Daily Ag Summary

Feds: US Fishermen Had Good Year aided by Lobsters, Scallops

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The federal government says U.S. commercial fishing generated more than $144 billion in sales in 2016, a total about in line with trends of recent years. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its annual Fisheries

Smithfield Foods Ruled a Nuisance, but No Punitive Damages Awarded

RALEIGH – A federal jury is again siding with neighbors who complained that a Smithfield Foods-run  hog operation in North Carolina was such a nuisance it damaged how they lived their lives, but this time the judge did not assign

NCDA&CS Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Recipients

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced funding for 16 projects from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program in 2018 “North Carolina received over $1.2 million in funding to enhance the quality of specialty crops

USDA Food Safety Checks Help Catch Tainted Beef

USDA food safety officials are remaining vigilant as more raw ground beef is recalled because of a nationwide salmonella outbreak. Stephanie Ho has more on the story.

Economist Mike Walden: Regional Tech Competitiveness

This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at regional tech competitiveness.  Mike, North Carolina – and specifically the Triangle region – did not land new the Amazon headquarters.  Does this mean

John R. Block Reports from Washington: Congressional Agenda

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 a healthy farm economy and prosperous

WOTUS Litigation Anticipated

The proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule changes by the Trump administration are bound for litigation. Environmental groups are promising to challenge the rule applauded by the agriculture industry. The proposal will be subject to a 60-day comment period before

China Makes First Soybean Purchase Since Trade Truce

China appears to have begun following through on planned purchases of U.S. soybeans. Reuters reports Chinese state-owned companies purchased at least 500,000 metric tons of U.S. soybeans, the equivalent of roughly 18 million bushels. Other reports suggest China has purchased

Farm Bill Passes House of Representatives, Heads to President Trump

The House of Representatives followed through with passage of the farm bill Wednesday, sending the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 to President Trump for signature. House members voted 369 to 47 in favor of the bill. Of the votes against

USDA Stores Genetic Resources that May Be Handy Later

USDA maintains genetic resources storage banks — since you never know when this material may come in handy. Stephanie Ho has the story.