Monthly Archives: June 2019

Are You Ready for REDI?

USDA has a new rural development initiative that aims to help rural communities develop and implement solutions that will help them raise their quality of life. Stephanie Ho has more.

The Economic Perspective: “The Continuing Importance of Tobacco”

I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the continuing importance of tobacco in North Carolina.  Mike, the economic importance of tobacco has come into focus recently with a national proposal to

Laos Joins List of Countries Affected by African Swine Fever

China has banned direct and indirect imports of pigs, wild boars, and related products from Laos after the first outbreak of the African Swine Fever virus was found in that country. Reuters reports the southeast Asian nation recorded its first

Trump and Xi Will Talk Trade at G-20

U.S. President Donald Trump will be off to the G-20 summit in Japan at the end of this week where he is scheduled to meet with China’s President Xi Jinping face-to-face for a high-stakes discussion on trade and other issues.

A “Peach” of a Season in South Carolina

It looks like five years of bad fortune for South Carolina peaches is turning around this season. Mike Davis reports.

NCDA&CS Market Highlights for Tuesday June 25

DAILY MARKET HIGHLIGHTS FOR SOUTHERN FARM NETWORK   The following is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products for June 24, 2019 reported by the Federal-State Markets News Service of the North Carolina Department of

Commissioner Hugh Weathers: STEP UPP Tour Review

This past Friday, Commissioner Hugh Weathers participated in the STEP UPP produce tour of SC farms and agriculture. Commissioner, please tell us more about this event. The STEP UPP Tour that took place last week was a training education program

Commissioner Steve Troxler: Agronomic Services Division Conducting Research on Barley

Farmers may soon have another market for their barley. Agronomic Services Division researching optimal nitrogen rates for malting quality barley. If successful, farmers could sell malting barley to brewers looking for local ingredients, drawing four to five times more per

The Economic Perspective: “Are Slow Home Sales a Signal of the Future?”

This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program asks if slow home sales are a signal of the future.  Mike, home sales have dipped in recent months, despite falling mortgage interest rates.  Does

Honeybee Losses Jumped Sharply Higher Last Winter

Bee colony death numbers are continuing to climb. The Bee Informed Partnership released its latest survey last week, saying U.S. beekeepers lost 40 percent of their colonies last winter. That’s the largest number of overwintering hive losses since the survey