Monthly Archives: May 2015

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “GMOs Under Assault”

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

It’s Time to Evaluate Emerged Cotton for Thrips and Other Factors

The 2015 crop is generally off to a very good start. So far, we have had excellent planting weather for most parts of the cotton belt. Warm temperatures have resulted in vigorous growth and rainfall has been timely for the

The Problems and Solutions to the COOL Debacle

When the World Trade Organization issued its final ruling against the US Country of Origin Labeling law the dust started to fly in Washington as well as around the country as the two aggrieved countries, Mexico and Canada issued statements

Working on Immigration Reform One Piece at a Time

US Senator Thom Tillis from North Carolina is in the state this week talking agricultural and other businesses about the H2B and other guest worker programs and worker shortages.  Tillis outlines what he hopes to learn from the business owners

NC Cash Cotton Continues Above National Average

At the 2 livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro a total of 931 cattle and 15 goats were sold.  Slaughter cows were mostly steady to $2.00 lower, feeder steers were mixed, and heifers were mostly higher when

North Carolina’s Abnormally Dry Conditions Double in Area

[/audi In the latest drought monitor released by USDA on Thursday for conditions through Monday, May 25th, North Carolina’s abnormally dry conditions increased from 10 ¾% last week to just over 49% this week.  From roughly I-85 to the Tennessee

Grain Futures Rise, Soybeans Fall

Livestock futures rallied Thursday, as hopes that demand will remain strong for light-weight animals due to plunging costs for grains like corn and wheat carried the market for fattened cattle and hogs. August Feeder-cattle picked up 352 to $224 a,

NC State Economist Mike Walden – “Impacts of Supporting Higher Education”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at impacts of supporting higher education.  Mike, many states – including North Carolina – contribute substantially to financially supporting community colleges and public

Troxler says now is the time to prepare for hurricane season

– Scientists are predicting fewer hurricanes this season, but Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler says that’s no reason to be complacent. He is encouraging farmers and agribusinesses, such as food manufacturers, pesticide dealers and timber owners, to prepare now for hurricane

NC State Economist Mike Walden – “Clash of the Stronger Dollar and Cheaper Fuel”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at the clash of the strong dollar and cheaper fuel.  Mike, economists say there were two big events driving the economy of the last