Monthly Archives: April 2015

New Webcasts Address Seedling Disease and Soil Fertility

Memphis, TN – Seedling disease problems and soil fertility are both important factors in establishing cotton stands and ensuring a healthy cotton crop through the growing season. Two new ‘Focus on Cotton’ webcasts, produced by Cotton Incorporated and the Plant

S.C. farmers face dilemma after loss of nematicide

A federal decision on the use of a nematicide will leave South Carolina cotton producers scrambling to find a replacement. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week rejected requests from South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas to use Counter

House Ag Committee Chair Talks Immigration and Migrant Labor Reform

During a congressional roundtable on Wednesday for farm broadcasters in Washington DC, several topics were  introduced by ag lawmakers, from both sides of the aisle, one was immigration reform.  Chair of the House Ag Committee Mike Conaway, republican from Texas:

Cotton Futures Close Higher

U.S. lean-hog futures extended gains into the close Wednesday, settling at a three-month high as demand for market-ready animals and pork products picks up across the country. May hogs advanced 1.575 cents to 75.325 cents a pound at the Chicago

Strawberry Season Starting Light

There were no weekly North Carolina livestock auctions held on Tuesday.   N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights are mostly heavy. The estimated slaughter for Wednesday in

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Speed of the Recovery”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at the speed of the recovery. Mike, we are now almost six years past the bottom of the recession, and much progress has been

Weekly Cotton Market Update

Recent Price Movement Prices surged higher late last week, in action that may be related to a stronger than expected export sales report. Last week’s export sales data indicated that new contracts had been signed representing a volume near 200,000

Secretary Vilsack Announces New Funds for Rural Business

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the launch of two new private funds, known as Rural Business Investment Companies (RBICs), which make equity investments in rural businesses, helping them grow and create jobs. This announcement is part of USDA’s ongoing

FAA Hopes to Expedite Final Rules Regarding UAV’s

The comment period for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAV’s or commonly known as drones just closed this past Friday.  Joe Morra, with the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington spoke with farm broadcasters this week on the proposed rules, and comments.  Morra

USDA Seeking Capital for Rural Investment

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host a media call to announce the launch of new private funds that will make investments in rural America. This announcement is part of USDA’s ongoing efforts to help attract private sector capital to investment