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Montana Ag Network: “A generation-defining investment in rural America”

During an exclusive MTN interview with the Montana Ag Networks Lane Nordlund, Sec. Vilsack called the proposal, “a generation-defining investment in rural America.”



President Joe Biden says his American Families Plan will support children, teachers, and working families in rural America. The $1.8 trillion proposal was unveiled during the president’s address to Congress at the end of April.

In rural parts of the nation the proposal and its price tag are receiving mixed reviews. That’s why Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has been stumping on behalf of President Biden’s plan.

During an exclusive MTN interview with the Montana Ag Networks Lane Nordlund, Sec. Vilsack called the proposal, “a generation-defining investment in rural America.”

“Even before the pandemic, a lot of families, middle-class families, working families were having a very difficult time making ends meet,” said Vilsack. “The American Families Plan is designed to do two very important things. First, to provide help and assistance to families so they can, in fact, make it. Secondly, creating the opportunity for us to have an economy that is competitive and able to meet the challenges of the future.”

Among other things, the $1.8 trillion package proposes to expand child nutrition assistance, offer free community college, universal pre-K, paid family and medical leave and extend Affordable Care Act subsidies.

To pay for the nearly $2 Trillion plan, the Biden Administration is planning to impose higher taxes on corporations, high-income earners and capital gains taxes on inherited assets.

It’s the capital gains tax and possible elimination of the stepped-up basis that has family farmers and ranchers concerned.

Watch the entire MTN exclusive interview with Sec. Tom Vilsack in the video below:

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack full interview with Montana Ag Network

Capital gains taxes are based on the change in the value of an asset, such as farmland, livestock or timber, when that asset is sold.

Currently, the top capital gains tax rate is 20%. To reduce the capital gains tax, farmers and ranchers use stepped-up basis, which provides a reset for the basis during intergenerational transfers. In effect, upon the transfer of assets following a death, the basis is reset to the market value at the date of death.

Following the adjustment, taxes can be levied only on gains realized by the individual during his or her ownership, not on gains realized prior to the step up in basis.

Proposed legislation in Congress would tax capital gains at death and eliminate stepped-up basis as a way to raise revenue for government spending. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) said this would be devastating to American agriculture.

“Funding the government should not come from targeting hardworking families who have spent a lifetime building businesses and creating jobs,” AFBF said in statement. “Farmers have endured weather disasters, trade wars and COVID-19 – immense burdens that would destroy less resilient industries.”

“Farms are often kept in the family for many years,” AFBF added. “Tracking the appreciation of land and equipment over a period of decades would be extremely complex, and the value of land is likely to have increased so much that without stepped-up basis the next generation of farmers and ranchers could be forced to sell the land just to pay the taxes.

Sec. of Agriculture Vilsack said he has made a promise to the nation’s agriculturists that they will be protected from any changes to capital gains taxes that regarding the American Families Plan.

“If you are a farm family, and mom and dad pass away and they passed the farm on to their children, and their children continue to own the farm and operate the farm, then there is no impact of stepped-up basis,” explained Vilsack. “There’s no capital gains that needs to be collected at that point in time. It’s just business as usual.”

It is a different scenario for those that sell the land they inherit.

“If the children decide to sell the farm, then the stepped-up basis does get triggered,” said Vilsack. “However, there is a $1 million per person exemption.”

Vilsack added that a large majority of farms and ranches will not be impacted by proposal.

“We’ve calculated between those two issues of being able to operate the farm without having any tax implication and the million dollar per person exemption if they sell the land,” said Vilsack. “That calculation shows that 98.5% of farms and ranches in this country will not be impacted or affected by this at all.”

Even with that assurance, many in rural America have said a promise made by USDA is different than actual legislation passed by politicians.

That’s why the American Farm Bureau Federation said they will remain committed to preserving family farms and advocating for tools like the stepped-up basis.

