Monthly Archives: October 2018

Economist Mike Walden: Stock Values and Interest Rates

This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at stock values and interest rates.  Mike, understanding changes in the stock market is always challenging.  But sometimes we can see patterns with logical

NCDA Market Highlights for Monday October 20

DAILY MARKET HIGHLIGHTS FOR SFN   The following is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products for October 26, 2018 reported by the Federal-State Markets News Service of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and

Chinese ASF Outbreak Having No Impact on U.S. Exports

Several economists are saying the African Swine Fever outbreak in China and parts of Europe won’t have a major impact on U.S. exports. That’s due in large part to the fact that the outbreak has hit only a fraction of

USDA/FDA: Is It Meat or Not?

Politico says a last week’s joint USDA-FDA public gathering on cell-cultured food technology boiled down to a simple question: If it looks like meat and tastes like meat, can you call it meat? During the public comment period, stakeholders offered

Grassley: No Trade Aid for Smithfield Foods

When it comes to just who is eligible for trade aid, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said Smithfield Foods shouldn’t be one of the companies which are eligible help. Smithfield is owned by Chinese conglomerate WH Group. Grassley took to Twitter

Perdue Talks Possible Trade Aid Adjustments

USDA is considering the possibility of adjusting direct payments to producers who’ve been hurt by the trade war and may also include factoring in hurricane damage after southeast U.S. producers were hit hard by hurricanes this year. A DTN report

Market Facilitation Payments Program a Go for December

During an Illinois listening session, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue confirmed the second round of Market Facilitation Payments for farmers will be coming in December. Mike Davis reports.

U.S. Officials On High Alert for African Swine Fever

As Mike Davis reports, the U.S. has measures in place to keep travelers from bringing infected meat into the country, preventing what could be disastrous consequences for agriculture.

Partnership Eradicates Pesky Cotton Pest in U.S.

A recent celebration at USDA headquarters marked the elimination of the costly Pink Bollworm from all U.S. cotton growing areas. Rod Bain reports.

Economist Mike Walden: Local Economic Impacts

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at local economic impacts.  Mike, I understand one question you frequently receive is about the economic impact of local development projects.  In addressing this