Monthly Archives: July 2015

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “Honey Bees”

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

Hog Futures Slip into End of the Month

Cattle futures trimmed gains into the close of the session Thursday, settling mixed while the front-month contract advanced to a fresh 1-week high on hopes that demand has passed a seasonal low. August live-cattle futures picked up 30 to $145,

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “College Issues”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at college issues.  Mike, a college degree is still viewed as the road to prosperity for most individuals, but there certainly are issues

Economic Crisis Affects Commodity Markets

Over the last three weeks or so we’ve seen the Chinese economy in a serious downward slide.  Mike Quinn, President and CEO of Cotton Growers Cooperative based in Garner, North Carolina outlines the impact to US cotton: “Our concern with

SE Cash Cotton Falls Close to National Average

At the 2 livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro a total of 824 cattle and 1 goat were sold.  Slaughter cows were mostly steady to $1.00 lower, feeder steers were lower, and heifers were mostly lower when

NFU Says Hoeven-Stabenow COOL Compromise is the Only Path Forward for Food Labeling

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says that unfortunately for American consumers and producers, mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling, or COOL, is a dead man walking. Johnson explains that voluntary COOL is an option that will not only defang the WTO ruling,

Abnormally Dry Conditions Expand in South Carolina

South Carolina’s abnormally dry conditions and moderate drought conditions increased significantly this week according to the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center.  Abnormally dry conditions in the Palmetto State increased from 67.52% last week to 85.74% this

Trans Pacific Partnership Update

The next round of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is being negotiated in Maui, Hawaii this week.   Please find attached the communications TGANC sent regarding TPP today.  Also attached is a congressional letter signed by 24 members

Weekly Cotton Market Update

Recent Price Movement Cotton prices continue to drift sideways. After trending lower throughout most of July, values for the December futures contract have dropped to below the 65 cent mark. As could be guessed from the sideways trading pattern, there

11th Annual Food Safety Forum Scheduled

The 11th Annual Commissioner’s Food Safety Forum has been scheduled for August 18th at the State Fairgrounds.  This year’s focus will be highly pathenogenic avian influenza, and while the disease isn’t a food safety issue it has had a profound