Monthly Archives: February 2018

Economist Mike Walden: Impacts of the New Tax Law on Home Ownership

The new federal income tax made several changes affecting the real estate market.  Two of the most important are the limitation of mortgage interest deductibility and the increase in the standard deduction.  What are the expected responses for home ownership

NC Market Highlights for Monday Feb. 26

At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro 1041 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows were steady to $5.00 higher; bulls were steady to $9.00 higher when compared to the previous sales.  Feeder steers

Dead Fish Dot OBX Beaches; Pipeline Costs Jump $1 Billion

Thousands of fish have washed ashore along a two-mile stretch of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The fish showed up Wednesday on the beaches north of Corolla. Patricia Smith with the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries said most of the

The State of the Agricultural Union

Strawberries Covered For Cold

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue told the 94th annual Ag Outlook Forum that conditions in agriculture remain “tough,” but argues there’s reason for optimism. Perdue put the best ‘face’ he could on the current situation in farm country… USDA Chief Economist

Economist Mike Walden: North Carolina’s Recent Growth

We now have job numbers in for all of 2017, although those for December may yet be revised.  But using the measures we now have, how did North Carolina’s improvement in 2017 compare to the nation’s as well as to

U.S. Cotton Will Face More Competition; New Digital Market Platform

Over the next ten years U.S. cotton producers will face more competition from other producing countries. Gary Crawford talks with analyst David Stallings… USDA has introduced a new platform for current commodity market prices that anyone can access online. Stephanie

SC Drought Monitor Update and Forecast for Feb. 23

Meteorologist Doug Anderson with the National Weather Service in Columbia takes a look at South Carolina’s latest Drought Monitor and the forecast for the next several days.

NC Drought Monitor Update and Forecast for Feb. 23

Corey Davis with the NC Climate Office looks at the latest Drought Monitor for North Carolina and has a look at the forecast for the next few days.

Farm Leaders Urging Immigration Action

Immigration reform bills failed in the Senate last week, but farm leaders are pressing for House action that they want to include agricultural workers. The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging lawmakers to get behind a bid by House Judiciary

John Block: Down on the Farm

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