Monthly Archives: October 2016

Immigration Reform Critical for Agriculture

Carlos Castaneda, a farm labor contractor in California, took part in the Smithsonian Food History Roundtables Friday in Washington, D.C. His presentation, The Politics of Farm Labor, addressed agriculture’s need for immigration reform. Speaking to the American Farm Bureau Federation,

Nickels for Know How Referendum November 1st

The 65 year old Nickels for Know How program is up for referendum on Tuesday, November 1st.  Jimmy Gentry, President of the North Carolina State Grange Association, partnering with North Carolina Farm Bureau for Nickels for Know How explains the

Cost to Agriculture from Hurricane Matthew Still Poorly Defined

  Damage reports from Hurricane Matthew have been slow to come in, many locations haven’t been accessible until recently.  Director of the North Carolina Farm Service Agency, Bob Etheridge says most people still don’t have a grasp on what the

NC State Extension Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Pollution and Productivity”

  Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at pollution and productivity.  Mike, our country has long been concerned about pollution for its detrimental effects on the environment and on health. 

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “Election Day 2016”

The Need for a Balanced Government Hello everybody out there in farm country. This is Rick Frank Sitting in for Jack Block. This radio commentary is brought to you by John Deere and the National Corn Growers Association. They are

NC State Extension Economist Dr. Mike Walden -“Tax Deductions vs. Tax Credits”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at tax deductions versus tax credits.  Mike, as the presidential candidates have been outlining their economic plans, we’re hearing many tax terms used.  

NC State Extension Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Is Africa the Next Economic Superstar?”

  Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if Africa is the next economic superstar.  Mike, when most people think of countries or regions of the world that have rapidly been

As River Levels Fall, Drought Persists

  The last river in South Carolina has finally fallen below major flood stage from Hurricane Matthew’s rains two weeks ago, but the western parts of South Carolina and North Carolina have an emerging crisis of a different sort. Drought

Grain & Oilseed Futures Close at Multi-Month Highs

Cattle futures edged higher on Wednesday, buoyed by fresh signs of strong demand for livestock and beef. Live-cattle futures for October rose 32 to $103, December live-cattle futures picked up 50 to $104, and Feeder-cattle futures for October rose 42

North Carolina Peanut Losses in the Double Digits

Peanuts in Flooded SC

  Farmers have been able to get back into the fields the last few days following Hurricane Matthew, and Bob Sutter, Executive Director of the North Carolina Peanut Growers says at least part of the crop is salvageable: “You know,