Monthly Archives: December 2017

Walden: A Jump in Blue Collar Wages

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at a jump in blue collar wages.  Mike, two of the major components of so-called blue-collar jobs – manufacturing and construction – really took

John Block: Egg Regulations

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

Walden: Does Crowding-Out Occur?”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if crowding-out occurs.  Mike, one of the concerns about the proposed federal income tax overhaul is that it will increase federal borrowing.  Also,

Walden: The Outlook for Holiday Buying

The Economic Perspective, #4: “The Outlook for Holiday Buying” 12-14-17 – running time 2:09   Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the outlook for holiday buying.   Mike, as always,

NC Market Report Dec. 13

At the 2 weekly livestock auctions held Monday at Turnersburg and Siler City a total of 815 cattle and 22 goats were sold.  Compared to the previous sales, slaughter cattle were mostly steady to $3.00 higher.  Feeder steers were mostly

McKinney: Farmers Need NAFTA Backup Plan

Farmers need a backup plan if the U.S. exits the North American Free Trade Agreement, according to a top Department of Agriculture official. Ted McKinney, USDA undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, told that he “would advise anybody

Increased Focus on Senecavirus A in Swine

Animal health officials are conducting more tests related to a relatively low-impact swine disease which symptoms mimic a major disease threat. Rod Bain reports for SFN.

Farm Bill Hopes Waning

A Senior GOP Ag Senator says his optimism for a 2018 farm bill is fading, after months of delay in starting to write a bill in committee. Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s less hopeful now than a few months ago,

New appointment to Trump’s Trade Advisory Team

American Farm Bureau’s president will have input on proposed and current trade deals, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, through a White House advisory panel. President Trump has appointed AFBF’s Zippy Duvall to a four-year term on his Advisory

Pork Checkoff Invests in Consumer Research

Each year, the Pork Checkoff invests in consumer research. National Pork Board CEO Bill Even says the latest study offered unique insight into what happens at the meat case.