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Farm Bill Veto Threat Not Taken Seriously

As Congress is back in D.C., both House and Senate Ag leaders are promising to take action on a new farm bill during the upcoming lame-duck session. While the negotiations are in the stretch-run, questions remain on just how dug

John Block Commentary: Mid-Term and More

(The text of Secretary Block’s commentary is not available this week.)

Economist Mike Walden: The Emerging Financial Battlefield

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the emerging financial battlefield.  Mike, so much of our world today is being shaped by technology.  It should therefore not be a surprise

Good Soil Moisture, Freezing Temps Top Weather Outlook

Climatologist Corey Davis explains that the Carolinas are in good shape with little dryness to report, but the first freeze of the season may be coming this weekend.

Economist Mike Walden: The Rise of Telecommuting

I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at the rise of telecommuting.   Mike, I can remember decades ago when the desktop computer premiered that experts said many people would soon be working

Going “One-on-One” in Ag Trade Missions

Agricultural trade missions are playing a more important role in opening new markets for our country’s farm and food goods. Rod Bain reports.

The Future of Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture

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Antibiotics use in animal agriculture has received increased media attention in recent weeks. Some sources call for less use in livestock, but solving resistance problems in both humans and animals isn’t that simple. Mike Davis reports.

Pumpkin Passion and Pumpkin Pie Paranoia

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Halloween Jack-O-Lantern time is over, but we are just starting the season for pumpkins and pie. Gary Crawford has this report.

Economist Mike Walden: Re-thinking the 2% Inflation Target

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at re-thinking the 2% inflation target. Mike, the Federal Reserve has long set a preferred inflation rate of 2%.   But I understand that at

Corn Plantings to Overtake Soybeans in 2019

An analysis of USDA data says corn will take over the top spot from soybeans in planted acres during the next growing season. The Hagstrom Report says it is a reaction to market conditions created by President Donald Trump’s tariffs