Monthly Archives: September 2015

Corn & Sorghum Struggling to the Finish Line

The sudden turn to rainy, humid weather is just insult to injury when it comes to the corn crop, especially in the Coastal Plain where they’ve had a very wet spring and summer.  NC State Extension corn specialist Dr. Ron

Grain & Oilseed Futures Fall as Harvest Progresses

Cattle futures ended the session mixed on Monday, as worries about dampened demand for historically high-priced beef were offset in some contracts by short-covering. October cattle futures trimmed losses to fall 152 to $132, December cattle futures picked up 15

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Is a Recession Imminent?”

  Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if a recession is imminent.  Mike, many people are nervous about the economy.  They look at the recent wild gyrations in the stock

SCDA Opens Office of Agribusiness Development

Livestock Auctions Feeling Affects of Lower Futures

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City a total of 847 cattle and 32 goats were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter and feeder cattle were sharply lower as the pressure on futures contract prices has resulted

Organic Farms in North Carolina

South Carolina a Tale of Two States when it Comes to Rain

Rain in recent months that has totaled 2 feet in some places has ended the drought along South Carolina’s south coast. Officials say rains in recent days should help ease the grip of the drought elsewhere in the state. The

Clemson opens high-tech lab to digitize agriculture

Clemson University’s Edisto Research and Education Center has added a laboratory to develop sensor technologies that will monitor the health of South Carolina farms. The high-tech sensor lab enables Clemson researchers to rapidly develop precision-agriculture technologies that once would take

EPA Updates Standards to Increase Safety and Protect the Health of America’s Farmworkers

Revised standards give farmworkers health protections under the law similar to those already afforded to workers in other industries   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today increased protections for the nation’s two million agricultural workers and their families.

Local Food Movement Moving into Sit-down Restaurants

The roots of the local food movement date back to the early days of the recession, and as the economy has regained its strength, the movement of locally sourcing food has continue to gain ground.  Not only are consumers demanding