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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.

Idaho dairymen, students celebrate healthy lifestyle

- Retired Seattle Seahawk cornerback Marcus Trufant raised the roof with a chocolate milk chant at a party with young Idaho students to celebrate thier successes in eating healthy and increasing physical fitness.

Idaho Dairy Council supports academic success with cheese

- The Idaho Dairy Council is giving Idaho students taking standardized tests a brain boost with donations of string cheese.

Idaho Dairy Council dietitian wins national honor

- Idaho Dairy Counci'sl dietitian has been recognized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as the top young proffesional nationwide.

CDFA sets hearing on 4b milk pricing

- California's ag chief calls a hearing to consider adjustments to the whey value in the regulated minimum price for milk going into cheese vats.

8 rural communities advance in competition

- Eight rural communities in California and the Pacific Northwest have been selected as quarter-finalists in a competition to reviltalize rural communities, with a grand prize of $3 million.

Feedlot inventory masks continued tight supply

- The latest USDA cattle on feed report showed a slight increase in inventory, but further review shows a tight cattle supply continues.

Rendering plant planned for S. Idaho

- A rendering plant proposed for Jerome, Idaho, to service dairies and feedlots is contingent upon rezoning and a special use permit, which will be considered at public meetings in mid-May.

School kids say ‘yes’ to Greek yogurt

- USDA responds to demand for Greek yogurt in schools, making it available in the National School Lunch program.

Idaho rancher uncovers intrigue in family history

- Family secrets and intrigue turn up in an attic of an old rock house occupied by a series of family members of a well respected southern Idaho ranching family.

Organic farmers celebrate growth, visit Capitol

- Organic producers look to spur additional growth with USDA and congressional support.

Chobani founder joins trade mission to Cuba

- Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya participated in a trade mission to Cuba this week, hoping to lay the foundation for mutual trust and respect.

Ranchers help themselves with photo monitoring

- An MOU between BLM and the Idaho Agriculture Department will allow ranchers to do their own rangeland photo monitoring for data used in grazing permit renewal decisions.

FDA provides evidence of milk safety

- FDA testing underscores safety of U.S. milk supply, effectiveness of regulatory sytem and high rate of compliance.

Producer-handlers raise concerns over Calif. FMMO

- California producer-handlers of milk contend losing their long-time exemption from pooling some of their milk would put their businesess at risk. That risk lies in a proposal by co-ops to establish a federal milk marketing ...

Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame honor inductees

- Inductees to the Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame, which began in 1960, were honored April 14 in Twin Falls.

Analyst: Cow/calf producers in for another good year

- Cattle prices are expected to moderate in the second half of the year but remain high, putting average annual prices in 2015 higher than 2014.

Calif. processors say FMMO hearing unwarranted

- USDA has received three alternative proposals to three co-ops' proposal to establish a federal milk marketing order for California.

USDA posts alternative proposals for Calif. milk marketing order

- Three alternative proposals to establish a federal milk marketing orderfor California have been submitted to USDA and are available for viewing.

New Idaho FFA officers aspire to inspire

- New state FFA officers step up to the plate in Idaho following elections at the state conference at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls on Saturday.

Idaho FFA spreads ag literacy

- Looking to the future, FFA members educate children about agriculture through a service event during the Idaho State Leadership Conference in Twin Falls.

Calif. milk processors want voluntary pooling

- Dairy Institute of California, representing dairy processors, has filed am alternative proposal to that submitted by dairy co-ops in petitioning USDA to allow the state to join the federal milk marketing order system.

Rural communities vie for prize to revitalize

- Nearly 20 rural communities in the Pacific Northwest and California are competing to win $10 million in funding to revitalize their communities.

Western hay growers face challenges

- Western hay growers see challenges ahead for this year's crop. Early spring and water concerns in some areas are making the season hard to predict.

Calif. producers weigh in on federal milk order

- USDA meetings in May will review producer and processors proposals for a federal milk marketing order in California.

Vilsack: Enormous opportunity hinges on trade deal, TPA

- Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is critical to finalizing five years of negotiations in the Tran- Pacific Partnership, and U.S. small business owners need to speak in support of both the enormous opportunity and TPA, accor...