Monthly Archives: September 2019

Mental Health Bill for Farmers Introduced in Senate

A bill introduced by Senator John Tester seeks to bring mental health resources and awareness to rural communities. The Montana Democrat this week introduced the Seeding Rural Resilience Act to help reduce stress and suicides in rural America. While Tester

House Passes Bill Allowing Cannabis Industry Access to Banks

The House of Representative this week passed a bill allowing banks to work with the cannabis industry. Known as the SAFE Banking Act, the Secure and Fair Enforcement Act of 2019 passed by a vote of 321 to 103. However,

NCBA’s Woodall Responds to OCM Smears

Smear Campaigns by Colin Woodall, NCBA CEO The activist-funded Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) has again resorted to half-truths and smear tactics to pit beef producers against one another. It’s clear that their allies at the Humane Society of the

Drought Expands Across Carolinas

The western and central parts of the Carolinas are experiencing a moderate drought due to lack of adequate rainfall, and little relief is in the near-term forecast according to climatologist Corey Davis.

U.S. Animal Pharma Industry in an Antibiotic Resistance Age

A USDA research study takes a snapshot of our nation’s animal pharmaceutical industry in light of new antibiotic regulations. Rod Bain reports

The Economic Perspective: “Downsides of Fewer Manufacturing Jobs”

I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at the downsides of fewer manufacturing jobs.  Mike, although there’s been a little bit of gain in the last few years, there are still one-third

Jackson: Smokable Hemp in the Courts

(From the Office of North Carolina Senator Brent Jackson-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) “North Carolina is not alone in our current debate about the legality of smokable hemp. Other states are presently working on similar legislation, while others have passed laws that

Moderate Drought Conditions Blanket Nearly Half of NC

RALEIGH – Forty-five counties in the western and central parts of the state are experiencing a moderate drought due to lack of adequate rainfall, according to Thursday’s federal drought map. Moderate drought is the first category of the four drought classifications. The

Impeachment Inquiry Could Dampen Chances of USMCA

The impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump could spell trouble for passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement, with White House officials claiming the effort has “destroyed any chances of legislative progress.” Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said if Democrats in the

Farm Groups Welcome Japan Agreement

Agriculture groups say the intent to sign a final agreement with Japan will increase market access for U.S. farmers. The U.S. Grains Council says the first phase of the agreement signed Wednesday show that the agreement would bring commodities the