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The Economic Perspective: “Is Higher Productivity Here to Stay?”

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if higher productivity is here t stay. Mike, economists argue workforce productivity is an important factor in the economy.  The good news is that

N.C. to Hold Second Public Meeting on Animal Feeding Permits in Statesville

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a meeting on three general permits for animal operations on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Statesville Civic Center in Statesville, NC at 6 p.m. Doors open and registration begins at 5:30 p.m. The

Grazing Fees Lowered for 2019

The federal government is reducing charges for federal grazing in 2019 to $1.35 per animal unit-month for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.35 per head-month for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service, a decrease

Gene Editing Development Stalled; NPPC Renews Call for USDA Oversight

The National Pork Producers Federation is urging the Department of Agriculture to assume regulatory oversight of gene editing for livestock due to the slow pace of developing a regulatory framework at the Food and Drug Administration. “USDA is best equipped

USDA Expects Exports to Fall $1.9 Billion in 2019, Pending Trade Agreements

The Department of Agriculture is projecting a $1.9 billion drop in exports this year, led by a decline in trade with China. While talks remain ongoing between China and the United States, USDA during its 95th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum

China Offers $30 Billion More of U.S. Ag Purchases

China is proposing additional purchases of U.S. agriculture products of $30 billion a year in trade talks with the United States. Bloomberg reports the offer would be on top of pre-trade war levels and continue for an undefined period of

Fostering a Future for U.S. Dairy

Inspiring the next generation of dairy leaders. That’s the mission behind the Holstein Foundation’s Young Dairy Leaders Institute, YDLI. The organization recently welcomed its 11th class of emerging leaders during a conference in Phoenix, Arizona. With less than 2 percent

John R. Block Reports from Washington February 21, 2019 “Debt”

          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 healthy farm economy and prosperous

Slight Change in Soil Moisture Detected on Carolina Coasts

Climatologist Corey Davis reports that some areas of the South Carolina coast and a smidgen of North Carolina are exhibiting a little soil dryness, plus the forecast for the week ahead.

The Economic Perspective: “College Debt and Home-owning”

I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at college debt and home-owning.  Mike, it’s well known that college debt has skyrocketed in recent years.  It’s also been observed that many young adults