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Bastian new VP for industry relations at United Dairymen of Idaho

- Before joining UDI, Eric Bastian served as vice president of research and development for Glanbia Nutritionals and Glanbia Foods.

CDFA permanently raises whey value in milk pricing

- Dairymen say the decision is good but it won't keep dairies from going out of business due to mounting losses.

U.S. organic food, fiber sales booming

- U.S. organic sales in the U.S. thrived in 2015 but could have been even more robust with sufficient supply, an issue the industry is addressing.

Chobani celebrates Idaho expansion


TWIN FALLS, Idaho – Greek yogurt continued to roll off the assembly line at a capacity of 40,000 cups per hour as Chobani officials, state and local dignitaries and Idaho dairymen gathered to celebrate the company...

PerforMix celebrates new feed-supplement production facility


RUPERT, Idaho — PerforMix Nutrition Systems, a liquid and dry feed-supplement and livestock-nutrition company, christened its new production facility in Rupert with tours, speeches and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on...

Poll finds solid support for crop insurance


Federal crop insurance often gets a bad rap in the press and on Capitol Hill, especially when substantial payouts are made to help offset some of the losses farmers suffer when commodity prices tank.

But a new poll...

USDA expects normal, but significant fire season


While a “normal” wildfire season is expected in most of the country, that new normal is far worse than it used to be and will still mean thousands of fires and hundreds of thousands of charred acres, partic...

Food survey reveals perceptions about ag


It’s probably no surprise to farmers and ranchers that the media holds the biggest influence on consumers’ nutritional beliefs and food-consumption decisions — or that taste, price and healthfulness ...

California losing dairies, cows, production as prices fall


Thirty-two dairies were put out of business last year as the cost of production exceeded milk prices month after month in the Golden State.

Production costs increased 2.1 percent year over year to $17.78 per hundre...

U.S. lamb regains access to Taiwan


U.S. lamb and lamb products should soon be making their way to Taiwanese markets after 13 years of denied access.

Lamb’s long hiatus from Taiwan and other key markets began with the December 2003 discovery o...

Water conference highlights potential dam removal


The Idaho Water Users Association’s annual Summer Water Law and Resource Issues Seminar will center on the recent ruling by a federal district judge in Oregon striking down the current salmon recovery plan.


Cow-calf returns lower, but still positive


Returns for cow-calf operations will be lower this year, after last year’s record-high cattle prices fell back to Earth, but most producers’ balance sheets will still be sporting black, an agricultural econ...

Idaho rancher re-elected to American Lamb Board


Diane Josephy Peavey, a sheep rancher and writer from Hailey, Idaho, has been re-elected vice chairman of the American Lamb Board, according to a Lamb Board press release.

The co-owner of Flat Top Sheep Co., Peavey...

HSUS forms national ag advisory council


The Humane Society of the United States has formed a national agriculture advisory council.

The council includes family farmers and ranchers who practice and promote higher animal welfare standards at their operati...

U.S. milk production pushes ahead


March milk production in the 23 major states was up 1.8 percent year over year on 19,000 additional cows and the highest production per cow for the March since USDA’s reporting series began in 2003.

Total pr...

Analysts: Higher placements into feedlots to continue


Cattle on feed for slaughter increased about 1 percent year over year on April 1, and although placements into feedlots were lower than market analysts expected, they represent the second consecutive month of a year-over...

Changing market demands challenge beef industry


TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Changes in the beef industry, from structural issues to consumer preferences, are bringing new challenges and risks to raising cattle and marketing beef.

One of the most dangerous approac...

Cowboy practices what he teaches


Growing up the son of a working cowboy, Jim Keyes thought he’d be a cowboy all his life, and he did a little of it when he was first married — until he realized “you can’t make any money, ...

Rancher says he’s a conservation-easement convert


TWIN FALLS, Idaho — As a fifth-generation rancher in Oregon’s Jordan Valley, Bob Skinner was adamantly opposed to conservation easements.

But the former president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Asso...

Southwest Cheese, Glanbia shine at world cheese contest


Southwest Cheese and parent company Glanbia won a record-breaking 18 awards at the 2016 World Championship Cheese Contests in Wisconsin last week, including six gold, eight silver and four bronze medals.

The awards...

Photo monitoring gains momentum on Idaho rangelands


TWIN FALLS, Idaho — A fledgling program to help Idaho ranchers help themselves by monitoring their Bureau of Land Management allotments is gaining ground.

The photo-monitoring program was launched in August ...

Lawsuit claims USDA undermining organics board


Cornucopia Institute has filed a lawsuit against USDA alleging misconduct by the department resulted in its inappropriate influence in the workings of the National Organic Standards Board.

Cornucopia alleges USDA a...

Ontario workshop set on new food safety law


The Idaho State Department of Agriculture will conduct a stakeholder meeting on the Food Safety Modernization Act on April 26 in Ontario, Ore.

The informational session is designed for small and mid-size farms and ...

Rabobank: Dairy price doldrums to continue


It’s going to be a long year for dairy producers, given stronger-than-expected EU milk production and weaker demand from developing markets.

Global dairy prices have continued to stumble along a market floor...

Fabri-Kal receives training grant


Food-container manufacturer Fabri-Kal Corp. has received a $159,000 Workforce Development Training Fund grant from the Idaho Department of Labor to train 53 new employees.

The company, which makes biodegradable pro...

Bill would amend federal dairy safety net


A bill supported by three Northeast congressmen would amend the Margin Protection Program for dairy established by the 2014 Farm Bill to better reflect feed costs in different regions of the country.

The program al...

Dairy groups urge challenge of WHO proposal


U.S. milk producers and processors are speaking out against guidelines from the World Health Organization urging the prohibition of the promotion and marketing of milk products for infants and toddlers.

The guideli...

S. Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame honors inductees


TWIN FALLS, Idaho — The Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame celebrated its newest inductees at the organization’s 57th annual banquet on Tuesday evening.

The honored inductees were cow-calf operator...

Idaho FFA brings ag to youngsters

- FFA members work to set children on the right track in understanding agriculture and advocating for its sustainability.

New Idaho FFA officers: Go after your dream

- Encouraging FFA members to believe in themselves and follow their dreams is at the top of the list for Idaho's new state FFA officers confirmed on April 9 at the close of the 85th annual Leadership Conference.

Agricultural educators embrace future teachers

- Agricultural teachers shared their experiences with potential newcomers to the profession during a workshop at the Idaho State FFA Leadership Conference on Thursday.

Finding purpose begins with two questions

- Steven Brockshus, a former National FFA officer and an Iowa State University junior studying ag education and entrepreneurial studies, challenges blue jackets to ask themselves who they are and why they're here.

Idaho FFA officers retire with gusto

- Retiring Idaho state FFA officers saw membership grow to more than 90 chapters this last year, with two start-ups coming on board and three more in the works with the help of the state's Ag Education Initiative signed into ...

Only .012 percent milk tankers positive for drug residue

- U.S. dairy farmers scored high in the latest survey on drug residues in tested milk, which showed only 0.012 percent of bulk tanker loads contained residues.

Rabobank: Brazil’s beef exports growing again

- Brazil's beef exports are on the rise, driven by Chinese markets and weak domestic demand.

Affidavit details how fake organic seed was discovered

- The FBI investigation into the sales of phoney organic alfalfa seed started with a state inspector.