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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.

Cover crops gaining popularity, survey finds

- More conventional row-crop farmers are diving into cover crops and seeing increased yield, better soil health, increased soil moisture and better weed control.

Dairy West broadens communication team

- Melinda Petersen brings a solid foundation of personal and professional experience to Dairy West.

Idaho dairymen fuel student health

- Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes.

Livestock truckers seek flexibility in electronic log device rules

- A rule requiring commercial truckers to use electronic logging devices with correlating restrictions on drive time goes into effect Dec. 18.

Organic association sues USDA over rule delay

- OTA says the lawsuit is a result of many years of failure by the government to implement organic livestock and poultry standards, despite widespread support among stakeholders and the industry’s 14 years of work to d...

USDA organics chief steps down

- The head of the National Organic Program will be looking for a more relaxing lifestyle and more family time when he leaves the agency at the end of the month.

Study finds organic farming better at sequestering carbon

- The researchers found that soils from organic farms had a 26 percent greater potential for long-term carbon storage than soils from conventional farms.

Cattlemen campaign for tax reform

- Cattlemen are trying to get policy makers to understand the impact of the estate tax on ranchers and the communities in which they live and view the current focus on tax reform as an opportunity to get it repealed.

Farm Bureau rallies effort on tax reform

- While farmers and ranchers have a lower tax rate, losing deductions and credits in the current tax code could end up costing them more in taxes.

Western Innovator: Eclipsing a family’s dream

- James Holesinsky converts Idaho dairy farm into winery

Farm advocacy program scores big at county fair

- Thank A Farmer advocacy program combines fun with facts to raise awareness of the importance of farmers and ranchers and instills in young children an appreciation of their contributions.

USDA allows dairymen to opt out of MPP

- The opt-out is only for 2018 and is not retroactive.

Dairy groups anticipate year-round guestworker bill

- Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s Agricultural Guestworker Act of 2017 would allow guestworkers in permanent agricultural jobs to initially work for 36 months before having to leave the U.S. for 45 days before returning. It would...

Analyst: More exports needed to offset growing beef supplies

- The U.S. will have to step up beef exports to clear domestic production, pushing it over the line from a net importer to a net exporter. While that will expose the industry to more volatility, it also offers opportunity in ...

U.S., Mexico dairy industries united on NAFTA

- The neighboring industries are jointly calling for NAFTA to protect and enhance free dairy trade, while rejecting Canadian and EU trade-distorting practices.

Research continues on cover crop removal in dry beans

- Growing interest in the use of cover crops to benefit soils and control weeds is fueling research at the University of Idaho on the best practices to remove a cover crop before planting dry beans.

Research tests weed control in different tillage systems

- Researchers are looking for ways to extend weed control in dry beans to reduce multiple cultivations.

Research targets weeds in dry beans

- Researchers are moving closer to finding an adjuvant that works well with Basagran to control weeds in dry beans.

Milk production down in Northwest, California

- Milk production across most of the U.S. was higher in July year over year, with significant increases in some Western states and an impressive increase in Texas.

Researchers focus on diversity, flexibility for dryland wheat farmers

- The research won’t just be looking at new crops but at overall cropping systems.

Defining ‘fairness’ provides insight into how family farms work

- There are no right or wrong ways to define fairness in a farm or other family business, but how it’s defined — and whether it’s defined — can lead to different outcomes, a Purdue study found.

Dairy research facility efforts make headway

- The research will address exactly the issues of concern to residents, accelerating research on sustainability already being done by the University of Idaho.

Idaho dairy industry elevates worker safety, training

- Idaho’s dairy industry is taking a unique and proactive approach to improving worker safety with a statewide on-farm training program.

Caving in to unfounded opinions threatens tech advances, expert says

- Agriculture needs to stand united in defending safe technologies and alter the discussion to focus on the problems the technology is trying to fix.

BYU students take home $10,000 in new dairy product competition

- The new product competition is in its 10th year and is meant to introduce food scientist students to the opportunities in Idaho’s dairy industry.

U.S. beef, pork exports continue to grow

- Japan accounted for 27 percent of the total value of U.S. beef exports in the first half of the year, and Mexico accounted for 23 percent of the total value of U.S. pork exports.

Idaho labor chief resigns abruptly

- The Governor’s Office cannot share any additional information about Edmunds’ departure.

Hay prices respond to good domestic, foreign demand

- Hay prices are a regional phenomenon, but growers say prices this year in general are $20 to $30 a ton higher than last year.

Fair and rodeo combine good time, good cause

- Chicks n Chaps aims to give women a behind-the-scenes look at rodeo, a fun time, savory eats, tasty drinks and premier seats at the Magic Valley Stampede — all to raise money for local women and their families impact...

Potential increase in ICE presence raises concerns in Idaho

- The prospect of ICE leasing space at a county jail in the heart of Idaho dairy country is creating fear among Hispanic workers and worry among dairymen and processors.

Japan raises tariff on U.S. frozen beef

- Japan’s total frozen beef imports in the first quarter of its fiscal year were large enough — by a margin of just 113 metric tons — to trigger a safeguard that will raise the tariff on U.S. frozen beef ...

NCBA warns of risks in changing NAFTA

- National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says duty-free access to Canada and Mexico needs to be retained in renegotiating NAFTA and warns against returning to failed protectionist policies, such as country-of-origin lab...

NAFTA talks have high stakes for U.S. dairy, top official says

- Maintaining access to Mexican markets is the No. 1 priority for the U.S. dairy industry in NAFTA renegotiations, but it would also like to see a crackdown on Canada’s flouting of its trade commitments.

Farm bill hearing focuses on economic challenges facing farmers

- Farm interests testify the situation is critical for farmers and ranchers and this is no time to cut farm bill spending or programs.

Feedlot profits drive large placements

- Strong demand for beef is padding margins for cattle feeders, encouraging feedlots to refill inventory quickly and leading to a 16 percent jump in June placements.

U.S. cattle inventory hits nine-year high

- While the beef cow herd shows the industry is continuing herd expansion, replacement heifer numbers suggest that heifer retention is slowing and expansion is winding down.