Monthly Archives: February 2018

Perdue Addresses Commodity Classic

Rhonda Garrison

  Rhonda Garrison reports from the Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California, where Ag Secretary Sonny Purdue gave the keynote address.  

Economist Mike Walden: What’s Strong in Retailing?

I think there’s a tendency to lump every business in one sector into one particular category.  For example, businesses that sell directly to consumers are called retail – thus we talk about the retail sector.  But individual parts of the

The Forecast for the US Meat Sector in 2018

If USDA forecasts hold up for this year, US meat producers should expect increases in several categories. Rod Bain reports.

NPPC Looking for White House Movement on TPP; NC = Job Ready


The National Pork Producers says it’s encouraged by the administration’s openness to re-entering TPP, but it has yet to see evidence the White House is serious about doing so, even as a critical date approaches in March. The Trans-Pacific Partnership

A Model Way To Find a Problem in Honeycrisp

Improved models are being developed to help honeycrisp apple growers detect a common pome fruit disorder, and apply proper remedies. Rod Bain has the story for SFN.

Economist Mike Walden: Value Capture

I am intrigued by the term “value-capture”.   So dazzle me and tell me and our listeners what it means. actually it is a tax term refers to a situation where those who benefit from a government-sponsored investment are charged to

New Market Opportunities for Improving Soil Health


The Noble Research Institute will create a new voluntary environmental services market that benefits agricultural producers and improves the environment. Micheal Clements has more for SFN.

Commissioner Troxler: Boll Weevil Assessment Stays at 75 cents per Acre

The state’s boll weevil assessment will stay at 75 cents per acre of cotton. The money from the assessment is used to fund a trapping program to monitor cotton acreage for any re-introduction of boll weevils. The pest was eradicated

Commissioner Weathers: National FFA Week

Every year in February, the agricultural family celebrates National FFA Week. Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers tells us more about FFA in South Carolina: FFA is premier leadership development youth organization with over 7,500 members from 110 chapters from across SC

NC Market Highlights for Tuesday Feb. 27

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 583 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows were unevenly steady; bulls were steady to $1.00 lower when compared to the previous sale.   Feeder steers were steady to