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USDA launches new dairy insurance program

The new insurance pays farmers when the difference between milk prices and feed prices shrinks to a certain level. More

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Idaho dairy exports gain ground

Idaho's dairy exports are on a fast track in the first half of 2014, outpacing the same period a year earlier by 52 percent. More


Water, labor, taxes challenge Idaho’s dairy growth

The growth of Idaho's dairy industry is running up against challenges, incuding water availability and access to immigrant labor. More


Simpson says ag faces challenges on Capitol Hill

Rep. Mike Simpson tells Idaho's dairy industry the biggest challenge facing Congress at present is passing appropriations bills to fund government. More


Utah State team wins new dairy product contest

Food science students at Utah State University have developed a a sourdough starter product using acid whey from Greek yogurt production. The product earned them top honors and $10,000 in Idaho Milk Processors' annual new product contest. More

Ross withdraws controversial Calif. milk marketing bill

Following criticism and lack of support from California dairymen, California ag secretary has withdrawn her legislative proposal for sweeping reform to the state's milk marketing requirements for Class 4 milk. More

Dairy group clarifies stand on media access

Late Tuesday, the United Dairymen of Idaho's CEO Karianne Fallow issued a prepared statement saying the group wasn’t trying to stop media access. More

Butter melts after record high; powder plunge ends

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

Idaho dairy organization tells farmers not to give tours

The letter says that for the protection of the Idaho dairy industry, people seeking tours or interviews should be turned down or referred to United Dairymen officials or another industry group. More

Dairy producers critical of Calif. milk pricing bill

California Department of Food and Agriculture Sec. Karen Ross has introduced proposed legislation through Assembly member Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, that would eliminate minimum pricing and pooling requirements on Class 4 milk, used to manufacture butter, powder, cheese, and dry whey products. More

Higher prices prompt increase in milk production

High milk prices and lower feed costs grew U.S. milk production 4 percent in July over year-ago levels. Continued favorable margins are expected to boost production the rest of the year. More

WhiteWave to remove ingredient from Horizon, Silk

WhiteWave, based in Broomfield, Colorado, did not immediately detail when the ingredient would be phased out of various products. But in a communication that was shared with The Associated Press, the company said carrageenan will be removed from Horizon flavored milked in the first quarter of next.. More

Butter, cheese soaring; powder plunging

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

Stray voltage lawsuit heard in Wisconsin

The couple is asking for damages for lost milk production, the fair market value of their herd, injury to their dairy animals, excessive veterinary expenses and the loss of their farm. More

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