Monthly Archives: September 2014

Online Resource Available to Help Producers Make Farm Bill Decisions

There’s more changes in the 2014 farm bill than we’ve seen in several years, which can create some confusion.  USDA is attempting to help educate farmers on the changes with an online tool.  Jay Boyette, Commodity Director for NCFB: “Farmers

Research on New Tobacco Barns to be Presented in October

Tobacco growers and industry personnel are invited to attend a field day highlighting NC State research on four different brands of new tobacco barns at the Randy Edwards’ Lake Wendell Farms on October 15th.  Information to be presented includes total

NC State Economist Mike Walden – “The Return of Non-bank Lenders”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at the return of non-bank lenders.  Mike, there are many households who want to obtain a loan to, for example, buy a house, but

USDA Implements New Farm Bill Provision for Peanut Producers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new peanut revenue policy that will be available for eligible peanut producers. The policy, approved by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) Board of Directors, paves

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary –

“Down on the Farm” 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

NC Cash Grains Lower

At the 2 livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro a total of 1251 cattle and 1 goat were sold.  Slaughter cows were mixed, feeder steers were mixed, and heifers were mostly steady to $5.00 higher when compared

Some Tobacco in Trouble

Wet and cool weather here at the end of the growing season is causing tobacco farmers, sitting on one of the best crops in years, a problem.  Don Nicholson, Region 7 Agronomist with North Carolina Department of Agriculture says producers

New Study Recaps 30 Years of Research: GMO’s are Safe

GMO’s have gotten a lot of attention this year, and not necessarily the good kind.  General Mills’, one of the largest cereal makers, just this week voted down a proposal to make all their products GMO free.  A study reviewing

Abnormally Dry Conditions Increase in the Palmetto State

In the latest drought monitor released by USDA on Thursday, the Palmetto State’s abnormally dry conditions increased.  Last week 45.15% of the state was reporting abnormally dry conditions, this week that number has increased to 51.50%.  The majority of the

NC State Economist Mike Walden – “Less Change in the Job Market”

   Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if there is less change in the job market.  Mike, our economy relies on the ability of workers to change jobs as