Monthly Archives: January 2017

Ag Groups Want NAFTA Gains Preserved

  The Hagstrom Report says 133 food and agriculture industry groups sent a letter to President Donald Trump this week urging him to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement, while “preserving and building on the gains that have been

Extension Offering Farm worker Training

  Johnston County Extension is offering on-farm farm worker training in Johnston and Wayne Counties.   Louis Cruz, is offering this training and is based out of the Johnston County Cooperative Extension explains the type of training offered:   Cruz explains

Bacterium Could be Cause of Bee Colony Collapse Disorder

Researchers in Wisconsin have discovered what may be causing colony collapse disorder for honey bees.  Dr. Jim Buritt, Biology Professor University of Wisconsin-Stout, explains the findings… Through multiple test, he says they found some potential reasons the bacterium is making

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “Perdue as Ag Secretary”

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

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Are Housing Prices Back?”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if housing prices are back.   Mike, housing prices crashed during the Great Recession.  Some measures indicate they fell by one-third.  However, now

SE Cotton Breaks .75

At the 2 weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at North Wilkesboro and Norwood 922 cattle and 9 goats were sold. Slaughter cows were $3.00 to $4.00 higher and slaughter bulls were steady to $4.00 higher. Feeder cattle were $2.00 to

Weekend Rains Eliminate Drought in North Carolina Piedmont

Weekend Rains Eliminate Drought in North Carolina Piedmont In the latest drought monitor released on Thursday by the Drought Mitigation Center, North Carolina’s drought conditions improved significantly with weekend rains state-wide.  The area of abnormally dry conditions has been reduced

Wheat Futures Gain, Corn and Soybeans Fall

Cattle futures slid despite a surge in prices meatpackers paid in the cash markets early Wednesday, as traders remain cautious about the strength of demand.  February live cattle dropped 117 to $118, the April contract fell 110 to $117, and

Search is Underway for 2017 National Pig Farmer of the Year

Search is Underway for 2017 National Pig Farmer of the Year The search is underway for the 2017 National Pig Farmer of the Year. Pork Checkoff spokesperson Cindy Cunningham says the Pork Checkoff recognizes the best-of-the-best with this program…  

Death Tax Repeal Could be Part of Larger Tax Reform Legislation

  The long-sought goal of many farm, business, tax and other groups to permanently repeal the estate or ‘death’ tax, got new life this week when House and Senate lawmakers reintroduced repeal bills. Seeing their big chance to finally end