Monthly Archives: June 2019

NCDA&CD Market Highlights for Friday June 28

DAILY MARKET HIGHLIGHTS FOR SOUTHERN FARM NETWORK   The following is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products for June 27, 2019 reported by the Federal-State Markets News Service of the North Carolina Department of

The Economic Perspective: “Gains for the Lowest Paid”

I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at gains for the lowest paid.  Mike, workers at the lowest rungs of the pay schedule face two big problems.  Their pay is low.  But

U.S., China Reach Tentative Truce on Tariffs

The U.S. and China have agreed to forgo the next round of tariffs that President Trump threatened to impose on $300 billion in Chinese goods. It comes ahead of a meeting between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping this weekend

USDA Will Defend Trade Aid at WTO

China, India, the European Union, Ukraine, and Australia have all fired off criticism to the World Trade Organization at the USDA’s two aid packages for farmers that could total up to $28 billion. However, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says he’s

China Halts Canadian Meat Imports

China issued a sudden ban on Canadian beef and pork exports after a shipment of pork was found to contain traces of ractopamine, a feed additive that’s restricted in China. After detecting the residue, China says a further investigation found

Be Prepared for Flood Season

The chief executive of the National Flood Insurance Program at FEMA is encouraging property owners and renters to protect their homes as hurricane season continues. Mike Davis reports.  

ASF Claims More Territory in Asia

Statistics from the Food and Agriculture Organization say that the African Swine Fever Virus is now in Cambodia, China, Laos, Mongolia, North Korea, and Vietnam, and the pig death loss continues to grow. In Vietnam, officials say more than 2.5

Connecting On-farm Conservation Practices with On-farm Benefits

USDA researchers are looking at how various farm conservation practices covered under contract benefit landowners economically. Rod Bain reports.

The Economic Perspective: “Is Slower Growth in the Work Force Just What Is Needed?”

I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if slower growth in the work force just what is needed. Mike, with the country’s birth rate falling to almost historic lows, economists are expecting

Brain Drain Coming for Economic Research Service

U.S. Department of Agriculture economists say Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue’s plan to move the Economic Research Service from Washington to Kansas City won’t be a positive for the agency, causing a “brain drain” of veteran scientists. An Agri-Pulse report says