Monthly Archives: December 2018

Economist Mike Walden: Watching the Yield Curve

I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the yield curve.  Mike, investors, business persons, and workers – really everyone – benefit from information helping to predict the economic future.   I understand

Planning For Succession On The Family Farm

Death is never a welcome topic…. but your farm assets can represent a large part of your estate… and planning for the future of those assets when you pass is critical:

NCDA Market Highlights for Friday December 28

The following is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products for December 27, 2018 reported by the Federal-State Markets News Service of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. All livestock is state

Welcome News On The Trade Dispute With China

Two people familiar with the matter tell Bloomberg that U.S. officials will travel to Beijing next Monday to talk trade with Chinese officials. Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffery Gerrish will lead the team headed to China. A Chinese Ministry of

MFP Payments Will Be Impacted By Government Shutdown

The majority of the U.S. Department of Agriculture hasn’t been disrupted by the partial government shutdown yet. If the dispute drags on, it could potentially affect how quickly the second round of trade aid payments get to farmers. Farm Service

What’s In Store For Food Prices in 2019?

Experts say food prices may rise a bit in 2019:

Shutdown Resolution Not Likely Until January

In spite of the fact that the House and Senate were in session late in the Christmas week, House members were told there wouldn’t be any votes. The Hagstrom Report says that makes it likely that resolving the partial government

Trump Weighing NAFTA Cancellations to Push USMCA Through Congress

President Donald Trump and his advisers are said to be considering canceling the North American Free Trade Agreement to help push the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement through Congress. A ProFarmer report says if the move gets made, it may present Congress with

Renewable Energy On The Farm

Renewable energy credits are helping a rural Colorado electric cooperative provide cleaner energy to its members:

Economist Mike Walden: Opportunity Zones

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at opportunity zones.  Mike, there are many areas around the country – including in North Carolina – that have not shared in the economic