“Assuming a very likely capital gains tax rate of 20%, without stepped-up basis, it’s estimated that the tax burden on farmers and ranchers inheriting cropland would be significantly larger than the cash rental income generated on the farmland,” said the Farm Bureau. “In the case of most farm operations, the capital gains tax would take several years of rental income to pay the tax obligation. Heirs facing these taxes would incur steep costs from selling the land, thereby increasing costs for everyone in the marketplace. If an estate is passed on with debt, it may not be possible for the family to meet the tax obligation.”

Click here to read the full text of the American Families Plan.

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Global Parcel Shops and Locker Networks Market Insight Report 2021 with Profiles of 50+ Leading Networks Including Hive Box, InPost and DHL Pakstation –

DUBLIN, October 26, 2021–The “Global Parcel Shops and Locker Networks: Market Insight Report 2021” report has been added to’s offering.



DUBLIN, October 26, 2021–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Global Parcel Shops and Locker Networks: Market Insight Report 2021” report has been added to’s offering.

This report focuses on retail collection points, i.e. parcel shops and parcel locker networks, worldwide. It gives a detailed view of networks currently in operation, the historical growth of location numbers and sets out realistic scenarios for future growth. It includes profiles of over 50 leading networks including Hive Box, InPost and DHL Pakstation

Our forecast scenario for growth in the number of outlets and the revenue that they generate is supported by analysis of the key drivers of growth – in particular online retail spend and its share of total retail spend – setting out historical changes and available forecasts, by country.

These networks are now being rolled-out rapidly in most countries worldwide, to increase consumer convenience and reduce delivery costs. A high proportion of the population is now within a short travel time of one or more such locations.

The networks have the potential to offer benefits to a range of different parties including consumers, parcel carriers, internet retailers, field service companies and site hosts by providing a combination of increased convenience and lower costs.

There is also an appendix describing other last mile delivery methods such as in-boot delivery, courier networks and drone delivery.

  • Parcel shops are staffed outlets, most commonly convenience stores or other shops with long opening hours, including florists, petrol stations and other outlets.

  • Secure locker banks are generally found in places which are accessible from early until late and are able to provide an adequate level of security, such as railway stations, supermarket car parks and petrol station forecourts.

What does the database contain?

Database Fields:

  • Network Name

  • Country

  • Region

  • Website

  • Owner

  • Operation type (locker, parcel shop)

  • Solution partner (e.g. locker manufacturer)

  • Number of locations

  • Transport partners

  • Location partners (e.g. where shops or lockers are based)

  • Customers (e.g. retailers)

  • Business model (open vs closed)

  • Notes (other information)

Key Topics Covered:

Market Background

  • Definition

  • Benefits of specialist last mile delivery networks

  • History

  • Business models

  • Critical success factors

  • Investment requirements and entry barriers

Review of Pick-up / Delivery Points

  • Parcel shops / retail collection points

  • Parcel lockers

  • Home parcel boxes

  • Residential block lockers

Parcel Locker System Suppliers Review

  • Locker hardware

  • Locker operating systems

  • Pricing

  • Security and Safety

  • Installation, Maintenance and Support

  • Parcel locker manufacturers by installed base

  • Business models

Locker Manufacturer Profiles

  • Keba AG


  • TZ Limited

  • SmarteCarte

  • SwipBox

  • Grupo Azkoyen

  • Cleveron

  • ByBox

  • Kern Lockers

  • Shenzhen Zhilai Sci and Tech Co Ltd

  • SNBC (Shandong New Beiyang Information Technology Co., Ltd)

  • Vlocker Pty Ltd

  • Hangzhou Dongcheng Electronic Co., Ltd

Network Size and Growth

  • About the Apex Insight parcel shop and locker database

  • Total locations split by region (lockers + shops)

  • Total locations by country (lockers + shops)

