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Hog Futures Surge on Bargain Buying

Hog futures surged Thursday to reverse almost a week’s worth of losses, as traders switched their bets from cattle to hogs. April lean hog futures rose 120 to close at 69.35, while contracts for June delivery jumped 185 to 77.60.

NC Cash Grains Continue to Decline Alongside Futures

At the 2 weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at North Wilkesboro and Norwood 1,241 cattle and 6 goats were sold. Slaughter cattle were mostly steady to $7.00 higher.  Feeder cattle were mostly steady to $10.00 higher when compared to the

Flavors of Carolina Shows Underway

  It’s show season for the Got to Be NC Marketing division.  This week was the first of two food shows catering to the trade, the first Flavors of Carolina show was Wednesday at the north Raleigh Hilton.  NC Ag

Funding Discussions for the Next Farm Bill

  Livestock Groups urged farm bill writers to fund a Foot-and-Mouth Disease vaccine bank in the next farm bill. They also want to increase, not cut, research funding, as the president’s proposing. Beef, pork, and sheep groups urged the House

North Carolina’s Drought Conditions Relatively Steady

North Carolina’s Drought Conditions Relatively Steady In the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center, North Carolina’s abnormally dry conditions increased slightly from last week, from just under 66% to 66 1/3%.  The area of moderate drought decreased

Freeze Damage to Winter Wheat Still being Determined

  Along with a lot of tree fruits, strawberries and blueberries, the region’s beleaguered wheat crop also took a hit during last week’s freezing temperatures.  Executive Director of North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association says it will be early next

NC Cash Grains Follow Futures Lower

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Shelby a total of 370 cattle were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly steady; while bulls were mostly 9.00 higher.  Feeder steers and bulls were unevenly steady; while heifers

Discovery of AI in the Southeast Puts Carolina Producers on Alert

  Two separate incidences of High Pathogenic Avian Influenza have popped up in Tennessee, and one low-path in Alabama,  in commercial poultry flocks in the last couple of weeks  after almost two years of no incidences reported.  Dr. Boyd Parr,

President Trump Administration Lists Four Ag Priorities

A top Trump Administration ag official outlines four agricultural priorities, at a gathering of ag industry representatives in Washington DC. Stephanie Ho  has more with North Carolina’s own Ray Starling: Ray Starling is President Trump’s Special Assistant on Agriculture.  He

Cattle Futures Soar

Live cattle futures surged on Tuesday ahead of a Fed Cattle Exchange auction which gave important clues as to whether cattle supplies will continue tight into the spring. Last week’s auction yielded higher prices than expected, with meatpackers paying feedyards