Monthly Archives: September 2018

Economist Mike Walden: The Value of Professional Sports Teams

I recently saw a listing of the estimated value of professional sports teams from all the major leagues. If my memory serves me, the lowest valued teams were in hockey, with a $500 million price tag.   In baseball, most teams

Economist Mike Walden: Top Five Questions

What are the top five economic questions people are asking? Will the economy continue to expand?  Yes, at least through 2019 Is the trade war with China hurting us? Yes, but not enough to derail growth What’s my biggest fear

Economist Mike Walden: Regional Economic Growth in North Carolina

Almost any person likes a race.  And in our state’s economy, we often like to look at the race for jobs among our numerous regions.   Who is in the lead right now after over half of 2018 in the books?

First Ever National Ag Direct Marketing Summit

The efforts of farmers to sell more products directly to customers could receive a boost from a national summit meeting. Gary Crawford has more.

USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for North Carolina Disaster Areas

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2018 – North Carolina residents recovering from Hurricane Florence could be eligible for disaster food benefits through the availability of USDA’s Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Households that may not normally

ASA: Trade War Will Increase Damage to Farmers

The American Soybean Association says the recent decision by the Trump administration to impose ten percent tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports—and China’s subsequent retaliation on $60 billion of U.S. products—deepens and prolongs the trade war between

Economist Mike Walden: Health of the Global Economy

The U.S. economy has been growing faster in recent months.   But with so much talk about trade wars and tariffs, I’m wondering how the rest of the world’s economy is doing. The good news is, the global economy is still

U.S., Canada Talks on NAFTA Offer Little Progress

Stalled talks between the U.S. and Canada on the North American Free Trade Agreement are expected to continue this week, as the U.S. desires to reach a deal by September 30th. Informal talks are likely over the next few days

On-time Farm Bill Hopes Dim

Hopes of an on-time farm bill are diminishing as lawmakers now have less than a week to finish a bill, get it passed by both chambers again, and on the President’s desk for signature. The current farm bill expires September

NCDA Market Highlights for Tuesday September 25

DAILY MARKET HIGHLIGHTS FOR SOUTHERN FARM NETWORK   The following is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products for September 24, 2018 reported by the Federal-State Markets News Service of the North Carolina Department of