MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Dovel Technologies announced today that Ace Info Solutions, LLC (AceInfo) has been awarded a Task Order from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Risk Management Agency (RMA) for Crop Insurance Software Development Delivery Services. The RMA’s mission is to serve America’s agricultural producers through effective, market-based risk management tools and solutions to strengthen the economic stability of agricultural producers and rural communities. In 2019, RMA managed nearly $115 billion worth of insurance liability.

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The USDA Crop Insurance Software Delivery Support Services task order, awarded through the USDA FS DAITSS BPA contract vehicle, has a base year plus three option years and an estimated value of $59M. Under this Task Order, AceInfo will provide a full range of software development services to support the development and delivery of new crop insurance products, sustain and modernize current applications and tools in production, as well as innovate, design, deploy, develop, and maintain new IT systems.

“AceInfo stands ready to collaborate with RMA on solutions that make the delivery of new insurance products and services more efficient for both the agency and the farmers it serves,” said Mike Cosgrave, AceInfo COO. “We look forward to applying innovative development methodologies and delivering modernized solutions to enhance this important program.”

Together, Dovel and AceInfo’s approach to technology solution development is fueled by an innovation-focused culture and entrepreneurial DNA that accelerates agency missions and contributes to improving, protecting, and saving lives. As a result, government customers can optimize operational outcomes, strengthen IT capabilities, and implement best practices for highly complex and critical programs.

“Our team is excited to support USDA FPAC’s efforts to meet the needs of our nation’s agricultural producers,” said Damon Griggs, Dovel CEO. “Our long-standing history with

It’s been nearly three years since Donald Trump spoke at the American Farm Bureau’s annual convention, where the Republican strutted like a man who assumed he was among adoring fans. “Oh, are you happy you voted for me,” the president said, straying from the prepared text. “You are so lucky that I gave you that privilege.”

It wasn’t long, however, before Trump launched a misguided trade war, which had the predictable effect of hurting much of the domestic agricultural industry. It wasn’t long before we started seeing reports on “farm-state fury” over the White House’s agenda.

The president’s solution has been straightforward: he’s repeatedly directed billions of dollars to farmers, and as the New York Times reports today, “government money is flowing faster than ever” now that Trump needs farmers’ electoral support.

Federal payments to farmers are projected to hit a record $46 billion this year as the White House funnels money to Mr. Trump’s rural base in the South and Midwest ahead of Election Day. The gush of funds has accelerated in recent weeks as the president looks to help his core supporters who have been hit hard by the double whammy of his combative trade practices and the coronavirus pandemic.

To be sure, White House support for the agricultural sector isn’t limited to money. According to an investigation launched by the Office of Special Counsel, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue “improperly used his position to push the president’s re-election by promising more help for farmers.”

Indeed, the cabinet secretary abandoned all subtlety on the matter over the summer. During remarks in North Carolina, while touting the Farmers to Families Food Box Program — which has itself been exploited as an improper campaign prop — Perdue declared, “That’s what’s going to continue to happen — four more years — if

Insurers have confirmed that pledges to support people working from home due to coronavirus and motorists whose habits have also changed because of the pandemic will last until at least the end of this year.

he Association of British Insurers (ABI) said the extra support already in place, which was due to expire at the end of October, has been extended until December 31 2020.

The ABI said this could be of significant help to many of the UK’s 17 million home insurance policyholders and 27 million motor insurance customers.

Under the temporary support measures, if someone is an office-based worker who is working from home because of the pandemic, their home insurance will not be affected. They do not need to contact their insurer to update their documents or extend their cover.

And if someone has to drive to and from their workplace because of the impact of Covid-19, their insurance policy will not be affected, the ABI said.

Also, if someone is using their own car for voluntary purposes to transport medicines or groceries to support others who are impacted by Covid-19, their cover will not be affected.

This applies to all categories of NHS volunteer responders, including transporting patients, equipment, or other essential supplies.

If someone’s work is critical to the national response to Covid-19 and they need to use their own car to drive to different locations for work purposes because of the impact of coronavirus, their cover will also not be affected.

The temporary pledges remain under review, and the next review of home and motor insurance will take place before December 31.

The ABI said that if policyholders have longer-term changes in their working-at-home or driving patterns that will continue into the next 12 months and they are renewing their insurance policy, they should

This means that many car insurance customers can make tweaks to their policies without fee or risk of suffering any heavy losses.Experts at uSwitch have urged customers that it could be worth going to firms to waive these fees and make changes which could reduce costs.

They specifically highlight how road users can update their mileage details to reduce their perceived road risk and therefore lower charges.

They warn that if your car is due for renewal, it is worth recalculating mileage based on how much you have driven in 2020.

This is expected to be wildly different from the mileage predictions submitted at the start of last year before the lockdown was considered.

This is especially the case for road users who may have been forced to work from home for long periods and give up a long daily commute.

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“So if you want to recalculate your mileage, it could be worth giving them a call to waiver the amendment fee.
“If you have a record of your mileage from the last time you applied for cover, you could use this to calculate the difference used this year.

“If you don’t, you can always sum up how far you’ve travelled each day on average to get a rough estimation.”

MoneySavingExpert Martin Lewis has previously urged road users to take advantage of the sudden cut in cancellation and amendment fees to their advantage.

He revealed it was a great time for customers to shop around and switch for a new agreement as drivers would not be liable for costs.

Switching mid-agreement would result in heavy cancellation costs but under current measures, drivers can swap completely free of charge.

He has urged drivers to switch policies regularly to

LONDON (AP) — Mayors representing big cities in northern England have slammed the British government’s latest wage support package for employees in businesses that may be ordered to close as part of efforts to suppress local coronavirus outbreaks.

In a virtual press briefing Saturday, the opposition Labour leaders of the metropolitan areas around Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield sounded the alarm about the economic hardship their cities are likely to face.

The four leaders vented their frustration at what they consider to be the Conservative government’s secretive and top-down approach to decision making and criticized a failure to provide the scientific reasoning behind anticipated changes to lockdown restrictions.

“The north of England is staring the most dangerous winter for years right in the face,” said Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, a region with a population of more than 2.5 million. “We will not surrender our constituents to hardship nor our businesses to failure.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is on Monday expected to back a new three-tier local lockdown system, which could see hospitality venues in coronavirus hotspots in England being temporarily closed. Though new coronavirus infections are rising throughout England, cities in the north have seen the most acute increases. Pubs in Scotland’s biggest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh, have already had to close for 16 days.

Ahead of that announcement, Treasury chief Rishi Sunak revealed on Friday details of a new financial support package that will see the government pay two thirds of the salaries of workers in companies that have to shut up shop.

Under the terms of the package, the government will from Nov. 1 pay 67% of the salaries of workers who won’t be able to work, up to a maximum of 2,100 pounds ($2,730) a month. Sunak also said cash grants for businesses required