Monthly Archives: August 2018

NCDA Market Highlights for Monday August 20

DAILY MARKET HIGHLIGHTS FOR SFN   The following is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products for August 17, 2018 reported by the Federal-State Markets News Service of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and

Bayer/Monsanto Merger Clears All Hurdles

It’s taken months of divesting, negotiating, and waiting, but Bayer and Monsanto will complete their merger. German-based Bayer can now officially begin integrating Monsanto after Bayer divested itself of certain Crop Science businesses in a sale to BASF. The name

Some Good News for Bacon Lovers

Today, Monday, August 20th, is National Bacon Lovers Day! If you count yourself in that group, there’s good news for you in this report from Gary Crawford.

Getting Farms and Farmers Ready for FSMA

  It’s been a long time coming, but FSMA, the Food Safety Modernization Act, is finally upon us, and to prep farmers for how it will work, farm regulatory agencies across the country are gearing up with On-Farm Readiness Reviews.

Congressman Bullish on Trade

Congressman David Rouzer is a member of the House Ag Committee and sits on the Farm Bill conference committee. He gives SFN’s Mike Davis an update on the Farm Bill and ag trade issues.

Economist Mike Walden: The Boost in Benefits and Bonuses

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the boost in benefits and bonuses.  Mike, one of the continuing puzzles in the economy is the lack of strong growth in wages

Environmental Groups ask Court to Review Pipeline Approval

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A coalition of environmental groups has asked a federal appeals court to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Thirteen environmental groups petitioned the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on

California Farmer Reacts to Roundup Verdict

California farmers are reacting to the Roundup verdict stemming from a lawsuit against Monsanto. Patrick Cavanaugh reports for SFN.

NFU: Beef Producers Hurt by Current Labeling Standards

The National Farmers Union Thursday told the Department of Agriculture U.S. meat labeling standards are disadvantaging U.S. beef producers by allowing products born, raised, or slaughtered outside of the United States to carry the “Product of the U.S.A.” label. NFU

USDA Announces Section 32 Beef, Chicken Purchases

The Department of Agriculture will purchase U.S. beef and chicken for nutrition assistance programs. The purchase intent follows a $50 million purchase announcement of milk for nutrition programs earlier this week. USDA is seeking to purchase up to $60 million