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USDA seeks input on Sheep Experiment Station

USDA Agricultural Research Station will be taking comment on the research activities at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho, during two teleconferences scheduled for Aug. 6 and 7. Earlier this month USDA sought congressional approval to close the research facility. That request was... More

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USPB launches social media campaigns

The U.S Potato Board has launched a campaign social media marketing campaign around a new hashtag, #TopTater. More


Hay exporters unsure of China’s GMO requirements

U.S. alfalfa exporters to China are trying to find out more about news that China could be changing regulations on imported alfalfa regarding... More


DOL’s ‘hot goods’ tactics leave reps cold

Congressmen recently blasted the U.S. Department of Labor for coercing farmers with its "hot goods" authority. More

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Idaho growers scale back zebra chip programs

Some Idaho potato growers say they're relaxing their chemical programs to protect crops from zebra chip disease. More

Family carves out niche for squash seed

A Willamette Valley, Ore., company has built an innovative business in harvesting and processing squash seed. More

Lawmakers urge FEMA to ease ag building rules

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and two California congressmen are calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood insurance program to ease its requirements for building agricultural structures in deep floodplains. More

California growers converting rice straw to cattle feed

Growers and University of California researchers have been working at converting rice straw left over from harvest into feed for livestock, which they say could be valuable to ranchers amid the drought. More

Camelina shows promise in Eastern Oregon

While Eastern Oregon farmers are facing one of the tightest ever water years in their area this season, field trials at Oregon State University's Malheur County experiment station are showing that camelina could be a source of income for growers when water is scarce. More

East Idaho dryland wheat yields down

Eastern Idaho's dryland wheat farmers say their yields are below normal, but their quality is outstanding. More

U.S. cattle on feed continue downward spiral

USDA's latest cattle on feed report shows the declining cattle numbers supporting record-high cattle and beef prices. More

Court upholds FDA’s animal antiobiotic plan

A federal appeals court has ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn't have to begin the process of withdrawing antibiotics from subtherapeutic use in animal agriculture. More

Forecast: Idaho wheat production slightly lower

Idaho wheat production may be down slightly this year but industry members say growing conditions have been excellent and they expect a quality crop in 2014. More

Producers wonder when cattle price bubble will burst

Record-breaking cattle prices, bringing strong profits up and down the beef supply chain, have many concerned about a market downturn. Feedlots are the most at risk but have a pretty good cushion through October. More

Fire season in West so far is below expectations

With only about $1 billion budgeted for fighting wildfires, the Forest Service expects by late August to once again have to tap other funds, such as forest thinning projects, to continue fighting fires as the season goes on into the fall, Tidwell said. Last year, that amount was $500 million. More

Cow/calf profits soar

Cow/calf producers are enjoying sweet prices on their beef calves, with average profits running $480 per cow. More

Research tackles colony collapse

Honey bee researchers grind away at finding the cause and cure for colony collapse disorder. More

Idaho soy, canola demanded for crushing plant

An oilseed crushing plant scheduled to open this fall in Plymouth, Utah, should make soybeans and canola more common in regional farm rotations. More

‘Gut-wrenching’ losses in wildfire

Fires in Washington's Okanogan County have burned thousands of acres of rangeland, killed livestock, left ranches and orchards without power for irrigation and destroyed homes. More

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