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Grain & Oilseed Futures End with a Bounce

Hog futures closed higher, but gave back most of the session’s gains. December lean hogs rose 55 to 60.65, the February contract gained 50 to 67.07. Feedlots placed more cattle than expected in lots for fattening last month, suggesting that

SE Cotton Back Above 70 Cents

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 598 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cattle were steady to $5.00 higher when compared to the previous sale. Broiler-fryers: The market tone is steady and the live

Growers Should be Proactive About the Weather

  With only a couple of glitches along the way, the 2017 growing season was just as about perfect a growing season for corn and other crops as we’ve ever seen.  That near perfect weather allowed growers and researched to

Pork Checkoff Invests in Export Development

  With large hog supplies, it is critically important to move pork both domestically and internationally. National Pork Board President Terry O’Neel, who farms and Friend, Nebraska, says exports are the key… “They’re pretty much flat, domestically, we’re about 50-51

Nuisance Lawsuits Against Smithfield Foods Hog Unit to go to Trial

  A federal judge has ruled that 26 cases comprising litigation brought by residents calling Murphy-Brown LLC hog farms an environmental nuisance can go to trial, according to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Why Some Don’t Buy Health Insurance”

  Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks, why some don’t buy health insurance.   Mike, one of the perplexing facts of the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare –

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “Secretary Sonny Perdue”

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 Broccoli on the Scene

At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro 1,083 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cattle were steady to $9.00 higher when compared to the previous sales.  Feeder steers were mostly steady to $6.00 higher,

400 bu/a Corn So Close, Yet So Far

  NC State Extension corn specialist, Dr. Ron Heiniger was all but certain going into harvest that North Carolina’s first 400 bu/a corn yield was out there this year, but he says it was not to be: “We’re drawing to

Corn Futures Sink to New Lows

Cattle futures fell on Thursday, giving back the previous session’s gains as traders looked ahead to a government supply report. The futures market was under some pressure after prices in the cash market for physical cattle fell this week. Hog