Top Market News

A Ten-Year Look Ahead for Ag Prices, Income, and Exports

What’s in store for U.S. farmers over the next decade? Agriculture Department analysts have released their answers to that question. Gary Crawford has more for the SFN…

NC Market Highlights for Tuesday Feb. 20

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 544 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows were $1.00 to $6.00 higher; bulls were steady to $1.00 higher when compared to the previous sale.   Feeder bulls and

NC Market Highlights Feb. 8

At the 3 weekly livestock auctions held Monday at Canton, Turnersburg and Siler City a total of 885 cattle and 29 goats were sold.  Compared to the previous sales, slaughter cows were mixed, bulls were mostly $1.00 to $3.00 higher. 

NC Market Highlights Feb. 7

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City, a total of 706 cattle, 53 goats, and 18 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly steady, while bulls were 1.00 to 2.00 lower.  Feeder steers

Pork Prices Down, Beef and Poultry Up

USDA released its monthly Consumer Price Index for food, showing consumers paid less for pork in December than in November, but more for beef and poultry. Beef and veal prices increased 0.5 percent from November to December and are 3.5

NC Market Highlights Jan. 31

At the livestock auction held Friday at Siler City a total of 1,176 cattle and 105 goats were sold.  Too few cattle sold last week to compare prices. Moderate demand, buyer activity and offerings.  Quality of cattle average.  Average dressing

NC Market Highlights Jan. 29

At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro 864 cattle and 2 goats were sold. Slaughter cows were $3.00 to $5.00 higher, bulls were mostly steady when compared to the previous sales.  Feeder cattle were mostly

The Land Grant University Role in Ag Biodefense

What are some of the ways the land grant university system helps to protect our nation’s food supply from bio threats? Rod Bain reports for SFN…

NC Market Highlights Jan. 24

At the livestock auction held Friday at Siler City a total of 66 cattle and 11 goats were sold.  Sale too small to report trend due to inclement weather. Moderate demand and buyer activity.  Light offerings with quality of cattle

A Long-Term Commodity Recovery; Cotton Prices to Stay High

Commodity prices have been low since 2014, but the price of farmland has remained fairly strong. This is an indication thinks University of Illinois’ Scott Irwin that those buying farmland believe his contrarian view that prices will recover say to