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China Makes Biggest U.S. Corn Buy Ever

China made the biggest purchase of U.S. corn in history on Tuesday, the second massive corn buy in less than a week. Private exporters told USDA that China bought 1.76 million tons of corn for shipment during the 2020-2021 marketing

Close Encounters of the Snake Kind

Some herpetologists would have us believe that snakes are not the vile, villainous vipers portrayed in our movies and other popular fiction. Maybe they are right. Gary Crawford is coiled up and ready to strike on this edition of Agriculture

Senators Seek COVID Aid for Cotton, Textile Industries

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A group of 18 senators, including all four senate members from North Carolina and South Carolina, has sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) urging the next round of COVID-19 assistance adequately

Farmers Report Concerns About Sales Reps on Farms During Pandemic

Nearly half of the farmers surveyed express concern about allowing outsiders to return to their farms during the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey from Farm Journal found 45 percent of farmers have reservations about allowing sales representatives back onto their farm.

Farm Bureau Looking for “Entrepreneur of the Year”

The American Farm Bureau, in partnership with Farm Credit, is accepting applications through July 31 for the 2021 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. The national business competition showcases U.S. startup companies addressing the challenges faced by farmers, ranchers, and the

The 2020 Commodities Market Roller Coaster

The first half of 2020 has come and gone. To say that it’s been a difficult year in the commodity markets is quite an understatement. Joe Vaclavik, President of Standard Grains in Nashville, Tennessee, says this year has been more

The Latest Results in the Agricultural Trade Race

If the fiscal year ended now, it would be a photo finish between FY 2019 and 2020 agricultural export values. Gary Crawford has more.

Sweltering Heat Coming to Carolinas

The Dog Days of Summer are upon us according to climatologist Corey Davis.

Restaurant Traffic Stalls Amid Increase in COVID-19 Cases

The recovery of U.S. restaurant customer transactions slowed for the second week in a row as COVID-19 cases continue to increase in many states, according to research firm NPD Group. For the week ending June 28, total customer transactions at

N.C. Mountain State Fair Canceled for 2020

Fair was scheduled to be held Sept. 11 -20 FLETCHER – As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of conditions come September, the N.C. Mountain State Fair will not be held in 2020. The fair was scheduled