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Wildlife Services officials urge ranchers to report all cattle deaths

- The thick hide of adult cattle often shows no sign of a wolf attack, leaving cattlemen to wonder what took down a cow. But there are signs under the hide that can lead to a confirmed wolf depredation, and USDA Wildlife Serv...

Chobani expands Twin Falls facility

- Chobani has already begun construction of a 70,000-square-foot innovation and community center in Twin Falls. It is set for completion next summer.

House ag chairman outlines farm bill priorities

- Commodity insurance programs, a vaccine bank for livestock producers and reforming SNAP top the list in House farm bill efforts.

USDA again delays organic livestock rule

- The controversial rule was finalized in the final days of the Obama administration, but has been on rocky ground with the new administration.

Groups sue Forest Service over sheep grazing

- Environmental groups want the court to shut down domestic sheep grazing in eastern Idaho due to potential disease transmission to bighorn sheep.

U.S. meat exports grow in 2017

- While beef and pork exports are posting strong growth, USMEF officials have concerns about the U.S. trade agenda.

Idaho Beef Council hires new director

- Kuwahara worked for Potatoes USA for 17 years developing and implementing worldwide marketing strategies.

Guestworker bill moves to full House

- The legislation would replace the H-2A visa for seasonal workers with a program that allows year-round agricultural workers an initial stay of 36 months.

Idaho Milk Products CEO sets retirement; replacement named

- Kent Giddings is retiring as the company’s general manager and CEO after a seven-year tenure.

Rick Naerebout tapped to lead IDA

- Rick Naerebout has worked with the Idaho Dairymen’s Association for 15 years. His father, Bob Naerebout, who has served as IDA executive director, will remain with the association to lead government affairs.

USDA withdraws controversial GIPSA rules

- Livestock and poultry groups opposing the rules say the regulations would have greatly restricted marketing opportunities and devastated their industries.

USDA releases delayed dairy checkoff reports

- The annual mandatory reports to Congress were delayed due to USDA’s efforts to better evaluate dairy checkoff programs as they move away from traditional promotion programs, according to a spokesman for the agency.

What’s in a name? EU trade threat at critical juncture

- The groups are calling on the administration to send a firm message to Japan and Mexico to abide by their trade agreements with the U.S. and reject the EU’s attempts to confiscate the rights to common food names in t...

Global dairy balance could tip with growing production

- Surplus milk in the U.S. and returning production in the EU and New Zealand will bring additional product to the global market.

Goodlatte bill aims at reliable guestworker program for agriculture

- The legislation would create a visa program that would ensure a stable workforce for dairy farmers and other agricultural employers with a need for full-time, year-round workers.

R-CALF: APHIS claim of consensus on animal ID a sham

- R-CALF contends a USDA report purporting industry consensus for expanding its animal identification program is tilted to favor private companies, primarily ear-tag companies, that stand to reap financial gains.

Cover crop field day set for Gooding

- The free field day will focus on the agronomics of cover crops and the economics of grazing cover crops.

Groups press USDA on dairy checkoff oversight

- Nearly $427 million was collected for the dairy checkoff program in 2016. Dairy farmers are assessed 15 cents per hundredweight of milk they produce and importers are assessed 7.5 cents per hundredweight of milk (or the equ...

Milk price forecast heads south

- Dairy farmers are looking at challenges ahead with U.S. milk production continuing to grow and world milk production starting to grow.

Marketings top placements in feedlots

- While feedlot inventories are up year over year, August marketings pulled them down 100,000 head from the previous month.

Women in Ag Conference returns

- “We Can Do It” is this year’s theme, and organizers promise an engaging, interactive day full of inspiration, learning and networking with other women farmers.

CDFA approves quota plan; vote next

- The Quota Implementation Plan would continue the long-standing, producer-funded program that now operates within the state’s marketing order.

LMIC: Cattle industry swimming upstream

- Jim Robb, director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, says cattle producers need to be cognizant of the larger calf crop ahead.

U.S. organic sales jump 23 percent in 2016

- California continues to lead the way in organic sales and number of organic farms and acreage nationwide. Milk topped the list of organic product sales in 2016, followed by eggs and broiler chickens.

Review board signs off on quota proposal

- California’s quota system came about in the late 1960s as a means to compensate milk producers selling into the higher Class I market and gain their support for establishing the state marketing order.