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Nuisance Lawsuits Against Smithfield Foods Hog Unit to go to Trial

  A federal judge has ruled that 26 cases comprising litigation brought by residents calling Murphy-Brown LLC hog farms an environmental nuisance can go to trial, according to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “Secretary Sonny Perdue”

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and the Renewable Fuels Association. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and

NC Cash Broccoli on the Scene

At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro 1,083 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cattle were steady to $9.00 higher when compared to the previous sales.  Feeder steers were mostly steady to $6.00 higher,

400 bu/a Corn So Close, Yet So Far

  NC State Extension corn specialist, Dr. Ron Heiniger was all but certain going into harvest that North Carolina’s first 400 bu/a corn yield was out there this year, but he says it was not to be: “We’re drawing to

Corn Futures Sink to New Lows

Cattle futures fell on Thursday, giving back the previous session’s gains as traders looked ahead to a government supply report. The futures market was under some pressure after prices in the cash market for physical cattle fell this week. Hog

GOP Tax Reform Creating Fireworks

  Political Fireworks marked Senate Finance Committee action this week on GOP tax reform legislation. Both parties are calling for bipartisanship on tax reform that includes key breaks for agriculture and other sectors. But the highly-politicized Trump era atmosphere on

Moderate Drought Conditions in North Carolina Steady

  North Carolina’s Abnormally Dry conditions increased this week, as reported in the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center on Thursday for conditions through Tuesday morning.  Early week rains were not able to abate the march of

NC Cash Grains Higher

Cattle:  At the livestock auctions held Tuesday in Mt. Airy and Shelby a total of 677 cattle, 31 goats, and 40 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were steady to 3.00 higher; while bulls were unevenly steady. 

Soybean Harvest About Half Done

  While soybean harvest is well underway, some areas wouldn’t object to a hard freeze at this point says NC State Extension soybean Specialist Dr. Jim Dunphy: “At this point, that’s true.  We’re a little over the halfway point in

Some Good News for Corn in the Latest USDA WASDE Report

  Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated a corn crop for 2017 higher than U.S. farmers have ever realized, coming in with a whopping 175.4 bushels to acre average. That would equate to a record 14.578 billion bushels