Monthly Archives: May 2018

NCDA Daily Market Highlights for Wednesday May 30

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Monday in Siler City and Turnersburg (Canton was closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday), a total of 805 cattle, 32 goats, and 10 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows

Dairy MPP Enrollment Deadline is Friday

Dairy farmers have until Friday to enroll in the retooled Margin Protection Program. The Department of Agriculture set a June first deadline for enrollment in the program that was revised by Congress earlier this year. USDA says many producers will

USDA Will Not Recognize Third-Party Inspections Regarding Animal Welfare

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service or APHIS) will not establish new criteria for recognizing third-party inspection and certification programs. APHIS says it found the vast majority of the comments during recent listening sessions were not

Beef Supply Facing Mounting Market Pressures

A report from Rabobank indicates dryness in the south is pointing towards tightening of beef supplies. The Rabobank Beef Quarterly report shows beef cow slaughter numbers are up ten percent through mid-April from a year ago, driven by ongoing dry

U.S. to Continue With Trade Action Against China

Despite a potential agreement on trade issues between the U.S. and China, the Trump administration will continue to pursue action against China. By mid-June, the U.S. is expected to release a list of $50 billion worth of Chinese goods that

NAFTA Talks Continue, Time Running Short

Negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement continue this week in Washington, as all sides are trying to wrap up the talks quickly. Canada’s foreign minister Chrystia Freeland is in Washington this week, meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert

DOJ Approves Bayer Purchase of Monsanto

The U.S. Department of Justice Tuesday approved Bayer Ag’s acquisition of Monsanto, with conditions. The Justice Department says Bayer must sell approximately $9 billion in businesses and assets to BASF. The Department says the proposed divestiture to BASF, which it

Economist Mike Walden: Knowing Medical Costs Before Care

Rising health care costs are still an issue in the country, and there are many proposals to contain them.  A new one I recently read about is to require medical care providers to provide patients with a bill showing what

Feeding the World via NC Ag Exports

The NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services last week hosted its first Ag Exports Seminar in Greensboro, with export-curious producers from across the Carolinas in attendance. Peter Thornton, Assistant Director for NCDA’s International Marketing Section, talks with SFN’s Mike

They’ve Got the Meat!

The 22nd World Meat Congress gets underway today in Dallas, Texas. Pork Checkoff vice president of international marketing Craig Morris tells SFN this event will focus exclusively on meat and livestock production and trade.