Monthly Archives: February 2015

Farmers Gather at Commodity Classic, Discuss Important Issues

  The 20th Commodity Classic got underway Thursday in Phoenix. American Soybean Association President Wade Cowan says the commodity organizations have become a family over the years. One thing farmers will discuss during the Classic is environmental regulations… 2-27 Cowan

Palmetto State’s Abnormally Dry Conditions Steady

In the latest drought monitor for South Carolina released Thursday, the state’s abnormally dry conditions remained the same at 1.45%.  The area affected is also the same; Oconee and Greenville Counties in the high country along the Tennessee border, and

NC State Extension Economist Mike Walden – “Earning a Negative Interest Rate?”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at earning a negative interest rate.  Mike, when most of us put money in a bank investment or with a financial adviser, we

Grain & Oilseed Futures Lower on Percieved Damand Woes

Hog futures continued to climb on Wednesday, lifted to a fresh four-week high by strong demand for available animals in the physical markets as extreme winter weather hinders the transportation of livestock and pork products.  April-hog futures rose 75 to

Farm Bill’s Crop Insurance Section Under Fire

Proposed crop insurance cuts and EPA delays in issuing new renewable fuels targets continue to dominate ag lawmakers concerns. Lawmakers are also focused on the administration’s proposed crop insurance cuts – 16-billion over 10-years in new cuts to prevented planting

NC State Sport Fishing School Taking Enrollments

The NC State Sport Fishing School is taking enrollments for the program that gets underway May 31st through June 4th in Hatteras.  This is an opportunity for fishing fanatics and first-timers alike to learn more about offshore and inshore sport

NC Livestock Auctions See Reduced Volume Due to Weather

At the livestock auctions held Monday at Turnersburg, Canton and Siler City, a total of 1,091 cattle, 13 goats and 24 sheep were sold.  Demand was good with active buyer activity.  Offerings of cattle were light due to adverse weather. 

FAA’s Proposed Drone Rules Hold Great Potential for Agriculture

The use of drones is a hot topic in agriculture. The Federal Aviation Administration recently released its notice of proposed rules for commercial drone use. American Farm Bureau Director of Congressional Affairs RJ Karney says the proposed rules are now

NC State Extension Economist Mike Walden – “Will Stocks Tank if Rates Rise?”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if stocks will tank if rates rise.   Mike, although stock market has wobbled in recent months, it has been on a good run by

Weekly Cotton Market Update

Price Movement Cotton futures continue to hold onto recent gains, with the most actively traded May contract remaining close to 65 cents/lb. With apparent resistance a little above the 65 cent mark, a decisive close above that level could signal