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Economist Mike Walden: The Boost in Benefits and Bonuses

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the boost in benefits and bonuses.  Mike, one of the continuing puzzles in the economy is the lack of strong growth in wages

Environmental Groups ask Court to Review Pipeline Approval

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A coalition of environmental groups has asked a federal appeals court to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Thirteen environmental groups petitioned the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on

California Farmer Reacts to Roundup Verdict

California farmers are reacting to the Roundup verdict stemming from a lawsuit against Monsanto. Patrick Cavanaugh reports for SFN.

NFU: Beef Producers Hurt by Current Labeling Standards

The National Farmers Union Thursday told the Department of Agriculture U.S. meat labeling standards are disadvantaging U.S. beef producers by allowing products born, raised, or slaughtered outside of the United States to carry the “Product of the U.S.A.” label. NFU

USDA Announces Section 32 Beef, Chicken Purchases

The Department of Agriculture will purchase U.S. beef and chicken for nutrition assistance programs. The purchase intent follows a $50 million purchase announcement of milk for nutrition programs earlier this week. USDA is seeking to purchase up to $60 million

BASF Closes Acquisition of Bayer’s Vegetable Seeds Business

BASF announced this week it has closed the acquisition of Bayer’s global vegetable seeds business. The transaction, BASF says in a news release, “adds a well-recognized brand with a very successful business track record to BASF’s portfolio.” The acquired vegetable

NAFTA Talks Close to U.S.-Mexico Agreement

The U.S. could be nearing a deal on the North American Free Trade Agreement, at least with Mexico. Politico reports the political situation in both countries is such that each is more eager than ever to make a deal, setting

U.S., China to Talk Trade, but Expectations Vary


A Chinese delegation will travel to the U.S. as part of the ongoing trade war as both sides “remain far apart.” China said Thursday the delegation will meet with U.S. Treasury Undersecretary David Malpass to discuss trade issues. However, the

More Afternoon Rains Expected for Coming Week

Just when farmers are asking for dry weather, climatologist Corey Davis says the pattern of afternoon showers and storms will linger into next week. But its not really his fault.

Mixed Emotions on the Farm

Agriculture is a great way of life, but every farmer will tell you its a hard living, too. Mike Wood is one of those growers and says he has mixed feelings about the future. Mike Davis reports.