Walmart Adds Convenience Shopping

The company that’s cornered the biggest share of the grocery market in the country is looking to snag more shoppers with a new convenience feature. CBS News Correspondent Deborah Rodriguez has the story.

Foreign Markets Love US Cattle

Growing international markets are boosting the U.S. agriculture economy, and among the benefactors is the Registered Holstein business.

In the last five years the global market has quadrupled, having a tremendous impact on the U.S. dairy industry, according to Carl Kent, international marketing coordinator, for the Holstein Association USA. He says that 30 to 40 percent of dairy cattle imported into other countries originated from the United States

Farm Bill This Fall “High Hurdle” for Senate

Getting the farm bill done this fall is a “high hurdle,” according to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts. The Kansas Republican told reporters it would be easier to write a bill once a budget is in place, noting that the Senate Budget Committee has said the Senate would have a budget this year. Roberts did note that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed it would be better to pass a farm bill “sooner rather than later”.

NFU Urges a No Vote on Health Care Plan

The National Farmers Union says the latest healthcare reform effort from U.S. Senate leadership will not improve access to affordable and quality healthcare for family farmers and ranchers. NFU President Roger Johnson sent a letter to members of the Senate asking legislators to vote against the plan, known as the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Plan. Johnson also says NFU will score the vote. The National Farmers Union is calling on Congress to use a more transparent and bipartisan approach to improving healthcare. “The NFU’s member-driven policy affirms the right of all Americans to have access to quality healthcare,” Johnson says.

Above Normal U.S. Temps Through the End of 2017

The National Weather Service is calling for above normal temperatures in the contiguous – U.S. over the last three months of 2017. The National Weather Service says the greatest chance of warmth comes in the Four Corners Region between October and December. This could possibly mean areas to the east may need some springtime rains to be ready for the spring planting season. That fact may be made worse because of drought spreading across the Midwest, including Kansas, as well as drought conditions that remain across parts of the Northern Plains. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.