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Hog Futures Start the Week Lower

Hog futures started the week lower as large supplies strained the market. October lean hogs fell 97 to 60.00 on Monday. Analysts said 60 cents was important technical support. Prices rallied Friday, but supply concerns are limiting gains. Average hog

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “The Importance of Inventories”

Mary: This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at the importance of inventories.   Mike, once we buy a product, we want to use it.  This makes it important for businesses to

Hog Futures End the Week on a High Noted

Hog futures rose over 3% to end the week, helped by sharply higher pork belly prices. Volatility in belly prices has significantly influenced hog futures this year. Friday’s pop in belly prices sparked buying among hog futures traders waiting for

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “Voter Fraud”

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

NC Cash Grains Stumble Into the Weekend

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 371 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cattle were mostly steady when compared to the previous sale.  Lighter weight feeder cattle were 1.00 to 3.00 higher; heaver weight

Hurricane Irma Largely a Non-Event in Northern South Carolina

  The northern coast of South Carolina was largely spared the ill effects of Hurricane Irma.  Clemson Extension Agent, David DeWitt explains: “Winds blew and stirred things around a little bit,   but no heavy winds, we had gusts 40-50 miles

North Carolina State Vet Encouraging Rabies Vaccine for Livestock

  State Veterinarian Dr. Doug Meckes is encouraging North Carolina livestock owners to consider having their animals vaccinated against rabies. “This year we have seen five cases of rabies in livestock,” Meckes said. “Horses, cattle and goats are naturally curious

Pork Leaders Hold Annual DC Fly-in

  The National Pork Producers Council spent time in Washington, D.C. late last week, expressing the importance of trade to the pork industry. During the NPPC annual Washington, D.C. fly in, more than 100 pork producers spent time with lawmakers

Hurricane Threat Gave Corn Harvest a Jump Start

  The last time we spoke with NC State Extension Corn Specialist Dr. Ron Heiniger, he was almost in tears thinking about the potential losses from Hurricane Irma as she barreled towards the best corn crop most North Carolina producer

GOP Differences Slowing Down Tax Reform

  GOP differences over how to pay for tax reform are slowing down the effort, key for agriculture during a long financial drought amid continued low prices and thin margins. The President is pushing hard in meetings with Congressional tax