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The Economic Perspective: “The Trade Gap Persists”

This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the persistence of the trade gap. Mike, one objective of the various trade disputes between the US and other countries has been to

NC Among Top Ten Pumpkin-Producing States

The Department of Agriculture just updated pumpkin production data, showing production is widely dispersed throughout the United States. All U.S. states produce some pumpkins, but the top nine states together (Illinois, California, Ohio, Indiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina and

NCBA Applauds Livestock Risk Management and Education Act

The cattle industry welcomed legislation introduced this week that would provide grants to certain state land-grant universities to better equip livestock producers with risk management training. South Dakota Republican Representative Dusty Johnson introduced the Livestock Risk Management and Education Act

South Carolina to Get $9.7M for Rural Broadband

The Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced investments into a $9.7 million high-speed broadband project in South Carolina, impacting some 3,900 rural households in the state. USDA last Friday announced the first investment in the ReConnect Pilot Program, funding a $2.8

EPA Finalizes Rule to Repeal WOTUS

The Environmental Protection Agency has published the final rule repealing the Waters of the U.S. rule, returning the law to provisions in place prior to 2015, but legal challenges are expected from environmental groups. First announced in September, the American

ARC – PLC Enrollment Periods Underway

Producers can enroll in either the Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage for this crop year, and now for the 2020 crop year as well. Rod Bain reports.  

An Overview of Proposed Changes to SNAP

What are some of the proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP? Stephanie Ho has more in this edition of “Agriculture USA”.

Changes Proposed for NC State Farmer’s Market in Raleigh

A master plan for the future of the North Carolina State Farmers’ Market in Raleigh envisions a major makeover, one that would make it even more of a destination. But wholesalers there are speaking out as they do not see

Rural Broadband Investment Will Help South Carolina Farms

ORANGEBURG – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested $9,750,000 in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 3,911 rural households in South Carolina. This is one of many funding

The Economic Perspective: “The Definition of a Recession”

I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the definition of a recession.  Mike, you do about 75 talks each year around the state.   I imagine today you’re getting many questions about