Monthly Archives: January 2015

Hog Futures Soar

The hog market rallied into the session’s close, after trading this week at the lowest levels in four years due to growing supplies as herds have bounced back from a deadly virus. February hogs rose 210 to 71.52, April hogs

Corn Acres in 2015 will Likely go to Soybeans

Last week we heard from NC State Extension Grain Specialist Dr. Ron Heiniger about the corn market, and the effect lower prices will have on 2015 acres.  Heiniger feels North Carolina will lose as many as 100,000 corn acres this

USTR Pushes for Trade Promotion Authority for the President

Republicans and Democrats remained split largely along party lines on fast track trade deal authority for the President at a Senate hearing earlier this week. Republicans argued for Presidential authority to speed trade deals through Congress without deal-killing amendments –

Citizen Action Groups File Lawsuits Against EPA

A coalition of environmental, animal rights and citizen action groups are suing the  Environmental Protection Agency alleging failure to address air pollution from large-scale livestock farms. Two federal lawsuits filed in the District of Columbia allege the EPA has not

NC State Ag Economist Mike Walden – “Taxes and Transfers”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at taxes and transfers.  Mike, on one hand government taxes money away from households.  But on the other hand, government can send money to

Clemson sees growing interest in agriculture careers

More than 150 South Carolina teens learned about diverse career opportunities in agriculture at the S.C. Agribiz & Farm Expo in Florence this month. App developers, software coders, attorneys, engineers and other professionals have found fruitful homes in agriculture, which

NCDA Offering Food Business Workshop in Matthews

North Carolina Department of Agriculture is offering a Food Business Workshop on Thursday, January 29th at the Mecklenburg County Library in Mathews, from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm.  Annette Dunlap, Agribusiness Developer for NCDA explains who would be interested in

NC Egg Prices Move Higher on Tight Supplies

At the 3 livestock auctions held Monday at Canton, Turnersburg, and Siler City a total of 1,264 cattle and 23 goats were sold.  Slaughter cows were mostly steady to $2.00 lower, feeder steers were $8.00 to $31.50 lower, and heifers

Grants Available Through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is back again for a fourth year. The program – sponsored by the Monsanto Fund – invites farmers to nominate a public school district in their community to apply for a $10,000 or $25,000 grant.

GAP/GHP Workshop Offered

A Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices audits workshop is being offered at the Phillips Market Center at the State Farmers’ Market in Columbia on March 4th, getting underway at 9:00 am.  This one-day workshop will focus on how