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Antibiotic resistance, better vaccines change livestock practices

Spurred by a crisis of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, new restrictions on the use of the drugs in livestock are causing producers to find new ways to care for their animals. More

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Expert: Dairy farmers should be ready to counter criticism

Communications professor Robert Gass recently gave dairymen some pointers on countering criticisms of milk production. More

 

Expert: Immigration reform won’t fix farm labor shortage

Immigration policy reforms cannot overcome broader economic forces that are reducing farm labor supplies, an expert says. More

 

Analysts: Hay prices at point of no return

Despite short-term challenges in the western hay market, global demand for quality hay and production constraints will continue upward pressure on... More

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WSDA manure bill slips away

Farms groups are proposing education rather than regulation as the way to manage manure. More

Repeal of raw milk advertising ban unopposed

A bill that would repeal a ban on raw milk advertising in Oregon did not encounter opposition during a recent legislative hearing. More

Cash dairy prices under pressure

Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy news. More

Yakima Valley dairies agree to line manure lagoons

The dairies also are talking about settling a federal court case in which environmental groups accuse them of fouling groundwater. More

USDA projects four years of declining milk prices

USDA is forecasting a large drop in milk prices this year followed by three years of slower declines before stabilizing. Domestic use and exports of dairy products are forecast for continued growth. More

Cash butter, powder see busy week

Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy news. More

Idaho ag exports set record for fourth straight year

Idaho set another record for total agricultural exports in 2014, despite a slowdown in sales of dairy products, which are the state's top farm export. More

Second-half slowdown curbs 2014 dairy exports

U.S. dairy exports were up 6 percent year over year in 2014 with a significant slump in the second half of the year tempering aggressive buying in the first half of the year. More

Cash dairy prices start February mixed

Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week's dairy news. More

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