Monthly Archives: May 2020
Monthly Archives: May 2020

Foot Scoring for Cattle: A Guide

The foot scoring system was developed in early 2014 as a way to score cattle in two areas that producers were seeing problems with out in the field: foot angle and claw-set. In April, the American Angus Association hosted the …

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John R. Block Reports from Washington May 27, 2020 “Challenges we face”

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

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New Podcast Series Starts with Focus on Disruptions to Pork Supply Chain

The pork you had for dinner last night? Farmers began working on it a year ago. But much has changed since then. The first episode of Farms, Food and You, a podcast series from NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life …

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The Economic Perspective: “Factors Related to Virus Death Rates”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at factors related to virus death rates.  Mike, although the coronavirus has impacted almost every part of the country, it hasn’t affected localities …

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Tropical Storm Bertha Forms off SC Coast

A system that drenched Florida this past weekend has now been upgraded to the second named storm of the year off the coast of South Carolina, where it is expected to make landfall later today. Tropical Storm Bertha has an …

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Gas, Diesel Prices Continue Rising

For the fourth consecutive week, the national average price of gasoline increased, up 5.5 cents to $1.96 per gallon. The average price of diesel rose 0.2 cents to $2.41 per gallon. Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy says as long as COVID-19 …

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Farmland Prices Continue Decline, Farm Borrowing Increasing

The latest Rural Mainstreet Index from Creighton University shows farmland prices are declining while farmer borrowing is growing. The overall index for May increased to 12.5 from April’s record low 12.1, but down significantly from March’s weak 35.5. The index …

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Online Grocery Shopping a New Reality

More consumers are trying online grocery shopping while self-quarantining. According to the Food Marketing Institute, about 21 percent of Americans have tried online shopping for the first time, eight percent have returned, and 19 percent are continuing to online shop. …

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How will 2020 Compare with 2019 for Flooding?

Peanuts in Flooded SC

Flooding this year is expected to be extensive, but not as severe as it was last year. Stephanie Ho has the story.  

CFAP Enrollment is Underway

The enrollment period for coronavirus-related aid to farmers is now open. AFBF Economist Shelby Myers says farmers can enroll in the program beginning next Tuesday by contacting their local Farm Service Agency Office. “To qualify for a payment a commodity …

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