Monthly Archives: March 2018

Economist Mike Walden: Does Money Buy Happiness?

I think psychologists would say most people want to be happy.  But obviously there are many elements to making anyone happy.  Does money appear to be one of them? research suggests that, yes, on average more money makes people happier

John Block: Trade

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and Renewable Fuels Association. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of healthy farm economy and prosperous rural

NC Market Highlights for Friday March 30

  Cattle:  At the livestock auctions held Tuesday in Mount Airy and Shelby a total of 590 cattle and 9 goats were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were 1.50 to 3.00 lower; and bulls were 1.00 to 11.00

Considerations for Corn Planting: Dealing with Dairy Prices

DEKALB/Asgrow/Deltapine agronomist Mike Baker discusses key considerations for corn planters; margins are tight in the dairy industry.

Producers Prices Up in February; Planting Making Good Progress

Farm producers as a whole, and crop producers particularly, noted month-over-month increases in what they received for their commodities, per USDA’s latest Agricultural Prices Report; Farmers in the South and Mid-South are well underway in planting, but could get bogged

Conaway Frustrated with Democrats on Farm Bill

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway says he is disappointed with Democrats for breaking-off farm bill discussion on the Nutrition Title. Conaway says he intends to tie a massive training program for adults to getting food stamps in the future.

Economist Mike Walden: Wealth Effects

Economists argue there are numerous relationships between various types of economic and financial factors.  One of these has to do with the relationship between consumer spending and different kinds of wealth. people accumulate wealth in investments like stocks, CDs, and

Lighthizer Hopeful of New NAFTA Deal

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told CNBC television he is “hopeful” there will be compromise and a deal reached on the North American Free Trade Agreement. His comments follow those from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who earlier this week

KORUS Agreement a Relief to Agriculture

Agriculture was ‘left out’ of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement renegotiation effort, a relief to the sector. For many in agriculture, there was more to lose than gain in the renegotiation effort. The U.S. is the largest supplier of beef

Watch for White Mold This Spring

The unusually cold weather this winter is leading to problems with white mold on winter vegetable crops. Clemson Vegetable Pathologist Tony Keinath explains what it is and how to treat it.