Monthly Archives: December 2019

AFBF Calls for NRCS Reform in Video Series

After planting part of his land to soybeans — in compliance with the conservation program the land was enrolled in — Virginia farmer Charles Hood was flabbergasted when he was told by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service that he was

The Economic Perspective: “Mini Cities”

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at mini cities.  Mike, there’s a new development concept being implemented around the country, including North Carolina.  It’s called mini cities.  What are mini

USDA Opening CRP Signup on December 9th

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency announced that signup for the Conservation Reserve Program will begin on December ninth. The signup period ends on February 28th for general CRP, while the signup for continuous CRP is ongoing. “The Conservation Reserve Program

Settlement Lifts Cloud over Dairy

The National Milk Producers Federation announced a settlement agreement that would end a class-action lawsuit concerning the Herd Retirement Program, which offered dairy farmers financial incentives to market their milking herds for beef. It operated between 2003 and 2010. The

Perdue: China Agreement has to Work for the U.S.

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says President Trump wants a “phase one” deal with China that works for the United States. “The president wants to come to a deal that’s enforceable, that’s reliable, and will be consistent with what the deal

Tillis Calling for USMCA Passage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) spoke on the Senate floor calling on House Democrats to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), replacing the 25-year-old North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). President Donald Trump signed the USMCA agreement one year

Some Lingering Dryness in SC, No Drought in NC

Weather

With rain expected to start next week, that may be enough to wipe out the last vestiges of the summer drought in South Carolina, according to climatologist Corey Davis.  

The Economic Perspective: “High Tech Clusters”

I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at high tech clusters. Mike, acquiring technology companies is an economic development objective of most communities.  This is because the tech sector is expected to

USDA Announces Final Rule on SNAP Reform

A final rule making changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program restores the intent of the program, according to the US Department of Agriculture. However, critics say the rule could cut benefits to hundreds of thousands of recipients, and charge

Bankers Association Welcomes Hemp Banking Regulations

The federal government this week released banking guidance for the finance industry related to hemp producers. The American Bankers Association says the guidance makes clear that banks are not required to file Suspicious Activity Reports on hemp producers operating under