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GOP Tax Reform Creating Fireworks

  Political Fireworks marked Senate Finance Committee action this week on GOP tax reform legislation. Both parties are calling for bipartisanship on tax reform that includes key breaks for agriculture and other sectors. But the highly-politicized Trump era atmosphere on

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Buying Groceries On-Line”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at buying groceries on-line.  Mike, retail analysts are expecting another double-digit increase in on-line sales for the holiday season this year.  This

Moderate Drought Conditions in North Carolina Steady

  North Carolina’s Abnormally Dry conditions increased this week, as reported in the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center on Thursday for conditions through Tuesday morning.  Early week rains were not able to abate the march of

NC Cash Grains Higher

Cattle:  At the livestock auctions held Tuesday in Mt. Airy and Shelby a total of 677 cattle, 31 goats, and 40 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were steady to 3.00 higher; while bulls were unevenly steady. 

Soybean Harvest About Half Done

  While soybean harvest is well underway, some areas wouldn’t object to a hard freeze at this point says NC State Extension soybean Specialist Dr. Jim Dunphy: “At this point, that’s true.  We’re a little over the halfway point in

Some Good News for Corn in the Latest USDA WASDE Report

  Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated a corn crop for 2017 higher than U.S. farmers have ever realized, coming in with a whopping 175.4 bushels to acre average. That would equate to a record 14.578 billion bushels

Soybean Futures Turn Higher on Demand

Cattle futures rebounded Wednesday despite falling prices for physical cattle. Meatpackers lowered their bids for slaughter-ready cattle in Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s cash markets. Analysts said futures traders eased off selling Wednesday after cattle contracts fell over 7% from early November.

Agriculture Depends on NAFTA

  The NAFTA renegotiations provide an opportunity to improve agricultural trade across partner countries. However, recent rhetoric and delays in the renegotiation are giving way to rising concerns over the trade deal’s future. Farm Bureau President from Missouri Blake Hurst

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Choosing the Best College”

  Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the choosing the best college.  Mike, many high school seniors are now busy finishing up their college applications.  There are many factors

House & Senate Bills Differ on Elimination of Estate Tax

  The advancing House and Senate tax reform bills differ on estate tax elimination but are similar on expensing, pass-through income, and other provisions important for agriculture. The House bill expected on the floor this week has key differences with