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Grains & Oilseeds Gain Into the Weekend

Cattle futures ended the week sharply lower as hedge funds and other speculative investors unwound optimistic bets. Futures traders spent much of the week anticipating higher cash prices for physical cattle. But higher cash prices did little to stem the

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “The U.S. Department of Ag Team”

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 Corn Sees Price Boost from Futures

At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro 1,490 cattle and 8 goats were sold. Slaughter cattle were mostly steady when compared to the previous sales.  Feeder steers and bulls were mostly steady to $10.00 lower,

Good Growing Season for Central North Carolina

  The 2017 growing season has been considered to be one of the best in recent memory.  NCDA Regional Agronomist, Don Nicholson recaps the season for us: “Yeah, as a whole, I think was pretty successful,  had a really, really

Oil Futures Creeping Higher on OPEC Production Cuts

Cattle futures fell as traders waited for the week’s cash trade to develop. Many traders expected physical cattle prices to rise, and buying interest in the futures market waned as they waited for confirmation of this week’s price direction. Hog

Senate GOP Tax Bill Cleared a Major Procedural Hurdle

  The Senate GOP tax bill cleared a major procedural hurdle on an expected party-line vote Wednesday, starting the clock on a lengthy debate that could last ‘until the end of the week or longer. Republicans fell into line behind

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Where the STEM Jobs Are”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at where the STEM jobs are.  Mike, STEM is a term encompassing science, technology, engineering, and math.  STEM fields are heavily promoted today,

SC’s Pee Dee Region Now Enveloped in Drought

  South Carolina’s drought conditions expanded, as reported in the weekly drought monitor released by the drought Mitigation Center on Thursday morning.  The area of abnormally dry conditions increased from almost 51% to 62.8%, and the area of moderate drought

Corn & Wheat Futures See Mid-week Bounce

Cattle futures rose to a two-week high on Wednesday. Traders were unconcerned by falling wholesale beef prices, instead looking to the week’s cash trade. Many anticipated higher prices, though sales didn’t surface during Wednesday’s session. Hog futures fell after opening

Operation Main Street Builds Trust with Consumers

  Operation Main Street is the Pork Checkoff’s outreach program that tells the positive story of pork production. Through this program, volunteers speak to a variety of audiences, telling the pork industry’s story of innovation, quality and stewardship. Welcome, Minnesota