Monthly Archives: July 2018

NCDA Market Highlights for Monday July 30

DAILY MARKET HIGHLIGHTS FOR SFN   The following is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products for July 27, 2018 reported by the Federal-State Markets News Service of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and

Economist Mike Walden: Our Trade Deficit with China

I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at our trade deficit with China.  Mike the U.S. trade deficit with China is almost $400 billion annually.  This means with import $400 billion more

Senate Stalls on Farm Bill Conference

The Senate left Washington without voting to move the farm bill forward to conference or even naming conferees. Those were two goals that Ag Chair Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow wanted to get done before lawmakers left town.

Lighthizer: NAFTA Deal Possible in August

During congressional testimony on Thursday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told lawmakers that it’s entirely possible that the three North American Free Trade Agreement members will reach a deal in August. Lighthizer says that would meet the Mexican objective of

EU Insists Agriculture Not a Part of Trade Truce with Trump

The European Union says that the proposed trade talks with the United States wouldn’t include farming. The website says this directly contradicts what President Donald Trump says. An EU Commission spokeswoman says they’ve been very clear on that fact.

The Creature from the Green Legume!

Nobody knows exactly where they came from. They can take different forms and names. Their invasion of the earth is total! Gary Crawford has more.

Economist Mike Walden: Explaining Worker Productivity

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks to explain worker productivity.  Mike, worker productivity is a key statistic followed by economists because it is associated with rising pay and improvements in

A Unique Money Management Course for Fathers

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Experts say if more dads knew more about handling money, there would be less trouble for dads and their families. Gary Crawford has more.

Less than a Week Left to Complete Census of Agriculture


The National Ag Statistics Service is ending all of its data collection for the 2017 Census of Agriculture on July 31. Anyone who received the Census questionnaire is required by law to respond by that date. They can also fill

Economist Mike Walden: Are College Loans the Next Financial Bubble?

I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if college loans are the next financial bubble.  Mike, recessions have often been caused by a specific investment becoming overvalued, and then crashing.  Examples are