Monthly Archives: August 2014

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “Labor Day”

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by Monsanto, and John Deere. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural America. Thank you. And now for

2015 NC Canola and Small Grains Fact Sheets and News Releases

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Several Facets to Implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act

At the Food Safety Forum this week, several speakers outlined the coming changes with the Food Safety Modernization Act, which is being implemented in stages, with the export segment coming next.  NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler explains why we need

Pee Dee REC Schedules Multi-crop Field Day

Dr. Matt Smith, as Director of the Pee Dee Research & Education Center near Florence will host his first ever field day at the Pee Dee coming up on September 9th “I hope it will be a very interesting day.

NC Cash Bean Meal Soars over $600 a Ton

At the 2 livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro a total of 966 cattle and no goats were sold.  Slaughter cows trended mostly $1.00 to $3.00 higher, feeder steers trended mostly $9.00 to $34.00 lower, and heifers

South Carolina’s Abnormally Dry Conditions Increase Slightly

Abnormally dry conditions in the Palmetto State increased slightly this week, from 8.27% to 8.70%.  In addition to two areas in the midlands and the low country, a very small area in Oconee and Anderson Counties along the Georgia border

NC State Economist Mike Walden – Declining Entrepreneurship

Mary: This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at declining entrepreneurship. Mike, our economy thrives on people being able to take risks to start new companies, which we call entrepreneurship. However,

Hundreds gather for agriculture updates at Simpson field day

On a day that’s a hundred degrees in the shade, you might think it hard to find something good to say about the weather. Not so as nearly 300 farmers gathered in the August sunshine to get the latest updates

NC Cash Wheat Holds Steady

At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Mt. Airy a total of 338 cattle and 15 goats were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were unevenly steady.  Slaughter bulls were 1.00 to 2.00 lower.  The North Carolina broiler-fryer market

New Maps Show Potential Impact of Proposed Waters of the US Rule

New interactive maps planned for release in September from the American Farm Bureau Federation will show just how far beyond its jurisdiction EPA is trying to go with its Waters of the U.S. proposal.  American Farm Bureau’s Senior Director of