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NC State, 15 Other Universities Create “FedbyScience” Initiative

A total of 16 public and private universities, including NC State, have joined together to create FedByScience, an effort to boost federal investment in agricultural research. The initiative, timed with the release of the 2018 House farm bill, focuses on

Coalition Works to Expand Rural Broadband

A coalition of rural and farm groups are seeking to improve rural connectivity to broadband. The first in a series of workshops was held Wednesday at the Department of Agriculture.  Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit

Senators Call for Review of National Beef Acquisition

A group of U.S. Senators is calling for a national security review of the Brazilian acquisition of a U.S. beef company. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, along with Ranking Senate Agriculture Committee Member Debbie Stabenow and others, are urging the

Perdue Comments on China Sorghum Tariff

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Wednesday called the China announcement regarding U.S. sorghum this week “ludicrous.” China’s anti-dumping investigation has resulted in a 179 percent tariff on U.S. sorghum imports. Perdue says the move by China is “clearly a political decision,”

House Ag Committee Passes Farm Bill Draft

The House Agriculture Committee Wednesday approved the draft farm bill Wednesday along party lines. Democrats and Republicans squared off on the nutrition title, which Republicans are seeking to reform to include work requirements. However, Democrats argue the program changes may

Economist Mike Walden: Are We a Throw-Away Society?

I am constantly amazed at the amount of waste people on our street – including us – discard every week.   Of course, this waste has to go somewhere, and it’s always controversial in a locality when a new waste dump

NRCS Stakeholders Include Conservation and Wildlife Groups

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service seek input and feedback from non-agricultural stakeholders at the state-wide level, including conservation and wildlife groups. Stephanie Ho has more on the story.

Former ASA and NCGA President: “This is a Trade War”

Are we in a trade war with China? President Trump says we’re not, but Eric Pfeiffer spoke with one Indiana farmer who says there’s no question about it,

New Factors May Complicate Planting Decision Making


Farmers this spring have some extra new factors to consider that might cause some last minute changes in planting decisions. Gary Crawford has more…

Economist Mike Walden: Price and Quality

Shopping can be complicated and time consuming.  Still, we always want the best product for the money we pay.  There’s a long time rule of thumb saying, “you get what you pay for.”  This implies higher priced products have better