Monthly Archives: March 2018

Omnibus Bill Advances Dairy Priorities

The omnibus spending bill passed last week addresses several issues important to dairy farmers. Micheal Clements reports.

Opening Day of Baseball Big in Ag Country

Opening day of baseball is today, and it marks a big day for hot dogs. Dustin Hoffman reports for SFN.

Economist Mike Walden: Retraining Workers

Retraining individuals who may be jobless because they don’t have current skills has been a long-running objective of government and business groups.  Yet, how successful have we been as a nation at worker retraining? Worker retraining likely to become more

Spring Food Prices Increase


The annual Spring Picnic Marketbasket Survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows higher retail prices for several foods. The informal survey showed the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare one or more meals

Mexico and Canada Face Tariffs if NAFTA Talks Extend Beyond May

President Donald Trump says Mexico and Canada will face steel and aluminum tariffs if the North American Free Trade Agreement talks don’t progress to his liking by May first. The administration has granted an exemption to Canada and Mexico from

Veterinarians Take to Capitol Hill

Nearly 100 veterinarians took to the nation’s capital earlier this week to discuss farm bill priorities. While lawmakers are on break this week, the American Veterinary Medical Association held its annual fly-in to meet with congressional offices. Vets are asking

Trade Coalition Launches Effort Against U.S. Tariffs

A new effort seeks to protect U.S. agriculture from trade retaliation. Americans for Farmers and Families Tuesday announced the “Retaliation Hurts Rural Families” project. Former Missouri state lawmaker and spokesperson for the project, Casey Guernsey, says the effort will help

Hoping for Measured Response to Tariffs

Darren Armstrong, Eastern North Carolina farmer and Secretary/Treasurer of the US Grains Council, talks with SFN’s Mike Davis about tariffs, expected retaliations by China, and the upcoming 2018 planting season.

Words of Caution If You Are Looking For a Tax Preparer

An expert says if you are looking for a tax preparer, especially this close to the filing deadline, look carefully and choose wisely. Some other “experts” give their advice, too. Gary Crawford has more for SFN.

NC Market Highlights for Wednesday March 28

  Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City, a total of 741 cattle, 170 goats, and 70 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, breaking type slaughter cows were unevenly steady, 1.00 lower to 1.00 higher; boning