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

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

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Territorial versus Global Business Taxation”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at territorial versus global business taxation.  Mike, President Trump just unveiled his tax plan.   One of the elements is moving from taxing

American Farm Bureau Looking Forward to NAFTA Renegotiation

  With the Donald Trump Administration issuing its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, the American Farm Bureau Federation says the top priority for farmers and ranchers in the negotiation process is protecting markets for U.S. agriculture.

North Carolina Drought Free

  For the first time in 14 months, the state of North Carolina is drought free, as reported in the weekly Drought Monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center on Thursday.  Applied climatologist with the North Carolina State Climate Office,

South Carolina’s Drought Conditions Improve

  In the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center for conditions through Tuesday morning, South Carolina’s abnormally dry conditions improved from 60.73 to 49.06%.  The state’s moderate drought improved from 15.5% to just under 8%, and the

NC Cash Blueberries Experiencing Production Gap

At the 2 weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at North Wilkesboro and Norwood 740 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows were mostly steady to $7.00 higher; bulls were mostly steady to $7.00 higher.  Feeder cattle were mostly $2.00

Cash Markets Support Livestock Futures

Livestock futures inched higher on Thursday, reversing course after a mixed start to the trading session. Cash prices for cattle so far this week are lower than previous weeks, though they remain at a considerable premium to futures. That’s helping

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “What Millennials Think”

  Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at what millennials think.  Mike, the millennial generation – often defined as those born between 1980 and 2000 – are fast becoming the

Thrips Pressure Enormous on Cotton

  Yesterday we heard from North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Regional Agronomist, Don Nicholson on the strawberry crop in his area.  Today, we discuss the cotton crop, thrips and more: “I’d say that half of the cotton has been planted

President is in for a Fight from Ag Over Proposed Budget

  President Trump’s proposed 21-percent, 4-point-7 billion dollar cut to USDA programs, especially crop insurance, conservation, and rural development, is drawing criticism from lawmakers and industry groups. The White House cuts SNAP and WIC funding by some 3-point-6 billion over