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The Economic Perspective: “The Job Market Entering 2020”

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the job market entering 2020.  Mike, jobs are the major contact most people have with the economy.  As we move in to 2020,

Americans to Eat Record 1.4 Billion Chicken Wings for Super Bowl

Americans are projected to consume a record-breaking 1.4 billion wings during the upcoming Super Bowl weekend, two percent more than in 2019. That translates into Americans eating 27 million more wings during this year’s big game weekend versus last year’s.

Abnormally Dry Conditions Expand in ENC

Corey Davis of the State Climate Office of North Carolina highlights how the recent dry spell has grown the area of dryness to include the OBX.

Farmers Optimistic Despite Challenging 2019

A new poll finds farmers are optimistic for 2020, despite a challenging 2019. The DTN/Progressive Farmer Agriculture Confidence Index rose to 164.1 in December 2019, significantly higher than the Index of 110.2 in March and the December 2018 level of

EPA’s WOTUS Replacement Well Received by Farm Interests

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association was one of many farm and industry groups that strongly opposed the original 2015 Obama era Waters of the U.S. Rule for its broad reach in exerting federal control. Mike Davis and Rod Bain report.

NPPC Applauds EPA’s Actions to Replace WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 23, 2020 – The National Pork Producers Council applauded today’s action by the Environmental Protection Agency to replace the unlawful 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule with a final rule called the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. The final rule is fully consistent with

EPA to Issue A New Definition of WOTUS Today


LAS VEGAS (Jan. 23, 2020) — Today, at an event at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James will announce a new, clear definition for

The Economic Perspective: “Evaluating Negative Interest Rates”

I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at evaluating negative interest rates.  Mike, several countries in Europe have tried to stimulate their economies by allowing for negative interest rates.  What are negative

Farm Bureau Establishes 2020 Priorities

Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 101st Annual Convention this week adopted policies to guide the organization’s work in 2020. After a year-long process to review ways to modernize Federal Milk Marketing Orders, AFBF’s delegates voted

Senate Sends USCMA to President Trump

The U.S. Senate Wednesday put its finishing touches on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chair of the Finance Committee and Senate President Pro tempore, signed the agreement, the final step before the agreement heads to the White House.