Monthly Archives: December 2017

Peterson: Ag Bill to Move in Early 2018

House Agriculture Committee leadership says the 2018 farm bill should be ready to move in the first quarter of next year. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson says markup on the bill will begin at the end of January

Chef Ambassadors Highlight South Carolina Cuisine

South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers discusses the 2018 SC Chef Ambassador program with SFN’s Mike Davis. Again this year, SCDA is excited to work on this initiative with the Governor’s Office and the South Carolina Department of Parks,

NC’s Groundbreaking Pesticide Disposal Program

NC Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler discusses the NC Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program with SFN’s Mike Davis.

New Dairy Support Program Proposed

Times have been tough in the American dairy industry. Overproduction has led to a lot of supply, which has pushed down beyond the break-even point. There have been some dairy support programs, including the most recent Margin Protection Program. However,

NC Market Highlights

At the livestock auctions held Tuesday at Mount Airy and Shelby a total of 561 cattle and 27 goats were sold. Compared to their previous sales, slaughter cows were mostly $1.00 to $9.00 lower, bulls were mostly steady.  Feeder cattle

Mexico: NAFTA In The Balance

The Mexican Ambassador says there is a 50-50 chance that the North American Free Trade Agreement will be “terminated.” Geronimo Gutierrez says there are tensions hanging over the three sides in the negotiations and that’s creating an air of uncertainty.

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “The Chained Inflation Rate”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the chained inflation rate.   Mike, one of the changes buried deep in initial tax plan released by the U.S. House of

NC Market Report

At the 3 weekly livestock auctions held Monday at Canton, Turnersburg and Siler City a total of 2,381 cattle and 47 goats were sold.  Compared to the previous sales, slaughter cattle were mostly steady to $6.00 lower.  Feeder steers were

Long-Awaited Tax Reform Nearing Reality

House and Senate tax writers are moving quickly to negotiate differences between their two chambers’ bills, with one of the most sensitive, a tax break for ag and other small businesses. Among the biggest and most politically-sensitive differences between the

SC Producers Will Have to Adjust Budgets in 2018

Big crops in 2017 means South Carolina producers will have to adjust their budgets in 2018 to account for lower prices. This was the message Clemson agricultural economists Nathan Smith and Scott Mickey gave during the recent 2018 Ag Outlook