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Economist Mike Walden: Trade in Services

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at trade in services.  Mike, the U.S. runs a trade deficit in the hundreds of billions of dollars with foreign countries.   This is one

New Forecast for 2019 Shows Eggs Are Breaking out of their Shells

After decades of cutting back on eating eggs, we are now reversing that trend, with a big leap in consumption forecast for 2019. Gary Crawford has more.

AgCarolina Farm Credit Awards $33,000 in grants

Raleigh, NC – AgCarolina Farm Credit announces $33,000 in grants have been extended to fifteen organizations through its corporate-giving program, the Fund for Rural North Carolina.  The grants will aid recipients in carrying out programs specifically benefiting farmers and rural

Economist Mike Walden: Economic Opportunities in Africa

I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at economic opportunities in Africa.  Mike, when most people think about selling or investing in other countries, they usually consider areas like China, Europe, or

Ag Groups Applaud Animal Health Provisions in 2018 Farm Bill

The National Pork Producers Council is pleased that the 2018 Farm Bill contains important mandatory funding for animal disease prevention and preparedness efforts. The five-year bill includes $120 million in funding for the first four years of the legislation going

NCDA Market Highlights for Friday December 14

DAILY MARKET HIGHLIGHTS FOR SFN   The following is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products for December 13, 2018 reported by the Federal-State Markets News Service of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and

China Soybean Purchase Larger Than Expected

China is officially buying U.S. soybeans again, which is good news for American agriculture. This week’s purchase amount was one for the record books. A Farm Journal report says the latest U.S. Soybean Export Sales Report from USDA shows that

N.C. General Assembly Approves Disaster Deadline Extension

Eleven additional counties eligible to receive assistance, bringing total to 65 counties  RALEIGH – The N.C. General Assembly has approved extending the deadline for the agricultural disaster relief program to Dec. 20. The bill now awaits Governor Roy Cooper’s signature.

Farm Bill Expected to become Farm Law

The 2018 farm bill is now headed to the president’s desk for his expected signature after the House voted by a wide margin on Wednesday to follow the Senate in passing the final compromise version of the bill. Mike Davis

Dairy by the Numbers

2018 will go down as one of the dairy industry’s most trying times. Farmers across the country have been faced with very difficult business decisions; either incurring additional investment to expand, or in many cases, closing altogether. We hear from