Monthly Archives: October 2019
Monthly Archives: October 2019

China, U.S., on Track to Sign Phase One Agreement

The U.S. and China are on track to sign the phase one trade agreement next month. The South China Morning Post reports President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are set for a November 17 meeting in Chile to sign …

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The Rapid Development of Ag Field Technologies

It may amaze even some farmers and ranchers just how advanced technology has become in their profession, and how much it is needed in their daily operation. Rod Bain reports.

Commissioner Steve Troxler: Six Inducted into N.C. State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame

Each year, the N.C. State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame inducts new members in different categories. This year, six were inducted under the Swine, Horse, Supporters and Commissioner’s Meritorious categories. They are Frank Hollowell of Hurdle Mills, David Lee of …

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The Economic Perspective: “Technological Off-Shoring”

I’m Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at technological off-shoring. Mike, the country and, in particular, North Carolina have lost thousands of jobs in recent decades to foreign countries.  This is especially …

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Voting Begins for 2019 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections

USDA announced on Monday it will begin mailing ballots on November 4 to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the Farm Service Agency county committee elections. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce says the members “play a key role in …

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Study: Risk of ASF in U.S. has Doubled

A new study shows the risk of African Swine Fever entering the U.S. has nearly doubled since the ASF epidemic began in 2018. Researchers at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine say the probability of ASF already reaching …

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USDA Pauses RFID Ear Tag Proposal

The Department of Agriculture has paused its effort to mandate RFID ear tags for cattle and bison. The proposal would have mandated the ear tags for animals moved in interstate commerce beginning in January of 2023. A guidance document detailing …

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Farm Debt Repayment Stretching Terms

An analysis just published by economic analysis firm Agricultural Economics Insights shows repayment term length on farm loans recently reached levels not seen in decades. In 2018, the average repayment term on all non-real estate loans was 15.4 months, the …

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Commissioner Hugh Weathers: Broadband Expansion

US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was in South Carolina last week to announce a big investment in farms, and Commissioner Weathers is here to explain it. Secretary Perdue came to Orangeburg to announce funding for a rural broadband grant. …

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USGC Improving Standards of Living for Farmers, Customers

The U.S. Grains Council is working to improve the lives of American farmers, as well as the lives of customers in other countries overseas. Chad Smith reports.