Monthly Archives: July 2019

NCDA&CS Market Highlights for Monday July 22

DAILY MARKET HIGHLIGHTS FOR SOUTHERN FARM NETWORK   The following is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products for July 19, 2019 reported by the Federal-State Markets News Service of the North Carolina Department of

USB Approves 169 Checkoff-Funded Projects for 2020

The United Soybean Board last week approved funding for 169 checkoff-funded projects for fiscal-year 2020. The projects are part of USB’s promotion, marketing and research programs that are strategically aligned to increase the value and preference for U.S. soy. The

EPA Not Banning Chlorpyrifos

The Environment Protection Agency last week announced it would not ban chlorpyrifos, although court battles likely are ahead to fight the action. EPA denied objections to the agency’s 2017 order denying a 2007 petition from the Pesticide Action Network North

China Purchases U.S. Sorghum

China has made its biggest purchase of U.S. sorghum since April, 51,000 metric tons of sorghum earlier this month. In the same week China made the sorghum purchase, it also canceled a small order of U.S. soybeans. Trade negotiators talked

USDA Announces Trade Promotion Funding

The Department of Agriculture late Friday announced $100 million in trade promotion funding. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the funds were awarded to 48 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Program to help identify and build new export markets. The program

AFBF: Guest Worker Proposal a Positive for Agriculture

The Labor Department has proposed to streamline the federal guest worker program commonly known as H-2A. The American Farm Bureau Federation is evaluating the near 500-page proposal and will provide input on behalf of farmers. Allison Crittenden, AFBF congressional relations

U.S. Rice Purchased by China for the First Time

An historic purchase has been years in the making and came about because of various USDA efforts and programs. Rod Bain reports.  

The Economic Perspective: “How Are We Doing?”

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks, how are we doing?  Mike, every year the Federal Reserve surveys a sample of adults seeking information on their economic well-being.  Recently the survey

U.S., Japan, Working Hard Towards Trade Deal

Japan and the U.S. continue to make progress toward a trade agreement, according to those close to the negotiations. A Japanese official told Reuters this week, “Our team is now working pretty hard, so we are looking forward to some

$400 Million Available in USDA Renewable Energy Loan Guarantees

The Department of Agriculture has more than $400 million available in loans for renewable energy projects, and Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley is encouraging farmers and rural small businesses to apply for the financing. The