Monthly Archives: November 2019

John R. Block Reports from Washington November 13, 2019 “Issues at NAFB”

            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

The Economic Perspective: “Determinants of Real Interest Rates”

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at determinants of real interest rates.  Mike, like most disciplines, economists have their own terms that are used as shortcuts to broad concepts.   One

Pork 2040: A Producer Perspective (Part One)

New research from the National Pork Board provides insight that exporters of U.S. pork can use to position themselves for long term success in the Chinese market. We hear from Jan Archer, a pig farmer from Goldsboro, North Carolina and

Justice Department Asks for Stay in Sugar Decision

The U.S. Justice Department has filed a motion requesting a 90-day stay in the Court of International Trade’s ruling that an amended Mexico-U.S. trade agreement wasn’t valid. An agreement on Mexican sugar imports to the U.S. was amended in 2017.

Dean Food, America’s Largest Milk Producer, Files for Bankruptcy

Dean Foods, the largest milk producer in the country, is filing for bankruptcy as dairy consumption continues to falter. Company sales have dropped seven percent in the first half of this year, with profits falling 14 percent. CNN reports Dean

Opportunity Ahead for More U.S. Wheat Exports to Brazil

Brazil is set to open a tariff-rate quota on wheat imports, a potential opportunity for U.S. wheat producers. The quota will allow 750,000 metric tons of wheat to enter Brazil duty-free from outside of South America. Both U.S. Wheat Associates

Keeping Eyes Peeled for the Perils of Potato Production

  “Not for the faint hearted”. That’s how one Virginia potato farmer describes the potato growing business. Faint-hearted Gary Crawford has more on this edition of Agriculture USA.    

Recap of Perdue’s Trade Mission to Mexico

The Agriculture Secretary provides the highlights from USDA’s latest agricultural trade mission – this time in Mexico. Rod Bain reports.

USDA Announces Aid Package for NC, Southern Farmers Hurt by Hurricanes

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says his agency is making $800 million available to agricultural producers in North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, who were affected by Hurricanes Michael and Florence. These state block grants are part of a larger $3

The Economic Perspective: “State Income Tax Policies”

I’m Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks state income tax policies.  Mike, North Carolina has significantly decreased income tax rates in recent years.  This has generated a debate between those who argue