Monthly Archives: November 2017

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “JOLTS to the Labor Market”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at JOLTS to the labor market. Mike, changes in the unemployment rate and total job numbers are the most common measures of the

Dry Weather Affecting Winter Grains

  In the final weekly crop progress report for the 2017 season, there were just over six days suitable for field work in North Carolina in the week ended November 26th, compared to about five and a half the previous

No Plum Pox in South Carolina Peach Orchards Eight thousand nine hundred and seven samples later, the verdict is in: There’s no hint of plum pox in South Carolina. Reaching the conclusion wasn’t easy, but the search was essential. Plum

SC Grown Christmas Trees Are Here

South Carolina’s Ag Commissioner, Hugh Weathers is encouraging all to once again support the state’s ag economy by decorating their home with a Christmas tree grown in South Carolina. One can find a choose-and-cut tree farm nearby, or a retailer

Hog Futures Regain Ground Lost in Early November

Hog futures started the week higher, buoyed by an upward turn in the cash market for physical pigs. Analysts said steadying cash prices bolstered hog futures December Lean hogs rose 127 to 64.52, closing at the highest point since Nov.

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Major vs. School”

Mary:    I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at major versus school.  Mike, among the many questions college bound students confront is whether their major or the quality of their college is

2017 Census of Ag Set to Begin in December

Once again, it’s time for the five-year Census of Agriculture.  Farmers should be receiving a packet in the mail in the next week or so, and NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler is encouraging all to fill out the census and

SE Cotton Hanging Above .72

There was no livestock auction held Friday at Siler City. N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights are heavy. The estimated slaughter for Monday in North Carolina is

Pork; A Category Leader

The Pork Checkoff has adopted a new strategy to build demand for pork. National Pork Board vice president of domestic marketing Jarrod Sutton says that effort begins by listening to our customers… “They’re the ones that ultimately buying our products. 

Tough Year for Turkey Producers

  It’s a tough holiday season for turkey producers. Gary Crawford has the story: