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Vilsack: USDA budget down, but still ample

- USDA's proposed budget would reduce funding for crop insurance and increase funding for agricultural research.

ISDA: Plan ahead for pesticide spill

- ISDA program manager tells pesticide applicators to prepare for the worst in a pesticide spill and expect the best.

Protecting pollinators demands diligence

- Pesticide applicators need to read chemical labels, which might have changed, and be aware of areas surroundings crops and the weather to help protect pollinators.

Ag research gets boost in Obama budget

- Pres. Obama's proposed budget would double funding to a USDA ag research initiative to the $700 million annual investment authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill.

ISDA: Keep pesticide applicator license current

- Penalties for licensing violations are $100 for each day of operating without a license. Violators are also subject to license suspension, denial or revocation.

U.S. posts strong beef cattle numbers

- USDA's cattle inventory shows cattlemen are continuing to rebuild the beef herd, but substancial revisions to last year's reported inventory changes the story on growth in 2014.

Tiny spider mite can cause big yield loss in dry beans

- Scouting for signs of the tiny twospotted spider mite could prevent potential yield losses of 80 percent in dry beans.

Computer engineer returns to roots

- A computer engineer who developed remote sensing software to survey crops says he is excited to be working in the ag industry.

U.S. beef faces more competition overseas, analysts say

- The global beef trade is becoming more competitive and more complex, according to a new report from Rabobank's food and agribusiness research and advisory group.

Vole control: Know your enemy, expert says

- Voles are prolific procreators, and controlling them on cropland and pasture requires a combination of methods.

Beef cattle reports indicate herd expansion

- The number of heifers and heifer calves in feedlots is down from a year earlier, as is the number of beef cows slaughtered in 2015, which could signify herd expansion.

December brings wide swings in U.S. milk production

- U.S. milk production in December was generally up in the North and down in the South, with continued declines in California, New Mexico and Texas.

New staffer part of IDA’s response to growing producer needs

- Idaho Dairymen's Association has hired a nutrient and water management specialist to meet the growing needs of its producer members.

IDA brings Rick Naerebout on staff full-time

- Idaho Dairymen's Association has added staff to meet producers' growing needs, and more staff might be needed in the future.

EPA provides insight on dairy inspections

- EPA officials advise dairymen to ask questions and participate fully if an inspector shows up on their farm for a spot inspection.

Some Idaho dairies to be regulated as public water systems

- Idaho dairies with 25 or more people on site will now be regulated as public water systems by Idaho DEQ in accordance with the Clean Water act.

Ex-senator urges ag industry to engage with lawmakers

- A former Idaho senator explains the importance of engaging with legislators — saying if they don't hear from constituents, they assume people are OK with proposed legislation.

Cereal schools slated for northern, southeast Idaho

- Sessions will bring grain farmers up to date on many key topics.

Direct seed workshop set for Idaho Falls

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The Southern Idaho Direct Seed Workshop on Feb. 24 in Idaho Falls, will feature a grower panel on local direct seed systems and provide growers with updates on variety and fertility considerations and equipment informati...

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance launches new ag education effort

- U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has started a foundation that will broaden its efforts to inform consumers about how their food is grown and raised by developing a multi-modal ag curriculum for high school students.

R-CALF calls for investigation of packers, traders

- R-CALF USA has filed a formal request with the Senate Judiciary Committee alleging packer misconduct in the collapse of U.S. cattle prices in the latter part of 2015.

Research focuses on spring grazing, sage grouse

- Researchers have laid the groundwork in a 10-year collaborative study on the effects of spring grazing on sage grouse nesting success.

Lean meat makes the cut in dietary guidelines

- The newest federal dietary guidelines, which influence consumer diets and medical recommendations and form the basis of federal nutrition programs, retain the same levels of recommended meat consumption as the previous guid...

Dairy feed costs down in 2015

- Lower feed costs in 2015 helped break the fall of significantly lower milk prices and should remain low in 2016. But milk prices aren't expected to rebound anytime soon.

Far West conference gears up for Twin Falls

- The Far West conference will bring a host of workshops for farmers and ag chemical apllicators to Twin Falls next week.

Feed monitoring essential on cattle operations, expert says

- There's lots of potential for feed contamination and quality issue in cattle operations, but best management practices can go a long way in preventing any problems.

USDA final rule expands organic exemption

- USDA's final rule on assessment exemptions from commodity promotion programs would expand eligibility to more organic growers, processors and handlers.

Producers look ahead to New Year filled with uncertainties

- The new year is ushering in challenges across farm country, demanding both tenacity and advocacy.

Expanding supply, lower demand pushes dairy prices down

- Domestic usage of butter and cheese were strong in the third quartrer, but lost exports and year-over year continued increases in U.S. milk production is pressuring most product prices.

Cattle markets get good news for the holidays

- The latest cattle on feed report was the most bullish in several months, showing slightly smaller on-feed supplies, higher marketings and lower placements into feedlots.

Milk production drops in the West

- Milk production growth in the U.S. is slowing but still showing positive year-over-year increases. Declines were seen in November in much of the West, but strong growth continues in the Midwest.

Pre-calving nutrition critical for healthy cows

- Idaho's winter conditions demand mindful feed management to meet the needs of pregnant cows for the health and future performance of cows and calves.

Livestock groups split over COOL repeal

- The long-disputed country of origin labeling law for beef and pork is headed for the dumpster to the delight of some and the ire of others in the U.S. livestock industry.

Tight supply will support beef prices in 2016, analysts say

- Tight global beef supplies in 2016 will continue to support prices even as world supplies increase slightly. Notable declines in beef production are expected in Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

EU post-quota milk production exceeds expectations

- Post-quota investments in new barns and additional cows are driving milk production in Europe, which is being bolstered by healthy exports and internal demand.

Organic groups welcome research funding, say more needed

- USDA just announed $17.6 in funding for organic research comes as welcome news to the organic industry, which says organic research is woefully underfunded.

EU milk growth complicates global dairy recovery

- In its latest report, Rabobank has pushed back recovery in international dairy markets to the end of 2016, due largely to continued growth in EU milk production and global excess stocks.

WTO-sanctioned retaliatory tariffs would add to U.S. meat export problems

- The WTO's authorization of retaliatory tariffs by Canada and Mexico over U.S. country of origin labeling rules for meat would present another challenge in struggling U.S. beef and pork exports.