  • Parcel locker locations

  • Parcel shop locations

  • Growth in number of locations

  • Location penetration relative to population and internet sales level

  • Revenue

  • Market potential

  • Potential revenues under the growth scenarios

  • Projected locations and revenue by

Profiles of Largest Network Operators

  • Best Express

  • HiveBox

  • China Post / Sposter

  • Cainaio


  • Japan Post

  • Deutsche Post DHL

  • La Poste / DPD

  • Hermes / Otto

  • UPS

  • CJ Express

  • SF Express

  • Amazon

  • GeGeBox

  • Royal Mail

  • InPost

  • Shuohuobao

  • FedEx

  • Flipkart / Ekart

  • Poczta Polska

  • CVSnet

  • Collect+ / Yodel

  • LS Distribution Logistics Benelux

  • Relais Colis

  • Canada Post

  • Correos

  • HubBox

  • Australia Post

  • Yamato Transport

  • PickPoint

  • Swiss Post

  • bpost

  • Fastway Couriers

  • Parcelly

  • Posti

  • Walmart Pickup

  • PostNL

  • PostNord

  • PPL CZ s.r.o.

  • ParcelPoint

  • Hubbed

  • MBE

  • PostCo

Appendix: Review of other last mile delivery methods

  • Improved carrier systems and development of consumer apps

  • Drone deliveries

  • Autonomous robot vehicles

  • In-boot delivery

  • Peer to peer delivery models

  • Self-employed courier models

For more information about this report visit

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These networks are now being rolled-out rapidly in most countries worldwide, to increase consumer convenience and reduce delivery costs. A high proportion of the population is now within a short travel time of one or more such locations.


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Times Network launches Times NOW & ET NOW on Australia’s news streaming service, Flash

Times Network, India’s premium broadcast network has launched TIMES NOW and ET NOW on Flash, in partnership with, Foxtel Group.



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Mumbai: Strengthening the Network’s foothold in Australia and catering to the content preferences of the viewers in the region, Times Network, India’s premium broadcast network has launched TIMES NOW and ET NOW on Flash, in partnership with, Foxtel Group. Flash is a first of its kind, dedicated LIVE & on demand news streaming service that features more than 20 local and global news sources.

As the only Indian news channels available on Flash, TIMES NOW and ET NOW delivers holistic reportage on national, political, local, financial & business news, now enables Australian viewers to stay informed on the latest and trending news stories from India. Known for its sharp, incisive, credible and fearless news coverage, TIMES NOW, is India’s leading English news channel and the global voice of the progressive India. Bringing a wide spectrum of business news, ET NOW focusses on matters that affect India’s inclusive development and empowers the Indian viewers in Australia to take part in India’s growth story.

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Commenting on the launch, Jagdish Mulchandani, COO & Executive President, Times Network said, “With an evolving consumer preference for watching LIVE news content across platforms, we are excited to partner with Flash, to provide Australian viewers access to our best-in-class news channels on a dedicated news streaming service. Both TIMES NOW and ET NOW are market leaders in their respective categories and now we are thrilled to enhance our reach in the region with this launch. Delivering reliable and world-class TV viewing experience, I am confident that our news channels will be an enriching addition to the discerning viewers seeking superior global and India news reportage.”

Flash CEO, Julian Ogrin, said: “Flash will transform the way Australians consume the news that matters to them by bringing together the widest range of local and international live news sources in a single, easy to use, feature-packed service. And we are thrilled to have TIMES NOW and ET NOW as part of this unrivalled offering on Flash.”


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socialization — Latest Stories — Pain News Network



By Beth Thorp, Guest Columnist

The CDC estimates that 50 million Americans – just over 20 percent of the adult population – have chronic pain. About 20 million have “high-impact chronic pain,” which is defined as pain severe enough to frequently limit life or work activities. I am one of the “high-impact” ones.

For a long time, I did not believe that I had enough expertise or a unique enough story to share my experiences with pain, except with those closest to me. But because of how often people tell me, “I don’t know how you do it!”; I began to believe that sharing my struggle to live with and manage chronic pain might help others who also suffer from it.

Like many others with severe chronic pain, I have had experience with using opioids. Given the crackdown on doctors prescribing these medications, I felt that sharing all the other skills I use to manage my pain might be useful to other patients.

