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USDA Highlights 2018 Food Spending Habits

U.S. consumers spent $1.71 trillion on food and beverages in 2018, according to the Department of Agriculture. USDA’s Economic Research Service says spending at food-away-from-home establishments, restaurants, school cafeterias, sports venues, and other eating places, accounted for 54.4 percent of

Farm Computer Ownership and Usage Up

The Farm Computer Usage and Ownership report released by USDA last week updated numbers from 2017 and shows 75 percent of farms reported having access to the internet, with 73 percent of farms having access to a desktop or laptop.

Environmental Study: Up to 32% Reduction of GHGs in Crop Production

Agtech Startup Shows Significant Sustainability, ROI Benefits Over Traditional Fertilizers Zellwood, Fla.— Anuvia Plant Nutrients has announced the results of an independent study on the agtech startup’s positive environmental impact. Environmental Resources Management (ERM), a leading global environmental consulting firm, verified

The Economic Perspective: “Benefits of Highway Construction”

I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the benefits of highway construction. Mike, it’s obvious that the economic lives of most people and companies depends on roads.  Roads allow us to

Planting Running Ahead of Schedule in the Carolinas

Ideal conditions have led to ahead-of-schedule planting in North and South Carolina. Mike Davis talks with Zack Webb, Technical Agronomist with Bayer CropScience for an update.

NC Awarded for Drone Use during Hurricane Florence

The state of North Carolina has been honored its innovative use of drones. North Carolina used the drones during last September’s Hurricane Florence to take photos and videos of damage and flooding. The Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International hands

Soybeans and Hogs Could See Downside Pressure

China Market

Markets started the week looking for something positive to trade. Mike Davis has this report.

Pork Checkoff Partners with Social Media Influencers

The pork industry continues to get its message out via creative methods, including Google and YouTube. Mike Riddle explains.

NASDA Sets 2019 Policy Goals

animal biotechnology and workforce development are among the points of emphasis for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture in 2019. The organization of agriculture commissioners, secretaries and directors of agriculture identified other areas of focus including labor supply

Groups Issue Framework for Antibiotic Stewardship in Food Animal Production

A group of major food companies, retailers, livestock producers, and trade and professional associations just announced a comprehensive framework to strengthen stewardship of antibiotic use in food animals. The framework is the product of a two-year dialogue among stakeholders, moderated