Daily Ag Summary

President is in for a Fight from Ag Over Proposed Budget

  President Trump’s proposed 21-percent, 4-point-7 billion dollar cut to USDA programs, especially crop insurance, conservation, and rural development, is drawing criticism from lawmakers and industry groups. The White House cuts SNAP and WIC funding by some 3-point-6 billion over

NC Producers Make Good Use of Dry Weather

  There were over six days suitable for field work in North Carolina during the week ended May 21 according to the latest Crop Progress report.  That’s compared to under five last week.  Mark Seitz with Pender County Extension reports

Canada and Mexico React Cautiously to NAFTA Letter

  Canada and Mexico issued carefully worded statements following the announcement letter outlining President Donald Trump’s intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement was sent to Congress. Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland said: “We are at

Newly Identified Nematode Species in Sweet Potatoes

  The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is warning sweet potato growers about an emerging root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne enterolobii, which has been identified in fields in Columbus, Johnston, Wayne and Wilson counties. Because no resistant varieties of sweet

South Carolina’s Drought Conditions Stable

  South Carolina’s drought conditions remained fairly stable this week as reported by the Drought Mitigation Center in their latest report on Thursday.  60.73% of the state is in abnormally dry conditions, compared to 60.69% the previous week, 15.55% of

American Farm Bureau Federation Welcomes Beef Trade with China

  The recent announcement of an agreement to restart U.S. beef exports to China could be worth more than $2 billion to U.S. agriculture. Senior Director of Congressional Relations Dave Salmonsen says Part of the agreement with China includes poultry

DOA Appointment May Draw Ire

President Donald Trump may nominate a non-scientist to fill the Department of Agriculture’s top science job. Sam Clovis is a former economics professor and talk radio host in Iowa, and an adviser to the Trump campaign last year. He helped

10th Annual “Got To Be NC” Festival this Weekend

It’s time for the 10th annual Got to Be NC Festival at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.  NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler: 5-15 Troxler 1                     :10                    …”free.” There’s perennial favorites at this year’s festival: 5-15 Troxler 2                     :09                    …”out.” And

China Beef Market Worth Billions to U.S. Producers

The U.S. says China has agreed to reopen its market to U.S. beef by mid-July—a huge win for the U.S. beef industry and the broader feed industry. American Farm Bureau Federation trade adviser Dave Salmonson… The size and importance of

Lighthizer Wins USTR Confirmation

Robert Lighthizer easily won Senate confirmation Thursday to be the next U.S. Trade Representative—seen as a key win for U.S. agriculture. Lighthizer, a former Deputy USTR under president Ronal Reagan gained praise from both sides of the aisle. Lighthizer led