Monthly Archives: February 2017

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “Controversy is Good”

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

Farm Bill Discussions Underway

  Farm conditions are not yet ripe for a 1980s-style farm ‘bust,’ but ag economists told a House Agriculture pre-farm bill hearing income and debt continue to deteriorate and changes may be needed in the next farm bill to prevent a

Grains & Oilseeds Step Back

Meat production was disrupted Thursday by a nationwide labor protest against immigration policies though the supply disruption didn’t prevent a dip in livestock futures, with lean hogs shedding 1.3%. There were no reports of plant closures, though some meatpackers said

Despite Slipping Futures, SE Cotton Holds

At the 2 weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at North Wilkesboro and Norwood 871 cattle and 1 goat were sold. Slaughter cows were mostly steady to $3.00 higher and slaughter bulls were mostly steady to $2.00 higher. Feeder steers and

Abnormally Dry Conditions Expand in North Carolina

  Abnormally dry conditions re-appeared in a big way this week as reported in the Drought Monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center for conditions through Tuesday morning.  Just over 70% of the state is now reporting abnormally dry conditions,

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “State Rankings on Money from the Feds”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at state rankings on money from the Feds.  Mike, state and local governments receive money from several sources, such as income taxes,

Corn Growers of NC Referendum Next Week

  The Corn Growers Association of North Carolina is holding a referendum next Wednesday, February 22nd to continue assessing farmers for the maintenance of the organization and all it provides to the state’s corn growers.  Wade Byrd, past president and

Peach Trees on the Ridge in Bloom

  As if growing peaches isn’t challenging enough, this year’s winter weather has been somewhat elusive, and the current warm streak is causing South Carolina’s commercial peach growers some concern.  Greg Henderson, Commercial Horticulture Agent with Clemson University, based in

NC Egg Market Steadies

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Shelby a total of 309 cattle were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were steady to 5.00 higher; while bulls were mixed.  Feeder steers and heifers were mostly 9.00 higher; bulls

Fresh Buying in Commodity Funds Push Grain Futures Higher

Cattle futures settle lower after weaker-than-expected pricing in a weekly Fed auction that left 18 of the 30 lots unsold. Hogs lost their early advance even with supportive cash prices. April live cattle fell 65 to $113, the June contract