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The Economic Perspective: “Continuing Problems for Entitlement Programs”

I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at continuing problems for entitlement programs.   Mike, Social Security are federal programs that impact almost everyone in the country.  The managers of those programs just

FCA Chair Tonsager Dies

Farm Credit Administration Chair Dallas Tonsager passed away this week at the age of 64. Tonsager had also served as Under Secretary for Rural Development during the Obama administration. Farm Credit Council president and CEO Todd Van Hoose said Tonsager

Kentucky Hosting U.S.-China Governors Summit

Governors from across the U.S. and leaders from China are converging in Lexington, Kentucky this week as part of the fifth annual U.S.-China Governors Collaboration Summit. The event, immediately following ONE19: The Alltech Ideas Conference offers a discussion on economic

Optimism Renewed on Capitol Hill for USMCA

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer had kind words for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after they met this week to discuss the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. Lighthizer said that Pelosi is focusing on moving the deal forward. Senate GOP members who spoke

African Swine Fever Vaccine is Years Away

USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach told the House Agriculture Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee that an effective vaccine for the African Swine Fever Virus is at least eight years away. Ibach said the USDA is also working with Canada on

What the Humanization of Pets means to Agriculture

The humanization of pets and its impact on pet nutrition provides challenges for global agriculture. Micheal Clements has more for SFN.

NC Delegation Supporting USDA Relocating Key Agriculture Operations to Research Triangle

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) led a letter from the North Carolina Congressional delegation to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to advocate for the selection of North Carolina as the new home of the

Increased Surveillance for African Swine Fever

USDA has announced the implementation of an African Swine Fever surveillance plan. Dr. Dave Pyburn, the Pork Checkoff’s senior vice president of science and technology, gives details to SFN’s Mike Davis.

Trade Mitigation Round Two Coming as Soon as Thursday

Sources close to the president say another aid package aimed at helping producers hurt by the ongoing trade war with China could be announced as soon as Thursday. Bloomberg reports that the trade mitigation package, similar to the one implemented

Economic Growth Means Higher Demand Ahead for Animal Proteins

USDA economist Mildred Haley expects pork production to increase 3.5 percent to 28.3 billion pounds in 2020. The increase comes in response to higher international pork prices caused by pork deficits in China, which are caused by the African Swine