Monthly Archives: January 2018

USDA Announces Farm Bill Principles for 2018

Stephanie Ho reports that USDA’s list of Farm Bill priorities includes fixes to the safety net, encouraging rural broadband and supporting ag research…

Pork Prices Down, Beef and Poultry Up

USDA released its monthly Consumer Price Index for food, showing consumers paid less for pork in December than in November, but more for beef and poultry. Beef and veal prices increased 0.5 percent from November to December and are 3.5

NC Market Highlights Jan. 31

At the livestock auction held Friday at Siler City a total of 1,176 cattle and 105 goats were sold.  Too few cattle sold last week to compare prices. Moderate demand, buyer activity and offerings.  Quality of cattle average.  Average dressing

Progress on NAFTA; HSUS’ Pecelle Under Fire

CBS News Reporter Adrienne Bard says progress was made in the latest round of NAFTA talks among the U-S, Mexico and Canada… Farmers for Free Trade, a bipartisan campaign focusing on NAFTA, says it is “heartening” to see progress but

Riding the Rising Hemp Tide

North and South Carolina are among the 28 states that have approved legislation for growing hemp for research projects and studies. Tony Finch is a Certified Hemp Master Grower in Spring Hope, NC, and told the Uptick Newswire that hemp

NC State Economist Mike Walden: Improving the Economy for Struggling Workers

The economy is improving and the job market is expanding.   But all working individuals aren’t seeing their lives improve.  What are some of the things we can do to expand prosperity to more workers? Several ideas have been proposed which

Commissioner Troxler: Upcoming Trade Mission to Brazil

The NCDA&CS Marketing Division is planning a trade trip to Brazil Feb, 18-24 that Commissioner Steve Troxler will be attending. Brazil is one of our leading competitors when it comes to trade, and we hope to learn more about the

North Carolina Farmers Named 2018 Top Producer Of The Year Winners

Frank Howey of Frank Howey Family Farms in Monroe, N.C., has been named the 2018 winner of Farm Journal’s annual Top Producer of the Year Award. The diversified family farm produces corn, soybeans and wheat across 30,000 mostly-owned acres in two states.

NC State Economist Mike Walden: Wages and Work Time

Individuals have two major limits in pursuing what they want – time and money.   Unfortunately, usually to increase one, the other has to be decreased.  For example, to have more money, a person often has to work more hours.   But

Commissioner Weathers: Perdue Visit a Boon to SC Agriculture

Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers hosted US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Saturday for South Carolina farm visits and to hear the questions/concerns of farmers and ag industry folks. Stop One: City Roots Urban Farm, Columbia, SC Owner Eric McClam,