Monthly Archives: January 2018

NC State Economist Mike Walden: Analyzing Incentives

State government incentives to attract businesses has always been a controversial topic.  It’s even more controversial now that Amazon has named the Triangle as one of the finalists  for its HQ2 facility.  What is the logic and process behind business

NC Market Highlights Jan. 29

At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro 864 cattle and 2 goats were sold. Slaughter cows were $3.00 to $5.00 higher, bulls were mostly steady when compared to the previous sales.  Feeder cattle were mostly

Natural Resources an Economic Engine for South Carolina

A report from Clemson University concludes that natural resource-based sectors contribute $33.4 billion in economic activity annually to South Carolina’s economy and are responsible for 218,719 jobs. The study found the economic contribution of South Carolina’s natural resource-based sectors has

Food Prices Make History

Food shoppers over the last two years have seen something happen with prices that hasn’t been seen in over sixty years. Gary Crawford has more for SFN.

Report: Feed Production Still Growing

Annual global feed production continued to increase last year, according to the 2018 Global Feed Survey released by Alltech. Micheal Clements has more for SFN.

John Block: Shutdown and Immigration 2018

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This is Rick Frank sitting in for John Block. This radio commentary is brought to you by the National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and Renewable Fuels Association. They are all friends, supporters,

Perdue: US Goods cannot be Denied

A year after the U.S. pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the U.S. Agriculture Secretary says this country can get better deals by negotiating separately with each of the TPP nations. Meanwhile, trade was on the minds of many at

Knight: Invest in Farm and Ranch Employees

When it comes to farming, it’s important to remember your number one asset, your people. As labor becomes harder and harder for growers to find, its important invest the time to develop a culture at your business that attracts and

Predictive Wheat Consumption Indicators

Wheat consumption trends have varied over time. But are there signs pointing to growing consumer influence on such trends? Rod Bain reports for SFN.

NC State Economist Mike Walden: Do Movers Still Like North Carolina?

In recent decades has seen thousands of people move to our state from other states.  Indeed, these movers have been a major factor behind the state’s strong population growth.  Are these trends continuing? They are The latest data for 2017