Monthly Archives: December 2016

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “New Year 2017”

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by John Deere, the National Corn Growers Association, and CropLife America. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural

Cattle Futures Continue to Climb on Demand

Cattle futures surged to a six-month high in the second-to-last trading session for the front-month contract, buoyed by strong demand for livestock and beef. Thinly traded December cattle futures picked up 272 to $118, the highest settlement since June 30,

South and South East Dominate National Corn Growers National Yield Contest

  Recently, the National Corn Growers Association announced the state and national winners of the 2016 yield contest.  While the highest volume of corn acres are in the upper Midwest, that doesn’t mean they have the highest yield per acre. 

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Can the Economic Growth Rate Be Doubled?”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks, can the economic growth rate be doubled?  Mike, the new Trump Administration is banking on dramatically increasing the country’s economic growth rate in

Hams Across America: A Pork Checkoff Success

  Pork producers pay-it-forward within their community, especially during the holiday season. The Pork Checkoff celebrated that with its ‘Hams Across America’ campaign. Pork Checkoff public relations director Claire Masker says pig farmers typically ‘give back’ with donations of ham

NC-grown Sweet Potatoes Huge Success in International Markets

  Few North Carolina-grown products have achieved international success like the sweet potato.  North Carolina grows the most sweet potatoes of any state in the country, and Michelle Wong of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s International Marketing Division talks

NC Cash Egg Prices Holding Steady

There were no weekly auctions held on Wednesday. N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights are heavy. The estimated slaughter for Thursday in North Carolina is 2,976,000 head

Taking Up The Food Waste Challenge

Several businesses, non-profit groups, government agencies and commodity organizations are contributing to efforts to reduce food waste. Rod Bain reports. It seems that the number of companies, organizations, government agencies, and individuals doing their part to reduce food waste in

346 bu/a Takes Top Spot in South Carolina in National Corn Yield Contest

346 bu/a Takes Top Spot in South Carolina in National Corn Yield Contest William Thomas of Cades took the top spot in the National Corn Growers National Yield Contest with 323.36 bu/a in the A-non-irrigated category, and John Gause of

SE Cotton Holds Above 70 Cents

Cattle:  Shelby holiday schedule – closed Tuesday, December 20 and Tuesday, December 27, 2016.  Auctions set to resume Tuesday, January 03, 2017. Broiler-Fryers:  The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady and the live supply was adequate to meet the moderate