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Another Year of Lower Costs for that Thanksgiving Meal


Will your Thanksgiving meal cost more than last year? Gary Crawford has the answer from the experts.

Analyst: Dairy Market Pressure to Continue

Dairy farmers continue to face pressure from a depressed market. Mike Davis talks with financial analyst Brian Doherty.

Cranberry Industry Poised to Stake New Territory


Yes, it’s a Thanksgiving dinner staple, but growers and handlers of cranberries are pushing to expand consumption year-round, and all over the world. Rod Bain reports.

Fourth Hog Farm Nuisance Trial Underway in Raleigh


The fourth of 26 hog farm nuisance lawsuits is underway in Raleigh. The federal case against Smithfield Food’s subsidiary Murphy-Brown centers on Sholar Farm in rural Sampson County, 80 miles south of Raleigh, where eight plaintiffs living around the farm

Troxler Seeks to Widen Area of Hurricane Relief

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NC’s agriculture department is working to provide farmers with payments from a settlement approved as part of a major aid package as the result of Hurricane Florence. Some farmers were also impacted by Hurricane Michael as well. Mike Davis has

Industrial Hemp Could Provide Farmers with New Opportunity

Hemp industry research suggests industrial hemp could provide a multi-billion-dollar market for U.S. farmers. Micheal Clements reports.

Poultry Worker Safety Record Continues to Improve

Occupational injuries and illnesses in the poultry slaughter and processing workforce have fallen by 83 percent over the last 20 years. According to the 2017 Injury and Illness Report released by the Department of Labor, the decline is continuing. The

Rural Population Growing Again

The decline in the nation’s rural population which was first noted in 2010 has begun to reverse, according to the USDA. The Economic Research Service at USDA made that announcement in its annual report titled “Rural America at a Glance.”

Commissioner Steve Troxler: Veterans Day and Tree Seedling Discounts

The North Carolina Forest Service is offering a 20 percent discount on tree seedling orders placed by active or retired military personnel during the month of November. Veterans Day is observed each year on November 11 to honor those who

Perdue Visits Clemson, Urges More Ag Communication

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue toured Clemson University last Friday, urging the need for more to set their sights on agricultural communications, citing the importance of “telling the story” of agriculture. Perdue also cited the vital role of land-grant universities