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USDA to buy $20 million worth of surplus cheese

- USDA's $20 million purchase of cheese to assistant dairy producers isn't expected to have much impact on milk prices.

Researchers test tillage systems in dry beans

- University of Idaho researchers are studying weed control and yield in conventiona tillage, strip tillage and direct seed in dry beans.

U.S. dairy herd largest since 2008

- Dairy cow numbers are the highest in the U.S. since 2008, driven by economies of scale, record milk prices in 2014 and the availability of heifers.

Study analyzes Basagran application rates in dry beans

- A repeat trial on Basagran in dry beans by University of Idaho researchers this summer is showing some inconsistency with earlier trials.

Researchers test cover crop removal in dry beans

- A first study on cover crops management in dry beans by University of Idaho scientists resulted in good weed control and crop stands.

Opportunity ahead for U.S. dairy exporters

- U.S. dairy exporters will face more competition in the decade ahead, but there's opportunity if they are aggressive suppliers -- and make the call rather than take the call.

Cornell students win new dairy product competition

- Food scientists students from Cornell University took the top spot in the new dairy product development competition sponsored by the Idaho Milk Processors Association and supported by $20,000 in prize money by United Dairym...

Dairy fits well in sustainable dietary guidelines

- Lack of adequate research isn't stopping governments from moving ahead with proposals for sustainable dietary quidelines -- which are the basis of food policy such as nutrition assistance programs.

Panel discusses challenges facing future of food

- Transparency and consumer education will be critical in balancing consumer trends and providing enough food to feed a growing population, food indusrty representatives said during a recent discussion.

U.S. losing share in sluggish global dairy market

- U.S. dairy exporters are having a tough time in world markets due to both a smaller overall pie and a smaller piece of that pie.

U.S. dairy exports up in volume in June

- U.S. dairy exports were up 5 percent in June year over year but down 18 percent in value.

CME makes changes to cattle futures

- CME includes a discount for the Minnesota-Iowa region in October to better reflect the market.

Low milk prices trigger dairy payments

- In announcing the largest payout in the Margin Protection Program for dairy, USDA Sec. Vilsack characterized the program as a robust and comprehensive safety net. Many dairymen disagree.

Judge upholds protested water transfer

- A protested water transfer approved by the Idaho Department of Water Resources meets the standards of Idaho water law, according to a judicial review released on Wednesday.

New Gold Buckle Club supports rodeo

- The Twin Falls County Fair and Magic Valley Stampede have launched a VIP club for rodeo supporters.

Congress calls for dairy assistance

- Members of Congress have responded to dairymen's request for assistance during these difficult times of low milk prices by asking USDA for immediate relief.

U.S. milk production up 1.5 percent

- Moderate weather in June raised milk production a little higher than expected, but July's hot weather is expected to curb the gain in per-cow production.

Rush skeletonweed a growing perennial problem

- Rush skeletonweed is one of 66 noxious weeds that have infested 8 million acres in Idaho, causing an estimated $300 million annually in direct damage, according to Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign.

Volatile currencies impact dairy processor sales in 2015

- Currency volatility, low commodity prices and mergers and acquisitions all played a part in the dairy landscape for the world's top 20 producers in 2015.

June cattle placements lower than expected

- While placement of cattle into feedlots in June was less than most analysts expected, it was still a strong number, pointing to a re;atively large supply of fed cattle in the fall.

Water Board approves $7.2 million for aquifer recharge

- The Idaho Water Resource Board is investing in three aquifer recharge projects in south-central Idaho that would more than double current winter recharge capacity in those areas.

Proposed organic rule fuels disease concerns

- Poultry and pork producers say a proposed rule increasing outdoor access for animals in organic operations raises serious health risks to animals and the public.

Beef, dairy groups question proposed organic rule

- Livestock groups say a proposed rule on organic livestock practices is based on public perception rather than science.

Brexit impact minimal on global agriculture, economist says

- An economist says Britain's exit from the EU will have little effect on world food trade.

Rancher engages through storytelling

- Diane Josephy Peavey advocates for ranchers, rural life and the sheep industry.

U.S. dairymen fare better than global counterparts

- Large global inventories and weak demand will stretch out the rough patch for dairymen, but most of the major exporting regions have put the brakes on milk production.

Grants aim to boost Idaho wine industry

- The Idaho Wine Commission plans to spread the word about the quality of Idaho wines and bring its members new opportunities with grants from USDA.

Congressmen rip BLM over new rule

- Congressmen say BLM's new rule to guide resource management planning is unworkabable and the agency needs to go back to the drawing board and partner closely with state and local officials to find a process that works for e...

Book series teaches kids about farming

- Case IH and Octane Press have teamed up to create a book series to introduce young children to modern agriculture.

Dairy inventories weigh down markets

- World milk production has finally started to contract, but it'll be some time before significant product inventories will clear the market.

Extension Twilight Tour to showcase research

- The July 20 tour, which includes dinner and entertainment, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. and is free to the public.

Senators blast federal agencies over sage grouse plans

- Senators took the BLM and Forest Service to task in a Senate subcommittee hearing for ignoring states' efforts and input in new federal land-use plans for sage grouse conservation.

Federal land-use plans miss mark, limit access

- State and industry stakeholders in sage grouse conservation contend new federal land-use plans that ignore local input, proven success and the real threats to the species would needlessly restrict access to public land.

Animal agriculture showcases advances

- A new report by the Animal Agriculture Alliance highlights advances the industry is making in animal care, food safety and environmental sustainability.

Volatility plagues U.S. cattle markets

- Volatility in cash and futures markets and the wide spread between the two are making things difficult for U.S. cattle producers.

NW ag, forestry, fisheries pack economic punch

- The natural resources sector in the five-state Northwest region accounts for more than 12 cents of every dollar generated and 1 in 10 jobs of the entire regional economy.

USDA continues to prime trade with Cuba

- With its close proximity to the U.S., Cuba offers plenty of opportunity for agricultural exports, with particularly high potential for rice, fruits and vegetables, livestock and ag equipment.