Monthly Archives: January 2021

Oil Industry Seeking Alliance in Farm Country

The oil industry is reaching out to the nation’s corn growers and biofuel producers for lobbying help with the Biden Administration’s push for electric vehicles, but so far it’s getting a cool reception to the idea. Multiple sources tell Reuters

Illicit ASF Vaccines Trouble for China

The Chinese government has been working for more than three years to contain an outbreak of African swine fever in its hog herd. Producers in China initially tried to contain its spread through early detection, culling the population, and bio-security.

The Economic Perspective: “What’s the Cost of Public Borrowing?”

Mary: This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program asks, what’s the cost of public borrowing. Mike, the national debt has risen by trillions of dollars as a result of the borrowing to

Clemson Extension Program Equips New SC farmers with Tools to Thrive

Applications now being accepted COLUMBIA, S.C. — Farmers getting their feet wet in agribusiness have access to comprehensive entrepreneurial education and business training through a public service program offered by Clemson University. The South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer Program (SCNBFP) is

The Economic Perspective: “Build to Rent Homes”

Mary: I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at build to rent homes. Mike, the construction industry has been one of the bright spots of the pandemic-caused recession. In fact, there are

US Pork Exports Aiming for Value and Diversification


Coming off one of the largest years for U.S. pork exports around the globe, the National Pork Board is working to add value, volume and to diversify markets to support long-term expansion. Norman Bessac, Vice President of International Marketing with

Financial Decision Challenges in a Divorce Proceeding

Proper planning, emotional control, and support is needed for those making financial decisions during the middle of a divorce. Rod Bain reports.

Final Rule to Help Clarify Hemp Production

The final hemp production rule issued by USDA will ease the regulatory burden on hemp farmers, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Farm Bureau Congressional Relations Director Scott Bennett says the final rule changes sampling and testing requirements. “This

USDA Surveys to Look at Swine Industry in 2021

Several USDA surveys this year will take a closer look at the swine industry. Stephanie Ho reports.

Vegetable Market in Asia-Pacific to Continue Robust Growth

IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘Asia-Pacific – Vegetable – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings. For the seventh consecutive year, the Asia-Pacific vegetable market recorded growth in sales value,