Monthly Archives: October 2020

John R. Block Reports from Washington October 21, 2020 “A Biden Presidency”

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 prosperous

N.C. Pecan Growers Expect Plentiful Crop

RALEIGH – After several years of weather-related setbacks, North Carolina pecan growers are reporting a strong crop. That is welcome news for farmers such as Tim Haithcock, who has been growing pecans for over 25 years. “My trees have been

The Economic Perspective: “Location, Location, Location”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at location, location, location.  Mike, it’s often said those three words are the top three factors in real estate.  Give us the background

Bill Even: U.S. Pork Industry Learns from Adversity and Looks to the Future

Article on Bill Even Keynote Address at 2020 USAHA Annual Meeting This year has been stressful for everyone, but COVID-19 has caused excruciating issues for the pork industry. From market disruptions due to plant closures and decimation of the food-service

Winning Has Roots Scholarship Applications are Open

DEKALB® brand corn, the National FFA Organization and NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer present students the opportunity to qualify for the Winning Has Roots scholarship. Kathleen McKittrick, DEKALB brand manager.. “It was a great weekend at the Kansas Speedway on Sunday

Approaching Deadline for WHIP Plus Sign Up

Eligible producers have until month’s end to sign-up for one of USDA’s disaster assistance programs. Rod Bain reports.

USDA Highlights SNAP Employment and Training Programs

USDA is highlighting its efforts to help Americans through programs that provide nutrition assistance, with an emphasis on helping beneficiaries move toward greater self-reliance. Stephanie Ho has a look in this week’s Agriculture USA.

Lack of Trade Deal Will Hurt EU-UK Food Supply Chain

Economists at one international bank says the absence of an EU-UK trade deal on January 1, 2021, would cause significant economic losses on both sides for companies active in food and agriculture supply chains. Rabobank researchers say companies in the

Reuters: Payments to Farmers at All Time High Before Election

Direct payments to U.S. farmers are at an all-time high as the nation prepares for a national election next month. Record government subsidies, much needed in the turbulent trade environment and coronavirus pandemic, are projected to make up more than

U.S. Winter Outlook: Cooler North, Warmer South

Expect a dry, warm winter in the south, and cooler, wetter, conditions in the North, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA last week released its U.S. Winter Outlook, indicating weather impacts from an ongoing La Nina. Forecasters