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Economist Mike Walden: Potential Pitfalls of Consumer Spending

I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at pitfalls of consumer spending.  Mike, consumer spending accounts for about two-thirds of total economic activity in our economy.  So, in a large way, our

FDA Extends FSMA Compliance

The Food and Drug Administration announced it would extend its deadlines and inspection time frames for when certain-sized facilities should come into compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act. The move gives the FDA more time to release the final

China Files WTO Complaint over U.S. Solar Tariffs

China’s latest shot in a tit-for-tat trade war is a World Trade Organization complaint over U.S. solar tariffs. China filed the complaint with the WTO to help determine the legality of the U.S. policies, saying they not only harm China’s

NCGA: Answer Upcoming NASS Surveys

The confidential crop survey from the National Agricultural Statistics Service will be arriving in the mailboxes of Southern farmers soon, and it is very important that recipients take the time to complete it, according to the National Corn Growers Association.

USDA Purchasing $50 Million of Milk

The Department of Agriculture says it will purchase $50 million worth of fluid milk to distribute to U.S. food banks. USDA said it will authorize the expenditure of $50 million in Section 32 funds to purchase a range of consumer-friendly

World’s Largest Cantaloupe Tells All

Since 2004, the title of World’s Largest Cantaloupe has resided with a grower in Alaska. But this past Tuesday, that honor returned to North Carolina. Mike Davis talks with grower Danny Vester of Spring Hope, NC.

On Farm Readiness Reviews are Here

The first On-Farm Readiness Review for the new Food Safety Modernization Act took place on Brent Jackson’s farm in Sampson County, NC on Wednesday. Mike Davis has more.

Clock Ticking on NAFTA, Farm Bill

It’s “crunch time” for NAFTA talks, as the clock ticks down to a 90-day notification deadline for the current Congress to review and then ratify any agreement, and farmers are growing nervous waiting for the Farm Bill passage. Mike Davis

USDA Adds New Tools, Resources to Farmers.gov

The Department of Agriculture has added features to the website Farmers.gov to help producers prepare for and recover from natural disasters. The site has updated tools and information to help producers identify the right programs and make decisions for their

Economist Mike Walden: Update on the Gender Pay Gap

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program gives an update on the gender pay gap.  Mike, it’s widely known that women, on average, are paid less than men.  Although the gap has