Monthly Archives: January 2019

Agriculture USA: The Evolution into the Next Farm Bill

Although there are many similarities between the 2014 Farm Bill and the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 that succeeds it, the new Farm Bill also shows evolution of programs designed to increase benefits to producers and consumers. Rod Bain looks

Pork Producers Readying for Possible African Swine Fever

Many industry experts say it’s “when, not if” in terms of African Swine Fever reaching U.S. soil, and producers need to have accurate, up-to-date records when it happens. Mike Haag is a past president of the National Pork Producers Council

Global Feed Production Climbs Three Percent in 2018

International feed tonnage grew by three percent in 2018 according to a new report. The total of 1.103 billion metric tons topped the 1 billion-mark for a third-straight year. The eighth-annual  Alltech Global Feed Survey covers 144 countries and 30,000

The Economic Perspective: “Inclusive Digital Cities”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at inclusive digital cities.  Mike, there are many rankings for the technology sector, and we now have another one.  This new one – from

U.S. Dairy Fears Losing Japanese Market

A new report projects export losses for the U.S. dairy sector of up to $1.3 billion within 10 years because of lack-of-access to the Japanese market. Dairy groups and officials are sending the industry-funded study to President Donald Trump, administration

Peterson Says Farm Bill “Is What It Is”

House Ag Committee Chair Collin Peterson says this week he is worried the new farm bill won’t be able to provide adequate benefits to U.S. agriculture. The Hagstrom Report says Peterson first expressed those same concerns in December, just before

U.S., China Talks Continue Today

Today is the second day that the U.S. and China will be face-to-face for high-level talks aimed at ending the trade war between the two countries. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tells the Fox Business Network that he expects significant progress

Grassley: Tough Road Ahead for USMCA

Longtime ag senator Chuck Grassley says the political climate in Washington has become so poisoned, it might be tougher now to pass the US-Mexico-Canada free trade deal. Mike Davis reports.

First Round of N.C. Ag Disaster Checks Headed to Farmers

RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced today that the first round of checks from the state’s $240 million Agricultural Disaster Relief Program of 2018 have been sent to farmers. “More than $15.2 million in payments were mailed today, and

N.C. Announces Public Comment Period, Meetings on Animal Feeding Operations General Permits

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has announced two meetings and a thirty-day comment period on three general permits for animal operations. The three permits are the Swine General Permit, the Cattle General Permit, and the Wet Poultry