Monthly Archives: March 2019

A Thank You to Farmers and N.C. Elected Officials

Hundreds of farmers and ag supporters turned out for Ag Awareness Day on Wednesday in Raleigh.  SFN’s Mike Davis reports.  

Faith Leaders Endorse S.C. Medical Marijuana Bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Some South Carolina faith leaders are showing their support for legislation to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana for individuals with terminal, debilitating medical conditions. A diverse group of clergy held a news conference Wednesday at

NC Farm Act to Position State for Hemp Leadership

(March 20, 2019) Raleigh, N.C. – Senator Brent Jackson (R-Sampson) today announced the NC Farm Act of 2019, which uses recent federal rule changes to establish a regulatory framework for expanded hemp production in North Carolina. Senator Jackson was joined by Senators Norm

Freezing Temperatures May Have Damaged Southern Crops

Unusual February warmth followed by an early March cold spell may have hurt some Southern crops. Stephanie Ho has more on the story.

USDA Announces New ASF Resources

USDA is monitoring the recent outbreaks of African swine fever in Asia and Europe, and has proactively taken steps to increase safeguarding efforts to keep the disease out of the United States. The department has increased detector dog teams within

AEM: Tariffs Costing U.S. GDP $290 Billion

A new study shows tariffs impacting U.S. equipment manufactures will cost the U.S. GDP $290 billion if continued for ten years. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers says the data released in the report show tariffs are “driving up the cost

Additional Trump Budget Documents Show Extensive ERS Cuts

The White House released the rest of its fiscal year 2020 budget proposal this week, and cited savings on salaries in USDA’s Economic Research Service as a way to cut spending, according to the Hagstrom Report. A document titled “Major

Flooding Disrupting Midwest Rail Services

Flooding in the central U.S. is halting rail traffic, including shipments and deliveries from agricultural facilities. Union Pacific says floods have caused significant damage to the company’s rail network. Five routes of the Union Pacific rail network are closed due

Livestock Group Calls Beef Trade with Brazil Risky

Livestock groups warn any trade allowing Brazil to export beef to the U.S. would put the U.S. beef industry at risk. President Donald Trump and his counterpart from Brazil discussed trade issues Tuesday, including beef, sugar and ethanol, but some

China Could Triple U.S. Ag Purchases

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week again said China could triple its purchases of U.S. agricultural products. The U.S. and China are still hashing out the details of a trade agreement, now thought to conclude in June. Perdue told Bloomberg