Monthly Archives: March 2018

Economist Mike Walden: Taking the Punch Bowl Away

The Federal Reserve in on track to raise short term interests three or four times this year, pushing the rate up to at or slightly above 2%.  Some analysts say the fear of the Fed increasing interest rates is part

SFNToday Headlines for Monday March 19

Countries Asking U.S. for Tariff Exemptions European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is continuing to petition the United States for exemptions to the upcoming steel and aluminum tariffs. Politico quotes her as saying the tariffs will shake the transatlantic relationship

A Packaged Deal to Create a Honeybee Colony


Many hobby beekeepers, and small-scale farms and orchards, rely on honeybee starter kits mailed or shipped to them to start their pollinator hives. Rod Bain reports for SFN.

Pork Exports Up Despite Drop in Variety Meats

  The sale of U.S. pork muscle cuts have been strong to start the year, but pork variety meat exports are down. Pork Checkoff vice president of international marketing Craig Morris says the impressive numbers are being seen despite being

NC Market Highlights for Monday March 19

At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro 741 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows were mixed, $6.50 lower to $1.00 higher; bulls were mixed, $6.00 lower to $2.50 higher when compared to the

Ethanol Industry Pushing for Status Quo


The ethanol industry and its backers in Congress are keeping the heat on Trump Administration officials not to cap ethanol credits as the oil industry wants, and instead back the renewable fuels program as written. It appears, the pressure campaign

Dialogues Beyond the Subject of Rural Opioid Misuse

While discussions like a series of roundtables address opioid misuse, deeper and underlying issues involving rural America are being talked about as a result. Rod Bain reports for SFN.

SFNToday Headlines for Friday March 16

House Farm Bill Markup Delayed Disagreements among the House Agriculture Committee members regarding the nutrition title are stalling movement on the farm bill. Committee Chairman Mike Conaway of Texas says there will not be a farm bill markup next week, citing

John Block: Where to from Here?

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Economist Mike Walden: What Happens to Displaced Factory Workers?

Factory work has been on the decline for several decades.  Although there’s been a slight rebound since the end of the Great Recession, many experts think automation and technology will increasingly substitute for people on the factory floor.  Do we