Monthly Archives: January 2016

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “A Case Against Mandatory GMO Labeling”

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This Is Rick Frank sitting in for John Block. This radio commentary is brought to you by John Deere and the National Corn Growers Association. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of

Grain & Soybean Futures Fall on Demand Worries

Hog futures were mixed on thursday, after notching a fresh three-month high during the previous session. That market, too, could be underpinned by supply concerns owing to the winter storms, analysts said. February hog futures slid 7 to 65.30, April

NC State’s CALS Continues to Move Forward

  It’s been about four years since the NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences split into two separate colleges, with the new one named the College of Science, focusing on pure science disciplines.  Dean of NC State CALS,

Abnormally Dry Conditions Creep Back into South Carolina

  In the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center, abnormally dry conditions have once again crept into the Palmetto state.  The southern tip of Jasper and Beaufort Counties, equal to .34% of the state is now reporting

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “North Carolina’s Urban-Rural Divide”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at North Carolina’s urban-rural divide.  Mike, a legislative panel of the North Carolina General Assembly recently reviewed information about the different economic

NC Cash Corn Slips

At the 2 livestock auctions held Wednesday at North Wilkesboro and Norwood a total of 551 cattle and 2 goats were sold.  Slaughter cows were mostly steady to $5.00 lower, slaughter bulls were mostly steady. Feeder cattle were mostly steady

Annual National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Convention Underway

  Cattle producers are convening in San Diego, California for the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show this week. Outgoing President Phillip Ellis looks back at his tenure of leadership with NCBA. At the

Renovation of the Pee Dee REC Progressing According to Schedule

Yesterday we began our conversation with Dr. Tom Dobbins, Director of Clemson Extension on the implementation of the strategic plan to bring Extension in South Carolina back to its glory days.  For the past year or so, Extension has been

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Technology and Marriage”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at technology and marriage.  Mike, statistics show that marriage rates among adults have been dropping for several decades.  Obviously the causes of this change

NC Broiler/Fryer Market Holding Steady

Broiler-Fryers:  The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady and the live supply was adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights were heavy.  The estimated slaughter for Wednesday in North Carolina was 2,979,000 head compared to 2,909,000 head last Wednesday.