Monthly Archives: June 2018

John Block: Keep Food Programs at the USDA

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This is Rick Frank sitting in for John Block. This radio commentary is brought to you by the National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and Renewable Fuels Association. They are all friends, supporters,

Economist Mike Walden: Why Has Inflation Been Tame?

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks, why has inflation been tame?  Mike, in the U.S. as well as around the world, inflation has been relatively low for the past two

NCDA Market Report for Friday June 29

At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at North Wilkesboro and Norwood 929 cattle and 9 goats were sold. Slaughter cows were mostly steady to $4.00 higher; bulls were mixed; $3.00 lower to $4.00 higher when compared to the previous

Senate Passes Farm Bill

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan farm bill Thursday, sending the legislation to conference so the House and Senate can mend their differences. The vote, 86 to 11, capped off a day of consideration on the Senate floor. Overall, the

The Sky’s the Limit to Indoor Farming

Producing crops indoors is becoming more and more popular. In some parts of Europe, including the Netherlands, it has become a common agricultural practice. NC State Assistant Professor of Horticulture Ricardo Hernandez is breaking new ground when it comes to

Drought Could Reappear in Carolinas

Climatologist Corey Davis says we’re ok for now, but the hot weather could cause some drought problems to start popping up soon. Oh, and that heat isn’t going away anytime soon, either.

NCDA Market Report for Thursday June 28

Cattle:  At the livestock auctions held Tuesday in Mount Airy and Shelby, a total of 589 cattle and 4 goats were sold.  Compared to last week, breaking type slaughter cows were 3.00 higher, while boning type slaughter cows were mostly

Clemson to Host Stockmanship and Stewardship Event

Clemson Cooperative Extension is bringing a unique educational experience focused on the latest beef industry updates and best management practices for successful cattle operations to the T. Ed Garrison Arena on Aug. 24-25. Registration is open for the two-day Stockmanship

Economist Mike Walden: A First in the Job Market

I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at a first in the job market.  Mike, I understand there was a record set for the national job market recently.  What was it, and

Senate Farm Bill to Include Grassley Payment Limits


The Senate farm bill now contains 18 additional amendments, including Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley’s payment limits amendment. Grassley was the lone vote against the bill when it passed through committee because it did not contain his amendment. The change would