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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

GOP Tax Reform Creating Fireworks

  Political Fireworks marked Senate Finance Committee action this week on GOP tax reform legislation. Both parties are calling for bipartisanship on tax reform that includes key breaks for agriculture and other sectors. But the highly-politicized Trump era atmosphere on

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Buying Groceries On-Line”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at buying groceries on-line.  Mike, retail analysts are expecting another double-digit increase in on-line sales for the holiday season this year.  This

Moderate Drought Conditions in North Carolina Steady

  North Carolina’s Abnormally Dry conditions increased this week, as reported in the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center on Thursday for conditions through Tuesday morning.  Early week rains were not able to abate the march of