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Next Round of NAFTA Talks Coming Soon

U.S. officials are expressing confidence that a new and improved NAFTA trade deal can be reached, despite thorny issues. Gary Crawford has more for SFN…

2018 Setting a Friendlier Tone for Commodities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released reports that included World Ag Supply and Demand and 2017 Crop Production figures. The agency said American farmers posted an average of 176.6 bushel per acre after the 2017 corn harvest, bringing in

John Block: Good Things Done

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and Renewable Fuels Association. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of healthy farm economy and prosperous rural

NC Market Highlights Jan. 19

Cattle:  At the livestock auctions held Tuesday in Mt. Airy and Shelby a total of 779 cattle and 8 goats were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly 1.00 to 4.00 lower; while bulls were mixed, 1.00 lower

NC Market Highlights Jan. 18

Cattle:  At the livestock auctions held Monday in Canton, Siler City, and Turnersburg a total of 1,429 cattle, 27 goats, and 8 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly 1.00 to 3.00 lower; while bulls were

Supplemental Disaster Funding for Cotton, Dairy

In late December The House passed the third installment of a Supplemental Disaster funding bill to address losses following last year’s hurricanes and wildfires. The $81 billion package also included an agriculture component to assist producers hit by the storms.

Stalled NAFTA Talks Still Worrisome

With NAFTA talks stalled, National Potato Council President Cully Easterday tells SFN producers are rightfully concerned… Easterday added that the three member nations have to work together to make NAFTA renegotiations move forward. == University researchers are figuring out whether

Placement and Emergence…Two Keys to Higher Yield from Dr. Ron Heiniger

At last week’s NC Commodities Conference, NC State Extension Corn Specialist Dr. Ron Heiniger shared four keys to multiplying corn yields without adding costs. I asked him about two of those.. Dr. Heiniger will share the other two keys to

Secrets to Record Yields

Charles City, Virginia farmer and NC State graduate David Hula set a new world record corn yield in 2017 of more than 542 bushels per acre according to NCGA. I caught up with David at last week’s NC Commodities Conference

Weathers: 2018 Commissioner’s School for Agriculture

Even though it’s only January, it’s time to start thinking about Commissioner’s School for Agriculture. Applications are now being accepted for this year’s class. Commissioner Hugh Weathers joins me now with more: This will be our 15th class at Commissioner’s