Monthly Archives: August 2015

WOTUS on Hold by Federal Judge, EPA Insist on Implanting Rule in Some States

A Federal Judge in North Dakota blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing its controversial “Waters of the U.S.” rule Friday…but EPA says it will still implement WOTUS in some states. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson in Fargo, North Dakota,

Soybeans Lead Gains Going into the Weekend

Live-cattle futures finished at a fresh multi-day high Friday, bolstered by stout consumer demand for beef and confidence that cash trade will be steady or higher than the previous week.  Lean-hog futures were mostly lower. Live-cattle futures rose, pulled up

Avian Influenza Meetings Underway this Week

Avian Influenza meeting across the state for small flock and backyard flock owners get underway tomorrow, hosted by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.  Tuesday’s meeting will be at the Guilford County Center in Greensboro, then Wednesday’s meeting will be

NC Cash Grains Finish Week Steady

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 592 cattle and 0 goats were sold.  Slaughter cows were $1.00 to $7.00 lower, feeder steers were $6.00 to $10.00 lower, and heifers were steady to $19.00 lower when

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “The Productivity Mystery”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at the productivity mystery.  Mike, there are many economic numbers released, but I understand one that you like best is productivity.   I also understand

12 Aprils Dairy South Carolina’s Farmer of the Year

If you’re lucky enough to live in or travel through South Carolina’s Upstate region, you’re probably familiar with 12 Aprils Dairy near Pelzer.  Tom Trantham, owns and operates 12 Aprils with his wife and grown children, and is the state

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “Back to Illinois”

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

EPA: 37 States Still have to Comply with New Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in 13 central and Western states. The EPA says a rule

Chinese Back Out of Hog Market, Futures Fall

Live-cattle futures finished higher on Thursday, bolstered by stronger export sales and investors taking profits after accurately betting that prices would fall. Lean-hog futures were mostly lower. August live-cattle futures closed up 222 at $144, October cattle gained 217 at

NC Broiler Harvest Backs off – Weights Rise

At the 2 livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro a total of 964 cattle and no goats were sold.  Slaughter cows were mostly $1.00 to $7.00 lower, feeder steers were mostly $7.00 to $20.00 lower, and heifers