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Lawyers outline Idaho reservoir refill resolution

- A negotiated settlement earlier this year in the upper Snake water system firms up the right to physically fill a reservoir even if the accounting shows it full on paper and establishes the right to refill water evacuated f...

Idaho targets water-quality challenges

- Idaho stakeholders have tools to meet water-quality standards in a cost-effective manner, but many challenges exist regarding designated uses of water bodies and water-quality trading.

PerforMix expands production to Magic Valley

- Animal-nutrition company PerforMix, a subsidiary of AgriBeef Co. in Boise, broke ground on a liquid-supplement production facility in Rupert in a continued celebration of the Magic Valley's burgeoining ag processing industry.

WOW expands dairy storage, distribution in Idaho

- WOW Logistics, a nationwide dairy storage, distribution and finance company based in Wisconsin, is expanding its facilities in Jerome, Idaho, to meet the growing needs of Idaho's booming dairy manufacturers.

Glanbia to train 40 new workers with state help

- Idaho Department of Labo rhas committed workforce training funds to Glanbia Foods to train new workers at its Cheese Innovation Centerin Twin Falls and at its Gooding production facility.

Western United Dairymen hires new CEO

- Western United Dairymen's new CEO has held senior positions with Madera County Farm Bureau and California Asparagus Commission as well as with national and state legislators.

EPA falls under scrutiny at Senate Judiciary hearing

- EPA was held up as a prime example of the ills in the U.S. regulatory system and congressional oversight during a June 10 hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

U.S. ag exports expected to fall $12 billion

- UISDA trade analysist are expecting a $12 billion year-over-year decline in U.S. ag expors in FY 2015, primarily due to the strong U.S. dollar.

Structured decision-making avoids traps, economist says

- On-farm decision-making can be waylaid by lack of structure, bias and psychological traps.

Calif. dairy producers hope for price relief

- California's dairy producers and cheese processors proposed adjustments to the whey value in the pricing of milk to manufacture cheese. But the price spread between their proposasl swould have amounted to $1.05 per hundred...

Idaho strengthens sage grouse protection

- An executive order by Idaho Gov. Butch Otter that puts legal authority behind the state's sage grouse protection plan reiterates the state's proposal for management on federal lands.

Bill would forgive school loans for farmers, ranchers

- A bill introduced in the House on Monday would add farmers and ranchers to the federal program that forgives the balance of public servants' student loans after 10 years of payment.

Cattle industry leader dead at 58

- The cattle industry is mourning the death of Oklahoma rancher and cattle industry leader Richard Gebhartwho died May 30 after a short illness, just days before his 59th birthday.

New spillway completed at Minidoka Dam

- A four-year project at the Minidoka Dam in southern Idaho, which began operations in 1906, was touted at a public ceremony that celebrated the collaborative effort to secure water deliver for the next 100 years.

Ag groups push House for fast track authority

- Most U.S. ag organizations are urging House members to pass Trade Promotion Authority after the Senate's passage on Friday night, contending TPA is critical in free-trade agreements and the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership...

Small farm grows larger with diversification

- John and Becky Klimes grew up on conventional farms but chose to go organic on their own operatino, which raises a wide varirty of vegetables as well as eggs, chickesn and livestock.

Organic checkoff draws supporters, detractors

- The Organic Trade Association has petitioned USDA for a checkoff program for organic after more than 5,000 organic farms and businesses weighed in on the proposal and supported it 2 to 1.

Processing continues growth in Southern Idaho

- Agribusiness processing in Idaho's Magic Valley continues to thrive with the addition of an animal nutrition plant in Rupert and Glanbia's expansion in Gooding.

WTO ruling divides groups between repeal or repair of labeling rules

- Groups representing U.S. beef and pork producers are not surprised at WTO's ruling against the U.S. in a country of origin labeling dispute with Mexico and Canada but differ widely as to whether COOL should be reformed or...

House bills puts 10-year hold on sage grouse listing

- A provision to block any listing of the greater sage grouse as threatened or endangered for 10 years was includedd in a defense bill passed by the House on May 15.

Analysis: Economic benefits of COOL don’t pan out

- Despite high interest in country of origin labeling, mandatory labeling would not have the economic benefit of raising demand for beef, pork and chicken and would result in economic losses for the meat and poultry industrie...

Organic farmers, processors struggle to meet demand

- The need for additional organic food production is widely recognized, but increasing production on the farm presents significant challenges.

Beef packers apply for DEQ permit to build plant

- A new beef processing plant near Kuna, Idaho, is one step closer to breaking ground, with J.R. Simplot Co. and partner Caviness Beef filing an application for an air quailty permii from Idaho DEQ.