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USDA Announces Aid Package for NC, Southern Farmers Hurt by Hurricanes

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says his agency is making $800 million available to agricultural producers in North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, who were affected by Hurricanes Michael and Florence. These state block grants are part of a larger $3

The Economic Perspective: “State Income Tax Policies”

I’m Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks state income tax policies.  Mike, North Carolina has significantly decreased income tax rates in recent years.  This has generated a debate between those who argue

USDA Set to Allow Chinese Poultry Imports as a Sign of Progress

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking steps to allow poultry imports from China as a sign of ongoing progress in the talks between Washington and Beijing that will hopefully lead to a resolution in their trade dispute. The new

Trump says No Agreement with China on Easing Tariffs

Late last week, the Chinese government stated that the U.S and China had reached an agreement to begin rolling back tariffs after a phase one trade deal is signed. But President Donald Trump refutes that, and said during a press

Commissioner Hugh Weathers: Veteran Farmers

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day, which means celebrating all of those who have served our country. Commissioner Hugh Weathers is here to tell us more about how the South Carolina Department of Agriculture services and celebrates veteran farmers. Not only is

Commissioner Steve Troxler: New Nematode Molecular Diagnostic Fee in effect

The NCDA&CS’ nematode lab had a record-breaking year with over 52,300 samples processed, including 2,878 molecular diagnostic samples. Interest in nematode testing has increased from sweet potato producers, particularly in identifying the Guava root knot nematode. The lab has had

Veterans turned Farmers thru the NC Farm School

A growing number of military veterans are exploring farming and homesteading, and the North Carolina Farm School is helping them do that. Mike Davis reports. Thanks to Dee Shore at the NC State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The Economic Perspective: “Election Uncertainty and the Economy”

I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at election uncertainty and the economy.  Mike, it’s generally recognized that the economy – particularly the investing component – doesn’t like uncertainty.  Some say this

New Hemp Federation Flying into D.C. This Week

The brand-new Hemp Federation of America is planning its first-ever fly-in to Washington, D.C., this week, at the same time that farmers are having a difficult time finding markets for this year’s hemp crop. Oklahoma farmer Will Wheeler, the organization’s

September Beef Exports Steady; Pork Higher but Pace Slowing

September exports of U.S. beef were steady with last year’s volume, but the export value was trending lower. That’s according to USDA data compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Pork exports were above last year’s levels in September but