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Feed barley glut affects hay prices

Eastern Idaho growers say the quality of their third alfalfa cutting is strong, but yield and price of premium hay are both down. More

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Group levels abuse allegations against New Mexico dairy

The dairy said in a statement to The Associated Press that animal care and well-being are central to its operation. As a result, the dairy fired all employees and referred the abusive workers to law enforcement for further review following its own internal investigation. More

Butter tops $3 a pound; cheese sky high as well

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

Idaho Dairy Council awards $71,000-plus to schools

Idaho dairymen have awarded more than $70,000 to 30 Idaho schools through the Idaho Dairy Council to support the Fuel Up To Play 60 program, which encourages healthful eating and physical activity. More

High prices slow U.S. dairy exports

U.S. dairy exports are slowing due to high U.S. prices that are discouraging buyers on the open market. Exports in July were down 9 percent from June on a volume basis and down 10 percent on a value basis. More

Biogas initiative recognizes dairy potential

The White House sponsored Biogas Roadmap is an initiative of voluntary strategies the U.S. dairy industry can use to reduce methane emissions, produce biogas and recover nutrients with the anaerobic digestion of manure and food waste. More

Cheese in the clouds; butter on another planet

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

New dairy program offers choices

National Milk Producers Foundation is encouraging dairymen to evaluate the new voluntary margin protection program and at least sign up for the no-premium basic coverage. More

NMPF: Margin protection ‘excellent program’

USDA launched sign up for the new dairy margin protection program that protects margins between a national milk price and a national feed cost calculation. Producers have until Nov. 28 to sign up for coverage of four months in 2014 and all of 2015. More

Sides disagree on meaning of ‘ag gag’ lawsuit ruling

Supporters of Idaho's Agricultural Security Act say a judge's ruling not to dismiss a federal lawsuit against the law wasn't a decision on the merits of the case, while opponents hailed it as a win for the plaintiffs. More

Judge refuses to dismiss Idaho ‘ag gag’ challenge

A federal judge has refused to throw out a challenge to Idaho's so-called "ag gag" law. More

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