Monthly Archives: September 2018

This Crop Report’s Big News? Corn Production

USDA’s forecast for corn this year is higher than industry expectations. Stephanie Ho has the story.

USDA Adds Shelled Almonds and Fresh Sweet Cherry to Market Facilitation Program

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the addition of commodities to the trade mitigation package aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. Starting Monday, Sept. 24,

N.C. Cooperative Extension Announces Research-Backed Disaster Website

NC State Extension, part of N.C. Cooperative Extension, has developed a disaster website to help private citizens, businesses, and farmers as they deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The website,, offers up-to-date, research-backed information on flood and hurricane recovery

Commissioner Weathers Update on Florence Damages, Cost

SC Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers says cotton was the worst-hit crop in Hurricane Florence, but certainly not the only one. He gives a thorough report from his tour of northeastern counties hard hit by rain, wind and flooding to SFN’s

NCDA Market Highlights for Friday September 21

DAILY MARKET HIGHLIGHTS FOR SFN   The following is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products for September 20, 2018 reported by the Federal-State Markets News Service of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and

Economist Mike Walden: The Elixir of Economic Growth

We have many issues in our economy – the availability jobs, slow growth in some of our counties, a relative decline of middle income jobs, to name a few.   There have been various ideas proposed over the years to deal

Commissioner Troxler Tours Damage from Florence

SFN’s Mike Davis talks with NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler following his two tours of storm-stricken areas of the state.

Canada Farmers Say Dairy Not a Bargaining Chip in Negotiations

With talks between Canada and the U.S. regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement intensifying in Washington, D.C., Canadian dairy farmers told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau not to use access to the protected Canadian dairy market as a negotiating tactic.

Livestock Losses Mounting after Florence

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says 5,500 hogs and 3.4 million poultry were lost due to Hurricane Florence. With the addition to damage on farms around the area, substantial road damage is prohibiting access to markets

Peppy Peppers Packing Punches


Spicy foods are rising rapidly in popularity. Gary Crawford has this report on one of the major items that make foods hot and spicy.