department assumed her seat as president-elect at that time, as did newly elected National Board of Directors members Sharon Megdal, University of Arizona and Jared Bales, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI). “I am so honored to be entrusted with this role,” commented Bateman when asked her reaction to being voted president-elect. “AWRA has a great reputation as a professional organization, but it is my family as well. I hope to continue the tradition of leadership that Rafael Frias, Martha Narvaez, and others before me have demonstrated, building a healthy and valuable organization.” The following officers and directors began their terms of service on January 1, 2017: President – Rafael E. Frias III, Black & Veatch, Coral Springs, FL President-Elect – Brenda O. Bateman, Oregon Water Resources Department, Salem, OR Director – Sharon Megdal, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ Director – Jared Bales, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI), Arlington, MA Continuing their remaining terms as AWRA Board members for 2017 are: Past-President – Martha Corrozi Narvaez, University of Delaware, Newark, DE Secretary-Treasurer – Noel Gollehon, USDA-NRCS, Beltsville, MD Director – Betsy Cody, Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC Director – Laurel Stadjuhar, West Sage Water Consultants, Denver, CO Director – Lisa Beutler, MWH Global a part of Stantec, Sacramento, CA Director – Wayne S. Wright, Stantec, Seattle, WA For more information on AWRA’s Officers and Board of Directors, including bios., visit the Board of Directors page on the AWRA website. About AWRA Since 1964, American Water Resources Association has been dedicated to the advancement of water resources management, research and education, as well as a balanced approach toward solving water resources challenges. AWRA’s membership is comprised of professionals who share a common interest in working and learning across a wide range of disciplines focused on water resources policy, practice and education. Visit AWRA.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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ARDEN HILLS, Minn., Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Land O'Lakes, Inc. announced today that Jason Weller, former chief of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), will join the organization as a senior director of sustainability on Feb. 27, 2017. Jason will join the Land...


News Article | November 18, 2016
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DAVIS, Calif., Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California has selected Jarrod Martin as the 2016 Conservation Planner of the Year. Martin, the recently-appointed district conservationist for Merced County, did his award...


News Article | December 21, 2016
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DAVIS, Calif., Dec. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced $225 million in funding for 88 partnership projects nationwide.  California captured funding for four projects—three completely within the state and one shared with...


News Article | November 22, 2016
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DAVIS, Calif., Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California has selected a team of conservationists and ecologists to receive the prestigious Outstanding Conservation Planning Team award for 2016 for their work improving wildlife ponds...


News Article | November 7, 2016
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DAVIS, Calif., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is expanding its initiative to assist private forestland owners in addressing tree mortality and other drought-related damage to improve forest health.  NRCS will pro...


News Article | November 14, 2016
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DAVIS, Calif., Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California will now accept and process applications for enrollment in the updated Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation's largest conservation program by acreage....

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