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African Swine Fever a Hurdle for U.S. Pork Industry

As if recovering from hurricane damage isn’t enough, trade talk and disease detection in China are both weighing on the minds of hog producers. Mike Davis reports.

N.C. State Fair Announces Best Wines in North Carolina

RALEIGH – Winners were announced in the 2018 N.C. State Fair Wine Competition following a live round of judging held Oct. 15 at the fair. Best of Show awards were given in three categories – Bunch Grape, Muscadine Grape, and

Economist Mike Walden: Hurricane Recovery Scenario

This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the hurricane recovery scenario. Mike, we’re just now beginning to see some return to normalcy in hurricane impacted areas of North Carolina.  Still,

John Block Commentary: Issues and Opportunities

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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 rural

Hurricane Michael Slowing Farm Bill?

Progress on the farm bill following the November midterm elections could be stalled even further, depending on the need for disaster relief stemming from Hurricane Michael. House Agriculture Committee ranking Democrat Collin Peterson this week speculated congress members from states

U.S. Now has 6.5 Million Acres of Organic Certified Land

An organic industry data service says the U.S. now has 6.5 million acres of organic certified land, up two percent from last year. A report from Mercaris reveals that, as of August 2018, there are 17,648 U.S. farms certified as

Another ASF Outbreak Forces Chinese Farm To Cull 20,000 Hogs

One of China’s largest hog breeders, Da Bai Nong, culled around 20,000 live hogs and sows in an attempt to prevent the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF). This would mark the largest single culling of hogs due to ASF

McConnell: No USMCA Vote This Year

As expected, the U.S. Senate will not consider the updated North American Free Trade Agreement, known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, in 2018. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Bloomberg News a vote on the updated agreement would not happen until

U.S. Seeking Trade Agreements with Japan, EU, UK

In a series of letters written to Congress, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer stated that Japan, the European Union, and the UK are all the next intended targets for re-balancing trade deals. President Trump and his administration seek to eliminate

North Carolina Farm School Gearing Up for 2019

Interested in becoming a farmer or developing new agricultural enterprises? NC State Extension’s North Carolina Farm School can help you get started. Mike Davis has more.