Monthly Archives: May 2017

Senate Ag Committee: No More Cuts to Agriculture

  The Senate Ag Committee heard testimony last week from several economists on the challenges that currently exist in farm country. The Hagstrom Report says Republican Ag Chair Pat Roberts of Kansas and Ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan both

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Pros and Cons of Retiring to a College Town”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the pros and cons of retiring to a college town.  Mike, we’re now at the age where many of our friends

Livestock Prices at Auction Tumble

Cattle:  At the livestock auctions held Monday in Siler City and Turnersburg, a total of 916 cattle were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly 3.00 to 4.00 lower and bulls were 2.00 to 5.00 lower.  Feeder steers

Grain & Oilseed Futures Plummet on Favorable Weather

Cattle futures rose on Tuesday even as the supply of cattle grows. USDA said on Friday that total cattle-on-feed as of May 1 rose  from the same time last year, and cattle placement and marketing for the month of April

Cotton Industry Wary of Upcoming NAFTA Negotiations

  The new budget coming from the White House includes a number of program reductions and eliminations that could vastly affect the US agriculture industry. Reece Langley is Vice-President of Washington Operations for the National Cotton Council… “For agriculture, and the

Exciting Winter Wheat Varieties on the Horizon

  The North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association recently wrapped up the year’s field days showing off this year’s research.  Executive Director of NC Small Grains, Dan Weathington: “We’re a little concerned about our attendance, overall.  But, we feel like

Perdue Advocates Public-Private Partnerships

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue expressed to a House appropriations subcommittee that one way to do more with less is through public-private partnerships: “The way to accomplish more in tight budgetary times really is with public/private partnerships.  That’s one of the

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “The Net Return from College Majors”

  Mary:    I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the net return from college majors.  Mike, we’re used to hearing about differences in pay that college students will earn based on

Perdue Standing Up to Budget Criticism

5-29 SFN 12 & Today’s Topic – SFN 8 – needs commercial   USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue does not agree with the White House on some key spending cuts in the president’s so far, unpopular USDA budget request.  Those differences quickly

Cattle Futures End Rally

Cattle futures reversed course to turn lower as the USDA cattle-on-feed report exceeded expectations. Still, cash prices remained strong headed into Memorial Day weekend when grills are expected to fire up the livestock markets. June live cattle futures fell 122