TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 09: Jalston Fowler #45 of the Alabama Crimson Tide scores a touchdown against Craig Loston #6 of the LSU Tigers in the fourth quarter of the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)For a short while – a very short while – it seemed as though Alabama might be losing ground in the 2020 recruiting class rankings. But after briefly falling behind one of their SEC rivals, the Crimson Tide are back on top.According to 247’s BamaOnLine, Alabama has reclaimed the top spot as the No. 1 recruiting class in the country for the Class of 2020. Nick Saban’s side replaces bitter rival LSU, who occupied the spot for several weeks until losing it on Thursday.Per the report, the shift is a result of four-star defensive tackle Jaquelin Roy’s decision to decommit from LSU. Roy is the No. 104 prospect in the country, the No. 10 defensive tackle prospect in the country, and the No. 3 prospect from the state of Louisiana, per 247Sports.#Alabama retakes the No. 1 class with 4-star DL Jaquelin Roy’s decommitment. He’s expected in Tuscaloosa this weekend too https://t.co/hOZNVGFSa6 https://t.co/L7zxCR4JXq— Hank South (@HankSouth247) March 1, 2019Alabama’s current recruiting class consists of 11 committed players.Among them are five-star defensive end and No. 14 overall prospect Chris Braswell, who made a hard commit to the team this past November.Alabama has also secured commitments from another nine four-star prospects, including No. 1 defensive tackle Jayson Jones.LSU had an equal number of prospects as the Crimson Tide before Roy’s decommitment yesterday. However, the Tigers are still on pace to have perhaps their best recruiting class in several years when 2020 rolls around.[247Sports]
Nova Scotia farmers will get a boost from a three-point plan designed to reward sound business planning and help with debt reduction. The $9.7-million investment was announced today, Dec. 1, by Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture, at the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture’s annual meeting in Truro. “This investment is good for farmers, the agriculture industry and taxpayers,” said Mr. Taylor. “We must position our industry to become more competitive and sustainable.” The investment has three elements, the Strategic Infrastructure Investment Fund, debt relief and income support. The investment fund will offer $1.5 million, over four years, beginning April 1, 2007, for projects with a strong business case. “We are looking for projects that inspire growth,” Mr. Taylor said. “This investment is extremely important as it will provide for projects which will affect real change in a positive way for the industry.” The debt relief segment will also begin in April of 2007, with $6.2 million available to retire producer debt under the ruminant loan support program and the Pork Nova Scotia loan program. To be eligible, applicants must complete a business planning process that points to profitability; move to a new business model or product; have a succession plan; or an exit plan. For the direct income support segment for non-supply managed producers, payments will be based on 10 per cent increase of the reference margin used to calculate the 2003 Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization program payments. The maximum funding for this program is $2 million. Payments will be calculated and forwarded as soon as possible. No application is necessary. “There is a strong transition and business planning theme, and this is absolutely critical,” Mr. Taylor said. “If we are to move forward as business enterprises, and as an industry, we must show that public money is invested wisely, with a view to a more positive future. By doing so, we will maintain the strong public support that agriculture so rightfully deserves.” Many sectors of Nova Scotia’s farming community are experiencing a farm income crisis. This is particularly true of smaller family farms that do not have the production capacity or financial capacity to pursue changing retail and food service markets. For sectors such as pork, Nova Scotia is a high cost production area in a North American commodity market at a low point in the price cycle. “Together, these initiatives total $9.7 million — one of the most significant financial commitments this government has invested in agriculture,” said Mr. Taylor. A strong, healthy, progressive agriculture industry is essential to a strong, healthy and progressive Nova Scotia, he said. For more information, visit www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf .