Monthly Archives: February 2017

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Economic Power of the President”

  Mary:    I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the economic power of the President.  Mike, whenever a new president takes office, there seems to be an expectation the person will

NC Cash Grains Follow Futures Lower

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City a total of 1,057 cattle, 68 goats, and 57 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, breaking type slaughter cows were steady to 1.00 to 5.00 lower; while boning type

Livestock Futures Gain on Tight Short-term Supplies

Cattle futures ended higher Monday as higher prices for beef are expected to lure packers to the market at a time when cattle are lean. February Live cattle rose 162 to settle at $125, the April contract gained 55 to

Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications Now Available

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2017 Specialty Crop Block Grant program.  Nonprofits and government agencies that want to apply for these grants have until March 15th to submit their application. The Specialty Crop

National FFA Week in South Carolina

South Carolina’s Ag Commissioner, Hugh Weathers was excited to see all the FFA delegates in Columbia last week during  National FFA Week.  About 1,000 of the state’s 7,500 members came to the state capitol to talk to legislators at the

AFBF President Calls for Engagement in Political Process

  During a reception Thursday evening at the USDA Ag Outlook Forum, AFBF President Zippy Duvall addressed attendees on the current state of agriculture. As USDA awaits Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump’s agriculture secretary nominee, Sonny Perdue of Georgia,

SCDA Sets Pesticide Collection Location

  The South Carolina Department of Agriculture is partnering with York County to offer South Carolina residents the opportunity to safely dispose of outdated, unusable or unwanted pesticides on Saturday, March 4, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  The event

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Age and Economic Growth Revisited”

Mary: This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at age and economic growth revisited.  Mike, one of the reasons often given for why the economy has been growing slowly is our

Farm Bill Negotiators Facing Tight Budget

  Farm bill negotiators are facing the task of addressing farmers and ranchers needs with a tight budget. The Senate Agriculture Committee held a farm bill field hearing at Kansas State University Thursday. Kansas Senator committee chairman Pat Roberts said

Hog Futures Closed Higher on Higher Belly Prices

Lean hog futures climbed Friday, driven up a rebound in pork belly prices. April lean hogs rose 145 to close at 68.02, snapping a three-day losing streak, the May contract gained 110 to 73.97. Cattle future ended mixed with February