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Perdue Advocates Public-Private Partnerships

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue expressed to a House appropriations subcommittee that one way to do more with less is through public-private partnerships: “The way to accomplish more in tight budgetary times really is with public/private partnerships.  That’s one of the

Perdue Standing Up to Budget Criticism

5-29 SFN 12 & Today’s Topic – SFN 8 – needs commercial   USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue does not agree with the White House on some key spending cuts in the president’s so far, unpopular USDA budget request.  Those differences quickly

Cattle Futures End Rally

Cattle futures reversed course to turn lower as the USDA cattle-on-feed report exceeded expectations. Still, cash prices remained strong headed into Memorial Day weekend when grills are expected to fire up the livestock markets. June live cattle futures fell 122

NC Cash Corn Gains 5 Cents

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 488 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cattle were unevenly steady when compared to the previous week.  Feeder cattle were mostly $3.00 to $6.00 lower. Broiler-fryers: The market

American Farm Bureau Expects Agriculture to be Fully Funded in FY’18

  American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says the President’s proposed budget that included billions of dollars of cuts to agriculture programs sent shockwaves across rural America. However, Duvall notes that Congress will now get to work on amending

An Above Average Tornado Season Track This Year

  There’s over a month left in peak of the 2017 tornado season, and so far this year, severe weather activity has been above normal nationwide. Rod Bain reports: 2017 has been an active year, tornado wise, in the US

American Farm Bureau Looking Forward to NAFTA Renegotiation

  With the Donald Trump Administration issuing its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, the American Farm Bureau Federation says the top priority for farmers and ranchers in the negotiation process is protecting markets for U.S. agriculture.

North Carolina Drought Free

  For the first time in 14 months, the state of North Carolina is drought free, as reported in the weekly Drought Monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center on Thursday.  Applied climatologist with the North Carolina State Climate Office,

South Carolina’s Drought Conditions Improve

  In the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center for conditions through Tuesday morning, South Carolina’s abnormally dry conditions improved from 60.73 to 49.06%.  The state’s moderate drought improved from 15.5% to just under 8%, and the

NC Cash Blueberries Experiencing Production Gap

At the 2 weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at North Wilkesboro and Norwood 740 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows were mostly steady to $7.00 higher; bulls were mostly steady to $7.00 higher.  Feeder cattle were mostly $2.00