Monthly Archives: March 2017

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Will Higher Interest Rates Hurt Homebuying?”

  Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program asks if higher interest rates will hurt homebuying.  Mike, mortgage interest rates have been trending upward in the last six month.  For example, 30

Livestock Futures Inch Up

Livestock futures inched up on Wednesday despite growing unease about a glut in the cattle and hog markets. Analysts expect to see an increase in the domestic hog herd when the USDA releases a quarterly inventory report later today. Given

US Grains Council Leadership Meets with Customers in Mexico

  Leaders from the U.S. Grains Council recently traveled to Mexico to talk trade policy concerns with Mexican customers of U.S. Grains. Grains Council Chairman Chip Councell says the goal was to focus on the importance of the U.S.-Mexico trading

Grain & Soybean Futures Prepare for Friday’s Reports

Livestock futures fell on Tuesday as concerns about oversupply continued to weigh on the market. Lean hog futures reversed gains earlier in the session, with the April contract falling 55 to $65.10, and May dropping 92 to 69.40, the lowest

NC Cash Egg Market Rising as Easter Draws Near

At the 3 weekly livestock auctions held Monday at Canton, Siler City and Turnersburg a total of 2,048 cattle and 24 goats were sold. Slaughter cattle were mixed. Feeder cattle were also mixed when compared to the previous sales.  Average

Building Trade Relations with Mexico

  Mexico’s hunger for U.S. pork continues to grow. Members of the National Pork Board spent time in Mexico building trade relations with our neighbors to the south. National Pork Board President Jan Archer, a pork producer near Goldsboro, North

Central North Carolina Strawberry Crop Survives Sub-Zero Temps

  It’s been right at two weeks ago that a hard freeze hit the southeast, not only one, but two nights in a row.  The area’s peach, blueberry and strawberry crops were all affected, as well as the region’s winter

Low Path Avian Influenza Spreads to Georgia

  Georgia, the nation’s top poultry-producing state, confirmed Monday the likely presence of low pathogenic avian influenza. The state’s agriculture department confirmed the presumptive low pathogenic avian influenza in a northwestern Georgia county that borders Alabama and is near Tennessee,

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Should Robots Pay Taxes?”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program asks if robots should pay taxes.  Mike, many futurists think robots will increasingly take the place of humans in the performance of many

NC Cash Grains Follow Futures Lower

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City a total of 931 cattle, 128 goats, and 157 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were unevenly steady; while bulls were 3.00 higher.  Feeder steers were mostly