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John R. Block Reports from Washington: Busy Week

Hello everybody out there in farm country.  This radio commentary is brought to you by the National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and Renewable Fuels Association.  They are all friends, supporters, and allies of healthy farm economy and prosperous rural

Economist Mike Walden: Raises for Social Security Recipients

I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at raises for Social Security recipients.  Mike, 61 million people in the country receive Social Security checks, with most of these being retirees.   Each year

Ag Groups Urge Congress to Protect USDA Agencies from Reorganization

Sixty farm and food groups and others are urging Congress to block a proposed move of Department of Agriculture agencies out of the Washington, D.C. area. The group penned a letter to leaders of the House and Senate agricultural appropriations

Incoming House Majority Demanding USMCA Changes

With Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives, key party leaders are demanding changes to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. The USMCA, an updated version of the North American Free Trade Agreement, is expected to be signed by the U.S.,

Fourth Hog Farm Nuisance Trial Underway in Raleigh


The fourth of 26 hog farm nuisance lawsuits is underway in Raleigh. The federal case against Smithfield Food’s subsidiary Murphy-Brown centers on Sholar Farm in rural Sampson County, 80 miles south of Raleigh, where eight plaintiffs living around the farm

China: Tests Shows Feed Not Contaminated with ASF

Tests show African Swine Fever in China is not linked animal feed, according to a Chinese pork firm. Reuters reports the test came after recent reports that suspected ASF was linked to animal feed produced by a Chinese company. Raw

Turkey Prices at Ten Year Low

Ahead of Thanksgiving, turkey prices have hit a ten-year low. A report by Purdue University estimates turkey prices this year for Thanksgiving will average $1.45 per pound. Jayson Lusk, a professor and department head of Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics,

Troxler Seeks to Widen Area of Hurricane Relief

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NC’s agriculture department is working to provide farmers with payments from a settlement approved as part of a major aid package as the result of Hurricane Florence. Some farmers were also impacted by Hurricane Michael as well. Mike Davis has

Industrial Hemp Could Provide Farmers with New Opportunity

Hemp industry research suggests industrial hemp could provide a multi-billion-dollar market for U.S. farmers. Micheal Clements reports.

American Bankers Association Offers Tips for Strong Ag Marketing Plans

A strong marketing plan is the key for success for farmers dealing with depressed prices, according to the American Bankers Association. A tip-sheet released by the association offers farmers a few simple tips to develop and maintain a solid marketing