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Crisis group addresses Idaho grain losses
A crisis response group convened by Idaho's Speaker of the House is trying to find ways to help growers in Southern Idaho deal with the huge losses in wheat and barley production they suffered this year due to unusually heavy August and September rains.

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Food barley symposium planned in Portland
A symposium planned for this winter in Portland, Ore., will highlight how U.S. companies can use food barley to make healthy products.
Grain co-ops building shuttle-loading rail facility
Grain co-ops building shuttle-loading rail facility
Five grain co-ops in Eastern Washington are building a shuttle-loading facility to keep railroad rates competitive, says Highline Grain LLC CEO Kevin Whitehall. Construction could begin shortly, and the facility is expected to be operational in the fall...
Milling oats finding niche in East Idaho
Milling oats finding niche in East Idaho
A miller in Bancroft, Idaho, is pushing oats a rotation crop in Eastern Idaho, hoping to source more grain locally to cut back on his imports from Canada.
Value of Idaho cropland up 6.7 percent
Value of Idaho cropland up 6.7 percent
The average value of all cropland in Idaho rose 6.7 percent to $3,040 per acre this year, and the value of irrigated cropland in the state rose 8.5 percent to $4,600 an acre.
Global beef supplies continue to get tighter
Global beef supplies continue to get tighter
Tight global supplies of beef will tighten further for the remainder of 2014 and into 2015, but record prices in the beef and cattle complex are firm on unwavering consumer demand.
USDA awards grants for specialty crops
USDA awards grants for specialty crops
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Oct. 2 awarded $118 million in grants to develop and market specialty crops.
Rabobank forecasts 12 months of low dairy prices
Rabobank forecasts 12 months of low dairy prices
Rabobank analysts are forecasting a protracted period of low prices in international and regional dairy markets and a substantial fall in the U.S. market by early 2015.
Dairymen’s checkoff dollars do double duty
Dairymen’s checkoff dollars do double duty
The dairy industry's strategic partnerships with quick-serve restaurants and food brands funded by U.S. dairy farmers through the national dairy checkoff are reaping big results, increasing dairy sales by expanding dairy offerings on menus and promoting...
Critics claim contract weakens longshoremen’s union
Critics claim contract weakens longshoremen’s union
A labor consultant and a labor history professor claim the longshoremen's union was weakened in its recent contract with grain exporters, which will reduce the risk of shipping disruptions.
Ag economy’s transition requires closer management
U.S. agriculture is in transition from a 10-year wealth period, particularly in the grain sector, and will be influenced by a number of factors, including global economies and recession and unrest in Europe.