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The Economic Perspective: “Water”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at water.  Mike, it’s an understatement to say water is essential to life.  Humans and animals need water more frequently than they need

National Sorghum Producers to Open Board Director Applications

LUBBOCK, Texas (April 3, 2020)—The National Sorghum Producers will begin accepting applications on April 6 for three positions on the 2021 board of directors. “We need strong grower voices now more than ever to help advance the sorghum industry and

Good Amounts of Soil Moisture in Carolinas as Planting Continues

No drought conditions reported in the Carolinas this week with plenty of moisture after last week’s rainfall. Mike Davis talks with climatologist Corey Davis. South Carolina: Average temperatures ranged from 1.4 to 11.9 degrees warmer than historical values. Total rainfall

SC Farmer Edward Mills Recognized for 70 Years of Service

COLUMBIA, SC — Edward H. Mills of Blackstock, South Carolina has been honored by the South Carolina Farmer and Agribusiness Association for 70 years of distinguished service as a member and secretary-treasurer of the Blackstock Farmer and Agribusiness Chapter. He

Commodities on a Rollercoaster Ride Amid Crisis

Market volatility is the name of the game during the ongoing COVID-10 crisis. Von Ketelsen reports.

Why the Big Downturn in Dairy Prices?

Like many aspects of agriculture, there has been a drastic downturn in futures markets. Mike Davis talks with National Milk Producers Federations spokesperson Alan Bjerga who says there are many factors at play.

Farmer Share of Food Dollar Rises Slightly

Farmers are seeing a small increase in income for the first time in nine years according to a report from USDA. For each dollar spent on domestically-produced food, U.S. farmers received 14.6 cents for farm commodity sales during 2018. The

China Wants More Hog Production, Still Seeing New ASF Cases

The Chinese government is looking closely at African Swine Fever prevention measures, even as it pushes farmers to restore hog production to achieve its intended targets. Reuters reports that despite improvement in China’s containment of ASF, it still will take

The Economic Perspective: “Changes Coming in the Way We Shop”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at changes coming in the way we shop. Mike, between the two of us, I’m the shopper.  However, I will say if there’s a

SC’s State Hemp Plan Receives Federal Approval

350 Apply to Farm Hemp in 2020 COLUMBIA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved South Carolina’s Hemp Farming State Plan on the same day the application period ended for 2020 hemp farming permits. Some 350 people applied to farm hemp in South