Monthly Archives: August 2018

Smithfield, Plaintiffs Going to Appeal, Mediation

Smithfield Foods and its hog farm neighbors have asked to push back proceedings in upcoming lawsuits. The pork giant has agreed with plaintiffs’ attorneys to ask the judge to certify the first three verdicts in nuisance suits over hog farm

NCDA Market Highlights for Thursday August 30

DAILY MARKET HIGHLIGHTS FOR SOUTHERN FARM NETWORK   The following is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products for August 29, 2018 reported by the Federal-State Markets News Service of the North Carolina Department of

Canada Ready to Make Concession on Dairy Trade

Canada is ready to make concessions their protected dairy market in a bid to save a key NAFTA dispute-settlement system, preserve safeguards for cultural industries and avert tougher pharmaceutical patent protections. The Globe and Mail reports Canada’s dairy, egg and

BSE Confirmation in Florida Considered Atypical

The Department of Agriculture says a Florida case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)  has no impact on the BSE free status of the nation. USDA says the BSE case is considered atypical, not classical, the much more worrisome form of

A NAFTA Perspective from Canada

An advisor on trade development priorities to the Canadian federal government says that, even with all the drama, the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement needed to be updated. Dennis Guy reports.

Hope is in the Air with Trade Agreement

The US and Mexico have reached a deal to overhaul and revise key parts of the NAFTA. NC State University economist Mike Walden tells SFN it provides some hope to farmers who have been living much of this year under

Economist Mike Walden: The Capital Stock Tax

Taxes are always a hot topic for discussion, and in recent years North Carolina has made significant changes to its state taxes.   But our state is one of only a few states having one particular kind of tax.  What is

NCDA Market Highlights for Wednesday August 29

DAILY MARKET HIGHLIGHTS FOR SFN   The following is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products for August 28, 2018 reported by the Federal-State Markets News Service of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and

Dairy Farms Turning to GoFundMe to Stay in Business

The wife of a Wisconsin dairy farmer started a GoFundMe page to help their family farm survive, and it appears to be helping. With a goal of $35,000, the story made national headlines over the weekend, and as of Tuesday,

USDA Announces Assistance to Pecan Growers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced additional assistance for pecan growers to replant and replace trees through the Tree Assistance Program. Pecan growers are recovering from weather events in 2017, and the funding through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of