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NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Competition from a New Firm”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at competition from a new firm.   Mike, economists have concluded that competition is good for buyers but tough for sellers.  So when

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “The Rise in Consumer Confidence”

  Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the rise in consumer confidence.   Mike, economists consider consumer confidence to be an important indicator of the economy.  A big reason is

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Today’s Financial Challenges”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at today’s financial challenges.  Mike, every generation faces its own financial issues.  When you and I were beginning our careers, the big

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Characteristics of the I-Gens”

  Mary:    I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at characteristics of the I-gens.   Mike, individuals born and raised during the same time period tend to have similar experiences and characteristics.  These

Plant & Flower Festivals Underway this Weekend

The 8th Annual Midlands Fall Plant & Flower Festival gets underway this weekend at the State Farmers’ Market in West Columbia. SC Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers says this is a great opportunity to take advantage of vendors that aren’t at

Changing Marketing Strategy for Pork

  The consumer market is changing. The demographics are also shifting. The Pork Checkoff is changing its marketing strategy to serve the needs of foodservice and retailers. National Pork Board vice president of domestic marketing Jarrod Sutton says the Pork

North Carolina’s Yield Potential Still Good in September Crop Reports

Last week, USDA released their September crop reports, and North Carolina is still on track for very good yield potential. Corn yield is now forecast to tie the record set in 2013, cotton is projected to be 117% above last

Arkansas Makes First Move Toward Possible Dicamba Ban

  The Arkansas Plant Board took up a recommendation for a window on dicamba use in the state from January 1 to April 15 in 2018. There are still several steps to go through before the recommendation is approved.  State

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

SE Cash Cotton Back over .70

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City, a total of 1,021 cattle, 101 goats, and 35 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly 1.00 to 3.00 lower; and slaughter bulls were 1.00 lower.