Monthly Archives: June 2018

Economist Mike Walden: Retirees are Boosting Mountain Economies

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at retirees boosting mountain economies.  Mike, when we think of North Carolina’s economy, most people point to the booming growth in our metropolitan areas,

NCDA Market Report for Friday June 22

At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at North Wilkesboro and Norwood 696 cattle and 1 goat were sold. Slaughter cows were mostly steady to $3.00 higher; bulls were mostly $2.00 to $8.00 lower when compared to the previous sale. 

RFS Volumes Proposal Expected Friday

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to roll out a proposal for volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2019 today (Friday). Some suspect the proposal will include a reallocation of gallons displaced by hardship waivers, according to Politico.

European Retaliatory Tariffs Take Effect Today

Starting Friday, the European Union will be charging import duties of 25 percent on a range of U.S. goods. Reuters reports that the European Commission formally adopted a law putting in place the duties on 2.8 billion euros, or $3.2

Trump Reorganization Plan Offers Big Changes to USDA

Under a plan proposed by President Trump, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would no longer fall under the Department of Agriculture. A government reorganization plan by President Trump would rename the Department of Health and Human Services to the Department

House Narrowly Passes Farm Bill

The House of Representatives Thursday passed its version of the farm bill by a 213-211 vote. The narrow passage followed a failed attempt at significant immigration reform in the House. The bill again received no support from House Democrats, just

Second Time’s a Charm: House Passes Farm Bill

House GOP conservatives fell in line, as the House narrowly passed its version of the 2018 farm bill Thursday, 213-211. Mike Davis reports.

What’s the Tariff End-Game?

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says President Trump’s goal in his accelerating ‘trade war’ with China is lower, not higher, tariffs. And Ross argued at a Senate hearing, short-term pain for the vulnerable ag sector may be less than some suggest.

A Collaboration in Water Sustainability

A New Mexico forest watershed serves as an example of how partners come together to improve water quality and sustainability. Rod Bain reports.

Biopreferred Program Finding New Markets for Corn

Bio-based products provide an opportunity to grow markets at a time when farmers are seeing depressed economics. Micheal Clements reports.