Monthly Archives: March 2020

USDA Accepts Over 3.4 Million Acres in General CRP Signup

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue says his agency accepted over 3.4 million acres into the general Conservation Reserve Program signup that recently wrapped up, the first general signup for enrollments since 2016. County offices will begin to notify producers with accepted

Coordinating Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program Efforts

Providing mentorship, guidance, and resource assistance are among the duties of the new USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program coordinators. Rod Bain reports.

Carr: H2-A Shutdown During COVID-19 Crisis Could Impact Production

The U.S. State Department will not process new H-2A visas during the coronavirus crisis, leaving a need for farm labor. Chalmers Carr of Titan Farms in Ridge Spring, South Carolina, says the decision means farmers can’t have access to new H-2A

Pork Exports Expecting Another Banner Year

Pork production continues to grow. In 2019, U.S. production was five percent higher than 2018. That production is expected to increase again this year. National Pork Board International Marketing Director Clay Eastwood says exports are an important way to bring

The Economic Perspective: “Some Good News”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at some good news.  Mike, the recent news has been gloomy, as the country and world is contending with the coronavirus.  But amid

Unseasonably Warm Temps Coming This Weekend

Climatologists and other influencers decide to hold off on designating the Raleigh area as abnormally dry, and this week’s rains should help confirm that, according to Corey Davis. And temperatures in the 80’s in March? Welcome to spring in the

Outlook for Organic Agricultural Products

Farm sales of organic crops and livestock products more than doubled between 2012 and 2017, to more than seven billion dollars. Stephanie Ho has a deeper dive into the organic industry.

SC Commissioner Hugh Weathers: Soybean Board Nominations

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is requesting nominations by May 1, 2020, to fill positions that will become vacant, including alternate positions, on the United Soybean Board in December 2020. Here to tell us more is SC Ag Commissioner Hugh

Golden LEAF deploys $15 million in NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loans

Funding will provide loans to help small businesses suffering economic losses related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) ROCKY MOUNT, NC  – The Golden LEAF Foundation announces $15 million in funding to launch a rapid recovery loan program in response to economic losses related

The Economic Perspective: “Comparing Breakthroughs”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at comparing breakthroughs.  Mike, we live in a time of technological change that constantly bring us new products and applications.  Many say the world