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Economist Mike Walden: The Solar Panel Debate

Recently the Trump Administration imposed significant tariffs on the importing of solar panels to our country.  I have three questions about this.  First, what are tariffs?  Second, why did the administration impose them?  And third, what will be the impacts?

An Initiative To Improve Water Quality

There are some new additions to a USDA conservation initiative designed to improve both water quality and farmland operations. Rod Bain reports for SFN.

Red Meat and Poultry Consumption on the Rise

Per capita use of red meat (beef and pork) and poultry (broilers and turkey) is projected to rise from roughly 218 pounds per person in 2017 to 222 pounds by 2027, according to the ten-year projections in a new report

Wash Your Hands Correctly–Help Avoid the Flu!

With the flu still raging across the country, a Clemson University expert is urging people to wash their hands and do it right. Gary Crawford talks with Dr. Angela Fraser, food safety researcher at Clemson,

Economist Mike Walden: The Dip in Saving

It was recently reported the US personal saving rate dipped to a 12-year low.  Does this indicate trouble, especially since households appear to be spending more? US personal saving rate is now 2.4% of personal income, lowest since 2005 in

Monsanto Offering Mandatory Dicamba Training for Applicators

With the 2018 growing season fast approaching, farmers need to remember that under new EPA regulations, training is now required for everyone planning to apply low-volatility dicamba formulations on their crops. Low-volatility dicamba formulations have been approved for in-crop use

Commissioner Troxler: Junior Livestock Scholarship Applications Now Accepted

Youth that participated in the N.C. State Fair youth livestock shows are eligible to apply for a $2,000 scholarship for higher education. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on March 1, and a total of 27 scholarships will be

NC Market Highlights for Tuesday Feb. 20

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 544 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows were $1.00 to $6.00 higher; bulls were steady to $1.00 higher when compared to the previous sale.   Feeder bulls and

Economist Mike Walden: A Direct Flight to China

RDU International Airport is starting a discussion about a direct flight to China – likely to Shanghai.  What’s the economics behind such a flight? China is the world’s second largest economy – some say it will be first in a

Cotton Planters’ Intentions Survey Results are In

U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 13.1 million cotton acres this spring, up 3.7 percent from 2017, according to the National Cotton Council’s 37th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey. Planted acreage is just one of the factors that will