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Tight Supplies Drive Soy Rally, Suggest More Bean Acres

The latest round of USDA reports calls for higher soybean exports and lower soybean ending stocks, sparking a price rally. Mac Marshall, vice president of market intelligence for the United Soybean Board and the U.S. Soybean Export Council, says U.S.

Growing Urban Ag Outreach in USDA

A USDA office established under the 2018 Farm Bill continued its build up and build out process over the course of the last year, with the end goal being continued customer service to those involved in urban agriculture and innovative

Food Prices–Another Reason to Forget 2020

The final food price inflation figures are in for 2020. They show the sharpest price increases in almost a decade. Gary Crawford has more.

The Economic Perspective: “Pandemic Statistics”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at pandemic statistics.  Mike, there are many numbers constantly being released about the pandemic, including infections, hospitalizations, and deaths.  But are there other numbers

SC Commissioner Hugh Weathers: SC Agritourism Tour Starts Sunday

The South Carolina Agritourism tour will be held next week. Here to tell us more is SC Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers. The SC Agritourism Association will be hosting their annual tour January 24th-26th. The conference will look a bit different

NC Commissioner Steve Troxler: Application Window Open for N.C. State Fair Junior Livestock Show Scholarships.

The application period to apply for a N.C. State Fair Junior Livestock Scholarship is open until March 1. Any youth who showed livestock at the N.C. State Fair are eligible to apply regardless of the breed or show placement. There

Assuring Food Distribution to Families During Pandemic

A key role of USDA’’s Agricultural Marketing Service in 2020 was assuring food was available to consumers and family through the COVID-19 pandemic. Rod Bain reports.

A Tobacco-Based COVID-19 Vaccine?

Some might call it an organic approach to fighting COVID 19. A Canadian company is in the final stages of testing a plant-based COVID-19 virus vaccine that they hope can get approval for distribution later this year. Medicago, based near

Environmental Groups Sue Trump Administration Over Gray Wolf

A coalition of environmental and wildlife advocacy groups filed suit against the Trump administration over the decision to remove the gray wolf from Endangered Species Protections. In October, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lifted protection for the wolves in

Corn and Soybean Export Sales Jump Higher

Corn export sales almost doubled week-to-week while soybean sales also jumped higher. The USDA says corn sales to overseas buyers jumped 92 percent week-to-week to 1.44 million metric tons. That’s up 34 percent over the prior four-week average. Japan was