Monthly Archives: July 2020
Monthly Archives: July 2020

The Economic Perspective: “First Quarter GDP”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at first quarter GDP.  Mike, GDP, or gross domestic product, is the gold standard in measuring the size of the economy.  The federal government …

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Ernst to EPA: Make E15 Available at Every Pump

Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to make E15 available at every U.S. gas pump, asking EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to certify biofuel infrastructure for E15 and remove unnecessary labeling which will increase consumer …

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Officials say Unsolicited Seeds Could Wreak Havoc on Agriculture

Growing concerns around unsolicited seeds have prompted at least 28 states to issue warnings not to plant the seeds which have been arriving in people’s mailboxes since last week. “The last thing we want is to spread a weed, invasive …

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Biden Releases Rural America Plan

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has released its plan for Rural America, saying Biden will pursue a rural economic development strategy that “partners with rural communities to invest in their unique assets.” The plan’s stated goal is to give young people …

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John R. Block Reports from Washington July 30, 2020 “Weather & Trade”

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 prosperous …

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2020 NC State Fair a Casualty of COVID

For the first time in 75, there will not be a State Fair in North Carolina this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mike Davis reports.

Random Seed Packages Appearing in Mailboxes

Usually getting mail is good thing, but that is not the case in the last week. Residents across the country have received random packages of seeds that appear to be coming from China. Mike Davis has more. NOTE: If you …

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ASF, COVID-19 are Both Top of Mind to US Producers

While the United States does not have African Swine Fever inside its borders, it is important to study the issues surrounding this disease. National Pork Board Director of Swine Health Dr. Pam Zaabel says research projects have been funded. “We’re …

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The Economic Perspective: “New Meatpackers”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at new meatpackers.  Mike, meatpacking is an important industry in North Carolina.  Unfortunately, several meatpacking plants have had outbreaks of the coronavirus and …

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2020 NC State Fair Canceled; SC Fair goes “Drive-through”

North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler has just announced that the 2020 NC State Fair has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Troxler, speaking at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, said that studies conducted July 14 and 15 …

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