I believe there are three aspects of our health which must be addressed if we are to have full and productive lives despite our pain. These are physical health, mental health and socialization.

Three-Part Model for Pain ManagementPhysical Health

When pain begins, the first and logical area to address is our physical health. It’s important to me to rely not just on pain medication, but a wide range of other modalities. These include:

  • Physical therapy, including heat, ice, ultrasound, stretching, exercises, TENS

  • Injections of steroids and analgesics

  • Neuromodulation devices such as spinal cord stimulators

  • The use of support tools, such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs, etc.

Some activities, like stretching, might be easy to incorporate into your daily life. Exercise might take some trial and error to find types that help with pain and that you enjoy. Others, like using a wheelchair, might take overcoming the burden of stigma.

For me, the idea of getting a wheelchair was initially out of the question. But then my pain doctor suggested that it would be better to use one to travel in places like airports, museums and zoos so that I can better enjoy the experience, and have less pain during and afterwards. Once I thought of it this way, it was an easier choice.

Mental Health

As my pain persisted, despite many physical and medical treatments, it became clear to me that I needed some additional resources to help my mind and spirit. These treatments used to be considered outside of traditional Western medicine. Additionally, these methods often require out-of-pocket payment. Some examples are:

  • Counseling, talk therapy, hypnosis, Reiki

  • Meditation and mindfulness

  • Participation in activities designed to distract from the pain

  • Antidepressant medications

  • Focusing on the positive

There are other therapies which address both physical and mental health, including yoga, Pilates, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and tai chi.

I rely more on distraction than on any other technique. If one activity does not work, then I will go to another. When I first heard about distraction, I did not believe that it would work — but it really does. Even getting out of one environment into another can help.

I am still working on the technique of focusing on the positive rather than the negative. I know this sounds a bit Pollyanna, but I believe it is important to move ahead with a good quality of life. The goal is to be grateful for the things I can do, not ruminating on the things I have lost or can no longer do. Some examples of this are:

  • Take “one day at a time.” If today is bad, tomorrow is likely to be better

  • Try new activities that fit within the scope of your current abilities

  • Learn new skills or explore new areas to learn by taking classes, in person or online

  • Find others who suffer from chronic pain and share ideas for living better

  • Most of all, don’t give up!


The longer pain goes on, the more isolating it can be. I’ve experienced loneliness and solitude. Our world gets smaller as the number of things we can do shrinks and the things we can do become very restricted.

One of the hardest things for many of us is to ask for help. Similarly, we don’t want to be a burden, so we don’t reach out to ask our friends and family to come over and spend time with us.

In order to maintain a good quality of life, we must find our own ways to become or stay involved with others. For example:

  • Phone calls or Skype, FaceTime and Zoom meetings with family and friends

  • Group activities such as book clubs, crafting circles, games nights, group lunches

To address mental health as well as socialization, joining a religious group, community organization or chronic pain support group can be very helpful. You can also combine socialization and physical health with activities such as exercise classes or Silver Sneaker programs.

Three Changes Needed

I believe that there are three changes to our healthcare system which must be pursued in order to respond to the opioid crisis in ways that help patients with pain, not hurt them.

First, don’t punish patients by removing access to opioid medications. For some of us, they are the only thing that works. Work with us to help us take them responsibly.

Second, the pharmaceutical industry should develop safe, effective and non-addictive pain medications for those of us with high impact chronic pain.

Third, insurance companies should be required to pay for alternative treatments such as massage, acupuncture, yoga, etc. that are often recommended as alternatives to opioids. Those options are not really available to most patients with pain.

Chronic pain may last a lifetime. Thus, it is critical to find ways to live a full and happy life despite the pain. Different methods work for different people. I believe that the most important thing is to try everything you can. If one doesn’t work, try another. Be sure to include physical, mental and social solutions. And try to stay as positive as possible. That’s how I do it. You can do it too!

When pain begins, the first and logical area to address is our physical health. It’s important to me to rely not just on pain medication, but a wide range of other modalities. These include:


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