Carol Ryan Dumas

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Trump budget deepens cuts to USDA

- President Trump’s budget request released on Thursday calling for a 21 percent cut in USDA discretionary funding is drawing concern from the ag community.

Livestock Hall of Fame to honor new inductees

- The Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame will honor its newest inductees April 11

Research needed to grow organic sector

- The Organic Farming Research Foundation has developed an extensive report on challenges in organic farming, as well as recommendations to address those challenges, to ensure research funding is relevant and responsive to th...

Clif Bar grows its production capacity

- Demand is strong, and the company continues its efforts to build a network of local organic growers in Idaho.

Source of contamination in wells still unknown

- The area health district is retesting contaminated wells in Lincoln and Gooding counties to assess the status of well-water contamination and suspected groundwater contamination.

New economic development director settles in

- SIEDO director eager to work with the ag community for continued success in the region’s economic development efforts.

Chobani hires Nestle executive as president

- Tim Brown will oversee Chobani’s operations, sales, marketing, legal and finance teams.

U.S. trout sales increase 1 percent

- Idaho’s sales of food-size trout were up 2.4 percent year over year, and production was up 1 percent.

Senate sends BLM rule repeal to president

- BLM’s 2.0 rule regarding changes in its land-management planning is losing ground after the Senate and House both voted to repeal it.

Calif. agronomist brings cautionary tale to Idaho hay growers

- Nearly exclusive use of pyrethroids to control alfalfa weevils in northern California for the last 15 years has led to insecticide resistance.

Rancher pleads guilty in theft of cattle

- The defendant owns two cattle-related businesses, has owned his own cattle herd for the past 12 years according to his website and has served on the Idaho Cattle Association’s board of directors.

California processors pleased with proposed marketing order

- Processors prefer the flexibility of the state milk marketing order, which they say can better respond to emergencies and market conditions. But if California’s industry is going to move to the federal order system, ...

Idaho officials investigate possible dairy discharges

- Authorities are investigating an alleged dairy discharge possibly associated with the contamination of private wells in south-central Idaho.

Quota value a top priority for California dairymen

- California’s quota system came about in the late 1960s to gain support for a state marketing order that would blend milk prices for different uses and distribute payments more evenly.

Dairy Challenge hones students’ skills

- University students majoring in animal sciences gain ‘real-world’ experience and networking opportunity through regional challenge.

USDA extends comment period for organic checkoff

- The checkoff is strongly supported by the Organic Trade Association and staunchly opposed by the No Organic Checkoff Coalition.

Voluntary pooling biggest issue in CA marketing proposal

- The question for co-ops and milk producers could get down to how many processors might opt out of the pool and paying minimum milk prices.

Organic certifiers de-stress transition

- Organic certification is not an all-or-nothing proposition. A mistake or violation could lead to a field losing certification but not the whole farm.

Panel explores building local food economy

- Growing the local food economy is challenged by Idaho’s climate, the need for year-round production and a lack of processing capacity.

California dairy groups weigh USDA marketing order proposal

- Led by the state’s three major dairy co-ops, the initiative came from years of frustration over the price producers receive for milk going into cheese vats.

Water managers lay out Idaho’s water issues

- Returning the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer aquifer to a sustainable level is a monumental task that must be achieved.

Idaho dairymen trying to mitigate flooding

- Unprecedented flooding in Southern Idaho raises concerns over regulatory compliance. State veterinarian says run-on and runoff of water in the current situation has been beyond producers’ control.

Beekeeper develops ‘smart bee’ winter storage system

- Initial results of the “smart bee storage” facility show winter death loss at 6 to 7 percent.

U.S. dairy industry rallies against Canadian dairy scheme

- Dairy organization and state departments of agriculture are urging President Trump to discuss a change in Canada’s milk pricing policy with Prime Minister Trudeau.

Severe flooding hits Southern Idaho hard

- Widespread flooding is damaging crops and fields and stressing livestock.

Idaho Power offers incentives for energy efficiency

- Idaho Power paid nearly $2 million in irrigation efficiency incentives in 2016.

Electrical safety on the farm demands thinking ahead

- Safe habits around electricity take the same mindset as buckling a seatbelt before every excursion.

House kicks BLM planning rule closer to curb

- Senate passage of a joint resolution to repeal the Planning 2.0 rule would send it to the White House for President Trump’s signature.

Water quality affects pesticide performance

- Water acidity, minerals and suspended solids can all have a negative effect on the efficacy of pesticides.

U.S. beef herd expansion not done yet

- USDA’s annual cattle inventory surprised many analysts, who thought the beef herd expansion was winding down.

Oregon professional to lead southern Idaho economic development

- New executive director will focus on talent attraction and business recruitment in the expanding business atmosphere of southern Idaho.

Senate, House resolutions would overturn BLM Planning 2.0

- Livestock groups feel good about the chances of overturning the rule, saying legistlators have been made aware of its numerous problems by their constituents.

Organic growers differ on transitional certification

- USDA’s new National Certified Transition Program to provide uniform standards and oversight for organic certifying agents is viewed by some as helpful and by others as adding more confusion for consumers.

Harsh winter challenges Idaho dairies

- Snow, ice and extremely cold temperatures are taking a toll on dairy cows and newborn calves, with losses significantly higher than normal this time of year.

Glanbia announces joint venture for new Michigan plant

- The new cheese and whey facility would utilize the growing milk supply in Michigan.