Monthly Archives: April 2018

Farmers’ Share of the Food Dollar at a Record Low

The Economic Research Service’s Food Dollar Series shows that the farmers’ share of the food dollar fell to 14.8 cents in 2016. That’s a 4.5 percent drop from the previous year and the lowest level since the series first launched

Jury Finds Smithfield Foods Guilty, Awards NC Neighbors $50 Million

A federal jury awarded more than $50 million in damages Thursday, to plaintiffs in a nuisance case against pork industry leader Smithfield Foods, who they hold responsible for intense odor and other disturbances that they say prevented them from enjoying their

NC Market Highlights for Friday April 27


Cattle:  At the livestock auctions held Tuesday in Mount Airy a total of 69 cattle, 1 goats, and 3 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly 2.00 to 2.50 higher; and bulls were 4.50 to 6.25

The Right Time to Plant Soybeans


DEKALB/Asgrow/Deltapine agronomist Mike Baker explains what determines the “right time” to plant soybeans in the Carolinas.

Ag News Briefs for Friday April 27

Federal wildlife officials say the only wild population of endangered red wolves is unsustainable and could be wiped out within years. The prediction comes in a five-year review of the status of the species released Tuesday by the U.S. Fish

Many Farmers Facing Extra Stress and Anxiety

Many farmers are having to deal with more than the usual amount of stress and anxiety these days. Gary Crawford has this report.

Economist Mike Walden: Who’s on the Move, and Where?

The U.S. Census Bureau just released their latest data for residential moves by households in the country.  The information spans mid-2016 to mid-2017.   What are the key takeaways? almost a million people changed residences in the country that year southern

Soybean Growers Talking Tariffs, Trade on Capitol Hill

American Soybean Association farmer-leaders from across the country are on Capitol Hill this week to talk with lawmakers about the potential impact of Chinese tariffs on U.S. soybeans. ASA President John Heisdorffer says China purchases 61 percent of U.S. soybean

Time Running Out to Participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture

The National Ag Statistics Service wants to remind farmers and ranchers that the window is closing on the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. NASS has received more than 1.5 million completed questionnaires. However, the national return

Farm State Senators Worry About Trade During Hearing


The Senate Agriculture Committee convened a hearing on Tuesday and expressed a great deal of concern over the trade strategy of President Donald Trump and its effects on the U.S. farm economy. Farm-state senators used the opportunity to direct Ag