Monthly Archives: October 2017

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Seasonal Hiring”

  Mary: This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at seasonal hiring. Mike, it’s hard to believe that Christmas shopping is about to begin.  While many people will be deciding what

Cotton Futures Stabilize Going into Weekend

Hog futures sank as traders questioned whether the market can maintain momentum with pigs headed to slaughter in record numbers. Cattle contracts gained. Though hog futures on Friday staged a late rebound from the session’s low point, the decline again

Senate Confirms Ibach to USDA

  The Senate confirmed Greg Ibach to the Department of Agriculture. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts announced the approval of Ibach as the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at USDA. Ibach previously served as the

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “The Opioid Crisis – Stop Pointing Fingers”

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

Soybean Futures Fall for Third Straight Session

Cattle futures prices bounced higher on bets that rising beef prices won’t soften consumer and export demand. Hog futures also climbed. Live cattle futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed Thursday at their highest level since Aug. 4, resuming a

Proactive Disease Control

  Animal well-being is the number one priority for pig farmers. Dr. Lisa Becton, who is the National Pork Board director of swine health information and research, says extra precautions are put in place when the temperatures cool down… “Try

House Ag Chair Says Farm Bill Work Could Possibly Finish This Year

  Washington legislators are working on developing policy for the new Farm Bill, which is due next year. Texas Republican Mike Conaway, Chair of the House Ag Committee, said developments in the Senate this week mean the Farm Bill process

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Forces Driving Hollowing-Out”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at forces driving hollowing-out.  Mike, hollowing-out is a term applied to the labor market.  Simply put, it refers to the loss of

NC Cash Grains Hold Fairly Steady

At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro 895 cattle and no goats were sold. N.C. Eggs:  The market is steady on Small, higher on the balance. Supplies are moderate.  Retail demand is moderate.  Weighted average

South Carolina’s Abnormally Dry Conditions Improve

  South Carolina’s abnormally dry conditions receded from west to east this week as reported in the weekly drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center on Thursday for conditions through Tuesday morning.  The area of abnormally dry conditions dropped