Monthly Archives: February 2020

The Economic Perspective: “High-Paying Jobs and Urban Change”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at high paying jobs and urban change.  Mike, one of the biggest socioeconomic changes in our country in recent years has been the revival

Concerns About Potential Dean Foods/DFA Merger

A proposed merger is in the works between Dean Foods, which recently declared bankruptcy, and Dairy Farmers of America. But not everyone thinks the merger would be a good idea. Mike Davis has more.

Commodity Experts Worried About the Coronavirus

Commodity experts at the International Sweetener Colloquium say announcements on the spread of the coronavirus and the falling stock market are making them nervous about the future. Stephen Nicholson is a senior analyst for Rabo AgriFinance, who says, “We have

RP Signup Deadline is Friday

Farmers seeking enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program must do so by this Friday, February 28, according to USDA. Agricultural producers and private landowners need to make an offer of acres or schedule an appointment to do so with their

Rural Emergency Personnel and Unique Response and Training

While training and education for firefighters and emergency response personnel is standard, rural first responders must at times face unique incidents, and adopt unique procedures. Rod Bain looks at rural emergency response, and how it differs from urban and suburban

Perdue: China is on Track in Phase One Trade Deal

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that China has taken numerous actions to begin implementing its agriculture-related commitments in the Phase One trade deal. Mike Davis has details.

Weathers Congratulates SC’s James Beard Semifinalists

COLUMBIA – Today the James Beard Foundation released its 2020 list of semifinalists for the coveted James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards, and it includes eight nominees from South Carolina. “The two Upstate restaurants and six Charleston businesses on this list share a

The Economic Perspective: “Can Taxes Impact Business Start-Ups?”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if taxes can impact business start-ups?  Mike, there is always debate over how taxes and tax rates impact the economy.  The largest taxes

More Farmers Converting to Organic

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U.S. farmers harvested almost 3.3 million acres of certified organic field crops in 2019, with that number driven by 14 percent more organic operations, according to market data service Mercaris. The company’s final 2019 report shows that the number of

Progress on Implementing the Phase One Trade Deal with China

China has taken numerous actions to begin implementing its agriculture-related commitments in the Phase One trade deal, according to USDA. China’s actions toward implementing the deal include signing a protocol that allows the importation of U.S. fresh chipping potatoes and