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Ag Rally Scheduled for Monday in Raleigh

An ag rally has been scheduled for downtown Raleigh on Monday afternoon. Farmers and ag backers are encouraged to attend to show support for the recently passed NC Farm Act, including the stronger provisions enacted to protect hog operations against

Economist Mike Walden: Alternative Unemployment Rates

I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at alternative unemployment rates.  Mike, among the various measures of the economy, probably the one that receives the most attention is the unemployment rate.  But

John Block: Trade and China

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

China Could Step Up Trade War Tactics

China could ratchet up its trade war tactics against the United States as President Donald Trump has escalated the stakes between the two nations this week. Politico points out that China knows how to fight a trade war and could

Canada Dairy Group Understanding of U.S. Frustrations

The largest dairy processor in Canada says President Trump “has a point” when it comes to dairy trade between the U.S. and Canada. Lino Saputo, CEO of Saputo Inc. told Reuters, “Canada should consider eliminating its Class 7 milk policy

NPPC Testifies on Thailand Trade Issue

The National Pork Producers Council wants access to Thailand. If not granted, NPPC says Thailand’s preferential access to the U.S. should be revoked or reduced. Thailand holds a ban on imports of U.S. pork by banning products produced with ractopamine,

Plant-Based Milk Alternatives Changing Dairy Market


A new report from CoBank predicts continued double-digit growth in the plant-based milk alternatives market. The report says sales are up 61 percent over the past five years, with slower growth of 15 to 25 percent projected by 2022. At

Operation Main Street; SNAP Participation at Eight-Year low

The Pork Checkoff’s Operation Main Street is taking the story of pig farmer directly to the general public, and USDA data shows lowest participation in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program since 2011.

USDA Trade Mission Spurs Agri-Biz Deals in Japan

Stephanie Ho reports an agri-biz mission to Japan was a huge success…

Ag News Headlines for Wednesday June 20

Mountain farms are now trying to bounce back from the devastating heavy rains of May Giant Hogweed poses threat in WNC NC Gov. Cooper tours new cranes at Port of Wilmington Senator Grassley not happy with with trade war