Monthly Archives: July 2015

America’s Farmers Grow Communities Enrollment Open

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is back partnering with farmers to support the causes that mean the most to them. The program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, allows farmers the chance to give back to their communities. Monsanto customer advocacy manger

Grain Futures Slip

Cattle futures ended the session narrowly lower Wednesday, pressured by profit-taking after a rally the previous session sent prices to the highest levels in one week. August live-cattle futures slid 12 to $144, October live cattle fell 32 to $146,

House GOP Heads for the Doors, COOL(er) in September

House republicans have called an early summer recess, making it even more unlikely congress will resolve a WTO dispute over Country of Origin meat labeling before September. The House was supposed to be in for the rest of the week;

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “How Are We Using Our Time?”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks how we are using our time.  Mike, most people probably don’t know that the federal government conducts an annual survey of time use by

NC Cash Cotton Sails Past National Average

Broiler-Fryers:  The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady and the live supply was adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights were mostly heavy.  The estimated slaughter for Wednesday in North Carolina was 2,992,000 head compared to 2,937,000 head last

USDA Announces First Private Sector Investments through U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the first round of investments in rural infrastructure projects through the U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund. Through the Fund and its expanded public-private partnerships, USDA has facilitated the investment

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “State Debt”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at state debt.  Mike, when people talk about government debt, most of the attention is given to federal government debt.  But what about

Corn Market Pulls Wheat and Soybeans Down with It

Cattle futures ended the session just below unchanged Monday, drifting sideways as investors remain uncertain about the strength of demand after last week’s steep decline. August live-cattle futures ended flat with Friday’s closing price at $143, October live-cattle reversed early

North Carolina’s DENR Joins Lawsuit Against EPA

State government agencies, private enterprises and several farm groups are running to court houses around the country filing lawsuits against the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the US rule.  Chrystal Feldman, Communications Director for the North Carolina Department of

NC Cash Grains Plummet with Futures

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City a total of 888 cattle and 143 goats were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly 3.00 to 4.00 higher; while slaughter bulls were 8.00 higher.  Feeder cattle