Monthly Archives: April 2018

Get Ready for Peaches

It looks like this will be a good year for peach farmers in South Carolina. Clemson University agent Andy Rollins told The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg that 2018 might be peach farmers’ best harvest in a decade. Rollins says a cold

NC News Briefs for Friday April 20

Nearly $5 million has been secured from state and federal sources for a fifth round of voluntary buyouts of swine farms located in the 100-year floodplain. The N.C. Pork Council says the funding will be used to close lagoons and

John Block: Uncertain Times

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Economist Mike Walden: Is there a Future for Credit Cards?

For several decades, credit cards encroached on cash as a form of payment.  Now, many experts say the same is happening to credit cards, with new forms of payment – such as mobile apps – pushing credit cards aside.  Does

Conaway Hopeful House Will Consider Farm Bill in May

House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway is hopeful the U.S. House will consider the 2018 farm bill next month, but told reporters the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act will be taking up time on the floor in coming weeks. The farm

Japan-EU Trade Agreement Threatens U.S. Pork Exports to Japan

The Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service says a Japan-EU trade agreement threatens U.S. pork exports to Japan. Japan and the EU announced finalization of negotiations on the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement in December of last year. USDA says the

Northern Storms Easing Drought, Dryness Worsening in the Southwest

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows late-season winter storms are shrinking dry conditions in the northern Midwest and Plains states, but the southwest remains critically dry. Parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and further westward are in prolonged extreme or exceptional

Senators Introduce Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network Bill

Senators Tammy Baldwin and Joni Ernst have introduced legislation to fund the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network. The two say the legislation will provide farmers with critical support and resources to respond to the difficult economic times. A recent

USDA Announces Senior Level Leadership

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Thursday announced the selection of senior leaders in several U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies. Perdue appointed Ken Isley as Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator, Joel Baxley as Rural Housing Service Administrator, and Martin Barbre as Risk

A Week of Truly Spring Weather is on Tap

Climatologist Corey Davis says look for near-normal temperatures next week, and maybe farmers can actually get into the fields.