Monthly Archives: October 2019

The Economic Perspective: “New Evidence on the Cost of Government Debt”

I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at new evidence on the cost of government debt.  Mike, the federal government is continuing to borrow money at great amounts.   This year’s borrowing will

The Appeal of Apples

There is a lot to know about apples, but we won’t learn much from this edition of Agriculture USA from Gary Crawford.  

Sanitation Worker Suffers Fatal Accident at House of Raeford Plant

A sanitation worker has died after falling into a piece of equipment at the House of Raeford Poultry Farms plant in Teachey, N.C. on October 25. Meatingplace.com reports the worker was employed Packers Sanitation Services Inc., which is contracted for

House Ag Committee Reauthorizes Commodity Futures Trading Commission

The House Agriculture Committee has passed legislation to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission through 2025. “The bill helps strengthen our financial market infrastructure and makes it more resilient,” according to Ag Committee Chair Collin Peterson. “It also combats fraud

Another Attempt to Fix Farm Labor Problems Introduced in Congress

A new comprehensive legislation package that attempts to overhaul the nation’s agricultural labor programs has been introduced in the US House. Politico reports the legislation will attempt to “thread the needle” between agriculture and labor groups that have long butted

Vietnam’s Growing Interest in U.S. Food and Ag Goods

Vietnam has grown to become a significant ag trade market for the U.S. over the last two decades, and as a recent USDA ag trade mission illustrates, demand by Vietnamese consumers continues to grow. Rod Bain reports.

Chinese Ag Purchases Becoming a Sticking Point in Negotiations

U.S. President Donald Trump has said China will commit to buying up to $50 billion in U.S. agricultural products as part of a Phase One trade agreement between the countries. However, Reuters says that is reluctant to commit to that

John R. Block Reports from Washington October 30, 2019 “Congressional Circus”

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USDA Establishes Domestic Hemp Production Program

USDA Tuesday announced the interim rule associated with a domestic hemp production program will be published, allowing growers to begin production in the 2020 growing year. Mike Davis has details.

The Economic Perspective: “An Update on Homelessness”

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program gives an update on homelessness.  Mike, I’ve seen numerous stories about homelessness in recent month.  Is the problem on the rise?  Also, what factors seem