Monthly Archives: October 2017

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “Dusky Gopher Frog”

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and the Renewable Fuels Association. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and

North Carolina’s Drought Conditions Stable

  Weekend and early week rains stabilized, but did not improve North Carolina’s drought conditions as reported in the weekly drought monitor released Thursday morning.  Last week, as this week almost 42.5% of the state is in abnormally dry conditions,

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “When Will the Stock Market Drop?”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks when the stock market will drop.  Mike the stock market has made incredible gains in the past year, rising over 20% in

NC Cash Grains Higher

At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro 1,211 cattle and 1 goat were sold. Apples:  demand fairly good.  Market about steady.  All grades U.S. Extra Fancy.  Cartons 12 3-pound film bags Red Delicious 20.90-24.00; Golden

Perdue Talks About Successful European Trip

  Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently wrapped up a tour of Europe, speaking with officials from several different countries about a variety of issues, including trade. After stops in the United Kingdom, Italy, and Spain, Perdue said the trip

Central South Carolina Farmers Excited About Cotton & Peanuts

  The last two years were close to 100% crop failures in October in central South Carolina due to flooding and Hurricane Matthew.  This year, producers not only have a bumper crop, but they have they can actually harvest and

Hog Futures Continue to Rise

Hog futures rose to an eight-week high as meatpackers continued to drive up cash prices for slaughter-ready pigs. Two slaughter houses that opened in Iowa and Michigan in September have added to national processing capacity, forcing packers to pay more

Hog Futures Rebound after Tuesday’s Losses

Cattle futures turned higher as the week’s cash trade started. Traders are looking to a monthly government cattle report on Friday, which will update the market on supplies of cattle being fattened in feedlots. With beef production this quarter already

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Big Changes from the Fed”

  Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at big changes from the Fed.  Mike, the Federal Reserve, or Fed for short, is in the middle of major decisions that involve

Beekeepers Eligible for Grant Program

  County governments, nonprofit groups and certified beekeepers pursuing farmland preservation projects and beehive grants have until Dec. 15 to apply for funding assistance from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. This year’s request for proposals includes