Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Trickle Down Effect of Avian Influenza

A noted ag economist says the impact of the highly pathogenic H5N2 Avian Influenza will be most severe in northwest Iowa… “We have seen Avian Influenza move hard into NW Iowa, that is where we will see the biggest economic impact here.

EPA Finalizes Waters of the US Rule

On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency along with the Army Corp of Engineers announced that they had finalized the contentious Waters of the US Rule.  Farm groups from across the country have expressed dismay over this finalization and Congressman Thom

NC Egg Market Continues to Rise

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 North Carolina is 2,998,000 head compared to 2,920,000 head last Wednesday. N.C.

Much of North Carolina Would Like to See Rain

In the latest crop progress report for North Carolina for conditions through Sunday, May 24th, there were more than 6 days suitable for field work across the Tar Heel state, slightly more than last week.  Topsoil moisture is rated at

Higher US Dollar Scuttles Grain Futures

Livestock futures climbed through the end of the session Wednesday, led by a rally in feeder-cattle futures which was sparked by plunging costs for feed grains. The cattle and hog markets got a boost from short-covering early Wednesday, which reversed

Weekly Cotton Market Update

Recent Price Movement Cotton prices remained under pressure last week. Values for the nearby July contract have not been able to rebound back up to the 65 cent mark after dropping below that level a little more than a week

Tobacco Budworm

Budworms are starting to appear in some of our most mature tobacco fields that are approaching  or at layby stage.  As of this email, I have not seen a field above the 10% threshold level of live larvae present.  Most

Protecting Clean Water While Respecting Agriculture

Rule does not create any new permitting requirements, maintains all previous exemptions and exclusions By Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy Today, EPA and the Army finalized a rule under the Clean

NCGA: Water Rules Must be Clear and Workable for Farmers

The following is a statement from Chip Bowling, Maryland farmer and president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s EPA announcement of a revised rule pertaining to the Clean Water Act.   “We cannot comment on the

Revised Clean Water Rule Released

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized the Clean Water Rule to protect the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources from pollution and degradation.   Water is