Monthly Archives: March 2017

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “Unsustainable Debt”

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Hog Futures Rise Ahead of Hogs & Pigs Report

Hog futures rose Thursday ahead of a report that showed the domestic herd at a record high for this time of year. USDA’s quarterly data released after the markets closed showed the country’s total hog and pig herd at 71

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Can Price Searching Reduce Health Care Costs?”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if price searching reduce health care costs.   Mike, economists believe that consumers benefit from competition in the marketplace.  One requirement for this

Drought Affecting 45 of South Carolina’s 46 Counties

  South Carolina’s drought conditions increased in some categories and decreased in others as reported in the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center.  The area of abnormally dry conditions increased from 89.9 to 95.7%, the area of

North Carolina’s State Vet Talks Bird Flu

  In the past few weeks, several cases of avian influenza have shown up in the southeastern part of the country, two this week in Georgia.  Two of those cases have been Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, the others a low

NC Cash Grains Continue to Follow Futures Lower

At the 2 weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at North Wilkesboro and Norwood 1,361 cattle and 2 goats were sold. Slaughter cattle were mostly steady.  Feeder heifers were mostly steady to $6.00 lower; slaughter steers and bulls were mostly steady

New Book Removing Confusion at the Grocery Store

  A new book is helping consumers learn more about their food and how it’s produced. Author Michele Payne’s recently released book, ‘Food Truths from Farm to Table: 25 Surprising Ways to Shop & Eat Without Guilt’, is an effort

Commodity Groups Testify on Farm Bill Programs

  Commodity groups told Congress Title 1 crop programs and crop insurance need tweaks in the next farm bill, while a strong Renewable Fuel Standard and robust trade policies are also key to farmers’ survival amid continued low crop prices.

First NC Cash Strawberries of the Season Seeing Good Demand

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Shelby a total of 383 cattle were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were 1.00 to 4.00 lower; while bulls were steady to 7.00 lower.  Feeder cattle were mostly 5.00 to

Judge Approves Settlement to Protect Farmers’ Privacy

  The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council have closed the final chapter of their lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s release of farmer and rancher personal information. A federal judge has approved a settlement that