Monthly Archives: August 2019

The Economic Perspective: “Evaluating Economic Impact Studies”

I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at evaluating economic impact studies.  Mike, economic impact studies are often in the news when big projects are proposed or when large institutions are evaluated. 

China Hopeful U.S. Will Meet Halfway in Trade Talks

China is hopeful the U.S. will meet them “halfway” in trade negotiations, according to a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson. At a news conference on Wednesday, the official expressed hope the two sides could “find a mutually-acceptable solution” through trade negotiations.

USDA Pulls Employees from Crop Tour Following Threat

The Department of Agriculture pulled all personnel from the Pro Farmer’s Midwest Crop Tour on Wednesday after an angry farmer allegedly threatened a USDA employee over the phone. Officials did not announce the nature of the threat, or who was

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Pesticide Applications for Hemp

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comments on ten pesticide applications to expand their use on hemp. The requests are the result of the December 2018 Farm Bill provisions that removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, legalizing hemp for

U.S., Mexico, Agree to New Tomato Suspension Agreement

The Department of Commerce says Mexico and the U.S. have a preliminary agreement in place to suspend the ongoing anti-dumping investigation of fresh tomatoes from Mexico. The draft includes a brand-new inspection mechanism to prevent the importation of low-quality, poor-condition

Farm Computer Ownership and Usage Up

The Farm Computer Usage and Ownership report released by USDA last week updated numbers from 2017 and shows 75 percent of farms reported having access to the internet, with 73 percent of farms having access to a desktop or laptop.

John R. Block Reports from Washington August 21, 2019 “USMCA and Endangered Species”

           Hello everybody out there in farm country.  This radio commentary is brought to you by the National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and Renewable Fuels Association.  They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy

NCDA&CS Market Highlights for Thursday August 22

DAILY MARKET HIGHLIGHTS FOR SOUTHERN FARM NETWORK   The following is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products for August 21, 2019 reported by the Federal-State Markets News Service of the North Carolina Department of

Giving Peach a Chance

So, you think you know a lot about peaches? Gary Crawford thought so and found out differently while he was doing this report.

Real Cattle Feeders Explain how Antibiotics are Used

Consumers wanting to know more about antibiotics use in animal agriculture should go straight to the source – America’s farmers and ranchers. Crystal Albers reports. Before Joan Ruskamp became a Nebraska cattle feeder, she was first a consumer with little