Monthly Archives: May 2018

NCDA Market Highlights for Thursday May 31

Cattle:  At the livestock auctions held Tuesday in Mount Airy and Shelby a total of 347 cattle, 3 goats and 8 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly 1.00 to 2.00 higher; while bulls were mixed,

Second Hog Farm Nuisance Trial Underway in Raleigh

Testimony has begun in the second of potentially dozens of nuisance lawsuits expected to be filed in North Carolina against Smithfield Foods’ Murphy-Brown unit, challenging its hog waste disposal practices. Neighbors contend odors and sprayed waste are a nuisance and

Economist Mike Walden: The Generational Clash

Teachers in many states, including North Carolina, are arguing for higher pay.  At the same time, states like North Carolina are evaluating ways to help households with their medical care costs.  Is there a connection between the two? there is

Ethanol Coalition Sues EPA Over Secretive RFS Waivers

An ethanol coalition has filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. Court of Appeals to challenge several waivers to the Renewable Fuels Standard given out in secret to several profitable refineries. The Renewable Fuels Association, the Advanced

Trade Retaliation Already Hurting Pork Producers

The National Pork Producers called for a swift resolution to the U.S.-China trade dispute because pork producers are feeling the pain. Iowa State University Economist Dermot Hayes says U.S. pork farmers have lost $2.2 billion on an annualized basis. The

Brazil Trucker Strike Disrupting Ag Exports

The Brazilian trucker strike has officially disrupted supply and exports of farm products from one of the biggest ag exporting countries in the world. A Reuters report says Brazil is the top exporter of soybeans, sugar, coffee, and chickens. The

Nation’s Number Two Milk Processor Continues to Close Plants

Dean Foods, the nation’s number-two milk producer behind Nestle, continues to shutter businesses in cost-cutting moves. The latest Dean Foods plants to close were in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Milk Business Dot Com says supply-and-demand economics appears to be the driving

“Hungry People are Mean People!”

Last week the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services hosted a seminar for export-curious producers from across the Carolinas. NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler is fond of saying, “Hungry people are mean people,” and he says the job of

Breed Cattle That Work

Brian McCulloh has been raising registered Angus cattle in Wisconsin for more than three decades. Today, he tells more about raising cattle that perform for everybody in the production chain. Bob Cervera reports for SFN.

A Six Decade Perspective of Our Nation’s Forests

With sixty plus years of experience with the US Forest Service and still going, one person offers a unique perspective of change over time in our nation’s forests. Rod Bain reports