Monthly Archives: September 2017

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “The Rise in Consumer Confidence”

  Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the rise in consumer confidence.   Mike, economists consider consumer confidence to be an important indicator of the economy.  A big reason is

Hurricane Crop Damage Will Take Time to Fully Assess

We may not know until mid-October the real extent of damage to crops from Harvey and Irma. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist.

GOP May Back Away from Estate Tax Repeal

The White House and GOP Congressional leaders are considering ditching estate tax repeal and other tax breaks that Democrats charge favor the wealthy. The idea is to pick up Democratic votes by shaping tax reform more toward the middle-class. Democrats

Grain Prices Rise at NC Markets

Cattle:  At the livestock auctions held Tuesday in Mt. Airy and Shelby a total of 767 cattle, 7 goats, and 36 sheep were sold.  There were too few head last week to establish an adequate market trend.  Demand was moderate

Cattle Hit Six-Week High; Crude Jumps 93 Cents/Gallon

Cattle futures touched their upper daily limit on Wednesday, hitting a six-week high as cash-market prices rose. Meatpackers bought 636 head of cattle at the weekly online Fed Cattle Exchange on Wednesday morning for an average of $106.67 per 100

Tax Reform May Not Include Repeal of Estate Tax

The White House and GOP Congressional leaders are considering ditching estate tax repeal and other tax breaks that Democrats charge favor the wealthy. The idea is to pick up Democratic votes by shaping tax reform more toward the middle-class. Democrats

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Today’s Financial Challenges”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at today’s financial challenges.  Mike, every generation faces its own financial issues.  When you and I were beginning our careers, the big

Hogs Bring Home the Bacon for First Time in a Fortnight

Hog futures rose Tuesday after pork prices were higher for the first time in almost two weeks. Wholesale pork prices ended Monday up 33 cents to $78.09 per 100 pounds, halting eight consecutive trading days of decline. That encouraged traders

Pecan Pies at Risk Following Hurricane Irma

An Associated Press review of financial records and published work finds that Michael L. Dourson, President Donald Trump’s nominee to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency, has for years accepted payments for criticizing peer-reviewed studies that raised concerns

Agricultural Disaster in Florida

Farmers and ranchers in Florida are faced with an agricultural disaster following the wrath of Hurricane Irma. Micheal Clements has more.