Monthly Archives: December 2017

Trade Complaints in the Rise

According to government figures cited in the Washington Post, trade complaints by U.S. agriculture and industry against foreign competitors are soaring under President Trump to levels not seen in more than 15-years. There have been 79 new trade investigations since

Mike Walden: Are Home Prices Still Rising?

The level of home prices is important for two reasons.  For homeowners, the price of their home is a big determinant of how much equity, or wealth, they have in the home.  For potential buyers, the level of home prices

John Block: Christmas and a New Year

John R. Block Reports from Washington December 26, 2017 “Christmas and a New Year” Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and Renewable Fuels Association.

Packer Capacity Growth

Packer capacity has been an ongoing concern with the large hog supplies. Steve Meyer of EMI Analytics tells SFN it’s been historic… A small plant opened in the fall of 2016 in Missouri and another facility opened in Minnesota this

Analyzing Profitability on the Farm

Analyzing profitability is critical on the farm. But studying profits and production can cost producers time. Micheal Clements has more for SFN in this report.

Winter Precipitation Coming to SE NC, Eastern SC

SFN’s mike Davis talks with National Weather Service Meteorologist Scott Sharp about the wintry weather expected for the next several days.

Mike Walden: Has the Economy Shifted into Higher Gear?

Mike, there is renewed optimism about the economy going into the end of the year.  The unemployment rate is nearing 4%, a level many economists associate with full employment.  In the two most recent quarters the economy has been growing

Hog Producers Look for Expansion in 2018

Lower prices don’t seem to be putting much of a damper on hog producers and their plans to expand production in 2018. Gary Crawford has the latest… Last Friday’s USDA report showed The United States’ inventory of all hogs and

Can Animals Help Us Forecast Weather?

Some people think studying animals can help predict the severity of the upcoming winter. Is there any truth to it? Gary Crawford investigates it for SFN…

Congress Passes Dairy Friendly Bills

Congress spent the final few weeks of the year addressing legislation that benefits dairy farmers. Micheal Clements has more for SFN.