Monthly Archives: April 2017

Hog Futures Fail to Find Footing

Live cattle futures closed higher Wednesday as packers and producers played a game of push-pull on pricing. In other markets, lean hog futures sank. The weekly online Fed Cattle Exchange, which in recent months traders have watched closely for pricing

Wet Fields Affecting NC Strawberry Harvest

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Shelby a total of 284 cattle were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly 2.00 to 6.00 higher; while bulls were steady to 1.00 higher.  Feeder cattle were mostly 2.00

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Higher Housing Costs in Cities”

  Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at higher housing costs in cities.   Mike, there are complaints in many cities – including in North Carolina – of dramatically rising housing

Sonny Perdue Addresses USDA Employees as Agriculture Secretary

  Freshly sworn in as Agriculture Secretary, Sonny Perdue addressed employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tuesday morning. Perdue was sworn in by Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and then spoke to USDA employees before heading to the

Another Successful Season for NCDA Soils Lab

  A few years ago, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture began charging $4 per sample between Thanksgiving and the end of March for soil submitted for testing at the NCDA Agronomics lab.  This is peak season for soil testing

Corn Planting Progressing

  In the latest crop progress report for North Carolina for conditions through Sunday, April 23rd, 63% of the state’s corn had been planted compared to 32% last week, and a five year average of 54%.  Setting of flue cured

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Changing the Supply of Health Care”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at changing the supply of health care. Mike, health care costs and paying those costs are a continuing topic of discussion and

NC Cash Egg Prices Softening in Post-Easter Sales

  At the 3 weekly livestock auctions held Monday at Canton, Siler City and Turnersburg a total of 974 cattle and 57 goats were sold. Slaughter cows were mostly steady to $3.00 higher, bulls were unevenly steady.  Feeder cattle were

Farmers’ Job-Take Care of the Soil. USDA’s Job-Help Them Do It

Leonard Jordan, Acting Chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, saying farmers have done a great job improving soil and water resources and USDA has helped them do it. “Farmers and ranchers around this country, indeed, have done a tremendous

Ractapomine-treated Pork to be Included in Asian Trade Deal

  The key U.S. Senator blocking a bilateral trade deal with Taiwan for years is dropping his long-held insistence Taiwan first end its ban on ractopamine-treated U.S. pork, before talks can begin. For years, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley went to