Monthly Archives: December 2019

The Economic Perspective: “Job Opportunities”

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at attracting brains.  Mike, job opportunities are actively watched by workers as well as those entering the workforce.  Much of the focus is on

Oh Christmas Tree! NC Leads Fraser Fir Research

North Carolina has an $86 million Christmas tree industry that ranks second in the nation. At the Upper Mountain Research Station in Laurel Springs, NC State researchers and Extension educators are helping seed that industry’s future for the long term.

Mitloehner: Clearing the Air on GHGs

Dr. Frank Mitloehner is a professor of animal science and an air quality extension specialist at the University of California Davis, and he is starting to make a name for himself in the climate change debate. He’s not shying away

The Economic Perspective: “Leading and Trailing Economic Sectors”

I’m Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at leading and trailing economic sectors.  Mike, when we hear comments about the economy, we have to remember these are averages.  There are substantial differences

Hosting a Healthier, Lower Calorie Holiday Dinner Party

We don’t have to give a holiday dinner party in which our guests depart heavier than when they came in. Gary Crawford has a low-calorie report.

SC Commissioner Hugh Weathers: The Holidays

This week, many of us will come together to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. Here to tell us more about how he spends the holiday season is SC Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers. That’s right Mike. As you know,

Insurance Coverage Available for NC Hemp Growers


The Risk Management Agency is offering a new crop insurance option for hemp growers in select counties across 21 states next year, including North Carolina. The pilot insurance program will provide Actual Production History coverage (APH) under 508(h) Multi-Peril Crop

China Lowering Tariffs on Pork, Other Foods

China announced a change in tariff rates on imported goods, including pork, in a move designed to give domestic consumers some support, even as a trade truce with the U.S. takes some pressure off the Chinese economy. The move comes

NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler: Propane Safety Tips

As the weather turns colder, many people across the state rely on propane to stay warm. The department’s Standards Division works with propane dealers and offers some safety tips for winter storms and for using space heaters in your home.