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Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “This and That July 2017”

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NC Cash Soybeans Breach $10

At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro 804 cattle and 6 goats were sold. Slaughter cows were mostly steady to $3.00 lower; bulls were mostly steady to $7.00 lower.  Feeder steers were $1.00 to $7.00

Student Social Forces Formed

  The Pork Checkoff has selected 12 college students to tell the agriculture story on social media. Public relations director Claire Masker says this social media outreach program will help real farmers share their story… “Especially students in that younger,

2017 SC Peach Crop is About Finding Silver Linings

  After a late freeze, we heard from Greg Henderson, member of the horticultural team with Clemson Extension in Edgefield County told us back in April that the loss to the peach crop was about 85%.  Henderson says, while that’s

Livestock Futures Fall on Increased Grain Prices….Again

Higher cash cattle sales on Thursday did nothing for futures, that fell in response to higher grain prices.  August live cattle fell 140 to $115, October dropped 180 to $117, and August feeders dropped 222 to $152. Hog futures ended

Pressure Increases to Help U.S. Cotton Farmers

  A bipartisan group of 135 Senators and Representatives wrote letters to the Trump administration asking for help for the nation’s cotton farmers. The group wants the administration, through USDA, to operate the Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program, effective for

House Budget Wants $10 Billion Cuts to Ag Spending

  The House GOP released its budget this week, calling for $10 billion in spending cuts to agricultural programs through the next ten years. However, the plan doesn’t necessarily say how to go about getting to that number. It does

Corn & Soybean Futures Continued Rally

Cattle futures reversed course to bounce higher as beefpackers spent more at a closely watched online auction. Gains in the meat and cash markets helped cattle futures turn higher, too, changing direction after falling earlier this week. The report of

First Report for NC – Grown Tomatoes

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Shelby a total of 443 cattle were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mixed, 5.00 lower to 3.00 higher; and bulls were 1.00 to 3.00 higher.  Feeder steers were mostly

Producers Hoping Weather Holds to Harvest

  Thus far, for many crops it’s been a near ideal growing season, and David DeWitt, Clemson Extension Agent in Horry and Marion Counties says producers are hoping the weather holds just a while longer to get crops harvested: “That’s