Monthly Archives: February 2017

NC Cash Beans Gain

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 676 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cattle were mostly steady when compared to the previous week.  Feeder heifers were $2.00 to $3.00 higher; steers and bulls were

Senate Ag Holds Farm Bill Hearing in Kansas

The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee heard from farmers and ranchers Thursday afternoon, hosting a farm bill field hearing at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. The hearing featured panels of farmers giving input on what they feel needs to happen

First Glance at USDA Planting Forecast

    USDA offered up its first glance at spring planting forecasts at its outlook forum on Thursday and Friday. USDA projects soybean acres will grow to 88 million acres planted this spring, up 4.6 million acres from last year,

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “Two Issues”

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NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “The Possibility of Achieving Energy Independence”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the possibility of achieving energy independence.  Mike, it has been a long time goal of many in the country for the

Dry Conditions Increase Slightly in North Carolina

  In the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center on Thursday for conditions through Tuesday morning, North Carolina’s abnormally dry conditions have increased slightly from just over 70% last week to 71.36 this week.  The area of

USDA Report Scuttles Soybean Futures

Hog futures extended losses Thursday despite a closely watched government report that showed the nation’s total pork stocks dropped from a year ago. April lean hogs dropped 117 for April delivery to close at 66.57, and My fell 52 to

Opportunity is There to Make Money on Wheat

Wheat Dollars

  This unusually warm weather has caused some head scratching among growers with wheat in the field.  Dan Weathington, Executive Director of the NC Small Grain Growers Association: “Right now I’m looking at a wheat field and it’s a little

Slack Retail Demand Pushes NC Egg Prices Lower

At the 2 weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at North Wilkesboro and Norwood 950 cattle and 3 goats were sold. Slaughter cows were $1.00 to $6.00 higher and slaughter bulls were $2.00 to $6.00 higher. Feeder steers and bulls were

Farm Bureau Welcomes New EPA Administrator

  New EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will offer an understanding of agricultural issues at the EPA. Pruitt previously served as attorney general for Oklahoma before taking his new post. AFBF senior director of regulatory relations Don Parrish says Pruitt’s leadership