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China Makes Biggest U.S. Corn Buy Ever

China made the biggest purchase of U.S. corn in history on Tuesday, the second massive corn buy in less than a week. Private exporters told USDA that China bought 1.76 million tons of corn for shipment during the 2020-2021 marketing

Close Encounters of the Snake Kind

Some herpetologists would have us believe that snakes are not the vile, villainous vipers portrayed in our movies and other popular fiction. Maybe they are right. Gary Crawford is coiled up and ready to strike on this edition of Agriculture

Additional Crops Now Eligible for Coronavirus Assistance Program

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2020 – Producers of specialty crops can submit applications for additional commodities under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) through Aug. 28. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Thursday an initial list of new eligible commodities and

Senators Seek COVID Aid for Cotton, Textile Industries

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A group of 18 senators, including all four senate members from North Carolina and South Carolina, has sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) urging the next round of COVID-19 assistance adequately

Ag Scientists Erecting Barriers to ASF, FMD

COVID-19 dominates the news, but its far from the only disease scientists are concerned with right now.

The Economic Perspective: “Have Any Industries Escaped the Virus?”

Mary:    I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if any industries have escaped the virus.  Mike, households and businesses continue to cope with the coronavirus.  We know the virus has impacted different

Farmers Report Concerns About Sales Reps on Farms During Pandemic

Nearly half of the farmers surveyed express concern about allowing outsiders to return to their farms during the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey from Farm Journal found 45 percent of farmers have reservations about allowing sales representatives back onto their farm.

Technology Transfer and Benefits for Agriculture

An annual look by USDA at how innovations are turned into solutions and products for consumers and the public-at-large is now available. Rod Bain looks at examples of some food and ag research that is now in use in this

Trump: China Phase Two Agreement Unlikely

President Donald Trump recently told reporters a Phase Two agreement with China is not likely. The President said aboard Air Force One last week, “I don’t think about that,” adding, “The relationship with China has been severely damaged.” Bloomberg News

NC Commissioner Steve Troxler: New Program Aims to Increase Meat Processing Capacity

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us a lot, including how to be flexible and adaptive. It is important that as we continue to deal with this pandemic, we seek solutions to challenges we identify along the way. During the pandemic,