Monthly Archives: March 2019

Midwest Flooding Drops Ethanol Production 13%

Flooding in the Midwest impacting ethanol facilities has reduced ethanol production by 13 percent in the United States. Plants in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Missouri were forced to shut down or scale back production during and following the flooding.

Abundance of Moisture Limits Drought Conditions

An abundance of moisture across the United States has greatly diminished the Drought Monitor’s findings of drought across the nation. Just this week, officials declared California “drought free” for the first time in seven years. There are no areas of

USDA Eyes New ERS, NIFI Locations by May

The Department of Agriculture will release it’s shortlist of potential spots for relocating the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture “in the coming days.” USDA is working towards deciding on the final relocation spots by early


Daily Market Highlights for SFN The following is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products for March 28, 2019 reported by the Federal-State Markets News Service of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer

The Economic Perspective: “Investment Rules”

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at investment rules. Mike, a big question for individuals regarding their investments is how their collection of investments should change as they age. What’s

AG FEST Event Highlights College Life

Approximately 1,300 high school FFA and 4-H members from across North Carolina flocked to the University of Mount Olive (UMO) for the 5th annual AgFest event to promote and celebrate awareness of agriculture and other academic opportunities at  UMO.   The

Pork Board Ramping Up ASF Prevention Efforts

African Swine Fever has never been detected in North America, and the National Pork Board wants to keep it that way. Mike Davis talks with NPB CEO Bill Even about prevention measures.

The Economic Perspective: “Odds of a Recession Next Year”

I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at the odds of a recession next year. Mike, a recent survey of economists indicated half of them predicted a recession in 2020. My first

U.S. to Inspect Brazil Beef Plants

U.S. officials will inspect Brazilian beef plants in June following trade talks between the two nations. In a news release, Brazil’s agriculture minister said U.S. officials will audit the inspection system for beef and pork from June 10 to June

Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Reorganization Tools to More Family Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to help family farms reorganize after falling on hard times. TheFamily Farmer Relief Act of 2019 was introduced by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and is also co-sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ron