Monthly Archives: December 2016

EPA Pushing Hard to Implement Obama Rules

  The Environmental Protection Agency is racing to get last-minute rules out the door before the Obama administration leaves office on January 20th. EPA is moving so fast to get the rules done before President-elect Donald Trump takes over, that

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Potential Challenges in Bringing Manufacturing Back”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at potential challenges in bringing manufacturing back.  Mike, there is a move in the country to attempt to return many of the manufacturing facilities

Climbing US Dollar Scuttles Grain & Oilseed Futures

Cattle futures rallied to a fresh 4 1/2 month high on Wednesday, lifted by stronger-than-expected demand for livestock and beef. Thinly-traded December cattle futures picked up 102 to $115, live-cattle futures for February climbed 137 to $117, and January feeders

Swine Inventory Reaches A Record High

According to USDA’s Hogs and Pigs Report, the total swine inventory on December 1 was 71.5 million head. That is a four percent increase from last year and a record high. The breeding herd inventory was just over 6 million

Lack of La Nina means big crops out of Argentina and Brazil

There could be agricultural implications if current forecasts for La Nina turn out to be true. Gary Crawford reports: “After that strong El Nino, the warming of the water of parts of the Pacific Ocean, forecasters were expecting a strong

Portrait of Tom Vilsack unveiled at the USDA

The portrait of Tom Vilsack that will hang at USDA glimpses his career and his tenure as Secretary of Agriculture. Rod Bain has the story.

Markets for December 28, 2016

U.S. grain and oilseed futures jumped Tuesday, reversing a spate of selling prior to the Christmas holiday. Contracts climbed as traders exited earlier bets that prices would fall, and speculated that Friday’s declines spelled an attractive entry point, though the

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Was the Fed Asleep at the Switch during the Housing Bubble?”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program asks if the Fed was asleep at the switch during the housing bubble.  Mike, I know you just read a new biography about

Fire Ant Quarantine Expands To Cover Majority of NC

NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler speaks with Rhonda Garrison regarding the expansion of the fire ant quarantine.

Panera Bread Adopts New Animal Welfare Practices

With milk sales sinking and soy and almond milk sales soaring, lawmakers from daily producing states are asking the FDA to take action. CBS News Correspondent Deborah Rodriguez has the details. “Used to be, “Milk does the Body Good,” milk