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Economist Mike Walden: Is Home Ownership Turning Around?

The percentage of households owning homes dropped significantly during the Great Recession and continued even after the economy recovered.  Now in the last two years home ownership has made a modest comeback.  What are the reasons? home ownership rate in

SFNToday Headlines for Tuesday March 20

House Democrats Want to Review Farm Bill Draft Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee have asked ranking member Collin Peterson to stop negotiating on the farm bill until Chairman Mike Conaway releases the bill to the full committee. Roll Call

Commissioner Troxler: Census of Ag Deadline Extended

Every five years the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts a Census of Agriculture to capture a comprehensive snapshot of where agriculture is at that particular moment in time. By collecting information from farmers and ranchers, it helps with setting ag

Commissioner Weathers: Commissoner’s Cub BBQ Cook-off This Saturday

The 7th Annual Commissioners Cup BBQ Cook-off and Festival is happening again this weekend. Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers is here to tell us about this event and some updates on what is new this year. The 7th annual Commissioner’s Cup

Farm Bill on Hold

Disagreements among the House Agriculture Committee members regarding the nutrition title are stalling movement on the farm bill. Committee Chairman Mike Conaway and House Democrats are in conflict over the way the nutrition title handles the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,

NC Market Highlights for Tuesday March 20

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 438 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows were unevenly steady; bulls were $1.00 to $5.00 lower when compared to the previous sale.   Feeder steers were mostly $3.00

Economist Mike Walden: Taking the Punch Bowl Away

The Federal Reserve in on track to raise short term interests three or four times this year, pushing the rate up to at or slightly above 2%.  Some analysts say the fear of the Fed increasing interest rates is part

SFNToday Headlines for Monday March 19

Countries Asking U.S. for Tariff Exemptions European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is continuing to petition the United States for exemptions to the upcoming steel and aluminum tariffs. Politico quotes her as saying the tariffs will shake the transatlantic relationship

A Packaged Deal to Create a Honeybee Colony


Many hobby beekeepers, and small-scale farms and orchards, rely on honeybee starter kits mailed or shipped to them to start their pollinator hives. Rod Bain reports for SFN.

Pork Exports Up Despite Drop in Variety Meats

  The sale of U.S. pork muscle cuts have been strong to start the year, but pork variety meat exports are down. Pork Checkoff vice president of international marketing Craig Morris says the impressive numbers are being seen despite being