Monthly Archives: April 2020

The Economic Perspective: “Will Social Distancing Lead to Virtualization?”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program asks if social distancing will lead to virtualization.  Mike, even after the coronavirus has passed, many think social distancing will continue, either mandated or voluntarily.

NMPF: More Aid Needed For Dairy Producers

Current federal aid programs available to dairy farmers are considered good first steps in helping them navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related demand issues, but more will be needed, according to the National Milk Producers Federation. Last week, Congress

NMPF: Expanding Overseas Markets Key to Dairy Post-COVID-19

Growing trade oversees is key to helping the dairy industry recover after the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the National Milk Producers Federation. NMPF vice president for trade Shawna Morris says despite the disruptions attributable to the coronavirus pandemic, officials need

Farmer Optimism Hits All-Time Low Point

Farmer optimism is hard to find these days. DTN found out firsthand that optimism is at a record low in the tri-annual DTN Agriculture Confidence Index. DTN Editor-in-Chief Greg Horstmeier says the dip in farmer optimism is in no way

Senators Seek Antitrust Investigation into Meatpackers

Two U.S. senators are asking the Federal Trade Commission to open an antitrust investigation into the meatpacking industry to “shed light on these growing competition and security problems.” Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) have say the

Commissioner Troxler and Farm Bureau President Harding discuss NC’s food supply and the criticality of essential food workers

RALEIGH: Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and N.C. Farm Bureau President Shawn Harding held a joint media availability today to discuss the importance of agriculture and agribusiness, President Trump’s executive order of the Defense Production Act for meat processors, the food

John R. Block Reports from Washington April 29, 2020 “Tough Times”

  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 and

The Economic Perspective: “Bailout, Rescue, or Stimulus?”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at bailout, rescue, or stimulus.   Mike, the federal government has committed trillions of dollars to the economy during the coronavirus crisis.  A significant

CDC Provides New Guidelines to Keep Poultry Processors Safe

New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control will help keep poultry processing workers safe and ensure the supply chain, according to the National Chicken Council. The CDC guidance reiterates many already identified mitigation measures, including social distancing, engineering controls

AFBF: Farmers Should Act Fast to get Federal Aid

The American Farm Bureau Federation says farmers should get a move on if they want to take advantage of federal COVID-19 relief funds…before they are gone again. Mike Davis has more.