Monthly Archives: October 2018

Positive and Cautious: Dairy Response to the USMCA

Initial reactions on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement show positive signs for the nation’s dairy industry. Sustaining key trade partners to the north and south, will bring about critical access to struggling milk markets. In this Miles Ramsay report, two industry leaders

Commissioner Steve Troxler: Grant will expand Opportunities at the Western N.C. Farmers Market


The Western NC Farmers Market in Asheville opened in September of 1977, and it continues to serve the needs of farmers, residents and small businesses in the area. A lot of improvements have been made recently to the market to

“Batty” Examples of Integrated Pest Management


Several may not realize the importance of bats when it comes to controlling invasive pests that damage row and tree crops. Rod Bain reports.

NCDA Market Highlights for Tuesday October 30

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

EPA Exempting Livestock Farms from Emissions Reporting

A rule by the Environmental Protection Agency exempts livestock producers from reporting emissions from their farms to state and local authorities. The move, supported by the livestock industry, won the applause of the National Pork Producers Council. NPPC President Jim

ASF Could Drastically Change China’s Pork Market

African swine fever could reshape the pork market in China, accelerating a shift in pork production and boost import needs for 2019. Local supply shortages are being reported stemming from the ban on live hog transportation that was enacted to

Tariffs to Change U.S. Crop Plantings

For the first time in three decades, U.S. farmers planted more soybeans than corn in 2018. However, that’s likely to reverse again due to tariffs on U.S. soybeans from the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China. Dow Jones

Commissioner Hugh Weathers: South Carolina Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program Enters Year Two


The 2019 South Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot Program Permitted Growers were announced last week. Commissioner Hugh Weathers is here to tell us more about how this program is growing in South Carolina. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) has

Farm Safety Net and Conservation Payments Issued

Eligible producers and landowners are receiving payments related to Farm Bill safety net and conservation programs. Rod Bain reports.

Hurricane Recovery and Being Prepared for the Next One

The N.C. State legislature has been busy addressing the needs of those affected by the recent hurricanes, and as Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger told SFN’s Donna King, they also want to be ready for future devastating storms.