Monthly Archives: August 2018

Economist Mike Walden: North Carolina’s Population Growth

Our state’s population has been growing, but unevenly.  Some areas of the state are rapidly adding people, while others are actually losing people.  Give us a summary of these changes. NC now has 10.3 million people, up over 700,000 since

John Block: Labor Day

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Beef and Pork Export Values Expected to Soften in 2019

The tit-for-tat trade war with China means a lower forecast for the value of U.S. beef and pork exports next year. The Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service said in its latest quarterly Situation and Outlook Report released this week

Farm Bill Differences Remain Leading to Conference Next Week

Major differences remain between the House and Senate bills that the conference committee will address next week. Congress returns next week with 16 days in-session scheduled for the Senate in September, and 11 in-session days in the House of Representatives.

Companies Targeted by Sanders Fire Back

Companies targeted by Senator Bernie Sanders are firing back, saying his statements regarding food stamps were inaccurate. Sanders plans to introduce legislation that would require large companies, including Amazon, Walmart, and others, to pay a 100 percent tax on government

Administration on E15: “Let’s Get it Done”

Year-round E15 sales are nearing reality. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters in Boone, Iowa at the Farm Progress Show that he has spoken with the President, who wants to make an announcement next week. Trump told Perdue, “Let’s get

NCDA Market Highlights for Friday August 31

DAILY MARKET HIGHLIGHTS FOR SFN   The following is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products for August 30, 2018 reported by the Federal-State Markets News Service of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and

Troxler Hopeful for Smithfield Mediation, Appeals


Smithfield Foods and its hog farm neighbors have asked to push back the proceedings in upcoming lawsuits while the first three cases go to appeal and both sides sit down in mediation. North Carolina Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler tells Mike

Heat Remains in Carolinas, Still Little Tropical Activity


Climatologist Corey Davis updates us on the oppressive heat and the drought monitor while keeping an eye on new tropical activity in the far eastern Atlantic.

Economist Mike Walden: Where Are the Jobs?

People hear that companies are hiring and that the job market is hot, but those seeking jobs want to know specifics.  So in what parts of the economy is hiring the best? First, data show there is hiring in all