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Report highlights dairy industry progress in sustainability

- Sustaniability is top of mind with consumers, and it's becoming increasingly important for the U.S. dairy industry to communicate its efforts in that regard.

Economist: U.S. ag in reset mode as world growth slows

- After 10 years of wealth in agriculture, global economics are pressing the reset button on ag and rural areas.

Feedlot placements down but pipeline building

- Placement of cattle into feedlots in August was below industry expectations, but much more is needed to relieve large inventories of beef on the hoof and strengthen prices.

Idaho sues Interior, USDA over sage grouse plans

- Celebration over the Interior Department's decision that an ESA listing for sage grouse is unwarranted is being tempered by last-minute amendments to federal land-use plans for sage grouse habitat.

Ag economist: Keep eye on global slowdown

- Sluggish economies and political unrest in countries worldwide could easily filter back to put a hit on U.S. agriculture.

Farm-level organic sales approach $5.5 billion in 2014

- The 2014 survey of organic farms in the U.S. shows the top 10 states for organic sales -- including California, Washington and Oregon -- account for 78 percent of sales nationwide.

Analyst: Stick to a plan to weather cattle markets

- Cow-calf operators can position themselves to capture value rather than settling for what the market is willing to give with strategies to weather down swings in the price cycle.

McDonald’s butter use latest checkoff triumph

- A strategic partnership with McDonald's, years of research and relationships with healthcare professionals — funded by dairy farmers through the dairy checkoff — all played a part in the fast-food chain's de...

Price pressure to continue in cattle markets, analyst says

- Good feed supply and lower feed prices will benefit cattle producers in the months ahead, but feedyards will continue to see losses and cow-calf producers and stockers will be dealing with lower prices for cattle.

Attracting talent next step in S. Idaho food success, experts say

- Southern Idaho's burgeoning food processing and agribusiness sector will need to attract millennials into the work force to sustain their momentum.

Animal Ag Alliance gets sneak peek at activists’ agenda

- The Animal Agriculture Alliance has just released a report on the tactics used by animal rights activists to discredit agriculture as professed at the 2015 Animal Rights National Conference.

Study looks at impact of immigrant labor on dairy industry

- A study by Texas A&M on the immigrant work force on U.S. dairies evaluates the economic damages resulting from the loss of those employees and emphasizes the need for immigration reform.

Impacts of Calif. milk order proposals differ dramatically

- A USDA analysis of proposals for establishing a federal milk marketing order for California details projected impacts both in California and across the country.

Transparency, education focus of dairy tour

- A local dairyman opens up his family farm to the media with a new mind-set that transparency is key to consumer trust.

EPA enforces new water rule in 37 states despite injunction

- The Environmental Protection Agency will enforce its new Clean Water Act rule in 37 states despite a judge's injunction.

Cattle on feed up, slaughter down

- Feedlots are holding cattle longer to put on more weight, and the number of fed cattle coming out of feedlots continues to decline year over year.

Workshops address changes in livestock drug use

- New Food and Drug Administration restrictions will change the landscape on antibiotic use in animal agricultural. To meet producer and veterinarian informational needs regarding the changes, Farm Foundation is holding works...

Dairy-quality hay supply remains tight

- Good growing conditions across most of the U.S. has raised alfalfa production over last year, but drought and untimely rains at harvest have tightened the supply of dairy-quality hay.

UI trials target weeds in dry beans

- Research at University of Idaho Kimberly Research and Extension Center is helping dry bean growers get a better handle on weed control.

Yakima dairy challenge has broad implications, experts say

- A U.S. District Court decision against dairies in the Yakima Valley of Washington state earlier this year could be a game-changer for dairy operations elsewhere.

Bean researchers study nitrogen fertilizer options

- University of Idaho researchers are in the second year of a study on nitrogen application in dry beans and testing the effects of a time-released fertilizer.

U.S. meat exports shrink in first half of 2015

- U.S. meat exports were down considerably in the first half of 2015 compared with the same period last year, with lower demand in most of the major markets.

Grant supports UI logger safety research

- Researchers will use GPS technology to help keep loggers safe on the job.

Zoetis supports Idaho range initiative

- Each donation will be made in the name of the producer.