• Why aren’t we running out of turkeys?

    In the United States, there are between 45 million and 46 million turkeys killed each year by profit-seeking farmers for consumption at Thanksgiving dinners around the country. In total, about 245 million turkeys are raised on American farms every year, with pretty much all of them headed for an afterlife…

  • Q&A: N.C. agriculture commissioner addresses tariffs, state of farming

    At last count, there were 48,000 farms tilling crops and tending poultry and livestock on 8.2 million acres of North Carolina soil. Agriculture and agribusiness are the state’s No. 1 industry, contributing $87 billion to the state’s economy. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, the man overseeing the N.C. Department of Agriculture…

  • A Bumper Crop of Nostalgia

    Nostalgia is a poor basis for setting government policy. In economic policy, it's a dangerous temptation – no more so when considering agriculture.